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Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:15 GMT3 Tips to Help You Increase Your Productivity In today’s lesson, I want to chat about how to be more productive in your blogging (and life) through building good habits and systems into what you do. It’s so easy as an online entrepreneur to slip into bad habits when it comes to using our time or to lead a life where we spend our time frantically moving from one urgent thing to another without really putting much thought into what we need to get done. So today, I want to share with you 3 things that have helped me to begin to form good habits in my blogging, business, and many other aspects of my life. So, if you’re someone who struggles with managing your time or have tried to build good habits but have failed to stay on track – this episode is just for you. In Today’s Episode on 3 Productivity Tips to Help You Build Healthy Habits Start with your goals and why. The power of saying ‘It’s just what I do’. Think Systems – not habits. Further Resources on 3 Productivity Tips to Help You Build Healthy Habits Is Your Blog Being Hurt by Your Obsession to Create New Content? Full Transcript Expand to view full transcript Compress to smaller transcript view Welcome to episode 163 of the ProBlogger Podcast. My name is Darren Rowse and I’m the blogger behind problogger.com. I blog, podcast, event, job board and series of ebooks, all designed to help you as a blogger to grow your audience, building engagement with that audience and to make some money from your blog whilst hopefully making the world a better place too. You can learn more about ProBlogger at problogger.com. In today’s lesson, I want to chat to you about how to be more productive in your blogging and life through building some good habits. In fact, I want to talk about building a system around these habits in what you do. It’s so easy as an online entrepreneur, as a creative, to slip into bad habits when it comes to using our time and to lead a life where we spend our time frantically moving from one urgent thing to another or really responding to the agendas of other people without putting too much thought into what we need to get done. Today I want to share with you three things that have helped me to begin to form good habits in my blogging, in my business, and to be honest, many other aspects of my life because these things really do apply beyond blogging. If you’re someone who struggles with managing your time or have tried to build good habits in the past but have failed to stay on track like I have many times in the past, this episode is just for you. I’ll link also to the next episode once it goes live because this is a two-parter. I’m going to share three tips for you today and then we’re going to build upon those three tips in episode 164. If you’re listening to this a week or so later, you can listen to two today. Let’s get into talking about how to build good habits for your blog, business and life. Anyone who’s been listening to this podcast for a while now knows a few things about me. In fact, you probably know quite a few things about me but two of them in particular which have been recurring things. Firstly, I’m not a naturally organized person. If you’ve done the myers-briggs personality assessment, I have IMNINFP. The P part is the bit that’s off the charts for me. That P aspect of my personality, it’s me not being a great planner, it’s me not being naturally ordered, it’s me not knowing from one moment to the other what I’m going to do next. I’m an impulsive kind of person and I don’t like to be pigeon holed. I joke quite a bit with my team who are all the opposite to that P part. They’re all J personalities and that they all love spreadsheets and I don’t and they’re much more ordered. In some ways, I’ve hired the right kind of people because it really does help me to keep on track. But on the flip side of that part of my personality is that I’ve managed over the last few years to build my bus[...]
