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Fri, 24 Feb 2017 13:00:00 +0000
This week’s posts made me want to live in an RV and perennially chase the warmer weather while reading more novels and finding creative ways to stay well-clear of writer’s block. Quite a good week, if I’m being honest! I think it’s probably because it’s grey and drizzly here (autumn ...more
Wed, 22 Feb 2017 13:00:00 +0000
This is a guest contribution from Karly Nimmo. As a podcaster, I’m inundated with requests and pitches from people who are looking for some free PR. As a podcaster, I’m totally down with receiving these requests and pitches. I love to hear from people who have something of value to ...more
Tue, 21 Feb 2017 13:00:00 +0000
Simply muttering the word “negotiation” can strike fear into many bloggers and marketers. Negotiation may even evoke as much fear, anxiety, and stress as public speaking. “Fear in negotiations arises in a variety of circumstances,” the authors of Emotions in Negotiation explain. “If we face an aggressive opponent, if we bargain ...more
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Mon, 20 Feb 2017 13:00:00 +0000
This is a guest contribution from Nathalie Cohen-Sheffer. From do-it-yourself tutorials to adorable animal clips, videos are a big part of our life – and business owners as well as bloggers are taking notice. Here are seven reasons why everyone needs to incorporate video into their marketing strategy, and the sooner ...more
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Mon, 20 Feb 2017 08:00:25 GMTTackling the Biggest Challenges of Being a Solo Entrepreneur with Robert Gerrish of FlyingSolo In today’s lesson, I have a real treat for those of you who spend most of your working life alone as solo-entrepreneurs. Over in the ProBlogger Podcast listeners facebook group this week I ran a little poll to see how many of you as listeners work alone vs work in teams. The results were as I suspected – 93% of you work alone on your blogs. Of the other 7% – most had family members or readers volunteer their time to help out a little with some small aspect of their blog but it was largely a solo venture. This is no surprise to me at all because in the regular surveys we do of ProBlogger readers and listeners we regularly get asked questions on some of the challenges that solo-entrepreneurs face. As a result for today’s episode I asked Robert Gerrish to join me. Robert is a coach, teacher and community leader who has a passion for solo business owners. He’s the owner of an Australian site – FlyingSolo and has recently put together an excellent resource for solo-business owners called Soloism. I chatted with Robert earlier today, and I asked him about some of the biggest challenges I see in our community of solo-entrepreneurs. We talk about productivity, focus, loneliness, personal development, motivation, feeling overwhelmed and how to get through times when things don’t seem to work. He also gives us some tools and apps that solo business owners will find useful. If you’re a solo-entrepreneur (or want to be) you’re going to relate to a lot of what we talk about in this episode. I came away from this chat feeling motivated and inspired for my own business and hope you enjoy it to. Listen to this interview in the player above or here on iTunes. Further Resources on How to Overcome the Challenges of Being a Solo Entrepreneur Soloism 20% Discount Link ‘Note: we are an affiliate and earn a small commission if you purchase Soloism but we offer our genuine recommendation for it and the teaching of Robert.’ FlyingSolo.com.au 2x Your Blog Writing Productivity and Reduce Your Stress by Single-Tasking The biggest lesson I learned about Blogging (episode 38) A primer on the Pomodoro Technique Full Transcript Expand to view full transcript Compress to smaller transcript view Darren: Hi there and welcome to Episode 181 of the ProBlogger Podcast! My name is Darren Rowse and I’m the blogger behind problogger.com, a blog, a podcast, event, job board and a series of ebooks all designed to help you as a blogger to start an amazing blog, beautifully designed and to create amazing content for it and to grow that audience that you’ve been dreaming of and to hopefully make some money from your blog as well. You can learn more about ProBlogger at problogger.com. In today’s episode, I have a real treat for those of you who, if you’re like me, spend most of your time working alone as a solo entrepreneur. I do have a small team who works with me but I spend most of my day by myself and I’m not the only one. I’ve ran the ProBlogger Podcast listeners Facebook group this week, I ran a little poll to see how many of you as a listeners work alone versus working in teams. The result was as I suspected, 93% of you work alone on your blog. You don’t employ anyone, you don’t have anyone volunteering to help you in your blogging. Of the other 7%, most of you said that you had a family member or a reader volunteer their time or someone virtually offering their time in another part of the world. Of that 7%, most of you say you do spend most of your time alone as a solo entrepreneur even though you do have other people involved in the business. This figure of 93% or it’s probably 100% really is no surprise to me at all because every time we survey our readers, we find the same thing and we get a lot of questions from you [...]
