11 Things You Can Learn about Blogging from Thomas Edison

11 things you can learn about blogging from Thomas Edison

11 things you can learn about blogging from Thomas Edison

This post is based on episode 252 of the ProBlogger podcast.

Thomas Edison. Inventor of the light bulb, the phonograph and the motion picture camera. But not the blog.

That being said, a lot of Edison’s ideas on inventing can also apply to blogging. And so here are 11 quotes of his, and how they can help you become a better blogger.

1. Start with a need

“I never perfected an invention that I did not think about in terms of the service it might give others… I find out what the world needs, then I proceed to invent.”

When you’re building your blog, think about the problems it will solve, the people it will serve, and the changes it will bring. Most successful blogs I’ve come across succeed when they meet a need, solve a problem, or enhance someone’s life.

Depending on what you’re writing about, your blog could:

  • give them information they don’t have
  • entertain people when they’re feeling bored
  • give people a sense of community when they feel alone
  • gives them information that teaches them something.

Many successful blogs started with the blogger facing a problem, and then talking about what they’re doing to try and solve it. That’s certainly how ProBlogger came to be. My problem was figuring out how to build a profitable blog, and I used the blog to talk about what I was trying to solve that problem.

Digital Photography School started a little differently. It came about not to solve my problems, but rather to solve problems other people were having. I began answering their questions and helping them out.

And I like to think that by doing so I changed their lives, even if only a little bit.

2. Work smart

“Being busy does not always mean real work. The object of all work is production or accomplishment and to either of these ends there must be forethought, system, planning, intelligence, and honest purpose, as well as perspiration. Seeming to do is not doing.”

As bloggers, it’s easy to fill our time with tasks that seem urgent but aren’t necessarily important.

Posting updates on social media can be one of these things. Yes, it can help us our blogs. But a lot of what we do on social media doesn’t necessarily translate into growth. Instead, they distract us from what we should be doing, such as:

  • writing great content
  • updating our archives
  • building traffic to our blogs
  • building community engagement
  • monetizing our blogs.

Worried you may not be investing your time as wisely as you should be? Then how about this: over the next week record everything you do and how long you spend doing it. And then, at the end of the week, figure how much time you spent on core activities compared to things that didn’t really contribute to growing your blog.

3. Work and wait

“Everything comes to him who hustles while he waits.”

Unless you have a time machine (of only Edison had invented one of those), some of your efforts will take a while to bear fruit. It’s going to take time for the search engines to index your blog, and for you to build a profile ion your niche and establish trust with your readers.

But that’s okay, because while all that’s happening you can still be working on creating great content, building relationships with your readers, and driving traffic to your blog. Because the more work you do while your waiting, the better the results will be when your hard work finally does bear fruit.

So don’t be discouraged when your first blog post doesn’t appear in a Google search, or you don’t get many (or any) responses to your questions. It will all happen eventually. In the meantime, just keep working.

4. It takes work

“Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.”

Coming up with ideas for your blog can be a struggle sometimes, and it can feel like a major victory when you finally come up with one.

But don’t start celebrating just yet. It’s going to take a lot of hard work to turn your great idea into a great post.

Unfortunately, this is where a lot of bloggers fail. They come up with the idea, but then don’t put in the effort to maximise its potential. And so their great idea becomes a mediocre post at best (assuming they bother to write one at all).

What a waste.

Creating a successful blog takes a lot of work. You need do a lot of little things, and you need to do them all well. Because when you do, they all combine to create a great blog.

5. Failure brings you closer to success

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”

Treat every post you write, every attempt to promote your blog and every tool you use as a learning experience that can help shape your future.

If you put something out there and it doesn’t work, you’re one step closer to finding something that will work. Keep putting things out there, and treating everything you do as an experiment. Whether it succeeds or fails, it will teach you something.

Some of your experiments will fail. Others will work, but nothing much will come of them. But sooner or later one of your experiments will fly. And it then become the basis for further experiments that give you even better results.

But whatever you do, don’t stop trying.

6. You are capable of astounding things

“If we did all the things we are capable of, we would literally astound ourselves.”

You have incredible potential. You’re unique, and have qualities that no-one else does. So tap into that uniqueness, and don’t sell yourself short.

You may be looking at your blog and thinking it’s nowhere near as good as you want it to be. Or you may be comparing yourself to another blogger who seems to be doing better than you are.

Don’t limit yourself by what’s in front of you right now. You have incredible potential. You just haven’t reached it yet. And as I said, you have qualities no other blogger has. Your stories, your experiences and your personality are all unique. And through your blog you can share them with the world.

Yes, it’s going to take work. And yes, you’ll have to be patient, and not get discouraged when nothing seems to be happening. Keep going, and don’t sell yourself short. You are capable of astounding things.

7. Sometimes failing is the start of success

“Just because something doesn’t do what you planned it to do doesn’t mean it’s useless.”

Just because something doesn’t work the way you expected doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a failure. Sometimes what actually happened can be just as useful as what you wanted to happen.

When American engineer Percy Spencer was working on an active radar set in 1945, cooking was probably the last thing on his mind. But then he noticed the chocolate bar in his pocket had melted, which led to the invention of the microwave oven we all take for granted today.

Blogging is no different. Sometimes you set out to serve your readers in one way, and end up serving them in another.

My first ever photography blog was supposed to be a photo blog of my trip to Morocco. I shared lots of photos I took, and then wrote a little review of the camera I used on the trip. No-one took any notice of my photos (apparently they weren’t that great), but my camera review took off. It ranked high on Google, and people started responding to what I’d written, which led to me creating a camera review blog.

But chances are I never would have created it if I hadn’t experimented with the photo blog and taken note of the unexpected outcome.

8. Don’t give up too early

“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.”

Most blogs are abandoned after a month or two. Unfortunately, it takes about three years for a blog to really take off. And that stretch of time from the two-month mark to the three-year mark can seem like an eternity.

I can remember enduring that period. Is this going to work? I can see some little sparks and a few things happening, but I’m a long way from being able to do this full-time. I’m really not sure I can keep going.

And that’s why we started 31 Days To Build A Better Blog – to get people through those patches where nothing seems to be happening, despite all the effort you’re making. Having 31 days of action and interaction on your blog can really lift both your blog and your spirits.

Just keep going. It will be worth it. o you need to persist with that.

9. Make it fun

“I never did a day’s work in my life. It was all fun.”

A great way to get through those tough months is to make sure you’re writing about something you enjoy and are passionate about.

Let’s face it: to start with you’re not going to be making much money (if any). You may not even have any readers. So you need something else to keep you going.

And what better way is there than to have fun?

So blog about something you’re interested in. The kind of thing you talk about enthusiastically with your friends. The kind of thing you’d probably write about even if you knew no-one will ever read what you’ve written.

And there’s another benefit to writing about things you enjoy. Your energy and enthusiasm will show in your writing, and readers will pick up on it. They’ll keep coming back to read your latest post, and may even come to enjoy what you’re writing about as much as you do.

Which is a fantastic way to grow your blog.

10. Have lots of ideas

“To have a great idea, have a lot of them.”

Not every idea you come up with will be a good one. But if that’s the only idea you have, then you might try to make it work regardless. And chances are the resulting post won’t be a good one.

You’re much better off having lots of ideas you can draw from and discard at will. So make some time for yourself to come up with as many ideas as you can.

Some of them may not work. But this isn’t the time to decide. Just record whatever idea pops into your head, no matter how far-fetched it might be.

And be ready to capture ideas that pop into your head when you’re not trying to think of any. I have a piece of paper and a pencil beside my bed so I can quickly jot them down before I forget them.

Schedule time for curiosity and playfulness. Yes, you need to work. But I think it’s also important to have a little bit of ‘white space’ in your week where you can allow yourself to dream, be curious, ask questions, and brainstorm.

Who knows what ideas you’ll come up with?

11. You don’t have to start with a finished product

“To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk.”

A lot of bloggers think that before they can start they need the perfect domain name, design, tools, products, and so on. But the truth is no successful blog has ever started that way. I can’t think of one that was perfect out of the gate.

My first blog was on Blogger, using the Blogspot domain. I didn’t have a server. I didn’t have the best tools. I didn’t have a design. (I was using their ugly navy blue default template.) I didn’t have any pictures or visuals on my blog at all.

And I had no idea what I was doing. I didn’t know how to code. I didn’t even know how to make text bold.

But I wrote a post, and that led me to write another post. Over time I learned the skills, designed my blog, and I learned how to use the various tools available. (And yes, I learned how to make text bold.)

But my blog is far from perfect. I’m still learning, and there are still things I can add to it.

The key is to experiment and keep working at it. You’ll gradually refine your ideas, your blog will begin to grow, and you’ll get it the way you want it. And then you’ll probably reach a point where you don’t like it anymore, and so you’ll start the process all over again.

And that’s okay, because it’s all a learning experience.

Which quote resonates the most with you?

I really hope the quotes from Edison and how they can relate to blogging has given you some ideas, inspiration and encouragement to keep doing what you’re doing.

We can’t wait to see what happens next.

 

Photo by Johannes Plenio on Unsplash

31 Ways Finding Best Online Content Writing Jobs from Home

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Although writing tasks are somehow complicated and tricky, you can earn a handsome amount from this work. You have to find the relevant data from authentic sources to ensure the quality of work. Also, extensive research is required in this work to get the latest information as well.

Different types of writing works are available, and you can do any of them depending on your writing skills. In this article, we will discuss multiple ways and places to find jobs. It helps you to start earning a handsome amount for online writing shortly.  

1. Become a blogger

Blogging is the fastest growing and one of the best ways to start earning from online writing work. Many bloggers start earning a good amount from their blog after a few months of starting the blog.  

But you need to learn about creating and managing the blog for earning through the blog. Various online and offline website builders are available over the internet that let bloggers create the website in a short time without learning about coding.  

WordPress is the most popular and widely used platform that lets users create a website in a few simple steps. But it requires some investment for buying hosting and domain name.
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1.2. Affiliate marketing

Affiliate marketing is another way of online earning through which bloggers can earn a handsome amount. Due to the increase in online shopping trends, many platforms offer affiliate programs to improve their sales graph and profit as well.  

In affiliate marketing, bloggers have to share the links of products on their blogs or social media accounts. They can get a commission as anyone purchases the product by using the link they shared.  

Many online stores offer affiliate programs, including Amazon, eBay, Ali Express, and many others. But Amazon is on the top of the list, and people like to purchase from Amazon.   

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2. Earning and marketing through guest blogging

Guest blogging is used for various purposes, including for making backlinks with other sites as well as for earning through posting content on other sites.  

Usually, the sites that pay for guest blogging fall into two categories, i.e., revenue sharing and fixed payout. Writing guest blogs is a good way to market yourself to expand your hiring strategy for online content writing jobs from home.  

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A huge list of the active guest positing sites is listed on Repostseo site.

2.1. Revenue sharing

Revenue sharing websites pay per view or click on Ads that they placed on your post. This way suits you to earn some pocket money but may not earn as much as you can earn through blogging or the other way.  

The following are the few websites for which you can write articles and get a share of ad revenue.  

i. Hubpages

This website offers a simple method to join the network. You just need to sign up for an account by providing some necessary information like name, email id, and password, etc.  

Hubpages accepts articles with a minimum word count of 700, and it must be unique as well as free from grammatical and spelling mistakes. The minimum payout is $100, which you can receive through cheque.  

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ii. Teckler

Teckler offers 70% of ad revenue for its contributors to their articles. You can share your article as well as you can share audio clips, videos, and images as well.  

This site offers a minimum payout of $0.5 that is tremendous, and writers don’t need to wait for more time to approach the payout rate limit.  

iii. Dailytwocents

This site (dailytwocents ) offers similar services to that of BubbleWS with few minor differences. The first one is the difference in a payout that is $5 instead of $50, and the other is a low pay rate.  

It pays at the rate of $0.005 per view, and the impression must be of 30 seconds. Otherwise, the impression can’t be counted.  

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 iv. ShoutMeLoud  

ShoutMeLoud is a popular blog about blogging, WordPress, SEO, online earning, and many other web-related topics. It let the users upload the articles and earn directly through their AdSense account. It means users have to apply for their own AdSense and place ads on their posts.  

However, you don’t get good earnings from this platform at the start, but it will increase as you upload more articles.   

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2.2. Fix payout

You can earn a handsome amount from this method through your writing skills. Many websites are operating over the internet that is reputable in their niche and has a good number of visitors per day.  

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They offer to pay a fixed amount for every article instead of calculating the visits to your article. The plus side of this way is that you can approach the huge number of audiences that they have in their circle. However, it is somehow tricky to get approval in this method, and you have to write an A-Grade article to get approval.  

The following is the list of few websites that offer fix pay rate for every article or post.  

i. iWriter

This website (iWriter) offers a fixed payout of $80 for an article of 500 words. It offers an easy sign-up process; just make a free account and choose the category or type of content you want to write.  