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 13:00:00 +0000
By ProBlogger Expert Ali Luke of Aliventures. Do you ever use quotations on your blog – words from other bloggers, writers, or experts in your industry? Many bloggers rarely or never do … and they’re missing a huge opportunity. If you’ve never even thought about using quotes, or if you’re ...more
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Tue, 25 Oct 2016 13:00:00 +0000
By ProBlogger Advertising Expert Alita Harvey-Rodriguez of MilkIt Academy. It’s a tough world out there for bloggers. You all have incredible engaging content that your readers love, yet almost everyone expects something for free. You probably know that your content is more valuable than you’re paid or compensated for but justifying ...more
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Mon, 24 Oct 2016 13:00:00 +0000
By Rachel Corbett of podschool.com.au. Podcasting is a great way to get your message out into the world but it’s also hard work. For every show that’s listened to by millions of people, there are hundreds with an audience consisting of the host and his or her mum. So before you ...more
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Mon, 24 Oct 2016 06:00:23 GMTHow Lisa Corduff Took Action and Built a Six Figure Business In today’s episode, we hear from Lisa Corduff from lisacorduff.com in an interview that Karly Nimmo from Radcasters recorded at the ProBlogger event a few weeks ago. Lisa spoke at the event in one of our most highly rated sessions titled ‘Anyone Can Create an Online Product’. It was a session that resonated with a lot of attendees. Lisa is a whole foods blogger who had been blogging and had a facebook page for a couple of years without tremendous growth but decided to ramp things up. She started a free 21 day challenge which really took off and then created a paid 8 week program to offer to her community called ‘Small Steps to Whole Food’. This led to her building a six figure business – all with 3 kids aged 4 and under (one a baby of 4 months). This episode is now available for listening to in the player above or here on iTunes (look for PB162) In this interview Lisa shares a few highlights from the event but also gives advice on: What to do when you feel tempted to compare yourself to others The power of taking action What to do when fear shows up What she wishes she knew when she was starting out The power of having a ‘posse’ And how to make the most of the time you have Also note – Lisa is one of the most effective users of video that I’ve seen – she uses it to drive sales of her products, build reader engagement and grow her brand. This week just just announced a new course on how to use video that I highly recommend you check out. If you sign up before the end of October you’ll save $50. Please note: I’m an affiliate for Lisa’s course but also make this as a genuine endorsement. Lisa’s the real deal and gave some amazing advice at our event. Check it out if you want to learn to use video better. Further Resources on How Lisa Took Action and Built a Six Figure Business Lisa Corduff Lisa’s Video Course Karly Nimmo of Radcaster’s Full Transcript Expand to view full transcript Compress to smaller transcript view Lisa: I still wouldn’t have done anything if I didn’t have a deadline. Launching that free challenge, giving people a date that they could expect that something was gonna get in their inbox, made me move. Darren: That was the voice of Lisa Corduff who is the feature of today’s podcast. Welcome to episode 162 of the ProBlogger podcast. My name is Darren Rowse and I’m the blogger behind problogger.com. A blog, podcast, event which you’ve just heard a snippet from, job board and series of ebooks all designed to help you as a blogger to grow your audience, to build engagement with that audience and to monetize your blog. You can find out more about ProBlogger at problogger.com. As I just mentioned, today, we have a special interview with Lisa Corduff from lisacorduff.com. It’s an interview that Karly Nimmo from Radcasters recorded at the ProBlogger event after Lisa had just gotten off stage after presenting at the event. Lisa spoke at the event and was one of our most highly rated sessions. She did a session entitled Anyone Can Create An Online Product. That was a session that really resonated with a lot of our attendees. You’re going to hear why it resonated in a moment with this interview. Let me tell you a little bit about Lisa so you’ve got the backstory of it. Lisa is a Whole Foods blogger who has been blogging and had a Facebook page for a couple of years without tremendous growth, she talks a little bit about that during this interview but she decided to ramp things up and started a free 21 day challenge which really took off with her audience. Off the back of that, she created a paid eight week program to offer to her community called Small Steps to Whole Food. This process lead her to build a six figure business while she had three kids at home all under the age of four, one [...]
