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Mon, 24 Apr 2017 09:00:51 GMTHow to Move Through Failure in 6 Steps In today’s lesson, I want to talk about failure in business and how to move through it. I’ve been asked questions on this topic a number of times in the last few weeks and while it’s a topic most of us probably don’t want to have to learn about – it’s something that we all will need to deal with at one point or another because it’s a part of any business story. We all fail – in fact failure is an essential part of any startup and if you’re not having it it could be a sign that what you’re doing is not pushing hard enough and that you’re spending a lot of time in your comfort zone. SO in this episode I’m going to give you 6 things that I try to do when facing failure of different sizes. I think they’re relevant for the small fails and mistakes that happen to us regularly but am particularly thinking about some of those big ones too! Further Resources on How to Overcome Failure in 6 Steps Facebook Group 3 Questions to Ask When Facing Fear Full Transcript Expand to view full transcript Compress to smaller transcript view Hi there and welcome to episode 190 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 start a blog, to grow your audience, to create amazing content, and to hopefully make some profit from your blog. Learn more about ProBlogger over at problogger.com. In today’s lesson, I want to talk about failure, failure in business particularly, and how to move through it. I’ve been asked questions on this topic a number of times over the last few weeks and when I hear the same question more than once, I often pick up my ears and it often turns into a podcast and that’s what I want to talk about today. It’s something that I guess most of us don’t really want to have to learn about. We don’t want to have to learn how to move through failure but it is something that we will all need to deal with a one point or another, both in our personal lives but also as part of a business story and our blogging journey. We all fail. In fact, I think failure is an essential part of any start up, any business. If you’re not having times of failure, if you’re not having things where things don’t succeed, it’s possibly a sign that what you are doing really isn’t outside of your comfort zone and perhaps you’re not pushing things hard enough. In this episode, what I want to do is give you six things that I try and do and I emphasize try here because there’s a right answer when it comes to failure and there’s an actual answer, so most of us swing from the good things through to the unhelpful things. Those are six things that I try to do when I’m facing failure or mistakes of different sizes. I actually think most of what I’m going to share today is relevant for the small failures we have, those things that just don’t go right from day to day but also those bigger things as well. I’m particularly thinking of those because some of the questions I’ve heard over the last week have been on those bigger failures. You can find today’s show notes with the six points that I’m going to go through as well as some further reading over at problogger.com/podcast/190. Also, check out the Facebook group at problogger.com/group where there’s some great discussion going on at the moment. We’ve seen a lot of new members over the last few weeks. Let’s get into today’s show. Like I said in my introduction today, I’ve had a number of questions on the topic of failure recently. Willie over in the Facebook group asked just a few weeks ago, how would you recover from a massive failure? And then Max also messaged me and gave me permission to share his question. He said, “I’ve just had a big failing in my blogging business and I feel unable to move on. Do you have any advice?” That’s what I want to address today. What[...]
