Top 10 Ways To Get Post Ideas

After a few time of blogging, Bloggers usually face a problem where they run out of ideas. Many bloggers, quit blogging or lose interest in their blog. In today’s article, I am going to give you a few tips that will help you to get unlimited post ideas and you will never run out of ideas in your life. Let’s start :

Analyze popular blogs

If you lack post ideas, go to popular blogs in your niche and analyze their articles. See, what topics they are covering, adapt their topics and start writing on them. Doing this will help you get unlimited post ideas.

Read comments

Go the popular blogs and look for the best articles, read user comments. If any user has asked any question and no one has replied to it, write a blog post about it.

Use forums helpdesk

First, make a list of top forums in your niche and go to their help-desk, read the questions asked by other forum members, answer their question on your blog.

Write about the latest news

Do not forget to write on various latest happenings in your niche. Write a detailed article on it and share your views about it. You can read other blogs for getting more and more information about the news.

Write “Top 10 Collection Post”

If you’ve nothing to write, select a topic and collect top 10 articles around the web, make a list with proper screenshots and share the list with your readers.

Enhance previous articles

Re-read your previous articles, if you’ve something new to add, make a new post and add those points to it.

Use Delicious

Delicious is a good way to get post ideas, open Delicious and in the search box type a keyword that suits your niche, you will get a lot of links, you can easily get new ideas reading the titles.

Use StumbleUpon

In my old blog I used to review freeware, I used StumbleUpon to search for new freeware. You will come across something new while stumbling. Install SU toolbar and get post ideas for free!

Write the opposite view

Read other blogs and if someone has written in favour of something, in your blog write against it but do keep a rule in your mind that “DO NOT INSULT OTHER BLOGGERS IN ANY WAY”

Interview

You might have heard or read a term called “One Question Interview”, prepare a list of top professionals in your niche and send them a question. Your mail should be impressive so that you can get a reply. In a few days you will get different views on a single topic, now open your blog and share those answers with your readers. I am sure your readers will enjoy reading it.

Ultimate Idea To Get Post Ideas & Learn New Things

Welcome to CreativeBloggingIdeas blogging tutorials, today I am going to tell you a different way to get post ideas. Using today’s method will help you to learn a lot of new things about other blogs. Let’s not waste any time and start the article.

The first task

  • Firstly, select one blog that suits the niche of your blog and you have a good relationship with that blogger
  • Now, ask that blogger to swap your blog with him for one day. By swapping I mean, he will run your blog for one day and you will run his but only for one day

What will you do after swapping the blog

After swapping the blog with your friend blogger, you can analyze the following things so as to get maximum knowledge and information about his blog.

1. Which articles get very high comments

  • After getting full access to another blog, analyze it and check out which articles get high number of comments.
  • Check out what kind of articles are getting high comments, check out the categories on which the articles get high comments.
  • Adopt the same category in your blog also and start writing on it.
  • In this way, your blog will also get a high number of comments

2. Check out the all the plugins installed & settings

  • After swapping the blogs, you can also check the list of plugins installed in it, if your b; pg is missing any important plugin you can also use it in your blog and if the swapped blog is missing any plugin, tell him about it.
  • Also, check the settings made in the plugins for better output.

3. Check out which articles get high traffic from major search engines

  • Almost all blogs have plugins installed to check out the stats, open it and check out which articles are getting very high traffic from Google.
  • Make a list of around 5-10 articles that gets good traffic from Google and also gets comments, rewrite those articles in your own wordings by giving your own views and adding extra stuff to it.
  • Also, use a good Search Engine Optimized title and description so as to get top on Google. In this way, the first benefit you will get after swapping the blog is you will get to know which articles get high number of comments.

