7 Rare Tips That Will Help You Become A Successful Writer

Content Writing
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My biggest problem as a writer was that I was not capable of organized work. There were some other factors as well, that were dragging me backwards. I spent many sleepless nights, because I was struggling as a writer and despite my potential, I was earning shameful wages as remuneration. Soon, I did some introspection and tried learning from my mistakes. Here are a few tips you can use to become a successful writer and earn decent income through writing.

  1. Don’t choose wrong projects
    I made big mistakes while choosing projects. I sometimes picked the projects, which I should not have chosen in the first place. Remember, clients don’t respect you for delivering high value content at low price. They won’t even remember you after some time. So, choose your projects wisely and quote the rates accordingly. They will try to take advantage of you, but steer yourself clear from their traps. They will say, “Just try this topic, it’s simple. Try writing a simple SEO article.” But, when you start writing that article, you find that you were asked to write a highly research based technical article at the price of a normal SEO article.
  2. Stay away from wrong partners and friends
    I also faced issues while dealing with friends and finding buddy writers, which were often the source of anxiety and lots of frustration. I felt that people who I thought could have been my writer buddies were far behind me not only in terms of quality and expertise, but also in terms of character and mental strength.They were a lot selfish that I learnt later and they never wanted to move out of their comfort zone. They had a frame of mind that was focused around low quality content. This was exactly the case with my friend and writer buddy Mr Kapoor (name changed).I wondered why I could not associate with the writers, who matched my temperament. Soon I found that it was one of the biggest reasons I was not succeeding as a writer. Mediocrity is contagious and it spreads even through frequent interaction. Choose your friends wisely.
  3. Don’t ignore the way neural networks work
    I also experienced frustration with my approach to writing, which was not scientific until I learnt how neural networks work and then suddenly my entire strategy went through a change.

    I started taking things with a different perspective and it revolutionized my writing and improved   my productivity. I learnt the secrets of sentence construction moving ahead in entirely unknown     territories exploring new things.

    I never ceased to find ways to improve my writing speed and at the same time I tried weaving thoughts and creating thought loops in the empty space to polish my skills to create content with  a flow state of mind. Luckily, everything was in my favor and I received a lot of support from divinity, universe and God whatever you call it.

  4.  Develop mind maps
    In order to succeed as a writer, you must have a blueprint of what you are going to write. You must see everything as a cosmonaut sees the blue planet; a pilot sees his dashboard or as Tom Cruise      saw on his projectors in the movie “Minority Report”.  For that you need to develop mind maps. To know how mind maps work, you can read: How to Mind Map: The Ultimate Thinking Tool That Will Change Your Life, by Tony Buzan.
  1. Connect with people by addressing their pain points
    You must also have the list of problems faced by your audiences and you should have the ability to smartly associate those problems with your content. Writing is all about research, exploring new things and moving ahead on the learning curve. Connect with people and address their pain points. Only then you can claim to be a good writer.
  2. Focus on earnings
    There are many distractions that come in the way of becoming a productive writer. You must brush up your writing skills consistently in order to increase your earnings and getting the required satisfaction from this profession.
  3. Experiment with writing the “next paragraph”
    As some of the top writers suggest that to improve your thought process and increase writing speed, try short writing sprints. You should practice writing the next paragraph yourself, when you see a piece of content anywhere including the Internet.When you read something online or offline, just take a pause and ask your brain to explore the empty space and try churning out next few paragraphs on the basis of the content that you have just read. It will improve your writing skills dramatically.

Lessons for Bleeding SEO Agencies

Ignorant masses….


I learnt a great lesson yesterday, when I was trying to convince an agency owner about the effectiveness of content marketing. He is an old school SEO professional and thinks that content marketing is either a magic bullet or some premium practice that only high budget organizations can try! He might have read the blogs and articles about content marketing, but his interest in it is limited to fishing some cash rich clients. Alas, he is not the only one among the ignorant masses….he has some 10 years of experience in SEO and SEM and enjoys good lifestyle, but he is not ready to change his attitude. Recently, I heard that his old school SEO practices are backfiring and he is quite concerned about his agency’s performance as far as helping clients gain search engine rankings is concerned.

