Welcome to my Google classroom of sorts that will grow to be a resource for you in your blogging, content marketing, internet marketing and overall blog journey.
You'll find sections on tools, books and classes that will help you outperform your competition. Bear with me as I organize my classroom resources for you. The goal is that you'll find engaging content and meaningful instruction and tools here to meet your blogging needs regardless of what blogging niche you're in.
Without further adieu lets show you what this classroom has to offer. Be sure to check back often as this classroom resource continues to expand and grow.
Pick Your Area of Interest
Brief Description: Old methods may work but your ROI just isn't the same as using channels that are still considered young and new for traffic and growth. This course provides a new lens to grow your blog and your traffic.
Brief Description: Your blog is one of the most powerful ways to attract visitors to your site and to generate new leads for your business. It's also one of the fundamental components for Content Marketing. But building a blog isn't enough.
Online Class: Start An Online Business By Building A Wordpress Blog
Brief Description: This is an in depth overview of Wordpress. This course takes you through the nuts and bolts of Wordpress. Very good for someone getting started with the platform and even for the intermediate as it's more than enough for the beginner but has relevant information to offer in it's curriculum even for those that are more comfortable with Wordpress too.
Brief Description: This is a course that will help you with your content generation days when you're stuck. A highly well reviewed course that will provide a different perspective and new blogging insight. It's time to turn the lightbulb on.
Online Class: Ultimate Guide To Writing Viral Blog Posts
Brief Description: Not so good at English or writing in general ? Well it doesn't matter. If you've got passion to write and reach others, you can write better than you think. This course will fill in the gaps for you in your writing and will help you take your writing to the next level and add some viral sauce to it.
Blogging Success Tool: Long Tail Pro
Chances are good that you've heard of this one. The reason why it's made it into this classroom is because in the keyword game, there is no other tool that finds long tail keywords with the success that Long Tail Pro does. I go into much more of what it can do in this review: LTP Review.
Blogging Success Tool: Meetedgar
Let's face facts.. MOST bloggers fail. Why ? Because no one ever hears their message. However, Meetedgar connects with your social media accounts and communicates your content as much as you want so that you're able to achieve greater reach to your audiences and in turn to theirs as well and that's why Meetedgar is a premiere blogging success tool.
Blogging Success Tool: SEMRush
Now there's nothing glamorous about research, but the better the research, the more success you are going to have. It's like data.. you can't dispute it. It is what it is. When you have more competitive research information than your competition, you will always have an unfair advantage. In its feature-set SEMrush provides you with keyword insight, backlinking insight, competitor insight. If you want to know something about a website, it's as simple as entering in the address. Want to know what keywords they rank for, their best performing pages, where they are getting links from ? SEMRush does that and more and that's why it's made it into this classroom as a success tool for you.
Blogging Success Tool: SumoMe
A suite of tools that bloggers haven't seen in one place ever before that is actually quite useful and lives up to the hype. Content and Google analytics, attractive lead generation / email capture pages, share tools, heat maps to discover where your visitors are spending the most time on a page and where they aren't. Sumome is a blogging success tool that is truly essential.
Blogging Success Tool: Grammarly
If you've been blogging for any amount of time, you have heard the phrase: Content is King. In writing content, your grammar can add to your credibility with your audience or diminish it too. Grammarly is just like having a professional proof reader right next to you 24 hours a day 7 days a week. It's in the top tier of grammar proofing resources online so of course, it's the kind of resource I want you to have as well. Additionally, I've done a thorough review of it as well that can be found here: Grammarly grammar checker review.
Sometimes it just helps to hear it from someone else. Their perspective can make all the difference in the world. Bloggers read other bloggers to tweak their strategies and to get better at their craft and while I certainly have my favorites there are also books that I think do a great job helping others to figure out the maze of blogging to achieve goals too. I've written posts on the best blog books to read where I provide a bit more clarification about each book, but I'll also list some of the titles here too for you.
- Blog Inc
- How To Start A Blog That People Will Read
- Born To Blog
- Secrets For Blogging Your Way To A Six Figure Income
There's always someone talking about making money online with blogging, including me. The truth is that "many" of these so called programs to generate affiliate income fall so short, they were never worth the curiosity in the first place. On the other hand, there are programs that exist that are indeed reputable, that are trustworthy, pay on time "everytime" and reward you well for promoting their products. Those are the ones that we're after and are worth the time in this classroom.
Sensational Affiliate Income: Amazon
Promoting through Amazon provides your customers with trust and credibility. First and foremost, your customer can buy with confidence and the bonus is that you're able to generate affiliate income from their purchases. Additionally, when your customer clicks through, even if a purchase is not made through your affiliate link anything purchased within 24 hours is still credited to your link. Amazon is a marketplace that is unlike no other due to it's sheer size and diversity of products that can accommodate nearly any blogging niche.
Sensational Affiliate Income: Shareasale
Another affiliate marketplace powerhouse that is diverse and friendly to even the most novice of bloggers. I wrote a very in depth review of Shareasale, otherwise known as SAS. Higher commissions, whether you're talking about fixed dollar amounts or percentages without having to sell high priced items, but doesn't have the diversity of Amazon, however, then again.. who does ? There are benefits to being a member of each of these marketplaces.
Sensational Affiliate Income: Peerfly
Peerfly is known as a cost per action network. This provides a different kind of flexibility that you don't see with Amazon or Shareasale. Once you get access to their massive library of offers, you can provide free samples to your audience and generate commissions from that or even generate revenue simply from a visitor entering their email address that provides the advertiser a genuine customer lead. Cost per action has been hailed to be an easier way to make money online and works extremely well for some niches and not so well for others, but testing the offers with your audience is the key to success. This is my complete Peerfly review.
Remarkable Wordpress Themes: Studiopress
This may as well be the industry standard for elegant themes for Wordpress. The reality is that Studiopress themes are customizeable, beautiful, eye catching and provides that polished look to your Wordpress website. If you're serious about blogging with Wordpress, Studiopress helps you establish that look of professionalism and authenticity.
Remarkable Wordpress PLugins: Ban Hammer
When you're trying to build an email list and you should definitely be trying to build one, fake email addresses can inflate your subscriber list numbers. Often times fake email addresses are used to get a free product that is offered by blogs and other websites. Using the Ban Hammer plugin helps to put a stop to that. Not very commonly known but it remains a remarkable plugin that is a true gem and a must have for Wordpress blogs.
Remarkable Wordpress PLugins: Optinmonster
This is the definitive exit intent plugin for Wordpress. When your visitors leave your website, this plugin can send your exiting visitors to other pages on "your" website, to your subscriber list or other designated calls to action that you fully customize. Even the most notable companies and bloggers use Optinmonster. Quite frankly, if you're competition is using it, you should be too, but I will say this much about Optinmonster, it converts very well and once you use it, you won't know how you blogged before without it.
Thanks for visiting my successful blogging and tools classroom. These are tools that I use to operate this blog and I know that you'll find them useful too.
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