Four Incredibly Easy Social Media Tips for Bloggers

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”

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Blogging Burnout? Here’s How to Beat it

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”

[Blogging Mindset] The “Big” 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… 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”

How to Choose Your Blog’s Name

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”

How to Get Your Comment Noticed

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”

Everything You Need to Know to Create Exceptional Content in Just Eight Hundred Words

It seems to me that we bloggers get caught up in thinking about monetizing our blogs, or the design elements, or SEO; while the major focus of our time should be on our writing.

I’m often asked how I got over 136,000 readers for my blog, and the answer I offer folks might seem like there’s some trick that I do not want to share with them.

This is the answer. This is how you become successful as a blogger: create exceptional content, and the readers will come. Content is king, as they say, and that should be the focus of 90% of your efforts. Continue reading “Everything You Need to Know to Create Exceptional Content in Just Eight Hundred Words”

50 Ways to Become a Better Blogger

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”

See, Read, Think, Feel

You can tell. Just after reading the first few sentences, you know. Reading that blog post is going to change you.

In fact, you are so affected by its message you can’t help but share it.

We’ve all experienced content like this. But the question remains: how to create it?

If you’re serious about blogging, your goal is to create content that makes people pay attention, think, and feel.

And I believe that we should keep in mind these very elements as we do our best to craft an experience that will have a profound effect on our readers. Continue reading “See, Read, Think, Feel”