November 29, 2013
Years ago no one took blogging seriously. Blogging was for people who wanted to write about their hobbies or have their own little journal on the internet. Now it’s a requirement to have a blog for your brand or business. If you still don’t have a blog of your own, you are missing out big time!
In this post I’m going to tell you exactly why you need to have a blog and how you can grow your brand and reputation in the process. Before we get started, I’m going to tell you a bit about myself.
I first started making money online in the mid to late 90s, and I didn’t start blogging until 2007. This was a huge mistake to wait this long, but when I did finally start blogging, I saw immediate returns. The first blog I started was the main blog I still run today, which is at ZacJohnson.com. The blog is all about my journey in the world of online marketing and blogging. Since the launch of the blog I’ve been able to refer over $5 million in new business to my site partners, teach others how to make money online and also open up a whole new world of opportunity… such as being a keynote speaker in Australia, appearing on Fox News and ABC News, writing my own book and much more!
Enough about me… now I want to share my secrets on how you can do the same! read more
Tags: blogging tips, branding, online reputation
November 27, 2013
Every crowd has “that guy” or “that gal” who are often the subject of annoyance, and the blogging community is no exception. Here is just a small lists of don’ts, and we’d love to hear some of your annoyances in the comments below…
Don’t Ask To Exchange Links
If you have a good or decently ranked blog, chances are you’ve received requests to “exchange links,” which is basically a fancy way of saying promote me on your blog, and I’ll promote you back. Link exchanges happen all the time, and is often to help with SEO even though Google has openly commented on such practices. Other times, it’s just to try and get free promotion.
However, it’s an incredibly ineffective approach, and 99 percent of the time, the site that someone wants linked is complete crap. Back in the day, I remember getting requests for sites that had absolutely nothing to do with my own. If someone naturally enjoys your blog, and/or is inspired by something you write, they will link to you. That’s not always the case though, and asking to “exchange links” is a quick way for someone to exchange your email for something more important, like a chain email from their Aunt Betty. read more
Tags: Blogging, blogging tips
November 26, 2013
How cool would it be to have smart people write the drafts of your future articles? Where all left for you to do is add some personal touch to it and hit “Publish”. Amazingly cool, right? Well, I know at least three places with amazingly good content, that can be easily transformed into articles on your own blog. And I will happily share them with you, guys.
I’ve been using Quora to “steal” some amazing crowdsourced content for a very long time now. Just put your topic into a search box and browse the discussions by some of the world’s smartest people. But not only that! Ask your own question there; then sit down and wait for these guys to come up with infinitely valuable responses. Doesn’t it look like a great source of drafts of your future articles? It surely does, if you ask me. You may even want to follow certain topics or guys to stay up to date with the activity in your field. Kinda like “get article drafts on autopilot”. read more
Tags: blogging tips
November 21, 2013
Chris Ducker is an entrepreneur, and Founder/CEO of Virtual Staff Finder and Live2Sell. In 2010, Chris ventured into blogging, and quickly became the outsourcing authority. In this interview, we talk about how he amassed a large following, the biggest blogging mistakes and more.
You’ve been very successful in business, most notably with Live2Sell, and it wasn’t until 2010 that you got serious about blogging. Were there tips/best practices that you applied from the business world?
Being original is number one in business. If you want to do anything in business now, you’ve got to be as original as possible because it’s becoming more and more complex. The second thing is just be consistent in what you’re doing whether it’s a podcast, building out a YouTube channel, or creating a blog.
I decided to make a quality design of the blog (Virtual Business Lifestyle) apparent from the outset. I didn’t want it to look just like any other blog out there. I wanted to try and stand out, and be as original as I possibly could. When I first started Virtual Business Lifestyle, I was blogging three times a week pretty religiously for almost a year, and it certainly helped to drive more traffic to the site, increase opt-ins, and overall get the blog in front of as many people as possible. read more
Tags: blogging tips, Building A Blog, Chris Ducker
After reading the recent article on making the most of our blogs, I started thinking about radio. It has the possibility of allowing even more people to interact with your blog and cultivate respect for it. Radio has been around for a long time but for 100 years it had a big problem. The communication was only one way. People listened in their homes and cars but there was always a separation between the speaker and the audience. People couldn’t connect with the speaker on a personal level and so they weren’t as engaged in the content. Internet broadcasting has solved that problem with services such as: read more
Tags: blogging tips, broadcasting
October 6, 2013
Blogging has become so huge and powerful that top marketer and direct response pioneer, Rich Gorman, believes it shouldn’t be ignored.
