Why Blogging is Like Paddling a Dragon Boat

Do you ever feel as though your blog is wearing you out?

If you network with other bloggers it will become easier.

When you try to change the world on your own it gets tougher every day.

This article will show you how you can work with other bloggers to achieve your objectives without feeling absolutely exhausted the whole time.

Paddling Your Own Canoe

A canoe is very light at about 15Kg and you can get one moving very quickly on your own. You can learn how to paddle with a few hours of instruction and then take it away.

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Email List Building for Introverts – Your List Can Be Your Tribe

Having trouble turning your blog readers into a tribe?

A list of email subscribers can turn blog readers into fanatical tribe-members.

You are a quiet kind of person who would never talk loudly on the street but you know you need to find a better means of communicating your ideas to your fans.

This article will show any shy or introverted blogger how to build the tribe of his or her dreams.

I am an Introvert

I was a teacher for 29 years. Teaching might sound like a silly career choice for an introvert but it’s not: Most of the … Continue reading Email List Building for Introverts – Your List Can Be Your Tribe

4 Ever-So-Simple Ways to Go from Newbie to Expert

Life is tough as a newbie.

Nobody recognizes your expertise. Nobody listens to you. Nobody links to your website.

People only want to listen to recognized experts. You need others to acknowledge your expertise before you start to earn money from it.

1 – Become Someone Who DOES Things

Walk the Walk. Avoid the clichés. Do things and use your own language to explain what you are doing. Conduct experiments and tell people what you find out.

Let’s take two niches as examples; rose breeding and UK travel:

If your niche is rose breeding then breed roses. Tell people how … Continue reading 4 Ever-So-Simple Ways to Go from Newbie to Expert

Can You Make Serious Money Selling Affiliate Products?

Affiliate marketing, promoting someone else’s products in order to earn a commission is a common way for bloggers to earn money. Few people earn a living selling affiliate products: It is possible to make a large amount of money this way but a few pre-requisites need to be in place.

     You need a large number of people reading your posts      Those readers have to need the product that you are promoting      Those people who need the product have to have money to spend      You need to be likable and trustworthy before anyone will click on your links 1. Large Readership … Continue reading Can You Make Serious Money Selling Affiliate Products?

How to Find Gems in the Murky SEO Industry

If your website depends on organic traffic from search engines then you need your site to rank as high as possible in search results. This is the logic behind search engine optimization, but the waters are muddied by SEO agencies that use black hat tactics which are designed to fool Google and Bing.

Every SEO agency claims amazing results; some claim impossible search engine rankings in ridiculous timescales though. How do you find an SEO you can trust?

I asked a group of SEO experts on MyBlogU.com and their responses are summarized below.

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21 Ways to Make Money from Poetry and Avoid Destitution

It’s a sad fact that artists never make money until they are dead. At least that was the case in pre-Internet days. The problem was to get the word out there about your work; it used to take decades for your reputation to spread. Has the Internet changed the financial fortunes of artists?

In our connected world reputations are lost in a few minutes after 1 inadvertent Twitter post by a disgruntled customer or employee. It takes longer to build your reputation than that, but a few years in Internet time is equivalent to millennia pre-1980.

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How the Internet Keeps the Roof over My Head

Spring 2010 was a dark time for me. I was 57 years old and lost my job. This was Ireland after the crash of 2008 and I had enough nous to realize that an over-educated Englishman had zero chance of finding a paid job.

My unemployment benefit was never going to pay my mortgage even, let alone keep the lights and heating on. I did get a fair-sized redundancy payment, which softened the blow slightly.

After the Axe

I lashed out €2,000 ($2,600) on installing broadband; I had lived in the house for three years with no Internet connection, other … Continue reading How the Internet Keeps the Roof over My Head