After sign up, you can receive a topic to write, and after submitting the completed task, your article will be reviewed by the client. If the client accepts the article, you will receive the payment; otherwise, no payment.  

Also, if you get thirty 4 star reviews, you will be promoted to a premium category, and you will get almost double the pay rate. If the ratings go up to 4.5 stars, you could be eligible for the elite category where payment is three times the beginner’s account.  

ii. Textbroker

This site (Textbroker) is good to earn a handsome income, but the services of this site are available for writers from the US only. Writers have to submit the article for creating the account, and the site staff reviews the article. If they accept the article, you can get the star ratings between 2 to 4, and you will get paid based on these ratings.  

The minimum payout is $10 through PayPal once a week.  

iii. TutsPlus 

TutsPlus is looking for writers of tutorials on coding, web design, software creation, and web development. If you are an expert in one or more of these fields, you can send in your application and write articles on quick tips and full-length tutorials. 

Pay can range between $50-$250 per article.

3. Look for work in your circle

You can find a lot of people in your friends or family circle who needs writing services for different purposes or occasions. The work that you can find from your circle includes:   

  • Resume writing
  • Email newsletter writing
  • Advertisement
  • Event invitations

It is best to visit the schools in your area to meet the teachers and parents as well. It helps you to get the editing and copywriting work for online content writing jobs from home strategy. 

4. Freelance magazine journalism

Have you ever read an article on a topic close to your heat and thought I know more than the writer? You do not need to be a professional journalist to contribute freelance articles to the publications.  

You can turn your hobby, specialism, or all-consuming interests into a money-spinner by writing pieces for the magazines. You can earn huge profits by writing definite, knowledgeable articles on specialist subjects.   

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5. Writing competitions and win

You check the websites regularly as they conduct different writing competitions almost every week and also offer tempting prizes for the winners.  

The annual Writing Magazine competition guides features half a million pounds in the winning titles. Anyone can win the competition and can get the prizes, so why should not it be you?  

You can participate in this kind of competition and can win prizes. What you need to do is to polish your work, submit the entry fees as the investment. You may not win the competition at the first attempt, but it will help you in becoming a better writer and a more fluent writer. So, pay the charges and get your entry.   

If you participate in all the writing competitions happening around the world, you may win any one of them. For example, if you participate in twelve competitions round the year, and write twelve essays. You may not get success in a single one, but it will polish your abilities. Furthermore, you can also publish the articles by yourself.   

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6. Write online articles

You can write online articles and can earn up to $30 per submission. You can find a large number of websites where you can write and submit reports and can get paid. For instance, Cracked.com asks you to writes funny items, and there are many more. You can select a site according to your taste or interest and can start writing for that one.  

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Before you start writing, you can search for different websites. It will help you to find the topic/site of your interest.   

Keep in mind that magazine brands require a constant stream of content for their website, and online budgets are lower than the print budgets. They may charge you a fee, mainly if your article is not a part of their promotional activity for the product of your own.    

7. Write and sell direct on Blogely

Blogely is the place where anyone can write an article on any topic and put it up for sale. You can price the article yourself and receive payout after articles are sold. Payouts are twice per month. Blogely is an all-in-one tool that helps writers to create content and manage it. A writer can use the storage provided, keep all resources – i.e. attachments, docs, links, pdf files, including research notes for the article. 

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Blogely user (depending on the subscription level) can optimize the article for SEO (on-page technical SEO), run plagiarism scans, and sell content with plagiarism report included with the article. 

Blogely commission is between 10% to 15% depending on the subscription level. 

8. Website building

If the internet is like a country, the websites are like real estates. And if you are starting a website, it means you are creating your plot of online land.  

You can fill the land whatever you want. But you will have to promote it through social media or any other platform which you think can give a chance to be successful. When you get massive traffic for your website, you can sell whatever you have to offer.   

To start the website, you need a host, a template, and the content. The first two parts are easy to find the content, and the content is a difficult task to accomplish. You can post different blogs, items for sale and pictures, videos, or whatever you are interested in. If you have your website, it will give you the potential to make money from the avenues.   

9. Pitch your Alma Mater

Your alumni magazine may need writers, and they love to hire former students. You need to read the magazines’ pitch guidelines, get to know a few back issues, and send them a compelling idea.  

You may interview another alumnus, who is doing something amazing and unique. And in this way, you can get a story. You can also write about your college education, which has prepared you for a lucrative writing career.    

10. Sign up with a content site

The content writers create everything like articles to text messages. You can sign up with a content site to earn and write short, simple, and original stories for them.  

According to the expert content writers, you need to get familiar with AP Style. Because most of the content clients are going to want error-free writing, learn much about the site and its style so that you can become an expert before the entry test. And after that, you can take an entry test; if you did not pass the test, you might have to wait for months to avail the second chance.   

Do not add your ideas, interests, or thoughts in the articles. The clients want a clean, simple copy, not quirkiness, and puns.  

You can find some better sites as compared to others in terms of the pay rate and quality of the assignments. Content websites offer good freelance writing jobs for beginners. Still, you can move on to better pay opportunities once you strengthen your writing skills.    

11. Become a copywriter

Once you have learned to write a clean copy for the content sites, you can become a copywriter in the next step. You do not need one year of experience to become a copywriter. You can search for many copy sites like Get a Copywriter and start applying for the jobs.    

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1.1. Earning through ads

Various ad platforms are available that provide ads for bloggers to place on the blog and share the ad revenue. Google AdSense is the most popular and highly paid network that offers to share the revenue at the ratio of 60:40 that is not offered by any other network.  

AdSense offers payout rates for per views or per click, you can select either based on your choice or can use both at the same time.

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12. Write a fiction

You can also write fiction content. Different sites like Amazon Kindle Words are ready to pay you for the canon, licensed fan fiction about television shows as the Pretty Little Liars, and many more.  

You may get a task to write 10,000 words about your favorite personalities, and then Amazon will pay you 35 % on your sales. Experts, as well as beginners, are equally welcomed here.   

13. Pitch for jobs

You can find a job as a freelancer very quickly. It is not possible to succeed in this business without having writing skills and willingness to work hard. You search for different freelance blogging job boards like ProBlogger. It will help you to learn about freelance writing, and you can get more job opportunities.   

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14. Proofreader

There are many online jobs, which allow you to earn money. Proofreading is less in-depth than editing. Instead of making extensive corrections and suggestions, you work as the second set of eyes.  

You search for typos, spelling errors, and other minor issues so that corrections can be made accordingly. You need to clean up all the errors before a writer submits the paper.    

There are sites like Upwork or Fiverr where you can post your profile and search for clients. 

15. Textbook seller

Students are the best source for the book sourcing or selling the textbooks online. There are many students on college campuses that have no interest in selling textbooks.  

You can take advantage of their books and sell their books online. You need to select a suitable price for books. You can make use of the internet to sell all of these books online.    

16. Data entry specialist

Data entry jobs are reliable options for those who are searching for online jobs to earn money. It is a straightforward job and but tend to pay less. And you need to spend more time as compared to other tasks.  

The best thing about a data entry job is that it is flexible; you can do any when you want. You can complete the work as much or as little as you needed according to your schedule. If you are interested in finding online jobs, you can search for on different platforms like DionData Solutions or Clickworker.   

17. Budgeter/Bookkeeper

Budgeting and bookkeeping are similar, though budgeting related more to the individuals and accounting to the business.   

If you have successfully created, managed, and stuck to a budget in your own life, go ahead and take it as your job. You can earn profit by sharing it with others through different platforms like Fiverr, social media, or any other website.  

If you like organizing fiancés for the business, you can work as a bookkeeper. Being working as a bookkeeper, you can work with different other companies and help them in keeping their financial matters in order.  

You can keep the record of their earnings and expenses, can prepare the financial reports, create and send the invoices, and can also collect the payments from the clients. You can do this task either by hand or by using the bookkeeping software. It is quite flexible, so you can work wither from or from anywhere you want.  

For the marketing of your services, you can use different types of platforms like Facebook and many other social media platforms. Facebook ads are a great way to advertise your business.   

18. Tutor

You can offer tuition classes to the students, and it is fantastic. It is the fastest way of making money. You can search for the sites where you can deliver online lectures. And after getting sign in, you are ready to deliver the lectures.    

19. Course creator

You can create online courses even though you are not a teacher. It is an excellent way to earn extra money for teachers. You can create a course related to any subject, as you are not going to teach the subject. You can create a course to teach the students about knitting a sweater or how to plant a garden.  

You can create easy to edit videos along with the courses. After publishing the course, take some time and create a marketing strategy. Connect with affiliate partners to sell your course and earn residual income.   

20. Amazon Ebook publisher

Publishing a book on the Amazon Kindle is easy and straightforward. It is not a guaranteed way to make money. The papers should well know, edited, have a catchy cover, and must have a clear marketing strategy.   

If you have a good idea, eBooks can provide you a way to earn money. Beside it you can also write exciting stories, drawing cartoons, or picture books. You can create all the stuff and upload it to earn money. It can be fun for you to make money with creativity.   

21. Travel writer

If you love traveling and want to explore the world, it is a perfect way to pursue your hobby as a career. If you are visiting the world, you can write about your journey. It is the best opportunity to write about the experience, and you can get paid.   

Making money as a travel writer is not easy; you must be able to sell your articles or create a blog. You can work hard to earn a huge profit if you are interested in and passionate about this work.    

22. Virtual assistant

Being a virtual assistant, you should be organized and resourceful. The virtual assistant can make money by helping other people. You can also assist the businesses by doing different tasks such as data entry or research to the customer’s services. There is no limit on this task.  

VANetworking was founded by the virtual assistant and is loaded with tips and job leads. You can follow it to get assistance for your job.   

23. One-story

One Story is a nonprofit literary magazine benefiting the people of all ages to publish their stories. You can submit the story between 15th January to 31st May and 3rd September to 14th November.  

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The optimum word length for the stories is 3000 words to 8000 words. You can submit your stories online through their portal. The submission format for the file is PDF, RTF, TXT, and should be under the 500KB. You can write short stories on any topic or them, according to your choice.   

24. Daily Science Fiction

It is a publication platform (Daily Science Fiction) where you can publish science fiction stories daily. This platform demands brilliant and original science fiction stories.  

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The length of the story is a crucial factor. This site will prefer your account if it is shorter in length as compared to other stories. You can submit a story from 100 to 1500 words.  

The story should be related to science and is t should not be horror. So, follow the guidelines given on the website before submitting it. You can submit the stories through an online form, for which instructions are provided on their site. You can also send your artwork to this platform.   

25. The Sun

It is well known the magazine (The Sun), which has published many stories and articles on the different world issues and reached the right audience. The site is open for all the writers.  

The site publishes personal essays, poetry, stories, and stories related to political or cultural issues. The site has never published any article longer than 7000 words.   

You can submit your articles online through posts. To submit your article online, you will need an ID on the website and then can use this portal for work submission.  

The site can pay up to $300 for essay and fiction stories. And $100 to $250 for poetry. The will you if your article got accepted.   

26. Clarkworld

Clarkword is a science fiction and fantasy magazine that publishes stories and articles monthly. The magazines publish science fiction stories that have useful writing languages. Therefore, it the best option to avoid lengthy paragraphs. They accept all the stories which are written in English.  

When you are writing a story for the submission, do avoid clichés mentioned on the Clarkword website and follow the manuscript guidelines. Your story should be written between 1000 to 2000 words, and it must be submitted online.  

You can also submit the non.fiction articles, too, but will have to follow the guidelines provided on the website.  

They pay either through PayPal or Check. They can offer you 10 cents for each word that you will write.   

27. Carve

Carve Magazine site accepts the short stories, poetry, non-fiction throughout the whole year and publishes them on their website. They publish stories and poetry, which is original and has emotional depth.  

There is no specific time for the submission of articles—that’s why you can easily submit the articles online. The word limit is 10000 for the fiction and nonfiction articles and 2000 for the poetry.  

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The site accepts literary writing only. That’s why it will not publish the horror, mystery or fantasy, etc.  

Before you submit the articles, you will need a cover letter. If they do not accept the article, you can publish it anywhere, in any magazine and you will be get paid. The site pays $100 for the fiction stories and $25 for the non-fiction stories.   

28. Penpee

Penpee is an online reading platform, which allows the writers to submit their stories and earn through story views. If you want to upload a story, you will have to sign up and have to get a membership.   

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Writers who have free membership can write up to 3000 words, and those with a paid membership can write more than 12000 words. Once you have published the story, you can get the credit for the number of readers for the story.    

29. Wattpad

Wattpad is the most extensive readers and writers platform and the best platform to fulfill your hobby of story writing. The site invites some viewers for their paid program. The articles are selected based on their originality, creativity, and the course of the market value. Well, this opportunity is available only for some Wattpad writers.  

Wattpad - Best Online Content Writing Jobs From Home

You will get paid only when your article will get accepted for the pub; location. If you love writing and have the skills to write amazing literary pieces, it is the best option to make the best use of your abilities.    

