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190: How to Overcome Failure in 6 Steps
How to Move Through Failure in 6 Steps In today’s lesson, I want to talk about failure in business and how to move through it. I’ve been asked questions on this topic a number of times in the last few weeks and while it’s a topic most of us probably don’t want to have to learn about – it’s something that we all will need to deal with at one point or another because it’s a part of any business story. We all fail – in fact failure is an essential part of any startup and if you’re not having it it could be a sign that what you’re doing is not pushing hard enough and t [...]
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Bloggers to Watch in 2017
This is a guest contribution from Jade Craven. The blogosphere has changed so much over the past decade. I curated Bloggers To Watch column here on Problogger for four years and it is phenomenal how much has changed since I wrote my last post in 2012. In that time, popular bloggers have pivoted multiple times. Social platforms have risen and fallen. It is a fascinating time. So fascinating that I asked to compile another list of bloggers that haven appeared on my radar. This post features bloggers who have gotten my attention over the past year. It doesn’t reflect the top bloggers online. R [...]
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5 Ways to Write Faster
Running a business is a time suck of epic proportion. Planning, administration, product development, sales, delivery, email, bookkeeping, social media, marketing. It takes time. Throw in a family and you flit from demand to crisis without a moment to reheat that cup of tea you made three hours ago. Your blog post – that important but not urgent task – is often the victim of the go-go-go life. You know it’s important for but there it is, languishing at the bottom of the ‘to do’ list day after day after day. ‘I must write that blog post.’ ‘I [...]
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189: How to Create Amazing Videos for Your Blog Using Your Smartphone
Removing the Barriers to Create Video Content on Your Blog In today’s lesson, I’ve got some very practical and actionable information for you on how to shoot great video for your blog using your smartphone. As I’ve mentioned a few times lately in episodes – video is becoming one of the hottest types of content online. While the written word isn’t going anywhere video content helps you to grow your reach, stand out from the crowd, make a connection with your audience and is highly shareable. We’ve all heard about the opportunity but if you’re anything like me – you have [...]
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3 Email List Building Techniques You Need To Use in 2017
This is a guest contribution from Jawad Khan. If you’re serious about blogging, I’m sure you’re already building an email list (or planning to do so) Since you’re a Problogger reader, I’m also assuming your knowledge and expertise in blogging is significantly higher than most newbies. So you’re well-aware that “Get Free Email Updates”, that beautiful sign up form in your blog’s side-bar, isn’t an attractive incentive for potential subscribers anymore, right? No one wants to subscribe to another email list just to pile up more junk in their email inbox. Don’t get me wrong. [...]
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5 Steps to Creating a Productive Blogging To Do List
I have always been a to do list writer, but I haven’t always used a to do list productively. See if any of the following sound familiar, you: Write things on your to do list after you have done them, just so you can cross them off. Add so much on your to do list that it overwhelms you and you don’t look at it. Scan your to do list looking for the easiest things to do. Get to the end of the day and you have done quite a few tasks from the to do list, but not the activities that will help you achieve your goal. Email yourself notes and use your inbox as a to do list. None of the [...]
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The Complete Guide to HTTP Codes and Redirects
HyperText Transfer Protocol, or HTTP codes and redirects, are vital to your SEO efforts. Status code 400 and 500 errors can derail your web traffic, and cause Google Panda penalties. HTTP codes and redirects can be caused by DNS errors, server errors, and robots failure. “Sitemaps that contain bad URLs are called “dirty sitemaps”, and they can lead to the engines losing trust in those sitemaps,” according to Search Engine Watch. “For example, providing URLs that 404, 302, 500, etc.” Understanding HTTP codes and redirects will allow you to avoid status code errors, dirty sitemaps, a [...]
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188: How to Build Two Successful Blogs (and the Pros and Cons of Doing so)
The Pros and Cons of Having More Than One Blog In today’s lesson, I want to talk about having more than one blog on the go at once. Regular listeners of this podcast know I have two main blog – ProBlogger and Digital Photography School. I’m fortunate enough to have been able to build them up so that either one of them could be a full time venture which is great – but having two businesses to focus upon not only comes with some benefits – but some costs. In this episode I want to share: The story of how I built them to the point they’re at today The pros and cons of [...]
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5 Blogging Tips From A Social Entrepreneur
This is a guest contribution from James Aschehoug. While the modern social entrepreneur may be heavily focused on ideals — whether they be ideological, concrete, or hopefully a mixture of both — it is necessary to use all of the relevant tools and technologies available to help your dream become a professionally sustainable reality. Your company can and should have a blog in order to bolster your online presence by reaching new audiences and engaging existing ones, and establish your company as a leader in its field. Perhaps you have already begun a company blog and could use a few pointe [...]
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Has Google’s ‘Fred’ Update Left Your Rankings Dead?
Recently, Google’s ‘Fred’ ranking update hit the search pages. While Google hasn’t confirmed the update, it’s certainly live. Webmasters across the board have been impacted by Fred, but not every page is created similarly. Low-value content and poorly configured sites are taking a heavy blow. Meanwhile, SEO-jammed pages prioritising revenue over quality material are running for the hills. Fred targets websites seeking a high rank among the hundreds of affiliate-link-sprinkled, meta-tag-riddled, and SEO-exploiting pages abroad. Many of the sites impacted by Fred aren’t industry expe [...]
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Why Medium is the Best Marketing For Your Blog
Photo Credit: Pineapple Supply Co This is a guest contribution from Tiffany Sun of Rabbut. It’d always frustrate me after I publish a post on my blog. Simply because no one would respond or share it. Did I pick a boring topic? Did I not provide enough value to readers? Did I publish at the wrong time? No, the real problem was not getting enough visibility to generate a steady stream of visitors to my blog. In other words, I had a dead blog. The only way I could get people to realize I even existed was to: 1. Write SEO-optimized content. This required me to research for specific k [...]
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187: Is Written Content Dead?
What the Future Looks Like for Written Content In today’s lesson, I want to talk to you about written content vs other mediums and respond to a few questions I’ve been getting lately about which medium is best to focus upon and to answer the question – is the future of written content dead! Listen to this episode in the player above or here on iTunes (look for episode 187). Events: Before I get into today’s show though I’ve been hinting for a few episodes now that I’ll have some news for you about this year’s ProBlogger events in Australia and the USA – and how you can [...]
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