Why Launching a Blog “For Yourself” Doesn’t Work – a Failure Case Study

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So a while ago, I launched a new blog. Something that was built because, and I quote my very first launch post:

I write this blog purely for myself. {Name} is something I want to start and participate in from now on. I’ve created this blog to document my progress, nearest plans and goals.

I even went on to say that:

[...] I don’t intend to focus on things like SEO and promotion. Essentially, I don’t care how popular this blog is or will be.

Quite strange, right?

A couple of words of explanation before I get any deeper into this, just so you know why I’m even sharing this story here.

The “whats”

  1. This was a purely personal project. This means that I indeed didn’t want to grow a community around it. I mean, I wouldn’t mind, but this was nowhere among my goals.
  2. This was my attempt at running something not-business-related alongside my everyday efforts in other areas.
  3. The project was about improving some aspects of my life and documenting the progress along the way. You could call it a personal development project.
  4. I won’t disclose the name of the project here because right now, there’s a fairly ugly imposter site under the old domain name and it does focus somewhat on the same idea. So, I’m guessing someone took the domain over once I didn’t pay to have it kept online.
  5. The site was live for 12 months.
  6. I published a total of 4 (!) posts.
  7. I didn’t stop pursuing the thing that the site was supposed to document, I just stopped writing about it.

What’s in it for you

Now, the most important question here is this: What’s in it for you and how can you learn from my unfortunate mistakes?

Here are the things I’m about to discuss:

  • Why I think that writing a 100% personal blog is very unlikely to stand the test of time.
  • How to find out if you’re heading towards failure or not.
  • How to launch a personal blog better.
  • When is a good time to pull the plug on such a site.

First order of business:

The problem with “I will just write” mindset

The number one thing I did badly was having an “I will just write” mindset.

I mean, I had the idea for the project pretty much figured out (I still have), but when it came to my content writing plan, there wasn’t any. I just thought that since I am engaged in this whole thing, writing something about it every other day wouldn’t be a problem. It was.

(And I’m really sorry because I know that this post might be a little harder to read due to the fact that I’m not disclosing what the project was about, but I don’t think it’s necessary here. After all, it’s the blog we’re talking about here.)

The thing I learned from this is that you always need a content plan, or in other words, a plan on how you’re going to create content exactly. And “exactly” is the keyword here. If you don’t start with such a plan, you’ll almost certainly fail.

How to stay motivated on a daily basis

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The main problem with personal blogs (at least in my opinion) is that the only audience is you. This has many consequences. One of which is that it’s really easy to slack off and don’t write anything for a week or so. After all, since it’s only you reading then nothing bad can happen anyway, right?

What I’m trying to say is that it’s a bigger responsibility to write for your online business website, and therefore, kind of easier to stay motivated. You have audience. You have views. You have revenues. In the end, not publishing content has a direct impact on your bank account. For a personal blog though, none of this applies.

The way to fix this is to cheat. More precisely, to cheat yourself into some daily work. You can do it by creating a habit of writing in the morning. In other words, every morning, right after breakfast, you write a blog post.

Creating such a habit has many benefits and ending up with some fresh blog posts is only one of them. For instance, it’s a great warm-up and a superb method of waking up and getting over the morning slowness.

(This isn’t a new idea from me; I actually shared it in one of my guest posts.)

The funniest part in all of this is that even though I do a lot of my writing in the morning, I seem to forgot about the idea when creating content for that personal blog. I think that by doing just this one thing alone – writing something in the morning – I would probably be able to run the blog consistently, instead of having just 4 posts on it.

Getting caught up in the setup process

Another problem I experienced was that, for some reason, I spent a lot of time on the setup itself. I mean, this was supposed to be a personal site from the start, so I really don’t have a clue why I spent hours looking for the perfect theme and set of plugins. It makes no sense to me now that I look back.

The correct way of doing this should be to just have the site launched on a default WordPress theme (really), which these days is Twenty Thirteen (the new theme in WP 3.6).

The only reason I can see why I didn’t do it like that is because I was worried that someone might find the blog and think that it’s shitty because of the default theme. A stupid worry, I know.

