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3 Best SEO Plugins for WordPress Revealed. Which Is Best for You?

The 3 Best SEO Plugins WordPress for Pros

The best SEO plugin for WordPress is typically just the one that works best for you.

How can that be?

Well, the differences in features and functions between the options will not have a huge impact on your SEO.

But what really matters is

Proper keyword research, writing optimized blog posts, and making sure your site is well-organized and easy for both search engines and readers to navigate.

Plugins are a robotic guide, only the best human can pull off those jobs and that’s you!

That being said, here are the top 3 SEO plugins options for WordPress.

Pick one fast and get back to doing the important work, making money from your blog.

Quick Summary

Each WordPress SEO plugin has its pros and cons, but with the current best options the top choice is definitely Rank Math.

While they don’t yet have the reputation that Yoast has built up over the years, they’ve already made huge improvements just in the year and a half that they’ve been out. (And Rank Math offers a lot of cool features, at least for now, that Yoast only offers in their premium version.)

If you need to know why, below you will see the differences between these plugins.

Otherwise, click here to get Rank Math and start increasing your website traffic.

Let’s dive in.

Yoast SEO

Yoast SEO

For years, Yoast has been the go-to WordPress SEO plugin for everyone—new bloggers, small businesses, larger corporations. If you had a WordPress site you used Yoast SEO.

While the free version is great for anyone, it has remained a bit stagnant over the years with some quality-of-life updates and few major improvements.

It leaves a lot to be desired for users with a more comprehensive knowledge of SEO and even the paid version doesn’t quite hold up to what you’d expect for $90 per year. (I would only ever recommend the free version—there are lots of better ways to invest money into growing your site and this just isn’t it.)

Nevertheless, Yoast is a solid choice whether you’re new or more experienced with SEO. Their content analysis sets them apart from most SEO plugins, even if some of the checks seem a little unnecessary. Paid plugin aside, their free plugin is excellent.

How it Works

Once you install Yoast, it adds a box below posts, pages and categories that you can use to choose a focus keyword, edit the titles and meta descriptions and specify social media images and descriptions for Facebook and Twitter cards.

Readability/SEO Checks

Yoast also has a built-in content analysis, which checks various factors that it considers important for both SEO and readability.

Readability checks include:

  • Sentence and paragraph length
  • Subheading distribution
  • Consecutive sentences
  • Passive voice
  • Transition words
  • Flesch reading ease score

Checking your SEO with Yoast is a little trickier. Some of the checks are a little meaningless, like checking for a keyword in the first paragraph.

While your keyword should definitely be somewhere in the beginning of your content, your first “paragraph” might only be a three-word line. (It also doesn’t account for affiliate disclosures and other text that might appear above your content.)

So there are checks in Yoast that, depending on how you write, you’ll never hit.

Here are some of the SEO checks:

  • Internal links
  • Keyphrase in the introduction (first paragraph)
  • Keyphrase density
  • Keyphrase in subheading (You have to include your keyword in 30-75% of your subheadings to get the green light on this one)
  • Meta description length
  • Image alt attributes
  • Keyphrase in the title (must be at the beginning to pass this check)
  • Outbound links
  • Keyphrase length
  • Keyphrase in the meta description
  • Previously used keyphrase (it’ll flag this if you have more than one page competing for a keyword)
  • Text length
  • Search results preview
  • SEO title width
  • Keyphrase in the slug (URL)

Yoast advises that not all these checks should always be met and that these are only guidelines. However, many of these are based on dated “best practices” that don’t directly impact your SEO.

They also state that some of these checks (like using keywords in your subheadings) are more for readability purposes.

Convenient Features

The most convenient features in Yoast SEO are the “at-a-glance” SEO scores and link counters available on your posts page.

From your WordPress dashboard, click on Posts.

Over to the far right of each post, you’ll see four new fields—outgoing links, internal links, SEO score and readability score.

Most SEO scores need to be at least yellow/green—the only thing you really want to look for are posts that are grey or red, as the only pages to expect to be like that are landing pages and category/tag pages (which you usually don’t index).

The readability score is a good thing to check, as you’ll almost always want this to be green.

The big things Yoast checks for are sentence and paragraph length, simplicity and heading distribution, which are all good things to check.

That’s Yoast in a nutshell.

Rank Math SEO

rank math for wordpress

Rank Math SEO is probably the best SEO plugin out there at the moment.

Honestly, the only thing hurting them right now is that they don’t have the name and reputation to back them up quite yet.

Currently, Rank Math only offers a free version, but they have a premium version on the roadmap.

However, this free plugin is giving Yoast a run for their money—even taking Yoast premium into consideration.

How it Works

Rank Math’s setup takes a little longer, but it’s a lot more thorough and impressively seamless.

Much like Yoast, as soon as you install it, it’ll give you some pointers on the important things to set up first.

It’ll hold your hand and guide you from start to finish, walking you through everything Google wants from your site, as well as integrating Google Analytics/Search Console.

Don’t like hand-holding?

It’s easy to skip the setup and just do things on your own later.

Readability/SEO Checks

Rank Math displays all of its checks in a little toolbar off to the right of your screen, which you can show or hide by clicking on the Rank Math box.

It has most of the same SEO checks Yoast does, as well as simplified readability checks.

It also fixed a few of the problems with Yoast, like:

  • It tells you why checks are important, so you don’t have to go digging through documentation
  • Checks are more inclusive and flexible (Rank Math suggests having your keyword in the first 10% of your content vs Yoast’s “it has to be in the first line” approach to this check
  • Keyword density checker is a bit more flexible and emphasizes that there isn’t necessarily an ideal keyword density percentage (The only “hard” check it really has is that your focus keyword is found in your content at least once)
  • The title and meta description checks include a check for both characters and pixels to make sure they don’t get cut short.
  • Includes a preview of what your listing will look like on the search engine results page, as well as a social media preview, which is currently only in Yoast’s premium version

It also adds some checks/recommendations that I’ve found helpful, like adding a break-down of your post (like a table of contents plugin).

Rank Math also has a title checker that looks for things like keyword placement, sentiment, power word usage, and the use of a number. (Basically, things that are most likely to get views and shares, based on various headline studies.)

Rank Math Convenient Features

If you go to your Posts page from the WordPress dashboard, you can see your content score, focus keyword, schema and links. This feature is similar to Yoast, with some minimal improvements.

While Yoast does support certain schema markups, it requires the premium version.

Rank Math, on the other hand, includes a lot of gated features in their free plugin.

You can also set up redirects.

If you were previously using one of the major free plugins like Redirection, you can easily import all your current redirects into Rank Math—one less plugin you need. (This is also one of Yoast’s paid-only features.)

It also has a built-in role manager so that you can limit the functions of the plugin to certain roles.

Lastly, it has a very basic sitewide SEO analysis that checks your homepage, posts and pages, as well as some basic SEO checks like making sure your site is set to public and that your permalinks are set up correctly.

If anything is wrong, it’ll give you some next steps and show you how to fix the problems. There’s a lot that could be added here, but given how new it is, it’s likely to see some improvements.

All-in-One SEO Pack

all in one seo pack

Where Yoast focuses more on content optimization than anything else, All-in-One SEO is more for someone who wants an easier setup, and maybe uses an outside tool for content optimization.

The lack of content analysis features is the biggest thing that hurts the AIO SEO Pack, as its biggest competitors (Yoast and Rank Math) both offer extensive analysis tools.

That being said though, having all in one in addition to Yoast or Rank math may be a great combo, here’s why.

Fills the Holes

The best thing about AIO SEO Pack is how easy it is to get to all of the settings. Where Yoast buries them in tabs, AIO has them all on one page.

In addition to this, AIO gives way more control over technical details! (like being able to exclude pages from the sitemap).

There’s also less incessant nagging to “upgrade to premium.”

While AIO SEO used to win when it came to social media optimization, Yoast’s free version has since allowed more social customization options and an easy way to verify your site on Pinterest.

Conclusion

So, choose one of these best SEO plugins, get writing, and grow your site!

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WordPress Formatting: The Ultimate Guide For Beautiful Blog Posts

You’ve been told that all you need to succeed in blogging is content.

And if you have the best content then you will have the most successful blog, RIGHT?

Wrong!

The important step before visitors can even SEE your content is… FORMATTING.

Visitors look at formatting first, words second.

Once you’re mastering great content and WordPress formatting, you will become an engagement magnet!

Here is the inside information that will keep visitors on your site and make more money.

WordPress Formatting: 101-401

before and after adding formatting

Keep Your Paragraphs Short

A paragraph is the content of the article and is made up of normal text. (Not Headlines.)

No one likes to read a long paragraph, because it’s boring! And you need more and more concentration for each line.

But if you break up the same paragraph, people will have an easier time reading every line.

The loooong paragraph doesn’t give your eyes a break. So visitors will start skipping lines.

Also,

Most people now search from phones or tablets and the shorter paragraphs make it much easier to see and follow.

Use 1-2 lines for easy reading. 3 lines MAX. But make those sentences shorter.

Use Bullet And Numbered Lists

adding bullet and numbered lists

Giving quick information makes the blog post engaging.

After images and infographics, people search for bullet points and headings to find what they are looking for.

Visitors are on your website to find what’s useful to them, not you.

Instead of going through the complete blog post, visitors scan through heading and bullet lists looking for the information they want.

When writing bullet and numbered lists:

  • Keep the length of sentence short
  • It’s better to use easy to read phrases
  • Include only the valuable stuff because it’s the deciding factor for staying or going
  • Use bold and italics to highlight the important words

Use BOLD and ITALICS to Emphasize Important Words

adding bolds and italics

Bold important words and phrases to make articles more skimmable. You want the bold words to draw the eye, so your reader doesn’t have to read every single word.

Use Italics in your Headlines and for emphasis on words and phrases.

You can bold or italicize phrases or the short sentences.

But the point is to make it easier to read. If you use bold and italics too much, your page will turn into a soupy mess.

The Best Way To Use Headlines

Heading Tag

choosing heading

The Heading tag is the most important tag for blog format.

It has a number of benefits, regardless of the size of the text.

Some of the benefits are:

  • SEO
  • Readability
  • Breakaway point
  • Easier navigation

The letter “H” plus the number of the heading is what gives you the tag:

Heading 1 = H1

Heading 2 = H2

How To Use A Heading Tag The Right Way

The title of your blog should always be Heading 1 or H1.

Only use it for your main title. A single post shouldn’t contain more than one H1 tag, ever.

Use the smaller numbered Headings to organize your post and make it easier to read.

There are H2, H3, H4, etc.

heading chart

Search engines use headings the same way your visitors do. They scan for information.

They glean content and context from your heading.

Always Follow The Heading Hierarchy

Keeping your post organized keeps your post readable.

Use this chart to get an idea for how headlines flow.

heading hierarchy

Subheading Contents Should Be Less Than 300 Words

Put no more than 300 words under a heading.

If you have more than 300 words, break up the content into two different headings.

Use the heading tags to allow visitors to find their topic of interest.

Use Internal Links To Your Other Content

Interlinking your pages gives the visitor a way to explore your site. Topic by topic.

But going wild with your links only makes you look salesy and tacky.

  • Respect your readers time on your page by giving them helpful information
  • You should only link the relevant pages.
  • Hyperlinks should only be around 4 words long.
  • The words should preview what the link is about.

Image Alignment Best Practices

Images are the first thing to draw the eye in any blog article.

An image can be a chart, graphs, infographics, or photos, or infographics.

They all have their place and keep the visitor informed at a glance.

If you are using a photo as an image, then center alignment is the best option to showcase the image.

picture alignment

If an image needs explanation, the best practice is to align the image to the left or right then add text next to the image.

When you upload an image, be sure to fill out all the boxes: alt tag, title, etc.

It will enhance the searchability of the image and the article.

Block Quotes Don’t Work

Block quotes don’t help you.

Block quotes are a short chunk of the article set aside in a block, away from the rest of the content. There is no reason to present content in this fashion.

If the content is relevant, why break up the flow of your page to show off? Find a better way to format it.

If the content isn’t relevant, then you are not respecting your visitors time. And you shouldn’t use block quotes.

Google doesn’t treat “blockquote” or any of the other elements in a special way when it comes to quoting other pages. The important part is really just to make sure that whatever you’re publishing has unique value of its own. If it’s just a rehash of someone else’s content (quoting it) with no added value, then that doesn’t really leave a good impression, neither to Google, nor to users.

John Mueller, Senior Webmaster Trends Analyst at Google.

There is an old school marketing idea that using block quotes makes your page stand out and get better rankings.

It was considered an acceptable trade off to annoy the readers because it helped you trend better.

But that is not how Google ranks pages anymore.

So now it’s just annoying.

Make Sure to Go Back A Look At It From The Front End

Okay. Now, you think you have successfully formatted the article.

You got the paragraph length nailed down, you have your lists, your heading game is on point.

You used grammar and editing tools to tear it all down and rebuild it better.

Make sure to do one final thing!

Go and see how it really looks on your webpage BEFORE you hit Publish.

When you check your front page you may find it looking weird, with the words and lines in the wrong place.

These are common rendering errors that you can easily fix.

Here’s how to fix the most common rendering problems on WordPress.

When Text In WordPress Is Not Rendering Correctly

When Your Text Goes Off-Screen

The WordPress theme is the major culprit for rendering problems.

Include the following code into the header section of the header.php file to the active theme.

<meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1.0" >

The above code will render the text correctly on the screen according to the width of the screen.

Text Rendering Outside Of A Text Box

Sometimes, you might find the problem of text rendering outside of a text box.

In that case, you need to utilize the “overflow” property in the “CSS” code.

There are many reasons this might happen, too many to list here.

The above link will take you to w3schools.com, which is a database of code and examples of how to use that code, written in simple English and not coding jargon.

When Your Non-Letter Characters Don’t Display Correctly

Seeing weird characters on your blog?

The difference in character set is the reason for the appearance of weird characters.

When the database is using the “Latin” character set but the website is using “utf8” character set, weird characters appear.

To fix the problem, use the following line of code in the “wp-config.php” file by putting “//” in front of the following code.

define(‘DB_CHARSET’, ‘utf8’);

define(‘DB_COLLATE’, ”);

Note: wp-config.php is the core file of WordPress. So, before taking any action, be sure you have a backup of wp-config.php.

If it doesn’t solve the problem, install the plugin “search and replace plugin” and manually replace the weird characters.

Final thoughts

No matter how much time you have invested in researching a topic, if you haven’t invested time in formatting the article, your effort will go down the drain.

Engaging the visitors on your website is mandatory for SEO and conversions.

So what are you waiting for?

With these formatting techniques, you can increase the on-page time, reduce bounce rate, and become an engagement juggernaut!

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Best Grammar Checker for Bloggers? ProWritingAid vs Grammarly

Are you a blogger looking to improve the quality of your content?

Ready to take your writing skills to the next level?

If so, look no further than two of the best grammar checkers and writing tools for writers on the market today – ProWritingAid and Grammarly.

Let’s check out how they can help you up your game in the blog world!

Which Do You Need? ProWritingAid or Grammarly?

While these two awesome editing software platforms have some similarities, there are some major differences to think about.

ProWritingAid

ProWritingAid is a virtual online writing checker that helps you:

  • Edit faster
  • Fix style issues
  • Eliminate errors
  • Find the right words, and
  • Learn as you go

ProWritingAid is best for long text (like blogs) and for writers who need to work on style, syntax, and structure issues. ProWritingAid is also good if you need in-depth explanations of errors you make.

Grammarly

Similar to ProWritingAid, Grammarly is an online grammar, spelling, and punctuation checker that helps with:

  • Writer’s clarity
  • Tone
  • Delivery
  • Correctness

Geared towards editing shorter copy, Grammarly primarily focuses on simple errors like grammar and punctuation.

So what do you need help with in your content?

If you want to really dig into your writing and make serious improvements while learning about those improvements, ProWritingAid will likely be a better fit. You can sign up for their 100% free plan here.

If you are just starting on your writing journey, Grammarly may be a better fit. It hits the basics and gives you plenty of advice to get you going! And you can check out the 100% free plan here.

Still can’t make a decision?

