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New Banana Route To Open


Rota da Banana – Madalena do Mar – Madeira Island

 


PT:
Inaugurado a 19/07/2019, a rota da banana é uma iniciativa da Junta de Freguesia da Madalena do Mar inserida no programa da Festa da Banana.

Esta rota convida-o a percorrer as estreitas veredas emparedadas que serpenteiam as plantações de banana. Acompanhe o ciclo produtivo da banana da Madeira e conheça em mais detalhe a freguesia da Madalena do Mar, uma das principais produtoras de um dos produtos mais exportados na Região Autónoma da Madeira.

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Inaugurated on 19/07/2019, the banana route is an initiative of the Parish Council of Madalena do Mar as part of the Festa da Banana program.

This route invites you to walk along narrow walled paths that meander banana plantations. Follow the banana production cycle in Madeira and learn more details about the parish of Madalena do Mar, one of the main producers of one of the most exported products in the Autonomous Region of Madeira.


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Quarantine Fun


A little bit more fun.

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Forget smartphones: Photographer goes old-school to show the beauty of Madeira and shoots the island using a 35mm film camera – and the results are mesmerising


Some great photos in this article below from the daily mail. Click below and see the 30 stunning images.

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Friday Foto


Thanks to Keith Bown for these photos.

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Thanks to Amanda Thornsby for this photo of the work done on the cliff face in Calheta.  

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How to Write a Blog Post in 2020 (Free Blog Post Template) Tutorial


Learning how to write a blog post that people will actually want to read (and still drives meaningful traffic to your blog) doesn’t need to be difficult.

Sure it takes time, effort and practice to become a strong writer. But if you want to learn how to write a blog post that’ll bring you new readers and captivate your existing ones, you can get started on that—and make significant progress—right here today.

I’ve been blogging here for over 6 years, and in that process I’ve gone from fumbling around with learning how to start a blog, to perfecting a step-by-step writing process that brought my blog over 4.4 Million readers last year alone.

How to Write a Blog Post That Get's Traffic (Google Analytics Screenshot) Proof of Readers on ryrob

In today’s guide about how to write a blog post, we’ll be touching on everything from how to better understand your readers, to my formula for generating creative blog post ideas that’ll captivate reader attention, how to write winning headlines that encourage more clicks, how to structure a blog post for maximum readability, storytelling and much more.

How to Write a Blog Post in 2020 (Free Blog Post Template and Step-by-Step Tutorial)

  1. Get to Know Your Blog Audience
  2. Write a Clever Headline for Every Blog Post
  3. Hook Your Readers From the Start
  4. Answer Questions with Your Blog Posts
  5. Tell a Captivating Story
  6. Make Your Blog Posts Easily Scannable
  7. Invest in Thoughtful Design
  8. Be Authentic in Your Writing
  9. Make Your Blog Posts Portable (and Mobile-Friendly)
  10. Prioritize Quality Over Quantity
  11. Show Them the Numbers

Disclosure: Please note that some of the links below are affiliate links and at no additional cost to you, I’ll earn a commission. When you purchase a product or service using my one of my affiliate links, the company compensates me, which helps me run this blog and keep my content free of charge to you. Know that I also only recommend products I personally stand behind.

Now, there’s no way to put this lightly, so I’m just going to come out and say it…

Bloggers looking to promote their blogs, grow traffic or even maintain their existing organic search rankings, face an uphill battle heading into the future.

For starters, Google is sending less organic traffic to websites today, even cannibalizing their own ad revenue, in favor of keeping searchers on Google-owned properties or providing them immediate answers in the form of featured snippets like this right here (where my guide to starting a blog is often featured):

How to Write a Blog Post People Will Want to Read Ryan Search Result Example

On top of that, there’s been an increasing trend toward plummeting (free) social reach and engagement on the major platforms like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. According to the latest blogging statistics, most blog posts actually get less than 4 social shares and 0 backlinks.

And while it comes as no surprise, competition for eyeballs is skyrocketing with more than 4 million new blog posts published every day.

There’s a race to the top in providing genuinely helpful, well-researched, transformational content for readers today.

That’s why learning how to write a blog post that stands far above the competition (in providing immense reader value) is so crucial in 2020.

Despite more competition than ever before, therein lies the opportunity. If you’re willing to put in the time and effort to learn how to write a blog post that can balance the delicate tasks of both entertaining and solving your readers challenges, then you’ll have no trouble rising above the others in your industry.

In spite of all these challenges to learning how to grow a blog, blogging remains one of the most effective ways to teach, inspire, and engage an audience.

So what’s a blogger to do in today’s world?

After spending hours analyzing my most successful blog posts (articles that have been read millions of times), I’ve put together this step-by-step guide about how to write a blog post that will help you increase traffic, build your audience and keep them coming back for more. Plus, I’m including access to my free blog post template you can use as a framework for getting started on writing your own high-traffic blog posts.

If you want access to my free blog post template (in the form of a copy & paste Google Doc), then you can grab it right here—including my SEO blog post writing checklist and a fully completed example to guide you along the way—get my free blog post template.

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Now first, if you’re totally new to blogging today, I’ve also put together the ultimate guide to getting started with your blog. Actually getting your blog online and well-optimized is the first step to learning how write a blog post that’ll attract readers, and my 25,000 word guide to starting a blog will position you best for going on to bring thousands of readers to your blog in the near future.

Alright, now let’s dive into my guide about how to write a blog post that’ll captivate readers and drive more traffic to your blog.

1. Get to Know Your Blog Audience

Before you even begin learning how to write a blog post, you’ll need to pick a niche to blog about and identify a range of topic ideas that’ll actually capture the attention of your readers.

Approach writing a blog post like you would start a conversation—begin by finding common ground.

To deliver value to your readers, you need to write about things they want to know about, not just what you want to tell them.

How to Write a Blog Post and Find Relevant Content for Your Readers

Do you really know what your audience is interested in?

If not, then that’s your absolute most important mission at this stage. Keep in mind that understanding your audience is much different than the activity of simply doing keyword research and identifying opportunities that could bring in readers. That’s attempting to solve your traffic problem backwards.

The goal is not figuring out which topics are popular in general. You’re trying to figure out what your audience wants to know, as it relates to your own interests.

Anyone can spend ten minutes researching which keywords get a ton of search traffic on the Internet and start writing a blog post to go after those phrases.

But that’s not how you build genuine relationships (or devise a long-term blog business plan) with your readers and leave them wanting to come back for more.

Short-term content hacks will only take you so far—and search engines are getting much better at surfacing only the absolute best, most reputable, trustworthy and authoritative content to their users.

Here are a few of my favorite ways to start pinpointing meaningful topics I know I’ll need to write a blog post about for my readers—by first answering these kinds of questions:

  • What are my readers most pressing needs in the long-term?
  • Which concerns do they have top of mind today?
  • What are their skills and ability levels?
  • How about a general focus area they’re concerned with?
  • What kinds of goals do they have for themselves?
  • Any unique struggles of my own that I can share and be relatable?

Dive into my epic list of 201+ blog post ideas you can use to come up with compelling content for your blog today.

If you invest the time into polling your readers and truly understanding where they come from (including everything from their feelings on the name of your blog to the topics you’re covering), you’ll learn how to write a blog post that cuts to the core of their needs.

On a more granular level, here are a few more precise tactics to uncover the topics your readers are most interested in learning about:

  • Ask them: It may sound over-simplified, but nothing beats speaking directly with your readers. Run a survey with a tool like SurveyMonkey, a poll on Twitter, a design test with Helio or send out a questionnaire directly to your lis as a part of your blog email marketing efforts. Find other online communities where there are more active readers and ask there. No matter which method you choose, you’re bound to get valuable insights when you take the time to ask meaningful questions.
  • Use Google Autocomplete: Don’t have many readers to ask yet? Try Google Autocomplete. When you start typing words into the Google search field, different search suggestions are displayed based off of millions of other related Google searches. These predictions can give you a ton of insights about user-intent and highlight several related subjects you can explore to comprehensively address the questions your readers are asking search engines.
  • See what people are asking on Quora: Enter a topic into Quora and you’ll almost always see a myriad of relevant questions (and answers related to that topic). This research technique is a gold mine for discovering exactly what readers like yours may want to know or learn more about.

Because I feel so strongly about this, I’ll say it one more time…

The journey to learning how to write a blog post people will actually want to read begins (and as you’ll soon see, ends) with understanding those people first.

The closer your connection to your readers, the more authentic your content will be in the long run.

If you want access to my free blog post template (in the form of a copy & paste Google Doc), then you can grab it right here—including my SEO blog post writing checklist and a fully completed example to guide you along the way—get my free blog post template.

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2. Write a Clever Headline for Every Blog Post

How to Write a Clever Headline for Your Blog Posts (Screenshot of Writing)

The importance of mastering how to write a headline (or title) that’s intriguing, can’t be overstated when you’re learning how to write a blog post.

Strong headlines are marketing tools in themselves. They represent your blog post across social media platforms, in Google search results, and within emails.

Before people even start reading the blog post you wrote, your title is already shaping their opinion of it.

In fact, 6 out of 10 people report only reading a blog’s headline before they share the post on social networks like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

So how do you write a captivating headline that’ll encourage people to read, click and share?

Let’s start with a quote from one of my favorite marketing mentors, Seth Godin, where he succinctly sums up the fact that… great ideas come through working in volume.

“Good ideas come from bad ideas, but only if there are enough of them.” – Seth Godin

The tactical lesson we can extract from Godin here, is that while it’s important to spend some time on the headline when learning how to write a blog post that’ll encourage clicks and shares—you also can’t afford to allow yourself to get hung up trying to craft the perfect headline—you’ll eat through time and have little to show for it.

This is especially true as you’re just starting the process of writing your blog post and you’ve still got a blank page staring back at you.

Instead of spending hours on a headline up front, start with a simple working title that you can change later.

For example, when I first started on this article you’re reading right now, my working title of “How to Write a Blog Post” was intentionally very simple.

As I moved through the process of how to write a blog post outline—and then onto actually writing the article, the headline took more shape as I identified and clarified all of the working components required to produce the definitive guide to learning how to write a blog post.

Before originally publishing this guide, the full title became “How to Write a Blog Post in 2020 (Free Blog Post Template): The Ultimate Writing Guide for Bloggers” which is significantly expanded (and more interesting) for potential readers who stumble upon this guide on social media, in search engines or otherwise.

How to Write a Blog Post (Headline Screenshot) and Example

Let’s break down a few elements of how to write a blog post headline that’s captivating:

  • Use numbers: I use the current year in the headline, making it (1) stand out visually in organic search results and (2) very quickly communicate to readers that this guide is up-to-date for them
  • Include your target keyword phrase: Next, this headline includes the “how to write a blog post” root keyword phrase that’s at the core of exactly what potential readers are hoping to learn how to do here (which is good for both search engines and matching reader-intent)
  • Experiment with parentheses: After that, I’ve included a portion of the headline in (parentheses) which also tends to make it pop visually on a search engine results page
  • Weave in a secondary keyword: Finally, I’ve added the (important) secondary keyword phrase of “Free Blog Post Template” into this headline, which is something no other current guides on this subject are offering readers (one of my competitive advantages with this guide) and another quick indicator of what readers can expect to get with this article

As I’ve said already though, the final version of this headline didn’t come until I’d fully written and edited this post.

And looking at it today, it’s already changed quite a bit from it’s original version—which is a reflection of listening to my audience, monitoring how many clicks it gets in organic search results and through paid advertising experiment.

While it’s tempting to wait for clarity before taking action, the truth is that clarity comes through action.

Just start writing and the headline ideas will flow as you progress.

As time goes on as you move from just learning how to write a blog post and into a more comfortable place as a writer, headlines will also become more natural for you to craft.

Leverage the curiosity gap. Write an irresistible headline that teases what’s in the piece without giving it away completely.

Curiosity is one of the most powerful human emotions, and wielding it effectively is all about balance. The trick is to provide just enough information to drive people to learn more, but not so much that they don’t feel compelled to investigate further.

