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Blogging has completely changed everything on the internet. Through the use of WordPress it’s never been easier to start a web site and create content online. Not only have blogging been powerful for brands and businesses of all sizes, but also as a foundation and platform for individuals to have a voice of their own as well.

When I launched this blog back in 2007, I never thought it would have grown what it is today and brought in many of the amazing opportunities it has. Once such opportunity being the launch of my “Rise of the Entrepreneur“, where I connect with some of my closest friends in the industry and share their stories of how they got to where they are today.

With over 70 episodes in the books so far, it’s definitely become one of the best ways for me to give back to the community, while also building something much more valuable than just another written blog posts. Podcasting is amazing and brings stories and motivation to life.

Of the 70+ shows I’ve done, I wanted to hand pick 20 of the best episodes that were focused on the power of blogging and what can come from it. Enjoy!

20 Great Blogging Stories You Will Never Forget

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Jeremy Schoemaker and the “ShoeMoney” Brand

As one of the most well known affiliate marketers and bloggers in our space, Jeremy was not on a path for success when he was first starting out. He was overweight and stuck in a bunch of dead end jobs that he hated. While working at his 9-5 job, he was actually building out his own mobile based sites and eventually got fired. Good thing he did, because everything started to around for Jeremy and through his blog at ShoeMoney.com, he’s been sharing his journey while also creating an amazing seven figure a year brand and business in the process!

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John Loomer and the Power of Facebook Ads

Blogs get started for a lot of reasons and it’s always interesting to see how they will develop into much more over time. In the case of Jon Loomer, he wasn’t sure where his blog, or even his future employment would be coming from. After having success in other areas, Jon decided to dive into the world of Facebook Advertising and nothing else — he simply wanted to be the best at Facebook Ads! A few years later and Jon is now one of the most respected and sought after names for everything Facebook Ads related.

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Brian Clark and the Power of Content Marketing

I first met Brian Clark many years ago when the affiliate conferences were on cruise ships! Over the years I’ve had the opportunity to watch CopyBlogger grow from a simple blog, to the mega powerhouse company and business it is today. It’s amazing to hear Brian’s story of not only how he got his start in the online world, but also how he was able to scale his CopyBlogger into what it is today.

Michael Stelzner

Michael Stelzner and the Social Media Examiner Brand

Imagine being able to create a blog and having all of your big wig industry friends contribute to it, and then spinning that success into a podcast, online conference and an offline conference that has an opening party on an air craft carrier! Well, all of that and more is the real life story of Michael Stelzner and how he created what is now known today as Social Media Examiner — one of the largest social media based sites on the internet today.

Syed Balkhi

Syed Balkhi, the Wizard of WordPress

Another close friend of mine, Syed is not only the creator of the insanely popular WordPress plugin OptinMonster, but he’s also the brains behind sites like List25.com and WPBeginner.com — he’s also originally from Pakistan and shares quite a story in this interview. I’ve known Syed for several years now and it’s always fascinating to see what he’s working on next. In addition to being an extremely smart persons, he’s also a great guy to connect with and hang out at conferences as well. If you ever see him, be sure to ask him a question about WordPress!

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Brian Dean Shares the Secrets of SEO and Link Building

In the world of SEO, there are only a few people that I recommend listening to… and Brian Dean is one of them. Through his blog at Backlinko.com, Brian shares his creative and step-by-step tutorials on how to create killer content and build high value backlinks to a site, there is really no reason for anyone to not find success online. It’s seems like Brian Dean only started online a couple years ago, but his knowledge and skills are that of a well-trained veteran! This episode is a must for every site owner.

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Ian Cleary, The Social Media Tools Guy

I heard the name Ian Clearly being tossed around about two years ago, and then I had the opportunity to connect with him while at Social Media Marketing World in San Diego. Long story short, we talked during the conference and have become very good friends every since. In this episode, Ian talks about how he made the decision to be the “go to” source for everything social media tools through his RazorSocial.com blog. The key point here is that he’s the master at “social media tools” and not “social media” — this means all the difference in the world when trying to become the “authority” within any given niche.