Wed, 19 Apr 2017 14:00:56 +0000
This is a guest contribution from Jade Craven. The blogosphere has changed so much over the past decade. I curated Bloggers To Watch column here on Problogger for four years and it is phenomenal how much has changed since I wrote my last post in 2012. In that time, popular ...more
Tue, 18 Apr 2017 14:00:19 +0000
Running a business is a time suck of epic proportion. Planning, administration, product development, sales, delivery, email, bookkeeping, social media, marketing. It takes time. Throw in a family and you flit from demand to crisis without a moment to reheat that cup of tea you made three hours ago. Your blog post – that important but ...more
Mon, 17 Apr 2017 09:00:44 GMTRemoving the Barriers to Create Video Content on Your Blog In today’s lesson, I’ve got some very practical and actionable information for you on how to shoot great video for your blog using your smartphone. As I’ve mentioned a few times lately in episodes – video is becoming one of the hottest types of content online. While the written word isn’t going anywhere video content helps you to grow your reach, stand out from the crowd, make a connection with your audience and is highly shareable. We’ve all heard about the opportunity but if you’re anything like me – you have a few questions, challenges and barriers that stop you getting into video. I don’t have the right gear! I don’t feel comfortable in front of camera? I don’t know the first thing about the technicalities of shooting and editing good video? Recently at SMMW I bumped into a fellow Aussie by the name of Justin Brown who was doing a workshop on how to create great video using the camera that most of us already own – the one in our smart phone. Justin teaches how to create great online video at his site – primalvideo.com I heard so many great things about Justin’s workshop that as soon as I got home I decided to get him on the podcast. I just finished our interview and I’m so excited by what Justin shared. Over the next 35 minutes Justin is going to remove all of the barriers to getting into video that I just mentioned. He’s going to tell you what gear you need (your smartphone is #1). We talk affordable options for mics, lights, apps etc. He shares tips on getting comfortable on camera. Tips on how to set up your shot – we talk framing, lighting and more He gives tips on editing your videos – he suggests apps and software as well as how to approach the edit And we finish up by talking about how to export your video so it’s ready to be used online. This is a highly practical interview that we designed to help you to create that first video. Tools and Apps mentioned in this episode: Microphones: Lavalier: BOYA BY-M1 (approximately $20) Shotgun: RODE VideoMicro (approximately $59) Wireless: RODE Wireless Filmmaker Kit (approximately $399) (not mentioned but a wireless option) Lighting – Portable: YongNuo YN300 Air (approximately $40) Aputure Amaran AL-M9 (approximately $45) Lighting – Studio (not mentioned but worth checking out):: SOFTBOX: StudioFX Lighting Kit (approximately $79) LED: StudioPRO S-600D Dimmable 600 LED Kit (approximately $426) Wide Angle Lens: Techo Universal Professional HD Camera Lens Kit (approximately $16) Tripods (not mentioned but worth checking out): SMALL: Arkon Tripod + Phone Mount (approximately $20) MEDIUM: Velbon EX mini (approximately $35) LARGE: Slik Video Sprint 2 (approximately $152) Monitoring Software (PC/Mac) Reflector 2 Filming Apps: iOS: FiLMiC Pro Editing Apps: iOS: iMovie iOS: Pinnacle Android: Cyberlink PowerDirector Link to Justin’s site – Primal Video Justin’s YouTube account Join the video challenge in our Facebook group Full Transcript Expand to view full transcript Compress to smaller transcript view Darren: Hi there and welcome to episode 189 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 to grow a profitable blog. You can learn more about ProBlogger over at ProBlogger.com. In today’s lesson, I’ve got some very, very practical and actionable information for you on how to shoot great video for your blog using your smartphone. As I’ve mentioned many times over in the last 100 or so episodes, video is becoming one of the hottest types of content online at the moment. Whilst we covered in episode 187 the written word isn’t going away anywhere soon, video content really does [...]
