What Do You Want Your First-time Reader to Do?

What Do You Want Your First-time Reader to Do?

Here’s a little strategic exercise that I think is well worth doing as we approach the beginning of a new year. Ask this question: What do you want your readers to do? There are numerous levels you can ask this question on. Let’s explore one now (I’ll do another tomorrow). What do you want new [...]

How to Host Guest Blogs while Building your Credibility

How to Host Guest Blogs while Building your Credibility

This guest post is by Ronique Gibson of Freshome. Once you have been blogging for a while, the reality of keeping your content fresh, relevant, and interesting becomes more of a challenge. One way to satisfy these challenges is to host guest blogs on your site.  While there are plenty of tips out there on [...]

6 Steps to a Loyal Blog Following

This guest post is by Shari Lopatin of www.sharilopatin.com. I had a writer friend tell me the other day I have the best social network she’s ever seen. “What?” I asked, shocked. After all, I only have about 380 Twitter followers (I follow 200-something). “You should check out these people instead,” I offered, with three [...]

How to Use Images in Your Blog Posts

This guest post is by Karol K of ThemeFuse. “A picture is worth a thousand words.” I’ve always liked this adage even though it’s one of the biggest cliches ever. Pictures, photos, image—they are all great for visualizing your posts and making them more memorable. I know that it’s the content of the book that’s [...]

How I Overlooked a 1000 Visitor a Day Source of Traffic [And What I Did to Grow it to 3000 Visits a Day]

How I Overlooked a 1000 Visitor a Day Source of Traffic [And What I Did to Grow it to 3000 Visits a Day]

Last week I was digging around in my Google Analytics stats and drilling down to look particularly at sources of traffic to my photography tips site. I noticed a new source of readers that has been creeping up in terms of how much traffic it sends. Here’s the chart from the last few months. It [...]

When Should You Launch Your New Blog? [Complete or On the Go?]

When Should You Launch Your New Blog? [Complete or On the Go?]

I’m regularly asked this question by PreBloggers: “How much work should I do on my blog before I launch it?” How many posts should it already have live? How many posts should I have in reserve and ready to go? Should I have a customized or premium theme, or just start with a default one? [...]

Your “How-To” Post Will Fail If You Don’t Use These Techniques

Your “How-To” Post Will Fail If You Don’t Use These Techniques

This guest post is by Neil Patel of KISSmetrics. Gone are the days when you could write a simple “how-to” blog post and rank in the top search results. Why is that? Two very good reasons. First, all of the general and highly-competitive posts like “how-to blog” or “how-to find a roommate” are already written. [...]

What to Do When Your Niche Blog Isn’t Making Money

This guest post is by Blog Lady. There comes a time in your career as a blogger or website owner that you find yourself with a niche blog or site that isn’t meeting your expectations money-wise. That’s nothing to feel bad about. It happens to everybody, and if some say it’s never happened to them, [...]

How to Keep Track of Your Accounts as a Remote Blogger

How to Keep Track of Your Accounts as a Remote Blogger

This guest post is by Jane Meighan of www.RunawayJane.com. One of the main benefits of being a blogger has always been that you could work from anywhere in the world—whether you are surrounded by the hustle and bustle of New York City, or sitting in a quiet, secluded beach hut somewhere in Thailand. Provided you [...]