What’s Your Blog Really About?

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I read a great story this morning.

It’s all about this guy who started blogging back in 2002 after he read an article on the subject. He spent all his free time teaching himself the ins-and-outs of blogging back at a time when all the “how to blog” resources we have today didn’t exist.

He continued to start additional blogs on different subjects, and soon discovered that he was making enough income to cut back his employment to part time so he could focus more on blogging. He decided to really give this blogging thing a go and see if he could make a living from it.

From there, he eventually did become a full time blogger, supported mostly by advertising revenue from close to 20 blogs. It seems this fellow had stumbled into a thoroughly modern new profession, and it allowed him to make much more money than he had previously.

Where did I read this story?

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Four Simple Steps to More Blog Subscribers

Do you know the quickest, simplest way to get more subscribers to your blog?

The answer is to ask them to subscribe, and make it as easy as possible.

Wow. That’s way too obvious, right?

And yet, day in and day out, I see bloggers who not only fail to ask for the subscription, they downright make it difficult to subscribe. I’ve literally had to poke around on some blogs just trying to find a way to get the content delivered.

Most people won’t do that. And I’ve ended up ditching plenty of blogs because it was too much of a hassle.

So, believe it or not, you can gain an advantage over your competition by simply making it easier to subscribe. The successful conversion of visitors to subscribers is in no small part related to simple usability and motivation adjustments.

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Where’s the Money in Blogging?

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The money’s not in your archives.

The money’s not in your Technorati rank.

The money’s not in your Google juice.

The money’s not in being on the A-List.

The money’s not in AdSense.

There is money in page views at this point, but you’ll need a whole, whole bunch of them (which means you’ll need a whole, whole bunch of return visits).

Since the old days of mail order sales, magazine subscriptions, and all the way up to permission email marketing, there’s a saying that remains true, even for bloggers.

The money’s in the list.

But blogging actually provides so much more than a simple subscriber list of people to market to. Blogging allows for interactive relationships that force you to be your best, all while allowing your message to spread virally.

So, when it comes to blogging…

The money’s in your fan club.

Sound like the start of a new tutorial, right?

And this one is soooo money. :)

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Free Link Love

Are there any three sweeter words to the ear of a blogger?

One of the points I really wanted to stress in my free Viral Copy report was that linking out often to others was one of the key secrets to blogging success. It may be counterintuitive, but it’s the engine that drives the blogosphere.

Quite a few people have been making it a point to promote free and open linking. There’s Chris Pearson’s Indie Virus, Easton Ellsworth’s Blog Tipping and most recently Mike Siger’s Link Leak Project. And uber-trooper Liz Strauss basically devotes half of her blog to pointing out others who may be under the radar.

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They Laughed When He Ran Away From the Basket… Until He Sank the Three Pointer!

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Why would a 7-foot-tall forward in the NBA bother taking shots from way back behind the three point line?

Because he makes them.

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Your Unique Story Proposition

You’ve likely heard of the need for a “unique selling proposition” (USP) in order to be successful in business. In essence, a USP is something that you offer customers or clients that your competitors do not.

Another way to think of your USP is as a “remarkable benefit.”

In direct response copywriting, the USP runs throughout the sales letter. It’s the unique promise that is

  1. contained in the headline;
  2. elaborated on in the body copy; and
  3. ultimately fulfilled by your offer.

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