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pizap.com14025489733301    31 Ways To Promote Blog Posts

Publishing a blog post and sitting around waiting for people to find it is not an effective method to build your blog audience.

You need to actively promote your posts and engage new readers if you want the exposure your blog deserves.

Just one of these 31 steps resulted in a 342% increase in traffic to NicheHacks overnight (more information below).

What do you think all 31 ways can do for your blog?

Here are 31 way to promote blog posts and get more blog traffic….

What You’ll Learn:
How just 1 of these ways results in a 342% increase in traffic.
31 ways you can easily get more traffic to your blog without too much extra work.
How to create guaranteed viral content which naturally picks up shares.
The “secret” methods to get influential people to link to your contentand share it increasing your authority in the process.
“Hacks” to automate your social sharing saving you time to focus on more important things.

1. Make Your Content Epic So People NEED To Share

Your content has to be REALLY good if people are to link to, read and comment on it. Make every single piece you post count.

Epic content doesn’t come in a one size fits all package. It takes different forms.

However it tends to be bigger and better than other content on the topic, 1000+ words, have a lot of actionable content the reader can go and try for themselves and reference other authorities or epic blog content in the niche.

Think ‘ultimate guides’, ‘101 lists’, ‘video tutorials’, ‘in-depth posts’.

The sort of stuff regularly posted on Backlinko, Quick Sprout, Matthew Woodward, Smart Passive Income & Viper Chill for example.
2. Link To Influential Blogs So They Link Back.

Linking out to influential blogs and key players in your niche is a great way to get on their radar and get them sharing or linking to your content.

Link to show where people can find more information, a similar topic or find an opposing view.

Be sure to let people know on social media that you’ve linked to them. This works best on Twitter, in my experience, as they can easily hit re-tweet and share with their audiences.

My Ultimate Guide To Blogging: How To Start A Blog That’s Epic was shared over 100 times across social media by other bloggers I’d featured using this method.

3. Reference and Quote Experts So They Share Your Content

To back up your stats and statements reference experts and quote them then let them know you’ve done so via twitter and watch them re-tweet.

People love being referenced as an expert and want to share that with their audiences.

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4. Make Your Content Easy To Share

Include social share buttons at various points throughout the post not just at the bottom where people might not make it to (even when reading a great post people get distracted)

Use the Digg Digg social share plugin to add a moving sharebar at the side of posts. Include share buttons at the top and bottom of the post.

Add social locked sections to posts (see the example below – it’s just an image it won’t unlock anything).

These have increased my posts social shares by up to 50%.

Give people bonuses or additional content if they share, it can be anything from a PDF copy of the post, additional worksheets, bonus content or free downloads.

>> Start increasing your social shares by up to 50% with Social Locker.

Have a ‘Buffer App’ button on your site so people can publish your content at the best possible times of the day.

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Share With Your Own Audience For Floods Of Instant Traffic
5. Email Your Subscriber List For Instant Traffic

Sending a broadcast email to your list as soon as you publish a new post is the best way to get a fury of traffic to it.

Traffic from emails I send to my list are my #1 source of traffic by a long way.

If you’re not building a subscriber list you should be so get started with a $1 Aweber trial on this link.

Also don’t forget to add a follow up message to the end of your autoresponder series promoting the post so it continues to receive traffic over time instead of being lost in the archives.

6. Share To Your Social Networks & Get Your Followers Reading

Use the time saving SNAP plugin for WordPress to automatically post your content to all your social media accounts.

It can post to more than any other including all the main hubs like Facebook, Twitter, G+, Pinterest, Tumblr, Linked In and more.

SNAP can be set to continually publish your content every ‘X’ days so that fresh people see it.

If you’re continually adding more followers and fans this is essential.

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7. Publish To Other Social Hubs That Have Internal Traffic

I manage ‘hubs’ on sites like Tumblr, Rebel Mouse, Flipboard and Scoop It where I publish not only my own content but other great content in the niche.

To add content to these sites is a one click and forget method and they all have internal audiences which can drive traffic back to my site.

Every one of these sites has buttons you can add to your browser that with one click any piece of content you’re enjoying can be added to your page.

It doesn’t take long to do but brings in new visitors so is worth the 2 minutes or so it takes.

Syndicate, Share & Suggest To Get Blog Traffic Without Effort
8. Syndicate To Other Blogs & ‘Steal’ Their Audience

Source out blogs in your niche which accept syndicated content.

It takes a bit of work to build up a list of sites who both accept syndicated content and like what you write about but once done you’ll have a list of sites that will re-publish your post and allow you to tap into their audience.

It’s one of the best ways I know to ‘steal’ traffic from your competitors without doing anything illegal.

Simply reach out to them on social media or via email and ask if they haven’t already mentioned it on their blog. It tends to be much easier to find people willing outwith the IM niche.

9. Publish To Relevant Sub-Reddits To Get Wider Exposure

Reddit has ‘sub-reddits’ in thousands of different niches that allow you to share good quality content including your own.

It’s a great way to get wider exposure with little work for your new blog posts.

Just enter your niche or keyword of choice into the search bar and see if there’s a relevant sub-Reddit then check the rules on sharing content, most allow it but some do not.

It’s best to get involved with the community first BEFORE you post your own content as Reddit users are very strict about this.

10. Engage New Readers Via Blog Engage

BlogEngage allows you to submit your blog posts to BlogEngages RSS feed and get access to several thousand potential new blog readers.

They have different levels of exposure you can get access to so choose the one that suits you best.

Another easy way to get more eyes on your new posts.

11. Post To Popular Facebook Pages & Groups To ‘Hack’ Into Existing Audiences

There are FB pages and groups with huge amounts of fans which allow you to share your content or have simply been abandoned by the owners and are a free for all.

