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How a Blog is like a Thanksgiving Dinner




In America, today is Thanksgiving, a national holiday during which families cook a traditional dinner of turkey and a few other dishes, like cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes, and dressing (or stuffing). But did you know your blog is like a Thanksgiving dinner? It’s true!

The turkey is the main focus, but variety matters

The focus of a traditional Thanksgiving dinner is the turkey. It’s the main event. But without the rest of the dishes, even the most perfectly roasted bird would make for a dull dinner. To give a greater context and variety, you need the mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie, and your aunt’s weird Jell-O salad (nobody’s quite sure what’s in it).

On your blog, there needs to be a main focus, but also a variety of supporting topics. You can’t leave the main subject alone for too long, and you can’t place too much emphasis on the side dishes. Many of us have a niche for our blog, but there are plenty of subjects that are related to that niche. Write your longer, more thorough posts on the main subject and your shorter posts on the “side” subjects.

Preparation is everything

The key to a successful Thanksgiving dinner is preparation. The menu has to be planned, the shopping list has to be written, and everything has to be done in the right order so that the dinner’s ready on time and everything’s just right.

Likewise, you need to plan your blog. Only through planning can you accomplish certain kinds of blog content, such as video posts, series of posts, and promotions. You need to plan general goals for your blog, as well, such as monetization efforts and networking/social media strategies.

You’ve got to please the guests

I certainly do love to cook, but a big part of what I enjoy about it so much is the enjoyment that other people get from the meal. I love to hear people say what they enjoyed about it. While I create a menu that I will enjoy, I also create a menu that I hope everyone else will love, too.

Blogging is exactly like cooking a Thanksgiving dinner in this respect: it works best if you blog about something you like, but you want your audience to like it, too. You want to get feedback in the form of blog comments, trackbacks, and votes from social media submissions.

Follow best practices for best results

You don’t want your turkey to be undercooked or dried up and tough. You can avoid these problems and have the best possible Thanksgiving dinner by following the collected best advice from others who have come before you and cooked many Thanksgiving dinners over the years. When there’s some history behind an activity that allows us to see what techniques work best over time, we call these techniques best practices. One best practice for a perfect turkey is to soak the bird in brine solution prior to roasting.

For blogging, there are best practices we know work well to help us have the best blog possible. For example:

  • Create core content that is the best in its class, sometimes referred to as pillar or flagship content
  • Have a unique and well-designed blog theme or template
  • Network with other bloggers
  • Add pictures to your posts to grab attention and stand out
  • Link out to other blogs and sites
  • Create the most compelling and original content you can

Make the most of leftovers

One thing that’s true about big Thanksgiving dinners is that there is a lot of food left when it’s over. You can make turkey sandwiches for a week, or you can get creative with the leftovers and use them to make stir fry, a soup, or even a pizza.

On your blog, you want to make the most of your previous posts. You can serve up these “leftovers” in a variety of creative and tasty ways. The most common and easiest way to do this is to simply link to your previous posts from relevant anchor text in new posts. But occasionally, you want to create new posts that call attention to your older posts. The more creativity you can work into these, the better.

Traditions with a twist are big hits

Everybody loves the traditions that give a sense of meaning and nostalgia for good times in the past. But tradition followed blindly has the opposite effect: it becomes boring and meaningless, just “going through the motions.” Instead of just doing the usual same turkey the same way, why not create a twist on the tradition? What about a turkey with a pomegranite molasses and black pepper glaze, or something even more different? (One year we had a Mexican Thanksgiving dinner with no turkey!)

On your blog, putting a twist on the usual kind of posts creates much fresher content that really gets attention in a way the same-old same-old just can’t do, anymore. Many bloggers have a speed-link type of post, where they have a list of links they feel are worth your attention. Many of these posts are the same as any other of its kind. For a twist, I decided to sample an enticing or provocative quote from another blogger’s post, and use their name as the link back to the post. These Overheard in the Blogosphere posts have become one of the most popular things I do on my blog.

So these are some ways in which a blog is like a Thanksgiving dinner!

Happy Thanksgiving, America!

