June 27, 2007
For those of you who have yet to hear, blog guru and friend of Life Goggles, Yaro Starak has released his Blog Mastermind class. For a behind the scenes preview of what his class entails and what resources are available, watch the video.
You can also download his FREE Blog Profits Blueprint eBook, it’s worth a read to see what you’ll be getting.
The links are affliate ones, i.e. we get paid if you decide to sign up. However many blogging courses do that, but this is the only one (besides Rich Schefren’s occasional courses) that we recommend. Why? Because it’s great, and I’ve known Yaro for a while now and the guy knows what he is talking about. The video is proof of that.
The early bird special, for $47 per month (no minimum contract I think) ends tomorrow (Thursday 27th June), so get in now if you think you need some help to make some money blogging. Frankly, who doesn’t?!
As a sneak preview, here are Yaro’s top ten blogging tips:
10. Write at least five major “pillar” articles. A pillar article is usually a tutorial style article aimed to teach your audience something. Generally they are longer than 500 words and have lots of very practical tips or advice. This article you are currently reading could be considered a pillar article since it is very practical and a good “how-to” lesson. This style of article has long term appeal, stays current (it isn’t news or time dependent) and offers real value and insight. The more pillars you have on your blog the better.
9. Write one new blog post per day minimum. Not every post has to be a pillar, but you should work on getting those five pillars done at the same time as you keep your blog fresh with a daily news or short article style post. The important thing here is to demonstrate to first time visitors that your blog is updated all the time so they feel that if they come back tomorrow they will likely find something new. This causes them to bookmark your site or subscribe to your blog feed.
You don’t have to produce one post per day all the time but it is important you do when your blog is brand new. Once you get traction you still need to keep the fresh content coming but your loyal audience will be more forgiving if you slow down to a few per week instead. The first few months are critical so the more content you can produce at this time the better.
8. Use a proper domain name. If you are serious about blogging be serious about what you call your blog. In order for people to easily spread the word about your blog you need an easily rememberable domain name. People often talk about blogs they like when they are speaking to friends in the real world (that’s the offline world, you remember that place right?) so you need to make it easy for them to spread the word and pass on your URL. Try and get a .com if you can and focus on small easy to remember domains rather than worry about having the correct keywords (of course if you can get great keywords and easy to remember then you’ve done a good job!).
7. Start commenting on other blogs. Once you have your pillar articles and your daily fresh smaller articles your blog is ready to be exposed to the world. One of the best ways to find the right type of reader for your blog is to comment on other people’s blogs. You should aim to comment on blogs focused on a similar niche topic to yours since the readers there will be more likely to be interested in your blog.
Most blog commenting systems allow you to have your name/title linked to your blog when you leave a comment. This is how people find your blog. If you are a prolific commentor and always have something valuable to say then people will be interested to read more of your work and hence click through to visit your blog.
6. Trackback and link to other blogs in your blog posts. A trackback is sort of like a blog conversation. When you write a new article to your blog and it links or references another blogger’s article you can do a trackback to their entry. What this does is leave a truncated summary of your blog post on their blog entry – it’s sort of like your blog telling someone else’s blog that you wrote an article mentioning them. Trackbacks often appear like comments.
This is a good technique because like leaving comments a trackback leaves a link from another blog back to yours for readers to follow, but it also does something very important – it gets the attention of another blogger. The other blogger will come and read your post eager to see what you wrote about them. They may then become a loyal reader of yours or at least monitor you and if you are lucky some time down the road they may do a post linking to your blog bringing in more new readers.
5. Encourage comments on your own blog. One of the most powerful ways to convince someone to become a loyal reader is to show there are other loyal readers already following your work. If they see people commenting on your blog then they infer that your content must be good since you have readers so they should stick around and see what all the fuss is about. To encourage comments you can simply pose a question in a blog post. Be sure to always respond to comments as well so you can keep the conversation going.
4. Submit your latest pillar article to a blog carnival. A blog carnival is a post in a blog that summarizes a collection of articles from many different blogs on a specific topic. The idea is to collect some of the best content on a topic in a given week. Often many other blogs link back to a carnival host and as such the people that have articles featured in the carnival enjoy a spike in new readers.
To find the right blog carnival for your blog, do a search at http://blogcarnival.com/.
3. Submit your blog to blogtopsites.com. To be honest this tip is not going to bring in a flood of new readers but it’s so easy to do and only takes five minutes so it’s worth the effort. Go to Blog Top Sites, find the appropriate category for your blog and submit it. You have to copy and paste a couple of lines of code on to your blog so you can rank and then sit back and watch the traffic come in. You will probably only get 1-10 incoming readers per day with this technique but over time it can build up as you climb the rankings. It all helps!
