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Reading Roundup: What’s New in Blogging Lately?

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

Plenty of stuff in here today to get you thinking! I’d love to hear your thoughts – let’s chat in the comments cos I seem to have a lot of opinions today!

11 Authors’ Strategies for Overcoming Writer’s Block // Mashable

Ah, it happens to the best of us. Nothing a few tips from the pros can’t overcome, though!

Why Manual Link Building will Never Be Obsolete // Search Engine Land

I’ve seen so much discussion about manual link building recently, and whether it should be done or not. This was food for thought.

4 Ways to Boost Your Social Media Presence // Entrepreneur.com

I do number one the most – and I find it the most fun! It’s also super-revealing into the hearts and minds of your readers.

How to Create the Right Content at the Right Time: 6 Tips to Get You Started // HubSpot

Awesome basic tips to help you stay in the know if being current and timely and blogging on trends is your thing.

How to Create an Epic Mail Course as an Opt-In // By Regina

Well there’s something different to your standard free report/eBook/printable opt-in! A whole course. If you want to take the plunge, Regina’ll help you!

What I Learned (the Hard Way) About Becoming a Full-Time Writer // Jeff Goins

What happens when you’re always chasing your ‘big break’ (and never finding it!)

How to Use Periscope to Attract Followers // Chalene Johnson

Ok so it’s established itself as the next big thing that everyone’s jumping on – find your new audience there! (and find Darren here).

Twitter Says Hearts are a Success with 6% Increase in Usage over Stars // BBC

Did you even notice? Instead of “starring” a tweet to favourite it, the icon is now a heart. I always wanted something like a Facebook “thumbs up” to show that I liked a tweet, which sadly, I still don’t have. I use the “favourite” function to save favourites I can refer to later, even though I know lots of folk who use that as a virtual “like” button. Maybe this will help me psychologically move beyond the favouriting that’s always held me back and like a tweet for the sake of it! (but then I’ve still got a list of crap I need to wade through to find the thing I want… hm…)

Google’s New “About Me” Tool Lets You Control Personal Information Shown by Gmail, YouTube, Maps, and More // Venture Beat

Google Plus is now no longer a user requirement for anything Google-related, and so from last week, Google rolled out the new tool that allows you to modify how much personal info users see of you online.

Adam Gopnik on Darwin’s Brilliant Strategy for Preempting Criticism and the True Mark of Genius // Brainpickings

Oh if it’s one thing I’m sick of  doing, it’s preempting criticism. It can really strangle you as a writer, entrepreneur, or creative. Thinking of all counterarguments before you’ve even published anything is exhausting. And probably stupid in many blog cases, because you want conversations, not to be the final word on everything. It is difficult when people take issue with what you’ve written (especially if they’ve misinterpreted you), but I wonder about covering off every possible angle to ensure nobody can complain and if it’s necessary. But this article totally made me think… especially because the practice of criticising one’s own ideas is actually a very useful one, and not just to shut down arguments before they happen! What do you think?

Stacey Roberts is the Managing Editor of ProBlogger.net: 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 or be entertained on Facebook.

Reading Roundup: What’s New in Blogging Lately

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

Welcome to the weekend, Roundup-style!

50% of Content Gets 8 Shares or Less: Why Content Fails and How to Fix it // BuzzSumo

Ah, the dreaded talking to an empty room syndrome. It sucks when you write a great post and you hear crickets! BuzzSumo to the rescue – they analysed one million posts and found that content failed 50% of the time, and why. Thankfully, they’ve also got tips to help you ensure your content doesn’t fall into that failed 50!

We’ve Lost Nearly Half of Our Social Referral Traffic in the Last 12 Months // Buffer

And if you think your social network-referred traffic is down, you’re not the only one! I’ve definitely seen it on my own blog, and I remember when it hit Amy Lynn Andrews, too. Kevan Lee discusses what Buffer is doing to get out of the slump.

Tumblr Rolls out Instant Messaging on Both Web and Mobile // TechCrunch

Is Tumblr your blog platform of choice? Well chatting with your cohort just got easier…

How to Make Better Facebook Video Ads // Social Media Examiner

Not only do we know Facebook Ads work, but we also know Facebook Video works in terms of reaching our audience. Now we can do Facebook Video Ads? Run, don’t walk, people! Get on that train.

