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Mon, 05 Dec 2016 13:00:00 +0000
This is a guest contribution from The Suitcase Entrepreneur, Natalie Sisson. December is a special time of the year. It’s a time for reflection, for planning and for new beginnings. It’s also an excellent time to do some serious (but fun) overhauls of your existing blog and business, in time ...more
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Mon, 05 Dec 2016 08:00:37 GMTHow to Stay Inspired and Avoid Bloggers Burn Out In today’s lesson I want to talk about blogger burnout and how to avoid it. Most bloggers start out blogging with an incredible burst of passion, excitement and energy with their blogging, but usually at some point within the first year or two, many bloggers come up against their first bout of blogger burnout. It can happen in different ways and for different reasons. Some bloggers push through it and others get stopped in their tracks by it. Most successful bloggers go through it numerous times – I certainly have. So in today’s episode, I want to share 9 strategies for staying fresh and inspired with your blogging so that you can avoid bloggers burn out. So if you’re feeling burnt out at the moment or you want to get ahead of your next blogging slump and develop some strategies for avoiding it altogether – this is for you. Further Resources on 9 Ways to Stay Inspired and Avoid Bloggers Burn Out The Biggest Lesson I Learned About Building a Profitable Blog in 2015 7 Productivity Tips For Bloggers Battling Blogger’s Block – Where do you get Stuck? Full Transcript Expand to view full transcript Compress to smaller transcript view Welcome to Episode 170 of the ProBlogger podcast. My name’s Darren Rowse, and I’m the blogger behind ProBlogger.com – a blog, podcast, event, job board, series of eBooks, and a real book as well – all designed to help you as a blogger to grow your audience and to make money from your blog. You can learn more about ProBlogger at ProBlogger.com. In today’s lesson, I wanna talk to you about an issue that impacts most bloggers at one time or another – blogger burnout. I wanna teach you how to avoid it, give you some strategies that you could put in place when you’re facing bloggers burnout at the moment or whether you want to stop it happening to you in the future. Most bloggers do start out blogging with an incredible burst of passion, excitement, energy, with lots of hopes and dreams of where their blogging will take them. As a result, they start out really strong, but usually at some point, within the first year or maybe two years of blogging, they come against their first bout of blogger burnout. It can happen for different reasons and happen in different ways. Most bloggers tend to push through it, or at least try to push through it – that first bout. But some, even at the first time they hit it, gets stopped in their tracks. Now, most successful bloggers go through this numerous times, and I certainly have. I can think back over the last 14 years of blogging. I’ve hit bloggers burnout many times. In today’s episode, I wanna share with you nine strategies for staying fresh and inspired with your blogging, so that you avoid bloggers burnout. I’m gonna speak from my own experience of having gone through this or having seen bloggers burnout approaching me, and I’m getting better now at seeing it coming before it actually hits and putting things in place as it approaches to actually stop it hitting in full force. So if you are feeling burnt out at the moment with your blog – it does happen at this time of year for many of us – or you wanna get ahead of your next bout of blogging burnout, I wanna share with you some strategies for avoiding it today. This episode is for you. You can find today’s shownotes at problogger.com/podcast/170. Yesterday, I celebrated my blogger-versary. I might sound like a bit of a crazy thing to do, but I do have a little alert in my calendar that goes off on the 27th of November every year. It’s actually the 28th today, and so last night, I turned to Vanessa and said, “Guess what? It’s my blogger-versary! It’s been 14 years since I started blogging to this day.” Started in 2002. Blogging has been very good to me in so many different ways. I don’t really have the time to go through them all, but it has given me a place to express myself and find my v[...]