Log into Facebook and type your keyword or niche into the search bar then choose to search for groups, pick any with over 1,000+ followers and see whether users can share content or not (some are locked).

Share your new blog posts with these groups and you’re ‘hacking’ your way into existing audiences.

12. Get LinkedIn For New People To Discover Your Content

Sharing content to related Linked In groups can help new people discover your content that otherwise wouldn’t.

Go to Linked In Groups and search for your keyword. You’ll be surprised at the amount of niche groups available for discussions and content sharing.

Check the rules before posting and try not to spam or endless self promote.

13. Pin To Shared Boards On Pinterest For The Viral Affect

Images tend to go viral much easier than written content does so be sure to post any images, infographics or even videos to shared Pinterest boards.

You can post your blog posts too and watch your content get shared.

14. Let People In On The Scoop With Scoop.It

Scoop.It allows people to share content they find online in a magazine style format.

The great thing about Scoop It is that you can suggest content to other peoples groups and if the content is good you can be sure they will share it.

This is a fantastic way to get high quality links and droves of traffic to new posts.

On Scoop.it go to the search bar at the top of the page and type in a keyword related to your blog.

Hit search and wait for the results to pop up.

A list of ‘scoops’ (blog posts / stories) will come up. It will say “Scooped by USERNAME onto PAGE NAME”.

Click on the page name and in the right hand corner it will tell you how many views the page has – look for pages with over 1,000.

Sadly there isn’t a way to sort by ‘most popular’ pages as far as I know so it’s manually searching through pages.

At the top of the page is a green ‘suggest’ button. Click on it and it will allow you to suggest the URL of one of your blog posts for the page owner to consider featuring on his page.

If they like it they will feature your page and you’ll get a flood of traffic and a nice link from the page.

Make sure you ‘follow’ any pages in your niche so you can more easily submit content to them.

Once you are following you can install the Scoop.it button to your browser and hit ‘Scoop’ on any web post (your own included) and instantly choose to suggest to any Scoop pages you follow.

Easy way to get great links and traffic if you’re putting out good quality content.

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15. Tap Into 80 Million Users With Flipboard.com

Flipboard is a mobile app turned web based platform that has over 80 million users.

It turns your content into stunning magazine style formats and taps into their 80 million users with just a couple of clicks.

Sign up for an account and with one click you can submit your blog posts and Flipboard will turn them into magazine style layouts without any extra work from you.

Build up a digital magazine that shares the best content across your niche. Big name blogs like Copyblogger are already in on the act.

16. Promote Your Content On Sulia.com For Blog Busting Traffic

Sulia allows people to share content they like with people with similar interests.

Someone shared my post “How To Start A Blog That’s Epic’ on the site and it instantly became one of my top 5 traffic sources overnight.

Sign up for an account and state your interests (i.e. blogging for example).

Then choose the pencil logo in the top right of the screen and write a headline and a post snippet, share a link saying they can find more by clicking the link.

Choose to share with other people interested in blogging and anyone else with that interest will be alerted to your content/

17. Run Circles Around Your Competitors With G+

Being active on Google Plus and sharing your newest blog post with relevant ‘circles’ or groups can not only drive traffic but generate discussion and engage new readers.

I have ignored G+ for far too long and that’s a huge mistake, see these 8 ways to drive traffic from Google Plus.

18. Target Tumblr’s 90 Million Users

Tumblr.com has over 90 million users mostly in photo and picture rich niches like cooking, fashion, style, food and more.

You can easily build up your own  tumblr blog using the SNAP plugin just by syndicating your existing content.

You can also suggest your content to other peoples blogs and if they like it they will share driving their readers to your new posts.

Tumblr ranks well, has a huge internal audience and content goes viral FAST so there’s multiple benefits to using it.

To see exactly how this all works watch this video from LazyAssStoner.

19. Be A Valued Member In Niche Forums & Reap The Benefits

Being an active and useful member of niche related forums is a fantastic way to find targeted traffic for your site.

Whenever you add a new post update your forum signature to point to the new post with a clear call to action and spend 30 mins answering questions and being a valued member.

It will encourage people to click on your link to find out how else you can help them.

Some forums will even allow you to share your content in the forum through a post giving a summary of what’s they can find in the post with a link directly to it IF you’re a valued member.

Other’s have ‘download’ or ‘freebie’ sections where you can share your blog posts in PDF formats.

Places like the Warrior Forum. Blackhatworld, Digital Point in the IM sphere have market places where you can give away reports for free in exchange for an email opt in or even charge for – it’s easy to turn a high quality post into a report or guide.

20. Add Your Blog Content To Aggregation Sites

Sites like Digg.com, AllTop.com and Technorati.com are content aggregation sites that you can add your posts to for effortless traffic.

Simply sign up and ‘submit your link’ and watch as people discover them without any effort on your part.

21. Share With Other Syndication Sites To Build A Buzz

Depending on your niche these sites will be different but in the online marketing area you can syndicate your content to the following sites and build a buzz around your new blog posts…

Inbound.com – online marketing news.

Kingged.com – internet marketing content and products.

BizSugar.com – small and online business news.

AffPosts.com – affiliate marketing news.

For 500+ sources in all niches check out this resource.

Repurpose Your Content To Reach New Markets
22. Package Posts Into PDF Files And Share On Document Sites

Sites like Slideshare, DocStoc and Scribd allow you to share PDF files and documents.

These sites have huge internal audiences seeking out new content. Turn your blog posts into PDF files and add to these sites to reach new markets.

Want to learn more  advanced blog promotion strategies that have the potential to turn your blog posts into $1,000 pay cheques?

Expert blogger Kristi Hines of Kikolani shares her advanced strategies here.

