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How to Come up With More Than Enough (Great) Ideas for Your Blog

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 13:00:00 +0000

Do you ever sit staring at your computer screen, wondering what the heck you’re going to post about? Maybe you scramble around for an idea – any idea! – and then rush into it. Or maybe you give up, and you don’t write a post at all. Coming up with ...more

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PB177: How to Build Traffic and Momentum on Your Blog After a Blogging Slump

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 08:00:01 GMT

Six Ways to Boost Traffic on Your Blog In today’s lesson, I want to talk about getting your traffic kick started in the new year. Many bloggers struggle with getting traffic momentum early in the year after the holiday period traffic slump that most of us go through because our readers are not online as much or after we’ve taken a bit of time off blogging – and it can be frustrating to come back to your blog and see traffic lower than it was last year. In this lesson, I want to give you 6 things you can do to hopefully boost your traffic a little and to hopefully get it back to where it was or even higher. So if you’re looking for a boost in traffic – today is for you. Further Resources on Strategic Blogging Combined with Blogging from the Heart BuzzSumo Tips on Creating More Shareable Content Interview With Donna Moritz on Repurposing Content Into Slidedecks Creating Community Challenges and Content Events Tips on Creating Guest Content Tips on Building Your Profile Through Comments on Other Blogs Tips on Using Autoresponders I talk about “having a fight” in 3 Ways to Define What Your Blog Is About Ultimate Guide to Landscape Photography Ultimate Guide to Street Photography Full Transcript Expand to view full transcript Compress to smaller transcript view Hey! It’s Darren from ProBlogger. Welcome to episode 177 of the ProBlogger podcast! As I said, my name’s Darren Rowse, and I’m the blogger behind ProBlogger.com, which is a blog, a podcast, an event, job board, and series of eBooks 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 about getting your traffic kick started for the new year or (if you’re listening to this in a few months’ time) after you’ve had some kind of a slump in traffic. Many bloggers struggle with getting traffic momentum early in the year. Maybe it’s because your readers have been away over the holiday period. I know a lot of Aussie bloggers particularly struggle at this time of year because a lot of their readers are away at the beach or have just had holidays. They’ve not been online as much. Or maybe it’s because you’ve been away, and you’ve stopped blogging for a couple of weeks to have a break. Whatever the reason, whether it’s end-of-the-year slumps or mid-year slumps – because I know a lot of American bloggers have a mid-year slump when a lot of their readers go away for summer holidays. In this lesson, I wanna give you six things you can do to hopefully boost your traffic, to give you a bit of a kick start in terms of traffic after a slump, and hopefully get things back to where your traffic was or even higher. If you’re looking for a boost in traffic, today’s episode is for you. You can listen at ProBlogger.com/podcast/177, where I’ll have some show notes and further readings and further listening for you as well. Let’s get into today’s show. I got an email this morning from one of my readers, who said, “I’ve had a slump in traffic over the holidays and the new year and need to get things back on track. What should I do?” A number of things come to mind. Some of what I wanna share this morning, I have touched on in previous podcasts, so I’m gonna refer back to those where I have done that. Six things came to mind. Half of them are content-related, and half of them are not. I’ll start with the content-related ones because sometimes renewing your focus on content can kick start traffic and help to build some momentum on your site. The first thing that I would be doing if I had just had a bit of a slump in traffic – perhaps my traffic had plateaued, and I wanted to take things to the next level – is to really focus upon creating shareable content. This is something that I definitely have talked about in previous episodes a number of times. It’s a recurring theme, and it’s somethi[...]


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Community Discussion: Do You Use a Schedule?

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 13:00:46 +0000

Perhaps you’re using a schedule right now? We can’t be everywhere online 24/7 (and really, who would want to be?) but our work benefits from being available for the people wherever they are in the world. I am a huge fan of scheduling, without it I wouldn’t have the work-life ...more

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Reading Roundup: What’s New in Blogging Lately?

