You are Making Money from Blog but Stuck at same level?

You are Making Money from Blog but Stuck at same level?

I am a strong believer in the saying “Money makes money“. You need to spend money to make money. Whether we are talking about blogging or about any other business, when you spend money to enhance your business in any way, you are making an investment in that business.

We all agree that blogging can be a lucrative business. But if you are not doing anything to promote your blog’s growth, then you are not doing justification to your blog as a business.

In order to start a blog, only a few minor initial investments are necessary.

6 ways to earn money from the Internet without investment
However, if you wish to take your blog to the next level, you need to invest more time, more effort and indeed more money.

A couple of years ago when ShoutMeLoud was really starting to grow, I had money to invest toward the further growth of my blog, but I had no idea where to start. I had a handful of money, and I wanted to invest it in the most beneficial ways possible.

This was two years ago, and since that time I have invested money into my blogging enterprise on a daily basis. Some of these investments continue to give me excellent returns (ROI) .

If you are a hard-working blogger looking to take your blog to the next level, here are a few ideas which will help you to realize that dream:

Spend money to make money:

Your blog’s design and theme:

I have always focused on the importance of obtaining the best design for a blog. There are many good WordPress premium theme clubs such as Elegant themes or Genesis which offer great yet inexpensive designs. The problem with these designs, however, is that they are used on hundreds of blogs. Choosing a “premium” theme does not mean that you have a unique design.

I have a license to almost all of the premium theme clubs, but I also know that the best design is a custom design. A customized theme allows you to give a unique identity to your blog. Regardless of how amazing your content is, a unique and well-designed blog is important. Without an impressive blog design, your content cannot be appreciated and thus becomes useless. Think of it like this: good music playing on very bad speakers.

You can certainly hire a WordPress theme designer to get a custom design. My recommendation would be to buy a license of the Genesis and hire someone to develop a custom skin for you. This would be costlier but it definitely worth your investment. If you not up for that big of investment, no problem. You can grab one of the hand-picked premium Genesis skins (Unique design for Genesis framework) that works pretty well with various niche blogs.

Your branding:

Spend money on Blog branding

The best thing about brands is the fact that they are easy to recall. When it comes to recommending a good blog design in terms of brand, SocialMedia Examiner is my go-to example. They have a unique logo, and an avatar that is clear and memorable.

You can hire a designer to create a logo and a custom avatar, a YouTube page background, a Facebook cover and a Twitter background to give a unique identity to your blog and your social media profiles.

You can always find cost-effective designers using freelancing websites, or if you have the budget you can hire a media branding company that is local to you.

This is one area that I am still working on – the pimping out of the ShoutMeLoud social media profiles.

How to build a strong brand image for your blog.
Search engine optimization:

This is one area in which your investment is crucial. It doesn’t matter how great your content is, you need to work on the SEO of your blog to improve the search engine visibility.

I have previously written about how WordPress is not SEO friendly, and I have offered a DIY guide to optimize your blog. But if you are not a technically-minded person, it may be a good idea to hire someone to optimize your blog for search engines. Surely your blog can rank higher with great content, but your blog’s SEO needs to be up to the mark in order for search engines to find that great content. If you are a solopreneur blogger, you need to spend time learning good SEO, and implement it on your blog.

You can also hire a freelance writer to guest post on your blog, creating targeted backlinks for you.

Bear in mind that SEO is a slow process, and you need to start now in order to see results in the future.

Hire quality writers:

When you go to freelancing websites, you can always find many reasonable writers who are willing to do research and write content for you. However, the best content comes from people who are experienced, particularly in your niche. It is worth investing a little more money to hire authors who can write content based on their own experience. I have done it quite a few times myself, and results are usually excellent. Problogger jobs portal is a good place to start your search for a good freelance writer.

Good webhosting to hold your traffic:

So far you have done everything you can to contribute to your blog’s growth, and now it’s time to work on sustaining the traffic.

A good, reliable web hosting company will ensure that your blog doesn’t go down in times of high/peak traffic.

When I started ShoutMeLoud, I started with Dreamhost and then moved to Hostgator > Linode > Knownhost > WPEngine > Cloudways & at this time we are hosted on Kinsta hosting (May 2016)

It may take time to find your perfect hosting company, but you should only use hosting companies that are reliable and will not let your blog down, especially at times of maximum exposure.

I recommend that you use Bluehost or Siteground for shared hosting, for managed WordPress hosting Kinsta or WPEngine & for Cloud hosting you should stick to Cloudways. (From my personal experiences)

Get an office:

It may sound off topic, but if you are a professional blogger like I am and you work from home, the time will come when you need to have an office of your own. You can certainly set up an office at home, but when you can afford an outside office space, it will serve you well to have one. A good office space helps you to be punctual and productive while adding a professional touch to your blogging career.

I have an office at home, and at times I would from co-working space. This could be a good solution if you don’t want to deal with headache of maintaining an office.

There are various pros and cons to working at home but here are guides to help you get through it.

A Website, A Blog or a Web Startup – What Do You Want To Start?

A Website, A Blog or a Web Startup – What Do You Want To Start?

Don’t get me wrong, there is a huge difference between websites/blogs and web startups. The point came to my mind, when I tried to build my career in building a startup, eespecially a web startup and ended up being a blogger, internet/affiliate marketer, and small-scale website developer.

I was following many startup blogs since 2005, when I was working at HSBC as System Administrator and ultimately inspired me to do an online business, and I am happy that I earn on average of Rs 1.5 lakhs INR per month (10 folds higher than the salary in a company). It’s not only my story, but the stories of massive wanna-be entrepreneurs in India. Luckily, few of them will reach at least the level, where I stand now.

Now let me differentiate the web startups from bloggers/internet marketers. Web Startups might consist of CEO, CTO, COO, Management, Sales, Marketing, Technical and Administration employees in their organizations. And the Internet marketer/Blogger is more like a one-man-army organization (Solopreneurs), where he himself does or outsources marketing, technical, sales and advertising jobs.

Both have the pros and cons but to earn real cash from the beginning, many choose to become a one man army and not trying to build an empire of web startup and a company.