Lastly, be sure to optimize for search and social. These two channels will be major sources of traffic for your content, so you need to be concerned with how your article headlines will be read and interpreted on these platforms.

  • Is your headline exciting to tweet?
  • Will it stand out in the noisy Facebook feed?
  • Does it include a featured image that people will click on from Pinterest?

Using keywords to increase your chances of showing up in search results is always a good idea (more on that later), but you need to give yourself every opportunity you can to help engineer a headline that can accurately reflect your content and go viral on social.

3. Hook Your Readers From the Start

How to Write Blog Post Introduction (Hook and Lead in Examples)

You have one sentence, two at most, to entice readers and draw them into reading your blog post. Journalists call this the lede.

And just like meeting someone for the first time, first impressions with a blog post are critical and affect whether we choose to get to know someone better—or make our way to exit.

As you’re learning how to write a blog post, here are a few do’s and don’ts for crafting an interesting introduction:

Do:

  • Use colorful language
  • Open with a startling statistic
  • Start with a quote
  • Use drama or humor
  • Leverage eye-catching formatting (like bold and italics)

Don’t:

  • Use a cliche that’ll leave readers rolling their eyes
  • Bury the lede (failing to tease the most interesting point in your article)
  • State the obvious

The easiest strategy for crafting compelling lede is to answer the who, what, where, when and why as soon as possible.

And this may sound counterintuitive when just learning how to write a blog post, but another useful strategy is to start with your conclusion first.

In the age of short attention spans, people have grown tired of wasting time on clickbait blog posts that go nowhere.

So instead of trying to bait readers in to consuming a full article before reaching the answer they’re seeking—choose to learn how to write a blog post that gives them their answers right away, then use the rest of your content to show them why (and go into further depth for those who are particularly engaged).

The quicker you can establish relevance to your reader, give them a strong reason to believe they’ll find what they’re looking for in your blog post, the more likely they’ll be to dig into your piece and share it with others.

4. Answer Questions with Your Blog Posts

Example of Blog Post Featured Snippet Question and Answer (Screenshot of Google Results)

Google has gotten very good at figuring out not just what topics people are searching for, but what their intent is.

That’s why it’s different learning how to write a blog post today. It’s no longer just about delivering content that matches the words and phrases people are using—it’s all about delivering satisfying answers to reader questions, challenges and problems.

This has resulted in a growing number of zero click searches—results that highlight featured snippets, paid ads, knowledge panels, maps, and videos that answer search queries without sending users anywhere (like the screenshot above).

In the eyes of search engines, your blog has gone from a destination to a source of data.

Search for a restaurant and you’re likely to find a knowledge panel packed with ratings, hours of operation, location and top dishes with the restaurant’s actual URL buried somewhere near the bottom of the featured snippet.

While this is arguably better, easier and faster for searchers to find the answers they’re looking for, it’s bad for bloggers (like you) that want to control the experience for their readers.

However, it’s not all bad news. After all, you’re here to learn how to write a blog post for the way people are consuming content today.

The advent of featured snippets and knowledge boxes means that there are also a ton of new opportunities to get creative and break into these high-visibility featured snippets—thus outranking your competitors and giving yourself the best shot and bringing the most engaged readers to your blog.

They’re also a fantastic way to capture the growing voice search traffic boom that’s being ushered in by Alexa, Siri, Google Home and Cortana.

If you noticed near the top of this guide about how to write a blog post, I’ve included a very clear, hyperlinked menu that’s optimized to encourage featured snippet placements.

How to optimize your blog posts for featured snippet placements (with a hyperlinked menu).

How to Optimize Your Blog Posts for Featured Snippet Placement

Remember that successfully landing a featured snippet for your blog post will require more than just implementing these formatting best practices—as Google takes into account a myriad of other factors like the number of high quality backlinks the article has, your page load speed, reputation of your websites (and more).

Still, you should always aim for landing a featured snippet as the benefits can be immense. Here’s how to get a featured snippet:

  • Figure out exactly what people are asking (by observing suggested results on sites like Google and Quora)
  • Make those questions the headers in your blog post (utilizing proper H1’s, H2’s and H3’s)
  • Create a structured, hyperlinked menu near the top of your blog post using the same proper text formatting
  • Hyperlink each menu item to it’s corresponding sub-header below (to make the post easily navigable)
  • Answer the most common questions related to this search term succinctly (using question and answer format)

Aside from the obvious benefits of clearly answering the most pressing reader questions in your blog posts, doing so with smart formatting can reward you immensely.

Learning how to write a blog post that’s optimized for getting a featured snippet can help you get a ton of new traffic without needing to invest as much in other strategies like blogger outreach, buying crappy backlinks, guest blogging, paying to get social shares and other costly tactics that don’t pay off the same way.

Instead of spending money on cheap tactics to get more traffic, invest in learning how to write a blog post that’s 10x better than the competition.

One of the most common blogging mistakes I see (especially new bloggers make), is that they want quick results and they’re willing to try every “trick” and “hack” in the book. Side note—if you want to avoid more blogging mistakes like this, then do some extra studying with my picks for the best blogging books and blogging courses on the market today.

Many new bloggers will do this, rather than confront the cold, hard truth that in order to be worthy of getting the most readers to your blog—you’ll need to invest in writing blog posts that truly do a better job of solving reader challenges, than anything else on the Internet.

That’s why the best blogging advice is often so simple—create truly amazing content, spread the word and you’ll be rewarded for it.

5. Tell a Captivating Story

How to Write a Blog Post and Use Storytelling to Captivate Your Audience (Campfire)

Humans have been telling stories for thousands of years, and for good reason.

Stories stir emotions, forge connections and are easy for us to remember. These three reasons alone are enough evidence that you should learn how to write a blog post in a format that tells a story for your readers to travel along with.

People are coming to your blog to be entertained or informed. Stories are a vehicle that make it easy to give them both.

On top of just the story component of your blog post, people connect with other people.

Sharing your own authentic stories will set you apart from the thousands of generic, content-farm blog posts that go out every day—and will help you connect with your audience on a much deeper level. Author Mark Manson is one of the best examples of learning how to write a blog post that tells fantastic stories and keeps his readers coming back for more.

To this date, my most engaged (successful) content on this blog have been the ones that go deep into my own stories, challenges and lessons learned along my journey as a blogger, freelancer and entrepreneur.

Luckily, storytelling is where I started when I learned how to write a blog post—and that focus on pulling from my own experience has created long-lasting bonds with my readers.

Here’s another fun idea to play around with…

Writing a great blog post can be like bringing a television show to life.

Think of each year (or quarter if you’re overflowing with blog post ideas) like a new season.

With this frame of reference in mind, that gives you latitude to think about your blog content in terms of answering questions like:

  • What is the setting?
  • Who are the characters?
  • What are the situations?
  • What’s the climax?
  • How do you get people to tune in next week?

You don’t need to actually emulate the format of a television show, but having a common theme that weaves throughout your blog posts over time will help unify your content and move your readers along a path that will result in more loyalty to your brand.

Learn how to write a blog post that leverages storytelling and you’ll remain memorable to your readers.

If you’re unsure of where to find inspiration for stories to tell as you learn how to write a blog post that’s more personal and compelling, start with:

  • Your own experiences (like this one)
  • The experiences of your readers (like this one)
  • Things you’ve read (like this one)
  • Something you’ve created on your own (like this one)
  • You can even write a story in collaboration with your readers (like this one)

And if you want a little more guidance, check out my list of 201+ blog post ideas that’ll steer you in the right direction with more clear prompts and inspiration.

4 characteristics of a blog post that tells a captivating story for your readers.

Regardless of how you land on the concept for a story though, every great story must have these four characteristics:

  • It’s simple: An overly complex or convoluted story is difficult to keep track of and remember as a reader, let alone write. Keeping your stories simple will help your readers stay engaged and make it easier for you to convey your message.
  • It’s memorable: What good is a story if people can’t remember it later? Great stories are meant to be reflected on, remembered and retold. Vivid language and exciting situations can help make your story stand out in your reader’s minds.
  • There’s a compelling conflict: Conflict is what pushes the story forward. Without conflict, it’s hard to be memorable and even more difficult to stir the emotions of your readers.
  • There are incredible characters: You may have all of the right elements but without lovable (or despicable) characters, your story is unlikely to have the impact you want it to. Give your readers someone to cheer for and see themselves in (or jeer at and want to object against).

One of the most common story formats we’re all conditioned to expect from a very young age, is the Hero’s Journey.

How to Write a Blog Post and Tell a Story: The Hero's Journey Image

Its most simple format involves a hero who goes on an adventure, and in a decisive crisis wins a victory, then returns home transformed for better or for worse.

If you’ve read or watched The Lord of the Rings (or one of thousands of other books and movies today), then you’ve experienced the Hero’s Journey.

Use the Hero’s Journey as your template for how to write a blog post that tell stories and you’ll keep your readers coming back for more.

6. Make Your Blog Posts Easily Scannable

People rarely read word for word on the web.

Unless they’re extremely interested in the topic, most people will just quickly scan a particular blog post.

Graph of How to Create Content People Will Read (Chart)

Reading behavior should be at the core of deciding how to write a blog post and what your blog layout should look like.

And as I mentioned earlier, the majority of us don’t even fully read the content we share online—whether through social media platforms, over email or word-of-mouth.

Eye-tracking studies have revealed most people read about 20% of the text on a web page. Skim reading is the new normal, so it makes sense that you should write your blog posts in a manner that’s conducive to this consumption behavior, right?

In one usability test by Nielsen research, scannable and objective copywriting resulted in 124% better usability compared to a more traditional blog post format with larger blocks of text.

Sticking with our theme of learning how to write a blog post that’s formatted for your readers to actually consume the content—here are a few tips for creating scannable content your audience will enjoy:

  • Keep your paragraphs and sentences short (aim for a maximum of 3-4 vertical lines)
  • Use simple words
  • Include bulleted lists (like this 🙂)
  • Use sub-headings to break up your posts into sections
  • Play around with formatting like bold, italics, different text sizes and format to emphasize
  • Add a few block quotes (or tweet quotes)
  • Frequently utilize images, charts, and tables

While it may be discouraging to learn that people won’t read every word you write, that’s a truth that needs to be embraced.

Learning how to write a blog post that’s easily scannable will force you to focus on only the most critical information your reader needs to know.

Plus, being able to trim the fat will make you a stronger and more effective writer in the long run. And if you want to go into greater length, turn to learning how to write an eBook that can serve as a better destination for your much longer-form content.

7. Invest in Thoughtful Design

How to Write a Blog Post with Impactful Design Layout (Screenshot)

Humans are very visual creatures, and that’s important to keep in mind when it comes to learning how to write a blog post that’ll capture their visual attention long enough to provide meaningful value to your readers.

More than 50% of our brains are used to process visual information, compared to just 8% for our sense of touch and 3% for our sense of hearing.

In his book Blink, Malcolm Gladwell described the system our brains use to make split-second decisions outside of our conscious awareness, the Adaptive Unconscious. It’s constantly scanning our environment, evaluating stimuli and making judgments based on how things appear.

Because of the importance our brains place on the way things look, improving the visual appeal of your blog can increase perceived credibility, trust and value.

Conversely when you write a blog post with unappealing designs, inconsistencies, or visual errors, it can quickly chip away the trust and authority you’d otherwise gain with readers.

Thoughtful design is crucial in keeping your blog readers visually engaged and entertained.

Here are five proven ways to improve your blog’s visual aesthetics, so that readers will want to stick around:

  • Use lots of images: Photos, illustrations, graphs and charts break up the text and reinforce your ideas. When it comes to photos, life-like images work much better than cheesy stock photos. Snag a few pics from sites like Unsplash for a less “staged” look.
  • Use proper formatting: In addition to helping with blog SEO best practices, the use of headers and other formatting tags provide crucial visual structure for your content and make it much easier to follow along with (or scan).
  • Optimize your layout: When viewing content on the web, people tend to scan in an F-shape pattern. Useful design can help prevent F-shape scanning, but it’s still a good idea to put critical page elements along the top and left side when you write a blog post.
  • Increase your font size: While small text can look cool to some, it’s difficult to read, even for your younger readers. Larger font sizes can also increase reading speed and comprehension.
  • Use margins and spacing: Margins, the blanks space between content and page edges, can help balance your design and make your content easier to consume. Include plenty of blank space around blocks of texts to make them more readable and less visually stressful for your readers.