30. Analog

If you love science and science-related stories, it is the best platform. You can publish your own stories related to science. It is the leading science fiction magazine, which publishes the best science fiction and has a perfect scientific base. The site also posts the fact articles in the leading research on science.  

Analog will publish your article on the base of merit. The site looks for professional and realistic scientific stories. You can also submit your story. But your story needs to be appealing and related to your story.  

You can also submit articles and stories related to magazines.you can submit only six poems and four stories or articles at a time. You will have to submit a cover letter with the manuscript, and the cover letter should include your name, publishing history. You need to check the formatting and writing style from the website so that you can write accordingly.   

The payment depends on acceptance. Analog pays 8 to 10 cents per word, and for the short fiction, you will get 6 cents per word and 9 cents per word for the fact articles. The site will offer you $1 for each lin of the poetry. They pay $1200 for the colored cover art and $125 for the black and white cover.   

31. Agni

Agni is a literary magazine and accepts essays and poetry. The magazine can allow aspiring writers or literary writers to publish their articles through them.  

You will get the payment according to your articles. Agni accepts the manuscripts generally from September 1st to May 31st.   

Send your manuscript electronically or by post. There is no word limit for the essays, but the length of the article may decide whether it be published or not. You can write short stories on romance, horror, mystery, or science fiction. The magazine is interested in personal essays, memories, think pieces, poems, and short stories.  

If you are interested in these genera, you can write the articles and submit them in the magazine for the publication. You can submit one story and five poems at a time, but your writing should not be published anywhere else. You should add the double space and page number before your article gets submitted.  

Agni pays $10 per page for the short stories or essays and $20 per page for the poetry. You need to keep in mind that you will be get paid only when your story will be accepted in the magazine.   

Coclusion

Writing the content for online earning is good to earn a handsome income, but you have to do a lot of planning to get and complete the work. First of all, you have to choose the type of work you want to get based on your abilities.  

Hopefully, you can find the work that suits your abilities, and you can do it easily and efficiently. Once you have built your profile, it is easy for you to get the regular work and improves your earning graph.  

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13 Powerful Tools to Check Google Keyword Rankings for Free

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Are you looking for ways to check Google keyword rankings?

Looking for PERFECT tools to track your keyword rankings on Google? Do you want to know how your keywords are performing on search engines like Google?

Well, you have come to the right place as you are going to discover few top tools to check Google keyword rankings.

Not only that, you will also learn why keyword tracking is essential and few other important details in this guide.

So let’s get into the details without much ado.

What is Keyword Tracking?

We all know keywords are used by people on Google to find information online so they can educate themselves and purchase later. That’s how online eCommerce sites are boosting their search traffic and sales.

Keyword tracking is the ability to track and analyse all the keywords that you are targeting for. Keyword tracking helps you easily find out which keywords are performing well on Google so you can analyse those details to improve your keyword rankings.

Why Keyword Tracking is Important?

Tracking your keywords is extremely essential if you want to boost your search engine traffic and website sales.

Here are few of the incredible benefits you will get with keyword tracking.

  • It increase your ad revenue
  • It increases your website traffic
  • It increases your overall website sales
  • It helps you find the best performing keywords
  • You can easily discover your local competitors and a lot more

And if you are still wondering why you need to track Google keyword positions, have a quick look at the following image.

keyword tracking importance

So there you go. Tracking your keyword rankings on Google has a lot of benefits and it can possibly increase your overall sales too. Now, let’s talk about the most important question: how can you track keyword positions on Google?

Without much ado, let’s talk about the top tools to track keyword rankings on Google so you can increase your sales and traffic.

Top 13 Tools to check Google keyword rankings

Tools to check keyword rankings on Google

1. Semrush Position Tracking

There’s a reason why we put Semrush Position Tracking tool #1 on the list. It is the perfect rank tracker tool that lets you track your website’s daily rankings for your target keywords. 

Semrush Position Tracking tool helps you track almost everything including keywords, domains and competitors on Google. You can also track rankings for individual devices such as mobile phone, tablet or desktop rankings.

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Semrush Features List:

  • Keyword research
  • On-page SEO
  • Site audit
  • Brand monitoring
  • Keyword position tracking
  • Social media management
  • Competitor research and the list goes on

How to use the Semrush Position Tracking tool to check Google keyword rankings?

Once you’re logged in, you need to visit the Position Tracking tool on Semrush to add a new project (where you can add your website).

Once your website is added, the Semrush Position Tracking tool checks your website for current keyword rankings on Google.

Here’s how it looks like;

Semrush Position Tracking

As you can see above, you’ll see the overall organic visibility score for the keywords your website currently ranks for.

Along with that, you’ll also discover other important data including;

  • Estimated traffic 
  • Top 3 keywords
  • Top 10 keywords
  • Top 20 keywords, top 100 keywords and more

If you click on the “Rankings Distribution” tab, it will also show you more details of your current keyword rankings.

Have a look;

Semrush Position Tracking

As you can see above, you can see the SERP features along with your keyword ranking positions on Google. You can easily identify what keywords are getting SERP features such as;

How much does Semrush cost?

Semrush currently has 3 levels of subscription: Pro, Guru, and Business. Here are their prices along with their feature limits.

  1. Pro plan is great for beginners which cost you $119.95/mo where you can create up to 5 projects, track up to 500 keywords and crawl up to 100,000 pages
  2. Guru plan is great for small and growing businesses which cost you $229.95/mo where you can create up to 15 projects, track up to 1500 keywords and crawl up to 300,000 pages
  3. Business plan is great for agencies that costs you $449.95/mo where you can create up to 40 projects, track up to 5000 keywords and crawl up to 1 million pages 

2. Serpstat Rank Tracker

If you’re looking for an affordable SEO toolset that offers exceptional keyword rank tracking, Serpstat is a great choice for you.

Their pricing plans start only at $51.75 per month (instead of the regular price of $69/mo when you use the coupon: bloggerspassion_5) which makes it one of the most affordable SEO toolkits.

Serpstat Features List:

  • Keyword Clustering
  • Text Analytics
  • On-Page Audit
  • Keyword Research
  • Site Audit
  • API and integration
  • Custom reports
  • Keyword Analysis
  • Rank Tracking tool and many more

How to use the Serpstat Rank Tracker to check Google keyword rankings?

Once you’ve added your website to track your site’s keyword rankings, Serpstat fetches your website and provides you a list of all the keywords along with their ranking positions on Google.

Here’s how it looks like;

Serpstat Rank Tracker

As you can see above, the Serpstat Rank Tracker tool will display you a list of ALL the keywords that your website is currently ranking on Google along with their current rankings.

The best part? You can also easily find out whether your keyword positions are improved or declined. Not only that, you can also create tags for your important keyword groups to easily keep an eye on their rankings on Google.

How much does Serpstat cost?

Serpstat currently has 4 levels of subscription: Lite, Standard, Advanced and Enterprise. Here are their prices along with their feature limits.

1. Lite plan is great for beginners and costs you $51.75 monthly instead of the regular price $69 per month when you use the coupon: bloggerspassion_5 

You can create up to 10 projects, track up to 15,000 keyword position checks per month, and conduct site audit for up to 150,000 pages

2. Standard plan is great for small businesses which cost you $111.75 monthly instead of $149 per month when you use the coupon: bloggerspassion_5

You can create up to 50 projects, track up to 60,000 keyword position checks per month, and conduct site audit for up to 400,000 pages

3. Advanced plan is great for eCommerce sites which cost you $224.25 monthly instead of $299 per month when you use our coupon: bloggerspassion_5

You can create up to 75 projects, track up to 150,000 keyword position checks per month, and conduct site audit for up to 1,250,000 pages

4. Enterprise plan is great for large agencies which cost you $374.25 monthly instead of $499 per month when you use the coupon: bloggerspassion_5

You can create up to 100 projects, track up to 300,000 keyword position checks per month, and conduct site audit for up to 2,500,000 pages

3. SE Ranking Keyword Rank Tracker

If you’re looking for an all-in-one SEO software that also helps you with 100% accurate keyword rank tracking, SE Ranking is the perfect SEO tool for you.

It’s also extremely affordable as its pricing plans start only at $31 per month where you can perform real-time ranking positions of your website’s keywords across major search engines.

SE Ranking Features List:

  • Google Rank Checker
  • Yahoo! Rank Checker
  • Bing Rank Checker
  • Website Audit
  • On-Page Checker
  • Backlink Monitoring
  • Backlink Checker
  • SERP Tracker
  • SERP Checker and many more

How to use the SE Ranking keyword rank tracker tool to check Google keyword rankings?

Once you’re on the Google rank checker tool, enter your keyword along with your domain.

That’s it, the tool will show you the current positions of your keywords in Google search.

Here’s how it looks like;

SE Ranking keyword rank tracker

It offers a free version that helps you check up to 20 keyword ranking positions in a day.

How much does SE Ranking cost?

SE Ranking currently has 3 levels of subscription: Optimum, Plus and Enterprise. Here are their prices along with their feature limits.

  1. Optimum plan costs you $31 per month where you can add up to 10 websites, monitor 5000 backlinks and conduct website audit for up to 25,000 pages
  2. Plus plan costs you $71 per month where you can add unlimited websites, monitor 25000 backlinks and conduct website audit for up to 150,000 pages
  3. Enterprise plan costs you $151 per month where you can add unlimited websites, monitor 75000 backlinks and conduct website audit for up to 250,000 pages

4. Moz rank tracker

Moz is the industry-leading SEO software toolkit that offers everything from keyword research to rank tracking to backlink analysis. 

Moz Features List:

  • Keyword research
  • Site audit
  • Backlink analysis
  • Position tracking
  • SEO Toolbar
  • Moz uses to keep historical data for any entered keyword from the day it was added
  • Domain Analysis and many more

How to use the Moz Rank Tracker tool to check Google keyword rankings?

Moz Rank Tracking tool helps you easily track your website’s keyword ranking performance and overall visibility on the SERP over time.

Here’s how it looks like;

Moz Rank Tracker

As you can see above, once you add keywords to track their rankings, it will start analyzing the data to show all the improved and declined keyword positions of your website.

How much does Moz Pro cost?

Moz Pro currently has 4 levels of subscription: Standard, Medium, Large and Premium. Here are their prices along with their feature limits.

  1. Standard plan costs you $99 per month where you can create up to 3 campaigns, track up to 300 keyword rankings, create unlimited reports, and perform up to 5000 backlink queries per month
  2. Medium plan costs you $149 per month where you can create up to 10 campaigns, track up to 800 keyword rankings, create unlimited reports, and perform up to 20,000 backlink queries per month
  3. Large plan costs you $249 per month where you can create up to 25 campaigns, track up to 1900 keyword rankings, create unlimited reports, and perform up to 70,000 backlink queries per month
  4. Premium plan costs you $599 per month where you can create up to 50 campaigns, track up to 4500 keyword rankings, create unlimited reports, and perform up to 100,000 backlink queries per month

5. SpyFu Rank Tracking

If you want to get automatic rank updates on your keywords and looking for an affordable SEO toolkit, SpyFu is the ultimate choice for you.

SpyFu Features List:

  • SEO Research
  • PPC Research
  • Keyword Research
  • Backlink Research
  • Keyword Rank Tracking
  • Competitive Analysis and more

How to use the SpyFu Rank Tracking tool to check Google keyword rankings?

Once you’re on the tool, add “New Project” and enter your domain. It looks something like this;

 SpyFu Rank Tracking

Then, you need to enter a group name that looks something like this;

 SpyFu Rank Tracking groups

As you can see above, you can easily create groups according to your most searched keywords, highest ROI keywords, easy wins keyword groups and so on.

That’s it, it will automatically run the process to give the latest positions of your keywords.

Here’s how it looks like;

 SpyFu Rank Tracking position

How much does SpyFu cost?

SpyFu currently has 3 levels of subscription: Basic, Professional, and Team. Here are their prices along with their feature limits.

  1. Basic plan costs you $33 per month where you can track up to 5000 keyword rankings, unlimited search results, unlimited data exports and see up to 10,000 top lists results
  2. Professional plan costs you $58 per month where you can track up to 15,000 keyword rankings, unlimited search results, unlimited data exports and see up to 50,000 top list results. You’ll also get custom branded reporting.
  3. Team plan costs you $199 per month where you can track up to 40,000 keyword rankings, unlimited search results, unlimited data exports and see up to 75,000 top lists results. You’ll also get custom branded reporting and access to 5 user logins.

6. Sure Oak FREE Rank Checker

Sure Oak is a 100% free keyword rank checker tool that helps you easily track your keyword positions in search engines like Google. Just enter the domain you want to find related keyword positions for and enter your desired keywords. The tool will take care of the rest.

Sure Oak Features List:

  • SEO Crawler Tool
  • Domain Authority Checker
  • Keyword Rank Checker
  • Keyword Density Checker
  • Sitemap Generator
  • Robots.txt Generator
  • Meta Tag Generator and many more

How to use the Sure Oak Keyword Rank Checker tool to check Google keyword rankings?

