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Blogging Tips To Keep Your Motor Running

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Despite what others say; blogging is not hard. In fact the hardest part of blogging is being consistent, and coming up with new content ideas to share with your readers. This has always been one of the largest challenges faced by bloggers within the blogosphere. I’ve been online blogging since 2007 and have seen many bloggers come and many bloggers go.

It always amazes me how many people simply give up or quit when they realize blogging requires real work and personal commitment. Setting short and long term goals is required if you’re going to have any type of longevity within the blogosphere.

With that said setting having success with blogging is not always as easy as coming up with a few short term goals. You have to be committed to these goals and show consistency when applying yourself. We all know how easy it is to become sidetracked or discouraged from the lack of results and success on our blogs.

Maintaining Comment Consistency

Blog commenting is by far the best way to drive new traffic and increase the comments or activity to our blogs. Visit the Blog Engage Upcoming Pages and find some articles that interest you. Make a goal to complete a specific amount of comments per day or even per week. This is a great way to develop consistent growth for your blog and overall blog activity. Look for blogs related to your blog (niche) to ensure the visitors returning have an interest in what you’re writing about.

Engage On Social Media Sites

Take the time to meet the owners of the blogs you’re commenting on. Follow them on Twitter, Facebook and Blog Engage. Add them as a friend and make sure they see you engaging with them. It’s so important to make sure they know you’re taking the time to visit and engage with them on their blog. Bloggers develop a sense of respect for other bloggers reading and commenting on their sites.

Meeting Your Goals

One of my favorite things about setting small goals is the fact they are obtainable and they allow you to continue being motivated. Setting large goals that you cannot complete brings up negative thoughts and can potentially lead to failure. Setting small goals allows you to reach, surpass and achieve success in what you’re doing. For example I wouldn’t set a goal to do 10 comments a week from the Blog Engage Upcoming Pages. I would set a goal to do 5 per week and try my hardest to simply accomplish that goal.

Sure I can probably do 10 but I don’t want to over work myself and set unrealistic weekly goals. By setting the goal of 5 comments I can easily maintain my goals and remain positive when I do surpass them. We don’t need to create more stress for ourselves, set small obtainable goals that allow you to remain positive and enjoy the overall blogging experience.

About

My name is Brian and I’m a Graduate of Business Administration Marketing. I work full time in Sales and Marketing. I am also the owner of Blog Engage a social network I created specifically for bloggers. Come and join us on Blog Engage

Fusion from Elegant Themes

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Fusion WordPress theme is the latest in the arsenal of awesomeness from the Elegant themes family. As with the latest WordPress themes that you find these days the fusion themes are responsive, they adapt well to the screen be it a smartphone or a laptop.

The name fusion speaks that at its heart the Theme is lively mix of passion and genius. It’s professional and you won’t be disappointed to have it, whether you are running a business site or something for fun.

Moving on to the features that attracted me the most, is the Slider which can span to fill any remaining space on the screen, it comes loaded with call to action buttons which direct your visitors immediately to where you want them to go. This is a great addition if you are keen on adding people to your e mail list by directing them to an e mail subscription box.


Fluid Theme:

This is another name for responsiveness. As said earlier the Slider takes up all remaining unused space and the view just takes your breath away.

The home page customization:

With fusion you get a variety of customization and the look of the homepage can be changed based on what all you need to show.

Home page includes four elements:

    Featured Slider
    Content Areas
    Post from the Testimonial Slider + Recent Posts
    Four Logo Images (with URL)
    Footer Widgets

The Featured Slider can be used to include posts from a selected category. You can add a slide background image and customizable read more button on every blog post and page.

You can set up a Featured Image that will show up on index pages, as well as on single post pages with no images.

Footer widgets can be used to add your social media profiles, top posts, top commentators and other widgets.
Pre-Made Page Templates plus Shortcodes

The Fusion Theme comes loaded with 7 pre-made page templates which you can use for a variety of pages on your blog. After the blog is set up you need not create page after page with different designs but just use these templates. As with other themes a wide range of pre-coded short codes are there that you can use to create different looking pages.

Stuff that you get( templates)

    Blog
    Contact
    Full Width
    Gallery
    Portfolio

You can get the Fusion theme along with 84 other awesome themes from Elegant Themes on a yearly membership which is as low as $39.

About

My name is Brian and I’m a Graduate of Business Administration Marketing. I work full time in Sales and Marketing. I am also the owner of Blog Engage a social network I created specifically for bloggers. Come and join us on Blog Engage

Host Your WordPress Blog On Bluehost

Bluehost has been in the hosting business for a long time. They are one of the best hosting companies for hosting your WordPress blog. They have different types of services for different types of customers. They have Shared Hosting, WordPress Hosting, VPS Hosting and Dedicated Servers.

