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Six “Quick Wins” to Improve Your Blog TODAY!

Six “Quick Wins” to Improve Your Blog TODAY!

  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…....

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Quick Win: When You’ve Run Out of Stuff To Write About

Quick Win: When You’ve Run Out of Stuff To Write About

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.

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Quick Tips for Better Blog Design

Quick Tips for Better Blog Design

There are a lot of ugly, sad, pitiful, and homely blogs out there. Not exactly breaking news, right? Today, there is no excuse for a blog with a poor design, cheesy clip-art, or bad images. Your blog design should illuminate and enhance the message you are trying to convey to your readers. Here’s a few quick tips that will help you evaluate the visual appeal and design of your blog.

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Yes, YOU are an Expert!

Yes, YOU are an Expert!

  Anyone with an ounce of humility is a little hesitant to flaunt the title “Expert.”  But why not? When you are an expert, more people will buy your stuff, subscribe to your blog, care what you have to say, share your content with others, and contact you for speaking engagements.  It’s unfortunate that many bloggers fail to call themselves experts when they indeed actually are.  What is the definition of an “expert”? YOU are the expert if you know MORE than the person you are communicating to, educating, or training. Ever thought about that? If you know how to set up a WordPress blog but your audience doesn’t, you are an “expert” at setting up WordPress blogs as far as they are concerned. If you have actually made money with an online business and your audience has not, then YOU are an EXPERT at online business for their purposes.  You do not have to know more than other experts… only more than your target audience. There will always be someone who knows more than you no matter how much you know. I’ve been blogging and doing online business for almost 15 years but I could easily write a list of hundred people who are more of an expert than I am, especially if you get specific about skills or experience.  To be an expert, you don’t have to be THE EXPERT, top dog, numero uno in a given niche, market, topic, or business. So don’t shy away from being an “expert” because you know you are not in the top 10% of the entire group. You only need to know more than your audience and communicate that knowledge to them. Solicit their questions about the topic, research it, and become even more of an expert as you present answers.  Whatever your reasons for not branding yourself as an “expert,” you need to get over them. People with a casual interest in a subject are blog readers; people with valuable information and insight into a subject are blog writers. People who know more than their audience and can impart their knowledge/experience to them, are “experts.”  If you honestly are NOT an “expert” in your niche, topic, or market, you should strongly consider picking something else to write about or investing a lot of time in educating yourself to a higher level.  Generally speaking (there are exceptions), it is going to be hard to have a successful blog or thriving business that relies on your reputation as an “expert” that people can trust and recommend if you can’t even muster up the nerve to consider yourself an expert (of course, some people think they are...

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Are You a CLUELESS Blogger or Online-Business Owner?

Are You a CLUELESS Blogger or Online-Business Owner?

So you have blog or an online business… quick, tell me what your blog is about? Tell me why it exists. Tell me what your goals are for it. What do you want me to do once I land on your home page? Can’t do it? Chances are, you might be a clueless blogger making the probability of your success almost nada.

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Beat Blogger Burnout: Regain Your Enthusiasm!

Beat Blogger Burnout:  Regain Your Enthusiasm!

At some point, most bloggers experience boredom or burnout. It’s hard to get motivated about new content.  You haven’t posted for a while and you start making excuses to your audience. Maybe you get jump-started several times only to turn around and, once again, it’s been three weeks since you posted.  Writing has become the last thing you feel like doing.  The necessary tasks of blog maintenance are falling to the wayside. Things don’t seem to be happening for you so the enthusiasm factor is low, low, low.  For some, it’s a quickly passing phase and for others it could mean the end of an online business or blog. Many bloggers just don’t know how to get out of the funk. Remember the days when you first got the idea to start blogging?  You couldn’t get your blog set up fast enough.  Designing your pages was a thrill and you spent all your free time thinking of ways to improve your blog and educate yourself on how to be the best blogger that ever graced the Internet.  You need that energy and passion back.  But how? Thought you would never ask. Interact with your readers.  You might do a free phone conference, a live chat, or even a social-media gathering where you respond to reader comments instantly and spark conversation and more questions.  Let people know you are willing and available to help them.  This interaction is a great way to boost your confidence and remind you that people do care what you have to say.  You may not be able to answer all of the questions presented but this will be an excellent opportunity to find out what your readers want to know so you can educate yourself and provide answers for them via your blog.  If you set up your blog with the intention of helping people (which I hope is at least part of the reason for most everyone), then taking the time to actually do that will be a great reminder of why your blog is important.  Expand your skill set.  Boredom will quickly set in if you decide you already know everything you need to know.   You should never stop learning. Not a day should go by that you aren’t actively seeking out something new to learn about blogging and online business.  Think of the value you can provide to your readers by constantly growing in your own expertise and sharing your observations and lessons with them.  Think outside your current “box” and look for a new skill that you can learn within your field, or work to improve upon what you already know.  There’s a lot of related...

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