Sun, 23 Oct 2016 13:00:00 +0000
Contributed by ProBlogger SEO expert Jim Stewart of StewArt Media. Whether you’re a hobby blogger or have turned your blog into a business, your main goal is always going to be increasing the number of visitors you have to your site. The way most of your visitors will find your blog ...more
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Fri, 21 Oct 2016 13:00:00 +0000
Coming to you live from the city that spring forgot — it still feels like winter here in Melbourne but perhaps that means more time for working on our blogs and finding out what’s new in blogging and social media this week! As usual, it’s a diverse lot. 20 Unseen ...more
Thu, 20 Oct 2016 08:00:20 GMTThree Things That Could Be Limiting the Potential of Your Blog In today’s lesson, I will highlight 3 things that I see a lot of bloggers ignoring – or not paying enough attention to – that could be limiting the potential of their blog. Note: this podcast is available here on iTunes. Subscribe there to get notified of all new episodes. It can be difficult to know where to turn your attention to when it comes to blogging. While we do each need to work out our own priorities with our blogging, these are 3 things I think most bloggers wanting to build traffic and income should focus their attention on. If you’re interested in traffic and blogging income – today’s episode is for you. I was on a panel at an event recently and the moderator asked the panel to name 3 things that most bloggers don’t pay enough attention to on their blogs – things that could be limiting their potential. Today I want to share the 3 things I said. Each of them are things that if ignored won’t kill your blog – but could be really limiting the potential of your blogging. Each of them have the potential to bring a lot of life to your blogging. Further Resources on 3 Things Most Bloggers Don’t Pay Enough Attention To 5 Mistakes Bloggers Make with SEO and What To Do About Them Create an Opt-In to Increase Your Email Subscriber Numbers How I Increased the Subscriber Rate on My Blogs by 80-1000% How to Drive Traffic and Profit in your Blogging with Autoresponders How to Create Your Blog Content Calendar Email Services and Tools Mentioned on 3 Things Most Bloggers Don’t Pay Enough Attention To AWeber MailChimp ConvertKit SumoMe OptinMonster Full Transcript Expand to view full transcript Compress to smaller transcript view Hey there bloggers, it’s Darren Rowse from ProBlogger here. Welcome to episode 161 of the ProBlogger podcast. As I said, my name is Darren and I’m the blogger behind problogger.com. A blog, podcast, event, job board and series of ebooks all designed to help you 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 want to highlight three things that I see a lot of bloggers ignoring or at least not paying enough attention to. These are three things that by ignoring, you could be actually limiting the potential of your blog. It can be so difficult to know where to turn your attention to when it comes to blogging, what you should be focusing upon. Whilst we need to find out our own way through this, we need to work out our own priorities based upon our blog’s goals, these three things I think are very important when it comes to building your traffic and building an income from your blogs. If that’s what you’re interested in, building traffic, building a blogging income, today’s episode is for you. Recently, I was on a panel at a conference and was asked by the moderator to name three things that most bloggers don’t pay enough attention to on their blogs, three things that could be limiting those bloggers in their blogging. The question was one that I really enjoyed pondering. Luckily, I was the second person to answer it so I did have a little bit of time to consider my response. In today’s episode, I wanna share the three things that I said. Each of these three things are not things that will kill your blog, not like if you ignored them, they’re not gonna kill your blog. I have three things that could be limiting the potential of your blog and how far your blog could rise. They could actually on the flip side bring a lot of life to your blogging if you do focus upon them. Let’s get into them. The first one is search engine optimization. Before some of you are ready to hit pause on this podcast because it’s something that [...]
Wed, 19 Oct 2016 13:00:00 +0000
This is a guest post by Lisa Corduff. Lisa spoke at ProBlogger Event this year and we were so impressed with the results she achieved with video we’re supporting her Keeping Video Real Course as an affiliate partner. Us bloggers, we know what it’s like. We can spend hours writing. Hours editing. ...more
Mon, 17 Oct 2016 13:00:00 +0000
By ProBlogger Expert Sam Nordberg. Creating an online course can be a great way to increase your income from your blog. Let’s face it, you spend a lot of time creating content anyway, putting it together in a course for your readers seems like a logical next step. Yet, the ...more