Keep in mind that this should all be done on a budget—especially while you’re in the beginning stages of learning how to write a blog post (and build your readership).

Rather than hiring a graphic designer to create an entirely custom layout for your blog, I recommend using one of the best WordPress themes like Elementor or OptimizePress that comes with an array of well thought-out, mobile-friendly template designs already built-in to the product.

Screenshot of Mobile-Friendly Blog Design and Layout (Examples)

A heavily customized version of GeneratePress is the theme that now powers my blog, but as a non-technical blogger, it’s a little more challenging to learn than a visual theme like Elementor or OptimizePress.

8. Be Authentic in Your Writing

How to Be Authentic in Your Writing (and Build Connections with Readers) Community Image

In today’s era of sleazy marketing gimmicks, fake news and paid influencers, people are more skeptical than ever.

Think about it… we’re inundated with all kinds of messaging and we’re getting better and better at quickly moving away the moment we smell something fishy.

Bringing real authenticity to the way you decide how to write a blog post can build a powerful connection with your readers.

One recent study found that only 48% of people in the US trust brands, down from 58% in 2017.

That makes it more important than ever to learn how to write a blog post that forges a genuine connection with your readers—built on a foundation of trust, rather than gimmicky tactics just to keep them on the page long enough to extract some advertising dollars.

Authenticity can help your blog stand out and will absolutely benefit your business in three major ways:

  • It increases engagement: People are always craving real, authentic interactions. Craft your content with honesty and heart—your audience will be sure to reward you more of their time and attention.
  • It elevates your brand: Your unique thoughts and perspectives can differentiate you from the competition. Over time, people will develop trust in you, which will increase your influence in their lives.
  • It builds emotional connections: Honesty is refreshing. Be transparent, even if it puts you in a bad light, shows your weaknesses or failures and your audience will be drawn to your candor. It’ll increase trust significantly.

Not surprisingly, some brands are really nailing this today.

Patagonia is all about creating great products without causing unnecessary harm to the environment and they consistently put their money where their mouth is.

They donate millions to environmental causes, teach their customers how to repair their clothing so they have to buy less, and even discourage people from buying their products if they don’t really need them.

This unwavering commitment to their values has earned them a level of brand loyalty that is unrivaled in their industry.

Clever Blog Writing Example: Patagonia Campaign (Screenshot)

Buffer, a social media management tool company, is also very well known for their authenticity & transparency in how they’ve gone about choosing to write on their blog.

They’ve famously written about their financial challenges and layoffs, published the salaries for all of their employees, and even shared their revenue figures. This radical approach to transparency has earned them a ton of free press and a large, passionate user base (including yours truly).

Being radically transparent in your blog posts can be a massive competitive advantage.

So how exactly can you be more authentic when you’re learning how to write a blog post?

  • Talk like a human: Ditch the corporate lingo, buzzwords and start learning how to write a blog post the way you actually talk. Use short sentences and simple words to convey big ideas, but avoid using slang (or every possible blogging term in an attempt to sound credible), which can be distracting to readers.
  • Identify your values: What do you really stand for? What is your purpose? What is your “why”? By living in harmony with your values and staying authentic to your message, you’ll be able to attract like-minded people and build your tribe.
  • Write about issues you actually care about: Don’t try to chase trends or cash-in on fads. While you may see results in the short-term, people will be able to spot your insincerity from a mile away. Instead, write about issues that have the most relevance to you and your audience.
  • Take a stand: Maintaining integrity means standing up for what’s right without compromise. You can’t make everyone happy, so come to terms with the fact some people won’t be fans when you write a blog post they disagree with. In the long run, taking a stand for what you really believe in will earn you the continued respect and loyalty of your audience that does feel similarly as you.
  • Be transparent: Most people are quick to advertise their victories and success while keeping their mistakes and failures far away from public view. While it makes for a nice looking Instagram feed, it’s difficult to forge a real connection with someone who seems so perfect. Take the opposite approach and open yourself up to your audience, warts and all. Be quick to admit mistakes, chronicle your failures and share the real truth behind the topics in your industry (like how much it really costs to blog).

One of my most popular blog posts of all time here, is about my most painful business failure.

It first tells the story of how I invented a product in college, and the ensuing journey that led to eventually losing $6,537 on the business after a couple of years trying to grow the company. I then get into all of the lessons I learned along the way—reflecting on what I’d do differently both for myself and the benefit of readers.

And because I wrote a clever headline for it (“How to Create a Product Nobody Wants and Lose $6,537: The iStash Story“), that post went viral on HackerNews and brought in my first couple thousands readers to this blog. The rest is history.

If English isn’t your native language, I know it can be a challenge to start crafting stories (and headlines) like this overnight.

Take some time to brush up on your English writing abilities with language learning mobile apps like Babbel, Duolingo, Rosetta Stone and others.

The more you practice your reading & writing, the greater your ability—to learn how to write a blog post that connects with readers—will become.

9. Make Your Blog Posts Portable (and Mobile-Friendly)

The Importance of Mobile-Friendly Blog Posts and Portable Content (Illustration)

Everybody knows that content has to be viewable across all devices today—that battle was won long ago.

But mobile-friendly design alone is not enough anymore. You need to learn how to write a blog post that can be digested in more ways than every before.

People are constantly on the move—and the way they consume information is always changing. That means re-learning how to write a blog post for the ways in which readers want to digest your content.

Your blog posts need to be portable to fit different lifestyles, not just different devices.

Someone may start reading your blog post on a laptop at work, then hop on a bus to head home—making it more preferable to listen to a podcast version or watch a video of you talking through the concepts covered in the written post.

To adapt to these new behaviors, it’s crucial to break your pieces of content up into different mediums so that your audience can quickly consume content in a format that makes sense for them at the time, plus allows them to easily pick back up where they left off last time.

Taking this additional step to make your content more accessible should be seen as an investment.

It’ll not only make your blog posts more accessible to a wider audience, but will also show that you recognize we all learn differently and that you’re going above and beyond to deliver standout content—that does a more diverse job of attempting to solve reader challenges in different formats.

This is the way of the future when it comes to learning how to write a blog post readers will benefit from.

To get started, try turning your existing long-form blog posts into:

  • Videos
  • Podcasts
  • GIFs
  • Social posts
  • Infographics
  • Slide decks

Converting your content into different formats can even help people with difficulties (or disabilities) that prevent them from reading, to benefit from your blog.

Accessibility with your blog posts is no longer optional.

Doing what you can to make your work easier for everyone to enjoy is not only the right thing to do, it’s good for business.

Sure, you’ll need to have the right website template, choose from amongst the best website builders and actually make a website that’s responsive in order to present a readable blog—but accessibility also extends into having multiple consumption formats for your readers that may not be able to physically read your content.

Learning how to write a blog post that can easily be converted into other content formats is key as we move forward.

10. Prioritize Quality Over Quantity

How to Write High Quality Blog Posts (Consistently) Example Image

In the early days of blogging, consistency was key.

Merely writing blog posts with some degree of regularity was enough to build an audience and grow your traffic.

While it’s still important to have a regular publishing cadence, the market for blogging in virtually every category has grown extremely competitive & saturated. Today, quality beats quantity every day of the week.

In 2020, the success of your blog is far more dependent upon how much you can stand out from the sea of competitors also writing about the same topics as you. As you’re determining how to best compete with higher quality blog content, seek to answer these questions:

  • How can you use your strengths, experience and interests to differentiate your content?
  • Can you adapt to regularly write a blog post that’s twice as long as your competitors?
  • Do you have a particular skill that can be leveraged to make your content more unique?
Find your competitive advantage and lean into it with the goal of better solving your readers challenges.

If you can successfully do that, then you’ll be well on your way to taking over as a real force within your niche.

One of my greatest competitive advantages is that I can go into far greater depth than most in my industry when I sit down to write a blog post.

If you take a look at the articles here on my blog, you’ll see that most of them (including this guide) are well over 5,000 words in length. That level of depth is done with a purpose—and because I’m not afraid to shy away from answering the questions, concerns and smaller topics that come up during the process of writing blog posts on such big topics (like how to write a blog post).

Learning how to write a blog post that truly stands out will take some time.

Investing more time into each blog post you publish will naturally translate into releasing new content with less frequency, but ideally in much greater depth.

When I go to write a blog post here on my own site, it’ll usually take at least couple of weeks from start to finish. That’s because each and every article I publish goes through a rigorous process of research, blog outlining, writing, editing and then formatting with images, tweet quotes, custom graphics and such—all before it’s finally published for the world to see.

But it’s that level of care, depth and detail that’s helped me to rise above the competition in my niche.

And this is working well for more than just me, too.

Brian Dean, the SEO master behind Backlinko, is one of the world’s foremost experts on creating high-quality content that ranks well in search engines.

Brian Dean Podcast Interview with Ryan Robinson About SEO in Blogging (Image)

He only posts a few times a year, but each piece he writes tends to be just about the single best article on the topic.

In fact, one of his best SEO tactics is the skyscraper technique (which I’ve written about too). This method boils down to finding an existing popular post and making it better through improved content, design and exploring more diverse content mediums.

Posting regularly is still necessary to grow and maintain your audience, but it’s much better to slow down your cadence and put out original, high-quality content, than it is to publish subpar content on a daily basis.

11. Show Them the Numbers

The Benefits of Using Numbers and Figures in Your Blog Writing (Screenshot)

As we talked about earlier, most people are pretty jaded about gimmicky content these days.

Who can blame them? Most of us have been duped, conned, and defrauded at one point or another online.

To make your content stand out, show data to back up your claims, increase your credibility and illustrate your points wherever possible. This is a core principle of how to write a blog post that’s firmly convincing.

That’s a major reason why I originally decided to share monthly income reports with my readers—to show them that I’m not just writing about what to do in order to start a profitable blog, but I’m actually putting my own advice into practice here on my blog (with transparent results). I even go into the nitty-gritty details around expenses and share best practices on financial topics like how to manage taxes for bloggers, which provides an immense amount of value to those looking for a lot of advice.

Increasing My Authenticity with Readers Through Income Reports (Screenshot)

Original data and research are huge differentiators that can help your blog rank higher in search results, build backlinks, and increase your authority, influence and credibility.

The first step to learning how to write a blog post that leans on credible data is gathering the actual data itself.

Some of the best sources for tracking down original data to include in your blog posts are:

  • Experiments: The first and easiest way to start collecting original data is to conduct an experiment (like this one I did). Form a hypothesis, devise an experiment, summarize your findings and compare the options (like I did in my roundup of the best web hosting plans for bloggers). Your experiments don’t have to be elaborate, just share what you’re learning and be transparent with the results.
  • Observations: If you can find something you can measure or track, you’ve got a data source just waiting to be analyzed. Decide on a length of time you’ll be monitoring the situation and put the numbers in a spreadsheet for easy analysis.
  • Surveys and polls: As we covered in the first key, there are a variety of free and inexpensive blogging tools we can use to run surveys and polls of our audience. Even if your audience is on the smaller side, a well thought-out survey can yield some impressive insights—especially if you’re not afraid of doing a little blogger outreach to collect data points from others in your blog niche.
  • Data scraping: One of the most creative ways to get interesting and original data is called scraping. Build an algorithm or outsource the development of a tool to collect information from websites that hasn’t been explored yet. You can even just publish a roundup like my blogging statistics article that breaks down the data I’ve sourced from dozens of different websites—housing key information in just one location for readers.
  • Industry reference pieces: Several of my glossary-style listicles that break down blogging terms and business jargon that you’ll need to familiarize yourself when either starting to blog—or entering the workforce—are often mentioned on high quality publications and industry blogs as helpful resources.
  • Comparisons and reviews: Another great format for helping your readers make a difficult decision that involves a financial component, is by providing them with an unbiased review of the most relevant products and services within your industry. A few examples of this in practice here on my blog, would be through my reviews of the best hosting plans and with even more specific content pieces like covering the top cheap hosting plans, monthly billed hosting options and a compilation of honest Bluehost reviews from across the web.