The no. 1 sign you’re just about to fail

The toughest part of facing failure is probably noticing that it’s coming your way in the first place. Or scratch that. The toughest part of avoiding failure is to notice it’s coming your way.

For a business, failure is very very easy to spot. Essentially, if you don’t have money, you’ve failed. For a personal blog, it’s not that obvious.

There is one thing though. If you’ve been running a personal blog and the following two things have occurred then you’re close to failure:

  1. You didn’t publish anything for a long while, and
  2. You broke the silence by publishing a “sorry I’ve been away” post.

The thing with “sorry I’ve been away” posts is that they are often your very last posts on the blog, despite the fact that they are the posts where you usually promise to get back to regular postings.

This is exactly what happened to me. I published my “sorry I’ve been away” post in April 2012, after 7 months of inactivity (the period between my post #3 and #4). This post has then become my last post ever on the site.

So the lesson for you is the following: If at any point in time you feel the need to publish a “sorry I’ve been away” post, your site is in serious trouble.

This moment is a good opportunity to make a decision. Should you pull the plug? Or should you keep going after slight re-evaluation of your goals? (A question to answer on your own.)

Conclusion

The lesson for me in all this is that personal blogs are not as easy as they seem. And even though it can be argued that there’s no such thing as failure with them, the fact is that not posting anything for 7 months and then abandoning the blog altogether is a failure by every definition.

I guess the main, in-the-nutshell, takeaway from the story is this: Treat your personal projects and blogs just like you’re treating your main business. Just because they are personal, doesn’t mean that they are unimportant.


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42 Fill-in-the-Blank Blog Post Headline Templates

[Last update: 2013/08/12]

I can see two possible reasons why you’re here on this page. You are either a regular reader, in which case, thanks! You rock! Or you’re having a nasty case of writer’s block right now and this is the solution you’ve found on Google. Either way, I’m here to help.

I personally love templates. I’ve always been a fan of finding some structured solutions for common problems or challenges that appear frequently in our lives.

Headline-Templates

For example, why would you try to reinvent the wheel, so to speak, with every headline you write, when you can just use a tested template, something that others have been using for years.

Of course, some of you might think that nothing innovative has ever been conceived on top of a standard template, but is that really the case?

When we really think about it, everything we do is based on some kind of template. All websites are built following basically the same structure (they have sidebars and content blocks). All articles have an introduction, the main part, and a conclusion. All good sales messages follow the AIDA principle. There are thousands of examples out there just like these.

So maybe headline templates can work after all?

…yes, they can. Or another way to put it; templates are the new black.

That’s exactly why I’ve decided to publish the following list of headline templates. I truly believe they will make your writing easier and way quicker, especially in tough times when you’re forced to fight writer’s block.

Also, the set is not accidental. I’ve actually been using these templates for many of my own articles.

Without further delay, here’s the list of fill-in-the-blank headline templates. You can use them to get out of writer’s block and get a new and unique idea for a blog post (well, headline templates are headline templates but writing the post itself is where the creative you comes into play).

(You can copy and paste these headlines straight into WordPress or other text processing software.)

 

The “worst in the world” -themed

- 1. -

X Steps to Being the Worst ______ on the Planet

E.g. 10 Steps to Being the Worst Guitar Teacher on the Planet

- 2. -

X Habits of Highly NOT Effective ______

E.g. 10 Habits of Highly NOT Effective Guitar Teachers

- 3. -

How to Totally Suck at ______

E.g. How to Totally Suck at Guitar Playing

- 4. -

X Unacceptable ______ing Behaviors

E.g. 10 Unacceptable Parenting Behaviors

- 5. -

Have a ______ Business? Here’s How to Mess Up Your Website in X Simple Steps

E.g. Have a Guitar Teaching Business? Here’s How to Mess Up Your Website in 10 Simple Steps

- 6. -

X Reasons NOT to Launch/Do/Go/… ______

E.g. 10 Reasons NOT to Launch a Website Now

 

Outrageous headlines (the provocative)

- 7. -

Here’s My Blog/Business/Site, So Buy My Stuff/Read Me Maybe

E.g. Here’s My Business, So Buy My Stuff Maybe

- 8. -

Everything I Know About ______ I Learned Inside a Nightclub

E.g. Everything I Know About Guitar Playing I Learned Inside a Nightclub

- 9. -

X ______ So Great/Ridiculous They’ll Make You Wanna Slap Your Momma!