Once you’re on the website, enter your domain and keyword(s) you want to track.

The tool will instantly show you the current ranking positions on Google if your keywords are already ranking.

Here’s how it looks like;

Sure Oak

As you can see above, we’re currently ranking #1 for the keyword “best Indian blogs” on Google search results. 

How much does Sure Oak Keyword Rank Checker cost?

Sure Oak Keyword Rank Checker is 100% free to use. No signup required! 

7. Small SEO tools

Looking for a free keyword position checker to check Google keyword rankings? Then, try Small SEO tools which lets you enter up to 20 keywords per check. It’s also totally free to use.

Features List:

  • Keyword rank checker
  • Plagiarism checker
  • Keyword Suggestion Tool 
  • Grammar check and many more

How to use Small SEO Tools keyword position checker tool to check Google keyword rankings?

Once you’re on the website, enter your website’s URL and enter up to 10 keywords (one keyword per line).

Then, click on the Check Position button to find its keyword rankings.

Here’s how it looks like;

Small SEO tools ranking

As you can see above, you can see the keyword position along with the estimated search volume of the keyword. 

How much does Small SEO Tools cost?

Small SEO Tools is a collection of 100% free SEO tools, so you don’t have to pay anything to use their tools including the keyword rank checker.

8. Rankaware Keyword Rank Checker

Rankaware is one of the popular accurate keyword rank checker tools for Google, Bing, and Yahoo. This tool performs batch SERP position checking for targeted keywords on various search engines like Google to provide faster results.

Rankaware Features List:

  • Automatically bulk check keyword rank on Google, Bing, Yahoo
  • Free to use and free trial never expires
  • No email or credit card required to use their free tool
  • Supports 1 website and unlimited keywords

How to use Rankaware tool to check Google keyword rankings?

Once you’re on the website, enter a URL for which you want to track the keyword position rankings. Also, add the keywords you want to track rankings for. Then, select the appropriate search engine and language and the tool does the rest for you.

Here’s how it looks like;

Rankaware

How much does Rankaware cost?

Rankaware currently has 3 levels of subscription: Free, Expert and Business. Here are their prices along with their feature limits.

  1. Free plan is totally free to use where you can monitor unlimited keywords for 1 URL and you can also monitor keyword rankings for YouTube URLs
  2. Expert plan costs you $49.95 for a 1 year licence where you can monitor unlimited keywords for unlimited URLs, generate reports in PDF, and generate white label reports with your business details. You can also monitor keyword rankings for YouTube URLs
  3. Business plan costs you $99.95 for a 1 year licence where you can monitor unlimited keywords for unlimited URLs, generate reports in PDF, and generate white label reports with your business details. You can also use it on UNLIMITED number of PCs

9. Allorank Rank Checker

Allorank Rank Checker is an amazing real-time tracking tool that helps you track your website’s keyword positions on search engines.

Allorank Features List:

  • Real-time position tracking
  • Unlimited number of websites
  • Weekly reports by email
  • Alerts by email
  • Position tracking sharing via URL and many more

How to use the Allorank rank checker tool to check Google keyword rankings?

Once you’re on the website, add your domain, country and keywords and the tool will show the exact positions of the keywords.

Here’s how it looks like;

Allorank

How much does Allorank cost?

Allorank comes in the following 3 pricing plans.

  1. Essentials plan costs you 79 Euros per year where you can track up to 50 keywords
  2. Standard plan costs you 179 Euros per year where you can track up to 150 keywords
  3. Premium plan costs you 479 Euros per year where you can track up to 500 keywords

10. SERP Watcher by Mangools  

SERP Watcher by Mangools is another excellent keyword rank tracking tool that helps you track rankings in any location, on any device.

SERP Watcher and Mangools Features List:

  • Rank tracking
  • Keyword research
  • SERP analysis
  • Backlink analysis
  • SEO metrics and insights and more

How to use the SERP Watcher tool to check Google keyword rankings?

Once you add your website and add keywords on the SERP Watcher, you’ll get the latest keyword positions for those keywords.

Here’s how it looks like;

SERP Watcher

As you can see above, you can also see the improved and declined positions of your keyword rankings. You’ll also have the ability to export all your keyword data whenever you want.

How much does SERP Watcher from Mangools cost?

Quick note: SERP Watcher is a part of the Mangools, so you need to purchase the Mangools tool subscription in order to use the SERP Watch for rank tracking.

Mangools currently has 3 levels of subscription: Basic, Premium, and Agency. Here are their prices along with their feature limits.

  1. Basic plan costs you $49 per month where you can track up to 200 keyword positions daily, perform up to 100 keyword searches per day, and retrieve up to 100,000 backlink rows monthly
  2. Premium plan costs you $69 per month where you can track up to 700 keyword positions daily, perform up to 500 keyword searches per day, and retrieve up to 500,000 backlink rows monthly
  3. Agency costs you $129 per month where you can track up to 1500 keyword positions daily, perform up to 1200 keyword searches per day, and retrieve up to 1,200,000 backlink rows monthly  

11. Nightwatch Keyword Rank Monitor

Nightwatch Keyword Rank Monitor is one of the most accurate global and local rank trackers that help you accurately track your rankings across mobile and desktop.

Nightwatch Keyword Rank Monitor Features List:

  • Track your rankings across mobile and desktop
  • YouTube keyword rank tracking
  • Google keyword rank tracking
  • Bing keyword rank tracking
  • Site audit
  • Backlink monitoring and more

How to use the Nightwatch Keyword Rank Monitor tool to check Google keyword rankings?

Once you’re on the tool, enter your website details.

Here’s how it looks like;

Nightwatch

As you can see above, you need to add your site, keywords (a few top keywords will be added automatically), and your competitors, along with GSC or Analytics integration if needed.

As soon as you add your website with other details, you can easily track rankings for your keywords.

Here’s how the data looks like;

Nightwatch Keyword Rank Monitor

As you can see above, you’ll be able to see your website’s average keyword positions along with the keywords and their rankings. 

How much does Nightwatch Keyword Rank Monitor cost?

The Nightwatch tool currently has 3 levels of subscription: Starter, Optimize, and Agency. Here are their prices along with their feature limits.

  1. Starter plan costs you $39 per month where you can track up to 500 keywords daily, monitor 5000 backlinks, track up to 50 websites, and conduct site audit for 5000 pages
  2. Optimize plan costs you $99 per month where you can track up to 1000 keywords daily, monitor 50,000 backlinks, track up to 200 websites, and conduct site audit for 10,000 pages
  3. Agency plan costs you $369 per month where you can track up to 5000 keywords daily, monitor 200,000 backlinks, track up to 1000 websites, and conduct site audit for 50,000 pages

12. Seobility Rank Tracker

If you’re in the hunt for free keyword ranking trackers online, Seobility Rank Tracker is a great tool for you that helps you check your search engine position ranking for any search term.

Seobility Features List:

  • It is completely free and does not require a registration
  • Helps you check your keyword ranking positions
  • Email reporting and alerts and more

How to use the Seobility Rank Tracker tool to check Google keyword rankings?

Once you’re on the website, enter your keyword to check its rankings and enter your domain.

It will instantly show you the results. Here’s how it looks like;

 Seobility Rank Tracker

How much does Seobility cost?

Seobility is completely free to use. You don’t even have to create an account to use their tools. Simply visit the tool and enter your keywords to check their rankings on Google.

13. Ahrefs Rank Tracker 

If you want to get ranking updates for desktop and mobile and looking to visualize your SEO progress, Ahrefs Rank Tracker is an essential tool for you. 

The best part is Ahrefs Rank Tracker helps you easily monitor your Google keyword rankings on desktop and mobile across 170 countries.

Ahrefs Features List:

  • Site Explorer
  • Keywords Explorer
  • Site Audit
  • Rank Tracker
  • Content Explorer
  • Batch Analysis
  • Content Gap and many more

How to use the Ahrefs Rank Tracker tool to check Google keyword rankings?

Once you’ve added your website to track its keyword rankings, Ahrefs Rank Tracker will automatically show your site rankings.

Here’s how it looks like;

Ahrefs Rank Tracker

As you can see above, you can easily know your keyword ranking positions and find out whether your keyword rankings have improved or declined (in both desktop and mobile positions).

How much does Ahrefs cost?

Ahrefs currently has 4 levels of subscription: Lite, Standard, Advanced, and Agency. Here are their prices along with their feature limits.

  1. Lite plan costs you $99 per month where 1 user can access the tool and you’ll get 10K crawl credits per month and you can track up to 500 keywords
  2. Standard plan costs you $179 per month where 1 user can access the tool and you’ll get 500K crawl credits per month and you can track up to 1500 keywords
  3. Advanced plan costs you $399 per month where 3 users can access the tool and you’ll get 1.25 million crawl credits per month and you can track up to 5000 keywords
  4. Agency plan costs you $999 per month where 5 users can access the tool and you’ll get 2.5 million crawl credits per month and you can track up to 10,000 keywords

FAQs On Best Google Keyword Tracking Tools for 2021

Here’s a list of some of the frequently asked questions around Google keyword rank tracking tools.

What is keyword ranking in SEO?

Keyword ranking in SEO refers to your page’s specific position on the SERPs (Search Engine Results Pages) for a particular search term. 

Keyword position also refers to particular page rankings in the main organic listings of 10 results per page (as search engines like Google usually show about 10 results per page).

How do I find my keyword rankings?

To find ranking keywords for your website or a competitors’ website, you need to use Google keyword rank tracker tools such as the Semrush position tracking tool, SE Ranking keyword rank tracker, Ahrefs rank tracker, etc. 

Is keyword rank tracking essential?

Yes, absolutely it’s essential to track your keyword rankings. If you don’t track keyword rankings, you will NEVER be able to discover the performance of your website. Keyword rank tracking has the following benefits;

– Monitor your ranking fluctuations
– Discover new ranking opportunities
– Spy on your competitors’ keyword performance
– Discover organic CTR (click-through rate) issues
– Helps you improve your search traffic and sales

What are the best tools to check Google keyword rankings accurately?

Here are some of the best tools to check Google keyword rankings accurately.

– Semrush position tracking tool
– Nightwatch Keyword rank monitor
– SE Ranking
– Ahrefs Rank Tracker

What are the FREE Google keyword rank checker tools?

Here are some of the best free Google rank checking tools.

– Moonsy Google keyword position checker
– Small SEO tools
– Sure Oak free rank checker

How long does it take to rank for a keyword?

It depends. If you’re targeting keywords with easy to moderate difficulty, you can get first page rankings within a few weeks. But if you’re targeting highly competitive keywords, it will take months (if not years!). It usually takes 4 to 6 months of time to rank for most of the average keywords. 

How do I improve my SEO keyword ranking?

Here are some of the best ways to improve your keyword rankings in Google.

– Target low-competitive keywords as they’re easier to rank for
– ALWAYS track your keyword rankings to identify traffic fluctuations
– Create content for users and optimize for Google (use optimization plugins like Rank Math)
– Create compelling titles and meta descriptions to increase your organic CTR
– Build relevant links to your most important pages to boost your keyword rankings

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Final Thoughts

Finding the positions of your keywords and keep tracking of all that information is extremely important if you want to boost your search traffic.

That being said, the above listed 13 tools are really incredible to track your keyword rankings. It doesn’t matter which keywords you are ranking for, those sites will help you find all the latest keyword positions on Google.

It helps you find which keywords are performing well on Google and which keywords need work so you can improve your overall search engine rankings.

As you can see, the top sites to check Google keyword rankings (which are mentioned above) include free and paid tools. Just go through all those sites and figure out which is the RIGHT choice for you to check your keyword rankings.

So what do you think about keyword tracking? Did this post help you track your keyword positions on Google? Which is your favourite keyword tracking tool? Let me know your thoughts in the comments.

Pros, Cons & Hearing Aid Options

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Low cost, doctor designed, FDA-registered hearing aids without appointments.

Bottom Line: This MDHearingAid is a collection of near-perfect and effective hearing aids. They improve the hearing capability of all patients with this condition regardless of age. Learn more about this hearing aid in our MDHearingAid Review.

Pros & Cons

Let’s take a closer look at the advantages and drawbacks of MDHearingAids.

  • 45-trial period during which you can return the product.
  • Made in the US while adhering to the regulations of the FDA.
  • Comprehensive customer support, which includes access to a licensed expert on hearing instruments.
  • Online sales process that’s under the supervision of a qualified audiologist.
  • Only one type of rechargeable model available.
  • Basic warranty is quite limited.

Globally, the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that close to 466 million people live with hearing disabilities. Around 93 percent of these are adults, while the remaining 7% are children. 

There are different ways of treating or dealing with the loss of hearing. Cochlear implants, surgical procedures, and removal of wax blockage represent a few of these solutions. Hearing aids are also a common and effective solution.

