Blog Design Charms that Attract & Win Over Visitors

May 16, 2014
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Blog Design

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. (more…)

Why Bloggers Should Be Anarchists

May 6, 2014
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Anarchy Heart Switch Blue by Christopher Sessum   CC BY-SA 2.o

 

This is an article I’ve always wanted to write.

I’ve been an anarchist (to varying degrees) since my failed attempt to become student body president in 8th grade.

True story: after my nomination was rejected, a small group of my friends agreed to help me take over the school. Overthrow the faculty and everything. Maybe we’d watched too much professional wrestling, because the NWO “hostile takeover” of WCW was fresh in our minds, but for some crazy reason, we thought we could pull it off. (more…)

Creating a Video for your Blog: Know Your Purpose

April 24, 2014
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Every time you present something–you should know the purpose for your communication, or you risk losing your audience.

When using a video for your blog, you must understand what your purpose is before you spend the time and money to produce the video.

These are the things to think about before starting your vBlog…

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The 5 Most Annoying Blogger Habits

April 17, 2014
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Great blogs are captivating, ever-changing, ever-evolving works that continually feed their visitors with wonderful content. They reach into the hearts and minds of their audience – whether it is excellent content that educates or witty material that makes people laugh.

There is, however, the other side of the blogging tracks, so to speak. The vast darkness of cyberspace that is littered with half-done, boring, terrible content.

Don’t let this be you.

This article will explore the top 5 most annoying blog habits to help you know what NO’T to do when writing a blog article.

Let’s begin… (more…)

Crash Course on Finding the Best Domain Names and Hosting Service for Your Blog

April 9, 2014
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Sometimes “blog speak” sounds strange to a newbie.

Along your blog journey you will run into some foreign terms being tossed around…blogger lingo that doesn’t make much sense.

Terms like domain names and hosting services–these might be completely new to you.

I can relate.

When I started blogging, I didn’t know a domain name from romaine lettuce. And why would a blog need twinkies and ding dongs? (Hostess…Hosting…Get it?…never mind.)

Hopefully this tutorial will help you out.   (more…)

Why Smart Bloggers Build Their Email List–Here’s How to Get Started

March 7, 2014
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Email is just mail reinvented.

 

 

Email lives.

I say this without hesitation because my inbox is just as full of email today as it was two years ago. Plus I’m seeing great results using email here with Build Your Own Blog.

Does email appear dead to you?

Despite a few hastily written obituaries, email is quite alive and still kicking with relevant energy.

Oh sure, email has a few obvious imperfections, yet it STILL delivers great results today for bloggers and the online entrepreneur.

That’s because email is a fantastic tool to grow a strong relationship between you and your followers. (more…)

Why Bloggers Should Own Their Blog and Not Be a Digital Renter

February 11, 2014
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What’s the key to blog success? Location, location, location.

Would your rather own your home or pay rent to a landlord?

Most people would probably choose home ownership. Sure, there might be a few positive reasons to rent a house, but let’s face it, the majority of people globally would choose to have their own house if they could.

This makes a lot of sense because when you own the house, nobody can tell you to leave or tell you what you can or can’t do.

The same thing applies to your blog. (more…)

Blog Writing Tips that Cure Writers Block [Includes Printable Cheat Sheet]

February 6, 2014
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Remember that scene in 8 Mile when Eminem’s character chokes up before the rap battle? The anxiety wins.

It’s part of the gig.

Performing will always come with the anxiety – for people like rappers, journalists and professional bloggers. (more…)

Follow the Keywords–They Lead to Your Blog Niche and Your Success

January 21, 2014
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Photo: bloggingandwb.com
Photo: bloggingandwb.com

 

Larry was web surfing one snowy afternoon when he found an article called Rock Your Blog with These Sixx Content Hooks.

Something about the article made him feel alive. Excited. Bold.

With visions of blogs dancing in his head, Larry couldn’t wait to get started. But there was something he needed to figure out before launching his new blog…something Larry didn’t even know he needed to figure out.

Here’s what all new bloggers like Larry need to know before they start… (more…)

Feeding Google: How to Use YouTube and Google+ to Outrank Your Competition

December 20, 2013
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Feed the monster… it will reward you.

At first glance, Google looks like a corporate behemoth, motivated by profiting off our use of the Internet.

But Google’s mission is actually quite altruistic:

to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful. (view Google’s Mission Statement)

Not bad, right? Makes you feel a little warm and fuzzy inside. (more…)