Monthly Archives: October 2010

Should Every Word in a Post Headline Be Capitalized? Or just the first word?

As I was typing up yesterday’s post, a thought occurred to me: Should I capitalize every [major] word in my post titles, or just capitalize the first word? It’s funny, but I had never really thought of that before. If you look at some of my other posts on this blog, you can see that with some I’ve capitalized every word, but with others I’ve only capitalized the first word.

Below is a list of the web’s to 20 blogs (according to Technorati) and whether or not they capitalize every word in the headline.


October 29th, 2010|

How to come up with ideas for how-to articles

Alright, let’s just cut to the chase here! How-to articles are awesome because they 1) provide actionable content for your readers, 2) are often searched for, and 3) can quickly go viral.

With that said, check out these 5 fast and effective ways to come up with ideas for how-to articles.


October 28th, 2010|

Your Blog Is Your Baby. Treat It Like One.

This is a guest post I did over at Basic Blog Tips. Click here to read it.

October 28th, 2010|

6 ways to get your readers to BUY NOW and not wait

Though you may not be selling a product on your blog yet, at some point you’ll need to know how to get your readers to buy quickly. Ta-da! That’s what this post is for!

I have a lot of books, and I have no idea how Web Content Rx: A Quick and Handy Guide for Writers, Webmasters, Ebayers, and Business People came into my possession. But I was going through it recently and saw a list of a few ways to encourage your customers (or blog readers, in our case) to buy NOW instead of waiting. I expounded on some of them, removed a couple, and added some of my own points. The result was the glorious list that you can read below.

Let me say that here I have sold ebooks before (both my own and others) and these 6 tactics are things that I’ve done that have definitely improved sales and gotten me more money when I needed it.  Take a look and take notes! […]

October 27th, 2010|

Successful bloggers always quit. Wait… what?

Yes, you read that right. I just finished reading The Dip by Seth Godin. It’s a little book (only 80 pages) with a pretty big punch. It teaches you when to quit and when to keep going, and I’ve got to say that the book kind of blew my mind. The main thing I got out of the book is that winners always quit.

Check out this quote from the book:

“Quitters never win and winners never quit.” Bad advice. Winners quit all the time. They just quit the right stuff at the right time.

Whoah. Is your brain melting yet?


October 25th, 2010|

8 Be-Willing-To’s That Will Lead to a Successful Blog

This is a guest post I did over at Web Traffic ROI. Click here to read it.

October 25th, 2010|

What Is the Goal of a Blog’s Design?

If I were to ask you what the goal of a blog’s design is, what would you say? Have you ever thought of that before? I don’t think I had before I read The Web Designer’s Idea Book. What is the point or purpose of your particular blog’s design? I’m guessing (and hoping!) you’ve got a pretty solid grasp of what the goal of your blog is, but what’s the goal of your blog’s design? Well, according to Patrick McNeil, the author of the book, the goal of a blog’s design can be summed up in a few sentences.


October 22nd, 2010|

The Single Best Marketing Strategy Ever

What exactly is a marketing strategy and what does it have to do with blogging? Well, let’s answer the first part of that question first, which is easy enough. It’s a strategy for getting a product or service to the public. Let your brain digest that bombshell for a sec. OK, so how does it apply to blogging? A lot of bloggers, especially new-ish ones, don’t have a product, right? So they don’t need to worry about marketing strategy? Wrong-o!

Every blog is a vehicle for your content, and that content is your product. I don’t care if you’re blogging about whitewater kayaking, Internet marketing, or bookbinding. And I also don’t care if you have absolutely no money-making intentions for your blog. Your content is your product, all the same. “OK, Tristan, I’ll bite,” I hear you say. “So what’s the amazing marketing strategy outlined in the book Crush It! by Gary Vaynerchuk. Well, it’s just one single word.


October 21st, 2010|

Bloggers’ 10 Major Causes of Failure

I’m pretty great at failing at blogging. I’ve done it numerous times. So when I read a list of 31 major causes of failure in Napoleon Hill’s super-ultra-mega-classic book Think and Grow Rich, I was definitely familiar with a number of them. I did feel, however, that some of the reasons didn’t apply so much to blogging, so I chose ten that I think are especially applicable. Be warned, some of these might hit a bit close to home.


October 20th, 2010|

16 Types of SEO spam and the Truth about PageRank

The Truth About Search Engine Optimization - Blogging Bookshelf

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The Truth About Search Engine Optimization is the first real book I’ve ever read about SEO. I’ve read lots of blog posts and ebooks on the subject, but I’ve never read a book about it till now. I think part of me felt like SEO was too fast-paced, too “now” to be in anything but the digital medium. Anything published in a book would undoubtedly be obsolete by the time it actually hit the shelves, right? And besides, aren’t books are for lame, Life 1.0 things like quilting or cooking, not mother-friggin’ search engine optimization? The sooner we can get SEO programmed into a chip and implanted into our brains, the better. Books are SO 1450 to mid-to-late 90s.


October 19th, 2010|