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”

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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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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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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”

These 5 Tips Will Help You Write Like Yourself

One of the biggest challenges a blogger faces is the search for one’s writing style.

Write like yourself… what does that even mean?

It means to know what best suits you as a blogger, and what best suits your personality.

Are you funny? Serious? Formal? Informal? Do you have an encyclopedic knowledge of the world? Is English your first language?

As you write more and more content, your style will develop naturally.

But there wouldn’t be any reason to write a blog post if I didn’t have some cool tips for you… you know… so you can end up writing like yourself much, much faster than other folks (who obviously don’t follow The Art of Blogging.)

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The Concise Guide to Building Relationships with Other Bloggers

Contrary to what you might be inclined to believe, the web is not a safe haven for socially awkward individuals.

The fact that many bloggers struggle to get even one person to read their content means that they do not invest the time and energy into building relationships with other bloggers.

Because they don’t know how or because they think it does not matter.

Let me say this: talent alone is not enough. Lots of talented people died poor, sick, and alone precisely because they never thought of making friends with others doing what they were doing.

That being said, here are some things to keep in mind when interacting with fellow bloggers.

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Quality vs. Quantity: What Matters Most?

Quality or quantity? Which one is better?

A debate as old as blogging itself. Heck, as old as content creation itself.

We admire the “prolific” individual, yet we also stress the idea that quality is of the essence.

But the tricky thing is that it takes a long time to create quality content.

When you’re just starting out and don’t know the importance of headlines, let alone writing a brilliant one? Or an enticing intro to your blog post? Or proper formatting?

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