Being Self Employed Requires a Solid, Eye-Pleasing Website; Appraiser Charles Keller Gets Career Reboot with WordPress

March 21, 2015

Here’s a story about how Build Your Own Blog helped someone make a major career change from employee to being self employed:

“My old job simply ended and I realized I had gone as far as I could working for others. I think many people feel that way about their careers these days,” said Charles Keller, independent appraiser.

Find out in this video how a WordPress website along with some tips from Matthew is helping Charles continue the work he loves… (more…)

Why a Jack of All Trades Blogger Outperforms the Specialist Blogger

March 14, 2015


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Matthew is a jack of all trades blogger.

Last week, I stumbled upon two different podcasts that proposed the same theory:

The entrepreneur is better off being a jack-of-all-trades than being a specialist.

Something about that clicked with me, because my own experience has confirmed this, despite living in a culture that screams, “Specialize! Specialize!”

Now, you might be thinking, “Matthew, I’m not an entrepreneur. I’m a blogger.”

Oh. Okay.

So you don’t want to grow an audience? You don’t want to earn any income with your blog? You just want to write your thoughts down and you don’t really care if anyone reads what you write? (more…)

Video Marketing Tips for Small Business Owners – The 60 Second Blog Report

March 7, 2015
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In this report, Matthew visits the Viral Video Marketing Blog to see what blogger Christian Vedder considers to be 10 powerful video marketing tips for small business owners. See the video or read the transcript below.


This is the 60 Second Blog Report.  News & Views with Matthew

Today, every business owner understands the importance of using video to help  market their brand. But, the question is: are you using video? And if you are using video, are you using it effectively? (more…)

The 60 Second Blog Report: Designing Your Blog Step Now In the Setup Guide; New Blogger Wins Recent Contest

February 28, 2015

Big Announcement: Designing Your Blog Step Now Included in the Build Your Own Blog Setup Guide

Build Your Own Blog is now helping bloggers with their blog design. See the details in this 60 Second Blog Report:


This Blog Editorial Calendar Works Great for Bloggers–Here’s Why You Need It

February 25, 2015


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Preparation makes you a better blogger.

Preparation requires organization–another helpful practice for anyone creating blog content out there–particularly the blogger who is a one-man show, making things happen by themselves.

Together, organization and preparation help a blogger rise from obscurity to success. (more…)

Demian Farnworth of Copyblogger Media Shares His Blogging Secrets in this Power Lunch Video Interview with Matthew

February 17, 2015

Demian Farnworth

Demian Farnworth Reveals His Writing Process and Blogging Strategies

Check out this video interview: Matthew sits down with Demian Farnworth of Copyblogger Media to discuss his tips and strategies to successful blogging.

Check out Demian’s work at Copyblogger and The Copybot.

What questions do you WISH I had asked Demian? If you could ask Demian anything about blogging, what would it be? Let me know in the comments and I’ll make sure he gets your questions. (more…)

Video: This LinkedIn Group Helps Bloggers With Questions Find Answers! See The 60 Second Blog Report for Details

February 13, 2015
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THE LinkedIn Group for Bloggers Now Has Hundreds of Members

With close to 500 members now, the Leading Bloggers LinkedIn group is becoming a hot destination where bloggers and aspiring bloggers meet on LinkedIn by the hundreds to ask questions and get answers.

Everyone who contributes to this LinkedIn group should be proud of what you’re doing, just being yourself and offering advice to others who have questions. It really is that simple.

Next week, I’d like to give a free blog coaching session to someone who is a top contributor in the group. The winner will be announced this Friday, February 20th.

If you haven’t joined yet, you still can. Jump in and the more you contribute, the greater chance you have to win the free blog coaching session with me.

Check out the video and I’ll see you on LinkedIn!


SEO Title vs H1 Title; If They Fought in a Boxing Match, Who Wins?

February 13, 2015

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Remember when Rocky and Apollo Creed became friends?

They started out butting heads, battling for the heavyweight title, and eventually evolved into buddies who respected one another.

That’s how you need to see these two important blog post titles I’m about to cover.

In the past, the SEO title and the H1 title struggled for supremacy in the blogging ring… But that’s ancient history.

In 2015, they work as a tag team to bring attention to your blog.

Today, you need both titles in your corner. To get the SEO title and h1 title fighting for you requires some basic knowledge about each one.

So let me introduce each “title fighter” here.  And if you’re still curious which title would win in a fight, I declare a winner at the end of this post. (more…)

Best LinkedIn Group for Bloggers – Video: The 60 Second Blog Report

February 11, 2015
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LinkedIn group

Okay, so I am a little biased here…I really do think this LinkedIn Group for Bloggers is spectacular because of the atmosphere it maintains.

Friendly. Open. No spam bombing in the Discussion feed. No question considered silly.

Get the full scoop with this video on where you can rub shoulders with many other bloggers in THIS special LinkedIn group.

What Keyword Research Tools Do Professional Bloggers’ Recommend in 2015?

February 4, 2015

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Last time, we talked about using the Google Keyword Planner to find the right keywords for your blog

Google’s keyword planner tool has become an addiction for me. I do enjoy using it. The thing is, there are many other keyword research tools out there to use–many of them free, like Google’s Keyword Planner.

Instead of just doing a search on keyword research tools, I thought it would be fun and informative to reach out and ask some experienced, seasoned bloggers what their favorite keyword research tools are and why. Here’s what some of my fellow bloggers’ told me when asked this question…all of them are blog stars and people I respect in the blogosphere. (more…)