Then let’s dive a bit more into the benefits and features of ProWritingAid vs Grammarly.

ProWritingAid Vs. Grammarly Reports

ProWritingAid Reports

ProWritingAid vs Grammarly Reports

  • Style
  • Clichés (trite, stereotyped expressions)
  • Sticky Sentences (long sentences that contain more words than needed)
  • All Repeats
  • Length
  • Readability
  • Consistency
  • Pacing
  • Dialog Tags (a short phrase used before, after, or in the middle of dialogue)
  • Alliteration (the occurrence of the same letter or sound at the beginning of words close together. e.g. perfectly clipped pet poodles).
  • Transition
  • Plagiarism
  • Diction (phraseology, wording)

Plus many more!!!

These reports are invaluable. Like having your own personal tutor!

Don’t you agree…

Being able to see what you need to improve on and why will boost your confidence as a professional writer as you move forward in your blogging career.

Check out this insightful tool for free here.

Grammarly Reports

Grammarly Reports

  • Correctness
  • Clarity
  • Engagement
  • Delivery
  • Plagiarism

The Grammarly platform also supplies alerts, overall writing scores, and an opportunity to set writing goals.

This last option, to set writing goals, is a great resource.

Look at what you can do with it!

Writers can set up goals for their:

  • Audience. Are you going to educate your audience, do they already have the expertise, or are they merely general readers?
  • Formality. Does the formality of the writing need to sound informal, neutral, or formal?
  • Domain. Is the domain of the writing going to be academic, business, general, email, casual, or creative?
  • Tone. Does the tone need to be neutral, friendly, confident, urgent, joyful, analytical, optimistic, or respectful?
  • Intent. Finally, is the intent of the writing to inform, describe, convince, or tell a story?

What’s excellent about Grammarly’s goal-setting feature is that you can set more than one goal under each category if needed.

Excited about this feature? Try it out for free here.

ProWritingAid Vs. Grammarly Integrations

ProWritingAid and Grammarly both have apps and desktop applications. They both integrate with Safari, Edge, Chrome, and Firefox. And provide integrations for Google Docs and Microsoft Office. Really no differences in this category!

Moving on!

ProWritingAid Vs. Grammarly Resources

ProWritingAid Grammarly Resources

ProWritingAid provides writers, bloggers, and professionals alike with means for improving their writing skills by way of guides, dictionaries, and more.

Some of the resources available for ProWritingAid include:

  • Word Explorer
  • Collocation Dictionary
  • Word Cloud Gallery
  • Writing Quotes
  • Writing Resources
  • Grammar Guide

In addition to the resources above, ProWritingAid offers webinars, eBooks, guides for style, grammar, punctuation, mechanics (spelling, punctuation, grammar, etc.), and techniques. Plus an informative blog, articles, videos, and quizzes.

This platform has a wealth of information to offer to get you where you want to go with your blogging career.

Grammarly Resources

While ProWritingAid offers six generous resources to improve writing skills, Grammarly only offers one: the Grammarly Handbook.

While this is an invaluable tool, it can’t really compare with ProWritingAid’s resources.

ProWritingAid Vs. Grammarly Miscellaneous Features

ProWritingAid Miscellaneous Features

ProWritingAid offers a feature called Axolotl. This is one of the main features of ProWritingAid that sets it apart from others.

Axolotl helps writers like you keep stick with your theme while making incremental changes to streamline your text.

You’ll see flagged issues that need editing. But only the most important ones so that you’re not caught up trying to change every tiny little thing, which can easily lead to the piece changing tone or direction.

A little warning:

The problem with this, or any editing platform, is that you need to make changes wisely. Don’t assume the software knows exactly what you’re trying to say or the tone you’re going for. In the end, it’s your work. So make sure you’re keeping the meaning, style, and tone of your text while making any changes.

The point of Axolotl is to help you do just that.

Grammarly Miscellaneous Features

Like the ProWritingAid platform, Grammarly offers an app that is available for download on a smartphone.

Grammarly also provides a unique feature in its custom-made keyboard, which is available on your smartphone. It helps you with grammar and punctuation as you go, never letting an error-filled email or text leave your hands again.

ProWritingAid Vs. Grammarly Pricing

ProWritingAid Grammarly Pricing

Flexible and inexpensive pricing is a significant part of ProWritingAid’s attractiveness.

Not only can you use ProWritingAid for free, but there are premium services, premium plus services, and plagiarism only services available at low costs.

You can choose one or a combination of these services. You can also choose a monthly, yearly, or lifetime subscription for either the premium or premium plus services.

Plagiarism services only prices are:

  • $10 for ten plagiarism checks,
  • $40 for 100 plagiarism checks,
  • $120 for 500 plagiarism checks, and
  • $200 for 1,000 plagiarism checks.

Premium services pricing is:

  • $20/month
  • $79/year
  • $299/lifetime

Premium plus services pricing is:

  • $24/month
  • $89/year
  • $399/lifetime

Grammarly Pricing

Grammarly offers free services as well, albeit on a limited scale.

For simple punctuation and grammar checks, this is a great deal. As a subscriber, if you are looking for in-depth writing reports with Grammarly’s premium services, you can choose monthly, quarterly, or yearly payments.
Grammarly also offers packages for businesses.

Premium services pricing i:

  • $29.95/month
  • $59.95/quarter
  • $139.95/year

Grammarly business services pricing is:

  • $12.50/member/month
  • Minimum of 3 members
  • $450/year

Summary

With countless features, twenty reports, and numerous benefits, ProWritingAid is at the top for the best grammar checker and writing tool out there.

ProWritingAid Best Grammar Checker

It offers more comprehensive services at a lower cost than Grammarly.

In short, go with the best grammar checker: ProWritingAid – you will be glad you did!

But…if you’re still not sure, you can try both out for free!

Try Grammarly here for free, and try ProWritingAid here for free.

Regardless of which platform you believe has the best writing tools for writers, if you try ProWritingAid or Grammarly, you will be sure to see your writing skills improve and your content quality increase.

So you really can’t go wrong!

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How to Sell an eBook on Your Blog for Free and Make Tons of Cash

Writing an ebook is no easy task.

You deserve a ton of respect for finishing yours.

And you’ve decided to sell it on your blog instead of on Amazon and Apple.

Fantastic choice!

You are two-thirds of the way to building a reliable income stream from your blogging business.

What’s left?

Figuring out exactly how to sell ebooks on your blog.

Sound code-y and difficult? Thinking about hiring outside help?

Don’t!

Today you will learn a simple-to-replicate process that will turn your ebook and blog into an online money-making machine!

So…

How Do You Sell An eBook On Your Blog?

Here’s the proven (step by step) recipe that even uses free tools:

How to Sell an Ebook on your Blog

  1. Upload your ebook as a deliverable
  2. Create a simple sales page for your ebook
  3. Create an online course teaching your book
  4. Use your ebook or parts of your book as a lead magnet
  5. Market your lead magnet, course, and ebook on your blog
  6. Use your ebook to create more content that grows your reach
  7. Make tons of money from free traffic selling ebooks and courses

Now buckle up, we’re ready to get into the nitty-gritty of helping you sell loads of copies of your first ebook (or your fifth, or your twentieth)!

Set Up Your Selling Platform (100% Free)

The first step is always the hardest. It’s where we panic… And rightfully so…

Most of us aren’t very technical… but even with above-average computer skills, setting up everything you need to start selling ebooks online on your own seems daunting and hugely time-consuming.

Who wants to spend weeks building and coding?

Not me.

The only other alternative used to be hiring insanely expensive developers… But thankfully, you can now do it all by yourself FOR FREE in under a day!

This is how:

Sign Up For a Free Thinkific Account

Thinkific is manna from heaven when you’re a blogger in the game of selling ebooks, courses, and other information products!

Sign Up for Thinkific

A free account will make it a piece of cake to create:

  • Three online courses/deliverables
  • A website
  • Landing pages
  • Shopping cart and checkout pages
  • Payment processing

What more could you possibly want? You’ll be ready to start selling and making money in no time!

Here’s how

Sign up for Thinkific free here, once logged in go to create a course and choose the Membership Resource Library option.

Selling Ebook thru Thinkific Step 1

Follow the instructions on the next page to upload your eBook

Selling Ebook thru Thinkific Step 2

Once done, then go to pricing and connect to either Stripe or Paypal and set the price of your book

Selling Ebook thru Thinkific Step 3

After you hit publish, go back to your Thinkific dashboard and re-enter your course.

Then hit, Build Landing Page

Selling Ebook thru Thinkific Step 4

Create a sales page for your book and done!

You have an eBook your blog visitors can now purchase!

Here’s what to do next.

Give Your eBook Away For Free

SAY WHAT? I just poured my soul into writing this unbelievable content… are you crazy?

Hold up just one sec and hear me out!

Giving away your ebook for free is the secret to unlocking a ton more revenue.

Here’s the deal:

Create a detailed video course that teaches the content of your ebook. You can then easily add it as an online course on Thinkific (you have three free slots!) and price it at either $47 or $97 USD.

Your free ebook should then act as the lead magnet for driving course sales.

It’ll work because the perceived value of an online video course is way higher. The personal touch of ‘face-to-face’ video lessons hands down beats reading a PDF by yourself.

You’d be lucky to get $17 USD for an ebook… 80 bucks less than what you could charge for a course!

One online course won’t turn you into a millionaire, but it will move you towards your dream of a million-a-year online business a lot faster than selling ebooks.

And that’s it.

Your tech worries are sorted.

Now let’s get to the fun part… selling!

Build An Epic Sales Funnel

Build Epic Sales Funnel

This is the most important step.

If you want to sell ebooks and courses online, you’ll need a simple, effective funnel to push customers through.

Here is your epic sales funnel:

  1. Add three products to Thinkific: your ebook for sale, the same ebook for free, and your online video course for sale.
  2. Create a simple sales page for your students.
  3. Drive traffic to your eBook (you’ll find out how in the next section).
  4. Highlight the great deal your visitors are getting with the free offer.
  5. Ask for an email address in exchange for downloading the book. This will also grow your email list massively!
  6. Use your free ebook to create excitement about the course and drive people to its landing page.
  7. Sell the course directly via Thinkific and make money!

Straight-forward. And almost perfect …

There’s only one more thing you could do to improve it, whilst still keeping it completely free:

Create A Beautiful Lead Magnet

Head over to Beacon and sign up for a free beginner account.

Beacon Lead Magnet

With their intuitive platform, you’ll easily be able to create a professional ebook without hiring a designer.

You can then host it on their server and use it as an attractive lead magnet.

How should you integrate it into your Thinkific sales funnel?

Use It Alongside Thinkific

Since you’ve just moved your free ebook deliverable over to Beacon, you’ve freed up a Thinkific slot.

You can immediately fill it by duplicating your online course and giving it a discounted price.

This will become your most powerful selling tool, a one-time-offer course.

Now make sure to present this exclusive discounted offer to everyone that downloads your ebook.

You’ll give them even more reason to feel special and want to purchase!

Now onto the final step of how to sell an ebook on your blog:

Market Your eBook and Course

Everything is perfectly set up – you have a well-oiled sales funnel hosted on a couple of phenomenal free platforms.

It’s time to drive traffic, sell ebooks and courses, and of course make money!

Market Ebook and Course

Convert Your eBook into Captivating Blog Posts

This is the sharpest marketing tool in your shed.

Why?

You already have a loyal following of readers!

These people already know you and enjoy both your style and your content… this makes them absolutely the first ones you should target when selling ebooks and online courses!

And what better way to communicate the value of your new product than to convert your digital book’s copy into a bunch of killer blog posts?

They already love your blog and see you as the go-to expert, so build on this trust.

Plus odds are that many will want to support you after all the free, valuable advice you’ve given them over the years!

Extra Tip: Find The Right Keywords

Remember that you’re not just writing for your current readers though, as you’ll surely want to attract more people to sell ebooks and courses to…

The best way to get discovered is on search engines.

Trust me, over 50% of our traffic comes organically through this channel!

But if you want to rank well and connect with the right people on Google, you’ll need to focus on picking the right keywords for each of your blog posts.

All the help you need is in this post or this video.

Keyword Research For SEO Video

Make YouTube Videos For Even More Content

When it comes to social media, YouTube is unlikely the first platform to come to mind.

Most people think Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Don’t bother – your content will die in less than four hours.

Focus your valuable time on YouTube, where the power of search meets the engagement of social media!

You’ve already made an in-depth video course, so you’ll have hours of great content to pick from. Use this guide to dazzle your viewers with powerful content… just enough to convince them the course is great value without giving away too much!

Ah, two more important YouTube selling tips:

  • Make sure to keyword optimize your videos just like you did for your blogs.
  • Leave a reply when someone comments on your video – you’ll look friendlier and like a trusted teacher.

Use Your Website’s Prime Real Estate

Don’t limit yourself to creating new content for promoting and selling ebooks, take advantage of your existing blog posts and website as well!

This will help organically drive traffic that hits other parts of your site into your sales funnel.

Here are a few ideas to make your own:

  • Embed the Thinkific sales widget onto your home page and main blog page.
  • Create an attractive popup or header inviting users to download your amazing ebook.
  • Place ‘download now’ calls-to-action on relevant existing blog posts.

Thinkific sales widget

If you’re ever stuck, just check out my website for inspiration!

Reach Out To Your Email List

Congrats! You’ve created all the marketing material you’ll need – blog posts, YouTube videos, and links/widgets all over your site.

Now it’s time to email your subscribers and persuade them to check out your stuff.

This is a group of people that look forward to your emails landing in their inbox, so you won’t need to sell your ebook hard.

Simply focus on demonstrating value and then let your sales funnel work its magic.

I usually email my audience a few times a week with a little P.S. message. Something like:

P.S. Check out this new blog post. It will totally change the way you think about selling ebooks online!

That’s it. If you’ve followed all the previous steps, then your course will sell itself.

Send Them Sneak Peeks

Looking for another way to catch your email list’s attention?

Try this super easy method: send a direct pull from your ebook straight into your subscribers’ inboxes.

Pick an engaging extract (and maybe end it with a cliffhanger) that will leave people craving to download the full ebook and take your course!

A great example is this email James Clear sent to promote his book Atomic Habits:

Sneak Peeks

Final Takeaways On How To Sell An eBook On Your Blog

You already knew how to write your ebook before you dropped by… but now you also know how to sell it and skyrocket your revenues! All for [100%] free!!

But just in case you missed a step, here’s a recap of the process of selling ebooks online:

  1. Sort out all your tech needs with Thinkific.
  2. Decide to give your ebook away for free.
  3. Create an online video course from your book’s content.
  4. Set up a simple, yet epic sales funnel.
  5. Use Beacon to make a beautiful lead magnet.
  6. Market your ebook and course with blog posts, YouTube, your website, and emails.
  7. Convert your online traffic into sales.

Now make it happen:

Get Out There, Sell eBooks and Make Money Online!

As always, thanks for reading, and see you on the next post!

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2020s Best Email Marketing Strategy – Stand Out & Cash In!

Email marketing is how valuable?

Listen:

When you learn how to send emails the right way, for every dollar you spend on email marketing, you make $42.

A successful email marketing strategy is without a doubt the most powerful way to build valuable, lasting customer relationships that make the most money.

So what is the most effective email marketing strategy for bloggers?

Successful email marketing is as simple as understanding this key concept:

Emails = long-term relationships

Here are the 5 fundamental strategies to help you build long-term relationships, which will lead to a lifetime of sales from your email list.

Ready to make more sales this week?!?!!

Let’s get to work.

1. Send Emails That Inspire and Transform

Man Inspired with Ideas thru Reading

Don’t be afraid that others won’t want to listen to you.

Don’t chase after unreachable perfection that’s killing your brand.

Position yourself as the subject matter authority and your subscribers will love you for it!

So how do you do this?

Send frequent emails giving helpful tips. From your market research, you will learn your customer’s pains, pressures, hopes, desires, and dreams.

Let’s look at an example…

Are you in the digital marketing niche?

You can help your email list write killer subject lines and figure out how to master the art of the call-to-action… and guess what?

If they try what you’re saying and it works, you’re now a trustworthy expert!

