How to Stop Listening to Blogging Gurus and Stand Out Online

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To become a successful business owner or blogger, you must know how to stand out online. But here’s the real, painful irony: in pursuit of writing a popular blog or getting clients, so many of us (including me) get caught up in trying to…

How to Make a Creative Breakthrough With Your Blog

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Do you remember what anyone wrote in your middle school yearbook? I do. Ms. Barton, the toughest, best teacher I had in eighth grade, wrote in my yearbook that I was the most creative student she had ever taught. I’ll never forget that. Yet…

How to Write Content That Both You and Your Audience Love

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Bloggers must walk a delicate tightrope. On one hand, you started blogging because you had something important to say. Your blog topics must feel relevant to you and tied in to what you care about the most. Otherwise, you won’t want to…

How to Never Run Out of Blog Post Ideas

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One of the hardest parts of blogging is coming up with consistent blog post ideas. When you’re new to blogging, it’s hard to know what people want to read about. And when you’ve been doing it for a long time, you start to feel like…

8 Reasons You're Not Getting the Blog Traffic You Want

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If there’s one thing every blogger wants, it’s more traffic. You spend hours lovingly creating blog posts, only to put them out there on Facebook and hear…crickets. Sure, your mom and her friends might write a comment or two. Which…

How to Create Powerful Transformations and Get More Blog Fans

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Think of your favorite story. Now, tell me this. Does it include some kind of transformation? I am betting it does. There’s Harry Potter’s transformation from scared kid to powerful wizard. There’s Katniss Everdeen’s transformation…

How to Make People Fall in Love With Your Blog

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  At its core, blogging is about wanting to be loved. Before you roll your eyes, hear me out. When you blog, you put yourself and your ideas out there for the world, and that means you want to be seen and heard. You want people to read…

It's not the size of your email list that matters. It's how you use it.

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Who else is tired of hearing about the size of people’s email lists? Maybe it’s just me, but it almost feels like being told the size of someone’s…ahem…you know what. It’s just TMI. And it’s also TLI (too little information),…

10 Blog Designs That Will Make You Drool

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Have you ever had a blog crush? Not to weird you out or anything, but I kind of have crushes on all 10 of these blogs. They are so beautiful, they kind of make me drool. But they’re not just gorgeous - they are packed with style and…

Why You're Not Making Money From Your Blog (and How to Change That)

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I didn’t really want to write this post. In my loving, creative, writer’s heart, I believe that blogging is about being true to yourself, about telling your story, about connecting with others. So I was reluctant to write a post about…

How to Plan for Your Blog So You Actually Make Money

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If you’re like me, you decided to blog because you loved writing, and you felt that you had something important to say. And maybe at the back of your mind (okay, let’s be honest, the front of your mind) you had an idea that you wanted…

How to Write for Your Audience Without Losing Your Voice

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How do you stay authentic, but also write for your audience? How do you write what really matters to you, but also stick to a specific focus with your blog? How do you tell your stories, while still making your blog useful to your readers? Blogging…