E.g. 10 Guitars So Ridiculous They’ll Make You Wanna Slap Your Momma!

- 10. -

Double Your ______ in X Days/Weeks or I’ll Pay You $X Cash!

E.g. Double Your Salary in 8 Weeks or I’ll Pay You $500 Cash!

- 11. -

______ Technique That’s Ugly Yet Beautiful

E.g. Guitar Playing Technique That’s Ugly Yet Beautiful

- 12. -

X Idiot-Proof Ways to ______!

E.g. 10 Idiot-Proof Ways to Get Your First Gig!

- 13. -

Good News, Everybody! ______

E.g. Good News, Everybody! I’ve Just Mastered This Making-Money-Through-Blogging Thing

- 14. -

It’s Time to Break Up With Your ______

E.g. It’s Time to Break Up With Your Work Habits

- 15. -

Give Me One Evening and I’ll Give You ______

E.g. Give Me One Evening and I’ll Give You a Better Work-Time Balance

 

“Secrets Revealed”

- 16. -

X Things I Wish I Knew When I Started ______

E.g. 10 Things I Wish I Knew When I Started Guitar Playing

- 17. -

X Surprisingly Simple Ways to Simplify Your ______

E.g. 10 Surprisingly Simple Ways to Simplify Your Lifestyle

- 18. -

A Shocking Thing X% of Guys/Chicks/Marketers/Bloggers Do ______

E.g. A Shocking Thing 60% of Guys Do in Bed

- 19. -

What ______/[someone] Don’t Tell You

E.g. What Your Real Estate Agents Don’t Tell You

- 20. -

The X Little-Known Secrets to ______

E.g. The 10 Little-Known Secrets to Becoming a Better Guitarist

- 21. -

______ Tricks, so Powerful They Can Change Your Life!

E.g. Guitar Playing Tricks, so Powerful They Can Change Your Life!

- 22. -

X Things Your ______ Needs That You’ve Never Thought Of

E.g. 10 Things Your Home Needs That You’ve Never Thought Of

- 23. -

X Most Overused ______ in ______

E.g. 10 Most Overused Methods in Marketing

- 24. -

X Crucial Components for Effective ______

E.g. 10 Crucial Components for Effective Job Hunting

- 25. -

The 10 ______ Commandments

E.g. The 10 Guitar Playing Commandments

- 26. -

The Still-Not-Forgotten Art of ______

E.g. The Still-Not-Forgotten Art of Complaining About Your Job

- 27. -

To People Who Want to ______ – but Can’t Get Started

E.g. To People Who Want to Learn Guitar Playing – but Can’t Get Started

 

Arousing curiosity and desire

- 28. -

Who Else Wants a ______?

E.g. Who Else Wants a Cheaper Mortgage?

- 29. -

30 Days to a ______!

E.g. 30 Days to a Fitter Body!

- 30. -

The X Best ______ Tips Ever

E.g. The 10 Best Guitar Playing Tips Ever

- 31. -

Strike the Perfect Work and Relaxation Balance as a [profession]

E.g. Strike the Perfect Work and Relaxation Balance as a Personal Trainer

- 32. -

If You Had Just $100 to ______ … What Should You Do?

E.g. If You Had Just $100 to Start a Business … What Should You Do?

- 33. -

Are You Tired of ______?

E.g. Are You Tired of Other Guitarists Stealing Your Picks?

- 34. -

Suppose This Happened to Your ______…

E.g. Suppose This Happened to Your Dog…

 

Useful how-to guides

- 35. -

How to Get Through Your First Day Of/as ______

E.g. How to Get Through Your First Day as a Father

- 36. -

How to Diversify Your ______ as a ______

E.g. How to Diversify Your Income as a Personal Trainer

- 37. -

A Beginner’s Guide to ______

E.g. A Beginner’s Guide to Guitar Playing

- 38. -

Your First Week as ______? Here’s What to Do

E.g. Your First Week as Personal Trainer? Here’s What to Do

- 39. -

Popular ______ and Their BETTER Alternatives

E.g. Popular Guitar Tools and Their BETTER Alternatives

- 40. -

If You Could Do Just One Thing to Promote Your ______ Services; What Would It Be?