Shared Hosting

The Shared Hosting is the cheapest service they have. They have three plans within shared hosting – Starter, Plus and Business Pro. The Starter plan is naturally the cheapest. You can have 1 website, 100GB of disk space, unlimited bandwidth, 1 parked domain, 25 sub domains and email accounts. If you’re just starting out with your blogging journey, it’s better to go with the starter plan. Along the way, as your traffic increases, you can upgrade your plan.

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Plus and Business Pro are only meant for sites that have high traffic and high resource usage. With these you can have unlimited websites, unlimited disk space, unlimited bandwidth and unlimited email accounts. With the Business Pro, you get some extra features like 1 SSL certificate, site backup, 1 domain privacy and a very high performance. You also get Global CDN with both Plus and Business Pro which ensures that your site serves content to your readers as fast as possible.

VPS Hosting

For customers, who have website that receives a lot of traffic and consumes a lot of resources, VPS Hosting is recommended. VPS Hosting will enable customers to have a powerful hardware at the backend. Bluehost has 4 plans for VPS hosting – Standard, Enhanced, Premium and Ultimate. The higher you go, more the cost and more powerful the hardware.

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For example, the Standard VPS plan comes with 2 CPU Cores, 30GB SAN, 2GB RAM and 1TB of bandwidth. The most expensive plan – Ultimate comes with 4 CPU cores, 240GB SAN, 8GB RAM and 4TB of bandwidth. You also get a money back guarantee which means if you’re not happy with what you’re getting, you can get your money back.

Dedicated Servers

For any hosting company, Dedicated Servers are the most expensive platforms they have provide. Each customer will have separate servers and high speed servers.

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Dedicated Servers are meant for the highest of the highest resource hogging sites. Here too, they have 3 plans – Standard, Enhanced and Premium. For example, Blog Engage runs on a dedicated server. The Premmium plan for the dedicated server comes with 1 TB of storage, 16GB of RAM and a huge 15TB of bandwidth. You also get 4 3.33GHz CPUs with the premium plan.

WordPress Hosting

Bluehost also provides managed WordPress hosting – Blogger, Professional, Business and Enterprise. The Standard plan comes with websites that support 100 million websites, 30GB storage, 30GB backup and 2GB of RAM.

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For those WordPress sites, which gets a lot of traffic you have the Enterprise plan which comes with 240GB of storage, 240GB of backup, 8GB of RAM along with SSL certificate and Site Backup Pro.

So, if you’re starting on your blogging journey or would like to migrate a high traffic site from your current host, Bluehost is a viable choice. They have a great track record.

About Brian

My name is Brian and I’m a Graduate of Business Administration Marketing. I work full time in Sales and Marketing. I am also the owner of Blog Engage a social network I created specifically for bloggers.

Beautiful Pro Theme by Studiopress

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Studiopress has recently launched a score of new Genesis themes, Beautiful Pro Theme. With HTML5 markup it one of the most advanced and fastest theme. If you are already used to HTML5 markup after the Genesis 2.0 update, then this is the theme for you.

Along with HTML5 markup, you also get a mobile responsive template, custom header and custom menus. You also get a custom landing page template included in the theme itself to create sales pitches and increase your online earning.

The landing page provides a distraction free content to the visitors whose sole purpose is to make a sale. The themes are also SEO optimized, so you will get higher search engine rankings with them.

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Genesis Framework

But before using the Beautiful Pro Theme, you need to have the Genesis Framework installed. The framework is the parent without which your child theme won’t even install. Genesis Framework and their child themes actually work in a very simple way.

Their working is similar to object oriented programming similar to how Java works. If you have done Java, you would probably know how inheritance works. The Child themes (Beautiful Pro) will actually inherit some of the properties of the parent theme (Genesis Framework) and along with some of it’s own properties, it creates a great looking website for you.

Beautiful Pro Features and Support

In terms of display, you have three different templates – one normal and two responsive (one for smartphones and one for tablets). You can check out the demos in the purchase page. You also get three default layouts – sidebar / content, content / sidebar and full page width. In terms of templates, you get four options – archives, blog, columns ( where you can have multiple columns ) and the landing page template for making sales pitches.

When you buy the Genesis Framework, you get unlimited updates and supports and access to detailed tutorials. And you will only have to pay once for the theme. After that, you can only buy the other child themes that you will love. The price of the combined Genesis Framework and a child theme costs $99.95.

So, make sure you check out Genesis Framework and it’s Beautiful Pro Theme.

About Brian

My name is Brian and I’m a Graduate of Business Administration Marketing. I work full time in Sales and Marketing. I am also the owner of Blog Engage a social network I created specifically for bloggers.