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Matthew Woodward and How to Create a Top 100 Blog

Matthew Woodward is an affiliate marketer and site owner who uses his blog at MatthewWoodward.co.uk to share his out-of-the-box thinking to make money online through different marketing techniques. That may seem like a mouthful, because it is. Matthew’s blog is packed with so many tutorials and detailed posts, that he’s actually been awarded a top blogger through many different outlets and has successfully made the leap to full-time affiliate marketer and blogger — while also loving every minute of it.

John Chow

John Chow, the Master of Blog Monetization

If you don’t know who John Chow is, then you probably haven’t been in the world of blogging very long. Several years ago John Chow launched his blog at JohnChow.com with the intention to share picture of what he’s eating for dinner and keeping his friends and family updated with his life. Then John started talking about making money online and one of his readers called him out and said, how can you talk about making money online when you don’t make money with your blog? Well, John took it to heart and soon was making $40,000 a month with his blog. Jump forward to today and John’s blog consistently earns over six figures per month!

Dave Taylor

Dave Taylor Pays His Mortgage with Google Adsense

One of the most common ways to make money on the internet is through the use of Google Adsense — you get people to your site and make money when they click on your ads. The concept works well, especially if you can get a lot of people coming to your site and clicking on those relevant ads. For Dave Taylor, this concept worked so well that he was able to start paying off his mortgage with is Google Adsense checks and by writing daily content to his AskDaveTaylor.com blog. Want to make money for answering questions? Then this episode will be great for you.

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Daniel Scocco Shares His Daily Blog Tips

With millions of bloggers in the world today, when someone wants to start or grow a blog, they are going to search out the top sites and follow what they have to say. Daniel Scocco is the creator of DailyBlogTips, which has become one of the top blogging resource sites on the internet. If you ever get a chance to visit his site, you’ll notice the super clean design and how there aren’t many ads on it. Be sure to listen in to this episode to discover how Daniel has been able to monetize his sites and expand into other areas beyond just blogging.

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Neil Patel – Entrepreneur, Angel Investor, and Analytics Expert

When you think about SEO, the name Neil Patel probably comes to mind. Neil is another good friend of mine and it’s been amazing to watch what he’s been able to do for his personal brand, business and his blog at QuickSprout.com. Through a combination of great content, viral infographic, proven results and being a likable guy, Neil Patel has definitely become one of the most well known and successful bloggers and marketers in the world today.

Spencer Haws

Spencer Haws and Dominating Your Niche

People like to say there are riches in niches, and that was definitely the case for Spencer Hawes, who found early success with the idea of creating mini niche sites and monetizing them through the use of Amazon and Google Adsense. Spencer is also the creator of LongTailPro and blogs at NichePursuits.com, where he shares his case studies, tutorials and what he’s currently working on today. While Spencer found a ton of success in the niche site industry, without his blog he simply never would have been able to scale his name, software and business to what it is today.

Dan Schawbel

Dan Schawbel and the Power of Personal Branding

In Dan Schawbel’s case, he has been able to leverage his blog as one of the leading experts in the world for building your personal brand. Through his blog, Dan shares his personal stories, advice and the best way to build a positive and respectable brand for yourself in this new and exciting world of social media and search.

Jeff Bullas

Jeff Bullas and Blogging the Smart Way

Another amazing story that strictly originated from the concept of building out a blog and having a clear focus on where you want to be. Jeff started his blog at JeffBullas.com after going through a job change and other life-changing situations and was looking to start something new. Through his blog, Jeff has been able to establish himself as one of the most influential bloggers and social media marketers in the world today! Now Jeff gets to travel the world and share his stories of blogging success to inspire others along the way.

Jeni Larson Hott

Jeni Hott and Becoming a Seven Figure Blogger

Blogging doesn’t have to be about personal stories or daily posts that go in a sequence. For Jeni Hott, her blog was more of a resource site and covers everything you could possibly think of in the HGC Diet space. By ranking extremely high in the search results for many competitive terms and through monetization methods such as Google Adsense and affiliate monetization, Jeni has earned millions of dollars through her site and has never looked back.

