205: 5 Obstacles Bloggers Face (And How to Get Over Them)

How to Overcome 5 Blogger Obstacles As I record this, I’m just home from our first ProBlogger event of the year in Brisbane and am preparing for our next one in the coming days in Melbourne. The Brisbane event was really worthwhile. We heard from Pat Flynn, Jadah Sellner, James Schramko, Kelly Exeter, Shayne Tilley and Laney Galligan and had a couple of days of great teaching and inspiration … [Read more...]

7 Common Newsletter Problems Solved

Over the past few weeks, we’ve looked at why email newsletters are so important, what your email newsletter might look like, and how to choose the right service for you. So is your newsletter up and running yet? If the answer is “Yes”, is it working as well as you’d like? If not, then read on. I know a lot of bloggers find newsletters a bit daunting. And there are some really common problems that … [Read more...]

211: Creating a Successful Podcast – Advice from Pat Flynn

Advice from Pat Flynn on How to Create a Successful Podcast Today I have a treat for anyone who has ever considered starting a podcast (or already has one), because I’ve just finished a Skype call with Pat Flynn about the art of podcasting.   As I’ve mentioned in the past, Pat’s teaching on podcasting is the number one thing that helped me as I was starting the ProBlogger podcast two years … [Read more...]

What you Missed Last Week at ProBlogger Evolve

Opening keynote at this year’s ProBlogger Evolve event. Photo credit Grace Henley Photography. ProBlogger training events have been something I’ve been running for bloggers here in Australia (and the region) since 2010. They started that first year with a hastily arranged event (in just a few weeks) for 120 bloggers who crammed themselves into a little suburban hotel here in Melbourne. … [Read more...]

206: Personal Brands vs Business Brands for Blogs

Is There a Right Way to Brand Your Blog? I’m just back from our Aussie Problogger training events where we ran masterminds with around 40 bloggers per city. In those days speakers spent time with small groups of attendees in round table discussions where attendees could ask us any question they liked. One of the questions that I got asked repeatedly through both masterminds was around whether it … [Read more...]

Comparing Email Service Providers for Bloggers

This is the third post in our Email Newsletter Series. One major sticking point for most bloggers who are setting up a newsletter is deciding what email service to use. There are lots of different, competing, options out there, and there’s no one perfect solution. Just in case you were thinking about it … don’t try to run a newsletter by emailing everyone through your regular email client, … [Read more...]

210: Launching a Blog: How Many Posts Do You Need?

How Many Live Posts Do You Need When You Launch Your Blog Today, I want to answer a question almost every blogger asks when they start blogging: How many posts should I have live before I launch my blog? It’s a common question I get, and while I’ve mentioned a few approaches in other episodes today I’m tackling the topic specifically. So if you’re starting a blog for the first time, … [Read more...]

207: Smartphone and Tablet Apps for Bloggers

Blogger Apps for Smartphone and Tablet Today, I want to take you on a tour of my iPhone and iPad, and talk about the apps I use most in my blogging and online business activities. One of the biggest changes that has happened in my blogging since I began back in 2002 is the technology I use. In the early days it was all done purely through my old desktop PC (and by old I mean really old) and via … [Read more...]

How To Achieve Your Goals – Hint #1

Friend – ‘Darren, I never seem to reach any of my goals.’ Darren – ‘What are your Goals?’ Friend – ‘…ummm….. ‘ Darren – ‘Do you have any goals?’ Friend – ‘Yes – at the start of the year I worked some out’ Darren – ‘So what are your goals?’ Friend – … [Read more...]

3 Examples of Content You Can Include in Your Email Newsletter

This post is part of our Email Newsletter Series So we’ve convinced you that you need a newsletter, Or maybe you already have a mailing list set up and ready to go. Now, what should you send your readers? A lot of bloggers struggle with what to include in their newsletter. Unfortunately, it often leads to them emailing only occasionally – or not at all. If you subscribe to other people’s … [Read more...]

209: 7 Types of Evergreen Content You Can Create On Your Blog

17 Types of Evergreen Content for Your Blog Today I want to talk about Evergreen content, and suggest seven types of evergreen content you might like to try on your blog. I’ve got loads of advice for you today, and in today’s show notes I have a lot of examples you’ll want to check out. Some are from my blogs, but there are also a lot from listeners who put examples of their own evergreen … [Read more...]

208: 5 Actionable Tips You Can Use to Get Better Results on Your Facebook Page

Get Better Facebook Page Results With These 5 Actionable Tips Today, I want to present you with five actionable things you can do to increase the effectiveness of what you do to build your business on Facebook – particularly from Facebook pages. I know there’s a lot of pain and frustration among bloggers when it comes to Facebook pages. Just a short year or two ago FB was a major source of … [Read more...]

6 Reasons Why Your Blog Needs an Email Newsletter

Do you email your blog readers regularly? Maybe you put ‘set up email newsletter’ on your ‘someday’ list ages ago, but still haven’t done it. Or maybe you have a newsletter list, but you haven’t sent one in months. You might think it’s optional – something you can do once you finish everything else on your to-do list. You even think email is dead (or at least old-fashioned), and that … [Read more...]

Grab Your Earlybird Tickets to ProBlogger Evolve Conference and Mastermind Today

Today tickets go on sale for ProBlogger Evolve – two events in Australia for bloggers. Yes you read that correctly – after 7 previous years of one event per year – we’re trying something new by running two events in two cities over two weekends. We’re calling it ProBlogger Evolve because we think the way blogs are monetised really does need to evolve. The time we spend together … [Read more...]

Grab Your Ticket for the 2015 ProBlogger Training Event

Yesterday we released tickets to the 2015 ProBlogger Training Event on 14-15 August here in Australia on the Gold Coast. As I write this post 560 bloggers, speakers and team have grabbed their tickets (400 of those went in the first 10 minutes) and under 150 tickets remain. This year we’ve got attendees coming from all states and territories in Australia as well as attendees flying in from … [Read more...]

Blog Post Idea: How I Do It Posts

Recently I shared a simple technique that I use to come up with ideas to write about on my blog – answering a beginner question. While not really rocket science I had a number of readers contact me privately with thank-you messages appreciating the nudge to write that type of post. Today I’d like to suggest another simple technique for coming up with blog post ideas. It’s simple … [Read more...]

ProBlogger FAQ: How Long Should Posts Be?

Over the years I’ve been asked many questions about blogging, but I find there are a few that pop up more often than others. While blogging is different for everyone, I have found that the conclusions I’ve arrived at after all this time still hold true. Over the next couple of weeks I’ll be posting my answers to the most frequently asked questions here at ProBlogger. If you have … [Read more...]

The Only Business Training Resource I Promote Just Opened for Enrolments for One Week

Update: this course will be open for enrolments for just over 1 more day. I only promote one blogger training resource each year and this is the only week this until 2016 that they have enrolments open. I’m very fussy about what blogger training resources I promote (because there is so much hype and dubious practice in this space) but today have a recommendation for an authentic and valuable … [Read more...]

ProBlogger FAQ: How Often Should I Post?

Post frequency is a topic that comes up often among bloggers. It doesn’t matter if you’ve just started or you’ve been posting for years – people change, algorithms change, and even your motivations for blogging change. No-one is immune from wondering if their schedule is working, or if tweaks can be made for more successful audience interaction. As I said in my previous FAQ … [Read more...]