Easy Steps For Improving Your Blog 1 11

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Let’s be honest. When you first considered starting a blog of your own, you thought it would be pretty easy. Am I right? Maybe you had an English degree you weren’t using, you had some time to kill while the kids napped, and you knew you possessed the kind of life-changing perspectives that would have people by the thousands clicking on your links. Then you got started and you discovered the brutal truth: it’s cutthroat out there in the blogging world, and if you want to succeed, strong writing and compelling views are barely enough to get your foot in the door.

Today’s blogging reality is this: you have to work your blog with all the strategy of a chess master to find a readership. Maybe you didn’t sign on for that, but if you want your blog to have any measure of success, you’re going to have to step up and play the game.

Daunting as that may sound for some of you, worry not. We’re here to offer you our best advice, which we’ve gained from our years of experience in the blogging world. So, without further ado, here’s our easy steps for improving your blog:

1. Offer a clearly defined theme. It’s not enough anymore to start a generic mom blog. That’s too broad. That slice of the market is over-saturated. You need an angle, a slant, a specific take on the whole motherhood thing that promises to bring fresh air to an incredibly stale topic. So, what makes your experience or perspective on motherhood different? How can you hone that down to a clear theme than can serve as a guiding principle for all of your blogs? You want your potential readers to know what they’re getting into before they read a single blog, something that can be captured in your blog’s title and subtitle. On top of that, make sure your blog is visually appealing. You should consider investing in a solid WordPress theme.

2. Post daily (or as close to daily as your schedule will allow). There’s nothing worse than snagging some readers with that great blog you wrote yesterday, only to lose them today because, guess what, upon visiting your site they find… yesterday’s blog. Your audience is made up of fickle people who have hundreds of millions of things to read at their fingertips at all times. They have short memories (we all do these days), and if you want to stay lodged in that memory, you’ll need to produce new content consistently. What have you done for me lately? This pretty much sums up the attitudes of today’s blog readers. And believe us, all the other bloggers writing within your area of interest are more than happy to do something for their readers every day. You’ll need to do the same to develop the kind of brand loyalty that can survive a day or two of silence.

3. Get connected. Social media. You have no choice anymore. Privately despise Twitter and Facebook all you want, but when it comes to your blog, put on a happy face, get out there on social media, and engage. Now, you don’t need to maintain an omnipresence on every platform. Rather, choose two and dig deep in that soil. You’ll find doing so will bear fast fruit for your blog.

4. Pictures! People say they’re worth a thousand words, and well, cliché as that might be, they’re right. Of course not just any picture will do. First and foremost, the picture has to somehow capture the essence of the blog in question. The picture should in some crystalline way tell the story you’ve just conveyed with your words, and it should do so in an emotionally sincere manner. What we mean by that is this: don’t overstep with your images. Don’t be dramatic. Just be honest. No one wants to feel manipulated, and if you pair over-the-top images with your words, readers will lose faith in your perspective. They’ll begin to question your credibility, and no blogger can afford to lose that. You should aim to take photos yourself if possible to make the posts more personal. However, this isn’t always possible, so you should get some high quality stock photos.

5. Stay secure. Take the proper security measures to ensure your readers can access your blogs quickly and at all times. Honestly, this one takes many new bloggers by surprise. And it’s no wonder. How many of us really know that much about employing a web application firewall? That’s what I thought. But here’s why you need to know: you’ve put in countless hours and dollars into getting your blog up and running, not to mention getting that coveted web traffic each day. Things seem to be sailing until one day page load times for your readers get slower and slower until the page won’t even load any more. Remember what we said about your fickle readership? If you can’t keep page load times acceptable, you will lose your readers. This is where a web application firewall comes in. By protecting your site from the various harmful malwares out there, a firewall protects your thriving blog.

So, there you have it. Five easy steps for improving your blog. Take these guidelines to heart and you’ll be well on your way to blogging bliss.

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America’s 4 Can’t Miss Family Vacation Locations 0 4

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The United States is loaded with amazing trip destinations, which can make it difficult to decide what location will be best for your family. Are you looking for a family trip that involves adventure? How about a vacation filled with amusement park excitement? Maybe you’re looking for a more relaxed atmosphere where you and your family can enjoy some rest and relaxation? Whichever trip you are searching for, there is a destination perfect for your family. A few of the more popular destinations around the country we’ve broken down for you below. These are just four of many possibilities to choose from. Plan the trip on your own or check out some of the best charter bus tours available around the country to lighten your load.

