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Is the sun shining on your blog?

22 May

How’s your blog doing? Is the outlook sunny or are the clouds on the horizon? If you’re struggling to start up, or you’ve been going awhile and you’re flagging, help is at hand. Ileane Smith, the face behind the very successful Basic Blog Tips, has kindly offered some advice.

I was able to interview Ileane recently and she answered these questions:

What’s the first thing a new blogger should do?

The first step to establishing yourself online is – and perhaps this sounds a little crazy — get a Gravatar. Continue reading

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Publishers are struggling, but publishing people can thrive

13 Apr 10 reasons you should hire me

Publishing is dead, long live publishing. Maybe that’s a bit extreme, but all the evidence is that the old publishing models are unworkable and that we are all publishers now.

Does that mean we old-school publishing professionals should give up, go down the pub and lament the old days? Personally, I don’t think so.

I’m in transition from the old publishing world to the new, but every day I see more and more opportunities for people with solid skills like researching, writing, editing, design, proofreading, and content strategy. Continue reading

Turn a blog into a compelling online magazine

11 Apr Make your online magazine compulsive reading

There is so much advice on blogging around that it’s not easy to separate out the truly useful stuff. Given I’m still in the early dark days of stumbling around WordPress, I’m trying, and here’s the second really great article I’ve read.

It’s timely for me as I’ve recently started building my second and way more ambitious blog on WordPress.org. More of that another time, but suffice it to say I need all the help I can get.

This post is from the Social Media Examiner and helps you see your blog as more of an online magazine. If you want a large following this could be the approach to take.  It’s written by Michael Stelzner, who created the Examiner, which has 140,000 subscribers. Continue reading

Commonsense guide to starting and monetising a blog

3 Mar Butterflyist

For the past few months I’ve been following the progress of Andrea Wren, a freelance journalist for The Guardian, as she started her own blog with expert help. There was none of the “5 ways to instantly get rich quick through internet marketing!” hysteria.  Continue reading

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