One of the ways I work from home is by having a network of small niche blogs and websites that earn money with Adsense and other revenue streams. A lot of these sites are in niches so small that I used to want to give up on them.
Not any more.
Over the years I have learned a lot of ways to grow traffic. More importantly, I have learned a lot of ways to grow valuable traffic. And that is what this post is all about: finding traffic that is not just big, but valuable to your business.
Let’s dive in and find out what you can do to grow traffic when it feels like there just isn’t any around.
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Its true. When your Facebook, blog, email or bank accounts get hacked your life can be ruined. Some of us spend our entire existences online and such a breach can have terrible effects. You can have money stolen, personal details hijacked and, as happened to me, spam emails sent out to hundreds of high profile clients.
Just a month ago my Facebook and secondary email accounts were hacked while I was on holiday in India. It was my fault.
In this article I am going to give you some simple ways that you can boost your Facebook and email security and stop hackers from ruining your life. Please share this post around as this event was seriously traumatic, I’d like to help people prevent it.
The dreaded Contact Us page.
The place where you have a last ditch attempt at getting potential clients, customers and fans to get in touch or, in my case, convince them otherwise (I get a lot of emails).
So we’ve had a look at the best About Us pages and now I want to do the same for the Contact Us page. What are the best practices? What works and what doesn’t? Is there anything you can do to increase your chances of success?
Let’s take a look at what I think are 10 of the best Contact Us pages on the internet.
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They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. And as a blog grows you’ll find that more and more blogs start to flatter you. Blog Tyrant, like some of my other blogs, is being copied in some very overt ways and I just don’t know what to do about it. Do I get legal? Do I ignore them?
In this post I want to talk to you all about the plagiarism issue and some of the hot problems that can arise when someone starts to copy your work. I’d really like the amazing Blog Tyrant community to weigh in on this one so once you’ve finished reading please leave a comment with your thoughts.
Hopefully we can come up with some good ideas about how to deal with blog copiers.
Think about it for a second. When it comes to blogs and blogging you are the brand. People want to read about you and your experiences with the subjects you write about. That’s how they relate to it. And that’s how you get them addicted.
The About Us page is usually the first or second thing that people look at when they first encounter your content. So why not use it as a personal introduction to your brand? Why not give people something more than the usual plain text verbatim?
In this post I am going to tell you why I added some audio to my About Us page, how I did it and why you should do it too.
If you own a blog you probably know by now that one of the best ways to get subscribers is by making and eBook and giving it away for free on your blog in exchange for an email address. In fact, despite being used by thousands of bloggers around the world the old free eBook technique is still working wonders.
That is, if you do it right.
I often get emails from people asking me why their eBook isn’t getting downloaded. And when a good friend sent me an SMS last week asking me if I’d written about how to make an eBook I thought I would address everything at once.
I’m going to show you how I do everything when I make and eBook from brainstorming ideas to defining concepts, designing the layout and cover to finally uploading it to your blog or website.
What’s in this article?
Let me just start by highlighting a few of the major points that will get covered in this article on how to make an eBook.
- What program to use to write your eBook
- What file type your eBook needs to be (hint: its a PDF)
- How to convert your eBook to a PDF
- Where to find royalty free images to use in your eBook and how to edit them
- How to develop concepts, titles and content that rocks
- How to design and make an eBook cover
- How to deliver your eBook to your readers
- How to promote your eBook for free using my funnel strategy
Of course I am going to miss out on something so if you have any experience with making an eBook please stop by and leave a comment giving your advice and words of wisdom. Blog Tyrant articles seem to get indexed really well on Google nowadays so your comment will quite likely be seen by a lot of people over the years.
This Blog Critique has a major focus on how to make more money by recommending things to your readers. Its non-invasive, helpful and almost completely passive.
Ciao Florentina was the winner of the third Blog Tyrant Blog Critique – the random number generator choosing her Tweet out of about 200 entries. As always, please watch the video, visit her site and get stuck in to her in the comments section. The more feedback and discussion that happens the more often I will do these things. Like I’ve said a hundred times, I only want to do them if they are useful to you.
What’s in the video?
I kept the video short, sharp and extremely shiny. Youtube kept rejecting my videos for being too long so I decided to focus in on a few key areas as opposed to picking through everything. Some of the things that get mentioned include:
A lot of bloggers are struggling to make money from their blog. They use all the regular methods like Adsense, advertising and affiliates but still aren’t bringing in enough cash to pay the bills or work from home.
Well there is hope.
In this Podcast I show you three methods that I use to make money using my blog but not directly on my blog. These are methods that have helped me through tough times and given me the base income to quit my job and work from home.
Click here to download the podcast (right click and save as).
Are you making enough money?
I would really like to know whether you are making enough money from your blog to support yourself or your family. Are you still working another job or do you blog full time? Finally, if you have ever made money from your blog but not directly on your blog please leave a comment and let me know. I would love to hear about it.
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I have noticed a lot of my readers don’t have Gravatars yet. Shame on you. This tiny little picture is an important part of your branding and as such you need to get away from the default and start using something memorable.
For those of you who do use a Gravatar to get a little image next to your comments; well done. Hopefully this post will give you some extra hints to consider.
In this article I am going to give you some tips for your Gravatar to make sure your comments get clicked and noticed. This miniature picture can actually prove to be quite important for your traffic, branding and reader loyalty. Especially if you are using my comment strategy.
Did you know that many Asian billionaires consult Feng Shui experts before moving office or buying a property? In fact, there are stories about hotels and companies on the brink of collapse that reworked their Feng Shui and now make a fortune. Malarkey? Possibly. But when you work for yourself from a home office you will try anything.
In this post I am going to talk to you about how to Feng Shui your office to increase your wealth. I did it in my office and it seems to be helping.
What is Feng Shui and why do I care?
Let me preface this post by warning you that I have a little bit of an Eastern obsession. I practiced Kung Fu for ten years, travel to the Indian Himalayas fairly regularly, am fascinated by Buddhist philosophy and prefer to read about Chinese emperors and dynasties than wizards and sexy Vampires.
Feng Shui was a natural progression for me.