5 Tips to Help You Consume Content More Productively

As bloggers, we create a significant amount of content. But most of us consume a significant amount of it as well. In an industry that uses strategies such as SEO, social media marketing and email marketing as key tools, we need to stay up to date with changes and trends so we can keep growing…

3 Myths About the “Starving Artist” Destroyed (FS238)

I’ve always had this assumption that real artists, real creatives, live lives without much commercial success. But today’s show directly confronts that idea… hell, it blows it up. We brought in Jeff Goins who’s just written a book called Real Artists Don’t Starve to break down 3 myths about starving artists. (Note: the Michelangelo story…

9 Ways Influencer Outreach Can Help You and Your Blog

Here on ProBlogger, we have a lot of tips on influencer outreach – how to reach out to influencers and pitch to them. Here are just a few of the resources we have available: How to Approach Influencers in Your Niche (podcast episode) How to Grow Your Blog by Interviewing Influencers 7 Powerful Non-SEO Reasons to…

You might think this is a little woo-woo…

Among the Fizzle team, I’m known as the skeptic. I like to think I have a finely tuned bullshit meter. If an idea lacks in evidence, I’ll usually either question it, ignore it, or ridicule it, depending on my mood. Chase and Steph fall somewhere on the other end of the spectrum. Over the years…

How to Smash Your Blogging Goals in Just 5 Days

This post is by ProBlogger expert Ellen Jackson of Potential Psychology Have you ever uttered the phrase, ‘One day I’ll…’? Of course you have. We all have. One day I’ll schedule my social media One day I’ll improve my web site One day I’ll organise my images (a personal favourite) One day I’ll start a…

The 50 Best WordPress Plugins For Your Blog In 2017

Plugins are like software that extends your WordPress blog. You can use a plugin to improve the look and feel of your blog design or to add new features or functionality to your blog. Over the years I have tested many of the most downloaded WordPress plugins. Activating a handful of essential plugins is one of the first…

How to Create a Reader Avatar for Your Blog

For several years, I’ve been using Reader Avatars (also called Reader Profiles or Personas) on my blogs – and I’ve found them very effective and helpful. To create your first reader avatar, you’ll need to spend some time thinking and writing about a type of reader that you’re either attempting to reach or who is…

215: Simplify Your Business and Make More Money Blogging

Ways You Can Simplify Your Business and Increase Your Blogging Profitability Today, I want to share two big lessons I learned this year at our Australian ProBlogger events. They were lessons I think apply to many aspects of blogging and online business. It’s all about simplifying what you do while making more profit. I’m heading…

My Big Mistake on YouTube

I made an embarrassing mistake on YouTube and I loved it. Making mistakes out loud is a pre-requisite for entrepreneurship. Because if you’re too worried about making mistakes—about being seen as “immature” or “uncertain” or even “stupid”—you might not launch anything at all. You may not know this but I am a kind of professional…

3 Simple Ways to Make Your Blog Posts More Conversational

This post is by ProBlogger writing expert Ali Luke You’ve probably heard that your blog posts need to be “conversational”. You may also have been told why: to create a sense of connection with your reader, keep them engaged, and make your blog sound less like a lecture and more like a discussion. That’s all…

Why “Just Power Through” is Terrible Advice (FS236)

Burning out and blowing up costs us all way too much in our businesses. “Just power through it” is terrible advice because it’s a recipe for burnout, for blowing up. Nobody gets to storming out of the office yelling “I’m mad as hell and I’m not gonna take it anymore!” without powering through a whole…

One Screenshot You Must Include When Pitching a Sponsored Post

If you’re familiar with sponsored content as an income stream, chances are you’ve been asked for a media kit or a proposal to do a sponsored post. Unfortunately, the world of sponsored post rates and assessing the value of your site is a bit like the wild, wild west. It can be daunting putting together…

214: 4 Realities of Blogging All Bloggers Need to Talk About

4 Difficult Realities All Bloggers Face During a conference last year I was invited to have dinner with three other bloggers who had all been blogging for 5-10 years and were now doing it full-time. It was a fun dinner, and we covered a lot of ground in terms of conversation. But during dessert the…

You Are What You Read

When I was a kid, my dad used to give me a stern sideways glance and say, “you are who you choose to be friends with.” It always drove me insane. I am ME, I reassured myself uneasily. I’m not so easily influenced by other people. But was that really true? Even back then, I…