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”

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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”

Being Famous on Social Media

I already know what you’re thinking.

But what about all the influencers advertising all sorts of products on Instagram? What about the impact? The sales of their own products?

It’s almost a rule of the universe that as long as you’re being true to yourself, fame, fortune, and the latest Apple products will all be yours.

But the truth is not that easy. Not everyone who has a vlog and an over-the-top personality gets to win big. Not every guy who workouts six times a week gets to sell his programs or have his own brand of supplements.

For every Jackson Pollock, there were thousands of folks who were doing the same thing, yet never earned quite enough to make a living.

If only I could get noticed. If only I could get someone to read my stuff.

Yes, and I hope you do get thousands and thousands of folks who eagerly await for each new post, but… Continue reading “Being Famous on Social Media”

The Subtle Art of Blogging

When I decided to start this blog, I knew that there was more to blogging that the usual technical stuff related to using the WordPress platform, that there was an art to blogging.

And art is difficult to define, let alone write a recipe for. It’s like trying to create life out of nothing — and perhaps art, in its many forms, is the closest thing to life that we will ever create.

That being said, there are a few subtle things that make one an artist of blogging.

If you ever wondered why some get thousands and thousands of avid readers while others struggle to get even one lousy comment, then read this post. Continue reading “The Subtle Art of Blogging”

Feel Like Giving Up? Read this.

I launched my first blog in January 2011. I had released my first self-published novel on Amazon. I was very excited, and I was sure that I’d soon conquer the world…

I quit after three posts, no views, no comments, no nothing.

Five days into my career as a blogger, I grew bitter and remorseful, felt invisible, decided it was all for nothing, and quit.

This disappointment was so strong that I did not give blogging another try for a solid year. And then, it happened again: I spend the first month posting on a daily basis only to get around 500 views total, and almost no comments at all. Something like 30-40 followers.

This makes you ask yourself questions. You try to find reasons. Your mind plays tricks on you, the same way it would if you would find yourself stranded on a deserted island.

Maybe you are just now starting your blog, maybe you’re thinking about it, or maybe it’s been a while and you’re ready to call it quits.

You thought about it and thought about it and… there’s something holding you back. In fact, a lot of things: you lack the time, the confidence, or the money…

You’re tired, stressed, busy, sick.

Maybe this isn’t for you. Maybe it’s best to wait for some future day, when things won’t be so difficult. I’m sorry to break it to you, but ideal circumstances will never occur.

You will always have to face down the demons of no time, no support, no money, no confidence, no ideas, or ill health.

And when you realize that almost everyone faces these same problems, your reasons start to look a lot like excuses.

So let’s call them out, one by one. Continue reading “Feel Like Giving Up? Read this.”

Are You a Blogger or Just Blogging?

Here’s a harsh truth for you: blogging is a bit like sports. Anyone can do it, but few can do it at a professional level.

And while hardly anybody with an ounce of sanity who takes up tennis or golf thinks they’ll eventually turn pro at it, just about everyone who starts a blog, or is secretly writing a novel, all of them are dreaming of hitting it big somehow.

This is a brave new world: anyone can do it, just push a button and you’re out there. Suddenly everybody is blogging, and they all wish this was what they’d be doing as a job.

But there’s a big difference between blogging and being a blogger.

Read on to find out.

Continue reading “Are You a Blogger or Just Blogging?”

The Five Habits of Extremely Prolific Bloggers

Every once in a while someone figures the following things out: just how many posts I write and publish across the blogs that I own and operate. And, inevitably, they send me a quick e-mail or comment on a post asking me just how do I manage to write that much.

Well, it’s all habit.

When I first started blogging back in April 2012, I could write a blog post every couple of day. It was a struggle to write that often. Then I could manage to blog every single day.

Now?

Some days, if I give up on other stuff, like eating too much, sleep, or friends, then I can write some 30 blog posts.  Granted, some are incredibly short, or visually oriented (sharing a video or a few photos), but it’s still time consuming.

So, yeah, if you want to know the traits/habits of extremely prolific bloggers, read on. Continue reading “The Five Habits of Extremely Prolific Bloggers”

How to Create Amazing Content That People Can Learn From

Believe it or not, there’s a simple formula for creating content that easily communicates your point, especially if the subject matter is novel or complex. This strategy can also dramatically reduce the time it takes you to put together tutorials, white papers, or presentations of any sort.

The key is to cover all the bases when it comes to the different learning styles of the audience.

Let’s elaborate on that. Continue reading “How to Create Amazing Content That People Can Learn From”