4. Check out the coding part

  • If you like any good feature in the theme/template of swapped blog, check out the coding and use it in your blog (by taking permission).
  • This will help to make your blog more attractive

5. See trash/draft posts

  • Check out the posts in the trash, sometimes it happens that an idea strikes in our mind but we do not get enough content to write on it.
  • Check out the articles in trash or draft and if you think you can write a detailed article on it, then go ahead.
  • Either you can submit the guest post on the same blog or by taking permission to publish that post in your own blog

So, these were five different tasks that you can do after swapping the blog in order to get high traffic and post ideas. If you have any extra stuff to share, drop a comment, if I like it I’ll definitely add it to my post by giving full credits.

Backlinks Or Original Content? Which Is More Important

This is the fifth article in Google Mythbuster series, and today I’ll talk a little about backlinks and content, which is the one that Google gives more preference? Let’s start:

Now, if you search for “get post ideas” keywords in Google, this post of mine appears on the front page. Have a look:

My blog page rank is zero it does not get huge traffic as compared to other sites in the search result then why my post came on the first page, I’ll tell you the reason.

The reason that my post came on the first page was:

  • Selection of keywords was good.
  • Using those keywords in the title and description helped me to get on top.
  • The most important point is that the content was original and fresh. I do not know how Google defines original content but it has more importance than backlinks.

Now, let’s analyze the search page again. Here is the page rank of the pages that came up while searching for “get post ideas” :

  • www.rss-specifications.com: Post Page Rank 5
  • www.creativebloggingideas.com: Post Page Rank 0
  • www.blogbuildingu.com: Post Page Rank 4
  • www.ariwriter.com: Post Page Rank 3
  • www.abundance-blog.marelisa-online.com: Post Page Rank 3

Did you see, my zero page rank post outranked articles with page rank 3 or 4 and this was all because of original content and how we select keywords and use it in our post.

These are the three main factors that Google consider first and then backlinks. So, do not rely upon only on backlinks to get on top position rather work on writing good search engine optimized content.

Why Beginners Should Blog With WordPress

Among various blogging sites, WordPress is noted for its simplicity and user-friendly interface in creating and publishing blogs. Not to mention that it has a variety of templates to choose from and it assists bloggers in many respects. But though most popular blogging programs are available, WordPress stands first in satisfying the various needs of the bloggers. This will help you to learn the tips, tricks and other information about WordPress blogs. These details will also help interested bloggers to make their decision, whether to go for WordPress or to try out something else.

Why should you choose WordPress?

There are so many reasons, why one should choose a WordPress blog. WordPress boasts a great variety of attractive and customizable templates and it helps one in different things like being able to insert tags easily, helping to check the spelling, preview mode and autosave option, enabling the bloggers to post text files, audio files and video files, ability to track statistical data along with so many other excellent features. One may decide to choose WordPress on account of these useful features as some bloggers consider them to be must for organic SEO.

How to start a blog with WordPress

Bloggers who want to start a new blog with WordPress need not worry about the time. You can do this within a few minutes. So for those bloggers who do not wish to take a long time to get their blog up and running, you may want to opt for WordPress for its simplicity. All you need to start a blog is a valid email address and a username. Once a blogger signs up for WordPress he gets a password immediately. Then he should check his inbox for a mail from WordPress and click the activation link to activate the account with the provided password. You can either start to blog immediately or begin customizing your theme or plugins.

Additional Support for WordPress Beginners

Some newbies may need additional supports initially because, as it is the first time, they would be haunted by various questions about the basic features of blogging and when they move further, they may need technical assistance regarding the advanced features in it. WordPress caters to the need of all the bloggers, of all the levels. One may even contact the support staff or get support from online forums, which are very active and chances are your question has already been asked.

How To Backup WordPress : 100% Secure & Working Method

It’s been 6 years I am using WordPress and there is a major method every WordPress user must know and that is how to safely backup WordPress. In this tutorial, you will learn how to backup the WordPress database, posts, comments, database, plugins & themes. Not only this, in this method I’ll tell you how to backup all WordPress files through cPanel in one click. After taking backup you can make a copy of your blog offline and can also move your blog to another host. By following the method below you will not lose any single setting and any single file and the steps below are 100% secure.

