Blogaversary Five: How I Make and Spend Money Blogging

“And Alex here is a professional travel blogger!” I cringe hearing the words come out of my travel companion’s mouth, and immediately starting looking for an escape route from the moving vehicle I’m currently riding in. The questions start firing from all directions. So you’re able to support yourself with that? Who pays for that? Yes, I have hobbies too. Knitting is nice. The last one isn’t technically a question, but I do get a lot of “that’s so cute that you think blogging is job!” kind of comments, which…

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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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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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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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11 Steps to Growth Hack Your Way to Blogging Success

So you want to blog. Why? Do you own an ecommerce business and need a site-based blog to bring in more traffic? Do you want to start a standalone blog and make money? Or do you want to freelance blog for other blogs? Whatever your purpose, if you are going to be a success at this blogging business, you will have to follow some key steps – 11 of them in all. 1. The Writing Part – Re-live Your Youth You may have gotten all A’s in your English courses,…

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Reading Roundup: What’s New in Blogging Lately?

So much to talk about this week! Let’s get stuck right in. Google’s Gary Illyes on Penguin: When is it Coming, and What Will it Do? | Stone Temple Consulting The dreaded algorithm. We all live in fear every time Google or Facebook (and now Instagram!) make a tweak. What will really be going on this time though? Instagram Plan for Facebook-Like Feed Causes Web Celeb Outcry | ABC Online And word got round that Instagram was turning off its chronological feed overnight and it was like Y2K 2.0. Turn…

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How to Blog Smart – 9 Areas to Think Strategically About in Your Blogging

In the last episode of the ProBlogger podcast, I talked about how to blog with heart – but I also mentioned that merging those efforts with strategic blogging is a better combination for success. In today’s episode, I discuss the second half of that idea: blog strategies. These topics were in response to two bloggers I chatted with recently who weren’t seeing the results they wanted with their blog, because both only focused on one half of this equation. Unfortunately, neither approach tends to work alone – you need to…

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Reading Roundup: What’s New in Blogging Lately?

Happy Saturday, ProBlogger readers! What a huge week it’s been (and an even huger one next week is on the cards!) we announced Dan Norris as a keynote at our upcoming ProBlogger Event (with a very cool video), and also revealed there will be a larger focus on podcasting than in previous years – it’s really come into its own for bloggers in the last few years. I also loved Bryanna’s guest post on how to create a business to bridge you from your day job to your dream job…

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The 8 Biggest Blogging Mistakes New Bloggers Make

Starting a blog isn’t as simple as having something to write about, writing about it, and clicking “Publish.” A lot more goes into it than that. The following infographic explains some of the biggest blogging mistakes newbies make when creating their first blog. Some beginning bloggers are too enthusiastic from the get-go, leading to immediate burnout. Others are much too passive, and fail to get their blog noticed by, well…anyone. Still, others don’t do the research and preparation needed to consistently produce epic content day after day. Anyone who has begun…

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