Blogging for profits

How to Avoid Writing Boring Outlines using the IKEA Method
This is a guest contribution from LJ Sedgwick. You’ve read all of the blogging advice. You know writing an outline helps keep your blog post to the point. But try as you might, nothing’s happening. An empty page stares back at you. That blinking cursor is taunting you. You want to teach your readers how to follow your processes. But they’re second nature to you. Trying to put them into a blog post seems impossible. You know that you know everything you need for your post. But how do you get the ideas out of your brain and onto paper? How do you turn them into an outline? Worry no more. [...]
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Don’t Lose your Funds to Amazon – How to Stay Within The Operating Agreement
This is a guest post by Cathy Tibbles of WPBarista Recently a lot of warning bells were sounding around the internet because of some changes to the Amazon Associates program. Looking at Problogger’s experience and the success of several other bloggers using affiliate sales, this post will take you through the importance of using Amazon Associates (or deciding if it’s right for you); and how to keep your account open and funds within your grasp. How much can you really make from affiliate marketing? Affiliate marketing is earning income by referring products to your readers. When th [...]
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194: 5 SEO Tools for Bloggers
5 Blogger SEO Tools In today’s episode, I’ve got Jim Stewart from StewArtMedia back on the show to talk about SEO tools to help you to rank your blog higher. I had Jim on the show back in episode 94 to talk about the biggest mistakes bloggers make with SEO and since that time have had a lot of questions in the Facebook group about what tools to use in SEO. So in this episode we talk a little about the most commonly advised tool – the Yoast plugin, as well as two great browser extensions that are useful in SEO. We also talk about Google’s Search console and how it’s really an es [...]
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7 Tips for Increasing Social Media Engagement
This is a guest contribution from Kristie McCollum. When it comes to creating your social media strategy, it’s always good to keep things fresh and evolving. There are a few things you can do to keep your marketing content engaging even as trends change. Whether you are just starting a blog or have been blogging for years and traffic and engagement (or even sales) have reached a halt, it’s time for you to transform your social media marketing strategy. Why is social media marketing important for a blogger? As a new or seasoned blogger, it’s important for you to create a community around [...]
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How Do You Blog Consistently When You Have Very Little Time?
From ProBlogger Expert Ali Luke of Aliventures. Do you ever feel like your blog is yet another responsibility on a very long list? For the vast majority of bloggers, blogging has to fit in around an already full life. Perhaps you’re: Building an online business, which you’re marketing by blogging … but the business takes up loads of time Starting out as a freelancer writer, and building a client list through your blog and newsletter … but you need to focus most of your working hours on your paid writing Raising a young family – with sleepless nights, hectic mornings, and to [...]
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193: How to Become a Prolific Content Creator (an Interview with Kelly Exeter)
Prolific Content Creation With Kelly Exeter In today’s episode, I want to explore the topic of prolific content creation by interviewing  one of my favorite online buddies – Kelly Exeter about her experience of creating content online. Many of you will be familiar with Kelly because she’s been a regular contributor on the ProBlogger Blog where she writes about blog design and creating content, she’s presented an episode of this podcast back in episode 119 where she talked about how to choose a WP theme and she’s presented numerous times at our ProBlogger events. I first came ac [...]
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How to Use SMS Marketing to Boost Your Blog’s Audience
This guest post is by Josh Sayers of Adventure Connections Remember SMS? That old-school way of texting people before the dawn of i-message and Whatsapp? Don’t worry, most people have forgotten all about it too! Did you know that 98% of all text messages are read and, although most people don’t like to admit it, 90% of those messages are read within 3 seconds of receiving! When was the last time your latest blog got those kind of statistics? Make sure your blog is mobile friendly Now that I’ve got your attention, the first thing to do is to ensure that your blog is mobile optimized. It [...]
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A Practical Look at Turning Your Blog into a Functioning Business
Following last week’s post on treating your blog like a business, this guest post from Anna Johansson provides some practical ways you can start turning your blog into a business. In many cases, blogging starts out as a hobby or creative outlet for someone looking to have a little fun writing about a topic that interests them. But at some point, most bloggers reach a fork in the road where they have to decide whether they want to continue their blog as a personal endeavour or turn it into a professional pursuit. Considering there’s a lot of money to be made in blogging, a lot of people [...]
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192: 3 Key Things Bloggers Do to Grow Their Blogs into Businesses
The Things Successful Bloggers Do to Build Their Blogs Into Businesses In today’s lesson, I want to talk about some of the things that successful bloggers are doing to increase the conversions of their website. This episode is inspired by a post we had on the ProBlogger blog this week from John Stevens who shared 9 conversion habits of the world’s most successful bloggers. I want to pick up, highlight and expand upon 3 of the points John mentions but also want to share something I’ve noticed about many of the social media marketing bloggers that I follow that fascinates me. Resourc [...]
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The Site Speed and SEO Connection
From ProBlogger SEO expert Jim Stewart of Bloggers SEOLast year the Australian retailer Booktopia gave a presentation where they shared that speeding up their page load times by 1 second, equated to an extra $600,000 on the bottom line.Today, speed matters. Turning your blog into a highly optimised, relevant, platform takes time. Fortunately, SEO has shortened the distance between blog owner and reader. In 2017, users will ‘reject’ websites that don’t stack up, speed-wise. While acceptable load page times range from .5 seconds to four seconds, most support a 1.5-second load time for cont [...]
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Want Better Results? Treat Your Blog Like an Actual Business
This is a guest contribution from Larry Alton. There are millions of blogs on the internet. Some are nothing more than creative outlets for people who are interested in hobby blogging. Others are successful brands that produce millions of dollars in revenue each year. If you want your blog to be successful, you have to stop treating it like a hobby. In other words, you need to treat your blog like an actual business if you want to get real results. Five Signs Your Blog is a Hobby Having someone tell you that your blog is more of a hobby than a business can be infuriating. After all, what do th [...]
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191: Tools for Creating Great Visual Content for Your Blog
Making the Most of Tools, Apps and Services to Create Visual Content for Your Blog In today’s lesson, we’re going to talk tools for creating great visual content for your blog. Over the last few weeks, we’ve been exploring different types of content that you can use on your blog. In episode 187 we talked written content, in 189 video content and back in 180 we talked about live video. Each are important types of content to be able to create for your blog – but one that is increasingly important today is visual content. When I was looking back at some screenshots of my very firs [...]
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