Technology offers different hearing aids to solve some of these problems. Here, MDHearingAid stands taller than most.

In today’s world, you wouldn’t buy a product before learning more about it, right? 

  • Questions such as, is it right for you?
  • Can you afford it?
  • Does its design look stunning or is it cumbersome?
  • Is it easy to use too? 

This MDHearingAid review highlights the features, pros, cons, and price that answer all these questions in detail. 

About MDHearingAid

As you will learn in our MDHearingAid review, this particular hearing aid is different from your normal hearing aids. For starters, its design features the input of medical doctors.

Secondly, audiologists tested and stamped their seal of approval on this product. The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) also approved it for use as a medical product. 

Here some other highlights and reasons to consider the MDHearingAid:

  • Medically-graded and high-quality device
  • Easy to use as it arrives readily assembled 
  • A team of dedicated hearing aid specialists offer top notch support
  • Simple to order online

Features

Several features of the MDHearingAid stand out. This includes excellent US-based customer support. In addition, you are free to use the 45-trial period to test its full capabilities or return it in case it doesn’t meet your needs. 

MDHearingAid also offers free next-day shipping services. What this means is you can expect to get your hearing products in less than 48 hours, though this depends on location.  

MDHearingAid Reviews

Furthermore, it’s also worth mentioning that there is more than one type of this type of product. There is an analog, classic, rechargeable, smart, and advanced MDHearingAid, as follows:

MDHearingAid AIR

America’s best selling value hearing aid. A virtually invisible design with advanced digital technology, delivering high-quality sound.

Do you find yourself unable to understand conversations with other people more clearly? The classic MDHearingAid AIR would be a perfect solution in that case.

It’s also ideal for noisy environments, watching TV, and talking on the phone. 

  • High-quality sound guaranteed
  • Features advanced digital technology
  • Has a battery life of 21-26 days
  • Functions up to 24 hours on full charge
  • Not rechargeable
  • Battery operated thus could be a bit inconveniencing
MDHearingAid VOLT+

A long-lasting rechargeable hearing aid with state-of-the-art audio quality and noise management.

VOLT is the most popular hearing instrument that MDHearingAid ever made. It owes its popularity to the fact that it’s a water-resistant and rechargeable product.

In addition to that, it lasts up to 30 hours when fully charged for three hours nonstop. 

  • Water-resistant and sweat proof
  • Rechargeable
  • Battery charges fully over 500 times
  • Can last up to 30 hours on full charge
  • Battery needs replacement after around 500 full charges
  • Each battery costs $99.95 to replace per hearing aid.
MDHearingAid CORE

Puts you in control, helping you optimize your hearing without the appointments at the local hearing clinic.

CORE has become MDHearingAid’s premier hearing product. This smart hearing tool has no problem adapting to your needs and surroundings.

It’s also compliant with the app, a quality that allows you to customize it accordingly. It’s available for: 

  • Easily adaptable to all sound surroundings
  • Adjusts automatically to changing environments
  • Features four audio settings for improved hearing
  • Works perfectly with iPhone, iPad, and all Android devices.
  • Non-rechargeable
  • Performance is not as solid under water

FAQ’s

Still have questions about MDHearingAid? Check out these commonly asked questions.

Are MDHearingAid devices similar to personal sound amplifiers?

The MDHearingAid devices are similar to personal sound amplifiers in that they both enhance sound. They are both wearable around the ears too and share a bit of the technology as well. 

Do I need a hearing test to buy a hearing aid from MDHearingAid?

Usually, a comprehensive diagnostic test on your hearing capability is a requirement before getting a hearing aid. However, that’s not mandatory with MDHearingAid, which you can order online.

That said, a test helps you to know what’s good for you. 

Does MDHearingAid sell hearing aids for children?

The MDHearingAid devices are for adults and not children. 

Will MDHearingAid aids restore my hearing?

No hearing aid is capable of restoring your hearing. It only improves your hearing well enough to allow you to differentiate between sounds. 

Final Thoughts

As you have learned from this MDHearingAid review, these hearing aids are ideal for most surroundings and noise levels. They remove the background noise remarkably well thus allowing you to enjoy the sound coming through. 

If you can benefit from MDHearingAid devices, the PRO, AIR, VOLT+, or CORE are great options, depending on your budget and needs.

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Low cost, doctor designed, FDA-registered hearing aids without appointments.

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Facebook Contest Apps – How to Easily Create Facebook Contests

Contests For Facebook Business Page

Facebook contests are one of the most effective ways to reach new audiences and drive a ton of viral traffic back to your site.

With over 1.3 billion users on the social network, it’s no wonder more individuals, bloggers, brands and businesses are trying to create Facebook contests to drive more engagement and activity to their sites.

Setting up your own Facebook contest in previous years was a big hassle. You would have to mess around with the settings and tabs on your Facebook Fan Pages and this was usually more than a headache than anything else.

Fortunately, a wide range of services have figured out how to make this process much easier and now anyone can create effective social networking contests in just a few minutes. What’s even better is that they are now more effective and powerful than ever.

Related: What is the best time to post on social media?


How to Create Amazing Facebook Contests

With so many different solutions on the market today, I’ve chosen some of my favorite Facebook contest apps and gave the benefits of each of them below.

Before we jump into reviewing the top Facebook contest apps available today, I wanted to first highlight some of the best ways to tweak your campaigns and promotions for maximum performance.

1. Choose a Prize that is Relevant

While it may seem like a good idea to give away the latest tech toy or Apple product, you will do much better with your campaigns if you choose a prize that is relevant to your brand, product or service you are trying to offer. 

2. Give Your Promotion a Jump Start

All contest and promotions need to start off with a bang. In addition to promoting your contest through social networks, you should also use your email lists and site traffic to give your campaigns a boost. 

Related: 5 effective ways to increase email open rates

3. Always Collect an Email Address

No matter what your prize is or what you are trying to promote, be sure to always require an email address. A lot of people will enter your contest and never come back. An email address is the best way to keep them coming back for more. 

4. Make Sure Your Contest is Mobile Ready

More people are using their mobile devices than ever before. Mobile optimization should be at the forefront of every blogger or website owner’s mind, and should NOT be something to overlook.

Be sure to check your promotion and lead gen forms to make sure they are mobile ready and optimized so no leads are lost in the process. 

5. Follow Up with All Participants

Once your promotion is over, be sure to follow up with all participants… not just the winners. This is another great opportunity for you to send out one more message to everyone, letting them know the contest ended, thanking them and pushing your end offer one last time.

Follow these contest and promotions tips, while using any of the recommended applications below and you will be setup for maximum performance and results!


Top Facebook Contest Apps List

1. Wishpond

Wishpond is the leader in social contest apps and promotions right now.

Their service is quickly wiping out the competition and making it easy for anyone to setup social contests, landing pages (including Instapage’s landing pages), pop up newsletter forms and much more. In addition to all of the tools available through their site, they also offer tracking for ad campaigns running through Facebook, Google and more.

Compared to other contest and promotion apps out there, Wishpond is quite competitive at their base rate of $45 per month. You can also sign up for a free 14 day trial that allows you to try all areas, tools and features of the site based on the package you choose.

Advanced packages include their own coaching program, email automation and white-label options. Should you decide to pay for a year in advance, you will also save an additional 35% off.

2. Heyo Contest Builder App

When it comes time for you to choose a quality Facebook contest app, going with a simple drag and drop solution may be your best option. Website builders have gone mainstream for website creation, so we’d expect that technology to eventually carry over to Facebook.

That is exactly what Heyo had in mind when they were creating their service to drive activity and engagement through the major social network.

One of the main reasons why web sites, blogs and brands want to create contests and promotions across social networks is so they can easily grab email addresses that they can follow up with.

Once setup with Heyo, you will have access to all of their templates for easy contest and promotion creation. Heyo offers a free 7 day trial with no credit card needed, and premium plans are available at $30 per month.

3. ShortStack

ShortStack makes the process of building campaigns that engage with your audience easy… and best of all they can be used anyway.

While most people are focusing their efforts on social networking contests and promotions, they are also forgetting about all of the quality traffic that they are missing out on at their own sites. ShortStack’s platform allows you to create completely custom lead gen forms to match the look and feel of anything you like.

You can start creating your own lead gen forms and pages with a free trial, then full access accounts start at just $29 a month.

4. AgoraPulse

If you are going to be focusing your efforts on Facebook contest apps and promotions, you may also want to look into an all-in-one solution like AgoraPulse, which allows you to create apps, engage with your audience and also measure your results in the process.

All plans include unlimited apps and start as low as $29 per month. Accounts that are billed annually also save up to 35%.


How to Choose the Best Facebook Contest Apps

Now that we have listed some of the best Facebook contest apps for you to choose from, it’s time for you to take a step back and see what you would like to accomplish with your social networking efforts.

The great thing about each of the services listed above is that each of them offer a free trial period for you to test out their tools and what they have to offer.

It’s also important to note that all four of the contest and promotions services listed are top notch and recommended by some of the most well known marketers and media companies online. Choosing which is best for you and your brand is more about preference on how to use their system and looking at your budgeting options if you are going to scale heavily in size.

The best way to find which of the Facebook contest apps services is best for you, is to try each of them out. Don’t forget, each comes with their own free trial and some of them don’t even require a credit card!

How to Create a Content Calendar for Your Blog

How to create a content calendar for your blog

How to create a content calendar for your blog

This post is based on episode 76 of the ProBlogger podcast.

Can you believe we’re halfway through January already? Perhaps it’s because we were so keen to see the end of 2020. But whatever the reason, you need to get organised quickly for the coming year.

And that means creating a content calendar for your blog.

Now I’m not suggesting you need to lock in every last detail for each post. You should revisit your content calendar several times a year to make sure your blogging is still on track. But this is a great time of year to make a start.

Planning for success

Ever struggled to come up with a topic to write about? As the minutes tick by the pressure builds, and when you finally do think of one you have to rush it to meet your deadline.

Having a content calendar relieves the pressure because you’ll always know what to write about. And planning your posts in advance gives you the opportunity to take your readers on a journey.

It also helps you become a more consistent blogger. When you can’t think of anything to write about, you may be tempted to just give up and tell yourself, “I’ll try again next time”. But when you’re working to a plan, you’re more likely to stick to it – especially if you’re working on a series of posts that build on one another.

Looking back

The first step is to review the content you created last year. Were there any posts that did particularly well? You can use Google Analytics to find out which posts got the most views, and tools such as BuzzSumo to see which posts got the most shares. You may also want to dig a little deeper and find the content that got the most comments.

Did any of the topics you wrote about get you lots of traffic, shares and comments? On the flipside, were there any topics that didn’t get much at all? This can help you plan what to write about (and what not to write about) over the next 12 months or so.

Were there any topics that seemed to get more and more popular as the year went on? If so, it may be a growing trend you should focus on.

Did your shorter posts do better than your longer ones, or vice versa? Were there any particular headlines that did better than others? What about your images?

Can you remember how you felt when you wrote those posts? Were they relatively easy to write, or did you struggle to get them finished? Were there certain times or days when writing posts seemed to be easier or harder? Was there anything else you struggled with, such as finding the time to write?

Don’t spend all day on this. Take a minute or so to answer a question, and then move onto the next. But hopefully you’ll see some trends that can help you create new opportunities with your blog, or at the very least make better use of your time.

Looking forward

Now that you’ve done your review, it’s time to start planning.

There’s no right or wrong way to do this. It really is a case of whatever works best for you. But here are some questions you may want to answer along the way.

Is there an emerging trend you’d like to focus on?

While reviewing last year’s content, did you spot any emerging trends in your niche? If you did, you might want to consider exploring them in more detail and sharing what you learn with your readers.

This doesn’t mean you need to talk about it in every post you write. But you may want to come back to it regularly. You may even want to create a series where your posts build on each other and take your reader on a journey.

You may even be able to create a product based on the information in your posts that you can sell on your blog.

Is there a type of post you’d like to write regularly?

Whether it’s because they did well last year or you simply enjoyed writing them, you may want to publish a particular type of post on a regular basis.

It could be a list post, an editorial-type post, a roundup post or something else. You could even give it a name such as Story Sunday or Tutorial Tuesday to tie it into a particular day of the week.

How often would you like to post?

How often did you post last year? Was it once a month, once a week, a few times a week or every day? And how did you go keeping up with that schedule? Was it a struggle, or did you take it all in your stride?

Now is the time to decide how often you feel comfortable posting. There’s no point in putting three posts a week in your content calendar if you’ll struggle to keep up. You’re much better off creating a schedule you’re comfortable with.

Are there any mediums you’d like to start using?

If you’ve been thinking about trying another medium – podcasting, Facebook Live, YouTube – you should make time in your calendar for them.

That may involve learning about the medium, researching equipment you may need, learning the tools, and of course actually creating the content.

Not only will you be prepared when the time comes to produce, having it in your calendar means you’re more likely to take the leap and actually do it.

