How to establish your brand on Pinterest (and make it popular)

This is a guest post by Larry Alton If you’re a ‘picture paints a thousand words’ kind of person, then Pinterest may be a great option for you. Its tight-knit community and visual focus make it an ideal board for circulating and popularizing your ideas. And while it may not be as popular as Facebook and Instagram,…

Think Local, Write Global

The Internet has democratized the writing process like never before. You can now read the international editions of newspapers and magazines online, even if you live several oceans away from the nerve center of its publication. And the good news is that you can write for it too!   Here’s how you can hone your…

How to Build a Business You Can Run From Anywhere

As indie entrepreneurs, sometimes all it takes is a little travel break to remind us why we started our business in the first place. Travel is amazing for inspiration and perspective. It would be terrible to make a business that doesn’t allow you to travel. Just think about that! You put all this work in…

7 Common Newsletter Problems Solved

Over the past few weeks, we’ve looked at why email newsletters are so important, what your email newsletter might look like, and how to choose the right service for you. So is your newsletter up and running yet? If the answer is “Yes”, is it working as well as you’d like? If not, then read…

Hot Jobs for Copyeditors

“Editing is simply the application of the common sense of any good reader. That’s why, to be an editor, you have to be a reader. It’s the number one qualification.” -Robert Gottlieb Do you have an eye for correcting spelling and grammatical errors, or reread your writing over and over to ensure it’s free of…

211: Creating a Successful Podcast – Advice from Pat Flynn

Advice from Pat Flynn on How to Create a Successful Podcast Today I have a treat for anyone who has ever considered starting a podcast (or already has one), because I’ve just finished a Skype call with Pat Flynn about the art of podcasting.   As I’ve mentioned in the past, Pat’s teaching on podcasting…

Do you ever worry you’re building the wrong kind of business?

Lately we’ve been obsessed with a simple idea here at Fizzle. When we hear a success story from someone who built a business, there’s usually a distinct turning point in the story. This turning point revolves around something the entrepreneur changed that made everything click. Sometimes the change is small, other times it’s a larger…

Blog Metrics: Why You Need to Stop Focusing on ‘Vanity’ Stats

In a recent ProBlogger Mastermind, I shared a slide that seemed to hit a nerve with the group. While having lots of page views, sessions, fans, followers and even email subscribers may feel good, they don’t actually tell you anything about the health of your blog. I included this in my Mastermind session after having…

How to Pitch: Amtrak’s The National

Circulation: 5 million Frequency: 6x/year Special Issues: None Background: Amtrak’s The National launched in October 2016 with the intent to tell stories about the culture and industry that is defining life along America’s rails, according to Alex Hoyt, executive editor. The onboard publication is targeted to travelers who are headed to any of Amtrak’s 500……

Hot Jobs Where You Work From Home

We’ve all dreamed of quitting that dreaded 9-5 and working from the couch in the comfort of our home. Here’s your chance to explore that option with these fantastic jobs that allow you to follow your career passions and still have the flexibility to work remotely.   Powered by WPeMatico

Comparing Email Service Providers for Bloggers

This is the third post in our Email Newsletter Series. One major sticking point for most bloggers who are setting up a newsletter is deciding what email service to use. There are lots of different, competing, options out there, and there’s no one perfect solution. Just in case you were thinking about it … don’t try to…

5 Steps for Responding to Negative Social Media Comments

Instead of calling the support line, a customer posted a complaint on your Facebook page. A negative, angry, very public complaint. What do you do? Only one in seven companies have a strategy in place for utilizing social media for their business plan—and there’s a good chance you’re in the majority. Whether you’re managing social…

210: Launching a Blog: How Many Posts Do You Need?

How Many Live Posts Do You Need When You Launch Your Blog Today, I want to answer a question almost every blogger asks when they start blogging: How many posts should I have live before I launch my blog? It’s a common question I get, and while I’ve mentioned a few approaches in other episodes…