The pros of websites over web startups:

You can start as a webmaster and you can become an entrepreneur by scaling up your websites.
You don’t have to obey the rules and regulations of a company and don’t worry about the tax, provident funds, legal formalities, registration and employee salary, when you start your business.
No need of initial funding as you can bootstrap your product and the costs will limit to good web hosting, web designing and content generation.
If everything doesn’t works as you expected, then dump it and move on with your new website or choose a new niche to work with.
You will find tons of articles related to blogging, affiliate marketing and make money online in the web, through which you can implement the right strategies and move in the right path.
No need to set up an offline office, factory, and wait for the break-even point of your company’s profit.
You can also sell/flip your blogs/websites for huge amount via website flipping sites and forums, thus you can have a lump sum to start a new project.
If you succeed to get the decent amount of reader-base/user-base, advertisers come for you; you don’t need to market yourselves!
You are not alone; you will have many blogger and affiliate marketer friends in Internet (Facebook/Twitter), who will help you in any time!
You will find many free tools (most of them are open source) to craft your ideas, the only thing to watch is how will you use it?
The pros of web startups over websites:

You will not be distracted by many niches as you and your startup is focusing on a single topic and a single core niche, which is actually a good to keep focus and working on it to become successful.
You will not have to give up your websites for legal disputes such as trademarks, name registrations, which you will consider when you begin your journey.
You will have a name and fame and it spreads faster than that of a website owner.
You can build an empire which can last longer or can be sold after 2-3 years.
Portals and blogs are not comparable to Web startups. Hence, you will have more reputation than the actual profit!
Moreover, the cons of being an entrepreneur in web startup are much more than that of a blogger and internet marketer eespecially in India. May be the Indian Ecosystems pushing down the entrepreneurs and startups and this article will let you know more about the funding ecosystem for startups in India.

Currently 25% of global websites and blogs are from India (I am not talking about scrap ones). Many blogs with large readership are owned and edited by Indian bloggers. You can check list of Indian bloggers here. Only few of them write for their passion and most of them write for money, real money!

Yes, many bloggers and creative website builders earn more than what a real entrepreneur earns from their web startups by using Google Adsense, Clickbank/Amazon affiliates, Link/banner adverts.

You can also learn how to start an online business by starting from US Small Business Administration website and if you are residing in India and you want to start an online business and become a part of the web startup then I suggest you to go through YourStory. And if you really don’t want to mess-up with funding, staffs, trademarks, taxes, office and you still want to earn online, then you should try searching “make money online blogs” in Google and voila! You will find tons of blogs, which will show you the path. But my suggestion is “Be careful when choosing the way, do not leave your current job until you learn every aspect of doing online business, you will regret it”.

A Website, A Blog or a Web Startup – What Do You Want To Start?

A Website, A Blog or a Web Startup – What Do You Want To Start?

Don’t get me wrong, there is a huge difference between websites/blogs and web startups. The point came to my mind, when I tried to build my career in building a startup, eespecially a web startup and ended up being a blogger, internet/affiliate marketer, and small-scale website developer.

I was following many startup blogs since 2005, when I was working at HSBC as System Administrator and ultimately inspired me to do an online business, and I am happy that I earn on average of Rs 1.5 lakhs INR per month (10 folds higher than the salary in a company). It’s not only my story, but the stories of massive wanna-be entrepreneurs in India. Luckily, few of them will reach at least the level, where I stand now.

Now let me differentiate the web startups from bloggers/internet marketers. Web Startups might consist of CEO, CTO, COO, Management, Sales, Marketing, Technical and Administration employees in their organizations. And the Internet marketer/Blogger is more like a one-man-army organization (Solopreneurs), where he himself does or outsources marketing, technical, sales and advertising jobs.

Both have the pros and cons but to earn real cash from the beginning, many choose to become a one man army and not trying to build an empire of web startup and a company.

The pros of websites over web startups:

You can start as a webmaster and you can become an entrepreneur by scaling up your websites.
You don’t have to obey the rules and regulations of a company and don’t worry about the tax, provident funds, legal formalities, registration and employee salary, when you start your business.
No need of initial funding as you can bootstrap your product and the costs will limit to good web hosting, web designing and content generation.
If everything doesn’t works as you expected, then dump it and move on with your new website or choose a new niche to work with.
You will find tons of articles related to blogging, affiliate marketing and make money online in the web, through which you can implement the right strategies and move in the right path.
No need to set up an offline office, factory, and wait for the break-even point of your company’s profit.
You can also sell/flip your blogs/websites for huge amount via website flipping sites and forums, thus you can have a lump sum to start a new project.
If you succeed to get the decent amount of reader-base/user-base, advertisers come for you; you don’t need to market yourselves!
You are not alone; you will have many blogger and affiliate marketer friends in Internet (Facebook/Twitter), who will help you in any time!
You will find many free tools (most of them are open source) to craft your ideas, the only thing to watch is how will you use it?
The pros of web startups over websites:

You will not be distracted by many niches as you and your startup is focusing on a single topic and a single core niche, which is actually a good to keep focus and working on it to become successful.
You will not have to give up your websites for legal disputes such as trademarks, name registrations, which you will consider when you begin your journey.
You will have a name and fame and it spreads faster than that of a website owner.
You can build an empire which can last longer or can be sold after 2-3 years.
Portals and blogs are not comparable to Web startups. Hence, you will have more reputation than the actual profit!
Moreover, the cons of being an entrepreneur in web startup are much more than that of a blogger and internet marketer eespecially in India. May be the Indian Ecosystems pushing down the entrepreneurs and startups and this article will let you know more about the funding ecosystem for startups in India.

Currently 25% of global websites and blogs are from India (I am not talking about scrap ones). Many blogs with large readership are owned and edited by Indian bloggers. You can check list of Indian bloggers here. Only few of them write for their passion and most of them write for money, real money!

Yes, many bloggers and creative website builders earn more than what a real entrepreneur earns from their web startups by using Google Adsense, Clickbank/Amazon affiliates, Link/banner adverts.

