25 minutes | Apr 23, 2014
BWW 016: 5 Twitter tips that will set your blog on fire: #4 is killing it for me
I have to be honest, Twitter has not been good to me over the years. Of all the social media platforms available to us today, i've personally had the most trouble with Twitter. It's been really hard for me to gain followers and to get decent traffic to my blogs and websites using a tweet. With that said, I may be changing my tune soon. I have recently implemented some new strategies that are starting to pay off and I wanted to share them with you. 5 Twitter tips that will set your blog on fire 1) Hashtags - Yes hashtags are important. Your going to get a lot more engagement if your using them. As a matter of fact, you will get twice the engagement when you use hashtags. Just make sure your not using more then two hashtags per tweet. I personally would advise trying to keep it to one hashtag. Make sure your hashtag is relevant to your content as well. 2) Ask for retweets - You want more retweets? Don't we all! If you want more retweets then you're going to have to swallow your pride and ask for them. Your tweets have a 23% higher chance of being retweeted if you ask for it and spell out the word RETWEET. Your tweets are also 86% more likely to be retweeted if you include a link. 3) Use a link shortener - This one is pretty much a no brainer. Shorter links are more attractive then big long links. More attractive links are more likely to get clicked. Not only that, when you use a link shortener service, you can track the success of that particular link. I personally use Bitly when i post a link myself. If I'm scheduling a tweet for later, I'll use the link shortener that comes included in the Hootsuite interface. 4) Include an Image - This is where I have personally been dropping the ball over the last few months. I had never included an image in my tweets until recently. I have seen a dramatic increase in my twitter traffic, since adding an image. Turns out, tweets with image links get twice the engagement as tweets without. You can add an image link very easily, by clicking the camera button at the bottom of your twitter chat box. 5) Tweet at the right times - Some marketers will argue that there is no perfect time to send tweets. They would be wrong. Turns out Twitter engagement for brands increases by 17% on the weekend. This is another opportunity that I personally have greatly missed out on. Now I don't know about you, but I don't want to spend my time tweeting on the weekends. Instead, just schedule your tweets in advance. I u
21 minutes | Mar 13, 2014
10 must have WordPress plugins for 2014, I especially love number 3!
There are so many reason to love Wordpress. It's user friendly, It's SEO friendly and just about anyone of any skill set can learn to use it. I would argue though, that what really makes Wordpress so great is the plugins. With Wordpress plugins you ...
28 minutes | Feb 20, 2014
BWW 014: 4 Secrets to building a COMMITTED audience that CAN’T WAIT to see what you do next..!
I've said it a hundred times and I'll say it again. The most important peace to the puzzle that is your online business, is your audience. Without them, your business doesn't exist. Your number one priority should always be, how can I continue to grow and serve my audience. If you ever loose sight of that, then you will quickly watch your online business disintegrate into nothingness. Your audience is everything. They are the ones who watch your videos, read your post, listen to your podcast and most importantly, assuming your doing a good job, they share your content with their friends and family. My audience means everything to me. They are my customers, my friends, my referrals and my business partners. They are like family and they deserve to be treated as such. Am I getting my point across...? There is nothing more important for your to be concerned about then building a committed audience that is just itching to see what you do next. You know what the greatest part about all this is? It's really not all that hard to build a committed audience as long as you understand these 4 secrets that I'm going to share with you below. 4 Secrets to building a COMMITTED audience that CAN'T WAIT to see what you do next..! #1 Consistency This one seems so obvious, but It's probably the one that's overlooked the most. I know that I am guilty of not being consistent with my content, especially with my nich sites. It's so very important that you be diligently consistent with your content. Your audience has an expectation. They expect great content that improves their lives and they expect it regularly and consistently. You should train your audience to know when and how often to expect your content from the very beginning. Here's the thing, It doesn't matter if you decide to deliver content monday through friday of every week. It doesn't matter if It's every other thursday twice a month. Just make sure your consistent. Human beings are creatures of habit. If your followers don't know when to expect your content, they will quickly loose interest in you and find someone that they can count on. Whatever you do, be consistent. If you can master the importance of this, then building a great audience of committed and dedicated followers will be easy and exciting. If you fail to master this, you will have lot's of ups and downs and a very unpredictable audience. #2 Interaction - Listen and Care This is another no brainer that many people seem to miss. First and for most,
23 minutes | Nov 13, 2013
BWW 013: Entrepreneurship and Micro Niches: Why you must become an entrepreneur NOW, before It’s to late
Today on Blogging with Wordpress, I talk about the importances of Entrepreneurship and why you must become an entrepreneur now, before It's to late. The reality is that our economy is starting to unravel and will eventually collapse. There is a new economy developing. Click Here to Listen to the Show
26 minutes | Sep 2, 2013
BWW 012: Rekindle the fire that is your passion – How to stay motivated to keep pressing on even when it seems hopeless
Today on Blogging with Wordpress you will learn some practical tips to help you stay motivated. It can be very challenging to keep pressing on and moving forward, especially when your seeing very little results. I understand what it feels like to put years worth of work into something, only to yield absolutely zero results. It's so important to stay focused and remember why you're doing what you're doing. Today on Blogging with Wordpress I hope to help you overcome this challenge. Rekindle the fire that is your passion! Also on today's show there will be a special announcement about the "Blogging with Wordpress 101 live training class"! Make sure to listen in to find out more! To support the Blogging with Wordpress podcast, please take a moment and leave some feedback and a star rating in the iTunes store.
36 minutes | Aug 22, 2013
BWW 011: How to EFFECTIVELY build and use your email list: Learn the mistakes you DON’T want to make!