Michael Martine has been involved in web design and internet marketing since the late 90's. He is a blog coach and consultant at Remarkablogger. He lives in beautiful Vermont, U.S.A., with his wife, step-daughter, and grandchild.

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What Is Your Blog Post Publishing Frequency and Why?



From time to time, assess how frequently you publish blog posts. Ask yourself why? Sit. Wait for an honest answer.

I publish 4-5 blog posts daily. Sometimes I publish 6 posts. Why? I share oodles of helpful videos, podcasts and articles but on a deeper level, I intend to get my 124 eBooks in a billion hands or more. Yes; I wrote and self-published 124 bite-sized eBooks. Publishing 6 posts daily allows me to promote 6 different eBooks daily on my blog. I also publish 3 or more guest posts daily to share value and promote my eBooks in more spots. Note; that is 3 or more eBook promotions, in addition to all of my eBooks I promote on social media.

Promoting 124 eBooks daily is no joke. I needed to raise my vibe, practice writing and video and podcasting and get clear on upping my post frequency to drive traffic and business through an approach. I see my blog more as a high volume, blogging news portal, like CNN or Fox News, and less a blog for publishing weekly and leaving it at that. Hey; that is just me, though.

You may be different because all bloggers hold different intents and vibe at different frequencies. Imagine blogging once monthly. Today, you set an intent to publish 5 posts daily between videos, articles and podcasts. Seems foolish, right? Few humans make this quantum leap without putting in years of writing practice and also giving substantial attention and energy to energy management, or, mindset work. Never raise your blog post frequency from energies of fear and delusion; burnout and failure await.

But do bump up frequency if it feels fun, relaxing, prospering and generous to publish more frequently.

On the flip side, pull back on blog post frequency if your current schedule feels heavy, tiring, exhausting and overwhelming.

Only you know how frequently you post and why you post at that clip. You know the honest answer. Be straight with yourself.

Optimal Blog Post Frequency

None exists.

Follow your fun and relaxation.

What feels really good and fun and relaxing, but maybe a bit uncomfortable, to you? Run with it. Daily? Awesome. Weekly? Cool. Twice daily? Great. One post, one day, and 3 posts, the following day? Why not? If readers enjoy your content they read your content, keeping up with what they can keep up with. Trust your gut.

I advise publishing at least weekly in most cases unless you publish a long form post monthly ranking well on Google, genuinely knocking folk’s socks off. Why? People forget you as you vanish from the stream for a month at a time. Blogs are news portals for your niche. News should not be published monthly. Weekly at a minimum works fine for news updates.

Making Money and Frequency

In my eBook:

How to Find Buyers Online

I break down how you find buyers for your business online.

Pondering post frequency, money flows to frequent posters and less frequent posters. Everything money-wise depends on your clarity with receiving money and following your frequency strategy because your energy dictates your income. Feel good, and at peace, and relaxed, about your blog post frequency. Success will find you based on your money energy and life energy, independent of your blog post frequency.

Do the inner work and the outer results expand freely and easily over time.

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Blogging Income Tip: How Do You Feel about Money?



As I promote my eBook:

11 Techniques to Conquer Anxiety

I ponder one massive source of anxiety for most bloggers: money. Most of you grew up with money limiting beliefs. Money does not grow on trees. Money is not easy. Money is hard to get. Money is scarce. If you want money, get used to owning and facing each money fear because blogging full time requires you to work for free, generously, for a while, and no human with money fears works for free. All humans clinging to heavy money fears only work for pay. What is working for pay? Jobs. Working for someone allows you to get paid for every hour you work because being employees guarantees payment, per work, per your contract.

Guess what? Blogging is a different animal. Nobody gets paid to be an individual, business-owning blogger because blogging is a business. Business is about building something to boost skills and exposure to where your streams of income yield cash for you. Complete 180 from being an employee because you need face money fears, release fears, and proceed from a generous energy to gain skills and exposure enough to earn a full time income through your blog.

How do you feel about money? Does money feel scarce to you? Do you fear running out of money? Be honest guys. Being straight with yourself allows you to make money because before you make money through your blog, you need to face, feel and release money fears. Why? You never move into actions required to make money being burdened by the heavy fear of losing money, a yoke that saddles most of humanity.