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 13:00:00 +0000

Lots of changes and some good old-fashioned advice in today’s roundup – when was the last time you gave your email list some love?! The Five Most Realistic Ways to Make a Living as a Writer | Smart Blogger We want to make real money, right? These are great ideas. ...more

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How to Get Traction with Your New Blog

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 13:00:00 +0000

This is it. This is your year, you say. You’ve been tossing up the idea of starting a new blog for ages now. You read blogs, you love the idea of blogging, you may even want to earn some extra cash on the side, and you’ve thought “I could totally ...more

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5 Ridiculous SEO Myths Every Blogger Should Ignore

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 13:00:00 +0000

SEO scares or confuses most bloggers and for very good reason. Google makes it a challenge for you to understand what they are doing, and they keep changing the rules. If that were not enough, there is also a lot of half-baked information out there and blog posts filled with the wrong ...more

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Your Niche Is A Small Village: Here’s How To Become Well-Known In it by Marketing Yourself

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 13:00:18 +0000

This is a guest contribution from Victor Idjola. Sometimes, the way many startups become very well-known after a period of oblivion makes it feel like the industries we operate in are actually small villages. And they really are! Have you noticed? Almost every new company that manages to build a ...more

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PB176: Scannable Content: 19 Techniques to Create it

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 08:00:23 GMT

Techniques to Create Scannable Content for Your Blog In today’s lesson, I want to share a simple way to write content that is much more likely to be actually read, understood and acted upon by your readers. We’re going to talk about techniques for creating more scannable content for your blog. As bloggers, we put a lot of time into carefully choosing the right words for our blog posts but many times what stops people really engaging with our content is the way those words are arranged on the page. They’re very often presented in a way that is too hard to read and inaccessible to many people. As a result our posts go unread, get no comments and have little chance of being shared on social media. So if you’re someone who wants more readers, more engagement and more sharing of your content – learning to write more scannable content is a skill that you will want to develop and this episode is for you! Further Resources on Scannable Content: 19 Techniques to Create it How to Write Like a Human 5 Google Font Combinations That Will Make Your Blog’s Design Sing Full Transcript Expand to view full transcript Compress to smaller transcript view Hi there and welcome to Episode 176 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, and to help make money from that blog. You can find more about ProBlogger at problogger.com. In today’s lesson, I want to share something really quite simple. It’s a skill that is going to help you with all of the content that you create for your blog. It’s going to help your blog to be more read by the readers who come to it, it’s going to help those readers to understand what you are trying to say to them, and to take action upon the content that you create. It’s also going to help you to get more shares on your content too. Today we’re talking about techniques for creating scannable content on your blog. As a blogger, you probably put a lot of time into carefully choosing the right words for your blog posts. We all do that. We all really think hard about those words, the things that we’re trying to convey. But many times what stops your readers from actually engaging with the content that you put a lot of time into is the way those words are arranged on your page. They’re very often the right words but they’re just not arranged in the right way and they’re presented in a way that is either hard to read or inaccessible to some of your readers. As a result, our posts go unread. They get no comments or few comments and they have little chance of being shared because people aren’t actually reading the content, they’re not comprehending it. If you are someone who wants more readers, more engagement, more sharing of your content, then today’s episode is for you because learning to write scannable content is a skill that you will want to develop. Again, let’s get into the techniques for today’s show. Studies show that the average person only really comprehends about 60% of what they read. That’s a little bit depressing as a blogger. It’s no wonder that this is true because another study that I came across today found that only 16% of people read websites word for word, 16% of people read the content that we write word for word. Most people today simply don’t read every word that is in front of them, they scan what they’re reading. I know this to be a fact because it’s exactly what I do. When I first arrive on a website or a blog, I tend to do a very quick scan around the page without scrolling whatever I see above the fold. If I see something that interests me, then I might scroll down further. But really, it[...]


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Reading Roundup: What’s New in Blogging Lately?

