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Keyword Tool To The Rescue!

Keyword ToolA good keyword tool will help you tremendously to gather your data when you’re looking for niche or a topic to write about. You can do all the search manually, which can take quite a long time or invest in a keyword tool that will speed up the process by automatically doing all the mundane tasks for you.

To appreciate the value of the keyword tool, let’s take a closer look at how to find good keywords to target.

First you want to pick a keyword that is in demand. There’s no point in spending a lot of time optimizing your article for search engines if no body’s looking for that keyword. To do that you can use Google’s free keyword tool called the “Keyword Planner” to get ideas of the monthly search volumes. Look for a keyword that has a minimum of about one thousand searches per month or roughly thirty per day.

Next look at the competition, in the Google Planner Keyword Tool, there’s a section called competition. Look for the keywords with low competition and start making a list of them into a spreadsheet, you can export the keyword list with all the data which makes it easier to sort through.

After that’s done, filter your keywords list based on “Suggested Bid” price. The reason for that is that you want a keyword that has a high commerciality value. That means that other advertisers are willing to pay that much based on Google’s algorithm to be at the top of the advertising section. This is a strong indicator that the keyword has potential to convert well.

This would be phase one for choosing the right keyword, kind of the easy part, just filter and sort the Google data from the keyword tool. To put more chances on your side, select the final keywords that you got left and look at Google’s top ten results to assess your competition. Click on the URL, open up the source code, and look for the meta tags, take note if they have placed the keyword in the title, description, meta keywords, headers, and images.

Also look at their domain age, how many back links point to that page and how many back links point to the root domain. Take note if some of their referral back links come from .gov or .edu websites. Are their site listed in the DMOZ or Yahoo directories? That will also be a good indicator of how strong your competition is.

Basically, the more of those criteria they possess, the tougher it will be to outrank them in the search engines. When it comes to search engine optimization, choosing the right keyword will make all the difference.

Keyword Tool To The Rescue

Luckily for us, that’s not the only way to do this kind of research. What would take weeks if not months to gather and compile all the data can automatically be done with a keyword tool in less than half an hour. I personally use MarketSamurai.com for all my keyword research, it does pretty much everything above with just a few clicks of a button.

They also have excellent support and tons of super high quality free training videos that shows how the software works. They also have a training section to explain theory and practical reasoning as to why these techniques work and why they are so important to consider in your research.

Here are other keyword tools that professionals are using Wordtracker.comSecockpit.com, Wordstream.com, Ultimatenichefinder.com, LongTailPro.com, SerpIQ.com and TrafficTravis.com

What about you, which keyword tool seems like the best fit for your needs?

Autoblog, Automation & Autoposting

AutoblogAutoblog, automation & autoposting can be a huge time saver when trying to maintain and operate your own blog.

You have to keep updating your sites with a minimum of weekly content in order to help keep rank in the search engines.

You simply just don’t have enough time to write content every day because you’re busy doing something else; dealing with clients, your expertise, etc.

I get it, I also had phase where writing was not my main priority but I knew it still had to get done, which left me with a couple options.

First you could hire content writers, but the price of hiring someone can quickly add up. Maybe you’re just not there yet.

The other alternative is to set up an autoblog. A well set-up autoblog will post automatically to your website on a time frame that you chose (like daily, weekly, etc.) allowing you to step aside and focus on something else.

Some people even set up their autoblog with ads so when traffic starts to build up, some viewers click on the ads making the blog owner some money. Every autoblog that I know of are built on a WordPress Platform.

WordPress is free and is super customizable with all the plugins that you can get.

Autoblog, Automation & Autoposting Continued

Here are a few paid user friendly plugins or services that are very easy to set-up.

WPRobot.net  Goes into all the article directories, picks out the article you want based on keywords and places them on your site. They also automatically insert affiliate links once set-up.

AutoBlogged.com Takes RSS feeds you want based on keyword searches and turns them into a blog post for you site automatically.