Today on the Blogging with Wordpress podcast, I'm going to be speaking to your about how to effectively build an email list. Not only are we going to be covering how to build an email list but how to effectively use your email list to improve the over all success of your online business. I will also be letting you in on all the mistakes that I made in the beginning so that you don't fall into the same trap. This is an episode that you can't afford to miss! How to add an email opt-in box to your Wordpress blog in less then 10 minutes Tools & Items shared on the show Aweber - Without a doubt the best email marketing software available. Try it out for only $1 Optinskin - Add gorgeous opt-in forms and social share boxes to your blog in seconds. Fiverr - Get professionally created images for eBooks, banners and more for only $5. iTunes - Support the show and leave a comment and some feedback in the iTunes store. Subscribe to the show in iTunes and never miss and episode. Social Media Secret Weapon - Take my free training course and download my free ebook. Learn how to drive thousands of visitors for free using LinkedIn Have a question or comment that you would like answered over the Blogging with Wordpress" podcast? Leave a recorded message or send an email to email@example.com.
36 minutes | Aug 12, 2013
BWW 010: Getting massive traffic to your brand NEW BLOG – What all the NEWBIES NEED TO KNOW
New blog? No list? No audience? No fan base? Need FREE traffic? NO PROBLEM! OK…. That's a HUGE LIE. Would you like some truth about getting traffic to your brand new blog? OK, here it is. IT"S GOING TO BE CHALLENGING…. I know, I know, ...
30 minutes | Jul 29, 2013
BWW 009: 7 Steps to consider BEFORE you launch your new blog
I started my first blog back in 2009. To be honest, It was a complete JOKE. It was ugly and not very SEO friendly. Truth was, I had no idea what I was doing. I was learning by doing. Needless to say my first few attempts were a HUGE FAIL. I didn't f...
32 minutes | Jul 8, 2013
BWW 008: Can you really make money from your blog?
Can you really make money from your blog? You can, but you better be prepared to work your TAIL off. In today's episode of "Blogging with Wordpress", I'm going to share a few ways that you can make money from your blog. I want to be real and honest about what's involved. This is NOT a get rich quick podcast. I'm also going to share with you some projects that I'm working on, and how I'm approaching them and intend to make money from my efforts. It's not easy to make money online. If some marketing GURU tries to sell you on the idea that you can click a few buttons, put up a blog and start raking in the cash, then I would stop listening to that person right NOW. It's just simply NOT TRUE. It's hard work. It's time consuming, and being able to stay focused long enough to actually build an audience and start selling them a product is extremely challenging. It can be very discouraging in the beginning. Be prepared for the daily grind of building your following. Can you really make money from your blog? So how do you build an audience. It starts by finding a pain or a need and offering a solution and giving it away for FREE. Giving away lot's of it for FREE. This is how you build trust, this is how you gain real fans, this is how you build an online business. Do away with this idea that you don't need relationships and connections to have a successful business. Take my free training on LinkedIn and start creating business connections now. There are many marketers out there who will tell you, that if you just buy their training product, that you will instantly know everything you need to know to get rich online. They are full of CRAP. Yes their product may be very informative and may even give you some tools and information that you didn't have before. However, you won't be getting rich quick. Before you even mess with setting up a blog and spending several hours a week learning about online marketing, you need to prepare yourself for the fact that you probably won't be making a reasonable income your first year. Maybe not even your first 3 years. It may take you many years of hard work and dedication to start making a great income from your online efforts. I'm not trying to discourage you. I want to be real with you. I want to tell you the truth. I want you to know how challenging this can be before you commit yourself and your time to building an online business. I believe the future is online. I believe that great success can be achieved by anyone, if
36 minutes | Nov 21, 2012
BWW 003: An awesome interview with Pat Flynn
An interview with Pat Flynn Earlier this Spring I had an opportunity to record an awesome interview with Pat Flynn for my finding freedom podcast. The interview was so good and so inspiring that I thought it only fitting to republish it on my Blogging with Wordpress podcast and move the interview over here to www.Easytechsite.com. This was a very exciting time for me and it was great to chat with someone who has seen such great success online. If you have already heard this interview, then I would encourage you to listen to it again! There is a lot of great insight and information shared in this interview that you may have missed the first time around. I will warn you that this was my first time ever interviewing someone. So it's possible that I may sound a little nervous and not quite myself. The reason for that is that I actually was nervous! None the less, this was a great interview. If there is another blogger that you would like me to interview for this podcast then please let me know in the comments below! I would also like to hear what you thought about the interview itself. So please leave your thoughts in the comments. Below is a short blog post I wrote up as the show notes for the original finding freedom podcast. Enjoy! Original show notes from April 2012 Pat is one of the few people on the web that I follow very closely. He has a great story and always delivers amazing content. Week after week, I find my online business improving because of the information that he freely gives out. You can check out Pat's blog at www.smartpassiveincome.com. Last fall I emailed Pat asking if I could conduct an interview with him. I honestly didn't know if I would even get a reply. I have emailed other big time bloggers who never responded, or I received a response from their secretary telling me they did not have time for interviews. Within a day or so I had a response from Pat directly. He thanked me, but told me because of several projects he was currently working on he did not have any spare time at the moment, but to touch base with him in the spring and he would try to schedule something. On the first day of spring, I followed up with Pat. He replied back the same day and agreed to let me interview him. This interview is a ripper and I think you will find Pat extremely informative and inspirational. In this episode, Pat talks about how he began his online business and how he ended up building an awesome income. He also explains ho