Bloggers are a special breed. Do you have one on your Christmas list? If you’re looking for a gift for a new blogger this year, we have some solid ideas for you.
Here are our top ten cool gifts for new bloggers — and experienced bloggers will love them, too.
With the internet crowded with billions of sites hundreds of millions of blogs, keyword research is crucial to blog success. If no one can find you, you’re wasting your time and keyword research is the means to bringing targeted readers to your site.
Market Samurai is, hands down, the best keyword research tool I’ve ever used. You will learn what all the important buzzwords and search engine optimization lingo means. You’ll be taught, step-by-step (with videos!) what to focus on. The software easily gathers all the needed info into one place — a task which is arduous and time-consuming — and you’ll learn exactly how to read and use the data.
Note also that this isn’t a subscription service that you pay for month after month. It’s a single payment for years of value.
If you’re looking for one, really great, blogging gift, this is it!
Don’t worry if your favorite blogger doesn’t have a month to focus exclusively on blogging. I’ve been working through the 31DBBB very slowly, as time permits. Any blogger an take this at their own pace and go as quickly or slowly as they choose.
Learn from the consummate pro blogger to join the ranks of superior bloggers.
#3 Thesis Theme
With upgrades to solve future compatibility issues, support, built-in SEO, and easy customization, Thesis is the only theme I use on my blogs and on my clients’ blogs as well. I highly recommend it to any blogger who isn’t able and willing to do lots of theme hacking.
Answer: Inspiration isn’t constrained to time spent staring at a screen.
The best ideas for blogging, business, and life-improvement may come when you’re in bed, in the shower, on a walk, playing with our kids, in a concert, or commuting. In fact, for many of us, they are exponentially more likely to materialize when we aren’t trying to concoct amazing blog post topics or business decisions but, rather, the epiphanies more often come from living, experiencing, and creating.
Good bloggers always have a pen and paper handy to jot down the inspiration that comes — no matter where they are. A couple of years ago I learned a great tip from Rick Evans and have since made sure I always have a special notebook and a favorite pen close by. Make itThey are tangible inducements to get me to scribble down the flashes of insight that come throughout the day.
#5 Personalized Business Cards
Blogging can be a legitimate business with the right knowledge and professionalism. Give the blogger in your life a boost by providing personalized business cards.
Choose a design that fits the blogs theme. Make sure to include the URL to their amazing blog and email contact info.
#6 New Logo
Branding your site can be a key to making it memorable and creating loyal visitors. A great look at feel can keep readers longer and help bring them back again and again. But just because you’re great at content creation doesn’t mean your great at graphic design and layout.
Help your favorite blogger get a fresh, unique look with a professionally designed logo for their site! LogoBee does fabulous work, has quick turnaround, lets you choose from among a number of personal designs, and guarantees their work. And you can save $20 on any new logo just by using the coupon code #5666. (This works online or by phone. And you can also use that code to get $50 off any web design solution. Or use it to save on both!)
#7 Scribe: SEO Made Simple
Time and again I have new bloggers contact me, completely baffled. They’ve set up their blogs, they’ve written some decent posts, but they aren’t getting any traffic. Apparently they thought blogging was a “field of dreams” proposition — if you build it, they will come.
Nothing could be further from the truth.
Today blogging requires much more than a pretty site and some great content. It also requires search engine optimization (SEO). For as little as $17.00 per month, you can give your blogger a huge boost with SEO, content, and links with Scribe. This gift will give all year long.
Throw in this free report explaining how to create high-ranking content, too!
If you’re really looking for something unique, get a personalized shirt with your favorite bloggers URL right on it. Fashionable advertising everywhere you go!
#9 Leak Proof Travel Mug
It’s probably safe to say that a very high percentage of bloggers do their writing at home rather than on a train. But you don’t need to leave your home office (or couch) to find the benefits of a travel mug.
Need help staying awake while writing your latest epic post? Want to keep your drinks hot longer than ten minutes? Don’t want to risk spilling your beverage of choice all over your keyboard? (If you have kids, you can add a number of items to the list!)
Get your blogger friends a 16-0unce travel mug that will keep the drinks piping hot and off the laptop. They’ll think of you fondly every time they sip their cocoa!
If there’s one thing common to professional bloggers, it’s that we spend a good deal of time in front of our computers. That can be hazardous to the some overused body parts. Relieve some of the repetitive stress with a wrist rest set to support hands while using the keyboard and mouse. Seriously soothing!