How to Build a Successful Blog

What makes a blog successful? I’ve decided to coin a new term to classify the success of a blog: TIM (Traffic, Impact, and Monetization).

I don’t care whether you’re writing to improve the world, for fun, or for cash, building a successful blog means you need to excel in at least one these categories…and preferably all three.

Traffic: You need somebody to read your content right? On-page and off-page SEO (back-linking) are tricky bastards.

Impact: Are you just filling up pages or are you providing useful content? Do people leave smarter after reading your blog? Are they entertained? If your blog is just a squeeze page to capture clicks, you’re not doing the world any favors, and that sort of content is slowly being pushed down in the SERPs.

Monetization: If you’ve got the first two categories covered this should be the easiest part, but it can always be improved upon. This is one of my favorite topics because there are so many fascinating ways to monetize a blog and who doesn’t want their blog to make money?

I’ve learned much about TIM the hard way (and I’m still learning), but I’ll share as many lessons learned as I can in this category of posts.

Marketing a Plugin for Big Bucks: Interview with Travis Ketchum

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Have you ever considered building a WordPress plugin and selling it?  If you do it right you can make a killing.  And if you set it up properly, it could be the closest thing to “passive income” you’ll find these days.

Today I’m going to interview Travis Ketchum, the creator of … Read More...

OptinSkin Fix For Internet Explorer and Firefox

Did you know the OptinSkin Plugin is likely confusing 45% of your visitors and causing them not to sign up for your email list?  At least that was the case for me.

But don’t worry, it’s easy to fix.  And when the change is made, OptinSkin is still a very … Read More...

Tracking Affiliate Conversions: From Click to Commission

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If you use affiliate marketing on your website, you better be tracking which of your clicks result in commissions.  Tracking affiliate clicks allows you to identify your top performing links and focus on them to increase your earnings.

Most people fall into the trap of setting up one link … Read More...

Review of Steve Chou’s “Create a Profitable Online Store” Course

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My friend Steve Chou from MyWifeQuitHerJob.com is an expert on creating online stores and importing products from Asia.  He was able to make over $100k from his store in its first year!  He’s taken the time to share his secret formula in a course called Create a Profitable Online Store, … Read More...

7 Essential WordPress Plugins for Bloggers

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This is a guest post written by Mike Collins from WealthyTurtle.com.  Check out his blog and learn about building wealth one step at a time. If you want to guest post, check out my guidelines here.

I’m not normal.  I have an unhealthy need to do things for myself … Read More...

How I Tripled My Affiliate Revenue Without Adding Traffic and You Can Too

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I’ve got a confession.  I don’t know about you, but I’ve always had a hard time getting traffic to my websites.  Traffic has grown slow and steady for me, but I’ve never had overnight viral success in any of my affiliate marketing efforts.

This lack of traffic has meant my Read More...

How to Dramatically Increase your CTR in Google Organic Search Results

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Why worry about increasing your click through rate (or CTR)?  Because having a top search ranking does not automatically mean the most traffic.

You need people to click on your search results to actually reach your website.  Sometimes the #2 or #3 spot can actually deliver more traffic to a … Read More...

The Complete Guide to Selling CPM Advertising

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This is a guest post from JT who blogs about money at MoneyMamba.com.  If you want to guest post, check out my guidelines here.

CPM advertising tends to get a bad rap.

The truth is that most CPM advertising earns its poor reputation. Many CPM networks pay a paltry $1-2 for … Read More...

Holy crap, you got hacked! Now what? Options for WordPress security

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You just found out your blog is infected with malware.  Your blood pressure is racing and you’re trying not to throw-up on your keyboard.  Do you know who to call for help? Do you have a backup? Is anyone going to visit your blog ever again?

If you’re making any … Read More...

Why You Might Be Hurting Your Blog by Link Hoarding

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Are you a link hoarder?  When writing a blog post are you overly concerned about leaking link juice?  Do you add a no-follow tag to all outbound links, regardless of whether they point to advertisers?  When I first started blogging I was obsessed with hoarding link juice to myself and … Read More...

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