23. Make Slideshows That Send Shoots of Traffic To New Posts

Turning your posts into simple slides then sharing on Slideshare can bring in server busting traffic overnight.

See Ana from TrafficGenerationCafe’s post on how to do this properly.

24. Create Visual Infographics That Bring New Visitors

Turning posts into infographics and sharing on sites like Visual.ly, DailyInfographic.com, Coolinfographics.com and Vizualarchive.com can bring in new visitors who react well to visual content.

Creating an infographic and offering it to other bloggers in your niche with a custom written paragraph also works for getting traffic and links.

To make your infographic go viral check out this post on Quicksprout and for a great infographic traffic and link strategy see Brian Dean’s guestographic case study.

25. Create Videos That Tease People

Get in front of the camera and give people a teaser of your post asking them to jump over to your site to see the rest of it.

If you’re afraid to be filmed then you can find surprisingly good video makers on Fiverr.com who will make you a 30-60 second video for just $5 or even make animations and whiteboard videos.

Upload to Youtube, Vimeo and Daily Motion which all have huge internal audiences.

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Networking & Outreach To Get Shared By Authorities In Your Niche
26. Networking With Authorities To ‘Hack’ Your Way To Success

One of the best way to get blog traffic to your post and become known to the authorities in the niche is to network with them.

Scope out the big name bloggers, product creators and social media hub owners and get known to them.

Share their stuff, link to them, do stuff for them without asking for anything in return and they may repay the favor over time IF you’re creating content worth sharing.

NicheHacks has had links, social shares and blog comments from big name bloggers like Ana Hoffman (TrafficGenerationCafe.com), Matthew Woodward (Matthewwoodward.co.uk), Brian Dean (Backlinko.com), Kristi Hines (Kikolani.com), Ramsay Taplin (BlogTyrant.com) to name but a few from doing just this – and they all help promote the blog and drive more traffic.

It’s a great way to ‘hack’ your way to success and get your blog posts shared.

27. Tweet Influential People & Watch Them Retweet For Floods Of Traffic

If you’ve created content that you think an influential player in the niche will like or more importantly their readers will like then tweet them and tell them.

If you’ve mentioned them in your posts then let them know.

Chances are they will hit re-tweet if it’s high quality content. Bloggers are interested in sharing great content with their audiences.

I’ve found Twitter outreach is great for getting instant blog traffic due to the re-tweets but email outreach works better for attaining links.

I hit the manual outreach hard for my Ultimate Guide To Blogging resource.

The tweets I sent were a mix of telling individuals I had featured them and ‘group tweets’.

The group tweets took 2 forms, mentioning a mix of lesser known bloggers in with big authority bloggers and all authority bloggers.

Mixing the lesser known bloggers with big names is a great method for getting re-tweets from the lesser known guys as it’s an ego boost being mentioned withauthorities in the niche and they want their audience to see that.

Putting all the big name bloggers together also works well as they want their audience to know they are seen as authorities up their with the best of them.

My social media outreach campaign saw over 100 shares across social media by prominent bloggers allowing me to tap into their audiences and get blog traffic from them.

28. Email Anyone You’ve Referenced To Get More Links & Shares

Messages on social media can be easily be lost in the clutter but people read most of their emails.

Send out a quick email telling people you’ve mentioned them. Many will go on to share or link back to you.

Even if they don’t link or share you’ve made a connection with them and they’ve seen your blog.

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29. Blog Comment & Leave Relevant Links To Drive Traffic.

After you’ve added a new blog post you should be checking your RSS feed for updates from blogs you follow in your niche and where relevant leave a link back to your post.

Not only does it put it on the radar of the blogger but their audience will see it too.

If you get in early with a comment you can get thousands of targeted visitors.

Just make sure it makes sense to leave a link and isn’t forced and don’t spam with “Hey check this post out…LINK HERE” nonsense. Leave a decent and valuable reply first and then suggest they or their audience might like some additional reading by checking out a post of yours.

30. Use G Alerts To Stay Updated Of Similar Content

Using Google Alerts to find new content based on your keywords is a good way to reach out to people who post similar content and get links, social shares and tap into their audiences.

31. Contact People Who Have Linked To & Shared Similar Popular Content

Before creating content be sure that it’s going to be something that people want to read, share and link to.

You can do that by finding the best content in your niche (i.e. the content with the most social shares and links) and improving on it.

Then reach out and suggest to people who have already linked to similar content that they might be interested in it.

So how do you find the most popular content?

Finding the most popular content isn’t always the easiest task in all niches especially if you’re new to the niche and don’t know who puts out the best content.

There are a few ways you can find it…

Check Successful Blogs For Popular Posts

If you already know some of the popular blogs check them for ‘most popular posts’ or ‘ultimate guides’ which can usually be listed in the sidebar and see how many people have shared the posts on social media, if it’s over 100 this is a good sign (if it’s an authority blog it will likely be MUCH more)

An Old Fashioned Google Search

No need to complicate things you can simply go to Google.com and search for keywords related to the content you’ve created.

In theory these should be posts that have received a lot of love in the form of social shares and links.

Find Highly Linked Content on Open Site Explorer

Alternatively use Open Site Explorer to find out which pages have the most links .

Go to http://www.opensiteexplorer.org/ and enter a URL of a popular blog in your niche which creates great content.
CONCLUSION

Knowing how to promote your blog posts is essential if you want to get more blog traffic and build your audience.

You can’t simply publish and hope for the best and only sharing with your email list and social media profiles is NOT enough as they are limited in numbers.

You have to reach out to authorities in your niche, syndicate your content, share with others and put in some work to get links, shares and new readers.