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 13:00:00 +0000

Hello and welcome to the first Reading Roundup of 2017! May this be the year we make the breakthroughs we want, understand the things we haven’t yet, and have more fun than ever. Let these readings be your guide! The Top 9 Social Media Strategists to Watch In 2017 | ...more

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8 Reasons You’re Losing Money On Your Blog

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 13:00:25 +0000

This is a guest contribution from Larry Alton.  You spend hours and hours of time each week on your blog, but at the end of the month, there’s nothing to show for it in your bank account. In fact, after you add up all of the expenses associated with maintaining ...more

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How Goal Setting Increases Your Productivity

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 13:00:00 +0000

By ProBlogger Expert Nicole Avery of Planning With Kids. Back in 2013 the founder of this blog, Darren Rowse, tweeted a question asking Problogger followers to share the biggest challenge that they face as a blogger. I think the majority of us can guess what the most common challenge was. You ...more

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Why You Should Start a Blog in the New Year

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 05:56:36 +0000

If you’re one of the millions of people thinking about starting a blog this year, well you’ve come to the right place! People start blogs for so many different reasons (and often continue them for others entirely!). We each get a little something different out of blogging, on top of ...more

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PB175: How to Quit Your Job and Build an Online Business

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 08:00:32 GMT

How to Think About Giving up Your Day Job for an Online Business In today’s lesson I want to tell you a story – a story of advice I was given when I was starting out that I ignored – a story of regret and a story that I hope might move you to taking some action! Listen in the player above or here on iTunes. Further Resources on How to Quit Your Job and Build an Online Business Becoming a ProBlogger – A story in Many Parts How to Start a Blog in 5 Easy Steps Full Transcript Expand to view full transcript Compress to smaller transcript view Hi there, its Darren from Problogger and welcome to Episode 175 of Problogger podcast. As I said, my name is Darren Rowse and I’m the blogger behind problogger.com; a blog, a podcast that you’re listening to now, an event, a job board, and series of ebooks all designed to help you as a blogger to grow your audience. And if you haven’t started a blog, to start a blog too and to make money from that blog. You can find out more about problogger at problogger.com. In today’s lesson, I want to tell you a story. It’s a story of advice that I was given when I was just starting out, advice that it turns out I completely ignored. It’s a story of regret and a story that I hope might move you into taking some more action in your blog and your business. Have you ever been given the advice don’t give up your day job? Back in 2004, I was given that advice numerous times, quite a few in fact. I’ve been blogging for about a year and a half and I just discovered that you could make money from blogging. Now, by no means was it much money. I was only making a few dollars a day at first but I was beginning to see the possibilities of monetizing blogs. The dream of going full time as a blogger had begun to grow in my mind. At first, I didn’t tell anyone about this dream of going full time with my blogging but as my income begin to grow, I couldn’t help myself. I began to tell a few friends and family members about these dreams. Whilst most of my friends and family were very encouraging, or at least they humored me without saying anything negative, I did get that advice quite a few times when I would tell them that one day I might become a full time blogger. Their advice was “don’t give up your day job.” Often, those words were said in a gentle, joking tone. It was kind of almost like a “don’t give up you day job.” It’s kind of a funny saying people would say. But sometimes, they were actually telling me not to give up my day job and their advice was well meaning. And in some ways, it was wise advice too because who had ever heard of a full time blogger back in 2004? Most of my friends didn’t even know what a blog was, let alone know of anyone who was a full time blogger. There was some wisdom in their advice and it was well intentioned. I didn’t take it to heart and I certainly didn’t let those words have much of an impact upon me because basically over the coming years, I did begin to give up my day job. I would say actually it was day jobs because at that time, I was working a number of part time jobs. I was working as a youth worker and a minister in a church. I was working in a factory packing parcels, I was working in an catering kitchen putting food on trays, I was working as a casual laborer doing things like assembling Cirque De Soleil tents. I only did that one day, it was too hard for me. I was also studying part time. I had the luxury of having lots of different jobs that I was working. Gradually over the coming year or so, I began to give up those day jobs. It was a gradual process, it certainly didn’t happen overnight and it took me [...]


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Community Discussion: What are Your Goals for 2017?

Sun, 08 Jan 2017 13:00:00 +0000

Ahhh can you feel that? The lively, motivating surge of new year energy. After my beach holiday over the Christmas break, and a recovery from that holiday since (we all need one, amirite?!), I am so ready to crack open the laptop and kick ass for 2017. Are you?! To ...more

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Start With a Bang – Things You can Do to Set Yourself up For Your Best Year of Blogging Yet!

