Rank #1: PB002: Write and Publish a List Post [Day 2 of 31 Days to Build a Better Blog]
Today your challenge is to create a 'list post' for your blog Since I started blogging back in 2002 the 'list post' has always been a popular type of post for bloggers. While you may not want every post on your blog to have this format there's no doubt there are some definite advantages of using them from time to time. As I look at my most popular posts over the years on my blogs many of them would fit quite well into this category. So today I want you to create one. Here's what to do: * Listen to today's episode (either here on the site or in iTunes or Stitcher) * create and publish your list post on your blog * please share a link to your newly published list post in comments below so we can see what you've done today * check out some of the links other share, comment on and share the ones you enjoy the most In This Episode Here's what I cover in todays episode: * 8 Reasons Why List Posts Work * A Warning on List Posts * 3 Types of List Posts to Try Writing on Your Blog * Examples of List posts that I’ve written that might give you some ideas Examples of List Posts Mentioned in this Episode All of these examples come from my blog at Digital Photography School but please submit your own new list posts below and check out the examples others leave to see them applied in different niches/topics. * 21 Settings, Techniques and Rules All New Camera Owners Should Know * 10 Ways to Take Stunning Portraits (and the follow up '10 more tips...' post) * 11 Surefire Landscape Photography Tips * How to Make An Inexpensive Light Tent – DIY * Posing Guide: 21 Sample Poses to Get You Started with Photographing Women (and the followup series) * How to Photograph Fireworks Displays * DIY Lighting Hacks for Digital Photographers * The 30 Most Popular DSLR Lenses with our Readers * 10 Photography Quotes that You Should Know * 100 Things I’ve Learned About Photography Also mentioned in this episode as a tool to check was Buzz Sumo. Show Us Your List Posts The key to this 31 Days to Build a Better Blog Challenge is that you DO the challenges. So your challenge today is to write a list post and then to share the link in comments below. Note: Please only share NEW posts that were written as part of this challenge and not old archived posts. This is about getting you to write something new!
Rank #2: 235: How to Build Authority, Influence and Trust When Nobody Knows Who You Are
Today we’re talking about how do you build authority, how do you build influence, how do you take this traffic from giving you their attention to actually beginning to feel connected to you on this deeper level and seeing you as someone to be trusted. In this episode I want to share 13 things that I’ve noticed good influencers do to build this authority and credibility with their audience.
Rank #3: PB053: How I made over $500,000 with the Amazon Affiliate Program
Today's episode is all about making money with the Amazon Affiliate Program. In episode 51 I talked about making money through affiliate marketing. Amazon is the first affiliate program I started making money from and I continue to earn money from it today. I share my experience and top tips that you can use to generate your own income from the Amazon Affiliate Program. Today's show notes are available at: problogger.com/podcast/53
Rank #4: 201: The Secret to Building a Blog with Big Traffic and Profit
Today I want to talk about a key to creating a blog with lots of traffic and profit. It comes from a conversation I had this morning with a new blogger who was asking me about how to create content that will go viral. As I look back on the growth of my own blog, I think it’s a really important lesson for bloggers of all stages, good reminders on how to grow a business around your blog and traffic to your blog.
Rank #5: 246: 9 Ways to Accelerate the Growth of Your Blog
In today's episode, I want to share with you a recording of a talk I gave this year at Social Media Marketing World. A great event run by Mike Stelzner and his team from Social Media Examiner. This talk is one that I got a lot of positive feedback on. The title of the talk is, Nine Things I knew About Blogging that will Accelerate the Growth of your Blog. It's nine things that really–today, as I look back over at the last 16 years, have been really responsible for most of the growth in my blogging. These are things that I think people that are just starting out with blogging will learn a lot from but also those of you who are along the way who wanna be the best in growth in your blogging someway. Some of these are more relevant to beginners than others. Others are a little bit more advanced. I hope there's something for everyone in this.
Rank #6: 210: Launching a Blog: How Many Posts Do You Need?
If you’re starting a blog for the first time, or if you’re thinking of starting a second one, today’s episode is for you. The question of the day is how many posts should I have live before I launch my blog? There are a few different thoughts that I want to run through today. The first on is that there is no right or wrong answer here, as is the case with many of the topics that we cover here. I can think of numerous successful bloggers who have taken extremely different approaches on their launch. In fact, I’ve had direct involvement with a few different blogs that take all kinds of different approaches. I’ll mention some of them today.
Rank #7: PB003: Promote Your Blog [Day 3 of 31 Days to Build a Better Blog]
Today is day 3 in our 31 Day Challenge and today your task is to promote your blog by sharing one of your previously published blog posts perhaps even your list post from yesterday. In this episode I share 6 phases of growing your blogs readership and suggest 11 different ways you might want to get off your blog today to promote a post. Please let us know how you find the challenge on todays show notes at problogger.com/podcast/3
Rank #8: 227: 3 Travel Bloggers Share their Stories and Tips
n today’s episode we’re continuing our series of blogger stories where I’m handing the podcast over to you, podcast listeners and blogger readers, to tell your stories and tips of starting and growing your blogs. I’ve got three blogger stories for you. Like in our tech bloggers episode last week, today’s three stories all come from bloggers from the travel or tourism space. I thought it would be nice to put them together because there are some similarities. I know a lot of you do have the dream of becoming a travel blogger. I hope you find some ideas in today’s show.
