Blogging Architecture: How to Write Timeless Blog Posts Every Time


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.

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What Blog Would You Buy if Money Was No Option & How Would You Improve it?

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.

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6 SEO Secrets Every Blogger Needs to PWN Today’s Google

Robots vs Zombies, vs Ninjas vs Pirates

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.

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13 Vital Blogging Tasks for When You Can’t Be Bothered Writing

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.

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How Bad Image Choices Can Threaten Your Blog’s Success: 9 Ways to Do it Better

Hope - Obama (Shepard Fairey poster)
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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.

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How to Decrease Your Unsubscribe Rate + Some Hilarious Exit Messages

First nations rally
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One of the sad facts about blogging is that not everybody likes your stuff.

In fact, some people hate it. Further still, some people decide they hate it after being subscribed for a while and leave you really rude (read: hilarious) exit messages. I’ll get to those later.

In this post I am going to talk about how you can reduce your attrition rate and decrease the amount of people that unsubscribe from your blog. Its an important part of email list marketing.

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Pop Up Domination: What I Really Think About Pop Up Ads on Blogs

Imperial Art Appreciation: Yellow
Photo: JD Hancock

So I’ve been using Pop Up Domination here on Blog Tyrant for a few months now and decided it was high time I did a review. A lot of people ask me about how well it works and whether I would recommend it to my readers.

Let me start by saying that in the last two months the pop up ad you see on this site has landed me 1663 subscribers. Nothing to laugh at.

In this review I am going to show you how Pop Up Domination works, its features and tools and then tell you what I really think about pop up ads on blogs.

NOTE: This is not a paid review. I have never done and will never do a paid review on Blog Tyrant. I only recommend things to you if I really believe in them. The links in this post are affiliate links so if you purchase after clicking here I will earn a small commission.

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How to Hide Pages from Your WordPress Navigation Menu (Video)

A lot of people have been asking me how I hide or exclude pages from my WordPress navigation menu so that they don’t show up when people visit the site.

Its pretty easy so I thought I would make a quick tutorial video to show you how.

Why would you want to do this?
The main reason for doing this is because you might have your free eBook giveaway located on a WordPress page. Obviously you don’t want that to be in your menu otherwise no one would subscribe because they can just get it from there!

Another reason might be because you have a landing page or squeeze page set up that you only want visible when people arrive through the correct channels. For example, if you have an advertisement placed on another site somewhere directing people back to your product, you might want them to go to a custom made page as opposed to just a homepage.

This is a really cool little feature to know if you want to publish content but not have it seen by everyone right away.

Any requests?
I know I know… its been a while since I’ve done a video. If you have any requests for tutorials just drop me a comment and I’ll try to make it happen.

Writing One Post for a Whole Week: Are Long Articles Best?

A Case of The Rainy Day Blahs
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Okay so I’ve been blogging for a long time now. I’ve sold a few blogs for around $20,000 and manage to work full time from home.

But there is something (read: a lot of things) I’m still not sure about. Something still bugging me.

Long vs short posts.

In this article I want to do a bit of an analysis on long vs short blog posts and which is a better idea and why. I’d really like your own opinion on this one to see what has worked for you.

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Why the Size of Your Mailing List is Totally Irrelevant & What’s More Important

Applestore NY
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We all want a huge mailing list. I’m guilty of it. Take a look around the archives of Blog Tyrant and you’ll see all the references I make to building a huge list.

But, if I’m honest, a huge list is totally irrelevant unless the subscribers are engaged.

So what’s more important? Building huge relationships.

In this post I want to take a look at why you need to get your list engaged and addicted to your content and give you some tips on how to do it.

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