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8 Blogging Tips for Beginners: Best of ProBlogger

Todays post in the Best of ProBlogger 2009 series is all about the newer blogger and is a collection of some of our more popular posts this year that were aimed at the beginner blogger.

  1. Starting Your First Blog – 29 Tips, Tutorials and Resources for New Bloggers
  2. 9 First Step Goals for New Bloggers
  3. Warning: Do You Recognize These 21 Blogging Mistakes
  4. Crawl Before You Walk – 6 Step by Step Instruction for Starting Your First Blog
  5. 10 Things I Wish I Knew When I Started Blogging
  6. Confessions of a Blogger
  7. Starting a Successful Blog is Like Planning an Invasion
  8. 7 Ways to Turn a Blog Post Upside Down and Get More Comments

What advice would you give a beginner blogger just starting out?

How to Make More Money From Your Blog in the New Year : Best of ProBlogger

Todays post in the Best of ProBlogger 2009 series looks at the topic of making money from blogs. By no means is it a comprehensive or complete guide to the topic but below are 12 of the more popular posts we’ve had on the topic this year.

  1. The Importance of Having Your Own Product to Sell
  2. How to Make $30,000 a Year Blogging
  3. The #1 Reason My Blogging Grew Into a Business
  4. 5 Ways to Make Money Blogging Once You Have Traffic
  5. $72,000 in E-books in a Week: 8 Lessons I Learned
  6. How to Find Direct Advertisers for Your Blog
  7. How I use Email Newsletters to Drive Traffic and Make Money
  8. What is Affiliate Marketing?
  9. How to Find Profitable Affiliate Products to Promote
  10. 11 Lessons I Learned EArning $119,725.45 from Amazon Associates Program
  11. 10 More Amazon Associate Program Lessons I Learned on My Way to Six Figure Earnings
  12. Should I Add a Donation Button to My Blog?

Learn from 15 Successful Bloggers: Grab Your Copy of Beyond Blogging Today

What do these 15 bloggers have in common?beyondblogging3.png

  • Chris Brogan
  • Gary Vaynerchuk
  • Chris Guillebeau
  • David Risley
  • Penelope Trunk
  • Chris Garrett
  • Darren Rowse
  • Pete Cashmore
  • Jonathan Fields
  • Shama Kabani
  • Michael Dunlop
  • Steve Pavlina
  • iJustine
  • Brian Clark
  • John Chow

There are a number of commonalities between these people actually. They all blog, they’ve all had at least some level of success with their blogs, they all make a living (to some extent) from their blogs and they are all featured in a new resource – Beyond Blogging.

Beyond Blogging is a 200 page book pulled together by Nathan Hangan (a regular guest poster here) and Mike CJ. They’ve put a lot of work into getting into the inside of the above 15 bloggers heads and as a result have created something pretty special. It’s $47 or if you act quick you’ll also be able to secure it with some consulting with the authors for an extra $50.

13 Tutorials to Help You Grow Your Blog Readership Next Year

Finding Readers for a blog is one of the biggest challenges that bloggers face – as a result we cover the topic quite a bit here on ProBlogger. As part of this week’s Best of ProBlogger 2009 series today I’d like to share a list of 13 tips and tutorials related to the topic of finding readers for a blog that I hope will help you in your planning for next year.

  1. The Myth of Great Content Marketing Itself
  2. 9 Things to Do to Make Sure Your Next Blog Post is Read by More Than Your Mom
  3. 5 Ways to Get Your Blog Indexed by Google in 24 Hours
  4. SEO Tips for Bloggers
  5. How Not to Promote Your Blog: Top 10 Broken Blog Promotion Strategies
  6. How to Use Facebook to Promote Your Blog
  7. The Day 250,000 People Showed Up at My Blog Case Study
  8. 6 Reasons Your Blog Traffic Might Be Declining and What to Do About It
  9. How to Promote a Blog with Social Media
  10. 13 Tips for Marketing Your Business With Your Blog
  11. A Secret to Writing Posts that Go Viral on Twitter
  12. 11 Ways to Increase Your Chances of Being Linked to By a Blogger
  13. My Real Secret to Growing Traffic to a Blog

How to Write Great Content for Your Blog In the New Year

As part of Best of ProBlogger 2009 series – today I want to look at the topic of ‘writing content’ and present a series of posts that went live this year on how to create compelling blog content – after all, it’s a cornerstone of successful blogging that bloggers simply can’t ignore.

