Driving traffic — as well as driving revenue — to your blog is likely your top concern. You’re constantly assessing different advertising and marketing strategies seeking the Holy Grail: tons of blog visitors that convert into dollars.[Read more…]
It is perhaps a cliche to talk about how much the world is being changed by technological development, but that makes it a no less true and accurate assessment of where we are. The world that we live in today is very different from the one we lived in 10 or 20 years ago. And at the time same, the world we will live in 10 or 20 years from now will be very different from what we know today.
Who would have thought 10 years ago that keeping an online diary was a golden ticket to fame and fortune? In the age of the Internet, we’ve seen the art of blogging transform from a mere hobby to a full-blown multimillion-dollar business. According to Forbes, A-list blogging personalities can earn as much as 150,000 dollars for a single Instagram post or 300 grand for a video partnership on Youtube. It’s a crazy lucrative business and no wonder more and more people are trying their hand on blogging!
Although celebrated influencers make it seem like a naturally easy thing to do, the truth is that the career takes full-time work and serious commitment. It’s a dynamic and highly mobile occupation that requires staying connected to your audience whenever and wherever. Owning the right gadgets to create fresh, high-quality content while on the go is essential for pro-bloggers.If you’re looking for the right tools to invest in for your blogging career, here’s a helpful list of the best of the best. Blogging can get pretty expensive so make sure you’re finding ways to get your gadgets at a discount.
The Ultimate Smartphone: Apple iPhone XS
Haters would say otherwise, but we’d say that Apple’s iPhone XS is still the ultimate smartphone. The superior dual camera with smart HDR and extra stabilization takes excellent photos even in low-light and high-contrast environments – an essential for bloggers on-the-go. The fact that major app developers and social media platforms like Instagram offer better features and support for iOS over Android is also a major advantage. With a fast A12 bionic chip, advanced LTE connection, dual sim support, and a rich OLED display, the iPhone XS is a sweet, albeit wildly expensive gadget.
Writing on the Go: Microsoft Surface Pro 6 Tablet
A smartphone is the number one essential for bloggers on-the-go but think of a tablet as a worthy and reliable productivity companion. With a larger screen, keyboard and stylus connectivity, portability, a tablet enables you to get your writing work done anywhere and check on your visuals with greater precision. The Microsoft Surface Pro 6 Tablet is one of the most powerful tablets you can get on the market. With its12.3 inch screen, 128GB base storage, Microsoft Office integration, Wi-Fi and 4G connectivity, and 13.5-hour battery life, the Surface Pro 6 is the ultimate portable productivity tool. Sell your iPad and upgrade to the Microsoft Surface Pro 6 Tablet.
Best B/Vlogger Camera: Canon Powershot G7X Mark II
Great visuals are 50% the blogging game won. Without high-quality images and videos, even great writers won’t survive the blogging arena. The Canon Powershot G7X Mark II is our ultimate pick for the best blog and vlog camera. It features a high-performance 20.1 MP CMOS sensor that captures clear and crisp images even in dark settings. The flip-up screen and compact build, with built-in Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity, makes it easy to use even for solo travel bloggers. It also provides a great range of control over images and videos with the ability to shoot RAW and JPEG and the 24p and 60p recording option. Even Youtube royalty Casey Neistat considers the G7X Mark II his vlogging camera of choice.
Portable Power: Anker PowerCore 20100 Power Bank
Running out of battery at a crucial moment is a no-no. When you’re always out and about, it’s important to keep your devices fully charged and have backup power to supply the extra juice. The Anker PowerCore 20100 Power Bank is still the best portable power bank that money can buy. With the 20100 mAh capacity, two 2.4 Amp ports so you can recharge two gadgets at once, and speed charging feature, the PowerCore is a great buy at $50. It’s not the lightest at 354g but the long and slim design still makes it travel-friendly.
