Plagiarism … or Inspiration?

This guest post is by Dawn Walnoha of Brandsplat. In all writing, blogging being no exception, there is a fine line between borrowing ideas and plagiarizing content. Since the issue is not clearly defined the same way everywhere, it is open to interpretation. And that means the line is somewhere in a gray area between the black [...]

5 Ebook Publishing Hurdles, and How to Beat Them

This guest post is by Paul Jun of Motivated Mastery. During the journey of writing my first ebook, there were many roadblocks and sudden realizations that I faced; it’s only right for me to share them with you so that you can avoid undermining your ebook’s true potential, or at least starting from scratch. Below you [...]

From Hobby Blog to Business Blog: a Plan of Attack

Many—perhaps most—blogs start life as hobby blogs. We have a special interest, and we want to share our passion with others, so we start a blog. But then somewhere along the line, a large proportion of bloggers decide they’d really like to make some money from their blogs. This is my story—I started blogging for [...]

The Taylor Swift Guide to Growing a Massive Fan Base

This guest post is by Jennifer Blanchard of InkyBites. If you haven’t heard of Taylor Swift, you’ve probably been living in a cave the last few years. Swift is the teen country sensation who took on the music industry starting at the ripe age of 13, and became one of the biggest musical acts in [...]

5 Epic Blogging Lessons Learned from Parenting Five Rowdy Kids

This guest post is by Ruth Zive Ruth Zive Copywriting. Most of my readers and clients know me as a freelance copywriter and content marketing strategist. But the truth is, I’m operating under cover; my real identity is SuperMom to a brood of five rowdy children (including one that is a wee bit chromosomally enhanced). [...]

Tips from the Trenches: Best Blogger Productivity Tools

When we put together Blog Wise, I thought I would be the only blogger who didn’t use many (okay—any!) of the productivity apps I downloaded. As it turned out, very few of the pro bloggers we spoke to relied on any apps or tools other than Gmail, Google Calendar, and Evernote. So I decided to [...]

How to Launch a Product on Your Blog (and Sell Out in 12 Hours!)

This guest post is by Danny Iny of Firepole Marketing. Congratulations, you’ve made it. You’ve worked hard and paid your dues, and finally you have a blog with healthy traffic and a large list of engaged subscribers. You know what they need, and you’ve invested the time and energy to create a product that will [...]

Get More Comments: How Honesty Compels Readers to Comment

There’s one technique for soliciting comments that hasn’t been covered explicitly this week, although we’ve shown it through each of the posts we’ve published in this series. What is that technique? Being honest. When we approached the bloggers who wrote posts for the series, we told them we really wanted to hear their favorite technique [...]

Get More Comments: Use Energy to Spark Reader Response

This guest post is by Jon Morrow of Boost Blog Traffic. According to the legendary copywriter John Carlton, the best way to understand your reader is to visualize them as a giant somnambulant sloth lying on the couch as they watch television. Your job as a writer is to get them to move. You have [...]