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Alternatives to Bad Link Building Strategies

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Over the years, many people are writing about link building strategies both good and bad. It’s no secret the Internet can make you a lot of money and those on the first page of Google generate enormous money through ads and selling products. However, this has led to many people taking part in manipulative link building strategies against Google’s guidelines. It might produce results short term, but long-term, it’s bad link building and can hurt your bottom line. Once you get banned from Google’s SERP’s, you’ve destroyed your online business. With time and the expansion of the Internet comes the ability to try different things. When I first started blogging, we often talked about 3-4 link building strategies but now, I can think of over 15. It’s important to note that some are good but a majority of them will do more harm so it’s important to focus on the ones that matter, producing results. Here’s something else…

Some link building strategies simply need to be tweaked to be effective. In other words, bad link building can be transformed into effective ones by making a few changes along the lines. I’ll like to discuss 3 popular link building techniques and their alternatives that yield huge results. You’ll be surprised how they can boost your rankings within the SERP’s when you make some slight adjustments.

Let’s get started…

Link Exchanges

I can’t stress how ineffective link exchanges are for boosting SERP rankings and much of it has to do with the way people utilize these networks. For example, people start buying irrelevant bulk backlinks, pointing them to their page without doing any research. When you point poor quality backlinks to a page, you’re doing more harm than good. This is why Google introduced the Disavow Tool, so you can control what links point to your page. However, making a few changes to the way you use specific networks can produce the opposite effect. Here’s what I recommend going forward…

First, if you’re starting out, then join only the best link exchange websites and always set the approval to manual so you have complete control. If you leave the interface to automatic, then all requests will be approved, good or bad, and you should try to avoid this from happening. Next, when you get a link request, you should research the URL it’s received from by heading over to OpenSiteExplorer.org or Ahref.com. Paste in the URL of the website and skim through the information generated. Here are some of the factors to look for:

  • Domain Authority
  • Page Authority
  • Anchor Text
  • # external links

A clear report on these factors will tell you the value this URL will provide to your website. Compare it to your current DA and PA and if it’s above yours while being relevant, then you can benefit from a link exchange with them.

In short, instead of building bulk links, use this alternative:

  • Join popular link exchange networks
  • Always approve manually
  • Research link exchange requests
  • Spread out your link exchange campaigns

Buying and Selling Links

Google is getting smarter and they know when you’ve bought links to boost your rankings within the SERP’s. There are a few reasons why you should avoid this link building technique. First, it’s very difficult to find high quality links when directly buying them because NO authority bloggers will ever sell links on their page. They know how it will degrade the quality of their blog and hurt their overall bottom line. Google pays close attention to internal and external links on a page so if you’re linking to a low quality page, it’s not good for SEO. Secondly, you’re often getting websites with poor content and irrelevant to your niche and links from these pages add NO value. Third, they are NOT genuine links and will often be removed from the blog owner or when the website is removed by Google. However, there is an alternative to buying and selling links that I recommend everyone should utilize instead.

Focus on writing high quality content and/or guest blogging opportunities. Google has put enormous emphasis on providing quality, rewarding this type of content with higher rankings. Guest blogging is a great way to build links and generate traffic to your blog, leading to more links from niche relevant readers. In the end, there is no substitute for high quality content so focus on this instead of buying links.

Utilizing Keywords Effectively

Always using EXACT match keywords within your content and building links will no longer have the same impact as before. The user search pattern is changing and people are using LSI, long-tail, and related keywords to find what they are looking for. When building links, we tend to focus on stuffing our content with EXACT match keywords and building links to our page using the same strategy. However, we need to start looking at the alternatives available to us in terms of keywords. For example, going forward, you should focus on the following:

First, research and create a list of LSI and long-tail keywords so you can utilize them when building links. Start mixing your anchor text when you build links. A great way to find a combination of keywords is by researching your competition and the anchor text they use. If these competitors are ranking on the first page of Google, then their keyword diversity is a great match for you. The strategy is very simple because all you’re doing is tweaking your anchor text from EXACT to branded, related, URL, and long-tail. You have to do some research so you get the right ratio of each, however, this strategy is very effective when boosting your rankings through natural link building.

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Top 10 Content Creation Steps For Bloggers

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When it comes to content creation, writing a blog post and hoping for the best is not an option!

Top quality content takes time, effort, energy, resources, and knowledge.

In this article, we have put together a blueprint for how we like to publish content at IncomeDiary.

It is an approach that has consistently worked for us and it will for you.

Enjoy!

The 10 Most Important Steps For Successful Content Creation

Content creation, marketing

1. Choose a Topic To Write About

Obvious I know!

Questions:

a) Who is your audience?

b) What do they need to know?

c) What can you tell them that no one else can?

d) What is your unique talent? (we all have at least one)

e) In one sentence what is the biggest lesson in life you have learned so far?

f) What was your biggest mistake and what did you learn from it? (Those who succeed the most also tend to fail the most!)

And most importantly of all with Content Creation:

How does your blog post benefit the reader?

Will what you are about to write improve the lives of your readers?

The most successful bloggers succeed because what they write adds value to the lives of their readers

Read the following posts for more inspiration and ideas:

Blog Post Inspiration Is All Around You – Open Your Mind

and…

8 Easy Ways to Generate Blog Post Ideas That Get Attention

2. Deciding On What The Goal Of Your Blog Post Is

You don’t create content just to get traffic.

It could be to:

  • Make more money
  • Get more subscribers
  • To get more back-links
  • To entertain
  • To build your brand

Or it could be to simply improve a part of your business.

Using this post as an example, we get dozens of writers contact us every week, asking to publish guest posts.

We want content but it has to be amazing if we are going to accept it.

Writing this article means that we can better help guest posters write better content so that we can accept more posts and get more traffic.

3. Research Keywords For Blog Post

Once you have decided on your topic, you next have to figure out what you want to rank in Google for.

If you guess, often you will over estimate how popular the search term is.

We recommend you use Ahrefs for keyword research.

I will write in several different keywords until I find one that both fits my topic, but also provides plenty of traffic.

Example keywords for this post:

  • How to write a blog post (4000 visitors)
  • Blog Post Layout (90 visitors)
  • Blog Format (600 visitors)
  • Content Creation (5000 visitors)
  • Creating Content (230 visitors)

Based on this information, I chose to go with content creation as my keyword. Not only does it get more traffic than the others but it’s more targeted than “How to write a blog post”.

Content Creation

In the screenshot above, you can see that the global search volume is 5000 and that I will need in the region of 26 back-links from other websites to rank in the top 10.

The Ahrefs app will show you a lot more than that though – and if you are serious about online marketing and SEO this is the one to use. (Their Lite Plan starts from $99 per month!)

It displays the top 10 websites that rank for a search term, plus how much traffic they get and what other keywords that page ranks for.

The keyword you decide to go with, should be what you name your blog post URL, so for example, IncomeDiary.com/content-creation/

Of course $99 per month is not an insignificant sum and will be a stretch for some.

In this case have a look at busywithseo.com

Just type in your URL or a competitors URL and they will provide a lot of useful SEO information free of charge.

A Back-links Counter is not included in the free options but they have plans starting from $10 per month.

4. Creating Your Blog Post

OK, you know your topic and you know the keyword/s you wish to focus on – how long should your blog post be?

The average blog post on the first page of Google is over 2000 words.

For this reason, I would suggest, always aiming to hit this number. It is not a hard and fast rule – sometimes I go well over and sometimes it is closer to 1500 words. But it is a fact in blogging that the highest ranking posts are often some of the longest.

Choosing a category for your post should be simple enough, as for tags, I usually choose two tags per post. It’s important that no post, category or tag should be named the same. So for example, if my keyword for this post is content creation, I shouldn’t have a category or tag called content creation. Only one page on your site can rank for a keyword and you don’t want pages completing.

As for writing your article, check out: 17 Writing Tips For Bloggers Who Think They Can’t Write!

5. How to Display Content For Readability

Two blog posts can have the same content, but one gets read and the other is closed within seconds. This is often down to how easy it is to skim read.

Here is how we layout our content:

Headline (h1)
Introduction
Image
Headline (h2)
Headline (h3)
Content
Headline (h3)
Content
Headline (h3)
Content

And so on…

Of course, you may also add images in, but as a general outline, this is what we go with. You can see an example of it in this very post.

Other suggestions include:

Mistakes to avoid:

  • Repeating headlines.
  • Starting three sentences in a row with the same word.

6. Adding Images To Your Blog Post

content creation for bloggers

Images are very important.

We like to use three different styles of images:

The screenshot, the photo and the illustration.

Personally, I think all post images should be the same width, centered and shouldn’t link to anywhere.

7. Optimize Text For SEO

Using Yoast SEO Tool, you can figure out quickly what you need to do:

  • Keyword should be in post title
  • Keyword should be in at least 1 other headline
  • Keyword should be in first 100 words.

8. Optimize Images For SEO

Well optimized images tell Google what your blog post is about and helps rank the page higher.

  • Name one image the same as your target keyword.
  • Name all other images related to keyword.
  • Add alt tags.
  • Compress images.

We have written a lot about SEO in the past – check out 10 SEO Blog Post Publishing Steps that Most Bloggers Forget

SEO, content creation

9. Add Internal And External Links

Linking in your post is important. It’s another way of telling Google what your blog post is about.

You should add a few links to external authority websites talking about a similar subject.

You should add a few links to internal pages on your site about similar subjects. (Like we have done here)

10. Marketing Blog Post For SEO and Social Media

One of the main ways Google decides where your page should rank in their search engine, is by counting links going to it.

The better your post, the more links you will get.

To get links, you need to get people to read your post.

To get people to visit your post, you need to name your post something people want to click.

Marketing a blog post is a lot more than getting as many links to your post as possible. It’s also about presenting your content in a way that people want to click.

This comes down to headline, description and featured images.

Headline:

Part of your marketing strategy should be deciding on a post headline that people will click on social media sites and in search engines. But at the same time, it has to be targeting your keyword.

If you were to focus on SEO, you might name your post, Blog Post Content Creation Guide.

If you were to name it for readers, you may write, Best Article Ever Written About Content Creation

What I recommend is you meet in the middle and write for both, Blog Content Creation Guidelines For High Traffic Websites.

Description

Search engine traffic isn’t just about getting number 1 rankings, it’s about getting as many people as you can to click through to your website.

Your blog post meta description should again be written for SEO and for readers.

Featured Image

When you see a featured image on social media, a blog homepage or in the related posts section, you either notice it and want to click, or you scroll right past it.

Final Thoughts on Content Creation…

Still struggling to know what to write about?

Try this:

a) Look at the ‘long tail’ of website search activity on your website. What questions are real people using to find your website?

Then you answer those questions in your content!

b) Check your social media (Twitter and Facebook in particular) and see if people are asking questions or making comments you can use for content creation. Another option is to check publishing tools on your business Facebook page – to see which subjects have the greatest reach, get the most clicks and write a followup to that.

Author Bio:
“BarryBarry Dunlop – lifelong Entrepreneur, Investor, Mastermind Facilitator and Sales Coach. Barry launched his first Internet Business in 1998. Follow Barry on Twitter

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Hacking the 52 Week Money Challenge the Smart Way

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The financial savings picture in America (and the world) isn’t a good one, at multiple income levels. For example: across people with incomes less than $25,000, 38% have $0 saved. For those with incomes from $100,000 to $149,999, it’s not much better: 18% have $0 saved, and 26% have less than $1,000.[1]

This obviously can create problems in the future. Nearly half of American adults can’t cover an emergency expense of $400 without selling something or borrowing money, and 31% of non-retired adults have no retirement savings or pension at all.[2]

Is there a way to get better at saving money? Yes, here’s a challenge you can take to turn around the situation.

The 52 Week Money Challenge

The 52 Week Money Challenge is fairly simple.

  • On Week 1, you deposit $1 in savings. Now your total is $1.
  • On Week 2, you deposit $2, for a new total of $3.

If you follow this for 52 weeks, your eventual total for the year will be $1,378.

Here’s a table showcasing it visually:

The 52-Week Money Challenge works because of habitual momentum. You have a commitment now to do something every single week, and if you achieve it, it will better your financial situation. Charles Duhigg, a leading researcher on habits, has explained that most habit formation takes place as cue, routine, and reward.[3] The 52-Week Money Challenge is the same way:

  • Cue: Every week, you remember you need to do this.
  • Routine: You keep doing it!
  • Reward: Now you have more savings.

