A Beginners’ Guide To On-Page SEO: 11 Simple Hacks To Boost Your Content Now

A Beginners’ Guide To On-Page SEO: 11 Simple Hacks To Boost Your Content Now

Just thought I would share this article with you guys. It’s mainly targeted at Digital Marketers but I believe we are all marketing something through our blogs.

It may be a cause, a message or just a story. But bottom line is, if you want more eyeballs on your content, you have to do all you can to place it in front of those eyeballs.

Enjoy!

A Beginners’ Guide To On-Page SEO: 11 Simple Hacks To Boost Your Content Now

Is your website’s traffic at a standstill? Kinda like a traffic jam, only without the traffic? You could be in trouble with the “SEO police”.

Welcome To The Club

We’ve all been there. The excitement of publishing a new post that you “know” will go viral. You can actually see the share counter skyrocketing (and hear the cash register ringing).

The disappointing silence is such an extremely low one can sink into a depression. Even great bloggers like Seth Godin and Danny Iny have been through it.

If you are like many of us when we started out you’re probably the only visitor to your website. Ouch! I know it hurts…it was painful for me too. I actually thought:

#1. “I’m not good enough at this blogging stuff.”

#2. “Maybe I have offended the Google gods.”

#3. “Something is terribly wrong with all the people in the internet world.”

#4. “Someone broke the internet”.

As a newbie, you probably plunged into cyberspace believing you would wake up with a tribe of followers and an overflowing bank account. I know I did.

But traffic in cyberspace is becoming hard to come by despite the number of users increases. So how do you increase your chances of visibility as a tadpole amongst sharks? Three words:

Search Engine Optimisation.

Head over to Technical Minds Web to read the full article.

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The Unfortunate Case Of Jack Doe: Death By Love

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This story is based on actual events but the names have been changed to protect those involved.

Tears rolled down her cheeks as she walked out of the room. Every head was down, avoiding eye contact with her. As the door banged behind her, she let out a short scream and collapsed on the floor sobbing bitterly. How was she going to live with herself? She vowed never to forgive herself. The prison warden looked at her helplessly as he too pushed back a tear.

The room she had just walked out of was an execution chamber. Her son, her only precious son, was sitting in the electric chair. With bitterness and hatred, he had commanded her to leave the room. She could still hear his voice ringing in her ears, “ I hate you! You put me in this place! You should have told me! I hate you! Get out! Get out!”

A few minutes later the door opened and people quickly walked past her, avoiding her like the plague. The last person to come out was the chaplain. He sat down next to her, right there on the floor, and put his hand around her shoulder. Broken hearted, she couldn’t understand why Jack, in his mid twenties, had to die like this.

The story of Jack Doe is truly an unfortunate one, yet there are many Jacks in the world today. They may not be on death row, but like Jack, they are suffering the consequences of being loved to death. Let me back track 25 years so you can better understand me.

Jack was the only child of Mary Doe. He didn’t know his father and his mother never talked about him. Mary loved Jack to bits. She knew the absence of his father would affect him and so she decided she would compensate for it. Unfortunately, she over compensated. She spoilt him in the name of love. His teachers at school couldn’t discipline him without risking an attack from her. He became a bully and a thief, I mean why not? Mommy was always there to bail him out.

Jack became the “bad boy” of the city. He was the true definition of “menace to society”. In Mary’s eyes though, he was a little angel, her precious little angel.

Amazingly, Jack made it into the local university. And as they say, “wonders never cease”. The next wonder was that Jack snagged the prettiest girl on campus, Diane. Diane was an angel. Beautiful, intelligent, quiet and impossible to get. It was the classic tale of Beauty and The Beast being replayed. Perhaps Diane was going to be Jack’s path to redemption.

But alas, it was not to be so. A year into their relationship, Diane was dead. She had failed to tame the beast and it cost her her life. It was a clear cut case due to the gruesome way in which she had been decapitated. Jack’s DNA was all over the crime scene. In fact, Jack didn’t even bother to make a run for it, after all, mommy was there to bail him out. And wonder of wonders she did try! Mary got her beloved Jack the best lawyer in the country but alas, this case was beyond her. She was helpless. The case was quickly tried and Jack found guilty. The rest, as they say, is history.

What went wrong? Mary loved Jack to death. Love is lethal if not administered properly.

No matter how much we love our children, we should learn how to raise them well. I am always amazed and saddened by parents who spoil their children in the name of love. True love always wants the best for the ones we love and sometimes the best means putting boundaries and checks to keep our children from falling in the fire.

