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After a conversation recently with two local bloggers who were thinking of giving up blogging, I wanted to reach out to all of you who find yourself in a similar boat to them – managing the fine line of blogging with heart, but also being successful. Each of these two bloggers had come to blogging via different avenues, but neither of them were seeing the results they wanted.
Last week I noticed a number of people that I followed on Twitter had started using a new way of creating and sharing content using the Anchor App. For those of you who have not seen it here’s an example of an update I created on it earlier in the week: The idea is that one person records a short audio clip (under 2 minutes) on their smart phone (iPhone only I think at the m ...
This is a guest contribution from Tim Soulo. First of all, don’t panic. I’m not going to overwhelm you with time-consuming, overly complicated keyword research strategies. As a blogger myself, I appreciate actionable, no-nonsense techniques that help me start driving traffic, fast. This post will outline one such technique.
In this post I want to walk you through the basics of how to start a blog, and while I do, I want to answer some of the basic technical questions that many pre-bloggers need to answer to get their first blog up and running. There are many reasons to start blogging, but the challenge that faces all aspiring bloggers (including me back in 2002) is: how to start a blog? 5 Steps t ...
I’m regularly asked by those yet to start a blog what is the best way to go about it? Should there be posts already up upon launch? How many? Do I need a Facebook page? Should I be collecting emails? What’s the best way to design my blog to keep readers on site? What should I invest in, and what can wait? Starting a new blog can be a daunting, overwhelming experience, but it doesn’t need to be.
Sometimes, life just gets in the way of blogging. Sometimes your motivation is waning, sometimes work is too busy, sometimes the kids are sick, and sometimes you just need a break. But we all know consistent posting is one of the keystones to blogging success, and so sorting out a workflow that helps you be more productive or use your time more wisely can be one of the best things you can do.
There is an incredible opportunity for bloggers that will help improve the quality of their content, serve their readers better, and potentially help their blog rank higher in search engines – and not everybody is making use of it! While as a judge in a recent blogging competition, I was asked to consider the quality of 20 social media blogs, and what stood out to me was how dynamic content co.
Mixed news for you this week! Sad face about the Instagram algorithm, happy face about the Facebook Instant Articles WordPress Plugin! I also love the books for entrepreneurs (I’ve only read one, better get busy in that department!), and for the product launchers among us, plenty of tips from Michael Hyatt’s recent launch.
So much to chat about this week! Siege Media had me taking copious notes, as did Ramsay’s case study on conversions. The Middle Finger Project gave me an aha moment (and made me laugh!), and Copyblogger gave me something to aim for. Plenty in this roundup today, so I hope there’s something in it for you! How to Increase Website Traffic by 250K Monthly Visits | Siege Media The ...
In today’s 100th episode of the ProBlogger podcast, I take a retrospective walk down the lane of memories from my last 13 1/2 years blogging. I’ve learned some pretty huge lessons along the way, and back when I started in 2002 there were quite a few things I wish I’d known! I hope to share with you the top 10 things that might help you on your own blogging journey.
“Be not afraid of growing slowly, be afraid only of standing still.” — Chinese Proverb — Darren Rowse (@problogger) March 23, 2016 I tweeted this little proverb a few days ago because it encouraged me in a moment of personal frustration with the slowness of growth of one of my projects (something I’m sure many bloggers can relate to).
This is a guest contribution from Tom Buckland. Getting your first 100 sales is a huge milestone for any online business, and one we’re all quite keen to reach. This article outlines the strategy I used to generate more than 100 sales for my fitness business. The method itself can be extracted and used to promote your product or blog directly, and even if you don’t have a pr ...
This is a guest contribution from Jerry Low. If you aren’t already blogging, 2016 is the year to start. Blogging means improved visibility, more traffic, and more natural links. Keep in mind that 57% of companies that maintain an active presence on their blog have acquired a customer through blogging, and businesses that blog generate 127% more leads than businesses that don ...