Hacking the Money Challenge

How do you make the conscious decision not to spend dollars on fun things?

For example, you know there’s a good chance you’ll spend more money during the holidays— flights to see family members, gifts for family and co-workers, maybe even New Year’s Eve plans. You might spend more in the summer too: vacations and summer sales.

How do you make sure you don’t do that and stay on track with your 52-Week Money Challenge? There are three main hacks if you want to get the most out of the 52-Week Money Challenge:

Automate Money Storing and Transferring

The whole point of automation is making things simpler, and that can work in the 52-Week Money Challenge too. Just automate out the payments beforehand and you’ll never even think about it. It will just not be there—it’ll be savings. Your bank can help you with this, as can apps like Qapital.

Combine the Challenge with Another Goal

Consider merging the 52-Week Money Challenge with a weight loss challenge— lose 1 pound per week, for example— or a spending challenge. You could reduce the number of times you eat out each week in a given month (8, 6, 4, 2) and start from a smaller number each month (7, 5, 3, 1 the next month; then 6, 4, 2, 0).

If you’re tying a money-saving challenge (the 52-Week Money Challenge) with another challenge that will directly impacting savings (eating out less or trying to lose weight— or both!), there will be increased motivation to save money.

Go Beyond the 52 Weeks

Each year you’d save $1,378. In five years, you’d have $6,890. In 10 years, $13,780. It could lead to some pretty nice vacations, if nothing else.

Just don’t stop. The 52-Week Money Challenge is a low impact way to save money.

Challenge Accepted

Go do it. Do the 52-Week Money Challenge. And think on some of the hacks, or create your own— for example, if Week 1 is $2 and then Week 2 is $4, you’d double your savings ($2,756) for the year. In 10 years, you’d have over $27,000 in savings.

That would be impressive given the numbers we initially discussed. Most Americans have less than $1,000 in savings, so even if you just do the basic 52-Week Money Challenge with the hacks discussed, you’ll end the year with more than most people.

Saving is important, whether the savings leads to leisure pursuits or solving emergencies. Start with the 52-Week Money Challenge and see how easy it can be.

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Don't Overlook Your Workstation, It Might Be The Reason Why You Are Unproductive

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As a personal coach with over 100 employees, one of the most common questions I receive from time to time is “how can I be more productive?” The only way to really get ahead is by increasing your productivity. It’s a pretty straight forward concept. When we get more done, we reach our goal more quickly. We all have the same amount of time in the day, but some people just manage to get more done. Surely, there must be some secrets to this super-human level of efficiency. But what?

Throughout the years, I have passed down different techniques and hacks to boost productivity to my collegaues with reasonable success. But one day it dawned on me. I had been overlooking the most important element of a productive work space; the work space itself.

Don’t just organize, organize with purpose

As I observed the Lifehack office, I noticed that there was one distinctive variable. All of my colleauges had been integrating the same productivity techniques that I had taught them, but still for some reason some had more success than others.

I noticed that there was definitely a direct connection between those who had organized work stations and their level of productivity. I asked each individual what the thought process what behind their desk set-ups. Not at all to my surprise, those who admitted to organizing their workstations with purpose were more productive than those who didn’t.

Why? Because not only do they take the time to organize, but they organize tactfully to increase productivity. (I am even de-cluttering my desk as I write this!) This makes a whole lot of sense because your environment contributes largely to your success.

Think about it like this: if you were on a diet, you wouldn’t surround yourself with junk-food, right? Well, if you want to think clearly, you shouldn’t surround yourself with distractions.

Create the ideal environment to enhance your productivity

I decided to pick the brains of the more productive individuals in the office. This way I could harness some of their wisdom for helpful tips for organization and increased efficiency. I found that they all had these habits in common:

1. Keep distractions on your unfamiliar side

By your unfamiliar side, I mean your less dominant hand. If you are right handed, keep your phone on the left side of the desk so are less likely to reach for it. Understandably, you want to keep your phone around in case of emergencies. But checking your phone is probably so habitual that it’s become muscle memory at this point. Sometimes you grab your phone without even realizing it. Constantly doing this will break your focus and disrupt your workflow. To avoid this, make it inconvenient to reach.

2. The larger your trashcan, the better

This may seem slightly trivial, but it’s actually imperative for improving efficiency. The goal here is clarity. So you want to have a nearby receptacle to dump all of your unwanted and unneeded clutter before it takes over your life.

Let’s say that you’ve just finished brainstorming and have utilized all of the ideas you had written down. Now you have no need for that pile of papers holding your old ideas. But your small trash can is full. Instead of walking across the office to dump the papers, you just set them off to the side. It starts out with just one pile of papers, but the it turns into a habit of, “I’ll take care of this later.” And the next thing you know, you’re buried with outdated and unneeded items. Is that a used tissue? Gross!

Now the items you actually need are mixed up with unnecessary items, which will get frustrating after a while. Save yourself the trouble. Clean as you go.

3. Have a designated “deal with later” area

As your work days drag on, you’ll start to realize that you’re not getting as much done as you’d like. As tasks and projects pile up, you find yourself battling distractions and losing your focus, not to mention becoming overwhelmed by your workload.

Lighten the load a bit. Create a “deal with later” area. This could be a folder or shelf where you store your tasks. By doing this, your brain will register that you have received the project, but then you can file it away so it does not deter you from your current task. Each time you get distracted, it takes twice and long to refocus. Set aside a time to clear out your “deal with later” area, and get to it when you can.

4. Keep only the essentials on your desk

The presence of organizational tools may make you feel like you are being more productive, but remember less is more. You only need one pen to write with, one highlighter to highlight with, one notebook to write on and one stack of post-its until you run out. Anything else is unnecessary, and will just make your work space a mess. Besides, you want to spend your precious time working, not deciding on which pen to use.

Keep these items to your dominant side, on your otherwise clutter-free desk. That way you have all that you need right on hand.

5. Have an organized drawer for the almost- essentials

I know you love that polka dot stapler and matching tape dispenser. But they’re not vital items for your productivity, are they? You want to keep them close, but not out in the open where they might distract you. Instead, keep almost-essential items like these that you use on a daily basis in a well-organized drawer.

Keeping items like these out of sight gives your brain less of an opportunity to wander, helping to keep you on track. You might not think that a stapler is going to hinder your workflow, but you’d be surprised where your mind will drift to when you’re stuck on a task.

6. Always have water on hand

And lots of it. It is the elixir of life and productivity. I noticed during my observations that the most productive people always have a large container of water on their desk at all times. This is because when they become focused and throw themselves into their work, they often forget to drink water.

Having water on hand saves them less trips of getting up to get it, therefore they have less distractions throughout the day. Not to mention, staying hydrated helps them to think clearly and therefore be more productive. Remember, clarity corresponds with efficiency.

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Alternatives to Bad Link Building Strategies

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Over the years, many people are writing about link building strategies both good and bad. It’s no secret the Internet can make you a lot of money and those on the first page of Google generate enormous money through ads and selling products. However, this has led to many people taking part in manipulative link building strategies against Google’s guidelines. It might produce results short term, but long-term, it’s bad link building and can hurt your bottom line. Once you get banned from Google’s SERP’s, you’ve destroyed your online business. With time and the expansion of the Internet comes the ability to try different things. When I first started blogging, we often talked about 3-4 link building strategies but now, I can think of over 15. It’s important to note that some are good but a majority of them will do more harm so it’s important to focus on the ones that matter, producing results. Here’s something else…

Some link building strategies simply need to be tweaked to be effective. In other words, bad link building can be transformed into effective ones by making a few changes along the lines. I’ll like to discuss 3 popular link building techniques and their alternatives that yield huge results. You’ll be surprised how they can boost your rankings within the SERP’s when you make some slight adjustments.

Let’s get started…

Link Exchanges

I can’t stress how ineffective link exchanges are for boosting SERP rankings and much of it has to do with the way people utilize these networks. For example, people start buying irrelevant bulk backlinks, pointing them to their page without doing any research. When you point poor quality backlinks to a page, you’re doing more harm than good. This is why Google introduced the Disavow Tool, so you can control what links point to your page. However, making a few changes to the way you use specific networks can produce the opposite effect. Here’s what I recommend going forward…

First, if you’re starting out, then join only the best link exchange websites and always set the approval to manual so you have complete control. If you leave the interface to automatic, then all requests will be approved, good or bad, and you should try to avoid this from happening. Next, when you get a link request, you should research the URL it’s received from by heading over to OpenSiteExplorer.org or Ahref.com. Paste in the URL of the website and skim through the information generated. Here are some of the factors to look for:

  • Domain Authority
  • Page Authority
  • Anchor Text
  • # external links

A clear report on these factors will tell you the value this URL will provide to your website. Compare it to your current DA and PA and if it’s above yours while being relevant, then you can benefit from a link exchange with them.

In short, instead of building bulk links, use this alternative:

  • Join popular link exchange networks
  • Always approve manually
  • Research link exchange requests
  • Spread out your link exchange campaigns

Buying and Selling Links

Google is getting smarter and they know when you’ve bought links to boost your rankings within the SERP’s. There are a few reasons why you should avoid this link building technique. First, it’s very difficult to find high quality links when directly buying them because NO authority bloggers will ever sell links on their page. They know how it will degrade the quality of their blog and hurt their overall bottom line. Google pays close attention to internal and external links on a page so if you’re linking to a low quality page, it’s not good for SEO. Secondly, you’re often getting websites with poor content and irrelevant to your niche and links from these pages add NO value. Third, they are NOT genuine links and will often be removed from the blog owner or when the website is removed by Google. However, there is an alternative to buying and selling links that I recommend everyone should utilize instead.

Focus on writing high quality content and/or guest blogging opportunities. Google has put enormous emphasis on providing quality, rewarding this type of content with higher rankings. Guest blogging is a great way to build links and generate traffic to your blog, leading to more links from niche relevant readers. In the end, there is no substitute for high quality content so focus on this instead of buying links.

Utilizing Keywords Effectively

Always using EXACT match keywords within your content and building links will no longer have the same impact as before. The user search pattern is changing and people are using LSI, long-tail, and related keywords to find what they are looking for. When building links, we tend to focus on stuffing our content with EXACT match keywords and building links to our page using the same strategy. However, we need to start looking at the alternatives available to us in terms of keywords. For example, going forward, you should focus on the following:

First, research and create a list of LSI and long-tail keywords so you can utilize them when building links. Start mixing your anchor text when you build links. A great way to find a combination of keywords is by researching your competition and the anchor text they use. If these competitors are ranking on the first page of Google, then their keyword diversity is a great match for you. The strategy is very simple because all you’re doing is tweaking your anchor text from EXACT to branded, related, URL, and long-tail. You have to do some research so you get the right ratio of each, however, this strategy is very effective when boosting your rankings through natural link building.

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Top 10 Content Creation Steps For Bloggers

Posted from https://www.incomediary.com/content-creation

When it comes to content creation, writing a blog post and hoping for the best is not an option!

Top quality content takes time, effort, energy, resources, and knowledge.

In this article, we have put together a blueprint for how we like to publish content at IncomeDiary.

It is an approach that has consistently worked for us and it will for you.

Enjoy!

The 10 Most Important Steps For Successful Content Creation

Content creation, marketing

1. Choose a Topic To Write About

Obvious I know!

Questions:

a) Who is your audience?

b) What do they need to know?

c) What can you tell them that no one else can?

d) What is your unique talent? (we all have at least one)

e) In one sentence what is the biggest lesson in life you have learned so far?

f) What was your biggest mistake and what did you learn from it? (Those who succeed the most also tend to fail the most!)

And most importantly of all with Content Creation:

How does your blog post benefit the reader?

Will what you are about to write improve the lives of your readers?

The most successful bloggers succeed because what they write adds value to the lives of their readers

Read the following posts for more inspiration and ideas:

Blog Post Inspiration Is All Around You – Open Your Mind

and…

8 Easy Ways to Generate Blog Post Ideas That Get Attention

2. Deciding On What The Goal Of Your Blog Post Is

You don’t create content just to get traffic.

It could be to:

  • Make more money
  • Get more subscribers
  • To get more back-links
  • To entertain
  • To build your brand

Or it could be to simply improve a part of your business.

Using this post as an example, we get dozens of writers contact us every week, asking to publish guest posts.

We want content but it has to be amazing if we are going to accept it.

