The ProBlogger and What he Learned about Blogging

I read a lot of sources and Dar­ren Rowse’s ProBlog­ger site is one that I have referred to time and again and have to hon­est I have learned so much from Darren’s chal­lenges over the years as I have from the many arti­cles and pod­casts he has pro­duced and I returned again to one of my favourites, from which the fol­low­ing video comes. I sug­gest you watch the video, it is 49 min­utes long, but it is very enjoy­able as Dar­ren tells us how he has trans­formed him­self over the years I think that the video is worth watch­ing because it is both inspir­ing and informative.

The Pro… Blogger

He start­ed ProBlog­ger in 2004 and became a full time blog­ger soon after, which means he solved to chal­lenge of mon­etis­ing his blog, or prod­ucts asso­ci­at­ed with it. How did he grow his pub­li­ca­tions? He tells us that “peo­ple found my blog by me com­ment­ing on oth­er blogs,” which remains one of the best ways to gain read­er­ship, a tac­tic I have reg­u­lar­ly used. It may rely on the men­tal­i­ty of if they did some­thing for me I should do some­thing for them, but if the work you pro­duce is high qual­i­ty there is no rea­son why peo­ple shouldn’t stay and read oth­er things that you have writ­ten. I remem­ber one morn­ing look­ing at my sta­tis­tics and see­ing that 1 per­son had vis­it­ed my site, but they had been on 13 pages, clear­ly I had giv­en them good infor­ma­tion, how­ev­er peo­ple come if the infor­ma­tion you pro­vide is top qual­i­ty they will come back again. I love com­ment­ing on oth­er people’s work.

Darren Rowse by America Pink

Of all the tips I have heard from Mr Rowse over the years the most impor­tant has to do with under­stand­ing who your read­er is, expressed recent­ly as:

Iden­ti­fy who you want to read your blog – Spend time to under­stand your read­er” ~ Dar­ren Rowse

Under­stand­ing who you read­er is I believe is a vital step, I will agree that I have changed over the years (every­one does), but I have spent a lot of time think­ing about who my read­ers are and truth is read­er­ship dif­fers for every site I pub­lish on. I keep analysing the actions of my read­ers  and know there is no sim­ple way to define who your read­er real­ly is and how to keep them com­ing back for more. Oth­er tips Rowse has pro­vid­ed include:

  • Cre­ate con­tent that informs, inspires, and interacts.
  • Aim to have a big impact upon the read­ers you already have.
  • Cre­ate some­thing to sell.
  • There are many ways to make mon­ey from blogging.
  • Be active.
  • It’s OK to let your read­ers see what you are pas­sion­ate about beyond your niche.
  • If you want your blog to be a busi­ness, you need to treat it as a business.

I appre­ci­ate these thoughts I know that I should cre­ate some­thing to sell, an eBook, or per­haps I need to upgrade my book and pub­lish a sec­ond edi­tion of it. In his video he talks about cre­at­ing some­thing new by putting fif­teen min­utes a day into the task and get­ting the project com­plet­ed through a series of small steps, it is true that we can all spare 15 min­utes in order to push for­ward a new project.

Getting the Dreams out of Your Head

One of the theme in Rowse’s video is first­ly hav­ing dreams and sec­ond­ly doing some­thing about them, at one point he says if you tell oth­er peo­ple about your dreams then you com­mit to doing some­thing about them, espe­cial­ly if you ask them to ask you to pro­vide a progress report on what you have done.

If there is one area I think we can all improve on is get­ting dreams out of our heads, the dream is dif­fer­ent for all of us, to some extent our dreams do over­lap and we should lean on each oth­er when mutu­al­ly convenient.

ProBlogger how to make moneyI promise you that although Dar­ren Rowse calls him­self a geek I believe he is any­thing but, there is much we can all learn from the ProBlog­ger, take a look at his web­site and you will find tips for:

  • Over­com­ing Blog­gers Block — 6 months worth of tips for posts
  • 180 blog post ideas
  • Resources and tools
  • More than 100 pod­casts about blogging
  • Tips on how to make mon­ey blogging

 

Buy Peter B. Giblett a cof­fee as a thank you for pro­vid­ing this information.

 

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6 Replies to “The ProBlogger and What he Learned about Blogging”

  1. Great points. Nar­row­ing down a niche is prob­a­bly one of the most dif­fi­cult, but nec­es­sary steps. One I’m still work­ing on.

    1. Peter B. Giblett says: Reply

      I write “out­side” my niche all the time, it is just that you have to select the rel­e­vant medi­um for such pieces — prob­a­bly a gen­er­al writ­ing site rather than a focused blog.

      1. Yes, I try only to post only to rel­e­vant sites and com­mu­ni­ties on both Google+ and Face­book. I find many dump their posts any­where, which works in no one’s best inter­est. Thanks for com­ment­ing Peter!

  2. Reblogged this on Live…Love…Share!!! and commented:
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  3. I learned a lot from read­ing this and will come back to read it again. Great writing!

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