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Mon, 17 Oct 2016 06:00:26 GMTChallenge: Write an Opinion Post on Your Blog In today’s episode, I’m issuing you with a challenge to create a piece of content that centers around your opinion on a topic relevant to your audience. Adding your opinion to your content is such an important way to make your blog more useful to your audience, and it also makes it stand out from the crowd. Today, I’m going to share with you not only why opinion posts are so important, but I also want to give you some practical tips on how to structure your opinion post. I’m also going to give some tips on what to include in your piece of content. This is one of our monthly challenge posts, so I’m not only going to teach you how to create on opinion post, but I’m also going to challenge you to create one. Challenge: Publish your post. If you think this challenge would be interesting to your audience please link to this episode of the podcast/shownotes – we would love more bloggers to join. Once you’ve created and published your opinion post – head over to our Facebook group and look for the thread for this challenge and share the link to your content. Once you have – please check out some of the posts other people have created. Then please visit, like, comment, share, and encourage others to do the same. Further Resources on How to Write an Opinion Post on Your Blog Facebook Challenge Group How to Write an Opinion Piece for a School Newspaper How to Write a Strong Opinion Piece How to Write an Opinion Essay Full Transcript Expand to view full transcript Compress to smaller transcript view Hey there and welcome to episode 160 of the ProBlogger podcast, my name is Darren Rowse and I’m the founder of problogger.com. A blog, podcast, event, job board, a series of ebooks and numerous other things all designed to help you as a blogger to grow your audience and make money from your blog. You can find out more about ProBlogger at problogger.com. In today’s episode, I’m going to issue you with a challenge. It’s part of a monthly series of challenges. Today’s challenge is to create a piece of content that centers around your opinion on a topic relevant to your audience. Adding your opinion into your content is such an important way to make your blog more useful to your audience but also that might get standout from the crowd, I strongly believe that. That’s my opinion. Today, I want to share with you not only why opinion post is so important but I also want to give you some practical tips on how to structure your opinion posts and also some tips on what to include in the basic content that you’re going to create for this month’s challenge. This is one of our monthly challenge shows. I don’t want to just teach you how to create an opinion post but I want to challenge you to create it and to share it with our other ProBlogger podcast listeners in our ProBlogger Challenge Group on Facebook. I will link that to our Facebook group or you can head to Facebook and do a search for the ProBlogger Challenge Group and join that group. Okay, some of you will have no problem with this particular challenge whatsoever. You have lots of opinions and you do not mind sharing them at all in your conversation but also on your blog. This is the central type of post that you create on your post, on your blog but for many bloggers, myself included, sharing your opinion is something that may not come naturally for you. I was brought up by my parents, who I love dearly, to keep my opinions to myself. As a result, it’s something that I found as a blogger took me way outside my comfort zone particularly when I first started. I was always thinking to myself as I was considering sharing my opinion, “What are oth[...]
Mon, 17 Oct 2016 02:39:09 +0000
Sometimes it can take years before we find a good rhythm to our blog’s posting schedule. Some blogs suit smaller, bite-sized pieces every day (or multiple times a day), and some blogs get by on posting once a month. Darren gets asked A LOT how often one should post, especially ...more
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Fri, 14 Oct 2016 13:00:00 +0000
I don’t know about you but the fact we’re half way through October really freaks me out. I’m neck-deep in editorial schedules and I even wrote “2017” on a post the other day – where did this year go? As usual, the news that caught my eye this week is ...more
Thu, 13 Oct 2016 08:00:59 GMTLink Building Tip – Generate Hundreds of Links for Your Blog in 5 Minutes a Day In today’s lesson, you are going to learn a simple technique that has generated 100 new links for my blogs in the last month. This technique is fairly simple, and it only takes me about 5 to 10 minutes to do it. Yet, this technique is quite powerful. Incoming links to your blog are important because they drive traffic to your site from other parts of the web, and they also help you to rank higher in search engines like Google. Higher rankings also lead to more traffic. So, if you want more traffic and a bigger profile in the search engines this episode is for you. Further Resources on How to Generate Hundreds of Links for Your Blog in 5 Minutes a Day The Simple Tip That Gained Us Over 200 Backlinks WPBeginner Find Readers for Your Blog Through Commenting and Relationships 5 Mistakes Bloggers Make with SEO and What To Do About Them Full Transcript Expand to view full transcript Compress to smaller transcript view Welcome to episode 159 of the ProBlogger podcast. I’m your host, Darren Rowse, the founder of problogger.com, a blog, podcast, event, job board, and a series of ebooks all designed to help bloggers to grow their audience and make money from