10 Tips for Successful Blogging With a WordPress Website

BLOGGING WITH WORDPRESS FOR BUSINESS

Blogging, like any business, should be well planned and implemented with a strategy that is well thought out and constantly reviewed. With the powerful blogging software, WordPress, your blog will be more search engine friendly plus it will be easier to maintain going forward. Blogging with WordPress is a secret weapon for business that many, but not all, entrepreneurs take advantage of. Your piece of Internet real estate can be a valuable commodity for your business, but in order to be successful, you need to consider these 10 steps.

1. WRITE ABOUT SOMETHING THAT YOU ENJOY.

What is your blog about? Cooking? Camping? Archery? Trucks? Whatever your topic may be, always choose a topic which you enjoy your topic because, after all, maintaining a blog is a lot of work. Therefore, it’s best to have a topic that you feel passionate about. The passion and drive that you feel toward your subject will reflect in your writing and contribute a great deal to the success of your blog and the number of loyal readers that you have.

2. BE ORIGINAL.

The most important thing to keep in mind is originality. You will want your blog to stand apart from the thousands of other blogs in your niche. In order to differentiate yourself from the others, you must be consistent and original.

3. WRITE WITH PERSONALITY.

Don’t you enjoy reading articles that are written such that they personality of the author shows in the style of writing? These types of personal copy are a genuine way to build followers and keep loyal readers.

4. EMBELLISH WITH MEDIA.

Although you may not be a professional photographer, you can still create content which will add value to your blog. Most people own a smart phone, so take some time and watch several YouTube videos about photography with a smart phone – the tips and tricks. And if you absolutely do not want to take photographs, then you might consider purchasing photographs from a royalty-free website, such as 123rf.com. A well chosen photograph can add a great deal of charm to an article.

5. QUALITY IS CRUCIAL.

If you do not have the time to create quality content, then don’t take the time releasing articles that are below your best effort. Remember, the Internet is a crowded landscape, therefore, in order to make your blog to stand out and be remembered by readers, one must provide consistent, original and quality content. Informative and entertaining articles that teach helpful and useful skills are a good use of your investment dollars and a good use of time for your readers.

6. FORMAT FOR ORGANIZED READING.

Posts that are easily read are more often read. A reader can easily jump around to key points with the use of a well-formatted post. Left-aligned paragraphs are just easier to read. And headings are important, with large font are easier to follow.

7. RESEARCH AND STUDY YOUR PIERS.

Spend your extra time reading and following bigger blogs that are in the same niche as your own. Keep notes and pay attention to what they do that you like and what you are doing that you do not like. And be sure to study many other blogs, rather than just one or two. By learning from the industry leaders, you will help your blog to grow and become successful.

8. DEMONSTRATE CONFIDENCE.

As with any new enterprise, in the beginning you will need to portray your brand and your articles in a very positive light. Blogging is a true

9. DO GOOD.

Be confident. Be positive. Use your blogging powers for good, not evil.

10. STAY GROUNDED AND MAKE FRIENDS.

Be open and friendly. Don’t get too busy to respond to your readers’ questions and comments. Your readers will enjoy hearing from you and be impressed that you addressed them specifically. Interact with your readers on social media networks such as Facebook and Twitter. Blogging is a valuable medium. With the platform, you can build your business, increase visitors, and demonstrate responsible community participation. A well-written and well-read blog is a valuable business asset, and as such, one should plan the blog with intention and purpose.

Ultimately, if you do not enjoy what you are doing, you will not excel. So, choose a topic that is fun to write about. Bring passion to the niche you have chosen and watch your blog soar.

This Is The Single Biggest Thing You Can Do If You Want To Lose Weight

Thoughts and Emotions Influence Your Health

The Scottish whisky distiller Thomas Dewar once said: “Minds are like parachutes; they work best when open.”

I want you to keep an open mind during the next five minutes it will take you to read this piece.

I want to introduce an idea that will prove helpful if you want to lose weight and improve your body composition.

Self-help health experts remind us to refrain from using language such as losing weight due to its symbolic connection to the weight returning. You ‘release’ unwanted body fat they’ll have you know.

However, for the sake of this article I’m referring to it as weight loss so as not to confuse the reader.

Why am I qualified to talk about this topic?

I began my career as a personal trainer many years ago, before transitioning to writing and speaking about health and self-empowerment.

In that capacity, I was fortunate to work with thousands of people who lost weight and kept it off while regaining their health.

How?

I discovered a principle in their journey and my own around the key role thoughts and emotions play in regulating our health.

I wrote a book which was endorsed by the internationally acclaimed author Dr. Eldon Taylor. It equally received praise from Australia’s leading sports neuroscientist, Dr. Roy Sugarman.

How Money and Calories Are The Same

It occurred to me during this period that weight loss was like managing money. As someone who occasionally hacks their health, I track my calories and macronutrients in the name of personal observation and knowledge.

I followed a Ketogenic diet for three years, recording my food consumption and calories. I gained a good deal of data and knowledge, which helped me to find the most effective ways to lose weight and keep it off.

This was supported by my program The Power To Navigate Life, in which I studied the role thoughts, beliefs and emotions play in regulating health.

In tracking my calories during this time, I noticed that the process was similar to my money spending habits, insofar as their respective use and expenditure.

