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Reading Roundup: What’s New in Blogging Lately?

Posted By Stacey Roberts 30th of January 2016 General 1

Reading Roundup: What's new in blogging this week /

January has sped by, and I can’t believe we’re staring down February 2016 already! This year has felt like a brand new start to many of us, and we’re beginning to see the results of the new things we’re trying. I hope they’ve been positive results! Everything changes so often it can be hard to keep up – but I also encourage you not to be afraid to fail or make mistakes. Everything moves so quickly we’re absolutely bound to, but you remember what Thomas Edison said:

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”

If you’ve failed or something fell flat, then you’ve just found what not to do, which means you’re a step closer to getting it right. And when you keep refining, keep honing those skills then you’ll hit upon something that really works for you. And the more you try, the faster you’ll get there.

So go forth and fail!

80% of Facebook’s Ad Dollars Came from Mobile // Fast Company

All very nice for Zuck, but what does that mean for you? Well, more and more users are viewing on mobile (1.44 billion at the moment), so are all your ads set up for prime mobile viewing?

Sure, some of that may have come from Instagram ads (I know I’ve sure seen a whole lot more), but the fact remains the same – optimise your ads for mobile and see if that makes a difference.

5 Growth Hacks to Help You Grow Your Blog Business // Jeff Bullas

Food for thought there with number 4.

Getting 20,231 Views with One EPIC Roundup Post: A Step-by-Step Guide // Sumome

Epic indeed! What a post, what a response. If you’re planning an expert roundup post, you might wanna check this out for ideas first.

LinkedIn Driving Traffic to Publishers Again – Including Bloggers // Real Lawyers Have Blogs

Well this is interesting – for most of last year, LinkedIn prioritised the content posted directly to LinkedIn, but now has changed Pulse (the news aggregation app) to consider “universal links”. Which means if you’re sharing your blog posts on LinkedIn, there’s more of a chance people will see them now and click over to your blog. Yay!

How do You Measure Passion? Figuring the Value of Social Media Followers // NPR

It’s not just numbers, although it’s hard to quantify anything else. Companies are now springing up to do just that.

Heavy use of Social Media Linked to Sleep Problems // Psych Central

If you’re not sleeping, then you’re not making the best decisions. You can be the best blogger you can be if you’re not taking care of your health. In this case, less social  social media is definitely more.

Will You Like Facebook’s New Reactions? // BBC

They removed the “yay” because people didn’t understand it? Tell me this isn’t true…

The Hustler’s Guide to Getting Your First 1000 Email Subscribers with Content Marketing // Copymonk

The basics, but better. So much info packed into one post – and a downloadable checklist! It cannot be overstated – know who your target market is, and know where they hang out.

How to Write a Blog Post: The Definitive 10, 273 Word Guide // Be a Better Blogger

You’re going to need at least two cups of coffee for this one. And a notepad + pen.

How I got 1.7 Million Pin Views to My E-Commerce Pinterest Account in 2015 // Kissmetrics

If you’re on Pinterest, you need to read this. If you haven’t yet leveraged it, do so! It can be incredible for driving traffic to your blog, no matter the niche.

Have a great week!

Stacey Roberts is the Managing Editor of a writer, blogger, and full-time word nerd balancing it all with being a stay-at-home mum. She writes about all this and more at Veggie Mama. Chat with her on Twitter @veggie_mama, follow on Pinterest for fun and useful tips, peek behind the curtain on Instagram, or be entertained on Facebook.

  1. I’m very interested to see the new reactions system … I think it will play well in the long run!

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