Have you ever felt like the invisible blogger?
You work hard on your posts, pouring every ounce of emotion, creativity, and insight you have into them. You select the best photos and graphics to go with them, submit your blogs to various outlets, share them on social media, do your best to network with fellow bloggers.
But it’s like no one even sees you.
Other bloggers ignore you, your social media pages resemble barren wastelands. None of the few people who do visit your leave you a comment, telling you to keep going, to thank you for doing such a great job.
It’s like you’re invisible… and you wonder if there’s anything you can do about it.
Well, the good news is, yes, of course there’s something you can do about it. And this post is going to do just that: provide you with tips and tactics that will have you reaching new highs in terms of traffic and engagement. Continue reading “How to Stop Being “The Invisible Blogger””
Traffic! It’s one of those words that I do not like much, for it almost begs us to forget that those stats represent actual people.
But… but… I know that one of the main reasons we blog is to be read by other people, so this makes it important to gain more followers, to receive feedback, to feel as if what you blog about truly matters to other people.
That’s why I compiled a list of the eight best ways to increase traffic and gain more followers for your blog. Continue reading “8 Best Ways To Gain Followers For Your Blog”
It’s easy to get discouraged when reading about the millions and millions of other folks who also blog.
The good news?
Most of them kind of suck, because they never bother to do a bit of research, to learn from their mistakes, so they keep doing them over and over again.
What about you? Are you guilty of committing these seven deadly sins of blogging? Continue reading “The 7 Deadly Sins of Blogging”
After months or even years of thinking about it, you finally decided to start your own blog. You sat down at your desk, maybe planned for a few hours, gathered your thoughts, and punched the damn keys.
Feeling a bit nervous, a bit excited (you weren’t sure what you were feeling) you eagerly waited for stuff to happen. After all, it’s all about writing and clicking on that blueish little Publish button, is it not?
Well… the feedback you receive is the kind that makes 95% of bloggers quit. Soul-crushing silence. That’s enough to break even the toughest warriors.
What happened? Where did you go wrong? Where are all the readers?
Mistakes. That’s what happened. I know, because I’ve been there. I made my fair share of mistakes. Some of them I even fixed. Now I am working on making new ones.
But let’s just focus on the ones that can, should, and must be fixed. Continue reading “9 Mistakes That Will Screw Up Your Blog”
Apparently it’s easy to get zillions of subscribers to your blog – Just follow a few simple steps, work hard, and write good stuff.
I know this, because there are a ton of pro-blogging sites which are eager to dispense the wisdom of their own success whilst making you feel inferior for having less than 20,000 subscribers.
Unfortunately for many of us, the promise of multiple thousands of subscribers is unrealistic no matter how hard we try – sometimes because we work in less popular niches, sometimes because we just don’t have the available time, and sometimes because we just don’t have that magic mix of talent and luck.
Ultimately this leads to frequent disappointment among bloggers.
But the bitter truth is that blogging is not a hobby or a profession for those without perseverance. Continue reading “Nobody Gives a Damn How Many Followers You’ve Got”
Believe it or not, blogging is more than just creating content, engaging with readers, and curating a few social media accounts.
Your blog is more than just the words, images, and videos you share with the world. Your words need a proper home, so to speak.
The visual layout of your blog is one of the main factors that determine whether the folks who stumble upon your blog subscribe or not.
In other words, yeah, everyone judges a book by its cover these days…
Continue reading “Beginner? Try These Ideas Out.”
There are more blogs in existence than ever, yet more and more people are seduced by the idea of sharing their thoughts and ideas with the rest of the world.
As a matter of fact, it does seem as if there’s a war out there. Everyone is fighting for attention, there are so many things to learn and master. So many social networks, marketing techniques. There’s even an awful lot of content on blogging itself, which makes it even more frustrating.
How do you write a great blog post?
I wouldn’t be asking if I didn’t know the answer. Or would I …
Continue reading “How to Write a Great Blog Post: A Beginner’s Guide”
Does commenting on other blogs bring traffic?
Can it be used as an effective strategy?
It depends on how you do it.
Some people do it horrendously wrong.
Let’s take a look. Continue reading “Commenting on Other Blogs: What Works, What Doesn’t”
For those of you who don’t have the time to read through this blog post: blogging is a conversation. You blog as often as it takes for it to still be a conversation.
Okay, now let me explain. Continue reading “How Often Should You Post?”
Let’s face it: most people can’t write their way out of a paper bag. Further, most bloggers are boring, most journalists are so heavily edited that any personality they’ve added to a story has long since been weaned out by the editorial process.
I want to let you in on a secret, though: it’s not really that people are boring, but that too many have been taught that you shouldn’t write the same way you talk. I blame our educational system, actually, with those 5th grade teachers who drilled us on adverbs, pronouns and the minutia of grammar, coupled with too many boring, tedious academic books that we all suffered through while in college.
Instead, I suggest to you that the best way to write clear, coherent, engaging and enjoyable content is to write the way you speak, to recognize your spoken voice and pour it out onto the virtual page of your computer screen and weblog. Continue reading “Write Like Yourself”