Top 5 blogging tips for 2014

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A lot of popular blogging techniques have died out as Google's search algorithms (and the rise of social media) have changed the content landscape of the Internet.

For startups and small businesses utilizing blogging as part of their content marketing strategy, keeping tabs on industry best practices can be a bit like trying to herd cats.

As a result, unfortunately, many people find themselves swimming upstream as their content fails to capture high rankings in search results, generates little to no buzz, and generally offers little to no return on investment (ROI).

How to get your articles featured on big sites

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I recently had an article featured on Entrepreneur, one of the leading business blogs (and print magazines) in the world.

The benefits of posting a guest article on a popular, influential blog like this are simultaneously varied and substantial - especially if you can write something that captures the interest of their readers.

For example, my article In the Social Age, Don't Advertise, Engage ended up on their Most Shared Stories list:

Now is the best time to start a blog

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Blogging works! It doesn't matter if you are a college student thinking about making extra pocket money, or a business owner looking to promote your brand.

It also doesn't matter what topic you decide to write about, provided it is a relevant to your business and something you are passionate about and interested in.

Starting a blog is exciting, but it is also a medium to long term commitment (if you want to derive any real benefit from it), but if you have the drive to succeed there's no better time to start.

10 great business blogging strategies

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"Felix Marsh has shared a great list of really useful tips for small business owners who want to get the most out of their blogs."

Blogs don't write themselves!

For many people the following story may sound familiar….

Having been incredibly enthusiastic and passionate about his blog, keen to update it regularly with new material and getting a real buzz out of seeing his page views increase each month, James suddenly found himself falling out of love with the whole process.

5 top niche blog ideas

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Check out this list of great blog ideas/topics that will help you to be succesful by working from home on your own, highly profitable site.

Choosing the most profitable topics that target valuable keywords to drive lots of juicy organic search traffic is quite hard - especially when you factor in competition levels.

That's why I've compiled this list of five niche ideas that focus on niche markets that have reasonable amounts of Web traffic, but also command a fairly high CPC (Cost Per Click).

How to increase website traffic reliably

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"Want to see how we increased our Website traffic using a variety of sustainable SEO & marketing strategies, and how much money that Web traffic generates?"

All bloggers and small business websites need to increase their website traffic in order to grow profits - regardless of whether revenue comes from ads, affiliates, or sales.

But because Web traffic is the most valuable commodity online - it's effectively the currency of the Web economy - it's not always easy to come by.

Top 5 reasons why bloggers fail

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"Here's a great guest post, from Chad Goulde, highlighting some of the top reasons why bloggers fail to make a living."

To be a successful blogger, it's important to understand some of the reasons why most people fail.

And, it's important to note that many of these reasons began at conception. For one, some people tend to write about what they "think" people want to read.

How to make a blog buzz

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Blogging, content marketing, & SEO (Search Engine Optimization) are all important aspects of a well rounded Internet marketing strategy to generate buzz, and drive Web traffic.

But content marketing is not easy, and many businesses do not see decent returns from their content and online marketing.

SEO is subject to constant Google algorithm updates that make organic search traffic unstable, and blogging is time consuming, and requires practice and skill before it becomes profitable.

How to squeeze revenue from website traffic

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"Want some great marketing strategies and blogging tips to make more money from your website traffic?"

While many bloggers and businesses struggle with increasing Web traffic to the point where there is enough to make money, it is often the case that converting that traffic into revenue proves more difficult than anticipated.

Recently, a popular local blog in my hometown shut down because they were unable to find sponsors - their problem wasn't getting Web traffic, it was converting it into revenue.

How to start a blog for business

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Most often, when people talk of how to start a blog, they are referring to the steps required to create a website with the ability to publish posts.

Turning that blog into a valuable business asset that generates plenty of organic search traffic and converts visitors into customers or profit, is something else entirely.

A blog is much more than a series of posts that share some common thread. Here's my definition: