Blogging Geeks

Writing Great Guest Posts More Efficiently

Most bloggers do something other than blog.  Therefore, when we sit down to blog we want to be as efficient as possible.  I hate when I sit down to put effort into writing a blog post and end up taking 20 minutes to think about what I want to write and then end up getting sidetracked, looking up other various things on the Internet.  So, to use your valuable time most efficiently when you sit down to write a blog post, take some of these tips into consideration.

Know What You’re Going to Write

Blog posts are about things you encounter in your everyday life.  For the most part they focus on something you have a good understand about or enjoy talking about.  Therefore, instead of sitting at your computer thinking about what you should write, you should be sitting down and looking at the top of your idea list.  Most ideas hit me at random times throughout the day. Do not let those ideas slip away!  Send them to your email or write them down.  Now, when you sit down at your computer so can say, “Oh, Yeah!” and get right into it.

Write The Intro Summary Then The Main Points

Good guest posts explain what they’re about to talk about in a basic introduction and then highlight the important headlines of the article.  Since these are most important, I knock them out of the way first.  As I write my introduction my brain zones in on the topic I’m writing about and I type out those headlines below.  Now that I’m done with my introduction all I have to do is write a few small paragraphs about the topics I’ve already highlighted.  Anytime you break a big task into small tasks I feel it’s easier to focus and be efficient.

Write About What You Know

Obviously it’s easiest to talk about what you know, so do just that!  Everyone wants unique content, but just because you’ve written about the same article topic before doesn’t mean you can’t do it again!  Think, there are tons of other people out there with the same ideas as you, writing similar articles, so go ahead and write similar articles yourself.  Think about an article you wrote a few weeks ago and write about the same topic.  Don’t go and read the article, just write a new article on the same topic.  It will be unique and probably better than the other article you wrote because you’re practiced!

Take Advantage of Writing in “The Zone”

We all get in the zone.  It’s when we’re being very productive, finishing tasks more quickly than other times.  Being in the zone is extremely efficient.  Since we’re trying to maximize productivity in a lesser amount of time, take advantage when your brain is on point.  Instead of wasting away at your computer when you can’t write a single word, head off and tackle a different sort of task that needs to get done.  Then, at another time when you come back and feel the writing juices flowing, write 2, 3, 4 articles instead of just 1.

About the Author

Cooper Elling is passionate about health, business & blogging. When he’s not having fun he writes about Sono Bello, blogging, and hacky sacks. He’s also active with Sono Bello on Twitter and Sono Bello on Facebook.

Blogging Geeks

Your Goal Should Be Profits, Not Traffic

Today I want to talk about the importance of focusing on profits and not on website traffic. This is one of the most important business principles you should follow in my opinion.

One mistake that many new webmasters and online entrepreneurs make is to focus on generating website traffic. This is the logic they follow: build a website, work until it is getting a huge amount of traffic, figure out how to monetize that traffic. While this might actually work if you get lucky, it is definitely not the best route to follow. There are plenty of cases of websites and Web 2.0 companies that went bankrupt despite having millions of monthly unique visitors. How so? Simple: they couldn’t monetize the service efficiently, and sustaining the servers and the staff was consuming far too much money.

Traffic is certainly vital on the Internet, but it should be seen as a means to an end, and not the end itself. Just think about it: would you rather have a website that receives 10 million unique visitors monthly and that makes $5,000 in profits, or a website that receives only 20,000 unique visitors monthly but makes $50,000 in profits?

As soon as you start working on the idea for a new website or company, you need to figure out where the profits are going to come from. Here are some of the questions that you might wanna ask yourself: Who is going to gain value from my service or product? Who is going to pay for it? How is he going to pay? Will my costs be lower than my revenues?

This principle should also affect the type of website and business model you end up choosing. For instance, do you know why experienced online entrepreneurs prefer to sell their own products or to work with affiliate marketing instead of building advertising-based websites? Because the first two models need a lot less traffic to make decent money.

The takeaway message is: you are ultimately aiming for profits, not traffic.

Credit: Daniel Scocco

Blogging Geeks

Top Trends Tools For Finding Hot Topics

Finding trends is very important to decide what to write about, which product will be best to promote or launch. Here is my list of trends tools for finding current hot topics.

Which tool you used for finding hot trends?