In fact, Rich Gorman has been blogging for years now and he credits a large part of his success as a marketer and business person to his blog.
So, what does Rich Gorman have to say about blogging? read more
Tags: blogging tips
September 26, 2013
Kicking off a new blog can be exciting, and that alone can help you stay motivated. You have these ideas, you get to work creating the site, designing it and creating content. However, that excitement can get the best of us, and things come crashing down when you are not seeing the results you had hoped for. We all have certain expectations, and we all want to see massive success from whatever project we are working on. In the blogging world though, success is far from an overnight process. In fact, it’s more of a work-till-your-hands-bleed kind of process, requiring hundreds, even thousands of hours.
Several times I can easily recall just wanting to give up. I had put together what I felt to be a great blog, and written many what I felt to be great posts. Unfortunately, traffic was far from great, and it seemed like I had created yet another blog to get pushed aside from all the noise coming at every which direction. If you are trying to get a blog off the ground, or have but are struggling to stay motivated, here are several tips:
Have A Plan
The majority of problems stem from improper planning, or lack thereof. If you don’t know where you are going, how can you expect to get there? (Tweet This) Naturally, I’m a big procrastinator, and when it comes to putting a plan together, I want to gravitate towards flying by the seat of my pants. “Things will work themselves out” or “You can work on that tomorrow” are common thoughts that pop in my head. However, the lack of a plan is one of the quickest paths to failure. read more
Tags: blog advice, blogging tips, Stay Motivated
September 17, 2013
When it comes to competition, we often look at people or businesses in our respective niches as enemies, and those we must beat. No matter what you blog about, chances are there is more than a small handful of people writing about the same thing. And if you sell ebooks, courses, consulting, etc., you can be sure others are as well. Naturally, we are designed to compete because before the days of modern science and technology, if we lost, we died.
Quite frankly, looking at your competition as enemies or “the bad guys,” is an absolutely backwards line of thinking. It is perfectly normal to think that way, but you are doing yourself and your blog a total disservice by not using competition to your benefit.
Gain Valuable Insight
No matter how smart or “on top of things” you think you are, there are people out there who will prove you wrong. Sometimes, there might be areas that you have overlooked, or ways of interacting with your audience for example that you never thought about before. Also, there could be valuable tools you never heard of, and maybe even ways of crafting your content to keep readers more engaged. read more
Tags: blog tips, blogging tips, competition
September 13, 2013
It’s so easy to get drowned in the convenience of living online. While we always hear about the “dangers” of neglecting “real” life because of online activities, it still is easy to fall into the trap of not going outside and interacting virtually most of the time.
For bloggers and other online professionals, the case may even be worse. Marketing, analysing stats, commenting, looking for exposure, updating – the list of online activities goes on and on. But have you ever thought about going out in the real world and taking engaging in some offline activities – not only to enjoy yourself but also to benefit your blog? read more
Tags: blogging tips
September 10, 2013
The blogging realm is constantly buzzing along, and according to Technorati, two new blogs are creating every second. The craziest part is that statistic was published in 2006, a time when blogs were in their infancy, and very few were creating successful businesses from them. I’m not sure about you, but when I had my first idea for a blog, or any ideas for that matter, I get really excited. I start thinking of possibilities, how to structure the site, and so on.
Also, my aspirations can get the best of me, and I feel that it’s going to be a huge success right out of the gate. However, success is not something that just happens, but takes time to manifest based on a bunch of different factors. Before kicking off your next blogging adventure, don’t go too crazy, and jump off the deep end. First, ask yourself these three questions:
Do I want to make money, or do I just want to build something for fun?
Depending on your goals, you may want to monetize, or just start up a new pet project. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with monetizing a blog, but if your main aspiration is to make money, you’re going to have a bad time. Making money blogging has no eight step program, and there sure as heck is no such thing as a “set and forget” system. read more
Tags: Blogging, blogging advice, blogging tips