  1. How to Get Write Compelling Blog Content
  2. 20 Ways to Write Posts that are Guaranteed to Grow Your Blog
  3. How to Use Google’s Wonder Wheel to Find Topics to Write About
  4. 13 Types of Posts that Always Get Lots of Comments
  5. Why Stories Are an Effective Communication Tool for Your Blog
  6. 12 Types of Stories You Can Tell on Your Blog
  7. 3 Principles of Effective Communication
  8. 7 Tips on How to Write Sticky Memorable Blog Posts

What tips did you learn about writing great content for blogs in the last year?

Best of ProBlogger 2009: Holiday Series

2009 was a massive year for me – both personally and on my blogs, including here on ProBlogger.

As a result I’ve decided for this last week before the new year that I’m going to do two things:

  1. Take a break from blogging – I have another project I need to complete so I’ll still be around working – but a mini break from writing new posts will probably do me good.
  2. Look back on the year that was – I’ve been reflecting a lot lately upon how my approach to blogging and business has shifted in the last year. As a result I thought it might be interesting to look back on some of the posts from ProBlogger from 2009 that got the most traction with readers.

Over the next 5 days you’ll see a series of posts here at ProBlogger that look back on some of these most popular posts on ProBlogger from 2009. Each post will have a theme so as to make the list of posts a little more useful and relevant. In preparing these posts it has been fun to remember some of the topics I’ve tackled this year (some I’d forgotten that I’d written).

Of course the posts I present will only scratch the surface – I’ve published 461 posts here on ProBlogger so far this year – but I hope it’ll be a useful way to find some of the best and most useful content that we’ve covered – as well as a good way to refocus for the new year.

Topics we’ll be covering this week are:

I’ll update this list with links as the posts come out. The first post will be out shortly.

What Are Your Blogging Challenges in 2010?

What are your biggest challenges going forward as a blogger into the new year?

In the coming weeks I’m planning on taking a day or two out to plan a roadmap for ProBlogger going into the new year. I already have a fair idea of where I’d like to go based upon a recent survey I did of newsletter subscriber – but I want to test some of the ideas I have against your feedback as the wider ProBlogger readership.

As you look at your blog and the year ahead:

  • what is it that you feel is holding you back?
  • What problems do you face?
  • What questions do you have that you can’t get passed?
  • What issues do you keep coming up against that just hold you back?

I’m not going to give you any suggested answers on this question as I don’t want to cloud or skew your answers in any way – but am keen to hear what you have to say.

The ‘It Factor’ – How to Get It as a Blogger

A Guest Post by Nathan Hangen of Making it Social.

Ah, the “It Factor…” that something successful people have that the rest of us can’t seem to figure out. To some, it’s an enigma, while to others, it seems to flow like Willy Wonka’s Chocolate river…boundless and with fervor. Well, until it was clogged by Augustus Gloop, but I digress…

We’re all looking for some of it. It’s obvious that you need it to get noticed and to hold your audience captive, but no one knows how to get it. Believe me, I’ve asked. But, that didn’t stop me from trying.

As part of another project, I’ve been studying a lot of A-List bloggers and I have been trying to figure out both how and when they were bestowed with this “It.” Furthermore, I wanted to know what it was so that I could try and quantify it.

Did I find it? I think so, but if my conclusions are any indication, it’s not quite as mysterious as you might suspect.

What is It?

It’s the buzz around your blog that gets people interested. It’s the special factor that makes people want to RT, share, and comment on your posts.

In my studies, I believe it’s that feeling you get when you find a blog that you know isn’t going anywhere. For instance, when I read Problogger, I buy in because I know that:

1. Darren knows what he’s talking about, we trust him.
2. His blog isn’t going anywhere. He’s invested, and it’s part of his life.