This strategy works for all niches!

Here’s another example. Do you have a budget-conscious fashion blog?

Put together a list of 30 ways to wear a black t-shirt, and then email your mailing list a new outfit every morning for a month.

Your audience will be checking their inbox first thing each morning!

Note:

Don’t have your email list started yet? Click here to set yours up for 100% free.

Deliver Value each Week

2. Discover What Your Email List Desires

User - Customer, Password - Expectations

Figuring out what to say in emails is one of your most difficult tasks. But don’t lose faith, there’s an easy solution!

Work out exactly what your potential customers value the most, and then help them solve pressing and stressful problems.

By now you’ve already picked a profitable niche market, so you should know exactly who your target audience is. But you don’t know all that much about them. Yet.

The right way to figure out what makes your future readers tick is through some long nights of market research. Crush your research with help from this detailed blog post!

Shift your thinking from what you can gain to what you can serve your customer through each email.

Then you will be able to ask, “What will help my audience today?” And send a tip, challenge, inspire, or entertainment that is valuable.

Your audience won’t grow tired of you if you’re adding value! Each new email will keep them excited about what you have to offer!

Do you already have an email list?

No matter how small, this is one of the most valuable research tools out there.

Reach out to your audience directly and ask them what they need and value.

Create a short survey on the free google forms. People love sharing their opinions, so you’ll just need to listen and react.

If you do this well, your original audience will become hardcore fans and you’ll unlock the unbelievable cashflow hidden in your email list!

3. Market to a Friend Instead of a Customer

Friends Talking

Would you buy a product from a person or a brand that you don’t like?

NO!

So you can’t expect your email list to buy from you if they don’t like you!

Here’s a little secret…

Write marketing emails like a personal email to a friend.

You wouldn’t bombard your best friend with 10 discount codes every week. He’d slap you the next time you met!

You would only send them things that they would truly value. And if your friends are like mine, then you’d get a few beers in return for a good recommendation!

This is exactly the same with email marketing campaigns.

Annoy your customer and get slapped with the unsubscribe button!

Delight your customer and get rewarded with more sales than you ever imagined!

Here are some ideas for increasing your likeability:

  • Tell them inspiring stories!
  • Get personal and share anecdotes about your past.
  • Send them advice, tips, and how-to guides that make their lives easier!
  • Be real and authentic… just like you would with a friend.

Just remember – you like people who are approachable and relatable and maybe even a little vulnerable. So do your customers.

Your customers are people first and customers second.

Treat them like a friend and they will respond accordingly.

4. Stand Out With Killer Subject Lines

A lot of people think that personalizing an email’s subject line is more than enough.

They use something like this:

Miles – Get 10% Off!

So what, you know my first name? BORING! You’ll need to do better!

Advertising tycoon David Ogilvy famously once said:

“On average, five times as many people read the headline as read the body copy. When you have written your headline, you have spent eighty cents out of your dollar.”

People will decide solely based on your subject line whether or not to open your email! Your success depends on your subject line!

How to succeed?

  1. Be catchy, brief, and to the point.
  2. Use charged words to entice an emotion in your reader (i.e. curiosity, excitement, fear, vanity) to connect on a deeper level!

Here’s a good example from a recent email of mine:

Internet marketing’s dirty little secret…

‘So curious!! MUST OPEN’

Remember practice makes perfect in the world of subject lines. So get writing!

5. Make Mad Sales Without Annoying Your List

The fifth ingredient in the email marketing strategy is how to make sales.

By incorporating the other four principles with this one, you now have the opportunity to sell to your customers without scaring them off or being perceived as pushy.

This is the sweet spot for skyrocketing your revenue and increasing sales!

Be careful though!

Never abruptly switch from being a helpful, friendly expert to pounding them with offers. You could break your customers’ trust and end up back at square one!

What should you do instead?

Follow the ‘give, give, give, ask’ principle.

Start with three value-based emails before presenting an offer in a fourth email.

The offer should be a soft selling call-to-action (ask and not push), which gently nudges your customer to take action. For example: “Want more help with tackling email design? Click here to get advice from a leading professional.”

Another helpful tip: avoid an overly pushy subject line in your selling email.

Remember that this isn’t a hard-set rule, but rather a blueprint for success. Test it out on your specific audience.

It might be that your audience needs a couple more ‘give’ emails, or they might even be open to having a soft-selling offer included more often!

You now have the five elements to 2020s best email marketing strategy! What next?

Incorporate these five elements in an email everyday for the next 30 days and watch the magic happen before your eyes.

Let’s look at how to do that using my favorite email campaign strategy for selling more.

Sell More in the Next 30 Days With Email

I want to leave you with a proven idea that will generate income quickly.

It’s simple, it’s easy and it’s been incredibly successful for me.

Best of all, it will work for every single one of your businesses and ideas!

The Best Email Marketing Campaign Strategy

Red Ladder of Success among White Ladders

What is the most effective email marketing campaign strategy?

An email every day.

Yes, that’s no typo! I meant every single day.

But not for forever!

Start with a 30-day email challenge.

Send your email list something of value for the next thirty days and they will love you because people enjoy getting positive, useful advice that helps them sort their lives out.

Also the more often you write, the more often your list will associate your name with a meaningful email in their inbox.

You’ll condition them to open your emails on autopilot, boosting your open rate and conversion rate stats beyond belief!

By incorporating links to your blogs, your YouTube videos or even other people’s content, you will train your email list to click something in every email.

Even better, your loyal subscribers will get their friends and family to sign up to your email list. For free!

Do remember that people’s time and attention are precious. So always follow the ‘give, give, give, ask’ philosophy to share much more than you ask for.

When you get this strategy right, people will buy your services and products and maybe even send you ‘thank you’ emails… a fantastic feeling!

Recycle the Crazy Amount of Content

Writing an insightful email every day is not quick or easy!

The great news is that you can recycle your email content and turn it into a killer blog post (or YouTube video!) that will improve your SEO and get your message out to an even wider audience.

This ex-email turns into an invaluable piece of evergreen content and increases the ROI for your time investment!

Revolutionize Your Business With Email Now!!!

Email Symbol on Laptop

  1. Connect with your audience with high quality, valuable content.
  2. Become the subject authority by nurturing your relationship.
  3. Be positive, helpful, entertaining, and informative.
  4. Write exciting subject lines that your customer can’t wait to open!
  5. Always follow the ‘give, give, give, ask’ philosophy.
  6. Implement these principles for 30 days to establish new habits!

Master these skills and count on an excellent response rate.

Why?

Because you’ll have conditioned your email list to open your emails, click a link in each email, see you as an expert, trust your advice and buy your services/products!

What’s left for you to do?

Implement successful email marketing and cash in!

As always, thanks for reading, and see you on the next post!

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How to Add Categories in WordPress and Improve your Site Overnight

How To Add Categories In WordPress

If you are thinking, “WordPress’s categories feature sure makes site navigation easier”.

You’re right!

But it’s not just easy navigation, categories also have other benefits.

You are going to walk away from this article knowing all you need to know about WordPress categories.

Once you master Categories your site navigation will be a breeze AND your SEO will be through the roof.

Let’s dive in.

How To Create Categories In WordPress

There are different ways to create categories in WordPress.

As you are going to learn, the easiest and fastest way to create a category is directly from the dashboard.

To create categories:

hover over Posts >> Add New >> Add new category (available at right side menu panel) >> Type the category name >> click Add new category

Create a category

By default, if you don’t pick or add a category, your post will be grouped under uncategorized.

But wait, can you add more than one category to a single post?

The answer is simple: Yes!

But if you choose more than one category it will show the same content repeatedly.

This can really confuse your visitors.

So here’s the trick, add both a parent and a child category.

This will make your navigation more straightforward.

What’s the difference between the parent category and child category?

After adding the category widget to the footer or sidebar, you will see the child category option will be sub-categorized under the parent category.

Here’s another trick, you can create child categories for existing child categories.

Parent, Child Relations

This Parent, Child, Child pattern is called the Category Hierarchy.

How To Edit Categories In WordPress

Take this another step further, you can also create new categories to add to Category.

Categories are archive pages on WordPress.

To edit category >> Go to Posts >> click on Categories >> Click on categories you want to edit

On the Category dashboard, you can delete or add a category.

You can edit the slug and label of an existing category, and add content.

To add content to the category page, enter the contents on the description meta box.

You can delete the number of categories through bulk actions features.

But be careful to deselect the useful categories before you delete.

Categories Also Help Your SEO

Now this is cool, besides structure and easier navigation, “Category” also improves your website SEO.

The SEO you can hold in the category data includes:

  • Meta description
  • Keyword-rich contents
  • Slug
  • Breadcrumbs
  • SEO friendly “permanent links”

Now Enable Your Breadcrumbs

To enable Breadcrumbs, you need to install an SEO plugin called Yoast Plugin.

After activating the plugin, go to SEO >> Search Appearance >> Breadcrumbs >> Enable >> choose category (Under show in breadcrumbs for content types) >> Click save changes.

Search Appearance

SEO Permalink For Category

To optimize your SEO you need to include a SEO category BEFORE the post name in the URL.

This will make it easier for people to navigate your site. They can search the category before they choose one particular post to read.

You can squeeze this additional information into your URL.

To do this you want your URL to look something like this example:

http://blogsuccessjournals.com/blogging/wordpress/taxonomy/hello-this-is-post/

Follow these steps:

Go to Settings >> Permalinks >> click on custom structure >> enter

Go to Settings >> Permalinks >> click on custom structure >> enter “/%category%/%postname%/” >> Click on Save

Common Settings

After saving the permalink settings, go to the post you want to change the permalink.

You will notice an additional option “Primary” under categories option.

Categories Most Used

Now notice:

Taking the above example as reference, If you select “Taxonomy” as primary, the URL would be:

http://blogsuccessjournals.com/blogging/wordpress/taxonomy/hello-this-is-post/

When you mark something as “Primary”, it will come before the article name.

Similarly, if you select WordPress as primary, the URL would be:

http://blogsuccessjournals.com/blogging/wordpress/hello-this-is-post/

Because the taxonomy will be after the name.

Altering the category permalink will improve the structure of your website for search engines.

How To Display Category On The WordPress Sidebar

Look, no matter how you categorize your content, if you don’t display it properly, it won’t help your navigation.

The best place to display “Category” info is in the sidebar.

Using a prebuilt feature on WordPress, you can embed the category widget, making it very easy to display.

To add Category widget to the sidebar:

Go to Appearance >> widgets >> Click on Categories >> Select the areas where you want to display >> Click Add widget.

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After adding the categories widget, you need to configure it.

All categories

Then name the widget.

Make sure to use the Category hierarchy to make the navigation easier on your website.

To Sum Up

The Category feature can be very powerful, if you use it right.

You need to use categories to:

  • Group your content
  • Make it easy navigate your site
  • Blow up your SEO, with breadcrumbs and permalinks

It’s easier than you think.

Once you are using these steps every time you post an article you will start reaping the rewards.

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How to Write a Blog that Readers Love and Google Ranks

You can have an awesome site and all the shiny graphics, but if you fail to deliver meaningful content to your readers, it’s over before you’ve even started.

This is where so many bloggers fall short. Their articles aren’t much different than the stuff that they read. Or worse, they write regurgitated content in the form of an underwhelming blog post.

So what makes a successful blog post that makes you money… one that gets readers to stick around?

Quality content.

This is always the most important metric and involves a commitment to a few fundamentals.

What are those fundamentals?

Here you’ll learn how to write a quality blog post that boosts engagement and creates fans by:

  • Learning how to find awesome topics to write about
  • Using fail-safe templates that make your blogs stand out
  • Following simple steps to writing a blog that both people and Google love

Beat your best in these elements each week and you are on your way to building a successful business from blogging.

Let’s dig in!

Step Zero: How to Start Writing a Blog

How to Start Writing a Blog

Before you start writing a blog post, there are a few things you need to know:

  • Know your audience and what search terms they’re using.
  • Offer value—teach them something they don’t know.
  • Put yourself in your audience’s shoes: “What’s in it for me?”

What’s at the foundation of all of these ideas?

Finding a topic that people want to read is the first step when you begin to start writing a blog.

Here’s how to do it.

How to Choose a Topic People Want to Read About (For Free!)

Many new bloggers get turned off by the idea of keyword research and finding great topics to write about, which is usually associated with expensive SEO tools.

But it doesn’t have to be that way!

Here are a few ways to do keyword research without paying a dime.

Free Topic Research Right on Google

Many of the free keyword research tools available are things you use every day.

You probably already know what autosuggest is—when you start typing into the search bar on Google.com, it’ll come up with a list of potential searches. Most people use one of these rather than typing out their entire search phrase.

Start typing a topic: “best coffee for” and then let Google do the rest of the work.

Not only does this give you an idea of what people are looking for, but it also presents more detailed keywords. These highly specific, “long-tail” keywords have a low search volume, but a high conversion rate.

Searching Best Coffee for

Answer the Public

You might get weirded out by the guy on the front page (trust me, you’ll know when you get there), but this site is great if you’re looking for more question-related data.

Content designed to answer specific questions has huge ranking potential. And this tool provides an endless number of specific questions your audience is searching for.

Type in one to two broad keywords for the best results and let it work its magic. Once it’s done processing, you’ll have a visual display of tons of information on what your audience is searching for.

Popular Search Questions about Coffee, Branching Out Circularly

Don’t like the Visualisation option? Just switch to Data for a list of queries.

KWFinder (10-Day Trial)

KWFinder is one part of the Mangools Suite and comes with a 10-day trial. You can search tons of keywords in the 10-day trial. So plan out your research ahead of time!

This helps you find long-tail keywords that have a low ranking so you don’t have to worry about competition.

3 Types of Blog Posts that Hook Your Readers

Once you have a plump list of keywords you want to focus on, you can look at how to plug them into different types of blog post templates.

Having an idea of what kind of blog post you want to write will make it easy to come up with a structure and start writing.

Here are three powerful types of blog posts you can use to improve your writing game.

“How To” Posts

“How to” posts are a great way to attract the DIY crowd while driving traffic to your affiliate links.

The headline of this post automatically implies value—you’re teaching your readers how to do something on their own.

On top of that, you can recommend the best tools or accessories, etc. for the job. Whether that’s high-quality materials, tools that provide shortcuts, or things that just make life easier.

Of course, you’ll only want to include the most relevant tools here—don’t go crazy with affiliate links. Readers are more likely to buy if you don’t overwhelm them with too many things.

“The Best” Posts

You’ve seen this type of post before:

  • The Best Travel Mugs to Keep Your Coffee Hot (Looking for well-insulated mugs)
  • The Best Coffee Mugs for Dad (Looking for Father’s Day gift ideas)
  • 12 Best Travel Coffee Mugs: Insulated, Steel, Thermal (Points for being specific, but still giving readers options!)

Don’t miss out on the key element here!

If you’re writing about the best mug, the best computer, or the best knife…

Remember what your reader is thinking: WIIFM (What’s in it for me?)

Lady Wondering What’s in it for Her

Your reader cares about what the best product is. But more importantly, they want to know what the best product is for them and their specific situation.

So rather than just writing posts like “The Best Travel Mugs,” get specific. Write about “The Top 10 Best (Products) for (Specific Use).”

Bonus points if you can include a benefit in the headline, like in the first post I mentioned. Rather than talking about thermal or well-insulated mugs, they’ve provided a clear benefit: it keeps your coffee hot.

These posts are a great place to drop some affiliate links. If you haven’t looked at affiliate programs yet, Amazon Associates is one of the best places to get started.

Listicles

This is a highly effective type of post that you need to write ASAP.

Due to the nature of “list” posts, they’re already easy to read. Your readers can easily look through and jump right to the sections they care about the most.

They’re organized in a way that most readers just love. It’s easy to skim and even easier to digest. (It’s also easy to get caught up in scrolling through these types of posts—looking at you, BuzzFeed.)

But how do you come up with a list that’ll be a hit with your readers?

Answer: Solve their problems.

solve problems

Better yet, consider writing a post that solves their most common problems. You can use some of the tips we cover in the keyword research section to get some ideas on great topics for lists.