Rank #9: 186: A Step-By-Step Guide to How I Write a Blog Post
Today, I want to walk you through my step by step process for writing a blog post. I get asked quite regularly over in the ProBlogger podcast listeners group on Facebook about my writing process. Whilst I’ve talked about different aspects of my process, various episodes of this podcast, I’ve never really gone from start to finish. Today, I want to walk you through it.
Rank #10: 213: Blogging and Content Marketing: 10 Things To Know
I want to share with you the audio of a keynote I gave at a conference early last year on the topic of 10 things I wish I’d known about blogging and creating content for content marketing when I started. I dug back and found a talk that I gave at the Super Fast Business conference which is run by James Schramko here in Australia. I talk about defining what your blog is about, the 3 phases of creating great content, how to mix up the different types of content that you feature on your blog, idea generation, creating ‘content events’ on your blog and how to differentiate yourself in your content. James puts on a great event and asked me to share some of my story but also give some practical tips on content creation.
Rank #11: 204: 6 ‘Ordinary’ Things That Will Grow Your Blog into Something Extraordinary
For today’s episode I’m going to play you a full opening keynote talk that I gave in 2014. It’s a talk I gave which explores how doing ordinary things consistently over time leads to extraordinary results in blogging. Often bloggers look for the 'secret' strategies that will launch their blog into a viral success. However the reality is that most successful bloggers spend more time on small, ordinary things - it's these things that really lead to success. In this talk I outlined 6 of these ‘ordinary things’. This is a talk I hear attendees referring to quite a bit - so I hope you enjoy it too.
Rank #12: 223: From 0 to Six-Figure Blogger in Two Years – A Recipe Blogger Tells Her Story
In today’s episode, we’re continuing our series of blogger stories where I’m handing the podcast over to you as the listener of this podcast, to tell your story, and to share some tips of starting and growing your blogs as the community of ProBlogger. Today’s blogger story is from Erin Chase from 5dollardinners.com. I’ve been hearing stories about Erin and the business that she’s built for many years now. When this year I had the opportunity to meet her face-to-face, in person, for the first time and to start an event with her at the Success Incubator event that we ran earlier in the year, I leapt at that opportunity. Erin is a real go-getter who has built a remarkable business.
Rank #13: PB048: How to Make $30,000 a year Blogging
Today's episode is all about how to make a full time income from your blog. There are no guarantees, but earning a full time income from your blog is not an unrealistic goal if you're willing to get very specific about your money goals, be patient and consistent, and break the work down into achievable chunks. I share my own personal journey, and my tips for how you can work out a realistic journey for making a full time income from your own blog. Today's show notes are available at: problogger.com/podcast/48
Rank #14: PB032: Can you really make money blogging?
Today's episode is about whether it is really possible to make money from your blog. We take a close look at how many bloggers make money, the methods you can use, and the realities of earning money as a blogger. Today's show notes are available at: problogger.com/podcast/32
Rank #15: 198: 6 First Income Streams Recommended for Bloggers
In today's episode I’ll suggest 6 income streams that I see bloggers often starting with and at the end nominate my favorite one that I think can be a good place to start for many bloggers. If you’ve been wanting to start monetize your blog - whether you’re a new blogger or an established one - or even if you’ve been monetizing but want to add another income stream - this episode is for you.
Rank #16: 150: How I Make Money Blogging – My Profit Streams Revealed
On this episode, I want to go through exactly how I make money blogging. I want to talk you through the income streams that I use to monetize my blogs and to build an income for my family off the back of my blogs.
Rank #17: 250: 9 Types of Killer Filler Content that are Easy to Create
Today’s topic is how to create killer filler content for your blog. I want to really emphasize today that you probably should never really be publishing filler content. You don’t want to just post for the sake of posting. I want to share these ideas to go in between your other content–the deeper, more thoughtful, the original ideas that you have, I think the more of that kind of deeper, longer-form perhaps content, original thought that you can bring to your blog, the better. Really, what I’m describing today are things that can go around that and can add value to that in some ways as well.
Rank #18: 221: From 0 to 500,000 Page Views a Month – A DIY Blogger Shares Her Story
Today is the first episode in a 12-part series that we’re running over the next few weeks here on the ProBlogger podcast where we’re handing the whole podcast over to you, listeners and readers of ProBlogger, to tell you a story of starting your blog and what’s happened since. To kick off this series of blogger stories, I’ve chosen the feature of submission by Brittany Bailey from prettyhandygirl.com.
Rank #19: 236: 5 Areas to Focus on to Grow Your Blogging Income
In today’s episode, I want to talk to you about growing your blog’s income, particularly those of you who’ve already got a bit of a start with building some traffic and income streams to your blog. This episode will be much relevant for those of you are perhaps at more of an intermediate level or advanced level. You’ve got a start but you’re not satisfied with the level of your income. Those of you who are just starting out, you'll probably hear some things that may not be relevant to you today but you might also find them useful to have in the back of your mind as you go forward.
Rank #20: 261: Breakthroughs that Grew My Blog from 30 Readers a Day to Profitable in Less Than 2 Years
Today's episode is part of our Blogging Breakthroughs series, which features bloggers’ stories about breakthroughs in traffic, income, and other aspects of blogging. You'll hear from Michele Robson who decided to start a blog about luxury travel on a budget a few years ago. Michele had some writing experience, but no real understanding of blogging. Her blog started out slowly, but she’s built it up to a point where she now earns a liveable income. Michele shares three breakthrough tips that helped her grow her blog from its start to where it is today.