their blogs. If you want to know more about ProBlogger, you can check it out at problogger.com. In today’s lesson, you’re going to learn a simple technique that has generated 100 new links for my blogs in the last month. It only takes me about five to ten minutes a day to do it so it’s fairly simple and yet it’s quite powerful. Incoming links to your blog are important because they drive traffic to your site from other blogs, other parts of the web. They also help you to rank higher in search engines, Google in particular, which again leads to more traffic. If you want more traffic and a bigger profile in the search engines, this episode is for you. Let’s get into the tip for the day. Today’s tip is really quite simple. It’s not rocket science at all yet it’s incredibly effective as I mentioned in my introduction today. I first came across this one from our friends over at BuzzSumo. I’ll link to the blogpost because it is a few weeks old now, actually it’s probably a couple of months old now. They in turn got the idea from Syed Balkhi from WPBeginner. The tip is really simple and in essence it is to look for mentions of your blog or keywords that are relevant to your blog and articles on your blog on other people’s blogs and to reach out to those bloggers to see if there’s an opportunity for them to link to you. As I said, this is not rocket science but it really does work and I want to walk you through the little system that I’ve built, the workflow I guess that I’ve built to do it. This is something that I think many bloggers probably have done once or twice but what I want to suggest to you is that it’s useful to put aside five or ten minutes a day, longer if you’ve got it, to do this because it really is quite effective. I use a tool called BuzzSumo. I use the paid version but there’s a 14-day trial as well so you can see if it suits you. There are other tools around that do similar types of things. For example over at Mars, they also have a tool as well. I think there is this called Link Opportunities. It doesn’t really matter what tool you use, but I use BuzzSumo so that’s what I will refer to in this episode. I’ve got no affiliation with them whatsoever, it’s just a tool I like and it is a tool that has other features as well. What I do with BuzzSumo, they have a little monitoring tab and in that monitoring tab [...]
Wed, 12 Oct 2016 13:00:30 +0000
This is a guest contribution from ProBlogger Expert Kelly Exeter. It was the toaster that did it in the end. I’d been juggling work around school holidays. I had a book in its pre-launch phase. I was trying to figure out in which of my already tight days I could ...more
Tue, 11 Oct 2016 13:00:00 +0000
When we think of influencers, we generally think of people with huge followings on their blog or social media platforms. There is more to influence than just audience numbers though, which is good news for the majority of us! Different influence types means there are different ways to monetise your influence ...more
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Mon, 10 Oct 2016 13:00:00 +0000
From ProBlogger expert Nicole Avery of Planning With Kids. The 80/20 principle, or the Pareto principle, is widely known and accepted in business. The principle asserts that a minority of causes or effort lead to a majority of the results, In business it can be easily seen in many areas: 80% ...more
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Mon, 10 Oct 2016 08:00:14 GMTFeeling Stuck? How to Regain Momentum Are you feeling stuck with some area of your blogging or business life? If so, today’s episode is for you because I’m going to talk about getting unstuck and building momentum. What we are going to talk about today applies to many areas of life, but we are going to focus particularly on blogging and business. I am going to share with you a simple tip to help you get unstuck. Take imperfect action is a theme that came up numerous times at the ProBlogger event.The first time I heard this term was a few years ago from Jadah Sellner of Simple Green Smoothies at the World Domination Summit, and it has stuck with me ever since. Many bloggers can relate to getting stuck. Whether it is fear, perfectionism, or analysis paralysis stopping us. Taking imperfect action can get us moving forward again. Further Resources on Feeling Stuck? Here’s How to Get Moving Again Listen to this episode here in iTunes. How to take imperfect action 3 Questions to Ask When Facing Fear Full Transcript Expand to view full transcript Compress to smaller transcript view Are you feeling stuck with some aspect of your blogging business or life? If so, today’s episode is for you. My name is Darren Rowse and welcome to Episode 158 of the ProBlogger podcast where today I want to talk about getting unstuck, building some momentum. What I want to talk about today really applies to many aspects of life but I guess we’re particularly focusing in on blogging and business. I want to share with you a simple tip to help you to get unstuck. One of the themes at this year’s ProBlogger event that we didn’t plan but came up in many of the presentations that happened was take imperfect action. It came up numerous times. The first time I heard the term or the phrase was at the World Domination Summit a few years ago where Jadah Sellner from Simple Greens used it. I’m