Things like product reviews, productivity tips, and or posts that teach different strategies make great list posts.

Let’s add one more type of blog post that should be in your rotation:

Roundups

If you want to pack even more punch into a list-type post, do a roundup.

A roundup is a list of links that typically links to high-authority sites (or sites in a variety of niches) to help inspire readers, give them ideas, and introduce them to additional resources.

Roundups have insane potential—they’re the types of posts that get shared by both your readers and the people you’ve mentioned in your post.

You could make a roundup of tools from your favorite companies, list the most effective strategies for email marketing, or make a list of statistics on a specific topic.

Here are some great tips on creating roundup posts, including what you need to do after you’ve published it.

How to Write a Blog Post People Love

After you’ve done your keyword research and gathered your audience’s questions, you decided on what type of post you want to write.

Now get writing by following these 7 guidelines!

1. Craft a Compelling Headline

You can have amazing content packed with value that solves all of your readers’ problems, but none of it matters if you can’t get them past the headline.

You want your headline to answer the big question that every reader has:

“WIIFM—What’s In It For Me?” What problem are you solving for them?

Your headline should give your audience a reason to take time out of their day to read your content.

Great headlines not only encourage people to read, they encourage sharing as well. Of course, you’ll want to follow it up with a good blog post that delivers so much value people can’t help but share!

The best headlines:

  • Grab your reader’s attention
  • Are specific
  • Make a promise
  • Create a sense of urgency

You’ll want to tie in at least three of these for an effective headline. Specific headlines (especially headlines with numbers) that make a promise and include a powerful benefit do well, as long as you also deliver with your content.

2. Create an Optimized Outline

Want to know one of the worst things about writing?

Staring at a page with nothing on it but a blinking cursor.

Now is the time to use all your keyword research and that list of questions your audience has about your topic to build an epic outline.

Use H2, H3, and H4 headers to break up your content and create your outline. The questions that require a lot more detail and information? Use lots of subheaders to break up that text.

Wordpress Headings

See the size difference?

Your readers benefit from this sort of organization, as it makes your content flow better and further organizes your post.

You don’t want lots of text under just a few headings—it makes it difficult for readers and search engines to follow.

This provides SEO benefits—Google uses information in your headers to analyze how your subtopics fit together. Using different types of headings like this shows Google you’re creating a sort of “sub-conversation” under your headings.

Use Google to Help Outline Your Post

The searches related to section located at the bottom of the search engine results page (SERP) is a great source of information. You probably see this all the time—it’s a gold mine of keywords and phrases hiding right in plain sight.

Searches Related to on Google

This will help you find more specific information related to your target keyword to include in your blog post.

If you’re wondering how to create quality content, this is a great place to start! Using this as a launching point, you can create quality around these topics, knowing for sure your readers are interested.

The “People also ask” feature is my personal favorite. You’ll notice that after you click on a question, it adds some more to the list.

After about 100 questions, depending on your niche, it starts to get pretty irrelevant. But jot down 10-20 highly relevant questions from this list and you’re good to go!

People also ask on Google

What better way to drive traffic to your site than by answering your audience’s questions?

You can use some of the questions listed in this section as headers in your article.

Rule of thumb: Does anything you find in either of these sections on the SERP require more than 1,400 words to properly answer? Add it to your idea list for upcoming blog posts.

If you can answer it in about 200 words, and it is relevant to your main topic, include it in your article.

3. Use Short, Easily Readable Paragraphs

No one wants to read giant blocks of text.

It’s difficult to read, impossible to scan, and just doesn’t look appealing, especially for mobile readers!.

Readers usually scan content before they read it. Today’s online world is flooded with content—they need a way to scan the topics you’re covering and decide if your content is worth their time.

And while a paragraph with five lines of text looks okay on a desktop, that one little paragraph takes up most of their screen if they’re reading on their phone.

4. Add Bucket Brigades

What the heck are bucket brigades?

You’ve probably heard of bucket brigades in regards to assembly lines and firefighters—water buckets (or a bit more recently, assembly items) are passed down the line of people.

But how does this relate to writing a blog post?

Bucket brigades are short, attention-grabbing phrases that guide readers from one line to the next.

Like this:

Let Me Explain Bucket Brigade

You’ve probably seen a few of them in this blog post you’re reading now.

5. Use Bolds and Italics

Use bolds and italics throughout your blog post.

It makes it much easier for scanners to get the gist of your post!

Bold phrases you want to draw attention to and italicize words and phrases for emphasis. This highlights the most important parts of your content, letting readers take note of what they need to remember most.

You don’t want to overdo it—otherwise, formatting loses its impact.

6. Use Ordered and Unordered Lists

Ordered Lists

Use a combination of ordered and unordered lists in your posts.

In general, you’ll want to use unordered lists unless your list is leading into a “step-by-step” section or it’s necessary to list things in order of importance.

You can use lists:

  • After your intro, to give an overview of your post (You can even turn this into an index)
  • At the beginning of a longer section with lots of subheadings
  • When you’re giving a list of ideas or resources
  • At the end of the post to summarize the post or provide the next steps

Having lists can bring more organization to a post and make it much easier to read.

It can also make writing them easier, helping you organize your ideas for longer content.

7. Write a Short, Compelling Intro Last

It’s almost always easier to write your intro last.

As you write your content, you’ll get ideas for what to include in your intro.

Writing your intro last also makes sure it fits your content. Sometimes we add or remove things at the last minute, potentially changing the way our intro works.

Saving this part for last will save a lot of time and give you time to get a little more inspiration. Second only to your headline, intros are critical to making sure your readers don’t bounce.

Not sure what a good intro looks like? This post on SEO copywriting is a great example.

The Next 5 Blog Posts You Need to Write

plan your next 5 posts

  • An introduction to your blog
  • 2 how-to articles
  • 1 roundup post
  • 1 “The Best ______ for ______ ” post

Your first blog post should be the introduction. You can repurpose this and use it as inspiration for your “about” page.

Maybe you’ve already done this. Your blog is up and running and you have a lot of content, but you’re not getting a lot of traffic.

Do another intro.

Say something like, “I have a lot of new readers, and just wanted to introduce myself again.” People do this all the time! And it’s a great way to engage with new readers!

The next posts can be things from the list above in any order. You might want to save the roundup for last… after you have a few more posts and a clear idea of what direction you’re going.

The most important thing to do is this: get started!

Rinse and Repeat!

Knock these out in the next 30 days, and then just rinse and repeat. You’ll be on your way to your first (or another) 100 blog posts in no time!

Use the same process to write each post. Every keyword research you do will provide a list of topics you can work from for new posts. Just keep following this process and you will see your traffic and fans increase!

Let’s Review!

It’s hard to get started and sometimes it’s hard to keep going. But learning these essential elements in how to write a blog post will be the key to your blogging success!

Let’s review the process:

  • Find awesome topics to write about
  • Use fail-safe templates to organize your posts
  • Write an awesome blog post that your readers will love
  • Write these posts first
  • Do it all again!

Once you start writing on a regular basis, it only gets easier as you develop a more efficient content creation process. Just start writing!

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101 of the Best Free WordPress Themes for 2020 – Fast & Secure

Are you looking for a WordPress theme that will transform your website and make it more engaging?

There are thousands of free WordPress themes out there.

Narrowing down the search to find your perfect WordPress theme can be quite daunting.

In this post, you will find WordPress themes grouped into specific categories, which will make your task much easier.

Whether you are looking for a dependable theme to install on your eCommerce site or the finest theme for your local fire department, every detail in this guide will help you find what you are looking for.

But I’m getting ahead of myself.

Here’s two quick things to be on the lookout for with free themes.

Watch Out For These “Free” Themes!

Before you choose a theme you should watch out for “Nulled Themes”.

Nulled themes are pirated themes of a premium theme you can download for free.

While they are free to download, they can

  • wreak havoc on your website.
  • have malware and lack certain functionalities.
  • help hackers gain total control over your website

How do you know if you are downloading a nulled theme?

Nulled themes cannot be found in any official marketplace, ex. you can not download these themes from within WordPress.

And as the saying goes, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Here’s number two.

Check the “Expires On” Date

What is the expiration date of a free theme?

Your free theme is expired when it no longer works with the recent updates to security and new features of WordPress.

Since WordPress releases updates a few times every year:

If a theme’s “updated on” date is older than one year ago, you should consider looking for another theme that has regular updates.

What’s the best free WordPress theme?

Let’s dive in.

Top Pick: The Best Overall Free WordPress Theme

Astra by Brainforce is the top pick for the best overall free theme.

Astra is effortlessly the best Free WordPress theme.

It is the most versatile theme and can be used with any type of website.

IT BUILDS WEBSITES LIKE A DREAM.

  • It is user-friendly, 
  • highly customizable, 
  • and since Astra for WordPress is less than 50KB, it loads very fast.

Here’s one of our website’s page metric scores that is running on Astra.

speed scores of astra wordpress theme

 

Pretty hard to beat 99%!

It comes with a companion plugin, Astra Starter Sites, which lets you choose from 50+ premade, professional, websites.

Find the website starter that exactly fits your unique purpose.

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Then jump in:

add your own images

add your personal text 

and you have a beautiful and fast website without hiring a designer or touching a piece of code!

Not to mention:

This multipurpose theme has different customization settings that let you modify headers, footers, and colors.

Do yourself a favor and use Astra.

Click here to download and start using Astra, the best free WordPress theme.

Main Features of Astra

  • Fully responsive design
  • Compatible with WooCommerce
  • Super SEO friendly
  • Compatible with drag-and-drop page builders such as Elementor and Beaver Builder
  • Lightweight

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The Best Free WordPress Themes For SEO

Due to their high-quality code, lightweight design, and responsiveness, these are the best WordPress themes for SEO:

  • Astra
  • Schema Lite
  • Neve

Astra

Astra Customize Everything

Main features of Astra

  • Lightweight
  • Custom colors
  • Less than 50 KB

Best Free WordPress Themes For Blogging

What are the best free WordPress themes for blogging?

Chosen for their simple design, ease of customization, and fast loading times, the best free WordPress blogging themes are:

  • Poseidon
  • Hemingway
  • Neve

Let’s jump right in.

Poseidon

Poseidon

Poseidon offers you a spacious and responsive layout that makes it easy to showcase your stories and content.

Not to mention, it comes with a full-screen image slideshow that creates great visuals on your blog.

Such features make it suitable for mixed content blogs. You can showcase posts and pictures simultaneously.

This free blogging theme also has five customizable page templates.

Poseidon offers you different widget options to help you modify different pages in your blog.

Main features of Poseidon

  • Post slideshow
  • Lightweight and optimized for performance
  • Full-screen image slideshow for displaying content

Hemingway

Hemingway

This blogging theme has a minimalistic yet appealing design that is suitable for blog posts.

It features two-columns, which makes it easier for visitors to see your posts.

Since it has a simple design, this theme is very easy to set up.

You won’t be spending too much time customizing your blog.

Just click the ‘activate’ button to implement the theme’s features on your blog.

On the other hand, if you are planning to customize your blog, Hemingway offers you distinct options to achieve your own look.

You can easily change the header image and colors of elements on your site.

Main features of Hemingway

  • Ease of use
  • Simplistic design
  • Special post format support—this lets you feature a special element on a post

Neve

Neve The Minimal Blog

While Neve is compatible with popular drag and drop page builders, it has its own drag and drop interface for element customizing.

Elements like headers, footers, logos, icons, and menus.

What’s more, this blogging theme gives you access to a library full of demo sites.

You can import a site and customize it to suit your style.

This theme is also fully responsive to mobile phones, tablets, and personal computers.

With that said, if you want to customize everything on your blog, Neve might be a good option for you.

Main features of Neve

  • Live customizer
  • Lightweight and powerful
  • SEO optimized

Schema Lite

Schema Lite

Due to its minimalistic design, this is one of the most popular SEO-friendly themes.

It is fast, lightweight, and simple.

This theme features rich snippets that can display high-quality images.

Schema Lite focuses on social-media growth and comes with more than 21 social media buttons that expand your online presence.

It also has a feature that highlights the most recent posts on your site.

You can easily engage with your audience via the threaded comments section that this theme offers.

Main features of Schema Lite

  • Custom background images
  • Custom colors
  • Custom headers

Neve

Neve Create and Grow

Developed to be used in any type of website, Neve is an SEO-friendly theme that offers your audience an excellent user-experience.

It is super lightweight and loads in less than 3 seconds.

This multipurpose theme gives you access to a library of pre-built website templates that can be easily imported with just a single click.

It also has multiple customization settings for changing and modifying elements on your site.

Main features of Neve

  • Multipurpose WordPress theme
  • Page Builder support
  • Compatible with various drag and drop page builders
  • Custom headers and footers

The Best Free WordPress Themes For Business

Woo-commerce integration, sections that display various services, and call-to-action buttons are some of the features that make these themes great for business.

  • Airi
  • Business Point
  • Intuitive

So let’s take a closer look.

Airi

Airi

Airi is an appropriate theme for agencies, startups, and freelancers.

It features multiple templates, which can be imported to your site to speed up the design process.

You can easily create a banner section that can be used to advertise your agency’s services.

What’s more, this free theme has a testimonial section that enables you to publish different customer reviews on your website.

When it comes to customization, Airi lets you modify background colors, fonts, and sections on your site.

Main features of Airi

  • Google Fonts integration.
  • Translation-ready
  • Live customizer.

Business Point

Business Point

Business Point has a minimalistic design that contains multiple elements that make it easier to advertise your business.

For starters, it comes with a featured slider that displays captivating images.

This business theme also packs different sections for posting the services you offer, the colleagues you work with, and your portfolio.

To top it off, Business Point gives you the opportunity to gain trust from your customers through the testimonial section.

You can easily publish the testimonies that you receive from your customers.

Main features of Business Point

  • Custom background
  • Custom widgets
  • Threaded comments section
  • Custom menus

Intuitive

Intuitive

Intuitive is a simple WordPress theme that has multiple sections for showcasing your portfolios, your team members, and the service that your business offers.

This business theme also has various pre-designed page templates that help you set up your site easily.

You can easily customize such templates to suit your style.

Furthermore, this free theme packs various buttons that give you an opportunity to link up with your customers on other platforms.

Main features of Intuitive

  • Translation ready
  • Fully responsive design
  • Easy to customize

The Best Free Themes For Affiliate Marketing

Due to their slick carousel, star-rating systems, and large header images, these are the best themes for affiliate marketing:

  • aReview
  • ReviewZine
  • Fastest by WPKVP

So let’s get down to business.

aReview

aReview

Just as the name hints, this free theme is designed specifically for review websites.

It has a slick carousel that displays different content at the top part of your site’s front page.

Not to mention, aReview offers you ample space for showcasing your top reviews.

You can also add ‘read now’ and ‘buy now’ buttons on reviews to motivate your readers to take certain actions.

What’s more? This free theme has an adjacent sidebar that displays different reviews and products on your site.

This makes it easier for users to jump directly to reviews, product pages, and social pages.

Main features

  • Customizer tool
  • Google Fonts integration
  • Fully responsive
  • Different social icons that link you to your visitors

ReviewZine

ReviewZine

This free WordPress theme was designed to help you customize elements and display ads on your site.

ReviewZine also features a panel that lets you modify colors, post layouts, and add social icons.

Apart from that, this free theme comes with an advanced rating chart and a responsive slider that displays more information about a specific post.

It also has snippets that highlight the rating of different products.

While this is a free WordPress plugin, it has multiple premium features.

Main features of ReviewZine

  • Built-in advertising blocks
  • Comes with a rating chart template
  • Foot widget areas for adding additional information

Fastest by WPKVP

Fastest by WPKVP

This is a lightweight and SEO-friendly theme that ranks high in search engine results.

It has a simple design that packs highly customizable elements such as background colors, page layouts, and fonts.

Fastest also has an in-build ‘recent posts’ widget that displays your latest posts.

That’s not all, it offers you a featured grid post widget for displaying more posts.

Who’s this for? This might be a suitable option for you if you are looking for a powerful affiliate marketing theme.

It has a clean code and a schema markup—a code that helps it rank high on search engines.

