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How To Be A Prolific Blog Writer

How To Be A Prolific Blog Writer

Time and again you have heard how Google has put a lot of emphasis on quality content creation. It therefore goes without saying that as a blogger you need to know how to approach blog writing.

As a blog writer you realize that the more quality content you publish, the more money you will make. This also applies to all types of writers; the more productive you are the better for you.

Blog writing has proved to be the best strategy of influencing peoples’ decision making process. Word of mouth is powerful but do you know that as a blog writer you are even more powerful?

The question that people fail to ask is, for someone to talk about your product, he or she must have been influenced to do so by someone else. It is the same ask asking, who influences the influencers?

Here is the answer; the internet has become the source of information. And what better way than becoming a blog writer and influencing people’s course of action.




For all these to happen, you have got to acquire writing skills and more importantly, you have to learn how to be productive. This is especially the case for people who blog for business purposes.

Nothing in life succeeds if you do not have a laid out plan. The same applies when it comes to blog writing. As a blog writer, you have to be ready to work for long hours and stretch your body and mind to its limit.

The reason being that, the more you manage to write, the higher your bank account will smile at you. At the same time, you have to publish articles that will make your audience take the desired action.

On this write up, let us discuss some important tips for writing that will ensure you perform to the maximum and still produce quality content.

Research comes first: Before you get down to writing, the first thing you need to do is gather information on what you will write about. If you are going to write more than one blog post, ensure you have researched on all the topics first.

Also included in the research process is gathering links that contain sources of your information. As a blog writer you know you have to support your points by linking back to other authority sites.

The idea here is to avoid been distracted once you get down to writing. Referring to other sites will require you to connect to the internet and that will distract your flow of writing.

It is recommended that after you have done your research; put that information on a sticky note where you can be referring as you compose your articles.

Read widely: This article has been influenced by several articles I have been reading over time. To be a good blog writer you have to be ready to read anything related to your niche.

As you read what others have written you get to learn new and better writing skills. You also get to learn from other peoples’ experience thus avoid doing similar mistakes that they did.

Read as many books and blogs as you can, this is the only way to become a prolific writer. Something you will note when you read widely is that ideas will flow freely once you put pen to paper.

The mind is a powerful organ that can store more information that you can dare think about. Therefore, as you read what others have written, your mind subconsciously stores this information. You will be amazed how content will flow when you begin writing your own articles.

Perform one task at a time: Unless you are a robot or some super human being it is always advisable to concentrate on one thing at a time. You cannot expect to come up with quality articles when you are writing and at the same time chatting with your friend on facebook.

As a blogger, your primary goal should be to generate content, all other things come second. Furthermore, ideas flow freely when you are focused on your writing. If there is something else that has to be done, first complete your article then, attend to other pressing issues.

This is a matter of prioritizing, knowing what you need to attend to first and so on. The only way for accomplishing a given task is to focus and make sure it’s completed.

Doing several things at the same time will only result in time wasting. Besides, by the end of the day you’ll probably discover nothing has been done and if you have completed the work, it will not be perfect.

Multitasking has been found to result in procrastination since tasks appear difficult to perform.

Write none stop: This strategy may not work for all people. Some people require to take breaks between as they work. But it also depends on the kind of work you do.

For me I discovered that once I get down to blog writing I prefer to go all the way until am done. Taking breaks chokes my ideas and when I get back to writing my mind becomes blank.

Especially when you want to really write many articles, it is best to write none stop. This entails writing for like 5 hours without stopping.

This idea will also work for you if you are a freelance writer. In freelancing, the more you write the more cash you will pocket.

But this might not be the case with other people. Some bloggers think and write better when they take rests.  Therefore, experiment and see what works best for you.

Work ambiance: Do you find it difficult to write? Then you need to check your work environment. There is nothing as distractive to a blog writer as noise from the surrounding.

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Noise from children playing outside or music playing on radio is enough to distract your blog writing. If your surrounding is affecting your blogging it is advisable to try and relocate. You can go to your friend’s place that has better ambiance.

When you are writing you need to concentrate fully. Therefore, switch off your TV, Radio or anything that will affect the flow of your writing.

Take time to relax and do some workouts: This applies to everyone no matter what walk of life you come from or what you do. The only way to remain productive thus refresh your mind is through regular exercise.

By the way, you do not need to enroll in a gym in order to exercise; you can perform some simple workouts in the comfort of your bedroom.

