Blogger Survival Tip: Kill the Bear Trying to Eat You

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Have you ever seen a movie called The Edge?

Here’s a quick synopsis: A billionaire (played by Sir Anthony Hopkins) tags along with his supermodel wife to her photo shoot up in the Alaskan frontier.

Alec Baldwin plays the sleazy photographer.

Baldwin and Hopkins end up getting lost out in the wilderness together. I’m talking many miles out from their lodge, thanks to a small plane crash.

It gets worse. Continue reading…

How to Creatively Monetize Your Travel Blog


I have a fond place in my heart for Kathmandu.

Not just because 2 wild men attacked me in this exotic capital of Nepal.

One dude nibbled on my right triceps. Another reached back and punched me in the shoulder, walloping me as he grinned insidiously, like the Cheshire Cat.

Before I drop a dual Mike Tyson reference I have to share: I hatched the idea for Blogging From Paradise after speaking to a travel blogger at the Indian Embassy in Kathmandu.

She’d earned some nice coin through both sponsored posts and advertising but those income streams dried up for her.

The wheels slowly turned in my mind.

I’d seen so many struggling travel bloggers bemoan the fact that their sponsored post and advertising revenue was sporadic at best.

Could I show travel bloggers better, more creative ways to make money online?

Heck yeah! Continue reading…

How Influencer Marketing Can Help You Become a More Successful Blogger

Influencer marketing has gotten extremely popular in the past few years.

The reason for this is that social media offers ‘regular’ people a way to reach a certain influence over a group of people, and bloggers and businesses are making use of this as it helps them reach a larger audience.

In this blog post, I’m going to show you how influencer marketing can help you become a more successful blogger. Continue reading…

Blind Blogger Maxwell Ivey Takes Away Your Excuses [EP 23 The Blog Chronicles]

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What’s your excuse?

Blind Blogger Maxwell Ivey has a way of crushing every excuse we have about almost anything.

You see, most people online are too scared to do much. They come up with all sorts of excuses.

–Not enough time.

–Don’t know what to do.

–Can’t keep myself going after five posts

–Yada yada yada

Bah! Maxwell has heard them all. Don’t even try it. 😉

Find out how “The Blind Blogger” does business online (hint: WordPress is a big help) despite his physical limitations. Continue reading…

What This Wounded Coal Miner Did to Be Happy & Free [EP 22 The Blog Chronicles]

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On this episode of The Blog Chronicles a longtime blogger and social media expert is sharing his personal story for the first time.

If you think a coal miner has no shot at finding blog success, meet Wade Harman.

Wade was a fifth-generation coal miner in Virgina for ten years.

Growing up, that’s the only lifestyle he knew. He describes the coal mines as “calling to me” when he was young. So like his father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, Wade began working for a coal mining company soon after high school.

But a tragic and unexpected accident crushed his well-paying job. Physically, Wade was forced to work from home.

The “new economy”, or online lifestyle, was the next career to call his name. Continue reading…

How to Create an Expert Roundup Post for the First Time Part 1 [EP 20 The Blog Chronicles]

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This episode of The Blog Chronicles is a bit different.

Instead of an interview, I recorded a meeting I had with blogger Maddy Osman.

Why? We are both interested in putting together a form of blog content called The Mega Expert Roundup Post.

I’m thinking that recording and documenting this experiment would be helpful for YOU so that you’ll know what a mega expert roundup post is, how they are made, and the purpose behind them (what they can do for you.)

Neither one of us has published a mega expert roundup before. You get to follow along behind the curtain. 🙂 Mistakes and all.  Continue reading…

Feisty 86 Year Old Writer Plans New Blog [EP 25 The Blog Chronicles]


Age is just a number.

That’s definitely the motto today’s podcast guest lives by.

Meet Lura Zerick: she is 86 years young and already working on two new novels.

She has been a writer since the 1980s, starting out as a freelancer with print publications.

She has self-published 7 books. Most of them were published after she turned 70.

Lura says she wouldn’t go back to being 35 for a million dollars. After spending five minutes with her, I believe it.

With her writing experience and amazing attitude, I brought her on The Blog Chronicles knowing that many would enjoy her story. Continue reading…

How a Spiritual Blog Spreads Goodness and Fights Evil


Spiritual blogs are a hot niche.

I get emails every week from people wanting to start a spiritual blog.

The niche is broad and has a lot of overlap with the “self help” niche…sometimes they can seem like one and the same.

Because many bloggers want to blog on spiritual topics that help people. They want to write about self-improvement from a religious angle.

This is the niche we are exploring today on The Blog Chronicles.

Cylon George blogs at Spiritual Living for Busy People dot com (link in show notes.)

He works full time as a college chaplain while building his blog audience. Recently, Cylon did his first affiliate marketing campaign and made a few sales!

His blog is deep yet practical. He’s a good writer and has made guest blog posts for sites such as Tiny Budha. Continue reading…

Blogger Success Bulletin – Winter 2017


This is the Winter 2017 Edition of the Blogger Success Bulletin

Time flies when you’re blogging fun.

I’ve been creating lots of exciting content the past several months as another season has flown by!

For those who are new to this blog, the Blogger Success Bulletin normally comes out four times per year.

The BSB is where we feature real bloggers who have started new websites using the Build Your Own Blog setup guide.

This lets you go behind the curtain to see examples of customers who are launching new blogs. Continue reading…