ByzHub – New Kid on the Block

ByzHub's Owen Clark New Kid on the BlockAnother Happy Anniversary ByzHub!

What I like about my new business is that I get to meet a lot of interesting people both in my industry and other businesses; some are established, some just beginning and yet others are the up and comers – the new kids on the block.

Just about this time a year or so ago I met one such interesting person – an up and comer.  His name is  Owen Clark and he is the founder and president of ByzHub, a business directory service blended with social media marketing.  Brilliant!

As with most business directories it takes only a few minutes to register your business and put up your advertisement and it costs you nothing.  Owen took the traditional advertising model where typically a business would take out space in print, TV or radio and pay upfront and turned it upside down.  Traditional advertising can be a very costly line item in your budget.  Tracking results is cumbersome at best, and there are no guarantees of any result.  At ByzHub, you pay nothing to advertise until you get results.

Other features I like are:

1.       Latest Profile:   New members get front of page exposure under the heading Latest Profile.  This however is organic and a business enjoys this placement only until other new members come along.  ByzHub is still a young business and while more and more businesses are learning of it and filling up the ranks, the membership stampede is still just gathering, what that means to you is that your business profile will be in the limelight for a longer period of time.

2.       Local Search Citation: If yours is a brick and mortar business or if you are doing online marketing for an offline business, a listing in ByzHub gives you a valuable local directory backlink, or citation.  Search engines view these in much the same way that they look at backlinks to websites in the internet marketing arena.

3.       ByzBuzz:  this is the social media part.  Members can post what’s shaking at or in their business or in their community.  It’s a great way to advertise new merchandise, opening of another location or being honoured with an award in your industry.  The possibilities are endless.  Good place to post your press releases too.

4.       Quote Requests:  This is where members can post a free classified … yes Virginia, FREE!  If your business is looking for a social media consultant or a private math tutor for your child post it in the Quote Requests.  When the responses begin to roll in is when you as an advertiser pay but right now it is cheap as borscht, under five bucks!

Approaching its second anniversary, ByzHub is growing at an ever increasing pace.   Currently membership is open to businesses in North America – No Cost. Nada. Zip. Zero. Damn good deal if you ask me.

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In Honour of Steve Jobs

 

A brilliant light flickered, dimmed and died today.  Your hunger fed us, your

foolishness enlightened us. 

Rest in Peace, Steve.

“…Stay hungry, stay foolish.”  Steve Jobs 2005 Stanford Commencement Address

 

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Happy Anniversary Jeff!

Internet Marketing A fifteen year anniversary is a major milestone in any endeavor, but when that endeavor is internet marketing it puts you firm and square as a pioneer in this industry – 15 years ago today, August 30, 1996 – yes, 1996!- Jeff Walker began his internet marketing career.  Fifteen years ago, the internet as we know it today had not even been invented yet but there was email and Jeff had a list – all 19 got an email from Jeff on August 30, 1996.

Jeff, of course, went on to become one of the foremost leaders in internet marketing and is best known for having created the Product Launch Formula, but I’ll bet you dollars to donuts that he had no inkling on the trajectory that this small step of sending out 19 emails would take on in his life.

But here’s the thing – he took a step.

I read his post today – 15 Years Of Internet Success (And The First Law) . Hop on over there and take a read yourself.  I was struck and impressed  that the date was so firmly etched in his mind, it made me wish that I had such a date to celebrate.  You see, I sort of fell into this by accident and for those who believe that there are no accidents, that all things happen for a reason, fine, but its been a long haul from the seeding to the seedling to the plant finally gaining some strength and growing.

It began by my opening an email which promoted a course at the end of which I would have my book written,  edited and published, perhaps even on the best seller list!  And why not, I would be tutored by a celebrated author and, I had always harbored visions of becoming one myself!  With trembling fingers I pulled out the plastic, phoned the number in the email and with some trepidation but with great expectations gave the details to the person at the other end.

A week or so later a box arrived. The book however, has yet to be. No, that email was not from Jeff.

But it was a step, albeit one that would change direction many a time.  One day things began to fall in place like  picture puzzle pieces beginning to fit together.

Today I meet people who want to get into internet marketing.  They want to know how they can get started without paying big sums of money for courses and of course they want results right away.  I tell them that the “right away” will probably have to wait, that the best way to get started is by blogging and that somewhere at some point they will probably need to part with some cash.  Most go away seeking the answer they want to hear, others wait for the right time or they attend seminars and learn but never apply.