You can also learn how to start an online business by starting from US Small Business Administration website and if you are residing in India and you want to start an online business and become a part of the web startup then I suggest you to go through YourStory. And if you really don’t want to mess-up with funding, staffs, trademarks, taxes, office and you still want to earn online, then you should try searching “make money online blogs” in Google and voila! You will find tons of blogs, which will show you the path. But my suggestion is “Be careful when choosing the way, do not leave your current job until you learn every aspect of doing online business, you will regret it”.

A Website, A Blog or a Web Startup – What Do You Want To Start?

A Website, A Blog or a Web Startup – What Do You Want To Start?

Don’t get me wrong, there is a huge difference between websites/blogs and web startups. The point came to my mind, when I tried to build my career in building a startup, eespecially a web startup and ended up being a blogger, internet/affiliate marketer, and small-scale website developer.

I was following many startup blogs since 2005, when I was working at HSBC as System Administrator and ultimately inspired me to do an online business, and I am happy that I earn on average of Rs 1.5 lakhs INR per month (10 folds higher than the salary in a company). It’s not only my story, but the stories of massive wanna-be entrepreneurs in India. Luckily, few of them will reach at least the level, where I stand now.

Now let me differentiate the web startups from bloggers/internet marketers. Web Startups might consist of CEO, CTO, COO, Management, Sales, Marketing, Technical and Administration employees in their organizations. And the Internet marketer/Blogger is more like a one-man-army organization (Solopreneurs), where he himself does or outsources marketing, technical, sales and advertising jobs.

Both have the pros and cons but to earn real cash from the beginning, many choose to become a one man army and not trying to build an empire of web startup and a company.

The pros of websites over web startups:

You can start as a webmaster and you can become an entrepreneur by scaling up your websites.
You don’t have to obey the rules and regulations of a company and don’t worry about the tax, provident funds, legal formalities, registration and employee salary, when you start your business.
No need of initial funding as you can bootstrap your product and the costs will limit to good web hosting, web designing and content generation.
If everything doesn’t works as you expected, then dump it and move on with your new website or choose a new niche to work with.
You will find tons of articles related to blogging, affiliate marketing and make money online in the web, through which you can implement the right strategies and move in the right path.
No need to set up an offline office, factory, and wait for the break-even point of your company’s profit.
You can also sell/flip your blogs/websites for huge amount via website flipping sites and forums, thus you can have a lump sum to start a new project.
If you succeed to get the decent amount of reader-base/user-base, advertisers come for you; you don’t need to market yourselves!
You are not alone; you will have many blogger and affiliate marketer friends in Internet (Facebook/Twitter), who will help you in any time!
You will find many free tools (most of them are open source) to craft your ideas, the only thing to watch is how will you use it?
The pros of web startups over websites:

You will not be distracted by many niches as you and your startup is focusing on a single topic and a single core niche, which is actually a good to keep focus and working on it to become successful.
You will not have to give up your websites for legal disputes such as trademarks, name registrations, which you will consider when you begin your journey.
You will have a name and fame and it spreads faster than that of a website owner.
You can build an empire which can last longer or can be sold after 2-3 years.
Portals and blogs are not comparable to Web startups. Hence, you will have more reputation than the actual profit!
Moreover, the cons of being an entrepreneur in web startup are much more than that of a blogger and internet marketer eespecially in India. May be the Indian Ecosystems pushing down the entrepreneurs and startups and this article will let you know more about the funding ecosystem for startups in India.

Currently 25% of global websites and blogs are from India (I am not talking about scrap ones). Many blogs with large readership are owned and edited by Indian bloggers. You can check list of Indian bloggers here. Only few of them write for their passion and most of them write for money, real money!

Yes, many bloggers and creative website builders earn more than what a real entrepreneur earns from their web startups by using Google Adsense, Clickbank/Amazon affiliates, Link/banner adverts.

You can also learn how to start an online business by starting from US Small Business Administration website and if you are residing in India and you want to start an online business and become a part of the web startup then I suggest you to go through YourStory. And if you really don’t want to mess-up with funding, staffs, trademarks, taxes, office and you still want to earn online, then you should try searching “make money online blogs” in Google and voila! You will find tons of blogs, which will show you the path. But my suggestion is “Be careful when choosing the way, do not leave your current job until you learn every aspect of doing online business, you will regret it”.

A Website, A Blog or a Web Startup – What Do You Want To Start?

A Website, A Blog or a Web Startup – What Do You Want To Start?

Don’t get me wrong, there is a huge difference between websites/blogs and web startups. The point came to my mind, when I tried to build my career in building a startup, eespecially a web startup and ended up being a blogger, internet/affiliate marketer, and small-scale website developer.

I was following many startup blogs since 2005, when I was working at HSBC as System Administrator and ultimately inspired me to do an online business, and I am happy that I earn on average of Rs 1.5 lakhs INR per month (10 folds higher than the salary in a company). It’s not only my story, but the stories of massive wanna-be entrepreneurs in India. Luckily, few of them will reach at least the level, where I stand now.

Now let me differentiate the web startups from bloggers/internet marketers. Web Startups might consist of CEO, CTO, COO, Management, Sales, Marketing, Technical and Administration employees in their organizations. And the Internet marketer/Blogger is more like a one-man-army organization (Solopreneurs), where he himself does or outsources marketing, technical, sales and advertising jobs.

Both have the pros and cons but to earn real cash from the beginning, many choose to become a one man army and not trying to build an empire of web startup and a company.

