Beginners

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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The Minimalist Guide to Twitter: How to Handle It in 15 Minutes a Day

The Minimalist Guide to Twitter: How to Handle It in 15 Minutes a Day

Has this ever happened to you?

You venture over to Twitter to share your latest blog post.

You type your message, click Tweet and you’re just about to leave when…

Something in your timeline catches your eye.

It’ll only take a few seconds to check it out, right?

Then you see something else. Then something else.

And before you know it, an hour has passed and you’re left wondering where the hell your time went.

It’s a common problem. Twitter’s a powerful tool for bloggers, but it’s also a dangerous distraction.

Scrolling endlessly through your feed can feel productive – particularly when you tell yourself it’s research – but deep down you know it’s the opposite. Even the “proven” social strategies seem to deliver nothing.

So, is it possible to get the benefits of Twitter without being sidetracked by the distractions or wasting time on ineffective tactics?

Fortunately, it is.

In fact, it’s possible in just 15 minutes a day. Here’s how…
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11 Traffic Techniques That Are a Waste of Time for Beginners

11 Traffic Techniques That Are a Waste of Time for Beginners

Could it really be possible that almost everything you are doing to promote your website is a waste of time?

We’re not just talking about questionable hacks you picked up on some weird forum. We’re talking about proven techniques recommended by industry leaders in authority publications.

But you know what?

It’s mostly a load of crap.

Over the last five years, I’ve mentored over 2,000 bloggers. I’ve examined their promotional activities. I’ve seen their traffic stats.

And the vast majority of what you’re being told to do simply does not work.

It’s not just less effective than advertised. It produces almost no meaningful results whatsoever.

What, exactly, is a “meaningful result?”

Well, I’m glad you asked…
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Why Your Site Gets Such Pitiful Traffic (and What to Do about It)

Why Your Site Gets Such Pitiful Traffic (and What to Do about It)

So, your site’s about as popular as a fart in an elevator, eh?

I’ve been there, and well… it sucks. No simpler way to put it.

And worst of all, it’s not always clear why it’s happening.

It’s not like you’re one of those spammers publishing dozens of thinly disguised sales pitches a day. You genuinely care about your audience, and you try to publish content that’ll help them.

You’re probably on social media too, trying to build a little buzz through Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest. Maybe not every day, but you stop in when you can, sharing a thing or two.

But nobody seems to give a damn.

Not about your content. Not about your shares. Not about you.

And you’re starting to wonder…

What are you doing wrong?

The truth:

Probably a lot.

Beginners make mistakes. Just a part of life.

The good news?

You know that darkness you’re stumbling around in? Well, I’m going to turn on the light.

Nobody in the world has the power to make all the obstacles disappear, but I can at least help you see what you’re tripping over. Some of the mistakes you’re making might surprise you.

If you’re not getting the traffic you think you should be, the following are 10 of the most common reasons why:
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