The A list bloggers are wrong when they tell us that content is king and that we should invest most of our time on creating great content for your readers. These things, in no particular order, are much more important:
Checking your stats
This should be done at least every hour, and ideally you should be tracking them using some kind of spreadsheet software. You don’t want to miss it when a post goes viral, do you? There’s a great piece of software from performancing metrics, which allows you to watch visitors on your site in real time. I’d recommend you get that and check it every few minutes.
Here are my posts of the week from around the web. As always my choice alone and with reasons. Should I be reading your blog? Let me know in comments and I will!
By Herbert on Jobless Joes
I only discovered Herbert recently, but he writes with some real passion. I love this post – his own frustration with himself comes over so well that you will find you’re getting angry with him! Good stuff.
By Doug Dillard on Making Money Online
I have to be honest and say I’m not a fan of cartoon gravatars, or at least I wasn’t until I saw Doug’s. Simple post and well described.
By Nathan Hangen on Nathan Hangen read more »
Why would you want to?
We tend to focus on promoting our blogs online, because that’s where most people are, right? But there’s a whole offline world out there we’re potentially missing out on. And those people may not even know you or your blog exist! The good old fashioned press release is a great way to let some of those people know what you’re up to. At worst you may gain some readers and at best you might get some new customers.
Who will use a press release?
Radio stations, newspapers and other websites. This is a news hungry world, and everyone is looking for new stories. Social media is the hottest ticket in town right now, and conventional media has an insatiable appetite for stories relating to it. You may not think what you do is cool, but offline people do, and they want to know about it!
OK, so go on, how do I write a press release? read more »
I can’t wait to tell you about my new project. It’s called Transglobe Blog, but I should start by letting you know how it came about.
I bought the URL www.transglobeblog.com for another project, which started but then became mired in red tape, so it stopped. That left me wondering what to do about the URL, and the answer came out of the name. I decided to create a genuine Transworld Blog!
It’s quite topical at the moment as several big name bloggers have been writing about how they’re cutting out followers, and pretty much every site I visit has comments on it like “I want meaningful relationships on Twitter, so I only follow 200.” Lots of people seem to have got into their heads that you need to keep your followers numbers low to have those “authentic” relationships. Well sorry, but that isn’t true.
There are three things you should consider when deciding how many people you can comfortably follow on Twitter:
1/ Twitter is not an IM service read more »
At around the same time I started this blog, my wife Julie started Lanzarote Information. It was a URL we had owned for some time, and Julie decided to set up a blog which was “Anything and everything about Lanzarote” – the island in The Canary Islands where we live.
Since December 2008, the site has gone from strength to strength and it now has around 500 subscribers, with 680 visitors a day viewing 4,400 pages. I thought it was time I carried out an interview with another successful blogger, and was wondering who to start with. I decided to go with the one who shares my office every day! Here’s what Julie had to say in response to my questions:
What happened mate? Remember the good old days? You and I were going to be bigger than Brogan and Rowse!
You’d been blogging for a few months when we first “met” through Twitter. You helped me out a lot in the early days and I’ll always be grateful. We learned a lot together, commenting on each other’s stuff, helping each other through those first days of blogging when the work is so hard and you feel nobody is reading it. I think it’s fair to say you were a better writer than me – some of your work was superb, but I was always a better businesses person, and when I started talking objectives and business plans, I knew I’d quickly lost your interest. read more »
This is a guest post from Herbert Liu. His blog is a relatively new one, but I’m delighted that he’s become a part of the Mike’s Life community and I’m looking forward to seeing his future success.
Traditionally, bloggers and web publishers have seen advertising as their main (or only) source of monthly income; firstly, I’ll explain why this can be potentially unsustainable. Secondly, I’ll suggest an alternative to making money on blogs. It was actually this article Services for Bloggers that really pushed my mind to offering services.
We all go through phases where motivation is a problem. It can be particularly difficult for a blogger, as we have neither colleagues nor a boss to help to get us going when we’re struggling. Here are some quick tips to give you a motivational boost when you’re feeling low.
1/ Empty Your Inbox
The first thing that goes awry when we’re down is email. We let it build and build with things we’re going to deal with “later.” So, put everything else aside and clear it all out. If it needs no action, bin it. If it needs a reply, do it, then bin it. If it needs you to do something else, add that to your to do list and then bin the email!
There are few things more satisfying than an empty inbox! read more »
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