The pros of websites over web startups:

You can start as a webmaster and you can become an entrepreneur by scaling up your websites.
You don’t have to obey the rules and regulations of a company and don’t worry about the tax, provident funds, legal formalities, registration and employee salary, when you start your business.
No need of initial funding as you can bootstrap your product and the costs will limit to good web hosting, web designing and content generation.
If everything doesn’t works as you expected, then dump it and move on with your new website or choose a new niche to work with.
You will find tons of articles related to blogging, affiliate marketing and make money online in the web, through which you can implement the right strategies and move in the right path.
No need to set up an offline office, factory, and wait for the break-even point of your company’s profit.
You can also sell/flip your blogs/websites for huge amount via website flipping sites and forums, thus you can have a lump sum to start a new project.
If you succeed to get the decent amount of reader-base/user-base, advertisers come for you; you don’t need to market yourselves!
You are not alone; you will have many blogger and affiliate marketer friends in Internet (Facebook/Twitter), who will help you in any time!
You will find many free tools (most of them are open source) to craft your ideas, the only thing to watch is how will you use it?
The pros of web startups over websites:

You will not be distracted by many niches as you and your startup is focusing on a single topic and a single core niche, which is actually a good to keep focus and working on it to become successful.
You will not have to give up your websites for legal disputes such as trademarks, name registrations, which you will consider when you begin your journey.
You will have a name and fame and it spreads faster than that of a website owner.
You can build an empire which can last longer or can be sold after 2-3 years.
Portals and blogs are not comparable to Web startups. Hence, you will have more reputation than the actual profit!
Moreover, the cons of being an entrepreneur in web startup are much more than that of a blogger and internet marketer eespecially in India. May be the Indian Ecosystems pushing down the entrepreneurs and startups and this article will let you know more about the funding ecosystem for startups in India.

Currently 25% of global websites and blogs are from India (I am not talking about scrap ones). Many blogs with large readership are owned and edited by Indian bloggers. You can check list of Indian bloggers here. Only few of them write for their passion and most of them write for money, real money!

Yes, many bloggers and creative website builders earn more than what a real entrepreneur earns from their web startups by using Google Adsense, Clickbank/Amazon affiliates, Link/banner adverts.

You can also learn how to start an online business by starting from US Small Business Administration website and if you are residing in India and you want to start an online business and become a part of the web startup then I suggest you to go through YourStory. And if you really don’t want to mess-up with funding, staffs, trademarks, taxes, office and you still want to earn online, then you should try searching “make money online blogs” in Google and voila! You will find tons of blogs, which will show you the path. But my suggestion is “Be careful when choosing the way, do not leave your current job until you learn every aspect of doing online business, you will regret it”.

11 Things Which Are common In Successful Blogs – My research

11 Things Which Are common In Successful Blogs – My research

Every day when I start your day, I expect to see a miracle and get tons of traffic and exposure to my Blog.

In nutshell,we all want want to see our blog as a top notch blog.

I have one question here:

What Blogging practices you are implementing on your blog to make your blog stand out from others?
Are you offering unique and creative content?
Are you engaging with your readers?
Is your about page talks about your blog ideology? Do you have all essential element of a Successful Blog?
If you are a new Blogger, you might make tons of blogging mistakes and learn from it to reach to that level, or you can take a shortcut and spend quality time analysing top and successful Blog.

There are many popular blogs like Social Media Examiner, Problogger, Dailyblogtips and many more out there. All you need to do is sit down, open these blogs and try to find out whats common in them. What strategy they are putting to create a top blog and not just another blog.

Each time you visit a top notch blog in any niche, you come across some common practices that are being followed. And sadly, you are left with two options:

Either to mimic the blogging practices that are being followed, or,
Sit back and complain, “Oh, each of them is just so similar.”
Here I’m talking about few practices which you can implement on your blog today to make your blog stand out and give a direction to A Blogger list.

Blogging Practices

This post helps you get a better picture of this situation by providing insights to such blogging practices followed by well established blogs.

Of-course a backdoor insight, but do not jump to conclusions, without reading the complete post. You will have a clear cut idea about which option to follow, and which one to forgo, for being a top notch blogger too.
blogging practicesSo, let’s begin with some of the common blogging practices that make you feel that the blogosphere is unbalanced and unfair to budding bloggers.

1. Success begets success

People arguably believe that the top ranked pages for a keyword draws the maximum traffic. Well, it’s true that readers hardly look for the second page in search engines, but that doesn’t mean they click on the topmost link in the search engine page results.

I rather prefer scanning the URLs and settle for the one with which I am more acquainted. For instance, think of the blogging niche and you enter a keyword say “Blogging Practices”.

Then would you opt for a less known blog ranked higher, over Shout Me Loud or say CopyBlogger. And with more number of such mindsets, ultimately the blog post of successful blog starts ranking higher. That’s what branding does.

2. Alexa ranking obsession

Of-course we are not new to how flawed is Alexa ranking, favoring the websites that install the Alexa toolbar or write reviews for Alexa or even use the premium Alexa services. Inspite of all this, advertisers still, give high priority to Alexa ranking, and so do blog owners.

3. Dedicated SEO implementation

It is always debatable about how much SEO is optimum for a blog?. Do we have to focus on content or SEO or both? And with advanced offsite and on site SEO techniques, even blogs with questionable content go a long way.

Even if you are not into hardcore SEO like Keyword optimization, Readability, On page optimization, Keyword research but there are few things which you should take care.

Top Blog SEO

For example: If you would notice any blog post on Mashable, you would realize they smartly target Keywords using WordPress Permalink.

They remove all the stop words and keep their permalink Keyword optimized. This is a small practice but again, one of the best SEO practice.

If you would notice content here at ShoutMeLoud, you would notice proper usage of Heading tags like H1, H2 and H3. Takeaway here is, SEO is not only they key to success but a good SEO practice will ensure that your blog will stand out of the crowd.

Learn How to write SEO optimized Articles in WordPress
4. Premium Themes & unique design Impact

Yes, Premium themes too are closely related to search engine optimization. With more powerful SEO optimized premium and custom themes powered by Genesis framework, the top notch blogs become even more invincible.

More over, along with using a Premium theme framework one thing which is very common about these top notch blog is using a Custom design for their blog theme. Most of the top blogs are using a unique design to brand their Blog. This is not only highly recommended practice but a must have for serious Bloggers.

5. Content

Needless to say, a Blog can’t be famous without quality content. Depending upon your content stratagy, you need to ensure that you are not only offering quality articles but its’ also informative. Publishing article which your reader expect is another great strategy. For ex: Check out question and answer section of ShoutMeLoud, where Harsh answers Blogging questions of his readers.

