Trends #7: Paid Communities

Community-building is an integral element of a blog’s success. Now and always. But the problem is that a community without a barrier to entry will soon become noisy. Defined as a safe environment for people interested in building relationships that nurture growth, a community must first be built around a business model to sustain its growth, rather than mindlessly pursue as many members as possible. The Price Is the Incentive Because a community requires an…
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This Checklist Will Help Novice Bloggers Get Started Fast

If you’re reading this article, odds are you looked at blogging and thought to yourself, “Oh, I can do that. Writing a few posts a week? Earning some money from it? Piece of cake.” From the outside, it looks so simple, so easy, so fun, and so you rushed off to start a blog, write some articles, and publish them. But then you realized: this stuff is kind of complicated. It’s not as easy as…
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The 6 Most Underused Emotions in Blogging

We like to think of ourselves as rational beings. Intellectual curiosity enabled us to perform literal miracles when it comes to technological advances. But is it so? Or were we just trying to solve a problem that made us angry, bitter, or sad? We use our brains, yes, but it is our hearts that dictate most of our actions. If your aim is to persuade, you have to use emotions. The part that tells itself “I’ll have…
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Creativity and the Art of Blogging

Would you like to be more creative? I’m only asking because it’s really not as hard or mysterious as you might think. You might believe that creativity is determined by your intelligence, or by something even more difficult to define, like destiny. Not really. In truth, creativity is something you learn. It’s a matter of how you approach things, how you act and react to changes in your environment, and it all comes down to…
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Book a One-on-One Skype/Zoom Call With Me

Book a 60 minute one-on-one call over Skype/Zoom with me. Fun stuff! Here’s how it all happens: If you’re interested, you can click here to get started and book your one-on-one call with me. If you’re still not sure, read on. After you purchase your call, we’ll get in touch within 24 hours via e-mail, and I’ll ask you for a few details about your blog. Nothing too fancy. Then I will go through your…
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Are You a Beginner in The Art of Blogging? You Need to Read This Post!

I remember having an audience of zero. I remember having no readers, no traffic, no connections, no experience, no plan, no strategy, and no idea what to do. Another thing that I remember from my early days of blogging is that I felt like success was far from reach. I remember reading popular blogs, and I couldn’t even imagine that their results were even something that could be attained. It looked like magic, the way they shared their…
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Trends #6: The Polymathic Approach

The general advice when deciding on a niche for your blog is this: being as specific as possible will help you cater to your target audience. The more specific you are, the more you will attract a small number of people. That sounds about right… But at the same time, here’s the paradox: the more specific you are, the less capable you are of creating content that stands out from the crowd. What’s going on here? The Polymathic Approach to Blogging…
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The 7 Habits of Highly Ineffective Bloggers

Ever wondered how we learn a new skill? For instance, how does a baby learn to walk? Do they do it perfectly from the first try? Of course not. They fail. Over and over again. Learning, you see, is not about getting things right, but about failing in all possible ways until you figure out the one way that works. Well, when it comes to blogging, I’ve done all the mistakes possible. From the lousiest content strategies…
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Paid Newsletters: Substack or Revue?

The easiest way to make money from your blog is to be paid to create content. That’s the main reason a lot of bloggers choose to monetize their content through paid newsletters. Maybe the idea of being paid to send emails to subscribers seems strange, but if you think of it as an upgrade of the old donate button, a paid newsletter suddenly makes a lot of sense. Readers are willing to pay money for…
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