Did you know that 99% of all those who start a blog quit within the first few months? And, out of that 1%, most never get to reach more than a hundred folks?
And, yes, they all consistently create content that adds value, which means they’re good, really good.
So? What’s missing?
Well… the truth is that you also have to set up an audience that will follow and engage with your content regularly, people who engage with your content when you publish something new, and keep coming back for more.
In fact, these loyal/target audience will advertise your blog both online and offline.
The tricky part, of course, is building such an audience.
If you spend the next few minutes reading this blog post, you’ll discover 5 simple trick to connect with your readers and turn them into avid and loyal fans. Continue reading “How to Connect With Your Readers”
A blank page.
There’s nothing more terrifying for a writer. Not an actual blank page, of course, but a Word Document with no words on it, that mysterious absence of words that is amplified by us staring at the white screen of death for so long that we feel our brains exploding.
You think and think and think, but nothing is happening, no matter how hard you try.
It makes you feel… powerless. Frustrated. Angry. Sad. Bitter. Sure, it’s your mind, your thoughts, your words, but there’s a bit of magic to writing, like Tinkerbell sprinkling lost boys with pixie dust and enabling them to fly.
No amount of happy thoughts will help you fly without the pixie dust. You need that extra bit of magic, that spark that makes your words take flight.
Where does that magic come from?
Well, from your blogging muse, of course. Continue reading “How to Find Your Blogging Muse”
It hurts when a post you worked and worked on doesn’t get any comments. It’s heartbreaking when no one shares your content, when you can’t help but feel like your words aren’t worth someone else’s time.
And you start to ask yourself, “How do I get more people to read my blog? How do you I earn a bit of income from my writing?”
Sometimes you ask yourself why, sometimes it’s how, depending on the despair and resentment you’re feeling.
Want to know the truth?
You’re asking the wrong questions. Continue reading “It’s not YOU, it’s THEM”
The first rule of writing anything worth reading?
Write what you want.
Write what you know.
Write about stuff that sets your soul on fire.
No matter how you word it, the truth is that one should write about the stuff they’re passionate about.
There are at least a dozen articles on this blog alone that urge you to always think of the reader, and what such person might want to read from you.
So, what is one supposed to do?
Read on to find out. Continue reading “[Blogging Mindset] A Balancing Act”
Ah, bullet points! What would blog posts, sales letters, and sketchy PowerPoint presentations be without them?
All jokes aside, bullet points are important because:
- Well… readers like them.
- But typical bullet points are sort of lame … much like this one.
- So let’s start making our bullet points fascinating.
Continue reading “The Basics of Writing Bullet Points”
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.”
On average, 8 out of 10 people will read the title of your blog post, but only 2 out of 10 will read the rest. This is why a great headline is so important.
The better the headline, the better your odds of getting your content read by more people.
Writing a great headline still means that you need to write the best post you can, but great writing with a bad or even generic headline is doomed to go largely unread.
So, how do you write a great headline for your post? Continue reading “How to Write a Great Headline”
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”
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?”
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”