We all have a set of books, TV shows, and movies we like. Once you start looking, you’ll find plenty of people on the internet who, like you, like The Lobster, My Little Pony fan-fiction, Twilight, the entire maze-like chronology of events in Marvel superhero movies, etc. Geeky or pop, art or music, celebrity gossip or celebrity worship (Morgan Freeman may or may not be the God, but Chuck Norris is definitely invincible), classic or modernist, art, music, regular or eccentric hobbies, wacky pranks… it’s all here. Entertainment and lifestyle is a part of us, which is why a niche blog in this space can be highly profitable. A look at Google Trends (in USA) on Christmas 2016 showed this: Four out of five top search trends are about celebrities, movies, and sports. Obviously, this depends upon recent events, and USA during holiday season in no way represents the entire world. A year ago, the global search trends looked like this: Star Wars … [Read more...] about Read This Before You Start an Entertainment or Lifestyle Niche Blog
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Bad blog design… Slow loading time… Un-engaging content… Or maybe: You never asked your readers a question. The starting and ending points of your posts are very important. A great starting point means you have won the visitor’s interest. A great ending point means you have won yourself a reader. A reader will feel connected when they are ready to take action (preferably the action you want them to take). Made for AdSense blogs tell readers to take action by clicking on ads and going away from the original site, which is good if your goal is to make money. But you also want readers to take action in other ways: Staying on your blog and leaving valuable comments. But why should you want readers to leave a comment? Because this will give you a better idea of what your readers are finding valuable, and you can cater your newer content to these needs. This will help you identify what is and isn’t working on your blog. Also, … [Read more...] about How Do You Get More Blog Comments? Ask A Question.
A “backlink” is one of the most used words in the world of search engine optimization (SEO). Many bloggers who have only recently started a blog or a website often struggle to understand what the term “backlink” means. In this post, I hope to offer you an understanding of what backlinks are, why they are essential to SEO, and why they are important for your online success. Let’s get started… Backlinks are incoming links to a webpage. When a webpage links to any other page, it’s called a backlink. In the past, backlinks were the major metric for the ranking of a webpage. A page with a lot of backlinks tended to rank higher on all major search engines, including Google. This is still true to a large extent. Here is a glossary of common terms related to backlinks that you should know: Link Juice: When a webpage links to any of your articles or your website’s homepage, it passes “link juice”. … [Read more...] about What Is A Backlink and How Do You Start Getting Backlinks To Your Blog?
I was a bit skeptical in the beginning. I wanted to become a writer! So it made sense for me to take up a bachelors course in Fine arts and pursue my writing career. Intuition drives my art, whatever it is I do – Music, Poetry, writing; I just let my muse do the work. So, it made sense for me to wonder about how a degree in literature could ever help me in writing, and I was thinking about this Calvin and Hobbes comic I once came across – But I was proved wrong! I did however had a knack for Electronics, Robotics and Computers since I was a kid, building DIY robots in my spare time, and I went on to do a Bachelors in Electronics. But I had to come back to honing my writing skills sooner rather than later. This just happened during the vacations of my previous semester when I gathered some courage and looked up colleges offering free creative writing courses online! So here’s what I did to step up my writing abilities – I signed up for a few of those courses … [Read more...] about 10 Things Creative Writing Can Teach You About Blogging Better
My name is Eric and I’m an editor. I’ve been a freelancer for many years working with various companies, marketplaces, students, professionals, journalists, entrepreneurs, copywriters, travel portals, bloggers, musicians, and all other facets of writers. If you’ve submitted a post here at ShoutMeLoud, you may have had an encounter with me. Some of those encounters may have been favorable, and others, well, maybe not so much. First, let me start off by answering this question: Editors are essentially grammar nerds. We seek to make sure that everything the writer is saying is said in the most attractive way possible. But not everyone has a favorable opinion of editors. Here’s why: They nit-pick. They change words and phrases that you think didn’t need to be changed. They’re often at odds with your artistic vision. But there’s one thing you need to remember: Editors are writers, too. I am a writer. Honestly, I’m much more of a writer … [Read more...] about I Will Show You How to Make Your Blog Professional in 15 minutes