What I’m proposing over the coming paragraphs is not a cure, potion or remedy. It is a short-term intervention to make you aware of how you consume calories, so as to develop sound habits to prevent overeating.

However, it is not just about the calories, since being on a Ketogenic diet proved that.

There were periods when I consumed as much as 3, 500+ calories per day and continued to lose fat weight while regaining muscle composition. I took exact body measurements and recorded my blood lipids to highlight the changes, making sure not to leave anything to chance.

I learned the age old myth of calories in, calories out did not apply while I was in ketosis. However, few people are willing to follow a low-carb or ketogenic diet owing to its restrictions.

So, for the rest of us, being mindful of our caloric intake is a way to manage our weight.

The American science writer Gary Taubes asserts in Why We Get Fat And What To Do About It: “The one thing we absolutely have to do if we want to get leaner – if we want to get fat out of our fat tissue and burn it – is to lower our insulin and to secrete less insulin to begin with.”

Superfluous Calories to Blame

What I discovered was the following.

In relation to my money habits, if I didn’t track my financial spending by the end of the week I was unsure where the money was spent. I had little recollection of the items or services I paid for, since the transactions occurred days ago.

From speaking to people over the years, this was an issue many faced. However, when I tracked my spending, I could see where the money was directed and implemented a budget to curb the frivolous spending.

So far so good.

During this time, I came off the ketogenic diet and gained 3-4 kg (6-8 lbs) during the winter.

What did I do?

I applied the same process to calories that helped me track my spending. It turned out, I was snacking during the winter months on superfluous calories that led to weight gain.

Now, I realise gaining 3-4 kg is not a big deal in the scheme of things. However, it is not the weight gain, but the experience acquired from recording the calories that was valuable.

Money and food have the same relationship, where you are likely to spend money easily and consume food easily.

So, they should be recorded until you can manage both without having to consult an app or meal tracker.

So far, I have not mentioned exercise and movement since I didn’t want this article to be an instructional piece on how to lose weight.

Exercise and movement play a role in maintaining healthy weight, but not in the way we’ve been led to believe. For now, I assume you exercise or are involved in some form of regular movement.

So here’s my outline if you want to lose weight, whether big or small, the principles are the same:

  1. Track Your Food Consumption And Calories For 30 Days

Thirty days is a reasonable period to gather enough data on how many calories you consume. As the saying goes: “If you don’t measure it, you can’t manage it.”

It’s recognising where hidden calories are consumed that’s of importance. I suggest using an app or software program to calculate your macronutrient ratios and adhere to them as much as possible. You can see mine in the accompanying image.

A benefit of recording data is that is takes into account the times when you’re likely to consume more calories, such as going out to dinner or a birthday party. Avoid worrying about the overall calories consumed for that day, but focus your attention on the total calories and macronutrients for the week.

“We don’t get fat because we overeat; we overeat because we’re getting fat,” states Gary Taubes

The aim is to reduce calories over a four week period in order for weight loss to occur. Again, I suggest you use an app or online program to calculate your minimum and maximum caloric intake per day, rather than guestimate it.

If you continue this same trajectory of consuming your calculated weekly calories, you will continue to lose weight in the ensuing months. You will have also cemented a new habit that lasts beyond that time.

  1. Reduce Your Calories Based On What You Track

This is straightforward. Reduce your calories per day depending on your weight loss goal. As a warning, I suggest starting slowly rather than trying to lose weight quickly.

It is my personal experience coaching individuals over a ten year period that what you lose quickly is likely to come back. As the saying goes: The best time to start a new habit is yesterday.”

  1. Continue The Habit In The Following Months

As outlined in point number one, follow your habit once the 30 day period has lapsed. You will have gathered enough data on what foods you consumed over the past 30 days. If you’re unsure of a food, track it and see what effect it has on your caloric intake.

If you experience setbacks related to illness, injury or personal circumstances, record your calories for two days and use that to get back on track.

  1. If You Put Weight Back On, Track Your Caloric Intake Again

After coming off the ketogenic diet, I consumed more carbohydrates which I previously omitted from my diet. Naturally, during winter I was drawn to these foods once more, and gained weight.

Instead of being disheartened, I tracked my calories for a few days or sometimes an entire week to help resume my weight loss until I had reached my goal.

“To effectively lose weight and keep it off, you need to strategically alter your body weight set point” explains Gerard E. Mullin in The Gut Balance Revolution: Boost Your Metabolism, Restore Your Inner Ecology, and Lose the Weight for Good!

Remember, this is not a long term solution. Many will find once they lose weight, they will want to stick to the formula because it is successful.

Yet, there are disadvantages to limiting calories over a longer period, including depriving yourself of essential macro and micronutrients. Not to mention the mental and emotional havoc caused by maintaining this way of life.

I was precise in my approach, using FitDay software to track my macro and micronutrient ratios and supplemented where necessary.

“You don’t get fat because your metabolism slows; your metabolism slows because you’re getting fat,” is the reminder from Gary Taubes

It is worth restating: this is not a system. It is a means of checking in to make sure you are not consuming extra calories that lead to weight gain.

Most importantly, it helps you to eat healthier because like spending money, you cannot afford to spend calories frivolously if you want to maintain a lean figure.

The real message from this piece is that your health is your greatest priority.

Weight loss is a means to an end to help you maintain a healthy figure with a higher muscle to fat ratio, whatever body type or composition you are.