Judging from the response to yesterday’s post, a lot of you are experiencing frustration with blogging. With over 250 responses, I don’t know how Jon is going to choose the 20-30 consultations he’ll do via telephone, but it’s likely some people will be disappointed.
The good news is, every stumbling block I saw posted yesterday in the comments can be overcome with a bit of guidance. So as an alternative, here are two resources that can help you ease your frustration and get you on the right path.
31 Days to a Better Blog
Darren Rowse is the guy who gave “problogging” its name. But he doesn’t just blog about blogging. He runs a hugely successful blog dedicated to digital photography, and co-founded the b5media blog network.
Darren knows what he’s talking about.
From looking at the frustrations expressed in yesterday’s post, I’d say just about every one of them can be solved by Darren’s new step-by-step workbook, 31 Days to a Better Blog. Designed to address and improve 31 significant blogging issues in 31 days, it can be worked through at your own pace (say one a week) or you can simply focus on the areas you need help with.
Participants in Darren’s program are reporting great things—increased traffic, deeper reader engagement, broader networking with other bloggers, creative new ideas, getting through bloggers block, and more. And at $19.95 it’s a steal.
Free 24-Page Report on Effective Web Video
I’ve been talking about video a lot lately, because basically every blog project I’ve got in development is video-based. It’s where things are going, so if you want to stay ahead of the blogging curve, start developing a video strategy as soon as possible.
If you’re in a competitive niche with a bunch of text-based bloggers, the easiest way to differentiate yourself and own your audience is to use video. Don’t make the mistake of assuming that because you prefer text, so do people interested in your niche.
Dave Kaminski is the go-to guy when it comes to learning effective web video. Both Darren Rowse and I studied Dave’s stuff when we wanted to learn more about video techniques and strategies, and a lot of other people sing Dave’s praises as well.
He’s now released a free 24-page report that reveals how to use video to get top Google rankings and how to create video content that spreads through social media like wildfire. He also shares camera and software tips that you can put to use immediately.