I am a huge fan of WordPress.
I’ve run my business on it for a decade, recommended it to thousands and feel eternally grateful for what it’s allowed me to do.
But is it still the best option?
As you might have noticed, the blogging scene has changed a lot in the last five years.
There’s free platforms like Tumblr and Medium that are now absolutely booming and doing things slightly differently.
Squarespace, the ultra-sexy hosting service (and podcast industry mega-patron!) is everywhere and is pretty awesome too.
Then there’s the fact that a lot of people blog on social networking sites like Instagram and Facebook and that seems to be enough for them.
Today we’re going to take a look at whether WordPress is still the best bet for bloggers and website owners who are just starting out.
As always, I’d love your comments below.
Ads are still the primary way that bloggers try to make an income online. But is it really the best solution? Probably not.
There seems to be a common perception (among newer bloggers in particular) that the best way to make an income with a blog is to write content and then put some kind of advert in the sidebar or at the top of each post.
I regularly hear from people who want to know how to get more AdSense clicks, or where to find advertisers to pay them for a prime piece of website real estate.
In my experience, this is one of the worst ways to make money online.
Today’s post will take a look at why ads are not the best way to make an income from your blog, and what alternatives are available to us in the short and long term.
Note: I’m always happy to be wrong and learn new things so make sure you read to the end if you’ve got a different point of view!
Blogging has long been an effective way to share ideas and information, but it hasn’t always been something that the cool kids embrace. Should that worry us?
Last week someone kidded with me by saying that “…only idiots blog, so don’t do it”.
Don’t worry, they were joking and I had a good laugh! But it did get me thinking about all the positive things that blogs can do, and how they’re really not just for selfies and re-sharing memes.
A good blog can change the world. Maybe not everyone knows about that.
Today I want to show you some of the most inspiring and effective blogs on the net (like, way better than Blog Tyrant) and why I think this medium is still one of the most powerful forms of communication around.
It’s funny the things you pick up as you spend more time in an industry. Little ideas, strategies, and patterns that are usually completely lost on you in the beginning stages but that the “experts” all seem to know.
The blogging industry is no different. There are so many details that, once discovered, make a huge difference to how you operate on a day-to-day level.
In today’s post I’m going to talk about one idea that I have always kind of known but never really appreciated fully. It makes an enormous difference to how many emails get opened, ads get clicked, etc.
I hope this helps someone out there do things a little quicker.
Ever wondered how to consistently write effective blog post titles? It’s one of the most important skills to have in the online world. Let’s look at a graphic summary and then jump into some big details below:
One of the most common questions I get from new bloggers is whether they should blog in their own language or try to do it in English, even though they don’t feel that confident.
And as blogging and high-speed Internet spreads from the usual places like the USA, UK and Australia to newer markets like China, India and many African countries, the issue of language becomes even more important and complicated.
In this post we’ll take a look at the pros and cons of English and how to determine what’s best for your blog.
Want to learn how to write the perfect blog post? Of course you do! Let’s start with a graphic you can save for future reference.
Feel free to share or use this graphic on your own blogs if you like. Please just link back to this post as a credit.
Now we can get into the bulk of the details that you might want to bookmark and follow along whenever you write a new article.
A user-friendly blog is essential if you want to make sure all your traffic acquisition activities don’t go to waste.
When you first get started on a WordPress blog there’s a temptation to be overwhelmed by all the choices you have for your design, functionality, technical setup, etc. Sometimes all of that cool stuff can lead to a bad user experience.
For example, these days there are a lot of beautiful WordPress themes and I’ll often see people choose a visually stunning template that takes ages to load because it is so graphically heavy.
In today’s post I’m going to show you a few simple ways I’ve tried to make my blogs more user-friendly in the hope that it helps you build a blog that your readers really love to be on.
Last Updated February 23rd, 2017
Are you wondering how to get more traffic from Google? This post might be able to help.
I’ll never forget the first time I got 100,000 visitors from Google in one month. I still feel extremely lucky. Today I’m going to show you how I think I did it in the hope that something will be new for you.
When you first think about starting a blog you kind of don’t imagine you’ll ever get more than a trickle of traffic.
And then you have your first 100-visitor day.
Then your first 1,000-visitor day.
After a while you might even have a 10,000 or 20,000 visitor a day and you still can’t believe it’s happening.
What I want to do today is show you as much of what I did as possible to see whether it helps your blog get more traffic. Let’s look at all the ins and outs of how to get over 100,000 visitors a month from natural organic Google search.
Things are so much nicer when you have a plan.
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:
- Why Instagram is too important to ignore
- How it works and some ways to make it better
- How to integrate it with your blog to enhance both platforms
- Some examples of people using it to grow blog traffic
- 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!