Posts Tagged ‘blogging’
It’s Halloween in the United States (and much of the rest of the world). As such, people are gathering together for parties, going trick or treating and telling scary stories.
In that spirit, last week on Performancing I discussed legal nightmares that can happen to you and your blog. Specifically, there were three scenarios that, while sounding like nothing more than legal theory, actually happened to one or more bloggers.
In that spirit, here are five more practical horror stories to keep you awake when it comes to your blog. Best part of all is that I don’t have to give specific examples because each and every one of these have happened not once or twice, but hundreds, if not thousands, of times.
So if you’re wondering about the gruesome ways your blog can be mangled, kidnapped or killed, here are just five of the more common (and more sudden) ways to consider. Read More
If you’re taking the time to start or maintain a blog, you probably want it to be good. You certainly don’t want to invest your time, energy and effort into creating something that’s mediocre or outright bad.
But blogging isn’t easy, in fact, it is incredibly difficult, requiring seemingly endless amounts of creativity, dedication and patience. This says nothing about the disparate areas of knowledge you have to have including design, writing and promotion just to find and keep an audience.
But quick fixes are very appealing. Everyone wants to know what one thing they can do or series of steps that they can follow to make their blog a big success. However, if it were so easy, every blog would be a success and it there wouldn’t be millions of abandoned sites littered all over the Web.
In short, while there are some great, easy tips that can help, none of them will make you a great blogger on their own.
However, there is a series of steps you can follow to become a better blogger. Unfortunately, none of the steps are easy and no blogger does all of them perfectly.
But, if you want to know the truth, here are the steps you need to follow to build a good blog and become a great blogger. Just don’t assume any of them can be done in a weekend, let alone an hour. Read More
If you are blogging and are enjoying it, the idea of going pro is likely appealing to you. After all, who wouldn’t want to earn their living doing something they love, especially when it can be done almost anywhere a wifi connection can be found?
But the truth is that turning a blog, even a popular one, into a full-time income is tough. Competition is stiff, the landscape is uncertain and even if you can find a path to success, it’s uncertain if it will still be available tomorrow. It’s no wonder that there are entire communities dedicated to exactly this problem.
Fortunately though, there are many different paths that you can take to monetize your blog and, eventually, turn it into at least part of your full-time job.
But while there are too many to count or mention in one article, especially when many approaches are really combinations of other schemes, there are some methods that have been used more often, and with greater success, than others.
With that in mind, here are five of the more popular ways of going pro with a blog, including who they’re right for and what the perils of that approach might be. Read More
The goals that you set each day when blogging requires the use of various productivity tools. If you are spending a lot of time at your computer or on your iPhone, then you need a way to easily access all of your data and research. Online tools provide you a way to organize your thoughts and save information you may want to add to your blog. Read More
If you can write and give opinions, then you can become a blogger, no doubt. But whether you want to spend the rest of your life doing it full-time is for you to decide. That bloggers make substantial money blogging, and enough to sustain a life with that, is a bygone conclusion. If we are to believe the grapevine, America has half a million paid bloggers. As a blogger, you can work for big corporations at their offices or if you are not inclined to commute, you can work from home. That is the kind of flexibility today’s bloggers get. Read More
Bill Gates said it quite eloquently with “Change the boundaries of business.” It took me a long time to figure out what that meant for me, but it allowed me to look inwards and realize that sometimes we do things a particular way because ‘that is the way it has always been’. I decided on something else, I was going to be my own boss – I decided that I was going to work from home. Let’s break down a few reasons why heading to work can actually be less than beneficial. Read More
With its ease of use and versatile approach to fulfilling each individual’s needs WordPress opens the doors to the virtual universe. As most of you know WordPress is the very popular software that allows each of us to install it, make mistakes with it and get it working again and again. With that in mind understand that you’re still moving forward, even if you’re falling on your face. This article offers the top ten most downloaded security plugins for WordPress. Read More
Tumblr is a fast moving blogging platform. Tumblr allows users a lot of freedom and ease in customizing the layouts and HTML code, so users generate the majority of the trends. The tools are supplied to us and it’s up to us to make use of them. When you start a Tumblr (or if you already have one!) don’t hold back in diving right into the HTML of your theme and finding your way around the other blogs and tools Tumblr has. Read More
Pulling in new blog traffic can be a major challenge. From advertisements to publicity generated through social media, webmasters regularly use a myriad of different methods to pull in new traffic. Developing a loyal following can take a massive amount of time and energy, highlighting the need to find the right methods to pull in traffic effectively and quickly. Rather than wasting time with traffic methods that will take a long time to show any meaningful results, it is essential to exploit the most powerful traffic generation tools to explode the amount of traffic frequenting a particular website. Read More
Blogging can be more than a hobby. For some people, it’s a profession. If you’re taking the time to write a blog, you want to balance your content creation efforts with taking the time to make sure people read what you write. You can’t simply expect people to find your posts – you have to get your readers’ attention and entice them to stay with you once they’re visiting your blog. I started an interior design blog two years ago and I’ve experienced a lot of growth in the past year. I recently gained over 3,000 followers and my weekly follower gain for the past month has been about 60 followers a week. The tips I am providing are the same ones that, after much trial and error, I’ve found to work. Read More