The Perfect Blog Post: 7 Elements to Write a Damn Good Post


So I wrote a post a few weeks ago that got retweeted 917 times, shared on Facebook 294 times and Google Plus'd 75 times. (here's that post) I went back and took a look at what I did in that article to try to recreate it. I'm a strong believer in starving the ponies and feeding the stallions; that's just a cool way of saying, "do more of what works, and forget the rest." So this article is a checklist of what I think I did right in that last post that led to it being shared so damn much. I'm calling it the perfect blog post, but we all know there's no such thing. Seth Godin can write 5 sentences with some amazing insights that gets shared thousands of times. There's no formula, but … [Read more...]

4 Smart Ways to Make Your Great Ideas Happen


While looking at my archives I found a post I wrote back in December 2012 that talked about why our great ideas never fully happen. It's a good read, you should check it out, but I realized I never followed up to talk about increasing the chances of completing a project. So, here it is. I was originally going to title this post "The Art of Following Through", but we all know how headlines work. List posts attract people and making great ideas happen just sounds better than following through. Anyway, the reason I bring that up is because of a quote I read that really sums up this whole idea of making things happen for ourselves. “I can give you a six-word formula for success: … [Read more...]

You Have What You Need


Whether I inspire you to take action today, or whether that inspiration will come from somewhere else, I need to write this post. Four figures in 24 hours. How? If you really want to know how, then you probably want to know what tools I used, how big my email list was, what kind of promotion I did, what were my refund rates and all that marketing stuff that I don't want to get into today. Why? Because it almost doesn't matter.  … [Read more...]

Should You Blog to Grow a Local Business? I’ve Got $5,350 as Proof


The big question here today is, should you write blog posts to grow your offline business? By "offline" I mean a brick-and-mortar business, like: any store an auto shop boutique contractor day care centers car painting services, etc. I'm sure we can all agree that blogging helps, but how, and how effective is it when you do it right? That's what we'll be going into in this post. Enjoy!  … [Read more...]

15 Influential Bloggers Reveal How To Build A Loyal Blog Community


Quick question, what’s the point of getting traffic, if you’re not making it stick? The idea should be to get people to come your site, but also build a community of people who believe in what you're doing and are willing to come back to it over and over again. I've touched on this point before in my interview with Yaro Starak, and in some of my courses, but I wanted to take it even deeper. I wanted to compile a list of tips from well-known bloggers of how they built a loyal community around their blogs. This means that they not only know how to get traffic, but also make that traffic stick around long enough to become loyal readers. … [Read more...]

The New Twitter Profile Look and 4 Cover Templates

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Give it a few days. You'll begin to see a ton of articles talking about Twitter's new profile look. Since I'm not a big social media guy, I won't get into all the details about how it changed, all the new features and what to look out for. You can read this post on Mashable to get the the full scoop. One new feature I have to mention though, is the Pinned Tweet feature. Twitter now allows you to … [Read more...]

A First Look at Ebook Blueprint


I've just had one of the longest (and busiest) weekends of my life. It felt like very second of the last 3 days were spent on this guide and on the launch. I did a little bit of everything; some writing, recording, editing and even some coding to get everything to work the way it needs to. But it's finally done and I couldn't be happier. Ebook Blueprint will launch tomorrow and today I'm going to give you all the details. Here's a first look at Ebook Blueprint. The Pre-Launch Content If you're just tuning in then you might have missed the pre-launch articles that led up to this point. Here they are: … [Read more...]

10 Ebook Ideas You Can Use Today (With Examples)


Stephen King once said, Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.  ...and he's right. If you want to write an ebook, don't wait for inspiration. The inspiration will come as soon as you sit down and write. But here's the problem. This only works when you already know what you're writing about. People often have trouble figuring out what their ebook topic is or what type of ebook they want to (or should) create. Well, you'll have to wait until next week to get the Ebook Blueprint, but today I'm here to help you get one step closer to your big idea. … [Read more...]