Is it time to mix things up a bit?

If you’ve been blogging for a while, you may have reached the point where it’s becoming a little monotonous. It feels like like you’re doing the same thing day in and day out, and you start to wonder if your readers are as bored with your blog as you are.

If that sounds like you, then it’s time to mix things up.

A lot of bloggers do it by coming up with certain themes or certain types of posts for certain types of days. Mondays could be for list posts. On Tuesdays you might ask your community a question. Wednesdays might be when you write a review. You might share your opinion about something on Thursday. And on Friday you might write a how-to to give your readers something to do over the weekend.

And depending on your blog you might also be able to switch topics from time to time to really mix things up. Just be careful, as mixing things up too much could be confusing for your readers.

When are you having a break?

If last year taught us anything it’s how important it is to look after our health – physical, mental and emotional. That means you should build time into your calendar for taking a well-earned break.

Of course, that leads to an obvious question: What happens to your blog while you’re taking that break?

You might want to:

  • create additional content beforehand, and schedule it to be published while you’re away
  • ask people for guest posts instead of having to create the additional content yourself
  • create a few ‘best of’ posts showcasing some of the content you’ve already published.

Or you could simply have a gap in your content calendar where nothing new is published.

It is time to get more visual?

This is also a great time to think about your approach to visual content. Is it time to change the look of your blog – a new header, new avatars for your social media channels, or perhaps a new font for displaying all your content.

Fortunately, we now have tools such as Canva that can make updating your visual content a breeze. Even doing something simple like changing the background color on your images and icons could give your blog an entirely new look.

Can you repurpose any of your current content?

Just because you’ve covered a topic in a blog doesn’t mean that’s the end of it.

If you provided a lot of data in one of your blog posts, why not give that information another run by turning it into an infographic? If you wrote an editorial piece that got a lot of comments when it was first published, you could use it as the basis for a Facebook Live. And if you have a podcast, why not turn that content into a blog post?

Do you need a new tool to create your content calendar?

What have you been using to create your content calendar? A calendar app? A spreadsheet? Paper and pen? Switching to a new tool could not only make the task easier but also give you a renewed sense of energy.

When we switched to CoSchedule it reenergized our entire team. And we use it to plan our content, collect everyone’s ideas, and even share our content on social media.

Time to brainstorm

Having answered all those questions, it’s now time to fill your content calendar. How many topics for posts can you come up with?

We look forward to finding out.

 

Photo by Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash

What is SEO Site Audit? How to Do Site Audit With Semrush?

What is SEO Site Audit? How to Do Site Audit Using Semrush [The Beginner's Tutorial]

What is SEO Site Audit? How to Do Site Audit Using Semrush [The Beginner's Tutorial]

Summary

Website audits help you quickly discover and fix your website’s SEO issues. Here’s how you can use a handy tool called Semrush Site Audit to perform an in-depth site audit. A 30-day free trial is included!

Are you struggling to get more traffic from Google even after publishing quality content? Your website might have issues. Here’s where a site audit comes in handy.

Generating more traffic from Google is REALLY hard no matter what niche you’re in. SEO is becoming even harder day by day.

So what’s the best way to sustain your current search traffic and attract even more traffic from Google? 

Conduct an in-depth website audit.

How to do that as a beginner? 

In this post, we’ll talk about exactly that where you’ll discover important things like;

  • What a site audit is all about
  • What are the benefits of site audits
  • How to perform a DETAILED site audit using Semrush (we use the same)
  • And many more

Are you ready? Let’s get started without much ado.

Site Audit for SEO: A Beginner’s Guide to Find And Fix Your Website Issues

Doing site audit with semrush

What is an SEO site audit?

An SEO website audit is a process of analyzing how well your site ranks in search engines like Google. A site audit helps you identify and fix ALL the SEO issues on your website.

There are many ways to perform an SEO site audit. One of the easiest ways to perform a detailed site audit is to use tools like the Semrush Site Audit tool.

Did you know that Semrush Site Audit scans your website for over 130 technical and SEO issues? 

That means you’ll be able to find almost every issue that’s preventing your website from getting more search traffic.

What are the benefits of a site audit?

So why should even bother about auditing your website? Here are some of the major benefits of performing an in-depth website audit.

  • With a site audit, you can easily discover issues like duplicate content, broken links, and lengthy title tags 
  • You’ll be able to identify all the AMP pages with HTML issues 
  • Discover pages that couldn’t be crawled
  • Find broke external images and internal images
  • Identify duplicate meta descriptions on a page
  • Find multiple canonical URLs and many more

All in all, performing a detailed site audit helps you discover all the problematic issues that are preventing your site from getting more traffic from Google.

Before getting into the details, make sure to give a try to it by using the below link.

Start your 30 days free trial with Semrush (worth $119.95)

How to Perform an In-depth Site Audit With Semrush in 10 Steps

Here’s a simple yet practical tutorial on how to use Semrush site audit to find and fix all your website issues.

Step 1: Once you’ve signed up for Semrush, visit the Site Audit tool.

Quick note: Here’s a FREE 30-day free trial of Semrush Pro account for you (which is worth $119.95!)

Step 2: Once you’re on the Semrush Site Audit tool, click on “Add new project” (on top right) to add your website for SEO audit.

Here’s how it looks like;

add new project

Step 3: Now, simply enter your domain name and project name and click on the “Create project” button to proceed to the next step.

Have a look;

bp project

You don’t need to edit any settings except the limit of checked pages as it will depend upon the size of your site.

site audit settings

Step 4: Click on the Start Site Audit button to start your website’s audit process.

It will take some time to crawl your whole website (depending on the size of your site). 

Once the site crawl has finished, you will see a dashboard that looks like this;

bp site audit view

As you can see above, you’ll see an overall Site Health score of your site (the higher the score, the fewer problems your website has). 

The good thing about the Semrush site audit tool is that it shows you all the errors, warnings, and notices along with the pages. This way you can easily fix those issues to improve your site health.

Step 5: Make sure to immediately fix the “Top Issues” of your website.

Semrush site audit tool provides you the most important issues detected on your site based on their number and priority level.

Here’s how it looks like;

top issues

You can click on those links to find all the corresponding issues on your website.

Here’s how the slow load speed issues on our website look like;

loading time issues

As you can see above, we currently have four pages with slow loading time issues. 

The Semrush site audit tool shows you the loading time (in seconds) of those pages so you can easily optimize their speed. 

You can follow various strategies such as optimizing your images, using a CDN, enabling Lazy Load, etc to improve the overall loading times of your pages.

Step 6: Check your website’s performance.

You can also find the Performance report of your website from the Semrush Site Audit tool.

Here’s how it looks like;

site performance

As you can see above, you can find a lot of important things under the Site Performance report including;

  • Page (HTML) load speed
  • The average page load speed of crawled pages
  • Number of JavaScript and CSS
  • Performance issues (along with errors, warnings, and notices)

A quick tip: You can use Google’s FREE PageSpeed Insights tool to quickly find suggestions to improve the overall speed and performance of your problematic pages. 

Step 7: Check crawlability issues of your website

If you’re struggling to increase your search traffic even after publishing great content, your website might have “crawlability issues”.

“Crawlable” simply means the links to and within your site can be discovered and followed by search engine bots to rank your site. Crawlability issues include;

  • Server errors
  • Temporary redirects
  • Non-indexable pages
  • Redirect chains and loops and so on

Fortunately, with the Semrush Site Audit tool, you can easily discover your website’s crawlability issues.

Here’s how it looks like;

crawlability issues

As you can see above, you’ll find a crawlability score of your site (the higher the score, the fewer issues your website has). It will also check for the page crawl depth to give you an overview of your site’s crawlability depth. 

Step 8: Check your website’s internal linking

Want to know how your links are distributed within your website? Then, you should keep an eye on your internal linking score from the Semrush site audit tool.

It gives you a full overview of your internal link profile.

Here’s how it looks like;

internal linking

As you can see above, you’ll be able to check your internal linking score along with internal link issues that include;

  • Broken internal links
  • Malformed links
  • Broken external links
  • Too many on-page links
  • Too long link URLs and more

Step 9: Check HTTPS implementation of your website 

HTTPS is a MUST for every website. In fact, it’s a ranking signal in Google. So if your site is not yet equipped with HTTPS, make sure to install it to improve your rankings. 

Even if you’ve enabled HTTPS, there might be issues with HTTPS implementation. Here’s where the Semrush Site Audit tool comes into handy.

It gives you an overview of your site’s HTTPS implementation.

Here’s how it looks like;

HTTPS implementation

As you can see above, under HTTPS implementation, you’ll find a score (the higher, the better). You’ll also find various things like;

  • Security certificate related things (shows you whether they are up to date)
  • Server-side issues (if any)
  • Website architecture issues (such as pages with mixed content, links that lead to HTTP non-secure page, etc)

Side note: Make sure to read our in-depth guide on installing SSL certificates to easily enable HTTPS on your website. 

Step 10: Keep an eye on your website’s site audit progress

Website SEO audit is NOT a one-time process. You need to regularly audit your website to find and fix your site issues to improve your organic rankings.

Also, you need to keep an eye on your site’s SEO audit progress.

You don’t have to separately keep a track of your site audit progress as Semrush Site Audit tool will show you a “progress” report.

You can easily see how the number of issues, as well as other site audit metrics, were changing from audit to audit.

Here’s how the BloggersPassion site audit progress looks like;

SEO audit progress

As you can see above, you’ll be able to see the historical chart of your website audits under the site audit “Progress” tab where you can easily find all the issues and errors of your website including;

  • Missing title tags
  • Duplicate content
  • Broken links
  • Large HTML pages
  • Pages not crawled and many more

So there you go. That’s how you can use the Semrush site audit tool to perform an in-depth audit of your website.

Few Tips to Perform Site Audits to Fix Your Website Issues Like A Pro

Here are a few tips to find and fix your site issues like an SEO expert.

When you’re done with SEO audit with Semrush, here are a few things that you need to improve to increase your overall site score and on page SEO as well.

Make sure to add meta descriptions for all those missing pages and then check how it impacts your site score.

Using Rank Math SEO, add meta descriptions to all the pages. Now, after adding the meta description to all those missing pages, your site’s overall score increases even more.

  • HTML markup: If you are concerned about SEO then you should constantly monitor this key area. However, if you are using a quality theme, this should not be a problem.
  • Titles: Title is the one that attracts readers first and search engines too. Make sure that your titles are unique, precise and relevant to the content. If you want to check for any title duplication, then you can do so with the help of Google Search Console. Go to Google search console, under that click on “Search Appearance”, under that you will find Screaming Frog’s Page Titles tab and HTML Improvements. Check with it to find whether that title is taken already or not. However, if yours is WordPress site, then Yoast plugin is enough.
  • URLs: For every post you write, URLs you keep should be short, user friendly and has a keyword added into it.  In WordPress, you will have the option of using permalinks and WordPress does this automatically.
  • Meta description: You need to make description very unique relevant to the page content below 172 characters. But make sure that you add related keywords in it. You can also check description using Screaming Frog apart from the Yoast and other SEO plugins.
  • Headings tags: To give proper format and structure to content and making it scannable, use H1 tags in titles.
  • Precise Content: The WordPress Yoast plugin checks whether your content is unique, precise and value-added. It is the perfect plugin to optimize your blog’s content.
  • Images: If you use any images in your content, then make sure that ALT tags, file titles, SEO markers for images contain keywords and are descriptive as well. WordPress has an image plugin to check this. However, Screaming Frog has its own section where you can reduce image size for it to load faster.
  • Links: As the site grows, the chances of dead links will also increase. Although, there is a relatively good WordPress plugin to identify broken links, there are also some good dead link checkers available online.
  • Keywords: WordPress Yoast plugin optimizes only one page per a focus keyword. If a repetition occurs, Yoast will point it out.
  • Technical errors: Go to Google Search Console account to find out crawl errors. If there are any, correct the nonexistent pages with the 404 error. In other words, redirect the URLs of these pages to places with the necessary information.
  • Duplicate content: To find duplicate content issues on your site, use Siteliner.com. Alternatively, you can use Google Search Console too. Check under HTML Improvements to make necessary changes.

With this, you can be aware of a site’s SEO weak spots. You can then prioritize each flaw and rectify over time and you could see how each alteration has a positive impact on your website.

You will need to use lots of tools and plugins if you are manually doing an SEO audit for any website. But with Semrush, you can find out and fix all of the technical SEO issues from your website with ease using their Site Audit feature.

Here’s how you can grab Semrush 30 days FREE trail worth $119.95

Let’s now quickly talk about how you can get access to Semrush Pro account which is worth $119.95.

Step 1: Click this VIP link to grab your 30 days Semrush account for free (which is worth $119.95). You’ll now have to register by entering your email and any password.

SEMrush register details

Step 2: This is where you will need to enter your billing details. You’ll get a 30 days free trial of Semrush Pro here.

semrush pro

Step 3: Enter your payment to instantly grab your Semrush Pro account free for next 30 days.

