Why Your Blog Is Going Nowhere (and the Truth about Getting Traffic)

Why Your Blog Is Going Nowhere (and the Truth about Getting Traffic)

Note from Jon: This is a post by Johnny B. Truant. Aside from being a close friend, he’s also one hell of a writer, and I don’t say that lightly. You should listen to everything he says, both here and on his own blog. In fact, do yourself a favor and grab his How to Be Legendary e-book. It’s free, and you can dissect everything he’s doing to learn the proper way to succeed online. Worth every minute.

Ever feel like your blog is stuck in quicksand?

You’re writing lots of posts. You’re promoting them. You’re responding to each and every commenter like they’re your best friend.

But it’s not working. The more you work, the harder you struggle, the deeper you sink.

Why?

Well, it might be a little tough to swallow, but here you go:

You could suck at writing.

That’s not the only reason people fail. Some people are just lazy, thinking it’s going to happen without doing any work. Other people never learn how to promote their posts. Still others are totally anonymous, and they need to improve their connections before they can succeed.

But there are also bloggers who do all of that right, and they’re still stuck.

They are working their butts off, doing everything imaginable to promote their blogs, and they’re even networking masters who know everybody, but they’re still failing. And it’s because they suck at writing.

Think about that for a second.

You build it and they come … but it sucks, so they leave.

And another potentially great blog bites the dust. More

12 Blogging Mistakes That Make You Look like a World-Class Idiot

12 Blogging Mistakes That Make You Look like a World-Class Idiot

It can happen, you know.

One day, you’re enthralled with a new idea for a post, so you whip it up and publish it to your blog, sure it’s going to get people buzzing all around the blogosphere.

But that’s not what happens. Instead, your world explodes in an inferno of criticism.

Angry comments. Hate email. Losing hundreds of friends on Facebook or Twitter.

Or even worse?

People just write you off. They see your post and think, “This person is an idiot,” and they resolve to ignore anything you say until the day you die.

Of course, that’ll never happen to you, right? More

The CSI Guide to Finding Your Next Killer Idea – A Guide for Bloggers

The CSI Guide to Finding Your Next Killer Idea – A Guide for Bloggers

You know how it is…

Your blog post is well overdue. You sense your readers are waiting, but you can’t come up with anything fresh to offer them.

You’ve been writing for so long about the same topics, you just can’t think of anything new to say. It’s kind of like you’ve reached the bottom of the well, and now all that’s coming up is mud.

To cap it all, when you do get a cool idea, something that sounds fun to write about, you look around and discover an A-lister just delivered the final word on it. Doh.

Frustrated, you decide to flip on the old boob tube and relax for a bit. Maybe inspiration will strike while you’re watching the latest episode of CSI…

Sounds unlikely, right?

Well, I would’ve thought so, too, but that’s exactly what I did the other night, and I noticed something surprising. More

9 Ways to Go Viral on Pinterest and Get an Avalanche of Traffic

9 Ways to Go Viral on Pinterest and Get an Avalanche of Traffic

Okay, show of hands.

Who else would like to get 90,000 visitors just by posting a simple photo?

Everybody, right?

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard about the new kid on the social media block, Pinterest, a bookmarking site focused on sharing interesting photos with your friends. You might even heard some crazy-sounding stories about bloggers who are using it to drive an avalanche of traffic to their blogs.

But you’re probably confused.

How are bloggers getting traffic from Pinterest? Why does it feel like you’re not making the most of this new social media site? Why is the traffic everyone else is getting with Pinterest whizzing past you like a freight train in the night?

Well, I’ve got you covered. As I did research for my new book on Pinterest marketing, I dug into some of the web’s most successful Pinterest case studies to find out exactly how it all works.

And I discovered some interesting strategies. In this post, I’ve handpicked eight of the best strategies for bloggers, as well as some thoughts about exactly how to put them into action: More

How to Write an eBook That Goes Viral and Gets You Tons of Traffic

How to Write an eBook That Goes Viral and Gets You Tons of Traffic

Note from Jon: Sometimes, it’s nice to throw all the principles and strategies and other ephemeral gobbledygook out the window and look at a good old-fashioned case study of what’s working in the trenches right now. That’s exactly what this post is. Enjoy, and be sure to grab a copy of Danny’s new free report, the Naked Marketing Manifesto. 🙂

Reports, e-books, manifestos.

If you’ve been blogging for long, you’ve probably toyed with the idea of writing one. Not because you enjoy the idea of writing a 10-20 page document, necessarily, but because the benefits are undeniable.

Like traffic, for example.

And links.

And authority.

Maybe you can even pick up a few thousand subscribers while you’re at it, transforming them over time into raving fans of your blog.

It’s a reasonable dream. Snoop around the web, and you’ll find dozens of stories where bloggers had free reports go viral, bringing them an avalanche of traffic.

So why haven’t you done it already?

Well… you’re scared, right? Reports and e-books are a dime a dozen these days, and you’re probably wondering if yours will be different enough to stand out from the crowd.

So you procrastinate. You change your mind about the topic. You write a few pages and never come back to finish.

Sound familiar?

Well, consider this a friendly kick in the rear. In this post, I’ll show you what it takes to create an e-book, report, or manifesto that gets you all the traffic you can handle, and then some…

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