The Five Essential Elements of an Influential Blog

What makes a blog influential?

Well… influence is often thought of as popularity. But in reality, popularity is simply the side-effect of another aspect of blogging.

How do we get people to pay attention to what we write?

A blog catches on just like any other idea spreads—it must somehow speak to people in a way that they want to hear.

Your posts must fill a human need, and that will most often be at an emotional level, no matter how practical we think our subject matter is.

The following are five components that I think are essential for a blog to gain traction and influence with its intended audience. Continue reading “The Five Essential Elements of an Influential Blog”

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Patr(e)ons of the Art of Blogging

22nd of April, 2012. Constanta, Romania.

A date and a place. A scrawny kid decided to start a blog. A date that is forever tattooed on this kid’s arm. He decided to write for an audience, even if he knew nothing about finding one.

It all seemed… difficult. Impossible. Like a dream from another life.

Yet he punched those damn keys every single day. Who am I kidding? He was writing with the equivalent confidence of someone whose voice is shaking.

He did not give up.

Even when he got 500 views during his first month of blogging. His total income amounted to $1.05 before taxes.

He kept writing, even though doubt would creep into his soul on his most lonely nights.

He kept blogging, writing about art, about books, about the things that inspired him, that set his soul on fire.

He knew one thing and one thing only: that he’d promised himself to never, ever give up. No matter what. He’d keep on writing, even if it killed him. Why? Because giving up on this dream would surely do. Continue reading “Patr(e)ons of the Art of Blogging”

The 8 Biggest Blogging Mistakes (And How to Fix Them)

Anyone can blog.

I do believe though that blogging is way more difficult than it seems. As a matter of fact, I think blogging is one of those things that seem so easy, so effortless…

But the more you learn about blogging, the more you realize that getting it right is no easy feat, and that you are making a lot of mistakes that you weren’t even aware of before becoming a blogger.

The sad truth?

Probably you’re still not aware of (most) of these mistakes you’re making.

But luckily for you, this post is not going to tell you what they are, but also how to fix them. Continue reading “The 8 Biggest Blogging Mistakes (And How to Fix Them)”

[CASE STUDY] Here’s How I Chose The Topics for My Blogs

Hi guys,

I think it’s time to start a new series. Case studies. Let’s analyze some blogs, some posts, some trends, statistics, all that.

Today: how do you choose your blog’s topic? How many topics can you choose? How do you make sure they work together, and you’re not actually alienating readers?

In order to answer all these questions, I am going to analyze my three blogs.

Curious?

Read on.

Continue reading “[CASE STUDY] Here’s How I Chose The Topics for My Blogs”

[Blogging Mindset] A Thousand Words

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. That may be true.

But a thousand words, crafted to perfection, written in the most clear manner possible, edited over and over again, those words can often leave readers speechless.

In a world of so many tech gadgets, of YouTube and Netflix binging, it feels as if the written word has lost its power.

But is it so? Continue reading “[Blogging Mindset] A Thousand Words”

Ask Me Anything: About Blogging

Hi guys,

It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these, and I thought it would be cool to answer some questions over the next days.

As long as you do not ask me to visit your blog and offer feedback, that is.

So, yeah, what do you want to know about blogging?

P.S. The best(or say, most interesting) questions will be rewarded with a free copy of The Art of Blogging. And probably the answers to those questions will be expanded into full-length blog posts.

So… what do you want to ask me about blogging?

90 Super Easy Tips That Will Turn Even a Novice Blogger into an Expert

It always sucks being the new guy. It always sucks to start something new, to have no idea what needs to be done.

And the truth is that, most times, the advice that is out there on the web is kind of confusing.

Which advice do you follow?

That’s why I am going to offer you some real simple tips. Ninety of them.

Super easy. Super cool. Super useful. Especially if you’re a novice, struggling with readers, with staying consistent, with everything. Continue reading “90 Super Easy Tips That Will Turn Even a Novice Blogger into an Expert”

What They Never Tell You About Blogging

Blogging isn’t what it used to be. It’s not exactly dead, it’s not dying, it’s just… different.

When I started blogging seven years ago, all you had to do was create a blog, share some decent content, be consistent, and you’d attract readers and comments.

And you’d be making some money too. Maybe even afford to become a full-time blogger if you managed to build a community of folks who were passionate about your content.

But now… things are different. Now, there are hundreds of thousands of blogs out there for every topic imaginable.

Stuff got complicated. We didn’t even have half of these words back when I first started blogging: webinars, landing pages, sales funnels, SEO, copywriting…

Heck, we didn’t even care much about headlines, intros, and formatting our damn blog posts properly. Just read this old post of mine on “blogging:” 3,647 likes, 508 comments, and all that as a reward for delivering some mediocre advice…

Nowadays, even with all this expert advice, even with all the e-courses and mentorships and books and tutorials, people are having a hard time.

Want to know why?

Because there are some things that no one ever tells you about blogging.

But I am going to.

So, if you want to make it in this brave new world, read on.

Continue reading “What They Never Tell You About Blogging”