How to write Stand out Blog posts
How to Deliver Quality Blog content
6. Important Pages:

Pages like About page, Contact page, Privacy page, Comment policy page are very important part of any Blog or Website. They work as a get to know me element for your Blog readers.

More over, all the top blogs have a dedicated about page which not only talks about blog ideology but also give a personal touch by adding editor bio. An example could be seen at ProBlogger about page.

Why you need an About page for your Site
Importance of About page for a Blog
7. Social media integration:

Another common thing about Top notch blog is utilizing the power of Social media. There is no doubt about benefits of Social media for Blogging, and property like Facebook, Twitter, Google plus gives extra exposure to your Blog.

Just creating a Facebook page, Google plus page is not enough, you should use it for user engagement and make sure your user can find the Social media subscription box quickly to connect to your blog on Social media front.

8. Subscription options:

Subscrption option on Top blogs
Most of the top Bloggers like Harsh Agrawal, Darren use the power of Email marketing to the most. Most of these bloggers are using premium Email marketing solution like ConvertKit, Drip & Leadpages.

It doesn’t matter which service you use, but make sure you offer easy ways for your readers to subscribe to your Blog. Here are some of the must have Subscription option for your Blog.

9. Multi-author:

Another Blogging practice followed by top blogs is: Allowing guest posting. This may not be common for all the top blogs, but still one of the technique being used by A-list bloggers is to form a community around their Blog.

When you allow others to guest post on your Blog, it’s more like inviting them to be a part of your Blog family. You can check out SML earlier guide on How to convert your WordPress blog into Multi-author Blog.

You can also consider having your own team of writers, which will help you to create content consistently and keep your blog updated. Though, as I mentioned it all depends upon your Blog content strategy and kind of Blog you are running.

10. Author Bio box:

Author Bio box

A Blog post without an author bio is more like a post with no identity. When you add an author bio box, it increases the credibility of an article and readers can connect to the article.

As I mentioned above, most of top blogs allow guest posting and author bio box is something common in them.

11. Over to you:

These are just few of the hundreds of common blogging practices followed by top-notch blogs and instead of writing all, I’m handing it over to you. Why don’t you go ahead and analyse few popular blogs in your niche, and try to find what’s common in them and let us know via comment.

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Blogging Practices Bottom-Line

Having said that, does each of these blogging practices followed by top notch bloggers, make any sense. Fortunately, we belong to the era of Steve Jobs, the late CEO of Apple.

And from him, we all have learnt a few valuable things about awesome presentation skills and their importance. In the transient and highly competitive blogging world, a blog needs to stay ahead of the curve each time. So branding and blog marketing makes sense.

Check out : 12 Lessons Steve Jobs taught Guy Kawasaki
Apart from rich content, presentation too matters a lot. It’s because online viewers, specifically blog readers see what they want to see. One needs to constantly lure the readers and fool the search engines for being successful. But, don’t overdo this blogging practice, otherwise both are smart enough to see through it.

And yes, let me clear the air. I too am in favour of these above mentioned blogging practices and find no reason why a blogger should not employ those for a slight competitive edge.

But, what about you?

11 Things Which Are common In Successful Blogs – My research

11 Things Which Are common In Successful Blogs – My research

Every day when I start your day, I expect to see a miracle and get tons of traffic and exposure to my Blog.

In nutshell,we all want want to see our blog as a top notch blog.

I have one question here:

What Blogging practices you are implementing on your blog to make your blog stand out from others?
Are you offering unique and creative content?
Are you engaging with your readers?
Is your about page talks about your blog ideology? Do you have all essential element of a Successful Blog?
If you are a new Blogger, you might make tons of blogging mistakes and learn from it to reach to that level, or you can take a shortcut and spend quality time analysing top and successful Blog.

There are many popular blogs like Social Media Examiner, Problogger, Dailyblogtips and many more out there. All you need to do is sit down, open these blogs and try to find out whats common in them. What strategy they are putting to create a top blog and not just another blog.

Each time you visit a top notch blog in any niche, you come across some common practices that are being followed. And sadly, you are left with two options:

Either to mimic the blogging practices that are being followed, or,
Sit back and complain, “Oh, each of them is just so similar.”
Here I’m talking about few practices which you can implement on your blog today to make your blog stand out and give a direction to A Blogger list.

Blogging Practices

This post helps you get a better picture of this situation by providing insights to such blogging practices followed by well established blogs.

Of-course a backdoor insight, but do not jump to conclusions, without reading the complete post. You will have a clear cut idea about which option to follow, and which one to forgo, for being a top notch blogger too.
blogging practicesSo, let’s begin with some of the common blogging practices that make you feel that the blogosphere is unbalanced and unfair to budding bloggers.

1. Success begets success

People arguably believe that the top ranked pages for a keyword draws the maximum traffic. Well, it’s true that readers hardly look for the second page in search engines, but that doesn’t mean they click on the topmost link in the search engine page results.

I rather prefer scanning the URLs and settle for the one with which I am more acquainted. For instance, think of the blogging niche and you enter a keyword say “Blogging Practices”.

Then would you opt for a less known blog ranked higher, over Shout Me Loud or say CopyBlogger. And with more number of such mindsets, ultimately the blog post of successful blog starts ranking higher. That’s what branding does.

2. Alexa ranking obsession

Of-course we are not new to how flawed is Alexa ranking, favoring the websites that install the Alexa toolbar or write reviews for Alexa or even use the premium Alexa services. Inspite of all this, advertisers still, give high priority to Alexa ranking, and so do blog owners.

3. Dedicated SEO implementation

It is always debatable about how much SEO is optimum for a blog?. Do we have to focus on content or SEO or both? And with advanced offsite and on site SEO techniques, even blogs with questionable content go a long way.

Even if you are not into hardcore SEO like Keyword optimization, Readability, On page optimization, Keyword research but there are few things which you should take care.

Top Blog SEO

For example: If you would notice any blog post on Mashable, you would realize they smartly target Keywords using WordPress Permalink.

They remove all the stop words and keep their permalink Keyword optimized. This is a small practice but again, one of the best SEO practice.

