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Reading Roundup: What’s New in Blogging Lately?

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

This is it! Our last roundup before 2015 implodes in a concoction of fireworks and warm champagne. I hope you’ve enjoyed them (the roundups, not the warm champagne but hey, to each his own), and I’m looking forward to sharing the best of the bits and pieces I find on my safari through the internet in the new year.

Now, without delay – your news!

100 Pinterest Trends of 2016 // Mashable

I cannot get on board the “coffin nail” trend, but I am all about teaching kids to code. If you blog on any of these topics, start optimising your current posts for Pinterest now!

6 Tools for Selling Products on Instagram // Social Media Examiner

I’ve bought quite a few things I’ve seen on my Instagram feed, and it can be a great way of selling if you have something visual to show. If that’s you – then click on over.

108 Experts Give Advice to New Bloggers // Blogging Thing

You are going to need to save this one and refer to it later… a lot. It’s huge! so much to take in. Pin it maybe? Either way, gird your loins and dive in.

Idea Sex: How New Yorker Cartoonists Generate 500 Ideas a Week // 99u

I’m always fascinated at the creative process, and how artsy people come up with so many ideas – this insight into cartoonists and their work was fantastic. It was a great reminder that you have to have lots of ideas (and put aside time to have them!) for you to mine out the workable ones. You have to have the shite ideas to get to the good ones.

Speaking of which…

Viewpoint: How Creativity is Helped by Failure // BBC Magazine

Everybody loves a peek into the real lives behind the curated ones of others, and I like that spin on this idea of an exhibition showing the stuff-ups before the final good copies of designs and illustrations. Life isn’t always the end product, and end products didn’t just fly out of the heads and hands of creatives, fully formed. Sometimes it’s a long road of wrong to get to the right destination. That’s normal. You’re normal!

Hat tip and glass clink to Ash Ambirge from The Middle Finger Project for those last two. Good stuff!

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A Really Big Guide to Finding Images For Your Blog (And How to Use Them Like a Pro) // The Blog Tyrant

Not only does Ramsay give you plenty of places to find great pictures for your blog and social media, but he goes one step further and shares a bunch of tools and resources to help you use them right. Bonus legal info too! On point.

9 Tips for Launching Your Business on Instagram // Ivanka Trump

Or upgrading and updating it if you’re already established. The lasses from HeyMama take you through the non-negotiable basics if you want to get traction on everyone’s favourite visual platform. Will probably also make you want to rip your jeans.

3 Podcast Episodes to Help You Grow Your Email List // Aweber

And who doesn’t want to do that?! You might even spot a familiar face in this list, chatting to the tune of $1.3m a year blogging.

Why We Unsubscribed 250K People From HubSpot’s Marketing Blog and Started Sending Less Email // HubSpot

The dreaded graymail. We all have it, and want to know how to manage it – now HubSpot is doing something about it. Could you do it?

7 Lessons I Learned from Blogging My Book // Huffington Post

I remember when The Pioneer Woman did something similar… so for those of you thinking there’s a book in there waiting to be serialised, check out this post first. Blogging and book writing are very different beasts, best not to confuse the two.

So are you going to blog a book? Delete 45% of your email list? Come up with 500 ideas a week? Or say “screw it, it’s Christmas” and eat a bowl of truffles?

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. She’s probably eating truffles right now.

Finding Readers, Finding Ideas, Finding time to Blog: The Top ProBlogger Podcast Episodes of 2015

The top ProBlogger Podcast Episodes of 2015

We’re closing out this week looking back on the year that was with a bang today – the most popular ProBlogger Podcast episodes of 2015! So far this year there have been over 620,000 downloads and we’ve published 76 episodes.

As you will remember, Darren kicked off his new venture in July with a podcast a day for 31 days, helping you grow a better blog in the meantime. Each episode had a new challenge for you to go away and implement on your own sites, which was the motivation many of you needed to take your blog to the next level.

Your favourite episodes of the ProBlogger Podcast were:

Episode 29: How to Develop a Plan to Grow Your Readership

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You may write great content, but readers generally don’t just show up to read it. So what do you do? Darren takes us through a step-by-step plan to help you get your content out in front of a wider potential audience.

