[Blogging Mindset] Take Your Time

Have you ever stumbled upon someone’s blog and after reading a few posts ended up wishing your own blog had content that good?

Have you ever read a piece that was so wonderfully written that it made you feel like an amateur?

Now for the big questions:

  • Why aren’t you writing content that good?
  • Why isn’t your content profound?
  • Why can’t you write thought-provoking content that will send your blog to the stratosphere?

Are you satisfied just to shake it a little instead? Continue reading “[Blogging Mindset] Take Your Time”

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Great Blogging is a Conversation

Have you ever been on a date with someone who can’t stop talking about themselves?

You know the type. They go on and on about their plans for renovating the guest bedroom, battles with back spasms last weekend, or their latest accomplishments.

The topics are seemingly endless.

Along the way, you might pick up an interesting fact or two, but when you finally extract yourself from them, you feel annoyed (“That’s 30 minutes of my life I’ll never get back”) and maybe even angry (“The jerk never asked me about my family”).

And, yes, there is a blogging equivalent of that guy. That is, they breathlessly expound about themselves without actually addressing what’s in it for the reader.

So, how do you avoid being that guy? Continue reading “Great Blogging is a Conversation”

How to Get Your Comment Noticed

How do you get more readers?

While the first (and most obvious) answer is to write quality content, the truth is that networking with other bloggers, especially if they are in the same niche as you, is essential to getting more readers.

And doing all that is as simple as commenting on their blog posts.

In today’s post I’m going to suggest eight tips for leaving comments on blogs that not only get (you) noticed but will compel others to visit your blog. Continue reading “How to Get Your Comment Noticed”

A List of Six Types of Blog Posts That Always Get Read

Be honest. You’ve asked yourself many times what are the types of blog posts that folks read.

After all, you’re doing this because you do want your words to matter, right? You do want folks to read your words and ideas and maybe even act on them.

So, what are the types of blog posts that always get read? Oh, and can you use these powerful types of articles on your own blog?

Let’s find out, shall we?

Continue reading “A List of Six Types of Blog Posts That Always Get Read”

Blogging is All About Adding Value to People’s Lives

Why do you blog?

Simple question, right?

But…

What you choose to answer determines how successful a blogger you’ll be. And rather than reporting news, or covering a certain topic or two, or attempting to make money, sell products, I am going to tell you that you should focus on making your readers better at what they do, whether that skill is blogging, marketing, or gardening.

Believe it or not, blogging is all about adding value to other people’s lives, and in this post I am going to explain how powerful this model truly is. Continue reading “Blogging is All About Adding Value to People’s Lives”

This Is Why You Should Rewrite and Republish Old Content

It’s not enough to just write and publish posts. 

One of the bittersweet truths of blogging is that you have to market and promote your posts. You also shouldn’t let your old posts suffer in the archives purgatory.

You don’t want to write each blog post and then forget about them because your audience sure won’t.

Keep reading to learn why you should rewrite and republish old blog posts.

Continue reading “This Is Why You Should Rewrite and Republish Old Content”

What Sets You Apart as a Blogger?

How do you stand out in this crazy, over-crowded blogging world?

What sets you apart from all the other tens of thousands of other blogs in your niche?

If you do not know, if you hesitate before answering, odds are that you are not getting the results you want from your blog.

After all, being average, fitting in is synonymous with failure.

So, how do you stand out from the crowd?

Here are a few ways to do just that: Continue reading “What Sets You Apart as a Blogger?”

The 3 Step Guide to Amazing Blogging

What do you do in a world inhabited by well over 200 million blogs? Why’s anyone going to read yours?

Every niche, every topic, every angle has been covered. The competition for attention and traffic is fierce. But there’s still room for your blog . . . if it’s amazing.

A blog is trivially simple to start, but not so easy to keep rolling. There are so many factors — traffic, social media strategy, design, monetization. If you try to absorb everything at once, you’ll be too overwhelmed to keep going.

It’s important to learn and grow, but you also want clarity more than anything else. You need a plan.

If you make sure you don’t stray too far from these three points, your best path will get a lot easier to find. Continue reading “The 3 Step Guide to Amazing Blogging”

Do Your Readers Trust You?

Those who blog for fun and those who blog in order to earn a living out of it seem to be on two ends of a spectrum. On the one side: logic, strategy and profits. On the other: empathy, passion, and heart.

There’s one point where they do come together, though. Whatever moves you to build an audience for your content, you need to inspire one key response.

More than admiration, money, or attention, you need to earn your audience’s trust. Continue reading “Do Your Readers Trust You?”