Wed, 12 Apr 2017 14:00:08 +0000
This is a guest contribution from Jawad Khan. If you’re serious about blogging, I’m sure you’re already building an email list (or planning to do so) Since you’re a Problogger reader, I’m also assuming your knowledge and expertise in blogging is significantly higher than most newbies. So you’re well-aware that ...more
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Tue, 11 Apr 2017 14:00:00 +0000
I have always been a to do list writer, but I haven’t always used a to do list productively. See if any of the following sound familiar, you: Write things on your to do list after you have done them, just so you can cross them off. Add so much on your ...more
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Mon, 10 Apr 2017 14:00:17 +0000
HyperText Transfer Protocol, or HTTP codes and redirects, are vital to your SEO efforts. Status code 400 and 500 errors can derail your web traffic, and cause Google Panda penalties. HTTP codes and redirects can be caused by DNS errors, server errors, and robots failure. “Sitemaps that contain bad URLs ...more
Mon, 10 Apr 2017 09:00:38 GMTThe Pros and Cons of Having More Than One Blog In today’s lesson, I want to talk about having more than one blog on the go at once. Regular listeners of this podcast know I have two main blog – ProBlogger and Digital Photography School. I’m fortunate enough to have been able to build them up so that either one of them could be a full time venture which is great – but having two businesses to focus upon not only comes with some benefits – but some costs. In this episode I want to share: The story of how I built them to the point they’re at today The pros and cons of having more than one blog or business Some tips on juggling two things like this at once Lastly – today’s episode is proudly presented by this year’s ProBlogger events. This year we’re holding three events – one in Brisbane Australia, another in Melbourne Australia and a third in Dallas Texas. These events are designed with very similar goals to this podcast – to help bloggers to grow blogs with world changing content, with lots of readers and which are profitable. All of these events will have some amazing teaching from experienced bloggers (people like Pat Flynn who i speaking at our Australian events) but also have opportunities for masterminds and really drilling into the blog and business that you have to help take it to the next level. If you’re interested in the Aussie events head to problogger.com/events and if you’re interested in the Dallas event head to problogger.com/success but please don’t wait too long as these events are selling quickly and the early bird price ends in the coming weeks. Full Transcript Expand to view full transcript Compress to smaller transcript view Hi there, it’s Darren from ProBlogger here. Welcome to another episode of the ProBlogger podcast, this is episode 188. For those of you who are new to ProBlogger, ProBlogger is all about helping you to start a blog, to grow your audience of your blog, to create content that’s gonna change that audience’s life and hopefully to make some money from your blog as well. You can find out more about ProBlogger and what we do at problogger.com. In today’s lesson, I want to address a question that I’ve been getting quite a bit lately and that is, “How do you juggle two blogs and should you have two blogs?” A lot of regular listeners of this podcast know that I do have two main businesses and they both center around blogs. It’s ProBlogger which you are listening to right now, which is a blog podcast event and numerous other things. And then there’s Digital Photography School, which again is a very similar model in many ways. It’s centered around the blog, and then there’s ebooks and courses and other aspects of that business as well. I’m fortunate enough to have been able to build up these two businesses so that either one of them could really be a full-time venture, which is great. It also presents with some interesting challenges, to say the least. Having two businesses comes with benefits but it also comes at a cost. In this episode, I wanna share with you the story about how I built up these blogs to the point that they’re at today, the pros and cons of having more than one blog and business. And then for those of you who are considering juggling two businesses like I am, some tips on how to do that and how to approach that if you do decide to do that. Lastly, today’s episode is proudly presented by this year’s ProBlogger events. This year, we are holding three events over in Australia; Brisbane, Australia, and Melbourne, Australia and the third event in Dallas, Texas in the United States. These events are designed with very similar goals to this podcast, to help you to grow your blog with world changing content, to grow your re[...]
