Want More Traffic? Here’s How.

Sometimes I ask myself if there’s more to this blogging thing than being addicted to traffic.

You start a blog, or a YouTube channel, create a podcast, whatever your passion may be. You put some content out there, and a few people stop by and compliment your work.

That’s when the madness starts.

You start to go online for traffic strategies, going to webinars instead of movies, and even studying blogs like the Art of Blogging. Hehehe.

But you know what?

I feel you. And because I went through this myself, I am going to share a few strategies with you. Continue reading “Want More Traffic? Here’s How.”

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8 Blogging Mistakes that Waste Your Readers’ Time

The Internet has made it possible for us to live in a world of “information overload.” A few clicks, a few swipes on a smartphone, and we have access to more ideas, blog posts, and news stories than we could ever possibly consume.

It’s hard to remember — or imagine, if you’re that young — when information was a scarce resource. But time is still a scarce resource. And with this much information easily available, you must treat your readers’ time with respect when they give it to you.

Especially if you want to build trust with your audience so they give you more of their time in the future.

The curious paradox is that even though it doesn’t cost anything to publish blog posts, send emails, share our life with others through social media updates, if you’re not adding value with those pixels, you’re wasting the time of your readers.

And time is an irreplaceable resource. Time is precious. We all know it.

So avoid these eight common blogging mistakes below at all costs. At all costs. Continue reading “8 Blogging Mistakes that Waste Your Readers’ Time”

What Do You Want Your Readers to Do?

Why do you blog? Why did you choose to blog about your topic? What do you get out of it? What are we, your readers, getting out of it?

And, finally, are we doing what you want use to do? Following your blog, downloading your ebook,  signing up for your newsletter?

These are all important questions that you must answer. Be honest. How much time do you spend thinking about these questions?

Do you know your why?

How do you get your readers to do what you want them to do?

Well, there’s this secret technique that only a select few of the blogging world know about.

You get your readers to do something… by asking them.

Annoyed? Think I’m pulling your leg?

Don’t be. Most of your blog posts don’t do it.

And that’s why your readers never do what you want them to do. Continue reading “What Do You Want Your Readers to Do?”

How to Write a Fantastic “How To” Blog Post

Imagine writing a blog post so brilliant that it gets retweeted thousands of times. Shared over and over again on Facebook. Wouldn’t that make your heart skip a beat or two? Wouldn’t that make you feel like a boss?

Well, by the time you finish reading this post, you’ll be on your way to making that vision a reality. Continue reading “How to Write a Fantastic “How To” Blog Post”

TRUST: And How to Lose It

“But the phenomenon of reputation is a delicate thing. A person rises on a word and falls on a syllable.” – Don DeLillo, Cosmopolis

This online world is a bit strange. It allows us these great tools to reach people half a world away, in truly ingenious ways, and yet trust is still essential to how others perceive (or act upon) our message.

And when your readers lose their trust in you they stop engaging with your content, and the odd thing is that this might not be about what you write, but rather the stuff you don’t write.

Here are seven ways you might be losing their trust. Continue reading “TRUST: And How to Lose It”

Four Easy Ways to Get More Blog Subscribers

What’s the quickest, simplest way to get more subscribers to your blog?

Think about it.

The absolute easiest way.

Well, to ask them to subscribe, of course.

It’s so obvious it almost makes no sense, right?

And yet there are a lot of bloggers who not only fail to ask people to subscribe to their blog, but they make it difficult to subscribe.

So, believe it or not, you can gain an advantage over your competition by simply making it easier to subscribe.

Here are four small changes that will boost your conversion rate right away: Continue reading “Four Easy Ways to Get More Blog Subscribers”

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.

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.

Continue reading “The Concise Guide to Building Relationships with Other Bloggers”