Mon, 20 Feb 2017 01:00:19 +0000
One of the most popular topics on ProBlogger (if not the most searched-for item) is making money blogging, and how to go about it. There are so many ways of earning a living online, and we have almost just as much advice on how best to keep the dollars rolling ...more
Fri, 17 Feb 2017 13:00:00 +0000
This week is all about writing (and writing lots), getting your SEO right, and decluttering your online life. Enjoy! 5 Writing Techniques that Stir Your Audience to Action | Copyblogger Emotion, Emotion, Emotion is the new Location, Location, Location. If we’re not getting our audience to feel, how are they ...more
Wed, 15 Feb 2017 13:00:00 +0000
This is a guest contribution from Nick Chowdrey. Remote working is an attractive prospect for many people in this digital age. But it’s not as simple as packing up your laptop and riding off into the sunset – it takes a lot more effort and skill than that. After all, ...more
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Tue, 14 Feb 2017 13:00:00 +0000
As bloggers we spend most of our work time staring at our browser. How we have a browser set up can have a significant impact on our productivity in two ways: It can help us eliminate distractions. It can help up keep focused on our key activities. Below I am ...more
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Mon, 13 Feb 2017 13:00:00 +0000
A question that frequently comes up in writing and blogging groups I’m part of is: ‘anyone know a good editor?’ This is usually followed by comments of ‘I used this guy once but it was a frustrating process’, or ‘mine was ok, but I’m not sure I’d recommend them.’ I’ve ...more
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Mon, 13 Feb 2017 08:00:13 GMTWays to Use Facebook Live to Grow Your Blog In today’s lesson, I want to talk about Facebook live video which is a technology that has been around for a while now on Facebook and that I think continues to be something that bloggers could get a lot of value out of. We’ve seen Facebook continue to develop it over the last 12 months. Initially, it was only available to larger influencers and verified account holders, then they opened it up to everyone and in the last few weeks they’ve made it so you can now do it from your desktop rather than just using your phone. I know numerous bloggers getting pretty amazing results with FB live – they’re using it to build their brand, grow their audience and make money – so I thought today we’d look at some of the different ways that you can use it to grow your blog and business. Stay tuned my quick top 7 ways to use Facebook Live! Further Resources on Using Facebook Live 30 Practical Tips for Running Great Facebook Live Videos Zoom Webinar Tool Listen to this episode in the player above or on iTunes here (look for episode 180). Full Transcript Expand to view full transcript Compress to smaller transcript view Hey there, it’s Darren Rowse from ProBlogger. Welcome to Episode 180 of the ProBlogger podcast where today I want to talk about Facebook Live and give you my Top 7 different ways to use this technology that I think has a lot of benefits for bloggers. As I said at the top, my name is Darren Rowse and I’m the blogger behind problogger.com, a blog, podcast, event, job board, series of ebooks, and many other things all designed to help you as a blogger grow your audience and make money from your blog. You can learn more about ProBlogger over at problogger.com. In today’s lesson, we’re talking Facebook Live and we’ve seen over the last 12 or so months Facebook continue to develop this particular aspect of their platform. Initially, it was only available to larger influences or verified account holders but then they opened it up to everyone. I’ve seen a lot of our audience begin to experiment with the technology. Facebook hasn’t just let this technology sit dormant. Over the last few weeks, they’ve made it even easier to do. You can now do it from your desktop, you just need to log into Facebook itself and there’s an option to do a Facebook Live broadcast from your webcam which really opens it up to even more bloggers. I suspect they’re going to continue to develop it even further. I hope they add things like being able to share your screen and to do split screens. You can do a lot of that stuff using other tools and we’ll touch on some of that a little bit later on today. I know a number of you as readers of ProBlogger are already using Facebook Live but I suspect there’s many of you who have been looking at this technology and wondering how you would use it. That’s what I want to focus upon today. Let me give you seven ways to use Facebook Live to help to grow your brand, grow your audience, and to make money from your blog, and to build your business. Let’s get into today’s show. But before I do, I just want to briefly give you some of the why of using Facebook Live and I’m going to whip through these reasons really quickly. Firstly, for me, Facebook Live, the real benefit of it is that it gives you a live interaction with your audience. It’s all about engagement, it’s all about understanding who is reading your blog and who’s watching you because you get immediate feedback. More important than that, it personalizes your brand and it shows your followers, your readers, who you are. I’ve lost track of the amount of people that have contacted me after watching one of[...]