When you spend more time promoting you get rewarded with a more engaged community who in turn tell others about your site causing a snowball effect.

WEEKLY BLOG UPDATE (7/16/15)

Designing Resources

Finding the right color can drive you mad!  These are just so many combinations to choose from.   Here are some places on the web that can help:

COLOR INSPIRATION

  1. Flat UI Color Picker – For flat design, this resource can’t be beat. Easily make a selection by color category.
  2. ColourLovers – ColourLovers is an active community of color enthusiasts. Browse the community to find fresh and exciting color combos.
  3. Material Palette – Beautiful interface and winning color choices that help bring your next material design concept to life.
  4. Color By Hailpixel – Dead simple and so wonderful. Simply hover left and right across the screen to find the right hue. Hover up and down for lightness. Scroll up and down to set your saturation.
  5. Coolors – An automatic color generator that allows you to refine temperature, color, brightness, and saturation at the click of a button. It’s speedy and easy to use.
  6. ColRD – Go here to grab quick visual inspiration for your upcoming project. Search by color, gradient, palette, pattern, or image to find the piece that excites you. ColRD is like a cross between Pinterest and Coolors.
  7. Color Hunter – Want to make a color palette from your image? Use Color Hunter to find the top five colors inside your image.
  8. BrandColors – Do you admire a brand’s color scheme? Use this site to hunt down the exact colors  of the brands you love.
  9. ColorKit – ColorKit makes it easy to change colors with one click. It’s an awesome way to organize your projects and simplify your workflow.
  10. TinEye Labs – Have you ever come across the perfect color combo and wanted to find an image to match? TinEye searches 20 million Creative Commons images from Flickr to find free photos that perfectly match your color scheme.

IMAGE INSPIRATION

Are you looking for the ultimate list for design resources online?

If you’re like me, you spend a lot of time trying to find the perfect pattern, the finest font, and the coolest color combo. What if you could bookmark one page that contained all of the design resources and references you’ll need?

That’s this page. Don’t worry, Princess, you won’t have to kiss any frogs here. On this page, you’ll find the best resources on the web (and we’ll continue to update this list and keep it fresh). Whether you’re looking for podcasts or image inspiration, YouTube videos or design communities, we’ve got you covered. We scoured the ‘net to find the best and brightest resources available.

And, this is an active conversation. If you know of a resource that must be added to this list, let us know in the comments below! Be sure to bookmark this list and share it on your social media communities.

Or, quick jump to each section:

Color Inspiration
Image Inspiration
Icons
Textures & Patterns
Backgrounds
Vectors & Illustrations
Fonts
Design Podcasts
Youtube Design Tutorials
Design Education
Design Communities
Project Management Tools
Image Formatting

01. Color Inspiration

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Finding the perfect color can be maddening. There are so many different shades and so many different color combos. We recently shared 100 brilliant color combinations here, but if you’re looking for more inspiration, check out these resources:

  1. Flat UI Color Picker – For flat design, this resource can’t be beat. Easily make a selection by color category.
  2. ColourLovers – ColourLovers is an active community of color enthusiasts. Browse the community to find fresh and exciting color combos.
  3. Material Palette – Beautiful interface and winning color choices that help bring your next material design concept to life.
  4. Color By Hailpixel – Dead simple and so wonderful. Simply hover left and right across the screen to find the right hue. Hover up and down for lightness. Scroll up and down to set your saturation.
  5. Coolors – An automatic color generator that allows you to refine temperature, color, brightness, and saturation at the click of a button. It’s speedy and easy to use.
  6. ColRD – Go here to grab quick visual inspiration for your upcoming project. Search by color, gradient, palette, pattern, or image to find the piece that excites you. ColRD is like a cross between Pinterest and Coolors.
  7. Color Hunter – Want to make a color palette from your image? Use Color Hunter to find the top five colors inside your image.
  8. BrandColors – Do you admire a brand’s color scheme? Use this site to hunt down the exact colors  of the brands you love.
  9. ColorKit – ColorKit makes it easy to change colors with one click. It’s an awesome way to organize your projects and simplify your workflow.
  10. TinEye Labs – Have you ever come across the perfect color combo and wanted to find an image to match? TinEye searches 20 million Creative Commons images from Flickr to find free photos that perfectly match your color scheme.

02. Image Inspiration

  1. Awwwards – This site showcases and awards the most innovative and talented web designers in the industry.
  2. Favourite Website Awards (FWA) – Similar to Awwwards, FWA is a collection of amazing website designs.
  3. Dribbble – Branded   with the tagline “show and tell for designers,” Dribbble is where creatives can find quick hits of inspiration from fellow graphic designers, illustrators, and many more.
  4. Behance – Being a portfolio site that’s open to all, Behance has lot of accessible inspiration creatives can search and explore.
  5. Typespiration – If you love typography as much as I do, you’ll find yourself right at home on this site. Come here for inspirational font combos and web safe font families.
  6. Niice.co – Simply search for your design muse or be inspired by curated images on the front page.
  7. DesignTAXI – Looking for the latest news in design? Find your way to DesignTAXI for current trends in product design, video, and more.
  8. Twibfy – Just start typing to locate the ideas that excite you. Find something you want to investigate further? View the source with one click.
  9. Logopond – A showcase of some of the best logo designs you’ll ever see (except for the ones you create yourself).
  10. Designspiration – A cleanly designed and addictive resource where you simply start typing to narrow your results.

