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#35 – Preparing for your most Creative Year Ever
If there’s one thing I’ve learned over the years is I’m much more of a creative person then I ever thought I was growing up. For some reason, I thought creativity meant it was the ability to sketch or to play an instrument. But as I launch blogs and build my online businesses I realized that creativity comes in many shapes and sizes and it is something that can be learned and worked as a muscle - most importantly I’ve learned it’s highly valuable. Creativity is intelligence having fun -...
#34 – Full-time food and travel blogger Kit Graham
In this episode, I interviewed food and travel blogging rockstar Kit Graham of theKittchen blog and the Windy City Blogger Collective. Kit is a “full-time blogger” and she shares with us some of the tips and tricks she deployed along the way to grow her blog income. She is also the leader of the Windy City Blogger Collective and shares some great tips for getting a blog started. We discuss what platforms to choose and why it’s good to maybe rethink your Instagram strategy. Most importantly,...
#33 – From wedding blog to book deal, how Tina Haupert made Carrots ‘N’ Cake
Tina Haupert has been at her blog and online strategy for over ten years with what started as a wedding day prep blog turned complete healthy living resource. Just interviewing Tina was so inspirational for me and I'm genuinely amazed at how she owned what is often considered just a hobby blog and turned it into a successful online business. Great listen for those who have started a blog and many not sure how to take it to the next level. Tina's blog Carrots n Cake has evolved into what she...
#32 – How this blogger is building her internal archives – Binta Diallo
Binta Diallo is the blogger behind Internal Archives and in this episode, we discuss how she's grown her blog since inception 3 years ago. For Binta, creating content is about substances rather than stats so we discuss how she creatively sources ideas and keeps her blogging goals. Hint: She does this by sourcing her morning routine with prayer and utilizing the flow blogging technique. Be sure to listen in, great episode if you're looking to get into blogging or amp up your existing game....
#31 – Blogger and world traveler Sahara Rose
Sahara Rose Travels In this episode, accomplished world traveler and blogger Sahara Rose and I chat about how she is transforming her travel blogging experience into an online travel coaching business. Sahara Rose has a very interesting story and inspiring vision for how she is tackling the travel coaching industry. Most importantly, the thing that I love about her is that she is a go-getter and doesn’t let fear get in her way. Sahara starting sharing content with little intent to turn it...
#30 – Rafal Tomal
This episode is an interview with a web designer, developer, and content marketer Rafal Tomal. You've likely have seen Rafal's work as for many years he led the design direction for Rainmaker Digital and published several StudioPress Themes for WordPress. This is a fantastic interview as Rafal and I discuss the normal BYW questions on productive content marketing strategy but we also dive into some important design principles for websites and blogs. I picked his brain on design, including...
#29 – What is my ideal blog post?
Each interview I hold on the Blog You Want in the Time You Have Podcast, I try to slip in the question ‘what is your ideal blog post’ and with little surprise, the answer always seems to be about the same. Coming down to it “it depends” based on what they are writing. In this episode, I thought it would be ideal to dig in and conceptualize with you MY ideal blog post and why. But, of course, it depends. Listen in for my 7 essential elements of an ideal blog post and be sure to take the 7-day...
#28 – Emerson Dameron
This week I sit down with writer and content marketer Emerson Dameron. He shares his story of getting into the business via print journalism and how he identifies good things to write about with a simple list of 10. I ask him how he worked in criticism and critique into content, I was surprised by the answer. Emerson had some luck with the Medium blogging platform but he might not recommend it today and explains why. We wrap up with a conversation on if he were to start fresh today where...
#27 – How to use Google Ads for your blog marketing
Google Adwords is now Google Ads! This recent rebrand of Google's powerful and popular advertising platform made me think about ways that I have leveraged Google's search ads to market my blog's content. In this episode, I share how and why you can use Google Search ads to promote your blog, why it's important to have a core product and an introduction to my Digital Acquisition Cycle™ (DAC Model) to visualize your blog marketing strategy. Episode #5 - Your P/V/I Strategy Episode #17 - Mack...
#26 – How to bounce back from an extended break
Just back from a vacation, I wanted to reflect on how to bounce back into your blogging and content creation after taking a break. Regardless if it was a planned vacation from your blogging or an extended period plagued by procrastination. Most importantly, if you take a break from blogging just get back to it. Don't be so hard on yourself, we're all human. This episode is sponsored by ContentAcademy.com, learn about an exciting and rewarding career in content strategy and apply for the...
