I’m often asked for tips on how to come up with quality blog content. Here’s a good one: Write a post in response to someone else’s blog post. Why? You just finished reading a blog post that belongs to somebody else; could someone you read regularly or something that just happened across your path. Your mind is spinning with feedback, commentary, and opinion. Maybe they didn’t cover some points you expected, or perhaps you disagree with their conclusions. Whatever the reason, your head is full of new content that you normally don’t take advantage of. How? Write a blog post about that blog post. You can use excerpts from someone else posts – just be professional and link to back to it. And if you write a post that disagrees, be gracious, support your conclusions and don’t make it personal. It may be that your commentary is not flattering; but that’s okay, that’s part of blogging. Doesn’t have to be a response… Your post doesn’t have to be a direct response or reference the original if their post simply inspired you to come up with some of your own and it can stand alone. You can often come up with your own content simply by focusing on your thoughts and responses immediately after reading someone else’s content. What do I agree with? What did I disagree with? What would I have wrote differently? What did they leave out? What did they include that I would’ve deleted? What is my opinion about their content? What is a different angle or approach to the topic? How should it be written differently to fit my audience? Help Yourself Want to put this into practice right now? Go find one of my archived (or recent) posts and write your own blog post in response. Be sure to link back to my post for two reasons: 1) to show professional etiquette to your audience, and 2) because I would genuinely appreciate being linked to your blog. Let me know about your post, and 1) I’ll go read your post and write a comment, then 2) if enough people do it, I’ll write a follow up and publish a list of everyone’s posts for my audience to go check out. I look forward to reading what you come up with!...Read More
Once in a very great while, I BEG people to read a post and give me a few minutes of their time. You’ve have subscribed to Linky Blog or are visiting, so I assume you are genuinely interested in the future of it. Take the survey here… The link will take you to a survey that will only take you a few minutes to help me determine the future of Linky Blog. There’s a free gift for everyone who completes the survey… And a “hundred dollar question” that I cannot wait to see your answer to. Linky Blog has really grown fast, to over 8000 subscribers in just over a year. This is YOUR blog. Without you, there is no reason for it. So I ABSOLUTELY want your opinion about the future of Linky Blog. Please, please, please (that’s begging via the keyboard) take a few minutes to do this survey. I’m ready to work my butt off for you but I want to focus that effort on the stuff YOU want. Take the survey here… get a free gift and answer the Hundred Dollar Question...Read More
There are times when you don’t want to read a bunch of stuff, you just need some quick and easy-to-understand instructions on how to improve things. Well, this is one of those posts. Here are six “quick wins” you can do right now to improve your blog, guaranteed: Clean up your widget column; no one is going to look at 1,000 widgets. Be selective and put only a few so people will actually view them. Yes, you’ll have to leave something or someone out, but having a long column of them is a guarantee NONE of them stand out as important or worth stopping to look at. Make sure the logo in your header is linked to your home page. This is common and many people will expect to be able to click your logo to go “home.” Write a post and ask your readers for advice, ideas, and opinions. This not only gives you a great source of new content, it makes your audience feel like you listen to them and include them. Go research a new affiliate opportunity. Find one that you can honestly and whole-heartedly recommend, and that will be helpful to your readers. You might make some money and help your audience as well. Review your goals list and see where you need to focus your time/effort. Don’t have a goals list? Make one now. Better yet, do my “top three” method. Every day, write down the top three things you must do and make sure you do those first. Then every day will feel like a success. Ask a successful blogger to give you an objective opinion about your blog design and content. There you go… quick, easy, and highly useful. Questions? I’m here to answer them…....Read More
A lot of bloggers offer a list of traditional “tips for writing a great blog post.” I’ve done it too… it’s great information but not especially unique, just useful. Here are some tips I hope are fresh and new to you that you can do right now to boost your creativity.Read More
We all like simple but successful things we can do to our blog right now to improve it. I’m amazed sometimes that most blogs don’t accomplish these two simple things I cover in this post.Read More
Sometimes we need a boost RIGHT NOW to keep us motivated about blogging.
A “quick win” is something every blogger can do immediately to experience a positive achievement right now, today.
Writing blog posts is the essence of blogging. In this “quick win” I teach you a great way to come up with a popular, interesting and creative post any time you need to.Read More