The Ultimate Guide to Instagram… for Bloggers

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There is no mistaking it: Instagram is a giant.

Usually when a new social media platform comes out I ignore it for as long as possible – there’s already so many different things to be across.

But after a while some of them become too big to ignore. Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and even Pinterest have reached that stage, and I think Instagram is now there for most industries, even more than it was just six months ago.

In this article I’m going to do my best to introduce Instagram to bloggers in a way that will hopefully help you use it as effectively as possible. We’re going to cover:

  1. Why Instagram is too important to ignore
  2. How it works and some ways to make it better
  3. How to integrate it with your blog to enhance both platforms
  4. Some examples of people using it to grow blog traffic
  5. A minor plea about the content you post

As always, if I miss anything important make sure you let me know in the comments below and we’ll have a good old chat. Let’s get started!

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Timeline: What to Do When Your Blog Goes Down

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blog downtimeWhen your website or blog goes down it can be pretty frustrating while also having consequences over the short and long term. Yuck.

And while it is not the end of the world, it can be a little bit scary if you rely on your blog for an income.

When a site goes offline there is a sequence of events that take place and, depending on how you manage them, annoying consequences that follow.

Let’s take a very basic look at those events and what to do in that kind of situation so that you can hit the ground running.

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How to Make a Quiet Blog More Interactive

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Cats! You do it with cat photos. Thanks for reading. Just kidding…

One of the most rewarding parts of running a blog is the community that springs up around it. Making your blog more interactive could be one of the best things you do.

Here at Blog Tyrant I feel so fortunate to be able to read and respond to dozens of comments on each post. Those comment threads are regularly more valuable than the articles themselves.

And while comments are great, they aren’t the only way a blog can be made more interactive.

In this post I’d like to take a look at how some people are building more interaction on their websites and how we can apply similar tools, principles and ideas to our own.

Cool!

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Starting a Blog in 2017? Here’s the Strategies We’re Using.

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A few years ago we started publishing posts at the end of each year that tried to predict blogging trends for the year to come. This year I want to do things a little bit differently…

We’ll start with my usual blog post on what I think will be important in the coming year, but then I’d like to turn it over to the amazing community here and ask you for your predictions about starting and running blogs, and the specific strategies you’ll be focusing on.

I’m going to give a $250 prize to the best comment to go towards your blogging needs for the year. Hopefully the result will be a comments section filled with incredible knowledge and ideas on how to start and succeed with a blog in 2017.

Let’s do it!

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Analysis: What Links Appear in the Web’s Best Navigation Bars?

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One of the first things you do upon starting a new blog is create a navigation bar or menu. But what links should go in there? And, more importantly, do some links outperform others?

I have spent a bit of time playing around with this myself and have been quite surprised at what works and what doesn’t.

It is interesting to note that the “traditional” five links that almost everyone includes up the top actually aren’t always best.

Let’s have a look at what some websites are doing with their navigation bars and what lessons we can take away for our own.

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Debunked: What Tech Do You Really Need to Run an Online Business?

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If you want to start a restaurant or a hair salon you’re going to need tens (or hundreds) of thousands of dollars worth of equipment before you can even open your doors. But online businesses aren’t quite the same – especially if you work from home and start small.

Sure, there are some larger tech startups that needed millions of dollars of capital before they get up and running, but for most of us the barriers-to-entry are a lot lower.

Seeing as I regularly get asked about the technology/equipment that I use to run my blogging company, I thought I’d do a post highlighting what I think are the essentials, and what you can leave behind.

Let’s take a look.

NOTE: None of the links in this post are affiliate links as I didn’t think it would fit with the “feel” of the subject.

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6 Ways to Educate Your Email Subscribers and Win More Opens

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educate email subscribersWe always talk about getting more email subscribers as a way to build a sustainable online business.

But, there’s not a lot of point in building that mailing list if none of the subscribers end up opening the emails that you send.

Open rates and click through rates are just as important.

In today’s post I’m going to share a few ways that I’ve tried to help educate my subscribers over the years as a way to increase open rates. Some of them have worked really well.

Let’s take a look.

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65 Million Articles Are Published Each Month – Can Yours Stand Out?

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Actually, it’s a lot more than 65 million articles – that’s just the number published on the WordPress platform! There are a lot of blogs out there.

So, in a world where everyone wants to start a blog and everyone else is publishing their opinions on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, how do we make ours stand out? Is it even possible?

In today’s post I’m going to look at a few strategies I’ve used over the years to help my blogs and online businesses get noticed and stand out from the crowd. I hope it helps a few people out there who are trying to make a bit of extra income for their families, or create happier careers.

Let’s go.

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Podcasting Guide: How to Add a Killer Podcast to Your Blog

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So, you want to learn how to add a podcast to your blog? Here’s a 3,000-word guide that might help with that.

Podcasting is now serious business and, for many bloggers, the traffic from search engines like iTunes is catching up to the likes of Google. Supplementing your regular written content with an audio podcast show can be a very smart idea.

The problem is that setting up a podcast is a confusing process and can take a really long time if you’re new to this type of thing.

In this post I’ll go through all the steps you need to set up a podcast from your blog as quickly as possible. Hopefully this will save some people some time and frustration.

Let’s take a look!

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