Writing this article means that we can better help guest posters write better content so that we can accept more posts and get more traffic.

3. Research Keywords For Blog Post

Once you have decided on your topic, you next have to figure out what you want to rank in Google for.

If you guess, often you will over estimate how popular the search term is.

We recommend you use Ahrefs for keyword research.

I will write in several different keywords until I find one that both fits my topic, but also provides plenty of traffic.

Example keywords for this post:

  • How to write a blog post (4000 visitors)
  • Blog Post Layout (90 visitors)
  • Blog Format (600 visitors)
  • Content Creation (5000 visitors)
  • Creating Content (230 visitors)

Based on this information, I chose to go with content creation as my keyword. Not only does it get more traffic than the others but it’s more targeted than “How to write a blog post”.

Content Creation

In the screenshot above, you can see that the global search volume is 5000 and that I will need in the region of 26 back-links from other websites to rank in the top 10.

The Ahrefs app will show you a lot more than that though – and if you are serious about online marketing and SEO this is the one to use. (Their Lite Plan starts from $99 per month!)

It displays the top 10 websites that rank for a search term, plus how much traffic they get and what other keywords that page ranks for.

The keyword you decide to go with, should be what you name your blog post URL, so for example, IncomeDiary.com/content-creation/

Of course $99 per month is not an insignificant sum and will be a stretch for some.

In this case have a look at busywithseo.com

Just type in your URL or a competitors URL and they will provide a lot of useful SEO information free of charge.

A Back-links Counter is not included in the free options but they have plans starting from $10 per month.

4. Creating Your Blog Post

OK, you know your topic and you know the keyword/s you wish to focus on – how long should your blog post be?

The average blog post on the first page of Google is over 2000 words.

For this reason, I would suggest, always aiming to hit this number. It is not a hard and fast rule – sometimes I go well over and sometimes it is closer to 1500 words. But it is a fact in blogging that the highest ranking posts are often some of the longest.

Choosing a category for your post should be simple enough, as for tags, I usually choose two tags per post. It’s important that no post, category or tag should be named the same. So for example, if my keyword for this post is content creation, I shouldn’t have a category or tag called content creation. Only one page on your site can rank for a keyword and you don’t want pages completing.

As for writing your article, check out: 17 Writing Tips For Bloggers Who Think They Can’t Write!

5. How to Display Content For Readability

Two blog posts can have the same content, but one gets read and the other is closed within seconds. This is often down to how easy it is to skim read.

Here is how we layout our content:

Headline (h1)
Introduction
Image
Headline (h2)
Headline (h3)
Content
Headline (h3)
Content
Headline (h3)
Content

And so on…

Of course, you may also add images in, but as a general outline, this is what we go with. You can see an example of it in this very post.

Other suggestions include:

Mistakes to avoid:

  • Repeating headlines.
  • Starting three sentences in a row with the same word.

6. Adding Images To Your Blog Post

content creation for bloggers

Images are very important.

We like to use three different styles of images:

The screenshot, the photo and the illustration.

Personally, I think all post images should be the same width, centered and shouldn’t link to anywhere.

7. Optimize Text For SEO

Using Yoast SEO Tool, you can figure out quickly what you need to do:

  • Keyword should be in post title
  • Keyword should be in at least 1 other headline
  • Keyword should be in first 100 words.

8. Optimize Images For SEO

Well optimized images tell Google what your blog post is about and helps rank the page higher.

  • Name one image the same as your target keyword.
  • Name all other images related to keyword.
  • Add alt tags.
  • Compress images.

We have written a lot about SEO in the past – check out 10 SEO Blog Post Publishing Steps that Most Bloggers Forget

SEO, content creation

9. Add Internal And External Links

Linking in your post is important. It’s another way of telling Google what your blog post is about.

You should add a few links to external authority websites talking about a similar subject.

You should add a few links to internal pages on your site about similar subjects. (Like we have done here)

10. Marketing Blog Post For SEO and Social Media

One of the main ways Google decides where your page should rank in their search engine, is by counting links going to it.

The better your post, the more links you will get.

To get links, you need to get people to read your post.

To get people to visit your post, you need to name your post something people want to click.

Marketing a blog post is a lot more than getting as many links to your post as possible. It’s also about presenting your content in a way that people want to click.

This comes down to headline, description and featured images.

Headline:

Part of your marketing strategy should be deciding on a post headline that people will click on social media sites and in search engines. But at the same time, it has to be targeting your keyword.

If you were to focus on SEO, you might name your post, Blog Post Content Creation Guide.

If you were to name it for readers, you may write, Best Article Ever Written About Content Creation

What I recommend is you meet in the middle and write for both, Blog Content Creation Guidelines For High Traffic Websites.

Description

Search engine traffic isn’t just about getting number 1 rankings, it’s about getting as many people as you can to click through to your website.

Your blog post meta description should again be written for SEO and for readers.

Featured Image

When you see a featured image on social media, a blog homepage or in the related posts section, you either notice it and want to click, or you scroll right past it.

Final Thoughts on Content Creation…

Still struggling to know what to write about?

Try this:

a) Look at the ‘long tail’ of website search activity on your website. What questions are real people using to find your website?

Then you answer those questions in your content!

b) Check your social media (Twitter and Facebook in particular) and see if people are asking questions or making comments you can use for content creation. Another option is to check publishing tools on your business Facebook page – to see which subjects have the greatest reach, get the most clicks and write a followup to that.

Author Bio:
“BarryBarry Dunlop – lifelong Entrepreneur, Investor, Mastermind Facilitator and Sales Coach. Barry launched his first Internet Business in 1998. Follow Barry on Twitter

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Hacking the 52 Week Money Challenge the Smart Way

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The financial savings picture in America (and the world) isn’t a good one, at multiple income levels. For example: across people with incomes less than $25,000, 38% have $0 saved. For those with incomes from $100,000 to $149,999, it’s not much better: 18% have $0 saved, and 26% have less than $1,000.[1]

This obviously can create problems in the future. Nearly half of American adults can’t cover an emergency expense of $400 without selling something or borrowing money, and 31% of non-retired adults have no retirement savings or pension at all.[2]

Is there a way to get better at saving money? Yes, here’s a challenge you can take to turn around the situation.

The 52 Week Money Challenge

The 52 Week Money Challenge is fairly simple.

  • On Week 1, you deposit $1 in savings. Now your total is $1.
  • On Week 2, you deposit $2, for a new total of $3.

If you follow this for 52 weeks, your eventual total for the year will be $1,378.

Here’s a table showcasing it visually:

The 52-Week Money Challenge works because of habitual momentum. You have a commitment now to do something every single week, and if you achieve it, it will better your financial situation. Charles Duhigg, a leading researcher on habits, has explained that most habit formation takes place as cue, routine, and reward.[3] The 52-Week Money Challenge is the same way:

  • Cue: Every week, you remember you need to do this.
  • Routine: You keep doing it!
  • Reward: Now you have more savings.

Hacking the Money Challenge

How do you make the conscious decision not to spend dollars on fun things?

For example, you know there’s a good chance you’ll spend more money during the holidays— flights to see family members, gifts for family and co-workers, maybe even New Year’s Eve plans. You might spend more in the summer too: vacations and summer sales.

How do you make sure you don’t do that and stay on track with your 52-Week Money Challenge? There are three main hacks if you want to get the most out of the 52-Week Money Challenge:

Automate Money Storing and Transferring

The whole point of automation is making things simpler, and that can work in the 52-Week Money Challenge too. Just automate out the payments beforehand and you’ll never even think about it. It will just not be there—it’ll be savings. Your bank can help you with this, as can apps like Qapital.

Combine the Challenge with Another Goal

Consider merging the 52-Week Money Challenge with a weight loss challenge— lose 1 pound per week, for example— or a spending challenge. You could reduce the number of times you eat out each week in a given month (8, 6, 4, 2) and start from a smaller number each month (7, 5, 3, 1 the next month; then 6, 4, 2, 0).

If you’re tying a money-saving challenge (the 52-Week Money Challenge) with another challenge that will directly impacting savings (eating out less or trying to lose weight— or both!), there will be increased motivation to save money.

Go Beyond the 52 Weeks

Each year you’d save $1,378. In five years, you’d have $6,890. In 10 years, $13,780. It could lead to some pretty nice vacations, if nothing else.

Just don’t stop. The 52-Week Money Challenge is a low impact way to save money.

Challenge Accepted

Go do it. Do the 52-Week Money Challenge. And think on some of the hacks, or create your own— for example, if Week 1 is $2 and then Week 2 is $4, you’d double your savings ($2,756) for the year. In 10 years, you’d have over $27,000 in savings.

That would be impressive given the numbers we initially discussed. Most Americans have less than $1,000 in savings, so even if you just do the basic 52-Week Money Challenge with the hacks discussed, you’ll end the year with more than most people.

Saving is important, whether the savings leads to leisure pursuits or solving emergencies. Start with the 52-Week Money Challenge and see how easy it can be.

Featured photo credit: http://money.cnn.com/2017/05/10/retirement/retirement-savings-return/index.html via money.cnn.com

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Don't Overlook Your Workstation, It Might Be The Reason Why You Are Unproductive

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As a personal coach with over 100 employees, one of the most common questions I receive from time to time is “how can I be more productive?” The only way to really get ahead is by increasing your productivity. It’s a pretty straight forward concept. When we get more done, we reach our goal more quickly. We all have the same amount of time in the day, but some people just manage to get more done. Surely, there must be some secrets to this super-human level of efficiency. But what?

Throughout the years, I have passed down different techniques and hacks to boost productivity to my collegaues with reasonable success. But one day it dawned on me. I had been overlooking the most important element of a productive work space; the work space itself.

Don’t just organize, organize with purpose

As I observed the Lifehack office, I noticed that there was one distinctive variable. All of my colleauges had been integrating the same productivity techniques that I had taught them, but still for some reason some had more success than others.

I noticed that there was definitely a direct connection between those who had organized work stations and their level of productivity. I asked each individual what the thought process what behind their desk set-ups. Not at all to my surprise, those who admitted to organizing their workstations with purpose were more productive than those who didn’t.

Why? Because not only do they take the time to organize, but they organize tactfully to increase productivity. (I am even de-cluttering my desk as I write this!) This makes a whole lot of sense because your environment contributes largely to your success.

Think about it like this: if you were on a diet, you wouldn’t surround yourself with junk-food, right? Well, if you want to think clearly, you shouldn’t surround yourself with distractions.

Create the ideal environment to enhance your productivity

I decided to pick the brains of the more productive individuals in the office. This way I could harness some of their wisdom for helpful tips for organization and increased efficiency. I found that they all had these habits in common:

1. Keep distractions on your unfamiliar side

By your unfamiliar side, I mean your less dominant hand. If you are right handed, keep your phone on the left side of the desk so are less likely to reach for it. Understandably, you want to keep your phone around in case of emergencies. But checking your phone is probably so habitual that it’s become muscle memory at this point. Sometimes you grab your phone without even realizing it. Constantly doing this will break your focus and disrupt your workflow. To avoid this, make it inconvenient to reach.

2. The larger your trashcan, the better

This may seem slightly trivial, but it’s actually imperative for improving efficiency. The goal here is clarity. So you want to have a nearby receptacle to dump all of your unwanted and unneeded clutter before it takes over your life.

Let’s say that you’ve just finished brainstorming and have utilized all of the ideas you had written down. Now you have no need for that pile of papers holding your old ideas. But your small trash can is full. Instead of walking across the office to dump the papers, you just set them off to the side. It starts out with just one pile of papers, but the it turns into a habit of, “I’ll take care of this later.” And the next thing you know, you’re buried with outdated and unneeded items. Is that a used tissue? Gross!

Now the items you actually need are mixed up with unnecessary items, which will get frustrating after a while. Save yourself the trouble. Clean as you go.

3. Have a designated “deal with later” area

As your work days drag on, you’ll start to realize that you’re not getting as much done as you’d like. As tasks and projects pile up, you find yourself battling distractions and losing your focus, not to mention becoming overwhelmed by your workload.

Lighten the load a bit. Create a “deal with later” area. This could be a folder or shelf where you store your tasks. By doing this, your brain will register that you have received the project, but then you can file it away so it does not deter you from your current task. Each time you get distracted, it takes twice and long to refocus. Set aside a time to clear out your “deal with later” area, and get to it when you can.

