July 15, 2013
Everyone wants to build a community on their blog, but many sadly fail. Maybe they’re attracting the wrong readers, and maybe they’re simply too focused on me, me, me. There are many different variables, but we first need to look at the difference between an audience, and a community. An audience is a group of people who may follow you, and (hopefully) enjoy what you have to say. A community is a group of people that not only follow you, but they have a larger interest, and are your most dedicated supporters.
When it comes to blogging, you want dedicated supporters, not just window shoppers. With anything, building something of value takes time. You cannot expect to build a community overnight, and you’ll be lucky to build one in mere months. However, the payoff is well worth it, and this community can follow you even if you completely change careers. read more
Tags: blogging tips, build a community, community building
June 28, 2013
Chris Brogan is CEO and President of Human Business Works, an education publishing and media company helping professionals become the best they can be. His book “Trust Agents” co-authored alongside Julien Smith, is a New York Times Best Seller, and the duo also went on to write “The Impact Equation”. When Chris isn’t busy speaking or working on his next project, you can find him blogging about social media, business, and more. In fact, Advertising Age ranks his blog number three in the world for social media/marketing.
When did you first get started blogging? In what ways has the landscape changed since then?
I started back in 1998 when we called it journaling. There weren’t comments. There wasn’t RSS. And more people wrote about a passion instead of tried to write to get attention only.
The design of your site is pretty fantastic. I’m a little jealous actually. Is great design important, or does the saying “Content is king” ring true?
Great design IS important. It’s the equivalent of an Armani suit and a Rolex vs a backwards ball cap and a tee shirt. Design actually triggers trust opinions.
What are some of the biggest mistakes bloggers make?
Bloggers write far too often from the opinion that others want THEIR opinion and not useful information, and MOST bloggers end posts horribly, without any good resolution or next action. Endings are most bloggers’ problems. read more
Tags: blogging tips, building a community, Chris Brogan, writing tips
June 26, 2013
With so many distractions hitting you from every direction, and, let’s be realistic, thousands of other blog posts written on the same topic as yours, it can be hard to keep things fresh. Content can often go stale lacking the life, and energy it once had. While you can continue writing as your normally would, there are a few ways to fire things up so to speak, potentially bringing more value to your readers. read more
Tags: blog ideas, blog posts, blog tips, blogging tips
June 24, 2013
Anyone can write a blog post, but fewer can create something that truly connects with readers. Tim Ferriss, a three-time New York Times Best-Selling author, has been captivating readers since 2007. From “How to Lose 20 lbs. of Fat in 30 Days…Without Doing Any Exercise” to “20 Things I’ve Learned From Traveling Around the World for Three Years”, Tim has a heavily shared collection of content on his Four Hour Work Week blog.
Of course, being a world renowned author definitely helps. However, there are several things we can learn, and apply with our own blogs… read more
Tags: blog writing, blog writing tips, blogging tips, write a blog post
June 11, 2013
I know that I have a lot of days where I do not think I have one good idea left in my brain. I have thought about every relevant blog post under the sun I could possibly ever write. There is no new news that is relevant to my blog niche and I am just in a rut. I know that a successful blog needs to have consistent posts, but I am just flat out of ideas. I know that in order for my blog to remain profitable I need to keep readers interested, but I just do not feel like I have anything interesting left to say.
Well, in order to fight this attack of the borings, I came up with a few blog post ideas to get me back on the right path. While all these ideas may not match your blog’s niche topic or audience, if you think about them long enough I am sure you can twist them to make them fit for your needs. Without further ado, here are 12 unusual and inspired ideas for blog posts for you to consider: read more
Tags: blog post ideas, blogging tips, writing tips
June 6, 2013
Have you ever had a nightmare when you’re driving alone on an empty road and you find yourself suddenly veering off a cliff? We’ve all gone through it: cold sweats, crumpled sheets, shallow breathing, and panic-filled thoughts. We all have nightmares that keep blissful sleep at bay. But you can’t sneak into your parent’s bedroom now for a reassuring hug.
What am I talking about again?
Blogging nightmares! read more
Tags: blogging tips, inspiration
May 13, 2013
Interviews have the potential to be so much more than just another element to add to your blog. When conducted correctly, an interview can produce a post that is truly one-of-a-kind and unique within your niche. Crafting quality interviews require care, consideration and these 5 essentials. read more
Tags: blogging tips, Interviews
July 11, 2011
One of my favorite things about bloggers is their willingness to experience pain. We all know the classic stereotype of ‘basement bloggers,’ but it turns out that the blogosphere is comprised of millions of tough-minded people who are (mostly) slow to anger.
How can I tell?
After blogging and writing professionally for a handful of years, I can say with conviction that writer’s block is one of the most painful and frustrating experiences I have went through in my life. Staring at a blank page or a blinking mouse cursor in the wee hours of the morning is dreadful.
Yet, like every other blogger, I’ve willingly put myself in that situation time and time again as I’m attempting to craft a new blog post as an Internet marketer. Over the years, I’ve picked up a few techniques from newspaper editors, other bloggers and great writing minds that have not only helped free myself of a lot of writers block, but they have also improved the quality of my work.
These seven ‘writing hacks’ have optimized my blogging and I’m able to find the right frame of mind on a regular basis for writing blog posts that I’m extremely proud of. read more
Tags: blog optimization, blog seo, blogging tips
March 28, 2011
Can you really write a quality blog post in 15 minutes? Yes, but that should just be your time actually writing the post, and not the time doing the research and preparing to write. I don’t want to mislead anyone here. If you are writing about a topic that you don’t know much about it could takes a couple hours just doing research. But a quick 15 minute article should be written about what you know, what you enjoy, what you are passionate about.
The part of writing an article that can take the longest is doing research. This is why I recommend making it a habit of doing research on a regular basis. This way, when it is time to start writing you already have a head full of information. But you can’t be expected to remember everything you read, so always do research with an eager mind and a ready pen. Write down any stats, thoughts, and figures that you think might be useful. read more
Tags: blog advice, blog writing, blogging tips, shortcuts
May 20, 2010
Did you know there are some very simple things you can do on the social Web (and you might already be doing some of them) that can get you blacklisted, meaning you’ll be labeled as an annoyance, a person to avoid, or worse — a spammer?
Suffice it to say, if you want your blog and your foray into blogging to be successful, then you need to avoid the 5 ways to become a blacklisted blogger described below.
1. Fill your blog posts and comments on other blogs with links.
If you want to annoy people or be labeled a spammer, then fill your blog posts and the comments you leave on other blogs with links. This includes links back to your own site as well as affiliate links, text link ads, and so on. Links should enhance content. They should not detract from it making it impossible to find the links that are actually useful vs. those that are just self-promotional or revenue-generating.
2. Only talk about yourself.
Follow the 80-20 rule where 80% of the content and conversations you publish and participate in on the social Web are not self-promotional and 20% or less are self-promotional. No one wants to read what you have to say if all you ever do is talk about how great you are or your business is and try to sell your products or services. read more
Tags: Blog Spam, blogging tips, BloggingPro