Fri, 02 Dec 2016 13:00:00 +0000
I’m in full-on productive mode over here, streamlining and organising and powering through work (and housework!) to end the year with a bang. It’s such a good feeling to run with that momentum and before I know it, it’ll be Christmas and I’ll be in the sun, drink in hand, ...more
Wed, 30 Nov 2016 13:00:00 +0000
Doing something of value is a basic motive that drives us in doing pretty much anything in our lives. Writing is a passion and there is a little art in every piece of content we create, irrelevant of the topic or the reason why we put the words in this ...more
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Tue, 29 Nov 2016 13:00:00 +0000
This is a guest contribution from Sam Wright at techgirlblog.com. I’d had my technology lifestyle blog for little over a year when I began working with an influencer marketing platform, connecting brands and bloggers on sponsored collaborations. Blogging in my region hadn’t become a true income source yet (that has changed ...more
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Tue, 29 Nov 2016 00:18:41 GMTTransitioning From Single Author Blog to Multi Author Blog In today’s lesson, I want to talk about hiring writers for your blog. In order to do so, I want to share a case study of how I took my own photography blog from a single author blog, publishing 3 posts a week, to a blog that now has around 50 writers, and I don’t write anything. Most bloggers start out blogging as single author blogs and many remain that way. Even so, I’m regularly asked by bloggers how to add new writers to their blog without putting off their readers. So in today’s episode, I want to share a few reasons why a multi-author blog might be worth considering, and I want to share the 3 stages I went through to make the transition from single author blog to having a paid team of regular writers. Listen to this episode in the player above or here on iTunes. Some of the topics discussed today include: How I found my first guest writers Where I currently find new writers How I transitioned from relying upon guest posters to having a writing team How I took readers on that journey So if you’ve ever wondered if you should consider adding new voices to your blog – this is for you. Further Resources on Strategic Blogging Combined with Blogging from the Heart Create 10 Blog Post Ideas for your Blog ProBlogger Job Board Full Transcript Expand to view full transcript Compress to smaller transcript view Hi there and welcome to episode 169 of the ProBlogger podcast. My name is Darren Rowse, and I’m the blogger behind ProBlogger.com – a blog, podcast, event, job board, and a series of eBooks all designed to help you as a blogger to grow your audience to create great content, to build your readership, and to ultimately make money from your blog, if that is your goal. You can find today’s shownotes over at problogger.com/podcast/169, and you can learn more about ProBlogger, the brand, and all the things that we do at ProBlogger.com. Now in today’s lesson, I want to talk to you about hiring writers for your blog. To do so, I want to share a case study of how I took my own photography blog, Digital Photography School, from being a single-author blog, where I published three posts a week, to a blog that now has around 50 writers and an editor working for me, in which we now publish 14 posts a week, and I don’t write a single one of them. Most bloggers start out blogging as a single-author blog, and most probably remain that way. That’s totally fine, but I am regularly asked by bloggers if they should add new writers, and if they should, how to actually find those writers, without actually putting off their readers and disillusioning their readers. That’s what I want to talk about in today’s episode. I want to share a few reasons why a multi-author blog might be worth considering, some of the costs of doing it, but I also want to share the three stages I went through to transition from being that single-author blog to having a paid team of writers. I want to talk about how I found my first guest writers and share some techniques in getting some user-generated content, content that you don’t have to pay for, at least not in financial terms. I want to talk a little bit about where I find my new paid writers, and I want to talk a little bit about that transition from single-author blog to multi-author blog and how I took my readers on that journey. So if you’ve been wondering about whether you should add new authors to your blog, this is the episode for you. You can find today’s shownotes, where I will have some further reading, and there’s a full transcript of what I have a feeling might be a slightly lengthy show. There’s a lot of information I want to take you through. You can find those shownotes at problogger.com/podcast/169. Grab a drink perhaps because this is gonna be a meaty episode. I’m going to wa[...]