4. Keep only the essentials on your desk

The presence of organizational tools may make you feel like you are being more productive, but remember less is more. You only need one pen to write with, one highlighter to highlight with, one notebook to write on and one stack of post-its until you run out. Anything else is unnecessary, and will just make your work space a mess. Besides, you want to spend your precious time working, not deciding on which pen to use.

Keep these items to your dominant side, on your otherwise clutter-free desk. That way you have all that you need right on hand.

5. Have an organized drawer for the almost- essentials

I know you love that polka dot stapler and matching tape dispenser. But they’re not vital items for your productivity, are they? You want to keep them close, but not out in the open where they might distract you. Instead, keep almost-essential items like these that you use on a daily basis in a well-organized drawer.

Keeping items like these out of sight gives your brain less of an opportunity to wander, helping to keep you on track. You might not think that a stapler is going to hinder your workflow, but you’d be surprised where your mind will drift to when you’re stuck on a task.

6. Always have water on hand

And lots of it. It is the elixir of life and productivity. I noticed during my observations that the most productive people always have a large container of water on their desk at all times. This is because when they become focused and throw themselves into their work, they often forget to drink water.

Having water on hand saves them less trips of getting up to get it, therefore they have less distractions throughout the day. Not to mention, staying hydrated helps them to think clearly and therefore be more productive. Remember, clarity corresponds with efficiency.

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2208, 2017

Alternatives to Bad Link Building Strategies

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Over the years, many people are writing about link building strategies both good and bad. It’s no secret the Internet can make you a lot of money and those on the first page of Google generate enormous money through ads and selling products. However, this has led to many people taking part in manipulative link building strategies against Google’s guidelines. It might produce results short term, but long-term, it’s bad link building and can hurt your bottom line. Once you get banned from Google’s SERP’s, you’ve destroyed your online business. With time and the expansion of the Internet comes the ability to try different things. When I first started blogging, we often talked about 3-4 link building strategies but now, I can think of over 15. It’s important to note that some are good but a majority of them will do more harm so it’s important to focus on the ones that matter, producing results. Here’s something else…

Some link building strategies simply need to be tweaked to be effective. In other words, bad link building can be transformed into effective ones by making a few changes along the lines. I’ll like to discuss 3 popular link building techniques and their alternatives that yield huge results. You’ll be surprised how they can boost your rankings within the SERP’s when you make some slight adjustments.

Let’s get started…

Link Exchanges

I can’t stress how ineffective link exchanges are for boosting SERP rankings and much of it has to do with the way people utilize these networks. For example, people start buying irrelevant bulk backlinks, pointing them to their page without doing any research. When you point poor quality backlinks to a page, you’re doing more harm than good. This is why Google introduced the Disavow Tool, so you can control what links point to your page. However, making a few changes to the way you use specific networks can produce the opposite effect. Here’s what I recommend going forward…

First, if you’re starting out, then join only the best link exchange websites and always set the approval to manual so you have complete control. If you leave the interface to automatic, then all requests will be approved, good or bad, and you should try to avoid this from happening. Next, when you get a link request, you should research the URL it’s received from by heading over to OpenSiteExplorer.org or Ahref.com. Paste in the URL of the website and skim through the information generated. Here are some of the factors to look for:

  • Domain Authority
  • Page Authority
  • Anchor Text
  • # external links

A clear report on these factors will tell you the value this URL will provide to your website. Compare it to your current DA and PA and if it’s above yours while being relevant, then you can benefit from a link exchange with them.

In short, instead of building bulk links, use this alternative:

  • Join popular link exchange networks
  • Always approve manually
  • Research link exchange requests
  • Spread out your link exchange campaigns

Buying and Selling Links

Google is getting smarter and they know when you’ve bought links to boost your rankings within the SERP’s. There are a few reasons why you should avoid this link building technique. First, it’s very difficult to find high quality links when directly buying them because NO authority bloggers will ever sell links on their page. They know how it will degrade the quality of their blog and hurt their overall bottom line. Google pays close attention to internal and external links on a page so if you’re linking to a low quality page, it’s not good for SEO. Secondly, you’re often getting websites with poor content and irrelevant to your niche and links from these pages add NO value. Third, they are NOT genuine links and will often be removed from the blog owner or when the website is removed by Google. However, there is an alternative to buying and selling links that I recommend everyone should utilize instead.

Focus on writing high quality content and/or guest blogging opportunities. Google has put enormous emphasis on providing quality, rewarding this type of content with higher rankings. Guest blogging is a great way to build links and generate traffic to your blog, leading to more links from niche relevant readers. In the end, there is no substitute for high quality content so focus on this instead of buying links.

Utilizing Keywords Effectively

Always using EXACT match keywords within your content and building links will no longer have the same impact as before. The user search pattern is changing and people are using LSI, long-tail, and related keywords to find what they are looking for. When building links, we tend to focus on stuffing our content with EXACT match keywords and building links to our page using the same strategy. However, we need to start looking at the alternatives available to us in terms of keywords. For example, going forward, you should focus on the following:

First, research and create a list of LSI and long-tail keywords so you can utilize them when building links. Start mixing your anchor text when you build links. A great way to find a combination of keywords is by researching your competition and the anchor text they use. If these competitors are ranking on the first page of Google, then their keyword diversity is a great match for you. The strategy is very simple because all you’re doing is tweaking your anchor text from EXACT to branded, related, URL, and long-tail. You have to do some research so you get the right ratio of each, however, this strategy is very effective when boosting your rankings through natural link building.

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2208, 2017

Top 10 Content Creation Steps For Bloggers

Posted from https://www.incomediary.com/content-creation

When it comes to content creation, writing a blog post and hoping for the best is not an option!

Top quality content takes time, effort, energy, resources, and knowledge.

In this article, we have put together a blueprint for how we like to publish content at IncomeDiary.

It is an approach that has consistently worked for us and it will for you.

Enjoy!

The 10 Most Important Steps For Successful Content Creation

Content creation, marketing

1. Choose a Topic To Write About

Obvious I know!

Questions:

a) Who is your audience?

b) What do they need to know?

c) What can you tell them that no one else can?

d) What is your unique talent? (we all have at least one)

e) In one sentence what is the biggest lesson in life you have learned so far?

f) What was your biggest mistake and what did you learn from it? (Those who succeed the most also tend to fail the most!)

And most importantly of all with Content Creation:

How does your blog post benefit the reader?

Will what you are about to write improve the lives of your readers?

The most successful bloggers succeed because what they write adds value to the lives of their readers

Read the following posts for more inspiration and ideas:

Blog Post Inspiration Is All Around You – Open Your Mind

and…

8 Easy Ways to Generate Blog Post Ideas That Get Attention

2. Deciding On What The Goal Of Your Blog Post Is

You don’t create content just to get traffic.

It could be to:

  • Make more money
  • Get more subscribers
  • To get more back-links
  • To entertain
  • To build your brand

Or it could be to simply improve a part of your business.

Using this post as an example, we get dozens of writers contact us every week, asking to publish guest posts.

We want content but it has to be amazing if we are going to accept it.

Writing this article means that we can better help guest posters write better content so that we can accept more posts and get more traffic.

3. Research Keywords For Blog Post

Once you have decided on your topic, you next have to figure out what you want to rank in Google for.

If you guess, often you will over estimate how popular the search term is.

We recommend you use Ahrefs for keyword research.

I will write in several different keywords until I find one that both fits my topic, but also provides plenty of traffic.

Example keywords for this post:

  • How to write a blog post (4000 visitors)
  • Blog Post Layout (90 visitors)
  • Blog Format (600 visitors)
  • Content Creation (5000 visitors)
  • Creating Content (230 visitors)

Based on this information, I chose to go with content creation as my keyword. Not only does it get more traffic than the others but it’s more targeted than “How to write a blog post”.

Content Creation

In the screenshot above, you can see that the global search volume is 5000 and that I will need in the region of 26 back-links from other websites to rank in the top 10.

The Ahrefs app will show you a lot more than that though – and if you are serious about online marketing and SEO this is the one to use. (Their Lite Plan starts from $99 per month!)

It displays the top 10 websites that rank for a search term, plus how much traffic they get and what other keywords that page ranks for.

The keyword you decide to go with, should be what you name your blog post URL, so for example, IncomeDiary.com/content-creation/

Of course $99 per month is not an insignificant sum and will be a stretch for some.

In this case have a look at busywithseo.com

Just type in your URL or a competitors URL and they will provide a lot of useful SEO information free of charge.

A Back-links Counter is not included in the free options but they have plans starting from $10 per month.

4. Creating Your Blog Post

OK, you know your topic and you know the keyword/s you wish to focus on – how long should your blog post be?

The average blog post on the first page of Google is over 2000 words.

For this reason, I would suggest, always aiming to hit this number. It is not a hard and fast rule – sometimes I go well over and sometimes it is closer to 1500 words. But it is a fact in blogging that the highest ranking posts are often some of the longest.

Choosing a category for your post should be simple enough, as for tags, I usually choose two tags per post. It’s important that no post, category or tag should be named the same. So for example, if my keyword for this post is content creation, I shouldn’t have a category or tag called content creation. Only one page on your site can rank for a keyword and you don’t want pages completing.

As for writing your article, check out: 17 Writing Tips For Bloggers Who Think They Can’t Write!

5. How to Display Content For Readability

Two blog posts can have the same content, but one gets read and the other is closed within seconds. This is often down to how easy it is to skim read.

Here is how we layout our content:

Headline (h1)
Introduction
Image
Headline (h2)
Headline (h3)
Content
Headline (h3)
Content
Headline (h3)
Content

And so on…

Of course, you may also add images in, but as a general outline, this is what we go with. You can see an example of it in this very post.

Other suggestions include:

Mistakes to avoid:

  • Repeating headlines.
  • Starting three sentences in a row with the same word.

6. Adding Images To Your Blog Post

content creation for bloggers

Images are very important.

We like to use three different styles of images:

The screenshot, the photo and the illustration.

Personally, I think all post images should be the same width, centered and shouldn’t link to anywhere.

7. Optimize Text For SEO

Using Yoast SEO Tool, you can figure out quickly what you need to do:

  • Keyword should be in post title
  • Keyword should be in at least 1 other headline
  • Keyword should be in first 100 words.

8. Optimize Images For SEO

Well optimized images tell Google what your blog post is about and helps rank the page higher.

  • Name one image the same as your target keyword.
  • Name all other images related to keyword.
  • Add alt tags.
  • Compress images.

We have written a lot about SEO in the past – check out 10 SEO Blog Post Publishing Steps that Most Bloggers Forget

SEO, content creation

9. Add Internal And External Links

Linking in your post is important. It’s another way of telling Google what your blog post is about.

You should add a few links to external authority websites talking about a similar subject.

You should add a few links to internal pages on your site about similar subjects. (Like we have done here)

10. Marketing Blog Post For SEO and Social Media

One of the main ways Google decides where your page should rank in their search engine, is by counting links going to it.

The better your post, the more links you will get.

To get links, you need to get people to read your post.

To get people to visit your post, you need to name your post something people want to click.

Marketing a blog post is a lot more than getting as many links to your post as possible. It’s also about presenting your content in a way that people want to click.

This comes down to headline, description and featured images.

Headline:

Part of your marketing strategy should be deciding on a post headline that people will click on social media sites and in search engines. But at the same time, it has to be targeting your keyword.

If you were to focus on SEO, you might name your post, Blog Post Content Creation Guide.

If you were to name it for readers, you may write, Best Article Ever Written About Content Creation

What I recommend is you meet in the middle and write for both, Blog Content Creation Guidelines For High Traffic Websites.

Description

Search engine traffic isn’t just about getting number 1 rankings, it’s about getting as many people as you can to click through to your website.

Your blog post meta description should again be written for SEO and for readers.

Featured Image

When you see a featured image on social media, a blog homepage or in the related posts section, you either notice it and want to click, or you scroll right past it.

Final Thoughts on Content Creation…

Still struggling to know what to write about?

Try this:

a) Look at the ‘long tail’ of website search activity on your website. What questions are real people using to find your website?

Then you answer those questions in your content!

b) Check your social media (Twitter and Facebook in particular) and see if people are asking questions or making comments you can use for content creation. Another option is to check publishing tools on your business Facebook page – to see which subjects have the greatest reach, get the most clicks and write a followup to that.