E.g. If You Could Do Just One Thing to Promote Your SEO Services; What Would It Be?

- 41. -

How to Recruit ______

E.g. How to Recruit the Perfect Personal Assistant

- 42. -

X Ways an Excel Spreadsheet Can Help Your ______

E.g. 10 Ways an Excel Spreadsheet Can Help Your Blogging Business


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How to Write a Blog Post – From Start to Finish, as Shown on This Cut-Out-’N-Keep Blog Post Blueprint

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Okay, I don’t intend to pretend that I’m some kind of a blogging guru who’s just gracefully provided the only proper blog post blueprint along with his fail-proof advice on how to write a blog post. Not at all.

This blueprint is just one of the possible approaches for writing blog posts, but it is my favorite one. The reason why I’m sharing it is because I believe it can be helpful to other bloggers too; especially when faced with a writer’s block of any kind.

The one thing the blueprint is not going to help you with, though, is finding a specific idea for your post, this is still on you, sorry. Anyway, without further delay, here’s the blueprint. It’s available in 5 main formats:

mm an infographic,
doc DOC,
odt ODT,
mm MM (FreeMind mind map file),
html WordPress HTML (you can copy it straight into a new post on your blog and take it from there; Text editor, not Visual).

 

Here’s the screenshot of what the whole thing looks like as an infographic:

Blog Post Blueprint

How to use it

Of course, this is up to you, but here are my three favorite ways of using the blueprint:

  • printing out the infographic version and keeping it somewhere next to you for a quick glance when working on a new blog post, or
  • grabbing the WordPress HTML version and importing it into the New Post screen when working on a new blog post, or
  • getting the mind map version, planning a new post there, and then writing it inside WordPress.

When it comes to the writing process itself, start by finding the main idea for the post and take care of the remaining core details:

main-idea

Keep the guidelines in mind when coming up with those. They will help you to craft a nice reader-friendly post in the end.

guidelines

Next, it’s time to brainstorm over a headline and create a rough outline of the post:

headline

When you have this taken care of, it’s time to settle on the introduction for your post. I put that much emphasis on introductions because apart from the headline, the first few paragraphs of the post are crucial for its success, so they should always be your primary focus when learning how to write a blog post.

The tested introductions I encourage you to use are based on the following frameworks:

introduction

Next, it’s your writing time. Keep the aforementioned guidelines in mind when going through the writing process.

write

When you’re done writing, have a look at the set of finishing touch questions. There are no “correct” answers to those questions, but the sole habit of even asking them and then making “some” changes to your post afterwards will make your work noticeably better.

The last step is about preparing your post for publication. First up – optimization:

optimize

This is where you should include some links to your other articles, as well as to other sites on the web. Finally, wherever it makes sense, try to use your main keyword in various places inside the post (in subheadings, ALT tags for images, the text itself, etc.).

edit

Next step – editing. In other words, making your post properly laid out, with good flow and clear transitions between paragraphs. It’s also a good moment to add some images to the post, “youify” it (use the word “you” more), and substitute every “he” or “she” with “they.” This is a trick I use to not make any assumptions about the reader’s gender where it’s not necessary.

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Lastly, proofread. Check your spelling and make sure that you don’t have any silly errors like the wrong use of their/they’re/there. Basically, this is where you make the post readable.

Okay, that’s pretty much it for my advice on how to write a blog post. I hope this blueprint will come handy to you next time you sit in front of a blank screen with your creative hat on and some post writing intent.

By the way, feel free to share this template with your blogging friends or anyone who could benefit from it (this is all under the CC Attribution-ShareAlike license). Every tweet counts! :)

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Content Creation – Probably the Most Underrated Skill in Online Business

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Here’s the thing, there are very few successful online businesses that don’t focus on actively creating and publishing content on their sites. Content is probably THE success factor on the internet these days. If you want to get popular, build your brand, and so on, blah blah, you need content.