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Mike Thomas Interviews His Way to Success

Millions of blogs are started for the first time every day. The majority of these new bloggers and online marketers need to walk through the same path as every other blogger and marketer once did… those who document their journey and interview/ask questions from other experts along the way are building up quite a resource for themselves in the process. This is exactly what Mike Thomas was able to do with his site, while also building his own business — which has allowed him to live the dot com lifestyle and generate a full time income from the comfort of his own home, or anywhere else he likes!

Brian Warner

Brian Warner Talks Celebrity Networth

Have you ever looked up the net worth of of one of your favorite celebrities or entrepreneurs? If you did, you probably ended up at Brian’s blog at CelebrityNetworth.com. Today the site is one of the largest financial resources on the internet today, but it actually all started off as a side project and hobby when Brian was doing his first write up on Adam Sandler and his movie earnings. The blog has expanded to an amazing resource with not only thousands of individual profiles, but also detailed blog posts on celebrity net worths and more.

Chris Guthrie

Chris Guthrie & How to Make Money with Amazon

We all use Amazon.com on a daily basis, but mostly as online shopper. While some have figured out how to master the art of making money through Amazon’s affiliate program, others are mastering the art of creating their own products and selling through Amazon’s FBA program. This is something Chris Guthrie just got into recently, already having had success making money with Amazon on the affiliate site. It’s a completely different world and the barrier of entry is not only more pricey and time consuming than affiliate marketing, but so it the upside!

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John Lee Dumas’ Seven Figure Podcasting Empire

Just like the world of blogging has changed everything over the years, podcasting is now doing the same thing. John Lee Dumas is one of the most well-known and successful podcasters in the world today. While other people are releasing podcasts once or twice a week, John decided to go with a different approach and launch his own daily podcast. The result was amazing and six-figure months are now a monthly occurrence with him. Through his blog at Entrepreneur on Fire, John is able to tap into his audience outside of the podcast, build lead generation to his weekly webinars and also offering an online training course to Podcaster’s Paradise where he teaches other would-be podcasters how to do the same! John has also recently passed the 1,000 episode mark with his show.

Now It’s Time to Create Your Own Story!

Being able to connect with each of these industry experts has been a great accomplishment and I’m very excited to see who else will be added to the list in the coming months and years… maybe it will even be you?

If you are still sitting on the sidelines and haven’t setup a blog of your own yet, be sure to check out my in depth how to start a blog tutorial, where I walk you through the whole process from beginning to end. Just remember… for most of the millionaire entrepreneurs featured above — it all started with a blog!

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Expert Roundup Posts: 20 Examples in Different Niche Markets

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Expert roundups are getting a lot of attention lately. If you haven’t participated in one, I’m sure you’ve at least seen them being passed around through social media or even found on your favorite site. The main reason why expert roundups are such a hot content creation method these days is that not only are you creating new content and value for your audience, your site is also getting a ton of social media shares, expert exposure, and authority in the process.

This is also one of the main reasons why I decided to launch my Rise of the Entrepreneur podcast, with the focus on interviewing experts within our industry.

Here’s a typical 5-step formula for how to create and find success with an expert roundup.

  1. Choose a hot topic or question relevant to your niche
  2. Email/outreach experts the question within your space
  3. Once you get enough answers, publish them all to your site
  4. Send outreach again to your experts and ask them to share your post
  5. Repeat the process and continue to promote previous roundups on your site

The formula works extremely well and it one of the best ways to get expert names within your niche on your site. Since the experts who contribute content back to your site are getting free exposure and a link back to their site, it’s no problem for them to spend a few minutes answering your question and getting back to you.

If you are currently in need of an expert round-up for your own brand or blog, contact me and let’s make it happen! We’ll put together an action plan and outreach strategy that works best for your niche and target audience.

Examples of Expert Roundups in Different Markets

What’s even more exciting about this type of content creation, is that it works in really any niche market. Sports, business, entertainment, finance… they all have hot topics and talking points that can easily be covered.

Let’s take a look at several examples of different successful expert roundups in various industries today.