Author Bio:
“BarryBarry Dunlop – lifelong Entrepreneur, Investor, Mastermind Facilitator and Sales Coach. Barry launched his first Internet Business in 1998. Follow Barry on Twitter

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2208, 2017

Hacking the 52 Week Money Challenge the Smart Way

Posted from http://feeds.lifehack.org/~r/LifeHack/~3/RIr02mJSSk4/hacking-the-52-week-money-challenge-the-smart-way

The financial savings picture in America (and the world) isn’t a good one, at multiple income levels. For example: across people with incomes less than $25,000, 38% have $0 saved. For those with incomes from $100,000 to $149,999, it’s not much better: 18% have $0 saved, and 26% have less than $1,000.[1]

This obviously can create problems in the future. Nearly half of American adults can’t cover an emergency expense of $400 without selling something or borrowing money, and 31% of non-retired adults have no retirement savings or pension at all.[2]

Is there a way to get better at saving money? Yes, here’s a challenge you can take to turn around the situation.

The 52 Week Money Challenge

The 52 Week Money Challenge is fairly simple.

  • On Week 1, you deposit $1 in savings. Now your total is $1.
  • On Week 2, you deposit $2, for a new total of $3.

If you follow this for 52 weeks, your eventual total for the year will be $1,378.

Here’s a table showcasing it visually:

The 52-Week Money Challenge works because of habitual momentum. You have a commitment now to do something every single week, and if you achieve it, it will better your financial situation. Charles Duhigg, a leading researcher on habits, has explained that most habit formation takes place as cue, routine, and reward.[3] The 52-Week Money Challenge is the same way:

  • Cue: Every week, you remember you need to do this.
  • Routine: You keep doing it!
  • Reward: Now you have more savings.

Hacking the Money Challenge

How do you make the conscious decision not to spend dollars on fun things?

For example, you know there’s a good chance you’ll spend more money during the holidays— flights to see family members, gifts for family and co-workers, maybe even New Year’s Eve plans. You might spend more in the summer too: vacations and summer sales.

How do you make sure you don’t do that and stay on track with your 52-Week Money Challenge? There are three main hacks if you want to get the most out of the 52-Week Money Challenge:

Automate Money Storing and Transferring

The whole point of automation is making things simpler, and that can work in the 52-Week Money Challenge too. Just automate out the payments beforehand and you’ll never even think about it. It will just not be there—it’ll be savings. Your bank can help you with this, as can apps like Qapital.

Combine the Challenge with Another Goal

Consider merging the 52-Week Money Challenge with a weight loss challenge— lose 1 pound per week, for example— or a spending challenge. You could reduce the number of times you eat out each week in a given month (8, 6, 4, 2) and start from a smaller number each month (7, 5, 3, 1 the next month; then 6, 4, 2, 0).

If you’re tying a money-saving challenge (the 52-Week Money Challenge) with another challenge that will directly impacting savings (eating out less or trying to lose weight— or both!), there will be increased motivation to save money.

Go Beyond the 52 Weeks

Each year you’d save $1,378. In five years, you’d have $6,890. In 10 years, $13,780. It could lead to some pretty nice vacations, if nothing else.

Just don’t stop. The 52-Week Money Challenge is a low impact way to save money.

Challenge Accepted

Go do it. Do the 52-Week Money Challenge. And think on some of the hacks, or create your own— for example, if Week 1 is $2 and then Week 2 is $4, you’d double your savings ($2,756) for the year. In 10 years, you’d have over $27,000 in savings.

That would be impressive given the numbers we initially discussed. Most Americans have less than $1,000 in savings, so even if you just do the basic 52-Week Money Challenge with the hacks discussed, you’ll end the year with more than most people.

Saving is important, whether the savings leads to leisure pursuits or solving emergencies. Start with the 52-Week Money Challenge and see how easy it can be.

Featured photo credit: http://money.cnn.com/2017/05/10/retirement/retirement-savings-return/index.html via money.cnn.com

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2208, 2017

Don't Overlook Your Workstation, It Might Be The Reason Why You Are Unproductive

Posted from http://feeds.lifehack.org/~r/LifeHack/~3/Xl592ddnoHI/dont-overlook-your-workstation-it-might-be-the-reason-why-you-are-unproductive

As a personal coach with over 100 employees, one of the most common questions I receive from time to time is “how can I be more productive?” The only way to really get ahead is by increasing your productivity. It’s a pretty straight forward concept. When we get more done, we reach our goal more quickly. We all have the same amount of time in the day, but some people just manage to get more done. Surely, there must be some secrets to this super-human level of efficiency. But what?

Throughout the years, I have passed down different techniques and hacks to boost productivity to my collegaues with reasonable success. But one day it dawned on me. I had been overlooking the most important element of a productive work space; the work space itself.

Don’t just organize, organize with purpose

As I observed the Lifehack office, I noticed that there was one distinctive variable. All of my colleauges had been integrating the same productivity techniques that I had taught them, but still for some reason some had more success than others.

I noticed that there was definitely a direct connection between those who had organized work stations and their level of productivity. I asked each individual what the thought process what behind their desk set-ups. Not at all to my surprise, those who admitted to organizing their workstations with purpose were more productive than those who didn’t.

Why? Because not only do they take the time to organize, but they organize tactfully to increase productivity. (I am even de-cluttering my desk as I write this!) This makes a whole lot of sense because your environment contributes largely to your success.

Think about it like this: if you were on a diet, you wouldn’t surround yourself with junk-food, right? Well, if you want to think clearly, you shouldn’t surround yourself with distractions.

Create the ideal environment to enhance your productivity

I decided to pick the brains of the more productive individuals in the office. This way I could harness some of their wisdom for helpful tips for organization and increased efficiency. I found that they all had these habits in common:

1. Keep distractions on your unfamiliar side

By your unfamiliar side, I mean your less dominant hand. If you are right handed, keep your phone on the left side of the desk so are less likely to reach for it. Understandably, you want to keep your phone around in case of emergencies. But checking your phone is probably so habitual that it’s become muscle memory at this point. Sometimes you grab your phone without even realizing it. Constantly doing this will break your focus and disrupt your workflow. To avoid this, make it inconvenient to reach.

2. The larger your trashcan, the better

This may seem slightly trivial, but it’s actually imperative for improving efficiency. The goal here is clarity. So you want to have a nearby receptacle to dump all of your unwanted and unneeded clutter before it takes over your life.

Let’s say that you’ve just finished brainstorming and have utilized all of the ideas you had written down. Now you have no need for that pile of papers holding your old ideas. But your small trash can is full. Instead of walking across the office to dump the papers, you just set them off to the side. It starts out with just one pile of papers, but the it turns into a habit of, “I’ll take care of this later.” And the next thing you know, you’re buried with outdated and unneeded items. Is that a used tissue? Gross!

Now the items you actually need are mixed up with unnecessary items, which will get frustrating after a while. Save yourself the trouble. Clean as you go.

3. Have a designated “deal with later” area

As your work days drag on, you’ll start to realize that you’re not getting as much done as you’d like. As tasks and projects pile up, you find yourself battling distractions and losing your focus, not to mention becoming overwhelmed by your workload.

Lighten the load a bit. Create a “deal with later” area. This could be a folder or shelf where you store your tasks. By doing this, your brain will register that you have received the project, but then you can file it away so it does not deter you from your current task. Each time you get distracted, it takes twice and long to refocus. Set aside a time to clear out your “deal with later” area, and get to it when you can.

4. Keep only the essentials on your desk

The presence of organizational tools may make you feel like you are being more productive, but remember less is more. You only need one pen to write with, one highlighter to highlight with, one notebook to write on and one stack of post-its until you run out. Anything else is unnecessary, and will just make your work space a mess. Besides, you want to spend your precious time working, not deciding on which pen to use.

Keep these items to your dominant side, on your otherwise clutter-free desk. That way you have all that you need right on hand.

5. Have an organized drawer for the almost- essentials

I know you love that polka dot stapler and matching tape dispenser. But they’re not vital items for your productivity, are they? You want to keep them close, but not out in the open where they might distract you. Instead, keep almost-essential items like these that you use on a daily basis in a well-organized drawer.

Keeping items like these out of sight gives your brain less of an opportunity to wander, helping to keep you on track. You might not think that a stapler is going to hinder your workflow, but you’d be surprised where your mind will drift to when you’re stuck on a task.

6. Always have water on hand

And lots of it. It is the elixir of life and productivity. I noticed during my observations that the most productive people always have a large container of water on their desk at all times. This is because when they become focused and throw themselves into their work, they often forget to drink water.

Having water on hand saves them less trips of getting up to get it, therefore they have less distractions throughout the day. Not to mention, staying hydrated helps them to think clearly and therefore be more productive. Remember, clarity corresponds with efficiency.

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Alternatives to Bad Link Building Strategies

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Over the years, many people are writing about link building strategies both good and bad. It’s no secret the Internet can make you a lot of money and those on the first page of Google generate enormous money through ads and selling products. However, this has led to many people taking part in manipulative link building strategies against Google’s guidelines. It might produce results short term, but long-term, it’s bad link building and can hurt your bottom line. Once you get banned from Google’s SERP’s, you’ve destroyed your online business. With time and the expansion of the Internet comes the ability to try different things. When I first started blogging, we often talked about 3-4 link building strategies but now, I can think of over 15. It’s important to note that some are good but a majority of them will do more harm so it’s important to focus on the ones that matter, producing results. Here’s something else…

Some link building strategies simply need to be tweaked to be effective. In other words, bad link building can be transformed into effective ones by making a few changes along the lines. I’ll like to discuss 3 popular link building techniques and their alternatives that yield huge results. You’ll be surprised how they can boost your rankings within the SERP’s when you make some slight adjustments.

Let’s get started…

Link Exchanges

I can’t stress how ineffective link exchanges are for boosting SERP rankings and much of it has to do with the way people utilize these networks. For example, people start buying irrelevant bulk backlinks, pointing them to their page without doing any research. When you point poor quality backlinks to a page, you’re doing more harm than good. This is why Google introduced the Disavow Tool, so you can control what links point to your page. However, making a few changes to the way you use specific networks can produce the opposite effect. Here’s what I recommend going forward…

First, if you’re starting out, then join only the best link exchange websites and always set the approval to manual so you have complete control. If you leave the interface to automatic, then all requests will be approved, good or bad, and you should try to avoid this from happening. Next, when you get a link request, you should research the URL it’s received from by heading over to OpenSiteExplorer.org or Ahref.com. Paste in the URL of the website and skim through the information generated. Here are some of the factors to look for:

  • Domain Authority
  • Page Authority
  • Anchor Text
  • # external links

A clear report on these factors will tell you the value this URL will provide to your website. Compare it to your current DA and PA and if it’s above yours while being relevant, then you can benefit from a link exchange with them.

In short, instead of building bulk links, use this alternative:

  • Join popular link exchange networks
  • Always approve manually
  • Research link exchange requests
  • Spread out your link exchange campaigns

Buying and Selling Links

Google is getting smarter and they know when you’ve bought links to boost your rankings within the SERP’s. There are a few reasons why you should avoid this link building technique. First, it’s very difficult to find high quality links when directly buying them because NO authority bloggers will ever sell links on their page. They know how it will degrade the quality of their blog and hurt their overall bottom line. Google pays close attention to internal and external links on a page so if you’re linking to a low quality page, it’s not good for SEO. Secondly, you’re often getting websites with poor content and irrelevant to your niche and links from these pages add NO value. Third, they are NOT genuine links and will often be removed from the blog owner or when the website is removed by Google. However, there is an alternative to buying and selling links that I recommend everyone should utilize instead.

Focus on writing high quality content and/or guest blogging opportunities. Google has put enormous emphasis on providing quality, rewarding this type of content with higher rankings. Guest blogging is a great way to build links and generate traffic to your blog, leading to more links from niche relevant readers. In the end, there is no substitute for high quality content so focus on this instead of buying links.

Utilizing Keywords Effectively

Always using EXACT match keywords within your content and building links will no longer have the same impact as before. The user search pattern is changing and people are using LSI, long-tail, and related keywords to find what they are looking for. When building links, we tend to focus on stuffing our content with EXACT match keywords and building links to our page using the same strategy. However, we need to start looking at the alternatives available to us in terms of keywords. For example, going forward, you should focus on the following:

First, research and create a list of LSI and long-tail keywords so you can utilize them when building links. Start mixing your anchor text when you build links. A great way to find a combination of keywords is by researching your competition and the anchor text they use. If these competitors are ranking on the first page of Google, then their keyword diversity is a great match for you. The strategy is very simple because all you’re doing is tweaking your anchor text from EXACT to branded, related, URL, and long-tail. You have to do some research so you get the right ratio of each, however, this strategy is very effective when boosting your rankings through natural link building.