Learn to Code with the Women of Star Wars: The Force Awakens // Mashable

Rey and Princess Leia will tell you all you need to know in Hour of Code, a free online tutorial. If you’ve been waiting for the right time to finally crack the code (heh), now might be it!

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The Simple Way to Get Better at Business Writing // Seth Godin

This was everywhere last week, and for good reason – it’s solid advice.

10 Hacks to Save Time and Boost Productivity // Entrepreneur.com

You could read these 10 hacks, and follow them up with the recent post: Feeling a Bit Lost? 4 Ways to Boost Productivity and Motivation on Your Blog. You’re welcome!

Stop the Local SEO Tunnel Vision and Think Beyond the Basics // Moz

Interest was high on last week’s post here about local SEO for blogs, so you’ll enjoy this next-level take from the SEO masters.

New iOS9 Notes App Has the Power to Transform How You Use Your Phone // News.com.au

Hellloooooo tickable lists! I use notes A LOT both on my phone and on my laptop and love that they’re synced. This just changed the game for me.

Creative Email Subject Lines that Restart Stalled Conversations // HubSpot

Taking care of your mailing list is such a high priority, that it pays to revive flagging enthusiasm in the right way. I have to say I’m not too keen on some of the more defensive-sounding ones though. I always get annoyed when the headline is something like “Oh, am I bothering you?” – it sounds more passive aggressive than probably intended! And the likelihood that I’m not opening your emails because you’re bothering me is pretty minimal. It’s more like I’ve got less time to read these kinds of emails these days. Would love to hear your thoughts though!

Stacey Roberts is the Managing Editor of ProBlogger.net: 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 or be entertained on Facebook.

Reading Roundup: What’s New in Blogging Lately?

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

Think Reddit is a Productivity Killer? Here are 9 Subreddits That Will Help Your Career // Hootsuite

You don’t need to tell me twice Reddit is required reading! Bookmarked nearly all of these pages.

How to Create a Fan Content Campaign in 7 Easy Steps // Social Media Examiner

Crowdsourced content can work really well – from fostering a sense of community to giving readers more ownership over the content of yours they’ve come to love. SME gives you the lowdown.

Can Email Finally Be Killed off? // The Telegraph

Not for life, but for work? Seems like everyone’s jumping on the email-killer program bandwagon. Stay tuned…

9 Types of Blog Posts that are Proven to Boost Traffic // CoSchedule

Not just list posts! I bet you could do any one of these and make it work. Plus a free downloadable worksheet!

10 Things I’ve Learned While Learning Facebook Ads // Moz

“I’m obsessed because I’m convinced Facebook Ads are one of the most powerful tools we currently have as digital marketers,” says Kane Jamieson. I kind of agree. Love the way they’ve set out the learnings in the ‘quick guide’ too.

Reading Roundup: What's New in Blogging Lately? (favourite photo editing tools)

The Best Photo Editing Apps Chosen by You // Hootsuite

Speaking of crowd-sourced content, Hootsuite asked their followers what their favourite mobile editing apps are – the usuals are represented (Snapseed, VSCO Cam etc) but also a couple of surprises. Check them out if you’re bored with what you’ve got.

Goodbye Socality Barbie: Instagram’s Greatest Star has Quit // Social Media Today

Oh this is sad. RIP Socality Barbie. Thanks for the laffs.

Dropbox’s Google Docs Competitor is Launching Next Year // Mashable

If you’re a rabid Google Docs user (they’re just so handy!) or someone looking for an alternative, Dropbox’s code-named ProjectComposer has turned out to be a Docs-like program called Dropbox Paper and you can sign up for the beta here.

15 Ways to Maximise Your Productivity with Google Drive // BetterCloud Blog

If you’re still here, though… why not boost your productivity? Can’t hurt!

Maker’s Schedule, Manager’s Schedule // Paul Graham

An oldie, but a goodie. I refer to it often. Is your schedule running you or are you running your schedule? Tim Ferriss in his email this week said he got to a point where “my agenda became a list of everyone else’s agendas”, and I know plenty of you out there will understand that feeling. Are you spending too much time answering email, doing tiny tasks, catering to others instead of creating? Let’s make a change.