Main features of Fastest

  • SEO friendly
  • Minimalistic yet effective design
  • Easy to use

Free WordPress Themes For Podcasts

Suitable for publishing different types of media, these are the best WordPress themes for podcasts:

  • Podcast
  • Euphony
  • Podcaster Secondline

Let’s get after it.

Podcast

Podcast

While this WordPress theme was designed for publishing different audio series, it is also suitable for publishing videos.

If you like publishing videos that compliment your podcasts, this might be a suitable option for you.

Podcast has seven color schemes that can be used to define your site’s style.

Besides that, this WordPress theme has in-built advertisement blocks for displaying various ads on your site.

Main features

  • Diversified
  • Custom colors

Euphony

Euphony

Euphony has a modern design that is suitable for podcasts and music.

If you are a musician, this might really work for your site.

It comes with a call-to-action button that might help you persuade your audience to listen to your podcasts.

Furthermore, this theme has different options that enable you to customize colors, headers, and background images.

This free WordPress theme also packs pre-designed templates that help you set up your site.

Euphony is compatible with various browsers and mobile devices.

Main features of Euphony

  • It’s diversified and allows you to publish different content
  • It has various custom widgets
  • Appealing design

Podcaster Secondline

Podcaster Secondline

This is a responsive WordPress theme, which can be used to publish podcasts, videos, and songs.

It works perfectly with the default WordPress customizer and lets you modify fonts, page layouts, and colors.

This theme is fully compatible with popular page builders such as Beaver Builder and Elementor.

Since Podcaster Second line is lightweight and SEO-friendly, it might be a good option for you if you are looking for a powerful WordPress theme.

It also allows you to import a demo site, which you can use to speed up the website design process.

Main Features of Podcaster Secondline

  • Lightweight
  • Regular updates

The Best Free WordPress Themes For WooCommerce

Due to their responsiveness, user-friendliness, and business-like nature that lets you set up online stores, these are the best themes for WooCommerce:

  • StoreFront
  • Zakra Shop
  • Ocean WP

Ready? Let’s go!

StoreFront

StoreFront

Built by the same developers that came up with WooCommerce, StoreFront integrates smoothly with various WordPress plugins.

If you activate WooCommerce while using this theme, a shopping cart and a product search bar will be automatically displayed on the theme’s headers.

Storefront has a great page design, which displays different eCommerce sections on your site including top-rated products, product categories, and sales.

It also offers you customization options that let you modify link colors, header styles, background color, button styles, and typography.

Main features of Storefront

  • WooCommerce support
  • Extendable
  • Lightweight

Zakra Shop

Zakra Shop

Zakra is an elegant and modern theme that is suitable for creating attractive sites.

It is compatible with WooCommerce, Elementor, and Gutenberg.

This free WordPress theme comes with multiple starter sites that ease up the design process. You can import a starter site and create unique page designs.

Besides that, Zakra has a lightweight framework that makes it SEO-friendly and powerful.

With that in mind, it has been designed using the AMP (accelerated mobile pages) technology.

This makes it quite fast on different mobile devices.

It is also responsive to various mobile devices and computers.

Main features of Zakra

  • WooComeerce integration
  • Multilingual
  • RTL (right to left) text ready. This makes it easier to use different languages on your site

Ocean WP

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Ocean WP is a multipurpose WordPress theme that has modern designs, which are quite responsive to various mobile devices.

It has a theme demo system that allows you to select and import website designs.

Examples of such designs include eCommerce, blogging, corporate, event, gym, and portfolio website templates.

This free WordPress theme also has 13 plugin extensions that can be used to modify your site. Needless to say, Ocean WP is compatible with popular page builders that let you tweak margins, headers, footers, and sidebars.

Main features of Ocean WP

  • Different pre-designed demo sites
  • WooCommerce support
  • Various header options
  • Suited for developers and non-developers

The Best Free WordPress Themes For Mommy Blogs

Due to their beautiful, stylish, and effective design, these are the best themes for mommy blogs:

  • Adelle
  • Blossom Mommy Theme
  • Elegant Pink

Let’s dive in.

Adelle

Adelle Pro

This is a feminine theme that lets you share your content in an elegant manner.

The homepage features adorable pink bubbles, which are located at the topmost part of the page.

These bubbles attract attention, making it easier for visitors to read your H1 titles.

Additionally, this theme has a side column that lists all your recent posts.

You can easily add a search bar and social media buttons to that column.

Main features of Adelle

  • Minimalistic yet effective design
  • Lightweight

Blossom Mommy Theme

Blossom Mommy Blog

Just as the name hints, this theme was designed for mom blogs.

It has a modern design and packs various typography settings that enable you to modify fonts.

What’s more? It integrates smoothly with Instagram, allowing you to add photos in your blogs.

Apart from that, it has an ‘about me’ section that displays your bio information.

There is also a side menu that lists the different posts published on your blog.

Main features

  • Simple design
  • Instagram integration
  • Responsive to various devices

Elegant Pink

Elegant Pink

Elegant Pink comes with a large “hero image” that helps you attract the attention of your site’s visitors.

It also gives you the option to add a text overlay over the “hero image”.

Due to the responsive layout, readers can easily find the most recent posts on your WordPress site.

With this free WordPress theme, you can add buttons on different pages.

This gives your readers the opportunity to link up with you on other platforms.

Main features of Elegant Pink

  • Eye-catching design
  • Simple and responsive layout

The Best WordPress Themes For Advertising Portfolios

With different sections for publishing your biography, the services you offer, and your contact information, these are the best themes for advertising portfolios:

  • ePortfolio
  • Online Portfolio
  • Portfolio Way

Let’s jump right into it.

ePortfolio

ePortfolio

This free WordPress theme has a simple design for displaying portfolios in a minimalistic manner.

It also groups your portfolios in different categories, making it easier for visitors to find what they are looking for.

ePortfolio also features a section that lets you publish your story.

It also enables you to customize various elements using popular page builders such as Elementor and Gutenberg.

Main features of ePortfolio

  • Seo-friendly
  • Responsive

Online Portfolio

Online Portfolio

This WordPress theme comes with free customizable widgets, which speed up the design process.

It is also compatible with Gutenberg, making it easier to modify different elements on your website.

Online portfolio features different pages that display your services, experience, and skills.

And guess what? This theme has a testimonial section that helps you build trust with potential clients.

Main features of Online Portfolio

  • Seo-friendly
  • Responsive

Portfolio Way

Portfolio Way

If you like full-width image sliders, this might be a suitable option for you.

It comes with a slider that displays photos stylishly.

This free WordPress theme also groups your portfolios into different categories and makes it possible for users to browse through your WordPress website easily.

What’s more, this theme has a search bar at the topmost part of the page. It also features various social icons at the footer of different pages.

Main Features of Portfolio Way

  • Cross-browser compatibility
  • Highly customizable background images

The Best Free WordPress Themes For Customers

Since these WordPress themes are Woo-commerce compatible and have attractive demos, they are the best responsive WordPress themes for attracting customers.

The themes are:

  • I-excel
  • Bento.

Let’s get right into it.

I-excel

I-excel

This modern theme is perfect for showcasing the kind of services you offer to your customers.

It has different demo sites that can be used in the design process.

These demos also come with sections that allow you to publish your mission and add call-to-action buttons.

This theme has various customization settings that give you an opportunity to style up your website.

You can change colors, add logos, and change the typography of different elements in your site.

Main features of I-excel

  • Single-click demo import
  • Fully responsive design

Bento

Bento

Designed to be used in various web projects, Bento is a fully responsive and user-friendly theme that features multiple pre-built page templates.

It integrates smoothly with Google Fonts, making it possible to incorporate great fonts in various elements.

This theme also works with the default WordPress customizer and offers you various customization settings.

Main features of Bento

  • 500 different icons
  • WooCommerce support

The Best Free WordPress Themes For Political Campaigns

These themes are perfect for political design since they feature a biography section, an events section, and large header images.

These are the best WordPress themes for political campaigns:

  • Politics
  • Political Era

Let’s dig a little bit deeper.

Politics

Politics

This free theme is suitable for government agencies, campaigns, political parties, and rallies.

Its homepage has an attractive political design, which features a call-to-action section that motivates your audience to join your cause.

Politics also comes with free page templates that extend your site’s functionalities.

It has different pages that make it easier to publish your contact information and blog posts.

Not to mention, you can easily customize such pages to suit your style.

Main features of politics

  • Sign up forms, which integrate with Mailchimp
  • Fully responsive

Political Era

Political Era

Just as the name hints, Political Era is an appropriate theme for activists, political campaigns, and political parties.

It comes with a full-width image slider that can be used to capture the attention of your readers.

It gets better, this theme has various buttons that can be used to integrate your social media pages with your site.

It also packs dynamic sidebars, advanced header options, and multiple color options.

Main features of Political Era

  • Compatible with popular page builders
  • Fully responsive to multiple devices

The Best Free WordPress Themes For a Clean Portfolio

With different sections for displaying your biography, CV, work experience, and contact information, these are the best WordPress themes for a clean portfolio:

  • Portfolio web
  • Selfgraphy
  • Career Portfolio

Let’s take a closer look.

Portfolio Web

Portfolio Web

This free WordPress theme is suitable for corporate and personal portfolio sites.

It has a simple, minimalistic, and modern design that displays your portfolios elegantly.

The homepage has a featured slider for showcasing images and videos. You can also modify the design to suit your style, using its live customizer.

Portfolio Web allows you to customize background images, the color of different elements, and social integrations.

This WordPress theme is also fully responsive to various devices and browsers.

Main features

  • Customizable widgets
  • Suitable for corporate and personal portfolios
  • Appealing design

Selfgraphy

Selfgraphy

Selfgraphy was designed for personal portfolio websites.

The homepage has different fields that can showcase your personal image, contact information, education, skills, and work experience.

Another great thing, it has a button that allows visitors to download your resume.

This free theme also features custom CSS (cascading style sheets) options, advanced color options, and three custom widgets.

Such widgets make it easier for you to modify some of the fields that will be present on your portfolio website.

Main features of Selfgraphy

  • SEO ready
  • Fully responsive to various devices
  • It has various options for showing your portfolio

Career Portfolio

Career Portfolio

Career Portfolio is an attractive theme that is used to create professional-looking sites.

For starters, this theme gives you access to a demo site, which speeds up the design process.

It has different fields that let you add information related to your education, work experience, and the different clients you have worked with.

The bottom part of the site has a contact form, which visitors use to send you emails.

On the other hand, you can customize your site using different options offered by Career Portfolio.

Main features of Career Portfolio

  • Sleek and attractive design
  • Multiple layout options
  • Single click demo site import

The Best Free WordPress Themes For eCommerce

Due to their Woo-Commerce integration, responsiveness, and user-friendliness, these are the best themes for eCommerce:

  • TheShop
  • eStore
  • EightStore Lite

Let’s get down to it.

TheShop

TheShop

This is an elegant theme that was designed to increase your store’s sales.

It has a minimalistic and modern design that makes it possible to display multiple products in your store.

The homepage has various navigation features that help users find products easily.

Such features include a detailed menu, a product carousel, and an image slider.

TheShop has customization settings that enable you to make changes to your business site.

You can easily change the typography and color of elements.

Needless to say, you can preview changes in real-time. This theme is also translation ready and can be used to publish content in different languages.

Main features of TheShop

  • WooCommerce ready
  • Live customizer
  • SEO-friendly
  • Developed by high-quality code

eStore

eStore

eStore can integrate smoothly with both YITH WooCommerce wishlist plugin and WooCommerce.

This makes it possible for customers to make wishlists in your eCommerce store.

A simple feature like that can give customers the motive to come back to your online shop to purchase items in their wishlists.

Furthermore, this plugin comes with various customization features like primary color options, category color options, and custom widgets.

eStore also gives you an opportunity to import different demo sites, which you can modify to come up with unique styles.

eStore main features

  • SEO-friendly
  • Page builder integration
  • WooCommerce support
  • Superb performance

EightStore Lite

EightStore Lite

EightStore Lite might be a suitable option for you if you are looking for an eCommerce theme that has an appealing and striking design.

It comes with large sliders, large thumbnail images, and large headers.

With those features, you can easily showcase products on your site.

Apart from that, this free WordPress theme features a multiple category display layout, an advanced wishlist, a testimonial section, and a post & product search bar.

These functionalities improve the user experience of your site and make it possible for users to purchase products easily from your online shop.

EightStore Lite main features

  • Various customization settings
  • Youtube integration
  • Responsive to various devices and browsers

The Best WordPress Themes For Review Sites

Since these themes pack captivating image sliders and menus that group reviews into different categories, they are smart choice for review sites. Examples of such themes include:

  • Reviewer
  • aReview
  • Viral

Let’s dig a little deeper.

Reviewer

Reviewer

Reviewer is a simple yet effective theme that displays posts in an elegant manner.

Its homepage has a ‘featured post’ section that displays the most recent reviews on your WordPress website.

This theme also packs page templates, which ease up the design process.

What’s more? It comes with social media buttons that expand your online presence.

Main features of Reviewer

  • SEO-friendly
  • Translation ready
  • Responsive
  • Custom widgets

aReview

This is an fitting theme for publishing movie reviews, game reviews, and affiliate reviews.

It has a star-rating system that makes it easier to rank products. aReview is also compatible with Google Fonts and allows you to customize various elements in your site.

Furthermore, this free WordPress theme features a captivating image slider that displays top-rated products on your site. It also has various social media buttons for networking.

Main features of aReview

  • Translation ready.
  • Cross-browser compatibility.
  • Live customizer.

Viral

Viral

Viral is a responsive WordPress theme that easily groups posts into different categories for easier navigation. It also has various customization settings that make it possible to design different sections on your WordPress website.

It gets better, this theme has a section that displays your bio information easily. Not to mention, you can easily add social media buttons that let customers link up with you.

Main features of Viral

  • Drag and drop customization options.
  • One-click demo site import.
  • Multiple banner layouts.

The Best Free WordPress Themes For A Blog With An Online Store

Since these free themes pack powerful blogging features and are compatible with WooCommerce, they are great for a blog with an online store. Examples of such themes include:

  • Zigcy Lite
  • Ecommerce Gem
  • Virtue

Let’s dive in

Zigcy Lite

Zigcy Lite

Zigcy Lite has various customization settings that ease up the website design process.

It lets you modify the color and typography of different elements on your WordPress site.

On the other hand, if you don’t have the time to design and customize pages, you can use pre-designed templates to publish content on your site.

Zigcy lite is also compatible with WooCommerce.

You can take advantage of this integration to add a call-to-action button to attract customers to check out the latest products on your website.

Main features of Zigcy Lite

  • WooCommerce integration
  • Tons of customization options

Ecommerce Gem

Ecommerce Gem

Ecommerce Gem has an elegant design that features a full-width header image and a banner with different elements.

Examples of such elements include a shopping cart, multiple buttons, and a link to your blog.

This free WordPress theme also has a category selection tool and a product search bar, which helps customers browse through your WordPress website easily.

Due to its multi-purpose nature, this theme can be used on various websites that sell niche products.

You can use it to sell anything from electronics, to clothes, to jewelry.

Main features of Ecommerce Gem

  • WooCommerce integration
  • Responsive to various devices
  • Easy to customize

Virtue

Virtue is a versatile eCommerce theme that packs powerful blogging features.

It comes with a blogroll, which displays the most recent posts on your site.

Virtue also has a full-width image carousel that makes your website image-rich.

This free WordPress theme integrates seamlessly with WooCommerce and has a product gallery that lists different products on your website.

It also contains different features that make it possible for customers to link up with you—contact forms and social media buttons.

Main features of Virtue

  • Clean and elegant design
  • Attractive portfolio gallery
  • Google Fonts integration
  • One-click demo site import

The Best WordPress Themes For A Vacation Property

With different section for displaying the rooms your have in your property, the services you offer, and the charges per day, these are the best themes for a vacation property:

  • Holiday Tours
  • Hotel Centre Lite
  • Resortica Lite

Let’s get to it.

Holiday Tours

Holiday Tours

Holiday Tours is suitable for tourist destinations, travel agencies, and travel websites.

