How To Get A Guest Post Published

Guest Post Published

I have a bit of a love hate relationship with guest blogging.  It’s great when you get sent a really great article that you would happily publish on your site, but for every one great guest post there are countless really bad ones that never see the light of day.  I personally get emailed quite a lot of guest post submissions for my other site, but of those I’d say that I turn down 99% of them simply because they were not good enough.

Now I know from speaking to a lot of other bloggers that I am not alone on this matter.  That’s why I wanted to put together this post to explain EXACTLY what to do to get your guest post published!  Let’s get started.

Find A Site To Write For, Not To Blindly Submit To

Before you write a single word of your post, you need to find a site to write for.  That may seem counterintuitive to some, but that is by far the best way to get published.

Like I say, I turn down 99% of guest post submissions, and of them a large majority are simply because people keep sending posts that have no relation to my site.  Why would I want to publish an article about credit card interest rates, campervan buying tips or holiday deals (all genuine examples that I’ve been sent) on my “blogging” related site.  It makes no sense.

What people are doing is that they are writing out a generic post about something and then pitching it to everyone in hopes of getting it published.  What they fail to realise is that this approach will get them nowhere.

Instead, look for a website to write for that is related to the subject that you want to write about.  Then set about reaching out and getting in touch with the site owner.

Reaching Out To The Site Owner

You should be able to tell pretty quickly whether a site accepts guest posts or not.  Usually they will have a ‘Write For Us’ link somewhere that you can find, or you will notice that they have multiple different authors writing for them.  Either way, find the appropriate contact form and draft out your message.

At this stage you are simply enquiring about writing for them.  If you have a specific idea about a post, then let them know what it would be about.  This shows that you have thought about your idea and gives them insight into how it would fit in with their other content.  Be as detailed as you can, as this will greatly improve your chances of being accepted.  If you are too generic (i.e. I want to write about social media, business, etc.) then it doesn’t give them much to work with.

Another good thing to do is reference and link to other work that you have had published.  This allows publishers to read examples of your writing which will greatly improve your chances.  If you haven’t had anything published yet, don’t worry, just try to be more detailed with your initial idea.

Spend Some Time Looking At The Site You Want To Write For

This should be an obvious one, though believe me many people don’t.  No matter how good your article might be, if that site already has posts covering that subject, chances are they won’t be that interested in publishing another.

It takes only a couple of minutes to search through a site’s previous articles.  Just search for keywords that are related to your idea and see if anything comes up.  If anything, site’s will be more interested in topics that they haven’t already covered, so if you have a burning desire to write for a specific site, look for what they are lacking.

Writing Your Guest Post

So you have got in touch with a site, pitched your idea and they are interested in what you have to offer.  Great!  You have your foot in the door.  Now you need to deliver a quality post for them.

Always, always, ALWAYS stick to the guidelines that the site has given you.  Those guidelines have been given to you for a reason, so ignoring them is not going to do you any favours.  For example, one thing I always stress to potential writers is that posts must be at the very least 700 words long, yet the number of people that come back to me a few days later with a 300 or 400 word post is ridiculous.  None of those ever get published!

Try to include images/videos where appropriate in your post.  That way, you save the publisher lots of time as they don’t have to add them themselves.  Also, if you mention other sites, remember to add links where appropriate (not just the backlinks you want adding).

Sticking with the “links” theme, one thing you can do that just about every publisher will like is to include internal links for them.  Read though your post and look for relevant articles on their site that you can link to.  Publishers will likely add these anyway to your post, so by doing this it makes their life much easier.

Essentially, the easier you make it for your post to be added to their website (images, links, videos, etc.), the more likely it is that you will be accepted.

The Waiting Game

Once you have emailed off your article, give it a couple of days before you chase it up.  Often, sites get sent that many that it takes them a while to get through them all.  If you still haven’t heard back from them after a couple of days then send a follow up email.

You must be prepared to make any adjustments that they may want making.  Just because you feel it is a brilliant article, an editor may not.  It could be as simple as fixing spelling mistakes or changing a section or two.

Another thing that you should be prepared for is that even if your post is accepted, it may not be published straight away.  Some sites have busy publishing schedules, so you could be waiting a week or two before your post goes live.  I know at one point I had a 4 week waiting period for posts as I had had that many scheduled to be published.

After It’s Published, Follow Up On Your Post

Once you have had your article published on a site, don’t just forget about it and move on, follow up on it.  Reply to any comments that people leave on it, answer any questions that they have, make sure to share it yourself across your social media sites, etc.

The whole point of guest posting is to help raise your profile with another audience.  If they can see that you are a good writer and helpful with your replies, they are much more likely to search you out for more of the same.  You are also much more likely to be asked back again by the same site if you prove to be popular, so it always pays to follow up on your post.  And of course, if anything else, you can add a link to your post in your next email when pitching to another site.

Do you write guest posts?  What tips do you find help you to get published?  Do you own a site that accepts guest posts and if so, what do you look out for in a guest post submission?  Please let us know your views in the comment section below.

5 Pages Every Website Needs

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No matter what your site is about, there are just certain pages every website needs to include.  Whether you have a small site that only consists of a few pages or one that has hundreds, you need to make sure that you have these up and running for people to find.  In this post we will take a look at these vital pages and explain just how important they are.

About Us Page

Many websites seem to overlook having an ‘About Page’, which is daft really as it is arguably THE most important page of a site.  For anybody wanting to find out more about a certain website after finding it, the ‘About Page’ is the perfect place to go.

Here you can introduce yourself/business and share information about what the main aim of your site is.  This might include when you first started the site, what made you set it up in the first place, where you are based (perhaps with a map), or simply what you can expect to find whilst browsing the site as a whole.

You’ll often find that your ‘About’ page is one of the most visited pages of your entire site.  This means that it is crucial that you make a good first impression.  Think of it like a big advert for your site that people can find, so be open, honest and welcoming to all your new visitors.

Contact Page

No surprises to see that a ‘Contact Page’ made our list.  Having said that, I do see many sites that seem to forget to include one.

There are a million and one reasons why someone would want to get in touch with you/your site, for example;

  • To ask a question,
  • To ask for advice,
  • Advertising options,
  • To point out a problem with your site,
  • Guest post submission,
  • Product question,
  • Customer service,
  • Complain,
  • To say thank you,
  • …and so on.

I have personally had people contact me for every one of the above points, some of which have led to building some great professional contacts.  Now it’s always nice to hear some positive feedback now and then, but some of the best emails I’ve received are when people spot something that’s wrong/not working on the site that I have not noticed.  It’s almost impossible to keep an eye on every single image, link, URL, etc. of a site that keeps growing, so having someone point that out via the contact page is always welcome.

Contact pages are really simple to set up as all you need is a contact form for people to send you an email.  There really shouldn’t be any excuse for not having one on your site.  As well as an email form, make sure to include your social media links so that people can contact you that way as well.

Sitemap

One page that is easily forgotten about is the sitemap.  For anyone that doesn’t know, a sitemap is… well exactly that, a map of your entire website.  It consists of a list of every single link that makes up your site in one easy to find place.

