Stop Procrastinating and Start Your Blog In 3 Easy Steps

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The blogging boom has been growing exponentially the last 7 years. There are now more than 2 million new blog posts everyday globally. The demographics favor those 35 years of age and younger, the generation of people who have grown up with blogging.

In the US alone, there are 42 million blogs online with with 26 million page views every month. More than 43% of all US blogs are built on the WordPress platform.

What about you?

Do you blog or have desire to start blogging?

Do you have a passion you want to blog about or expertise you want to share and monetize on your blog?

If so, this is the time to stop procrastinating and start your own blog. Continue Reading →

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A Product Launch Plan For Your Ebook

product launch planNow that you know how to write an eBook, the masterpiece that you have put your heart and soul into creating for your readers.

You’ve spent hundreds of hours writing, editing, revising, designing, and producing your eBook, and you are more than ready to get it out to the world. Build it and they will come, right?

Well, not so fast! Of course you can slap your new eBook up on your blog, write a post, send out a few emails and tweets and wait for the sales to come pouring in. But unfortunately, “pour” is not the operative word in this scenario. It’s more like “trickle.”

And even if you do make a good number of sales with this “fix it and forget it” launch method, you could make so many more if you know how to plan and create a successful launch strategy. But be sure to give yourself plenty of time. It can take as much time to prepare a product launch plan as it does to produce and write your eBook.

If you want to maximize the sales of your beautiful new eBook and create a hit-it-out-of-the park product launch plan, follow these 8 launch steps for eBook marketing success: Continue Reading →

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How To Write An Ebook From Scratch

349685340_be0f61a0bfDo you know how to write an eBook?

Even if you think you know how to write an eBook, are you sure you know how to write an eBook that will compel your readers to either give up their money or their email address in order to get it?

Learning to write an eBook is a skill that is essential to earning serious blogging income. Look at virtually any good blog on the Net, and you will likely see an eBook or several eBooks for sale.

eBooks can be the meat and potatoes of your on blog marketing. You can use an eBook as an opt-in gift for potential subscribers or as products to sell on your blog. Once you’ve learned to write your first successful eBook, you will have the skills to produce many of them – providing a passive blogging income for as long as you wish.

What’s So Great About eBooks?

Call them what you will – eBook, guide, manifesto, blueprint, method, or blogging course — eBooks are here to stay because people want them and continue to buy them. Why? If written properly . . .

  • They will solve reader’s problems and address their needs.
  • They are easily accessible and immediately available.
  • They can incorporate other mediums, like video and audio.
  • There is more options  with creative design and layout than with print books.
  • Your book is completely under your creative control.
  • It’s the cutting edge of self-published book production.

Creating an eBook isn’t hard – in fact, it’s easy and  fun! But you need to implement proven and tested methods to be successful and profitable. Continue Reading →

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Blog Marketing That Drives Blog Traffic

blog marketing Do you ever find yourself exhausted trying new blog marketing strategies to drive traffic to your blog?
It’s hard enough to keep cranking out useful content for your own blog, but then you have to come up with more unique ideas and articles to pitch to other blogs when guest posting.

And even when I do offer up a post to another blogger, there’s no guarantee that it will get accepted. (Although I do try to pitch a concept to another blogger before I write the post. If they accept, then I write the post. This also forces me to let it go!)

Guest posting is a tried and true way of driving blog traffic and getting those much needed backlinks to your blog, but fortunately it’s not the only way. Sometimes we just don’t have the time or energy to write a guest post. But you don’t have to let your blog marketing efforts stagnate as a result.

Here are some additional ideas beyond the guest post for blog marketing to your site: Continue Reading →

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Diversify To Make Money Blogging

diversify-etftrendsDiversification is smart when it comes to investing your money. Smart money managers advise you to spread your money around and to not put all your eggs in one money basket. Diversification protects you from losing all your assets in a market upheaval. The sharp decline in stock prices over the last few years is sure proof that being all in with one stock is risky business.

So what does this have to do with making money online? Here the principle of diversification applies not to how you invest your money but how you make it. Putting all of your effort eggs into one income basket will leave you with a trickle rather than a stream of blogging income.