#25 – Kim Bookless on Self-Publishing Books
This episode is all about book self-publishing with a special educational interview with self-publishing consultant and proofreader Kim Bookless. Kim and I connected at her awesome Chicago Self-Publishing Meetup and I wanted to bring her on the Blog You Want in the Time You Have Podcast to share her knowledge around self-publishing and give some ideas on how bloggers can leverage publishing "traditional" and e-books to build their authority and reach online. Big thanks to Kim for sharing...
#24 – Reno Lovison of ChicagoBroadcastingNetwork.com
In this episode, I catch up with Reno Lovison who is a video and marketing strategist. Reno is working on a content portal project called ChicagoBroadcastingNetwork.com and we talk about the thought process behind this new project and some ideas he has for what it will become. Reno has many years experience with video and storytelling and we share some thoughts on how to execute these tactics for blogging today. Don't forget to enroll in my new 7-Day Blogging Challenge!
#23 – Chuck Leddy of chuckleddy.com
In this episode, I bring you another great interview with pro journalist turned content marketer, Chuck Leddy. Chuck connects brands with customers through engaging stories that help customers solve problems and find happiness. We chat about how blogging is similar to journalism, how he fills in the structure of a story and some ideas for building your content production to a journalist's level. Special thanks to Ana Cvetkovic from episode #12 for the introduction to Chuck! Join the Blog You...
#22 – Andy Crestodina of Orbit Media Studios
The Blogging SEO Episode.... with guest Andy Crestodina. This week, I'm thrilled to share with you all a conversation I had with Andy Crestodina of Orbit Media Studios. Andy is the author, speaker and thought leader and it was exciting to speak with him on this podcast to share some fresh SEO concepts that you can use to enhance your blogging efforts including how he got into content marketing, how he views blogging today, sources ideas and how many hours and words he strives for each post....
#21 – Kimberly Gauthier of keepthetailwagging.com
In this episode, I chat with Kimberly Gauthier who is a Dog Nutrition Blogger at Keep the Tail Wagging. Kimberly and I talk about how she conquered her niche audience and ways she monetizes her blogging and content marketing strategy. We peek into her SEO strategy and talk about what she is planning to do in the future with her blog to sustain her efforts and maximize her content marketing to increase her online income. Mentioned in this episode: Kimberly's Book Google Analytics Clicky...
#20 – Updating a post after it was published
In this episode of the Blog You Want in the Time You Have Podcast, I share some ideas and concepts to consider for what to do if you want to change a blog post or page after it was published. There are some things that are major red flags that can cause harm to your SEO or integrity if not handled properly. Be sure to listen in to learn how I handle updating a post after it was published. Mentioned in the episode: Quick Page or Post Redirect Plugin for WordPress Defamation, Libel and Slander...
#19 – Jackie Flaherty of lettersandjournals.com
This episode I’m joined by Jackie Flaherty of the blogger.com blog, Letters & Journals. Jackie is a long-time blogger and a publisher of a magazine franchise and is now working to turn her blog and publishing experience into her own print magazine. Jackie shares some great ideas on why she kept her blog going all these […]
#18 – Jacqueline Marie of Tweaked Style
In episode 18 of the Blog You Want in the Time You Have podcast I interview Jacqueline Marie of Tweaked Style who is leveraging content and social media to promote her interior styling business. We explore how she got into her business via a blog and what is sort of on her radar today when it comes to creating visual marketing content. Jacqueline educates me on the difference between interior design and styling and how she centers her content creation efforts around a monthly intention. We...
#17 – Mack Collier of MackCollier.com
Warning: the audio on this episode is a hot mess but I promise it's packed with a lot of great tidbits. Mack Collier is a recognized top social media marketer and helps companies craft world-class digital marketing strategies. Mack was a "score" of an interview for the Blog You Want in the Time You Have Podcast. He is the author of Think Like A Rock Star: How to Create Social Media and Marketing Strategies That Turn Customers Into Fans and is a known trainer, speaker, community leader and...
#16 – The Ideal Blogging Plan
In this episode, I share my thoughts on the ideal blogging plan. No so much about what you should create but the process of actually producing content on a regular basis. I break it down into two main points, how I capture blog and content ideas on a content deck and my weekly content production plan. Listen in if you're looking for ideas on how to be more productive around your blogging efforts! Content Deck Trello Lists: My Taxonomy Scheduled Topics Products Published or Promotable Show...