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7 Warning Signs Your Free WordPress Theme is Sabotaging Your Blog

7 Warning Signs Your Free WordPress Theme is Sabotaging Your Blog

You know exactly how it happened.

When you set up your blog, you installed a free WordPress theme and told yourself it was “just until you have a few readers.”

You had every intention of upgrading to a premium theme down the line.

But months or even years later, you’re still cruising along on a freebie theme.

Of course, upgrading it is still on your to-do list, but you have so many other things to do.

So it never gets done.

Even though you may not realize it, your free theme could be costing you big time.

But how can you find out for sure?

Read on…
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An Open Letter to Bloggers Struggling to Get More Traffic

An Open Letter to Bloggers Struggling to Get More Traffic

It hurts me to write this.

For years, I’ve been “the traffic guy.” Not only because I’m good at getting it, but because it’s the question on the top of every blogger’s mind:

“How do I get more traffic to my blog?”

To some degree, this entire site is an answer to that question. You’ll learn more about getting blog traffic here than maybe anywhere else on the web.

But there’s one giant problem…

It’s the wrong question.

And I’ve known it for years.

And I’ve said nothing.

Not because I’m an asshole (well, maybe). No, the real reason is I felt like we were serving the needs of the market. People wanted to know how to get more traffic, so we created courses teaching them how.
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How to Build Relationships with Popular Bloggers (Even If It Scares You Silly)

How to Build Relationships with Popular Bloggers (Even If It Scares You Silly)

You know you’re supposed to be reaching out to popular bloggers.

After all, without help, how will you compete with the Internet’s 150 million other blogs?

Popular bloggers already have large audiences. They can introduce your content to thousands of readers you’d never otherwise reach. They can introduce you to other powerful people online.

But something has been holding you back.

Every time you think of reaching out, it kicks in …

The fear of rejection.

“Why would famous bloggers pay any attention to me?”

“They’ll know I’m a newbie and scoff in disgust!”

Don’t worry – these feelings are common. It’s freaking awkward to throw yourself in a total stranger’s face and ask them to help you.

Fortunately, though, there is a way to befriend influencers and get them to promote your work without straying too far from your comfort zone.

In fact, if you do it right, outreach can easily feel less scary, more natural, and even invigorating.

Let’s find out how…

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A Crash Course in Google Analytics for Anyone Who’s Sick of Feeling Like an Idiot

A Crash Course in Google Analytics for Anyone Who’s Sick of Feeling Like an Idiot

Kinda unfair, isn’t it?

As a blogger you have so many different skills to master.

Writing, editing, promotion, networking . . . the list goes on and on.

You’re essentially expected to be a solo publishing empire — an entire team of skilled professionals rolled into one person.

Where on earth will you find the time? How do you make the best use of the time you do have?

Tools can help, but let’s face it, researching and learning new tools is a time-suck all of its own.

However, one free tool could make a huge difference to your success as a blogger.

Chances are, you already know about it. You’ve probably even installed it on your blog.

But you’re almost completely ignoring it. And that’s a big mistake.

So what is this neglected power tool? Google Analytics.

And getting it to work for you is a lot easier than you might think.

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How to Catapult Yourself from Diddly Squat to a Booming Online Career

How to Catapult Yourself from Diddly Squat to a Booming Online Career

*Sigh*

Soul-destroying, isn’t it?

You look at popular bloggers.

With thousands of Twitter followers.

Hundreds of blog comments.

And digital products selling like hot cakes. At premium prices too.

Webinar? Sold out.

New infographic? Gone viral.

And then …

You look at your own online presence. A handful of comments. A few hundred Twitter followers. And a faint presence on Google+.

Does it make you feel down? Overwhelmed?

Does earning a living online feel impossible? Like an insurmountable task?

In October 2012,  I felt the same way.
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