Fri, 10 Feb 2017 13:00:00 +0000
After taking some time off over the holiday season on my blog, I’ve been thinking about things I normally don’t have time to – and I think those things have been reflected in today’s roundup! Things like going back and optimising older posts for SEO, thinking about my blogging origins ...more
Wed, 08 Feb 2017 13:00:00 +0000
By Karly Nimmo of Radcasters Podcasting S’cool. As a podcast host, a guest, and from working with hundreds of podcasters, I’ve seen almost everything. The good, the bad and the train wreck ugly (you know, that mess that is hideous but you just can’t look away?). I’ve seen rock solid, rigid ...more
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Wed, 08 Feb 2017 13:00:00 +0000
It’s time! You’ve had it in the back of your mind for a while now, but you’ve realised the hour is right to take the plunge, and you want to start a blog. Welcome! You’ve come to the right place. If creating a blog is something you’ve been thinking about ...more
Tue, 07 Feb 2017 13:00:00 +0000
By ProBlogger expert Ellen Jackson of Potential Psychology. I have big plans for 2017, blog-wise and business-wise. I bet you do too. My word for this year is ‘bigger.’ I’m going to think bigger, to play bigger. After a year of hard work and incremental improvement it’s time for a ...more
Mon, 06 Feb 2017 13:00:00 +0000
By ProBlogger SEO Expert Jim Stewart of StewArt Media. Search Engine Optimisation. Just reading that phrase can make some bloggers break into cold sweats. You know how to blog, and you know you have to incorporate SEO in your pages somehow to be successful, but the technical aspects of SEO are ...more
Mon, 06 Feb 2017 08:00:47 GMT11 Techniques for Lowering the Bounce Rate on Your Blog In today’s lesson I want to talk about a statistic or metric that is in Google analytics that I see bloggers talking about a lot – that of ‘bounce rate’. Just today I was asked twice about bounce rate and how to get it lower. So in this episode, I thought I’d tackle the topic and will talk briefly about what bounce rate is, about why I see many bloggers not really interpreting it in a helpful way and for the bulk of the episode I want to give you 11 things you can do to lower bounce rate on your blog. Lastly I’m going to suggest some homework that you might want to do! So if you if you’re not sure what bounce rate is or you look at the stat in your Google Analytics and want to know how to get it lower – this episode is just for you! Note: you can find this episode (PB179) here on iTunes if you’d like to listen to it there. Further Resources on How to Lower the Bounce Rate on Your Blog Google Analytics Plugin to Open External Links in a New Window ProBlogger Podcast Listeners Group on Facebook Further Reading on Removing Dates from Blogs ProBlogger Start Here Page Digital Photography School Start Here Page dPS Photography for Beginners Sneeze Page 21 Settings, Techniques and Rules all New Camera Owners Should Know (a sneeze post) How to Turn Surfers into Blog Readers by Building a Sticky Blog Getting Blog Readers to Subscribe, Follow and Connect How to Turn First Time Visitors Into Interested Readers of Your Blog (Portal Strategy) Series of Blog Posts vs Long Blog Posts – Which is Better? How to Get People to Comment on Your Blog Posts How to Build a Culture of Community on Your Blog Full Transcript Expand to view full transcript Compress to smaller transcript view Welcome to episode 179 of the ProBlogger podcast! My name’s Darren Rowse, and I’m the blogger behind ProBlogger.com, which is a blog, a podcast, event, job board, and series of eBooks all designed to help you as a blogger to start an amazing blog to create lifechanging content for your readers and to hopefully make a bit of an income for yourself. You can learn more about ProBlogger over at ProBlogger.com. Now today, I’m feeling a little bit strange. Listen to this. Can you hear it? There’s nothing. My house is so quiet today because my youngest son started school this week. Yes, all three of my boys are at school at last. Also it’s been very exciting to see him get in his uniform and waddle off to school with a massive bag on his back. The house is just so quiet. I think it’s gonna take a little time to get used to, but anyway, one of the good things about a quiet house is that I can record this podcast pretty much anytime of the day. I don’t have to set him up with a movie or anything like that or wait till he goes off to preschool. Without further ado, let’s get into today’s lesson. In today’s lesson, what I want to talk about is a statistic or a metric that you can find in your Google Analytics account. It’s one that I see a lot of bloggers talking about. It’s the statistic or the metric bounce rate – your bounce rate. That’s what I wanna talk about today. Even just today, I was asked twice in Facebook groups about bounce rate and how to get it lower, so I thought in this episode, I’d tackle the topic. We’ll talk briefly about what a bounce rate is, for those of you who’ve never heard that term before or maybe you’ve seen it in your Google Analytics and wondered what it was. I wanna talk a little bit about why I think some bl[...]