ArticleBuilder.net Unlike the previous two, ArticleBuilder takes an article and spins automatically (which means changes all the words with synonyms) so all your post will have the same message but using different words make it unique in the eyes of the search engines. I use this service in a combination with another backlink tool on my secondary blog to create automated content and more backlinks to my main blog.

Now this last one is for super advanced techy users. It’s 100% free but the time you’ll need to figure out, well yeah, how much is your time worth? For me it was better to got with the ArticleBuilder.

Anyways, this one has an unlimited potential amount and it’s called Yahoo Pipes. This service allows you to create custom funnels of where you find your content, filter, allow or block specifics, mash it with other content and spit it out automatically where ever you want.

I’m telling you, there’s a lot of opportunities here but this is so complex, even me I have trouble figuring it out. I know of its potential but I just didn’t put the time to figure it out so if you do, let me know how you made it work for you.

Derek Banas from NewThinkTank.com has created a tutorial for this method but it’s still too time consuming for me.

Like I said, for me I chose simplicity with a paid service. Oh by the way, if you want to auto syndicate your published content to social medias, then check out my Social Media Management Nightmare article to learn how I handled that. Autoposting and auto syndicating are two different topics.

What about you, which service will you use for your autoblog?

How To Write Articles Automatically

ArticlesWriting articles for the purpose of article marketing to generate backlinks to your site can be long, tedious and daunting.

How much content can you really have or talk about for all of your articles to be considered “unique” in the eyes of the search engine?

I used to struggle with that until one day, back in like 2006, I came across a video that talked about using synonyms for every words in your article.

That was a great idea, instead of you coming up with all new content, you could simply use the same article but with all new words.

The process as still very long and boring until programmers saw an opportunity there and then started to write software to fully automate the article writing and switching the words for synonyms.

A new industry evolved shortly after with all kinds of new “lingo” to address all the new functionality. They call this: “Article Spinning”.

Essentially, the software will automatically find a lot of synonyms for every words an put it together in a group of text called: “Spintax”.

Articles Created Automatically

It’s kind of complicated to explain, Jonathan Leger is one of those programmers that capitalized on that niche market and he made an awesome 10 minute video that explains article spinning with fancy graphics and all.

I’ve been using his software and following his tips and tricks and incorporated them in my article marketing campaign. The cool part is that his software “The Best Spinner” is that it can easily integrate with another important tool to create automated back linking campaigns. Check out my backlink tool video for more info about that.

Of course The Best Spinner is not the only player in town, it just happens to be the one I’m using. Like always I strongly encourage you to look at more than one product so you can use the one that works best for you.

Other similar companies that offer this type of product are: Spinner Chief, WordAi, Spin Rewriter, Chimp Rewriter, Article Samurai and I’m pretty sure there are tons more if you search for “Article Spinner”.

What about you, how can an article spinning software help you?

Get Paid To Play Video Games

Get Paid To Play Video GamesHave you ever wondered how to get paid to play video games? The gaming industry is one of the biggest markets out there, surpassing the film industry, surely you can get paid somehow. In this article we’ll go over three different methods you can get paid to play video games.

You can make money playing games by becoming a professional gamer, you can follow ESL eSport News and follow their professional gaming circuit. Check out who the players are, which game they play, and attend the “qualifying” competitions as a gaming participant. Some of these tournaments have pretty huge cash money prizes totalling over $600,000 and that’s just one.

Like every professionals in any industry, this method is pretty tough to compete in though, you’ve got to keep in mind that a lot of other participants take their finger-eye coordination very seriously. But it is a possible avenue

Next you can always try to search “jobs for gamers” or “gamer jobs” in Google. These kind of jobs are for game testers, to locate and report bugs. Most of these employees are not only gamers but also programmers that get paid to play video games. They are the ones who actually write and design the games.