Episode 11: How to Come Up with Hundreds of Blog Post Ideas for Your Blog

Top ProBlogger Podcasts 2015

One of Darren’s favourite days in the 31 Days to Build a Better Blog series, and one that will ensure you’ll never sit down again and go “soooooo what am I actually going to write?” and then give up and scroll Facebook. You will be or.ga.nised.

Episode 12: How to Create an Editorial Calendar for your Blog

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With all those ideas you’d have come up with after listening to the previous podcast, you’ll then be guided into putting them into a calendar that will cover your content for a full year. With tips from Darren and a description of his own successful calendar, you’ll be armed with plenty of knowledge to help you create a workable editorial schedule.

Episode 18: How to Create a Page That Propels People Deep Within Your Blog

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You know the one – where a reader stumbles onto your site and finds, one one page, tons of links to other important and useful information they’re dying to read. Before they know it the’ve fallen down a click rabbit hole on your site and have been reading your archive for half an hour. Darren explains the best way to create such a page on your own site to help keep readers on your blog for longer.

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Did you have a favourite? Which one was the episode that led to a breakthrough in your blogging?

You can also catch the rest of the series here:

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.

Grow Your Blog’s Traffic and Income by Creating a Resources Page for Your Blog

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Today’s ProBlogger Podcast challenge is one of those I’ve had on my “someday” list for too long now: create a “resources” page for your blog. It’s an excellent way of grouping all your affiliate programs together, and also heading off some of the frequently asked questions about what you use and recommend.

You can see our (recently updated) Resources page here on ProBlogger, where I list useful tools, services, and training for bloggers, and in the show notes of today’s episode I also list a few more examples of how other bloggers in other niches have set theirs up.

Not only are pages on your blog dedicated to blogging resources good for affiliate income and to answer questions, but you’ll find they can also rank highly in search engines and has the capacity to do well on social if comprehensive enough and designed well.

This #TodayNotSomeday task is one that was sorely needed here on ProBlogger – the last time I had updated that page was six years ago! It was in a terrible state, with broken links, nonexistent offers, and out-of-date information. I still am so embarrassed by that, and I almost didn’t want to even mention it here or on the podcast.

But there’s always time to turn it around, and so I urge you to update your resources page, or create one, for today’s challenge. I’ve got some tips in the podcast to help you create a page that really works for you and I’d love to see a link to the finished product – make sure you use the #TodayNotSomeday hashtag so I can keep track!

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Our Top General Blogging Tips: The Most Popular ProBlogger Posts of 2015

Our Top General Blogging Tips: the Most Popular ProBlogger Posts of 2015

So far we’ve spilled the beans on everything concerning creating content, earning an income on your blog, and tips for a smashing social media strategy, and now it’s time to turn our attention to those random-but-general things that have helped thousands of you push your blogs forward this year.

Be sure to return tomorrow for a secret bonus round we’ll be sharing!

Our Top General Blogging Tips: The Most Popular ProBlogger Posts of 2015

Where to Find Free Images Online

 

Where to find free images online // Problogger.net

It seems my bugbear was yours too, this year! There have been quite a few places to get quality, modern, free and no-attribution images online springing up since I wrote this post, but these are still my go-to sites. They never let me down.

A Powerful Exercise Inside Google Analytics to Set You Up for a Successful Year of Blogging

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The one where Darren takes us on a tutorial trip through Google Analytics to drill down into your audience, how they arrive at your blog, and what they do when they are there. He uses the data gleaned from this exercise at the end of every year to figure out what to re-share on social, what gets shared most, what headlines worked, what content fell flat, and what posts could be optimised or upgraded in the new year. It’s a long one – take a drink!

 

10 Simple Hacks that Will Increase Your Blog Traffic

10 Simple Hacks that will Increase Your Blog Traffic all the secrets revealed on ProBlogger.net

We love simple, we love hacks, and we love traffic. No wonder this post resonated with many of you in 2015!

How to Write Brilliant Blog Posts: 5 Tips from Psychology

How to Write Brilliant Blog Posts 5 Tips from Psychology - on ProBlogger.net

It seemed you all were “ready to rock a brilliant blog post? Do you want to write faster, think more creatively, just do it all better?”, as this post really hit it out of the park with readers. Five really simple but effective tips to create an environment where success is inevitable.