Instead of going to the mall with your car or taking a cab, you can decide to take a walk. This is both for your general well being and more importantly it will make you a more productive blog writer.

It is true that you need to work hard in order to be a successful blogger but that does not mean you should not rest. In fact, the more you work the longer you should rest.

In your working schedule, you should also allocate time to rest. You can decide that you will only be working in the morning and resting in the afternoons. Or you can work a whole day and take a break the next day.

Remember, too much work with no play made Jack a dull boy. What will you achieve if you break down in the name of becoming successful?

Proofread after you are through with drafting: Believe it or not, proofreading before you are through with your blog writing can be very distractive.

In most cases, proofreading every paragraph you write will lead to loss of concentration and block flow of ideas. In addition, when you proofread a sentence after writing it you end up overlooking your mistakes.

This is because in your mind you know what you wanted to write but on paper the sentence could be reading something else. Trying to be faultless is the worst mistake you can make.

It is better to write your article to the end and only come back to proof read when you are done. As for me, once I’m through with writing my articles, I leave the house to attend to my other duties.

I then come back in the evening when my mind is fresh and I’m detached from what I wrote earlier. This is like having someone else proofreading my articles.

You can also ask your friend or someone in your household to proofread your work.

Conclusion: Blogging is fun as long as you have clear set goals. In order to be productive you need to be a focused blog writer. Success is guaranteed only when you put your mind to it.

I have stated my point, now I leave it to you to get down to work and become the best blogger who influences influencers by publishing quality blog articles.

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How To Schedule Your Blog Writing On A Regular Basis

How To Schedule Your Blog Writing On A Regular Basis

Many are the times you have heard people saying they work from home 2 hours a day. This is most common with folks who do blog writing. Personally, I work for even less time and it is all about planning and automating my work online business.

For those of you who are in employment (9-5 job), blogging can be a nice avenue of creating a work online part time business. This will go a long way in supplementing your salary. It may take you some time before you begin getting the big money, but don’t you think it’s worth the wait and in time achieve financial freedom you so crave for?

We all are in need of financial security and today I shall discuss on how you can plan your time and make money by blog writing.

The thought that blog writing is time consuming needs to come out of your mind. All you need to do is come up with a good work schedule. On this article we shall see how within 1 or 2 hours a day you can easily manage your blog writing.

Research and writing: (1 hour a day)




Content is Key – This has been repeated time and time again and there is no way you can escape writing if you want to make money online. That is why you need to allocate the most time when it comes to researching and writing.

Since blogging is about posting content regularly, you can opt to be publishing 2 or 3 articles a week. The others days of the week can be for doing your research. It is so imperative to plan on what you are going to write on your blog. In fact, research is more important than the blog writing.

By planning on what to talk about on your blog, will mean that when you get down to the blog writing you will spend less time. You need to come up with how your article is going to be structured, because if you don’t do that it will take you much longer to write.

You can schedule to have Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays as the days you will be doing your research and structuring. Then set aside Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays for blog writing. This means that the content you gather and structure on Monday; will be the article you write about the following day and so on.

The best way to do research is reading a lot. Be up to date with the happenings in your niche by reading other peoples’ blogs. Subscribe to the top bloggers in your niche through RSS feeds or their newsletters. In addition, you can bookmark tops blogs and on the days of doing research you read their new content.

Reading blogs in your niche will help you gain more knowledge and also ensure you get ideas on blog writing. On top of what people are blogging about, on a site like Yahoo Answers you can get questions people in your niche are asking about thus have ideas on articles to write about.

The idea is to know how the top bloggers are writing and get better styles of writing. That should always be your target, because what is the point of blog writing if you cannot be the best in your niche. Make sure you publish the best relevant and insightful content and people will always keep coming back for more.

Writing: Once you have done your groundwork and structuring well, then the most it will take you to write a blog is 45 minutes.

Social Media Marketing: (25 – 30 minutes a day)

I see many online marketers spending the whole day on social networking sites trying to promote their businesses and products. This to me is a waste of time and resources. I would rather you dedicate that time to more planning and researching.

Facebook (15 minutes in a day) – As we speak facebook has become a force to reckon with as far as online marketing is concerned. With thousands of people signing up each day it is absolutely important that every blog writer to have an account on facebook.

Before I talked about automation and with the tools available on the net you can update your facebook wall without necessarily opening your account. Personally, I use Networked blogs to update my status wall on facebook.

