Brian Hawkins

  • Setting Up A New Blog – How-to / Case Study Series

    This post launches a new series here on Hot Blog Tips that will help you set-up, launch, and promote your brand new blog. From concept to scale, we’ll follow what will surely be one of the most successful blogs the survival niche has seen. The questions this series will answer Setting-up a new blog is pretty simple these days, with the one-click installs and such.

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  • 5 Ways Evernote Can Make You Look Smart In An Interview

    Evernote is an app many of us use more than any other, including Facebook. You can use Evernote for many different things but in this post, I’m going to show you how Evernote makes me look smart in an interview. Whether you’re interviewing someone or the one interviewed, being unprepared can be disastrous.

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  • Failure And Painful Problems – It’s Time To Act

    Failure doesn’t suck. No one wants to see others suffer, and we certainly don’t want to experience it, but that’s how we grow and learn. How many times have you heard, “Find the pain points” when it comes to successful business? Ad nauseam, right? In this post, I’ll give one quick and personal story of failing to benefit from failure.

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  • Creating Original Content Struggles? Read This.

    Creating original content can be a challenge at times. No worries, this post offers several “very doable” content creation tips to help you create content that stands out because it’s something new. For me, this can often be the toughest part of blogging. Sure, I can come up with a ton of common blog topics to post on any given day. I don’t want to be common.

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  • Story It With SnapChat – Why You Should Be Snapping

    In this post, I’m going to show you why online businesses should be on Snapchat. Why YOU should be on Snapchat. I’ll offer some storytelling tips to use on Snapchat. I also embedded a couple of “Snapchat Stories” as examples of creative storytelling. Then I show you several people, you already know and follow that are working their Snapchat magic every single day.

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  • How To Focus On Content Creation

    Every blogger knows the importance of creating quality content. You might be surprised at how many bloggers struggle with staying focused on content creation. In this article, we’ll take a look at some of the best tips on staying focused to help increase productivity. This is an in-depth article so, by all means, pick and choose to your heart’s content.

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  • The Pomodoro Technique May Not Work For Everyone – All Of The Time

    Anyone serious about productivity has at least heard of the Pomodoro Technique. But does it work for everyone? Will the Pomodoro method help you become more productive? Let’s take an honest look at the pros and cons of using the Pomodoro Technique for productivity. Affiliate Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate and/or partner links, which means that if you purchase or u ...

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  • Year End Blog Post Ideas

    Time flies and the new year will be on us faster than a cape-wearing man flying in tights. Now is the time to be preparing for your end of the year posts and this list article is here to help inspire your creative side. Below are ten simple end of the year blog post ideas for you to run with. Affiliate Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate and/or partner links, which mean ...

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  • You’re Never Too Old to Have a Reason to Blog

    This is more of a personal post than a blogging tip type of post so feel free to skip out and join me next week if that bothers you. When I was a kid I can remember saying I didn’t want to live past 30 because that seemed so old. Let me tell you, I was pretty nervous at 29 coming up on my thirtieth birthday. lol I was really hoping I hadn’t been taken too seriously upstairs.

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  • Shocking! How Many Editors Work To Publish Your Content?

    I’d like to bring in a little perspective when we compare our blogs and the content we create with some of the mega-blogs we love. I’m going to use Social Media Examiner since Michael Stelzner is so open to sharing his analytics and processes. Social Media Examiner is a little over five years old and had over 15 million unique visitors last year and emails 325,000 people every day.

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  • Free Website Reviews by Real People – Delivered On Video

    I’d like to introduce you to a free online resource called Peek. Peek will review the usability of your website or blog, your website on mobile, or your mobile app. You simply enter your website URL, your name and email, and one of Peek’s reviewers will get to work on creating a short five minute video review for you – absolutely free.

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  • Note To Self – Because it works well as a Productivity Hack

    So I’ve been listening to one of my favorite podcasters, Cliff Ravenscraft, talk about how he’s getting back into journaling. Truthfully, that was a foreign concept to me but, for whatever reason, I had in the back of my mind to find an easy app and give it a try. Hey, I’m an open-minded guy if there’s a chance it can help me get the job done, I’m game.

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  • Grab Our Top 4 Subscriber Gifts – I Appreciate You

    For weeks now, as we careen into 2015, we’ve seen post after post on reflection, goals, and predictions. There’s nothing wrong with these insights, they’ve become an annual trend, of sorts. I intentionally avoided writing such a post but I still feel the need to welcome in the new yea ...

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  • Using Animated GIFs for Your Blog and Marketing

    We’re going to look at several ways of creating animated gifs and how we can use them to support the content of our blog. I’ll go over several free online tools that will help you make your gifs. You’ll be creating gifs from images, videos, and even SlideShare presentations in no time. What Are Animated GIFs First, I guess I should offer a quick definition of a gif.

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  • Why You Should Connect YouTube & Twitter

    With the frustrations we often have when it comes to social sharing automation, at first glance it may not seem like the best idea to connect your YouTube account with your Twitter account. In this post (and video), Sheryl will explain why it just may be in your best interest to link the two accounts after all.

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  • Blog Post Content Planning – Infographic

    I have something special for you today; a 2 Minute Reference Sheet for Blog Post Content Planning in the form of an infographic. I hope it’s special anyway; I spent 12 hours creating a 2 minute reference sheet. lol Below the sharable infographic, you’ll find a HTML version loaded with resource links.

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  • Create Shorter Vanity Tracking Links With A Custom Domain

    A vanity URL or tracking link is a shortened redirect we use for better branding and aesthetics. In this post I’m going to show you how to use a dedicated or custom vanity domain for creating fast and easy tracking links that are shorter and look better than most bloggers use. Why bother with short vanity links? Back in the day, marketers used link shorteners, ad trackers, an ...

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  • Review of Build A Blog Community by Adrienne Smith With Free Bonus

    In this post I offer my honest review of Adrienne Smith’s “Build A Blog Community” online course. I also put together my own subliminal guide, the “Simple Guide To Building Influence“, which I offer as a free download. I totally meant to buy this course right after the launch but I let myself get a little distracted.

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