Requirements

In order to successfully complete the backup process you need to have :

  1. FTP details
  2. cPanel details
  3. Knowledge of how to install Plugins

Step 1: Take backup of WordPress themes and settings

First of all, install a WordPress plugin called WP DB Backup to take a complete backup of your database and after installing it go to Backup under Tools :

Select your backup options. You will see three backup options, you may choose anyone you like but I prefer the 3rd one.

  • Save to server
  • Download backup to PC
  • Email backup

Click on Backup now! button

After you click on Back now! button, automatic backup will start and a dialogue box will appear asking you to save the backup file. The backup file extension will be of sql.gz

You can also schedule backup hourly, daily and weekly. After selecting desired options click on Schedule Backup

This sql.gz file includes backups of :

  • Theme
  • Permalinks
  • Plugins settings
  • All posts, comments and settings

Congratulations, you’ve successfully backed up important files of your blog. Now, its time to take backup of WordPress files in your blog.

Step 2: Taking backup of WordPress files

To restore your blog, you first need to log into your website Cpanel by typing www.your-blog-name.com/cpanel. After you log into cPanel, under Files click on File Manager

 

Now, in the File Manager open to the folder where your blog is located

 

After opening your blog folder, at the top click on Select All and it will select all the files of your blog. After clicking on Select all click on Compress button just above it.

 

Compress button will make a ZIP file of complete files on your server and will also reduce the size of the files, this will help you to download the backup. Now, select your file compression format and at the bottom click on Compress Files

 

 

When you will click on Compress files, it will start compressing the files and will generate a dot zip file in your blog directory. In my case it is .qidb.zip. It can be different in your case.

Now, select that file and download it in your PC.

 

Congratulations, now you have taken a complete backup of your WordPress blog including all WordPress files, theme settings, plugins, posts, comments and all other things. This is the most secure and easy way to take backup of your blog. I always use this method and till now I have not faced any problem.

Importance of highlighting keywords in a post

The groundwork for good SEO

Ok, so you have done the groundwork for writing your posts:

  • You are writing one post per keyword
  • You have the correct keyword density in your post while making sure that you haven’t stuffed the post with the keyword
  • You have used the keyword at all the right places in the post
  • You also have the keyword in the title tag of the post

(Please note that when I say “keyword”, it doesn’t necessarily have to be one word. It can be a group of words that you have chosen as your keyword. In fact, it is better to select a group of words as your keyword)

Should you be doing something else before you hit the “publish” button?

Yes! Read on.

Use heading tags, and have keywords in them

HTML has something called the “heading tags” which are used to indicate that a piece of text is a heading.

Search engines pay more attention to the text within these heading tags compared to the rest of the blog post text – after all, headings give a summary of the content that follows.

So, use the heading tags liberally in your posts.

There are six levels of headings in HTML – H1 to H6. Here, H1 is the most important (and has the largest font size), and H6 is the smallest (and has the smallest font size).

Usually, the H1 tags are used by your theme for post titles – which is very good for SEO because the post title anyway contains the keywords.

You need to use the other heading tags – H2 through H6 – for your headings and subheadings – and make sure that you have keywords in these headings.

This way, the search engines would pay even more attention to the keywords, helping you in your SEO efforts.

Highlight – Bold, Italics, Underline

Another thing that is often ignored is using different types of text decorations for keywords – like making them bold, italicized or underlining them.

This gives emphasis to the keywords and makes them more important for the search engine spiders.

Also, it makes your text more readable (user-friendly) for the visitors, and they get a better user experience – again, something that modern search engines like Google simply love!

But please ensure that you don’t overdo it – too much bold or italicized text means your text would be difficult to read, and it would result in negative SEO!

