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Is Your Blog Showing Signs of Ruin?

Is Your Blog Showing Signs of Ruin?

I’ve shared many times that one of the key factors to having a successful blog is perseverance. Perseverance is “being online longer than the other guy.” But you have to take care of your blog too.

Think of your blog like a house. If you don’t care for it, improve it, repair it, and constantly monitor the quality of it, it will deteriorate.

Here are six danger signs that your blog might be deteriorating in quality…

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Type Unto Others As You Would Have Them Type Unto You

Type Unto Others As You Would Have Them Type Unto You

How many times have you seen a comment on a blog post, or a social-media thread, that is clearly meant to demean and insult another person or their skills?  Too many times… maybe some have been directed at you.  People love to hide behind a keyboard using a fake name or as “anonymous” and become incredibly brave, saying things they wouldn’t have the guts to say in person or if they had to be accountable. People lash out, criticize, and berate without much thought of the consequences.  What the blog world needs is a good dose of the Golden Keyboard Rule:  Type stuff to others as you would have them type stuff to you.  That’s pretty clear.  It’s a simple measure:  do not write a comment or send an email you would not write or send if the recipient were standing in the room with you.    Now some people just simply don’t care and they enjoy hiding behind a keyboard to be a jerk. To those folks, this post won’t make a difference. But if you do care, then here’s what you need to do: never send a negative comment or email, or an upset knee-jerk reaction, without sleeping on it overnight.  I have found that (almost always), you wake up the next morning in a better mood, realizing it was not that big of deal or deciding your response isn’t going to help the situation. Think about your own online behavior:  do you tend to put things in print on the Internet that you wouldn’t consider saying to the person next to you?  When you are “reviewing” products or services, do you have the same level of respect in your comments that you would like given to you?  As bloggers, one of our main goals is to expand our audience and our influence through our online presence.  What impact will we make if we leave hurtful comments on Facebook or bash others when commenting on their blog posts?  What if we get into a public feud or an escalating tit-for-tat insult-fest for the whole world to read? Don’t think the DELETE button will save you. If it gets online, IT STAYS ONLINE one way or another. On the contrary, what impact will we make if we leave genuine, thoughtful comments or even in some cases, respectful criticism?  When you are leaving comments around the internet, think of each one as a mini-advertisement for your online business.  You can strengthen or weaken your reputation with every comment.       We also need to keep in mind that our reputation affects our online business.  If we want people to spend their hard-earned money on our products...

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The Internet is a Great Place to be the NEW GUY

The Internet is a Great Place to be the NEW GUY

I get a lot of e-mails from people who see the mountains of bloggers ahead of them (more like the Mount Everest of bloggers) and do not even want to start blogging. They think they missed the boat. They are too far behind. They are starting in the ten millionth position of a race. What’s the use? Too late. Right? Wrong.

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The Myth of Multitasking and Constant Connectivity

The Myth of Multitasking and Constant Connectivity

Now that just about everyone has a smartphone, a tablet, a laptop, a desktop, Google glasses, Buck Rogers watches, Star Trek Communicators, embedded chips in the brain, etc., it’s no surprise that the average person is doing too many things at once, elegantly referred to as “multitasking”. We are slaves to connectivity. Here are some suggestions for managing this new lifestyle of the 21st century…

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15 Suggestions to Immediately Improve Your Blog Posts! What Is Your Suggestion?

15 Suggestions to Immediately Improve Your Blog Posts! What Is Your Suggestion?

Blogging means writing blog posts that capture more readers’ attention and make a memorable impact. Read this list of 15 things you can do right now to improve your blog and posts, then share your ideas to our thousands of readers and get a link to your blog.

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Gue$t Po$t Controver$y

Gue$t Po$t Controver$y

LISTEN: I love to leave comments on other blogs and 99% of the time they are simply adding to the discussion, providing positive encouragement, or asking a question. I try to avoid “getting into it” with other readers who leave comments because 1) it’s usually futile, and 2) there’s just not enough time in the day. But once in a while a comment gets my attention and I can’t resist. This happened the other day over on my friend Danny’s blog – FirePole Marketing where the question was posed: should blogs charge for guest posts? Would you pay to guest post? A lot of comments were left but one in particular caught my attention and ended up in several exchanges. The text of that thread is below.  After you read it, leave a comment and let me know: What do you think about big blogs that charge for guests posts? Would you pay someone to let you guest post? What is your opinion of the discussion below? I’m a big boy… if you disagree with me, tell me why. The Topic: Should blogs charge for guest posts? Would you pay to guest post? The Comments: Jeremy wrote: No. And I would stop reading any blog that did this. Such a tactic screams of money-grubbing-self-important-too-big-for-their-britches bloggers. Blogging and writing needs more honesty and humility, so that people who make it to the top of the pile actually help those who are trying to climb up, rather than come up with schemes to get rich off of all the “little people.” – – – – – – – – – – Brent Riggs  wrote: “Such a tactic screams of money-grubbing-self-important-too-big-for-their-britches bloggers.” No, such a “tactic” screams of someone who owns their own blog and has the freedom to do with it as they please. If they have worked their butts off for years, built up an audience, and choose to charge for guest posts, it’s only the “little people” (little in free market and business intelligence) that jump to arguments of class warfare and call them egotistical and greedy for choosing to do what THEY want with THEIR blog. When a blog reaches a certain size and status, it becomes a product and commodity in and of itself, a result of hard work, commitment, and sacrifice. If you want to create a successful blog solely for altruism and not business, go for it. That’s your freedom. Best wishes to you. But if a successful blogger decides they want to charge for guest posts (which is simply now a product they offer) it serves two purposes: 1) they profit from THEIR hard work and perseverance, and 2) they...

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