If I sound somewhat introspective it is because I am.  I wonder how much talent lays dormant because of the waiting for the right time or because the cost is too high – too high in capital of time, of money, of effort, of “getting it right” before launching.  There is always an excuse for the step never taken.

One of my favorite sayings is “You don’t have to get it right, you just have to get it going  Mike Litman.  (Mike was one of my early mentors – that’s when the picture puzzle pieces began to fit together).

So Congratulations Jeff Walker!  My hat off to you.   The internet marketing world is so grateful for your having taken that step all those many years ago!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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How to Effectively Use Affiliate Programs on Your Blog

Today’s  post is contributed by Lauren Bailey, who regularly writes for best online colleges.

 

Among the many ways to monetize your blog, using an affiliate program can honestly be the most happy affiliate marketermouthwatering. That being said, I must add that not all blogs – in fact most blogs – will not benefit much from using affiliate programs.

 

However, since most affiliate programs are free to try, it is not a bad idea to at least try a couple out. The affiliate program I’m most familiar with is the Amazon Associates program, and I will use this program as the basis for this post; it’s simple and effective. You can find a whole variety of others by just using a few simple Google searches.

 

Before getting into the thick of using an affiliate program, I will outline a few principles that blogs must have in order for any affiliate program to be successful:

 

  • Your site has good amounts of traffic. This is kind of a no-brainer. If no one is visiting your site. No one will clicking your affiliate links, purchasing products, and getting you commission.
  • Your site has a loyal audience. While traffic is a great way to monetize your blog in a number of different ways, I’ve found that having loyal visitors will get you more mileage out of your affiliate program. If they understand that they are supporting your blog by clicking your affiliate links and purchasing stuff from those links, your conversion rate will be huge.
  • Your content is relevant to the products you’re marketing. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen sites that have content that is completely different from their affiliate links. Use affiliate links that would actually interest your audience. Of course you can be creative with what you link, but make sure it will pay off.

 

Hooks to Get Those Affiliate Commissions

Once your blog has really satisfied the proper conditions to really get the most out of an affiliate program, it’s time to start looking at different ways to get your readers clicking on your affiliate links and buying products that will get you commissions. Remember that, in the Amazon affiliate program, your readers don’t have to buy the specific product you link to on Amazon; they just have to click your affiliate link and then buy something on Amazon.

 

Write a Hypothetical Shopping Spree Post

Particularly if your blog reviews products for a particular niche or hobby, this strategy works wonders. Simply write a post on how you would spend $1000 on products related to your blog theme. Like any good blogger, you should call upon your readers to comment how they would spend their money in this situation (with your affiliate links conveniently located next to your call-to-action).

 

Let Your Readers Write Product Reviews

I used to be skeptical about letting my readers write product reviews for my site, but I’ve found that most of my readers trust other readers than they do me. This makes sense, as a random reader of my blog is less likely to receive money from affiliate products whereas some blogs actually do. Just be sure to use a reader you trust for this.

 

Best-Sellers

The Amazon Affiliate program shows you which products have the most purchases from your affiliate links. Occasionally, it’s a good idea to post a “best-sellers” list of the products that your readers buy the most. Trust me, other readers are interested in this kind of stuff.

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Panda Not Just Another Cute Bear

panda bearPandas are native bears of China and they are simply adorable.  As bears go they tend to be on the smaller side and typically have names like Mingaling, Yingyang  or SingaLing.

But now we have a new panda and it has a name altogether different – it is the Google Panda! And this panda seems to have created a lot of pandamonium and we who are internet marketers need to pay attention to this bear, which is not that little and definitely not at all cuddly!

But before I go into  panda territory  a small aside. I miss posting on this little blog of mine.  Been away for far too long.  The reason is sound as a good deal of my time is now devoted to marketing and growing my fledgling internet marketing business for the bricks and mortar market, something I would not have attempted were it not for the experience gained here.   A while back I made a commitment to Dave Doolin of Website in A Weekend that I would post here once a month … that was some time ago. What can I say –  I’m slow in keeping my commitments!

I find now that I am actually making online marketing money by providing services to other businesses I need to be top of my game all the time – well at least try, keeping top of game can be a full time job of and on itself.   The internet is nothing if not volatile , every day the RSS feed is filled with the newest, the latest, the best, the fastest, the dead in the water and the BIG DIFFERENCE and  the Big Difference today is the Google Panda.  I am not going to go into details of the Google Panda here – Aaron Wheeler does it brilliantly in this article.  What I want to talk about is that, yes, once again content trumps king.