Hebrews 12:5 — 6 (E.S.V)
And have you forgotten the exhortation that addresses you as sons?
“My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord,
nor be weary when reproved by him.
For the Lord disciplines the one he loves,
and chastises every son whom he receives.”

True love disciplines. Why?
Discipline builds boundaries in life. Where there is no discipline, there is no restraint. Where there is no restraint our children might end up in the electric chair like Jack.

Many parents think it’s love to spoil their children it’s not, it’s just that; spoiling them!

As parents, it’s our responsibility to bring out the best in our children. Let’s remember that for olives to produce oil they have to be crushed, for a diamond to shine at its best it has to be cut and for gold to be pure it has to go through the fire. Those principles also apply to raising our children to be the stars we want them to be. It may prick your heart when you have to discipline them, but that’s better than the broken heart of a ruined life.

Proverbs 22:6 (E.S.V)
Train up a child in the way he should go;
even when he is old he will not depart from it.

Train your child to become the kind of adult you want them to be. Don’t let them grow wild like a weed, rather, direct them the same way a grapevine is directed to grow. If you don’t, like a weed their lives will he cut short. But if you train and direct them, like the grape vine they will live long and have something to offer society.

What are your thoughts on this tricky issue of discipline?

5 Ways God Still Works Miracles Today

Life in this fast paced and technologically advanced generation is completely different to life in the days of Moses, Jesus, Paul and even that of our grandparents.

Mankind has made so many advancements in every area of life. What with nano bots being injected into the blood stream to cure diseases, food production is secure in the form of GMO products (whose safety is questionable). Soon cars and aeroplanes will be self operated. We are right now on the brink of another revolution in the form of AI (Artificial Intelligence).

With all these feats, it becomes easy to sit God on the bench.

In fact, perhaps we can even be tempted to think God doesn’t need to work miracles anymore. But, on the contrary:

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” (Hebrews 13:8)

No matter how “grown up” and independent we may think we are, God still sees us as His children. He, as a loving father, wants to be involved in our lives. He is still the same God Abraham, Isaac and Jacob worshipped. He is the same God our forefathers served.

And He still works miracles today.

Let me briefly outline five ways God still works miracles today. I hope your faith will be ignited to believe and walk in miracles today.

1. Salvation

Salvation is by far the greatest of all miracles. I say this for many reasons but I’ll give you 3…..

Head over to Christian Media Magazine for the full article.

How To Be A Christian Blogger: 6 Great Tips

So you want to be a Christian blogger?

Great!

In the predominantly degenerate cyberspace, sanity and morality need to be restored by Christian bloggers. These are Christ-driven bloggers who influence the largely unchurched “Cyber Junkies.”

In the past, blogging used to be a simple way for people to journal their lives but that has radically changed over the years. Blogs have evolved into living magazines that impact thousands of lives.

As with all things technological though, Christians are lagging behind. Even though Christian blogs do exist, they are heavily outnumbered. Here’s the good news: there’s an online revival taking place where more and more Christian bloggers are emerging and commanding huge followings.

Who knows, you could be the next agent of revival through your upcoming blog.

I hope I have tickled your ears and ignited a spark in your heart to be part of this revival.

The question, however, is how do you become a Christian blogger? I’ll give you 6 great tips.

1) Have a Vision for Your Blog Before you sign up for WordPress, Wix, tumblr or whatever platform you prefer, write down a vision for your blog. What do you ultimately want to achieve with your blog?

Read the rest of the article on Christian Media Magazine

5 Steps To Serving Your Generation

5 Steps To Serving Your Generation

Are you serving God’s purpose in life? Are you making a difference in your generation?

Perhaps you would love to but have no idea how to.

I published this article on Secondly Magazine and I hope it will help you be the generation changer God created you to be.

Isaiah 58:12
And they that shall be of thee shall build the old waste places:
thou shalt raise up the foundations of many generations;
and thou shalt be called, The repairer of the breach,
The restorer of paths to dwell in.

Secondly Magazine

For David, after he had served the purpose of God in his own generation, fell asleep and was laid with his fathers and saw corruption.

Acts 13:36

Every believer has a mandate to serve their generation. You, as an individual, are expected to actively serve God and your generation by employing your gifts and talents in your sphere of influence.

Your first mission field is right where you are. Serve right where you are with what you have. This is not a mammoth task as many think. Here are 5 simple steps you can take to serve your generation.

1.  Discover your gift

God has deposited particular gifts in every human being on earth. This is an area of strength you are to use for the benefit of the Kingdom and the world.

Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them…..