The homepage has a full-width header image and a stunning banner that displays booking options.

Besides that, this free WordPress theme offers you different customization options that help you create pages.

You can add a call-to-action button on different pages.

Holiday Tours is also compatible with various social platforms. This gives you an opportunity to grow your online presence.

Main features of Holiday Tours

  • SEO-ready
  • Clean code
  • Custom background

Hotel Centre Lite

Hotel Centre Lite

Hotel Centre Lite is designed for rental services, holiday homes, and hotels.

It has a clean, simple, and minimalistic design that advertises your vacation property.

This free WordPress theme is also optimized for SEO purposes and makes it easier for your website to rank higher in search results.

If you want to customize features on your WordPress website, you can use various functionalities provided by this theme to design unique elements.

Main features of Hotel Centre Lite

  • Cross-browser compatibility
  • Responsive to various devices
  • SEO ready

Resortica Lite

Resortica Lite

Resortica Lite is a simple and elegant theme that enables you to showcase your vacation properties easily.

Its homepage has an image slider that highlights the flashiest rooms in your vacation property.

That’s not all, this free WordPress theme also has a section that lets you publish the number of rooms available in your property.

Main features of Resortica Lite

  • Responsive to various designs
  • Custom background
  • Eye-catching design

The Best Free WordPress Themes That Works With A Page Builder

These are the best free themes that are compatible with Elementor, Beaver Builder, and site Origin, offering you multiple customization options:

  • Hestia
  • Generate Press

Let’s dive in.

Hestia

Hestia

This is a multi-purpose theme that’s compatible with some of the most popular drag and drop page builders—Site Origin, Beaver Builder, and Elementor.

It is suitable for creative, corporate, and startup websites.

Hestia lets you customize every element on your WordPress website, using a page builder.

Not to mention, you can design custom pages that suit your style.

It is also compatible with WooCommerce and responsive to various devices.

Main features of Hestia

  • Custom color options
  • Responsive design
  • One-page responsive layout

GeneratePress

GeneratePress

If you are looking for a general-purpose theme that works with various drag and drop page builders, this might be a good option for you.

This free WordPress theme also allows you to use the default WordPress customizer to modify different elements in your website.

GeneratePress is also a lightweight and fast theme—it is less than 30KB.

Besides that, GeneratePress has a layout meta box that defines how certain elements are going to be displayed on your posts.

You can easily determine the number of sidebars and footers that will be displayed on a certain post.

Main features of GeneratePress

  • High-quality code
  • Compatible with Beaver Builder and Elementor
  • Responsive to various devices
  • Site library with more than 25 pre-built demo websites
  • Easy to use

The Best Free WordPress Theme Creators

Since these themes are compatible with page builders and come with various pre-built demos, they are great for creating unique websites. Examples of such themes include:

  • Astra
  • Neve

Keep reading to find out more.

Astra

Astra Today

Since this multipurpose theme is compatible with various page builders, you can use it to create a site that suits your style.

It also comes with various pre-designed website templates that can be tweaked to come up with unique pages.

This free WordPress theme is also compatible with WooCommerce, making it quite easy to build an online shop.

Main features of Astra

  • Single-click page demo import
  • Custom widgets

Neve

Neve The Minimal Blog

Neve is a multipurpose WordPress theme that features various website demos.

It also offers you various customization options through the default WordPress customizer.

Not to mention this theme is compatible with page builders like Elementor and Beaver builder.

Furthermore, Neve offers you various layout options that might help you position different elements in a unique and creative manner.

Main features of Neve

  • Lightweight
  • SEO-optimized

The Best WordPress Theme for Vacation Rentals

Since these themes are compatible with Woccommerce and have sections for showcasing your rooms, they are great for vacation rentals.

  • Luxury Travel
  • Resoto
  • Country Inn

Let’s get to it.

Luxury Travel

Luxury Travel

Luxury Travel has a section that displays the price of vacation rentals, the star-rating of different rentals, and pictures of the property.

It also features another page that makes it possible for travelers to book rentals.

Besides that, this free WordPress theme has a testimonial section used to publish reviews of different customers.

It also offers you various customization options that enable you to modify your WordPress website.

You can easily add a call to action button that persuades travelers to check out your packages.

Main features of Luxury Travel

  • SEO ready
  • Lightweight
  • Responsive design

Resoto

Resoto

Resoto has a full-width image slider that displays featured images of your vacation rentals and the services you offer.

Since this free WordPress theme is compatible with the Elementor page builder, you can easily customize various elements in your site.

You can also add a call to action button that motivates your customers to book available rooms.

This free WordPress theme integrates with WooCommerce, making it easier to carry out online transactions.

Main features of Resoto

  • Google Fonts integration
  • Responsive design

Country Inn

Country Inn

Country Inn is a modern and stylish theme that offers you options for managing your rentals.

It features room photo galleries, booking forms, a full-width image carousel, and real-time search availability.

This free WordPress theme also has a page that lets you publish blog posts.

That’s not all, Country Inn has a powerful customizer that enables you to make changes in your website.

It also offers you various social media buttons that solidify your online presence.

Main features of Country Inn

  • High-quality code
  • Responsive design
  • One-click demo import

The Best Free WordPress Themes For Photography Business Website

Due to the large image carousels, grid layout sections, and menus that group photos into different categories, these are the best themes for a photography business website:

  • Photo Perfect
  • Photomania
  • Pixgraphy

Let’s get right into it.

Photo Perfect

Photo Perfect

Photo Perfect has an effective layout that gives you the opportunity to showcase your photos stylishly.

It features a full-width header image, which has a menu button and a category section.

What’s more, you can easily add a text overlay and a logo on the hero image.

This free WordPress theme also has a grid section that lets you post your most recent photos.

It also groups your photos into different categories that can be easily accessed.

Additionally, Photo perfect has different customization options that let you tweak different elements in your site.

Main features of Photo Perfect

  • Simple and elegant design
  • Threaded comments section
  • Mobile-friendly
  • Custom headers, logos, and menus
  • Custom color options

Photomania

Photomania

Since Photomania applies the same design principles as Shutterstock, it lets you create an image search engine on your site.

It also comes with a search bar that makes it easier for visitors to find photos in your site’s directory.

This free WordPress theme has different customization options that allow you to modify headers, colors, menus, and logos.

It also features a footer module that offers you enough space to add multiple buttons.

Photomania has a portfolio section that allows you to showcase different stylish pictures.

Main features of Photomania

  • Translation ready
  • Footer widget areas
  • Custom colors, menus, and logos

Pixgraphy

Pixgraphy

Unlike other photography themes, Pixgraphy comes with a full-width header image, which can be used to capture the attention of your audience.

Contact information and social media buttons are located at the topmost part of the page.

If you are planning to sell photos, cameras, or lenses, this might be an appropriate option for you.

Anyone can create a shopping account and purchase different products from your website.

Pixagraphy also has a star-rating feature that ranks multiple items.

This free WordPress theme has a search bar that makes it easier for customers to browse through your site.

Main features of Pixgraphy

  • Full-screen header image
  • Threaded comments section
  • Mobile-friendly

The Best Free WordPress Themes For Online Magazines

Due to featured sliders, custom widgets, and user-friendliness, these are the best WordPress themes for online magazines:

  • ColorMag
  • Madd Magazine
  • ionMag

Let’s dive in.

Color Mag

Color Mag

Unlike old magazine themes, Color Mag has a clean and well-spaced page design that makes it easier for you to publish posts.

It also features custom widgets, which display posts in different categories.

Not to mention, you can use different colors to represent posts in various categories.

This free WordPress theme also offers you different customization options.

You can easily add logos, enable sticky menus, change the background image and layout of different posts.

That’s not all, you can add up to 6 social media buttons on different headers.

Main features of Color Mag

  • WooCommerce integration
  • SEO-ready
  • Speed optimization

Madd Magazine

Madd Magazine

Madd Magazine is a suitable free WordPress theme for online magazines, blogs, and newspapers.

It packs a responsive slider that showcases featured images and videos on your WordPress website.

This theme features a right and left sidebar that lets you add custom widgets on your website.

Since this theme is fully compatible with various page builders, it allows you to customize and build pages from scratch.

It is also easy to install and use.

Main features of Madd Magazine

  • Gutenberg ready
  • Google Fonts integration
  • Custom colors and background

ionMag

ionMag

If you are looking for a modern WordPress magazine theme, this might be a great option for you.

It has pre-designed layouts and demos that can help you create a stylish website.

Apart from that, ionMag comes with a drag-and-drag page builder for customizing various pages on your site.

ionMag also features pre-designed advertisement sections that help you monetize your WordPress website.

Another thing, any ad you add to your site is automatically adjusted to a suitable size that doesn’t interfere with other posts.

Main features of ionMag

  • Compatible with WooCommerce and Yoast SEO
  • SEO-ready
  • Responsive design

The Best WordPress Themes For 3D Modelers

Since these themes have sections for displaying your portfolios and advertising your services, they are suitable for 3D modelers.

  • Portfolio Press
  • Integral
  • Ignis

Let’s get into it.

Portfolio Press

Portfolio Press

Portfolio Press has a gallery that makes it easier to showcase your 3D pieces.

It also comes with a right sidebar that lists all your recent posts. Not to mention, this theme packs powerful blogging features.

With this free WordPress theme, you can easily customize various elements on your website.

Main features of Portfolio Press

  • Translation ready
  • Custom menus
  • Full-width template

Integral

Integral

This is a one-page theme that has different sections, which can be used to showcase your 3D models.

It comes with a banner image that enables you to add call-to-action buttons and text that describes your models.

This free WordPress theme also has a section that lets you publish the different services that you offer.

Integral has settings for modifying headers, colors, and menus.

Lastly, this theme integrates with WooCommerce and makes it easier to sell your models online.

Main features of Integral

  • Threaded comments
  • Translation ready
  • Parallax effect

Ignis

Ignis

Ignis has a large header that might be useful in displaying 3D images and videos.

It also features a blog that offers you three layout options.

There are various customization options that let you modify fonts and colors.

One cool thing, you can preview the changes in real-time mode.

This free WordPress theme also has various animation effects that can create captivating visuals on your website.

What’s more? It is compatible with WooCommerce so you can use it to sell your 3D pieces.

Main features of Ignis

  • Google Fonts integration
  • Live customizer
  • Translation ready
  • Live customizer

The Best Free WordPress Themes For Membership Sites

Due to their WooCommerce support, user-friendliness, and responsiveness, these are the best themes for membership website:

  • Ocean WP
  • Astra

Ocean WP

Ocean WP Create Beautiful

Ocean WP is a multipurpose theme that gives you access to pre-designed templates, which can be imported to your website.

This theme is also compatible with various page builders, making it possible to customize various elements in your website.

Furthermore, Ocean WP has various plugin extensions that help you modify various elements on your website.

With this theme, you can easily import a demo site that features a sign-up/login page, giving visitors the opportunity to join your website.

Main features of Ocean WP

  • WooCommerce integration
  • Custom menus
  • Custom backgrounds
  • One-click demo site import

Astra

Astra by Brainstorm Force

Astra is a multi-purpose theme that packs more than 70 designs that can help you create an attractive site easily.

It also integrates with Gutenberg, Brizy, Beaver Builder, Thrive Architect, and WPBakery page builder.

Since this multipurpose theme is 50KB, it loads very fast.

Moreover, Astra is a SEO friendly theme that might help your site rank higher in search engines.

It is also compatible with WooCommerce and MemberPress.

This makes it quite easy to build a membership site.

Main features of Astra

  • One-click demo site import
  • Various customization options
  • Mobile-friendly

The Best Free WordPress Themes That Integrate With SiteOrigin

Since these themes are compatible with SitOrign, they offer you various customization options—custom colors, custom backgrounds, and custom widgets.

  • Attesa
  • Ultra
  • Web Development

Let’s take a closer look.

Attesa

Attesa

Attesa is a multi-purpose theme that is suitable for blogs, eCommerce stores, and other online businesses.

It gives you access to different demo sites that can help you speed up the website design process.

This free WordPress theme also lets you use various drag-and-drop page builders to customize pages.

Page builders like Elementor, Beaver Builder, and SiteOrigin.

Attesa is also responsive to various devices.

Main features of Attesa

  • WooCommerce integration
  • Speed optimized
  • Highly customizable
  • Single-click demo site import

Ultra

Ultra

Ultra has a minimalistic design that features a full-width slider, which makes it easier to showcase featured images and videos.

It also comes with different templates that can be used to create elegant pages.

This multipurpose theme integrates smoothly with SiteOrigin and lets you customize various elements on your site.

That’s not all, this free WordPress theme also integrates with other plugins such as Gravity Forms, Contact Form 7, and JetPack.

Main features of Ultra

  • Easily customizable
  • Responsive design.
  • SEO-ready
  • Custom logos and colors.

Web Development

Web Development

Web development is an appropriate theme for digital marketing.

It lets you import a demo website that gives you a head start in the site-design process.

Web Development also offers you various customization options that make it easier for you to modify layouts, logos, and colors.

It gets better, this free WordPress theme has a testimonial section that gives customers the chance to rate your services.

It also has another section that lets you publish your portfolio and the different services that you are offering.

Main features of Web Development

  • Various layouts
  • Responsive design
  • Single-click demo website import

The Best Free One Page WordPress Themes

Due to their user-friendliness, responsiveness, and modern-design, these are the best one page themes:

  • One Page Express
  • Allegiant
  • One Press

Let’s get to it.

One page Express

One page Express

One page Express has a simple design that features a large banner image and various context boxes.

You can use such boxes to showcase services, products, and specialists in your organization.

This free one-page theme also has a slideshow background that displays videos and images on your site.

Besides that, One Page Express offers you various customization options and integrates with multiple page builders.

This makes it easier to customize elements on your website.

Main features of One Page Express

  • Threaded comment section
  • Multiple sidebars
  • Custom menus

Allegiant

Allegiant

Allegiant is a convenient theme for organizations.

It features a section that lets you post your portfolio and the colleagues you work with.

This theme also has another section that can be used to display different testimonies that you receive from your customers.

Furthermore, Allegiant integrates smoothly with WooCommerce and enables you to publish different products on your website.

It is also compatible with other plugins like Yoast SEO and Contact Form 7.

Main features of Allegiant

  • Custom colors
  • Threaded comments
  • Various widget areas

One Press

One Press

One Press is a suitable theme for businesses, portfolios, artists, and other professional websites.

It has a menu at the topmost part of the page that helps visitors navigate smoothly on your site.

This free WordPress theme also comes with a hero image that captures the attention of your audience easily.

It’s great for adding call-to-action buttons on the hero image.

One Press also has a section that lets you showcase your portfolio and features a gallery with different layouts.

Since it integrates smoothly with WooCommerce, this might be a suitable one-page theme for an eCommerce store.

Main features of One Press

  • Parallax effect
  • Responsive design
  • WooCommerce integration

The Best WordPress Themes For Photo Booth

With different sections for publishing your portfolios and advertising your services, these are the best WordPress themes for Photo booths:

  • PhotoBook
  • Full Frame
  • Electa

Let’s dig a little deeper.

PhotoBook

PhotoBook

This theme comes with a full-width slider and a large header image that highlights beautiful pictures.

You can add an overlaying text on the header image and advertise your business easily.

PhotoBook also has a navigation menu that helps visitors browse through your site easily.

Besides that, this free WordPress theme lets you add various social icons on different pages. This makes it easier for customers to link with you on other platforms.

PhotoBook also has custom widget areas that can be used to add unique sections on your site.

Main features of PhotoBook

  • Responsive design
  • Various custom widget areas
  • Easy to use

Full Frame

Full Frame

With Full frame, you can easily publish the different photography services you offer in your photo booth.

It comes with a contact form that gives customers an opportunity to get in touch with you.

Full Frame also features a banner that contains various social media icons and a search bar.

What’s more? With this free WordPress theme, you can either showcase your portfolio on the homepage or on another regular page.

Full Frame lets you add various call-to-action buttons on different parts of your site’s pages.

Main features of Full Frame

  • Multi-lingual
  • Simple and elegant design
  • Responsive design.

Electa

This is a modern-looking theme that displays photographs in an elegant manner.

