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long form

You’ve heard about long-form content, right?

It’s that insanely huge style of article that sometimes goes on so long your scrolling finger gets tired. In terms of a word count you’re often looking at 3,000 to 10,000 words.

Seriously.

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while you would have come across it on many occasions in articles like this one (3,600 words), this one (4,800 words) and this bad boy (6,528 words). I love sitting on couches in cafes just typing away for hours days.

But there is something that has been bugging me about long-form content for a while now.

And I have a sneaking suspicion that it’s probably bugging you as well.

Let’s take a deeper look into the good and the bad things about this new-fangled blogging cure all. As always, I’d be interested to hear your thoughts.

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Blogging tips

When you first start a blog it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the whole thing.

There’s just so much to think about – domain names, hosting, content strategies, logos, WordPress themes, SEO, networking, software, equipment, advertising… the list is endless!

And while I do my best to clear up those kind of topics here on Blog Tyrant, I also feel like we come up short a lot of the time.

This post is all about giving you a concrete list of shortcuts, resources and tips that you can refer to as you progress along your blogging career.

It’s not a roadmap (not even close) but more like a list of references that you can use to take your learning further while knowing that you’re looking in the right place. Hopefully someone can learn from my mistakes!

I’m also going to add to this list every now and then so feel free to bookmark it, share it and leave any suggestions that you might have in the comments section. Oh, and read to the end to find out how you can get some cool stuff!

Commence eye straining!

NOTE: Some of the links in this post are affiliate links which means I earn a small commission if you sign up at no extra cost to you. Thank you for your support.

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about blogging

When you first start a blog it all seems so fun and exciting.

And for the most part it is.

I still get a thrill waking up in the morning and knowing that I can spend the day wherever I like working on my own business, writing for my own blog.

But that’s not to say that there aren’t some really difficult things that happen.

In this post I’m going to talk about a few aspects of blogging that no one tells you about. It’s my hope that by bringing them up now you’ll be better prepared when they do happen.

And hey, this site and its community is always here to help you. So think of this as a positive event. In fact, I’ll end with the most positive one of all.

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blogging help

In a few days some very big things are happening here at Blog Tyrant.

We’re getting a new sister!

A sister blog that is.

To celebrate this crazily fun occasion Blog Tyrant itself will be undergoing some pretty big changes. They will be big, but not so big that Blog Tyrant doesn’t feel like “home” anymore.

I hate when websites do that.

Now, I’m going to be honest with you. When all this happens I’m going to ask you to promote it and spread the word for me. I’ve worked hard and I really need your help to get the news out there.

BUT… I’m not going to do that without giving something back (other than the years of free content ;-) ).

That is what today is all about.

Let’s kick off blogging in 2014 in really big way.

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Start a blog in 2014

Thinking that you’d like to start a blog in 2014?

Or perhaps you already have one and want to stay up with the trends?

This post is for you.

You see, the thing about blogging is that it changes regularly but also hardly ever changes at all. That might seem like an odd statement but it will all make sense soon enough.

In this post I’m going to show you some really important things you need to know about starting (or running) a blog in 2014. Hopefully if you follow these tips you can save a lot of time and energy.

Let’s do it!

NOTE: This post on starting a blog contains some affiliate links. If you purchase a service through one of my links I will earn a small commission at no extra cost to you. Thanks for the support!

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guest posting

Why can’t I get my guest posts accepted?

It’s a question I hear almost every day, and it’s one I’m sure all of us have pondered from time to time. It can be really frustrating to reach out to big blogs and get rejected again and again.

Today I’ve got a short video for you (I promised I was going to do a lot more of them) that is based around the harsh realities of guest posting.

In fact, the main premise of the video is this:

Guest posts grow new blogs, but new bloggers struggle to get guest posts.

So how do you overcome that double-edged sword? Watch the video to find out.

Note: This post is a lot shorter than the usual 3,000 to 5,000 words that I normally put out and that’s because I want to make sure you have time to watch the video.

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start a fashion blog

So you want to start a fashion blog, huh?

Or (if you read this blog regularly) perhaps the idea of starting a fashion blog sounds like a terrible idea to you but you really like the idea of having a blog that is fabulous.

Well, I’ve got good news for you.

This post is not just about starting fashion blogs, even though those things are really popular right now. I’m going to show you some step by step tips for starting any blog in any niche and making sure you do it properly.

Oh, and if you really do want to start a fashion blog this post will still show you how.

Quick interruption: BlueHost is giving readers of my blog a discount rate of $3.95 per month (billed annually) + a free domain name to start your fashion blog. Read below if you want more information on why I recommend them.

Note: Some of the links in this post are affiliate links which mean I earn a small commission at no extra cost to you if you sign up. Thanks for your support and please know that I only recommend services that I use myself.

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the cafe where JK Rowling wrote Harry Potter in Edinburgh

I’m writing this post from a couch exactly like the one in the photo on my About page. Except this couch is in a cafe in Edinburgh, Scotland – probably five minutes walk from the cafe where JK Rowling wrote Harry Potter.

I’m looking out at cobbled alleys, old stone buildings and the bustling crowds that are here for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

And as I type from this same couch in different part of the world I realise that the very act of doing something new has made me feel creative, energised and full of ideas.

I wonder if that’s how Harry Potter was thought up?

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the best blogs

As you might know by now, I don’t spend a lot of time reading blogs.

But one thing I do spend quite a lot of time doing is visiting the best blogs and websites in different niches in order to “borrow” ideas from them.

You see, one thing that bloggers often do is get stuck in their own niche. If they write about the moon landing then they only read other blogs about the moon landing or related space travel geekery.

I think this is a mistake.

Quite a lot of my ideas for content or different future projects have come from looking at sites in niches I have absolutely zero interest in. In this post I’m going to show you a few things I’ve learned from my travels about what the best blogs do on their sites. Hopefully you’ll discover something you can apply to your own.

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Blogging Tasks

When people start a blog they often think that things will take off as soon as the first post is published. Traffic will flow in, readers will give you their email address and your fame and wealth with blossom and flourish.

Unfortunately it doesn’t work like that.

When you start a blog you need to do a lot of work away from the actual writing of posts. In fact, the writing is really only a fraction of what you need to succeed.

Weird, huh?

In this post I’m going to try and help you with a few things that you should do as soon as you start a blog. They might make all the difference.

Oh, and there’s a bit of news in number 14.

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