There are moments in life when you have to write a personal statement. Even though this task is nothing more than an extended essay about yourself, it can be not that easy, as it seems. On one hand, you may think that you know the topic like nobody else. Indeed, who better than you knows everything about your experiences, talents and life views? On the other hand, it clears out that knowledge and clear understanding of the topic is not enough. Choosing the right tone can be much more difficult than recollecting the central episodes from your autobiography.

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3-5 seconds. Generally, that’s all the time you have to convince a first-time website visitor to remain on your page, and begin a lasting relationship with your brand. Research by the NN Group has found that while the average website visit lasts less than 60 seconds, the first ten seconds are the most important in how a prospect will perceive your website, and ultimately your company.

That means that fancy flash designs, enormous images, or any other elements which can slow your load time to a crawl are definitely out of the question.

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Best Time to Blog

It goes without saying that you need to be consistently and continually updating your blog with new, relevant, and interesting content. But when is the best time to update your blog? Is there a specific day or time that your readers and customers click on your blog, comment on it, or share it more so than any other time or day of the week?

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SEO Tools

Content marketing is about creating, optimizing, and distributing valuable content to grow your web presence and steer the actions of consumers. It involves driving traffic, generating leads, and building authority. Not too hard if you have the right skills and strategy, but without an arsenal of SEO tools at your disposal, you are bound to waste time and money.

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Top SEO Plugins

Want to maximize your blog traffic? Sure you do. In my last post, I touched on how using these 27 must use SEO tools can deliver incredible content marketing results, and they really can – I hope you found the post useful. Today, I list 27 of the best search engine optimization plugins available for those looking to get more traffic to their blogs. Most of these are for WordPress, but there are two browser plugins toward the end. Again, I hope you these helpful. Note that while I use many of these tools personally and have tested them all, some may not be compatible with your website, theme, version, or browser. The install instructions are straightforward, but get someone to help if you’re a newbie. The following tools are listed randomly. As usual, bookmark, share, and enjoy!

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Social Media Metrics

When it comes to social media, there are so many numbers you could track – likes, followers, shares or retweets, and more.

How do you know which are the most important, or even worth tracking at all?

How do you get started with social media for small businesses?

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Grow Your Business

Mike had his website launched – and now a whole world of online opportunity was open before him.

He’d always dreamed of being an entrepreneur. When he was a young boy, his Father told him to build his own business because this was the only way to make a difference in this world. Mike wanted the freedom to follow his dreams and build an empire. Mike was a natural-born innovator, and his years of dreaming, saving, research and hard work had finally paid off.

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Content Audit

Has your organic search traffic gone flat? Are you losing keyword ranking for critical search terms? If the answer to either of the previous questions is yes – or more importantly, you’re just not sure where you stand, it’s probably due time to do a content audit.

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With 91% of B2B marketers using custom content creation, a new professional has emerged over the previous several years. Content marketers are among the most-innovative minds in business today, and may combine their talents for writing, video product, and social media in a single workday.

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Content Syndication: Boost Your Business

Every content marketer has a dream of penning a piece that will earn the same mass exposure as the uber-viral Gangnam Style music video. While that’s nothing more than a dream for many of us, greater exposure is certainly a goal that’s within reach. Guest posting can help you tap into other blogger’s networks, but it’s time-consuming to form the relationships and deliver original posts.

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