Another clever way to use data in your blog posts is to put a new spin on existing research done by others.

This is a smarter place to start than investing a ton of time (and financial resources) into your own original studies as you’re still learning how to write a blog post that can effectively communicate data.

Here are a two smart ways to leverage existing studies out on the Internet, into unique content for your own blog:

  • Interpret data and offer an original perspective: Come up with a unique theory or insight based on studies, guides and reports. Draw connections between two different data sources or identify patterns that have gone unnoticed. While the data may not be original, the thinking will be.
  • Make the data easier to consume and share: Turn hard-to-read studies into eye-catching charts, infographics and embeddable images. Compile a bullet listed of the most impressive facts or data points around a topic. Summarize insights into bite-sized, tweet-able sentences.

Now, for those of you more visual learners, I’ve worked with a talented designer to bring this infographic about how to write a blog post to life…

How to Write a Blog Post in 2020: Infographic

Check it out and let me know what you think in the comments!

How-to-Write-a-Blog-Post-Infographic-by-Ryan-Robinson

 

Want to share this infographic on your blog too?

Shoot me an email to ryan@ryrob.com and I’ll hook you up with hi-res files 🙂


Final Thoughts: How to Write a Blog Post That’ll Captivate Your Readers

While the competition for clicks increases each year and organic traffic from Google continues to shrink, there are still incredible new opportunities to expand your reach and build an audience this year.

But that increased competition doesn’t mean you need to throw in the towel on your blogging ambitions.

The bar for what constitutes transformational content continues to be raised—and this is your call to rise to the occasion as a blogger.

In order to write a blog post that can stand the test of time (and rank high in organic search results), it’ll require a growing time investment on your end.

Now, it’s up to you to determine whether or not that work is actually worth it.

If you as me… it definitely is.

Following these steps, you’ll learn how to write a blog post that’s poised to stand taller than the rest.

And for a deeper dive into how to attract more readers to your content, read my Ultimate Guide on How to Drive Traffic to Your Blog.

👋 Oh and remember! If you want access to my free blog post template (in the form of a copy & paste Google Doc), then you can grab it right here—including my SEO blog post writing checklist and a fully completed example to guide you along the way—get my free blog post template.

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NEW CASE OF COVID-19 IN MADEIRA


Madeira has 91 positive cases of covid-19, according to the IASAÚDE communication. Of these, two remain active.

“Today, a new positive case for COVID-19 was confirmed, in the context of screening passengers who arrived in the region on 06/17/2020. This is a case imported from the Lisbon and Tagus Valley Region The patient has remained in Lisbon since February, having an official residence in the municipality of Santa Cruz. The epidemiological investigation of the case is ongoing “, the document said, confirming the emergence of a new case today.

“The 2 active cases remain in a hotel, without the need for hospital care,” added ISAÚDE.

“In total, there are 884 people accompanied by the health authorities of the various municipalities in the region, 415 people under active surveillance and 469 under self-surveillance”, it can also be read in the document sent to our newsroom.

On the lines created under the Contingency Plan for covid-19:

• The total number of services provided by the IASAUDE psychological support line (291 212 399) is now 1356, with 143 people being monitored by the professionals of this Institute;

• The SRS24 Line contacts (800 24 24 20) total, to date, 8608.

Regarding other tests for COVID-19 screening carried out, it is noted that:

• The total of samples processed at the Clinical Pathology Laboratory of SESARAM, EPE is, to date, 19916.

• The number of users targeted for testing the COVID-19 in RAM is 17912.

From Jornal Madeira

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40 Best Blogging Tools in 2020 (for Marketing, SEO and More) Free & Paid


The right blogging tools can make or break your blog-based business.

Over the last six years of growing my blog from zero to 500,000+ monthly readers, one critical thing I’ve learned is just how important it is to choose the best blogging tools from day one—and to also know when you’ve progressed enough and are ready to move on to the next level of tool.

When you employ the right tools for bloggers on your website (for the stage you’re in), it can literally save you hours of time that’d be otherwise spent on much more manual work.

Not only will these best blogging tools save you valuable time & effort, but they’ll also enable you to actually do things that wouldn’t otherwise be possible without investing in hiring your own team of marketers, writers, virtual assistants or software engineers.

40 Best Blogging Tools in 2020 for Better Marketing, SEO, Writing and Research

  1. Ahrefs
  2. Google Analytics
  3. MonsterInsights
  4. Serprobot
  5. Yoast SEO for WordPress
  6. Buzzsumo
  7. Twinword Ideas
  8. SimilarWeb
  9. Can I Rank?
  10. SE Ranking
  11. CoSchedule’s Headline Analyzer
  12. Hunter
  13. Voila Norbert
  14. Ninja Outreach
  15. Clearbit
  16. Wordable
  17. FocusMe
  18. Inbox When Ready for Gmail
  19. ConvertKit
  20. Sumo
  21. OptinMonster
  22. AddThis
  23. SocialSnap
  24. Click-to-Tweet
  25. Teachable
  26. Quuu and Quuu Promote
  27. Wishpond
  28. YouTube
  29. Adobe Rush
  30. Rev
  31. Albacross
  32. LinkMiner
  33. SEO Web Page Analyzer
  34. Loom
  35. Pichi
  36. Adobe Photoshop
  37. Visme
  38. Logaster
  39. Unsplash
  40. Trello

Disclosure: Please note that some of the links below are affiliate links and at no additional cost to you, I’ll earn a commission. Know that I only recommend tools, products and services I’ve personally used and stand behind. When you purchase a tool using my one of my affiliate links, the company compensates me, which helps me run this blog and keep all of my in-depth content free of charge for readers.

From keyword research to competitor analysis, writing blog headlines, email marketing, nailing your blogger outreach, scaling your social media promotion and much more—we’re breaking down all of the top blogging tools you need to be using on your blog today.

Now before we dig into today’s roundup of blogging tools—if you’re totally new to blogging, I’ve put together the ultimate guide to getting started with your blog. Actually getting your blog online and well-optimized (with the right tools) is the first step to laying a foundation that’ll eventually attracts readers. And my 25,000 word guide to starting a blog will position you best for going on to bring thousands of readers to your blog in the near future.

If you haven’t yet gotten your blog off the ground yet, then head over to my ultimate guide to starting a blog.

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First up, we’re exploring the most effective research and analysis-related blogging tools on the market today, so that you can take a more effective approach to how you’re growing your blog in the first place.

1. Ahrefs

Ahrefs Homepage as the Best Blogging Tool for Keyword Research

Ahrefs has more than earned its reputation as one of the best blogging tools when it comes to nailing your blog SEO strategies, with a special emphasis on keyword research & competitor analysis. Though to be clear, if you’re brand new to blogging—this tool may be a little advanced (and it’s not free).

Having started out as just a backlink checker back in the day, many bloggers aren’t fully aware of how powerful Ahrefs has become as a blogging tool. Their most relevant features for bloggers, is that it quadruples as a content research and analysis juggernaut, keyword rank tracker (with historical SERP movements going as far back as when your blog began ranking for its first keyword), a competitor research tool and on-page SEO analyzer. I know, that’s a lot.

New features still come along quite often and they’re never released at the expense of their most loved features—they still boast the largest index of backlinks of any blogging tool in its class.

While their Keywords Explorer tool is my go-to these days, Ahrefs really earns its stripes as a backlink analysis tool. When conducting an analysis of either your own backlink profile or that of a competitor you’re trying to learn from, you can choose to view columns like only new links, lost links, no follow, or do follow links. You also can group similar links, see just one link per domain name or view links by platform. The flexibility lets you easily get to the bottom of your queries.

Here are a few of my daily searches on Ahrefs:

  • Top Pages: This shows you a list of the highest traffic-grossing pages for the site you’re analyzing
  • Best by Links: This view ranks the pages of a site based on the number of backlinks it’s received
  • Content Explorer: Allows you to quickly generate blog post ideas that put the spotlight on trending topics in your space
  • Competitor Research: This’ll quickly show the keywords a competitor site ranks for (along with traffic estimates)

Keep in mind that traffic estimates are calculated based on a site’s organic ranking positions, their number of featured snippets, search carousels and everything else in between.

As such, organic traffic reports can be shockingly accurate, even for small blogs.

2. Google Analytics

How I Made $54923 Blogging on the Side in June 2019 Google Analytics Screenshot Traffic

Since 2005, Google Analytics has been a (free) web analytics service built and offered by Google that allows blog and website owners to track and report on their website traffic. Today, it’s just one of the blogging tools offered inside of the overall Google Marketing Platform brand, designed for marketers and advertisers to reach more readers.

In the screenshot above (from my own Google Analytics dashboard for this blog), you can see critical data points like how many readers come to my blog each month, the breakdown of new vs returning visitors, how many pages the average visitor views, how long they spend on a page, my blog’s bounce rate—and so much more. Here’s a step-by-step guide from Google on how to install Google Analytics on your blog.

3. MonsterInsights

Blogging Tools to Become a Better Blogger MonsterInsights WordPress Plugin

To put it simply, MonsterInsights is a dead simple Google Analytics plugin for WordPress—that allows you to view your GA data directly within your WordPress dashboard.

This plugin makes our list of the best blogging tools because it allows you to easily connect your WordPress blog with your Google Analytics account (without hiring developer or writing any code yourself)—a task that can sometimes be a bit more complicated than most new bloggers bargain for, depending upon which of the best WordPress themes you’re using.

With the click of just a few buttons in MonsterInsights, you can set up relatively sophisticated event tracking, eCommerce tracking, form submissions and more features that’ll help you better understand your blog readers as you grow.

4. Serp Robot

Serprobot Blogging Tool for Checking Search Rankings

Serp Robot is a free Google rank checker that tracks the position of your blog’s articles for the keywords you input.

It’s forte is accurate rankings—hilarious when you consider that’s the only job of a rank tracker… but not as hilarious if you’ve ever tried using a rank tracking blogging tool.

Most rank trackers miss the mark, big time. Accurate tracking is key to understanding your blog’s health (as it relates to your ability to deliver organic search traffic), as a heavy decline could hint at a potential manual penalty from Google.

5. Yoast SEO for WordPress Plugin

Yoast SEO WordPress Plugin as Top Blogging Tools

Quite possibly the most-installed WordPress plugin of all time (made by an independent company), Yoast SEO is indispensable amongst the best blogging tools.

Whether you’re running a personal blog or working in marketing and SEO for a company that’s put you in charge of managing their corporate blog, Yoast SEO is a powerful free plugin that’s been designed to help make your blog as search engine-friendly as possible.

After installing the plugin, you’ll immediately see the above mini-SEO dashboard at the bottom of every post on your blog once you’re in editing mode. All you need to do is input your focus keyphrase (target keyword you want the article to rank for in organic search), and the plugin will give you a detailed analysis of how to write a better headline, meta description, alongside recommendations on the number of links your article should contain, the number of times your keyword phrase should be mentioned, article length and more.

If I had to go down to using just one of these blogging tools on my site today, I’d choose Yoast SEO.

6. Buzzsumo

Buzzsumo Top Blogging Tools for Marketers

BuzzSumo’s Content Research blogging tool generates a list of the most popular blog posts on a given topic—and you get to view pre-validated ideas for blog posts.

With Buzzsumo, you can also monitor your blog’s mentions across the web as they happen in real-time. This makes them very useful amongst the best blogging tools specifically for marketers—since you can reach out to unlinked brand mentions and turn them into new links for your growing blog SEO strategy.