And it’s not like I’m discovering a secret here, everybody who’s been around for more than a couple of months knows this.

Also not surprisingly, there’s an awful amount of advice available for people who want to learn about creating content. However, is “advice” really what we need to get off the ground and build our online presence?

In my opinion, single pieces of advice can only help us once we have some pillar or structured knowledge in this area in which we can always include additional information here and there. But when we’re just starting out, there’s not much we can actually do with a cool piece of advice on how to achieve X with our content.

For example, content creation is never as simple as just preparing coffee, sitting in front of your computer, jotting down some lines of text just like that and then hitting the publish button and hoping for the best. I mean, I tried it and it didn’t work. What you need is a lot more thought put into the whole process.

For instance, consider answering the following questions:

  • Why do you even want to publish content?
  • What’s your strategy?
  • Do you have any work methodology?
  • What’s your take on the niche you’re in?
  • Why do you think people would choose tuning in to your content over others?

I know that these questions seem basic. Wherever you look, there’s always someone who tries to tell you that knowing all these is crucial for some reason. And let me tell you that I had my doubts too. So when I first got started with websites and blogs, I decided to simply write about the things I knew without giving it any actual thought regarding the “reason why” and “how” I want to do this. The result was simple: nothing.

Some of my posts got popular, others didn’t, but it never led to anything. Only when I began paying attention to the overall picture is when things started happening.

Not to bore you anymore with my story, let’s get straight down to business.

Currently, I’m creating a number of resource/hub pages on this site – hubs that take one specific skill (or area of expertise) and explain it from start to bottom in an easy-to-grasp way. Today, I’m happy to announce that a new hub for content creation has just been released:

It describes all of the above and takes you through the whole process in a structured manner. Yep, it’s from start to finish. Additionally, just like any other hub on this site, it’s kept up-to-date so you’re free to come back and check for new info.

I welcome you to check it out and let me know what you think. If you have any questions, feel free to ask them here.


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Can Blogging Be a Long-Term Asset-Building Strategy for Online Business?

asset-buildingIn short, for all of you who don’t want to read the whole thing, yes it can.

However, it’s not actually that simple. The good thing is that your blog can, indeed, become a great resource for some niche audience and make you recognizable, that’s a fact. But the bad thing is that the content on every blog is very chaotic (by definition).

Here’s what I mean, and let me use an example. If you want to get some structured info on a specific topic, you go to Barnes and Noble and get a book. You don’t get 24 monthly archive issues of a popular magazine. Even though the articles in that magazine will surely be of good quality, you know that the lack of structure will make it very difficult to treat them as a handy resource.

This is exactly the problem with blogging. Even though some popular niche blogs have built thousands of subscribers, and continue to publish spot-on content regularly, it’s still hard to treat them as a resource. In other words, if you’re new to the topic and you visit one of those blogs, there’s always the question “okay, where do I start?” With books, it’s clear, you start on the first page and proceed forward.

Therefore, the actual important mystery to focus on is whether a blog can really become a long-term asset and a recognizable resource in its niche.

And personally, I’m not that convinced that you can consider a blog being a popular resource if its most popular page is always the latest post. In such a case, it’s only a popular online newspaper, not resource.

Blogs and their structure

As it turns out, one of the main elements that keep a blog from becoming a resource is its structure – the default layout of posts presented in a reverse chronological order.

This default structure is the main reason why posts have a very short lifespan on any blog – a lifespan that can then only be bumped up by SEO.

In result, if you want to make a blog part of your online business then you should consider some major changes to its content structure. These changes will help you to make every article more visible, no matter if it’s brand new or not.

1. Create hubs

Hubs or resource pages have one purpose, and it is to gather all content around a single idea and then present it in an attractive form.

A hub should be structured like a table of contents in a book.

Essentially, it’s a list of links with some explanations on why each link is placed in a certain location.

The layout of links itself should present a step-by-step approach so that every visitor can obtain some specific knowledge.

Such hubs can then become the main content elements on your blog and serve your audience for finding relevant information quickly.

