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Optimizing Your Blog with Grammarly – 2016 Review


Blogs grow into masterpieces not only by the content they provide but the quality of that content. If your well thought out blog post suffers from errors in spelling and grammar, your readers would be turned off. You can have the most influential and motivating content but neglecting to critique your content carefully can be detrimental to both your blog’s reputation and future. Don’t get me wrong! Producing amazing content contributes highly to growth, but errors are just unprofessional.

Now you know just as well as I, editing is tedious. It’s boring, annoying and very time-consuming. Most new bloggers and authors understand that it is an essential step to take before publishing, but we are only human. Chances are, you are not a world-class editor, or else that would be your profession! With that being true, it is very likely that if you go back to the last post you published, you will find an error. If you don’t, have a friend read it and they will find one for you.
The point is, if you don’t have a professional editor, the errors will find their way into your blog posts some way or another. So invest a few hundred dollars into a professional that knows what they are doing!

Unless you are already a successful entrepreneur, author or have already created a budget for such expenses, don’t invest all of your money into a world-class editor. Why not? Because there is a program for your browser, that will provide the same editorial service for free! It’s called Grammarly!

The day I discovered Grammarly’s proofreading software was the day that the majority of my blogging anxieties vanished. Literally!
No longer did I have to worry about spending half an hour to edit exceptionally well. More likely than not, I found myself previously choosing to do a quick, ineffective skim as opposed to the less fun act of carefully thought out revising. Grammarly does it for me, and the only thing I have to do is click a button to correct!
Honestly, I wish I would have known about the free editing program sooner. I’m sure my blog would have developed a much larger audience had I done so. Nevertheless, I do have to thank John Lee Dumas for recommending Grammarly on his Podcast, EoFire.

So bloggers, new and old, understand that it is rare that I recommend programs only because I don’t personally use them. In fact, this is my first “review”  because I use Grammarly, ALOT. I believe in their system and can honestly say it will make your writing career 100 times easier!

As I have said before and will continue to stress, the integrity of your blog’s future relies on quality. Grammarly will give you THAT quality which will distinguish your blog posts from the rest of the self-publishers with a professional look!
Now, while the Grammarly’s free version is fantastic, it has its limitations that the premium version breaks through! Luckily, it won’t break the bank.

So what exactly will Grammarly’s Premium do that the free version won’t. Well, it will not only correct common issues with spelling and comma splicing, but it will begin to act as a real editor!


Advanced issues including word overuse, sentence fragments, passive/active voice misuse, contraction detection, punctuation and many more hidden errors that we often ignore or don’t even realize are there.
Also includes a proactive thesaurus, vocabulary enhancement, and context-optimized synonym suggestions.
On top the professional writing advice, Grammarly’s premium checks for plagiarism!


Standard errors such as spelling, pronoun use, and word choice.
So as you can see, premium offers much more than a simple grammar check. Grammarly will accurately proofread your work and make suggestions that only professional editors and writers could do with ease.

Students, bloggers, and authors, I highly recommend trying Grammarly for free! You will love it! If you want that professional editorial touch to make your blog even more appealing to promote audience growth, go premium!

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Final Opinions

The only true complaint I can think of is the fact that it may occasionally get confused with the point you are trying to get across. Grammarly accurately detects how you use various words so if it does not know how to correct and error, chances are your readers will also struggle with grasping the point you are trying to get across.
With that being said, I highly recommend that you give your post or paper a final glance after utilizing Grammarly’s expertise just in case you find the need to reword a sentence.

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Before Creation, Focus on Foundation


When deciding on creating a blog, you must lay out the blueprint before you begin building. Nothing is worse that starting a blog to only realize that you are boring yourself. Avoid that common issue by carefully planning out ahead of time.

Planning to start a blog begins with choosing a niche. What is it that you want to communicate? Are you going to be delivering advice? Introducing the world to your take on life? Inspiring others? Whatever it may be, make sure that this will be something that you could talk about all the time. You don’t need to be an expert right away but be willing to do more than the average google searcher. To your viewers, you should be seen as a trustworthy expert in the topic so make sure that this is the true you.
Upon getting the easy part out of the way, start choosing how you want to present your ideas. Do you want to type long notebooks, short & sweet advice, or make engaging videos? Each requires a different set of talents and dedication but once you decide on one, you give your blog the opportunity to develop a personality that is not constantly altered.
Lastly, focus on being unique. Strive to be THE blog as opposed to THAT blog. Don’t fear how others will judge your voice. It’s YOUR voice and therefore it can never be copied. The moment you strive to be the same as another is the moment that you become just another blog. Dare to be different and you will naturally attract those readers looking for your upcoming content.
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How Do Bloggers Make Money

Bloggers come in two distinct forms; those that blog for the love of writing or helping others and those blogging in order to drive traffic to their site for small profits. This causes a great misconception of what actually goes on behind the scenes of making money versus blogging as a hobby. After several questions of how exactly it is possible to make money through blogging, it was only right to make a quick post to explain without being overly complicated.
As previously mentioned, bloggers are either doing it to drive traffic or to help their viewers. Successful bloggers, the ones who make a living off of the content that they produce, start out with the hope of making an impact on their readers’ lives. In return, their readers become regular visitors and are more likely to share the blogger’s content. As more visitors become directed to the blog and its meaningful advice and content, sponsors become attracted. By means of the blogger searching or even the sponsor seeking them, a connection is made between the two which brings along with it monetary value.
Money can also be generated through a blog by means of direct advertisement. Services, like Google Adsense, offer website owners to advertise both products and services on their site for a small amount of compensation. The dollar amount is determined by the total number of impressions and clicks on the ad that the site generates. These advertisements operate the same way a video blogger (aka “vlogger”) would monetize their YouTube account.
Both methods of monetization are widely used and effective in their own way. A blogger who focuses on quality rather than content would be best off seeking a relevant sponsor. Alternatively, a blogger that spends their time manipulating search engines for traffic would be better off sticking with Google’s Adsense program. If you are deciding on how to monetize, make sure to take these ideas into consideration. If you have further questions, feel free to comment them below!
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The Life of a Blogger on Campus

