10 Most Popular 2016 Blog Posts on Build Your Own Blog

January 2, 2017

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Here are the ten most popular blog posts on Build Your Own Blog in 2016.

This list is based on Page Views.

This does not include evergreen posts. All of these posts were first published in 2016. (more…)

Blogging Goals for 2017: Declare Yours Now! Begin Your Quest for Freedom & Financial Independence

December 31, 2016

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Ready for a reboot?

2016 is now behind you. Staring at the rear-view-mirror for too long will get you in a wreck.

Looking back can be productive only if you are doing so to learn what NOT to do going forward.

I just wouldn’t dwell on it.

So if you need to, find a quiet place and reflect on what you’ve learned. Write those lessons down in bullet points.

Afterward, come back to this post…

Now let’s get to the fun part! (more…)

How a New Blogger Can Master Content Marketing [EP 19 The Blog Chronicles]

December 27, 2016

master content marketing

Pamela Wilson understands content marketing like few others do.

She’s a former Executive VP of Educational Content for Rainmaker Digital, the company that owns Copyblogger.com (one of the world’s most popular online marketing blogs.)

She also owns Big Brand System, a business that helps online companies big or small create memorable brands that get results.

And she just published her first book titled Master Content Marketing: A Simple Strategy to Cure the Blank Page Blues and Attract a Profitable Audience

On this episode of The Blog Chronicles, we focus on You the blogger and how content marketing can be implemented into your blogging routine so you can reach MORE people, grow a wider audience and ultimately boost your sales (if you are monetized.)

Here are some things you’ll discover in this episode:

–What the term “content marketing” means to the new blogger

–How content marketing works

–The skills needed to succeed at content marketing

–Why you shouldn’t dread doing it

–Why “I don’t have time for content marketing” is a lame excuse

–A lazy approach to content marketing

–What is a “customer journey” and why a blogger should create content that fosters their journey

–7 Essential Elements to Successful Content (more…)

How to Supercharge Your Small Online Business [Infographic]

December 19, 2016

Hat tip to Kate L. from Invoice2Go for reaching out and collaborating with me on this sweet infographic.

Some good bite-sized takeaways for the small online business owner and freelancer.

You can steal this infographic and post it on your blog or social share it.

Supercharge Time! (more…)

Why Roundup Posts Deliver Proven Results (Like More Traffic) [EP 18 The Blog Chronicles]

December 16, 2016


Romanian Blogger Minuca Elena is a full-time creator of Expert Roundup Posts in many different blog niches.

Busy influencers hire her to organize and put together these projects. She makes a nice living doing this as an independent blogger.

Listen in as she talks about her life as an expert in expert roundup posts.

Here are some of the things you’ll learn in this episode:

–How blogging has changed Minuca’s life

–Why she focuses on creating expert roundups

–How she became a full time blogger

–What expert roundup posts can do for your website

–What her family and friends think about her career

–What Minuca likes and dislikes about full time blogging

–Where Minuca expects to be in two years (more…)

How to Edit Your Content Like a Master (and By Yourself!)

December 13, 2016


In a perfect world, we’d have an editor/proofreader at our beck and call to review all our content before it publishes.

I can hear you laughing!

And I know well that most of us have neither the funds nor the time built into our content creation schedules to benefit from the finishing touches a great editor can provide.

The reality is that many of us have to edit our own content.

This may seem like an impossible task, but in this section, I’m going to share a few techniques that will make it doable. (more…)

How to Be a Prolific Blogger Who Churns Out Great Posts [EP 17 The Blog Chronicles]

December 6, 2016


My guest has been a prolific blogger for over ten years.

He is also a published author, website designer, social media expert and speaker who works from home, consistently producing content that helps website owners become more efficient with their blogs, build their own tribes and boost their online sales.

Let’s get our chronicle on with Mike Allton…

On this blog chronicle Mike Allton shares:

–His personal blogging journey
–How to come up with an endless supply of post ideas
–His best source for blog traffic
–His biggest blogging strengths and weaknesses
–Which social media platforms work best for getting traffic
–Which monetizations work for him and which don’t


How Does Authentic Personal Brand Management Empower Teens? This High School Teacher Thinks Every Kid in America Should Know [EP 16 The Blog Chronicles]

November 23, 2016

Personal Brand Management

Welcome to Episode 16 of The Blog Chronicles

My guest is a high school teacher in the state of Florida who is pioneering a unique classroom curriculum that’s teaching high school students the subject of Personal Brand Management.

He’s become a self taught expert on how our digital footprints are formed over time and how those digital footprints impact us in the present and for the rest of our lives. (more…)

This Freelance Starter Kit Fits in Your Back Pocket and Has Everything You Need to Launch Your New Career

November 18, 2016

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If you’re new to freelancing, here’s a handy starter kit to get your business moving.

This kit is made up of seven tools. The first two address the foundation of your freelance business–two things you need that are non negotiable: your website and your branding.

The other five tools can be used every day. Each one together helps you land clients, produce great work and get paid. 

Let’s take a look at what’s inside my freelance starter kit: (more…)

How to Make Great Digital Storytelling that Attracts People [EP 15 The Blog Chronicles]

November 16, 2016

digital storytelling

Welcome to this episode of The Blog Chronicles.

My guest is a professional blogger and entrepreneur who runs her own online business called Kotaw– a Los Angeles based creative digital storytelling agency.

She’s a former journalist who uses 3 types of storytelling to make branding magic for businesses like Apple, Disney, Coca Cola, Lifetime and NPR. Her branding journalism and public relations clients have been featured on E! Network, ABC News, Cosmpopolitan, Marie Claire and Good Housekeeping magazines.

She has also written a bestselling memoir about her terrifying experiences with an ex husband that was made into a Lifetime Network movie. (more…)