Join The Blog Engage Affiliate Program $25 USD Sign Up Bonus

Did you know Blog Engage offers 25% recurring commissions on all sales you bring to the community? Not only are these commissions 25% but they are all recurring. This means as long as your referral remains a customer you will be paid monthly, until they cancel the membership.

Blog Engage is known for keeping customers a long time which makes for a very profitable affiliate program. We have paid out over $6000.00 in commissions to our members and continue to show strong growth and sales starting into 2018.

When you sign up to the Blog Engage affiliate program we give you a $10 USD sign up bonus. The bonus is simply for signing up and is available for everyone. This sign up bonus can also be combined with another $10 USD article bonus. This means if you write about our community on your blog you will receive $20.00 USD in total sign up bonus.

Overall the process for understanding how commissions work is very easy. We charge a certain dollar amount for our services. Depending on what package your referral picks determines the amount of your commission you earn. For example is a referral subscribes to our $25.00 USD service the commission for you as an affiliate would be $6.25 monthly.

Another very important element to understand about the affiliate program is we allow you to have up to 5 tier affiliate referral accounts. This means when you refer a user to Blog Engage and they sign up to affiliate lights you will earn 25% recurring commissions of their 25% recurring commissions. In this example, as mentioned above your commissions was $6.25 USD monthly your tier commission would be $1.56 USD.

Our last touch to make this all great and all amazing is to offer an additional 5.00 USD bonus for adding your first Blog Engage banner to your blog sidebar site wide. Let’s face it, in order to make money you have to add the banner and this is a nice way to ensure you feel good about it.

Minimum payout is small and set to $50.00 USD. We also do not require you to wait an entire months for payment like Google we pay balances at end of every month. So what are you waiting for? Take a moment and earn all the bonus offers with our Blog Engage affiliate program.

Let’s Recap

1. Sign up to Affiliate Lights ($10 USD Bonus)
2. Write about Blog Engage ($10 USD bonus)
3. Add Banner to site wide sidebar ($5.00 USD Bonus)

About

My name is Brian and I’m a Graduate of Business Administration Marketing. I work full time in Sales and Marketing. I am also the owner of Blog Engage a social network I created specifically for bloggers. Come and join us on Blog Engage

Increase Your Blog’s Conversion With OptinMonster

OptinMonster

OptinMonster is lead generation WordPress plugin. The plugin is known for having the ability to convert visitors into subscribers. OptinMonster is pretty well known in both the blogging as well as WordPress community. With OptinMonster, you have the ability to create beautiful forms that quickly grabs your visitor’s attention.

How OptinMonster helps

You can create just about any type of form that you want. You also have the option of choosing how the form appears to your visitors. There are various types of Optin Forms available like lightbox WordPress popups, floating bars, slide-ins, after post forms, sidebar forms.

OptinMonster’s biggest reputation in the blogging community is due to high conversion rates and simplicity of use. You can buy the plugin and get started with it in minutes. OptinMonster comes with an easy to use form builder which helps to set up a beautiful looking form in minutes. A lot of pre-made templates are available with the plugin. It takes seconds to apply them, make some changes and then use them on posts and pages. It also supports most of the good looking Google Web Fonts which makes your form look more elegant and professional.

The plugin is also capable of smart user targeting. Optimizing and targeting users are one of the key reasons that OptinMonster has a huge conversion rate. After installing OptinMonster, webmasters have seen as much as 600% increase in email subscription in a week.

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The plugin also has A/B testing options. You can experiment with the content and layout of the form to see which ones work best. You can also test with the headlines and style to find out which attracts the more no. of subscribers.

The plugin also supports page level targeting. For a specific page, you can have separate optin forms. This is particularly useful when you’re promoting products. For a product specific page, you can have an optin form specific to that product. For example, if you are trying to sell your own ebook on your blog, you can just write down something about your book and have an optin form pop up for downloading the ebook.

OptinMonster also shows the user an optin form when they are about to leave. Research has shown that 70% of the readers who leave never return. So, grabbing and converting them when they are on your blog is the key. OptinMonster at the right moment, when the reader is about to leave will show an optin form.

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The plugin also has an analytics section which you can use to analyze clicks, views and overall conversion states. You can also determine which page is performing better than others. You can use the data provided and strategize more effectively on what needs to be improved.

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OptinMonster works with most of the email marketing softwares which includes Mailchimp, Aweber, Constant Contact, GetResponse and many more. The plugin also works with custom HTML form scripts. So, you can even code own form and have the same functionality. So, make sure you check out OptinMonster.

About Brian

My name is Brian and I’m a Graduate of Business Administration Marketing. I work full time in Sales and Marketing. I am also the owner of Blog Engage a social network I created specifically for bloggers.

