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Are you following this fundamental rule of blogging?

One of the fundamental basics behind all successful blogs is this:
…. Find what works and do more of it.

Sounds simple right?!

The truth is that in order to find what works you need to be tracking all of the right things on your blog.

That means having the right analytics tool setup – but it doesn’t mean you have to use Google Analytics.

There are plenty of other tools you can use, some are easier to use and others give you access to insights that a regular analytics tool wouldn’t.

In today’s post for +Blogging Wizard, +KeriLynn Engel digs into some of the top analytics tools for bloggers. You'll learn how to use each tool, along with the pro’s & con’s.

The great news is that most of these tools don’t cost a penny!

Read it here: http://www.bloggingwizard.com/analytics-tools-for-bloggers/

#bloggingtips #bloggingtools
You need to know what works to grow your blog. Use one of these powerful analytics tools to get actionable insights to grow your blog faster.
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If you've ever wondered how to guest post on a blog that doesn't accept guest posts, here's how:
 
Thanks +Adam Connell for letting me guest post and write this follow-up post on my experience!
Are you dreaming of guest posting on a blog that isn't open for submissions? In many cases, it can be done! Check out how I did it here.
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Sure thing +AionHill! So true, guest blogging isn't going anywhere :) 
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Have you changed direction in your business?

Recently, my business partner and I relaunched one of our projects - Purcus.com.

Along with the new website we've made some huge changes to who we want to help and how we want to help them.

Read more here: http://www.purcus.com/embrace-change/

Have you made a big change in your business? If so, how did it go?

We're making some big changes to our vision for Purcus. Here's what you need to know.
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Awesome to hear, Elna. Thanks for all of your hard work!
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6 Steps To Writing Captivating Blog Post Intros Every Time

Did you know that your intro could make or break the success of each post you publish?

Yep, it's true.

When you write an intro that hooks your readers, they're far more likely to read your post all the way to the end.

Check out today's post on +Blogging Wizard by +Alicia Rades to find a step-by-step formula that makes this super easy.

Read it here: http://www.bloggingwizard.com/write-captivating-blog-post-intros/

Mentions include: +Elna Cain, +Sarah P., Mary Fenandez, +Eugene Mota and +Sophie Lizard.

#bloggingtips #bloggers #contentloop
Do you know how to write a blog post into that captivates your audience? You can. Follow these tips to get more people reading your posts right to the end.
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11+ Free Tools To Grow Your Blog 3x Faster

Blog traffic...

.... The one thing we can never seem to get enough of.

Now:

I've talked a lot about strategies and tactics to get more traffic in the past, but the truth is that there are tools that you can use to shift the needle on your traffic.

In today's post on +Blogging Wizard, I show you 11+ free tools that you can use to give your blog's traffic a boost.

Read it here:

http://www.bloggingwizard.com/blog-traffic-tools/

#blogtraffictips #bloggingtips
Want more blog traffic? There are tools that can help and they're free to use. Find out which tools can rapidly increase your traffic. Start now.
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Are you building your blog on "rented land"?

It's so easy to rely on a particular promotional channel to send traffic and new readers.

Maybe it's SEO, or maybe it's a specific social network.

Whatever it is, you need to make sure that if that channel dries up, your blog won't turn into a ghost town.

Back when Facebook started making changes to it's newsfeed, some bloggers suddenly lost almost all of their traffic.

Facebook posts that were once reaching 100% of their readers were then only reaching around 6%. That's a crazy drop.

Others rely solely on SEO, or a different social network - either way, the results are the same when a traffic source dries up and it's a horrible feeling.

So what can you do?

√ Start building an email list - This works so well because you control your email list. It's personal and it's immediate. All you need is a free MailChimp account to get started, but there are so many other ways to grow your email list. I cover most of them in this post: http://www.bloggingwizard.com/list-building-ultimate-guide/.

√ Diversify your traffic - There is no end to the traffic generation tactics you can use. Someone is always figuring out a new way to drive more traffic to their blog's. Keep trying new things, but if they don't work you need to ask yourself - "why doesn't it work?". Maybe it needs more time, it might need a different approach or maybe it isn't a good fit for your niche, still, you need to try to figure this out.

Give this post a read if you’re looking for other ways to drive traffic to your blog: http://www.bloggingwizard.com/drive-more-traffic-to-your-blog/.

It doesn't stop there...

Keep pushing forward, trying new things and learning.

Keep your audience at the heart of everything you do.

Now, ask yourself this:

What does your audience want to learn? Where do they hang out online? And how can you put your content in front of them in a way that doesn't make you cringe?