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Top 10 Content Creation Steps For Bloggers

Posted from https://www.incomediary.com/content-creation

When it comes to content creation, writing a blog post and hoping for the best is not an option!

Top quality content takes time, effort, energy, resources, and knowledge.

In this article, we have put together a blueprint for how we like to publish content at IncomeDiary.

It is an approach that has consistently worked for us and it will for you.

Enjoy!

The 10 Most Important Steps For Successful Content Creation

Content creation, marketing

1. Choose a Topic To Write About

Obvious I know!

Questions:

a) Who is your audience?

b) What do they need to know?

c) What can you tell them that no one else can?

d) What is your unique talent? (we all have at least one)

e) In one sentence what is the biggest lesson in life you have learned so far?

f) What was your biggest mistake and what did you learn from it? (Those who succeed the most also tend to fail the most!)

And most importantly of all with Content Creation:

How does your blog post benefit the reader?

Will what you are about to write improve the lives of your readers?

The most successful bloggers succeed because what they write adds value to the lives of their readers

Read the following posts for more inspiration and ideas:

Blog Post Inspiration Is All Around You – Open Your Mind

and…

8 Easy Ways to Generate Blog Post Ideas That Get Attention

2. Deciding On What The Goal Of Your Blog Post Is

You don’t create content just to get traffic.

It could be to:

  • Make more money
  • Get more subscribers
  • To get more back-links
  • To entertain
  • To build your brand

Or it could be to simply improve a part of your business.

Using this post as an example, we get dozens of writers contact us every week, asking to publish guest posts.

We want content but it has to be amazing if we are going to accept it.

Writing this article means that we can better help guest posters write better content so that we can accept more posts and get more traffic.

3. Research Keywords For Blog Post

Once you have decided on your topic, you next have to figure out what you want to rank in Google for.

If you guess, often you will over estimate how popular the search term is.

We recommend you use Ahrefs for keyword research.

I will write in several different keywords until I find one that both fits my topic, but also provides plenty of traffic.

Example keywords for this post:

  • How to write a blog post (4000 visitors)
  • Blog Post Layout (90 visitors)
  • Blog Format (600 visitors)
  • Content Creation (5000 visitors)
  • Creating Content (230 visitors)

Based on this information, I chose to go with content creation as my keyword. Not only does it get more traffic than the others but it’s more targeted than “How to write a blog post”.

Content Creation

In the screenshot above, you can see that the global search volume is 5000 and that I will need in the region of 26 back-links from other websites to rank in the top 10.

The Ahrefs app will show you a lot more than that though – and if you are serious about online marketing and SEO this is the one to use. (Their Lite Plan starts from $99 per month!)

It displays the top 10 websites that rank for a search term, plus how much traffic they get and what other keywords that page ranks for.

The keyword you decide to go with, should be what you name your blog post URL, so for example, IncomeDiary.com/content-creation/

Of course $99 per month is not an insignificant sum and will be a stretch for some.

In this case have a look at busywithseo.com

Just type in your URL or a competitors URL and they will provide a lot of useful SEO information free of charge.

A Back-links Counter is not included in the free options but they have plans starting from $10 per month.

4. Creating Your Blog Post

OK, you know your topic and you know the keyword/s you wish to focus on – how long should your blog post be?

The average blog post on the first page of Google is over 2000 words.

For this reason, I would suggest, always aiming to hit this number. It is not a hard and fast rule – sometimes I go well over and sometimes it is closer to 1500 words. But it is a fact in blogging that the highest ranking posts are often some of the longest.

Choosing a category for your post should be simple enough, as for tags, I usually choose two tags per post. It’s important that no post, category or tag should be named the same. So for example, if my keyword for this post is content creation, I shouldn’t have a category or tag called content creation. Only one page on your site can rank for a keyword and you don’t want pages completing.

As for writing your article, check out: 17 Writing Tips For Bloggers Who Think They Can’t Write!

5. How to Display Content For Readability

Two blog posts can have the same content, but one gets read and the other is closed within seconds. This is often down to how easy it is to skim read.

Here is how we layout our content:

Headline (h1)
Introduction
Image
Headline (h2)
Headline (h3)
Content
Headline (h3)
Content
Headline (h3)
Content

And so on…

Of course, you may also add images in, but as a general outline, this is what we go with. You can see an example of it in this very post.

Other suggestions include:

Mistakes to avoid:

  • Repeating headlines.
  • Starting three sentences in a row with the same word.

6. Adding Images To Your Blog Post

content creation for bloggers

Images are very important.

We like to use three different styles of images:

The screenshot, the photo and the illustration.

Personally, I think all post images should be the same width, centered and shouldn’t link to anywhere.

7. Optimize Text For SEO

Using Yoast SEO Tool, you can figure out quickly what you need to do:

  • Keyword should be in post title
  • Keyword should be in at least 1 other headline
  • Keyword should be in first 100 words.

8. Optimize Images For SEO

Well optimized images tell Google what your blog post is about and helps rank the page higher.

  • Name one image the same as your target keyword.
  • Name all other images related to keyword.
  • Add alt tags.
  • Compress images.

We have written a lot about SEO in the past – check out 10 SEO Blog Post Publishing Steps that Most Bloggers Forget

SEO, content creation

9. Add Internal And External Links

Linking in your post is important. It’s another way of telling Google what your blog post is about.

You should add a few links to external authority websites talking about a similar subject.

You should add a few links to internal pages on your site about similar subjects. (Like we have done here)

10. Marketing Blog Post For SEO and Social Media

One of the main ways Google decides where your page should rank in their search engine, is by counting links going to it.

The better your post, the more links you will get.

To get links, you need to get people to read your post.

To get people to visit your post, you need to name your post something people want to click.

Marketing a blog post is a lot more than getting as many links to your post as possible. It’s also about presenting your content in a way that people want to click.

This comes down to headline, description and featured images.

Headline:

Part of your marketing strategy should be deciding on a post headline that people will click on social media sites and in search engines. But at the same time, it has to be targeting your keyword.

If you were to focus on SEO, you might name your post, Blog Post Content Creation Guide.

If you were to name it for readers, you may write, Best Article Ever Written About Content Creation

What I recommend is you meet in the middle and write for both, Blog Content Creation Guidelines For High Traffic Websites.

Description

Search engine traffic isn’t just about getting number 1 rankings, it’s about getting as many people as you can to click through to your website.

Your blog post meta description should again be written for SEO and for readers.

Featured Image

When you see a featured image on social media, a blog homepage or in the related posts section, you either notice it and want to click, or you scroll right past it.

Final Thoughts on Content Creation…

Still struggling to know what to write about?

Try this:

a) Look at the ‘long tail’ of website search activity on your website. What questions are real people using to find your website?

Then you answer those questions in your content!

b) Check your social media (Twitter and Facebook in particular) and see if people are asking questions or making comments you can use for content creation. Another option is to check publishing tools on your business Facebook page – to see which subjects have the greatest reach, get the most clicks and write a followup to that.

Author Bio:
“BarryBarry Dunlop – lifelong Entrepreneur, Investor, Mastermind Facilitator and Sales Coach. Barry launched his first Internet Business in 1998. Follow Barry on Twitter

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Alternatives to Bad Link Building Strategies

Posted from http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/JohnChowDotCom/~3/iA7TuBfV-X8/

Over the years, many people are writing about link building strategies both good and bad. It’s no secret the Internet can make you a lot of money and those on the first page of Google generate enormous money through ads and selling products. However, this has led to many people taking part in manipulative link building strategies against Google’s guidelines. It might produce results short term, but long-term, it’s bad link building and can hurt your bottom line. Once you get banned from Google’s SERP’s, you’ve destroyed your online business. With time and the expansion of the Internet comes the ability to try different things. When I first started blogging, we often talked about 3-4 link building strategies but now, I can think of over 15. It’s important to note that some are good but a majority of them will do more harm so it’s important to focus on the ones that matter, producing results. Here’s something else…

Some link building strategies simply need to be tweaked to be effective. In other words, bad link building can be transformed into effective ones by making a few changes along the lines. I’ll like to discuss 3 popular link building techniques and their alternatives that yield huge results. You’ll be surprised how they can boost your rankings within the SERP’s when you make some slight adjustments.

Let’s get started…

Link Exchanges

I can’t stress how ineffective link exchanges are for boosting SERP rankings and much of it has to do with the way people utilize these networks. For example, people start buying irrelevant bulk backlinks, pointing them to their page without doing any research. When you point poor quality backlinks to a page, you’re doing more harm than good. This is why Google introduced the Disavow Tool, so you can control what links point to your page. However, making a few changes to the way you use specific networks can produce the opposite effect. Here’s what I recommend going forward…

First, if you’re starting out, then join only the best link exchange websites and always set the approval to manual so you have complete control. If you leave the interface to automatic, then all requests will be approved, good or bad, and you should try to avoid this from happening. Next, when you get a link request, you should research the URL it’s received from by heading over to OpenSiteExplorer.org or Ahref.com. Paste in the URL of the website and skim through the information generated. Here are some of the factors to look for:

  • Domain Authority
  • Page Authority
  • Anchor Text
  • # external links

A clear report on these factors will tell you the value this URL will provide to your website. Compare it to your current DA and PA and if it’s above yours while being relevant, then you can benefit from a link exchange with them.

In short, instead of building bulk links, use this alternative:

  • Join popular link exchange networks
  • Always approve manually
  • Research link exchange requests
  • Spread out your link exchange campaigns

Buying and Selling Links

Google is getting smarter and they know when you’ve bought links to boost your rankings within the SERP’s. There are a few reasons why you should avoid this link building technique. First, it’s very difficult to find high quality links when directly buying them because NO authority bloggers will ever sell links on their page. They know how it will degrade the quality of their blog and hurt their overall bottom line. Google pays close attention to internal and external links on a page so if you’re linking to a low quality page, it’s not good for SEO. Secondly, you’re often getting websites with poor content and irrelevant to your niche and links from these pages add NO value. Third, they are NOT genuine links and will often be removed from the blog owner or when the website is removed by Google. However, there is an alternative to buying and selling links that I recommend everyone should utilize instead.

Focus on writing high quality content and/or guest blogging opportunities. Google has put enormous emphasis on providing quality, rewarding this type of content with higher rankings. Guest blogging is a great way to build links and generate traffic to your blog, leading to more links from niche relevant readers. In the end, there is no substitute for high quality content so focus on this instead of buying links.

Utilizing Keywords Effectively

Always using EXACT match keywords within your content and building links will no longer have the same impact as before. The user search pattern is changing and people are using LSI, long-tail, and related keywords to find what they are looking for. When building links, we tend to focus on stuffing our content with EXACT match keywords and building links to our page using the same strategy. However, we need to start looking at the alternatives available to us in terms of keywords. For example, going forward, you should focus on the following:

First, research and create a list of LSI and long-tail keywords so you can utilize them when building links. Start mixing your anchor text when you build links. A great way to find a combination of keywords is by researching your competition and the anchor text they use. If these competitors are ranking on the first page of Google, then their keyword diversity is a great match for you. The strategy is very simple because all you’re doing is tweaking your anchor text from EXACT to branded, related, URL, and long-tail. You have to do some research so you get the right ratio of each, however, this strategy is very effective when boosting your rankings through natural link building.

Click Here To Download John Chow’s New eBook, The Ultimate Online Profit Model!


Top 10 Content Creation Steps For Bloggers

Posted from https://www.incomediary.com/content-creation

When it comes to content creation, writing a blog post and hoping for the best is not an option!

Top quality content takes time, effort, energy, resources, and knowledge.

In this article, we have put together a blueprint for how we like to publish content at IncomeDiary.

It is an approach that has consistently worked for us and it will for you.

Enjoy!

The 10 Most Important Steps For Successful Content Creation

Content creation, marketing

1. Choose a Topic To Write About

Obvious I know!

Questions:

a) Who is your audience?

b) What do they need to know?

c) What can you tell them that no one else can?

d) What is your unique talent? (we all have at least one)

e) In one sentence what is the biggest lesson in life you have learned so far?

f) What was your biggest mistake and what did you learn from it? (Those who succeed the most also tend to fail the most!)