Stop shouting and complaining and start understanding


Poor guy! Didn’t I say that SEO, social media marketing and content marketing are no more different streams; they are actually interwoven together? ….and Google’s latest signals confirm it. Then why on earth you think that submitting low quality 500 words articles, local listings and forum submission will do some magic as far as your rankings on SERPs are concerned. And the worst part…if it doesn’t happen, you ask your SEO managers to overdo these things… 😦

Try to understand what Google wants from you


Content marketing is a buzzword, but it’s very difficult to explain it to people. It’s difficult to convince the old school SEO professionals and digital marketing agency owners about the effectiveness of content marketing, let alone laymen and clients! Now, when Google says that they love authoritativeness of a website, usefulness and credibility of on-site content and above all the user-experience on your website, don’t you still understand what’s happening around you???

The right practices


Then why do you worry about Google’s algorithm updates as if you have invested in a fluctuating stock market? The things are pretty clear; it’s you who is creating confusion and panicking around. Adopt content marketing and integrate it with your SEO campaigns and you will see wonderful results. Create downloadable ebooks, PDFs, white-papers, interviews, case-studies, video discussions, podcasts, quizzes, games, questions and answers for Yahoo and Quora and lots of “educational” and “how to” stuff both on your properties i.e. your website and blogs and outside of it including social media, Slideshare, and Pinterest etc.

Anything which can help your prospect and engage them should be tried. They must have a choice to read a blog, see a Slideshare presentation, or learn through a wonderful infographic, watch a video or listen to a podcast while they are driving. Give them the freedom to consume your content the way they prefer, try to answer their queries and help them resolve their burning issues.

Lesson for today

So, please unlearn the old fact that “content marketing is a premium practice” and learn the new reality, “content marketing is the only way to increase your visibility and improve your SERP rankings”.

How infographics can revolutionize your SEO campaign?


Most of my readers would be surprised to know how infographics can incredibly boost their SEO campaigns. Many of the old-school SEO managers still believe in search engine submissions, article directory submissions, unnatural back-linking and many other outdated practices, which have become totally or partially obsolete. Article directory submission is an exception provided your post is informative.

Post Google algorithm updates such as Panda, Penguin and Hummingbird etc., the game of SEO has changed completely. The focus is more on quality, clarity, popularity and usefulness of the content.

Key Takeaway: Lengthy articles are being replaced by visually appealing infographics, short videos, microblogs and other small chunks of “digestible” content.

Tips to create effective infographics for your SEO campaign

Let’s discuss the role of infographics in your SEO campaign and in driving immediate traffic to your website. Google now likes popular and relevant content, where “popular” and “relevant” are the buzzwords. When you share such kind of content, you project yourself as a valuable brand to the search engines and your rankings automatically improve as a result. But, before you create an infographic for your campaign, you should keep the following things in mind:

  • Know your target audience before you design a suitable infographic, because the theme and content of your infographic decide who is going to see that.
  • Choose a current and trending topic.
  • An infographic shouldn’t be designed in a hurry. You should have researched the data and should have a complete picture in your mind before you decide to create one.
  • Never use a common template; instead you should go for a customized design.
  • Don’t make it complex. Always use your creativity to make it more interesting and engaging. You can introduce new ideas so that it can engage your customers. You can also use a little humor.
  • Have a separate landing page for your infographic and it should not be included in your regular blog. This way, it will increase your incoming traffic and decrease bounce rate.
  • Use an embed code to link the infographic back to your landing page. You should also use keywords in your meta-content and URL.
  • Optimize your infographic to be distributed on different social media channels.
  • Ask the fellow bloggers in your industry to share your infographic on their blogs. On one hand, it’s free content for them and on the other it will serve as a good back-link for your website. You can also share it on the industry forums.

Get ten times more visibility than normal posts

It has also been observed that infographics have 10 times more visibility on social channels than the traditional content such as articles and blogposts.

So, pull your socks up and start designing well-thought out infographics. These are going to be a much better alternative for all your SEO campaigns.