Wed, 05 Apr 2017 14:00:42 +0000
This is a guest contribution from James Aschehoug. While the modern social entrepreneur may be heavily focused on ideals — whether they be ideological, concrete, or hopefully a mixture of both — it is necessary to use all of the relevant tools and technologies available to help your dream become a ...more
Tue, 04 Apr 2017 14:00:10 +0000
Recently, Google’s ‘Fred’ ranking update hit the search pages. While Google hasn’t confirmed the update, it’s certainly live. Webmasters across the board have been impacted by Fred, but not every page is created similarly. Low-value content and poorly configured sites are taking a heavy blow. Meanwhile, SEO-jammed pages prioritising revenue ...more
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Mon, 03 Apr 2017 14:00:00 +0000
Photo Credit: Pineapple Supply Co This is a guest contribution from Tiffany Sun of Rabbut. It’d always frustrate me after I publish a post on my blog. Simply because no one would respond or share it. Did I pick a boring topic? Did I not provide enough value to readers? ...more
Mon, 03 Apr 2017 09:00:06 GMTWhat the Future Looks Like for Written Content In today’s lesson, I want to talk to you about written content vs other mediums and respond to a few questions I’ve been getting lately about which medium is best to focus upon and to answer the question – is the future of written content dead! Listen to this episode in the player above or here on iTunes (look for episode 187). Events: Before I get into today’s show though I’ve been hinting for a few episodes now that I’ll have some news for you about this year’s ProBlogger events in Australia and the USA – and how you can get early bird tickets to both. Today I’m pleased to announce what we’re doing: In Australia – we’re running two events. We’ve got Pat Flynn coming out to speak in both Brisbane and Melbourne on two consecutive weeks. Brisbane is 29-30 July and Melbourne is 5-6 August. There’s two options with tickets in both cities. On the Saturdays we’ll be doing a larger single stream day with 7 sessions. Pat, myself and some other special guests will be teaching on how to monetize blogs. We’ll be talking monetization models, content, traffic, engagement and conversion. On the Sundays there’s an option to upgrade your ticket to come to a mastermind day. These will be much smaller (32 people) and give you an opportunity to really drill down into your own blog and business and to talk with both Pat, myself and some other experience bloggers to brainstorm, strategize and plan how to grow your business. These two Aussie events are already selling quickly – the Melbourne mastermind is already sold out but there are tickets as I record this for day 1 in Melbourne and both day 1 and the mastermind in Brisbane. Check out the Aussie event at problogger.com/events, where for the next week or so you can save $100 when you get an Early Bird Ticket. If you’re in the US, I am co-presenting/hosting an event in Dallas on 24-25 October. I’m doing this in partnership with the Digital CoLab and we’re calling it the Success Incubator. This event will be a combination of very practical/actionable teaching but also a chance to really drill down and mastermind/discuss your business in round table sessions. We’ll be announcing more details about speakers and agenda in the coming weeks but have put tickets on sale for those of you who are keen. We have a limited number of tickets and they’re already selling fast. You can see what we’re planning and grab your ticket at: problogger.com/success, where there’s currently an Early Bird ticket available that saves you $50. OK – that’s enough about our events – let’s get into today’s show where we’re going to talk about the place of written content in blogging today. Mentioned in todays episode – A series by Colin Gray on Content Stacking. Full Transcript Expand to view full transcript Compress to smaller transcript view Hey there and welcome to episode 187 of the ProBlogger podcast. My name is Darren Rowse and I’m the blogger behind the ProBlogger.com – blog, podcast, event, job board and series of eBooks all designed to help you, as a blogger, to grow your audience, but first, to start you blog, to grow your audience and then to create some amazing content that’s going to help people to improve their lives in some way. This is going to make the world better but also, hopefully, be sustainable for you to build some profit into your blog. You can learn more about ProBlogger and all that we do over at ProBlogger.com. In today’s lesson, I want to talk to you about written content versus other mediums, other types of content. I want to respond to a few questions that I’ve b[...]
