Meet Avinash Kaushik–His Blog Analytics Advice is Gold

Avinash Kaushik infographic

Discovering Avinash Kaushik online has been like finding a valuable treasure out in a vast, barren valley. I read his blog Occam’s Razor to get cutting edge tips on digital marketing and analytics. He has two well received books on analytics: Web Analytics: An Hour a Day and the newly released Web Analytics 2.0

I could go on, so I’ll let this infographic tell the full story on why he’s someone I respect and why you should check him out. Continue reading…

Addiction Recovery Blogger The Secret Slayer Chats with Matt – #HOA (Video Interview)

The Secret Slayer

 

The Secret Slayer

 

The purpose of her blog is to share her past so others may heal.

Her name is Pearl. She’s an addiction recovery blogger off to a fast start.

Pearl used the Build Your Own Blog setup guide to begin a new blogging journey that is changing her life.

In this interview, Matthew asks The Secret Slayer many different questions that reveal why this blog has started strong and continues to grow. Continue reading…

Video Will Rock Your Blog! Time to Turn Up the vBlogs

Are you on the web  blog bandwagon yet?

There is a lot of compelling support of the fact that web video should be a significant focus of your site.

People love stats, so here are some stats.

  1. According to Forrester Research, just one minute of video is worth 1.8 million words. That’s an average of 3,000 web pages. Continue reading…

Building Trust With Your Readers In Less Than 8 Minutes

Building trust with your readers is your most valuable asset as a blogger.

You must step up, establish authority and increase readership. Building trust with your readers is vital to survival as a blogger. Unfortunately, far too many bloggers cannot establish, or maintain, trust with their readership.

How does one go about building trust with their readers? Continue reading…

Hard Lessons: How One New Blog Failed Miserably

I was approached by a company that was starting up a new blog similar to this one.

My first reaction, knowing the niche was already crowded with such blogs, most by charlatans, was how would they move into a crowded niche and not only compete but overtake the competition for a bigger piece of the “starting a blog” audience. It is possible, with careful and dedicated planning.

Unfortunately, they hadn’t planned, nor did they look at the competition to see what was needed to compete and excel.

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Published Authors Need a Blog – Carey Green Shares Why and How

A book by Carey Green

How can a blog help a published author?

That’s a good question.

You may already have a book published and you’re reading this thinking, “How can I find the time to blog and write books?” Or you may have dreams about writing a book one day and you’re not sure how to fit a blog into your future plans… Why blog? Isn’t being on Amazon enough?

I get these types of email questions a lot from people who are starting a blog to promote their book or want a blog to facilitate their writing career, so I decided to investigate. Continue reading…

Don’t Be Cheesy! 4 Clichés to Avoid in a Video Script

Cheesy videos stink like Limburger.

That’s problematic because nobody wants to have a “cheesy” blog or “cheesy” online business… Well, except for maybe Weird Al.

How closely do you tune in to the video and audio ads that fly past you every day?

We tune out most of them, right? Because so many of them are complete cheese balls. You know, filled with the same cliches you’ve heard ten million times.

To help you create videos for your blog that avoid the cheesiness and grab people’s attention, here are four cliches you should avoid.

Remember these tips the next time you write a video script…

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Blog Branding: Grab Your Blog By the Horns and Brand It Like a Cowboss

                                   Photo credit: Kipp Baker

 

Without branding, your blog is like a cow.

That’s right. Just another domesticated ox blending into a huge herd of blogs, trudging across the internet plains.

Sorry if this offends. What I’m trying to say is that your blog might actually be a gorgeous stallion that nobody notices because you haven’t branded her. Continue reading…

Red Bull Slogan Satire [Marketing Parody]

Redbull gives you wings

Fred was different than the other Cans.

He wanted to somehow carry on his family legacy. But the problem with Fred was he tended to lack creative vision. “I’m a realist,” he would tell other Cans.

Fred wanted to give people something that was more than just metaphorical…he desired to give out something real. Tangible.

So Fred spent hours sitting on a store shelf pondering how he could serve his purpose while also giving young people a benefit they could use in a practical way…

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THE WordPress Mega Extended Post: Why Rock Stars Choose It; How New Bloggers Use It

Screenshot of the Rolling Stones Official Website

What do the Rolling Stones, Jay-Z and Katy Perry have in common?

All three use WordPress for their blog.

As the lead singer of the Rolling Stones, Mick Jaggar, once said:

  “When I can’t get no satisfaction with my website, and blogging becomes a beast of burden, I just start me up a new WordPress blog, paint it black and make it sweeter than brown sugar. Time is on my side, because I’ve got this brilliantly epic blog post here under my thumb so I can refer to it whenever needed.

So just hold onto your hat because all the dirty work has been done for you here. You can’t always get what you want, but you can learn how to use WordPress, so bookmark this post and flip the switch when ready.”  My imagination

Ah yes, Mick is a big fan of Build Your Own Blog. Such kind words. He….okay, so he didn’t actually say that.

But the Stones are using WordPress these days, so somebody must dig it.

Maybe it’s Keith… Continue reading…

Blog Design Charms that Attract & Win Over Visitors

The Doors of Dublin by Tim Sackton  CC BY-SA 2.0

“Design is not about making things pretty. It’s about making things work to their best ability.” – Peter Flaschner – Professional Web Designer

What Peter said goes straight to the heart of blog design.

There’s more to blog design than just looking “pretty” or “cool”…your blog design is all about helping your blog connect with the right audience, growing that audience and finding success. Continue reading…