Let’s now talk about how you can conduct an in-depth site audit using the Semrush Site Audit tool.

Pricing of Semrush

Semrush offers 3 pricing packages that are listed below:

  1. Semrush Pro
  2. Semrush Guru
  3. Semrush Business

Let’s now quickly talk about each one of them to find out the best fit for your blogging needs.

Semrush Pro: With Semrush Pro account, you can get the following things.

  • Results per report: 10,000
  • Reports per day: 3000
  • Projects: 5
  • Keywords to track: 500
  • Pages to crawl: 100,000
  • Social media profiles: 50
  • Scheduled PDF reports: 5

Cost: $119.95 monthly

Semrush Guru: With Semrush Guru account, you can get the following things.

  • Results per report: 30,000
  • Reports per day: 5000
  • Projects: 50
  • Keywords to track: 1500
  • Pages to crawl: 300,000
  • Social media profiles: 100
  • Scheduled PDF reports: 20
  • Branded PDF reports
  • Get access to Historical data

Cost: $229.95 monthly

Semrush business: With Semrush Business account, you can get the following things.

  • Results per report: 50,000
  • Reports per day: 10,000
  • Projects: 40
  • Keywords to track: 6000
  • Pages to crawl: 1,000,000
  • Social media profiles: 300
  • Scheduled PDF reports: 50
  • Branded PDF reports
  • Historical data
  • Product Listing Ads
  • Multi-user management

Cost: $449.95 monthly

5 Benefits of Using Semrush Site Audit Tool

If you’re still having questions about why you need the Semrush site audit tool over other site audit tools, here are some of the major benefits of using it.

1. Check your site’s health

With the Semrush Site Audit tool’s report, you can analyze your website and make it more accessible for search engine robots. If you want to conduct an SEO-test with Semrush Site Audit reports, then set up an audit campaign.

Once you set up it, you can:

  • Add tags where they are missing.
  • Optimize your internal and external links.
  • Make titles, meta descriptions, and other HTML tags unique and comprehensible for users and search engines.
  • Correct broken images and provide them all with an alt attribute.
  • Detect and erase error pages.
  • Find duplicate content pages.
  • And fix other problems that are blocking your SEO progress.

Make sure that you don’t exceed your crawled pages limit then you can crawl your website at any time to get reports with the most fresh results.

2. You can prioritize SEO issues and fix them

Semrush Site Audit tool checks issues that are related to crawlability, content, images, links, accessibility and coding. And the report shows you the most frequently found problems on your website.

If you want to fix a particular issue throughout your entire website, then check out SEO analysis report. It displays the URLs of all webpages affected by the issue also lists all issues found on a landing page.

3. Track your SEO progress

You can regularly monitor your website’s health using Semrush SEO analysis report. Schedule a weekly technical SEO audit and it will automatically start crawling your website. Once finished, you will get a notification.

By running website SEO audits on a regular basis, you are tracking the progress of your website’s health. Position Tracking tool helps you to look at your site’s positions too.

4. Fix hreflang mistakes

When it comes to International SEO, hreflang are a cornerstone. It tells Google which page should be shown to visitors depending on their language and location. So, if you wrongly implement hreflang tags, it damages the user experience as well as SEO of your website. To find and fix hreflang errors, use Semrush SEO Audit feature.

5. Detect security issues

Having HTTPS on your website is an important ranking factor for search engines. It is a sign to users that you care about their privacy and security. Site Audit came up with a new HTTPS report that quickly detect security issues on your website. It warns when your SSL certificate is expired or if it’s registered to an incorrect domain name.

It also alerts you about internal links to non-secure pages, missing redirects from HTTP to HTTPS versions of the same page, HTTP URLs in your sitemap and usage of HTTP on pages with password fields.

You can also export .pdf file of site audit report. If you offer SEO services, then this feature helps in converting a prospect into a client.

4 factors to consider while doing site audit

It doesn’t matter which tool you’re using for site audit (Moz or Semrush or any other tool), here are some important factors you need to keep in mind to get the most out of site audits.

1. Site speed

One of the main things that search engine cares about is user-experience.  If your website doesn’t load instantly then the end-user won’t come to your website again. So, checking site speed is very important.

There are several free online tools you can use. But it is recommended to use Google’s pagespeed insights tool to match with its expectation.

2. Indexing and accessibility

User interaction with your website is recorded only when your website is assessed by its usability which means whether your visitors and search engine crawlers are able to access your webpages or not.

For this, your website has to be properly indexed. If not properly indexed, it shows 4xx or 5xx server errors or 3xx redirect errors. However, these SEO audits are easy to perform with Semrush.

3. Mobile-friendly test

Google has already upgraded to a mobile-first index to publish search results which clearly means online businesses need a responsive website that performs well on mobile devices too.

You can also use Google’s mobile friendly testing tools to perform a quick test.

4. Content

Without content, there is no point in talking about SEO as content is the driving force behind SEO. Focus on publishing high-quality content that provides great value to your readers. If you write In-depth content, then you will automatically outrank your competitors.

By doing content audit, you can determine the strengths and weaknesses of your website like which pages are driving traffic and conversions and which pages are redundant. Search engines don’t rank websites. They rank pages.

The first task of a content audit is to identify which pages are ranking and which are not. So that you will know which pages to improve.

When optimizing your content, make sure you keep the most relevant keywords in these sections:

  • Page Title and URL
  • Opening paragraph
  • First 100 words
  • At least one subheading
  • Alt tags in images
  • Metatags
  • Meta description

If you want to perform a quick audit on your website with a few tests to increase SEO rankings, these corrections will have the most impact.

In order to ensure that your website is not missing out any valuable traffic then conduct audit checks at least every three months.

FAQs | Site Audits With Semrush

Here are some of the frequently asked questions around the Semrush site audit.

What is a site audit in SEO?

SEO audit is the process of analyzing how well your website performs in search engines like Google. It will help you identify the technical or SEO-related issues that are preventing your website from getting more organic traffic.

What issues can we find with the Semrush Site Audit tool?

Semrush site audit scans and checks your website for 130+ SEO related issues on your site including;
– Your website’s loading speed
– Crawlability
– Content issues
– Meta tags
– HTTPS security protocols
– Internal linking
– CSS errors
– AMP implementation and many more

What’s the cost of the Semrush site audit?

Semrush site audit is a part of the Semrush SEO toolkit. Semrush offers you over 45 tools under one roof and you’ll have three pricing plans which are listed below.

1. Pro plan costs you $119.95 per month which is great for freelancers and startups
2. Guru plan costs you $229.95 per month which is great for a small business where you’ll get all the features from the Pro plan along with extended limits and historical data
3. Business plan costs you $449.95 per month which is great for agencies where you’ll get all the features from the Guru plan along with API access and extended limits

Can we find internal linking issues with Semrush site audit?

Yes, you can discover all the internal linking issues on your website. Also, you can perform many things including;

– Finding your website linking issues
– Organizing your site’s link structure
– Ensuring your site’s link distribution properly and more

What are the best SEO audit tools?

Here are some of the best SEO audit tools you can try in 2021.

– Semrush site audit
– SEOptimer (free to use but NOT as comprehensive as Semrush)
– SEO site audit tool by Ahrefs
– Ubersuggest SEO analyzer (free to use but not as good as Semrush)

Can I use Semrush for free?

Is Semrush worth paying for?

Yes, Semrush is a premium SEO toolkit and their pricing plans start from $119.95 per month ($99.95/mo if you pay annually). It offers you over 45 powerful SEO tools ranging from site audit to organic research to keyword research, PPC research, social media management, and many more. 

Can I get a discount on Semrush?

Yes, if you pay annually, you’ll get a 16% instant discount on ALL the pricing plans from Semrush. Here’s the pricing list of Semrush plans if you pay annually.
– Pro Account for 12 Months: Only $99.95/mo
– Guru Account for 12 Months: Only $191.62/mo
– Business Account for 12 Months: Only $374.95/mo

Click here to get a 16% instant discount on Semrush

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Final Thoughts

Finding and fixing all your website SEO related issues is the most important step.

If you want to bring more search traffic to your sites, make sure to conduct site audits frequently (at least once a month). Here’s where tools like Semrush come into handy.

Not only Semrush helps you find great keywords, analyse competition, find link building opportunities but it also helpful in doing in-depth SEO site audit for any site to bring more search traffic.

So did you like this tutorial on doing site audit using Semrush tool? Do you have any questions? Share your thoughts in the comments.

Eargo Hearing Aids Review 2021

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Eargo Hearing Aids are high-quality products from a trusted brand that you can easily find for all your hearing needs.

Pros & Cons

Here are some of the most important things to know about Eargo hearing aids in general before diving into the specific devices.

  • Being assessed for these hearing aids is fast and straightforward.
  • Eargo’s hearing aids are FDA standardized hearing aids designed explicitly for hearing-impaired consumers.
  • Eargo offers 12- and 24-month payment plans for their devices that can be applied for online.
  • FEHB and many common insurance companies cover their products.
  • Many reviewers comment that the hearing aids tend to change profiles on their own, especially when exposed to repetitive noise.
  • Some people also reported problems with the quality of the sound.

When looking into hearing aids, you’re going to want a good balance of quality and cost. One of the companies offering that balance is Eargo.

They have several hearing aid models designed to accommodate your hearing loss needs, from day-to-day functional needs like amplification and noise cancellation to more first-time buyer needs like professional assessment and fitting.

There are a lot of questions to address.

  • How do you pick the right one for you?
  • How do you tell the difference between products?
  • How can you know that they’ll fit your ears if you order online?
  • Do you need to see a doctor?

Let’s answer those questions.

About Eargo

Eargo is all about treating the less-often treated versions of hearing loss. This means that they focus on mild to moderate high-frequency hearing loss. Their motto is that “everyone should hear life to the fullest.”

Not only that, but they’re focused on making sure that their customers are happy throughout the entire experience, from assessment to daily function.

Features

Eargo hearing aids ship quickly, within 2-5 days of ordering, and arrive right at your door. They offer a free hearing assessment and fitting to help you get the most out of your hearing aids.

They’re also small enough to be practically invisible when you’re wearing them so that they don’t get in the way of earrings, and no one has to know you’re wearing them if you don’t want them to. 

Eargo boasts that their products deliver a natural, rich sound. On top of this, they prioritize comfort and accessibility. Their in-home fitting lets you pick the right shape for your ears.

Their rechargeable case is compact enough to take with you wherever you go.

All Eargo hearing aid packages come with:

  • Two devices with four sound profiles that you can control by tapping the device.
  • A set of medical-grade silicone fit caps.
  • A charging case that can recharge them in as little as 30 minutes.
  • A cable and adapter for the case.
  • A wax guard.
  • A cleaning brush for detailed cleans.

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So what does Eargo offer? Well, they’ve got three models on the market right now: the Max, the Neo, and the Neo HiFi.

Eargo Max

Advanced sound quality and noise reduction for more gain and volume ensures you live your life uninterrupted.

The Eargo Max hearing aids are the most basic hearing aids available from the company. They’re $1,850.

  • Eargo Maxes are relatively cheap – at around a fourth of the price of competitive hearing aids, the average for which is $2,300 for each device.
  • This model has “Flexi Fibers,” or a special silicone design that hugs the ear, making them slip-resistant.
  • They have a one-year warranty in case of malfunction or breaking.
  • Maxes aren’t compatible with the Eargo mobile app.
  • The Flexi Fiber caps may be uncomfortable to some users, especially those new to hearing aids.
Eargo Neo

Eargo Neo features better noise reduction, better feedback cancellation, and more added stable gain.

The Eargo Max hearing aids are the most basic hearing aids available from the company. They’re $1,850.

  • The Neos have a similar design to the Maxes, but not quite the same. Their “Flexi Palms” are also made of silicone but are a flatter shape for a closer, more comfortable fit.
  • Neos are compatible with the Eargo mobile app, which lets you change the settings from your phone.
  • They come with a one-year warranty.
  • Neos come with a smaller variety of caps for fitting than the Maxes.
  • Some users report trouble with the noise cancellation features – they say that there is either too much feedback or no cancellation at all without serious adjustment via the app.
Eargo Neo

Bring your world to life with our latest state-of-the-art hearing aid, packed with our best sound fidelity ever.

The Eargo Neo HiFi hearing aids are the top-of-the-line products available from the company. They cost $2,950.

  • The Neo HiFis have “Flexi Tetrapalms,” a flat, silicone cap that makes them the most comfortable fit of the line.
  • Shipping is free on this model.
  • They have a two-year warranty.
  • Being the most elite product offered means that they are also the most expensive.
  • Some users have found the mobile app interface to be confusing and the setup for soundscapes frustrating.

FAQ’s

Here are some of the most commonly asked questions among Eargo users.

Do I need a prescription to buy Eargo hearing aids?

Nope! There’s no prescription from an audiologist needed to get Eargo hearing aids. Just set up an appointment with one of their experts, and you’ll be ready to go!