Everyday people approach me with the same question,”How do you manage to run a blog and keep up with your classes?”. Most of the time I simply tell them that I plan ahead and try to get things done. It is actually fairly simple, but I found that people truly didn’t understand. So instead of laying out the step by step guide, I’ll revisit my encounter with someone who had all of the motivation in the world but still struggled with properly managing her time.
One day, a friend of mine asked me to literally teach her my ways. I gladly agreed and we scheduled a time in the library to go further in depth. What I had originally expected to be a brief session with tips here and there grew into a rewarding two hour session. First off, I laid out the premise of the tutorial by showing her my planners. I keep two planners by my side at all time. One allows me to plan for multiple weeks ahead while the other focused on one specific day at a time. By planning for the future, there is never a day that I go into blindly. In order to be more precise, the second and much smaller planner gave me the ability to dissect these planned weeks into specific days. On top of these organizers, my schedule would be broken down even further with my iPhone’s Reminders App. Each day, I would have preset reminders that tell me exactly when it is time to complete a task and how long I have to do so. A lot of my time management is actually just taking the time to diversify my entire schedule. In a way, having several tools that essentially perform the same job, just translates my schedule into various languages that prevent my mind from missing a single step.
  So how did my friend respond? She was amazed and unintentionally began to project her newly birthed inspiration. When I thought her original question was answered to the best of my abilities, she hit me with another and then, in the words of DJ Khaled, another one! This was my first experience in my life of taking the position as an inspiration to others and can honestly say that it feels amazing. It reassures me that I actually am helping others with the advice that I provide. I truly hope that this story outlines exactly how I am able to balance college work with the responsibility of being a daily blogger. If you still have questions, like my friend, feel free to ask in the comments below! Special thanks to Annie for inspiring this topic and if you enjoyed this post, please to Like, Share, and Subscribe 🙂

Timely Blog Posting for Special Occasions

Appropriate scheduling of your blog posts can allow your blog to stand out during time in which normally wouldn’t. There is a time for everything and if you are able to identify the most appropriate times for your blog posts, you will be rewarded with more active viewers.
In order to get a better sense as to why proper scheduling makes a difference, imagine every year around Christmas time. Everyday you are going to see countless articles and commercials about Christmas. From sugar cookie recipes to the hottest toys on the market, attention is naturally directed towards the overall theme of Christmas. It is for this reason that Google shows a spike in Christmas related searches around the same exact time every year.
The scenario above occurs in just about any niche and topic that you can think of. By studying some of Google’s trends, you give yourself the ability to properly plan out blog posts in advance. Along with the benefits of planning ahead, your blog or website will attract a larger audience during each of these peak holidays, seasons, and current events!
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Finding a Niche for your Blog

Deciding on a topic for your blog about can be a very daunting task depending on what you’re looking to achieve. Some bloggers may want to write more current articles while others may want to focus on more personal opinions. Typically, a newer blogger may want to focus on a smaller niche than someone who has been blogging for a long time. A smaller niche simply touches on a topic within a broader topic. Instead of starting a blog where you talk about different sports, start out by only talking about one sport or even better, a certain aspect about that one sport. The process of choosing depends all on your current blogging status and what you are looking to achieve.
The internet is virtually a never ending world of information and will allways be the center for discovery. If someone has a question, Google is going to be the first place they look. With this in mind, we can comfortably say that there are no limits to the possible niche choices. The key to a successful blog is not forcing yourself into any one box. In other words, don’t choose a niche that you will not be able to naturally write about. If you do, you will either run out of ideas or cause your blog to suffer from lack of quality. Instead, find something that you would love to learn more about. A blog that is driven by both curiosity and knowledge will perform much better than one that simply regurgitates pointless information. Find your passion and combine it with your unique voice. Doing so with good intentions will grant you with an article rich niche that can easily provide your blog with a strong foundation!


SEO Understanding Boolean Operators

Boolean Operators are the conjunctions used to separate keywords when searching. In a search, these conjunctions (and, and not, not) provide the user with more refined and relevant results. Although used primarily for precise research, these concepts can be applied to your websites marketing strategies. By truly understanding Boolean Operators, you can learn how to reach your site’s intended audience with ease.
Boolean Operators function the same way as the process of niche blogging. For example, if you are starting a blog on a popular topic, you will want to focus on smaller niches within the topic. By doing so, you reveal the less talked about topics that have less competition. Less competition gives your website a better chance at being discovered and achieving high seo rankings. In short, your goal is to make a post that will show up with 30,000 other search results as opposed to 30,000,000.
How should you go about doing this? Treat you blog or website like a poem. Every word and its placement, make a huge difference when it comes down to search engine discovery. Write down exactly what type of audience you want to attract and decide on what you are actually going to talk about. While avoiding reductions in quality of your blog posts, visit your favorite search engine to do a little research. Find out what keywords are popular and play around with them in your post’s title. Simply moving around two words may help your blog dodge millions of competitors on the internet.
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