The question analyzer features the ability to search and lists out questions asked on a particular keyword phrase your readers may be searching for—which is important if you want to capture featured snippets.

7. Twinword Ideas

Blogger SEO Techniques and Tools to Do Keyword Research Twinword

Miss the old (free) Google Keyword Planner or looking for a free alternative to some of the more advanced tools like Ahrefs? Well, Twinword Ideas is your next best thing. It’s a free keyword research tool you can use to learn which phrases you should create targeted content for (in order to bring more of the right readers to your blog from search engines).

Twinword Ideas—a free blogging tool from the team at Twinword—gathers keyword data directly from Google, making it more accurate than most other completely free keyword research tools out there today.

In addition to just the basic search function, you can view “Popular Topics” together with data that calculates how much SEO competition there will be on the topic—suggesting how difficult it’ll be for your blog to rank high in organic search results. Unlike Google’s original Keyword Planner tool (no longer a completely free resource) that gives a range of monthly search volumes, Twinword Ideas lists exact search volumes you can count on.

8. SimilarWeb

Best Blogging Tools for Marketers to Use SimilarWeb Screenshot

What I like about SimilarWeb is their ability to turn the often inscrutable numbers into easy-to-understand colorful graphics. Insights that might take hours to glean elsewhere when relying entirely on numbers, can be drawn pretty quickly with the graphic presentations on SimilarWeb.

The free version of SimilarWeb makes our list of top blogging tools because it lets you see everything that the paid account does—with the exception that your time range is restricted. With a free account, you can see a blog’s website traffic analytics for the past 3 months. With a paid account, you can see detailed traffic reports for six months. It also displays worldwide traffic, broken down by country. There’s also a category rank showing your own popularity within the niche you blog about—for example that could include food blogging, fashion blogging, travel blogging or otherwise.

You can analyze data on visitor locations, how much search traffic you’re getting, referring sites, social traffic, keywords you’re ranking for, paid advertising data and similar sites you’re competing with today. Traffic figures should be taken with a grain of salt though. SimilarWeb tends to underestimate traffic count for sites averaging below 50,000 visitors a month, while often overestimating traffic for others.

For example on my blog, SimilarWeb estimates the monthly pageviews for May at 960,587.

The actual pageviews for May? Only 736,679.

Laser sharp accuracy isn’t the purpose of a blogging tool like this, though.

SimilarWeb doles out what Ahrefs doesn’t—helping you to visualize every channel that sends your blog traffic (and take action to learn how to write blog posts that’ll repeat your successes).

9. Can I Rank?

Can I Rank SEO Tool as Best Blogging Tools to Get Ahead on Content

Can I Rank? is one of the most exciting new blogging tools I’ve discovered this year. At the core of their product, is an AI-powered software engine that gives you actionable blogging tips and advice for how to improve your blog’s SEO rankings, get more traffic and even gather the best blog post ideas to pursue based on your existing content—and which opportunities will provide the most potential traffic value in the months to come.

Beyond just the SEO-focused recommendations you’ll get from Can I Rank?, their platform gives you detailed DIY instructions for how to best implement their advice—or the opportunity to delegate the task to an SEO consultant within their network. It’s pure genius, and I’ve already discovered several high-impact content opportunities I’m capitalizing on for my blog, so I recommend every serious blogger to give them a try.

10. SE Ranking

SE Ranking Product Screenshot in Top Blogging Tools Roundup

SE Ranking is another of my picks for exciting new blogging tools to burst onto the scene this year. With a very broad feature set ranging from keyword ranking tracking to research tools, competitor monitoring, advanced traffic analytics, marketing planning and more—this is one of the most robust new blogging tools I’ve come across in some time, and it’s quickly become an essential part of my workflow whenever I update my blog business plan.

What I like most about SE Ranking, is that beyond just the keyword position monitoring function that sits at the center of the product, this blogging tool also provides a very extensive website audit function that’ll give you extremely actionable feedback on how to improve your blog’s technical SEO footprint. While this is amongst the paid blogging tools here on this list, if you’re taking your blog growth seriously—then SE Ranking is well worth your while to consider weaving into your tech stack.

11. CoSchedule Headline Analyzer

SEO for Bloggers How to Write a Good Headline for Your Article Tester

CoSchedule’s Headline Analyzer makes our list of top free blogging tools because it quickly checks your headline for balance, length, keywords, sentiment and scores it on a scale of 0 to 100.

Based on your first analysis, you can play with the wording, length and order of words to see if you can get a higher score. It’s important to note though, that even a headline analyzer tool isn’t always perfect—it wants headlines to conform to a template that might be best in ranking for some keyword phrases, but isn’t always a guaranteed best choice. That being said, it’s an excellent blogging tool for writers to get a feel for how their headlines will likely be perceived by readers.


Outreach-Focused Blogging Tools to Scale Your Content Promotion

With the more research-heavy blogging tools behind us, let’s dig into the best outreach-oriented blogging tools.

These blogging tools are designed with the express purpose to help you nail your blogger outreach, scale your content promotion, land high quality guest posts and build partnerships with other bloggers in your industry.

12. Hunter

Hunter for Cold Email Success to Find Email Addresses

The premise of this free blogging tool is deceptively simple—Hunter scrapes the Internet for email addresses, and allows you to enter a domain and see all of the emails associated with that company (that have made their way into the Hunter database). It’s my go-to email finding tool today.

Whether you need the email address of a CEO, content manager or social media rep, Hunter’s email finder feature will return either their exact email address or their best guess based on other company emails they’ve uncovered. What ups the ante with this blogging tool, is the bulk feature, where you can upload a list of domains or contacts, in order to find or verify contacts for a larger scale outreach campaign.

The free plan limits you to 100 searches a month (which is more than enough for implementing a thoughtful blog SEO strategy).

13. Voila Norbert

Blogging Tool Voila Norbert In Action to Find Email Addresses

Voila Norbert’s remarkable in the way it’s able to process even hundreds of raw CSV files, and feed you highly accurate contact information for your blog outreach campaigns.

Primarily build to become one of the top lead validation blogging tools, Voila Norbert also integrates with other tools like Drip and Pipedrive, making it particularly useful for sorting your leads and lining up campaigns to launch quickly.

14. Ninja Outreach

Blogging Tools NinjaOutreach for Marketers to Use Example

Ninja outreach is on this list of the best blogging tools because it’s an all-in-one outreach tool that you can use to connect with influencers, pitch guest posts and build relationships with other bloggers in your niche—at scale.

Its primary function as a link prospector can be accessed within the Outreach section. Enter a topic to find the top blogs you should connect with, with several columns highlighting social stats, SEO metrics, traffic figures and contact info for the people you should get in touch with and email with your collaboration idea.

The features column even shows whether or not the target website is currently accepting guest posts—making this amazing amongst the top tools for bloggers who want to land more guest posts and attract high quality links as a part of their SEO strategy.

15. Clearbit

How to Use Clearbit as a Blogging Tool

The stand-out feature that makes Clearbit one of the most useful blogging tools for content creators, is its awesome integration with Gmail. Once Clearbit is installed, you can click on a contact you’re about to send an email to—and you’ll get a mini widget with a short bio about the person, their website and company they work at.

It’s useful for not only personalizing your emails during an outreach campaign, but for also testing & validating whether or not a particular email address you have is accurate 😉


Productivity-Centric Blogging Tools to Get More Work Done (Faster)

Alright, shifting gears again—let’s talk about the productivity-related blogging tools—which is something of an obsession of mine.

These are my picks for the most essential productivity-oriented blogging tools that’ll help you save time on tasks that can be done faster (and more effectively).

16. Wordable

Wordable Top Blogging Tools for Bloggers to Use

If you’ve been blogging for any amount of time, and have ever gone through the (hilarious) process of trying to copy & paste a blog post you wrote as a draft in a Google Doc—and get it loaded into WordPress, then you know how much of a nightmare the re-formatting will be. Wordable is one of my favorite blogging tools because it’s saved me literally hours of my life.

Once you’ve signed up for Wordable’s free trial, you’ll download their plugin and install it on your WordPress blog. Then, in literally one click, you’ll be able to instantly export Google Docs into a WordPress post or page on your blog—without any formatting challenges. Seriously. It’s incredible, and it’ll even import images using the titles you’ve given the files originally within your Google Doc.

17. FocusMe

Best Tools for Bloggers FocusMe Screenshot in Use

FocusMe has a special place on my list of the best blogging tools because of how much it, well… helps me stay focused when I need to get critical work done.

As a website and app blocker, FocusMe aspires to help you kill energy-draining multitasking and limit the amount of time you spend on distracting websites. Its promise of efficiency is set on the belief that setting a daily 2-hour curfew for a specific website or app can translate to 25% higher levels of productivity.

18. Inbox When Ready for Gmail

Inbox When Ready Tools for Bloggers to Be Focused

The makers of this special Chrome extension for Gmail realized just how obsessed we’ve become with emails today—and sought to rein in that obsession, so you can spend more time on the tasks that’ll actually help grow your blog (rather than answering every single email as it comes in).

Once installed, the extension helps you batch process emails and minimize how long you spend on each email—by adding a “Show Inbox” button and alternatively a “Hide Inbox” button for when you’re ready to either dive into email or hide your email inbox from sight. Personally, it helps me think twice about opening up my email inbox.

Another great feature is that you can still compose new emails while the inbox remains hidden, so you don’t have to worry about new emails popping up and stealing your attention. You can also assign a frequency limit on how many times you want to check your email in a day—plus allocate specific time limits for each email.


Marketing-Related Blogging Tools to Grow Your Traffic and Build an Audience

Marketing. Like it or not, recent blogging statistics illustrate that you’ve got to promote your blog content if you hope to build an engaged audience—and the right blogging tools can help you do that much more effectively than ever before.

These are my picks for the most essential blogging tools that’ll specifically help you market your blog more effectively.

19. ConvertKit

Ryan Robinson Blog Income Report July 2019 ConvertKit Email Subscribers

While I’ll be the first to tell you stick with free email marketing tools like Mailchimp as you’re just getting started—that won’t be the best blogging tool for growing your email list in the long-term as your business scales and you can afford invest in blogging tools like ConvertKit that’ll do more to create things like automations & sequences that can generate revenue from your email list while you sleep.

Your email subscribers are just a small step away from becoming paying customers of your online course, the eBook you wrote, or service you’re offering. For example, I’ve been able to set up completely automated sales emails that promote the purchase of either my blogging books or one of my premium blogging courses depending upon when and how a new subscriber signs up on my blog. ConvertKit’s functionality is designed specifically for bloggers, and is affordable (starting at $29/mo) for their jam-packed feature list including building your email list, making landing pages, setting up automated emails, messaging subscribers and templates to start with. They also integrate directly with WordPress and other top blogging tools, making it a crucial dashboard for an experienced blogger.

If you’re still not convinced, take a peek at my recent comparison between ConvertKit vs AWeber vs Mailchimp.

20. Sumo

Best Blogging Tools Sumo for Marketers

Sumo actually bundles together more than twenty different useful blogging tools into one single package. Here, I’ll talk about their three social media optimization tools.

We all know that posts with images get shared more, right? What if your blog visitors also want to share the images they find in your blog posts? That’s easily done in just one click with Sumo’s Image Sharer tool. Beyond that, the Sumo Highlighter makes it easy for readers to share snippets they like from within a blog post by highlighting it (for other readers to notice) and tweet about it.

Sumo share is a slick, well-optimized set of social sharing buttons that you can embed within a blog post or along the side of your blog, so that readers are encouraged to spread the word about the content they like on your blog.

21. OptinMonster

OptinMonster Example of Best Blogging Tools for Marketers

As any new blogger will know, building an email list is essential to eventually learning how to make money blogging.

OptinMonster lands on our list of the best blogging tools because of how effective it is at capturing the email addresses of your readers. It can be set up on any page of your blog (they have an incredibly easy-to-use WordPress plugin too) and their tools give you the ability to even A/B test different messages to learn the most effective ways to incentivize your readers to join your list or even complete a purchase. Not to mention the fact that their opt-ins can be designed to perfectly match your blog layout aesthetic.