So what have you learned this week? Ready to ditch email? Boost your productivity? Going to make a change with your schedule?

PS you might have noticed we have new sharing buttons over there to your left – why don’t you try them out on this post?!

Stacey Roberts is the Managing Editor of ProBlogger.net: 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 or be entertained on Facebook.

Feeling a Bit Lost? 4 Ways to Boost Productivity and Motivation on Your Blog

Feeling a bit lost? Here are 4 ways to boost productivity and motivation on your blog so you can get back in the game!There are many times in the life of a blogger when you find yourself unsure of where to go or what to do next.

That can be for so many reasons – when it comes to where you spend your time you’re overwhelmed with choice, you don’t know where to start, you want to do a little of everything and sort of all at once, you’re burned out with decision making, you’re not getting any traction, you’re afraidbasically, you’re a bit stuck and you don’t know what to do next.

The problem is, most of us then just end up doing nothing. Or something that isn’t going to propel you in the direction of where you need to go. Maybe you respond to a few insignificant emails, maybe you check someone else’s Facebook feed to be inspired what they’re doing and get stuck there for half an hour, maybe you throw your laptop out the window and play Candy Crush.

You’re not alone. Well, you probably are if you threw your laptop out the window, but just about everyone I’ve talked to has felt this way at some point. The deeper you get into the quagmire of blogging (blogmire?), the harder it is to find all the hours in the day to do all the things you need to do be the Next Big Thing.

And with all the overwhelming choice, to-do lists, articles you need to read, articles you did read that told you 50 things you now need to do – you paddle about doing not much of anything at all.

The best thing I know to do when I don’t know what to do is: anything. Everything. Something.

Just get started

Like last week when I told you it’s ok to just be done and not perfect, you just have to make a start.

When I’m faced with a to-do list that is longer than a two-day hangover, and even after prioritising my list I still don’t know how I’m going to get through it all, I pick one thing and move one step in the direction toward getting it completed.

I open a new post and give it whatever headline I can think of at the time (I can always change it later!). When it comes to writing the post further down the track, at least a post has been created for it and that’s one less thing I have to do.

Sometimes I open a new post and just write whatever is in my head about what I want to say. And then come back to it the following week. I always get a spark of recognition, which reminds me of something else I wanted to say, and then suddenly I’m off.

Sometimes I look up just one article I think will be a useful resource and take a few notes.

I move one step in the direction towards getting it done [tweet that!] Then the next time I think about writing that post/updating that schedule/creating a social media strategy I feel much better knowing it’s already been started and I just have to swoop in and tie up the loose ends. Sometimes those “tying up loose ends” actually means “doing the whole thing” but it’s a relief knowing it’s begun. And “well begun is half done”, as they say (thanks Mary Poppins/Aristotle).

Feeling a bit lost? Here are 4 ways to boost productivity and motivation on your blog so you can get back in the game!

Do a Brain Dump

This is the fastest way for me to lessen the anxiety that can come with a giant to-do list. It’s such a useful tool for getting everything out of your head and onto something permanent that you can keep adding to, and you can get an overview of everything that’s on your task list which gives you a better idea of where you are, what’s a priority, and what you should be spending your time on.

Use a white board, a piece of paper taped to the wall, lots of post-its, a google doc, an Evernote note, etc – whatever you have that’s big enough to contain all the bits floating around in your head that you need to tackle. Don’t be shy, put every little tiny thing on there and finally get it down once and for all.

Separate those tasks into “right now”, “in the next year”, and “long-term goals”. I often use a new sheet of paper for each of these lists and transfer everything across, but you can highlight them in different colours, or stick them on post-its, whatever works for you.

Feeling a bit lost? Here are 4 ways to boost productivity and motivation on your blog so you can get back in the game! Make a Cheat Sheet List

The next thing I like to do is check that master list of things to do, goals I want to achieve, and sundry tasks to be fulfilled and break them down into as many 10-minute tasks as I can. Then, when I’m feeling a bit lost at sea and haven’t got the motivation (or the time) to tackle one giant job, I pick one 10-minute task from my cheat sheet list (you can have one list for everything, or a list each for the short and long-term goals) and just do that one little task. I often then spend more than 10 minutes on it because I end up getting on a bit of a roll and can often get through quite a few of those small tasks – but it’s easier to sit down and do a small job when you’re feeling overwhelmed rather than be facing a massive job that you just can’t get your head around.

