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How to Use Affiliate Programs to Boost Your Income Stream

Affiliate marketing can often go two ways – it can crawl along earning you a frustrating few cents here and there, or it can be a healthy part of your overall earnings (just look at Pat Flynn!) when done right. If you are not familiar with the concept you can learn more from Podcast Episode 51: My Tips for Making Money As a Blogger Through Affiliate Marketing. One of the things I wanted to talk to you about was how to do affiliate sales right. There really is an art to…

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How to Use Your Inner Contrarian to Generate Endless Content Ideas

This is a guest contribution from Matt Clough. Whether your blog falls within a niche with apparently endless opportunities or a dreaded “boring” one, the one thing that all bloggers (and writers in general) come up against at some point or another is writer’s block. You might have covered every conceivable question your readers might ask; you may simply be burned out. However, by embracing the inherent psychological trait of contrarianism, you can unlock a veritable treasure trove of content ideas. No matter whether you’re someone who delights in playing devil’s…

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10 Things I Wish I Had Known About Blogging When I First Began

In today’s 100th episode of the ProBlogger podcast, I take a retrospective walk down the lane of memories from my last 13 1/2 years blogging. I’ve learned some pretty huge lessons along the way, and back when I started in 2002 there were quite a few things I wish I’d known! I hope to share with you the top 10 things that might help you on your own blogging journey. Mine began when I received an email containing four simple words: “check out this blog”. Of course I did, and…

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Reading Roundup: What’s New in Blogging Lately?

Email list building! Shooting food while you’re on holiday! Productivity tips (and killers!) so much interesting stuff this week. How to Write a Book that Will 10x Your Email List | Sumome I will just say that this came at the right time for me. The very right time. 3 Experts Share Their Number 1 Tip for Inbound Marketing | Drum Up Blog If you’ve got a site and you want to sell a product or service on it (perhaps even the book you wrote in point number one1), have…

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How One Blogger More than Doubled Her Comments, Traffic, Shares and Subscribers With a Simple Tweak

“Be not afraid of growing slowly, be afraid only of standing still.” — Chinese Proverb — Darren Rowse (@problogger) March 23, 2016 I tweeted this little proverb a few days ago because it encouraged me in a moment of personal frustration with the slowness of growth of one of my projects (something I’m sure many bloggers can relate to). After tweeting I went on with my day – only hours realising that the tweet had stimulated a number of interesting responses – mainly via Direct Message. A few of the…

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How to Be a More Consistent Blogger

Sometimes, life just gets in the way of blogging. Sometimes your motivation is waning, sometimes work is too busy, sometimes the kids are sick, and sometimes you just need a break. But we all know consistent posting is one of the keystones to blogging success, and so sorting out a workflow that helps you be more productive or use your time more wisely can be one of the best things you can do. How to Be a More Consistent Blogger I wanted to discuss this topic on today’s ProBlogger podcast…

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Reading Roundup: What’s New in Blogging Lately?

Hello! Welcome to our brand spankin’ new site (how awesome is it!) for your Saturday roundup. So much to see and do around here, the new portals to help you find what you’re looking for faster, easier navigation, a cleaner, more modern design, and everything in one place. I hope you love it as much as we do 🙂 “How Much Should That Cost?” | Jory MacKay Every freelancer’s favourite question! It can also be incredibly difficult to know how to price your advertising, your sponsored posts, your brand work…

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How to Start a Blog in 5 Steps

In this post I want to walk you through the basics of how to start a blog, and while I do, I want to answer some of the basic technical questions that many pre-bloggers need to answer to get their first blog up and running. There are many reasons to start a blog, but the challenge that faces all aspiring bloggers (including me back in 2002) is: how to start a blog? How to Start a Blog In general there are a few simple steps that you will need to complete…

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Everything Bloggers Need to Consider for Their April Content Calendar

This is a guest contribution from Jennifer Johnson. Creating amazing content for your blog or social media accounts is only half the battle – the other half is making sure people see the content. And a major factor of that is timeliness. Timeliness represents a key characteristic of what engages readers. If you publish content when it’s culturally relevant, you’ll have significantly increased your odds of attracting readers’ attention because your content will be topical. Luckily for bloggers, there are several significant cultural events throughout the year that are worth…

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7 Tips to Help You on Your Way to Blogging Full Time

Recently a listener asked me about my journey into full time blogging, and I wanted to expand on my answers in a podcast episode, as it’s a question that gets raised a lot. Charlotte asked: “When did you make the transition from blogging being just a hobby to blogging as a profitable business?  What was the turning point for you and/or what were the major changes you made to get where you are now?” I thought I’d share the things that happened when I went full time. Though initially I…

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