22. AddThis

Blogging Tools for Content Creators AddThis in Use

The social sharing buttons I use on many pages of my blog are powered by AddThis—and best of all? This is a completely free blogging tool you can install in minutes.

Beyond just the social sharing widgets, they offer a suite of other blogging tools like the ability to populate follow buttons across your blog, link promotion tool bars that can direct readers to a specific page of your site, email list building popups and even related content bars that can be placed strategically within your content to keep readers moving on to the next article.

23. SocialSnap

SocialSnap Customizable Share Widget Blogging Tool

SocialSnap is a WordPress plugin that adds beautiful social share buttons on your blog, with more customization options and faster loading than anyone else on the market.

Unlike other blogging tools and plugins that add social buttons to your blog, SocialSnap is built to be lightning fast and won’t slow down your page load speeds one bit—an important factor in your overall blog SEO strategy. Plus, their share buttons are available in multiple formats as a floating bar, sticky widget, above or below blog posts and even as pop-ups.

24. Click-to-Tweet by CoSchedule

Blogging Tools Click to Tweet by CoSchedule

For how minimalist and straight forward this free WordPress plugin is, it’s become one of the highest return blogging tools I’ve installed on my site.

It’s as easy as it gets when it comes to embedding quick and easy tweetable quotes or content you want to encourage readers to share anywhere within your blog content.

25. Teachable

Blogging Tools Teachable for Course Creation Examples

As your blogging business grows, making and selling online courses will be a natural evolution along the path to monetizing your blog. Teachable has long been one of the easiest-to-use online course delivery platforms that can not only serve content to your students—but also collect payments on your behalf.

All you need to do is create your course content, design a sales page using their simple builder, and then connect Teachable to your PayPal or Stripe account—then you’re ready to start selling courses to your readers. Check them out and sign up here to learn more.

26. Quuu and Quuu Promote

Top Blogging Tools Quuu Promote to Influencers

Quuu and Quuu Promote are two different things, but both are incredibly useful blogging tools to build your audience and promote your content.

Quuu users like me receive high-quality daily content recommendations from the niches you choose to share about on your social channels. You can then schedule this content to automatically publish on regular intervals throughout the day or week—keeping your audience engaged.

Much of the content you’ll be sharing is courtesy of bloggers who’ve signed up to have their content vetted by Quuu’s Promote program. The payoff for using Quuu Promote is that you’ll get access to a veritable traffic source that keeps giving for weeks to come. Every time I publish a new post on my blog, I submit it to Quuu Promote.

It’s a win-win for both stakeholders—both content curators and bloggers who want to drive traffic, get more shares and build a brand.

27. Wishpond

Wishpond Features and Homepage Screenshot for Blogging Tools List

Wishpond is actually a collection of blogging tools built around helping you do one thing—effectively market and grow your business. It earns a place here on my list of useful blogging tools for marketers, because of how many different features you get after signing up: an online advertising dashboard, social media tools, email marketing, lead management, referral campaigns, landing pages, forms, call tracking, chat bots and more. It’s a one-stop dashboard of blogging tools once you’re focused on marketing your site.

The most unique feature about Wishpond, is that you get a dedicated marketing executive to join your team after signing up. It’s their job to  guide you through every step of what it takes to create (and execute) successful marketing campaigns for your blog and niche. They’ll help you stay in the loop with industry trends, look for specific optimizations you can make on your blog and provide ongoing actionable advice to help grow your site in the right direction. The best part? Pricing starts at just $49/mo.

28. YouTube

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Did you know that YouTube is the second largest search engine in the world (behind only their parent company Google)?

With many millions of people searching for answers to the pressing questions they have every single day on YouTube, that makes it one of the most useful blogging tools to help build your audience, attract more viewers who want to learn from you and grow your influence. In their push to increase the watch time users spend on YouTube, bloggers that publish longer-form videos that keep viewers engaged, will be rewarded with climbing the organic rankings.

Here are a few YouTube video ideas (and formats) you can use to create engaging content for your readers:

  • Turn your popular blog posts into videos
  • Share stories from within your blog niche
  • Create step-by-step videos that walk through a process readers want to learn about
  • Discuss current events, news and industry happenings (by yourself or with a guest)

At the end of the day, the more you can publish quality YouTube videos and embed them into related posts on your blog, the higher your rewards will likely be from search engines like Google that value the close connection between YouTube video embeds and long-form written content.

29. Adobe Rush

Best Blogging Tools Adobe Rush for Editing Videos on the Go

Adobe Rush is the company’s most recent video editing product—a pared down version of their immensely popular Premier editing software—geared toward helping bloggers and creators to shoot, edit and share online videos as quickly as possible.

Rush makes my list of the best blogging tools because I’m far from a professional video editor. It helps me to take the simple videos I record (like my tutorial on how to start a blog) and edit them into visually appealing content for my blog and YouTube channel in a matter of minutes.

30. Rev

Best Blogging Tools to Use Rev for Video Transcriptions

Whether it’s video or podcast transcriptions, captions to include with your YouTube videos, or even foreign subtitles on your content that starts to attract an international audience, Rev is my go-to destination for fast, high-quality services in this world—landing it squarely on my list of the best blogging tools.

31. Albacross

Best Blogging Tools Albacross for Lead Generation and Website Analytics

Albacross is a powerful B2B lead generation platform that gives bloggers (and businesses) the ability to identify and monitor which companies are visiting their websites. You can also gather useful information on the organizations behind your readers—including size, revenue, industry, location and even contact details.

Having this kind of data about blog visitors at your disposal will allow you to do much more relevant email marketing campaigns to spread the word about your blog and build more partnerships. Their integration with Zapier gives users access to a wide range of applications to pass data to, including CRMs, email marketing tools and more.


Broken Link and Optimization-Driven Blogging Tools

Now, one of my favorite aspects of blogging—working hard to get make sure your content is discovered by new audiences by tactics like… landing guest blog posts, finding broken links and coming up with creative ways to get your content mentioned in strategic outlets online.

These are my picks for the best blogging tools that’ll help you get your blog mentioned on other top websites.

32. LinkMiner

Blogging Tools LinkMiner for Content Outreach

LinkMiner is an Google Chrome extension that identifies opportunities for you to build links to your blog content, by spotting broken links on the websites you’re viewing. Once installed, LinkMiner will highlight all 404 errors (broken links), so that you can then contact the blog owner with a similar resource you’ve already created and ask for your link to be placed where that broken one previously was.

33. SEO Web Page Analyzer

SEO Web Page Analyzer Blogging Tools for Marketers

This blogging tool is a free SEO analyzer you can use to get actionable advice on improving the pages of your blog.

Just enter the URL of the page you want to analyze to get a free report. Based on the quick analysis, your page will get an overall SEO score, followed by a report with specific implementations you can quickly make to improve your page score and get it in better SEO shape.


Image and Video-Related Blogging Tools to Nail Your Visual Identity

Without a coherent visual identity and well-designed layout (like you can get from these WordPress themes), it’s going to be difficult to stick out in the minds of your readers (and convince them you’re worth coming back to). These blogging tools will help you excel at that.

From optimizing your images in order to keep page load speeds down, to designing high quality featured images for your blog posts, these are the essential image and video-related blogging tools you need to be using right now.

34. Loom

Top Blogging Tools Loom for Video Recording

I discovered Loom just over a year ago and am completely blown away by not only its versatility as a (free) useful blogging tool for recording high quality screen-share tutorials, but at just how effective it is at also capturing direct to camera videos from my computer.

Loom’s features also include the ability to quickly (and either privately or publicly) share the videos you record with just one click—pasting into your email, over Slack or otherwise. Colleagues or customers can even weigh in with comments on your videos, or you can export the videos and upload to a destination like YouTube.

35. Pichi

Pichi Image Compression Blogging Tools for Bloggers

This app for Mac lets you resize and compress images in just a couple of clicks, making it essential amongst blogging tools you’ll want to employ as your traffic grows.

With Pichi, you can achieve up to 95% compression without any noticeable drop in your image quality. Images will upload quickly and as a result, the pages of your blog will load faster. Every additional second in page load time can drop conversions and conversely signal to Google that your content shouldn’t be ranked as high in organic search results.

36. Adobe Photoshop

Image Editing Blogging Tools Adobe Photoshop

For truly unrestricted image editing and customization, Adobe Photoshop reigns king amongst blogging tools.

On the flip side though, it can be one of the most complex blogging tools to learn from scratch if you’ve never experienced it before—the incredibly wide range of customization options to edit and even create visual content means there’s a steep learning curve.

37. Visme

Visme Blogging Tool for Creating Images and Graphics

Visme is a free online design blogging tool that lets bloggers create custom designs, blog images, infographics,  social posts and more for your blog—all without having to learn a complex set of tools or skills.

After signing up, you’ll be able to choose from hundreds of templates to hit the ground running, and you’ll be able to create visually appealing graphics in a matter of minutes.

38. Logaster

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Logaster is one of the top online services for designing your brand assets (especially getting a logo designed) with a focus on both quality and cost. What’s particularly great about this blogging tool, is that you can create a logo in just a couple of clicks—with their online generator creating more than 1,000 creative logos each hour.

With a specific bend towards helping small and medium-sized businesses, their blogging tools offer the ability to quickly create high quality logos and other visual assets to fuel projects like a website redesign, new media kit, stationary and more.

39. Unsplash

Unsplash Stock Image Tools for Bloggers to Use

Unsplash has a massive free stock photo library, making it a go-to amongst my favorite tools for bloggers.

Studies have shown that blog posts that feature an image every 75-100 words get double the shares compared to those that don’t have regular visuals embedded throughout. Their powerful search function isn’t the only way to look for pictures either—you can also browse collections sorted into familiar themes. Their library boasts a collection of 810,000+ photos from photographers across every walk of life. You won’t be disappointed in your search for the right blog images.


Project Management Blogging Tools to Keep Your Content on Track

Finally, we’ve got my favorite project management-related blogging tool you can use to stay on top of editorial calendars while keeping your remote contractors, partners and fellow bloggers in the loop.

40. Trello

Trello in Use as One of the Best Blogging Tools for Productivity

Trello is a collaboration and project management tool through and through. Sign up is super easy (and free with some slight limitations). From creating projects, to assigning team members to specific tasks and tracking the progress of a project, it’s easy to get a visual view of how things are progressing on your blog.

Want to kick off a new blog post? Create a new card on your editorial board with this blogging tool and assign the right team members to get started.


Did I Miss Any of Your Picks for the Best Blogging Tools?

Ultimately, I’m a major advocate of getting by on as tight a budget as possible when it comes to purchasing blogging tools, especially in the beginning when you can make the painful blogging mistake of spending too much on paid tools—even though your tool expenses will be deductible on your blog taxes at the end of the year. With how many great free (and very inexpensive) tool options there are today—it’s easy to keep your blogging costs pretty low while still growing your site quickly.

If you’re not too sure about what’s actually worth spending some money on today—in the name of positioning your blog for long-term success, then use this check list:

Now, are there any essential blogging tools I missed that should be added to the list?

Share with us in the comments below!

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TABUA TUNNEL REOPENED TODAY IN FULL


The Tunnel of Tabua, which was undergoing work with a view to comprehensive repair, reopened fully to traffic this afternoon, June 18, and users can move without restrictions.

It is recalled that the Tunnel of Tabua was damaged after a fall of stones occurred on the 21st of January, which caused damage to the reinforced concrete structure that served to protect the road, leading to the rupture of the vault and the armor. The sanitation of the slope followed, causing the fall of rock masses that were unstable, removal of blocks that were deposited on the protection structure, replacement of damaged light fixtures and placement of a metal structure for temporary protection. The full repair operation of the structure was resumed in May, after the completion of the manufacture of the mold and metal structure to support the execution of the necessary works.