That, ladies and gentlemen is music to my ears.  As most of us are aware Google’s algorithm content always was king but there appeared to be a system that was keyword supported and wouldn’t you know it but IMers quickly learned how to game that system (who’d have thunk!) so much so, that the quality of the content was often questionable if not down outright ignored.

It is no surprise that with each passing year Google gets smarter and smarter.  Now it has a completely different way of looking at content, not just is the keyword in the subject/title, is it in the first sentence of the article/page, is it used at least three times within the whole piece (dammit, I just got that down pat), BUT, does the article/post engage the reader?  Is it quality content?

For me the keyword thing has always been counter intuitive – somehow it seemed contrived and often  stilted and while over here, it did not seem to matter much, but once writing for paying clients it did. Often I came across content on other sites that was so obviously created simply for the SERPs but now Google will pay attention to the human eye and interest of the reader: how long did the visitor stay on the page?  Did the visitor go and visit other pages on the site?  Was the “like” button clicked?  Did they share the article with their friends … and so on.

So content rules.  We don’t know just how “smart” Panda is – not yet.  There seems to be reference to humor but then again, that would translate into engaging the audience, i.e., how long does the reader stay on the page/site and  not a big haha from the bot.  So attention grabbing titles may errrr…aaah… trump keywords?

Now don’t go overboard and throw out the importance of the keyword, I’m sure it still has some role to play but now your content can SingaLing along with MingaLing and squeeze some PandaGoogle juice for your site!

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Are Training Wheels Slowing You Down?

Training Wheels and Blogging Today’s question:  Are training wheels hindering the speed of your success and what’s that got to do with blogging?

Taking the summer off of blogging
was like taking the training wheels off of my internet marketing business.  I didn’t see it that way – heck the thought never entered my mind until this morning when I read  Nathan Hangen’s essay Step Away From the Blog

In his essay Nathan compares blogging to a set of training wheels.  Blogging, he says gets you going on the internet, familiarizes you with online business basics and opens doors for opportunities.  Blogging of and on its own seldom puts serious coin in your pocket and he challenges the reader to step away from blogging, develop a product and build a business around that product.  In other words stop fooling yourself, take off the training wheels and start making money.

Co-incidentally in today’s  edition of Website in a Weekend, Dave Doolin tosses a suspiciously look alike grenade into his reader’s psyche: Money blogging: Everyone’s dirty little secret .  Dave’s question is simply this:  why do you blog?

Both articles are worth the read. Hop on over there and then come on back.

But it got me thinking.  Without knowing it I was shedding those training wheels during my sabbatical.

After almost two years of blogging the money truck hasn’t exactly rolled up to my front door.  I have made a few dollars here and there but it’s a long way to Tipperary and to the pot of gold.

Taking the sabbatical helped me to de-clutter, clarify and get into business – two in fact, one as a JV partner and the other a full partnership.  Both are online businesses.  Neither would have happened if I did not have this blog as my set of training wheels.

But the training wheels are off now.

Does that mean I won’t be publishing here?

No.

One of the most valuable lessons learned from blogging here is that this is my Continuing Ed in internet marketing. So yes of course I’ll continue to publish – I hope to change the tone of content somewhat, that this may not be so much a blog on blogging as a commentary on our industry and a further hope that it stirs your creative juices which I encourage you to share here.

So as a beginning what about you?  What has your experience been in blogging?  How have you grown since you began?  Do you have a vision of where you want to be?  How do you think blogging factors in?  Have you made money off your blog?  Or has the blog been a conduit to selling other products?  What’s your topic?  What’s your product?

Would love to hear.  My space – your voice!

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Summer’s Sabbatical Gone – Blogging’s On!

Blog Income Sabbatical FinishedThe Blog Income Life summer sabbatical is over, after all anything summer was officially over a week ago and the fourth quarter of the year is upon us.

I  took the summer off of blogging and called it my summer sabbatical ‘cause it just sounded better that way.  Taking the three months off was good.  It was one of chose choices that was made for me.   Have you ever had this happen to you?  Suddenly too much is coming at you, most of it good and most of it means an income, either right away or in the pipeline?   Now that’s not a bad place to be, but suddenly you’re caught up in a whirlwind and you don’t which way to go, what to do?  So you get the picture  and although a lot was happening precious little was actually being done.