It has a side-bar with a menu and an image gallery that allows you to post various photos.

The sidebar also comes with various social media buttons that can be used to grow your online presence.

Furthermore, Electa is compatible with SiteOrigin.

This makes it easier to customize various elements on your website.

That’s not all, this theme can integrate smoothly with WooCommerce.

Main features of Electa

  • Compatible with various plugins
  • Easy to customize
  • Modern design
  • Easy to use

Due to their user friendliness and sections that allow you to publish online courses, these are the best themes for teacher bloggers:

  • Educenter
  • Rara Academic
  • Tutor

Keep reading to find out more.

Educenter

Educenter

This is a simple theme that helps you share informational content to students in high-school, and university.

Educenter also gives you access to different demos sites, which speed up the website design process.

Moreover, this theme offers you different customization options that allow you to modify colors and headers.

Main features of Educenter

  • Easy to use

Rara Academic

Rara Academic

This is a suitable theme for blogging and publishing online courses.

It has a hero image that captures the attention of your audience.

Not to mention, you can easily add a call-to-action button on the hero image.

Rara Academic also has a section that allows you to add your contact information.

This makes it easier for students to get in touch with you, in case they have questions.

Main features of Rara Academic

  • SEO-ready
  • Responsive design
  • Easy to use

Tutor

Tutor is a diversified theme that lets you share informative content as you grow your online teaching business.

It is compatible with WooCommerce and allows you to publish various online courses.

Besides that, this theme lets you customize various elements on your site.

You can easily change the color and font of different footers and headers.

Tutor also integrates seamlessly with Jetpack, making it easier for you to optimize its speed.

Main features of Tutor

  • WooCommerce integration
  • Simple yet effective design
  • Compatible with Contact Form 7

The Best Free WordPress Themes For A Copywriting Portfolio

Developed with different section to display your expertise, copywriting samples, and your contact information, these are the best WordPress themes for copywriting Portfolio:

  • Perfect Portfolio
  • Myself
  • Biography

Let’s get into it.

Perfect Portfolio

Perfect Portfolio

Perfect portfolio has a clean, minimalistic, and elegant design that showcases your copywriting samples.

It also has a section that groups your copywriting samples into different categories.

Furthermore, Perfect Portfolio is compatible with WooCommerce.

This makes it easier to sell copywriting samples online.

You can also insert call-to-action buttons that motivate customers to purchase your samples.

Main features of Perfect Portfolio

  • SEO-ready
  • Cross-browser compatibility
  • Easy to use
  • Speed optimized

Myself

Myself

If you are looking for a portfolio theme that has powerful blogging features, this might be a suitable option for you.

The front page has different sections that can be used to showcase your skills, samples, and working experience.

Myself also has a testimonials section.

What’s more? This free WordPress theme lets you upload your CV easily.

It also has a button that lets potential clients download your CV.

Main features of Myself

  • Single-click demo import
  • Responsive design
  • Blog section

Biography

Biography

Biography is a simple yet effective theme.

It comes with a text slider and highly customizable background images that captures the attention of your readers.

Not to mention, this free WordPress theme has various customization options for modifying different elements in your site.

Biography also features various sections that help you advertise your skills.

You can easily publish testimonials and copywriting samples.

Since this theme is integrated with WooCommerce, you can use it to sell copywriting samples online.

Main features of Biography

  • WooCommerce integration
  • Easy to use
  • Simple design

The Best Free WordPress Themes for Journals

With customizable layouts, background colors, and featured menus, these are the best WordPress themes for journals:

  • Hueman
  • Just Write
  • News Portal

Keep reading to find out more.

Hueman

Hueman

Hueman comes with various toggle sidebars that ease up the navigation process.

It also packs multiple widget areas that make it easier to display multiple posts.

This free WordPress theme also gives you the option to incorporate stagnant images and sliding images in your journal.

With Hueman, you can display the latest posts on the topmost part of the front page, making it easier for visitors to read recent posts.

Main features of Hueman

  • Various buttons
  • Responsive design
  • Easy to customize

JustWrite

JustWrite

JustWrite is a lightweight and minimalistic WordPress theme that is powerful enough to help you publish multiple posts.

This free WordPress theme has a search bar that enables visitors to browse through your site easily.

It also comes with different customization options used to modify logos, change colors, and add new sections on your site.

Main features

  • Translation ready
  • Threaded comments section
  • Custom menu

News Portal

News Portal

News Portal has various widgets that display posts and draws in the attention of visitors.

It features category tags, header advertising, social media integration, and a breaking news section.

You can also create custom sections on the front page.

Due to its built-in customizer, this free WordPress theme lets you modify various elements on your website.

You can easily add custom logos, change the colors, and switch the layouts of different posts.

Main features of News Portal

  • Translation ready
  • Responsive to various themes
  • Mobile-friendly

The Best Free WordPress Themes For Food Snack Business

Due to their pre-designed menus, image carousel, and responsive designs, these are the best themes for a food snack business:

  • Atmosphere Lite
  • Restaurantz
  • Rosa 2 Lite

Let’s get into it.

Atmosphere Lite

Atmosphere Lite comes with a full-width image slider that showcases food images easily.

It also features a section that allows you to publish food menus.

That’s not all, the menu area has ‘order now’ buttons, which customers can use to purchase delicious meals.

It also has a ‘who we are’ section where you can post the colleagues you work with.

Besides that, Atmosphere Lite has powerful blogging functionalities that give you a chance to publish food-related posts.

Main features of Atmosphere Lite

  • WooCommerce ready
  • Various customizable options

Restaurantz

Restaurantz

Restaurantz has an image-slider, which makes it easier to showcase food images.

It is also compatible with a drag-and-drop page builder called SiteOrigin.

This lets you customize various pages on your site.

This theme also comes with a section that makes it possible for you to group food in different categories.

Apart from that, Restaurantz has a blog where you can post food-related articles.

Main features of Restuarantz

  • Responsive design
  • Parallax design
  • Custom colors and menus
  • Title and logo customization

Rosa 2 Lite

Rosa 2 Lite

Rosa 2 Lite has a parallax effect that helps you create a beautiful website.

It also comes with an in-built food menu that displays different meals on your site.

This theme is compatible with Gutenberg editor and Nova Blocks, making it possible to customize various elements on your site.

Rosa 2 Lite integrates smoothly with WooCommerce and allows you to sell various food products online.

You can also add a call to action button that motivates customers to order food from your site.

Main features of Rosa 2 Lite

  • Gutenberg ready
  • Custom colors
  • Single-click demo site import

The Best Free WordPress Themes For Music

With various sections for sharing your music playlists and publishing your upcoming music events, these are the best themes for a music website:

  • Audioman
  • Rock Star

Let’s get into it.

Audioman

Audioman

Audioman is an elegant theme that is designed to promote your music events and music.

It features a portfolio section, a full-width image slider, hero content, testimonials, and header media.

It also gives you access to a library of different demo sites, which can be imported to speed up the design process.

Furthermore, this theme has a layout that easily displays your discography and playlists.

It is also integrated with WooCommerce. This makes it easier to sell audio tracks and tickets online.

Main features of Audioman

  • Single-click demo import
  • Music playlist
  • Different primary color schemes
  • Translation ready

Rock Star

Rock Star

Rockstar features a full-screen header image that can be used to display music-related media.

It gets better, the homepage comes with multiple buttons, featured content, news tickers, and different logos.

Besides that, this free theme lets you customize almost every element that is in your site.

You can change the layouts, colors, and add custom widgets on different parts of your site.

Main features of Rock Star

  • Translation ready
  • Custom headers
  • Custom menus

The Best WordPress Theme For Small Businesses

Due to WooCommerce compatibility, user-friendliness, and responsiveness, these are the best WordPress themes for small businesses:

  • Advance eCommerce Store
  • Punte

Let’s dive in.

Advance eCommerce Store

Advance eCommerce Store

This theme might be a suitable choice for you if you like sharing coupon codes, affiliate deals, and various products.

Advance eCommerce Store allows you to group similar products into different categories, making it easier for visitors to find what they are looking for.

Since this free theme has a featured slider, you can easily display hot coupon deals at the top part of your site.

Main features of Advance eCommerce Store

  • Responsive design
  • WooCommerce integration

Punte

Punte

Punte comes with 12 demo sites, which can be imported to speed up the website design process.

This free theme also integrates smoothly with WooCommerce and lets you sell products online.

It features a blog that makes it possible to publish posts that are related to your organization.

Since this theme is compatible with Elementor, you can easily customize various elements on your site.

You can change the colors, the layout of different elements, and modify menus.

It’s also worthwhile to note that Punte is a SEO-friendly theme.

Main features of Punte

  • Responsive design
  • Different starter sites

The Best WordPress Themes With A Page Builder

Since these WordPress themes come with a pagebuilder, you can easily customize your site to suit your style.

  • Simple
  • iTheme 2

Let’s get to it.

Simple

Simple

This is a minimalistic eCommerce theme that lets you integrate your site with Shopify and sell products online.

It also features a transparent and sticky header, which makes your site look great.

Simple is compatible with the Themify builder and makes it easier for you to customize various elements in your site.

With this builder, you can easily modify background images, background videos, animation, and parallax scrolling.

This free theme has a one-click auto-update feature that saves you from the trouble of downloading files manually.

Main features of Simple

  • One-click demo import
  • Responsive
  • SEO ready
  • Google Fonts integration

iTheme2

iTheme2

This is a perfect theme for blogs. It comes with multiple-level drop-down menus, two theme skins, social media icons, and a customizable slider. Since this theme is powered by Themify, it comes with a drag-and-drop page builder for customizing your site.

The page builder has a customizer panel, which can be used to modify elements in your site. It also integrates smoothly with Google Fonts and gives you access to more than 600 fonts.

Main features of iTheme2

  • Child theme support.
  • Custom footer text.
  • Custom header text.
  • Various widgets.

The Best WordPress Theme For A Fire Department

With different sections to display your services, contact information, and your organization’s photos, these are the best themes for a fire department:

  • SKT Security
  • Social Care Lite

Let’s dive in.

SKT Security

SKT Security

SKT security comes with a banner image that lets you display the services you offer.

It also features a gallery, which can be used to showcase your organization’s images.

This theme has social media buttons that expand your online presence.

You can also put your email on different banners on your website.

This makes it easier for your audience to get in touch with you.

Besides that, this free theme lets you customize various elements on your site.

Main features of SKT Security

  • Custom colors
  • Custom headers
  • Full-width templates
  • Portfolio section
  • Threaded comments.
  • Sticky posts

Social Care Lite

Social Care Lite

Social Lite is a graphically polished WordPress theme that has a featured slider for showcasing your department’s photos.

It also comes with a section that allows you to publish your organization’s mission.

What’s more? This theme enables you to add call-to-action buttons on your website.

With this theme, you can easily display your organization’s number and your email.

Moreover, Social Care Lite has various customization settings that help you modify different fields on your website.

Main features of Social Care Lite

  • Translation ready
  • Threaded comments
  • Custom logo and headers

The Best Free WordPress Themes For Bands

Due to their large header images and different sections for publishing music, upcoming events, and contact information, these are the best themes for bands:

  • My Music Band
  • Rock Band

Keep reading to find out more.

My Music Band

My Music Band

My music Band is a modern-looking theme that comes with a ‘featured-content’ section that displays your latest music.

It also features a larger header image that enables you to add call-to-action buttons, which motivate visitors to listen to your music.

This theme has a section for publishing your portfolios.

It also has various customization settings for modifying colors, background images, headers, and footers.

Main features

  • Responsive design
  • Multiple primary color options
  • Different layout options

Rock Band

Rock Band

Just as the name hints, this is a suitable theme for metal and rock bands.

It features different sections that allow you to publish your new releases, your albums, and the latest news.

This theme also has a great page design that makes it easier to publish music-related posts.

Moreover, Rock Band has a gallery that can be used to showcase your band’s images.

It also has a contact page for posting your contact information.

This makes it easier for your site’s visitors to get in touch with you.

Main features of Rock Band

  • Different layout options
  • Gravatar ready
  • Responsive
  • Full-width slider
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How to Get People to Read Your Blog – Tips to Increase Traffic 10X

If you’re just starting out as a blogger, you might wonder how to get people to read your blog.

There are dozens of different ways you can market your posts online to improve search engine ranking and bring in more traffic. And more traffic can mean more money for your efforts!

But… It does take a little bit of skill and a bunch of hard work to make it happen.

Simply put, to make money blogging you’ve got to know how to give your audience a maximum amount of value consistently in your content.

This post is filled with tons of meaty value to help bring those readers in.

By the end, you’ll be able to answer these seven questions to increase your blog traffic tenfold:

  1. What types of blog posts should you write?
  2. How do you find good keywords for free?
  3. How can you write posts that rank higher on Google?
  4. What makes your content engaging?
  5. How often should you publish blog posts?
  6. What social media channels should you use?
  7. How can you tap into other audiences to gain more readers?

Let’s get into it!

Tip #1: Write These Types of Posts

There are certain post types that tend to do better in the long run than others. If you’re looking to increase traffic, you want to consistently publish this type of content on a regular basis.

Here are some of the best types of blog posts that people love to read.

How To Headlines

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Instruction guides and how to headlines usually do well because people actively look for trusted information on what they want to know. These types of headlines also hook readers in fairly quickly.

How To (Get Desired Result)

This is pretty straightforward, but it is basically a post where you explain step-by-step how to take action to achieve a desired outcome. Readers love these because it makes it easy for them to take action immediately.

How I (Completed Successful Task)

With this type of content, things get a little more personal. You’re using your experience in successfully completing a task to get others to do the same. Most people really like this, as it gives them a chance to see firsthand what to expect on their own journey.

How X Company (Achieved a Specific Objective)

This one is more of an outside looking in type of post. Report on how a respected company achieved success through a series of steps. It’s a great way to showcase another brand or even a sponsor.

Listicles

Numbered Listicles

Top 10 (Power Word) Ways to (Get Desired Result)

Your audience is looking for the magic list that tells them exactly how to ease a problem or achieve a specific result. This type of listicle makes that happen and is pretty easy to follow.

Best (Product/Service) for (Audience/Specific Use)

Product or service lists are also quite popular. This can be a great way to market a specific item or affiliate link while increasing your traffic.

As an additional tip, consider being an Amazon affiliate if you’re going to be writing a bunch of these.

# Tips and Tricks to (Achieve Specific Goal)

Again, your audience wants your help working toward their goals. By creating a tips-and-tricks listicle, you’re giving them the information they want in an easily digestible manner.

Roundup Posts

We’re all a little strapped for time. That’s why blog readers love roundup posts, because they provide a ton of useful information in an easy-to-read format.

Top (Niche Product/Niche Topic) Trends of (Current Year)

Trends change constantly. Offering a roundup post with pertinent information helps keep things fresh and relevant.

# (Niche) Statistics Every (Audience) Should Know

Who has time to read a bunch of industry magazines and journals to pick apart key information? A statistics post helps boil it all down so that your audience can see the big picture of a topic they’re passionate about.

# Facts About (Niche Product/Niche Topic)

Fact posts are also quite popular with blog readers. They want to know information about a niche they’re interested in and this is a good way to give that to them.

Tip #2: Choose Great Keywords

choose great keywords

You already know that keywords play a big role in search engine optimization (SEO). But to increase your blog traffic, you also have to choose really good keywords for your content, which can take a bit of time to do.

While most newbie bloggers think this is something only a paid tool can help you do, the truth is that there are plenty of free ways to find out what people are actually searching for on Google.

Here’s how:

Using the Auto-Suggest Feature in Google

The autocomplete feature on major search engines is designed to make it easier for users to complete their queries in a hurry by providing suggestions as soon as they start typing.

If you’ve ever started typing the words “how to” in Google, you’ve probably seen this for yourself.

What you might not know is that this is an invaluable tool for content writers and those looking to boost search engine optimization.

Here’s how you do it.

To find the best possible keywords, start by opening a Google incognito window. This will block out all of your previous searches and metadata to help give you the purest results possible.

Next, start typing in what you would search for if you were looking for information on the topic you’re planning on writing about.