Romans 12:6

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​Developing A Lifestyle Of Prayer

 

Luke 18:1
 And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;


 Pray Always

Prayer is a daily activity.

It is like breathing, it should always be “ON”.

When you stop breathing you die.

So it is in the spiritual, when you stop praying you die slowly.


2Sa 11:1 — 2Sa 11:3
And it came to pass, after the year was expired, at the time when kings go forth to battle, that David sent Joab, and his servants with him, and all Israel; and they destroyed the children of Ammon, and besieged Rabbah. But David tarried still at Jerusalem.

And it came to pass in an eveningtide, that David arose from off his bed, and walked upon the roof of the king’s house: and from the roof he saw a woman washing herself; and the woman was very beautiful to look upon. And David sent and enquired after the woman. And one said, Is not this Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite?

It was the time, the season for kings to go to battle. But David decided to “skip” the battle this time. 

“Another day, I always go to battle. Skipping one battle is inconsequential.”

Because he skipped, he ended up falling into a grievous sin.

Neglecting the habit of prayer has consequences!

When we skip the habit of prayer, we become susceptible to sin.

We become spiritually weak and open to temptation and attack.

Don’t Faint

Prayer is a tiring exercise physically and spiritually.

Prayer can also he disheartening when the answers seem to be delaying.

Don’t give up, keep on praying.

Prayer is warfare.

In warfare we get hurt.

Even when the devil attacks you for praying, keep on praying.

The Meaning Of Prayer 

What prayer is not:

  • Prayer is not shouting your requests to God.
  • Prayer is not moving God to do something.

Prayer is a Very simple thing:


PRAYER IS A RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD

Prayer is simply your relationship with God.
Let us look at one central verse that explains the meaning of prayer.


Philippians 4:6

Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

By your relationship and supplication……

The supplication part is what we mistakenly call prayer.

Be careful for nothing, why?

You have a relationship with Almighty God.

Because of that relationship, you have access to make supplication, which means:


supplication

ˌsʌplɪˈkeɪʃn/

noun

1. the action of asking for something earnestly or humbly.

From the scripture above we see that prayer is in 3 parts:

#1. Relationship with God

#2. Supplication (asking)

#3. Thanksgiving ( because of the answer, even before it comes)

Part 2 and 3 are impossible without part 1.

Gen 3:8 — Gen 3:9

And they heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God amongst the trees of the garden. And the Lord God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?

This is prayer. Adam had a daily date with God that was born out of a relationship.

They had a specific time and place .

For many people, God is asking, “Where are you?”

God longs for a relationship with you but He can’t find you in the place and time of prayer.

Where are you?

Gen 5:22 — Gen 5:25

And Enoch walked with God after he begat Methuselah three hundred years, and begat sons and daughters: And all the days of Enoch were three hundred sixty and five years: And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.

Prayer is walking with God, a relationship with God.

This is a picture of 2 best friends walking and talking to each other.

It is not 2 strangers who walk in silence, like many people do with God.

Where are you?

God longs to have a relationship with you, don’t give Him the silent treatment.

Talk to Him As you talk to a friend. Involve Him in everything you do.

He is always there, ever present. Yet many ignore Him.

Develop a lifestyle of prayer.

FINDING PERFECT PEACE IN A PERFECT STORM

I submitted the article below for publication on a blog called faithfuldevotions some time ago. Little did I know I was sending myself comfort into the future. It got published a few hours before I lost my father in law to cancer.
I don’t know what storm is raging around you, but may you find perfect peace in your storm

FINDING PERFECT PEACE IN A PERFECT STORM 

His marriage was going through a massive storm. Financially, well, let’s just say he was living by faith. Did I mention that he had just buried a teenage daughter? But every time I met him, he was smiling from ear to ear.
I was confused. I knew what he was going through. He wasn’t supposed to be smiling. If anything, he had the right to be bitter at the world. He was entitled, dare I say, to be angry at God. But he wasn’t. And that’s what  baffled me.
 

The Secret to Perfect Peace

I just had to ask. And so I did. I wanted to know his secret, the secret to perfect peace in the midst of such turmoil.
His answer?

Isaiah 26:3
You will keep in perfect peace
those whose minds are steadfast,
because they trust in you.

I was still  perplexed. So he explained it to me as a father teaches a child the basic elements of life.
 

#1 Have a Steadfast Mind
 

Perfect peace comes from a steadfast mind. A mind that is always focused on the ultimate and not the immediate. A mind that is concerned about the eternal outcome and not the temporary distractions.

A steadfast mind is focused on the immutable word of God.
A steadfast mind understands that the storm is around me, not in me. 

Find the full devotion here