The Definitive Guide To Writing A Perfectly Optimized Blog Post

Writing is my Hobby

First Published: March 18, 2014; Last Updated: February 3, 2015

Over the past several months I have collected a ton of good resources about how to write a perfect blog post. And I thought it’s better to do a mashup than simply rewriting/reposting what’s already said in the blogosphere.

So, I will be focusing on writing a blog post that’s well optimized and that attracts search engine and social media love.

As you probably know, there are a lot of bloggers who write really awesome content but the problem is their blog posts are not so optimized. The reason could be they don’t care about SEO much or they are not so tech-savvy so they don’t know how to optimize their blog posts.

Hence I believe that this blog post will also help the not so tech-savvy bloggers (food blogs, personal blogs) so that they can optimize their existing and future blog posts to skyrocket the traffic.

Don’t Miss: 15 Blogging Tips To Supercharge Your Next Blog Post

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The Content Marketing Handbook — 81+ Resources, Tips, Guides & Tools

Content Marketing

Content marketing is everywhere and it’s actually the new SEO (sort of). And that exactly is the reason why internet startups are spending a lot of money on content marketing to acquire new customers in an organic way.

Now, what’s interesting is that the content marketing tactics are changing rapidly and there is always a new idea to attract even more customers.

I collect marketing resources as I browse the web and I choose to archive it online as a handbooks. They all can act as a starting point in their respective niches and The Content Marketing Handbook is my 7th handbook.

Note: I have focused only on content marketing and not “Writing” or “Blogging” topics. But you can always look at Blogger’s Handbook or Writer’s Handbook for awesome freelance writing and blogging resources.

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Why Sponsored Reviews & Nofollow Links Are Highly Undervalued

Sponsored Posts

If you are a blogger then it’s very likely that you are receiving a ton of requests from brands and individuals for sponsored posts (sometimes known as sponsored reviews), guest posts, text links, paid posts, link exchanges, and all sorts of stuff.

They try to pitch us in different ways, like:

Hello,

My name is M and I would like to contribute on your website as a guest author.

I’ve written several tech, internet marketing, SEO and Social media related guest post articles, and I would like to write an article about the matters closely related to your website.

Please feel free to suggest to me any topic, and I will write an article specifically for your blog/website!

The content will be around 700-1000 word including images and videos and it will be original, informative and 100% unique.

I can also suggest you great topics for your website.

I will send you article ASAP with details. You can review the article and let me know if you can publish on your website.

Looking forward to our successful cooperation!

Kindest regards,
M

And some of them even mention straight away that they willing to pay for it. Basically, they are all after one thing: “dofollow links” —  to boost their search rankings. That’s right! Some of them mention it when they pitch us and some don’t. [Read more…]

21 Content Curation Tools That You Never Thought You’d Need

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If content marketing is all about creating and sharing your own content then content curation is all about finding, organizing, and sharing great content. Content curators aggregate interesting content from across the web about topics that they’re passionate about.

Today, Content Curation is as important as content marketing as it’s a great way to improve the user experience of your website and/or brand. Moreover, content marketing is not easy as creating high quality content is expensive and takes a lot of effort and time.

Read: Forget Content Marketing, Let’s Focus On Content Curation

Why Content Curation Matters?

Content Curation is not something that can be automated because no computer algorithm can find exactly what your users want. So it’s your job to find interesting content what you think will be of interest to your readers.

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Over 101 SEO Tools (Free & Premium) You’ll Ever Need

Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

Search Engine Optimization (SEO), as you probably know, is the process of improving the visibility of your website in search engine results pages (SERPs).

But do remember…

Your goal should really be to make a fantastic website that people love and tell their friends about and link to and want to experience. As a result, your website starts to become stronger and stronger in the rankings. — Matt Cutts (@mattcutts)

If you’re a SEO professional then you would already know that SEO Tools change rapidly and there’s always one after the other. In fact, I have done several SEO Tools posts that is related to the different aspects of SEO.

And you know what… a good percentage of those blog posts are worthless today. Because most of the tools that I have mentioned on those blog posts are either obsolete or we don’t need it today. [Read more…]

Over 40 Image Sources & Tools For Free Stock Photos, Images & Cliparts

Free Stock Photos
Image Credit: Free Digital Photos

Like every other blogger, I have been using Google Images for Clip art, Images, and Photos for my blog even though I didn’t want to. But recently I created a Lifestyle blog for a friend and advised her to use Flickr for images.

I was totally impressed by her image searching capability and decided to use Flickr for my blog as well. Again, the blogpost by Roni Loren titled “Blogger Beware: You CAN Get Sued For Using Photos You Don’t Own on Your Blog” was a total eye-opener.

I read that article a couple of days back and got to action. Why? Because Roni said that we can get sued for using those clip-arts, stock images, and photos which we get from Google Images. I have often, like most of you, royally ignored the warning message from Google which says “Images may be subject to copyright.” while previewing images.

So where can you get images from now? Use images with a Creative Commons License. Creative Commons Attribution License indicates that you’re free to share, remix and make commercial use of the work as long as you give an attribution.

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Over 30 Google Chrome SEO Extensions For Bloggers & Marketers

Google Chrome

As you probably know there are tons of SEO extensions available on the Chrome Web Store. Though they have categorized all the extensions it’s somewhat difficult to identify the best among them. Another problem is… most people don’t know what they want. That’s why I created a comprehensive list of Chrome productivity extensions for bloggers and have also featured all the extensions that I’m using.

Today I’m going to focus only on SEO plugins and I have sorted over 30 plugins that you can try as an SEO. I’m not including any of the non-SEO extensions as they’re already covered.

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Google Webmaster & SEO Guidelines: Everything (Almost) You Need To Know

Webmaster Resources

Image Credit: Sean MacEntee

Google recommends best practices and guidelines to webmasters in their support center and have also crafted an SEO Starter Guide. So, I’m going to explore Google’s Webmaster Guidelines and Search Engine Optimization (SEO) starter guide for you.

Note: If you’re displaying Google AdSense ads on your website then I also suggest you to check out their AdSense Program Policies. AdSense publishers are required to adhere to the Google Webmaster Guidelines as well.

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