Wow! This year seems to have flown by. It only seems like last week I was writing last years ‘Top 20 Blog Posts Of 2012’. 2013 has been a busy, yet fantastic year for me. Not only has Online Income Teacher grown further, but I have also helped setup another site called Bizzebee with some fellow bloggers that has gone from strength to strength.
Over the last 12 months we have published 155 articles (this is #156), so there were a lot to choose between for this end of year top list. It has been really great to look back and see which of our posts you liked the most.
I would just like to say a huge THANK YOU to all of our guest writers that have contributed to the site this year and also, of course to you, our valued readers. It takes a lot of work to keep this site running but all your comments and emails that you send in make it all worth it.
I hope you had a lovely Christmas and will have a Happy New Year! Bring on 2014, I’ve got a feeling it will be even better than the last.
Best Blog Posts Of 2013
I wrote this simple guide to help people setup Google Authorship for their site. Getting your picture to appear in the search engine results pages (SERPs) can really help to increase clickthrough rates, so it is well worth setting up.
This list basically happened by accident. I had been bookmarking great “blogging” related websites that I found when reading up on what’s happening in my industry. Some people had been asking for a list of related blogs to write for/comment on, so I just put together the list that I’d been saving. I did manage to find some other great sites though when rounding up the list to 50. I plan on updating this at some point as well, so keep an eye on this post.
I put this post together at the beginning of last year as a way to highlight some of the best plugins to use over the next 12 months. Even looking back on it though, most of these are still excellent plugins to use. I even am still using some of these on this site today.
This post (by Louisa Chan) looked at some common mistakes LinkedIn users make and, more importantly, how you can avoid making them. LinkedIn is an incredibly useful social media site for getting yourself known and also driving traffic to your website. Use it properly and it can be a real asset for your business.
This great list (by Sam Mottram) has some fantastic tips to help your website gain exposure. There are so many different things that you can do to get your site/business in front of people online, there really shouldn’t be any excuse for not being able to. All it takes is a bit of planning and some hard work, anyone can do that.
Infographics are as popular as ever and can really help to spread the word about your site. This post (by John Banks) looks, not only at the benefits of using infographics on your website, but also at some useful tips for creating them yourself.
Facebook continues to be an effective way of marketing your business online, but it isn’t as straight forward as just setting up a page. This post (by Erik Emanuelli) looks at ways in which you can increase user activity on your Facebook page, which ultimately helps to drive traffic back to your site.
One of THE most useful tools that a website owner can use is Google Analytics. That helps to show you, not only how your website is performing online, but also helps you to identify areas that you can improve upon. That said, Google Analytics can be a bit difficult to get to grips with, especially if you are new to the blogging world, in which case this guide (by Alyssa Ennis) will help.
Before you go rushing in and setting up an online site in the hopes of making a living from it, there are a few questions that you should ask yourself. This post (by Ryan Biddulph) poses those questions and helps you to approach making money online in the right way.
Last year I made some significant changes to the site to help make it much faster. This was both to improve user experience and help boost SEO, as search engines have started to take a site’s speed into consideration when ranking their content. For that reason alone it’s wise to take a look at ways to improve your own site speed, which is why I put this post together.
Linking in with the previous post on the list, I explain why we decided to switch to the Genesis WordPress theme when we revamped the site earlier in the year. This decision was made both to improve the look/feel of the site for visitors and also to improve some technical aspects of the site (with site speed being one of them).
Guest blogging has had a hard time of it in 2013. What was once a fantastic method for marketing and advertising your blog, it got labelled as being spammy and detrimental to a site. This post (by Sarah Fudin) looks at whether or not guest blogging is good or bad and if you should even do it at all any more.
Everyone talks about SEO in general, but what about local SEO? This was something that came to the forefront this year as Google introduced even more ways to get your site ranking well locally. This post (by Thomas McMahon) looks at some local SEO strategies to help you get the traffic that you are after.
Blog posts are incredibly important for a site as it is that content that draws people in. Having said that, a blog post title is the first thing that people will read, meaning that it needs to be enticing for people to click onto it in the first place. This post (by John Gibb) looks at the the importance of a good title and how you can create one for your articles.
Choosing to guest post to help promote your website is all well and good, but in order to do that you need to pitch your post to site owners. This post (by Erica Moss) looks at ways to help you get your post on the right sites.
Many bloggers seem to focus on both post titles and the actual article itself, however there is another factor that you should consider – your featured image. Both your post title and featured image help attract reader attention and encourage them to click onto read the post, which is why you should spend time getting them right.
This cracking post (by The Secret Insider) looks at the importance of “quality content” for both your blog and email newsletter. Whatever your site is about, it is quality content that will attract visitors. Still, however, there are some writers that don’t understand this, which is where this post comes in.
You may think that writing a blog post is easy, but there is a lot more that goes into it than you would think – well at least the good ones anyway. In this post I share with you how I plan out and write my blog posts, which hopefully will help you with your own.
There are many different ways to make money online, but one of the best is to create your own product. It has never been easier to create digital products than it is now, but you still need some sort of plan in order for it to be successful. In this post I look at how you can plan out and develop your product so that you have a market to sell to when you have finished it.
Finally, we take a look at WordPress and show you how to get started with it. Now, despite the fact that WordPress is used by millions of bloggers, there are still plenty of people who are just starting out and know nothing about it. This is where this beginner’s guide comes in.