Darren Rowse

  • Community Discussion: How Do You Survey Your Readers?

    As the end of the year nears, you might be thinking about plans for your blogging in 2018. One thing that will help inform that is a reader survey. On both ProBlogger and Digital Photography school I do an annual survey, usually around November. As we plan our surveys, I thought I’d share some of the types of questions you can ask and give you a chance to share some of the s ...

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  • 9 Ways Influencer Outreach Can Help You and Your Blog

    Here on ProBlogger, we have a lot of tips on influencer outreach – how to reach out to influencers and pitch to them. Here are just a few of the resources we have available: How to Approach Influencers in Your Niche (podcast episode) How to Grow Your Blog by Interviewing Influencers 7 Powerful Non-SEO Reasons to Try Guest Posting But in this blog post I want to talk ...

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  • How to Create a Reader Avatar for Your Blog

    For several years, I’ve been using Reader Avatars (also called Reader Profiles or Personas) on my blogs – and I’ve found them very effective and helpful. To create your first reader avatar, you’ll need to spend some time thinking and writing about a type of reader that you’re either attempting to reach or who is already reading your blog.

    Darren Rowse/ @ProBloggerin Social- 8 readers -
  • 7 Common Newsletter Problems Solved

    Over the past few weeks, we’ve looked at why email newsletters are so important, what your email newsletter might look like, and how to choose the right service for you. So is your newsletter up and running yet? If the answer is “Yes”, is it working as well as you’d like? If not, then read on. I know a lot of bloggers find newsletters a bit daunting.

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  • Comparing Email Service Providers for Bloggers

    This is the third post in our Email Newsletter Series. One major sticking point for most bloggers who are setting up a newsletter is deciding what email service to use. There are lots of different, competing, options out there, and there’s no one perfect solution. Just in case you were thinking about it … don’t try to run a newsletter by emailing everyone through your regula ...

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  • 3 Examples of Content You Can Include in Your Email Newsletter

    This post is part of our Email Newsletter Series So we’ve convinced you that you need a newsletter, Or maybe you already have a mailing list set up and ready to go. Now, what should you send your readers? A lot of bloggers struggle with what to include in their newsletter. Unfortunately, it often leads to them emailing only occasionally – or not at all.

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  • What you Missed Last Week at ProBlogger Evolve

    Opening keynote at this year’s ProBlogger Evolve event. Photo credit Grace Henley Photography. ProBlogger training events have been something I’ve been running for bloggers here in Australia (and the region) since 2010. They started that first year with a hastily arranged event (in just a few weeks) for 120 bloggers who crammed themselves into a little suburban hotel here in Melbourne.

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  • How To Achieve Your Goals – Hint #1

    Friend – ‘Darren, I never seem to reach any of my goals.’ Darren – ‘What are your Goals?’ Friend – ‘…ummm….. ‘ Darren – ‘Do you have any goals?’ Friend – ‘Yes – at the start of the year I worked some out’ Darren – ‘So what are your goals?’ Friend – ‘….ummmm…. I don’t remember them exactly – there was one about making more money….

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  • 6 Reasons Why Your Blog Needs an Email Newsletter

    Do you email your blog readers regularly? Maybe you put ‘set up email newsletter’ on your ‘someday’ list ages ago, but still haven’t done it. Or maybe you have a newsletter list, but you haven’t sent one in months. You might think it’s optional – something you can do once you finish everything else on your to-do list.

    Darren Rowse/ @ProBloggerin EMail- 22 readers -
  • How to Craft an Outstanding Guest Post

    Last week, I explained why guest posting is so valuable (and not just for link juice). Then, one of our regular contributors, Ali Luke, wrote about how to find opportunities and pitch your post. Today I want to dig further into coming up with an idea and writing your post itself. As a guest poster, you want to provide a great post that readers love … but also one that helps ...

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  • 7 Powerful Non-SEO Reasons to Try Guest Posting

    This is the first post in our series on Guest Posting, with a focus on benefits other than just SEO, for a more successful and fulfilling approach to finding readers for your blog. Guest posting is not all (or even mostly) about SEO. My first experience of ‘guest posts’ was back in 2005 here on ProBlogger when I decided to take a month off blogging to have a holiday with V ...

    Darren Rowse/ @ProBloggerin SEO- 22 readers -
  • Evaluating Your Blog’s First Year: 12 Great Questions to Ask

    Firstly … congratulations on making it through your first year. A lot of bloggers don’t get that far. During this evaluation, we’ll take a look at key metrics for your blog, but we’ll also be thinking about what you’ve learned and accomplished over the past year. Don’t get discouraged if the numbers aren’t – yet – quite where you want them to be.

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  • How to Take a Break from Your Blog

    Do you ever feel like you need to take a break from your blog but you feel like you’ve created a monster that just needs to keep being fed and fear that stepping away from the blog could mark the beginning of the end for it? If so – you’re not alone. We all need to take a break from our blogs at one point or another – whether that be to have a break and get away on a vacatio ...

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  • The “Traveler” Rules of WordPress Plugin Management

    We get asked a LOT about what plugins to use, how to use them, how to fix them. We also get asked how you can make your blog look better, load faster, perform better. We’ll be answering these questions in our upcoming “Top 7 plugins for . . .” series. However, before we all go plugin crazy, here’s a sage story from ProBlogger Developer Mario Ricalde on the use of plugins and ...

    Darren Rowse/ @ProBloggerin Blogging- 19 readers -
  • How to Personalise Your Blog Like These 10 Top Bloggers

    Lots of bloggers seem to do everything right, yet they don’t see much success. They write well-structured posts, they pay attention to SEO, they know the ins and outs of their blogging software … but something’s lacking. That missing “something” can often be personality. It’s the difference between a blog that readers come across and instantly forget … and a blog that makes ...

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  • 44% Off the Best Thing We Created in 2016

    Black Friday is almost upon us, with Cyber Monday right around the corner – the ‘silly season’ has started and before you know it we’ll be panicking about the holidays and whether we’ve ended up on the Naughty or Nice list! Here at ProBlogger we’re busy working on some exciting plans for 2017, but paused to think about what we could do for you to round out 2016.

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  • Introducing the ProBlogger Job Board 2.0

    Today I’m pleased to announce that we’ve given the ProBlogger Job Board a complete overhaul. It now has new features those advertising to hire bloggers, writers, editors and more, and also makes it easier for those who are applying for jobs. The Back Story Back in 2006 I started to notice two emerging types of questions from readers of ProBlogger: From bloggers – How do I g ...

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