Notice that this doesn’t require any heavy changes to the source code structure of the blog itself. You’re just introducing new pages containing well thought through lists of links pointing to other posts.

2. “Getting started” page

Even though this still isn’t the most popular page on blogs these days, I do believe that it just might be the most important one you’ll ever create (and sorry … I’m still working on mine, but I do understand the power it brings).

Some popular bloggers have already introduced their “getting started” pages and they all agree that it was a great decision. (I’m talking mainly about Pat Flynn and Corbett Barr.)

Instead of me explaining what should appear on a “getting started” page, it’s better if you simply hop over to the two examples above and check for yourself.

The idea itself is really REALLY simple. A “getting started” page should provide an easy-to-grasp roadmap for everyone who’s new to your blog.

3. Have a custom homepage

Going with the standard “latest posts” listing is so 2010.

If you want to continue growing your blog, you must build something custom.

I’ve talked about some elements you can place on a homepage in my other post – How to Create the Worst Homepage Ever, so feel free to check it out.

Essentially, that’s it. WordPress is already pretty well-optimized for hosting all kinds of content, and creating new elements like described above doesn’t require any modifications to the source code.

Only the homepage might require some tweaks to your current theme, but apart from that, everything can be done inside the admin panel.

What do you think about the whole idea of turning a blog into a resource and building your online business on top of it, as opposed to going the other way around?


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So You Don’t Think You’re Going to Be Able to Create Content for Your Online Business Blog?

contentA couple of days ago I talked about launching a blog as part of your online business.

In short, blogs are the reason why people decide to visit business websites more than once. Simply because most of the time, your visitors don’t care about the products all that much … they are a lot more receptive to content.

This is where blogs come into play. Good blog = good content.

And this is where one specific problem comes into play as well. How to find time for content creation, and what type of content is the best in your situation?

Of course, nothing beats experience and some actual research, so you won’t be able to know for sure until your blog is online for a couple of months, but you can still make some assumptions even today.

The first thing you need to realize that in 90% of the cases you’ll have to get used to writing (producing written content). The other 10% is when you hire someone to do this for you.

To be honest, I was kind of surprised when I realized how much writing running an online business involves. Setting all the promotional copy aside, you also have to write posts, guest posts, articles, PRs, and myriads of other things. This makes writing one of the crucial activities for an online entrepreneur.

writing

That is why, I encourage you to take care of it in the morning … better yet, first thing in the morning.

Here’s my guest post at Daily Blog Tips explaining the concept:

Writing First Thing in the Morning

Now, apart from writing, you can also create other types of content, or even create your blog around a whole different concept completely.

Your business blog doesn’t have to be text-based, you can use different templates and schemes for a blog.

However, be careful about it. The safest approach is still to start with a text blog, and then try launching something different if your audience is more receptive to other types of content. Here are the possible kinds of blogs:

7 Most Common Kinds of Blogs

Finally, I want to show you one more cool idea. You can (and should) recycle your content.

Okay, maybe recycle doesn’t send the right message … re-purpose is a better word.

In short, re-purposing is a practice where you take a standard blog post, and then turn it into other different types of content. Like, for example, creating a video out of it, or an audio file.

I describe the whole process here (step-by-step tutorial):

The Art of Recycling Your Content

I hope that this set of techniques and methods will help you to get your business blog going. I know that it looks like a lot of work, but everybody needs to start one day, right? Besides, I’m somewhere in the middle of the process myself.


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The Power of Blogging for an Online Business

powerSo the concept of blogs is a pretty well-known thing on the internet. We all read blogs every week, if not every day. However, not everyone knows what’s the main benefit of launching a blog as a promotional tool for an online business.

Here’s what I mean. One of the main problems for online businesses is that there’s no apparent reason why prospective customers might want to keep returning to your business website. If the only thing that’s being published is the offer and some promotional information then no one (I repeat, no one) will ever want to visit such a site more than twice.

This is where a blog comes into play. A blog is exactly this missing reason for repeat visits. If you manage to launch an interesting blog and arouse some interest in the community, you will be able to use it as an additional promotion tool.