Mon, 28 Nov 2016 13:00:00 +0000
From ProBlogger Expert Sam Nordberg. Online courses are all the rage right now, but sadly, there are some staggering figures when it comes to completion… and not in a good way. Seth Godin shared on Tim Ferriss’s podcast once that most online courses have a drop off rate of 97%, ...more
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Sun, 27 Nov 2016 13:00:00 +0000
As the editor of ProBlogger for the last three years, you can imagine I’ve seen every. pitch. ever. when it comes to guest posting. The most I see (and immediately delete) are the ones that are copied and pasted straight from a template, with a couple of ProBlogger links inserted, ...more
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Fri, 25 Nov 2016 13:00:00 +0000
As November winds up (and plenty of you are still enjoying what’s left of the Thanksgiving weekend), Instagram continues to roll out Snapchat-style changes, we have some epiphanies courtesy of Seth Godin and Unsettle blogger Sarah Peterson, and thinking from the point of view of our customers (those of us ...more
Wed, 23 Nov 2016 13:00:00 +0000
In September, I had one of the best conference experiences of my life.The atmosphere was friendly, supportive, motivated. The talks were top quality, innovative, engaging. The delivery was trendy, slick, seamless. The event, of course, was ProBlogger Event. Now, despite the motivation, the enthusiasm, the drive, I still heard the ...more
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Tue, 22 Nov 2016 13:01:00 +0000
Black Friday is almost upon us, with Cyber Monday right around the corner – the ‘silly season’ has started and before you know it we’ll be panicking about the holidays and whether we’ve ended up on the Naughty or Nice list! Here at ProBlogger we’re busy working on some exciting plans ...more
Mon, 21 Nov 2016 13:00:44 +0000
By ProBlogger SEO expert Jim Stewart ofBloggersSEO. You’ve no doubt seen the subject of HTTPS in the media recently – the importance of applying it to your blogging website in order to preserve your Google rankings has been widely reported. But what does it mean for you? Do you have ...more
Mon, 21 Nov 2016 08:00:57 GMTEdit Your Blog Posts With Seven Simple Steps A lot is taught about the importance of writing great blog posts, but it is in the editing of your writing that your post can really be made to shine. If left unedited, it can create a very different impression that can hurt people’s view of you and your blog. In today’s episode, I want to share with you a simple 7 step process to editing your posts. We’re going to talk a little about proof reading but also some bigger picture editing too – because really fixing spelling and grammar edits are just a small part of this. So, if you know your posts could be lifted in quality by having a simple process to walk through to edit your posts – this one is for you. And if you know a blogger who could benefit from this episode – please do share it too. Listen to this post in the player above or here on iTunes. Further Resources on 7 Steps to Editing Your Blog Posts 9 Crucial Tips for Self-Editing Your Blog Posts (That Every Blogger Can Use) Making your content sound more human Crafting irresistible blog intros and openings Crafting great titles How to create great calls to action Visual editing and polishing your posts 10 Points to Pause as you create blog posts Last week’s Million Dollar Blog Post and Challenge Full Transcript Expand to view full transcript Compress to smaller transcript view Hey there and welcome to Episode 168 of the ProBlogger Podcast. My name is Darren Rowse and I’m the blogger behind problogger.com, a blog, podcast, event, job board, series of ebooks and a real book as well which you can find on Amazon all designed to help bloggers to grow their audience and to make money from their blogs. You can learn more about ProBlogger at problogger.com. You can also search for that book over at Amazon, just searching for ProBlogger. In today’s lesson, I want to talk about something that I think is really important for bloggers, and that’s something that I know some of us attend to avoid. That is editing our blog posts. Let us talk about the importance of writing great blog posts and creating great content which is definitely important but it’s the editing of our writing where our post can really be made to shine. Left unedited, it can be kind of left pretty average. Not editing our posts can really hurt the impression that people have of us and our blog. It can come across as really careless when we don’t edit. In today’s episode, I want to share with you seven simple steps to editing your blog posts. We’re going to talk a little bit about proofreading which I know is what many of us think about when we think about editing but we’re going to get way beyond just proofreading our content because editing really is a much bigger picture thing. Fixing your spelling and grammar is important but it’s just a small part of the process. If you know, like I do, that your post could be lifted in quality by having a simple process to work through to edit your posts, this episode is for you. If you know a blogger who could benefit from this, please do share it with them. You can share it by sending them to problogger.com/podcast/168 where I will have lots of further reading for you as well. I’ve got quite a bit of material that I want to point you to. Editing is so important. I want to present to you seven steps for editing your blog posts. The first one is something that you need to do before you start writing. One of the things I’ve learned over the years is that good editing starts with good planning. Planning before you write will help you so much in the editing process. The more planning you put into your blog post, the better it [...]