Extra Storage: Samsung T5 SSD
It’s no secret that blogging requires a lot of storage space. If you’re looking to carry incredibly large amounts of data everywhere which you most likely are, a high-quality external hard drive is a worthy investment. The Samsung T5 SSD is the best SSD of 2018. With a fast USB Type-C Gen 2 connector, you can get speeds of 540MBps and 515MBps in read/write transfers respectively. The 1TB offering starts at $500 but the price is justified by the fast transfer rate and highly compact design (it weighs only 51g and is about the size of a credit card stack). It also has a three-year warranty and is shock-resistant up to a drop height of 2m.
Noise Cancellation Headphones: Sony WH-1000XM3
Blogging on-the-go means that you don’t get to control where you work one hundred per cent of the time. Which means that you have to learn how to write and create content in unconducive work environments so you can meet your deadlines. A great set of noise-cancelling headphones will save you more times than you can imagine. CNET dubs the 1000XM3 as the noise-cancelling headphone to beat. With its industry-leading active noise cancellation features, a light build, comfortable fit, and 30 hours of battery life, this headphone will be a reliable work companion. If you’re into video blogging or vlogging, the superior sound definition of the 1000XM3 should help you with your audio editing, too.
Blogs are one of the best modern inventions, being loaded with people experience, memories, pics and everything you are looking for. On any given subject you can find a great blog. Following a blog, you can learn pottery, poetry, find out about what to visit in a specific country or place and so on. Blogs are making the internet cool.[Read more…]
The New Year may bring you some new opportunities, especially if you are looking into starting an online business. There are the old online business go-tos like starting a blog or ecommerce store. These are still good options, but there are also plenty of other online business ideas for 2019 success.[Read more…]
Understanding Risks when Traveling
Many people may think that a travel blogger’s life is a dream – paradise destinations, exotic food, rich cultures, extreme adventures and all. However, a travel blogger’s life is not always fun and games as there are real risks they must face in every destination they go to, and activity they do. There may be animal bites, transportation hazards, food poisoning and more. There are risks for assaults, harassments, vehicular accidents, and even trauma. Each case can be unique, and the best thing to do is to know what to do if you have an accident when traveling.[Read more…]
Working remotely is becoming a more popular choice—and a more available option—for writers all over the world. Because writing doesn’t require immediate, in-person interaction or any specific equipment beyond a word processor and an internet connection, it can feasibly be done anywhere, though some locations are clearly better than others.
One of the world’s best CMSs, WordPress, is being used by about 33% websites on the internet. Recently, a new update for WordPress, known as WordPress 5.0 “Bebo” was rolled out on 27 November 2018 along with its new editor, Gutenberg.[Read more…]
Becoming an online influencer seems like a fun and profitable venture. Because 90% of marketers say that influencer marketing helped increase engagement in 2017, it makes sense for you to jump in and get your slice of the influencer pie.
However, due to the thousands of influencers coming from the woodwork, the competition gets tougher each passing day.
Therefore, if you want to be one of the most sought-after lifestyle influencers in the market, then you need to learn from the best. Below are ten of the most influential lifestyle online personalities to date.[Read more…]
Twitter is home to 326 million active users!
But if you think each one of those active users is authentic, you’ve got another thing coming.
Some are burner accounts and can’t do anything to help grow your brand.
Sure, you can distinguish the authentic accounts from the fake ones. But it won’t be easy.
Don’t worry, though. Despite all the funny business, it’s possible to use Twitter to help your brand achieve heights.
Take it from Taco Bell’s journey.
It engaged with its most influential followers. And via retweets, mentions, and recommendations of these influencers, it maximized brand awareness.
As a result of its clever approach, its engagement levels rose!
That and it reached 600,000 followers!
So if Taco Bell can do it, so can you!
It doesn’t matter if your brand isn’t as big. What matters is you do things the right way.
So let me show you how to do Twitter marketing and build a substantial following for your brand.[Read more…]