21 Branding Experts Love Using Infographics

The actual value in expert roundups is always a big question. Sure, you will likely get a lot of engagement, backlinks and social shares to your article, but how are you generating new business or money from it? In this infographic roundup, the question asked was how to use infographics within your outreach and marketing. This is perfect for the site, as they are an infographic design service. No matter what type of roundup you are creating, always try to have a monetization play in effect as well.

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80 Blogging Experts Share their Tips on How to Start a Blog

Expert round ups are all about creating content for your existing audience, while also helping you reach new audiences and further establish yourself as an authority. Below you will find a perfect example of this in motion, through my how to start a blog expert round up. As with most expert round ups, the concept was simple… as a bunch of site owners one question that they could provide a great answer for. The end result was over 80 different ways to find success with blogging — all from proven experts who already put their recommended tip into action.

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22 Nutrition Experts Want to Keep You Healthy

The health and weight loss space is flourishing with content that is read, shared and viewed millions of times daily. In short, there is a never ending need for creating new content in this space. An excellent way to accomplish this, while bringing a new feeling into this mix, is through expert roundups. In this nutrition expert roundup post, Nutrition Fox was able to share numerous tips with their audiences, while creating an effective new way to increase backlinks, views and social activity in the process.

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75 Relationship Experts Share their Advice

When you think about expert roundups, you probably don’t think about some of the best niche markets and industries that they could be used in. This relationship roundup is a perfect example. What makes it even more exciting is that over 75 different experts were able to contribute to it!

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How 27 PR Experts Handle A Media Crisis

Something like reputation management and PR is huge for any existing personal brand, business or organization on the internet today. We all know that once something goes online, not only is it there forever… it also has the potential to go viral and cause problems quick! So what would some of the smartest minds in PR do to protect themselves? You will just have to check out this expert roundup to find out.

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12 Foodie Expert Share their #1 Tip for Health Eating

No matter what type of blogger or expert you might be, healthy eating is something everyone can relate with. While most bloggers are focusing on creating roundups that are extremely niche focused, bringing together a collection of food bloggers to contribute to a great generic topic like healthy eating is a perfect way to reach new audiences around the world. Wondering what these food bloggers recommend for cooking fast and easy healthy meals? You’ll just have to check out each of their answers in the foodie roundup.

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30 Expert Opinions on Why Men Cheat in Relationships

If you want to have one of the most read and well-respected relationship sites on the internet, you are going to need to have some expert advice for your audience as well. That is exactly what you will find at Marriage.com. Not only does their site have thousands of articles on relationship, love, and dating, they also have expert roundups as well. One of the more popular ones on the site focuses on why men cheat and highlights the opinion of thirty different relationships experts and their own unique reasoning.

Gardening Experts Trying to Save Your Garden

If you have a question about your home garden or even how to grow one… where do you go? For most people, it’s probably the local Home Dept or Lowes. Instead of trekking out to the store, why not search online and see what you can find. An excellent way to provide a useful resource to your audience while also answering commonly asked questions is through gardening roundups like the one featured below. Not only is this roundup niche specific, it’s also evergreen content — as it will be useful year after year whenever gardening is in season.

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25 Experts Discuss the Future of SEO

In the world of online marketing and branding, expert roundups seem to take place on a daily basis. A few of the most common reasons for this is that so many people in our industry are willing to help each other out with information, while there also being a wide range of sites and resources always looking to create valuable content through such roundups. A perfect example of this can be seen at RankWatch, where they compiled answers from 25 different marketing experts to help us all better understand how to rank in Google and what the future of SEO might hold.

16 Cycling Bloggers Want You To Go Biking

When it comes to creating content for a niche focus blog, it’s all about knowing what your audience is looking for. For example… if you had a biking blog, how much could you possibly write about on biking? I’m sure there is plenty if you are in expert in this space. Another option is to simply interview other biking experts within your industry as well. Here’s a perfect example of a roundup in the cycling space.