So unless you’ve got another skill set to offer the companies, chances are you’re not just going to get an easy free ride just to play games. Getting paid to play video games that way is more of a perk of the job than the job itself.

Get Paid To Play Video Games Continued

Now last but not least, you can get paid to play video games as a video game blogger. A lot of video gamers would love to get paid to play games online this however not every gamers are proactive about it. Starting a video game fan base following to get paid to play games online must be treated as a serious business if you want to make a living out of your passion.

Here’s how to get paid to play video games works. Just like any business, you’ve got to offer something of value and turn your potential clients into raving fans. And what to these fans want? Well, they are other gamers, either starting out, wanting to know effective strategies so they can beat other people.

It sounds somewhat complicated to turn your passion into cash but it’s really not that difficult. Twitch.tv has put a technology and are constantly seeking to work with partners, interesting gamer personalities, people who likes to broadcast video games, etc.

They have all the technology for you to play your game like you’d normally do and teach other what you’re doing and your thought process. In return, those new fan/students, will subscribe at a fee to your channel making you some money. Check out Twitch.tv partner program to get more information.

As you can see, regardless of which avenue you go by; it is possible to get paid to play video games.

What about you, do you know of any other ways to get paid to play video games?

Free Graphic Design Software

Free Graphic Design SoftwareA free graphic design software is an awesome solution when you’re starting out your new business. I get it, I remember I used to try to save a few bucks and do it myself. In fact I was always trying to do everything myself and I went a long way with a free graphic design software.

My personal favorite free graphic design software when I first realized I had to put some images on my site, banner ads and other online profiles was Microsoft Paint. I know it sounds ridiculous to anyone in the graphic design industry but for me, it was great.

It was simple to use, I was able to draw shapes, add caption writing on top of my images, I was able to resize them and all that super simple, easy to use and straight forward.

Oh yes, I can forget about the famous “Print Screen” button on my keyboard. When you see something you like, you simply press “Print Screen” and whatever you see on your desktop will be copied into your computer’s clip board.

Then you can go in your free graphic design software and paste the image. Once in there, you can easily play around with it.

From my understanding, the free graphic design software Paintbrush is kind of the equivalent of Paint but for Mac.

Keep in mind that these free graphic design software are very basic in nature that have limits in the creativity you can have.

Free Graphic Design Software

If you want to go pro or just have more options, like working with layers, color correction, masks and a whole slew of other options then Adobe Photoshop is by far the number one software on the market. I now personally use Photoshop as once I order something from a designer, I ask for the .psd files and I can go in and tweak things that I want to change.

The perfect example for this is my Youtube Thumbnail images (the ones on you see on all my videos). Once I create my video, I open my main thumbnail template and just change the text layer to give the new title. That’s it, nothing else, I keep it really simple, you can see a behind the scenes of my day at work and at about the 6th minute mark you’ll see what I’m talking about.

What I like about Photoshop is that there are a lot of tutorials and action scripts available online, specifically tailored to that software. Here’s an awesome Youtube Photoshop playlist by Robert Baldwin I personally watch to get more tips and tricks on how to use Photoshop.

You can also get a free 30 day trial of Adobe Photoshop here, then it’s like $10 per month (more on the Photoshop price plan here). That’s really good, I remember in the past, they didn’t have a monthly option, you could only buy the full software for like $700.

Side Note! Gimp and Pixlr are both free graphic design software that can help you with your design ideas

Ok, I did say free graphic design software and Photoshop has a free trial. So it sort of counts but what about 100% free graphic design software? No worries I got you covered. Gimp.org is an open source platform that pretty much very comparable to Photoshop. Because it’s an open source, it’s 100% free, you can download it and install it on your computer, work with layers, etc.

It’s a super robust software. I just find that some of the tools and layouts are a little different or located in different menus. I’m sure though you can find lots of tutorial on how to use it.

Finally, the last free graphic design software but not least, is a web based client therefore you don’t have to install it on your computer. You can have access to it anywhere in the world (as long as you have access to an internet connection). This one is called Pixlr.com.