This tells you that I spend like 0 minutes on facebook, but I usually go to my account to respond to my messages and people that comment on my posts. This takes me like 10 minutes at most. It is always good to respond to your messages since social media marketing is all but building relationships and your online brand.

If you have a fun page, then you need to add another 5 minutes to update your wall, start discussions and respond to comments.

Twitter (5 minutes in a day) – Some people will not agree with me but I find twitter very easy to mange. Twitter is said to be the fastest growing social media site. So do not assume I do not have a twitter account. In fact, anyone blogging for money MUST have a Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and of late a Google Plus account.

blog writingWith Networked Blogs, I’m able to link my blog to my twitter account. This in turn leaves me with all the time to concentrate on my research and blog writing.

Since my social media network followers are mostly from the USA and Europe and we are in different time zones, I schedule by blog posts to be published when they are online. This means that my tweets and wall status are updated when am comfortably sleeping. Talk of blog writing automation.

The 5 minutes I allocate to respond to the individual messages. This will ensure I build my online presence and further boost my online brand name.

E-marketers that spend a lot of time on twitter are those that seek to follow and unfollow people. But this can be manged automatically with TweeterAdder. With this tool you will be able to:

– Tweet relevant content

– Follow new followers

– Follow people in your niche

– Unfollow people who are not following you back

– Tweet links to your blog

– Tweet your content to your Facebook Wall.

LinkedIn (10 Minutes in a week) – I know this may be different for others depending on where your target audience spend most of their time. As for me I rarely visit my LinkedIn account but since I have synchronized it to my twitter account, my LinkedIn activities are updated daily with my tweets.

The time I spend on LinkedIn is for accepting requests and responding to my private messages.

I hope now you see just how easy it is to manage your blog writing and at the same time update your social networking accounts. This will not only help you get referral traffic but also increase your backlinks for SEO value or juice.

Miscellaneous activities: Blogging involves other activities like article marketing, Email Marketing, Video Marketing, social bookmarking or any other thing you may be involved in to help promote your blog.

Once in a week I am called to do presentations in relation to my work online blog which helps me in offline marketing. I know of other bloggers who organize online contests or conduct interviews. Since these are activities that you do once in a while; with good planning you can execute them with ease.

If you have noticed something about this post is that I have written more content about research and blog writing. As for other activities there is really much to talk about. This goes to show just how critical CONTENT is in regards to blogging. With rich content, making money blogging will be a like a walk in the park.

From the above online working schedule you can see that blog writing is easy to plan, manage and execute. Give the things that count more priority and blogging for money will be fun even as you work from home online.


How To Write A Blog Post That Captivates Your Target Audience

How To Write A Blog Post That Captivates Your Target Audience

On this blog we have been doing one thing, telling you just how priceless blogging is to online business. The big question now that needs to be addressed is how to write a blog?

A blog that has no traffic is of no benefit to you as an online entrepreneur. Here, we are not talking about 100 or 200 visitors daily, for you to make an impact in your niche you need to be able to direct thousands of people to your blog.

You have to find ways of captivating your target audience by your style of writing. The use of the right titles and keywords is not enough though they play an integral part when it comes to writing a blog.

The thing that will set you apart is your ability to write blog posts that keep readers glued to your every sentence. This is what will make your articles sharable thus gain authority in your area of business.

On this article we shall go into details on how to write a blog that is captivating and at the same time informative, SEO friendly and professional.





How to make your blog content unique: The internet is a hub for gathering all kind of content you can think about. Because of this fact, you can hardly come across a topic that has not been covered by other blog writers.

However, that does not mean that you give up on writing. There is always an angle you can take on every article that would make your article stand out.

So as to have ideas to write about you need to be a fervent reader and researcher. Reading helps you to gather facts about a given topic hence have the ability to approach it in manner people have never thought about. In addition, reading assists you to improve your writing skills.

Sometimes all you need to do is find a phrase or two that will get people glued to your article. This can be in form of bring a funny side to a story or asking questions that would get people thinking.

For you to be reading this post you must be a blogger or seeking to learn how to write blog posts in a better way. Therefore you will agree with me that when you are writing most of the time ideas just seem to disappear.

In actual fact, when you go offline that is when the best ideas suddenly come rolling in. For this reason, I advice writes to always walk with a pen and a paper so as to capture these moments of information downpour.

In this age of technology, you can also get a phone or gadget that will allow you to put your ideas in a digital format.