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10 SEO Experts Want to Expand Your Site Reach

Yes, I’ve even featured a few expert roundups of my own on a few of my sites. Some people like to go with super long roundups and will try to get as many people as they can to contribute. On this one, I simply went with 10 and it worked out extremely well. All it took was a few minutes to send out emails to a few SEO experts, send them a question and then compile all of the answers into a nice looking roundup post.

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90 SEO Experts Discuss Effective Link Building

When being in a competitive niche industry like SEO or online marketing, associating big name experts with your site can be a huge deal. Tim Soulo did a great job with in this in his ahrefs roundup which featured 90 different SEO experts within the industry. Not only did this result in massive shares and branding for the site, it was also hitting their target audience as well — people wanting to do more with their SEO.

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Beauty Experts Discuss Personal Looks

If you search around Google long enough, you will probably find expert roundups on just about anything. I was able to come across this one on a lesser known beauty blog, but it was still enough to grab my attention. The goal of this site is to review hair straightening products. Through the use of this personal looks roundup, I’m sure they were about to creep their way higher in the search results and move passed a lot of their competition.

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48 Experts Share their Preferred eCommerce Platform

In the world of online marketing and business, it’s always important to choose the right hosting, advertising, and ecommerce platforms. With so many different solutions to choose from, what better way to get an idea of what’s working best, than through the use of asking experts what they are using. That is exactly what you will find in this ecommerce software round up. This round up was yet another one, completed by Minuca Elena.

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16 Experts Look into the Future of Virtual Reality

When you have access to a lot of experts (which is something we all have), sometimes you just need to get creative. Don’t feel that you need to always ask the same SEO or marketing questions. Some of the best roundups or conversations happen when you step away and get more personal. A great example of this is seen in the virtual reality roundup with experts in the mobile application space. Let’s check back on this post in a few years and see how many of them were on the right track!

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17 Marketing Experts Share Their Favorite Logo

When you see a logo design from the likes of McDonalds, Starbucks or Disney… how does it make you feel? Some of the most famous logo designs in the world today don’t even have names associated with them, yet people know who/what they are. Some people will a lot of money just to have a brand name logo on something, versus getting a generic version. Logos make people feel differently about brands around the world and this logo design expert roundup is a perfect example of why and how. Not only is this roundup focused on the thought process of different marketers and why logos make us think the way they do, it’s also a great promotion tactic for the site to push their logo design services.

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39 Companies Share their Key Methods for Retaining Talent

Running a business in the world on the internet today is hard enough. Keeping your best employees and staff is even harder. This is often referred to as ‘employee retention‘ and is something that every business will need to go through and something that some are betters with than others. In this expert round-up from TimeDoctor, we can learn from 39 different businesses and tech-companies on what they are doing to grow their business, while also keeping their best employees

50+ Internet Security Tips from the Experts

The more focused your expert roundup is to the core of your business, the more likely you are to find success. Internet security probably isn’t one of the most exciting topics to read or write about, but when you bring in a lot of expert opinions, it instantly becomes more interesting. This is also a great example of how to create content that helps with backlinking and social activity.

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28 Parenting Bloggers Share their Buying Mistakes

Mommy and parenting bloggers are some of the most powerful people on the internet. While most of them won’t have a massive reach or following, the following that they do have is usually quite loyal. The same holds true for many of the shopping and coupon bloggers out there as well. When they aren’t saving money or dishing the dirt on the latest parenting tips, you might just find some of them on parenting expert roundups like this one.

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25+ Industry Veterans Reflect Back on Affiliate Summit

To bring this “expert” expert roundup series to a close, I wanted to bring us back to one of my best and most favorite roundups on the internet — which also happens to be right on this very blog. This round up is from Affiliate Summit attendees (mainly industry veterans), who were all asked what their favorite / most memorable story or event was over the past 15 years of Affiliate Summit events. This round up was perfect for many reasons, but mainly because they were all genuine stories that related not only with other Affiliate Summit attendees but also the person telling the story.

As mentioned in one of the earlier roundup examples… don’t feel obligated to always just ask a single question. Feel free to make it more open ended to bring more conversation and engagement to the table.

