The Honest Truth About What It Takes to Earn a Living Blogging

From time to time, I write a post about making money blogging. It’s not often, because I think that all the other aspects of blogging matter a lot more.

Making money blogging is about consistently producing quality content.

Making money blogging is about networking and building an audience.

Making money blogging is about adding value to other people’s lives.

Making money blogging is as simple as asking yourself, “Would I pay to read a blog like mine?”

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You Could Use a Hack to Get More Readers, But…

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Eight years ago, when I first started blogging, there was no limit on how many blogs you could follow on WordPress.com during a twenty-four hour period. Or how many blog posts you could like.

To be honest with you, I had a lot of fun with this for a while, but then I figured that it was not worth the effort.

Why?

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[Podcast Episode] Progress Is Sometimes An Invisible Process

New podcast episode is live.

Just had an insight earlier today.

We often measure our success in growing an audience by the number of followers we have, how many readers we’ve gained, how many views we’ve had.

The truth is, there’s a different kind of progress that usually takes places behind the scenes, a kind of progress that is impossible to measure.

You can also find and listen to the podcast by clicking this link here.

Why Emotional Engagement is Essential to Building Your Brand As a Blogger

In today’s ultra-connected, information saturated online landscape, building a successful blog goes beyond simply producing content.

It’s no secret that many folks seek to build relationships with the bloggers they follow, so how does one go about creating and nurturing an emotional connection with an audience?

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What I Learned About Blogging from The King of Advertising

If you were to ask those who work in advertising who’s the person who got them into the industry, most of them would say it was David Ogilvy.

Called by Time Magazine “the most sought-after wizard in today’s advertising industry,” Ogilvy was a visionary like few others. He managed one of the most successful advertising firms in history, and he did it with the effortless charm of those we call talented.

So, yes, there are a lot of things the king of advertising can teach you about being a successful blogger.

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How Do Blog Posts Go Viral?

If you want to have a successful blog, you not only need to get people to read your content (duh!) but also get them to comment on and share that content with others.

So, what will make readers want to do that?

It’s not about the facts. It’s not about the knowledge you share. It’s all about how you make your readers feel.

Want to know how to write content that goes viral?

Read on to find out.

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Ah, The Joy of Being a Beginner Again

In case you missed the last couple of posts I shared with you, I am actively building a new platform on Medium.

If you’re just now hearing about this, or if you want to grow your audience on that platform, read on to find out how I gained over a thousand followers, earned over $100, and got a bunch of blog posts curated in a month and a half.

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The Ultimate Blogging Checklist

Come on, be honest. It’s like this blogging thing betrayed you a bit.

Once upon a time, you looked at blogging and thought, “Oh, I can do that. Writing a few posts a week? Piece of cake.” From the outside, it looks so simple, so easy, so fun, and so you rushed off to start a blog of your own.

But then you realized: this stuff is complicated. Blogging isn’t so much about writing blog posts as it is about juggling dozens of little odds and ends, all of them important, all of them demanding your attention, and all of them requiring you to learn something.

And it’s easy to drop the ball, so to speak, and not because you want to neglect anything, but because it’s too much to keep track of.

What you really need is a checklist of sorts — an itemized breakdown of everything you need to do to transform your blog and dazzle your readers. That way, you can stop trying to handle everything all at once and just go through it one step at a time.

So, that’s what I created for you: a checklist of 52 things you need to do to help you learn how to do this blogging thing well.

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Do You Want More Readers? Three Simple Questions to Ask Yourself For Blogging Success in 2020

When it comes to blogging, one of the most common questions I get asked is, “Can you still stand out in this crowded blogging world and get readers?”

Short answer: yes.

Long answer: let me explain.

It really doesn’t matter what platform you’re talking about, it doesn’t matter how things have changed in the last couple of years.

However, you have to be willing to:

  • Commit MORE time, energy, and resources than others before you.
  • You have to take a more professional approach, as the side-effect of a lot of competition is people becoming ultra-competitive about being the best.
  • Be consistent for at least one year.

However, even if you do all the above, success is far from guaranteed.

See, gaining readers is not just about writing great content. It’s not about following a set of rules.

You see, great blogging is a lot closer to an art than it is a craft. People often compliment their favorite bloggers by saying that they’re “talented.”

Of course, talent is a matter of investing time, energy, and even money into developing the skills required to succeed. Simple, but not easy.

Also, one of the side-effects of this over-crowded blogging world is that nowadays there are so many tools at your disposal, so many guides and tutorials, so much raw data to analyse.

If you want to build an online following, the amount of resources you have at your fingertips is endless.

So, if you’re thinking about taking your blogging to a new level this year, here are a few simple questions to ask yourself.

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