If you would notice content here at ShoutMeLoud, you would notice proper usage of Heading tags like H1, H2 and H3. Takeaway here is, SEO is not only they key to success but a good SEO practice will ensure that your blog will stand out of the crowd.

Learn How to write SEO optimized Articles in WordPress
4. Premium Themes & unique design Impact

Yes, Premium themes too are closely related to search engine optimization. With more powerful SEO optimized premium and custom themes powered by Genesis framework, the top notch blogs become even more invincible.

More over, along with using a Premium theme framework one thing which is very common about these top notch blog is using a Custom design for their blog theme. Most of the top blogs are using a unique design to brand their Blog. This is not only highly recommended practice but a must have for serious Bloggers.

5. Content

Needless to say, a Blog can’t be famous without quality content. Depending upon your content stratagy, you need to ensure that you are not only offering quality articles but its’ also informative. Publishing article which your reader expect is another great strategy. For ex: Check out question and answer section of ShoutMeLoud, where Harsh answers Blogging questions of his readers.

How to write Stand out Blog posts
How to Deliver Quality Blog content
6. Important Pages:

Pages like About page, Contact page, Privacy page, Comment policy page are very important part of any Blog or Website. They work as a get to know me element for your Blog readers.

More over, all the top blogs have a dedicated about page which not only talks about blog ideology but also give a personal touch by adding editor bio. An example could be seen at ProBlogger about page.

Why you need an About page for your Site
Importance of About page for a Blog
7. Social media integration:

Another common thing about Top notch blog is utilizing the power of Social media. There is no doubt about benefits of Social media for Blogging, and property like Facebook, Twitter, Google plus gives extra exposure to your Blog.

Just creating a Facebook page, Google plus page is not enough, you should use it for user engagement and make sure your user can find the Social media subscription box quickly to connect to your blog on Social media front.

8. Subscription options:

Subscrption option on Top blogs
Most of the top Bloggers like Harsh Agrawal, Darren use the power of Email marketing to the most. Most of these bloggers are using premium Email marketing solution like ConvertKit, Drip & Leadpages.

It doesn’t matter which service you use, but make sure you offer easy ways for your readers to subscribe to your Blog. Here are some of the must have Subscription option for your Blog.

9. Multi-author:

Another Blogging practice followed by top blogs is: Allowing guest posting. This may not be common for all the top blogs, but still one of the technique being used by A-list bloggers is to form a community around their Blog.

When you allow others to guest post on your Blog, it’s more like inviting them to be a part of your Blog family. You can check out SML earlier guide on How to convert your WordPress blog into Multi-author Blog.

You can also consider having your own team of writers, which will help you to create content consistently and keep your blog updated. Though, as I mentioned it all depends upon your Blog content strategy and kind of Blog you are running.

10. Author Bio box:

Author Bio box

A Blog post without an author bio is more like a post with no identity. When you add an author bio box, it increases the credibility of an article and readers can connect to the article.

As I mentioned above, most of top blogs allow guest posting and author bio box is something common in them.

11. Over to you:

These are just few of the hundreds of common blogging practices followed by top-notch blogs and instead of writing all, I’m handing it over to you. Why don’t you go ahead and analyse few popular blogs in your niche, and try to find what’s common in them and let us know via comment.

Subscribe on Youtube
Blogging Practices Bottom-Line

Having said that, does each of these blogging practices followed by top notch bloggers, make any sense. Fortunately, we belong to the era of Steve Jobs, the late CEO of Apple.

And from him, we all have learnt a few valuable things about awesome presentation skills and their importance. In the transient and highly competitive blogging world, a blog needs to stay ahead of the curve each time. So branding and blog marketing makes sense.

Check out : 12 Lessons Steve Jobs taught Guy Kawasaki
Apart from rich content, presentation too matters a lot. It’s because online viewers, specifically blog readers see what they want to see. One needs to constantly lure the readers and fool the search engines for being successful. But, don’t overdo this blogging practice, otherwise both are smart enough to see through it.

And yes, let me clear the air. I too am in favour of these above mentioned blogging practices and find no reason why a blogger should not employ those for a slight competitive edge.

But, what about you?

11 Things Which Are common In Successful Blogs – My research

11 Things Which Are common In Successful Blogs – My research

Every day when I start your day, I expect to see a miracle and get tons of traffic and exposure to my Blog.

In nutshell,we all want want to see our blog as a top notch blog.

I have one question here:

What Blogging practices you are implementing on your blog to make your blog stand out from others?
Are you offering unique and creative content?
Are you engaging with your readers?
Is your about page talks about your blog ideology? Do you have all essential element of a Successful Blog?
If you are a new Blogger, you might make tons of blogging mistakes and learn from it to reach to that level, or you can take a shortcut and spend quality time analysing top and successful Blog.

There are many popular blogs like Social Media Examiner, Problogger, Dailyblogtips and many more out there. All you need to do is sit down, open these blogs and try to find out whats common in them. What strategy they are putting to create a top blog and not just another blog.

Each time you visit a top notch blog in any niche, you come across some common practices that are being followed. And sadly, you are left with two options:

Either to mimic the blogging practices that are being followed, or,
Sit back and complain, “Oh, each of them is just so similar.”
Here I’m talking about few practices which you can implement on your blog today to make your blog stand out and give a direction to A Blogger list.

Blogging Practices

This post helps you get a better picture of this situation by providing insights to such blogging practices followed by well established blogs.

Of-course a backdoor insight, but do not jump to conclusions, without reading the complete post. You will have a clear cut idea about which option to follow, and which one to forgo, for being a top notch blogger too.
blogging practicesSo, let’s begin with some of the common blogging practices that make you feel that the blogosphere is unbalanced and unfair to budding bloggers.

1. Success begets success

People arguably believe that the top ranked pages for a keyword draws the maximum traffic. Well, it’s true that readers hardly look for the second page in search engines, but that doesn’t mean they click on the topmost link in the search engine page results.

I rather prefer scanning the URLs and settle for the one with which I am more acquainted. For instance, think of the blogging niche and you enter a keyword say “Blogging Practices”.

