Monthly Archives: February 2011

How Broad or Narrow Should Your Blog’s Niche Be?

We’ve all heard that proper blog niche selection is the single most important thing you need to consider before starting your blog. Well, I’ll take that a bit further by saying that it’s also probably the most important thing you need to consider even after you’ve been blogging for a while.

This is a topic that’s hard for me to put brackets around and say “Ok, if your niche meets requirements x, y, and z, your niche is too broad/narrow.” I wish I could do that, but I can’t. So I’ll be providing a few real examples and then explaining why I think the niche is too broad or narrow for the blog.

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February 28th, 2011|

Tristan’s Blogging Diary 2/24/11

You’ll need to click on this post’s title to see what I did on this day.

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February 25th, 2011|

Why I’ll Be Blogging Less Often (and Why You Should, Too)

Starting next week, I’m only going to be posting on this blog here twice a week, on Mondays and Thursdays (instead of the Monday, Wednesday, Friday schedule I’ve been on for the past 4 months).

This is something I’ve been thinking a lot about for the past month or so, and there are a number of reasons behind it that will lead to a better blogging experience both for me as a blogger and you as a reader.

Oh, and it’s something you should seriously consider doing, too.

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February 25th, 2011|

Tristan’s Blogging Diary 2/22/11

You’ll need to click on this post’s title to see what I did on this day.

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February 23rd, 2011|

The Monthly Blog Planning Calendar (Free Printable PDF!)

Blogging Bookshelf now has a Facebook page! Woooo! Head on over there and give it a “like”!

As much as I love blogging, the internet, and my laptop, my life isn’t entirely digital or extraordinarily high tech. I still keep notes in notebooks, and my cell phone is barely one rung up the evolutionary tech ladder from a carrier pigeon.

One of the “old school” techniques that I often use is the monthly blog planning calendar that I print out and keep next to the chair that I work in. I recently added a couple more “features” to it and figured it was a great time to share it with my Blogging Bookshelf readers.

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February 23rd, 2011|

Tristan’s Blogging Diary 2/17/11

You’ll need to click on this post’s title to see what I did on this day.

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February 18th, 2011|

31 Awesome eBook Ideas for Any Niche

Monday 2/21/11: I’m really proud of this post and I want to make sure all of my readers see it… and comment on it :) So I’m not posting today. My next post will be Wednesday, 2/23.

[This looooong post is also available as a PDF ebook that you can download here.]

I love ebooks. I love reading them. I love writing them. I love collecting them. Heck, I even love thinking about writing them.

But I think some bloggers are a little bit afraid of writing ebooks, and most bloggers don’t bother. For those bloggers I’ve compiled a list of 31 ebook ideas that can be applied to any niche.

I could see all of these ebooks being offered as free linkbait or listbait incentives, and you could probably even charge for some if they were good enough.

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February 18th, 2011|

Tristan’s Blogging Diary 2/16/11

You’ll need to click on this post’s title to see what I did on this day.

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February 17th, 2011|

Can Niche Social Bookmarking Sites Really Get You More Traffic?

You see the little retweet buttons on almost every blog. You see the Facebook like or share buttons a lot. You see the StumbleUpon and Digg buttons quite frequently, too.

But have you seen BizSugar buttons? How about Blokube? SERPd? BlogEngage? Have you ever heard of these social bookmarking services? Have you used them?

Over the last couple weeks I’ve been on a quest to see how useful these services really are for bloggers. I wanted to know if they were worth my time.

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February 16th, 2011|

The Fine Art of Rejecting and Trashing Your Own Blog Posts

I just spent an hour and a half working on a blog post that I eventually gave up on and deleted.

This happens to me on a weekly basis. I get an idea for something to write about, spend an hour or two trying to figure out exactly what I want to say and how to say it, write several hundred or even a thousand words… And then realize that it’s just not something I want to publish on my blog.

WHY do I reject my own blog posts, and why is it imperative that you do the same?

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February 14th, 2011|