Fri, 18 Nov 2016 13:00:00 +0000
Facebook Says It Found More Miscalculated Metrics | The Wall Street Journal Whoops! Three Different Ways to Name Your Blog or Website | Aliventures It’s such a big decision! And sometimes we need all the help we can get. How Often to Post on Social Media? [Proven Research from ...more
Wed, 16 Nov 2016 13:00:56 +0000
This is a guest contribution from Susan Finch. Landing lucrative contracts from job boards that goes beyond paying your bills and actually sustains your lifestyle – it’s what every aspiring and highly experienced writer dreams about. You may even dabble in applying for positions on job boards and experience mixed results. ...more
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Tue, 15 Nov 2016 13:00:00 +0000
By ProBlogger Expert Nicole Avery. If you follow even a few blogs as well as this one, you will know that within a few weeks from now there will be numerous posts about setting goals for the New Year. Goal setting is an essential tool to successful blogging, but before ...more
Mon, 14 Nov 2016 13:00:00 +0000
By ProBlogger Expert Jerry Low. Google traffic is lucrative – there’s no doubt about that. Often, the most effective way to attract targeted traffic is to make sure your site is optimized for Google searches. As you may have already learned, winning that targeted traffic is one of the top ...more
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Mon, 14 Nov 2016 08:00:24 GMTHow to Overcome Blogger Procrastination In today’s lesson I want to talk about an issue that I think is at the heart of why many blogs don’t reach their potential. In fact it’s an issue that I think is at the heart of why many people don’t reach their potential in many areas of life. Listen to this episode here on iTunes. I want to talk about procrastination and why we so often don’t do what we know we should do. In this episode I’ll share a quote from my mum that changed my life. In this episode I’ll share a couple of stories of my own procrastination and how I pushed through it to achieve some pretty remarkable things. In this episode I’ll share with you a challenge that I hope will help us all to get something off our ‘someday’ list and put it onto our ‘today’ list If you’re someone who procrastinates and perhaps feels that they’re letting opportunities pass them by because you’re not taking the action you know you should take – this episode is for you. Further Resources on How Procrastination Stopped Me Writing a Million Dollar Blog Post How to Start a Blog 10 Surefire Ways to Overcome Blogging Procrastination 7 Tips for Avoiding Procrastination. Without Delay is the Easiest Way. Inside the mind of a master procrastinator | Tim Urban Video width="500" height="281" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/arj7oStGLkU?feature=oembed" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen> Challenge: Identify one thing that you have been avoiding. Tell someone about it – tell someone in your ‘real life’. Tell us in the Facebook Challenge Group (here’s the specific thread to comment on) Put a date on it of when you are going to do it by Get to work! Full Transcript Expand to view full transcript Compress to smaller transcript view Hi there and welcome to Episode 167 of the ProBlogger podcast, an episode that I think could just be the most important episode I’ve ever done. My name is Darren Rowse and I’m the blogger behind problogger.com, a blog, podcast, event, job board, series of ebooks and a book all designed to help you as a blogger to grow your audience and make money from your blog. You can learn more about ProBlogger at problogger.com. In today’s lesson, I want to talk about an issue that I think is at the heart of why many bloggers don’t reach their potential. In fact, it’s an issue that I think is at the heart of why many people don’t reach their potential in many areas of their life. Today, I want to talk about procrastination and why so often we don’t do what we know we should do. In today’s episode, I’ll share a quote from my mum that changed my life. In today’s episode, I’ll share a couple of stories of my own procrastination and how I pushed through that to achieve some fairly remarkable things. In this episode, I’ll share with you a challenge that I hope will help us all to get something off our someday list, something we’ve been procrastinating on and to put it on our today list. If you’re someone who procrastinates and perhaps feels like you’re letting opportunity pass you by because you’re not taking action that you know you should take, this episode is for you. I want to start today‘s show with a quote from my mum. I quite often quote Pablo Picasso and Albert Einstein and other such people on my Twitter account at @problogger but I added to my tweets recently this quote from my mum because I realized that it’s something that had really shaped me and really put the finger on an issue that had been[...]