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Creating Your Own Expert Roundups

Now that you’ve seen what’s possible with expert roundups, it’s time to start creating one of your own. The most time-consuming part of this whole process is the outreach process, as you will need to individually email each of the experts you would like to include within your roundup. What takes even longer is the process of actually finding the contact information for each person. To help with this process, I highly recommend using a solution like Outreach Ninja (14 day free trial).

Once the outreach process has taken place, then it’s a waiting game to see who is getting back to you. Again, a tool like Outreach Ninja can help with this, as you can build contact lists and see how is getting back to you — which is useful for future roundups. After going live with your roundup, be sure to then contact everyone who contributed, to let them know it’s live. Tell them you will be promoting it through social media and you’d appreciate if they could do the same.

Follow the example expert roundups above and the quick action guide above to start creating similar high-quality posts for your own site!

Don’t forget — If you are currently in need of an expert round-up for your own brand or blog, contact me and let’s make it happen! We’ll put together an action plan and outreach strategy that works best for your niche and target audience.

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How to Build a Website in Three Simple Steps with SITE123 Site Builder

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When I first started creating websites back in the mid-90s, it was quite a task! Not only was everything in HTML, it was also a process of individually uploading images, pages, making sure they were all connected together, using FTP software and everything in between. I actually used this same process to create all of my sites up until 2007, then I started using WordPress — which also lead to a massive uprising of drag-and-drop site builders that quickly eliminated the need to ever touch a line of code or have any required design or site skills.

This is exactly what you will find at SITE123, one of the top sites on the internet for creating a website within minutes, and also never needing to worry about technical design skills or hiring a designer to work on site. SITE123 has made this process extremely easy and straightforward by allowing users to sign up, select a ready-made style or layout from their directory, then add content and go live with their site.

It’s really that simple, and today we are going to look at why and how SITE123 became one of the top go-to sources for creating a site online.

SITE123 Makes Website Building Easy

As you can imagine, the website hosting and creation space are extremely competitive. However, SITE123 has established themselves as one of the key players in this space, while also providing their users with everything they need to get started with a personal or professional website of their own. In fact, there are now more than 1.25 million websites running on their site builder platform right now.

If you’ve ever wanted to start a website of your own, but haven’t made the leap yet, there were probably a few common reasons why. More often than anything else, people are scared of the idea of going live with a site and needing to learn something new. Another common reason is the associated costs of having a website. The last reason might have been that you just didn’t know what you would do with a website in the first place.

SITE123 makes this decision process quite simple, while also giving you solutions to these many questions in the process. As mentioned, SITE123 makes the process of creating a website dead-simple, and there are no design skills required. The platform also allows users to get started with a website of their own for free, which provides 500MB of storage, 1GB of bandwidth and also a subdomain. As for the reasoning of why you might want to start a website… I could give you a million! However, consider your options with starting an online diary, a blog, a new business, something you are interested in, or maybe just throwing together a few ideas and going live with a site, then seeing where it goes.

No matter why you create a website, SITE123 makes the process easy.

The Most Simple Site Builder Ever?

Over the years, I’ve tried a lot of different platforms and built many websites using drag-and-drop platforms or even complete CMSs like WordPress. If you are completely new to site building and don’t want to mess around with any of these advanced CMS platforms of designers, you will love how simple SITE123 is.

After creating a free account on their site, I was able to create the start of my new site (below) in less than two minutes. Simple click on any area of the site design on the right side of the page, then you can fill in the details and customize it through the options on the left side menu.

In the screen above you can see the “Homepage” customization options, but also take notice of the many other sections as well — such as the inner pages, design, settings, domain, and more. Click on any of these areas, and a whole new tab section will appear for you to make all of the customizations and changes to your site.

You can actually watch the short 2-minute video below to see how quick and easy it is to run through the site design wizard and completely customize the look and feel of your site in just minutes.

Of the many features built into SITE123, I love how the site is instantly being made and updated as you created it. This will make the content creation and design process so much easier for anyone who is completely new to the concept of site ownership.