PATTERNS/TEXTURES

  1. Squidfingers – With over 150 different patterns, Squidfingers offers an impressive array of repeating patterns.
  2. Brusheezy – Textures and patterns that are free to download. Link back with use.
  3. CG Textures – This site is bare bones but easy to find what you’re looking for.
  4. Subtle Patterns – Subtle Patterns is just that. You may need to squint to see the delicate detail, and that’s what gives your images quiet dimension.
  5. TextureMate – Featuring bricks, bokeh, bark, and everything you need to create a dynamic background.
  6. TextureLib – Thousands of images and easy to search.
  7. The Pattern Library – Simply scroll through to find free patterns to use in your design. Beautiful, colorful, and high quality.
  8. Pattern Cooler – Need a seamless pattern for your design? This is the place to go.
  9. DinPattern – Well done and easy to preview your patterns before downloading.
  10. Pattern8 – Unique patterns that you can sort by color.

ICONS

  1. Captain Icon – Over 350 vector icons ready for the downloading. Use them in your personal and commercial projects, just be sure to credit.
  2. Canva – Did you know that we offer a huge library of free icons for your design projects? Oh, and no attribution needed.
  3. NounProject – Slick interface, high quality icons, and affordable prices make NounProject a must-click choice. If the budget’s tight, just pay with attribution.
  4. Medialoot – Thousands of icons and many are free. Sort by type or keywords.
  5. GraphicBurger – At GraphicBurger, you’ll find unique and colorful icons from around the web.
  6. Psddd.co – Go here for a wide selection of icons you can’t find anywhere else, including animated icons.
  7. Dbfreebies.co – Here, you’ll find the best freebie icon sets from Dribbble and Behance.
  8. Iconfinder – Browse through over half a million icons.
  9. Flaticon – From the makers of Freepik, Flaticon provides free, beautifully done flat icons. Attribution is required.
  10. Iconmonstr – Looking for no-attribution flat icons? Check out the smaller, but still high quality, offerings from Iconmonstr.

BACKGROUNDS

  1. Freepik – Find all the backgrounds your heart desires (over 13,000 and counting) for free.
  2. Pixabay – Plenty of amazing photographic backgrounds to choose from.
  3. Free PSD Files – Find brilliant abstract backgrounds along with stunning silhouettes and many more.
  4. Blurgrounds – Sometimes you just need a subtle, blurry background. This is a great resource with dozens of abstract, blurry backgrounds.
  5. Vector.Me – Over  100 pages of free vector backgrounds.
  6. Vecteezy – Find over 4000 free vector backgrounds.
  7. Polygons – Looking for the perfect polygon background? Behance to the rescue. Check out these lovely background designs, most of them free for your own use.
  8. Geometric Backgrounds – Need even more geometric backgrounds? This super pack of 530 backgrounds is available for a commercial license fee of $14. You can also download 100 backgrounds for personal use absolutely free.
  9. GraphicsFuel – From grunge to watercolor, GraphicsFuel has a wide selection of backgrounds you’ll love.
  10. Vector BG – Find interesting 3D, abstract, and business backgrounds for your projects.

FONTS

  1. DaFont – Try out the fonts before you buy with the intuitive preview option.
  2. Font Squirrel – Fonts here are handpicked and free. Plus, all fonts here are 100% free for commercial use.
  3. Creative Market – Aside from graphic elements, Creative Market is also a leading fontshop with some of the best typography on the web.
  4. MediaLoot – Use MediaLoot to find the perfect graphic and font. Find a wide variety of free and premium fonts here.
  5. FreebiesBug – FreebiesBug offers a curated list of fonts from around the web.
  6. FontFace Ninja – Ever come across a font on a website and you just had to know the name of it? That’s where FontFace Ninja comes in. Add a bookmarklet or an extension on Chrome and Safari.
  7. KevinAndAmanda – Looking for cute handwriting or scrapbooking fonts? Kevin and Amanda have you covered.
  8. FontSpace – Almost 27,000 fonts and growing, FontSpace offers beautiful and free fonts for your projects.
  9. SimplytheBest Fonts – Search by fun categories, such as crazy, liquid, tv show, and musical.
  10. Letterhead Fonts – Aptly named, this is a great site to go when you need a lot of personality in your title or headings. Fonts are professionally drawn and exclusive to Letterhead Fonts.

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19 BLOG POST TYPES TO DRIVE TRAFFIC PLUS MORE

ORIGINAL POSTING BY BY  http://www.magnet4blogging.net/types-of-blog-posts/

One important note though, what ever type of blog post you decide to put together, always ensure that quality, usefulness, resourcefulness comes above all else.

Here’s the list.

#1. Strategy / Case Study Posts – Case studies are powerful, they provide an immense amount of information, insight and value to anyone reading them. Everybody loves reading about strategies that have created results, it kind of installs trust in people that something (what ever that something may be) really works, and case studies are prefect for providing proof that something works. The more case studies you can create for your blog, the more trust and loyalty you will gain from your readers. A fantastic blog that provides awesome case studies is no doubt Neil Patel’s blog QuickSprout.

#2. Data-Driven Posts – Data-driven posts are articles that contain tips or ways to achieve desired results, backed by substantial data, useful and relevant data. Check out this post on where to get relevant data to use in your blog posts. Here is an example of a well crafted “data driven” blog post on BufferApp5 Data-Driven Ways To Get Your Facebook Post Seen By Your Audience.

#3. Personal Insights Posts – I don’t know about you, but I love writing posts that provide something useful based on my own personal experiences and findings. I love to provide my own insights into blogging, online business, personal development, online tools and services and traffic generation, after all, that’s one of the many reasons I believe why people visit blogs, they want to be able to get a certain perspective on something from someone else, whatever it may be, which often gives them confidence or helps them to make better decisions about something. I hope all of that made sense to you.