Top 15 Free Internet Marketing Tools to Boost Your Online Business

Top 15 FREE Internet Marketing Tools To Boost Your Online Business

Free! Tools! 15 of them! From content generation to social scheduling tools to testing the speed your site loads, there’ll be something here that will help you find a shortcut in blogging. Which brings me to my next point:

5 Ways to Make Your Blogging Life Easier

5 Ways to Make Your Blogging Life Easier

When you feel a little bit overwhelmed, and like the to-do list of your blog is longer than the years you’ll ever be alive, here are five ways to slash the stress and breathe a bit more. Put some of them into place before the end of the year and start 2016 off on the right path.

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What was your favourite?

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.

Our Top Tips on Social Media: The Most Popular ProBlogger Posts of 2015

Our Top Tips on Social Media the Most Popular ProBlogger Posts of 2015

With the ever-changing Facebook algorithm, nothing but crickets on Twitter, and Instagram being a slow-moving feast, we’ve seen a huge response to our posts on the topic of social media this year. It’s like a beast we’re all desperate to tame. In this roundup there are a couple of videos and a few step-by-step tutorials showing how the experts do it – I hope you find them useful.

Check back tomorrow for the most popular general blogging tips we’ve published (think productivity, traffic, engagement), and catch up on our most popular posts on creating content and monetization.

Our Top Tips on Social Media 2015

7 Effective tips to Grow Your Social Media the Right Way

7 Tips to Grow Your Social Media Presence The Right Way / problogger.net

This thorough post covers everything from measuring audience demographics to tools to help you get an advantage. Bring a pen and notepad and take notes!

How to Build an Effective Social Media Workflow to Increase Your Traffic

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In this video, Darren shared his own personal social media strategy for Digital Photography School, and in only 20 minutes a day! No wonder it was popular.

3 Steps to Saving Time by Writing Social Media Updates in Batches

3 ways to increase your effectiveness on social media by creating your updates in batches.

I love this: “Scheduling updates in advance solves a number of social media’s most frustrating problems. It gives your routine newfound flexibility, and it can even make you a better blogger. But there’s one hurdle that scheduling alone doesn’t take care of for you: those updates still have to come from somewhere, and that means you have to write them.” – it’s so true! So Tom takes us through a bunch of ways we can cut down on the work for maximum social media results.

How I Use Edgar to Increase the Effectiveness of my Social Media Strategy

How I use Edgar to Increase the Effectiveness of My Social Media Strategy - ProBlogger

An update of sorts to the above article on Darren’s social media schedule – including ProBlogger’s social media (mostly Twitter) and a video tutorial to help you through creating a similar winning strategy.

The Step-by-Step Method of Making Your Content Shareable on Social Media

The Step-by-Step Method of Making Your Content Shareable on Social Media

Another fantastic tutorial on helping you get your content social-share ready. Includes ways to get around common mistakes bloggers make – don’t miss it.

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What did you find most useful? Do you have a solid social media schedule? What are your favourite tips?

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.

How to Make Your Social Media Strategy More Effective for the New Year

7 Effective Tips To Grow Your Social Media Presence The Right Way

Today’s episode of the ProBlogger podcast is number 7 in our list of 10 tasks that I’m urging you to do #TodayNotSomeday (because let’s face it – someday usually turns into never!), and it’s a great one: get your social strategy nailed before the year starts.

In this day and age, bloggers really can’t get ahead unless they’re active on social media. While it’s not nice to think that if your blog is out of sight, you’re out of mind, but unfortunately, that is the case! Your work only gets in front of the people who need to see it if you put it there. Social media has the power to drive a lot of traffic to your blog, help you build community with readers, and is a fantastic secondary point of connection after your email list.

If you’re like many of your fellow bloggers, you’ve fallen into a social media rut. It can be very easy to get disillusioned at this point and give up – and if you don’t, you find yourself doing the same things in the same way because you’re busy, or you can’t think of any other way of doing it.

It’s very easy to get distracted and just dial in your socials, and of course, even easier to get overwhelmed.

