Some of the most basic rules of blogging are quite simple: content is king, write every day, and commit to a regular posting schedule.
All of these rules are not easy to follow. They’re quite frustrating, in a way. After all, a three word rule shouldn’t be that difficult to follow.
Or the fact that the secret to being a successful blogger is all about producing great content. Regularly. On daily basis, if that’s possible.
Which begs the following question:
How are you supposed to keep dreaming up great ideas to write about?
A plethora of well-known tactics will ensure you become a writing machine:
- You should always write down your ideas when they strike so you can remember them later.
- You should do as Hemingway did and finish every writing session mid-sentence so you can effortlessly pick up where you left off.
- And on, and on, and on …
And all of that is good advice. But what if your biggest problem is finding ideas to write about?
Read on, because we’re about to dive deep into the psychology of content creation. Continue reading
A few days ago I started work with Darren over at PatriotWarrior. It’s going to be a lot of fun working with him, mostly because he’s also a writer, and we writers are kindred spirits of sort.
I decided to take Cristian Mihai up on one of his mentoring offers. While we have just gotten started, I am already very happy I did. I received Cristian’s “initial impressions” analysis of my blog a couple of days ago. First, let me say it was direct. Cristian pulls no punches. As I read through his notes, I kept finding myself nodding and agreeing with his initial comments. There were several “can you say duh” moments in there as well. – DC Gilbert
Of course, the program he was referring to is “The 0 to 5K Program” which you can find on my e-store here. Of course, we’re just getting started, but I already sent my initial feedback; a detailed analysis of his blog, from headlines to the content, to the visual aspect, to the use of social media, newsletters, and all of that.
There quite a lot of nice things he said in his post, which you can read in its entirety here.
There are two spots left in this program, a one-on-one coaching solution to taking your blog to the next level. Six months of mentorship, a lot of advice, lots of laughs, personalized coaching via Skype, etc.
The good part?
It’s just $199.
The even better part?
You get two guarantees:
- an increase in followers to at least 5,000 during the six months of the program
- a 100% money back guarantee if you are not satisfied
You can purchase one of the last two spots on my e-store here.
Today’s post is all about writing that great post. The one that is going to attract new readers, build trust with the old ones, and engage every one who stumbles upon your blog to comment…
We’ve already talked about writing a blog post in 15 minutes, which is a great skill to have, and we also tackled the issue of being consistent.
Consistently creating great content is the backbone of any blog.
But how can you make that happen? Well, one option is to caffeinated yourself to the point of near death and stay up late the night before you publish your post.
But the better option is to spread the writing and editing process over a few days. Sounds good? Continue reading
Do you want to be a successful blogger? Do ideas for posts randomly pop into your head whenever, wherever? Do you think about ways to improve your blog?
How to write more? Better? Faster?
Do you study what the most successful bloggers have done to get to where they are right now?
You are not alone. I do this too. It’s one of my passions. To see what makes the difference. What works, what doesn’t, and to understand the why. Because of this, I can write cute posts like this one.
Here are the seven best habits to have as a blogger. Continue reading
The idea was to write a short introduction about art. Something short and cute; how art is anything that inspires us and provokes an emotional reaction. What appears to be beautiful to us. And then I’d write a short and cute paragraph on how blogging can also be considered art.
Remember a time when you were moved to tears by a piece you read on someone else’s blog? Or were inspired to take action in a certain area of your life?
Well, that was art. The art of blogging.
Anyway. This was what I wanted to write as an introduction to this book. Because I pretend to be an artist on a daily basis. I also like to write short bios about myself. But then I thought that I’d act like a rebel without a cause and tell you that this is not the kind of book that I recommend if you are very technical about life, if you let your heart be ruled by your brain.
This book is about the art of blogging, about finding the passion that is required to create the kind of content that makes people laugh and cry and be inspired and motivated and all that. Continue reading
What is the first thing you notice when browsing a blog’s front page?
What grabs your attention when reading news articles? What makes you want to click on a link?
Yeah, the titles are that important.
And yet most people work hard on a post, and just before they hit that “Publish” button do they stop and think about their title.
It’s not how this works.
First the title, then everything else.
Because titles can be the difference between having your post read or ignored. Of course, there are no rules that will guarantee your post gets noticed, but you might want to consider some of the following. Continue reading
Do you know what is the biggest secret to growing Your Blog to thousands of adoring readers who follow every word you publish?
Would you like to know?
Let me be blunt: there are very few people in the world who can tell you.
The vast majority of so-called A-listers are bright but otherwise normal people who were in the right place, writing about the right things, at the right time.
Many of them pay thousands and thousands of dollars on advertising.
Why would they pay such outrageous fees?
Because they stumbled into popularity. Because they realize they got lucky, and they are desperate to seize the opportunity before it slips away from them. Little do they know, that we always make our own luck.
I do not get lucky. I make my own luck.
I turned this blog into one of the most popular blogs on WordPress to date. I did it by studying from all the great bloggers before me, I did it by implementing the advice that most suited my needs, and discarding the rest.
Through trial and error, I figured things out.
I’ll let you in on a little secret: stop messing around with blogs in your spare time. Instead, look at this like a career and get serious about mastering your craft.
“WHAT?! No magic traffic or monetization tricks?”