Welcome to the blogging category. Blogging is a very important part of my life. I’ve been blogging for more than ten years. In September 2006, I posted my first blogpost in my native language. In the next five years, I built one of the most visited and successful blogs in my country.
In the beginning, blogging was one of my hobbies and I was writing mainly about starting a successful business, career development and personal growth. But deep down, I also wanted to help people from all over the world and make a living out of blogging.
Thus, I published my first article in the English language on this blog in September 2014. And in January 2016, I decided to go full time blogging.
The main topics I write about on this blog concern:
- Employing the best business practices in personal life management,
- teaching established psychological techniques to better manage mind and emotions, and
- setting goals based on understanding market paradigms, the quantified self, and following cold hardcore metrics that prevent any fake feeling of progress.
Altogether, I’ve published more than 700 blog posts (200+ on this blog and 500+ in my native language) and written more than 2,000 A4 pages (which is equal to around 8 books).
Along the way, I learned a lot about blogging and how to build a successful blog. Everything from small technical tricks to how to optimize your blog for search engines and promote it.
The blogging category is a collection of all blog posts sharing knowledge on how to build and promote your personal blog. It can save you thousands of dollars I spent learning different blogging lessons. At the end of the day, building a successful blog takes a lot of dedication, hard work and tech knowledge.
You can browse all the posts about blogging here, ordered by date published, or as an alternative you can go to the Blogging track where posts are arranged in a more logical way, so you can upgrade your knowledge step by step (starting your own blog, publishing your first post and then promoting your blog and measuring your progress).
If you're active online as a blogger or in any other way, you probably know that gathering information from your competitors is extremely easy. You can basically know every single step they make. And it makes sense to track your main competitors. With extensive competitive analysis, you build yourself a map of the landscape you are competing on and that enables you better navigation and faster innovation. Even more, you get a concrete ideas for your website improvements, new quality content and partnership opportunities. Learn how to do a professional online competitive analysis.
Images are an important part of every professionally designed blog. They make blog posts more appealing, they can smoothly break long blocks of text, refresh tired brains after reading, and add additional meaning to the content – you probably know the saying that a picture says more than a thousand words. Adding images to your blog posts can also help with search engine ranking. That’s why it makes sense to use at least one image per blog post if not even more, especially for longer blog posts. Nevertheless, adding images to a blog is not as simple as it might sound; especially if you want to do everything right – from choosing the right format to optimizing image size and adding data for search engines.
Page speed or page load time (how fast the page loads when your URL is entered) is a very important part of the technical search engine optimization (SEO) and assuring a good user experience. You only have a few seconds to convince a visitor to stay on your page. If your potential visitors have to wait too long for the page to load, they will simply click the back button. Every millisecond counts in this regard. That’s one of the reasons why search engines prioritize faster pages. They want to provide users high quality pages that load fast and save bandwidth. WordPress is a great blogging platform, but if you aren’t careful, you can quickly end up with an extremely slow site. Learn how to optimize your page speed and keep it loading fast.
If you decide to start your own blog, creating a WordPress child theme is one very important step you should do right after installing WordPress, setting up your theme and before you do any customizations. Let me first explain what a child theme is. Most of the themes (free and paid) get updated regularly. Theme creators fix bugs, optimize the code, release new features and do other updates as part of the regular theme management process. You are notified in the WP Dashboard when your theme update is available, same as for WordPress itself or plugins. Now here’s the problem.
This is the last – Part 7 of the Metrics that matter for bloggers series. In this chapter, we will cover metrics that are important for validated learning and gaining insights into what works for your market and readers and what doesn’t. The rule for you as a new blogger is that you want to learn and get market insight as fast as possible. Only a superior strategy and understanding of your market will enable you to build a viable and scalable business model around your blog. We will also cover how you can use different dashboard services to follow