Overcoming The Challenges Of Blogging

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We all face challenges when blogging online. It’s difficult to produce consistent quality content for our blog readers. The challenges we face make us the bloggers we are today.

Some bloggers give up, they don’t have time or perhaps the skills needed to make a blog work. The rest of us keep moving forward and continue trying to make a splash in the blogosphere.

I’ve been blogging since 2007, I’ve seen tons of bloggers come, and tons of bloggers go. I see the challenges they face and in today’s article I’m going to cover some of the more serious ones that may lead you to quit blogging. Whatever you do, please don’t give up, face these challenges and overcome them. Blogging provides a lot of positive experiences I don’t want to see you missing out on them.

    Content Creation

Creating content for our blogs is extremely difficult. We have to constantly find and produce quality content for our blog readers. Determining what our readers are interested in is also a challenge in regards to producing quality content. What do our readers want to see? Understanding our blog audience is key to determining what will be considered as quality content. If you know your blog readers, producing interesting and quality content will become much easier.

    SEO and Social Media Marketing

Understanding Search Engine Optimization can prove to be very difficult for most bloggers. Combining SEO with Social Media and all of a sudden you need a degree in marketing to have a high traffic and actively visited blog. Time management plays a key role here as well, spend too much time marketing and doing social media you lack time for content creation. Creating a strong brand with social media is something most bloggers do not understand. I see users constantly using different images on many social media sites, this is a huge error and should be rectified ASAP!

    Design and Usability

Creating a website that is easy to use for our blog readers is extremely important and not easy to do. We have to keep in mind the usability of our site by removing ads when we have too many and other distracting sidebar widgets we don’t really need. Creating a usable environment for our blog readers is so important when trying to keep them engaged and coming back. Another factor that plays into this is the load time of our blog, will people be able to visit our site at fast and reliable speeds?

    Engaging our Audience

Taking time to have discussions with our blog readers is extremely important, but also time consuming. I try my hardest to reply to all my comments but sometimes it’s just not possible. The point here is to do our best and that’s all that matters. Between marketing, content creation, blog management and design we have to make room for reader engagement. I’ve also seen reader engagement to the point of returning comments on other blogs, if you have time, I’ve seen much success with this activity.

    Discussions

What are some of the challenges you faced as a blogger? Share them here in the comments section, also feel free to discusses some of the challenges I’ve mentioned and how you managed to overcome them. I hope to hear some feedback as I know we have all experience many of our own blogging challenges.

About

My name is Brian and I’m a Graduate of Business Administration Marketing. I work full time in Sales and Marketing. I am also the owner of Blog Engage a social network I created specifically for bloggers. Come and join us on Blog Engage

Modern Blogger Theme by Studiopress

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The Modern Studio Pro Theme is one of the recent releases by Studiopress. It has built in HTML5 support for faster rendering making it a very fast loading theme. Studiopress themes are generally known for being elegant and fast, and the Modern Blogger theme doesn’t disappoint.

Modern Studio Pro Theme wasn’t actually created by Studiopress, it was by a company called Pretty Darn Cute Design. But it’s similar to other child themes and you also need the Genesis Framework for the child theme to work. The theme looks very simple and elegant and prefect for creating an attractive blog. It’s a fixed width theme with mobile responsive support. The theme also comes with advanced SEO settings which is perfect for getting some good organic traffic.

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Modern Blogger Features

The theme comes with 6 layout options – content/sidebar, sidebar/content, content/sidebar/sidebar, sidebar/sidebar/content, sidebar/content/sidebar and full width content. It also has three separate templates for blog, archive and columns page.

The theme also comes with a custom header where you can modify the header area of the theme to your likings, custom background using which you can set any background image or color and featured images where images will displayed for each individual posts provided you set a featured image for them.

The Modern Blogger Theme also consists of a portfolio page which you can use to show off the images of all the work that you have done. Having a portfolio is always a great idea because it can bring in potential clients through which you can make more money online. Along with all this you also get multiple color options and custom widgets for ad placements. And it also supports threaded comments which means comments support nesting structure up to a certain level.

The theme is also ecommerce ready meaning that you can sell items online anytime. It has a cart option where items will show up when you choose products. Therefore, customers also have the ability to create their own account and there is also a specially designed checkout page which they can use to make the payments.

Pricing

Remember that you will need the Genesis Framework to install this theme. If you already have the framework then you don’t need to buy it again. You can just buy the child theme. The theme and the framework together costs $99.95. So, make sure you check out this awesome Modern Studio Pro Theme.

About Brian

My name is Brian and I’m a Graduate of Business Administration Marketing. I work full time in Sales and Marketing. I am also the owner of Blog Engage a social network I created specifically for bloggers.