That’s when I decided that I needed to pull back.  It happens to all of us.  When caught in a vortex the best thing to do is suspend yourself outside of the milieu and take a bird’s eye view of the maelstrom below.

It’s not something I recommend for everyone or every situation.  The sabbatical has cost me – it’s cost me traffic, growth and lovely Alexa has dropped Blog Income Life like a hot potato from a one time 239,072 to an embarrassing 1,560,842 (and possibly worse at press time). Testament to the importance of consistency and fresh content.  Google on the other hand has allowed my PR2 to remain.   I hope that my regular readers return and perhaps the search engines will once again take an interest in what is going on in this little corner of the blogosphere.

On the other hand the sabbatical allowed me time to take a breath and examine what was on the table. Sometimes we don’t see the forest for the trees, in my case opportunities.   It`s not as though I sat at the top of a mountain meditating, waiting for the universe to deliver  …what?  Something.   What I did was to engage myself in activities of a different sort from blogging but still within the sphere of internet marketing.

The result is exhilarating.  A new business partnership for one and another that is a joint venture.

While the money made from this site is negligible at best, neither of the two would have happened without this blog.  I thought I would share some of my experiences with you, perhaps there is something there that might resonate with you.

First and foremost the purpose of this site was to apply that which I knew, learn and grow.  This is an ongoing process.  The main thing is that by applying one learns a lot more than by just knowing.  Trust me.  It’s true.   You find holes in what you know.  You begin to know how little you know.  Sometimes that is discouraging but then you look at where you’ve come from and there is renewed zeal.  But sometimes that isn’t enough.

There were signs already in May … signs that pretty much said I’d need to clone myself, decline opportunities or do a half assed job of everything.  One morning I sat down and reviewed the state of Valentina  – the good, the bad and the ugly.

The good was obvious. The bad was that I had no time.  The ugly was specific to this site – once again it seemed to be in a stall.  So I made some decisions.

Sometimes the best cure is a change of scenery.  I decided to take a leave of absence from Blog Income and concentrate on some of the other areas that needed addressing.

One:  Clean House –  Pocket Some Money.
On several occasions I made mention that my dog sites are the ones that are at least giving me some income off the net.  I have several dog related sites.  The thing is I no longer have a dog.  Dear Darby went to doggie heaven.  For personal reasons I decided not to get another dog.  Even though the mere sight of a dog tugs at my heartstrings, my heart was no longer into the dog sites.  I put them up to auction and sold them – well at least a few.  Someone I know locally has offered a deal for the rest of them with a revenue share component.  We’re talking.

If you have stale blogs that are just gathering dust, you just might want to polish them up and put them up for sale.  You’re not likely to get a lot of money for them, but chances are you’re not getting much of it anyway if the blogs have gone into a catatonic state.  Clean house – pocket some money.

Two:   Navigating the Rabbit Trail.
Through a convoluted set of circumstances I was asked If I would help promote an early stage company going to IPO (Initial Public Offering).  Coincidentally this is a digital media company and wow!  Did I learn a lot about the importance of video in online marketing.   Here’s a statistic for you:  companies with websites that have a video are 51 times (that is times, not percent) more likely to end up on page one of Google for their product over companies that don’t have videos .  What that means is that a site that does not have one will be lost in the maze of a rabbit trail. Now that statistic is tumbling fast as I see an increasing number of businesses adding videos to their sites.

Three:  Joint Venture
Through my internet mastermind group I am now a legal  equal revenue sharing partner in a startup internet project – a site which is part of a bigger scheme.  Development costs in terms of time and money have been significant to date – none out of my pocket.  How good is that?

Four:  New Online Business
This one was an incubator for several months, inching along step by step.   Big change as someone with depth of online experience and offline business success expressed interest in a partnership – would I be interested ?  Oh Yes!

I know there are bloggers out there that are busting their butts trying to make their blogs fly, to make a bit of money, maybe that’s you.  All I can say is don’t give up … you just don’t know what and how your efforts will pay off.  Keep on keeping.

Odds and Sods

The challenge Just some odds and sods today … a little bit of housekeeping at Blog Income.

To those who asked (thank you for asking) and those who are wondering –  I am taking a short hiatus and will be back full steam in four to six weeks … that is not to say that this will be a completely silent blog for that length of time, but certainly the posting will be somewhat sporadic.

