The sidebar is an often misunderstood part of a blog or website.
99% of the time you will see it clogged up with social media icons, affiliate ads, email subscription boxes… the list is endless.
But is your sidebar really working for you? Is it working as smart as it could be?
In this post I am going to show you five ways to make your blog’s sidebar work a lot smarter.
Have you met my cat? He’s really into my work chair.
His name is Cino (as in cappuccino) and the other day we were sent a reminder that it is time for him to visit the vet.
A cool postcard (below) arrived with an awesome picture and a crafty little message encouraging us to make an appointment.
And this got me thinking: when was the last time I sent a reminder to my customers?
In this post I’m going to show you a few things about getting back in touch with your clients, blog readers and contacts. Its a great way to develop the relationship and eventually make more money.
Recently Kelci asked me over on my Facebook Page about SEO for idiots. I decided to do a full post on it (isn’t she lucky?) because it is such a cool and expansive topic.
So what exactly was her question? Here it is:
Found your blog the other day and have learned MUCH more than the previous 100 blogs I had found combined. I see that you have an article about SEO secrets below but I was wondering if you can direct me to like an “SEO for idiots” type of thing… I really need to understand the basics.
So here you go Kelci. Here are the 10 basics of blogging search engine optimization.
Oh, and this isn’t really for idiots. None of my readers are idiots. And if you are learning about SEO so you can grow your blog you are a long way from being idiotic.
If you want people to read your blog you need to give them valuable, useful content.
If you want people to become loyal to your blog you need to give them an authority statement.
In this post I want to talk about what exactly an authority statement is and how it can have a dramatic impact on your blogging career.
I’ll also show you a few examples of people who have done it extremely well.
Want to grow a successful blog? You need to teach your readers a few things.
As my blogs grow (this one in particular) I realize that there are a few key lessons that I need to teach my audience if I want to succeed.
In this post I’ll talk about what those lessons are and why they are important.
Architecture aims at Eternity. – Christopher Wren
My definition of a successful blog post is one that brings you traffic and subscribers for a decade.
Sure, one that gets tweeted and shared is fun but its not the ultimate.
Imagine being able to craft timeless blog posts that not only have the initial bursts of success but then go on to benefit your business for years to come.
In this article I’m going to show you the perfect architecture for crafting a blog post that is not only successful but timeless.
One of the best ways to make money online is to buy established websites and blogs and improve, optimize and tweak them to perform better.
In fact, you can get better returns from websites and blogs than almost any investment in the world. Its a very low input, high output situation.
I thought we’d do something a bit different this weekend (instead of nothing) and try a little exercise with a neat little prize.
Leave a comment answering these two questions:
- What blog or website would you buy assuming money was no option?
- How would you improve on it?
This type of thing is an extremely good way to learn about the valuation of websites. And if you are trying to grow a blog to make a living or an eventual sale you will need to become an expert at this.
What are the rules?
- You cannot choose Google or Facebook
- You cannot choose an adult or gambling website
- You have to improve the website within a year
- Your improvements cannot cost more than 5% of your chosen website’s (guessed) income (ie you cannot just spend a million dollars on advertising)
What is the prize?
I’ll have a look at the answers and see which one I think has the most merits. The author of the entry that I like most will get a free Blog Consult by me valued at $299. I’ll take a look at your blog and send you suggestions on how you can improve, tweak and change it to grow a bigger audience and make more money.
Getting your blog posts to rank on Google is harder than ever before.
There’s more competition and Google’s algorithms get trickier every update.
But let me start with a few definitions:
- PWN: A deliberate misspelling of the word “own“. Commonly used in gaming circles as a verb to describe beating or succeeding at something. For example, the Blog Tyrant pwned that zombie.
- Today’s Google: We’re talking everything after the Panda update.
- Panda update: Read below. You’re so needy.
In this post I’m going to show you a few SEO secrets that every bloggers needs to know to survive and succeed on modern-day Google search results.
Sometimes writing a new post just isn’t going to happen. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty of other stuff to do for your blog.
Successful blogging is so much more than just pumping out article after article. In fact, some of these other tasks can drastically impact your bottom line.
In this post I’m going to show you 13 things you can do on your blog when you can’t be bothered blogging.
Oh, and a bit of a promotion opportunity for you in number five.
Blogging is a visual format. Images and photos play a huge part in how your readers perceive you and your brand.
The sad fact is that no matter how good your written content is, if you don’t display it well you will lose readers. And one of the best ways to ensure your content gets the attention it deserves is to use well selected and carefully chosen images and photos.
In this post I want to show you how bad image choices can threaten your blog’s success and a few ways you can do it better. I’ll even throw in a few examples from the big guys.