Review of WordPress (WP) Plugin – SEO Title Tag

Background – Keywords in the page title tag

It is very important to have your keyword in the “title” tag of your pages. This is one element the search engine spiders pay the most attention to in your blog post.

 

SEO Title Tag Plugin for WordPress (WP)

By default, WordPress has your post title as the meta title as well.

But most of the time, you would want to have the meta title different from the post title – for example, you may want to include variations of the keyword in the title.

The SEO Title Tag plugin for WP helps you do exactly that. Not just this, it even allows you to change the post slug (the URL of the blog post) so that you can include keywords in it!

Important Features of the “SEO Title Tag” plugin

  • You can define custom titles for:
    • A post
    • A page
    • Categories
    • Tags
    • Any URL that you specify – like an author archive or a date based archive
  • You can set custom slugs for:
    • A post
    • A page
  • The plugin automatically puts your blog’s name at the end of the title (instead of the beginning), so that the most important keywords are visible first
  • You can specify the custom post title in the “New Post” or “Edit Post” admin pages
  • You can define a custom title for 404 error pages as well
  • There is a facility for mass editing of titles and slugs

Keywords in the title meta tag – a must for good SEO

It is important to have the right proportion of keywords in your post text, but there are many other places where the keywords should be present for a well-optimized post.

One such place is the post’s Title meta tag.

What is the “title” meta tag?

A meta tag is an HTML element that is present in the <head> section of your post’s HTML code.

(Although the title tag is not technically a meta tag – like the keywords meta tag and the description meta tag – it is a meta tag for all practical purposes since it appears in the head section along with the meta tags).

A meta tag contains information about a webpage, and as you would have guessed, the title meta tag has the information about the page’s title.

Basically, the title meta tag tells the search engine spiders what the title of the webpage is. This is the hyperlinked text that is displayed in search result pages (SERPs) of search engines like Google.

Difference between title meta tag and post title

Do not mistake the title meta tag with the post’s title – these are two different things (although they can be, and usually are, the same by default).

The title of the post is something that is visible as the post title to readers on your blog. On the other hand, the title meta tag is the text that is displayed in the title bar (the top blue bar of a window) of the browser.

Importance of having keywords in the “title” meta tag

So why is the title meta tag important? Because it is the element of a webpage that search engines pay the most attention to.

Yes, the title tag is the most important element of any webpage in terms of SEO – and therefore, it makes tremendous sense to have your keyword appear in it.

Also, since this is the hyperlinked text displayed to the users in search engine result pages (SERPs), it helps to have the keywords there – after all, it would be more tempting to the searchers to click the link and come to your blog if that link contains the keywords they are searching for.

How to put keywords in the title tag?

In most blogging software, by default, the title of your blog post becomes the title of the webpage, as well. So, if you have your keywords in the title of your post, the title tag would automatically have the keywords.

Review of WordPress Plugin – SEO Ultimate

If you have been blogging and using WordPress for even a few weeks, you would have heard of the All In One SEO plugin used to optimize blog posts. It is a great plugin and is very widely used. However, it is also quite old.

Shouldn’t you be looking for fresh alternatives if you have just been blindly using some of the older WordPress SEO plugins like All In One SEO or HeadSpace?

 

Well, now you have a reason to – there is a new SEO plugin available that can be used for search engine optimization of your blog posts, and a lot more!

 

SEO Ultimate – The ultimate plugin for SEO that does a lot more

Yes, that’s true. The SEO Ultimate plugin obviously does a lot when it comes to SEO (including everything that the All In One SEO plugin does). But it goes further and does a lot many other useful things as well.

 

SEO Ultimate – List of Modules

  • 404 Monitor
  • Canonicalized
  • Code inserter
  • Competition researcher
  • Deeplink juggernaut
  • File editor
  • Internal relevance researcher
  • Link mask generator
  • Linkbox inserter
  • Meta description editor
  • Meta keywords editor
  • Meta robot tags editor
  • More link customizer
  • Nofollow manager
  • Permalink tweaker
  • Rich snippet creator
  • Sharing facilitator
  • Slug optimizer
  • Title tag rewriter
  • Webmaster verification assistant
  • Whitepapers

 

Now that’s a long list, eh? The best part is – you can enable or disable each functionality individually! So you have full control over what you are entrusting the plugin with!

