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Rick Warren: A life of purpose

Pastor Rick Warren, author of The Purpose-Driven Life, reflects on his own crisis of purpose in the wake of his book’s wild success. He explains his belief that God’s intention is for each of us to use our talents and influence to do good.

“What do you have that you’ve been given…What are you doing with what you have been given…. That to me is what Purpose driven is all about.”

Challenge: 21 Days to a Better Blog

Challenge: 21 Days to a Better Blog

Do you feel like your blog is letting you down? You work so hard as a blogger to generate interest, attract visitors, and then turn those visitors into loyal customers. Yet you don’t feel like all your hard work is being rewarded. You hear story after story about bloggers making a good living off of their little pieces of Internet real estate. Every now and then you see glimpses of success, and you think it is your turn to finally make a full-time living from your blog.

Then the traffic inexplicably slows, so do your sales, and you have to put your dreams of becoming a million-dollar blogger on hold.

It doesn’t have to be that way. With a successful plan full of proven blog-boosting tips and best practices, you can transform your ho-hum blog into a traffic-magnet presence on the web that helps you reach all your blogging goals. In as little as 21 days, you can see a real change in how your blog performs.

Five thoughts on content creation and planning for bloggers

Five thoughts on content creation and planning for bloggers

In this first part, we discuss how to decide when you should post to your blog. Several times per day? Once a day? Once a week? Whenever you have something to post?

Once a month used to be the standard, but those days are long gone, if you want to build a solid readership following. There are just too many bloggers posting on this same schedule and one way to get ahead of the pack is to post more often.

In part, deciding when to post has a lot to do with the type of blog you have. If it is more of a social-type blog, you should post at least daily, and probably closer to several times per day. Each time can either be scheduled so they will be sent at specific time intervals during the day or you can post in real-time during the course of the day whenever “breaking news” in your niche happens.

Why All Bloggers Should Have a Content Strategy

Why All Bloggers Should Have a Content Strategy

If you are just blogging for fun then a strategy isn’t necessary. But if you want to give your blog the potential to go anywhere – make money and to reach as many people as possible – then you need to get strategic! And, since blogs rely on quality content to attract readers and keep them interested (and, eventually, buying from you!) then it makes sense to prioritize your content strategy.

How Often Should You Post New Content to Your Blog?

How Often Should You Post New Content to Your Blog?

Updating your blog with fresh content is an important part of making sure people stay interested. If you haven’t posted anything in a while, people might lose interest or even stop subscribing to your blog. However, posting too often can also pose a problem, so it’s important to get the right balance for your blog.

4 Ways to Save Time on Content Creation

4 Ways to Save Time on Content Creation

If you have a website or a blog, posting fresh content is likely to take up most of your time. Content can be anything that gets posted on your site, such as videos, articles, news pieces or photographs. Thankfully there are several ways you can save time on your content creation to give you more time to focus on other business tasks.

4 Tips for Brainstorming Blog Post Ideas

4 Tips for Brainstorming Blog Post Ideas

If you’re running a blog, coming up with fresh ideas month after month isn’t always easy. When you first start out, you may have hundreds of ideas that you can get to work on, but these will eventually run out and you’ll have to think of more. Constantly having a bank of ideas is great for your blogging productivity, so you’re never left wondering what to write. Here are a few tips to get you going…

The five-step content strategy for bloggers and business people

The five-step content strategy for bloggers and business people

Congratulations! You have a blog or website, and have joined the millions of entrepreneurs and online marketers who are eager to turn a passion or interest into a reliable income stream. You understand the global power of the World Wide Web to turn a single blog post or webpage into a list-building, sales-generating, passive income machine.

There’s only one problem.

You don’t have a clearly defined strategy for content creation and delivery.

You know you need a plan, something that can guide your content marketing efforts, but you don’t know where to get started. What you need is a proven system, a clearly defined and easy to follow blogging strategy that takes into account several key factors.

How to Monetize Your Podcast

How to Monetize Your Podcast

Not many people podcast just for the fun of it – most podcasters are looking to get some sort of return from it. Whether this is free advertising for a website they are trying to monetize, or commission for a product or service they’re attempting to promote, getting some form of monetary return is important. Other people start podcasts just to experiment and then realize they can earn money from it and start trying to utilize this as much as possible. Here are some of the ways you can earn money from podcasting.

5 Benefits of Podcasting vs. Blogging

5 Benefits of Podcasting vs. Blogging

When setting up a website or new business, many people instantly think about creating a blog through which they can promote new products and services. However, blogging isn’t necessarily the best way to do it, although having a blog is an important aspect of any website. Here are the benefits of using podcasting to reach out to your visitors.

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