Sun, 05 Feb 2017 13:00:00 +0000
At the ProBlogger event on the Gold Coast last year, Darren motivated us all with his rallying cry to find one thing we want to do with our blogs, businesses, and lives. Just one thing that we would prioritise, measure all things against, and work hardest at among all the ...more
Fri, 03 Feb 2017 13:00:00 +0000
This week, as usual, the number of tips and tricks about blogging and its related tasks are overwhelmingly large! Everywhere you look, there is another article with more great advice. I hope I’ve managed to drill down and get you exactly what you need this week! It’s been super-helpful to ...more
Thu, 02 Feb 2017 13:00:00 +0000
This is part five in a series on Content Marketing Strategies from Pamela Wilson of Big Brand System. It’s your fourth and final content production day: time to hit publish! Need to catch up on the rest of the 4 Day Content Creation System? Here are the previous posts: A ...more
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Wed, 01 Feb 2017 13:00:00 +0000
This is part four in a series on Content Marketing Strategies from Pamela Wilson of Big Brand System. Day 3 is the last day before publishing, so everything you do on this day will be to prepare your content to go out into the world and to give it the ...more
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Tue, 31 Jan 2017 13:00:00 +0000
This is part three in a series on Content Marketing Strategies from Pamela Wilson of Big Brand System. If you’re a coffee or tea drinker, Day 2 might be a good day to drink an extra cup. You’re going to write a lot today, so do whatever it takes to ...more
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Mon, 30 Jan 2017 13:00:00 +0000
This is part two in a series on Content Marketing Strategies from Pamela Wilson of Big Brand System. On the first day of your content creation process, you’re going to choose your topic and create what I call the “backbone” of your post. Need to review the 4 Day Content ...more
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Mon, 30 Jan 2017 08:00:38 GMTStrategies to Get Products to Review on Your Blog In today’s lesson, I want to share 7 strategies that I used to get products to review on my first ever commercial blog – a camera review blog. It’s not always easy to get products to review in the early days of a blog when you perhaps don’t have a big profile so in this episode I rewind the clock to when I was just starting out and share how I did it. So if you’d like to create more product reviews on your blog – this one is for you. Listen to this episode in the player above or here on iTunes. Further Resources on Writing Reviews How to Write Amazing Product Reviews How to Write a Must-read Product Review Facebook Group Using Quotes in Your Blog Legally and Ethically Full Transcript Expand to view full transcript Compress to smaller transcript view Hey there! Welcome to episode 178 of the ProBlogger podcast! My name’s Darren Rowse, and I’m the blogger behind ProBlogger.com, which is a blog, podcast, event, job board, and a series of eBooks all designed to help you as a blogger to start a blog, to create amazing content, and to grow your audience and hopefully make some money from your blog, too. You can learn more about ProBlogger over at ProBlogger.com. In today’s episode, I wanna share with you seven strategies that I used in the early days of my blogging to get products to review on my first commercial blog, which was a camera review blog. I know a lot of you as listeners do reviews on your blog from time to time. Some of you have blogs that are purely about reviewing products, but it’s not always easy to get those products to review. In the early days of a blog, when you don’t have many readers perhaps and not have a big profile, it can be particularly hard to get those products. This is exactly the problem that I faced in my early days, and so today, I wanna give you seven strategies to get some products to review. Some of them are a little bit obvious, and some of them are quite creative and I hope will be helpful to you. If you wanna create product reviews for your blog, this episode is for you. You can find the show notes, transcript, and some further reading over at ProBlogger.com/podcast/178. Just before I start though, I also wanna make one other note. I have in the last couple of days changed our Facebook group’s name. It was previously a group that I’d called “The ProBlogger Challenge Group.” It was purely for sharing challenges for you as listeners, and I decided in the new year to broaden the group a little bit. Now it is called “The ProBlogger Podcast Listeners Group.” If you do a search on Facebook for “ProBlogger Podcast Listeners,” you’ll find it, and we will be still doing some challenges. But I also wanted to open it up a little bit more to discussing each episode and maybe even making a challenge for each episode. If you’ve got any questions or tips that you wanna share with the group, you can do that there. Again, do a search for “ProBlogger Podcast Listeners” or click on the link in today’s show notes. That’s enough of the logistics. Let’s get into today’s show where we are going to talk about reviews. The topic for today’s episode comes from Paul [Sutcliffe 0:02:40], who in a recent Facebook Live that I was doing asked me a question, which I answered in the Facebook Live, but then afterwa[...]