A sitemap has 2 main reasons;

  1. Help people find your pages,
  2. Help search engines crawl your site.

By far the most important of the two of these is to help search engines crawl your site.  Search engines will naturally find your site whilst crawling the web, but only tend to go a couple of pages deep into your site (follow all links on any one page > follow the links on the following pages).

The more of your site that you can show to search engine spiders, the more likely that they will index all of your content.  This is where the sitemap comes in.  By adding a link to it in your footer, search engine spiders will be able to crawl your entire site and find your latest content.

Legal Page(s)

Yes, they are boring and dull, but you need to make sure that you include the proper legal information on your site for people to find.  “Which” legal information will depend heavily on the type of site you are running, for example an eCommerce site will likely need legal info about payment details and shipping costs, or blogs (like ours) may need affiliate/advertising disclosures.

There are plenty of copy & paste type legal information that you can use online, so find the ones that are most appropriate for your site and add them in your footer.

Blog Page

This may seem like an odd one to include, especially if you don’t run a blog type website, but a blog page is pretty important for most kinds of sites.

You may run an online shop selling different colours widgets and thingamebobs, but you will still need a blog.  You see sites need to publish regular content in order to be seen as “active” by the search engines.  Without regular content, your site could be viewed as “dormant” or “inactive”, in which case they won’t send you as much traffic.

There is an infinite number of things that you could write about for your blog.  Try and keep it themed around your website (or perhaps product line) and it will help attract traffic.

These are just some of the types of pages every website needs.  Depending on your niche, you could also include pages such as;

  • Subscription page,
  • Landing page,
  • Thank you page,
  • Confirmation page,
  • FAQ page,
  • Product page,

What other important pages would you add to this list?  What pages couldn’t you do without?  We want to hear from you, so please leave a comment below.

9 Step Guide To Writing Quality Blog Posts

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There are many things that go into running a blog online, but at the heart of it you need to be writing quality blog posts.  That is what will ultimately bring in traffic to your site and allow you to monetize via; advertising, affiliate marketing, product sales, etc.

There are many bloggers, especially new bloggers, that find it difficult writing quality blog posts on a regular basis.  I plan on changing that opinion by putting together this 9 step guide for you to follow.  This is kind of like a blogging blueprint that you can follow to help you create quality content for your own site.  I use this exact method myself for all my posts and know that many other top bloggers use a very similar approach.

Let’s get started!

1. Thinking Up A Post Idea

Establish An Idea

This is without doubt the hardest part of the whole process.  It’s all well and good learning about how to structure out your posts, but you need a decent idea to write about in the first place.

One of the best things you can do is to carry around something to jot down ideas on when inspiration hits you.  I always have a pad of paper and a pen next to me when I’m working so that I can scribble down things when I think of them.  This can be when I am surfing the web reading other posts, when I’m working on something else that I think could make a good topic, when chatting to clients, reading emails, answering comments, etc.

If you want to be a bit more modern, a note taking app such as Evernote, Google Keep or OneNote is a good thing to have on your phone.  That way, whenever inspiration hits you, you can make a note of it for future use.  I make use of Evernote quite a bit when I am out as I always seem to think of something when I least expect it, be it when shopping at the supermarket or out and about with friends.

Making a note of ideas when you get them is a good habit to get into, but what do you do if you just haven’t got any ideas?

Two words – ‘Mind Maps’.

Mind maps are a great way to organize your thoughts and help you think about different areas to write about.  Try to imagine your whole website as one giant jigsaw with each of your posts a piece of that puzzle.  Doing this can help you to take a step back and see which areas you can add more too.    By looking at the content that you already have, you can begin to see areas that you can expand upon.

Another thing you can do is read – a lot!  Now, I don’t just mean read content from other sites in your niche (though you should be doing that already), but read content from a whole host of different subjects, such as;

  • News stories,
  • Fiction,
  • Non-fiction,
  • Reviews,
  • Tutorials,
  • …and so on.

By broadening your horizons, not only will you gain new ideas, but you will also help to improve your writing style.  I personally like watching a lot of movies, so I try to read different film reviews after seeing something.   There are a couple of film reviewers that I really enjoy reading as they do it very well.  Whilst I myself don’t write film reviews, I try to use some of the same writing techniques that they use in my own posts.

These are all good tips to help you when you are in need of inspiration, though if you are still struggling, check out our previous ‘15 Blog Post Ideas To Use When You Are Stuck For Ideas’ article.

2. Write Out The Main Bulk Of Your Post

OK, so you have your post idea, now you need to turn that into an actual article.  One of the worst things you can do is stare at a blank Word document hoping that it will just appear.  That blank white page can cause you to seize up no matter how good your idea is, so it’s important to get something down – anything really.

A good way to start is by splitting it up into sections.  So, for example, let’s say you wanted to write a tutorial post on ‘How To Do X’.  List all the different stages (1, 2, 3…) that people would need to work through to achieve that.  Doing this helps you to structure out your post as you now have clear sections that you can write about.

I did this for this exact post.  I had the idea of writing about ‘Writing Quality Blog Posts’ and began by listing all the different sections that would go into it (Idea, Post, Intro, Title, etc.), which made up my subheadings.  Instantly I knew how the overall bulk of the post would pan out, so the task of writing was made much easier.

Breaking a post down into smaller sections can, not only help you to write it out, but it also encourages people to continue reading.  A great big block of text can be off-putting, so breaking it up can help people find what they are looking for.

3. Introduction

Once you have the main bulk of your post, you need to add an introduction.  This is VITALLY IMPORTANT as your introduction determines whether people will end up reading your post or not.

Not only will your introduction appear at the start of your post, but it will appear as an excerpt on your blog page.  This alone helps people decide whether to click onto your article in the first place, so it needs to be up to scratch.

Your actual introduction doesn’t need to be that long (one or two paragraphs at the most), but it does need to do one thing – not give the game away.  I always try to imagine it like a movie trailer – you need to give a brief outline of what the post is about without actually spoiling it by revealing everything straight away.

4. Call To Action

Whilst not quite as important as your introduction, the end of your post is still key.  You ideally want them to stay on your site and not just click away to another, and in order to do that you need to give them a gentle nudge in the right direction.

This “nudge” is called a ‘Call To Action’, which is where you are essentially telling your readers to do something.  Now this could be many different things, for example;

  • …and if you liked this post, check out our other post [LINK] that you might find useful.
  • …and remember to sign up to our newsletter [LINK] for more information.
  • …we want to hear from you, so please leave a comment below.
  • …if you liked this post then please feel free to share it on [Facebook/Twitter/G+].

You can word it however you like, but the aim is to get people to actively do one of these things.  I personally tend to go with the ‘related link’ and ‘please comment’ option as this helps keep people on the site for longer, but encouraging them to share your post or signup to your email list is equally useful.

5. Add Multimedia Content

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So, at this point you should have a lengthy blog post written out with both an introduction and call to action added.  The vast majority of people would now just add a title and hit publish, but we are only half way through our list.  You see there is a lot more that goes into writing quality blog posts.

Your post is hopefully great at this point, but it is still essentially text.  Whilst we have helped split that up by adding subtitles and breaking it up into easy to read paragraphs, we can still do more.  You need to realize that the vast majority of people online have short attention spans, so you need to make your post a little bit more interesting.  One of the best ways to do this is by adding multimedia content.