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 13:00:00 +0000

There’s nothing like the dawn of a new year to get the adrenaline pumping, the motivation at DEFCON level, and the desire to do everything right like a new year’s resolution on steroids when it comes to our blogs. Maybe this is the year we get our big break if ...more

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New Year Reboot: Make This Your Most Productive Year Yet

Wed, 04 Jan 2017 13:00:00 +0000

2017 is your year! If you’re thinking of starting a blog, levelling up on your blog, or are looking to take your blog in a new direction, we are deep-diving into our content archives this week for the best posts to help you do just that. Nothing stops a blog ...more

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New Year Reboot: Advanced Techniques for Making Money on Your Blog

Tue, 03 Jan 2017 13:00:00 +0000

2017 is your year! If you’re thinking of starting a blog, levelling up on your blog, or are looking to take your blog in a new direction, we are deep-diving into our content archives this week for the best posts to help you do just that. Making money on your ...more

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New Year Reboot: Make More Time to Write

Mon, 02 Jan 2017 13:00:00 +0000

2017 is your year! If you’re thinking of starting a blog, levelling up on your blog, or are looking to take your blog in a new direction, we are deep-diving into our content archives this week for the best posts to help you do just that. As bloggers, we know ...more

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PB174: An Alternate New Year’s Resolution That Will Transform Your Blogging for 2017

Mon, 02 Jan 2017 08:00:55 GMT

An Alternate Resolution to Transform Your Blogging in 2017   In today’s lesson I want to talk about New Year’s Resolutions and Goals and want to suggest setting a goal that I think will help to set your blogging up for a great year of blogging. In fact – I’m really excited about this episode because it’s an alternative way of thinking about New Year’s goals and resolutions – something I’ve never really considered before that I am really excited to try myself. So if you’re looking at the new year and are wondering how to make it the best year ever for your blog – this episode is for you! Further Resources on An Alternate New Year’s Resolution That Will Transform Your Blogging for 2017 How to Set Blog Changing Goals for the New Year Start The New Year off Right with Jeff Goins’ Three Secrets to Full Time Blogging Setting Goals: Why You Need Them, and How to Write Them How to Do an End of 2015 Blog Audit: Take Stock of What You’ve Achieved and Where You’re Headed Full Transcript Expand to view full transcript Compress to smaller transcript view Welcome to episode 174 of the ProBlogger Podcast and a very Happy New Year to you. My name is Darren Rowse and I’m the blogger behind www.problogger.com, a blog podcast event job board, a series of eBooks, and a real-life paper book, one of those old fashioned ones, all designed to help you as a blogger to grow your audience and to make money from your blog. You can find out more about all of those things that we do at ProBlogger at www.problogger.com. In today’s lesson, I want to talk about New Year’s resolutions and goals being the 2nd of January. I want to suggest setting a goal that I think will help to set your blogging up for a great year of blogging. In fact, I’m really excited about this episode because it’s an alternative way of thinking about New Year’s goals or New Year’s resolutions. It’s something that until today, while I was out of my walk, I’d never really considered before. I’m really excited to share it with you and to try it myself. If you’re looking at the New Year, 2017, and wondering how to make it the best year for your blog, I hope this episode will help you do just that. You can find today’s shownotes with some links to some further reading that I’ve got for you at www.problogger.com/podcast/174. Happy New Year! This podcast should go out on the 2nd of January 2017. I’m actually recording it though on the 27th of December from a little bit few days ago and I’m currently recovering from a very hot Christmas. It’s summer here in Australia and Christmas Day for us was 36 degrees Celsius which was about 97 F for those of you who aren’t used to Celsius. We spent most of the day, on Christmas Day, swimming in a swimming pool, my mother-in-law’s swimming pool. It was a bit of a hot day, a little bit different too. I know how many of you who celebrated the day and spending your time at this time of year because I’ve been watching some of you who are snowed in on Instagram at the moment. But now that Christmas is over and preparations at our house are turning towards New Year’s Eve. We actually will be celebrating and staying in the New Year with five other families who are coming over for the evening. We tend to get together with the same families every year. This year, there are 10 or I think about 15 kids should be pretty noisy and a lot of fun. Every year, as part of that celebration, the conversation tends to turn to New Y[...]


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Your Epic End-of-Year Blog Audit Checklist: Where You’ve Been and Where You’re Headed!