Again the cool part is that you can open your files and work with layers, adjust text, color correction, and again lots of similar tools Photoshop has.

Since I have Photoshop I didn’t really have the need to use these other free graphic design software anymore but at the beginning when I first started out with a limited budget and all, those were my “go to” tools. I also kept note of them just in case I’m travelling somewhere and for some reason I need to fix a banner or something (which is probably NOT going to happen).  haha

These are my selection of free graphic design software tools that are a great compliment for your business arsenal of tools

What about you, how are you going to use these free graphic design software tools?

Generating Content Ideas For Your Website

Generating ContentGenerating content on a daily basis, especially when you’re starting out can be challenging. At first, you don’t really have interaction with your newly created community because, well, it doesn’t exist yet.

So you have to do a “brain” dump of all the valuable information that you know that could be useful for others. Keep in mind that the information you know and seem to take for granted is worth gold in the eyes of someone who doesn’t share your experience.

Every successful business person I know can agree to that. It starts small but with a dedicated routine and following your plan of action you can create significant results. We’ve all been there (yes, me included). As you put your ideas on paper or in a brainstorming application, these will be the seeds of your next content ideas.

Overtime you’ll notice people will start asking you questions or ask you to elaborate on a specific topic and when you get to that point, it’s like a snow ball that turns into an avalanche. You’ll have more questions or discussion that comes in faster than you can post the content out. As your leadership skills grow, you’ll know that you have a strong community when your audience are participating and interacting with you and others.

You will be viewed as a leader and person of influence and when you get to that point, people will follow you to the top of your network marketing opportunity.

Well before you get to that point, you’ve got to build value by generating content but sometimes you’ll get writer’s block, meaning you’re just not sure what to talk about. Generating content for any types of blog requires additional research or triggers some ideas in your mind to talk about a specific subject.

Generating Content For the Right People

People often ask me: “How can you be generating content on a daily basis? Where do you find stuff to talk about?”

Before you just jump into the wild internet west generating content blindly, you’ve got to really know who your audience is and who you’re addressing your messages to. I know for me, it’s anyone wanting to grow a network marketing business using the leverage of the internet. Luckily for me, regardless of any network marketing opportunities out there, I found a mastermind group of successful internet network marketers that are all top performers in their own respective companies.

Side Note! They cover topics like lead generation, search engine optimization, Facebook marketing, Youtube Marketing and tons more. They show their screen as they do every steps of the way and the best part is that it’s 100% free. These are great ways ideas for generating content

They love the internet so much that they all share their own successful methods with each other and guests, which are great at generating content ideas. The best part is they do it in a training format in Google Hangout, live every Wednesday night at 9pm Eastern Time.

All these marketers are 6 and 7 income earners and because of the Google Hangout technology, it allows guests and anyone listening in to participate and ask questions. Again, generating content excuses should no longer exist after attending these trainings.

They cover topics like lead generation, search engine optimization, Facebook marketing, Youtube marketing and tons more. They show their screen as they do every steps of the way and the best part is that it’s 100% free.

After attending training sessions like that, my mind gets fully refreshed with new creative ideas and fueled by passion and motivation, generating content is no longer an issue. I just start writing like there’s no tomorrow.

So if you want to be generating content on a regular basis and need some fresh content ideas or new marketing techniques, then I highly recommend you come and join us on our next live training session. These guys are sharp, they know the ins and outs of today’s marketplace, teach from their own experiences and results and practice what they preach.

But hey not everyone in the world is in our network marketing industry, if you’re not, then look other related magazines, videos, articles, etc. Offer solutions bullet points and make each bullet point a new article. Write reviews on other people’s work. Find out other experts and set up an interview with them, record it and then publish it. There are tons of ways for generating content online, don’t limit yourself to just one. Now go out and start writing!

What about you, do you have other generating content ideas? Share your thoughts.