I won’t go into too much detail here as I’ve already written about this in our ‘Quality Content – The Lifeblood Of Your Website’  post, but essentially adding things like; images, video, slideshows, infographics, etc. helps to break up your text and make it more visually appealing.

Images, especially, are a great way to brighten up a post, which leads me to the next step in our blueprint…

6. Add A Featured Image

Each and every one of your blog posts MUST have a featured image!

For the exact same reasons that we add an introduction to our post, the featured image helps to draw reader’s attention and encourage them to click onto the post from your blog page.

What many people forget is that your featured image also appears when you share your link on social media.  Again this helps to draw people’s attention and can be the difference between them clicking or not on your post.

There isn’t really any secret to picking a good featured image.  Try to look for an image online that somehow reflects what your post is about.  This could be a great looking image, a metaphorical image or simply your post title displayed in an interesting way.  A lot depends on what your article is about, but really it just needs to be something that stands out.

7. Add Links

The next thing that you need to do is go back over your post and add links where appropriate.  This includes both internal (links to your other posts) and external links (links to other people’s posts on other sites).

Internal links are useful to allow people to navigate around to other areas of your blog and find your other content.  This is particularly helpful when you can link to other related posts that you have written that explain something in more detail.

External links may seem counterintuitive (why would you include links to other people’s posts?), but there is a good reason for that.  It all has to do with SEO.  You see search engines look at your blog posts to try and work out what it is about so that they can rank it properly when people search for that subject.  One thing they look at is what other sites that posts links too.

Search engines value posts that link to other relevant high quality content as it shows that you value your readers.  They actively rank sites that do this regularly higher than sites that never link out, so it is always worth adding some external links.

8. Remember SEO

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We just talked about the SEO benefits of including some external links within your post, but that is not the only thing you can do.

Keyword optimization is something that you should try and do with all your posts before publishing them.  This involves researching keywords and keyphrases that are related to your post that people are actively using to search for things in the search engines.

For example, if I wrote a post explaining how to build your own PC, keyphrases such as; build your own PC tutorial, how to build a PC, how to build a computer, etc. would all be relevant.

These are the types of keywords and long tail keyphrases that you should be using throughout your post.  If need be, go back over your article and look at how you can include these phrases naturally within your writing so that search engines can determine what your content is about.  This process is commonly referred to as on-page SEO and you can use a plugin called WordPress SEO to help you.

9. Title

Last but not least we need to add a title.  I left this until last as it’s arguably THE most important part of the whole process.

Your title needs to;

  • Convey what your post is about,
  • Be eye catching,
  • Be interesting,
  • Include your main keyword/keyphrase,
  • Not too long,

Including all of these is certainly no easy task, but with practice it is possible.  It’s important to try and tick all of these boxes as your title will be the one that people; read, click onto, see on social media sites, share with their friends, link to within their own posts, etc.

Writing Quality Blog Posts Made Easy

If you have followed this guide, you will now have a post that is worthy of publishing on your site.  You have made sure to break up your post into manageable chunks, made it visually appealing by adding images and video, optimised it for search engines and included links to your other relevant pages.  Simply double check your post for any errors and then hit publish!

Like I said at the beginning of this post, this is the method that I use and I know many other bloggers use (though maybe not necessarily in this order).  Get into the habit of constructing your posts in this way and I can guarantee that they will reach more people.

How do you go about writing quality blog posts?  Do you have any other steps that you take before publishing?  If so, please let us know by leaving a comment below.

Recharging The Blogging Batteries & Planning For The Future

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As I write this post, it’s only a few days until Christmas.  I love this time of year as it’s great to be able to spend some quality time with the family.  Christmas is also a good time of the year to recharge the blogging batteries, so to speak, and plan on what you will get up to in the following year.

Tis The Season To Be Refreshed

This year seems to have flown by and I seem to have done quite a bit.  It’s certainly been a busy year work wise, what with helping to setup Bizzebee and The Hive, running my own sites and setting up lots of client websites as well.   I have learnt so much within the last 12 months, it’s been great!

If I’m honest though, I am really looking forward to taking some time off over Christmas and New Year to recharge the batteries.  The last few weeks have been pretty manic, so it will be good to spend some time away from the laptop for a bit.

Whether you are self-employed or not, it is very important to set aside some time for yourself away from the pressures of work.  It is easy to get bogged down and stressed about business related issues, but too much of that can be bad for your health.  Of course, that is easier said than done.  As a business owner myself, I know just how difficult it can be to switch off at times.  There is always something else to be done or task to be completed – it’s never ending.

Now, I’m not a very religious person, but I really love Christmas as it’s great to be able to spend time with the family.  There really is no better way (in my view) of forgetting about work than getting together with your loved ones and having a great time.

A Break Helps Refocus The Mind

Taking a break isn’t just about recharging the batteries though; it can help you to refocus on what you need to do in the future.  Being active every day at work is great, but it is easy to become short-sighted on the little tasks that need doing.  Being able to take some time out can help you to re-evaluate everything and see things in a different, much broader perspective.

Cliché as it may be, New Year’s resolutions are a great way to do this by setting new goals for the upcoming year.  This could be things like;

  • Taking your business/career in a new direction,
  • Learning a new skill that you can use,
  • Perhaps ditching something that you were doing that wasn’t working,

For any other blog/website owners reading this, you may want to include things such as;

  • Launching a new product,
  • Looking at new/different ways to increase traffic/revenue.
  • Expanding your site by adding something new (e.g. a forum, membership area, newsletter, etc.)
  • Reaching out and expanding your networking connections,

Whatever your goals may be, try setting them AFTER you have taken a break to reflect on everything.   It really can help you to make better decisions on where to go in the future when you do this.

Is It OK To Take A Break From My Blog?

Before I “wrap up” this post, I just wanted to touch on a question that often comes up when talking about this subject.  Often people think that you mustn’t, under any circumstance, leave your site for too long otherwise everyone will leave for good.  Bloggers and website owners can be a little too obsessed with this and feel like they must work on it constantly.

Regular content is vital, don’t get me wrong, but that doesn’t mean you need to be chained to your desk 24/7.  You can take a break from your site whenever you want, just be sure to let your viewers know.  I think most people are focused on Christmas anyway at this time of year, so I wouldn’t stress about it too much at the moment.

If you are concerned though, you could always write some posts in advance and schedule them to be published whilst you are away.  That way, you get to have a break doing whatever you want and your site still gets content.

Personally, I don’t see the harm in missing a week or two (in the context of a year that is, not just taking a break whenever you want).  Like I say, just remember to tell your viewers, via a post or newsletter, that you’ll be away for a bit and they will understand.

Merry Christmas!

So enjoy your blogging break.  Recharge those batteries and plan out what to do for next year, so that when you come back you are ready and raring to go!

From me (Matt) and all of the rest of the Bizzebee team, we want to wish you a very MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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The Best Of The Web 14/12/2013

Weekly Roundup

Hello Bee’s, Matt again here with this week’s roundup from around the web.  We have a great selection for you that I think you’ll enjoy.

It’s just over a week to Christmas now, so not long left to go to get any last minute presents that you still need to buy.  I still haven’t found time to put up any decorations yet, though I’m determined to do that at some point this weekend.  Never quite feels like Christmas until the tree is up with all the lights on.