It stops me from floating around in that headspace where everything seems so overwhelming that I end up doing nothing (that overwhelm can often be what contributes to hoarding, as well as the pursuit of perfection, and I definitely hoard tasks instead of doing them!), and means I can actually cross a few things off my list because they only take 10 minutes, and that’s great for a feeling of productivity! And feeling productive then motivates you to be more productive and you feel like you’ve spent your time well instead of wasting it.

Feeling a bit lost? Here are 4 ways to boost productivity and motivation on your blog so you can get back in the game!

Be Creative

Get the brain working with less of the writing and logical bits of the task, and focus more on the creative parts that will spark thinking. Brainstorm the visuals for your post or social media, find an image to use or take your own, play around with fonts, give yourself 10 minutes to think of new ways you can promote the post, or devise a community challenge around it. Maybe think of an out-of-the-box way to create an affiliate post, or a different way to showcase a recipe. When you don’t sit down and stare at a blinking cursor trying to figure out what to write, but instead do some more imaginative, visual stuff, you often find that the task ends up in a natural state of flow and you complete more than you thought you would.

The extra bonus of this is that you find new ways to do things, it sparks ideas for more content, and can even motivate you to do the tasks you were dreading half an hour ago.

So remember: just start, even if you don’t finish. You’ll be thanking yourself next time you sit down to tackle that big to-do list!

What do you struggle the most with? Time? Overwhelm? Comparison? Let’s chat!

Stacey Roberts is the Managing Editor of ProBlogger.net: 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 or be entertained on Facebook.

Reading Roundup: What’s New in Blogging Lately?

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

It’s Saturday here in Oz, so that must mean reading roundup day (and Halloween)! Enjoy/Boo.

The Thumb is In Charge // Facebook

If you’ve ever doubted that mobile is the future (who would really, though?!), Facebook has undertaken some research that squarely places mobile in the “you better get on this and quickly!” box. You can download “The Thumb is In Charge” magazine that explains their findings, or follow along as they release three blog posts detailing it all. If you want to be where the future is going, this is pretty required reading.

The Social Media Metrics You are Forgetting // Hootsuite

Oy, the bounce rate. Indeed I am forgetting that. Couple of other ways of measuring traffic here too, if you’re interested.

Google AdWords Turns 15: A Look Back at the Origins of a $60 Billion Business // Search Engine Land

It’s come so far! What a great infographic too. Very handy if you advertise with AdWords, or you’re thinking you’d like to start.

YouTube Red Will Pay Video Makers During Free Trial, After Concerns // BBC

Did you know that YouTube is launching a subscription service so you can watch your favourite cat-playing-the-piano videos ad-free? It’s only for the US and it’s only a select trial. After vloggers worried they wouldn’t receive ad revenue during the trial, but YouTube Red has clarified they’ll get a cut of the subscription profits based on how long people watch their content for. I am interested to see how the subscription services would go… I often think I’d rather watch an ad than cough up cash but that could just be me.

Slack Finally Lets You Create Group Chats Easily // Mashable

As you know, we used Slack for team communications during the ProBlogger event earlier in the year and this group chat function would have been great. Until now you had to open a new channel if you wanted to reach everyone at the same time (or tag them individually). Get the update for the group chat availability.

Is Twitter the Next MySpace? // News.com.au

Now there’s a thought. Nobody wants to be the new MySpace, but flagging user growth and fewer people using it in general, we could very well see its demise. What are your thoughts? Is Twitter still useful for you?

5 Ways Google Analytics Finds You Relevant Topics for Your Social Media Campaigns // Entrepreneur

Have you finally hit that point where you’re struggling to come up with a constant stream of content ideas? This post shows you how to mine Google Analytics for all the info you need.

Why All SEOs Should Unblock JavaScript and CSS… and Why Google Cares // Moz

These terms make my head spin. But I care about what Google cares about.

Snapchat or Instagram? Deciding Which Platform is Best for Your Visual Content // Social Media Examiner

I always say go where your audience is, and also where you enjoy being. That’s where the magic is! But this post will also help you decide.

