The blue pill tips

Don’t ignore podcasts

The rise of podcasts in the blogging world isn’t an accident. They help users consume content while doing daily, menial tasks like commuting, driving, working out, and so on. There are also people who prefer listening to podcasts while lying on their couch or bed with their eyes closed. If you think that podcasts are just a fad that will go away soon, think again. The truth is, high-income bloggers are actually five times more likely to publish podcasts. So, it’s another thing worth adding to your list of blogging goals.

Repurpose content into YouTube videos

If you’re a new blogger, it may be hard to imagine yourself speaking in front of a camera on YouTube. Still, you can’t deny that having a thriving YouTube channel is an excellent goal to aim for. In the blogging world, an established YouTube channel pretty much proves that you’re an authoritative and trustworthy brand. As such, the biggest names in plenty of niches have YouTube channels with thousands of subscribers. It may not be achievable today, tomorrow, or even months from now. But when the time comes and you’re ready to build your YouTube channel, refer to this post[YouTube Article Here].

Repurpose text information into visual form

We already covered the importance of utilizing visual content in today’s competitive blogging industry. But what if you have no clue on what custom visual to make? If you’re borrowing content ideas from a competitor, you can one-up them by converting their information into visual form. Creating simple visuals for statistical data is perhaps the most useful application of this tactic. You can also translate bits of information into share-worthy quotes, which you can turn into an Instagram post with Canva.

When writing listicles, cover 10 items to maximize shareability

Listicles are among the favorite content formats of bloggers. They are easy to make, simple to write, and are shared more on social media. It’s also easy to come up with listicle ideas — perfect if you feel like running out of unique content topics to cover. I’m pretty sure you will write dozens of listicles in the future, so I’ll give you a little tip. According to a study, listicles with 10 items in them are shared the most on social media. Monster listicles with 50 or even 100 plus posts are, of course, more valuable to high-quality leads. But if your short-term goal is to beef up your blog’s traffic, keep calm and write about only 10 things.

Think about monetization

Don’t get me wrong — I know that some bloggers create their blogs purely for the joy of writing. However, I also know that the majority of bloggers are in it for the money. Before you commit to a niche idea for your blog, don’t forget to think about the monetization opportunities. Do you want to earn passive income by promoting relevant affiliate products? Are you thinking of developing and selling your own software? Whatever it is, it must align with the vision you have as you decide on your niche. For new bloggers, I suggest reading this post for the complete list of blog monetization strategies you can do. I will also discuss some of my favorite blog monetization strategies later.

Learn a few essential keyboard shortcuts

If you use Zoom more than once a week, there are a couple of keyboard shortcuts worth learning to save you oodles of time. I is for invite. Press Cmd+I (macOS) or Alt+I (Windows) to jump to the Invite window, where you can grab the link to the meeting or send invitations to others via email. M is for mute. Press Cmd+Ctrl+M (macOS) or Alt+M (Windows) when you are the meeting host and want to mute everyone else on the line. S is for share. Press Cmd+Shift+S (macOS) or Alt+Shift+S (Windows) to share your screen.

Let someone else schedule your meetings

People who work with an assistant will love this option in Zoom that gives scheduling privileges to someone else. Whoever manages your calendar can now schedule Zoom calls for you. To set up the scheduling assistant privilege, log into Zoom, open Meeting Settings, and look under Other. You'll see a plus sign next to Assign Scheduling Privilege. Add your scheduling assistants by typing their email addresses and finish by clicking Assign. After you add your scheduling assistants, they must log out of Zoom and log back in for the feature to take effect. From this point on, assistants can create meetings for others by using the Schedule tool. Look for Advanced Options or Meeting Options (depending on which version of Zoom you use), and follow the prompts to create a new meeting. Requirements: The primary Zoom account holder and everyone who receives scheduling privileges must all have Pro or Corp licenses. And for webinars, both account holder and scheduler must have webinar licenses.

Co-host calls

Meetings can have more than one person at the helm. A PR rep might want to cooperatively control a meeting alongside an executive, or a team with more than one lead may prefer to each co-host rather than choose one person over the other. Whatever your circumstances, you can start a Zoom call and have more than one person be in charge. To use co-hosting tools, you first must enable it in Zoom's Meeting Settings. Look for the Meeting tab and choose the Co-host option. Then, when you start a meeting, wait for your co-host to join, and add the person by clicking the three dots that appear when you hover over their video box. Alternatively, you can go to the Participants window, choose Manage Participants, hover over the co-host's name, and select More to find the Make Co-Host option. Requirements: To use co-hosting, you need a Pro, Business, Education, or API Partner account with Zoom, and you need to run on macOS, Windows, Android, or iOS (not Linux or web). If the option doesn't appear, ask your account administrator to enable the settings in the Meeting tab for co-hosting privileges.

Have a collaborative annotation session

Screen sharing allows the host of a call to display whatever's on their screen to everyone else on the call. Annotation tools let all the meeting participants draw and highlight what's on screen, which can be immensely helpful when discussing visual materials, such as mockups, graphic designs, and so forth. To annotate while viewing someone else's shared screen, select View Option from the top of the Zoom window, and then choose Annotate. A toolbar appears with all your options for annotating, including text, draw, arrow, and so forth. The presenter can use the save button on the toolbar to capture the complete image with annotations as a screenshot. You can also disable attendee annotation altogether.

Record the call as a video

Zoom lets you record your web conferencing calls as videos, a handy feature for sharing the meeting with people who may have missed it or for reviewing what was said. When you record, you must choose whether to use the local or cloud option. Local means you store the video file yourself, whether locally on your computer or in another storage space that you provide. With Cloud, which is for paying members only, Zoom stores the video for you in its cloud storage (different account types come with different amounts of storage). One convenience of the cloud option is that people can stream the video in a web browser once it's ready. When creating a video from a conference call, it makes a big difference in the final quality to optimize a few settings in advance. For example, some calls might be broadcast-style, where only the host appears on screen. In that case, set Zoom to only record the audio and video of the host. Other calls might be in the style of a collaborative meeting, in which case you want to record everyone. Be sure to explore Zoom's settings at least a few minutes before recording a call. Requirements: To record videos, you need Zoom on macOS, Windows, or Linux. If you don't see the option to record, check your settings in the web app (under My Meeting Settings) or have your account administrator enable it. If you need to share the recording later, try one of these Zaps to automatically share once the recording has finished. If you record meeting attendees' video or audio, it's common courtesy—and in some places a requirement—to inform them before you do.