Just another reminder that you can sign up for a FREE trial to our brand new membership site ‘The Hive’.  This offer won’t be around for long as we are officially launching on the 6th January 2014, so get in quick.  I’d also like to add that we have a very special Christmas offer planned for our subscribers.  I can’t reveal anything just yet (everything’s a bit hush, hush at the moment), but we are very excited about it, so if you want to learn more, subscribe and we’ll send you info about it in the next couple of days.

Anyway, here is this week’s pick of the bunch from around the web to take a look at.

1. The 12 Cyber-Scams Of Christmas

Sticking with the Christmas theme, however not everything is quite so jolly this time of year.  Online shopping is increasing in popularity, but there are some cyber criminals making the most of this who are looking to scam you out of money.

This post (from the BBC) looks at 12 cyber scams to watch out for online so that you don’t get duped.

2. Staying Ahead of the Curve

This great post was suggested by Clair, mainly because it features Gary Vaynerchuk and she is a HUGE fan of his, but also because it gives great insight into how to stay on top of the competition.

Gary explains some of the things he and his team have done to “stay ahead of the curve”, which is great advice for many businesses (whether online or offline).

3. The Hootlet: Social Sharing for Lazy Professionals

Good friend of the site and former Bizzebee Kapil Jekishan talks about the incredibly useful ‘Hootlet’.

Hootlet is an add-on extension for Google Chrome and Firefox that allows you to share content via HootSuite.  All of the Bizzebee team use HootSuite, so this little add-on is of great help.

4. How to Harness the Power of the Pause

John offers up a great slideshare presentation from ‘WeAreVisual.com’ that looks at speaking.  Many online content creators use video to get across their message, but one issue with that is that it is easy to tell when someone is inexperienced at speaking in front of camera.  Lots of “erm’s” and “err’s” doesn’t come across very well.

In fact this doesn’t just apply to video, anyone that does (or is planning to do) public speaking can learn from this as well.

5. The Purple Cow that’s Right Underneath Your Business’ Nose

This week’s award for best title goes to this post.  Here Marcus Sheridan suggests one of the best ways to make your business stand out amongst everyone else – much like a purple cow.

Every business wants to stand out in some way, as that helps you to get noticed and ultimately (or at least hopefully) leads to creating more sales.

6. 7 Superheroes Who Can Enlighten Entrepreneurs

One post now for the geek inside all of us.  Who doesn’t like a superhero, we all have our favourites (Radioactive Man is mine from the Simpsons) and Ronald Alexander (the writer) has put together a list of traits that can be applied to entrepreneurs.

It’s a bit of fun, but still highlights some of the important characteristics that make up great entrepreneurs.   Which characteristics do you have?

7. 10 Writing Tips for More Engaging Content

This awesome post by David Aston looks at some great tips to help improve your content and make it more engaging for your readers.  He argues that people are a lot more interested in how you present your content rather than what it is actually saying.

All online websites need content, so this post will help you make the most of  it to try and keep your readers on your site for longer.

8. Blog Growth: How to Build a Mega-Following

This post is quite unique as it includes both an interview with Syed Balkhi (founder of WPBeginner.com & List25.com) and information about how he managed to grow his sites to be so popular.

Not only do they talk about the popularity of Syed’s site’s, but they also look at the types of content that they use to create a site that people want to read.

9. Optimize The Top Mobile Tasks On Your Site

This new video by the Google Webmasters team looks at which aspects of your website you should be optimizing for mobile users.

If you haven’t watched any of the Google Webmasters video’s before, I suggest you subscribe to them and spend some time learning from them.  They publish some vital information that can really make a difference to the success of your site.

10. 12 Killer Social Media & Content Marketing Blog Posts from 2013

Lastly, we have a link to a post with some absolutely great social media and content marketing tips for you to take a look at.  The ‘TopRankBlog’ site lists their very best posts from the last year for you to read through again.  I’m a big reader of their site, but there was a couple that I had totally missed.  Make sure you don’t miss out either.

…and finally

To round off this post, we have a sweet and quite amusing letter to Santa from a ten month old for you to check out.

A Ten-Month-Old’s Letter To Santa

There is no need to buy this kid any expensive presents as he seems pretty keen on stuff that you wouldn’t have thought of (makes sense when you read the post).

I’m now off to put my Christmas tree up and wrap up some presents.  Make sure to check back next week for another ‘Bizzebee – Best Of The Web’. 🙂

The Best Of The Web 07/12/2013

Weekly Roundup

Hello Bees!  It’s Saturday and you have me, Matt, writing up the ‘Best Of The Web’ post this week.  Andi is off on his holidays to somewhere nice and sunny for a couple of weeks so I will be taking the reins whilst he is away.

Well I can’t quite believe that it is December already.  The last few months seem to have flown by, though I’m really looking forward to putting my feet up with the family over Christmas.  Thankfully I managed to get all my Xmas shopping done last month, leaving me free to carry on working on The Hive (and other stuff), which is due to launch on 6th January 2014.

Anyway, here is this week’s pick of the bunch from around the web to take a look at.

1. How to Get an Edge and Stand out in the Networking World

To kick off this week’s roundup we have a post suggested by Clair over at BusinessNetworking.com.  Here Ivan Misner explains why it is important for you to try and do something differently when networking so that you can stand out from the crowd.

Networking is SO important for bloggers and online businesses, so anyway to gain an advantage or make your efforts more effective is well worth learning about.

2. How to Grow Your Blog with Pinterest

John spotted this great post about Pinterest and how it can be used to help grow your blog.  The great thing about this article is that Jenna (the writer) not only explains “why” you should be using it, but also “how” you can with some great tips about the types of images that get shared.

There is even a mini tutorial explaining how you can create your own great looking images for your site that people will want to share on their own Pinterest boards.

3. Shocking Facts About Steve Jobs (10 Pictures)

Steve Jobs has become an iconic figure to many people all around the world, not only because of his immense success with Apple, but also because he never gave in and overcame adversity in his life.

You may think you know a lot about the man, but this post proves that there were a few things that you probably didn’t.

4. The No-Nonsense Guide to Setting Financial Goals

Over to FreshRag.com now for a post about financial planning for your business.  This was a post that John found via a connection on SlideShare.

In order for your business to succeed you NEED to plan it out.  Putting it off until next week or next month is just like sticking your head in the sand.  Stop wasting time and make a start now.  Set yourself goals and targets to reach for and work to meet them.

5. How To Measure Social Media Engagement

This fantastic post was shared by Andi and if I’m totally honest, I was blown away by it!

Social media is obviously a vital tool to help market your business, but how can you effectively measure it usefulness?  Well this is what Russ (the writer) talks about in his article.  In it, he goes on to explain why conventional methods of measuring engagement can be hard to understand and shows you a better method to use.

6. A Peek at To-Do Lists of the Wealthy

It can be easy at times to look at successful people and think “I could never be like that.”  It doesn’t have to be like that though.  Most successful people are just better at managing their time that’s all.

This post looks at some of the positive habits successful people get into and how you can do the same.  Of course the hard bit is actually getting into those habits yourself though.

