Monthly Archives: April 2011

How to Get Your Blog Noticed in a Crowded Niche (Free eBook)

Tristan’s Note 5/2/11: More people need to read this post, so I’m not going to update the blog today. The next update will be Thursday, May 5.

Blogging in a crowded niche is tough, but that doesn’t mean it’s a bad idea to start a blog in a crowded niche. What it does mean is that there are lots of people interested in the subject and that you can potentially make money from it. This is good. Sure it’s tough, but if you’re ever told that it’s impossible to have a successful blog in a crowded niche, just remember this: There’s room for something better in every niche. If your blog is better than others in your niche, your blog will get noticed, and you will reap the rewards.

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April 28th, 2011|

Is Auto Tweeting as Bad as Auto Blogging?

This is the last in a series of 3 posts about Twitter. Look for a new free ebook from me on Thursday!

Most of us are quick to pooh-pooh auto-blogs (blogs that scrape content from other sources and repost it automatically). They do nothing but steal others’ content and pollute the blogosphere.

But what about the ever-increasing trend of auto-tweeting, which involves automatically tweeting other people’s content without reading it in the first place? Is this a dangerous trend that will harm your Twitter marketing or a smart way to drive more traffic?

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April 25th, 2011|

Why My Last Blog Post Got 150 Retweets and a Million Impressions

Yesterday afternoon I casually checked my blog to see how my latest blog post was doing in terms of number of comments, retweets, and shares. The number of comments was normal, but then I saw that the post had been retweeted 85 times. This was definitely higher than normal. And as I’m writing this now, the post has been retweeted 150 times. What the heck?? Why and how on earth did that post get so many retweets??

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April 21st, 2011|

18 Especially Terrible Twitter Autoresponder Examples

In the early days of my Twitter usage I semi-randomly followed a bunch of people, hoping they’d follow me back and boost my number of followers. Because I followed so many people, I ended up seeing a lot of those Twitter autoresponder messages or auto-DMs. They usually say something like, “Hey, thanks for following me! You can check out my blog here.” But some were just extraordinarily terrible. I saved those :)

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April 18th, 2011|

The About Page that Made Me Realize My Blog’s About Page Sucked

I read a lot of blogs’ About pages. In fact, it’s one of the first things I do when I come to a new blog. Up until recently, I thought this blog had one of the better About pages out there. I have a cool little infographic thing and some sweet pictures that help explain who I am. I thought it was tough to beat.

And then I found an About page that put mine to shame.

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April 14th, 2011|

Why and How You Should Take Chances With Your Blog

First off, I want to thank Paul from One Spoon at a Time for devoting an entire post on his blog to one of my recent posts. Thanks, Paul. I really appreciate it.

There have been a few blog posts here on Blogging Bookshelf that I’ve been a little nervous about publishing. That nervousness usually stems from me not knowing how my readers are going to react to what I’ve posted. The funny thing is that those posts are the ones that end up getting me the most traffic.

So the questions is… Are you willing to take a chance with YOUR blog? Should you?

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April 11th, 2011|

Hitler Finds Out About Blogging [VIDEO]

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Blogging is definitely not easy, and that’s something that even Hitler finds out about in this video I put together.

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April 7th, 2011|

Can a $5 SEO Job Really Bring You More Search Traffic?

Want to see if you’re a winner from last week’s contest? Check out the BB Facebook page!

You’ve probably heard of Fiverr, the marketplace for $5 jobs. There are a bunch of SEO-related gigs on the site. I don’t like spending time doing much off-site SEO work, so I decided to try one of these out to see if they were worth anything. The results were actually pretty surprising!

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April 4th, 2011|