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Updated January 2nd, 2018 — Want to learn how to start a blog in 2018? I reckon I might be able to help you with that! This article was first published four years ago and has since helped thousands of bloggers get started. We constantly update it with the latest trends and information. I first learned about blogging back in college when I was lucky enough to sell some blogs for 5-figures.
Cats! You do it with cat photos. Thanks for reading. Just kidding… One of the most rewarding parts of running a blog is the community that springs up around it. Making your blog more interactive could be one of the best things you do. Here at Blog Tyrant I feel so fortunate to be able to read and respond to dozens of comments on each post.
Backlinks are still the major indicator Google uses to determine the authority of a blog. The better your backlinks, the better you’ll rank in search results. But they sure aren’t easy to get. Building backlinks is a tricky business because many of the “easy” ways go against Google’s terms of service.
Want some “free” resources? Here’s a massive list of Royalty Free, Creative Commons, and Public Domain websites where you can find photos, images, sounds, music, backgrounds, fonts, icons, logos and more. When you run a blog or website it can be a little difficult to find the resources you need without paying a fortune for them.
Looking for some new online marketing blogs to read this year? We’ve got a big old list for you! It’s broken up into a few rough categories to keep it somewhat organized: Blogging, copywriting, social media, graphics and UI and web design, analytics, SEO, WordPress, branding, affiliate marketing and eCommerce, email marketing, hiring and staff, videos and photography, and sales.
Almost every one of the millions of blogs that are started in 2018 are destined to fail and die a slow, boring death. This is not meant to be depressing (although it probably is…) because there are some practical solutions that we can apply in order to ensure that our beautiful blogs don’t end up in that sad category.
How would you react if you son or daughter said that they wanted to be a blogger when they grew up? For many parents, it’s unfamiliar territory. The other day I had a fascinating comment over on my Facebook page from someone who was concerned that their grandchild wanted to become a blogger. It was an interesting moment for me because, like many of you reading this, my famil ...
We’ve been writing (and promoting) long-form content for years now. But is its popularity finally on the wane? If you’re a blogger, journalist, marketer, or writer you’ll know about long-form content and the booming popularity that it’s experienced over the last few years. Much research and case studies have pointed to the fact that this longer format has positive effects o ...
If you run a blog or website you’ve probably heard about SSL certificates and the idea of moving your domain from the old http:// to the secure https:// version. It’s a very important topic. In fact, this is something that will affect the security, performance and even the search engine rankings of your blog.
Making money from your mailing list is one of the most sustainable income solutions for an online business. Why, then, are so many bloggers afraid of it? When I talk to new bloggers I regularly hear complaints about how they don’t want to “sell out” by promoting something to their mailing list. They feel like it dirties the integrity of the blog.
I’ve always been really interested in web design. In fact, one of my first online businesses was a small web design studio that helped local clients get a basic web presence and start ranking on Google. But a lot has changed since then, and many are wondering if we still need web designers in an age of free drag-and-drop WordPress themes, cheap A/B-testing software, heat map insights, etc.
The comment count on Blog Tyrant currently sits at 19,975. With any luck this post will tip it over to the 20,000 mark, something I never imagined possible. This seems like a nice milestone to write some reflections on how we got here, and what it has meant to me personally. I’m really not sharing this number to brag, but to take some time to share some tips and thoughts ...
Here are Blog Tyrant we place a lot of emphasis on getting email subscribers and building a mailing list that is engaged, happy and active. We also like to share practical and tested strategies for bloggers to try out themselves, and sometimes that means sharing the things that don’t work so well. Today we’ve got one such example.
Some important figures say that we should all stop guest blogging. It all goes back to an announcement from Google’s Matt Cutts about how the links that you acquire through guest blogging will no longer be all that useful and could, in some cases, actually do some harm to your blog’s SEO practices.
Blogging is just so 2005. Why bother…? Every now and then someone stumbles upon Blog Tyrant and leaves some feedback a little bit like that. What is perhaps interesting is that I don’t entirely disagree with them. And that got me really thinking about what blogging is and whether or not it has passed it’s use-by date as a concept in the age of video, podcasting and perha ...
I’ve always been a little skeptical of Facebook ads and boosts. Partly this is because I’ve never been very good at running them, and partly because I’ve never felt like the traffic on Facebook was as “buy ready” as Google’s. So what happened when a boosted post of Blog Tyrant’s received over 500 shares? Well, the results were quite mixed and, as you’ll see below, there are ...
Almost every entrepreneur uses email throughout the day, but not that many know how to mitigate risks, make it more efficient, and take it to professional levels. Whether you are negotiating a new deal, making fresh contacts, or trying to build a mailing list to sell your products, there are a few tips you should know to maximize your chances of success.
Even the best content runs into trouble when the blog it’s on is so ugly that readers leave before giving it a chance. The good news is that there are lots of ways we can spruce up our blogs in order to make them more appealing, effective and engaging by taking advantage of plugins, tools and some little tricks of the trade.