Can I purchase replacement Eargo accessories?

You can! They have all the caps and the wax guard individually available on their website.

Can I sleep with my Eargo hearing aids?

You can wear Eargo hearing aids to sleep, but it’s not the best idea. As with any hearing aid, wearing them in bed runs the risk of them falling out and getting lost or damaged.

What if my Eargo hearing aids get wet?

Eargo’s hearing aids are not waterproof and shouldn’t be exposed to excess moisture. If your hearing aid gets wet, it might damage the device.

Will Eargo hearing aids fix my hearing?

No. Eargo hearing aids are designed to augment your existing hearing, as with any other hearing aid, making sounds clearer and more easily distinguished. They will not restore hearing already lost.

Final Thoughts

Eargo products are comfortable, subtle, and affordable. They’re quality, verified hearing aids that are available without a prescription and can be tried in the comfort of your own home without the hassle of a doctor’s office visit, though the return process isn’t the best.

They are affordable, with flexible payment plans and easy-to-replace accessories.

We recommend getting in touch with Eargo about a quick assessment call, or simply using their free online hearing check to get a baseline and see whether they’re right for you. You can also check out their video guides for more information about their products.

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The world’s best invisible hearing aids. Crisper. Clearer. Connected. State-of-the-art hearing solution packed with our best sound fidelity ever.

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Facebook Contests – What Works and What Doesn’t

Since Facebook became a vital marketing tool, and social media marketing became a distinct field of expertise on its own, Facebook contests have also become a crucial part of the machination to foster brand awareness, drive user engagement, and generate leads.

If there’s one thing people love more than to be on Facebook, it’s trying to win free stuff on the social site. This is just one reason why, even though the concept of Facebook contests have been around for years, it can still be an important element of social media marketing campaigns.

A great example of this is the contest concocted by home furnishing and hardware store Crate and Barrel. Their contest offered couples a chance to win a $100,000 dream wedding.

The rules of the contest, aptly named “The Ultimate Wedding Contest”, were quite simple: participants had to set a gift registry with a particular brand, post three images, and respond to three questions.

The prize at stake was enticing enough, but what made it transcendent were the aww-inducing love stories that the contest focused on, which generated even more interest.

In the end, analysis of the contest data showed that, in the span of 12 months, the Crate and Barrel Facebook page received some three million views, with the contest getting half a million votes. Further analysis showed that some 16,000 couples participated, resulting in gift registries amounting to around $35 million.

This might be just one example, but it hammers home the point that if done correctly, online contests can take all the metrics—engagement, fan base, relevant information collection, and user-generated content—to spike up.

That being said, here are a few important things to take note of when creating Facebook contests for your brand.


Legality

As with most things social media, nothing is set in stone, and that includes Facebook’s promotional terms of service.

You’ll need to check the latest permutation of their guidelines should you choose to go the Facebook contest route, but the people over at ShortStack made an infographic about some of the basic guidelines.

Did you know? Infographics are a great way to get links to your blog

What you CAN ask people to do:

  • Like a post to enter
  • Comment on a post to enter
  • Message a Page to enter
  • Like a Page to get access to a contest entry form
  • Like as a means of voting

What you CAN’T ask participants:

  • Share a Page to enter
  • Like a different Page to enter
  • Tag themselves in photos in exchange for a chance to win a prize
  • Share the contest on a friend’s Timeline to receive additional entries

You may have the most brilliantly crafted Facebook contest ever, but if it doesn’t ride with the changing Facebook rules, then it’s all for naught.


Proven Practices

Once you’ve taken note of the latest promotional terms of service on Facebook, here are a few of the best-known practices for contests.

1. Brand Recognition

Proper positioning of the company/brand logo on the campaign is key. It has to be highly visible, able to identify with your brand, and build trust, which will lead to more user engagement.

After all, a company or personal brand is one of the biggest drivers of success for an online business.

2. Easy-In Form

How many times has your interest been piqued by a contest only to give up on the prospect of joining because the entry form was too complicated? A few times, maybe? That’s too many if it’s your contest.

There are number of web tools you can use to make sure your opt-in form is both highly visible and easy to enter. Among the most suggested tools include ConstantContact, MailChimp, and Aweber.

3. Clear Steps

Perhaps even more crucial than an uncomplicated opt-in form, is an equally easy to understand and execute steps to enter the contest. Keep the rules simple and the game engaging. Skip unnecessary steps for potential contestants, and make sure they fuel a broadened audience.

4. Appropriate Call to Action

Just like the tip above, you need to be concise and direct with your call to action. If they need to like to enter, tell them immediately within the first line of your post. This is key to building a high-performing landing page, but also in designing all CTAs on your site.

Whether it’s sharing, liking, or commenting, you should be clear on what you need them to do.

5. A Picture Paints A Thousand Words

Photos have been proven to generate more Likes on Facebook (about 53 percent more). But of course, carefully selecting which contest photo to use can be just as crucial.

A nice shirt or pair of sunglasses as a prize will always get attention, but a person seen beaming with glee from wearing that shirt or sunglasses will be even better.

Just like you would create a narrative when writing a blog post, you should also tell a compelling story when writing copy for your contest. If you do, you’ll likely increase your chances of conversion.

6. Use a Third Party

Facebook’s terms or service no longer require the use of third-party apps, but if you can, it’s still a good idea to use one.

And if you’re going to use one, it’s also important to note that you should use an app that’s compatible with mobile devices as more and more users access Facebook that way.

There are plenty of Facebook contest apps that make creating a contest simple and easy. Use them to your advantage so you can worry about running your blog.


Practices to Avoid

Setting up an online contest would also require you to be aware of practices that may not give you desirable outcomes. Prior knowledge is key so you won’t have to commit these mistakes.

1. Requiring Sign-Up

People like prizes. Filling up sign-up forms, not so much. If you really must, the proper incentives for doing so must be in place.

2. Giving Out an Irrelevant Prize

A shiny new tablet sure seems like a relevant prize—if you’re Apple, Samsung, or an electronics retail store.

Big prizes like that would certainly attract attention, but if it doesn’t relate to your business, chances are, you’re doing it wrong.

You’re going to want for the contestants to care about your product and brand. Giving away one of your yet to be released products not only gives them a sneak peek of what to expect from you, they can also generate some advanced buzz for it.

3. Having One Big Winner

Having only one winner isn’t really a good idea for Facebook contests. Slim chances of winning turn potential audiences away. Even the lottery allows for more than one person to win.

4. Running the Contest Too Long

One unfortunate side effect of the Internet and social media is shrinking attention spans. You want to keep them engaged, not lose them to disinterest over time.

You would want them to keep coming back to your page. Shorter duration of contests along with constant updates is key.

5. Relying on Stock Photos

There are too many things on Facebook, and over reliance on stock photos would not make your brand stand out. You need something distinct, something unique. You want to engage your audience.

Instead of using stock photos, you can commission a professional photographer to give you unique photos or you can take one yourself if you have the skills.


Wrapping Up

Just like any marketing campaign, you need to be clear about what you want to achieve with creating a Facebook contest. Once you’ve set clear goals and crafted a contest that’s equally direct to the point, keep in mind the above mentioned tips, and you should be fine.

The Best Reason to Start a Blog in 2021

The Best Reason to Start a Blog in 2021

The Best Reason to Start a Blog in 2021

The world needs YOU. Right now.

We currently find ourselves in a crazy time with COVID-19 – all that is meaning for us in the world we’re living in, the effect on our lives this coming year and the unforeseeable changes for many years to come. With so many people impacted, the economy damaged and a completely new set of circumstances and challenges we all have to face.

For many, 2020 was filled with fear, uncertainty and a sense of overwhelm and paralysis.

Right now, the world needs hope, positivity and practical solutions to new and emerging problems. 

We need places where we can come together, and where community and belonging can happen. Particularly in this time where physically people are physically isolated, the world needs virtual spaces and safe spaces where they can find that belonging. 

The world needs YOU. 

And you need a blog to provide you the platform and home-base for your content and your community – to make the world a better place.

 

Why Should You Start a Blog?

 

1. Improve Other People’s Lives

One of the big benefits of blogging is the potential to make the world we live in a better place. And while not all blogs do this, many do in their own small way.

My blogs are about photography and blogging. They’re not topics that will make a major difference on a global scale. But I know that after publishing content every day for 15 years my blogs have made a difference to the lives of many.

A few years ago I shared a post here on ProBlogger about how a person came up to me recently at a conference and credited ProBlogger with saving their marriage. And others shared how they’d build significant businesses through coming across things we’d published.

Blogging can change your life as a blogger in many ways. But the experience is even more meaningful and rewarding when you realise it can be also used to inspire, educate, and give others a sense of belonging.

It also provides lots of opportunities to shine the light and lend your voice to other worthwhile causes. One of my own highlights from blogging came when I had the opportunity to travel to Tanzania and see the work of an amazing organisation working with people with disabilities in that country.

Being able to use my blogs to give a voice to this worthy cause was an amazing opportunity.

 

In ProBlogger’s Ultimate Guide to Start a Blog Course, we go deep on the topic of motivation and uncovering your ‘WHY’. Having a clear and compelling purpose for your blogging will sustain you and your audience through the hard times. 

 

2. Build Community

Isolation has really brought home to me the fact that we humans are social creatures. We need community to sustain us, just as a blog needs a community to sustain it. By building a community around your blog you are not only creating something beneficial for others, but for yourself too.

As I look back over the almost 20 years I’ve been blogging, many of the highlights have been about the people I’ve had the opportunity to meet and interact with. Years of creating useful content, growing your brand, building an audience and establishing trust with that audience opens the door for many friendships, collaborations and other opportunities.

You never quite know where these relationships might lead you. Some may lead to financially rewarding opportunities. But more often than not it leads to lasting friendships, and a real sense of belonging in dynamic and supportive communities.

 

3. Make Money

A blog is your special place on the internet that you own and which you can build into a business. One of the reasons I’m giving for starting a blog is it can be financially profitable.

I’m not saying every blog will be profitable. But many bloggers have grown income streams from their blogging, both directly and indirectly.

I’m amazed at how blogs have provided an income for my family over the years. Not every blogger who sets out to make money blogging reaches a full-time level. But it is possible to build significant income from blogging. 

Further Reading: Can You REALLY Make Money Blogging? [7 Things I Know About Making Money from Blogging]

As well as making money directly from your blog, you can also use the profile a blog can bring to promote your existing business or to sell your own services as a freelancer, coach, speaker, etc.

Blogs allow you to:

  • grow your profile
  • be found via search engines and social media
  • (most importantly) build your brand, credibility, authority and trust with potential clients

And I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve seen bloggers use their blog’s profile to land more traditional employment. (In these cases, their blog became their resume.)

Note: I explore reasons why businesses should start blogging in this podcast.

The other aspect of growing profit from a blog is it can also become an asset you can potentially sell at some point.

 

4. Self-Improvement and Personal Development

While blogging unexpectedly became the basis for my business, and has opened up amazing opportunities for me to earn an income, one of the biggest benefits to getting into this space is the same reason I got into it.

Blogging has given me a place to express myself.

Something very powerful happens when you get into the habit of ordering and writing down your thoughts, ideas, stories and opinions. People have been doing this for centuries in private diaries and journals. But to put some of these things into a public forum for others to interact with has been a very positive experience for me.

Having a place to express myself has given me many personal benefits. In researching and writing thousands of articles over the years I have:

  • Learned so much about the topics I write about
  • Identified, sharpened and deepened my ideas and opinions
  • Refined my voice
  • Grown my writing and communication skills
  • Built discipline
  • Found a creative outlet
  • Confronted fears and doubts and grown in confidence.

This list could go on. But the bottom line is I’m much better as a person for having a blog.

 

Should YOU start a blog in 2021?

Unfortunately, I can’t answer that question for you. But I can say that, on a personal level, starting a blog was one of the most amazing things I’ve even done.

Blogging changed the trajectory of my life in many ways.

  • It helped me grow and develop on a personal level.
  • It helped me start and grow a business that has given our family income we never expected to have.
  • It opened opportunity for community, friendship and collaborations with wonderful people.
  • It gave me ways to do something meaningful that in small ways allows me to make a difference for others.

I hope this inspires you to join us in starting a blog in 2021. Reserve your spot in our FREE Ultimate Guide Start a Blog course that kicks off Friday 15 January.

The course guides you through 7 steps to starting and launching your blog – from getting clear on your blogging purpose to defining your niche; choosing your domain name and setting up hosting; all the way through to launching your blog and thinking about your social media and email marketing.

Throughout January I will be hosting Live check-ins and Q&A sessions for students of the course who are working on starting their blogs. 

Then on Sunday 7 February we will help you launch your blog to the world with International Start a Blog Day – where we celebrate all of our students new blogs, giving them exposure to the broader ProBlogger audience and their first page views.

Register here to join us in January and start your blog in 2021!