7. The Latest SEO Scam: If You Don’t Rank, You Don’t Have To Pay Us (anymore)

SEO (Search Engine Optimization) is an extremely important part of getting your site seen online.  That is why many companies turn to ‘SEO Agencies’ to help them.  Whilst there are many legitimate SEO Agencies around, there are some equally bad ones that you should avoid.

This post, suggested by Sam, talks about a scam that some of these bad agencies use to get your money.  The problem is that many are falling for it simply because they don’t know any better.  Well check out this post first.

8. 3 Conversion Optimization Tips You Can Implement on Your Website Right Now

Your business website can have all the bells and whistles on it to make it look good, but if, at the end of the day, it isn’t converting visitors into customers then it’s a waste of time running it.

This post highlights some simple tips that you can use to help convert traffic into sales.  I thought these were great (especially the “Squint Test”) as they all follow the common sense principle.

9. How I Went from $15 to $450 per Article in Under 90 Days

One way to make money online is to become a freelance writer and produce articles for websites.  Businesses are always looking for content to help attract traffic and are willing to pay people to produce quality content.

In this post Dan Stelter (the writer) talks about his experience of being a freelance writer and how he managed to go from charging $15 to $450 per article!

10. Making Yourself Redundant

This great post by Paul Boag over at SmashingMagazine.com asks you to look at your role online.  We are only really just beginning the Digital Revolution, but that doesn’t mean that your online job will be around forever.

This post gets you to question what exactly your role is.  Know that and you will become better placed to see how long your online career will last (it makes sense after reading the post).

…and finally

Yes, it’s that time of year again that we dread.  The same songs are on loop for the next few weeks, you have to put up with distant family members that you wish would remain distant and the streets are full of Zombies, aimlessly wandering from shop to shop in search of “gifts” that you wouldn’t ever think of buying for yourself.  Hurray, it’s Christmas!

Despite that cheery description, I actually quite like Christmas – especially sitting round the table to tuck into Christmas dinner.  The only problem is that Christmas dinner seems to take forever to cook.  You spend all day preparing it, when you’d much rather be doing other things.  Enter…

Christmas Dinner In A Tin (AKA The Christmas Tinner)

Mmmmm Mmmmm. Yes, that’s right!  All the best bits of Christmas dinner condensed into one, easy to open, tin (gag).

A gaming retailer has launched the ‘Christmas Tinner’ for gamers who are too busy playing on their new PS4 or Xbox One to cook on Christmas day.  Everything is included in delicious layers to enjoy (wretch)…. Yummy!

Christmas-Tinner

You Only Have Today | Bizzebee

You Only Have TODAY!

This post is one of those posts designed to help out when you most need it. It’s slightly different to my usual Social Media topics I cover, but every now and then I like to throw a curveball to see how the readers react to things.

Business owners, especially new business owners, or those who are making changes to move their business forwards in a new direction can often find the struggle and challenges of making things happen a worry. It can affect your motivation and can often be the difference between making it and failing.

So I wanted to take a look at a few different scenarios, in which we look at 2 different ways of interpreting them – dependant on whether you approach them as a pessimist or an optimist. What I hope you will gain out of this post is the ability to look at daily {sometimes mundane} tasks in a different light – it’s this thought process that I hope you will then be able to use when you need it in business.

We all need a little direction, and often motivation – that motivation comes often as a result of someone challenging your own thought processes, and that’s exactly what we are about to do {I hope}

So the average person will wake up in the morning, get in the shower, clean your teeth, make breakfast, get dressed, drive to work, have their lunch – a sandwich,  come home, eat dinner, have a cup of tea, watch a movie, go to the local supermarket and do their weekly shop, collect their children from school – these are all EVERYDAY tasks that most people can relate too.

These are also daily tasks that we take for granted, some might even say BORING – and for sure “Mundane” That’s a direct result of society shaping thought patterns and beliefs.

When your iPhone or Android is dead, what do you do? You recharge it, and bring it back to life again; giving it power to do all the things you need it too (which is sooooo much more than it being a phone these days!)

Imagine if you could you recharge yourself each day, and plug yourself into the power that you need to make everyday count. Would you be happier? Achieve more? And be successful? ABSOLUTELY  – because you’ve trained your mind to approach “everyday” differently.

You have a choice each and every day.

You can stay as you are, which is where you think making breakfast is “one of those things you have to do” Or you can realize that you only have today, so you make everything in your daily life count toward you giving yourself more power each day to make things happen.

Simply speaking you need to have a look at the difference of being “out of battery” and unplugged and being “fully charged” from being plugged in when it comes to your beliefs and attitudes towards your daily life.

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Lets look at some examples:

Today is boring, everyday is boring, nothing I do is important, it’s just another day and it doesn’t matter if I don’t do anything today

You only have today – Yesterday is gone and tomorrow doesn’t exist yet–today the here and now. Everything you today counts towards tomorrow, and every day you live and appreciate is what creates your LIFE (you know the thing you look back on and remember) At any given time, one thought can change your life.

My life WILL always be this way, I just can’t see it getting any better, I can’t see it getting worse, but I sure as heck don’t see it changing. Period.

Life does change, you never know what is happening in the future, nobody can predict it, but if you realize that you ONLY HAVE TODAY and you act on that, then you can affect and shape it with your vision and how you approach your everyday life. Don’t live without intention – regretting not trying is worse than trying and failing.

I live for the weekend, I love Fridays, but I really dread Monday’s – work is a chore.

Work gives you purpose, it gives you structure. If you have the right attitude to work you feel pride and creativity – enjoying work is fulfilling – and that is what we need in life – fulfillment. We all need downtime, but too much of it and only ever focusing on Saturday and Sunday is a massive waste of your potential and also your life. At the end of the day most of us have to work to earn a living – we can either feel grateful we have that option or feel sorry for ourselves because of it.

Sometimes I’m late, today is nothing special so it doesn’t matter if I don’t dress appropriately, and honestly today I’m tired so I can’t give my all to today, and EVERYBODY procrastinates. Like I said, today is nothing special, so it doesn’t matter.

Ever heard the saying “dress the part” well there is so much truth in that. By dressing well you instantly feel important, like what you are doing matters – whether its for the office, the school run or the gym – by looking the part in those environments you feel better. If you don’t value your time enough, you don’t get enough done. Being late is a waste of your time – its precious remember, when you value your time, you are adding to your own level of belonging which affects how you feel about yourself. People get excited about putting in the extra effort – think about it – you get dressed up for weddings, nights out and you feel good because of that extra effort you make.

One day I will get my big break  – it has to happen I deserve it.

Behind EVERY big break, chance and opportunity is a long line of days that are ordinary – through consistency and persistence comes what you “deserve” nothing will ever fall in your lap – what steps have you taken today to get your big break?

If you look at life with the attitude of “you only have today” there is a massive power you can tap into –

You want social media growth – then spend a few minutes each day engaging with your audience. Doing this everyday will see steady growth happen over time.

Social media activity – A daily post that is consistent beats a barrage of posts all in one go, that is a FACT.

