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What Your College Degree Will Be Worth After 20 Years.

Those who doubt the value of a college degree may want to think again. New research has found that individuals with a four-year degree make an average of $215,000 more than a high school graduate over the span of 20 years.


Individuals with a graduate degree can expect to see $440,000 more than nongraduates during the same time span. The researchers note that the real benefit of a college degree is not seen in the short term since many graduates will start their careers at the same financial level as nongraduates. Instead, the researchers say the real gains occur after time when salaries can grow exponentially for graduates.
"In today's uncertain economy, we wanted to help job seekers better appraise the value of a college education," said Shankar Mishra, vice president of data science and analytics for TheLadders, which conducted the research. "As evidenced by our 'job vs. career' trajectory, the disparity of salary increases between graduates and nongraduates over the course of 20 years more than justifies the hefty price tag of a college education."
The researchers also made the point that college degrees are often required to obtain many jobs with higher compensation. Seventy-five percent of the highest compensation industries on TheLadders require a college degree.
"If you're wondering whether to go back and finish your four-year degree, this new information encourages you to take the plunge," said Amanda Augustine, job search expert for TheLadders.

The research was based on data from more than 6 million members of TheLadders.

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How to post on a blog to get traffic?

Neil Patel’s Guide to Blogging

by Neil Patel

About a month ago I broke down my process to writing popular blog posts. Incase you missed it, here’s how I write a blog post:
  1. Use simple words – don’t try to use fancy vocabulary as it makes blog posts harder to read and understand. As a general rule of thumb, use vocabulary that a 5th grader can understand.
  2. Use the word “you” – instead of using the word “we” or “them” in your blog posts, use the word “you”. By doing this, what I’m doing is trying to make you feel like it’s just you and me, as if we were sitting down at a café for a cup of coffee.
  3. Write how-to posts – people like posts that can teach them something. How-to posts are the perfect way of doing this. My first blog was a top 100 blog on the Internet according to Technorati; I was able to do this because I wrote a lot of how-to posts.
  4. Write detailed posts – when I first started Quick Sprout my blog posts weren’t too detailed and the blog wasn’t growing in traffic. Once I started to write more detailed blog posts my traffic started to go through the roof.
  5. Hook your readers – from using creative headlines to creating a sense of urgency you need to hook your readers if you want them to read your blog posts. One thing I learned from Copyblogger and Problogger is that using stats in your headlines is a great way to hook readers.
  6. Create a conversation – if you’ve noticed, I have a tendency to italicize words within my blog posts and I tend to ask questions at the end. This helps create a conversation with your readers, which will help you get more comments per blog post.
  7. Prove your points – if you don’t use stats to back up your points you’ll start to lose credibility with your readers. So start using stats.
  8. Show your authority – people have tons of options when it comes to reading blogs, so why should they read yours? If you can show that you are an authority without bragging it can help you win over readers. Just like how I mentioned I was a Technorati 100 blogger above.
  9. Care about your readers – the most important aspect of blogging is to care about your readers. Don’t just blog for the sake of it, do it because you want to help people out. From responding to people’s comments to responding to your readers emails, care about them.
Now that you are up to speed on how I write blog posts, here is my guide to blogging:

Topics are everything

A good blog starts with great content. If you aren’t writing great content, no one will want to read it.
If you are creative, that’s great, because you won’t have any issues coming up with good topics to write on. If you aren’t creative like me, you can use this process to come up with topic ideas:
  • Step 1: Go to all of your competitors blogs and look to see which of their blog posts did well on Twitter and Facebook and which ones did not. I typically list out all of the headlines in an Excel spreadsheet and list out how many retweets and Facebook shares each post got.
  • Step 2: Go to Tweetmeme, browse the topics in your industry and see what is trending well for the last 24 hours as well as the last 7 days.
  • Step 3: Head to Google Trends and Google News to see what’s also trending. You can perform a few searches to see what’s hot in your industry.
Now that you have a good understanding of what’s hot and what’s not, you want to come up with similar topic ideas to the hot ones. As these are the topics that people will most likely want to read and share on the web.

Be consistent

Now before you start blogging you need to know one really important fact.
When I first started Quick Sprout I blogged every week. I was very consistent and my traffic was slowly growing over time. But then I got busy and I stopped blogging on a consistent basis, which caused my traffic to stop growing and sometimes even decrease.
If you want to continually grow your blog, you need to learn to blog on a consistent basis. As John Chow states, a blogger who makes $40,000 a month from his blog, the most important aspect of blogging is to stay consistent.

Timing is everything

Once you start getting in the swing of writing on a regular basis, you have to start timing your blog posts.
Dan Zarella surveyed 1400 bloggers to find out when you are most likely to read blog posts. Do you know what the answer is? It’s during the morning.
So if you are going to publish a blog post do so during the morning as that’s when people tend to read them.
And if you are going to pick a day to publish a blog post, Monday and Thursday are the best days according to Hubspot, who analyzed 170,000 blogs.
If you want to publish blog posts during other days or times, that’s fine, but you won’t get as much traction compared to if you posted it during optimum days/times. One way to solve this is to start scheduling your blog posts like I do.

Time your social promotions

Based on an infographics by KISSmetrics, more than 50% of people who use the social web are based in Eastern Standard Time. So when you are timing your social promotions make sure you use Eastern Standard Time as your default time zone.
If you are trying to get the most retweets, 5pm EST is when you should tweet out your blog posts. Because 6% of all of the retweets on Twitter happen during 5pm EST.
On the other hand if you want to get the most traffic from Facebook, promote your blog posts at noon during Saturdays. This is when they get the most Facebook shares.
To get the most traffic from the social web you shouldn’t just promote your blog posts on all social sites at the same time. Make sure you use different promotion times for each social site.

Time your emails

If you have a blog you should be collecting emails. Whether it’s through Feedburner or AWeber, you want to collect email addresses so you can notify your readers when you have a new blog post.
Just because you are publishing your blog posts during the mornings on Monday and Thursday it doesn’t mean you should be sending out emails during those times.
Funny enough, emails have the highest open rates during the weekends. And they have the highest click-through rates at 6am EST. Who would have thought that people prefer to read emails at 6am on the weekend?
On the same token you have to control how many emails you are sending out because if you send too many you’ll notice that you’ll get a lot more complaints compared to if you only sent out a few.

Ask your readers

With all of the traffic you have coming from the social web, you should have enough readers where you can do creative things, like survey them. For example, I’ve surveyed you on numerous occasions on how I can improve Quick Sprout and what topics you want me to blog about.
Here are some of the responses you gave me.

ki question 

By surveying your readers on a consistent basis you can continually improve your blog. At the end of the day it doesn’t matter what you want, it only matters what your readers want. So start giving them what they want instead of focusing on what makes you happy.


If you follow everything I mentioned in this blog post you’ll have a popular blog that thousands of people will read on a regular basis. It doesn’t matter if you are starting from scratch or already have a blog… follow the rules above and you’ll get thousands of visitors to your blog.

crazyegg blog stats

Just look at the image above, within weeks of starting the Crazy Egg blog, my business partner and I were able to take it from 0 visitors to 9000 in less than 1 month because we follow the rules above.
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Learn how to enjoy life and nature rather than possessions. The next time you feel like spending money, head to your local park where you can enjoy the warm sun, green grass, and towering trees without spending a dime. 

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