Reading Roundup: What’s New in Blogging Lately?

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

Coming to you live from ProBlogger HQ, the interesting things we’ve found on the internet this week. May they help you blog better!

Is Blogging Finally Dead? // Blog Tyrant

I know. We’ve even talked about it too. And Dooce said she was over it. And then Mia Freedman jumped in. But there is no denying the landscape is changing. Ramsay gives us some stats that might get you thinking… and possibly Tumblr-ing…

Google Releases the Full Version of Their Search Quality Rating Guidelines // Search Engine Land

And it’s a behemoth. 160 pages packed with SEO goodness! If you’ve ever wanted to know the lowdown, now’s the time.

How Many Outbound Links Per Word or Page? [Original Study] // Northcutt

Is it however many are most useful for readers? Less than 100? None? Heaps? Carter Bowles tells us what his research has shown is optimal.

Click Here: 16 Hacks That’ll Get Your Call-to-Action Buttons Clicked // Neil Patel

With dowloadable cheat-sheet! You guyst know how much I love that.

Image source: Moz

Announcing Moz’s New Beginner’s Guide to Content Marketing // Moz

Are you part of the 70% of content marketers who are now making double the amount of content you were a year ago? Or are you keen to get stuck into the nut and bolts of content marketing? Moz has just released a huge guide (nine chapters worth!) to get you moving. With added Carl the Content Cat, of which I am a fan.

4 Ways Anand Sanwal Captures More than 1000 Signups a Month // Entrepreneur

That’s a number not to be sneezed at. The founder of analytics platform CB Insights gives us an insight into how he keeps on rolling in those potential-customer numbers.

6 Holiday Instagram Marketing tips for Businesses // Social Media Examiner

It’s that time of year again, trying to be seen among the consumerist din. How do you stand out? Try these tips and see!

Disappearing Act: Twitter Pulls Share Counts from Tweet Buttons // Marketing Land

I did not know they announced this in October, but I noticed the other day the count had disappeared here, and thought it was something wrong from our end. Twitter says it’s because the wanted to consolidate and simplify their platform… I’m not sure how I feel about this. My poor Tweet button looks empty and sad next to its other populated friends.

Of course there’s backlash, and with backlash comes a hashtag: #SaveOurShareCounts. If you’re annoyed, let ’em know!

How to Take Good Photos with Your Phone: 17 Tips and Tricks to Try // HubSpot

Taking a great photo on your smartphone is not as simple as pointing and shooting – as we’ve all learned the hard way. Simple tips will help you look like a pro in no time.

Meet the Director of Social Media Who Doubled Pitchfork’s Instagram Following // Hootsuite

All the Instagram secrets from Pitchfork’s manager of day to day social output across Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, Vine, and Tumblr, their quarterly print publication, and music festivals, and email marketing – a huge job where she’s learned a lot.

So what are your thoughts? Upset with Twitter? Think blogging’s not dead? How many outbound links are you comfortable with?

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 or be entertained on Facebook.

Reading Roundup: What’s New in Blogging Lately?

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

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 //

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 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 /

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!


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 //

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 //

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 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 /

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 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 /

Greetings from sunny Queensland, where we are hosting the sixth annual ProBlogger Training Event! We kicked off the two days of learning and connecting with our fellow bloggers with some inspiring words from Darren himself, despite a few sore heads in the crowd after a solid night at the Welcome Networking Event last night!. Tonight is our poolside party, which promises to be even bigger. The theme is “shine” and I hear Darren’s got something extremely eye-catching up his sleeve to wear – make sure you’re following the #PBEVENT hashtag on social media to see for yourself!

Read on for this week’s round up of what’s making news in blogging.

Why Slack is Exploding as a Community-Building Platform // Hootsuite

We are using Slack at PBEVENT for all our team communication and while it’s taking some of us a while to get our heads round it, it’s proving to be a popular choice for community-building in general. Read why Hootsuite think it’s an “email killer”.

Is Google Experimenting with Bringing Twitter Into Desktop Search Results? // Search Engine Land

It might be time to dust off that old Twitter account. When was the last time you actively used it? Could be worth reviving…

Want More Blog Traffic? Focus on Growing Subscribers // Hubspot

The email list. The one everyone tells you to have because it’s so important for reaching your readers no matter what social network they’re on. It’s still the biggest tip. Hubspot tells you how to make it a priority.

Periscope Now has 10 Million Accounts – Time for Your Brand to Start Live-Streaming? // Social Media Today

Live Streaming is still the buzzword of the moment. This article explains why you should be jumping on that trend.