I have noted how Gary Vaynerchuk did 2000 YouTube interviews before he began to get major media and TV coverage. He worked for free for 2000 interviews because he was not burdened by the terror of losing money, vibing abundance and generosity and trust. Most of humanity is so scared to lose all of their money that they never give one interview for free; these people work jobs to guarantee they get money for what they do work-wise, but sacrifice their fun and freedom in the process. You cannot live your dreams through blogging if you have no vision for the future and you cannot create a vision if you feel weighed down by the fear of money loss. How can you dream big dreams if you secretly feel terrified to lose it all? The fear of losing it all dominates your mind, body and actions so you will just work a job to get money and you will treat your blog casually, because your blog does not yield money, like your job.

Of course, your blog does not yield money because you vibe a poverty consciousness and poverty-vibing folks never do the generous giving – working for free, for a sustained period of time – to position themselves for success, a’la Gary Vee and his 2000 YouTube interviews. I have written and published nearly 1000 posts on Blogging Tips. Nobody paid me directly for writing and publishing these posts but the traffic and links and money I gained indirectly through these nearly 1000 posts helped me live a neat life. I began giving generously the moment I faced my money fears.

Expect to do the same if you want to live your dreams through blogging.


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What Few Bloggers Understand



I live a pretty sexy life. I have circled the globe for the past eight years through blogging. Pretty cool, right?

But my blogging duties are seemingly mundane, not too sexy at all and in moments, quite boring. I genuinely love blogging. I have fun doing what I do. But I am also a human being experiencing a wide range of emotions on an hour to hour basis. Sometimes, I just want to go to sleep for a little bit because I feel tired and a bit bored with the blogging process. But if I intuitively know it is time to write a blog post I just write the blog post. In these moments, blogging feels boring and mundane and plain and not too sexy. But doing the seemingly mundane things in boring moments lays the foundation for living a spectacular dream life through blogging.

Few bloggers understand this basic fact of sometimes boring activities laying the foundation for a spectacular dream life. Most bloggers believe I do exciting, inspired and amazing things all day long to live an amazing life. This is 100% not true and nothing could be further from the fact. Blogging is fun for me most of the time but sometimes blogging feels boring. Even when blogging feels fun I am not doing anything earth-shattering or jaw-dropping anytime I write and publish blog posts and comment on blogs and promote one or all of my 100 plus ebooks. Does tapping a retweet button and sharing one of my eBooks on Twitter seem earth-shattering? Nope. Simple. East too. But few bloggers understand simple blogging activities lead to great blogging success.

Most bloggers believe you live your dreams through blogging by trying to knock the ball out of the park with viral blog posts and partnerships with the top bloggers on earth. Nope. You live your dreams by simply publishing helpful content, building friendships with top bloggers by being generous and asking for nothing, and by opening multiple streams of income from an abundant, trusting energy. Each of those steps is simple to put into action but sometimes taking each of those steps feel scary or highly uncomfortable. Nudge through the fear. Take the step. Simple, generous actions eventually lead to spectacular results because all meaningful blogging ventures begin with simple, generous actions. Do not believe top bloggers hit home runs everyday. We hit singles again and again and again and again for 10000 to 20000 hours until all those singles add up to something dazzling over the long haul.

Think in terms of tiny impressions made multiple times daily. I could have tried to write a viral guest post on this blog 3 years ago when I first published posts here. But I just chose to do a solid job writing a simple post some 900 times. Now I have written and published 900 + guest posts on this blog which means on a single blog alone I have 900 links or more, based on the ebooks of mine I link to as well. 900 + links leads up to something pretty sexy and spectacular but it was the simple, generous actions I took daily over 3 years of my life that led to the stunning long-term success. Blogging is doing simple things generously for hours daily for years of your life to build something special and meaningful.

Never believe that top bloggers hit home runs every day for a few weeks before they made it big. Anybody who makes it big does seemingly little things with love and generosity every single day over the course of years of their lives. Imagine 10000 to 20000 hours of doing simple things and you get an idea of what it takes to live a spectacular dream life through the medium of blogging.


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