Now let’s dive in and look at the functionality of each of these modules.

 

Core Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Modules

 

Title Tag Rewriter

You can customize and format the title of any post, page or homepage using this module.  It also puts your title at the beginning of the title tag, which is good for SEO.

 

Meta Description Editor

You can edit the meta description tag of any post, page or the homepage. This is what’s usually shown in the search engine results below your link, so tweaking this gives you an opportunity to influence the searchers and increase the click-through rate.

 

Meta Keywords Editor

You can edit the meta keywords tag of any post, page or the homepage. There is also a facility to generate meta keywords using the category, tags, frequently used words in the post, etc.

You can also specify global keywords that apply to all webpages of your blog. You can also edit or update keywords for multiple posts using the mass editor.

 

Meta Robot Tags Editor

You can easily add no-index attribute ( <meta name="robots" content="noindex,follow" />) to archives, login page, search results page, etc. This is very useful in order to avoid duplicate content penalties, especially if you have set your theme to show full blog posts in the archives pages.

You can also set the meta robot tags for individual posts, pages, categories, tags, etc.

 

Deeplink Juggernaut

This is an excellent tool to interlink your blog posts based on keywords.

You specify the keywords you want to target and the destination URL of the blog post you want to rank higher in search engine listings, and SEO Ultimate searches your blog’s content to create links to that post with your keyword as the anchor text.

The best part is that within WordPress, these auto-generated links point to the actual post or page and not the URL. Therefore, even if you change the URL or slug of a post or page, the link would remain valid.

You can also specify the maximum number of links generated for a keyword and the maximum number of links generated on a post/page.

You can also exclude specific posts and pages from this auto-linking functionality – no autolinks would be generated on these posts or pages. You can also force the module to link only to other posts in the same category!

One cool feature of this module is that you can create links to draft posts as well. These links would not be active when the post is in the draft state – they would get auto-enabled as soon as the post is published!

 

Slug Optimizer

This module removes small, filler words (like of, the, or, and, with, etc.) from a post or page’s URL. This way, your keywords get more weight in the URL.

You have full control over the words that are removed from the URL.

 

More Link Customizer

You can replace the default “read more” anchor text with the title of your post / page, which means the anchor text would now be keyword rich. You can also make this text bold if you like.

 

Permalink Tweaker

This module helps you remove the category base and tag base which is the default for WordPress. As a result, the permalinks for your categories and tags would look like http://www.abc.com/category or http://www.abc.com/tag instead of http://www.abc.com/category/caegory or http://www.abc.com/tag/tag.

 

Keyword Research and Analysis Modules

 

Competition Researcher

This module gives you access to search engine data and tools using which you can analyze multiple keywords or URLs. You can:

  • Check the number of webpages competing for a keyword
  • Analyze keyword relevance in their titles, anchor text, URLs or body content
  • Check the number of webpages present in Google’s index from a competitor’s blog/website
  • Analyze a blog’s incoming & outgoing link profile

 

Internal Relevance Researcher

Using this module, you can find out which of your posts and pages that rank well in Google for your keywords. You can use this data to optimize your link building efforts.

 

Other Modules

 

404 Monitor

Using this module, you can see which of your URLs are giving 404 errors. Then, you can either update the URLs or use a redirection plugin to point visitors/search engines to the correct URL.

 

Linkbox Inserter

This module of SEO Ultimate inserts a textbox at the bottom of your posts and pages that contains auto-generated link HTML. Your readers can use this to link to your post/page.

 

File Editor

This module lets you edit the .htaccess and robots.txt files from within WordPress.