Did you know that what you go through as an individual is different from any other person? Thus there is no better strategy of writing a blog than using your personal experiences. There are things that you encounter in life on a daily basis that you can slot in your blog post that would touch your readers’ emotions.

The one mistake you can do when it comes to blogging is choosing a niche that you are not passionate about. You will become a better author when you launch a blog that is centered in your expertise.

Sharing content in your area of interest ensures you always have options on what to write about. Furthermore, the more you concentrate in your area of expertise the more knowledge you will acquire thus become an authority figure in your niche.

Apply keyword usage tactfully: You can be the best writer the world has ever seen but if you cannot market your work no one will ever know about you.

Unlike offline where marketing a book calls for a huge advertising budget, when it comes to online the ball game is a bit different. For you to succeed in blogging you need to know how to use keywords.

As you are writing a blog, in the back of your mind you have to consider search engines. There are over 200 parameters that search engine spiders look at to rank websites but the two elements that count the most include keywords and backlinks.

Even though of late search engines are trying to rank content by measuring social activities, backlinks and keywords still remain prominent.

To some extent controlling the backlinks you get may be challenging but you can surely manage to have full control of keyword usage.

With the right tools such as Google Keyword Tool or Keyword Discovery you can know exactly what people are searching for as they browse the web.

Learning how to skillfully use keyword throughout your articles will ensure your posts relate to your readers target audience search queries. This way you article will rank high on Search Engine Result Pages.

In some instances you may find it difficult to target certain keywords. A good example is when you are targeting a keyword like “how to write a blog”. Incorporating such a phrase throughout an article can be very tricky and can easily make your article unreadable.

But as you can see I have used it in the above paragraph in a way that looks natural.

So as to make sure that engine bots know identify your keywords you can use italic, bold or underline your keyword phrases.

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How to advance your skills as a blog writer: Having the ability to pick the right keywords is important but it is not enough to make your blog stand out.

Getting your target audience to land on your blog is one thing but keeping them glued to your web pages you need to have unique writing techniques.

I must admit that some of us English is a second language. It is said people think in their mother tongue thus translating to English can be a daunting task. But that does not mean you cannot acquire the right skills to write a blog that blows the mind of your readers.

Below are some things you can do to improve your writing skills:

1: The same way a musician has a signature, you too as a blogger need to have your own style of writing your blogs. The only way to achieve that is by being yourself.

For you to look cool you need to try and create your own identity rather than copy what someone else is doing.  When you write from your heart it makes it easy for people to identify with you. Besides, each one of us is unique in his or her own way, that’s what makes life worthwhile. Now, transfer that distinctiveness to your blog and you will stand out.

2: You can enlist yourself to a grammar class or subscribe online to a writing course. Here you will get to learn from the expert thus with time become a better blogger.

3: Use Microsoft Word when writing your blog post. Apart from correcting your grammar and spelling mistakes, you can use the Synonym feature in MS word to get vocabulary that will enhance your writing hence improve reader experience.

4: Read widely so as to gather facts that will back your information. Giving statistics is one way of making your content informative and interesting to read.

Learn how to structure your blog content: Once you have identified the topic to write about and chosen the right keywords you need to plan how to construct your article.

Proper structuring makes your article flow thus ensuring readers have an easy time following what your blog post is all about.

Your articles should always have an introduction that goes straight to the point.

Bonus point: Your first paragraph needs to be catchy so as to make readers want to go through the whole article.

It is common knowledge that most people just scan through an article without reading. You can make them pose to read some of your content by breaking using images, bullets, bold letters, graphs or using sub headings.

This will not only capture your readers’ attention, but make it easier for your target audience to know where exactly to find important information within your posts.

Another important aspect on how to write a blog is to know how to conclude. Here is where you can recap what you have written or share your overall opinion about a given topic.

It is also an opportunity to include your call to action message. When you post a blog there is definitely something you expect your readers to do. Rather than hope they will do it, why don’t you conclude by telling your audience what to do?

Conclusion: In a previous article we shared on how blogging is the future of internet marketing. So as to be in the lot of those that will influence the future on internet business you need to know how to blog.

As you can see writing on the web is a combination of many aspects and my hope is that this post will help you see how to approach blogging. When micro-blogging was introduced people thought that blogging would die out but they were so wrong.

It does not matter how good you are at composing tweets. By the end of the day you will need to take people somewhere so as to make money online. You stand a better chance if you will learn how to write a blog even as you are micro-blogging.

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