Five Super Easy Ways to Improve Your Blog Posts

Producing great content for your blog is one of the essential elements of becoming a successful blogger, and this means that your writing must sound natural, conversational.

Write like yourself, as they say. This means you’ll be more productive, enjoy writing and editing more, and get your audience to engage more with your content.

I’ve been writing for over fourteen years, blogging for over seven, and I’ve come to the conclusion that there are some things that never fail to improve a piece of writing.

Below you will find five of them…

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Do You Truly Care About Your Readers?

Or is it really all about you?

If there’s one thing that I keep saying over and over again, it’s that the key to effective blogging is a relentless focus on the needs of the people you are trying to reach.

But the truth is that there are two prime examples of ways in which many are not getting it. The funny thing about these two things is that they are both aspects of what makes the Internet truly unique as a marketing platform, and yet we often fail to take advantage of them.

Take a look to see if you’re guilty of either of them. Continue reading “Do You Truly Care About Your Readers?”

Six Essential Blogging Hacks

There is no elevator to success. You’ve got to climb the ladder. Also, you can’t climb the ladder with your hands in your pockets.

What does this all mean?

There are no shortcuts, there’s no set of rules that will guide you. There’s no secret.

You must work hard. But, at the same time, you must work smart, which means to become as efficient as possible.

This got me thinking: what sort of “hacks” would I say are essential to the modern blogger, especially the one who’s just now starting out? Continue reading “Six Essential Blogging Hacks”

ONLY This Matters

I’ve been blogging for over seven years. I’ve blogged for fun, for fame, for money. I’ve blogged about what I was deeply passionate about, and I’ve blogged about stuff I couldn’t care less.

I’ve blogged for my own blogs, and I’ve blogged for others.

And I realized there are a few universal things that make a blog post great:

But, while these factors are incredibly important, a blog post should add value to other people’s lives. We write blog posts to build awareness. We want our audience to engage with what we have to say, and for an online community to develop around that which we are terribly passionate about.

The only thing that matters when it comes to blogging is to make the reader happy

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How to Know for Sure You’ve Just Written a Great Blog Post

You spend all night hunched over your keyboard, punching those damn keys. You write your heart out, even if your hands shake. You search for the perfect picture, rummage through your brain for that brilliant opening line, for the ending that will leave your readers in awe.

Finally, you hit the “Publish” button. It is done. And now you wait. And wait. And wait some more. Soon, a sort of restless resignation overwhelms you.

Twenty-four hours later, no one even commented on your post…

But what does this mean? Was your post bad? Was your opening line uninspiring? Boring? Bland?

Where did you go wrong?

If only there were some way to know for sure what happened… Continue reading “How to Know for Sure You’ve Just Written a Great Blog Post”

The Bittersweet Truth about Making Money Blogging

There are two kinds of bloggers: those who use blogging as a creative outlet, and those who’ve read that you can make money by blogging and want a piece of the cake.

When you decided to become a blogger, you probably started by trying to learn everything you could about becoming a blogger and undoubtedly came across this word: “monetize.”

And maybe after reading a few articles (or maybe some interviews with the bloggers who are earning tens of thousands of dollars a month) you thought that you could do this “monetize” thing as well.

After all, it’s about using some affiliate links and selling your first e-course or e-book to your avid fans. And no one buys anything from you. NO ONE.

It’s easy to lose heart and quit. It’s also easy to half-ass everything (from content creation to networking) because you’re not earning enough to become a full-time professional blogger.

And this is when most blogs find themselves in hell, which is the definitive defeat that echoes with every new blog post that is published.

So… can you make money blogging?

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The Best Way to Get More Blog Subscribers

This is the question I get asked the most.

Despite writing on this topic a couple of times, and basically dissecting every tip and tactic I know for converting site visitors into regular readers, people seem to think there’s some big secret.

No one wants to believe that there’s no magical secret. They’d rather fantasize about some forbidden technique that drives subscriber attraction. If I’d just share the magical words that make the difference, they’d immediately put those words to use.

OK, I give up. I’ll tell you the real secret. Continue reading “The Best Way to Get More Blog Subscribers”

Want More Readers? Three Simple Questions for Blogging Success in 2019

When it comes to blogging, one of the most common questions I get asked is, “Can you still stand out in this crowded blogging world and get readers?”

Short answer: yes.

Long answer: let me explain.

It really doesn’t matter what platform you’re talking about, it doesn’t matter how things have changed in the last couple of years.

However, you have to be willing to:

  • Commit MORE time, energy, and resources than others before you.
  • You have to take a more professional approach, as the side-effect of a lot of competition is people becoming ultra-competitive about being the best.
  • Be consistent for at least one year.

However, even if you do all the above, success is far from guaranteed.

See, gaining readers is not just about writing great content. It’s not about following a set of rules.

You see, great blogging is a lot closer to an art than it is a craft. People often compliment their favorite bloggers by saying that they’re “talented.”

Of course, talent is a matter of investing time, energy, and even money into developing the skills required to succeed. Simple, but not easy.

Also, one of the side-effects of this over-crowded blogging world is that nowadays there are so many tools at your disposal, so many guides and tutorials, so much raw data to analyse.

If you want to build an online following, the amount of resources you have at your fingertips is endless.

So, if you’re thinking about taking your blogging to a new level this year, here are a few simple questions to ask yourself. Continue reading “Want More Readers? Three Simple Questions for Blogging Success in 2019”

How to Connect With Your Readers

Did you know that 99% of all those who start a blog quit within the first few months? And, out of that 1%, most never get to reach more than a hundred folks?

And, yes, they all consistently create content that adds value, which means they’re good, really good.

So? What’s missing?

Well… the truth is that you also have to set up an audience that will follow and engage with your content regularly, people who engage with your content when you publish something new, and keep coming back for more.

In fact, these loyal/target audience will advertise your blog both online and offline.

The tricky part, of course, is building such an audience.

If you spend the next few minutes reading this blog post, you’ll discover 5 simple trick to connect with your readers and turn them into avid and loyal fans. Continue reading “How to Connect With Your Readers”

How to Write a Great Headline

On average, 8 out of 10 people will read the title of your blog post, but only 2 out of 10 will read the rest. This is why a great headline is so important.

The better the headline, the better your odds of getting your content read by more people.

Writing a great headline still means that you need to write the best post you can, but great writing with a bad or even generic headline is doomed to go largely unread.

So, how do you write a great headline for your post? Continue reading “How to Write a Great Headline”