SITE123 Offers a Wide Range of Site Templates

Earlier I touched upon some of the most common reasons why someone might not have a website of their own yet. We also covered how easy it is, but we can also see the many different ideas, focuses, and markets you could create a site for as well.

When you first sign up for a SITE123 account, one of the first questions is what type of website are you interested in building? Based on your selection, the site builder will then select a theme that you can start working off of.

No matter which of the categories or templates you choose, each user is given access to a wide range of features that are built right into the platform. These features include, but aren’t limited to:

  • free hosting
  • free SSL/HTTPS encryption
  • unlimited web pages
  • email accounts
  • 24/7 website support
  • access to their large image, icon and video library

Depending on the focus of your site and the style you go for, users will also find different features and design structures within each theme. A perfect example of this would be if you selected “photography”, you would then find the theme is more visual focused and allows for the uploading and displaying of images and photos throughout the site.

To truly understand and experience the many features and site designs on the platform, it’s best to sign up for a free account and start playing around with the site builder tool.

How to Start a Blog with SITE123

As mentioned earlier, there are many drag-and-drop site designers on the marketplace today, but many of them are just for building static sites. What makes SITE123 stand out from the crowd is that they have blogging capabilities built right into their platform. This makes the concept of blogging even easier, and especially for anyone who might want to avoid learning how to use WordPress altogether.

Keeping with the simplistic navigation and setup as most of the features on SITE123, setting up your own blog through their platform is quite simple as well. All you need to do is select the “Add New Post” button, and start adding your content. The option is also there to edit/delete content as needed.

Just like all website and design templates on SITE123, blogs are fully responsive and viewable on all devices as well.

When working on an individual post (shown below), the option is also there to schedule for your content to go live at any given time. You can also see the text/formatting options on the right side of the page as well. All extremely simple to use, and pretty much no technical learning or design skills required.

If you are familiar at all with the concept of blogging, this will all seem quite simple. If not, SITE123 makes the process easy enough. All it takes is a click of a button to insert images and videos, add links to your text, adding tags, titles and descriptions are also a breeze as well.

Again, the best way to learn and experience this firsthand is to simply create an account and see what you can start making on your own.

What is the real cost of SITE123?

SITE123 is a business — which means they need to make money. However, they’ve done an extremely good job at catering to all markets with this, while also making their technology and site builder free for anyone who wants to go live with a site of their own.

If you would like to go live with a free site, all you need to do is sign up and that’s what you will get. This includes a subdomain, and limitations of 500 MB of storage and 1 GB of monthly bandwidth. For anyone just wanted to get started with a personal site of their own and wanting to learn the process, this is more than perfect.

However, if you want to go more professional and start a business or branded website, it’s definitely recommended to go with one of their premium plans — which start out at just $9.80 per month. You can see a break down of each payment and membership plans below.

Some of the most immediate benefits of going with an upgraded plan on SITE123 is getting a free domain name, having the branded floating tag removed, and also the ability to set up e-commerce features on your site and getting much higher levels of storage and bandwidth.

Now that you’ve seen how easy it is to create a site with SITE123, why not create an account and get started with one of your own?

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Blog Post Ideas: How to Turn Your Ideas into Engaging Blog Posts?

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Blogging and creating content on the internet is all about ideas and getting creative with what you have to offer. However, what most bloggers and content marketers don’t realize is that you aren’t supposed to come up with new and innovative ideas for content or making money online, but instead, new and innovative ways to portray that message.

This is something I often cover in detail in many of my articles and online courses. The concept of making money online and getting the attention is no different than any other business in the world today. At the end of the day, people are using the internet for three different reasons.

  1. To find information
  2. To be entertained
  3. To buy something

Instead of trying to come up with that completely new and original million dollar idea, just spend the necessary time and focus on a legitimate business model and demand from your audience, while also catering to their needs in the process. Once you have all of this in place, you can then start refocusing your efforts on how to create better and more creative content based on these needs.

To help with this process, today we are going to share some valuable insights that will help you turn your idea in a series of blog posts, while also highlighting a few examples of what’s currently working for other bloggers, brands, and content creators.

How to Know Your Idea is Suitable for a Series?