Orlando, Florida

It should come as no surprise that the most popular family vacation location in the United States is Orlando, Florida. Walt Disney World is unlike any other theme park in the world. Built solely with families in mind, Disney World is an entertainment complex made up of four different theme parks and two water parks. As the flagship Disney destination, Walt Disney World is comprised of the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios, and the Animal Kingdom; plus Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach for the warmer months. If your family is feeling more adventurous, Universal Studios Orlando is home to some of the most iconic roller coasters in the country. Families can also venture out to SeaWorld Orlando to visit some of the coolest sea creatures around. Between the weather and tourist attractions, Orlando has a little bit of everything to entertain people of all ages.

Yellowstone National Park

If your family is interested in an iconic sightseeing adventure, Yellowstone National Park is a fantastic option. Check out the swirling pools of natural hot springs, deep forests surrounding gorgeous meadows, and breathtaking explosive water geysers. In addition to the beautiful landscape, don’t be surprised if you come across some buffalo, elk, and even grizzly bears throughout your adventures. What makes visiting Yellowstone National Park so great is its sheer size. Yellowstone is so large your family will never feel crowded by other visitors. Plan a trip to Old Faithful one day and Yellowstone Lake the next. Mammoth Hot Springs is another popular destination you won’t want to miss. And if your family enjoys hiking, you will fall in love with the countless number of trails at your footsteps.

Washington, D.C.

For the family full of history buffs, Washington D.C. offers all the American history you could ever need. From national monuments to museums, Washington D.C. offers something for everyone in the family. There is boundless energy in and around Washington D.C., and once you’re there, you’ll begin to understand why it is one of the faster-paced East Coast cities. Devote time to visiting the U.S. Capitol, White House, Washington Monument, Smithsonian Museums, Jefferson Monument, Arlington National Cemetery, and the Tidal Basin. However, if your family is more interested in avoiding the tourist attractions, the city offers plenty of restaurants, cafes, shops, and clubs. Embrace the history of our country with your entire family by visiting Washington D.C. today.

The Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon is two hundred seventy-seven river miles long, eighteen miles wide, and over a mile deep. Considered one of the seven natural wonders of the world, the Grand Canyon is an enormous chasm in Arizona that should be experienced by the entire family. With over six million visitors a year, the Grand Canyon is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the United States. Be sure to visit the South Rim, which is home to the Grand Canyon Village and the Bright Angel Trail. There is plenty to do at these destinations, but be prepared for a large mass of people. If you are looking for a little quieter escape, visit the North Rim, which houses backwoods camping and intense hiking trails.

 

All four of these family vacation destinations are full of activities to keep the family busy for days. The memories that your family can create at each of these locations will last a lifetime.

 

 

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How to Power Up and Roadtrip Easier this Holiday Season 0 6

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I feel like I may say this every season – but it’s my favorite time of year! I love being on-the-go during the holiday season. It is so much fun visiting our favorite holiday attractions, attending get-togethers with friends and family, going skiing, sledding, driving to see Christmas lights and displays – and the list goes on.

I’d love to hear your favorite holiday activities in the comments below!

What I love even more is being able to capture these memories and moments on my phone. Which means, we need to stay charged while on-the-go!

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Roadtripper Travel Mount

Flying over the river and woods this holiday season? This is the perfect gadget for airline travel as it mounts to seat-backs, can stand up on its own, and has a vent mount for when a phone mount is needed. It’s a solid all-in-one mount for traveling!

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Are you a podcaster or do you record videos for your blog/vlog while sitting in your vehicle? These two are my favorite options for easily and precisely setting my phone for these activities.

They’re also a great way to keep your phone hands-free while driving!

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PwrUp Gravity Qi Fast Wireless Charging Mount

Charge your phone on the go with this Bracketron PwrUp wireless charging mount. A suction cup with Temporbond technology makes mounting easy on most surfaces, and the included vent clip attaches easily to car air vents. This Bracketron PwrUp wireless charging mount uses Qi wireless charging technology to quickly recharge compatible smartphones without power cords.

I highly recommend downloading their free PwrUp app (iTunes) (Google Play/Android)! This app will show you exactly where the phone’s charging coil is so that you can adjust the feet of the mount properly to the two coils. It also monitors your battery’s charge so that you don’t exhaust your battery.

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OneClick Dash Mount

The Bracketron OneClick Dash Mount is the perfect solution to dock or mount your Smartphone in your vehicle. The quick-adjust arms allow for a perfect fit to secure your phone while operating your vehicle. In addition to the tension arms feature for a quick release when you are ready to leave your vehicle.

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