It was around this time last year when I realised my own approach to social media sorely needed a shakeup. Across the board, my ProBlogger accounts had become boring, with no visuals, no personality, no engagement, and too much selling. If I was bored, imagine how the readers felt?

There were reasons for this, as there are reasons we all get complacent when we’ve been blogging for some time. But once I decided to make some changes, of course the obvious happened – traffic and engagement grew.

While I can’t possibly share everything I’ve tried and done in this podcast, I do go through some of the strategies I’ve used to boost my involvement with my social media accounts. I give a list of things I recommend you really think about as you analyse your own social strategy, and my tips for managing them well, what kind of schedule you should adhere to, building systems, and tools you can use to help you manage what can be an insurmountable task.

you can find the show notes to episode 73 of the ProBlogger podcast here, and as always, I’ll be looking out for the #TodayNotSomeday hashtag on Twitter and Instagram to see how you’re all doing.

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Our Top Tips on Monetization: The Most Popular ProBlogger Posts of 2015

Our Top Tips on Monetization: the Most Popular ProBlogger Posts of 2015

If you were here yesterday, you would know I’m rounding up the most popular posts on ProBlogger this year in the categories of content, social media, general tips, and today’s crowd favourite: Monetization! I hope if you missed them the first time around, that these posts push you in the right direction (or you learn something new you missed on initial reading!) Go forth and earn, my friends.

The Full Blog Monetization Menu: 60 Ways to Make Money with Your Blog

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Yes, sixty. Sixty whole ways of making money on or because of your blog. If standard affiliate/ad/sponsored post fare is not for you, you are almost guaranteed to find something on this list you’d rather do to earn some cash with your blog. So comprehensive! It’s a must-see.

Make Money Blogging For Real: 3 Must-Know Factors

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  • How do you make money online?
  • How does AdSense work?
  • Should I attend this “make money online” course?

I’m sure you’ve asked or been asked these questions at some point in your blogging career. And while we can’t all be raking in millions of dollars every year, the fact remains you can make good money on your blog… if you heed these three tips.

5 Advanced Techniques I use to Make Money on My Blog

5 Advanced techniques to Monetize Your Blog on ProBlogger.net

The wonderful Erin from Travel With Bender pulled back the curtain to show us all that there is money to be made on travel blogs, and exactly how she does it.

Make Money Blogging: Start the New Year by Increasing Your Income Streams

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Well, it is that time of year! Darren outlined tons of great advice on how to make a legitimate, sustainable income on your blog by diversifying. Check it out if you haven’t already.

Top Tips for Getting the Most out of Monetizing Brand-Blog Relationships

Top Tips for Getting the Most out of Monetizing Brand-Blog Relationships

Louisa Claire stopped by ProBlogger HQ to spill all the secrets she’s learned from being both a blogger and the conduit between bloggers and brands. What are brands looking for? What kind of blog do you need? How do you get on a brand’s radar? What’s the first step when you think you might want to work with brands in a sponsored or ambassadorship capacity? Louisa tells all.

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So what do you think? Are you inspired now? Were you surprised by any of these? Which monetization model works best for you?

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.

Our Top Tips on Creating Content: the Most Popular ProBlogger Posts of 2015

Our Top Tips on Creating Content: the Most Popular ProBlogger Posts of 2015

It’s been a great year here on ProBlogger, and as I advised (bullied you into?!) the other day – it’s time to look back on the year that was on your blog. I’ve been having a scroll through our analytics to dig out what posts you guys found most useful this year and I’ll be publishing the top five in the categories of content, monetization, social media, and the general tips we’ve shared across the rest of this week. Check back tomorrow for the next instalment!

Our Top Tips on Creating Content: The Most Popular ProBlogger Posts of 2015

Four Blogging Tools to Make Your Content Go Further

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Tools! You guys love tools. This post has four recommendations – on the subject of visual content, how to keep tabs on those blogging in your industry, how to manage your social media, and growing your influence. They’re pretty solid tips that will help you make the most of the content you create to make more of a mark in the blogging world.

3 Content Tweaks to Increase Your Blog Traffic Without Spending a Penny

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Oh how we adore a bargain! And nothing is cheaper than free. Guest contributor Jawad Khan shared three changes you can make to your existing and future blog content, without spending tons of money, to immediately start getting more traffic from search engines and social media websites. All that reward for very little work.