Wed, 29 Mar 2017 13:00:36 +0000
This is a guest contribution from Joe Elliott. How hard can it be when you start a new blog, you create crazy amounts of content and then you need to start generating traffic? You bust your butt off to get 20 posts so that you can say you are good ...more
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Tue, 28 Mar 2017 13:00:08 +0000
This is a guest contribution from Kevin Balcker. You should already know that earning money with a blog does not happen overnight. It takes time, consistent publishing of great content, and unique smart ideas to make a blog take off. Depending on the niche you want to get in, ranking in ...more
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Tue, 28 Mar 2017 01:09:43 +0000
Today tickets go on sale for ProBlogger Evolve – two events in Australia for bloggers. Yes you read that correctly – after 7 previous years of one event per year – we’re trying something new by running two events in two cities over two weekends. We’re calling it ProBlogger Evolve ...more
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Mon, 27 Mar 2017 13:00:59 +0000
In the final part of our three-part series on the What, Why and How of SEO and how it can be used to improve your blog’s rankings, we’ll be exploring how SEO can help your blog rank well. Ranking well in the major search engines means added visibility for your blog. Visibility ...more
Mon, 27 Mar 2017 08:00:06 GMTHow I Write a Blog Post – My Step-By-Step Process Today, I want to walk you through my step by step process for writing a blog post! I get asked about this regularly over in the ProBlogger podcast listeners Facebook group today put together some notes on the workflow I use and want to run you through it. Before I do – and speaking of the Facebook group – I wanted to let you know that I’ve shared some exciting news with members of that group in the last week – particularly about an event that ProBlogger is involved in running later this year in the US. We’ve not fully launched the event yet publically but if you’re curious about coming to an event that ProBlogger is collaborating on – head to the Facebook group and check it out. But enough of that! – let’s get into today episode. Further Resources on A Step-By-Step Guide to How I Write a Blog Post How to Craft a Blog Post – 10 Crucial Points to Pause Episode in which I talk about avatars How to create great blog headlines How to use mindmapping 7 Steps to Editing Blog posts Full Transcript Expand to view full transcript Compress to smaller transcript view Good day, it’s Darren from ProBlogger. Welcome to Episode 186 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 you as a blogger to start a blog, to grow that blog’s audience, to create some really useful content for that audience and to make some money from your blog. Today, I want to walk you through my step by step process for writing a blog post. I get asked quite regularly over in the ProBlogger podcast listeners group on Facebook about my writing process. Whilst I’ve talked about different aspects of my process, various episodes of this podcast, I’ve never really gone from start to finish. Today, I want to walk you through it. Before I do, I just did give you a little hint, that we’ve got some events coming up with ProBlogger. This year, we are planning to do an Australian event. In fact, there may be more than one, we’ll let you know a little bit more about that in the coming weeks. But we also, this year, want to do something in the US because we do have so many of our readers of ProBlogger, listeners of this podcast in the US.and speaking of the Facebook group – I wanted to let you know that I’ve shared some exciting news with members of that group in the last week – particularly about an event that ProBlogger is involved in running later this year in the US. This year, we are planning an event in the US. Whilst we’re not quite ready to launch details of that quite yet, I’m working with some partners on this particular event, we have let some details slip out in the Facebook group. We wanted to do a bit of a soft launch. If you’re curious about coming to an event in the US, go join the ProBlogger Podcast Listeners Facebook Group. Do a search on Facebook for ProBlogger Podcast Listeners and you will find the group. Join and you will find some details in there. By the time this episodes comes out, you may even be able to pick up an early bird ticket to that event. If you’re curious about coming to an event in the US, check out the Facebook group. If you’re in Australia or willing to come to Australia later in the year, stay tuned, we’ll let you know a little bit more about that. But enough of all that, enough of me teasing you about events. I know I’ve been known for doing that. I[...]