Email list building! Shooting food while you’re on holiday! Productivity tips (and killers!) so much interesting stuff this week. How to Write a Book that Will 10x Your Email List | Sumome I will just say that this came at the right time for me. The very right time. 3 Experts Share Their Number 1 Tip for Inbound Marketing | Drum Up Blog If you’ve got a site and you want to sel ...
This is a guest contribution from Jennifer Johnson. Creating amazing content for your blog or social media accounts is only half the battle – the other half is making sure people see the content. And a major factor of that is timeliness. Timeliness represents a key characteristic of what engages readers.
There’s plenty of other ways to spend your time, and certainly easier ways of making money – so why blog? What are the benefits, really? Isn’t everyone moving toward social media anyway? The questions all boil down to one thing (encapsulated by Marcus Boswell): what does the modern blogger get out of blogging? Even if you love blogging, you probably still have wondered once or twice what fut.
If you have a business, and use your blog to promote it, today’s episode of the ProBlogger podcast is for you! I’m often asked about blogging as an adjunct to a main business (rather than the business itself), and the biggest thing people want to know is: can they do it solo? Is it possible to create and run a business blog when you don’t have a team of people dedicated to the craft? What I’m.
Have you ever found yourself stuck for ideas on what to blog about? If so, you’re not alone. Today I want to give you a gift to help you with that challenge. One of the most common challenges I see bloggers tackling is creating fresh ideas for their blogs. Recently, I spoke with a blogger facing this issue.
This is a guest contribution from Peter Banerjea. It’s a thrilling vision, isn’t it? You – a popular blogger. Writing posts that attract dozens of comments and thousands of shares. Your fans waiting with bated breath for your next post to ping into their inboxes. But the reality couldn’t be more different. You are just too busy – office, housework, family.
This is a guest contribution from Larry Alton. With billions of pages circulating around in cyberspace, chances are most of the content you produce is invisible and irrelevant. This isn’t a knock on your writing ability or creativity, it’s simply the truth. The majority of bloggers write about the same topics and use the same styles, which means everything tends to blend together.
Despite the rumours, guest posting is still an effective method to link building, getting the word out about your blog or brand, or simply forging relationships in any industry. But that’s only if you go about guest posting correctly: the wrong guest posting approach can get a website penalized, and put you out of business.
I feel as though Saturday rolls around ever faster these days, and I’m scrambling to figure out where the week has gone. This week was a doozy for internet learning – I took tons of notes in Darren’s podcast with SEO expert Jim Stewart, and I waded into Medium waters for the first time. Inside Medium: An Attempt to Bring Civility to the Internet | BBC Medium is fast becoming t ...
If converting traffic to subscribers is high on your list of priorities, you won’t want to miss today’s episode of the ProBlogger podcast, where I chat with “Conversion Educator” Tim Paige of LeadPages. Getting better conversions on our websites is something I think bloggers really need to know, and Tim certainly doesn’t hold back! Even if you don’t use LeadPages as a landing ...
This is a guest contribution from Raeleen Hooper. Once upon a time, people feared public speaking above all things – even death. But it seems we have a new contender. According to a survey of 1000 people by UK internet security firm SecurEnvoy, two-thirds of people are afflicted by “nomophobia” – the mortal fear of having no mobile phone.
This is a guest contribution from Tracey Jones. Have you been reading up on all those facts about how sites with slower page load times (more than 3 seconds) have higher bounce rates? Or how Google ranks slow loading pages lower than those that load fast? If you are alarmed for the sake of your website and its slowpoke page speeds resulting in bad SERP (Search Engine Results ...
Search Engine Optimisation and all that goes with it is an incredibly important part of successful blogging, but it’s also a topic than many find too advanced – particularly for beginners. It’s not unusual to get expert help in the area, and my guest on today’s ProBlogger podcast is the person I turn to for help with SEO here on ProBlogger and also Digital Photography School: Jim Stewart.
Recently while on Facebook I came across a quick technique for growing your Facebook page likes that was shared in a private Facebook group that I’m a part of. It came from Helen Edwards from Recycled Interiors (thanks Helen) and I think would be particularly useful for anyone with a smaller to medium-sized Facebook page.
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