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.

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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”

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.)

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[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”

How to Become The Blogger: 10 Incredible (But Simple) Steps

What if I were to tell you there’s an actual step by step guide to becoming The Blogger? Would you believe me?

Would you invest a few minutes of your time to read it?

Be careful though. This is the kind of stuff that has the potential of transforming your life.

We’re talking about some Tony Robbins walking on fire kind of stuff.

Life changing.

You’re not going to be just another blogger after reading this.

No.

You’re going to be The Blogger. The boss at blogging. The artist. The best of the best. Continue reading “How to Become The Blogger: 10 Incredible (But Simple) Steps”

The Concise Guide to Building Relationships with Other Bloggers

Contrary to what you might be inclined to believe, the web is not a safe haven for socially awkward individuals.

The fact that many bloggers struggle to get even one person to read their content means that they do not invest the time and energy into building relationships with other bloggers.

Because they don’t know how or because they think it does not matter.

Let me say this: talent alone is not enough. Lots of talented people died poor, sick, and alone precisely because they never thought of making friends with others doing what they were doing.

That being said, here are some things to keep in mind when interacting with fellow bloggers.

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The Three Most Common Mistakes of a Beginner Blogger

If you’re just now starting out, odds are that you’re figuring out that blogging is a lot harder than you expected it to be.

You maybe constantly ask yourself:

  • How do I come up with ideas?
  • How do I post at least once a week?
  • How do I get people to read my blog?

And these are but three of the million or so questions that aspiring bloggers ask themselves.

Oh, and did I mention the mistakes?

There are a lot of those too, mostly because it’s all so new, and there’s so much information easily available, that sometimes it seems impossible to figure out what is right and what is wrong.

So, let’s talk about the three most common mistakes beginner bloggers make — and how you can avoid them. Continue reading “The Three Most Common Mistakes of a Beginner Blogger”

Quality vs. Quantity: What Matters Most?

Quality or quantity? Which one is better?

A debate as old as blogging itself. Heck, as old as content creation itself.

We admire the “prolific” individual, yet we also stress the idea that quality is of the essence.

But the tricky thing is that it takes a long time to create quality content.

When you’re just starting out and don’t know the importance of headlines, let alone writing a brilliant one? Or an enticing intro to your blog post? Or proper formatting?

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