Blogging / Writing – By committing to writing something each day you are bettering your skills as a writer and over time you are creating a catalogue of information – which in turn could be a number of products you can adapt and repurpose

Product Creation – Do a little each day and you will see the progress, rather than do nothing for weeks on end and then hit it all in one go. Little and often and you don’t need to look for results, they will just appear in front of you.

Finally,

Don’t over think it, and don’t try to change everything all at once.

If you can only do a little bit of a task, then do it, but do it each day – those little bits add up over time

Pick something you’ve avoided and start working on it – give yourself 20 minutes a day to work on it – you will see the results over time

You can either live in the mundane everyday life or you can wake up and realize that you only have today – and today is all you need to change your future.

Clair

10 Common Website Mistakes To Avoid

Website Mistakes To Avoid

Running a website is no easy task, so it’s inevitable that we will make mistakes from time-to-time.  Mistakes can even be a good thing if we learn from them, but to save you the hassle, I’ve put together a list of some common website mistakes to avoid to help you.

1. Unresponsive Website (Not Mobile Friendly)

You are making a BIG website mistake if your site is not “mobile friendly”.  More and more people are connecting to the internet via their smart phones and tablets, which is why it is vital that your site is responsive across multiple devices.  If it is not, you are simply limiting the number of people that can visit your site.

There are plenty of WordPress themes that you can install that are ‘mobile responsive’.  Sites like StudioPress have a wide variety of responsive themes for all types of site that you can use.  There really isn’t any excuse for people not being able to access your site on their mobile devices, so make sure that yours is good to go.

2. Bad Website Navigation

You can spend all the time in the world creating fantastic content for your site, but if no one can find it once they get there, then what is the point!

Bad website navigation stops people from finding all the great content on your site.  Whether you have only a few pages or hundreds of posts, you want people (and search engines) to be able to find them easily.   Only then will you get visitors staying on your site for longer, which helps to increase your pageviews.

Think about the menus and links that you display on your site.  Are people able to find the different sections/categories of your site?  Do you display a search box?  Can people easily find your search box?  Which are your most important pages/posts?  These are the types of questions that you need to be asking yourself in order to improve your site navigation.

3. Not Building An Email List

An email list is a very powerful thing for a site to have, which is why you should be building one.  You see, the people that signup to your site (whether it’s to an eCourse, newsletter, to receive offers, etc.) are your best customers.  They are the ones who are interested in what you have to say on your site, allowing you to send them offers, promote products or just encourage them back to your site.

AWeber is the market leader for email marketing software where you can create and schedule a set of emails to be broadcast automatically once people subscribe.  You can create signup boxes, newsletters, broadcasts and much more by using them, helping you to grow and manage your email list.

4. Not Posting Enough

Every website needs regular content published as that helps to drive traffic.  People (and more importantly search engines) will see that the site is active, which will encourage them to come back again and read more.

If you don’t post enough, then your site can become stagnant.  A lot depends on what your site is about, but you wouldn’t keep coming back to a site if nothing changed.

Make a list of all the things that you can write about and keep adding to it when you get inspiration.  If you end up struggling for ideas, it may mean that your niche is too small, in which case you may need to broaden out a bit.  I think a lot though comes down to getting into a regular routine.  Try to update your site regularly (perhaps once or twice a week) and stick to it.

5. Posting Too Often

Some people go to the other extreme and post far too often.  Like we said, regular content is good, but too much can be overwhelming for your readers.  If you are publishing 4, 5 or even more posts a day, then you can’t expect visitors to keep up.  Sites that post this frequently tend to be massive news sites with lots of writers and millions of visitors.  That is certainly something to aim for, but you certainly can’t do that on your own.

You also have to consider the quality of what you are posting.  Publishing 1 high quality post is MUCH better than lots of little mediocre posts.  As the saying goes, “It’s quality not quantity!

6. Doing Zero Social Media

Social media is a fantastic way to market your site, so it makes sense that you should be using it.  Make sure that you have an active presence on all the major social networks (Facebook, Google+, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, etc.), particularly the ones that relate to your site.

Just having a page setup on each of these networks will help people to find you, but by engaging with your audience, it is such a great way to build a following for your site that you shouldn’t overlook.

7. Doing Zero SEO

SEO (Search Engine Optimization) is an often understood practice that seems to confuse and petrify people at the same time.  It may sound complicated and unfathomable, but it’s really not too difficult when you get to know it.

SEO is simply a way of getting your website/content seen by search engines so that they can index it and present it to as many people as possible.  Search engines, like Google, are by far your best bet to get traffic to your site, so it’s best to work with them.

By using On-Page & Off-Page SEO techniques, your content can rank highly on search engine result pages (SERPs).  The higher you appear on the SERPs, the more traffic you will get.

Essentially, all it involves is making it clear what your posts are about.  This is done by including keywords in your post/page titles, meta descriptions, sub-headings, alt-tags, etc.  That way, when the search engines find your content, they have a better understanding of what it is about, allowing them to show it to people who are looking for that information.

If you are doing zero SEO for your site, you are essentially sticking your head in the sand.  Spend some time learning about SEO and actively doing some for your site.  It’s not as scary as you may think.

8. Not Interacting With Your Readers

If people spend the time leaving comments on your site, sending you emails or asking questions via your social media channels, you should make sure to respond to them.  Not only is it good manners but it is also good for business.  If people see that you are happy to interact with them and help, they will be much more likely to keep coming back for more.  It also shows that your site is an active one, which again can encourage people to keep visiting your site.

Admittedly, this can become a problem if your site is very popular (can’t reply to everyone), but you should at least try to reply to as many as you can.

9. Not Testing Your Site On Multiple Browsers

Any changes that you make to your site, you should always check to see if everything is working OK on different web browsers.  Most people tend to use only one, but that doesn’t mean everything will display fine for all of them.

I have in the past made changes to my sites, only to find that they were not displaying correctly on another browser that I didn’t use regularly.  Once you know about the problem, it’s usually very easy to fix, but you need to test it to find out.

Get into the habit of testing your website on Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Firefox, Opera and Safari (the 5 most popular web browsers) whenever you make any changes to your site.  That way, you can see whether there are any issues that need fixing.

10. Thinking That Your Website Is Finished (Biggest Website Mistake!)

This is probably one of the BIGGEST website mistakes on the list that many people fall victim too.  The minute you think that your site is “finished”, you may as well pack up and do something else.

The internet is constantly evolving and there is always competition looking to overtake you.  You should always be looking to update, reinvent, add new features/products/content, etc. to your site to keep it fresh.  This is one of the things that I absolutely love about what I do, there is always something new to learn about and improve on your site that you should never find yourself standing still.  Keep pushing yourself and striving to create a better site for your visitors.  That is the best way to run your site.

What website mistakes have you made on your site and how did you go about fixing them?  What other common website mistakes would you add to this list?  Please let us know below by leaving a comment.

15 Blog Post Ideas To Use When You Are Stuck For Ideas

15 Blog Post Ideas To Use When You Are Stuck For Ideas

I previously wrote about the need to publish quality content on your site, why evergreen content is great for long term success and even how often you should post, but what do you do when you just can’t seem to think of a blog post ideat?  This is something that ALL bloggers suffer with at times, which is why I decided to put together a post full of blog post ideas to help you out.

Feel free to bookmark this post and keep coming back to it as hopefully it will help you out when you are suffering from writers block and struggling for inspiration.

