This Often Overlooked Aspect of Blogging Matters… A Lot

I’ll let you in on a little secret about something that that generally only comes to mind as an afterthought, but that can have a significant impact on how well people read, respond, and retain what you have to say.

Want to make your blog posts better? Read on. Continue reading “This Often Overlooked Aspect of Blogging Matters… A Lot”

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What You Must Know About Subheads

Sometimes it goes like this: you hook your readers with your headline, and captivated them with your opening.

But somewhere along the way something awful happens…

You reader has lost interest in your blog post and is now barely scanning through, wishing to reach the end as soon as possible.

No reason to panic. There is a way out of this. Continue reading “What You Must Know About Subheads”

A Super Concise Guide to Persuasive Blogging

Let’s admit it: Blogging is one of the best ways to grow a business, promote a certain cause, or spread new ideas, because you offer people crucial insights, and thus you gain their attention and trust.

Blogging is less about converting random people into customers, but more about making friends. Establishing the kind of connections that might, just might, last forever.

While there are as many ways to approach blogging as there are blogs, some things are more effective when it comes to gaining influence.

Here are five essential laws of persuasive blogging to keep in mind: Continue reading “A Super Concise Guide to Persuasive Blogging”

What the F$#K? Should You Swear or Not in Your Blog Posts?

Odds are you guessed this terribly, terribly wrong.

And if you guessed “Luck be in the air tonight” maybe this blog post won’t help you much anyways…

Blogging using some cuss words has become quite trendy among some incredibly popular bloggers and social media users, but I’m wondering if it’s really worth it? Or beneficial?

Today’s post is all about the good and the bad of swearing in your blog posts. Continue reading “What the F$#K? Should You Swear or Not in Your Blog Posts?”

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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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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