I’ve been blogging (often badly!) for around a decade. In that time I’ve failed at a lot of things. Today I want to share some stories in the hope that you can avoid making the same mistakes.
When you learn a new skill, whatever it might be, you always go on a steep learning curve.
And the thing about blogging and online business is that the learning curve can be especially steep because the technology is always changing. (That’s why I do these yearly predictions).
When you have changing technologies you also get a lot of commentators saying different things and giving different bits of advice.
And that can lead to confusion and mistakes.
Here are some blogging mistakes that I’ve made over the years. I’m really interested to know how you all feel about these ones.
One of the main goals I have for Blog Tyrant is to save bloggers time.
So much of what one learns about succeeding online comes from patiently waiting around and making a hell of a lot of stupid mistakes.
If I can help you guys avoid some of that then I’ll be happy.
Today I want to share with you some of the main things I’ve learned about how to shortcut your success online be it in blogging, marketing or sales.
Let’s do it!
A blog is not enough. You can be doing more.
A few years ago it actually wasn’t that uncommon to make a decent income from a simple series of blog posts and a revenue stream like advertising or Adsense ads.
These days, however, the competition is such that you need to be doing a lot more if you want to take it to that professional level. And if you are doing well from just a plain old blog then there might be a lot of further opportunities that you are missing out on.
In this post I want to talk about a few things that me and my online friends are doing in order to take advantage of the modern-day gold rush that is the world wide web.
I hope this gives you some ideas!
No one reads my blog.
That is one of the most common complaints I’ve heard since starting Blog Tyrant.
Even when you do all the right things (like long-form content that rocks) it still seems to amount to only small bits of traffic.
Why is that?
In this post I’m going to talk a little bit about why no one reads your blog and some tricks you can use to completely change things no matter what niche you’re in or how old your blog is.
This post is a summary of the most powerful tactics in blogging history.
Over the years I’ve seen some pretty cool blogging strategies. Some of them I’ve tested out myself, others have been tactics I’ve seen my friends successfully implement.
My goal with this post is not to completely detail the ins and outs of every method, but to give you a taster which will hopefully spark some original ideas of your own.
Ultimately I’d love to hear back from someone who reads this post and puts something into action on their own blog.
What should I blog about? It’s one of the most common questions I hear from bloggers (and soon to be bloggers). Experiencing it can be seriously frustrating…
Maybe it’s a fleeting moment of writer’s block, or perhaps a more terminal issue relating to the fact that you’ve nearly exhausted your chosen topic.
What if you really want to start a new blog but don’t know what topic to pick?
That’s annoying too.
In this article I’m going to show how I come up with ideas for things to write about. I’ll divide it into two section: existing blogs and new blogs.
As always, drop a comment if you have suggestions.
Fire up the computer and start typing words for today’s brilliant blog post, piece of copywriting or landing page.
You’re a writer, right?
Today I want to talk about why I think a lot of the people reading this might want to have a bit of a re-think about what it is that they do each day. I know it’s been hugely important for my own blog’s progress to ask some hard questions.
Let’s do it.
When in Rome, do as the Romans do.
Knowing the culture of a place is extremely important when you travel the world. Something that is normal for you at home might get you in big trouble overseas.
The same is true for blogging.
Unless you know a bit about blog culture you might find yourself struggling to make inroads with important things like networking, landing guest posts, joint ventures, and much more.
In this post I’m going to show you a rough guide to blog culture and how to get it right.
Me and my buddy walking a rainy path in the highlands of Scotland.
When I was 16 I sold an eBook for $65 to a lovely man from Holland.
Actually, it was less e-Book and more real-book; I printed it out with a nice hardcover and literally posted it to the other side of the world.
As clumsy as that transaction was (I made him send me the money via Western Union) I am only now realizing something vital about that day.
And I’d like to share it with you.
Hopefully someone out there reads it and doesn’t end up wasting all the years that I have.
WARNING: Self-involved stories and lame nostalgia ahead. Proceed with caution!
The net changes bloody quickly.
Trends come and go and the thing that was working really well yesterday might not be so hot today (except for kittens, they’re always big). Part of being successful online is being able to “predict” that.
In this post I want to talk about a few things that are working extremely well for blogs right now. Hopefully some of them apply to you.
Let’s do it.