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The Surprisingly Simple Secret to Knowing What Your Readers Want

The Surprisingly Simple Secret to Knowing What Your Readers Want

Does this sound familiar?

You spend hours brainstorming irresistible topics for your blog – then the resulting posts get totally ignored.

Another time, you throw out some random idea that popped into your head – and the comments go wild.

Or how about this…

You bust your butt creating an awesome freebie to attract email subscribers, but when you put it out into the world… crickets.

Let’s face it: You’re no mind reader.

But if you’re wondering what topics your readers are longing for you to write about, what freebie would attract subscribers in droves, or what product readers would beg you to buy, there is a way.

And it’s so obvious, you’ll wonder why you didn’t think of it sooner.
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How to Craft Tweetable Quotes That Spread Your Content like Wildfire

How to Craft Tweetable Quotes That Spread Your Content like Wildfire

It hurts when a post you labored over doesn’t get any comments.

And it stings when no one shares your content on Facebook or Twitter.

But it really feels like a punch to the gut when your ideas don’t go anywhere, doesn’t it?

After all, most of us became bloggers because we had ideas we wanted to spread.

Important ideas. Life-changing ideas. Hell, even world-changing ideas.

But if your ideas aren’t spreading, does that mean you’re failing as a blogger? Is it time to give up?

Before you go off and have a pity party, let’s ask ourselves why your ideas haven’t taken off.

Maybe you haven’t found your voice yet. Maybe your niche is just too crowded. Maybe you’re looking for inspiration in the wrong places.

Or maybe you know how to come up with interesting ideas, but you’re not so good at promoting them. Or you genuinely have a brilliant new take on the world, but you fail when “selling” it to others.

If this describes you, do not despair. You’re not alone. And there is an answer.

But first, let’s pinpoint what’s holding you back.

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7 Little-Known Reasons WordPress.com Sucks for Serious Bloggers

7 Little-Known Reasons WordPress.com Sucks for Serious Bloggers

So you’re ready to make a dent in the universe.

You have great ideas to share with the world, and blogging is how you’re going to do it.

Good for you.

Of course, there’s more to starting a blog than just having great ideas, but you’ve already made an important decision.

You’re going with WordPress.

After all, Internet bigwigs like Jon Morrow, Brian Clark, Chris Brogan, Amy Porterfield, Marie Forleo, Gary Vaynerchuk, Mari Smith, Michael Hyatt and Darren Rowse all use WordPress.

In fact, the more you read, the more it seems like you’d be a total idiot to go with anything else.

There are hundreds of professional themes to make your blog look gorgeous. Thousands of clever plugins to add a myriad of different features. And countless experienced WordPress professionals who can help if you get out of your depth.

So you’re certain it’s a WordPress blog you need, but the big question is:

Where do you get one?

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63 Blogging Tools That Will Make You Insanely Productive

63 Blogging Tools That Will Make You Insanely Productive

Let me guess.

You read the headline on this post and thought, “Cool!” Then a little voice in your head whispered something like, “Why do I need another post on all the cool tools I don’t have time to use?”

That is the key, isn’t it? Time. Having the time to set up, play with and truly put to work all the amazing tools that will rocket your blog into the heavens.

And having time to write. And time to follow other bloggers. And time to network on social media.

After your blog is set up, after that technical part is over, every new blogger is fundamentally the same. You’re full of excitement and plans. You have a bright, shiny new blog, bursting with potential and ideas.

And zero readers.

Time then becomes the key factor that separates new bloggers into three dramatically different kinds of bloggers. That’s why all the standard advice about the tools you need is confusing. Tools don’t make the blogger. Time does.

Because it’s how much time you can spend studying the top bloggers in your niche, improving your writing and cultivating relationships with readers and influencers that determines how fast your blog will grow. And how fast your blog grows determines the tools you need. More