Behind The Scenes Of A Work From Home Day

Behind The Scenes

Behind the scenes of a work from home day is kind of difficult for me to explain what a work day looks like when I work at home. Seems like I just stay home and do nothing all day but au contraire, a work day has many steps and I have to complete all of them. Today I will take you behind the curtains and show you what really goes on behind the scenes.

You’ll see my daily routine and how I structure and manage my time efficiently. After all to get results, this type of work is pro-active and performance based.

Ok so let’s get into it.

It all starts with the set up. I move my furniture around to align the camera and teleprompter for the best shot possible (sometimes I move that later on, like when it’s time to shoot).

Next, I open my blog and log into the back office of my website, once I’m in, I click add a new post to get started.

From there, I open my keyword research tool (Market Samurai) and I do my keyword, check out, what’s the competition, what people are looking for online, I assess my competition and I look what it’s all about, if there’s a keyword I’m not sure about, I just go check it out and see what it’s all about and from there I assess what my competition is so I can make an informed decision on which keyword to target.

After that’s done, I open up some Private Label Rights articles that I have and do research on the internet to get my mind creative and get brainstorming ideas. I read some stuff and what I like I talk about it in my article and just start to write.

I like to get ideas and point to Wikipedia as it’s known as an authority site online therefore when I point to it from my blog post, I’m perceived as a publisher who gives a great user experience to my readers therefore am rewarded in search rankings.

Sometimes you get writer’s blog but that’s ok, that’s normal, you can take a little break, come back or just plow through that. Once your article is done, you want to make sure your keyword is in your meta tags, so title, description, keywords, images etc that’s really important for SEO. When you get your images, make sure you use images that are a part of the public domain, or make sure that the copyrights allow you to have them on your site. Once you have your image, rename it with your keyword.

When I talk about different tools or products, I like to find various resources available on the internet. From there I look if they have an affiliate program available. This means that if someone coming from my website buys something from them, then I’d get a percentage commission on it. That’s one way of many ways to monetize your blog.

My rule of thumb is that if I’m talking about one service or product, I like to offer my readers the choice of various opportunities and not “pressure” them into one. By giving 2 or 3 choices, then the reader makes their own decisions.

I keep track of all my work in an Excel document. In there I right the names of my saved articles, if I recommend products, the link of my blog site, Youtube URL and many other things related to that piece of content.

Coming back to my article writing, it’s good to take a look on the actual website, that way you get an idea of the look and feel to see if you’re going in the right direction.

Once I’m happy with my article and it’s published on my blog, now it’s time to make the video. I copy my article into Word, save it on my memory stick and put it into my other laptop with the teleprompter software, set-up the camera and teleprompter then I’m ready to go.

I change into more presentable clothes (shirt and tie usually) for a good first impression. Turn on the lights, then action. I get started. What I like about having the teleprompter is that it keeps me sharp, I don’t fluff talk, I don’t side track, I’m very precise, stay on target and I actually really, really enjoy it that way.

Behind The Scenes After Filming

After I’m done recording (which is the fastest part, big chunk of the day goes into writing and preparation), I take everything from the camera and upload it into the computer so I can start editing in my video editing software. I personally use Sony Vegas but there are many other good ones out there.

The first thing to do when editing your video is to cut all the scrap out. So bloopers, tongue twisters, distraction noise, telephone interruptions, etc. All that’s got to go! So you keep it nice and clean and precise.

Side Note! The reason I like to add videos to my blog is to get that personal feel. People get to connect with you a little bit more I find. If you just write an article, it can be seen as a little impersonal whereas with videos, people can relate to you.

Coming back to the video, when I talk about specific companies or sites, I like to take screen shots and insert them in the video. So when I talk about it, my viewers can get a visual reference. It also gives it a clean professional look. It kinds of separates you from the rest, you’re going the extra mile.

