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3 Steps to Starting an Awesome Hobby Blog


Maintaining a blog can be a lot of work, but you’ll probably find a lot of fulfillment in it as well.

Launching a well-kept blog with original content can lead to new opportunities, including the chance to earn money running ads, collaborating with other bloggers, and eliciting writing jobs with examples of your work. By writing about something you’re passionate about, you won’t only inspire others, but you can learn more and get better yourself by interacting with readers and doing research for your blog posts.

The sky’s the limit when you start a blog. Here are three basic tips on how to build a niche blog. Read More

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Blogging All-in-One for Dummies Now Available

Many people like to have a book by their side as they learn something.  If you’re one of those people, then you might be interested to hear that my new book, Blogging All-in-One for Dummies, is now available through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and all other online and offline book sellers.

Blogging All-in-One for Dummies offers over 700 pages explaining anything and everything about blogging for a beginner audience, so you can start your own blog right away!  It’s a perfect supplement to the content you read here on BloggingPro.  The book includes 8 minibooks about starting a blog, choosing a blogging application, publishing blog content, growing your blog’s audience, making money from your blog, and more.  There is even a minibook about Twitter.

While Blogging All-in-One for Dummies is certainly the most comprehensive book about blogging available, following are a few other books that I recommend: Read More

Categories: Blogging Resources, Blogging: How To, Opinion
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5 Easy Ways to Become a Blacklisted Blogger

Did you know there are some very simple things you can do on the social Web (and you might already be doing some of them) that can get you blacklisted, meaning you’ll be labeled as an annoyance, a person to avoid, or worse — a spammer?

Suffice it to say, if you want your blog and your foray into blogging to be successful, then you need to avoid the 5 ways to become a blacklisted blogger described below.

1. Fill your blog posts and comments on other blogs with links.

If you want to annoy people or be labeled a spammer, then fill your blog posts and the comments you leave on other blogs with links.  This includes links back to your own site as well as affiliate links, text link ads, and so on.  Links should enhance content.  They should not detract from it making it impossible to find the links that are actually useful vs. those that are just self-promotional or revenue-generating.

2. Only talk about yourself.

Follow the 80-20 rule where 80% of the content and conversations you publish and participate in on the social Web are not self-promotional and 20% or less are self-promotional.  No one wants to read what you have to say if all you ever do is talk about how great you are or your business is and try to sell your products or services. Read More

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20 Easy Ways to Ruin Your Blog

volume knobIf you want your blog to be successful, then you need to start thinking immediately about how your blog is designed and configured.  In other words, the way your blog is set up could ruin your chances of building a successful blog.

With that in mind, following are 10 of the easiest and most common ways that people ruin their blogs.  Avoid them!

  1. Too many ads
  2. Blinding colors or colors that are too light to read
  3. Pop-up ads – make them go away! Read More

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5 Questions to Answer BEFORE Starting a Blog

Your blog will fail. Sorry, it’s the truth.

No one has been tracking how many blogs there are and how many have been abandoned, but it’s safe to assume that there are hundreds of millions of blogs – the majority of which – have been left to die. Don’t become a dead-pool statistic.

As a self-confessed “ideas guy,” I am constantly getting the urge to start up new creative ventures. We all know how easy it is to start a blog. Almost too easy. But when I wake up at 3 a.m. in a cold sweat, an idea dripping from my brain, I ask myself a few basic questions… Read More

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