#4. ‘How To’ Tutorial Posts – This is by far everybody’s favourite type of blog post to create, and one of the great things about creating ‘How to’ tutorial posts is that it’s pretty hard to run out of post ideas on what to write about. You can write a ‘how to…’ post on practically anything in your niche. Don’t assume that everybody knows how to do certain things in your niche just because you do, there are plenty of people out there that need teaching, and that’s the beauty of creating tutorial posts. Make a list of all the possible ‘how to’ posts you can write for your blog, and keep them somewhere safe for the future.

#5. Review Posts – Writing a great review is something every blogger should be doing as often as possible. People who make a purchase online are more inclined to be influenced by blogs. The most effortless way in my opinion to make money from blogging is by doing affiliate marketing, and producing insightful product reviews. Make a list of some of the best products you’ve ever tried, or the products that have helped you with your own blog and review them. Check out my review posts here.

#6. Video Posts – When you simply don’t feel like writing, or want to create content using another medium entirely, video is the next best thing in my opinion. With video you can choose to create ‘screen casts’ such as online tutorials or reviews, or ‘talking heads’ such as an interview or recording yourself talking about a specific topic or subject. I love creating both types of content using video, and sometimes I will combine writing a blog post with a video

#7. Infographic Posts – If you’re not providing useful infographics on your blog you’re missing out on a boat load of potential traffic, readership and much more. You can either outsource someone to create a useful and unique infographic for your blog at a reasonable rate, or find bloggers that allow other bloggers to re-publish and re-share their infographics. A combination of using both strategies can be very useful for your audience.

#8. List Posts – Now everybody loves checking out a good old list post, they’re easy to create, simple to read or scan over and can provide a lot of usefulness to your readers. The bigger the number in a list post the better, that’s what I’ve found from publishing list posts on Magnet4Blogging. Here’s an example of a great list post: 12 Quick Tips For Smarter Blog Commenting.

#9. Cornerstone Posts or Massive Value Posts (MVP’s) – These are blog posts constructed of around 2,000 words or more, cornerstone posts are usually packed with lots of useful, resourceful and actionable content made up of many mediums, not just written content. Also known as MVP’s (Massive Value Posts), these posts require a lot of work, time and effort, and a great deal of research and attention to detail to put together, but the rewards for writing such posts can be off the charts quite literally. MVP’s are amongst my favourite types of blog posts to create. Here are some examples of Massive Value or cornerstone posts:

#10. Resource Posts – Resource posts are articles that provide your readers not just with valuable information, but also useful resources too. A resource post can be a list of useful links to other blog posts on a specific topic, a useful list of links to online tools, online services etc, perhaps to do a specific thing, a list of recommended books for bloggers, or a list of top blogs to follow, etc.

#11. Guest Posts – A lot of blogs accept guest posts these days, it’s the normal thing to do when you have a reasonably well established blog right? Accepting well-written, useful and relevant guest posts on your blog can provide your readers with fresh perspectives, whilst freeing up your time to do other things with your blog. You can either create a guest post information page, or personally invite specific people to come and write on your blog, or you can hire a world-class blogger to come and write for you.

#12. Question and Answers Posts – These are wonderful posts to create for your blog readers. Listen to your audience, ask questions and post surveys, find out what they really want to know, and then create a question and answer post. You can create a Q&A post on a specific topic or a variety of topics, specifics often work best, for example:Email List Building: Questions And Answers, or Driving Traffic From Social Media: Questions And Answers.

#13. Inspirational Posts / Stories – Again, everybody loves to read inspirational posts. Whether you’re offering motivational tips, time management tips, or sharing a moving story, motivational posts can be great little traffic and comment pullers by themselves. People can relate to good stories, especially if it’s fitting, or resonates well with them. Writing a motivational post also demonstrates to your audience how much you actually care about them, and respect their feelings, goals and ambitions. Check out my personal motivational post on how to motivate yourself for blogging here.

#14. Blog Series – Blog series posts, as you’ve probably guessed by now, are blog posts broken down into a series. One of the many advantages of creating a blog series is that you can really break down a topic and go into greater detail. In addition if you have a series that run with 5 or 6 posts, you can spread them out in your editorial calendar and perhaps publish one or two posts per week, so no need to worry about what post to write next for a little while. Check out my traffic generation blog post series for some ideas how to construct a blog series.

#15. Blog Contests – Now if you’re looking for the ultimate way to get people flocking to your blog, host a blog contest. Not only can you benefit from high traffic, a ton of social shares and comments, but blog contests are great for bringing together your community and reinforcing your relationships with your readers, subscribers etc. If the prize is right, you can really reap the benefits of a great blog contest. Use something like Rafflecopterto help you host your contests, it’s an amazing free and paid service to help you organise your contests properly, and reach out to more people. Go tohttp://www.rafflecopter.com/

#16. Podcasts / Show notes – Podcasting is really taking off in the blogging world, and there are plenty of online services to help you get set up, and where you can even embed your podcasts into your blog posts. Check out this post and scroll down to tip #3 for more information, links to resources etc.

#17. Observational Posts – What the hell are these exactly? Well an observational post is when you read a specific piece of content, or watch a video on the web and make your own notes and judgement about it. You’re observing and in your notes you’re highlighting what the content is really focusing on, and, or what the content has failed to point out completely. You then write your own unique post, referring back the piece of content you’ve just read, highlighting some of your positive and negative observations, and providing additional value. It’s not copying, it’s not slating another piece of content, it’s simply adding value and summarising your thoughts, providing your insight, your opinions and experiences into the mix. Here’s an example:

Someone writes a list of tips on how to drive referral traffic to your blog. You read the post and pick a few of those tips and write your own post focused on those tips you picked out, occasionally referring back to the original post with maybe a link. You add your own thoughts, ideas, strategies and share what you’ve experienced with putting those tips into practice into the post.

I hope that made some sense.