Wed, 22 Mar 2017 13:00:07 +0000
As a part-time blogger and homeschooling mother of three, I often get asked: “How do you do it all?!” In the past, I usually ran through a few different answers: I have had a regular cleaner at times; I usually do my shopping online to save time; I rarely watch ...more
Tue, 21 Mar 2017 13:00:35 +0000
This is a guest contribution from Dan Bagby of Honeymoon Always. Many travel bloggers start blogging with dreams of getting free travel around the world. Last year, I set out with the goal to see what it would take to make that a reality – and I was surprised at how ...more
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Mon, 20 Mar 2017 13:00:06 +0000
By Alex Chris of reliablesoft.net How do you build a successful fitness blog? What does it take to start a blog and grow the traffic to 100K monthly visitors in less than a year? If you have a fitness blog or planning to start one or even if you are ...more
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Mon, 20 Mar 2017 08:00:45 GMTHow to Apply for a Blogging Job In today’s lesson, I want to talk about finding a job as a blogger – particularly how to apply for a blogging job. Back in 2006 I noticed I started getting a lot of two types of emails: People wanting to hire bloggers would email me asking if I knew anyone suitable for a blogging job that they had. Bloggers would email asking if I knew anyone looking to hire a blogger. After months of getting these kinds of emails and manually playing matchmaker I decided it would be easier if I just created a place for people to meet one another. I started the ProBlogger job board where those looking to hire bloggers could advertise their blogging job opportunities and bloggers could apply for the jobs. While it started slow with just a new job every few days – since 2006 we’ve had well over 10,000 jobs listed! These days there’s usually 1-5 new jobs listed on the boards – with some days as many as 10 new ones going up. Late last year we redesigned the job board and added some new categories. Now you can not only advertise to find a writer but there’s the ability to find people to work as editors/proofreaders, ghostwriters, promoters/marketers, copywriters and more. I use the job board to advertise for writers on my own photography blog several times a year and we always find great candidates but every time we do it highlights to me that some people could do with some help in putting their application together. So in today’s episode I want to give you some tips for applying for a blogging job. If you’re looking for work at the moment – this is the episode for you. Further Resources on How to Get a Blogging Job Job Board RSS Feed for the Job Board Facebook Group Full Transcript Expand to view full transcript Compress to smaller transcript view Hi there and welcome to episode 185 of the ProBlogger podcast. My name is Darren Rowse and I am 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 start your blog, to grow your audience, to create great content, engage with that audience and hopefully make some money from your blog as well. You can learn more about ProBlogger and all we do over at problogger.com. Just look at the menu at the top and you’ll find all of the different things I’ve just mentioned. In today’s lesson, I want to talk about finding a job as a blogger, particularly how to apply for a blogging job. Back in 2006, I noticed I started getting two types of questions quite regularly from readers of ProBlogger. Firstly, there was one group of bloggers who wanted to hire someone to work for them. Either as a writer, an editor or in some other aspect of their business and these people would email me and go, do you know anyone who’s suitable for this type of job? The second type of email were from people looking for work. People saying I want a part time job, I’m building my blog, I need to pick up some other work. Do you know anyone wanting to hire someone like me? I realized I was good at playing the matchmaker and I used to try and match people up and look through the emails I was getting from people wanting to hire and try and match them up with a people looking to be hired but it was a bit of a clunky process. I decided it would be a lot easier if I just created a place where people could meet one another. I started the ProBlogger Job Board. This is [...]
Sun, 19 Mar 2017 13:00:19 +0000
So here at ProBlogger we love to look at what has been successful and what hasn’t in terms of content, and learn from it. There is always something to be taken away from each experience, and it’s important to know the difference. There have been times when something unexpected has ...more
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Fri, 17 Mar 2017 13:00:13 +0000
Ok so after reading these articles this week, I’ve prioritised my tasks: double my podcast downloads, and revisit Pinterest. What’s yours? The Most Annoying Things Brands Do on Social Media | Marketing Profs Are you annoying people by being overly salesy? What about using too much jargon? A couple of ...more
Wed, 15 Mar 2017 13:00:00 +0000
There is plenty of great advice around for creating compelling blog content. We read it, but knowing something and doing it are two different things. The missing link is often understanding the why. Why is great writing irresistible to your reader? And how to you do more of it? Here’s ...more
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Tue, 14 Mar 2017 13:00:44 +0000
Back in 2006 Merlin Mann created a series of posts on the 43 Folders blog called Inbox Zero. I am sure most of you have heard this term, but from chatting with bloggers at conferences and meet ups, most bloggers have misinterpreted the key philosophy behind Inbox Zero. Contrary to ...more
Mon, 13 Mar 2017 13:00:57 +0000
This is a guest contribution from Shane Barker. Planning to expand your reach and grow your readership? As a blogger, you regularly produce valuable content that your audience loves. But what if you could provide your readers with something beyond your blog posts and eBooks? For instance, you could share ...more
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