not sure where it originated from, I’d love to credit the original source of it. Ever since I heard Jadah use it, it stuck with me. I shared about it a couple of years ago at the ProBlogger event. Ever since I shared it, it’s been a recurring theme at the event as well because many bloggers really relate to this feeling of getting stuck. Many times as bloggers, we feel paralyzed with different aspects of what we do. As I said before, this applies to many areas of our life. It’s a human feeling in many ways. For some of us, it’s fear that stops us and paralyzes us. For others, it’s perfectionism, that’s a big one for me. Sometimes, it’s analysis paralysis. We get so stuck in trying to work out how to do something that we never actually take action. For some of us, it’s because we don’t have a clear idea of the big picture of where we’re headed, sometimes we can’t take action because we don’t know our final destination. For others of us, we feel we need to know more. We need to develop a skill or we need to develop confidence or we need to meet more people or we need more money before we can take a certain action. For others of us, it’s a problem of comparing ourselves with others, it’s a problem of feeling like what we want to do has already been done by everyone or everyone else does it better than us so we can’t achieve a certain standard. For some of us, it’s just an overwhelming feeling not knowing what to do first. There’s a whole lot of different reasons that we could be stuck in not taking action and for some of us it’s a combination of these things. I really relate t[...]
Fri, 07 Oct 2016 13:00:00 +0000
I don’t know about you, but that was the fastest week of my life – I guess it has something to do with my kid going back to school, but honestly I blinked and all of a sudden here we are on Saturday again! I took mannnnnny notes this week, ...more
Thu, 06 Oct 2016 08:00:53 GMTAn Interview with Brian Fanzo – Perfection is a Fairytale Today, I have a great conversation to play for you. It’s a conversation that we recorded at the ProBlogger Event with our opening keynote speaker, Brian Fanzo from iSocialFanz. Brian is someone that I’ve admired for the last couple of years. I happened to stumble upon Brian on Periscope, where he was discussing using live video and high level methods of using newer social platforms. Brian knew what he was talking about at a technical level, but he also really had heart. I think that is what attracted me to subscribing and following Brian around the Internet. He not only knows video and social media like Snapchat, he also lives it in a meaningful way. That is why I wanted to interview Brian and get him on the podcast. I was busy being a host at the ProBlogger Event, so I asked Karly Nimmo of Radcasters to conduct the interview. Over the next few weeks you will hear a number of interviews by Karly that were taken at the ProBlogger Event. Today Brian and Karly cover a lot of ground, and Brian shares a lot of tips about perfectionism, fear, productivity, and more. Enjoy! Further Resources on Perfection is a Fairytale – An Interview with Brian Fanzo Brian Fanzo at iSocialFanz Karly Nimmo at Radcasters Podcasting School Virtual Ticket Full Transcript Expand to view full transcript Compress to smaller transcript view Darren: Hey there friends, it’s Darren from ProBlogger here, welcome to Episode 157 where today I’ve got a great conversation to play for you. It’s a conversation that we recorded at the ProBlogger Event with our opening keynoter, Brian Fanzo from iSocialFanz. Brian is someone that I’ve admired for the last year or two years. I first came across him on Periscope where I just happened to stumble onto this channel where this guy wearing a baseball cap was talking at a really high level about using live video and some of the newer social platforms that were coming out at the time. Brian was a fast talker and he knew what he was talking about on a technical level but also had real heart. I think that’s what really attracted me to Brian and to subscribing to him and then following him around the internet wherever he went for a while afterwards. That’s the reason we wanted to get him out at the event today because he’s someone who not only knows a lot about live video and some of the newer forms of social media like Snapchat but he’s someone who lives it and he’s someone who uses it in a good way, in a heartfelt way. We wanted to get Brian into the podcast like a number of the other speakers that we had at the event this year, we decided that maybe we could get them in front of a couple of microphones at the event itself. I wasn’t the best person to visit the event because I was being a good host so we asked Karly Nimmo from Radcasters if she wouldn’t mind doing a few of these interviews. Over the next few weeks, you’ll hear a number of these. Today, we feature Brian who was the opening keynote, he’s probably the best one to do as an opening interview. They cover a lot of ground in the next 17 minutes. They start off talking a little bit about the event itself on what Brian talked about but then they get into some tips. Brian shares a number of these key messages of his presentations, he talks particularly about perfectionism which I found really useful. It was interesting during his opening keynote when he talked about perfectionism[...]