How to Optimize Your Facebook Posts with Facebook Audience Insights // Social Media Examiner

We’ve said it all along – the key to Facebook success is knowing your particular audience. Delve into the insights to help you figure out a content strategy that works.


So what’s news with you? What article or tip have you found useful lately?

Stacey 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 or be entertained on Facebook.

The Only Business Training Resource I Promote Just Opened for Enrolments for One Week

Update: this course will be open for enrolments for just over 1 more day.

I only promote one blogger training resource each year and this is the only week this until 2016 that they have enrolments open.

I’m very fussy about what blogger training resources I promote (because there is so much hype and dubious practice in this space) but today have a recommendation for an authentic and valuable program that I know will help many ProBlogger readers.

Here’s what you need to know.

The Short Story

The Elite Blog Academy is one of the most comprehensive blogging courses I’ve ever come across – and it’s available to enrol in with an early bird offer for just the next 5 days with the coupon code PROBLOG (which saves you $50).

Check it out here


The Longer Story

NewImageLast year I had the opportunity to meet a great US based blogger by the name of Ruth Soukup.

We only had the chance to grab a quick coffee while I was in Portland but in that time Ruth really impressed me with her story of starting and growing her blog Living Well Spending Less.

While like us all Ruth made her share of mistakes in the early days over the first four years of the blog Ruth managed to grow its readership to over a million monthly readers and to generate a full time income from it.

I was really impressed with both Ruth’s success but also the clear and strategic she applied to her blogging.

Numerous times as she spoke I wanted to take notes as she’d been experimenting with techniques I’d not come across before – particularly around Pinterest and social media.

At the end of her story I remember thinking ‘I wish we could bottle what you’ve done and share it with ProBlogger readers’.

No sooner than I’d thought this Ruth slid across the table a white folder with an outline for her EliteBlog Academy course. Yep – she’d bottled it!

The Elite Blog Academy: Enrolments Close in Five Days

Ruth’s Elite Blog Academy is literally her stepping you through her process for building a profitable blog in 12 wonderfully crafted lessons. You can learn more about it here (but use the coupon code PROBLOG to save $50).

Here’s a short video about the course:

The course is delivered through

  • 12 fantastic unit videos
  • 12 very detailed workbooks (with video outlines)
  • 16 helpful handouts, 30 assignments
  • a series of 4 live webinars with Ruth
  • weekly office hours to chat with the team
  • a weekly newsletter
  • a a Private Community forum where you can interact with Ruth and other attendees.

This course is not designed for the faint of heart – it requires work (as does successful blogging) and a willingness to really buckle down. That said, for those who are willing to do the work, it also comes with a 100% money-back guarantee.

Anyone who completes the course and has not seen measurable results in both traffic and income growth will get their money back, no questions asked. That’s a pretty incredible promise, but it means that you’ve literally got nothing to lose. 

If you are ready to finally take your blog to the next level, sign up now to secure your spot here.

Don’t forget to use the coupon code PROBLOG – it’ll save you $50 at check out. The code expires and enrolments close at midnight on 21 April.

Disclaimer: as stated above – I want to be clear that I’m an affiliate for this product but do so having checked it out and genuinely recommending Ruth it’s creator and the program itself. I’m also so impressed with Ruth’s teaching I’m flying her to Australia later this year to do some teaching at our ProBlogger Event – she’s the real deal!

All ProBlogger Ebooks Are $10 for the Next 10 Days Only

Today is my tenth anniversary of starting blogging and to celebrate I’m offering all ProBlogger ebooks at just $10 each—that’s a 50-90% saving on their normal price.

10 Years of Blogging

Ten years ago when I hit Publish on my first blog post, I could never imagined how that moment would change my life.

Having read my first blog only minutes before I spontaneously decided to give it a go myself—registered a Blogspot blog and quickly wrote my first post.

In that moment before I hit publish I had mixed feelings:

  • On one hand I felt excited by the potential of this new medium of blogging and wondered what it would happen.
  • On the other hand, I had many doubts—I had no technical experience, I wasn’t a great writer, I didn’t know if I had anything to say and wondered if anyone would ever read what I did write.

I had every reason not to start that first blog but for some reason felt compelled to hit Publish.

Fast-forward to today, ten years later, and I’m so glad I did!

Blogging has opened up some wonderful opportunities to meet great people, learn so much about the topics I write about and to travel and experience some amazing things.

That it has also become a business and the way that I feed my family is an unexpected bonus!

What’s made the last decade all the more satisfying to me is that I’ve been able to bring others along on the journey of making money through blogging—through starting ProBlogger in 2004.

