How to be a Rockstar (of Blogging)

Want to be a rock star of the blogging world?

You can be.

You can be the go-to individual for your particular niche, especially when a citation, quote, or interview is necessary for the media (social and traditional).

Having a strong Internet presence goes a very long way thanks to the ever-increasing use of search engines and the power of social media, but to truly become a rockstar of blogging, you need to do a few more things. Continue reading “How to be a Rockstar (of Blogging)”

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The Secret Traits of Successful Bloggers

We all know the “rules” of blogging. Produce consistently high-quality content, position yourself as an authority, cultivate relationships with your readers and other bloggers…

But some of the best and most popular blogs have traits that might surprise you. Here’s how being negative, angry, and stupid (in the right ways and at the right time) can create breakthrough success on your blog.

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How to Write Blog Posts that Your Readers Will Love

Would you like to become a better blogger? Would you like to create blog posts that people will remember, comment on, and share?

Silly questions, right?

Of course you’d like that.

But… how?

Do no worry, for I have compiled a short step-by-step guide to help you become a blogger that’s incredibly persuasive and completely unforgettable.

Ready?

Let’s start with the best way to structure your content. Continue reading “How to Write Blog Posts that Your Readers Will Love”

The 3 Step Guide to Amazing Blogging

What do you do in a world inhabited by well over 200 million blogs? Why’s anyone going to read yours?

Every niche, every topic, every angle has been covered. The competition for attention and traffic is fierce. But there’s still room for your blog . . . if it’s amazing.

A blog is trivially simple to start, but not so easy to keep rolling. There are so many factors — traffic, social media strategy, design, monetization. If you try to absorb everything at once, you’ll be too overwhelmed to keep going.

It’s important to learn and grow, but you also want clarity more than anything else. You need a plan.

If you make sure you don’t stray too far from these three points, your best path will get a lot easier to find. Continue reading “The 3 Step Guide to Amazing Blogging”

Do Your Readers Trust You?

Those who blog for fun and those who blog in order to earn a living out of it seem to be on two ends of a spectrum. On the one side: logic, strategy and profits. On the other: empathy, passion, and heart.

There’s one point where they do come together, though. Whatever moves you to build an audience for your content, you need to inspire one key response.

More than admiration, money, or attention, you need to earn your audience’s trust. Continue reading “Do Your Readers Trust You?”

5 Things I Wish I’d Known about Blogging when I Started Out

The twenty-second of April, 2012. A day forever etched in my brain (and on my skin). The day I decided that I was going to fight for my dream of becoming a writer. The day I decided to start a blog.

I’ll be honest with you: I had no idea what I was doing. I knew I wanted to write, to share my stories with others, and that there was this thing called blogging that could offer me this chance.

However, in my early days of blogging, I had no idea what great blogging meant, or what to do to become successful as a blogger.

So, here are five things I wish I knew about blogging when I first started out.

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This Long-Forgotten Technique Will Vastly Improve Your Blog

If you’ve been blogging for at least a few months, you’ve probably noticed by now that most of your success as a blogger comes from being able to sit down and punch those damn keys.

That is it.

Writing blog posts, editing them, selecting images, pitching guest posts, answering comments, and all the other tasks that require you to punch some keys on a keyboard or tap your fingers on a touchscreen.

And this thing does not change. In fact, the most successful bloggers just want it a bit more than just about everyone else, so they put a bit more time and effort into punching the damn keys.

But there’s another element to your success that you may have be neglecting with all that work and focus.

Every once in awhile, you might consider stepping out of the house and doing your best to find another human being.

I know this is a bizarre, arcane practice, but bear with me. Continue reading “This Long-Forgotten Technique Will Vastly Improve Your Blog”

The (Very Short) Ultimate Guide to Blogging

There are hundreds, perhaps thousands, of writing guides out there. But in my opinion, none surpass the simple, direct advice of The Elements of Style by William Strunk, Jr. and E.B.White.

This classic serves up much good advice, especially in the last 20 pages in a section titled “An Approach to Style.” Nowhere have I seen more helpful advice in so few words and with such precision.

If (for shame) you don’t already have this reference in your library, I will leave it to you to explore it in depth. But I would like to provide you with eight important writing tips as they apply to blogging. Continue reading “The (Very Short) Ultimate Guide to Blogging”