Sun, 13 Nov 2016 13:00:00 +0000
It can be argued that getting traffic is the number-one priority for just about every blogger – for reach, for influence, for authority, for sales… it’s what we all aim to grow. Over the years here at ProBlogger we’ve discussed traffic and how to get it over and over again. ...more
Fri, 11 Nov 2016 13:00:00 +0000
Well now, wasn’t that an eventful week? I don’t know about you but it’s been hard to get my head around work and usual processes when everything has been shaken up so much. Social media was in its element (both good and bad, really) with election news, but regardless of ...more
Wed, 09 Nov 2016 13:00:00 +0000
By ProBlogger psychology expert Ellen Jackson. You will become way less concerned with what people think of you when you realise how seldom they do. David Foster Wallace, Infinite Jest. I wrote my first blog post two years ago, after a seven-year hiatus from writing. It was not an intentional ...more
Tue, 08 Nov 2016 13:00:20 +0000
This is a guest contribution from Larry Alton. Blogging is something that we all know we need to do. But as a busy professional with a weekly schedule consisting of non-stop meetings, conference calls, project deadlines, and personal responsibilities, actually making time for blogging can seem impossible. The good news ...more
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Mon, 07 Nov 2016 13:00:00 +0000
Mark Manson is arguably one of the hottest bloggers in the world right now. Over two million people visit his self-improvement blog each month and his new book The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life has gone off in a big ...more
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Mon, 07 Nov 2016 08:00:31 GMTFactors to Consider When Shaping Content Strategy for Your Blog In today’s lesson, I want to share 11 factors to consider when thinking about developing your blog’s editorial strategy and thinking about your blog’s editorial style. The success of your blog hinges on many factors but among the most important of them is your content. Putting thought into what content you want to focus upon creating is crucial. What I share with you today will help you to create a framework for content that not only serves your current readers, but will hopefully make your blog stand out from the many other blogs in your niche. This episode is perfect for anyone just starting out with blogging, who is thinking about content for the first time, but I also think it’s great for anyone who has been blogging for a while who wants to review and renew their editorial strategy. Further Resources on 11 Factors to Consider When Shaping the Content Strategy for Your Blog Vanessa’s Blog Style and Shenanigans Why Evergreen Content is the Best Investment of Time for a Blogger How Inspiring Your Readers Drives them to Search for Information (and Interact) 52 Types of Blog Posts that Are Proven to Work How Many Posts Should a Blogger Post? [Pros and Cons of Daily Posting] How Often Should You Blog? (Hint: The Answer Might Surprise You) ProBlogger FAQ: How Long Should Posts Be? Series of Blog Posts vs Long Blog Posts – Which is Better? How to Decide if You Should Start on a New Social Network or Medium Full Transcript Expand to view full transcript Compress to smaller transcript view Welcome to Episode 166 of the ProBlogger podcast. My name is Darren Rowse and I’m the blogger behind problogger.com, a blog, podcast, event, job board, and series of ebooks all designed to help bloggers grow their audience and make money from their amazing blogs. You can learn more about ProBlogger over at problogger.com. In today’s lesson, I want to share 11 factors to consider when thinking about your blog’s editorial strategy and coming up with your own unique blogging style. The success of your blog really does hinge on many factors as you’ll know from listening to previous episodes. There’s many things that do help to grow your blog but among the most important of them is obviously content. Putting thought into what content you want to focus upon creating is so important. What I want to share with you today will I hope help you to create a framework for content that not only helps you to serve your current readers but also to help you to create a blog that stands out from the many other blogs in your niche. This is a question I get asked a lot is, “How do I make my blog stand out?” Whilst there are many factors, I think ultimately it will come down to your content as one of the most important factors. This episode today is perfect for anyone just starting out with blogging who’s thinking about content for the first time. You may be starting a blog and thinking, “What should I be writing about?” This episode will help you. I think it’s also perfect for anyone who’s been blogging for a while where you want to review your content and to renew your editorial strategy. I do have a lot of further reading today and I encourage you to open these notes up as you listen if possible over at problogger.com/podcast/166. Let’s get on with today’s s[...]
Fri, 04 Nov 2016 13:00:00 +0000
New emojis have given me cause to celebrate this week, as has the encouragment of early sucking – read on! The Importance of Sucking at a New Job for a Year Or Two | Ross McCammon I can’t stress the importance of this! Even if the “new job” is your ...more