So what does that mean exactly? It means that you need a good handle on the various ways you can make money blogging, and you need to know how to be productive with your time and energies in order to create an blog income stream. Continue Reading →

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Blogging Basics-Install These 61 Pinging Services

Blogging income successOne of the first things new bloggers think when starting their own blog is how to make some fast cash. We love talking about blogging income and sharing all the best blogging techniques that will monetize your website.

In this blog post I’ll share with you  a couple of simple blogging tips that will help you get new visitors and more traffic.

Many beginning bloggers overlook simple tasks that will make a difference over time. Creating a blog from the ground up using the best practices will provide you with a bigger payoff later. One of the best practices concerns pinging services.

What the heck is a pinging service?

Whenever you publish or update a post in WordPress, it automatically notifies(pings) the most popular news and information servers. This is a great way to get attention and bring traffic back to your blog site. By default WordPress includes the listing rpc.pingomatic.com (see below) to go out to Ping-O-Matic’s server.

Next, I’m going to share with you my list of 61 update services to add to your blog which will call the search engines and news aggregator sites whenever you post fresh content to your WordPress blog. Although this may not create a huge bump in your daily traffic, it should be an integral part of your SEO (search engine optimization) strategy. Continue Reading →

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Cool Blog Titles That Hook and Rank

I don’t click on headline titles that suck. Do you?blog titles

According to a study done a few years ago, 8 out of 10 people will read headline copy, but only 2 out of 10 will continue reading beyond the blog title.

Everyone has a short attention span when sorting through blog headlines, so it’s mandatory to have engaging and cool blog post headlines — if you want to hook your reader and rank with search engines.

So many blog marketers claim to have a magic bullet formula for creating cool blog titles for their posts. But I don’t think any such formula really exists. There are plenty of us who market online and feel smug about our ability to hook the reader with clever headlines. According to Dr. Flint McGlaughlin, CEO of MECLABS, the world’s largest independent research lab focused exclusively on marketing and sales,”There are no expert marketers; there are only experienced marketers and expert testers.”

Here are some tips for writing cool blog titles and a case study(below the fold) that will get you more traffic. Continue Reading →

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7 Affiliate Marketing Income Rules

By Barrie Davenport Ruler

Affiliate marketing is the low-hanging financial fruit of blog marketing.

There are a million products out there in the big city, and it doesn’t take much to find one to paste on your blog with dreams of cash spewing from your monitor.

For those of you who don’t know what affiliate marketing is, Darren Rowse of Problogger.com gives a solid definition:

Perhaps the simplest way to explain affiliate marketing is that it is a way of making money online whereby you as a publisher are rewarded for helping a business by promoting their product, service or site.

There are a number of forms of these types of promotions but in most cases they involve you as a publisher earning a commission when someone follows a link on your blog to another site where they then buy something.

Within the first few months of my blogging career, an amazing blog entrepreneur was launching his signature product. It was Chris Guillebeau of The Art of Non-Conformity, and the product was his wildly successful signature course called The Empire Building Kit.

I knew of Chris and had been following his blog for a few months. So I decided to apply for his affiliate program and try my hand at making some affiliate marketing income.

With only a few hundred subscribers and my very first shot at affiliate marketing, I made $1000 in 3 months. I was ecstatic! I immediately started extrapolating what that would mean for me as my subscribers grew. When my subscribers doubled, I’d make $2000 in 3 months! Then I’d make $4000, $8000, oh my God — I’m going to be rich!

When I was naive about affiliate marketing! Continue Reading →

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Don’t Make These 20 Blogging Mistakes

blogging mistakesBy Barrie Davenport

At times when I first started blogging and then later began to make money blogging, I wish I’d had a little gremlin sitting on my shoulder shouting in my ear, “No you fool, don’t do that!”

I’ve had my share of flubs, failures, and misguided decisions in my blogging career, but fortunately I’ve learned from them and continue to learn where and how I should best focus my time and energy.

If you are like most bloggers, I’m sure there are times when you wonder if you are going in the right direction, if all of your hard work will pay off, or maybe even if you should just bag it all and go back to your day job.

You can be successful at making money on your blog. If you stay on track with the activities that are proven to help your blog grow and thrive, and you avoid some of the common pitfalls and blog mistakes, your efforts will be rewarded with those notices from Paypal saying, “You’ve got money!”

Today, I’ll be the gremlin on your shoulder and remind you of 20 common blogging mistakes you want to avoid so you can make money blogging: Continue Reading →

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