How Google Handles Search Queries it’s Never Seen Before // The Next Web

You know, I’ve never thought of this. But it made me think – what are my potential readers searching for that I’ve never thought of? And how can I create content for that?

So what have you learned recently? Do you think Twitter is on the decline? Snapchat or Instagram?

Stacey Roberts is the Managing Editor of ProBlogger.net: 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 or be entertained on Facebook.

The Five Words You Need to Hear When You Feel Like You’re Not Good Enough

You've got a project you'd love to do, but you're worried about not being good enough, right? We discuss a mantra you should keep in mind to finally kick butt! At ProBlogger.netWe’ve all been there.

You want to tackle that blog post on that one topic, but you’re not an expert.

You want to create that eBook but everyone else has already written an eBook and they’ve done it better than you.

You want to reach out to an influencer with the hopes of collaborating, but they’ve never heard of you.

You want to take a short course in a topic you know will be useful, but it looks overwhelming.

You want to create a course for your audience but where do you even start? And you’ve hardly got time for your work as it is, how would you ever fit this in?

We have so many dreams, and twice as many things holding us back.

Can you imagine, though, if everyone who ever created anything waited until they were an expert to do so? Half of the things we have today wouldn’t exist. This is why there’s so many iPhones. Steve Jobs didn’t just release this bad boy in 2007 then sit down and go “ok, that’s done” – Apple keeps revising, innovating, improving, but letting you still have earlier versions that plenty of people are plenty satisfied with.

You can do the same. You can get out a version that’s done but not perfect, and keep upgrading as you go. And that right there is the mantra you need to remember, the five words pasted on the wall of Facebook Headquarters, the battle cry of the young and the hungry: Done is Better than Perfect.

You've got a project you'd love to do, but you're worried about not being good enough, right? We discuss a mantra you should keep in mind to finally kick butt! At ProBlogger.net

We all know if you wait for perfection, you’ll never get finished. Or if you do ever finish, you’re too late and the trend has passed, your knowledge is obsolete, or there is no consumer demand for your product any more. Or worse – someone else did it and they were successful and theirs wasn’t even as good as yours.

Seth Godin is famous for a lot of things, but one thing comes up time and time again among you and me and the people in our industry is the catchcry: ship it. It’s his version of “done is better than perfect” – just get the thing out there. Just ship your product already, whether that’s a physical product, your eBook, your blog post, it doesn’t matter. Get your creation in the hands of the people.

The Five Words You Need to Hear When You Feel Like You're Not Good Enough on ProBlogger.net

The Roadblocks

So what is holding you back? Why are you waiting for perfection? Is it fear? Are you afraid of being criticised? Are you afraid of selling a sub-par item, or even one that is good but not your best work? What will people say? Will they be disappointed they spent their time or money on you? And tell you that?

Darren recently published a podcast about the three questions you can ask yourself when you’re afraid, if that’s your roadblock. Is it the quest for perfection that’s stalling your creativity? Is it the fear of getting into the big leagues? Is it what people might say about you? You really need to recognise the roadblocks so you can minimise or eliminate them.

One of the best things you can do is sit down and write out what it is that’s holding you back. Setting it all down on paper really helps you see what it is you’re afraid of (especially if you haven’t quite articulated it yet), and give you some perspective about how you can tackle these issues so you can just ship.

Start Small

Then there’s that whole thing about overwhelm, and how it holds us back from even starting on our project. Yes we want to write an eBook, but man, what a giant job! You can no longer bang out a few sentences in Word, put a cover on it, convert to PDF and chuck it up on your site (or can you?!) – there’s a multitude of things you have to consider. Huge things, things that will potentially decide whether you succeed or fail, things that need attention and decisions and actual work to bring to life.

So just start. Before you can just ship, or just do, you have to just start [tweet that!]. Open a new document and type some title ideas, maybe your first sentence, a link to someone’s blog you want to interview, a colour scheme – anything that begins your journey. You may very well leave it untouched for the next six months, but you’ve made a small start. You’re well on your way to getting it done, and then you can think about making it perfect. Later.

Baby Steps

Every time you can, take the next step on the road to getting it done. Pick an image editing program you will use. Find or take a great cover photo. Decide on a font. Write a chapter. Send an email… just keep moving. Before you know it, all these baby steps will add up to a product that is done.