When I do the final play, I double check for any mistakes, quite often you’ll pick up on a few things so you just go in and re-adjust. Once everything is to your liking then it’s time to render. It takes a little bit of time for that however you don’t have to be there the whole time it renders, you can do something else.

Next you want to do your “poster” or your Youtube thumbnail while you’re uploading your video on Youtube. Update the thumbnail image with yours, copy and paste your article in the Youtube description, put in the tags (same as your keywords), add it to your playlist (optional), then click publish.

When I’m done that, I take the Youtube URL, then embed it into my blog post, take note of it in my master Excel worksheet and voilà! A brand new article with great content has been posted.

That’s what I do every day, that’s my process.

In conclusion, my day is broken down into 6 sections, brainstorming, writing, publishing, recording, editing and uploading. A typical work day is about 6 hours of productive work (if you don’t count any breaks or education) but sometimes can go up 8 or 9 hours depending what I’m doing.

In my case I chose to do one video and blog post per day from Monday to Friday but if you want to do it part time, nothings stops you from doing like 2 or 3 per week. The idea here is to have a schedule and be consistent.

What about you, what does your behind the scenes look like?

 

Blog Posting Made Easy For Everyone

Blog PostingBlog posting has made it better than ever to add daily content to your site. The world wide web has forever changed our existence and the way people communicate with one another. When you come to think about it, there are communications mediums now that didn’t exist before the Internet, such as blogs.

Blogs allow authors to interact with ordinary people and allow authors to build an online presence. If you think blog posting may be for you, stay tuned for great ideas and tips on what it can do for you and how to do it right.

With new search engine algorithm changing all the time, the best way to maintain top ranking is to start blog posting new content to your blog on a regular basis. In order to keep your current audience visiting your blog, you need to keep giving them new content to be entertained with.

Regular new content will also help you to attract new visitors and maintain your authority status in the rankings. If you’re lacking new and fresh content, people have no reason to revisit your blog. At a minimum, you should make at least one post per day.

While blog posting can be fun, don’t let it take over your life. Not giving yourself some occasional free time can affect your enthusiasm and, by extension, your writing. Take scheduled breaks, go for walks, call family and friends or just go away from the computer and read for a while.

Having some time away from blog posting will help prevent going crazy and allow you to return from your break ready to write fresh new content.

Blog Posting & Their Comments

When reading and responding to comments and other reader feedback, put your emotions aside. You’ll never please everybody. No matter what you write about, someone will find something to criticize. Use the constructive comments as a benefit for your next blog posting and brush off the negative ones. If the criticisms are harsh or baseless, simply respond politely and do not engage further. It can serve as a demonstration of your maturity to your viewers, and increase your reputation.

Side Note! Learn what you can about SEO, and use it in your blog. Your main goal is to get more readers, and in order to do this, you need to make sure that your blog comes up high in the search results for your topics.

Always welcome comments and feedback from your readers. Readers get the chance to interact with you if you enable comments. This gives you the ability to build relationships with them. If your readers see that you reply to other people’s comments, they will come back to your blog to check your response to their own comments.

Blog posting on a regular basis is great and to bring this up a notch, consider starting your own mailing list right away. The sooner you begin, the greater your list will be. This will help you bring back traffic to your site. Imagine with one click of the button, sending a message to all your audience letting them know of your new fresh content.

Side Note! As you develop your blog, think about buying a domain name of your own instead of using free sites. Domains are very cheap, but do wonders for your professionalism.

Over time, this lead generation list will help you increase your revenue as time goes on. Putting off creating an opt-in list can cost you, think about all the visitors that you’d be missing out on letting them know that you have site

In summary, create daily blog posting, don’t get to emotional about comments, take some breaks, create a mailing list and the most important thing, is to have fun. Now you are ready to begin. If you are serious about blog posting, then I strongly suggest you read more on search engine optimization. Apply everything you learn about search engine optimization to your blog posting method in order to create a successful blog.

What about you, what’s your favorite part about blog posting?

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