Today, Not Tomorrow

One of the biggest mistakes when it comes to blogging is Procrastination. With a capital P.

Folks thinking they’ll take blogging seriously TOMORROW.

Take action TOMORROW.

Or a week from now.

Or next year.

I’ll be honest with you. That kind of mentality is absolutely guaranteed to fail.

I see bloggers stagnate for years and it’s almost always a result of simply put, not taking enough action…usually combined with taking WRONG action based on awful advice.

It’s a vicious cycle.

But one that you can choose to end … if you want it badly enough.

Ready to finally choose success?

was $899

it’s now $499

THE 0 to 5K PROGRAM IS FOR YOU IF…

  • You’re struggling to gain readers
  • You seldom receive any comments on your posts…
  • You want to create a community around your blog…
  • You want to learn how to tell a compelling story
  • You want to blog like a boss
  • You want a big smile on your face every time you check your WordPress Stats

Well, this is the program for you then.

Six months of receiving feedback and pointers from me, on anything from the visual layout to the content. I’ll be offering you tips and tricks on:

  1. headlines
  2. introductions
  3. how to end your posts with a bang
  4. how to be a master storyteller
  5. how to use social media to your advantage
  6. how to network with fellow bloggers

And more importantly than all, HOW TO FEEL LIKE A PROPER BLOGSTAR.

If you want to take your blog into the blogging stratosphere, this is the right program for you.

A 44% discount. That’s insane.

499 bucks for a one-on-one, six months long, filled with advice, ideas, plans program with me.

Can’t get better than this.

Receive the kind of content that I do not share on this blog. Highly specific, incredibly detailed content that will help you take your blogging to a new level.

Today, not tomorrow.

Do not wait for tomorrow, do not vacation on Someday Isle.

It’s now or never.

Hurry before someone else decides to act, and you’ll be left wishing for someday.

Click here to enroll

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Sorry, but Good Content Alone Isn’t Enough

Content is king” is good advice, but I hate to disappoint… just delivering great content isn’t going to get you your first avid fans.

Facebook groups will, though. Networking with other bloggers in your niche will. Going where the conversation is and providing real value in the form of opinions will.

And, weirdly enough, this is the type of stuff that makes one feel sleazy. It feels disingenuous to reply to folks who share their opinions on the web, or to comment on someone’s post just so they can comment on yours.

Continue reading “Sorry, but Good Content Alone Isn’t Enough”

Why The Headlines You Choose for Your Blog Posts Matter

What is the first thing you notice when browsing a blog’s front page?

What grabs your attention when reading news articles? What makes you want to click on a link?

Yeah, headlines are that important.

Yet most people work hard on a post, and just before they hit that “Publish” button do they stop and think about their title.

It’s not how this works.

First the headline, then everything else.

Why?

Because headlines can be the difference between having your post read or ignored.

Of course, there are no rules that will guarantee your post gets noticed, but you might want to consider some of the following. Continue reading “Why The Headlines You Choose for Your Blog Posts Matter”

This is Why Nobody Gives a Damn About Your Blog

It’s not because you’re not good enough as a blogger.

It’s not because of SEO, or because Google changed their algorithms.

It’s not because of your niche.

The real reason nobody cares about your blog is this:

You don’t care about who’s reading.


This is the best marketing tool ever.

Here’s a neat experiment I did with this blog. When I first started it, I rarely responded to comments. I’d just approve them, and like the comments.

That was it.

I did, of course, do my best to provide the best content possible. I did my best to learn as much about blogging, to provide real value to my readers.

Then, a few months ago, I decided to change things: I’d respond to every comment, even if all I’d write was a “Thank you.”

You might say this is not impressive. It’s not this life changing idea, but the results were pretty amazing. Not only did my views increase, but also my revenue increased. By quite the margin.

Simply for replying to comments.

Now, ask yourself what would happen if you were to visit the profiles of the people who comment on your content, then read and comment on their posts too.

Hmmm…

Blogging is all about building relationships. And you cannot build a relationship with someone you don’t care about.

This is the best marketing strategy ever: care.

Care enough to respond to everyone back. Care enough to think on a daily basis what it is that your readers want to read. Care enough to edit and proofread your blog posts.

Care.

Just care.

Yes, you need to sacrifice writing time for this. You’ll spend hours replying to comments, answering to e-mails, but this will mean some of your readers will become more than just followers.

They become avid fans.

This is the way you build an actual audience. This is the way it has always been.

You cannot build an audience of thousands without first caring about the one.

You need to care about each and every single one of your readers. It needs to be one person at a time.

That’s it.

Care.

And your readers will care about you as well.


Being thoughtful is such a lost skill that it will instantly set you apart.

So care. Please, just care. Expect nothing in return.

And you’ll be surprised just how much you get back in return.

The 0 to 5K Program

I think it’s only natural to want to get better at things that are important to us, but when I look back at my past four years of blogging, I have not really done much to try and make my blog better.