 

Code Inserter

This module of SEO Ultimate helps you insert customer HTML or JavaScript code into the head, body, header or footer sections of your blog. You can use it to add Google Analytics script or any other scripts.

The advantage of using this module is that you no more need to use your theme to add the code – so even if you change the theme, you don’t have to worry about these codes!

 

Rich Snippet Creator

You can add snippet code to your posts using this module and make them more appealing to your readers.

 

Sharing Facilitator

This module of SEO Ultimate provides social bookmarking functionality to your readers. You can choose either an “Add This” or a “Share This” button so that your visitors can share your content on social networking sites.

 

Webmaster Verification Assistant

This module helps you put the Google Webmaster Tools verification code in your blog.

 

Link Mask Generator

This module of the SEO Ultimate plugin creates masks for the external links on your blog so that the external URLs look like http://www.abc.com/recommmends/seo_ultimate instead of http://www.seoultimate.com/benefits/listing.html.

This is definitely great for affiliate marketers who want to hide their tracking links but is also good for regular bloggers since it makes the links pretty.

You have full control over which links are masked, and you can also change the base directory to anything like go, suggests, etc. (Example: http://www.abc.com/go/seo_ultimate or http://www.abc.com/suggests/seo_ultimate)

What factors to check in your site’s traffic analysis package for better SEO

A site traffic analysis package like Google Analytics provides lots of matrices to you. If you check each of them daily, you would not be able to do anything else!

The way out is to prioritize and look at the most important factors every day. The others can be observed once a week or once in two weeks.

So, what are the factors that you should be monitoring daily to check your SEO effectiveness? Here we go.

Keywords used by people to find your site on search engines

This is the most important factor, and I am sure this is something that most of you would be already monitoring!

This list shows you which terms people are using in search engines to find your blog or website.

 

Here is what you can do through this list:

  • Once you know what terms are popularly being used to arrive at your blog, you can fine-tune your posts or pages for them for a further increase in traffic
  • When you see a high bounce rate for some terms and phrases, you can check your posts and rewrite them such that they cater better to topics related to those terms
  • You get ideas for writing new posts from the search phrases people use – what can be better than writing a post that answers a reader’s direct query?

Top landing pages

This is a list of pages that people have used to enter your blog or website. That is, this is a list of pages that people first arrived at on your blog. It can be through a search engine result page (SERP), or through a link from some other blog or website.

Why is this list important?

  • You can fine-tune these posts or pages (for the search terms used by your visitors) for a further increase in traffic (Check out “Keyword placement – where to put the keywords in a post” for more)
  • Once you know some posts are good entry points to your blog, you can provide links to other relevant content from these posts and pages

Referring sites

Apart from the traffic from search engines, people would also be coming to your blog through external links. This is a list of such blogs and websites that have been referring people to your blog.

This list will show you the effectiveness of your link building efforts.

If you have been commenting on other blogs and website for getting traffic and backlinks, you can also judge how effective it has been.

Sources of traffic to your site – breakup

This is a breakup of your traffic as per the source – it generally divides you traffic as:

  • Referred by search engines
  • Referred by other blogs and websites
  • Direct traffic (people who typed in your blog URL in the browser address bar)

This shows you how much traffic you are getting from different sources.

If search engine traffic shows an increase over a few days and weeks, it means that your SEO efforts have been effective.

If referral traffic (visitors referred to your blog by other blogs and websites) shows an increase over a few days and weeks, it means that your efforts for getting backlinks have been successful.

Average time on site

This factor indicates the average time spent by a visitor on your blog or website per visit. The higher this number, the more interesting (or sticky) is your blog for readers.

When people spend more time on your site, it implies that they are getting a good experience on your site – both in terms of content and usability.

Both these are extremely important in the eyes of search engines like Google. We have discussed this earlier – please check out:

  • Reduce the bounce rate, improve the SEO
  • Better user experience for better search engine rankings