20 Captivating Headlines for Your Next Blog Post

The headline is king! I have learned that readers are far more likely to click on a headline of “15 Creative Tips for Shooting Sunsets” than a headline of “Sunset Photography Tips for Landscape Photographers.” The best tip for thinking up great headlines is to go to magazines.com and browse the headlines of major magazines, and then repurpose the titles to fit your …

6 GENIUS Facebook Marketing Tricks You’ve Never Heard Before

Over the last two years, I am fortunate to have grown an audience of over 100,000 fans on the Facebook page for one of my blogs. Along the way, I’ve learned some truly genius tips for building a community on a Facebook fan page. Today, I thought I’d share a few gems with you. 1. Make “Mistakes” on Your Fan …

Why Facebook Marketing Is Dead and Pinterest Is King

The picture below sums up this post fairly nicely. In the last 60 days, Pinterest has sent 237,806 people to my website, while Facebook has only sent 61,141 people. If you aren’t much of a math whiz, then I’ll break it down and say that Pinterest performed nearly four times better than Facebook. While the numbers from this case study …

Why I Dumped Storm on Demand for Hosting

With the number of website hosting companies springing up all the time, one would think it would be simple to find one that takes care of its customers. Well, I found one, but I went through a horrible experience to realize it. I put my largest website on Storm On Demand servers after the company was recommended by Pat Flynn. …

Stop Making Your Blog Nicer

This morning I walked into my office with a full day scheduled. In the morning I would spend a few hours writing a blog post. This particular post would take several days to prepare because I wanted it to be truly excellent. After working on the blog post, I would spend an hour writing emails to the students in my …

Selecting a Podcasting Mic: USB or XLR?

I cannot tell you how many podcasts I have unsubscribed from because the audio quality was not up to snuff.  Like many podcast listeners, I listen to podcasts at 1.5x speed.  This helps me to get through a lot more podcasts each week, and it’s actually very easy to understand what people are saying as long as their audio quality …

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50 Niche Site Ideas Ripe for the Taking!

Whenever a friend or family member decides to create an online business, they first ask me what to do if they don’t have any ideas for a site.  For them, for you, I have created this list.  These are the niche sites I would build today if I weren’t already busy with other online businesses. IMPORTANT NOTE!!!  BE CAREFUL in …

What Kind of Posts Get the Most Traffic?

That’s what you really want to know, isn’t it? You feel like you already know how to blog, but you aren’t quite sure how to develop a following. I have written over 300 articles online this year and have seen the statistics for each one to know what resonates with people, and what doesn’t. I’ve learned over time how to change my website …

SEO Basics

Any nerd can tell you that SEO means “search engine optimization” but in a more practical sense it means that you have to do a lot of unexpected things in order to be ranked high on Google. Since Google traffic often amounts for over 80% of a website’s traffic, SEO is as big of a deal as you can imagine. SEO is the …

What You Didn’t Know About Social Media

It can be easy to think that running a social media campaign is as easy as setting up a Facebook Fan page and posting your stuff, but you will soon recognize that this method is less than effective. In fact, we really shouldn’t discuss social media at all until we discuss the objective for a social media campaign. Your purpose is to capture …