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I’m in full-on productive mode over here, streamlining and organising and powering through work (and housework!) to end the year with a bang. It’s such a good feeling to run with that momentum and before I know it, it’ll be Christmas and I’ll be in the sun, drink in hand, knowing that everything is under control. Nothing better! I hope these tips help you do just that.
Doing something of value is a basic motive that drives us in doing pretty much anything in our lives. Writing is a passion and there is a little art in every piece of content we create, irrelevant of the topic or the reason why we put the words in this sequence on the sheet in front of us. When we talk about blogging, we should consider the value of our texts, especially if w ...
As the editor of ProBlogger for the last three years, you can imagine I’ve seen every. pitch. ever. when it comes to guest posting. The most I see (and immediately delete) are the ones that are copied and pasted straight from a template, with a couple of ProBlogger links inserted, and obviously emailed to all and sundry in the hopes something might be successful.
As November winds up (and plenty of you are still enjoying what’s left of the Thanksgiving weekend), Instagram continues to roll out Snapchat-style changes, we have some epiphanies courtesy of Seth Godin and Unsettle blogger Sarah Peterson, and thinking from the point of view of our customers (those of us who have them!).
It can be argued that getting traffic is the number-one priority for just about every blogger – for reach, for influence, for authority, for sales… it’s what we all aim to grow. Over the years here at ProBlogger we’ve discussed traffic and how to get it over and over again. We’ve talked about how content is king (and also so is being useful), getting traffic without advertisi ...
Well now, wasn’t that an eventful week? I don’t know about you but it’s been hard to get my head around work and usual processes when everything has been shaken up so much. Social media was in its element (both good and bad, really) with election news, but regardless of what’s going on at the top, we have to keep on working and making our projects the best they can be.
This is a guest contribution from Larry Alton. Blogging is something that we all know we need to do. But as a busy professional with a weekly schedule consisting of non-stop meetings, conference calls, project deadlines, and personal responsibilities, actually making time for blogging can seem impossible.
New emojis have given me cause to celebrate this week, as has the encouragment of early sucking – read on! The Importance of Sucking at a New Job for a Year Or Two | Ross McCammon I can’t stress the importance of this! Even if the “new job” is your blog. You need to suck at it, and suck at it early so you can get better at it faster! Don’t be afraid of doing something other than perfect.
This is a guest contribution from Benjamin Brandall. Unless you’re writing instructions or technical copy, writing is a creative process. When writers are in the flow, they work in bursts of energy, hammering out paragraphs without stopping to think about editing. Unedited writing is, in the words of Annie Lamott: shitty. And so it should be.
We are hearing it from all sides – video is the new black. It’s where most of your audience are spending their time, and it’s one of the most successful (if not currently the most successful) content online. Technology evangelist Brian Fanzo tells us that video is the future. If you’re not producing video on your blog and social channels, you are missing out.
So much to talk about this week. Twitter killing Vine! Facebook ruling the world! How to get people to care about your brand! F8 2016: It’s a Good Time to Be a Publisher on Facebook | Jon Loomer Reassuring, isn’t it?! Facebook Launches Augmented Reality Selfie Masks for Live Video | TechCrunch And its creep onto Snapchat continues! Have you tried it yet? It hasn’t come to Aust ...
By Rachel Corbett of podschool.com.au. Podcasting is a great way to get your message out into the world but it’s also hard work. For every show that’s listened to by millions of people, there are hundreds with an audience consisting of the host and his or her mum. So before you buy the latest gear, don the headphones, and start sprinting towards your dreams of podcasting gl ...
Coming to you live from the city that spring forgot — it still feels like winter here in Melbourne but perhaps that means more time for working on our blogs and finding out what’s new in blogging and social media this week! As usual, it’s a diverse lot. 20 Unseen Instagram Tools to Grow Your Audience | Forbes I haven’t used all of these, but no doubt they’re helpful.
Sometimes it can take years before we find a good rhythm to our blog’s posting schedule. Some blogs suit smaller, bite-sized pieces every day (or multiple times a day), and some blogs get by on posting once a month. Darren gets asked A LOT how often one should post, especially when just starting out with a blog.
I don’t know about you but the fact we’re half way through October really freaks me out. I’m neck-deep in editorial schedules and I even wrote “2017” on a post the other day – where did this year go? As usual, the news that caught my eye this week is pretty diverse – small business blogging stuff, emojis, online courses, and case studies of folk who are doing it right online.
This is a guest contribution from ProBlogger Expert Kelly Exeter. It was the toaster that did it in the end. I’d been juggling work around school holidays. I had a book in its pre-launch phase. I was trying to figure out in which of my already tight days I could record four podcasts. And I was on deadline for two guest posts while trying to figure out what I’d write about for my own website.
I don’t know about you, but that was the fastest week of my life – I guess it has something to do with my kid going back to school, but honestly I blinked and all of a sudden here we are on Saturday again! I took mannnnnny notes this week, most of them about cool things to do in Instagram and on Facebook – gotta be ahead of the game! How Molly Yeh Became one of the Most Popular Food Bloggers i.
Hello and welcome to yes another weekend roundup read! WordPress tells me this is number 41: what a lot of ground we’ve covered this year! Plenty of these articles made me ponder the state of affairs (and my blog) more than they did teach me how to blog better – but I think some re-evaluation from time to time is a good thing.
This is a guest contribution from Jawad Khan. Do you have a mentor, or have you ever tried looking for one? If yes, you’d know that credibility, apart from the right expertise, is the number one quality a mentor should possess. A person doesn’t deserve to mentor you (or anyone) if he isn’t dependable and changes views like clothes.
As a blogger and social media strategist, there are a few things I absolutely would not be caught dead without. I have to keep on top of a ton of tasks in all my roles, and the faster and more efficiently I can get these done, the better! Having important tools only a click away makes all the difference in the world – hence why I love keeping my Chrome toolbar stocked with thi ...