Reid Hoffman, the co-founder of LinkedIn, in his book The Start-up of You, sums this up perfectly:

‘Oh, I want to do it completely behind a cloak and then [remove] the cloak and everyone knows how wonderful and what a genius I am cause they think the product is so wonderful.’ That’s actually rarely the winning strategy. The actual winning strategy is ‘I’m moving, I’m getting out there and I’m adapting at a fast rate.’

You’re missing out

Hoffman also said this golden piece of advice that helps all of us remember everyone is in the same boat – or they were, before they were successful:

If you are not embarrassed by the first version of your product, you’ve launched too late.”

Don’t wait until it’s perfect. Just get it done. And when it embarrasses you, do it better.

What are you waiting to do? What is one step you can take to get it done?

Stacey Roberts is the Managing Editor of ProBlogger.net: 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 or be entertained on Facebook.

Reading Roundup: What’s New in Blogging Lately

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

Greetings! Did you have a big week? I’ve had ideas falling out of my ears these last few days so I’ve spent a lot of time with my notebook, brainstorming them all before they run out. Weeks like this don’t come very often, so I’ve learned to really indulge when they do. I hope it’s been an inspirational one for you too! (and if not… there’s always next week ;-))

Could some WordPress Plugins Actually Be Harming Your Blog? // The Blog Tyrant

This. Was. Huge. And something I needed to pay attention to, because I once broke my site with a plugin. It’s freaky and horrible and something I don’t wish to do again! This post was also concerning when it came to Akismet – a plugin plenty of us have on our very precious sites.

SEO Tools: The Complete List (153 Tools Reviewed and Rated) // Backlinko

Who has the time to go through all the available SEO tools to find which is the best? Well, Brian Dean did so you don’t have to. Yay!

Facebook Search Now Includes Public Posts: So Hide Yours // Wired

Super handy if you’re looking for something/want your Facebook page found… not so handy if you want to keep your private life private. Wired gives you step-by-step instructions on how to keep it that way.

Need Marketing Inspiration? Here are 12 Places to Find Great Examples // HubSpot

You could get lost for hours, which is very useful if you’re stuck in a bit of a design rut. Everything from landing pages, emails, website design… something to spark some creativity, I’m sure!

The 10 Traits of Successful Online Marketers // Entrepreneur

Ummmm I am about a 7 out of 10. Lucky one of my traits is number three, so I can work on it!

8 Killer Photography Tips from Instagram Superstars // PopSugar

If writing is your game, and you know you need to brush up on your visuals, these tips are pretty solid.

Twitter Announces New “Tweet Grid” Embeddable Display Option – Here’s How to Use it // Social Media Today

Speaking of visual, do you like pictures better than words? Twitter has announced a new grid feature where you see a visual representation of the wall like this:

My eye doesn’t know where to look in this situation, I’m more of a linear gal. But if you’re into it, Social Media Today explains how to set it up.

How to Get More Instagram Followers – The Ultimate Guide // Hootsuite

That’s a big call, but this is a big list.

How to Safely Redesign your Website Without Destroying Your Business // Kissmetrics

It’s true, people hate change. I think these ideas are pretty solid.

The Taco is Here! Apple Launches Emoji-Filled iOS 9.1 Update // Mashable

You know how excited I am about this.

So what do you think? What have you learned this week?

Also – if you’re feeling a bit like everyone is better than you and you shouldn’t even try, I’ve got just the post for you on Monday. See you then!

Stacey Roberts is the Managing Editor of ProBlogger.net: 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 or be entertained on Facebook.

Reading Roundup: What’s New in Blogging Lately

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

Your weekly links are coming hot off the heels of the annual ProBlogger Team retreat, where we get together for a couple of days to brainstorm where we’re at and where we’re going with ProBlogger. I always leave with so many ideas and so much motivation to bring you the very best!

Enjoy the info this week – would love to hear your thoughts on the links.

How to Launch Your First Twitter Ad Campaign // Hootsuite

How do you get heard in amongst the 500 million tweets sent every day? Well, Twitter has started offering Twitter Ads, and if you think that’s something you might be interested in, Hootsuite has made a simple outline for you to follow. You could, also check out what Twitter recommends here.