Wed, 05 Oct 2016 13:00:00 +0000
This is a guest contribution from ProBlogger expert Jerry Low. You may have heard of the 80/20 rule – it was recognized as a concept more than a century ago. In modern times, the rule has been used to achieve a broad range of objectives, from economics to business management to ...more
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Tue, 04 Oct 2016 13:00:00 +0000
This is a guest contribution from Richard Richsh. WordPress is the most preferred platform by many beginners and developers across the globe for its ease of use. Many websites today are built on WordPress, and there are many ways by which you can increase your WordPress website’s ranking using SEO – one of ...more
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Mon, 03 Oct 2016 13:00:35 +0000
This is a guest contribution from ProBlogger Expert Ellen Jackson of Potential Psychology If you are going through hell, keep going – Winston Churchill In December last year I hit publish and launched my first online course. I’d love to tell you that I sat and watched the dollar metre ...more
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Mon, 03 Oct 2016 08:00:51 GMT11 Techniques for Writing Great Blog Post Titles Today, I’m going to talk about crafting the titles for your blog posts. This is such an important topic, and I can’t believe I haven’t done a podcast about it in the last 155 episodes. This is a topic I get asked about quite a bit. Get your title right and it will completely change the destiny of your blog post. This may sound a little bit grand and overstated, but it is true. People make a decision on whether they will read and take action on your post purely based on the title. It’s crucial that you spend time on your title and get it right. Note: this podcast can be listened to on iTunes here (look for episode PB156). Further Resources on Tips for Writing Great Blog Post Titles How to Write Catchy Headlines and Blog Titles Your Readers Can’t Resist 10 Sure-Fire Headline Formulas That Work 5 Easy Tricks to Help You Write Catchy Headlines Here Are The 101 Catchy Blog Title Formulas That Will Boost Traffic By 438% Full Transcript Expand to view full transcript Compress to smaller transcript view Hi there, it’s Darren from ProBlogger. Welcome to episode 156 of the ProBlogger podcast where today I want to talk about crafting the titles for your blog post. This is such an important topic and I can’t believe I haven’t done a podcast on it in 156 episodes so today is the day because I do get asked about it quite a bit. Get your title of a blog post right and it can completely change the destiny of that blog post. That might sound a little bit grand and overstated but it is completely true. People make a decision whether they will read your post, whether they will take action ultimately on your post many times purely based upon that title. People make decisions about whether they will share your post very often without even reading the post, simply by the title. It’s crucial that you spend some time on it and you get it right. Those few words at the beginning of your blog post that are a little bit bigger than the rest of your post, that are in bold, that are in heading tags at the top, that title of your blog post can be the difference between your post being read and spread like a virus through the internet like a wildfire or it languishing in your archives never to be read, ever. The difference is stock. A good title can really change the destiny of your post, as I said in my introduction. Your blog post title matters for a few reasons. It is going to be in search engine results. Apart from a small description underneath it, there’s very little for someone to go on as to whether they’ll click your link or the link below or above it. Your title will appear in RSS feeds. Again, depending on how much information you have in your RSS feed, they may only see the title and perhaps the opening lines of your post. It’s important to make a decision as to whether they will click through and read the full post based upon that title on that opening. Very often when other bloggers link to you in social media or on their own blogs, they simply copy and paste your title and then add the link. Again, people on social media reading other posts will make a decision as to whether they will click that link based upon the title. Of course, even on your blog, your title is really important as well. If someone clicks a certain category depending on how you have your blog de[...]
