I’ve been blogging (often badly!) for around a decade. In that time I’ve failed at a lot of things. Today I want to share some stories in the hope that you can avoid making the same mistakes.
When you learn a new skill, whatever it might be, you always go on a steep learning curve.
And the thing about blogging and online business is that the learning curve can be especially steep because the technology is always changing. (That’s why I do these yearly predictions).
When you have changing technologies you also get a lot of commentators saying different things and giving different bits of advice.
And that can lead to confusion and mistakes.
Here are some blogging mistakes that I’ve made over the years. I’m really interested to know how you all feel about these ones.
Blog post titles can make or break your career in online business.
Write something entertaining and eye-catching and you’ll find a blog post that might otherwise have gone unnoticed getting thousands of social shares, hundreds of comments and a boost in Google rankings.
Write a crap title, however, and even the best blog post will get skipped.
Now, I’m not saying that I always write effective titles for my blog posts – I still have so much to learn and there are countless websites that do them a whole lot better than me. But, I’ve been asked about my methodology a few times now and thought it might be something a few of you might like to read.
So here we go!
Here’s a simple but (hopefully!) comprehensive checklist that you can follow when starting a new blog.
Every week I get at least 5-10 emails from people who want to get started but are still a bit confused about some aspect of the whole process.
So, I decided to put this together based on my own experiences with launching blogs.
I’m going to keep it simple with minimal details just so you can see an overview of the whole picture. You can then use the resources and references for further reading.
Let me know if I’ve missed anything!
NOTE: If you’ve already got a blog there should still be some items on the list that you might have forgotten or not addressed yet and I’ve included an advanced bonus at the end of the post.
A blog is not enough. You can be doing more.
A few years ago it actually wasn’t that uncommon to make a decent income from a simple series of blog posts and a revenue stream like advertising or Adsense ads.
These days, however, the competition is such that you need to be doing a lot more if you want to take it to that professional level. And if you are doing well from just a plain old blog then there might be a lot of further opportunities that you are missing out on.
In this post I want to talk about a few things that me and my online friends are doing in order to take advantage of the modern-day gold rush that is the world wide web.
I hope this gives you some ideas!
Today I want to give you a few ideas on how to develop a blogging strategy that will grow you blog regardless of the niche you’re in.
I bet you’ve got a few subscribers on your blog.
You might even have a pretty decent trickle of traffic coming in from Google.
Those things are awesome.
But why can’t you crack through to the next level? Why can’t you make those hundreds of visitors into tens of thousands?
It’s simple: very few people have a deliberate strategy for their blog.
Most people post, tweet and promote blindly – throwing a bunch of things at the wall to see what sticks. But, by making a few targeted changes you can grow your blog in big ways, much quicker than you thought.
NOTE: This strategy assumes that you are on a self-hosted blogging setup with control to the backend, mailing list, etc.
Want to learn how to write the perfect blog post?
Seems like an unachievable goal, right?
What I’m going to do today is show you a very deliberate formula and list of inclusions that I follow with my posts in order to ensure that I get results.
I’m not saying that it works every time, but I can guarantee that if you start to add these elements to your own blog posts you’ll start to get wins a lot more often.
No one reads my blog.
That is one of the most common complaints I’ve heard since starting Blog Tyrant.
Even when you do all the right things (like long-form content that rocks) it still seems to amount to only small bits of traffic.
Why is that?
In this post I’m going to talk a little bit about why no one reads your blog and some tricks you can use to completely change things no matter what niche you’re in or how old your blog is.
Want to start a blog in 2015? You might like to read this first…
At the end of last year I did a post about the things you’d need to know before starting a blog in the year to come. It was a lot of fun predicting what I thought the next 12 months would look like for bloggers.
So, I thought we’d make it a bit of an annual tradition – this year involving freebies, rewards and encouragement for bloggers who want to make 2015 awesome.
Here are the 15 things I think you need to know before you go and start a blog in 2015. If you already have a blog, make sure you still see whether you can make any big changes.
This post is a summary of the most powerful tactics in blogging history.
Over the years I’ve seen some pretty cool blogging strategies. Some of them I’ve tested out myself, others have been tactics I’ve seen my friends successfully implement.
My goal with this post is not to completely detail the ins and outs of every method, but to give you a taster which will hopefully spark some original ideas of your own.
Ultimately I’d love to hear back from someone who reads this post and puts something into action on their own blog.
What should I blog about? It’s one of the most common questions I hear from bloggers (and soon to be bloggers). Experiencing it can be seriously frustrating…
Maybe it’s a fleeting moment of writer’s block, or perhaps a more terminal issue relating to the fact that you’ve nearly exhausted your chosen topic.
What if you really want to start a new blog but don’t know what topic to pick?
That’s annoying too.
In this article I’m going to show how I come up with ideas for things to write about. I’ll divide it into two section: existing blogs and new blogs.
As always, drop a comment if you have suggestions.