I’m a late starter to the idea of blogging on Medium but I’ve been thinking a lot about it for some time. In part this has been prompted by finding writers, whose posts (called “Stories” on Medium) I’ve enjoyed reading recently, such as Zulie Rane and Tom Kuegler. Since it’s the start of a new … [Read more...] about Blogging on Medium: Starting a Medium Blog from Scratch
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You may have read some of my previous posts about my experiences with Pinterest. If you haven’t I’d like to give you a little summary of the “fun” I’ve had with it and as a consequence why I’ve decided to stop chasing the Pinterest dream. Over a year ago, I decided to use Pinterest as one of the … [Read more...] about Why I’m Getting off the Pinterest Yukon Train
We're bloggers… writing is our bread and butter. But it’s tough to write consistently high quality content and avoid blogger burnout. Oftentimes, managing all the elements required in writing a blog post is just too much and we need help to lighten the load. And so I come to the point of this post: … [Read more...] about 18 Tools for Blog Writing: Save Time & Improve Your Writing Style
I've said this before and I'll say it again: visitors are oxygen. Without traffic your blog will stop breathing! In this post I'm going to help you not only breathe but flourish by outlining how to increase blog traffic. As I go through each of these methods, I'll provide links to specific … [Read more...] about How to Increase Blog Traffic in 5 Proven & Powerful Ways
Google AdSense is often the monetization starting point for many new bloggers. It’s a tried and tested way to bring in some blogging revenue as it's been around since 2003. In this post I’m going to outline the pros and cons of Google AdSense to help those thinking about taking their first tentative … [Read more...] about The Pros and Cons of Google AdSense – Is AdSense Right for You?
We can talk about blogging strategies until we're blue in the face. But let's be clear about one thing before I begin this post in earnest. Visitors are oxygen. Without them your blog will stop breathing and eventually expire. Okay that's a dramatic statement. However the truth is that blogs … [Read more...] about Thoughts on Strategies for Blogging – Choose Your Blog Battles Wisely
This post forms part of a double act with an earlier post I wrote about commercial blogging mistakes. In this post though I'm focussing only on blogging mistakes most beginner bloggers make with content and writing. To be honest, many veteran bloggers make some of these too... I'm guilty of some … [Read more...] about 15 Content & Blogging Mistakes Most Beginner Bloggers Make
Are you interested in starting your own blog, but aren't quite sure where to begin or what to write about? You may feel tempted to work on a broad topic and in many ways this is a great idea. Before you put pen to paper though, I'm going to explain what a niche blog is and why it's important to be … [Read more...] about What is a Niche Blog & Why Should New Bloggers Consider One?
Perhaps you've heard about private blog networks (PBNs to their friends!) as you've researched different ways to promote your blog? If you haven't, I'm going to explain what a PBN is so you understand the risks involved. We know that promoting your blog is an absolute necessity if you want Google … [Read more...] about What is a PBN and Should You Use One to Boost Your SEO?
Perhaps you want to make money blogging through affiliate marketing? Or maybe you’re a blogger who'd like to advertise someone’s product for some form of recompense? If either of these scenarios apply to you, you must provide affiliate link disclosure. You can make many different types of … [Read more...] about What is Affiliate Link Disclosure & Why is it Required?