Of course, the idea is not to promote your products or services directly inside your posts, but to make your blog’s content go alongside your offerings and strengthen your expertise in the niche.

Essentially, the blog is your resume. The proof that you indeed know what you’re doing.

So, what I have for you today are three guest posts of mine. All talking about blogging and its value for almost every online business.

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If you’re still not convinced to blogging then I hope the first article will make everything clear to you. It’s titled simply:

Does Your Business Need a Blog?

To be honest, it’s actually a list of six very good reasons why a blog is a must-have for every online business.

The second guest post I want to show you is titled:

How Not To Name Your New Website

Quite surprisingly, naming a blog or a website is not as simple as it might seem. We have to remember that the name should say a thing or two about our blogs and that going with some random stuff is never a good idea.

This article presents five things you should never do, along with some how-to advice on the proper ways of handling this.

The final guest post is about something not particularly nice… It’s titled:

Reason Why Your Blog Readers Hate You

Frankly, just launching a blog won’t make it a valuable asset for you business. Actually, you can even make things worse if you’re not careful about what you’re doing.

The most challenging part of realizing that you’re managing your blog all wrong is that most of the time you won’t even get any direct clue that there’s something bad going on. Your readers will not always take the time to send you a private message… That’s why it’s important to have your finger on the pulse at all times.

The post presents six blog-killing practices you should never do.

This concludes my package of resources for today. I hope they’ll come helpful for you and your new business blog. Feel free to ask me anything, and see you next time.


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WordPress vs. SEO – Getting It Right!

I know that I sound just like the rest of the internet right now, but I’m going to say this anyway: SEO is vitally important for your WordPress site’s existence. No matter if you’re a blogger, an online business owner, or the person in charge of a corporate WordPress site.

Even despite all the recent algorithm updates like the Penguin and other ridiculously sounding animal names, SEO is still your best call for attracting new visitors and building your site’s popularity.

WordPress gives us quite a lot of unique optimization features, especially if we add a couple of plugins to the mix. We can set the permalink structure, create sitemaps, tune the indexation settings, and so on.

But no matter what exact actions we take, we need to keep the big picture in mind, and make sure that we’re not doing something just for the sake of it. To find out what I’m on about feel free to check out my guest post at ProBlogger:

Essential SEO Settings for Every New WordPress Blog

I have one more question. What’s your opinion on the Penguin update and the carnage it has caused in the blogosphere, and on the internet in general?

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Who Else Wants to Be the Worst Blogger on the Planet?

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There’s so much “good blogging” advice on the internet that one day I decided to take a different approach and write something about how to aim for the bottom…

Of course, training bad bloggers was never my goal, but the idea was to point people’s attention to some common mistakes through a “reverse tutorial.”

Did it work? Well, I don’t know … and there’s probably no actual way of finding this out. But at least it was entertaining (I hope so).

Anyway, check for yourself. All this and more in my guest post at ProBlogger:

13 Steps to Being the Worst Blogger on the Planet

So how many of these steps are you guilty of taking? I know that there’s at least a couple on me.

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How to Build Your Bank of Ideas and KILL Writer’s Block Once and for All

Some time ago I revealed my personal secret of how I’m able to write whenever I want (more or less) without worrying about things like writer’s block.

To be honest, I don’t remember the last time when I was hit with this whole writer’s block. And it’s not that I’m particularly talented or anything. I’m just well prepared.

There are many things I have set in place to help me work productively throughout the day. But there’s one particular thing that’s simply essential to my blogging existence, so to speak. And that is my bank of ideas.

Bank of ideas sounds fancy, I know, but it’s actually just a mind map containing all my post ideas – the things I want to write about.

How does this help me to fight writer’s block? In many cases, the most difficult part of writing is getting the main idea for the post itself. Once you have a clear vision of what topic you want to cover, writing becomes just a formality.

However, ideas don’t grow on trees like that, so you have to have your own way of noticing them and then writing them down somewhere. This whole concept is what I explain in detail in my guest post at SmartBloggerz:

Writer’s Block Still Breathing? Let’s Mortal-Kombat Him Once and For All!

What is your main way of fighting writer’s block? Do you have a unique approach at it you’d like to share?

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