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How to Craft an Outstanding Guest Post
Last week, I explained why guest posting is so valuable (and not just for link juice). Then, one of our regular contributors, Ali Luke, wrote about how to find opportunities and pitch your post.Today I want to dig further into coming up with an idea and writing your post itself.As a guest poster, you want to provide a great post that readers love … but also one that helps you achieve your own goals. There’s nothing greedy about this: reaching your goals may well help readers reach theirs too (e.g. if you want them to subscribe to your newsletter so you can provide them with great weekly ti [...]
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201: The Secret to Building a Blog with Big Traffic and Profit
How to Build Traffic and Profit into Your Blog On today’s episode I want to talk about a key to creating a blog with lots of traffic and profit.   The topic comes from a conversation I had this morning with a new blogger who was asking me about how to create content that would go viral and as I look back at the growth of my own blogs I think it’s an important lesson to my own business’s growth. Links and Resources on The Secret to Building a Blog with Big Traffic and Profit Facebook group ProBlogger Success Incubator ProBlogger Event 4 Techniques to Get More Eyeballs on Your Blog [...]
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Find and Pitch the Perfect Guest Posting Opportunities
Today ProBlogger Subject Matter Expert Ali Luke is guest posting about guest posting.So, you’ve realised that guest posting has loads of benefits for you and your blog, but you’re not quite sure how to go about it.Maybe you’re worried that you don’t have enough experience.Perhaps you haven’t even got an active blog of your own right now.That’s absolutely fine. Most host blogs just want someone who can write reasonably well.(It’s also OK to guest post even if you don’t have your own blog: some authors do this to promote their books, for instance, and freelancers do it to promote [...]
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7 Powerful Non-SEO Reasons to Try Guest Posting
This is the first post in our series on Guest Posting, with a focus on benefits other than just SEO, for a more successful and fulfilling approach to finding readers for your blog. Guest posting is not all (or even mostly) about SEO. My first experience of ‘guest posts’ was back in 2005 here on ProBlogger when I decided to take a month off blogging to have a holiday with Vanessa and wanted to keep posting on the blog. I put up a post calling for people to contribute posts while I was gone – and had a great response. Here’s my post announcing the guest posters. This opened my eyes to [...]
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200: What I’ve Learned About Podcasting in My First 200 Episodes
Lessons Learned in 200 Episodes of Podcasting Today’s episode is #200, and while it’s a podcast about blogging, today I want to talk about podcasting and share some of the big lessons I’ve learned about this medium since starting this podcast 2 years ago. I want to present with you my biggest lessons in podcasting, some tips on launching, recording, producing and promoting a podcast. I’ll share the tools that I use in putting this show together. I’ll tell you about our stats and share which episodes did best. And I’ll also share some of my frustrations and challenges and how I [...]
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5 Ways You Can Use Facebook Groups to Benefit Your Blog
When you think of using Facebook for your blog, what comes to mind? Declining organic reach? Pay to play? Sharing endless memes just to get engagement? Posting your latest blog post only to hear crickets? But hang on, didn’t all the conversation move from our blog comments to Facebook? Well, yes, that’s where a lot of conversation is happening because that’s where a lot of our audience hangs out now, somewhere among the 1.28 billion people who login to Facebook daily to spend their (on average) 20 minutes. 3 days ago Facebook ticked over the major milestone of 2 billion monthly users, ov [...]
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The Psychology of Comparison and How to Stop
By ProBlogger expert Ellen Jackson of Potential Psychology Bloggers, solopreneurs, consultants, writers, founders – we’re solo species. Lone hustlers,  tucked in cafe corners with laptops and lattes. We’re perched at breakfast bars tapping keyboards in the early morning light. Hunched at the spare room desk deep into the night. We’re inspired and driven. Focused and fearless. Joyous in our independence. And often consumed by what others are doing. “How do my stats compare to hers?” “His Facebook following is bigger than mine.” “Her Instagram feed is [...]
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199: A COOL TOOL To Create Professional Facebook Live Videos
A Tool to Create High Quality Live Video on Facebook This episode is presented by The Success Incubator – a brand new event I’m co-hosting this year for ProBlogger readers and online entrepreneurs. The event is happening in Dallas Texas on 24-25 October, and I’m so excited to announce that joining me in presenting at the event are a great lineup of speakers including Pat Flynn from Smart Passive Income, Kim Garst founder of Boom Social and Andrea Vahl who is a brilliant social media consultant. In today’s episode, I’m going to share with you another COOL TOOL for bloggers that wi [...]
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Evaluating Your Blog’s First Year: 12 Great Questions to Ask
Firstly … congratulations on making it through your first year. A lot of bloggers don’t get that far. During this evaluation, we’ll take a look at key metrics for your blog, but we’ll also be thinking about what you’ve learned and accomplished over the past year. Don’t get discouraged if the numbers aren’t – yet – quite where you want them to be. When I first started blogging, it was as a hobby … and it took me several years to start making significant money from it. While some bloggers do succeed in making a lot of money in their first year, most take much longer. [...]
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7 Key Design Elements for a Mobile Landing Page that Converts
This is a guest contribution from Shane Barker. If you’ve been blogging for awhile, you’re probably familiar with landing pages, and may have even used a few of them for different campaigns. Whether you’re trying to drive people to sign up for your mailing list, or to purchase a product/service you’re promoting, landing pages can help you achieve your conversion goals. But is your landing page optimized for mobile users? Is it able to drive enough conversions on mobile? Just imagine you’re using your smartphone to read someone else’s blog, and you click on a link to learn about a c [...]
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198: 6 First Income Streams Recommended for Bloggers
6 Recommendations to Monetize Your Blog In today’s episode I want to talk about making money blogging. More specifically, I want to tackle a question from a reader who has been blogging for a while without monetizing but is wondering which income stream she should try  first. I’ll suggest 6 income streams that I see bloggers often starting with and at the end nominate my favorite one that I think can be a good place to start for many bloggers. So if you’ve been wanting to start monetize your blog – whether you’re a new blogger or an established one – or even if you’ve [...]
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What is the Link between Social Signals and Your Search Ranking?
This is a guest post from Shane Barker We all know that factors like backlinks, keywords, and bounce rates are important search ranking factors. But there’s still a lot of confusion about social signals, and their impact on a website’s ranking. Reputable sources like Moz and Backlinko have reported that social signals are among the top Google ranking factors. While this is technically correct, it’s important to note that there is no direct impact of social signals on your ranking. Google’s Stance on Social Signals as Ranking Factors According to the previous head of Google’s We [...]
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