How to Get Top Bloggers to Share Your Content and Boost Your Traffic

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This is a solid, lengthy post with great ideas on how to get your content in front of the right people – people with enough influence to send tons of traffic your way.

How to Build Your Blog’s Audience with Longform Evergreen Content

How to Build Your Blog's Audience with Long Form Evergreen Content

Pulling from some fantastic Tim Ferriss advice, this post reminded you all to get back to basics if you want to increase your traffic. Is your content full of useful, evergreen advice? Are you strong on who your audience is and who you are writing to? Why long form anyway? All the answers are revealed…

Google’s Mobilegeddon: The Best Excuse to Repurpose Old Content

How to Build Your Blog’s Audience with Long Form Evergreen Content - on problogger.net

Google Mobilegeddon (the algorithm change that penalised websites that didn’t have mobile capabilities) frightened many of you into action. It was also the perfect time to reformat your content and publish it in varying ways. Mike gives a few pointers on how to breathe new life into old content.

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So what worked for you? Which tips did you find most useful? Have you had an extra-good year on your blog content-wise? I’d love to chat in the comments!

I’m also taking bets on what you think were the most popular posts on monetisation, which will be revealed in tomorrow’s 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.

Discover How to Turn Your Passion into Profit: 70% Off our Online Marketing Kit

Last week here on ProBlogger I put together a rather impulsive sale on the 31 Days to Build a Better Blog eBook and was overwhelmed by people taking up the offer and shooting me messages of thanks.

So this week we’ve decided to put another of our resources on sale with another week long sale and we’ve made the discount bigger!

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The Blogger’s Guide to Online Marketing was written with the purpose of helping bloggers who start blogging for ‘passion’ to turn their blogs into profitable businesses.

This week only it’s yours for $14.99 USD – a 70% saving when you use the coupon code BYE2015 during the check out.

Written by the Web Marketing Ninja (a friend who had to keep his identity secret at the time due to working in a pretty high profile position) – this resource is much more than an eBook – it’s a whole ‘kit’ for bloggers which includes:

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1. A 31 Chapter eBook

This clear, practical ebook includes 31 chapters focused on practical profit-generating strategies. Each detailed, insightful chapter encapsulates the Web Marketing Ninja’s wisdom, honesty, and extensive experience creating profitable and sustainable online brands. There’s also plenty of examples and activities for you to tackle.

Learn more about what each of the 31 chapters covers here.

2. A Comprehensive Resource Library

A downloadable, practical resource library which contains more than 21 documents, templates, worksheets, and examples to help you put the Ninja’s advice into practice immediately.

3. Bonus: 1 Hour Webinar Recording

Early buyers of this kit were invited to a Q&A webinar with Chris Garrett, Darren Rowse and the Web Marketing Ninja where they answered frequently asked questions on the topic of making money blogging.

You’ll get access to a recording of this webinar which goes for around 70 minutes to listen to in your own time.

The Ninja is a friend who helped me to start thinking more strategically about my own blogging. He helped me launch my first eBooks and taught me exactly how to get products from idea to launch.

This kit puts it into a system for you to follow!

Grab it Today for 70% Off

The Blogger’s Guide to Online Marketing is normally $49.99 USD. This week only you can get it for $14.99 USD – a price we’ve never offered before.

My hope is that you’ll use it to create a profitable blog in 2016!

Get yours here but make sure you use the coupon code BYE2015.

How to Make Money as an Affiliate with a Best Seller List

How to Make Money as an Affiliate with a Best Seller List

A quick one today, and something that has helped me earn over half a million dollars with the Amazon Affiliate Program – so let’s get stuck in!

This #TodayNotSomeday task is one I’ve used numerous times and is easily adaptable to other affiliate programs or even your own products, if that’s your monetisation model. The concept of a “Best Seller List” is simple, but effective, and something you can definitely do today to start seeing results.

In this episode I tell you how I came up with the idea, why it works so well, and how you can do it too, right now! I’ll explain how often you can create best seller lists, the different sources from where you can pull together the information, and also a few examples in the show notes of some of the ones that have been successful for me.

You can share your ideas on Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #TodayNotSomeday. Good luck!

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