Over 34 million readers have visited ProBlogger since that time—considerably more than the number of people who live here in Australia.

By no means has everyone of them become a full time blogger but almost every day I hear stories from readers telling me about the opportunities reading the blog posts and eBooks at ProBlogger has helped open up for them.

$10 ProBlogger Ebooks for 10 Days Only

So to help celebrate my ten-year anniversary of blogging, and to hopefully help you continue to grow in your blogging, I’ve decided to throw a little party on ProBlogger this week and to offer readers the opportunity to pick up ProBlogger ebooks at a price I’ve never gone to before.

It’s been ten years of blogging, so for the next ten days only I’m offering our ebooks at just $10 each.

Given our ebooks are normally priced at between $20 and $100, that’s a 50-90% discount, depending which ebooks you choose.

Buy them individually below or get the full library of eBooks for just $60 USD (a 76% discount).

Here are the ebooks you can choose from

31 Days to Build a Better Blog

31buy.jpgIf you have big dreams for your blog, but have been putting improving it in the “one day” basket, you’re not alone.

31 Days to Build a Better Blog is a downloadable ebook designed to help you revitalize your blog by giving you 31 tasks that will all help to turn it into the pageview powerhouse you’ve always dreamed of.

Each day in the project contains:

  • A Task: something to do that day.
  • Teaching: each day, you’ll be given great instruction on both the why and how of the task of the day.

31 Days to Build a Better Blog has been downloaded by many thousands of bloggers and has been recently updated into a second edition for 2012—discover more about this best selling ebook here.

ProBlogger’s Guide to Your First Week of Blogging

firstweekbuy.jpgThis ebook is all about helping bloggers who are in the first weeks of their blogging to get started on the right foot.

Bloggers starting out quickly discover that there’s a lot more to this medium than just setting up a blog and quickly slapping up a post or two. Your first post is just the beginning and you’re then faced with the tasks of finding readers, coming up with more post ideas and thinking about the long-term strategy of your blog.

This ebook is jam-packed with practical activities and exercises to do in your first week to make sure your blog is heading in the right direction.

Broken down into seven days, there are actually a total of 32 achievable tasks that will not only get your blog going, but that will help you develop the skills you need to achieve your potential as a blogger.

Learn more about this exciting new resource at ProBlogger’s Guide to Your First Week of Blogging.

ProBlogger’s Guide to Blogging for Your Business

blog4bizbuy.jpgThis ebook was written for two groups of people:

  • business owners who wanted to harness the power of blogging to grow their business
  • those working for businesses who’ve been given the task of blogging—but don’t know where to start.

Written by Mark Hayward, a successful business owner, activist, and blogging coach, the guide takes readers step by step through how to set up a blog, thinking through goals for a blog, developing a content strategy, finding readers and growing traffic, establishing and growing a social media footprint, and much more.

Practical tasks at the end of each of the 12 chapters let you implement Mark’s mentoring in a way that suits your business, and your customers.

Learn more about ProBlogger’s Guide to Blogging for Your Business.

Blog Wise: How to Do More with Less

blogwise-buy.jpg If you have a blog and understand the basics but are struggling to find time, motivation, or focus, Blog Wise is for you.

One of the most common obstacles to successful blogging among our readers is simply finding time. So we sat down with nine prolific and successful bloggers to find out how they not only blog successfully, but balance that with busy work, family, and social lives.

Bloggers interviewed include Heather Armstrong from Dooce, Brian Clark from CopyBlogger, Abby Larson from Style Me Pretty, Leo Babauta from Zen Habits, Gretchen Rubin from the Happiness Project, Darren Rowse from ProBlogger and Digital Photography School, and more.

These bloggers juggle a lot, but they get things done and will give you insight into what it takes to run a successful blog but also how to use your time effectively.

Learn More about this powerful ebook here.

Copywriting Scorecard for Bloggers

scorecardbuy.jpgThis ebook is designed to help you take the content featured on your blog up a notch.

Your blog posts are the cornerstone of your blog and will be the difference between you reaching your goals or not.

This scorecard resource is designed to help you analyze the most important elements of your content to make sure they’re engaging, readable, professional, and optimized for search engines.

It’s the ideal resource for all bloggers who are just starting out and want to learn the basics of SEO or those who’ve been at it a while but want to grow their search engine traffic.

Discover more about the Copywriting Scorecard for Bloggers.

The Blogger’s Guide to Online Marketing

marketingbuy.jpgThis kit is all about helping you to turn your blog into a business.

