Does Your Blog Suck?

Does your blog suck?

How do you even know? You write posts, you’re excited about writing them, you publish them, and then… well, some folks do say they like them, but you’re not getting the kind of results you were hoping for.

But does this mean your blog sucks?

Does this mean your content is not good enough?

Or do you just have to be a bit more patient? Continue reading “Does Your Blog Suck?”

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What To Do When You Run Out of Words

Even though you do not want to think about it, there will come a time when you simply run out of inspiration for your blog.

You’ve been writing blog posts about the same topics for way too long.

You’re exhausted.

You just don’t know what to write anymore.

Not that you’re one to give up easily. You try to unblock your creativity. You start going back over old blog posts, rewriting them, trying to find new angles and new ways of talking about the same old thing.

You’ve talked about everything you know how to talk about four times over, from every conceivable angle. You’ve reworked all the posts you can. You are done. Finished. Finito. Really freakin’ tired.

Time to quit blogging and become a Starbucks barista, right?

Wrong. Continue reading “What To Do When You Run Out of Words”

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”

Why Being Bold is Essential to Having Success as a Blogger

There are thousands and thousands of other blogs that talk about the same thing your blog does.

Read that sentence again and let it sink in for a moment. With so many blogs talking about the same topics, how will you differentiate yours from the rest? How can you come up with new and interesting angles on the same topics for both your post and your overall blog theme?

If you don’t mind being just another blog among millions, just keep talking about the same thing. But if you want to be considered a successful blogger, you have to find a way to get noticed. You have to stick out from the crowd.

How do you get noticed? You gotta be bold.

There’s no other way. Continue reading “Why Being Bold is Essential to Having Success as a Blogger”

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”

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 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.”

[Blogging Mindset] The Secret

“The secret is in the line.”Charles Bukowski

When you first start blogging, it’s all too easy to daydream yourself into chronic procrastination. After all, you’re not where you want to be, so why not spend a few hours each day thinking up of all the ways in which becoming a blogging superstar is going to enhance your life.

At the same time, there are so many technical aspects, from themes to plugins to formatting, to images, to sharing videos, to… it’s easy to spend most of the time taking care of such stuff.

Then there’s the sheer quantity of available resources. Just think of how much time it would take you to read all the articles on this blog alone. Then the comments, to get a feel for what folks want or have tried.

It’s all too easy to forget what really matter when it comes to blogging.

What is that, you ask? Continue reading “[Blogging Mindset] The Secret”

Why The Titles You Choose for Your Blog Posts Matter

What is the first thing you notice when browsing a blog’s front page?

What grabs your attention when reading news articles? What makes you want to click on a link?

Yeah, the titles are that important.

And yet most people work hard on a post, and just before they hit that “Publish” button do they stop and think about their title.

It’s not how this works.

First the title, then everything else.

Why?

Because titles can be the difference between having your post read or ignored. Of course, there are no rules that will guarantee your post gets noticed, but you might want to consider some of the following. Continue reading “Why The Titles You Choose for Your Blog Posts Matter”

Blogging Mindset: If You Stand for Nothing, You’ll Fall for Everything

Truth be told, I could sum up this post with a simple sentence: Fight for your ideas!

We can get technical, we can list tens of rules of writing, blogging, curating online content, sharing it on social media, we can talk about properly formatting your blog posts, or writing captivating introductions, but the truth is that if you do not believe in what you are writing, if you are not in this with all your heart, then it’s all for nothing.

Like those books on body language that teach you various trick on how to feel confident… well, it’s more like how to display confidence. The truth that they cannot admit because no one would buy such books is that if you are confident, truly feel at ease with yourself, then it does not matter how you stand, how you hold your hands, and all that. Continue reading “Blogging Mindset: If You Stand for Nothing, You’ll Fall for Everything”