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!
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.
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.
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!
Should your new blog have more than one post on it when you launch?
This is one of the most common questions I get asked and so I thought I’d share a few thoughts on what a blog “should” look like when you first show it to the public.
There are a few different factors that might impact your decision.
Let’s take a look.
When you first start a blog it all seems simple. The deeper you go, however, the more complicated it becomes. Bloggers have to know about design, content creation, SEO, servers, security and so much more.
Sometimes it can all feel pretty overwhelming.
Today’s post is an enormous list of actionable tips that you can bookmark and refer back to when you’re having one of those days where you’re just not sure what to do next.
I’ve tried to break them up into rough categories but there will be some overlap so make sure you have a read of the sections that you think might not interest you.
Want to learn how to start a food blog? I might be able to help with that.
You see, every now and then a new niche comes along and absolutely dominates the internet. Each one is slightly different, but over time you start to notice the common strategies and ideas that work for each one equally.
At the moment food blogging is massive.
That means there is an enormous opportunity to be successful but, in actual fact, it’s also an incredible chance to change the world for the better.
This is a big one so get a cuppa and warm up your scrolling finger!
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Here’s a free blogging icon set that you can use however the heck you like on your blog, website or Pokemon Go fan site!
I know how frustrating it can be to find free icons and images for your blog.
Half the time you hunt around for hours only to find the perfect icon and then realize it costs a fortune or you can’t quite decipher the usage license. Well, these ones are free for you.
Millions of people start new blogs every month but not many of them achieve success.
And while some elements of blogging can be complicated, the overall strategy is not that hard. If you look at almost any successful blog you’ll notice the same few elements.
The trick is to work consistently and cleverly on those elements while not getting distracted.
Today I’d like to talk about a simple formula that every blogger should at least think about if they want to achieve long-term success.
One of the beautiful things about running your blog on a self-hosted WordPress setup is that you have complete control over its design and functionality. If you can think it, it’s probably possible.
Last month I decided to make a few changes to my WordPress theme in order to see if I could improve the reader experience at the same time as improving (or at least not hurting!) signup rates.
Today’s post goes over those tweaks and outlines a few lessons that I thought you might find interesting for you own blog’s design and operation.
Shall we take a look?