Blog Content1. How-to

Our old friend, the how-to post. Super easy (I mean, just explain a process, right?) yet chock full of insane value.

2. Interview

A fantastic way to get content way above your pay grade. If you can persuade (sucker?) a big-time dude in your industry, you’ll get some money content that carries a higher perceived value than what you probably normally offer.

3. Numbered List

Kinda like this post! I love ‘em and I love to read ‘em. Bet you do to. Read the rest of this entry

How to Write a Blog Post in Less than 60 Minutes

how to write a blog postThe majority of the time, I’m able to crank out a post in less than 60 minutes. That skill has allowed me to churn out more content than the average writer, and allows me to focus on many more projects in a day.

If I couldn’t write legitimately good content that quickly, my business would crash.

You see, I have a full-time job. I am a content writer for an Orem-based Internet services company. I write all of their blog posts, work on their social media, and occasionally write content for email and other platforms.

I go to the gym every day, and I’m taking online classes through Rasmussen College.

I literally don’t have a choice when it comes to efficiency. I have a very small window of time to get my writing and marketing in.
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blog monetizationMany bloggers crash and burn when it comes to actually making money with their blog. They might do great with design, opt-in forms, and even publish great content – but they freeze up when it comes to asking for the credit card.

You see, a lot of bloggers are afraid.

When you ask for someone to spend money with you, your relationship with that person escalates like crazy. It’s like finally telling your girlfriend “I love you” or having them meet the padres.

When you sell people something, you have to know that it’s great stuff, or you’re not going to sell it wholeheartedly (assuming you’re not a psychopath detached from feeling). People are touchy when it comes to money – if they don’t get their whole value, they’ll ask for refunds, leave bad reviews, etc. Read the rest of this entry

How to be more productiveIt’s true that struggling bloggers can get more done in a day if they have a part-time job.

While that clearly sounds counter-intuitive at best, or the rantings of a mad man at worst, I’ve found this to be completely true.

You see, when you have the whole day to waste away, you tend to do just that – waste time. It’s easy to procrastinate and rationalize because you have the whole day to get stuff done.

Of course, it either doesn’t get done, or you do a crappy job of it.

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SEO BasicsSEO can be perplexing, bewildering, and downright frustrating. It’s so complicated that a couple of changes by the Almighty Google can send an entire industry into chaos and turmoil.

Sometimes the aged veterans can’t even do it right.

So what chance do you have?

I’m a blogger who’s done lazy-man’s SEO for a few years. I’ve had a few dozen posts show up on Google – leading to increased traffic, leads, and sales. Read the rest of this entry

Social Media MarketingThe best source of marketing on the internet is social media, period.

If you’re like me, then you’re probably not very touchy-feely about social media.  In fact, I think I have like 20 friend requests dating back the last few years.  I don’t touch my personal account ever.

But, even I, social media hater and all, have used social media to market for almost 3 years now.  In fact, Facebook was where I got my first lead and my first sale.  Truth be told, I was almost mad – now I had to market on Facebook because I had proved to myself that it works, dang it.

Today, I believe that marketing on Facebook is the most effective way to promote.  And, that’s especially true for newbies just learning how to take their talents online and blog about their passion.

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4 Steps to Jump-Start Your Internet Success

Internet SuccessHey internet peeps!  My first blog post on this site… it’s always fun breaking in something new.  Unless it’s a treadmill, because that involves actual running to break it in.

In just a second here, I’ll give you my 4 steps to get started in your internet career – I just like the symmetry of my first post being written about you getting started online.  But before that…

Let me tell you why you should read what I have to say and what’s the point of this blog.

About 3 years ago, I started in internet marketing (for the extra juicy details, check out the “About Me” page), and I wrote over 300 posts for my wife on her blog Who-Is-Erin-Smith.com.  We built that site up (I did the marketing and writing, she did all the stuff where her face or voice would show up) to about 12,000 unique visitors per month.  Nothin’ crazy, but we had some internet success and made money doing it. Read the rest of this entry