Articles filed under Blogging

The articles below cover various aspects of blogging. Click the headline to read the full article.

This is a hectic time for me because I was at the Macau GP last weekend (Formula 3 and World Touring Car Championship series) and I’m going to Kuala Lumpur this weekend for the final of the HK Classic Car Series, so a couple of short posts this week! For a while now I’ve built… . . . Read more

I’ve been lucky enough to pick up a nice new contract, setting up and maintaining websites for a group of 6 restaurant/bars here in Hong Kong. As a result I’ve had a frantic week and I haven’t had time to research and produce my normal second article. So, instead, I’ve spent some time looking back… . . . Read more

I’ve seen a lot of talk in blogging forums lately about developing your blogging voice. But developing your voice shouldn’t be restricted to blogging. It applies to all your online activities, and it’s a powerful part of the way you brand yourself in the crowded world of marketing online. Your voice is the style in… . . . Read more

I took myself off on holiday recently and decided use WordPress’ scheduled publishing feature to keep the content flowing on this site while I was lying on the beach. I simply wrote some articles before I left and scheduled them to be published every other day while I was away. It’s such a useful feature… . . . Read more

Post images – those thumbnail-sized images that I use at the start of each article – can help strengthen the impact of your message, as well as providing some visual appeal. But how to add them? I saw a question recently where someone asked the forum what plugins were available to help manage post images… . . . Read more

Time for another update on my content marketing experiment. (Here’s the last update). Remember what the experiment’s about: I set up a travel website on 1st February, for the purpose of earning affiliate income through promoting tours to Asia. It’s built with WordPress and configured to look like a static website. The objective is to… . . . Read more

There seems to have been some noise recently about balancing Social Media Marketing techniques with traditional Internet Marketing. And just as well. For a while people who were traditional Internet Marketers, writing long sales letters that were full of hype and yellow highlighting, didn’t get blogging, Twitter and the rest. Thought it was all pretty… . . . Read more

A couple of weeks ago I told you about my content marketing experiment and, although it’s extremely early days yet, I thought a quick update would be good. Remember, the experiment was to see whether I could start earning affiliate commissions off a travel site on which I did no paid promotions of any kind… . . . Read more

It may not be a big deal to you but it is to me. After 2 years of work this site is finally on the first page of Google, out of 192,000,000 results, for the search term Online Home Business Tips. And here’s the picture to prove it. OK, I’m only at number 10, but… . . . Read more

Last week I mentioned that I’d been building a new travel site. It’s up now, and it’s an experiment with Content Marketing. So here’s my thought process behind the site and the way I’ve set it up. Going forward, I’ll update you on the progress of the site as it grows and (hopefully!) starts to… . . . Read more

Interesting article on Nathan Hangen’s blog this week: There’s More to Life Than Blogging. In it he asks why you blog and suggests you should know the answer before you start. It reminded me of the number of times I’ve seen this question (or something like it) on Twitter: “I just started a new blog… . . . Read more

I saw an interesting question in a forum this week: Why don’t the comments I leave on blogs get approved? I can only speak for myself, but here are some of my thoughts, for what they’re worth: I get a lot of comments that are clearly there just for the link. I mean screamingly, obviously… . . . Read more

RSS subscribe buttons (that thing on the left) are an easy way to get people to sign up to your blog updates. Some themes come with them already installed, but some don’t – even though your blog does have an RSS feed. So if your theme doesn’t have an RSS button here’s how to set… . . . Read more

Why would you want to use Feedburner? Because it makes your blog’s RSS feed as widely readable as possible, provides you with some great statistics and incorporates RSS updates by email RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication. It allows information to be syndicated – made available to RSS readers, blogs, websites or anyone who’s interested… . . . Read more

I saw a thread today on the Warrior Forum from someone having trouble inserting an image into a WordPress post. From what he said on the thread I think the cause was more than just finger trouble – but I figured I’d put up a process for it anyway. So here it is – how… . . . Read more

Just lately the term ‘blogging voice’ seems to be popping up everywhere. What on earth does it mean? A new technology? Audio blogging? Actually no. It’s much simpler than that in concept, but quite tough to get in practice. But you do need to get it, because it forms part of your branding. Here’s what… . . . Read more

I’ve just read Brian Clark’s latest freebie, Authority Rules. Releasing a publication as good as this for free is, itself, a master-class in marketing on-line. Seth Godin talks about doing things that are remarkable in order to create authority and get people to notice you. Authority Rules expands the boundaries of remarkable. By a long… . . . Read more

Thanks to my time and salary being cut by 30% at my day job, I’ve been able to work at home and focus more time on my Internet work. So what have been the benefits? Well it’s nice not to have to work until 1 in the morning because I’m doing 2 jobs, and it’s… . . . Read more

“Please post your answer on my blog”. That was the request at the end of a question I read on one of my social sites last week. I see similar requests on other sites. Things like ‘please visit my blog and leave a comment’. If there’s one thing that guarantees I won’t visit their blog… . . . Read more

A while ago I published a step-by-step process for moving the content (posts, comments and labels) from your Blogger blog to a Wordpress blog. You can find it here. What I didn’t cover in that post, and what I’ve seen a lot of questions on since, is how to ensure you don’t lose your followers… . . . Read more

I’ve been following the questions that people who are using WordPress have been asking on Twitter. As a result, I’ve put together a complete WordPress Tutorial that is designed for people using self-hosted WordPress (from WordPress.org) on their own domains. It takes them from deciding on a domain name, through finding a hosting provider to… . . . Read more

I saw a question recently asking how to attach a Word or .PDF file to a Wordpress blog post. Here’s the response I offered: There are 3 ways you can do this… Firstly: If you only want the file to be available from 1 post – i.e. the post you are writing: In this case… . . . Read more

I received a question through my Dear Martin page the other day from someone who was asking how backlinks affected page rank, and how the ‘nofollow’ tag affected backlinks, therefore affecting page rank. Here’s the response I offered: The first thing I’d say is don’t get hung up on Page Rank and all that other… . . . Read more

Another question that I see quite often is how to move a blog from Blogger (Blogspot) to Wordpress. It’s actually a pretty straightforward process but, as in anything to do with moving data and content around, things can go wrong. So here’s a step-by-step process.   Moving your content from Blogger to Wordpress.com and up-to-date versions… . . . Read more

So you’re thinking of moving to Wordpress but you’re not sure how to set it up. It takes a bit of care at the outset, but the time you spend now getting everything into shape will be more than repaid later.  It’ll enable you to focus on your content instead of struggling with your configuration… . . . Read more

I just saw an interesting question in a forum: how does a blog help with SEO?  Here’s the answer I offered: An active (and that’s important) blog is attractive to a search engine for three primary reasons: It’s updated with new information regularly Through the mechanism of tags and categories (or labels on blogger), its… . . . Read more

I saw a question in one of the forums this week that asked whether a blog could be used to set up landing pages containing product reviews for a wide range of products. The review pages (blog) would be promoted through Pay Per Click or article marketing campaigns, and direct visitors on to the actual… . . . Read more

Q: With all the big, easy-to-use, function-rich, free blogging services that are available why should you go to the trouble of hosting your own blog..? A: Better SEO, total control, more traffic and more sales – although those reasons won’t apply if you’re not blogging for business! When I started out blogging I opened a… . . . Read more