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Don’t Let your Blog Become Like My Sock Drawer

Got a messy sidebar on your blog? It’s time to clean it up (like I cleaned up my sock drawer today).

Note: You’re more than welcome to share this video and embed it on your blog/site.

Check out the full sized version of this on YouTube, MySpace, Blip.tv and Viddler.

How to Optimize Ads on a Blog for Higher Profit [VIDEO]

“What is the best way to utilize ads on a blog and maximise their potential profit?” – Question from @RyanBarr on Twitter.

This video post looks at 5 factors that help to make an ad be more profitable on your blog – it’s based on an older post here on ProBlogger where I presented an equation for AdSense success.

The five factors are:

  1. Traffic
  2. Ad Positioning
  3. Ad Design
  4. Relevancy (between reader intent, the content and the ads)
  5. How much are ads paying

While I originally came up with this equation with regards to AdSense it relates to all kinds of advertising on blogs as well as affiliate programs to some degree. The principles are introductory but a good place to start for those just starting with making money from blogs.

5 Tips to Help You Get a Blogging Job

More and more people are looking to add a second income stream to their lives by landing a blogging job. In this video I share 5 tips for increasing the chances of finding a blogging job.

This video was sponsored by eHow.com – a place for writers to make money, promote their blog, and share their knowledge.

See the full sized video at YouTube.

If you’re looking for a blog job don’t forget to check out the ProBlogger Job Boards mentioned in the video.

9 Tips to Help You Find More RSS Subscribers for Your Blog

Finding RSS Subscribers is something that many bloggers spend a lot of time thinking about – so in this video I thought I’d put together a few thoughts on how to grow your subscriber numbers.

See the full sized version of this video here at YouTube.

PS: in the post I mentioned some links that might help you to expand upon some of the ideas touched upon in this video. Here they are:
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How to Create Great First Impressions on New Readers and Convert Them Into Loyal Readers

This video has been around for over a year now (I made it just after ProBlogger was last redesigned) but I think it’s particularly relevant for this time of year when many bloggers are looking at refreshing the look and feel of their blog.

First impressions matter both in real life face to face interactions with new people that you meet AND the first interactions you have with new readers. In this video I examine 5 ways you can improve the impression that you leave on first time readers and give three questions to ask when thinking about how to leave good impressions on readers.

Of course overarching all of what I mention is that your content needs to be of the highest quality to create a good first impression. Your design, titles, tag lines etc can all be amazing but unless you’ve got something useful and unique to say – the first impression will not be as good as it could be.
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More Blog Tips from Blog World Expo – Part 3

Here’s the final part in a series of tips that I’ve been showing over the last couple of months from Blog World Expo where a number of bloggers share some quick blog tips.

This video features Lee LeFever (Common Craft), Josh, Matt and Nate (UniqueBlogDesigns), Tim Flight (Shopzilla) and Rick Calvert (BlogWorldExpo).

The Video was shot on a Flip Mino.

See this video at full size at Revver, Blip.tv, Viddler and YouTube.

Get more Blog tips from our Blog Tips for Beginners series.

3 Successful Bloggers Share their Blog Tips [VIDEO]

Here’s another compilation of blog tips from three prominent bloggers – Jeremy from Shoemoney, Steve Pavlina and Andy Wibbels.

The video was shot at Blog World Expo 08 on a Flip Video Mino Series Camcorder.

See this video at full size on YouTube, Blip.tv and Viddler. See the last video in this series with another 4 bloggers here.

Get more Blog tips from our Blog Tips for Beginners series.

Blog Tips from Blog World Expo [VIDEO]

Last week at Blog World Expo I had the opportunity to speak with hundreds of bloggers of all topics, backgrounds and levels of experience. One of the things that quickly became evident as I spoke with these bloggers was that collectively the bloggers who had gathered together in Vegas for those few days had a vast amount of knowledge.

I decided to do my best to capture some of this on video and used my new Flip Mino Series Camcorder to interview 15 or so of them. Here are the first 3 interviews – Chris Brogan, Patsi Krakoff and Denise Wakeman and David Peralty.

Thanks to Business Week Exchange for sponsoring this video.

For a larger version of this video see it on YouTube, MySpace, Revver, Blip.tv, Facebook and Viddler.

Get more tips on blogging in our Blog Tips for Beginners series of post.

Present a Consistent Brand in Your Blogging

In this video post I reflect upon the one of the downsides of changing your blog’s brand and/or design.

While updating blog design, logos and avatars in social media sites can bring a lot of life to a blog and present you with an up to date and fresh web presence – one of the negatives is that you can actually stop the momentum that you might have already created with your previous branding.

This is a lesson that applies when thinking about blog design but also even the simple avatars you choose for your Twitter and other social media profiles.

I’m interested to hear your experiences of both how changing your online ‘branding’ has led to confusion but also how you would suggest bloggers do it in a way that builds upon previous branding.

This post was brought to you by Business Week Exchange.

PS: sorry for the audio quality on this video. I recorded it in a public space and there was a little too much background noise.