Other blogs feel temporary, like they’re an experiment. Those don’t have it…they can’t. People want to know you aren’t going anywhere before they invest energy into propping you up. That’s just human nature.

It’s also a style of writing that speaks to people on their level. It’s confident and unabashed. Those bloggers that have “It,” aren’t afraid to speak their mind.

Is there a way to quantify it? No, but you and I both know what it looks like. We can sense a blog that’s on the rise or at the top…that’s about as close to measuring it as you can get.

How Do You Get It?

This is the crux really, because this is what we really want to know. You might not care who has it, but you know you want some. You want to turn your blog into a success, and you want people to not only subscribe, but to hang out and comment. You want people to listen to your advice, and maybe even pay you for it.

It’s funny, but looking back to a year ago, I was an unknown. I had a blog, but it was all over the place and I was doing a terrible job of building an audience. Now though, although I’m not on everyone’s radar, I’m at least moving in the right direction. Whereas people a year ago commented just to be nice, people these days tell me that the future looks good. My blog is an entirely different place, and it’s starting to get some of that “It.”

I’m not saying this to toot my own horn, but as someone that has been on both sides of the equation, I think it’s important to say that I understand where people are coming from, because what I’m about to say might not be what you want to hear, but it’s the truth…

It is nothing more than hard work…

Disappointed? Surprised? You shouldn’t be. In fact, you should consider this good news. Why?

Because if “It” was nothing but a mysterious aura that to some was given and to others was withheld, than you and I would have no chance at it. However, if it’s nothing more than a little bit of elbow grease, then there’s hope for all of us!

Looking at the history of some of the most popular bloggers in the world, you’ll find a common element that binds them all. Yeah, there is luck involved, but more than that, there was a lot of hard work.

Hard work cranking out content on a weekly basis…hard work writing guest posts for popular blogs…hard work managing dozens of blogs until they found one that worked…hard work interacting with their 1 or 2 commenters until they got a 3rd, and then a 4th.

“But I’m working hard!” you might say, and I don’t doubt it, but are you working hard consistently? Are you learning, implementing, analyzing, and fixing on a daily basis? Are you doing everything that you can to become a successful blogger?

Are you networking? Are you honing your writing style and finding your true voice? Are you giving as much as you are taking away?

These are the questions you’ll have to answer for yourself, and only you know the truth.

I’ll be honest

Some people just might not make it, at least not the first time. Show me a blogger that did get it right on the first effort and I’ll show you another thousand that didn’t. The difference though, is in persevering and not giving up. If one project fails, start up another.

One of the most inspiring things any blogger ever told me was that he didn’t have a backup plan…he was in 100%. He said there was no way he was going to fail, because he couldn’t afford to. That man was Gary Vaynerchuk, and now he’s built an empire.

You too can have that “It Factor,” and can have your own empire, but you have to start building it first. It might be tough, but you’ve got to be more resiliant than the obstacles you face. Accomplish that, and you’ll have it, I promise.

I think Chris Brogan said it best, when he mentioned that being an overnight success required 11 years of hard work. Remember that when you see a blogger that appears to have come from nowhere. It was probably 11 years in the making.

Nathan Hangen is an entrepreneur, social media consultant, and co-author of the book - Beyond Blogging.

Happy Christmas from ProBlogger

Just a short note to wish those of you celebrating Christmas a Happy day.

Thanks to everyone for your support and encouragement this year. It’s been a fun and rewarding year and I do appreciate all that you contribute to this site.

People often ask at this time of year what a ProBlogger does for Christmas. It’s a fairly typical day really, although it is summer here so more of our activities tend to be outside wearing shorts and T-shirts than many of you are doing in colder parts of the world. We’ll be having breakfast, lunch and dinner with different parts of the family and doing Church in the morning as well – a pretty full day (although all of the meals are within 3-4 minutes of our house so not too much travel which is nice).

I hope that your day is a fun, happy and meaningful one.

See you in the coming days!