Google will give you a list of queries related to this term and all of them are great potential topics for you to write about.

Let’s look at an example explaining how this would work for the search string of best coffee for…

Searching Best Coffee for

You can see all of the long tail keywords that Google literally gives you to create content around.

The best part?

Your audience gets the same suggestions, which means you’re highly likely to create a blog post around a topic they’re already interested in. Bonus!

Tip #3: Crush Your On-Page SEO to Rank Higher with Google

The next thing you need to do to increase your blog traffic multiple times over is crush your on-page SEO. While this means getting a little technical, it is actually pretty easy to do once you learn how. And there are a few different ways you can make this happen.

Here’s how to do this in four simple steps.

Choose a Captivating Blog Post Title

An attractive headline for your blog post is the selling point of your post. It informs the readers about the article’s content and is the first interaction they have with your blog post.

Think of it as the bait.

So, how do you pick an amazing headline that will captivate readers and make them want to read your content?

Start by making sure the title is accurate, clear, and short.

If you can, make it sixty-five characters or less. Then add keywords to your title to ensure readers know that your content matches exactly what they’re searching for. This will boost your SEO rankings and help increase click through rates.

If you’re having a hard time coming up with captivating titles, here are some helpful tools (headline analyzer) you can use to create captivating titles: Mangools, Sharethrough, coschedule.

Format Your Blog Post Correctly

Before writing your blog post, it is also important to make sure you are formatting your content correctly. Start by preparing an outline that helps ensure your wording and ideas flow smoothly throughout the entire piece.

In addition, it is important to use H tags for your subheadings. H1 to H6 formatting helps break down your ideas into digestible chunks that aren’t super overwhelming to your readers.

H1 is generally reserved for the title of the piece, while H2 through H6 are used for lower levels.

Think of it as a book with a title, subtitle, and chapter headings. But don’t get too caught up in the technical details. It’s usually as easy as changing your formatting in your text editor from “normal text” to whichever type of H tag you want to use.

Here’s how:

format with headings

 

  1. Highlight your heading in your post.
  2. Click on the “Paragraph” box section in the formatting section
  3. Choose the heading you want to use.

Simple as that!

Just make sure you start with a bigger heading and then use smaller ones for subheadings in that section.

What headers should you use?

Here are two worthwhile headers to include in almost every post.

1. People Also Ask

Another tip to improve your on-page SEO is to use the “people also ask” section in Google. All this really entails is looking at this section on Google and creating sub points in your content that relate to these questions.

People also Ask...

Why does this work?

Well, Google sees it as your content page being valuable for more than one keyword search and content points. And your audience thinks you’ve gained a crystal ball and started reading their minds about other questions they have.

“Searches Related To”

Similarly, you can also use the “searches related to” section at the bottom of a search on Google as part of your post.

For example, if I’m writing an article about coffee beans in America…

Searches Related to Coffee Beans in America

Google tells me people also want to know:

  • where is coffee grown in the US
  • American coffee brands
  • coffee grown in California
  • coffee grown in Texas

I would use this information to decide:

  1. if I include one, some, or all of these as subtopics in this blogpost OR
  2. are these my next blog posts I need to write and link to because my readers are also interested in these topics.

From a reader’s perspective, this is a great way to access information that dives deeper into a subject they care about. In search engine terms, this shows that your content relates to these other topics in some fashion.

Tip #4: Create Engaging Content

When it comes to blogging, quality is always the most important metric you need to pay attention to.

Crap content won’t get readers to like or trust you. And it most certainly won’t get them to come back again and again to read your new posts.

Thus, your posts need to be informative, engaging, and provide some sort of value for the time that your audience is spending reading them.

Determine the Necessary Word Count to Rank

Before you really get into creating awesome content, you need to determine the necessary word count to rank on major search engines like Google.

If you aren’t sure how to determine this, SEO Minion will tell you for free. However, it is usually a good idea to use at least 1,300 words up to several thousand words depending on the topic.

Here’s an example of using SEO Minion to check your word count.

Using SEO Minion for Words and Characters Count in Website

Most readers can tell right away if they want to spend the time reading a blog post based on how it looks. If there are big blocks of text together or it seems a little daunting to the eye, they won’t stay on the page for long.

Thus, it is important to use subheadings and bulleted lists to really get your point across in a visually pleasing manner. And, in most cases, you want your paragraph blocks to be no more than three sentences long.

This will help readers understand your information more clearly and make the post easier to read.

Add Royalty-Free Images

Part of making your content visually appealing is by adding photos. However, if you’re adding images to your blog post, you need to make sure they are royalty-free. Using someone else’s copyrighted photo can lead to a very expensive lawsuit or fine.

Instead, choose high-quality free images from Pixabay, Pexels or Unsplash.

Write a Compelling Introduction

If your title is your bait, then your introduction needs to be the hook.

Create a compelling introduction that clearly explains to your readers what they are going to learn about in your post and why it matters.

This is also a good place to include a few of your top keywords or longtail phrases to help boost SEO.

The important thing to remember here is that it needs to be short. Your introduction should be somewhere between two hundred and three hundred words maximum. You don’t want to bore your readers before they even get started, right?

Tip #5: Conquer Your Blog Calendar

One of the biggest mistakes new bloggers make is by not having a super consistent post calendar. In the end, you want readers to keep coming back on a regular basis to read your content.

If you aren’t publishing on a predictable basis, this can be difficult for them to keep up with.

Furthermore, once you’ve gotten going, Google will crawl your website everyday looking for new updates. If you’re consistently publishing, there’s a good chance you’ll rank for more keywords.

Plan Your Content Out

To make sure you’re always publishing and never running out of ideas, plan your content out at least a month in advance. Know exactly which days you are going to post and what you want the topic to be about.

You can even write or outline these posts ahead of time, giving you the opportunity to schedule them in advance for going live on your website. The key takeaway is to choose a calendar you can stick with. Is it one post a week? Five? More?

Create a Consistent Writing Time

Just when you think you’re done writing posts for your blog, keep writing!

Think of your website as a piece of real estate:

Each post you write is another room you add on to your little castle on the internet. The more rooms you have, the bigger the home and the more your property is worth.

As you add more content to your blog, there are more opportunities for someone to find and fall in love with your content.

So, just when you think you’re done writing about a particular topic, add another post to the mix.

Tip #6: Exploit the Best Social Media Channels

the best social media channels

In order to gain more traffic to your blog, you also want to use the best platforms for social media. Here are a few ways to get this done.

Choose the Right Platform for Your Audience

What this really means is choosing the right platform for your audience.

For example, if your blog is about cooking, parenting, or beauty tips, you’ll probably be pretty popular on Pinterest. But if your main topic is about car engines, it’s probably a good idea to use something like YouTube to promote your content.

If you’re planning on posting on various social media platforms, make sure you’re creating post images based on each platform’s various size and ratio guidelines. Create at least one image per platform for every new blog post you publish.

This helps tell your audience on your favorite social media channels exactly what you’re talking about in the post and gives them a solid reason to click on your link.

To easily get the right size images, use a tool like Snappa.

Get Creative in Cross Posting

One area where a lot of new bloggers miss out is cross posting the same content across multiple platforms using various mediums.

As an example, you could take a few headlines from your latest blog post and turn them into quick one to two minute YouTube videos.

You could also use the information in your post to answer questions on Quora.

How does this work?

Find a specific question related to your niche and write an extremely helpful answer. Then add a link to your blog to go even deeper, which will bring tons of traffic to your site.

Ignore Facebook for at Least a Year

Skipping one of the biggest social media platforms out there might seem counterintuitive. But the truth is that Facebook is super pay-to-play right now and organic reach is crushed, which can mean shelling out tons of cash to really only get a small amount of traffic.

Instead, leave this time suck distraction alone. Pass on it and keep publishing new blog content instead of Facebook posts that die in five hours.

Tip #7: Make Connections to Increase Your Audience

get more readers with the right connections

Last but not least, our final tip for growing your blog traffic exponentially is to make the right connections.

What do we mean by this?

Well, get in touch with social media influencers, other bloggers, and those with decent mailing lists. Build a relationship with them so that they are very willing to share your latest blog posts with their already curated audiences.

Here are a few examples.

Other Bloggers

Finding other bloggers who post about content related to yours is a great way to grow your traffic.

Why?

Well, for starters, their audience is probably already interested in the topic you’re presenting or they wouldn’t be on this other person’s blog.

In addition, the other blogger likely has more experience in bringing in traffic than you do or has various marketing channels in place. While leveraging what they have to offer by pairing it with your efforts, you can really see an increase in your audience.

Podcasters

Podcasts are more popular than ever before. Those who produce and publish them know their audiences very well and have a good idea whether the topic you’re blogging about fits in with their content.

Reach out to podcasters who publish in your niche and ask if there’s any sort of joint venture they would like to do. Most are very willing to partake in this kind of exchange and will likely even offer to interview you for an episode of their series.

YouTubers

Much like podcasters, YouTubers understand the value of creating engaging and informative content. If it makes sense for your niche, it is always a good idea to reach out to those producing video content that matches the type of written content you publish.

This can be done through an interview, discussion, or even a short presentation. Sometimes, YouTubers even just publish their reaction to reading your content. These are all great ways of leveraging their audience to become regular readers of your blog.

Influencers with Email Lists

Another group you really want to reach out to is influencers with email lists. These people generally have very responsive and captive audiences that hang on their every recommendation and word. By working with them on a joint venture, you can capitalize on a gain in traffic just by having your blog link included in their email blast.

So, how do you find them? Sign up for lists in your niche. Email the blog owners and ask to do a joint venture. You’ll be surprised at how many are responsive to this.

Wrap Up – Tips for Growing Your Blog Traffic 10X

Let’s review how to get people to read your blog:

  1. What types of posts should you write?
  2. Choosing the best keywords
  3. Crush your on-page SEO
  4. Create engaging content
  5. Conquer your blog calendar
  6. How to exploit the best social media channels
  7. Make the right connections

Now that we’ve covered these seven tips for growing your blog traffic tenfold, you’re ready to get started.

Remember, they only work if you actually put them into practice. So, go out there and implement them immediately!

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Tips & Tricks

Best Blogging Platforms for 2020 & 3 Popular Platforms to Avoid!

So you’re trying to start a blog. But pretty soon you get frustrated and give up.

Why?

Your biggest problem is the platform.

Maybe you couldn’t figure out how to use the site or it didn’t offer you the blog monetization configurations you wanted. So you gave up. Or maybe you turned to something that seemed easy at first:

A plug-and-play platform.

There’s a better way. That way is the best blogging platform out there.

Today you will learn,

  • Blogging platform problems you need to avoid
  • The top blogging platform to grow an audience and make money

Let’s dive in.

Avoid Blogging Platforms that Look Like This

Let’s start with the biggest elephant in the room — whether to use a click-and-drag, hosted blogging platform. Many people look to sites like these when starting a blog:

  • Blogger
  • Weebly
  • Wix
  • Squarespace
  • Medium
  • CMS Hub
  • Tumblr
  • Contently

While these platforms can help you launch quickly, there are numerous problems with them.

Poor Blog Performance Scores

Here are the three big ones.

1. You Don’t Own Your Site

These websites are owned by companies who are simply out to make a buck off your efforts.

Because the corporation owns your blog or site, if it goes belly up, so do you!

That means that all of the hard work you put into customizing your blog and adding killer content could be gone in an instant.

2. Lack of Customization

You have to find ways to stand out visually to get on top, and these hosted sites don’t offer a lot of room to make that happen.

Instead you have the same website other people have with only a few deviations in colors and fonts.

3. You Can’t Make Money!

OK, that’s an exaggeration, but these sites make it difficult to monetize your blog because you don’t have full control.

And there’s a good chance you’ll want to start earning money from all of your hard work at some point.

Thus, it is a much better idea to go with the best blogging platform option:

What’s the best blogging platform?

A WordPress.org website on a cheap self-hosted plan which means you OWN your blog.

Here’s a quick summary of just some of the benefits of WordPress:

  • Flexibility and control
  • Full customization of your site
  • A gajillion plugins that work solely with WordPress to make it do whatever you need it to do!
    • SEO optimization
    • monetizing your site plugins
    • image customization…
    • the list goes on and on!

And speed, speed, speed! Which makes Google happy.

Here’s our website speed.

GTmetrix Excellent Blog Performance A Scores

Ready to own all of the blog posts that you write?

Here’s step by step how to start with WordPress inexpensive and fast.

Still not convinced? OK, then let’s talk about:

WordPress.org vs. WordPress.com

To avoid confusion, when we say that WordPress is the best blogging platform to use, we mean WordPress.org’s framework solution housed via a cheap web hosting package that you purchase. We do not mean the hosted option offered by WordPress.com.

Instead, you’ll purchase affordable website hosting on your own and install a copy of the WordPress framework within that site hosting. From there, you’ll be able to customize the look of the page, add your favorite content, and much more.

So, what are the key reasons why you need to use WordPress for your blog?

Flexibility and Control

There are numerous benefits to using WordPress for your blog framework, but the two biggest are flexibility and control.

When you choose and pay for a host, install the WordPress framework, and customize the visual side of your blog to your liking, you’re taking full control of your content.

That means that there’s no big corporation lurking around the corner that could shut you down at any time. And you have the power to make it look the way you want it to in order to match your blog branding.

Sounds great, right?

This alone is why so many people opt for WordPress over other possible blogging platform options.

Customizing Visual Aspects of WordPress with Thrive Themes

Mobile Phone, Beside Laptop, showing WordPress App

  1. Hire a website designer to customize your blog for you, which can take weeks or months and cost a few hundred to several thousand dollars, depending on what customizations you need.
  2. You can attempt it yourself without any sort of template or guide, but will likely get frustrated if you don’t have a background in coding and web design.
  3. You can use Thrive Themes to choose a gorgeous template that’s easily customizable and comes with an insane amount of customer support.

Ding, ding, ding! We have a winner!

As you can tell, the third option is the absolute best way to launch a blog on WordPress this year.

Thrive Themes are blazing fast and feature all of the functionality you need to run your blog. Plus, their intuitive and easy-to-use page builder allows you to seamlessly create great looking sales pages, blog posts, evergreen content pages, and more quickly and easily.

Plugins

Another great benefit is that there are so many ways to customize your site because developers have created plugins and themes that work directly with WordPress. Because it’s the best blogging platform, your options are endless.

There is nothing you will ever want to accomplish on your blog that WordPress doesn’t have 20 options for you to satisfy your heart’s desire every time! And many of them are free!

Apps Search Results and Keyword Search

Designed to Make Google Happy + SPEED!

Just look at this example…

This page has 19 affiliate links with images, a featured image, and a bunch of words all on WordPress!

GTmetrix Near Perfect Performance A Scores

How fast is Squarespace?!?!?

GTmetrix F Score for PageSpeed and B Score for YSlow

What Else You Need to Know for WordPress Success

Once you’ve set up your blog and customized your site visually with Thrive Themes, there are a few more tidbits you need to consider, including:

  • Connect your page to Google. You can’t start driving traffic to your blog if you aren’t connected to Google. Look up basic search engine optimization (SEO) practices to start familiarizing yourself with how this works and how to organize your blog content.
  • Learn about WordPress plugins. There are so many plugins out there to help you improve the success of your WordPress blog. These options generally aren’t available on hosted blog platforms, so start looking around to find the various ones that can assist you in meeting your goals.
  • Start writing tons of awesome content. If you really want your WordPress blog to thrive, you need to consistently post tons of articles about awesome subjects your audience wants to know more about.

If you’re just starting a blog for the first time, these steps are a minimum you need to consider for your overall success. In addition, learning a few basic tips and tricks about the WordPress platform will help save you time and effort in the future.

Wrap Up: Choose the Best Blogging Platform for 2020

If you couldn’t already tell, there is definitely a clear winner when it comes to the best blogging platform.

WordPress not only gives you more control over your content, there are tons of options out there to help you create a customized look for your site. When paired with Thrive Themes, you have a robust blog that you can add tons of great posts to, build an audience, and grow your brand while still having total control over what it looks like visually.

In the end, this is a setup to ensure your blogging experience is positive and successful.