But above all else remember:

It takes time to grow a blog and the right mix of tactics but you have everything you need right now to take things to the next level.

So go out there, take action and start diversifying your traffic - it's easier than you think.


Note: this is my contribution to +David Hartshorne's 2015 advent calendar which features 1 new message for bloggers and entrepreneurs in the lead up to Christmas, here’s the link to check it out: http://byteofdata.com/advent-calendar/

#bloggingtips #blogging101
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Warning: WordPress plugins you really need on your blog

Have you ever read one of those lists of "essential" or "must have" plugin lists, only for your eyes to completely glaze over.

...Realizing that every single plugin on the list isn't actually necessary. It's just another shiny object or passing trend.

The truth is that it's not exactly specific plugins you need, it's specific types of plugins that you need.

In my new post for +Jon Morrow's blog, I walk you through the key types of WordPress plugins you need to ensure your blog thrives.

Read it here:
http://boostblogtraffic.com/wordpress-plugins/


#wordpressplugins #wordpress101
Some plugins will help your blog, others will harm it. Most are just a waste of time. The answer? Install these plugins and ignore the rest.
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Is it time to experiment with other content types?

When you publish a larger variety of content types, you have the chance to reach more people.

Why?

People prefer to consume different types of content.

Infographics are one of the easiest ways to get started & they're super shareable.

In today's post for +Blogging Wizard, I'll show you the tools & resources to help you get started (even if you aren't a designer). And most importantly, the steps you need to take to drive a massive amount of traffic to your next infographic.

IMPORTANT: Be sure to check out the post, I've included some extra tips aside from the more quantifiable advice featured in the infographic.

Read it here: http://www.bloggingwizard.com/create-viral-infographics/

Pin it for later: https://pinterest.com/pin/259308891022964428/

#infographics #bloggingtips 
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If you want to make money with your blog, this post is a must read.

Thanks to +Sue Anne Dunlevie for writing the post & +Kevin Duncan for hosting it.
 
The No-Nonsense ‘Make Money With Your Blog’ Primer

Back in the day, making money with your blog was easy.

Throw Google AdSense onto your site, write a few blog post, and bam... You're treating your family to a steak dinner.

It isn't so easy these days. Thankfully, here's an in-depth primer to help make things just a tad bit easier:

http://beabetterblogger.com/make-money-with-your-blog/

This excellent #guestpost written by +Sue Anne Dunlevie features +Darren Rowse, +Jeff Bullas, +Mary Jaksch, +Pooja L, +Don Purdum, +Jonathan Milligan, +Chris Lema, +Ashley Faulkes, +John Lee Dumas of EOFire, +Kate Erickson, +Jaime Buckley, +Jeni Elliott, +Bryan Harris, +Elna Cain, +Charlene Kingston, +Will Blunt, +martin shervington, +Ian Cleary, +Ana Hoffman, +Tara Gentile, +Sarah Mackenzie+Syed Balkhi, +Mary Fernandez, +Jeff Goins, +Michael Hyatt, +Adam Connell, and +OptinMonster.

#makemoneyblogging #makemoneywithyourblog #beabetterblogger
Want to know how to make money with your blog? The answer isn't to throw a bunch of ads on your site. Here's a no-nonsense primer to get you started.
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You're most welcome, Sue!
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How To Hit The Bullseye With Your Blog’s Niche

How do you rise above the noise in a sea of blogs covering seemingly similar topics?

The short answer is: narrow your focus.

To find out how to get started, check out today's +Blogging Wizard post by +Elna Cain:

http://www.bloggingwizard.com/find-your-blog-niche/

#bloggingtips #findyourniche

Are you struggling to narrow down your blog's niche? Follow these tips to hit the bullseye with your niche today.
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Here's a good primer on how to get published on top blogs.
 
How To Get Published On Top Blogs

Some incredible brands such as Buffer have been built off the back of guest blogging. And they're not the only ones.

But how can you get published on the blogs that will make a difference.

Find out how in today's post:

http://www.uklinkology.co.uk/get-published-on-top-blogs-guest-blogging/

#guestblogging #bloggingtips
If you want to grow your online business, you can leverage top blogs to generate leads. Here's how to get started.
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4 Surefire Strategies To Get Subscribers Opening Your Emails

Building an email list only for open-rates to stagnate is bad. But, there are ways to turn things around.

Get started with these tips from +Brent Jones, over at +UK Linkology:
http://www.uklinkology.co.uk/get-subscribers-opening-your-emails/


#emailmarketing
Suffering from low open rates? Want more subscribers to open your emails? It's easier than you think with these strategies.
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+Brent Jones you're most welcome!

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