15 Blog Post Ideas

1. Product Reviews

Everyone likes reading reviews as we all like to get a second opinion from someone.  There are always new products coming out onto the market that you could write a review on.  Try to find products that are related to your niche and write an “honest” review of them.  Readers will prefer if you are honest with them, so pick out both the positive and negatives of products.

Also, remember to include your affiliate links if you have any.

  • Why I use ______
  • Why I don’t use ______
  • ______ Review – The best product on the market

2. Website Reviews

As well as products, why not write a review of a website!  It could be a site that you really like or really hate.  Tell people why you like/dislike it and offer up suggestions as to how they could improve it or recreate it.  The owner of the site you are talking about may get in touch to thank you for reviewing their site for them, especially if you pointed out something that they can improve.

  • Why I love ______.com
  • Why I hate ______.com
  • Why ______.com will never get any traffic!

3. What Tools Do You Use

There will be many people that will want to know more about the tools that you use for your business/website.  This is a great type of content to write about as it is usually quite straight forward on your part.

Think about what software, online tools, equipment, etc. that you use every day that others may not know about.

  • ______ – The best tool that I use for my business
  • Tools of the trade for my business
  • How ______ helped me improve my site

4. Case Studies – Use Yourself As An Example

You can talk about a subject until you are blue in the face, but people really like it when you can prove what you are talking about works.  Using yourself as a case study is a great way of doing this.

Think about the things that you have worked on and what goals you have achieved with your business.  Use these as examples that you can write about.  Back this up with some proof (i.e. images, graphs, charts, etc.) and you will have something that people will love to read.

  • How I got 1,000 subscribers in a day! (Case Study)
  • (Case Study) How I sold X products on launch day
  • Reviewing our first 12 months online (Case Study)

5. Case Studies – Use Others As An Example

Why not use someone else as an example and write a case study on them.  There will be plenty of people in your niche that you look up to.  Do a bit of research on them and turn it into a case study.

  • (Case Study) How Joe Bloggs went from from zero to hero!
  • How John Smith made his fortune (Case Study)
  • How John Doe created his mega business in 12 months. (Case Study)

6. Interviews

Interviewing people for your site can be a great way to create some interesting content.  Not only will your readers be able to learn something from someone different, it can also help you to build contacts with people from within your industry.

The easiest way of doing this would be to send out a few emails with some questions included.  That way, people can answer them in their own time and get back to you with their answers.

To take it a step further, why not ask to interview someone online via Skype or Google Hangout.  Record it as a video or audio clip (possible podcast) and publish it on your site.

The great thing about interviews is that they can attract a whole different audience to your site.  If you can manage to land a big fish from your industry that people know, you could end up getting a big boost in traffic.

  • Joe Bloggs Interview – Talking to a business hero
  • John Smith Interview – John shares his business wisdom
  • John Doe Interview – John explains what he did in his first 12 months

7. Compare X Vs. Y

We all like reading about comparisons, whether it’s a comparison between two people, two similar products, similar businesses/websites, etc.  we can all gain some valuable information.

Products are an excellent example for this type of post.  Think of two similar products in your niche and compare them.  What aspects are better than the other, which is better value for money, which is easier to use, etc.  These are all questions that people want to know when choosing themselves.

  • Why X is better than Y
  • X vs Y – Why I use X
  • Should you choose X or Y?

8. (Re)Introduce Yourself

The best writers and bloggers are popular because they have built up a relationship with their audience.  If readers can relate to you and view you as a real person, rather than a faceless writer, then they will feel much closer to you.

Share your story of how you got to be where you are now, talk about what successes you have had, what winds you up, what makes you happy, etc.  These will all help you appear more human and much more likable.

  • How I first got into ______ business
  • What I learned in my first 12 months online
  • How I opened up my first store

9. Talk About The Mistakes You Have Made

I don’t know about you, but I don’t really trust people who claim they do everything right first time.  I like it when people share the mistakes that they have made along the way and what lessons they learned from it.  They come across much more real when they do this, plus it is a great way to learn from others past experiences.

I am sure there are plenty of things you will have messed up on (I know I have enough times), so share that with your readers and explain what you learned from it.

  • The 5 biggest mistakes I made with my business
  • The big lesson I learned from messing up
  • Why failing in ______ was the best thing that ever happened

10. Be Controversial

These types of posts can either become really popular, or if you’re not careful, they can backfire.  It all depends on what the subject matter is and how you write it.

Be controversial and arrogant (to a certain degree) about a subject and tell people why you believe that.  It can get boring hearing the exact same thing from everyone else, so if you can stand up and be different, then people will be interested.  They may not all agree with you, but hopefully that should spark a debate among your readers.

Like I say, this can backfire if you aren’t careful.  You want to sound different and explain why you feel that way, but don’t overdo it.  Readers won’t like it if you appear nasty or argumentative just for the sake of it.

  • Why I think ______ is stupid
  • Why I am ditching ______ and doing something different
  • ______ no longer works, this is why

11. Run Competitions

Everyone loves the thought of winning something, especially if it is something of use to them.  Running competitions on your site can be a great way of gaining interest from people.

Get in touch with some businesses (online or offline) that have some products that are of interest to your viewers and ask them if they would be interested in running a competition with you.  You do all the work setting up the competition, running it and picking the winners, and they simply supply 1 or 2 free products.

Not only would they be getting some free advertising in front of your targeted audience, but competitions can help to bring in more traffic to your site.   It’s a win-win for both of you.

  • Win a FREE ______ for your business
  • Win 12 months Free _______ subscription
  • Win 2 Free ______ tickets

12. Be Competitive

You can find yourself stuck in a rut if you aren’t consistently pushing yourself to improve and make your business better.  A great way to overcome this is to compete against someone else.

You could find a rival and actually get in touch to turn it into a healthy competition that benefits both of you.  Who can get the most sales in a month, who can get the most traffic in a week, who can get the most subscribers, etc.  There are lots of things that you can do to turn into a competition.  Perhaps the loser has to perform an embarrassing forfeit or give free advertising to the winner for a week.

Visitors can become quite involved in two sides competing like this, especially if it is all done in good spirits.  Make it enjoyable and engaging for people watching/reading and have fun with it yourself.

  • ______ vs Matt – Who will get the most traffic
  • Who will win, ______ or ______
  • How I will do X before ______

13. Reveal A Secret

Now, I’m not talking about confessing your sins to people, I am referring to giving the impression that you have insider information that you want to share with people.   Everyone wants to get the upper hand on their competition, so content that sounds like they are giving away a “secret” will always spark interest.

For this to work, you do ACTUALLY need to know something worth sharing, otherwise people won’t stick around for long.

  • What you didn’t know about ______
  • Why no one is talking about ______
  • The 7 things people don’t know about in X business

14. Top Lists

I’m a big fan of top lists as it gives me the chance to compare it with my own views.  I always like reading about people’s favourite top 10 movies, as no two lists are ever the same.

Instead of movies, think about the type of top lists you can create for your business.  People will be able to see whether it matches with what they think, which can spark debate and get a conversation going.