And most importantly of all with Content Creation:

How does your blog post benefit the reader?

Will what you are about to write improve the lives of your readers?

The most successful bloggers succeed because what they write adds value to the lives of their readers

Read the following posts for more inspiration and ideas:

Blog Post Inspiration Is All Around You – Open Your Mind

and…

8 Easy Ways to Generate Blog Post Ideas That Get Attention

2. Deciding On What The Goal Of Your Blog Post Is

You don’t create content just to get traffic.

It could be to:

  • Make more money
  • Get more subscribers
  • To get more back-links
  • To entertain
  • To build your brand

Or it could be to simply improve a part of your business.

Using this post as an example, we get dozens of writers contact us every week, asking to publish guest posts.

We want content but it has to be amazing if we are going to accept it.

Writing this article means that we can better help guest posters write better content so that we can accept more posts and get more traffic.

3. Research Keywords For Blog Post

Once you have decided on your topic, you next have to figure out what you want to rank in Google for.

If you guess, often you will over estimate how popular the search term is.

We recommend you use Ahrefs for keyword research.

I will write in several different keywords until I find one that both fits my topic, but also provides plenty of traffic.

Example keywords for this post:

  • How to write a blog post (4000 visitors)
  • Blog Post Layout (90 visitors)
  • Blog Format (600 visitors)
  • Content Creation (5000 visitors)
  • Creating Content (230 visitors)

Based on this information, I chose to go with content creation as my keyword. Not only does it get more traffic than the others but it’s more targeted than “How to write a blog post”.

Content Creation

In the screenshot above, you can see that the global search volume is 5000 and that I will need in the region of 26 back-links from other websites to rank in the top 10.

The Ahrefs app will show you a lot more than that though – and if you are serious about online marketing and SEO this is the one to use. (Their Lite Plan starts from $99 per month!)

It displays the top 10 websites that rank for a search term, plus how much traffic they get and what other keywords that page ranks for.

The keyword you decide to go with, should be what you name your blog post URL, so for example, IncomeDiary.com/content-creation/

Of course $99 per month is not an insignificant sum and will be a stretch for some.

In this case have a look at busywithseo.com

Just type in your URL or a competitors URL and they will provide a lot of useful SEO information free of charge.

A Back-links Counter is not included in the free options but they have plans starting from $10 per month.

4. Creating Your Blog Post

OK, you know your topic and you know the keyword/s you wish to focus on – how long should your blog post be?

The average blog post on the first page of Google is over 2000 words.

For this reason, I would suggest, always aiming to hit this number. It is not a hard and fast rule – sometimes I go well over and sometimes it is closer to 1500 words. But it is a fact in blogging that the highest ranking posts are often some of the longest.

Choosing a category for your post should be simple enough, as for tags, I usually choose two tags per post. It’s important that no post, category or tag should be named the same. So for example, if my keyword for this post is content creation, I shouldn’t have a category or tag called content creation. Only one page on your site can rank for a keyword and you don’t want pages completing.

As for writing your article, check out: 17 Writing Tips For Bloggers Who Think They Can’t Write!

5. How to Display Content For Readability

Two blog posts can have the same content, but one gets read and the other is closed within seconds. This is often down to how easy it is to skim read.

Here is how we layout our content:

Headline (h1)
Introduction
Image
Headline (h2)
Headline (h3)
Content
Headline (h3)
Content
Headline (h3)
Content

And so on…

Of course, you may also add images in, but as a general outline, this is what we go with. You can see an example of it in this very post.

Other suggestions include:

Mistakes to avoid:

  • Repeating headlines.
  • Starting three sentences in a row with the same word.

6. Adding Images To Your Blog Post

content creation for bloggers

Images are very important.

We like to use three different styles of images:

The screenshot, the photo and the illustration.

Personally, I think all post images should be the same width, centered and shouldn’t link to anywhere.

7. Optimize Text For SEO

Using Yoast SEO Tool, you can figure out quickly what you need to do:

  • Keyword should be in post title
  • Keyword should be in at least 1 other headline
  • Keyword should be in first 100 words.

8. Optimize Images For SEO

Well optimized images tell Google what your blog post is about and helps rank the page higher.

  • Name one image the same as your target keyword.
  • Name all other images related to keyword.
  • Add alt tags.
  • Compress images.

We have written a lot about SEO in the past – check out 10 SEO Blog Post Publishing Steps that Most Bloggers Forget

SEO, content creation

9. Add Internal And External Links

Linking in your post is important. It’s another way of telling Google what your blog post is about.

You should add a few links to external authority websites talking about a similar subject.

You should add a few links to internal pages on your site about similar subjects. (Like we have done here)

10. Marketing Blog Post For SEO and Social Media

One of the main ways Google decides where your page should rank in their search engine, is by counting links going to it.

The better your post, the more links you will get.

To get links, you need to get people to read your post.

To get people to visit your post, you need to name your post something people want to click.

Marketing a blog post is a lot more than getting as many links to your post as possible. It’s also about presenting your content in a way that people want to click.

This comes down to headline, description and featured images.

Headline:

Part of your marketing strategy should be deciding on a post headline that people will click on social media sites and in search engines. But at the same time, it has to be targeting your keyword.

If you were to focus on SEO, you might name your post, Blog Post Content Creation Guide.

If you were to name it for readers, you may write, Best Article Ever Written About Content Creation

What I recommend is you meet in the middle and write for both, Blog Content Creation Guidelines For High Traffic Websites.

Description

Search engine traffic isn’t just about getting number 1 rankings, it’s about getting as many people as you can to click through to your website.

Your blog post meta description should again be written for SEO and for readers.

Featured Image

When you see a featured image on social media, a blog homepage or in the related posts section, you either notice it and want to click, or you scroll right past it.

Final Thoughts on Content Creation…

Still struggling to know what to write about?

Try this:

a) Look at the ‘long tail’ of website search activity on your website. What questions are real people using to find your website?

Then you answer those questions in your content!

b) Check your social media (Twitter and Facebook in particular) and see if people are asking questions or making comments you can use for content creation. Another option is to check publishing tools on your business Facebook page – to see which subjects have the greatest reach, get the most clicks and write a followup to that.

Author Bio:
“BarryBarry Dunlop – lifelong Entrepreneur, Investor, Mastermind Facilitator and Sales Coach. Barry launched his first Internet Business in 1998. Follow Barry on Twitter

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Hacking the 52 Week Money Challenge the Smart Way

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The financial savings picture in America (and the world) isn’t a good one, at multiple income levels. For example: across people with incomes less than $25,000, 38% have $0 saved. For those with incomes from $100,000 to $149,999, it’s not much better: 18% have $0 saved, and 26% have less than $1,000.[1]

This obviously can create problems in the future. Nearly half of American adults can’t cover an emergency expense of $400 without selling something or borrowing money, and 31% of non-retired adults have no retirement savings or pension at all.[2]

Is there a way to get better at saving money? Yes, here’s a challenge you can take to turn around the situation.

The 52 Week Money Challenge

The 52 Week Money Challenge is fairly simple.

  • On Week 1, you deposit $1 in savings. Now your total is $1.
  • On Week 2, you deposit $2, for a new total of $3.

If you follow this for 52 weeks, your eventual total for the year will be $1,378.

Here’s a table showcasing it visually:

The 52-Week Money Challenge works because of habitual momentum. You have a commitment now to do something every single week, and if you achieve it, it will better your financial situation. Charles Duhigg, a leading researcher on habits, has explained that most habit formation takes place as cue, routine, and reward.[3] The 52-Week Money Challenge is the same way:

  • Cue: Every week, you remember you need to do this.
  • Routine: You keep doing it!
  • Reward: Now you have more savings.

Hacking the Money Challenge

How do you make the conscious decision not to spend dollars on fun things?

For example, you know there’s a good chance you’ll spend more money during the holidays— flights to see family members, gifts for family and co-workers, maybe even New Year’s Eve plans. You might spend more in the summer too: vacations and summer sales.

How do you make sure you don’t do that and stay on track with your 52-Week Money Challenge? There are three main hacks if you want to get the most out of the 52-Week Money Challenge:

Automate Money Storing and Transferring

The whole point of automation is making things simpler, and that can work in the 52-Week Money Challenge too. Just automate out the payments beforehand and you’ll never even think about it. It will just not be there—it’ll be savings. Your bank can help you with this, as can apps like Qapital.

Combine the Challenge with Another Goal

Consider merging the 52-Week Money Challenge with a weight loss challenge— lose 1 pound per week, for example— or a spending challenge. You could reduce the number of times you eat out each week in a given month (8, 6, 4, 2) and start from a smaller number each month (7, 5, 3, 1 the next month; then 6, 4, 2, 0).

If you’re tying a money-saving challenge (the 52-Week Money Challenge) with another challenge that will directly impacting savings (eating out less or trying to lose weight— or both!), there will be increased motivation to save money.

Go Beyond the 52 Weeks

Each year you’d save $1,378. In five years, you’d have $6,890. In 10 years, $13,780. It could lead to some pretty nice vacations, if nothing else.

Just don’t stop. The 52-Week Money Challenge is a low impact way to save money.

Challenge Accepted

Go do it. Do the 52-Week Money Challenge. And think on some of the hacks, or create your own— for example, if Week 1 is $2 and then Week 2 is $4, you’d double your savings ($2,756) for the year. In 10 years, you’d have over $27,000 in savings.

That would be impressive given the numbers we initially discussed. Most Americans have less than $1,000 in savings, so even if you just do the basic 52-Week Money Challenge with the hacks discussed, you’ll end the year with more than most people.

Saving is important, whether the savings leads to leisure pursuits or solving emergencies. Start with the 52-Week Money Challenge and see how easy it can be.

Featured photo credit: http://money.cnn.com/2017/05/10/retirement/retirement-savings-return/index.html via money.cnn.com

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2208, 2017

Alternatives to Bad Link Building Strategies

Posted from http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/JohnChowDotCom/~3/iA7TuBfV-X8/

Over the years, many people are writing about link building strategies both good and bad. It’s no secret the Internet can make you a lot of money and those on the first page of Google generate enormous money through ads and selling products. However, this has led to many people taking part in manipulative link building strategies against Google’s guidelines. It might produce results short term, but long-term, it’s bad link building and can hurt your bottom line. Once you get banned from Google’s SERP’s, you’ve destroyed your online business. With time and the expansion of the Internet comes the ability to try different things. When I first started blogging, we often talked about 3-4 link building strategies but now, I can think of over 15. It’s important to note that some are good but a majority of them will do more harm so it’s important to focus on the ones that matter, producing results. Here’s something else…

Some link building strategies simply need to be tweaked to be effective. In other words, bad link building can be transformed into effective ones by making a few changes along the lines. I’ll like to discuss 3 popular link building techniques and their alternatives that yield huge results. You’ll be surprised how they can boost your rankings within the SERP’s when you make some slight adjustments.

Let’s get started…

Link Exchanges

I can’t stress how ineffective link exchanges are for boosting SERP rankings and much of it has to do with the way people utilize these networks. For example, people start buying irrelevant bulk backlinks, pointing them to their page without doing any research. When you point poor quality backlinks to a page, you’re doing more harm than good. This is why Google introduced the Disavow Tool, so you can control what links point to your page. However, making a few changes to the way you use specific networks can produce the opposite effect. Here’s what I recommend going forward…

First, if you’re starting out, then join only the best link exchange websites and always set the approval to manual so you have complete control. If you leave the interface to automatic, then all requests will be approved, good or bad, and you should try to avoid this from happening. Next, when you get a link request, you should research the URL it’s received from by heading over to OpenSiteExplorer.org or Ahref.com. Paste in the URL of the website and skim through the information generated. Here are some of the factors to look for:

  • Domain Authority
  • Page Authority
  • Anchor Text
  • # external links

A clear report on these factors will tell you the value this URL will provide to your website. Compare it to your current DA and PA and if it’s above yours while being relevant, then you can benefit from a link exchange with them.