#18. Progress Report Posts – I love writing progress reports for my blog. A progress report is a post where you write and share everything that you’ve been doing to achieve something specific with your blog. Here are some mild examples of the kind of progress report you can create for your blog:

  1. Monthly income reports – Share with your audience what you’ve been doing to generate income from your blog each month.
  2. Monthly traffic reports – Share with your audience what you’ve been doing to increase blog traffic each month.
  3. Link building progress reports – Share with your audience what strategies have been working for you to build natural backlinks.
  4. List building progress reports – Share with your audience the strategies you’ve been applying to help you boost your email opt-in conversions.
  5. Niche / Website building progress report – A report you create each month revealing what you’ve been doing to build your niche website.

These are just a few examples, I’m sure you’ll be able to think of many more types of progress reports for your blog.

#19. Blog Interviews – Finally, if you haven’t thought about interviewing influential people or bloggers in your niche, it’s never too late to make a start. Blog interviews are the types of blog posts that can draw a lot of attention, especially from social media sites. I wrote an in-depth article on why you should consider conducting interviews on your blog, you can check it out below:

Recommended Reading: 5 Major Benefits Of Conducting Blog Interviews

Conclusion

That about wraps it up for this list, of course if you can think of any other types of blog posts to add to the list, please share them below in the comment section.

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How to design blogs

By Ezequiel Bruni| Web Design | Oct 3, 2013

 

REFERENCE LINK:  http://www.webdesignerdepot.com/2013/10/how-to-design-blogs/

 

LAYOUT/DESIGN:

 

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LEAD IN TXT: END SENT. AND INSERT LINK (READ MORE) LINK TO THAT PAGE ON BLOG (BLOG PAGE)

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BULLETS:

 

CONCLUSION:

 

CALL TO ACTION:

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1)     Canva.com

2)     Quozio.com

3)     Pinstamatic.com – “The Pinterest tool”

4)     Pinwords.com – “Instantly add beautiful text to your images”

5)     Recitethis.com – “Turn a quote into a masterpiece”

6)     UseChisel.com – “Write thoughts on photos”

7)     Venngage.com – “Social Reports & Infographics”

8)    QuotesCover.com – “Turns any ordinary saying texts into a beautiful typography art picture”

9)    Infogr.am – “Create interactive infographics”

10)  Piktochart– “Make information beautiful”

11)  PicMonkey.com “Photo editing made of win”

12)  Pixlr.com – “The most popular online photo editor in the world”

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INCORPORATING A “HIRE ME” PAGE INTO YOUR BLOG 

For starters, create a headline, something catchy and memorable.  Secondly, you need an introduction which should tell the basics about you personally.

You should also list your experience and ares of expertise.  This allow potential employers to take a peek at what you know and what you can do.

Finally, you need a way of gathering and storing contact information.  So therefore, include a contact form on your page and link it to your email or if you’re using WordPress; it store all the info from the contact form.

You should also include a byline at the end of your post with a link back to your website where your work can be viewed.

The items listed below is a starting point of online resources needed in the day-to-day Freelance and Virtual Assistant world of online employment.

It goes without saying that you should include a link to your Hire Me page prominently on your blog — ideally within as part of the main navigation. But that’s not all — you should take the opportunity to link to your Hire Me page whenever possible. Some obvious places are a prominent button within your sidebar, at the bottom of every post, and within the posts themselves (when relevant). Not everyone will spot that little Hire Me link in your navigation bar, so don’t be afraid to link to it liberally.

Charma Hagans is the founder of FREELANCE DOCUMENT CREATION and a Virtual Assistant for hire, who works with web start-ups, numerous industries and fellow bloggers.  To see a sample of my articles and writing; visit my word press blog.

HERE'S ARE SOME TOTALLY AWESOME SOCIAL MEDIA SHARING TOOLS FOR YOUR BLOG

Best Free Social Media Sharing Tools

A more personal touch with social networking followers is the most effective, we all need social media sharing tools to manage and speed up the process of sharing. Sharing a blog post using automated tools; produces the same effect as adding it manually, even if you add your own description.

Here are some good examples of what I’m talking about.

  • Word Press (Publicize feature) auto-shares with Face Book, Twitter, Linked In and Google
  • Facebook Pages, Groups and Profiles
  • Twitter Accounts – you may have more than one to cover different topics or business areas.
  • Gplus profile, pages, groups.
  • Linked In profile and groups Bookmarking Sites
  • Pinterest and other Image Sharing Sites
  • Skype groups
  • Blogging Networks
  • Marketing Networks
  • Other Social Networks
  • Forums

Book Marklets (content curation posting tool) screenshot-www.sueblimely.com 2014-06-11 02-11-03 Bitly (shares/shortens URL, stats function) Buffer (choose preferred posting times) Hoot Suite (post, update, schedule, message, feeds, like, share, comment, retweet and send direct messages) IFFT Tools (conncets 2 services and action which triggers action on the other) Browser Ad-ins (social media posting toold gives more functionality than simple bookmarklets) Read More by Sue Bride (Original Reference Material) Published 5/16/2014 

I hope this posting was helpful to you.  Try out the applications on your blog and give some feedback on what you thought of each one you used and if it was simple or complex to intergrate into your blog.

www.bannersnack.com

http://www.bannersnack.com I’ve found an awesome FREE on-line tool you can use for creating your very own custom banner for your blog or website. They have literally thousands of templates for you to chose from or you can star from scratch with a blank a canvas. Banner Snack is a great place to do graphic design with NO design skills and its all free. Take a look at the examples below before you create your own banner. IMAGE EXAMPLES screenshot-www.bannersnack.com 2014-05-27 00-27-49 screenshot-www.bannersnack.com 2014-05-27 00-25-13 screenshot-www.bannersnack.com 2014-05-26 23-41-56 screenshot-www.bannersnack.com 2014-05-26 23-37-45   Try this on-line tool for free and let me know what you think. I’d love the feed back.     3 GOLDEN RULES OF GLOGGING

The general approach which bloggers adopt to write a post is to proclaim the subject of topic at the beginning. What about playing the guessing game?