Being a writer, you have no shortage of ideas. But when it comes to establishing your own niche, there are various things you should consider before penning down your series. This includes everything from your basic knowledge on a specific topic, how far out you would like to schedule your content, and also the monetization and optimization of your content. It would also be a huge benefit if you understand SEO and know how to look up the necessary keywords to see how much of a demand there currently is for your proposed topic.

Below you will find some of the important points that suggest your idea has the potential of a great blog series.

– Different People with the Same Issue: For instance, a physician who blogs about obesity and its health hazards can create a series of articles consisting of several diet and workout tips or plans to help people lose weight. These posts can encourage readers to adopt a healthier lifestyle.

– Come up with a List: If you write for your living, then you have a sense for how to delve deep into your ideas and develop them for an audience.

– Overflow: When you start writing, you a flow but soon you find the post turns out to be something that is focused on more than one topic, like a collection of relative ideas.

– Your Audience Wants More: This is a clear giveaway! You have received several queries related to your posts, and your readers want you to explore a specific topic, expanding your grasp and library.

– A Theory: If you want to teach your readers about something deep and complex by exploring a theory or idea, then creating a series of blog posts will be a great idea.

Hubspot also pointed out “According to our own analysis at HubSpot, headlines between 8–12 words in length got the most Twitter shares on average. As for Facebook, headlines with either 12 or 14 words received the most Likes.“. This is something every blogger and content creator should focus on before and after completing their articles. Not only will the overall content length of your article be important, but so will the headline and words you choose for your article title as well.

Creating Your Own Series

It’s not enough to simply create content for your site, you also need to make sure it stands out from the crowd and has it’s own style as well. The more time and effort you put into your site content and the user experience, the better ROI and longterm growth you will likely see. With all of this in mind, let’s take a look at a few valuable tips that will help you establish a well high engaging series of blog posts that will win you a loyal audience.

An Introduction

You need to an introduction to your series. This can be a dedicated blog post or a paragraph. Make sure you convey your message with it. This is something ConvertKit does extremely well. Not only are they one of the top email marketing and delivery platforms on the internet today, they also know how to create valuable content for their audience. In the example below, you can see how to create a killer introduction for one of their content marketing series. By starting out your article strong, with the necessary text, call to actions, and resources, you can immediately impact the user engagement factor from the start.

Review Your Work

Proofread your post, and search for natural breaking points. Look for areas where you stopped talking about one point and started talking about another. If you aren’t interested in proofreading yourself or would like to hire someone with a better English history, this can easily be done through freelance sites like Fiverr or FreelanceMyWay.

The Format

You need to come up with a format for each post. Try a formal layout but be quick and stay to your point. In case you are going to a traditional format, then compose your introduction and conclusion.

Make it Easy to Digest

Keep things simple, and write short paragraphs. Divide your content between sub-headings to help the reader navigate. Make your content digestible for the audience. To see an example of how to effectively do this in a ‘review style’ article, be sure to check out how the content is laid out on Frank’s review site and start implementing these same methods to improve your own engagement rate.

Be Independent

Write as people read every piece as a standalone post. Consider they won’t read related posts or may read them in a different way than you intended. So make sure every point makes sense on its own.

Interlink Your Content

Help people navigate through your content by putting links to your previous posts. You can also list them at the bottom of newer posts. Let your audience know what ideas you have already discussed.

How to Create the Best Content Possible, from Your Best Ideas

As you can see, there are plenty of factors to consider when creating content for your site or training series. The most important thing to remember is that your title is going to get the most attention, and article length is going to play a big role in the SEO process. At the same time, quality is always going to be important.

Once you’ve laid out all of your content and made sure you have some great titles with call to actions and trigger keywords, it’s then time to make sure your content is format in the best way possible. Separate your text with visuals, resources, reference links and anything else that might be of value to your audience.

Last but not least, ALWAYS put in the necessary time and research to effectively promote your content. There are more than a billion active sites online today — which means you are going to need to promote the heck out of your content in order to compete.

Follow all of these steps and you should have no problem finding success with your latest blog post ideas and content series.

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