Tonight is one of those sporadic moments … I just had to let you know that Ed Dale’s annual 30 Day Challenge is just days away only the name has changed and it is no longer 30 days – this year it is simply THE CHALLENGE and starts July 01.

If you take only one internet marketing course this year, this is THE ONE no matter where your level of internet marketing competence lies … best thing is that it is FREE!  Hop on over to

http://challenge.co

No.  That .co is not an error.  You may already know this but just in case you don’t this is a great time to go and grab yourself some awesome domain names ending in .co … how often have you gone to get a .com or even a .net or .org and found that the simple and most effective names are gone.  The assignment of .co domain names is not live as yet but you can go over pre-register at

www.domainmonster.com

I have pre-registered for a few … they’re not cheap at $24.95 but I think they’ll fly. This is your chance to get the domain that got away and your opportunity to register a truly global, credible and recognisable domain name. The flexibility that comes with .CO domains means they can be associated with companies, corporations or even other commercial endeavors.

Even if you don’t want to pre-register it is worth the visit to the site, I like the way they are positioning the launch.  The message is compelling, of course by now the obligatory video is there but I like that they have a “landrush” option which is an auction format – so if you have the shekels you could bid for say www.internetmarketing.co and any other “good” web address that suits your business.  Another feature that I like is aimed at those who have trademarks … the pre-registration requests are filled only after the landrush and trademarks are filled.  You do not pay anything up front.

The last item today … why the absence?  The reasons are several but they all revolve around working ON my business.  Sometimes one gets so entrenched working in the business that you find yourself doing the same things over and over again – that is good to a degree because it is an excellent way to become familiar with what it is that you do, but if you don’t step away for a while and take a bird’s eye view you’ll just stay where you are.  I’m going to take this time to go and do some eagle soaring (and there are plenty of them but literally and figuratively).

If I come across something whilst soaring out there that I think would be of value to you, I’ll quickly make a post here – till then ciao!

Sunday Morn Musings: On Money, Taxes and the Rich

income tax chartMoney, money, money
Always sunny
It’s a rich man’s world

… so the song goes.

Money’s a funny thing – it seems that everyone wants it but at the same time they have a low opinion of the rich.  It’s not uncommon to hear “…those filthy money grubbing bastards!” and lately with all the shenanigans on Wall Street it’s open season on the rich.

Now I am not rushing to the defense of the rich, but really, isn’t it time we stopped all this rich bashing?  I think it’s a good thing that there are rich people and truth be told yes, I’d love to join their ranks, I mean, let’s be honest, why else do we buy lottery tickets and even line up to plonk down our precious after tax earnings in exchange for a little scrap of paper that, odds against odds, will be the winning number and thus  open the magic door to the vault of wealth to us?  The larger the pot, the more people buy.

I like money.  There I said it!

Somehow in our society it is considered somewhat gauche to own up to liking money.  Money is evil, money is crass, money is bad, money does not bring happiness, money corrupts … the list is endless.  It’s usually people who don’t have money who say these things, but I find that it really isn’t entirely their fault; as much as I can figure it out they were brought up that way.

I wasn’t.  I was not born in North America nor did I grow up here.  True, in my family we did not discuss money but inherently we knew it was a desirable instrument to have.  When dad would come home from his business trips, he would sit at the table counting the money he got paid by his customers.  I loved watching him count it.  He would place a pack in one hand and then much like a croupier sorting his deck of cards, he counted  and placed different amounts into different bundles.  One bundle was for mom to run the household.  I always knew from the size of that bundle whether the business trip was a successful one or not.  The size of “mom’s” packet often determined how we ate and whether the shoes had to wait for another month or not.  If it was a good trip I would get a money note to spend.   So to me, money was always good.

Later, when I went to work in the corporate world, my pay packet was always delivered to me at my desk by a clerk from accounting and it was always in cash.   I did my own counting when I got home.  I loved it.   It was only when I came to Canada that payment was by check.  To his day, I prefer to have cash in my wallet and use it for my day to day purchases, leaving the credit card for big ticket items.

But the rich?  Oh yes.

The people we love to hate and secretly wish to be.

Why?

I did a little bit of snooping and Googling.  I think it’s a very good thing that there are rich people, you see, if it weren’t for them you can bet your bottom dollar that the rest of us  would be paying higher taxes.  I have always suspected this but now there is empirical data to support my suspicions.