Then would you opt for a less known blog ranked higher, over Shout Me Loud or say CopyBlogger. And with more number of such mindsets, ultimately the blog post of successful blog starts ranking higher. That’s what branding does.

2. Alexa ranking obsession

Of-course we are not new to how flawed is Alexa ranking, favoring the websites that install the Alexa toolbar or write reviews for Alexa or even use the premium Alexa services. Inspite of all this, advertisers still, give high priority to Alexa ranking, and so do blog owners.

3. Dedicated SEO implementation

It is always debatable about how much SEO is optimum for a blog?. Do we have to focus on content or SEO or both? And with advanced offsite and on site SEO techniques, even blogs with questionable content go a long way.

Even if you are not into hardcore SEO like Keyword optimization, Readability, On page optimization, Keyword research but there are few things which you should take care.

Top Blog SEO

For example: If you would notice any blog post on Mashable, you would realize they smartly target Keywords using WordPress Permalink.

They remove all the stop words and keep their permalink Keyword optimized. This is a small practice but again, one of the best SEO practice.

If you would notice content here at ShoutMeLoud, you would notice proper usage of Heading tags like H1, H2 and H3. Takeaway here is, SEO is not only they key to success but a good SEO practice will ensure that your blog will stand out of the crowd.

Learn How to write SEO optimized Articles in WordPress
4. Premium Themes & unique design Impact

Yes, Premium themes too are closely related to search engine optimization. With more powerful SEO optimized premium and custom themes powered by Genesis framework, the top notch blogs become even more invincible.

More over, along with using a Premium theme framework one thing which is very common about these top notch blog is using a Custom design for their blog theme. Most of the top blogs are using a unique design to brand their Blog. This is not only highly recommended practice but a must have for serious Bloggers.

5. Content

Needless to say, a Blog can’t be famous without quality content. Depending upon your content stratagy, you need to ensure that you are not only offering quality articles but its’ also informative. Publishing article which your reader expect is another great strategy. For ex: Check out question and answer section of ShoutMeLoud, where Harsh answers Blogging questions of his readers.

How to write Stand out Blog posts
How to Deliver Quality Blog content
6. Important Pages:

Pages like About page, Contact page, Privacy page, Comment policy page are very important part of any Blog or Website. They work as a get to know me element for your Blog readers.

More over, all the top blogs have a dedicated about page which not only talks about blog ideology but also give a personal touch by adding editor bio. An example could be seen at ProBlogger about page.

Why you need an About page for your Site
Importance of About page for a Blog
7. Social media integration:

Another common thing about Top notch blog is utilizing the power of Social media. There is no doubt about benefits of Social media for Blogging, and property like Facebook, Twitter, Google plus gives extra exposure to your Blog.

Just creating a Facebook page, Google plus page is not enough, you should use it for user engagement and make sure your user can find the Social media subscription box quickly to connect to your blog on Social media front.

8. Subscription options:

Subscrption option on Top blogs
Most of the top Bloggers like Harsh Agrawal, Darren use the power of Email marketing to the most. Most of these bloggers are using premium Email marketing solution like ConvertKit, Drip & Leadpages.

It doesn’t matter which service you use, but make sure you offer easy ways for your readers to subscribe to your Blog. Here are some of the must have Subscription option for your Blog.

9. Multi-author:

Another Blogging practice followed by top blogs is: Allowing guest posting. This may not be common for all the top blogs, but still one of the technique being used by A-list bloggers is to form a community around their Blog.

When you allow others to guest post on your Blog, it’s more like inviting them to be a part of your Blog family. You can check out SML earlier guide on How to convert your WordPress blog into Multi-author Blog.

You can also consider having your own team of writers, which will help you to create content consistently and keep your blog updated. Though, as I mentioned it all depends upon your Blog content strategy and kind of Blog you are running.

10. Author Bio box:

Author Bio box

A Blog post without an author bio is more like a post with no identity. When you add an author bio box, it increases the credibility of an article and readers can connect to the article.

As I mentioned above, most of top blogs allow guest posting and author bio box is something common in them.

11. Over to you:

These are just few of the hundreds of common blogging practices followed by top-notch blogs and instead of writing all, I’m handing it over to you. Why don’t you go ahead and analyse few popular blogs in your niche, and try to find what’s common in them and let us know via comment.

Subscribe on Youtube
Blogging Practices Bottom-Line

Having said that, does each of these blogging practices followed by top notch bloggers, make any sense. Fortunately, we belong to the era of Steve Jobs, the late CEO of Apple.

And from him, we all have learnt a few valuable things about awesome presentation skills and their importance. In the transient and highly competitive blogging world, a blog needs to stay ahead of the curve each time. So branding and blog marketing makes sense.

Check out : 12 Lessons Steve Jobs taught Guy Kawasaki
Apart from rich content, presentation too matters a lot. It’s because online viewers, specifically blog readers see what they want to see. One needs to constantly lure the readers and fool the search engines for being successful. But, don’t overdo this blogging practice, otherwise both are smart enough to see through it.

And yes, let me clear the air. I too am in favour of these above mentioned blogging practices and find no reason why a blogger should not employ those for a slight competitive edge.

But, what about you?

11 Things Which Are common In Successful Blogs – My research

11 Things Which Are common In Successful Blogs – My research

Every day when I start your day, I expect to see a miracle and get tons of traffic and exposure to my Blog.

In nutshell,we all want want to see our blog as a top notch blog.

I have one question here:

What Blogging practices you are implementing on your blog to make your blog stand out from others?
Are you offering unique and creative content?
Are you engaging with your readers?
Is your about page talks about your blog ideology? Do you have all essential element of a Successful Blog?
If you are a new Blogger, you might make tons of blogging mistakes and learn from it to reach to that level, or you can take a shortcut and spend quality time analysing top and successful Blog.

There are many popular blogs like Social Media Examiner, Problogger, Dailyblogtips and many more out there. All you need to do is sit down, open these blogs and try to find out whats common in them. What strategy they are putting to create a top blog and not just another blog.

Each time you visit a top notch blog in any niche, you come across some common practices that are being followed. And sadly, you are left with two options:

Either to mimic the blogging practices that are being followed, or,
Sit back and complain, “Oh, each of them is just so similar.”
Here I’m talking about few practices which you can implement on your blog today to make your blog stand out and give a direction to A Blogger list.

