How to Be a More Consistent Blogger

When people join my email list, in the first email they receive from me, I ask them to tell me their biggest blogging challenge.

Just this last week, I got one that is a common one, for sure, and that is the struggle to blog consistently. I thought I would share the brief answer that I provided:

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Blogging Challenge: Come Up with 10 Blog Post Ideas

Whenever I ask people what about their biggest blogging challenge, one of the top ideas is not knowing what to blog about. It’s not uncommon to have difficulty coming up with blog post ideas, so if you struggle with that, know that you’re not alone!

Blogging Challenge- Come Up with 10 blog post ideas

I’ve written quite a bit on this topic before, but in this post, I want to share an idea that is not original to me; I got it from the Problogger eBook, 31 Days to Build a Better Blog.

Build Blog Traffic by Joining a Forum

This post was inspired by the ProBlogger eBook, 31 Days to Build a Better Blog.

The tip from this particular lesson is Day 9 of 31 Days to Build a Better Blog is focused on promoting your blog by joining a forum. I’d like to add that some of the same features and benefits can be obtained by joining Facebook or LinkedIn groups, though forums do have some unique features that are worth checking out.

participate in forums

Here are the main points that you need to keep in mind when it comes to how to build blog traffic by  joining a forum:

27 Awesome WordPress Hacks

Boost Blog Traffic
October 23, 2014

This is by far one of the best blog posts I’ve read on how to use WordPress effectively.

It has 27 hacks that will help you to get the most out of WordPress. Some of my favorites are:

#6: Let WordPress do the heavy lifting when finding internal links. This will be a great thing to do as standard practice each time I write a post so that I’ll be more likely to include links to older content.

#8: Keyboard shortcuts — I’m a big fan of using keyboard shortcuts, so I knew some of these, but some were new to me and I’m sure I’ll be using them.

#12: In the latest version of WordPress, you can skip the media library and simply drag the images you want into the post. Love it!
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How to be a successful entrepreneur

The Daily Entrepreneur: 33 Success Habits for Small Business Owners, Freelancers and Aspiring 9-to-5 Escape Artists (Launch Week)

Do you struggle to make money through your blog or business? Do you seem to never have enough clients or customers? Or do you feel stuck in a dead-end job, with no idea how you’ll ever escape it?

If you answered yes to ANY of those questions, chances are that my just released book, The Daily Entrepreneur: 33 Success Habits for Small Business Owners, Freelancers and Aspiring 9-to-5 Escape Artists is for you!

In this book, my coauthor, S.J. Scott (bestselling Kindle author, and a master at helping people develop good habits) and I dig into the five main challenges that hold entrepreneurs back from success, and provide step-by-step instructions for how to overcome those challenges.

The key is to develop daily habits that when followed, are bound to help you succeed in your business.

I want to create the type of content that you most enjoy consuming. I sent a survey to those on my email list regarding this, but wanted to give my blog readers who may not be on my email list a chance to respond as well.

To let your voice be heard, fill out the short survey below!

 

 

How to Choose the Best Social Media Platform for Your Business

Are you burned out by trying to be active on all of the different social media platforms? I’ve definitely had that problem, and because of that, I was relieved to be reminded by a lesson in the Problogger eBook 31 Days to Build a Better Blog of the importance of learning to choose the best social media platform for your business.

How to Choose the Best Social Media Platform for Your Business

If you’re feeling burned out by trying to be on every social media platform, I have good news for you: you don’t have to do it all!

Good Advice for Everyone, but Especially for Newbies

Great Tips for Making the Most Out of the Content You Create

Basic Blog Tips

I’ve long been a fan of content repurposing and even wrote a book on it, so it’s not often that I come across information on that topic that I don’t already know. This article was an exception in that it really gave some great tips on not just how to repurpose content, but how to keep track of content you’ve already created. I have a system for that myself, but this post gave some tips for automating the process, which I highly recommend!

The deeper I get into Kindle publishing (both my own books, and books of my clients), the more focused I am on how to promote those books.

I enjoyed this video by Joan Stewart on how to use stories to sell your non-fiction Kindle book.

 

The first 20 or so minutes focused on non-fiction books, and she then got into fiction, and then had a Q&A session starting at around 40 minutes in. The biggest takeaway for me that I can see implementing were 17 questions to ask that can be used to promote non-fiction books.

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