Fri, 30 Sep 2016 14:00:00 +0000
Hello and welcome to yes another weekend roundup read! WordPress tells me this is number 41: what a lot of ground we’ve covered this year! Plenty of these articles made me ponder the state of affairs (and my blog) more than they did teach me how to blog better – ...more
Fri, 30 Sep 2016 06:35:04 +0000
Today I’m pleased to announce that we’ve given the ProBlogger Job Board a complete overhaul. It now has new features those advertising to hire bloggers, writers, editors and more, and also makes it easier for those who are applying for jobs. The Back Story Back in 2006 I started to ...more
Thu, 29 Sep 2016 09:00:53 GMTThe 5 Top Tips from Full Time Bloggers Today, I want to give you some advice. It’s not advice from me. It’s advice from about 50 full-time bloggers that I surveyed about two years ago. I was testing a survey software, and I sent the survey to some bloggers that I knew. I asked all of them one simple question What is the number one tip you would give a new blogger who is just starting out and dreaming of becoming a full-time blogger? In Today’s Episode 5 Tips from Full Time Bloggers Listen to this epsiode in the player above or here on iTunes (look for episode 155). Just be you. Speak in your own voice. Consistency Be persistent Give it a go Do something meaningful. Further Resources 5 Tips from Full Time Bloggers ProBlogger Virtual Ticket Full Transcript Expand to view full transcript Compress to smaller transcript view Hi there, it’s Darren from ProBlogger here. Welcome to Episode 155 of the ProBlogger Podcast. Almost forgot what we’re up to there. Today, I want to give you some advice. It’s not advice from me, it’s advice from around 50 full time bloggers that I surveyed about two years ago. It’s about two years ago I was testing out a new piece of software for surveys. Whilst I haven’t gone on to use this software anymore, I did do one survey using it and it was a survey that I did send out to full time bloggers that I knew. I asked them a simple question, one question. Quite a few of them answered. The question was this, “What’s the top piece of advice, what’s the number one tip you would give a new blogger just starting out who had dreamed of becoming a full time blogger?” I thought when I sent this out that I would get all kinds of strategic advice, that I would get really practical, actionable advice. You know what came in? It really surprised me. I sent it out to 50 bloggers and almost all of them came back to me with five responses, five common answers. That’s what I want to share with you today, these five things that I think are great things for us to all hear as bloggers, whether we’re just starting out or whether we’re well on the road to becoming full time or whether we’re even full time. These are five great reminders that I hope will help to keep you on course towards reaching your dreams for your blog, whatever that might be. The first theme that I came up with as I looked at this 50 was to be you, just be you. In fact, this is what one person wrote. “Just be you. Speak in your own voice, and don’t try to be anyone else. Swim in your own lane.” Another person simply said, “Be yourself.” A third person said, “Keep it real.” A fourth person said, “Find your authentic voice.” Someone else said, “My best tip is to write about what you love and have experience in. Honesty comes out in your writing.” Another person said, “Only write about what you’re passionate about, your own unique experiences.” An eighth person said, “Don’t copy, find your own voice and use that. Remember, cover bands don’t change the world.” Two more on this theme, “If you are passionate about something, let that shine through in every aspect of your blog. Don’t be so caught up in watching stats, gaining followers, and forget why you began blogging in the first place. B[...]
Wed, 28 Sep 2016 14:00:06 +0000
This is a guest contribution from Jawad Khan. Do you have a mentor, or have you ever tried looking for one? If yes, you’d know that credibility, apart from the right expertise, is the number one quality a mentor should possess. A person doesn’t deserve to mentor you (or anyone) ...more
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Tue, 27 Sep 2016 14:00:00 +0000
This is a guest contribution from ProBlogger Expert Kelly Exeter. So you’ve written an AMAZING blog post; one you know contains everything it needs to go viral: Irresistibly magnetic headline Compelling hook Content that addresses a genuine pain point for your readers Powerful storytelling You put it out into the ...more
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