Blogging Practices

This post helps you get a better picture of this situation by providing insights to such blogging practices followed by well established blogs.

Of-course a backdoor insight, but do not jump to conclusions, without reading the complete post. You will have a clear cut idea about which option to follow, and which one to forgo, for being a top notch blogger too.
blogging practicesSo, let’s begin with some of the common blogging practices that make you feel that the blogosphere is unbalanced and unfair to budding bloggers.

1. Success begets success

People arguably believe that the top ranked pages for a keyword draws the maximum traffic. Well, it’s true that readers hardly look for the second page in search engines, but that doesn’t mean they click on the topmost link in the search engine page results.

I rather prefer scanning the URLs and settle for the one with which I am more acquainted. For instance, think of the blogging niche and you enter a keyword say “Blogging Practices”.

Then would you opt for a less known blog ranked higher, over Shout Me Loud or say CopyBlogger. And with more number of such mindsets, ultimately the blog post of successful blog starts ranking higher. That’s what branding does.

2. Alexa ranking obsession

Of-course we are not new to how flawed is Alexa ranking, favoring the websites that install the Alexa toolbar or write reviews for Alexa or even use the premium Alexa services. Inspite of all this, advertisers still, give high priority to Alexa ranking, and so do blog owners.

3. Dedicated SEO implementation

It is always debatable about how much SEO is optimum for a blog?. Do we have to focus on content or SEO or both? And with advanced offsite and on site SEO techniques, even blogs with questionable content go a long way.

Even if you are not into hardcore SEO like Keyword optimization, Readability, On page optimization, Keyword research but there are few things which you should take care.

Top Blog SEO

For example: If you would notice any blog post on Mashable, you would realize they smartly target Keywords using WordPress Permalink.

They remove all the stop words and keep their permalink Keyword optimized. This is a small practice but again, one of the best SEO practice.

If you would notice content here at ShoutMeLoud, you would notice proper usage of Heading tags like H1, H2 and H3. Takeaway here is, SEO is not only they key to success but a good SEO practice will ensure that your blog will stand out of the crowd.

Learn How to write SEO optimized Articles in WordPress
4. Premium Themes & unique design Impact

Yes, Premium themes too are closely related to search engine optimization. With more powerful SEO optimized premium and custom themes powered by Genesis framework, the top notch blogs become even more invincible.

More over, along with using a Premium theme framework one thing which is very common about these top notch blog is using a Custom design for their blog theme. Most of the top blogs are using a unique design to brand their Blog. This is not only highly recommended practice but a must have for serious Bloggers.

5. Content

Needless to say, a Blog can’t be famous without quality content. Depending upon your content stratagy, you need to ensure that you are not only offering quality articles but its’ also informative. Publishing article which your reader expect is another great strategy. For ex: Check out question and answer section of ShoutMeLoud, where Harsh answers Blogging questions of his readers.

How to write Stand out Blog posts
How to Deliver Quality Blog content
6. Important Pages:

Pages like About page, Contact page, Privacy page, Comment policy page are very important part of any Blog or Website. They work as a get to know me element for your Blog readers.

More over, all the top blogs have a dedicated about page which not only talks about blog ideology but also give a personal touch by adding editor bio. An example could be seen at ProBlogger about page.

Why you need an About page for your Site
Importance of About page for a Blog
7. Social media integration:

Another common thing about Top notch blog is utilizing the power of Social media. There is no doubt about benefits of Social media for Blogging, and property like Facebook, Twitter, Google plus gives extra exposure to your Blog.

Just creating a Facebook page, Google plus page is not enough, you should use it for user engagement and make sure your user can find the Social media subscription box quickly to connect to your blog on Social media front.

8. Subscription options:

Subscrption option on Top blogs
Most of the top Bloggers like Harsh Agrawal, Darren use the power of Email marketing to the most. Most of these bloggers are using premium Email marketing solution like ConvertKit, Drip & Leadpages.

It doesn’t matter which service you use, but make sure you offer easy ways for your readers to subscribe to your Blog. Here are some of the must have Subscription option for your Blog.

9. Multi-author:

Another Blogging practice followed by top blogs is: Allowing guest posting. This may not be common for all the top blogs, but still one of the technique being used by A-list bloggers is to form a community around their Blog.

When you allow others to guest post on your Blog, it’s more like inviting them to be a part of your Blog family. You can check out SML earlier guide on How to convert your WordPress blog into Multi-author Blog.

You can also consider having your own team of writers, which will help you to create content consistently and keep your blog updated. Though, as I mentioned it all depends upon your Blog content strategy and kind of Blog you are running.

10. Author Bio box:

Author Bio box

A Blog post without an author bio is more like a post with no identity. When you add an author bio box, it increases the credibility of an article and readers can connect to the article.

As I mentioned above, most of top blogs allow guest posting and author bio box is something common in them.

11. Over to you:

These are just few of the hundreds of common blogging practices followed by top-notch blogs and instead of writing all, I’m handing it over to you. Why don’t you go ahead and analyse few popular blogs in your niche, and try to find what’s common in them and let us know via comment.

Subscribe on Youtube
Blogging Practices Bottom-Line

Having said that, does each of these blogging practices followed by top notch bloggers, make any sense. Fortunately, we belong to the era of Steve Jobs, the late CEO of Apple.

And from him, we all have learnt a few valuable things about awesome presentation skills and their importance. In the transient and highly competitive blogging world, a blog needs to stay ahead of the curve each time. So branding and blog marketing makes sense.

Check out : 12 Lessons Steve Jobs taught Guy Kawasaki
Apart from rich content, presentation too matters a lot. It’s because online viewers, specifically blog readers see what they want to see. One needs to constantly lure the readers and fool the search engines for being successful. But, don’t overdo this blogging practice, otherwise both are smart enough to see through it.

And yes, let me clear the air. I too am in favour of these above mentioned blogging practices and find no reason why a blogger should not employ those for a slight competitive edge.

But, what about you?