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How to Teach Yourself SEO in 30 Days

 

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Today’s suggested read is a self-guided learning article I found on HubSpot: “How to Teach Yourself SEO in 30 Days.” From the perspective that you can never know enough about SEO, I’m sharing this so I can actually work my way through all 30 days … eventually.

Learn the basics of SEO in 30 days — covering everything from on-page SEO to keyword research to measuring success.

Source: How to Teach Yourself SEO in 30 Days

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How Different Age Groups Consume Content

I came across this great article in Marketing Land, where they look at the habits of Millennials, Gen Xers and Baby Boomers when it comes to consuming content. What I took away was that “Blog Posts Are The Most Consumed Content By All Three Generations” and I should keep them at 300 words (or close). Good info.

Source: The Generational Content Gap: How Different Age Groups Consume Content

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The Blog Post Checklist – After You Publish Your Post

You’ve written a great post. You did research, proofed and edited, and pulled a fabulous photos. You hit “publish.” Now what? The Blog Post Checklist answers that question, giving us a pdf you can print out to check off items. To do items are organized by stages:

  • Immediately after posting
  • Soon after posting
  • Later after posting

The list is a great tool to make sure you’re maximizing your blog posts and helping to get readers. Because, really, if no one reads your great post it sort of defeats the purpose of the blog.

Get the Checklist at: The Blog Post Checklist: After You Publish Your Post

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Turn Blog Posts Into An eBook

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As a blogger I’m always looking for ways to get more use out of my existing content. Ebooks are a natural place to expand for bloggers. SITS Girls posted a great step-by-step post to walk you through the process. Even if you’re not interested in this right now, bookmark it!

Step-by-step instructions to help you turn blog posts into an eBook – choosing the right posts, designing your cover, formatting, and self-publishing.

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Source: How To Turn Blog Posts Into An eBook | SITS Girls, Self-Publishing

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Find Instructions to Add “Pin it! Button to Your Blog

One of the most useful things you can do for your blog is to make it easier for your readers to share your posts. This post gives instructions on how to add a “Pin It!” button to your blog. The instructions seem simple. I promise to do this to my blog … later.

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Source: Add “Pin it! Button to Your Blog/Cómo Insertar Botón “Pin it” en tus Posts | Lifestyle with Danny

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How do I Start a Blog and Make Money Online?

I get this question frequently: “how do I make money blogging?” This guide from Tips and Trips HQ is the most comprehensive single source I’ve found that gives you info on everything you need — from getting a domain to creating content then making money off that content. Very useful page to bookmark.

This is a step by step and easy to follow guide that will help you setup your own blog from the start. This guide is not to motivate someone to start blogging.

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Source: How do I Start a Blog and Make Money Online? | Tips and Tricks HQ

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Why You Should Avoid Hotlinking

Have you started using the new WordPress bookmarklet? It’s the “button” you add to your browser that basically turns the current webpage into a blog post. One of the new features is that it “suggests” embedding an image from that webpage … an image that doesn’t belong to you (in most cases).

Free Technology for Teachers defines hotlinking as “inserting a picture into a blog post through a URL rather than uploading the image file itself to your blog.” This is fine, if you own the picture. However, if you are bascially “stealing” someone else’s image, that’s when it becomes a problem.

So, don’t hotlink your images!

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Source: What is Hotlinking? – Why You and Your Students Should Avoid It | Free Technology for Teachers

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Ways to Make Money With Your Blog

If you’re a blogger trying to monetize your blog, or just someone who’s considered trying on blogging as a source of income, then you need to check out ProBlogger’s latest post. It’s a comprehensive list of ideas on passive and active income sources for your blog. Definitely worth checking out.

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Source: The Full Blog Monetization Menu – 60+ Ways to Make Money With Your Blog: @ProBlogger

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Where To Submit Your Writing (as a blogger)

Want to guest blog and need some inspiration on where to submit your writing? The SITS Girls give us “8 Places To Submit Your Writing.”

Looking for more exposure for your blog? This list of places to submit your writing is a great way to get started. Includes paid and unpaid opportunities.

The list includes BlogHer, Herstories, and Buzzfeed.

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Source: 8 Places To Submit Your Writing

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Free Tools To Improve Your Marketing

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I’m always looking for great (free) tools to help me with online marketing. Here are a few that will interest the bloggers out there (found via LinkedIn):

Google Scholar.
From their website: “Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature. From one place, you can search across many disciplines and sources: articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other web sites. Google Scholar helps you find relevant work across the world of scholarly research. ”

Open Site Explorer (from Moz).
This tool lets you see which sites are linking to yours.

Blog Topic Generator (from HubSpot).
Lets you “fill in the fields with terms (preferably nouns) that you’d like to write about” so they can come up with a week’s worth of relevant blog post titles for you to use. Very helpful.

There are other tools in the article that you might find interesting. These are just the ones I thought would be helpful to me.

Do you have others to recommend?

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SOURCE: 10 Free Digital Tools To Improve Your Marketing | LinkedIn

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