The Blogger’s Guide to Online Marketing—31 Steps to a Profitable Blog is a comprehensive, 31-chapter blueprint for your blog’s ongoing profitability, from the ground up.

Backed by an extensive library of practical templates, printable worksheets, and in-practice example documents, this kit delivers all you need to make your blog turn a profit now, and over the long term.

Discover more about the Blogger’s Guide to Online Marketing.

Blogging in Brief: Smart Writing Techniques, Swipe Files, and Myths Dispelled

This week, I’m kicking off a new, regular feature here on ProBlogger, called Blogging in Brief.


Image courtesy stock.xchng user quil

The idea each time is to highlight a few cool, interesting, creative ideas that professional bloggers are implementing as potential inspiration for you.

ProBlogger’s based upon a philosophy of sharing stories and learning from each other, so every couple of weeks, I’ll take a look at some of the trends, ideas, and innovative new techniques various successful bloggers are using, and which you might like to test out for yourself.

Trying a new technique

Tommy Walker’s testing a new approach to writing blog posts at the moment—have a look at this one and you’ll see what I mean.

In the world of blogging, many bloggers tend to be attracted by a particular writing style, and then work to emulate that themselves. It’s great when a blogger really strikes out on their own with a radically different approach. Tommy’s preparing a piece for us to post here on ProBlogger next month, so I’m pretty excited to see where it leads!

More unexpected blogging

Corporate blogging may seem a worthy but potentially dry area. Think again. We recently came across a post on the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention blogs (tweeted by @kasthomas). The topic? Preparedness 101: Zombie Apocalypse.

It’s humorous, entertaining, and does a great job of presenting the CDC’s key message—being that they’re prepared for, and will respond to, any public health emergency—in a way that really opens up their blog’s audience. Great blogging!

Share your story

Chris Guillebeau’s now calling for stories as part of the research he’s doing for his next book. Maybe you have one to share?

The book is on the topic of “quests”—”a project of measurable challenge that you work toward over a long period of time.” If you think you might have a story to contribute, you can find out more here.

Cool idea: swipe file

I love this idea from Lynn Terry of Lynn keeps what she calls a “swipe file” of marketing she sees that works, and calls on this when she needs ideas, tips, and inspiration.

It’s a really simple idea, and a great way to learn from others. You might have a blog post ideas list, or a product ideas file, but do you have an examples file—for marketing, blogging, or something else? Maybe it’s time to start one.

Dispelling blog freelancing myths

Tom Ewer, who’s written for us a few times now, is preparing to launch a new product which I think will be a real eye-opener for a lot of bloggers. This ebook is a practical guide to freelance blogging—something we’ve been talking about quit a lot here on ProBlogger recently.

Many of the posts you’ll see on this topic present freelance blogging as a simple, natural advance from blogging on your own blog, as a way to make money blogging … but that expectation can be a problem. An ability to write for your own blog doesn’t automatically make you a great freelancer. There’s a lot more to it than that.

This book (which our Content Manager Georgina has had a sneak preview of) tells it like it is as far as freelance blogging goes. Should be interesting to see the reaction from bloggers on this one!

Creating a better Internet, people

Finally, I came across this post by Allison Boyer this week and thought I’d share it. It’s got some great, basic advice I think we can all agree on. As Allison says, “Let’s create a better Internet, people.”

The news of Google’s launch of the Disavow Links tool, to help site owners who’ve suffered from bad backlinks claw back search rank, might help support the same cause.

What cool, creative things have you seen other bloggers doing this week? Share your links in the comments.

Grab Your BWE Virtual Ticket for $100 Off—24 Hours Left

Wish you could get to Blog World Expo this year, but can’t make it to New York? Me too.

I’ll be in Queensland with the winners of my blogging competition, but I know there are plenty of bloggers from other countries, as well as within the States, who won’t be able to attend Blog World this year.

Fortunately, you and I don’t need to miss out on the information and fun of the Expo (and if the speaker list for this year is anything to go by, the conference is going to be really impressive).

We “remote” bloggers can still “attend” on a BWE virtual ticket. And if we register by May 15 (that’s roughly 24 hours from now!), the good folks at Blog World will give us a $100 discount on the tickets.

That’s a great deal—the full virtual ticket price is $397, so this is a discount of 25%.

The virtual ticket includes access to every recorded session (including audio and the slides presented by the speaker), as well as various bonuses that the BWE team adds exclusively for those with virtual tickets—click here for full details of what’s included.

Don’t miss this great discount—grab your Blog World Expo virtual ticket here.