2. Submit your articles to EzineArticles.com. This is another tip that doesn’t bring in hundreds of new visitors immediately (although it can if you keep doing it) but it’s worthwhile because you simply leverage what you already have – your pillar articles. Once a week or so take one of your pillar articles and submit it to Ezine Articles. Your article then becomes available to other people who can republish your article on their website or in their newsletter.
How you benefit is through what is called your “Resource Box”. You create your own resource box which is like a signature file where you include one to two sentences and link back to your website (or blog in this case). Anyone who publishes your article has to include your resource box so you get incoming links. If someone with a large newsletter publishes your article you can get a lot of new readers at once.
1. Write more pillar articles. Everything you do above will help you to find blog readers however all of the techniques I’ve listed only work when you have strong pillars in place. Without them if you do everything above you may bring in readers but they won’t stay or bother to come back. Aim for one solid pillar article per week and by the end of the year you will have a database of over 50 fantastic feature articles that will work hard for you to bring in more and more readers.
Visit Blog Mastermind for more!
June 7, 2007
As a companion to our series on Making Money From Your Blog, two fantastic free resources have just been released.
If you’re serious about making money online from blogging, then these two free resources are worth taking advantage of.
[Thanks to Blogtrepreneur]
February 28, 2007
About seven months ago Rich Schefren released his Internet Business Manifesto… and that report (according to himself) “literally changed the way that people looked at doing business on the Internet”.
He has now taken it to the next level with a brand new free video called “Start Up To Freedom”.
This video is every bit as groundbreaking as the Manifesto was last summer. The video is free, doesn’t require any registration or opt-in and can be viewed right now.
February 23, 2007
The email reads:
We wanted to inform you about a special ReviewMe promotion we are running that may be of interest to your readers. We have found that advertisers who have used RM have been impressed and keep coming back for more reviews. So our biggest challenge is getting an advertiser to try it once. To encourage new advertisers we are offering a special coupon code that will give advertisers 50% off any review they purchase this month. The cool part is 100% of the sale price will go to the blogger so there is no discount in payout to you.
For advertisers to use the 50% off coupon they simply have to enter: trial into the coupon code at checkout. This special promotion will be good for the rest of the month.
So if you rush, you can get a review of your blog from us for half price that’s $50 instead of $100!
February 5, 2007
This is a companion to our series “How To Make Money From Your Blog”.
Rich Shefren recently spent $25,000 putting together a video broadcasting system, just so he could stream LIVE video from workshops and seminars.
I am not sure exactly how he plans to use it… but the good news is that in a few days he is going to run something of a “beta test” of the system.
In fact, he is going to be broadcasting from his $2,997 workshop in Florida.
And here is the amazing thing… he will NOT be charging for the video feed.
Of course, there are a limited number of lines available (since this type of video streaming takes huge resources)… so be sure to register immediately. Go here now:
Yes, this is an affliate link, but it’ll be worth it for your website, or blog, or even if you’re just interested in what this “online thing” is all about, after all it’s free! The seminar will be broadcast on Saturday, February 10th at 1:00 PM Eastern time. It’s about:
- How to build your business the right way from the ground up
- How to organize and manage your business more efficiently
- How you can live the lifestyle you choose without exhausting yourself
- How to use virtual teams the right way
- How to get your business on the fast track to growth
- How to get out from under your business and make it work for you
- How to use leverage and build scalability into your business
- And a whole lot more
So if you ever wanted to attend a high-priced Internet seminar (for free!) from the comfort of your own home… well this is your chance. Here’s the link:
Join me, I’ll be there!
February 5, 2007
Google Adsense (the adverts at the top of every page) has been discussed a number of times in our “How To Make Money From Your Blog” series. If you’re serious about making money from your blog then there is an excellent example to read.
Chris is a 21 year old university student from Brisbane, Australia and has a story to tell. Specifically how he increased his Adsense revenue from $10 per week to $800 per week. Worth 10 minutes of your time.
Originally found via: Entrepreneur’s Journey
February 2, 2007
Brendon explains it simply and easily. It’s not rocket science, it just takes a little work.
Write good solid content. Get links to your website. At a basic level it’s that easy. However in practise it’s obviously more difficult. The term link bait has been used a lot recently and whilst sounds negative, it actually just writing content good enough to get natural links from other websites. Let Search Engine Land guide you. Good luck!