The work was carried out by VIAEXPRESSO, SA and included the removal of the temporary protection structure, repair / rehabilitation of the vault, with the removal of damaged parts, replacement and reinforcement of reinforcements, preparation and assembly of the mold and its concreting.

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6 Steps How to Get a Remote Job in 2020 (This Weekend): Ultimate Guide


Finally figuring out how to get a remote job. It sounds like a pretty desirable goal in 2020 now, right?

More flexibility with your schedule. No more sitting in traffic driving to the office. More time to allocate towards side projects. The list of benefits goes on and on… As a full-time remote worker (and blogger), I get to experience many of these benefits first-hand. But being in business full-time for yourself also comes with more risks, higher costs, and the ever-present potential for down times.

Figuring out how to get a remote job you’ll enjoy, can instead be a very happy medium between the two extremes of self-employment and spending 10 hours of each day in an office that drains your energy.

Today’s post is about how to land a remote job. And if you’re already rocking & rolling on your search, check out my list of the best remote jobs websites to get started now.

How to Get a Remote Job in 6 Easy Steps

  1. Ask Yourself if Getting a Remote Job is Right for You
  2. Determine What Really Motivates You at Work
  3. How to Find Your Dream Remote Job
  4. Know What Remote Employers are Looking for
  5. Write Your Resume for a Remote Job Application
  6. Bring it All Home (and Follow up on Your Application)

Disclosure: Please note that some of the links below are affiliate links and at no additional cost to you, I’ll earn a commission. Know that I only recommend products and services I’ve personally used and stand behind. When you use one of my affiliate links, the company compensates me, which helps me run this blog and keep all of my in-depth content free of charge for readers (like you).


Looking for a Remote Job Right Now?

Check out my list of the 60 Best Remote Jobs Websites to Land a Great Gig Today.


Getting a remote job can actually be great for testing your way into self-employment—seeing how well you’d manage your time, stay motivated and productive working from home, coffee shops or a co-working space. Today, countless people are landing remote jobs for these reasons (and more).

Today, I want to introduce you to one such friend and reader—John Cunningham who’s not only a remote employee himself, but has also written a lot about remote life over the years. That makes him pretty much the perfect person to talk about how to get a remote job today.

How to Land a Remote Job John Cunningham bio

Now, I’m turning today’s guest post about how to get a remote job, over to John. Enjoy!


Here’s John:

Learning how to get a remote job is no more difficult than getting a regular job you’ll like, it’s just different.

When I tell people that I work remotely, and that I manage a team of people from my backyard, I always get the same response: “how did you land that gig!” Most people are asking in a rhetorical way, but plenty of people follow up with “no really, how did you land that gig”.

It’s a reasonable question, landing a remote job is not easy. I remember getting hired for my first remote job. I was really pumped that I could hang with my dogs and work at the same time, but it took a long time to find that job. When I first started looking, I had no idea that getting a remote job is different than getting a normal job.

I looked for 3 months, and I got very little response at first. The big job sites get tons of applications, for limited remote positions. After about 90 days, I realized that if I wanted to work from home, I needed to get creative. I was spinning my wheels, and quite frankly, running through savings.

Most companies don’t really advertise themselves as fully remote, and the ones that do, are hard to find unless you are looking on the right remote job websites (like Flexjobs and Solidgigs).

This was my biggest challenge: Finding the right freelance job sites that list remote jobs—and identifying the right companies to follow on those sites.

That said, I would love to say that if you find the right remote jobs sites companies are going to throw themselves at you. But that’s not what happens. Other enterprising job seekers have found the kingdom as well, and competition is high.

In fact, the competition for remote jobs is probably higher than competition for regular jobs. 

You’ll need to know where to look, how to market yourself, and how to get creative with job applications (Hint: clicking apply is usually not enough).

The application process for remote jobs might seem a little confusing, but it’s actually not harder than a normal application process, just different.

Now, let’s get started.

1. Ask Yourself if Getting a Remote Job is Actually Right for You

Before we get entrenched in actually landing a remote job, we need to talk about whether or not remote is right for you specifically. This part requires some research and self-reflection.

For example, remote work is an awesome fit for my personal lifestyle and work style, for the following reasons:

  • I’m extroverted, but I get a lot of in-person interaction from friends outside of work.
  • I love talking to people. Talking on the phone or via video chat satisfies my need for in-person communication just as much as actual, in-person communication.
  • I’m also a big runner, and I love spending time with my family.
  • I love my work, I have no problem focusing, and I’m able to tear myself away from work when I’m done for the day.

If you want to jump into remote work with both feet, it’s really important to ask yourself if the pros outweigh the cons. For me, there was major upside, and it was a no brainer to go remote and take on work from home jobs. For you the story might be different.

We’ve listed off the pros and cons to working from home below. Look at them through the lens of your own ideal lifestyle, and the lens of what makes you most productive.

Pros of Getting a Remote Job:

  1. No commute: your once dreaded commute is over, no more traffic or annoying rush hour subway rides
  2. Your own schedule: Nobody is watching. Want to watch Netflix at 11:00 a.m. on a Monday? Go ahead, no one will know. Depending on your job function, you can work when you want to.
  3. Work anywhere: you can work literally anywhere. I work on my back deck when it’s nice out, but some people choose to work in a different country every few months.
  4. Family time: If you have kids (or a pair of Cavalier King Charles Spaniels) you’ll have more time to hang with them. Obviously, you don’t want them to invade your workspace, but work flexibility allows for more family (or dog) time.
  5. Costs: Commute costs are nil. You can also say goodbye to $13 salads for lunch and say hello to the supermarket for a cheaper breakfast and lunch.
  6. Office stress and distractions: No one is stopping by your desk and distracting you from work. No office drama with remote work.

Sounds great right? Not so fast, there are some downsides to working remotely:

Cons of Getting a Remote Job:

  1. Loneliness: I once had somebody tell me that “working at home alone is a good way toward sadness”. I actually agree. Working 5 days per week completely alone can get lonely.
  2. Overworking: Seems like underworking would be the problem here…right? In reality, more people struggle to divide home life and work life, resulting in a never ending work day. Burnout becomes very real, very fast, if you fall into bad work habits at home.
  3. Underworking: Depending on your personality, overall work ethic, and love for your job function, productivity can actually drop in a remote environment. If direct supervision motivates you to get work done, working from home might kill your motivation.
  4. No “water cooler moments”: Some say that creativity and innovation can happen at impromptu moments at work. Being physically close to coworkers creates more interpersonal communication. Some of these moments are lost with remote work.
  5. Limited team social activities: Some companies are partly remote. For example, maybe only 10% of the workforce is remote. When everyone goes out for a happy hour, you and the other remote team members might be too far away to join. feelings of seclusion ensue.

Remote work is not for everybody, some people really thrive in an office environment, and others thrive working remotely.

I’ve talked to some people that tried out remote work and quickly realized that they need more in-person interaction. I’ve talked to other people that ended up back in the office because they simply want someplace to go every day.

Now that you know the pros and cons of having a remote job, it’s time to do some self-reflection.

2. Determine What Really Motivates You at Work

Taking a remote job is almost like being an entrepreneur, and motivational quotes alone won’t fuel you forever.

No one is over your shoulder telling you to do your job. With remote work, the only person telling you to work is you.

The best remote workers really love their work and take pride in what they produce. If you don’t love what you do, your bed suddenly becomes really comfortable ― especially when no one is telling you to get up and go.

Most people start to get this feeling of dread on Sunday nights for one reason or another. If you get that feeling, analyze it. If you hate being in customer success at the office, you’ll probably hate being in customer success at home too. If you like your job but the Sunday dread comes from the stress of commuting, you might be a good fit for remote work.

I personally look forward to Mondays (honestly) because I really like what I do, and I get to do what I love from home.

Having a remote job is an amazing opportunity to live the lifestyle that you want while doing the work that you love. Just make sure it’s a fit for you personally before hitting the remote job boards.

3. How to Find Your Dream Remote Job

If you’re still reading, you’re probably ready to storm the virtual gates of the remote work-world. Still, if you want to get a remote job… you’ll first need to know where to look.

The Best Sites for Finding Great Remote Jobs

Most job sites don’t have a very good “remote work” filter, which usually results in hours of sifting through freelance jobs and other gigs that might not be the best fit. However, all of that has changed in the past couple of years. The remote job boards we’re featuring here do the sifting for you and feature specifically remote jobs only.


Looking for a Remote Job Right Now?

Check out my list of the 60 Best Remote Jobs Websites to Land a Great Gig Today.


Pulled straight from Ryan’s list of all the best remote jobs sites out there today, these are my top picks for the best destinations to find a great remote job quickly:

1. FlexJobs.

How to Land a Remote Job Flexjobs

This site offers full-time, part-time, and even some jobs that are perfect for testing your way into starting a freelance business. Companies can post jobs for free, but candidates have to pay $14.99 a month for the service. Frankly, the $14.99 is a small price to pay for access to the job opportunities they post. I personally know a few people that have landed a position through Flexjobs.

Outside of the paid service, they also have a ton of free resources for remote job seekers. Most of the other sites I will talk about feature “jobs in tech”, but Flexjobs offers job postings from a wide variety of industries. Bonus: Flexjobs has new posts all the time, and posters usually get back to you quickly after you’ve applied.

2. AngelList.

How to Land a Remote Job AngelList

I’ve personally gotten a job from AngelList. There’s no fee and new job postings are added daily. Unlike the other sites on this list, this site is geared specifically toward start-ups. If you want to work at an early stage startup, this is the place to be. There is no cost to use AngelList, but you’ll need to make a profile. Your profile is your resume so make sure it stands out.

You get interviews by clicking “yes, I’m interested” and by leaving a small note for the hiring manager. If the company likes your profile, they will set up a meeting with you. The process with AngelList is super easy, no resume or cover letter needed. I’ve applied and received a response within a few hours, and each job posting tells you when the job poster was last “active”. Pro Tip: stay away from the “active 2 months ago,” or later.

3. Hubstaff Talent.

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On Hubstaff, you have the option of searching for remote jobs that are full-time, hourly freelance contract, and even fixed price—so this platform is particularly great if you’re looking to take on freelance work to supplement your income. With their hundreds of open roles ranging from web development, to design, marketing, sales, customer service, social media marketing and more, there’s something for everyone on this remote job platform.

4. Pangian.

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When you join Pangian, you’re tapping into one of the fastest-growing online communities for not only finding remote jobs, but for connecting with fellow remote workers that are based in more than 121 countries from around the world. While their remote job board currently boasts over 12,897 jobs from 312 companies, the platform’s real magic lies within their close-knit community and chat forums where you can swap remote working tips & learn from one another.

5. Remote.com.

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This site gives you access to a range of start-ups to publicly traded companies. Job seekers can apply for free when their profile matches the requirements for a job. Remote.com also has a $19 premium option for additional exposure. Check out their “companies” page and you’ll see some big names. If you decide to sign up for Remote.com they’ll let you see the compensation for jobs before you apply to them.

I also really like Remote.com because they post so many jobs. If you check every day, they’ll usually put up 4-5 jobs from at least 1 new company. Remote.com posts get good response times, most will respond within a day or two.

6. Remote.co.

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Remote.co (not remote.com) is actually part of Flexjobs, but offers some additional job postings. I’m putting this site on the list because of the resources. They post jobs daily (and good jobs at that), and their “companies” page is an amazing place to learn about companies that hire remote workers.

If you do end up applying for a job, the response time is similar to that of a regular job application. They have great blog resources and an FAQ section for remote job seekers. The job posting quality is good, but again, this is a great place to learn about working remotely.

7. WeWorkRemotely.

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This is almost purely a job board, but a great job board for remote jobs. There is no application fee, and the site is really easy to navigate. One downside here is slower application response times (not sure why). 

Most of the jobs are focused on software engineering/ design, but this is a daily-checker if you are on the remote job hunt. When I’m looking for a remote job, I make sure to check WeWorkRemotely for sure.