In short, instead of building bulk links, use this alternative:

  • Join popular link exchange networks
  • Always approve manually
  • Research link exchange requests
  • Spread out your link exchange campaigns

Buying and Selling Links

Google is getting smarter and they know when you’ve bought links to boost your rankings within the SERP’s. There are a few reasons why you should avoid this link building technique. First, it’s very difficult to find high quality links when directly buying them because NO authority bloggers will ever sell links on their page. They know how it will degrade the quality of their blog and hurt their overall bottom line. Google pays close attention to internal and external links on a page so if you’re linking to a low quality page, it’s not good for SEO. Secondly, you’re often getting websites with poor content and irrelevant to your niche and links from these pages add NO value. Third, they are NOT genuine links and will often be removed from the blog owner or when the website is removed by Google. However, there is an alternative to buying and selling links that I recommend everyone should utilize instead.

Focus on writing high quality content and/or guest blogging opportunities. Google has put enormous emphasis on providing quality, rewarding this type of content with higher rankings. Guest blogging is a great way to build links and generate traffic to your blog, leading to more links from niche relevant readers. In the end, there is no substitute for high quality content so focus on this instead of buying links.

Utilizing Keywords Effectively

Always using EXACT match keywords within your content and building links will no longer have the same impact as before. The user search pattern is changing and people are using LSI, long-tail, and related keywords to find what they are looking for. When building links, we tend to focus on stuffing our content with EXACT match keywords and building links to our page using the same strategy. However, we need to start looking at the alternatives available to us in terms of keywords. For example, going forward, you should focus on the following:

First, research and create a list of LSI and long-tail keywords so you can utilize them when building links. Start mixing your anchor text when you build links. A great way to find a combination of keywords is by researching your competition and the anchor text they use. If these competitors are ranking on the first page of Google, then their keyword diversity is a great match for you. The strategy is very simple because all you’re doing is tweaking your anchor text from EXACT to branded, related, URL, and long-tail. You have to do some research so you get the right ratio of each, however, this strategy is very effective when boosting your rankings through natural link building.

Click Here To Download John Chow’s New eBook, The Ultimate Online Profit Model!


2208, 2017

Top 10 Content Creation Steps For Bloggers

Posted from https://www.incomediary.com/content-creation

When it comes to content creation, writing a blog post and hoping for the best is not an option!

Top quality content takes time, effort, energy, resources, and knowledge.

In this article, we have put together a blueprint for how we like to publish content at IncomeDiary.

It is an approach that has consistently worked for us and it will for you.

Enjoy!

The 10 Most Important Steps For Successful Content Creation

Content creation, marketing

1. Choose a Topic To Write About

Obvious I know!

Questions:

a) Who is your audience?

b) What do they need to know?

c) What can you tell them that no one else can?

d) What is your unique talent? (we all have at least one)

e) In one sentence what is the biggest lesson in life you have learned so far?

f) What was your biggest mistake and what did you learn from it? (Those who succeed the most also tend to fail the most!)

And most importantly of all with Content Creation:

How does your blog post benefit the reader?

Will what you are about to write improve the lives of your readers?

The most successful bloggers succeed because what they write adds value to the lives of their readers

Read the following posts for more inspiration and ideas:

Blog Post Inspiration Is All Around You – Open Your Mind

and…

8 Easy Ways to Generate Blog Post Ideas That Get Attention

2. Deciding On What The Goal Of Your Blog Post Is

You don’t create content just to get traffic.

It could be to:

  • Make more money
  • Get more subscribers
  • To get more back-links
  • To entertain
  • To build your brand

Or it could be to simply improve a part of your business.

Using this post as an example, we get dozens of writers contact us every week, asking to publish guest posts.

We want content but it has to be amazing if we are going to accept it.

Writing this article means that we can better help guest posters write better content so that we can accept more posts and get more traffic.

3. Research Keywords For Blog Post

Once you have decided on your topic, you next have to figure out what you want to rank in Google for.

If you guess, often you will over estimate how popular the search term is.

We recommend you use Ahrefs for keyword research.

I will write in several different keywords until I find one that both fits my topic, but also provides plenty of traffic.

Example keywords for this post:

  • How to write a blog post (4000 visitors)
  • Blog Post Layout (90 visitors)
  • Blog Format (600 visitors)
  • Content Creation (5000 visitors)
  • Creating Content (230 visitors)

Based on this information, I chose to go with content creation as my keyword. Not only does it get more traffic than the others but it’s more targeted than “How to write a blog post”.

Content Creation

In the screenshot above, you can see that the global search volume is 5000 and that I will need in the region of 26 back-links from other websites to rank in the top 10.

The Ahrefs app will show you a lot more than that though – and if you are serious about online marketing and SEO this is the one to use. (Their Lite Plan starts from $99 per month!)

It displays the top 10 websites that rank for a search term, plus how much traffic they get and what other keywords that page ranks for.

The keyword you decide to go with, should be what you name your blog post URL, so for example, IncomeDiary.com/content-creation/

Of course $99 per month is not an insignificant sum and will be a stretch for some.

In this case have a look at busywithseo.com

Just type in your URL or a competitors URL and they will provide a lot of useful SEO information free of charge.

A Back-links Counter is not included in the free options but they have plans starting from $10 per month.

4. Creating Your Blog Post

OK, you know your topic and you know the keyword/s you wish to focus on – how long should your blog post be?

The average blog post on the first page of Google is over 2000 words.

For this reason, I would suggest, always aiming to hit this number. It is not a hard and fast rule – sometimes I go well over and sometimes it is closer to 1500 words. But it is a fact in blogging that the highest ranking posts are often some of the longest.

Choosing a category for your post should be simple enough, as for tags, I usually choose two tags per post. It’s important that no post, category or tag should be named the same. So for example, if my keyword for this post is content creation, I shouldn’t have a category or tag called content creation. Only one page on your site can rank for a keyword and you don’t want pages completing.

As for writing your article, check out: 17 Writing Tips For Bloggers Who Think They Can’t Write!

5. How to Display Content For Readability

Two blog posts can have the same content, but one gets read and the other is closed within seconds. This is often down to how easy it is to skim read.

Here is how we layout our content:

Headline (h1)
Introduction
Image
Headline (h2)
Headline (h3)
Content
Headline (h3)
Content
Headline (h3)
Content

And so on…

Of course, you may also add images in, but as a general outline, this is what we go with. You can see an example of it in this very post.

Other suggestions include:

Mistakes to avoid:

  • Repeating headlines.
  • Starting three sentences in a row with the same word.

6. Adding Images To Your Blog Post

content creation for bloggers

Images are very important.

We like to use three different styles of images:

The screenshot, the photo and the illustration.

Personally, I think all post images should be the same width, centered and shouldn’t link to anywhere.

7. Optimize Text For SEO

Using Yoast SEO Tool, you can figure out quickly what you need to do:

  • Keyword should be in post title
  • Keyword should be in at least 1 other headline
  • Keyword should be in first 100 words.

8. Optimize Images For SEO

Well optimized images tell Google what your blog post is about and helps rank the page higher.

  • Name one image the same as your target keyword.
  • Name all other images related to keyword.
  • Add alt tags.
  • Compress images.

We have written a lot about SEO in the past – check out 10 SEO Blog Post Publishing Steps that Most Bloggers Forget

SEO, content creation

9. Add Internal And External Links

Linking in your post is important. It’s another way of telling Google what your blog post is about.

You should add a few links to external authority websites talking about a similar subject.

You should add a few links to internal pages on your site about similar subjects. (Like we have done here)

10. Marketing Blog Post For SEO and Social Media

One of the main ways Google decides where your page should rank in their search engine, is by counting links going to it.

The better your post, the more links you will get.

To get links, you need to get people to read your post.

To get people to visit your post, you need to name your post something people want to click.

Marketing a blog post is a lot more than getting as many links to your post as possible. It’s also about presenting your content in a way that people want to click.

This comes down to headline, description and featured images.

Headline:

Part of your marketing strategy should be deciding on a post headline that people will click on social media sites and in search engines. But at the same time, it has to be targeting your keyword.

If you were to focus on SEO, you might name your post, Blog Post Content Creation Guide.

If you were to name it for readers, you may write, Best Article Ever Written About Content Creation

What I recommend is you meet in the middle and write for both, Blog Content Creation Guidelines For High Traffic Websites.

Description

Search engine traffic isn’t just about getting number 1 rankings, it’s about getting as many people as you can to click through to your website.

Your blog post meta description should again be written for SEO and for readers.

Featured Image

When you see a featured image on social media, a blog homepage or in the related posts section, you either notice it and want to click, or you scroll right past it.

Final Thoughts on Content Creation…

Still struggling to know what to write about?

Try this:

a) Look at the ‘long tail’ of website search activity on your website. What questions are real people using to find your website?

Then you answer those questions in your content!

b) Check your social media (Twitter and Facebook in particular) and see if people are asking questions or making comments you can use for content creation. Another option is to check publishing tools on your business Facebook page – to see which subjects have the greatest reach, get the most clicks and write a followup to that.

Author Bio:
“BarryBarry Dunlop – lifelong Entrepreneur, Investor, Mastermind Facilitator and Sales Coach. Barry launched his first Internet Business in 1998. Follow Barry on Twitter

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2208, 2017

Hacking the 52 Week Money Challenge the Smart Way

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The financial savings picture in America (and the world) isn’t a good one, at multiple income levels. For example: across people with incomes less than $25,000, 38% have $0 saved. For those with incomes from $100,000 to $149,999, it’s not much better: 18% have $0 saved, and 26% have less than $1,000.[1]

This obviously can create problems in the future. Nearly half of American adults can’t cover an emergency expense of $400 without selling something or borrowing money, and 31% of non-retired adults have no retirement savings or pension at all.[2]

Is there a way to get better at saving money? Yes, here’s a challenge you can take to turn around the situation.

The 52 Week Money Challenge

The 52 Week Money Challenge is fairly simple.

  • On Week 1, you deposit $1 in savings. Now your total is $1.
  • On Week 2, you deposit $2, for a new total of $3.

If you follow this for 52 weeks, your eventual total for the year will be $1,378.

Here’s a table showcasing it visually:

The 52-Week Money Challenge works because of habitual momentum. You have a commitment now to do something every single week, and if you achieve it, it will better your financial situation. Charles Duhigg, a leading researcher on habits, has explained that most habit formation takes place as cue, routine, and reward.[3] The 52-Week Money Challenge is the same way:

  • Cue: Every week, you remember you need to do this.
  • Routine: You keep doing it!
  • Reward: Now you have more savings.

Hacking the Money Challenge

How do you make the conscious decision not to spend dollars on fun things?

For example, you know there’s a good chance you’ll spend more money during the holidays— flights to see family members, gifts for family and co-workers, maybe even New Year’s Eve plans. You might spend more in the summer too: vacations and summer sales.

How do you make sure you don’t do that and stay on track with your 52-Week Money Challenge? There are three main hacks if you want to get the most out of the 52-Week Money Challenge:

Automate Money Storing and Transferring

The whole point of automation is making things simpler, and that can work in the 52-Week Money Challenge too. Just automate out the payments beforehand and you’ll never even think about it. It will just not be there—it’ll be savings. Your bank can help you with this, as can apps like Qapital.

Combine the Challenge with Another Goal

Consider merging the 52-Week Money Challenge with a weight loss challenge— lose 1 pound per week, for example— or a spending challenge. You could reduce the number of times you eat out each week in a given month (8, 6, 4, 2) and start from a smaller number each month (7, 5, 3, 1 the next month; then 6, 4, 2, 0).

If you’re tying a money-saving challenge (the 52-Week Money Challenge) with another challenge that will directly impacting savings (eating out less or trying to lose weight— or both!), there will be increased motivation to save money.

Go Beyond the 52 Weeks

Each year you’d save $1,378. In five years, you’d have $6,890. In 10 years, $13,780. It could lead to some pretty nice vacations, if nothing else.

Just don’t stop. The 52-Week Money Challenge is a low impact way to save money.

Challenge Accepted

Go do it. Do the 52-Week Money Challenge. And think on some of the hacks, or create your own— for example, if Week 1 is $2 and then Week 2 is $4, you’d double your savings ($2,756) for the year. In 10 years, you’d have over $27,000 in savings.

That would be impressive given the numbers we initially discussed. Most Americans have less than $1,000 in savings, so even if you just do the basic 52-Week Money Challenge with the hacks discussed, you’ll end the year with more than most people.

Saving is important, whether the savings leads to leisure pursuits or solving emergencies. Start with the 52-Week Money Challenge and see how easy it can be.

Featured photo credit: http://money.cnn.com/2017/05/10/retirement/retirement-savings-return/index.html via money.cnn.com

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