You need not prolong the guessing game but do not come straightaway to the topic.

In this post I shall unveil the secret style of writing content which is surely going to infuse more interest in the readers’ mind to read your post.

The secret is ‘Why, What and How.’ This secret works fantastic with Google.

Let’s get right to the point.

  • A blog post talking about the product
  • A blog post saying how to use the product
  • A blog post talking of the problems in your daily life, a product which can fathom the problem and how to use it.

To see the complete article reference click here.                                   DON’T GET CAUGHT BY THE GOOGLE+ 2014 PANDA   What is Google Panda?  To find out read more.                      

35 things to know as a blogger

Take heed to these great tips on blogging in all its glory READ MORE.


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AND HOW TO ADD CAPTIONS TO IMAGES USING WORD PRESS Want to flex your blogging muscles and take on a new challenge? Get ready for Writing 101: Building a Blogging Habit, starting Monday, June 2. READ MORE Hot Chocolate                 UPCOMING POST:  Custom Headers and Colors Using Word Press Post coming this week   screenshot-by-nimbus (41) HOW TO’S AND USEFUL TIPS OF THE WEEK   WRITTEN BY   CHARMA HAGANS   APRIL 11, 2014       TABLE OF CONTENTS   TOPIC 1:  CREATING YOUR OWN eBOOK   TOPIC 2:  BLOG POST IDEAS   TOPIC 3:  COOL FACEBOOK TIMELINE THEMES   TOPIC 4:  BEST BLOGGING PLATFORMS

HOW TO CREATE YOUR OWN eBOOK

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    My love for writing and thirst of knowledge and anything involved with the use of the internet; inspired me to write a ‘detailed series of posts’ on creating your own eBook from A to Z in no time.  Plus I’ll talk about publishing and launching your eBook, as well as share some tips on marketing and promoting your eBook.  So if this is something you’re keen on learning, grab a beverage, a notepad and pen and let’s jump right into this tutorial of how to create your very own PDF eBook!   This tutorial will be divided into five main parts (5 posts)

  • Part1 – Finding a target audience, brainstorming ideas and creating content for your eBook
  • Part 2 – Creating an attractive cover art
  • Part 3 – Converting your eBook into a downloadable PDF format
  • Part 4 – Creating buzz and attracting interest & attention before launching your eBook into the blogosphere
  • Part 5 – What to do with your eBook once complete, suggestions, marketing and promotional tips.
  • 1.  Submit your guest postings
  • As you’re well aware that guest blogging is a vital piece of ingredient for building natural backlinks, increasing traffic and readership to your blog or web property.
  • http://www.onlineincomejournal.net/submit-your-guest-posts/
  • 2.  Hire Freelance Writer
  • If you can afford it, start with the only VA company Elance; which is an on online Virtual Assistant site that hires individuals to work from home, doing computer work from the privacy of your home.  I work with them so I can attest they are a good company with great pay.  What ever method you choose to use, just remember one thing: choose one that will increase the value of your eBook product, it will give you more choices as in what to do with your eBook later on down the line.  If you enjoyed reading this post on creating your own eBook and want to leave me a comment, please do so below.
  • 3.  Write it Yourself
  • Self-explanatory

http://www.onlineincomejournal.net/creating-your-own-ebook-part-1/   ADDITIONAL READING (ARTICLES):   Information on submitting guest Posting, will give you extensive writing experience. http://www.onlineincomejournal.net/submit-your-guest-posts/     BLOG POST IDEAS   We’re going to talk about today is, ‘bloggers being unable to find anything valuable enough to write about, especially after some time’.   If you’ve blogged for any length of time just think back to the beginning, remember just how passionate you were about creating awesome content frequently, and how you almost never ran out of ideas on what to write about next. These are some of the things that I think might cause someone to stop writing effective topics on your blog.  

  • *They’ve picked a challenging niche to consistently write   topics about, for example – having little or no knowledge of the niche chosen.
  • *They’ve exhausted every topic idea available within that niche, or they might think they have.
  • *They lack inspiration, very common.
  • *They’re unable to think creatively (could be due to lack of inspiration or motivation).
  • *They’re stressed and anxious.
  • *Constant distractions or no peace to work; always being interrupted by someone.
  • *They have small children that are always on the go and needs constant supervision,
  • Well I certainly hope that check out the original article for further reading to start working on ideas to create your blog post with.  If you’re planning to use any of these tips or have used some of them before to get post ideas for your blog, let me know which ones have worked best for you, leave me a comment below.

screenshot-www.eyngn.com 2014-05-11 14-32-31 A great place to find Facebook themes is User Styles; they have numerous styles of Facebook themes to choose from as well as wallpapers, backgrounds, computer cursors, and best of all; they have this theme that allows you manipulate the webpages you surf on the internet, by installing a theme that changes the site totally.  The colors, links (that glows), the fonts and backgrounds are changed; so everytime you visit a site, the original looks nothing like what other people see when they visit the site.   Also check out these other sites for ideas Engyn is another site for Facebook themes.   http://www.eyngn.com/top-10-cool-facebook-timeline-covers/   Now that should hold you for a while.  I’ll be back next sunday for another weekly post of How to’s and other blogging Tips.     http://www.onlineincomejournal.net/get-post-ideas/ http://www.onlineincomejournal.net/creating-your-own-ebook-part-1/

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