8. Jobspresso.

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This site is another “check everyday” job board. They have postings from some of the biggest names in remote work, and they post new jobs every day. I like Jobspresso because they have a high volume of jobs, and they post often. Not a whole lot of job seeking resources here, but following them on Twitter is a really nice way to keep up with postings.

Having looked for remote jobs in the not so distant past, those sites have yielded some great opportunities. I’ve had great experiences with the above companies, but I can’t say the same for the websites below. Here are some sites that are NOT good for remote work:  

The Worst Sites for Finding Remote Jobs:

1. LinkedIn

Maybe a surprise? Linkedin is the biggest professional network and arguably the best place to find a job… but it’s not the best place to find a remote job. I’ll give them some credit: they have been adding more remote jobs lately. But in general, remote jobs are hard to find, and they often end up being in-person jobs.

Looking for an in-person job? Linkedin is your best bet. But remote? You’ll be sifting through jobs for hours―and when you finally find the needle-in-the-haystack remote job, the job poster has usually made a mistake. You’ll find the job is not remote or the company is not very desirable.  If you have unlimited hours for job seeking, you might find a few remote jobs in here, but those same jobs are usually posted on one of the recommended remote job boards.

2. Indeed

My beef here is mainly around wasted time. There are actually a fair amount of remote jobs on Indeed, and they are easy to find, but a lot of them are location specific or not remote at all. The remote companies on Indeed can be suspect at times too. If you are looking for a remote job in tech, this is not the place to look.

But, I will say that Indeed does offer remote jobs in industries outside of technology. For my intended job search (I’ve worked in tech), this place was a dud. If I was looking for a job outside of tech, maybe not. Overall though―the postings here are peppered with weird companies and non-remote jobs, cloaked as remote jobs. Thus my badge of disapproval.

3. Monster

This is just straight up not the place for remote jobs. I don’t think they focus on it, and it shows. They rarely post remote jobs, and when they do, the jobs are usually location specific or with an unknown company. I think Monster is a good place to find a non-remote job, but it’s not worth your time to search here for remote openings. 

Depending on your skill set and industry experience, one of the recommended remote job boards might be more valuable than the others. For me specifically, AngelList was hugely helpful. I used it to find a job at a small tech startup in a sales capacity. If I had a different job function or different industry experience, I might start with Flexjobs. They have great tech openings, but they also service an array of industries.

There are other remote job sites, but no matter what industry or job function you’re looking for, the 6 mentioned above are the best places to start.

Know the Key Players Who Hire Remote Employees

Once you’ve been poking around the remote job sites, you’ll start to see some familiar company names and familiar thought leaders within remote work.

The first step in the remote community: understanding the differences between fully and partially distributed companies.

Distributed is just a word describing companies that don’t have an office. Hence, a fully distributed company is where everyone in the company works remotely. Some people might share a workspace if they live in the same city ― But for the most part, everyone works from different places.

Partially distributed companies are any company with 1 or more remote workers. These companies might describe themselves as “remote friendly” or “remote flexible”.

Know the Difference Between Partially vs. Fully Distributed Remote Teams

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As an applicant, it doesn’t matter if the company is fully or partially distributed, because who cares, if the position is remote.

It doesn’t matter if everyone else works in an office… right?

Actually, it really does matter.

Most fully distributed companies started fully distributed, and they have solid onboarding systems (and ongoing training programs) to show for it.

Partially distributed companies sometimes struggle with transitioning from a centralized workforce, to a remote workforce. “Sometimes” is the operative word though.

There are many partially distributed companies that have successfully integrated a remote workforce. You may want to ask about remote onboarding in the interview process. If the company indicates that their remote onboarding process is air-tight, you’ll be set up for success.

For example, I worked for a company where I was the only remote employee, and onboarding was non-existent. Unfortunately, I forgot to ask about onboarding as a remote employee, and I ended up paying for it, I didn’t hit my goals as fast as I should have.

To be clear, I’m not saying that fully distributed is better than partially distributed. Most remote companies will offer an amazing onboarding and work experience, regardless of whether or not they are fully or partially distributed. That said, it can’t hurt to ask about how dedicated the company is to remote work, and about the systems they’ve set up for remote workers.

It also can’t hurt to do some homework on remote. Here’s a list of the top 100 remote companies and here’s Remote.co’s Q&A with remote companies.

I would highly suggest reading some of those Q&A’s. You’ll get insights into how remote companies work, how they started, where their HQ is (if they have one), and the breakdown of remote vs. non-remote employees. Big hint: most of the interviews are with HR directors and VPs of HR― great people to reach out to if you’re serious about a specific company.

Knowing the remote community is a huge step towards getting a remote job. Most people give up because remote companies are hard to find. So clap it up, at this point you’re a remote job market hacker!


But let’s get back to serious stuff for a minute. There are only a few companies offering remote positions, relative to the overall job market. You need to be able to find those positions and get to them quickly. Knowing the right job site is the finding part, and social media is the way to learn about postings quickly.

Remember those companies on the top 100 list and Q&A list? Follow them on social media. I follow almost all of them on Twitter, and they are constantly posting jobs. Checking the job boards works really well, but as soon as the company posts a job, they’ll post it on social media too.

If you still have any skepticism about working remotely, remote companies usually produce tons of content around remote work. For example, Trello posts on their blog weekly and some of their content is focused around working remotely. You’ll get really good insight into remote work culture by just following remote company blogs and social media.

Half the battle to landing a remote job is knowing where to look, and knowing the community of remote companies, but that’s still not going to land you a job. Remote companies are very careful about who they hire, and they’re looking for some pretty specific attributes.

4. Know What Remote Employers Are Looking For

The majority of remote employers are looking for two main things: (1) trustworthy people and (2) those that actually love their work.

I say trustable because micromanagement is death for remote companies. Remote employers need to trust that each team member will do their job, and create high-quality work.

When you land your first remote interview, don’t be surprised if your interviewer seems to be really interested to talk about you as a personDiversity is valued. You might be communicating with team members in San Francisco, Bombay, London, and Mexico City in the same day. If you spend time working on a personal blog, or like to travel and kitesurf on weekends, don’t hold that information back either. In a remote interview, don’t be afraid to be you. Side note: If you want to build your skills as a blogger, start with these blogging courses from the world’s top experts today.

I hate when people tell me to “just be yourself”―But in remote interviews, dialing back the corporate speak and acting like yourself makes you more trustworthy. I’ve noticed that a lot of remote workers (remote hiring managers) seem to, for some reason, have higher emotional intelligence than usual. They’ll be able to tell if you are being genuine.

I talked about self-reflection a little earlier: here comes some more internal pondering.

Outside of hiring trustable people, remote companies want people that are passionate about what they do.

If you are getting a remote job just because you hate your work, and you’re hoping that working from home will help…unfortunately, it won’t. Working from home might even make it worse.

Working from home offers myriad wonderful distractions. Your TV might be calling your name at lunch, and your dog might be calling your name all day. If you’re not motivated to work, you likely won’t work if no one is looking over your shoulder.

Remote work is reserved for people that love, or at least really like what they are doing. Sounds harsh, but your motivators need to be in the right place. If you show your remote interviewer how much you actually care about your work, I promise, it will resonate with them.

To recap: be genuine and show passion for your work (one way to demonstrate that interest is to start a blog, share clever blog post ideas in your field and eventually even make money blogging). Now that you are ready to nail the soft skills portion of the interview, some hard skills are necessary for working remotely:

Remote companies are looking for problem solvers. This might come in the form of start-up experience, entrepreneurial experience, internally innovative people (intrapreneurs), or just plain other remote work experience. 

Why do they want this experience? Because there will come a time where you’ll have a question, and your entire company might be unavailable. They’ll want you to be versatile, and capable of solving problems on your own.

When I worked in an office, my boss was in the cubicle across from me. If there was an emergency, I could just run over to her and say, HELP!

To be clear, Slack and other communication tools exist for a reason. You probably won’t be left to the wolves often. But remote companies are looking for autonomous workers. In the interview process, be ready to speak about your autonomous work experience.

Don’t think you have autonomous work experience? Don’t worry, nobody really does… unless you’ve worked remotely or started your own business before. Time to get creative.

I started an e-commerce company as a side hustle few years ago. I worked on it when I got home from my day job. I also had a painting company in college where I went door to door selling painting services. All of that shows my self-starter experience.

5. Write Your Resume for a Remote Job Application

Self-starter experience goes a long way in an interview. But to land an interview, your resume needs to be tailored to remote companies. Here are a few things to put on your resume that’ll make it stand out to remote employers (and one extremely useful resume builder to check out):

Talk about tools: Remote companies use software to bridge the communication gap. List any software tools that you are familiar with using. Some might include: Slack, Salesforce, Basecamp, Trello, Harvest, GoToMeeting, Google Hangouts, Skype, Zoom, Zapier, and many more.

Communication: Communication starts with your resume. Remote companies fail because of bad communication, thus they look to hire amazing communicators. Your resume should talk about your communication skills, and typos should be non-existent. Your email communication with hiring managers and recruiters should be great too, and it can’t hurt to mention that you’ll take your cybersecurity seriously as a remote employee too.

Innovation or portfolio: If you have done something to innovate at work, put that on your resume. If you have a portfolio, share that too.

Side projects: Depending upon how you breach this subject, side projects can start some controversy. You might not want to put those projects front and center on your resume unless it adds to your case, but you’ll want to talk about them in an interview. Working on a project autonomously shows that you take initiative. I say tread lightly because some employers, remote or not, might think that your side project is going to take time away from your day job.

Location: This may seem obvious, but if a remote job is location specific, make sure to mention your proximity to that location. For example, some sales jobs might have an NYC territory. If you live in NYC, make sure that you mention it in your correspondence with the company.

Results: If you have any hard numbers associated with your job, put those on the resume too. For example, if you have the marketing skills and you doubled traffic in X period of time, due to X reasons – that’s good resume information.

Autonomy: Can’t hurt to talk about any time you were a “self-starter” or worked on deliverables without much supervision. Any time you worked with low or no supervision is valuable. Your ability to work autonomously is big, but you don’t need to have direct remote experience to work remotely.

Working remotely is much more results focused than hours-worked focused. Some remote positions will require 9:00-5:00 work hours, but others won’t at all. Some remote companies won’t monitor your hours worked, but they’ll be monitoring your deliverables.

If you love your work, you’re a genuine person, and you tailor your resume to remote companies. You’re on the right track to landing a remote job.

6. Bring it All Home (and Follow up on Your Application)

One last tip before you hit the remote job boards: pick up a copy of Remote by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson (founders of Basecamp). I promise that no one from Basecamp forced me to talk about their business book (nor did they pay me off), I just found the book to provide great insights into working remotely.

For remote job seekers, the book outlines how a good remote company is managed and provides you with an outline of what to look for in a remote employer.

With your reading list in hand, here’s a recap of your action items for getting a remote job:

  • Determine if remote is right for you personally (maybe you’d be happy where you are with a raise?).
  • Weigh the pros and cons, and know your own motivators.
  • Know the right sites for remote job hunting.
  • Know the worst sites for remote job hunting.
  • Get familiar with the remote community.
  • Be trustable, be autonomous, and love your work.
  • Tailor your resume for remote job applications.
  • Take your job search into your own hands.

When you do finally get a remote job, it might seem weird at first… working for a company with no HQ, or a company with an HQ thousands of miles away. Give it a few weeks and you’ll feel right at home (literally).

Honestly, on my first day of remote work, while I was waiting to meet my new manager on our conference line, it crossed my mind that the whole company might not even be real.

I had this flash of worry that the whole thing was fake! Then the meeting started and my very real manager and I set off working. Working remotely and communicating remotely is not harder, or more complex than any other job, it’s just different.

The same can be said for landing a remote job. The job application is not harder, it’s just a bit different. If you immerse yourself in the remote community and show passion for your work, you are sure to separate yourself from other remote job seekers.

Good luck getting those remote job applications out there.

Remote work has been so rewarding for me personally, it fits with my working style, and I couldn’t be happier writing this post from my back deck on a sunny day.


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