The top 1 percent of income earners paid 40 percent of all federal income taxes in 2007, while the bottom 50 percent paid only 3 percent. More than one-third of U.S. earners paid no federal income tax at all.

Source:  Internal Revenue Service

Another interesting statistic is that the top 10% earners paid 71% of all income taxes.  Now the 10% includes the merely high income earners at $100K and above .  Depending on where you live that can merely be a good income or put you into the upper middle class category, but still it is above the  U.S. household median of $60K.

As with everything in life, there are some who are better, better at sports, better at math, better at sciences, better, better and more better – and there are some that are better at making money.   I read that if all the wealth in the world were equally dispersed amongst the 6 billion on earth, each man, woman and child would have $1.6 billion in his back pocket.  That was a while back.  The total wealth of the world in terms of money has increased since then.  What was interesting about that read was the observation by the author that within 6 years or less, the money would return to the same concentration levels as before the division.

The main reason being is that not only are some people better at making money, they are also better managers of money.  Think about lottery winners.  While there appears to be no real hard data as to the exact figures, most lottery winners return to their previous financial status whether that be comfortable middle class or below broke.  The most common soft figure is 70% return to their previous status sometimes within as short a time as one year.  Lottery is a regressive tax. You generally have to understand money in order to accumulate it. The same goes for the redistribution of world wealth.

I also think that stewardship of money is given to those who do more with it.  The rich get a bum rap.   They support charities, fund cultural events, help educate the less fortunate, set up foundations and serve as valuable mentors.  Before the cynical jump on the soapbox and say that the disadvantaged would not need the largesse of the rich if  they had the $1.6 B in their back pocket – I point again to the lotto winners.  Others will point to the tax benefits that such donations give to the rich – yeah?  What’s the point?  I don’t think that governments would put the money to the same good use but then I again cite the statistic that 1% pay 40% of  all federal income taxes collected.   Seems to me like they’re paying well enough.

I think the next best thing to being a rich person is having rich people in our society.

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Those Doggone Blogging Blues – Having Nothing More To Say

blue dog

dogging the blues

What can you do about it?

Question.  As you have been writing on your subject have you at the same time continued to increase your own knowledge base on it?  If not, this is a good time to do so.  Here are some good ways to broaden your scope on any given subject/topic:

  1. Visit your colleague’s blogs.  Guaranteed you will find something that will get your attention.  A new slant, a new resource, a fresh approach, perhaps even the appearance of your colleague’s blog may give you some ideas.
  2. You may want to visit blogs that have a commonality but not necessarily the same niche as yours.  For example while Blog Income is a blog on blogging I find visiting sights on personal development and personal finance to be both inspirational and broadening.   I apply some of what I learn at those blogs to some of the other areas of my internet marketing – and to my personal life.

    2. Review a colleague’s blog – or a post – on your blog.  Why you like the blog.  What attracted you to it. What keeps you coming back.  Is there a suggestion you can make that would enhance that blogger’s results.This is a tactic I should follow myself.   Now that I have established a list of blogs that are on my  follow list, a review of each of them would introduce my readers to some really good (and sometimes irreverent) bloggers,  content and diversity of style.  A funny thing happens when you begin to review something – precious gems are unearthed, gems you can pocket and apply to your own efforts.

    3.  Interview a blogger: This is a natural gimme.  It’s fun to come up with questions.  I like interviews where the blogger answers questions that are yes, helpful, but also that may be off topic and put the blogger in the hot seat.  It’s a way to break through the din of what is expected and perks your reader’s interest.

    4. Invite a colleague to be a guest on your blog.  Pick a favorite blogger:  one whose sun is rising.  In the make money online grouping you are more likely to have such a blogger accept your invite than if you invited a big name guru.   Moreover I like the guts and nerve that the newbies display – they have to do something to rise above the noise and they have to differentiate themselves from the pioneers while basically still writing the same stuff as others who have gone before them.


    6. Republish
    some of your earlier posts.  Some of your best writing may have been done when you first began.  Lets face it that was when you were pumped and bent on showing the blogosphere that you knew whereof you wrote, and you took time to polish the prose so that it came across as being professional.  The thing is that was early on in your blog income career when hardly anyone was aware of your blog let alone visiting it.  New traffic typically reads the current post yet some valuable stuff may be buried in your archives.

    7. Last but not least – hit the internet for information on your subject, go to article directories and simply bone up.

These are simple steps which if followed will remind you why you decided to blog, why you chose the topic you did and guaranteed invigorate you to continue.

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