Thinking of a redesign? You’re probably wasting your money. (+how/why to calculate your blog’s conversion rate)

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It absolutely reeks of cheese. That question web designers ask you, like you’re supposed to know the answer. And they ask it with one eyebrow up and a smirk, like they know SO MUCH more than you, when really? They’re just trying to sell you a website. The cheesy, gimmicky, stick-a-spoon-down-your-gullet question: . . . […]

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10 Things Every Blogger Should Know About Working With Brands

Working with brands is one of the most mainstream ways to make an income through your blog, though – truth be told – it can be intimidating just to get started. There’s so much to know: from how to find a contact in the company you want to work with, to how to craft the […]

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20 Example Blog Media/Press Kits for Your Inspiration

Hands down, one of my most helpful articles for bloggers who want to connect with brands is How to Make a Media Kit that ROCKS. In it, I outline 10 easy steps to creating a media kit that will help you shine with potential brand partners and sponsors for your blog. But as popular as […]

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How to Stop Throwing Away Your Blog Traffic and Get More Subscribers

If you’ve been struggling to build your subscriber list – despite focusing on serving the needs of one specific reader – despite asking the #1 question that will gain you a loyal following – despite dishing out the best content you can… You’re probably making a mistake that is going to cripple your ability to […]

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The #1 Question You Should Be Asking Your Blog Readers

How to grow your blog The #1 question you should be asking your readers.

When I was in college, I had a professor who was fresh out of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (better known as MIT) and in his first year of teaching. He was a brilliant linguist – a genius if ever there was one – but his first semester teaching undergrads at B.U. wasn’t going so […]

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The Great Content Hoax: Why Just Blogging Your Passion Won’t Build You an Empire

Does this sound like you or someone you know? “I’ve been writing on my blog for a year now and only have 32 followers. …and 14 of them are my family.” “I write on my blog 3x a week but people who find my blog don’t stay!” “Why does nobody leave a comment on my […]

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How to Watermark Your Photos in Photoshop Elements

Welcome back to Photoshop Elements for Bloggers! In the last lesson, you learned how to add text to your photos with the goal of creating Pinnable images for your blog. In this lesson, I’m going to share how you can create a brush in Elements to watermark your photos and protect them from theft. Forget […]

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How to Feature Your Most Pinterest-Worthy Posts in Your Sidebar

How to Feature Pinterest Worthy Content in Sidebar | The Blog Maven

If your blog has ever had a red-letter day on Pinterest with tons of people clicking over to see one of your posts, you were probably surprised at how finicky those visitors can be. (can I get an Amen?) It seems like people who visit from Pinterest just want to pop in to see what they […]

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How to Verify Your Blog (or Website) on Pinterest

Earlier in my series on Growing Your Blog with Pinterest, I recommended that in order to get more incoming traffic to your blog from Pinterest, you should optimize your Pinterest profile. Remember: the point of that was to provide an interesting blurb about you that makes new readers want to check out your blog. At […]

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12 Best Time Management Tips for Bloggers

Have you ever looked at the pile of dishes in the sink, the paw prints on the floor, and your ever-growing mountain of laundry and thought to yourself, “How will I ever find the time to blog?!” Sure, there are people who are professional bloggers, who lock themselves away all day and do nothing but […]

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