I hoped that by writing every day, my writing would get better; maybe it has, maybe it hasn’t.

I hoped that by sharing my blogs on social media outlets like Facebook and Twitter that I would get lots of engaged followers, creating a community of engaged readers who would comment on my posts. That has certainly not happened.

That’s not to say I haven’t met some wonderful people online through my blog who have been kind enough to comment frequently on what I have written.

One of those people, David Kanigan, was even kind enough to offer a comprehensive set of recommendations about my blog when I asked him for advice.

But I’ve come to the point where I recognize that if I want to be a successful blogger, I need to commit to learning more about the art and science of blogging.

So when I came across Cristian Mihai’s 0 to 5K Program for improving my blog, it seemed like it was created with me in mind, and I made the decision to sign-up for the program. I’ve also ordered Cristian’s book, The Art of Blogging, which just came out this week.

This represents my first monetary investment directly related to improving my blog, and I am excited to get started. – Jim Borden

Our bestselling program, The 0 to 5K is currently discounted from $899 to $499.

But what is this program all about?

THE 0 to 5K PROGRAM IS FOR YOU IF…

  • You’re struggling to gain readers
  • You seldom receive any comments on your posts…
  • You want to create a community around your blog…
  • You want to learn how to tell a compelling story
  • You want to blog like a boss
  • You want a big smile on your face every time you check your WordPress Stats

Well, this is the program for you then.

Six months of receiving feedback and pointers from me, on anything from the visual layout to the content. I’ll be offering you tips and tricks on:

  1. headlines
  2. introductions
  3. how to end your posts with a bang
  4. how to be a master storyteller
  5. how to use social media to your advantage
  6. how to network with fellow bloggers

And more importantly than all, HOW TO FEEL LIKE A PROPER BLOGSTAR.

If you want to take your blog into the blogging stratosphere, this is the right program for you.

CLICK HERE TO ENROLL

From Zero to 5K: Strategy

To paraphrase Tony Robbins, if you feel that you are not earning enough money, and you want to make more, and so you ask for more, and someone hands you a dollar bill, do you have a reason to get upset?

So, do you have a strategy to getting from zero followers to five thousand?

And, no, hope is not a strategy.

Come on, tell me. Do you have a blogging schedule? Do you write and edit your blog posts in advance or frantically write and write and then just hit that publish button?

What are you actively doing to become a better blogger? What about better understanding your audience?

And what about the time and energy you invest in trying different strategies to grow your blog?

What? I can’t hear you.

If you aren’t doing any of those things, let me ask you this: how do you expect to hit a target you do not have?

Would you expect an archer to hit a target if we were to blindfold him and turn him with his back against the target? Continue reading “From Zero to 5K: Strategy”

These 5 Tips Will Help You Write Like Yourself

One of the biggest challenges a blogger faces is the search for one’s writing style.

Write like yourself… what does that even mean?

It means to know what best suits you as a blogger, and what best suits your personality.

Are you funny? Serious? Formal? Informal? Do you have an encyclopedic knowledge of the world? Is English your first language?

As you write more and more content, your style will develop naturally.

But there wouldn’t be any reason to write a blog post if I didn’t have some cool tips for you… you know… so you can end up writing like yourself much, much faster than other folks (who obviously don’t follow The Art of Blogging.)

Continue reading “These 5 Tips Will Help You Write Like Yourself”

Are You Serious About Blogging?

 

Do you know what is the biggest secret to growing Your Blog to thousands of adoring readers who follow every word you publish?

Would you like to know?

Let me be blunt: there are very few people in the world who can tell you.

The vast majority of so-called A-listers are bright but otherwise normal people who were in the right place, writing about the right things, at the right time.

Many of them pay thousands and thousands of dollars on advertising.

Why would they pay such outrageous fees?

Because they stumbled into popularity. Because they realize they got lucky, and they are desperate to seize the opportunity before it slips away from them. Little do they know, that we always make our own luck.

I turned this blog into one of the most popular blogs on WordPress to date. I did it by studying from all the great bloggers before me, I did it by implementing the advice that most suited my needs, and discarding the rest.

Through trial and error, I figured things out.

I’ll let you in on a little secret: stop messing around with blogs in your spare time. Instead, look at this like a career and get serious about mastering your craft.

“WHAT?! No magic traffic or monetization tricks?”

Continue reading “Are You Serious About Blogging?”

[Blogging Mindset] Details

Because I’m not partial to any manufacturer or OS, I do wonder sometimes what is it that makes Apple products so… fascinating.

What makes these products so successful, in the face of so many competitors with remarkable resources and manpower of their own?

Ever wondered about it?

Ever asked yourself why some bloggers get hundreds of comments a week, thousands of likes?

What makes the difference?

Details, my friend. It’s all about the details. Continue reading “[Blogging Mindset] Details”