Do you want to become a better blogger? Silly question, eh.
In that case, I’ve got some great news. The best way to become a better blogger is to blog. And to keep blogging.
If this blogging thing is difficult and frustrating, then you must force yourself to do it, and do it, and do it, until you get better at it.
As bloggers, we have to produce words daily – even when we don’t feel like it. Even replying to comments or e-mails is a good way to enhance one’s creativity.
Then there are a number of thing we can do to become better at this blogging thing. Quite a few of them… Continue reading “50 Ways to Become a Better Blogger”
When just starting out, it is quite clear that a blogger has no audience, so to speak.
0 followers isn’t inviting one to put his best content, of course.
As a matter of fact, I think that lacking an audience is far worse than earning no income from blogging.
The thing is, people tend to go about building an audience the wrong way.
I said, building an audience.
You have to build it, one reader after another. One great blog post after another.
But how exactly do you do that?
Easy. You network.
Continue reading “Networking for The Novice Blogger”
When I was six years old I decided that I wanted to become the richest man in the history of the world. I kept imagining what it would be like: to be powerful, to acquire such vast wealth that I could do anything I wanted. How I’d own houses and apartments in the most interesting of cities, how I’d conquer the world one business deal at a time.
As I grew older I realized that I did not want it. I mean, I did want it, but I wasn’t willing to pay the price. It did not want the journey. I just wanted to be teleported to the destination.
The same goes for blogging. Some people think it’s cool to blog. To write some words on a computer or smartphone, and then have a bunch of other people read and cherish said words.
But they do not want to pay the price. To enjoy the journey. The long and lonely walk towards their destination.
They do not know what to blog about, they do not know what their blog is all about. Quite frankly, most of them do not know what they’re all about. Continue reading “What’s Your Blog Really About?”
Yeah, yeah, I know what you’re thinking. Blogging IS social media. Well, you’re right. But you also need to take advantage of other social media platforms, if you want to find readers.
Yes, that’s how it usually goes: you find readers, not the other way around.
So, here are four fantastic tips if you’re a blogger on social media. Continue reading “Four Incredibly Easy Social Media Tips for Bloggers”
Blogging is more often than not a lifestyle, not just a hobby or a business, and this means that it’s not just about the time and energy spent writing content, but also doing research, editing posts, networking with other bloggers, obsessively checking stats, and answering e-mails, replying to comments…
It’s not surprising, therefore, that a lot of bloggers end up feeling overwhelmed by all this.
So what recovery options are available for the burnt out blogger?
Here are some of the more useful approaches I’ve found over the years: Continue reading “Blogging Burnout? Here’s How to Beat it”
“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… 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 “Big” Secret”
Earlier today I was having a Skype chat with one of my clients, John Grimley, and he asked me what is better when it comes to naming your blog: using your own name or deciding on a different name.
It kind of gave me pause, and I mumbled something, and then one of us changed the topic, and that was that.
But I kept thinking about it, and here’s my answer. Continue reading “How to Choose Your Blog’s Name”
Does commenting on other blogs bring traffic?
Can it be used as an effective strategy?
It depends on how you do it.
Some people do it horrendously wrong.
Let’s take a look. Continue reading “Commenting on Other Blogs: What Works, What Doesn’t”
How do you get more readers?
While the first (and most obvious) answer is to write quality content, the truth is that networking with other bloggers, especially if they are in the same niche as you, is essential to getting more readers.
And doing all that is as simple as commenting on their blog posts.
In today’s post I’m going to suggest eight tips for leaving comments on blogs that not only get (you) noticed but will compel others to visit your blog. Continue reading “How to Get Your Comment Noticed”
Let’s be honest for a moment. There’s no substitute for hard work, dedication, time, energy, and passion, and those of you who want a shortcut will be disappointed by this guide.
Of course, there are some things that you must do in order to be successful as a blogger.
So, yeah, let’s get down to business.
Continue reading “The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide To Blogging”