Monthly Archives: July 2011

How I Made $100k a Year Blogging, and Why I Don’t Blog Anymore

Tristan’s Note: I invited Keith Bloemendaal to write this guest post. To see my thoughts on Keith’s article, check out my comment below (it’s the first one).

As of starting this article, I haven’t written anything other than copy for a client in at least 6 weeks. There is a good reason for this, though I may not have even realized it till now. Or maybe I just didn’t care why. All I know is that once I quit blogging my income increased. PERIOD.


July 28th, 2011|

103 Ways to Improve Your Blog in 15 Minutes or Less

Last week I made a number of small improvements to my blog’s design when I had a few minutes to spare. And then I realized that there are a ton of other blog improvements you can do if you’ve only got 15 minutes free. Here’s a list of 103 of them.


July 25th, 2011|

How to Write an Epic Blog Post When You’re Dead Tired [PHOTO ESSAY]

Last Wednesday I hiked up a mountain with my brother-in-law. I got back home that afternoon and was really tired, but I still had a blog post to write. Even though I was dead tired and not in the mood to spend any time on my computer, I ended up producing what turned out to be the most popular post this blog has ever seen. Here’s how I did it.


July 21st, 2011|

You Should Spend 4–6 Hours Writing a Blog Post

The last post I wrote (the one about Google Plus tips) is now the most viewed post on this blog. The second most popular post on this blog is the one about blog post ideas. Both of these posts (and most of my other most popular posts) have one thing in common.


July 18th, 2011|

61 Google Plus Tips, Thoughts, and Requests

I’ve been on Google+ for a couple weeks now, and I’m definitely a fan. Here’s a big list of 61 tips for, thoughts on, and suggestions for Google+. Be warned: This list is epic.


July 14th, 2011|

Have You Installed My Free WordPress Plugin? You Really Should

Last year I created nifty little WordPress plugin that all bloggers should be using. It’s free, it’s simple, and it solves a big problem. It’s also been lost in this blog’s archives for a while, so I figured it was time to highlight it again.


July 11th, 2011|

7 Reasons to Have Multiple Domain Names for Your Blog

This blog post is available in audio (podcast) format. The Blogging Bookshelf podcast isn’t in iTunes yet, but hopefully it will be before too long. Click the gray player below to listen [click here if you can’t see the player, or click here to download the MP3], or just read the post as usual.

I’ve bought and sold hundreds of domain names over the years. Usually for blogging you just need a single domain name for your blog and that’s it. But there are other times when owning multiple domain names relating to your blog makes sense.


July 7th, 2011|

The Time I Sold a Really Big Chunk of Rock on eBay

[It’s the 4th of July. I don’t want to be at my computer today. In fact, I’m probably out climbing mountains as you read this. I don’t want you to be at your computer, either. So here’s just a quick little story, and I’ve turned the comments off. Tweet it or Plus it if you like it, and happy 4th to all the Americans out there!]

A couple years ago I was hiking with my friend Chris up a nearby canyon. At one spot, the trail we were hiking on intersected a dry stream bed. We noticed that there were some really neat rocks in the stream bed; they were a dark purple quartzite with beautiful grains of something sparkly in them. I had an idea, and the following conversation ensued:


July 4th, 2011|