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How to establish your brand on Pinterest (and make it popular)
This is a guest post by Larry Alton If you’re a ‘picture paints a thousand words’ kind of person, then Pinterest may be a great option for you. Its tight-knit community and visual focus make it an ideal board for circulating and popularizing your ideas. And while it may not be as popular as Facebook and Instagram, it still has more than 150 million active users each month. Pinterest also has a number of advantages: All content is publicly visible. Content can quickly ‘go viral with far less effort than other platforms. It provides monetization options for businesses and stores (e.g. [...]
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7 Common Newsletter Problems Solved
Over the past few weeks, we’ve looked at why email newsletters are so important, what your email newsletter might look like, and how to choose the right service for you. So is your newsletter up and running yet? If the answer is “Yes”, is it working as well as you’d like? If not, then read on. I know a lot of bloggers find newsletters a bit daunting. And there are some really common problems that crop up again and again. Here are the seven I see most often: Problem #1: You Know You Should Set Up a List, But You Haven’t Done It Yet Hopefully, I’ve already convinced you that you need [...]
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211: Creating a Successful Podcast – Advice from Pat Flynn
Advice from Pat Flynn on How to Create a Successful Podcast Today I have a treat for anyone who has ever considered starting a podcast (or already has one), because I’ve just finished a Skype call with Pat Flynn about the art of podcasting.   As I’ve mentioned in the past, Pat’s teaching on podcasting is the number one thing that helped me as I was starting the ProBlogger podcast two years ago. If it wasn’t for him, I probably wouldn’t have started at all. And so I was very excited when he launched his Power-Up Podcasting course earlier this year, because I knew it would h [...]
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Blog Metrics: Why You Need to Stop Focusing on ‘Vanity’ Stats
In a recent ProBlogger Mastermind, I shared a slide that seemed to hit a nerve with the group. While having lots of page views, sessions, fans, followers and even email subscribers may feel good, they don’t actually tell you anything about the health of your blog. I included this in my Mastermind session after having several conversations with bloggers that all started something like this: “Traffic is growing, and so is my social following and email list. But I’m not making any money”. For many, the monetization emptiness came from focusing on certain results and metrics (such [...]
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Comparing Email Service Providers for Bloggers
This is the third post in our Email Newsletter Series. One major sticking point for most bloggers who are setting up a newsletter is deciding what email service to use. There are lots of different, competing, options out there, and there’s no one perfect solution. Just in case you were thinking about it … don’t try to run a newsletter by emailing everyone through your regular email client, using the “BCC” field. If you email subscribers from your own gmail, yahoo, even @yourdomain.com email account, you put your own IP address at risk for being blacklisted by Internet Service P [...]
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210: Launching a Blog: How Many Posts Do You Need?
How Many Live Posts Do You Need When You Launch Your Blog Today, I want to answer a question almost every blogger asks when they start blogging: How many posts should I have live before I launch my blog? It’s a common question I get, and while I’ve mentioned a few approaches in other episodes today I’m tackling the topic specifically. So if you’re starting a blog for the first time, or thinking of starting a second blog, this podcast is for you. Links and Resources Vanessa’s blog Digital Photography School Dallas Event Facebook Group Facebook Live on me using Adobe Spark [...]
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Should You Disable Comments on Your Blog?
This is a post by ProBlogger expert Ali Luke When you started out blogging, you were probably thrilled when you got a comment. People were reading your posts, and cared enough to leave their own thoughts. As time went by, you probably found some of the comments very useful. Maybe they sparked off an idea for a different post, or gave you a perspective you wouldn’t have otherwise considered. But if you’ve been blogging for a long time, and your blog gets a lot of traffic, those comments may be starting to become less of a delight and more of a chore. Responding to five comments on every pos [...]
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How You Can Use Your Influence to Help
Today on the blog we have Sarah Rosberg who founded the Australian Headquarters for charity Rafiki Mwema. I’ve interviewed Sarah to get a charity’s perspective on how you can best help them with your influence as a blogger. Sarah’s tips include the kinds of activities you can do that help (with some great examples), how to choose a cause to support and how to overcome some of the challenges of working with a charity. {trigger warning to child sexual abuse} LG: Tell us a little about how you started Rafiki Mwema and what it does? SR: Rafiki Mwema was born from the need to support very y [...]
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203: How to Approach Influencers in Your Niche
How to Connect With Influencers in Your Niche Today I want to share some teaching on how to approach influencers and other well known people in your niche (or outside it too). One of the most powerful ways to grow your profile, audience and brand is to connect with others in your niche. The benefits of doing it can be many and varied – the opportunities that flow from these interactions can be pretty cool for the growth of your blog…. BUT doing it the wrong way can also hurt your blog and brand – so I want to share what NOT to do. Links and Resources for How to Approach Influence [...]
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5 Essential Blog Foundations for Strong SEO
This is a post by ProBlogger's SEO expert, Jim Stewart.Many bloggers start a blog with gusto, rushing to establish a blogging website and share their opinions and knowledge with the world. They choose a popular platform to build on, select an attractive theme with all the bells and whistles, sign up for hosting that appears value for money, before finally writing awesome content and waiting for the audience to explode and their rankings to rocket.Then reality often sets in.They slave away for months with much optimism only to find themselves languishing in the dark recesses of page two (or wor [...]
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204: 6 ‘Ordinary’ Things That Will Grow Your Blog into Something Extraordinary
How Ordinary Things Can Lead to Extraordinary Results With Your Blog This week and I’m excited to be spending time face to face with quite a few ProBlogger podcast listeners and blog readers at our Aussie blogging events. We’ve been holding annual Australian events since 2010 and it is a highlight of my year each time. It’s fantastic to put faces to names, hear the stories of what bloggers are learning and to get inspired by meeting many of you. So because I’m away this week and busy with the event I thought it might be fun to give you a taste of what happens at a ProBlogger event and [...]
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5 Critical Elements You Need to Check Off for Every Blog Post
This post is by ProBlogger subject matter expert Ali Luke Over the past few years, I’ve conducted a lot of blog reviews for fellow writers. It’s always great fun to read other people’s posts … especially when they’re on topics that are totally new to me! Along the way, though, I’ve noticed that there are five critical elements that far too many bloggers miss out of their posts. Could your posts be missing any of these too? They are: 1.       The Hook 2.       Subheadings 3.       Transitions 4.       Links 5.       The Conclusion #1: The Hook I’ve never seen a [...]
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