  • Top 10 _______
  • Top 50 businesses to watch out for
  • 5 great tools for your site

15. How To… In X Days/Weeks/Months

What sounds better; ‘How to lose 10lbs’ or ‘How to lose 10lbs in a week’?

Show people how to achieve something in a set time period and it can grab their attention.  We are all lazy creatures really.  If something doesn’t have an end date that we know to work towards and is just left open ended, then that isn’t as interesting.

  • How to do ______ in 7 days
  • How to ______ in a month
  • How to create a ______ in 6 weeks

Summary

These are just a few blog post ideas that you can use when stuck for inspiration.  The best bit is that many of these can merge into one another, giving you even more options to use.

Why not talk about the mistakes you made when using a certain product, make a top list of all the things you can do on your site to improve it or compare your business to a competitors.

The more content you write, the more ideas you will get for future posts.  There are literally an infinite number of things that you could write about, so there shouldn’t be any reason for being stuck for blog post ideas.  But if you are, then feel free to come back to this post.

What other content types of blog post ideas would you add to this list?  Which of these blog post ideas have you used before?  Which haven’t you used?  Please let us know in the comment section below.

How To Become a bizzebee Yourself.

To be successful in business takes work, now before you panic and start shouting at me all those great quotes about how to become a bizzebee featured image‘working smart and not hard’ let me just say I said ‘work’, not ‘hard work’. That work can be hard and/or smart but importantly you have to know that whatever it is you want to achieve in life then you are going to have to put some work in.

I get so annoyed at people who complain that they never get any breaks in life or that they have no money to play with or that life is simply crap for them. These people generally dream of a better life but never do anything. If you are one of those people who complain that there simply isn’t enough time to do things that can change your life then I am afraid that I am going to tell you that you have exactly the same amount of time each day as Richard Branson, Sir Alan Sugar, Donald Trump and Bob Proctor.

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We all have 24 hours in a day to work with, now I appreciate we have different circumstances in life and energy levels, some of you might have family and children and some of you might be single with no attachments. Some of you might be athletes with a lot of energy who can work effectively on only 5 hours of sleep and some of you might be unfortunate to have something like ME which saps you of energy and means you could be in bed more than the average person.

We are different that we cannot get away from that fact but what if your energy levels were low because you ate rubbish food? Wouldn’t it pay you to eat better food so that you were better in mind and body which would mean you could get more work done that could change your life?

Putting that aside let’s look at other fundamental things in your lives that could be holding you back from becoming more successful. As I said earlier, we all have the same 24hours a day to play with. It is often down to what you do with that time that gets you your positive or negative results.

So you want to make more money each month and you have a great idea how, but it means that you need to spend at least 10 hours on the project each week. Where do you find that extra 10 hours? You could have a day job that robs you of 12 hours of the day and then you get home to the family. You could be working for 8 hours then go and spend 2 hours at the gym, 1 hour for the work out and then an hour getting showered and travelling etc.

You might be single and doing 10 hour shifts who then loves to go out and socialise most nights and weekends. It can be easy to clock up how many hours you are busy and show how little time you actually have spare.

What Do You HAVE To Do & What Do You CHOOSE To Do?

Get a notepad and create two columns. At the top of one column write ‘Things I Have To Do’ and at the top of the other column write ‘Things I Choose To Do’. Now fill in both columns and be honest here, do not go adapting times to suit your opinions as you are only fooling yourself.

In the column ‘Things I Have To Do’ write down things like your day job, family commitments and household chores and how much time is spent doing them. You could do this for the day or for the week it is up to you. As for the column ‘Things I Choose To Do’ write down things like watching TV, visiting friends, going out etc and how many hours you spend doing it.

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Also include the times you get up and go to bed, work out how much sleep you get and if you really need that amount.

As I say be as honest as possible, this is for you, you are only fooling yourself if you are not honest. It doesn’t matter to me. Once you start to write down you will see a more balance view of what you spend your time on each day/week.

If you want an extra 10 hours a day and finding it hard to work out where you will find it you could soon start to see that you spend a lot of time doing things that really do not benefit you at all. For example you may find that you have fallen into the habit of watching TV soaps like Coronation Street, Emmerdale and Eastenders with your other half. She might not even be bothered whether she watches them with or without you. Giving them up will release time to work on that all important new project.

You need to ask yourself what is more important, do you want that extra money each month or do you want to know if Norris really does get Emily’s house for nothing? Which is more important to you?

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Do An Earlier Start To The Day

Maybe you wake at 6am everyday and enjoy a lie in for another hour or two; do you really need that lie in? Maybe you wake up naturally and try to get back to sleep but just end up laying their getting annoyed. If you do not get back to sleep and still do a full day’s work then it is safe to say that you do not need any more sleep so why not get up and get to your laptop and do an hour or two of writing or whatever it is you need to do?

Bob Proctor used to get up an hour earlier each day to write his book ‘You Were Born Rich’ that extra hour a day meant he would write 1 or 2,000 new words which over a short period of time resulted in him having a whole new book to sell or giveaway which greatly benefitted his business and his life.

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Utilise A Wasted Evening

It could be that you go to bed and watch repeats of Family Guy and American Dad every night on BBC3 like I used to. That is roughly 2 hours each night, you might really love it, (I did :)) but do you love the feeling you have each month when you are struggling to pay the bills or when you realise you have no money left to spend once all of the bills are paid?

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What Do You HAVE To Spend Your Money On?

If money is an issue and you are finding that you have very little money to invest on things like WordPress themes, website hosting or getting written work done etc then go back to your note pad again and do another two columns but this time instead of focusing on time you should focus on money.

Compare the money you Have to spend on things like bills, food and family etc with the money you Choose to spend on things like take away food, cigarettes and alcohol. You could be amazed at how much money you waste on non essential things that could prevent you going forward with your new business venture.

You would be right if you are beginning to see another fundamental rule in this post, and that is planning. When you spend time doing your time and money comparisons you will see that you are in fact not planning your time and money as effectively as you could so now you can see you have spare money and time to do the work and that you have several time slots when you can focus on your new projects.

Planning your time effectively is important; you need to have a list and a schedule of when you will do certain tasks and what you will spend your money on and in what order. Get a large hard backed note book, I prefer one that has a ring binder so you can flip the cover right over, and write down what tasks need doing and in an order of priorities. Then assign each task to a time slot that you know you have.

Pinch Time Out Of An Empty Weekend

Today I knew that my other half was going out to the garden centre with her parents, for me it isn’t my favourite past time and there is no need for me to go with them so I knew I had several hours spare. So what did I do?

I used the time to work on a few posts including this one. I have a few projects that I am working on but I knew these posts needed doing over others and so these became the priority. I could go into town and have a few cheeky beers or I could stick the TV on and get lost in some Sci-Fi adventure which I would really love but I need these posts written so that is what I chose to spend my time doing.

It’s not really that hard as I often stick music on as I write as long as it isn’t too distracting, it is really very enjoyable so not only am I having fun I know it is all going towards a better future outcome. The more I do the better the results will be and the better my life will be.

It is all about choices and decisions, we have time and money to spend on things that can help us change our lives, we might have different amounts of money or time spare but it is simply down to us to use what we do have more effectively and decide what and when we do things. So I have shown you what I do to become more of a bizzebee, it is now over to you. 🙂

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