The World’s Highest-Paid YouTube Stars // Forbes

There’s no doubt YouTubers are making cash from their videos – and paving the way for the rest of us to do so as well. Forbes ranked the top 13 DIY Filmmakers, and at the top of the heap is PewDiePie on $12 million. Not bad!

It Took Me 13 Years to Learn This Lesson About Blogging // Jon Acuff

A great reminder about what we can really do with our blogs and the platform it gives us.

10 Hidden Tricks to Make Snapchat Infinitely Better // Mashable

Oh Snapchat, I’m still trying! I love these hacks though – they will definitely help you stand out.

Why Your Business Should Consider Blab // Social Media Examiner

We know Darren loves it – but this is why you too should be jumping on board the Blab train!

The More you Improve, the Harder it Gets // Chris Guillebeau

We are told that if we just try hard enough, we can succeed – is this really true?

Globally, We are Now Watching as Much Online Video as We are Television // Social Media Today.

Oh, it was only a matter of time. But what does that now mean for blogs? How much should we invest in video to capture this audience?

How to Teach Yourself SEO in Three Days // HubSpot

Now there’s a challenge! So much information here.

How Airbnb’s CMO Transformed the Company into a Super Brand in Just 18 Months // AdWeek

They say marketers need to be fearless – and I’m definitely seeing a trend for both bloggers wanting to think outside the square, and brands requiring more of it. I love this story about how Jonathan Mildenhall helped Airbnb stand out from a flooded market.

Instagram Says its for Business and Not Just Selfies, with New Account // MarketingLand

If you’re looking for Instagram tips, you might want to follow the source – Instagram has launched the @instagramforbusiness account promising to be “a source of inspiration for the Instagram community”. Hm.

 

So what have you read that’s new this week? Anything motivating?

Stacey Roberts is the Managing Editor of ProBlogger.net: 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 or be entertained on Facebook.

Reading Roundup: What’s New in Blogging Lately

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

Hello again! How did you go with the last roundup? Change up your Instagram? Get a new plugin? I hope this week’s is just as useful.

How to Build a Small but Mighty Team for Your Blog and Business // Amy Porterfield

I love this guest post at Amy’s site – there does come a time when you need to expand, and for the mostly clueless (i.e. me) this was really useful to guide my decision.

Why Today is the Best Day to Start an Online Business // Jeff Bullas

I know it’s something that so many of you want to do – why not work from home with an online business? But I also know it’s something that so many of us put off for a hundred reasons. We’re not ready, someone else has already done it, next year when we’ve got more time, maybe… Jeff puts all that into perspective.

SEO Checklist: 74 Step Process for Mammoth Rankings // Money Journal

Very useful steps, very pretty infographic, and very handy printable PDF! All my favourites rolled into one.

With Reactions, Facebook Facebook Supercharges the Like Button with 6 Empathetic Emoji // TechCrunch

So the changes we talked about a couple of weeks ago look like they’re in the testing phase (Ireland and Spain will be the only ones who see the rollout) – instead of just liking, you’ll be able to show anger, surprise, laughter – much more of a variety than we currently have.

Conversion Rate Optimisation: Closing the Loop on Abandoned Baskets // LCN

Wow, this was so comprehensive. I pinned it for later this year when I’m going to be dabbling in selling products.

Banish the Guilt About Making Money // Michael Hyatt

I know this is a big deal for a lot of people who earn an income online – you can come up against tough resistance, and even your own insecurities. Michael says: “Today we’re talking about why you should never feel conflicted about doing it for the money,” and I love it. Great podcast.

How to Create and Promote a Blog Post “Perfectly” Every Time // Chris Ducker

Oh-so-handy visual guide – is there something you’re missing? It’s so good seeing it laid out like this.

How to Train Your Subscribers to Open Your Email Every Time You Send // Pat Flynn

Could you imagine?? How good would that be. Loooove that tip about the Amazon book content pages.

How to Optimize Landing Pages to Boost Social Media Conversions // Social Media Examiner

It’s not all email-driven! Catch the folk who come through from social.

Intelligent Social Medial Analytics for the New Age // The Next Web

I’ve got a lot of homework to do, I’d never heard of any of these…

What’s your tip for this week?

Stacey Roberts is the Managing Editor of ProBlogger.net: 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 or be entertained on Facebook.