Fri, 30 Dec 2016 13:00:00 +0000

It’s time. There’s not a single day left of 2016 to blog on! You’ve done all you can, and you should be proud – no step, no matter how small, is too small. Had a gangbusters year? Good on you! Had a small year? I bet you’re further than you ...more

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ProBlogger Most Popular Posts on Finding Readers 2016

Wed, 28 Dec 2016 13:00:00 +0000

Earlier posts this week include the most-read ProBlogger articles on creating content, monetization, and social media. How to Get 10x More Traffic Without Spending a Dime on Advertising It’s a situation most of us find ourselves in – trying to grow our blog so we can make money, but we don’t ...more

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ProBlogger Most Popular Posts on Social Media 2016

Tue, 27 Dec 2016 13:00:00 +0000

Well it’s no secret, and probably not much of a surprise, to find that Facebook dominated the search results in social media this year on ProBlogger! The algorithm changed so much and left us all scrambling to figure out how to still reach our audience on the world’s biggest community-connecting ...more

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ProBlogger Most Popular Posts on Monetization 2016

Mon, 26 Dec 2016 13:00:00 +0000

I have a feeling this post will be a popular one! Blog monetization continues to be a growing trend, and it’s one of the main reasons people visit ProBlogger – to find out how to get started, what kinds of income to explore, and how to make more money! These ...more

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PB173: How to Use Quotes in Your Blog Content Legally and Ethically

Mon, 26 Dec 2016 08:00:09 GMT

Using Quotes in Your Blog Legally and Ethically In today’s lesson, I want to talk about using quotes on your blog. I’m regularly asked – particularly by new bloggers – what the etiquette and legalities are around using content that others have written in your own content – or the practice of quoting others. It’s a good question because quoting others and building upon their ideas with your blog can be one way to improve the quality of your content, serve your readers and build relationships with others (the ones that you quote). Having said that – using the content with others in inappropriate ways is something I see semi-regularly and it can really hurt (if not destroy) your reputation if you don’t do it right. There’s no need to worry though – it’s not hard to get right and in this podcast I’m going to share why quotes are beneficial, why you need to do it right, some tips on how to do it and lastly I want to share some ways to use quotes on your blog to create different types of content. Listen to this podcast in the player above or here on iTunes. Further Resources on How to Use Quotes in Your Blog Content Legally and Ethically 8 Tips for Using Quotes and Dialogue in Your Blog Posts The Why, How and When of Using Quotations on Your Blog How to Cite Sources & Not Steal People’s Content on the Internet When Do You Need to Secure Permissions? ProBlogger Facebook Challenge Group Full Transcript Expand to view full transcript Compress to smaller transcript view Hi there, and welcome to Episode 173 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, too – all designed to help you as a blogger to grow your blog to create amazing content, to build community and engagement with your readers, and hopefully to make some money from your blog as well. You can learn more about ProBlogger over at ProBlogger.com. In today’s lesson, the last of 2016, I wanna talk about using quotes on your blog. I’m regularly asked, particularly by new bloggers, “What’s the etiquette and legalities around using content that other people have written on their blogs or in their books or in other forms? How do you use that in your own content?” or I guess, questions about the practice of quoting other people. It’s a great question because quoting other people and building upon their ideas with your blog’s content can be one way to really improve the content on your blog. It’s a great way to serve your readers (and we’ll talk a little bit more about why that’s the case) and to build relationships with others, the people that you quote. There’s a lot of benefits of having quotes in your content, but having said all that, using content from others in inappropriate ways is something that I do see people doing semi-regularly. It can really hurt, if not destroy your reputation as a blogger, if you don’t do it the right way. That might sound a little bit harsh, but I have seen people’s profiles and credibility really ripped to shreds because they haven’t done it right. That might sound harsh. I just want to say right up front, there’s no need to worry. It’s not hard to do right. This podcast is all about doing it the right way. In this podcast, I wanna talk a li[...]


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ProBlogger Most Popular Posts on Content 2016

Sun, 25 Dec 2016 13:00:00 +0000

It has been a fantastic year at PBHQ this year, and as ever, it’s been a privilege seeing it all from the front-row view of the editor’s seat. Every year when I do these best-of posts, I’m always reminded of the sheer amount of information we’ve shared across the last ...more

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