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What You Should Know About the GDPR

You’ve probably heard about it by now — that thing that has every online entrepreneur around the globe scrambling to overhaul their current email management systems, privacy policies, and lead gathering strategies. What am I talking about?

I’m talking about the GDPR.

In case you haven’t heard about it yet, GDPR stands for General Data Protection Regulation, and what some people don’t realize is that it’s actually not new. The GDPR was actually created on April 14, 2016. (Yes, it’s been around that long!)

So what is all the fuss about now if the GDPR isn’t actually new?Continue Reading

2 Things You Should Do Every Day as a Blogger

How do you have an endless stream of post ideas?”

I get asked this often. So this week, I’m sharing two things I do every single day to stay inspired as a blogger.

These things aren’t rocket science. They are simple. Anyone can do them. But I know many, many bloggers who aren’t doing these two things, and I think it might be why they are struggling to keep their momentum going as a blogger.

Want to know what the two things are that I think you should do every day as a blogger? Well, I mentioned both of these in my 10 Strategies to Never Run Out of Blog Post Ideas post, but I wanted to dive deeper into them in this post:Continue Reading

How Google Analytics Can Help Grow Your Traffic

Guest post by Micah Klug from HomeFaithFamily.com

How many times do you spend checking your pageviews and mentally willing your numbers to increase, only to be disappointed that you’re not seeing any results?

(I’m raising my hand.)

When I first started blogging in 2017 I was so focused on trying to do everything at once while creating amazing content, that discouragement came so easily.

I questioned whether waking up at 4 a.m. to work before my little ones woke up really mattered and if I’d see results in my business or not. And then something happened in December of 2017.Continue Reading

THIS is why you need to go live on Facebook

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“I wish I could be as comfortable on camera as you!”  

This has been said to me over and over again in recent months.

You guys, I need let you in on something… something that might surprise you quite a bit: I WAS TERRIFIED OF LIVE VIDEO when I first started.

(And yes, I’m using all caps. But that statement deserves all caps! Some people are terrified of snakes or spiders or tornadoes… Me? I would have chosen to kill a snack or spider or live through a tornado over going live on video any day!)Continue Reading

13 Things to Do When Your Blog Post Goes Viral

Have you had a post go viral? Don’t miss out on the opportunity to turn that into more than a short term spike in traffic!

Here are my top tips on what to do when one of your posts goes viral:

1. Examine why it went viral. Did you have a great title or beautiful image? Was it a topic that is widely relatable to many people? Did a larger blogger share your post? Examine why it went viral, and think about how you might be able to replicate that again in the future on other posts.

2. Say thank you. If your post went viral as a result of someone sharing your post, be sure to go and tell them thank you! So often, just a simple and genuine thank you can open up the door to a relationship with a larger blogger.Continue Reading

Stop Doing What the Bigwig Bloggers Do

It’s so easy to look around and get distracted by what all the “cool kids” in the blogosphere are doing. The more you pay attention to them, the more tempting it is to begin to think that you need to pattern your posts, your Instagram stories, your Pinterest images, and your blogging goals after them.

But I’ve learned a thing or two in the past 13+ years of blogging, and one of those is this: You should never do something just because all of the bigwig bloggers are doing it.

In fact, that’s just a really good rule of life! Don’t do something just because it seems like “everyone else” is doing it. Continue Reading

The 3 Most Important Things to Look For in an Email Service Provider

With the launch of our newest course, Email List Setup 101, we’ve been getting a lot of questions about how to get an email list set up — more specifically, how to choose a great email service provider.

As a new blogger, setting up an email list is one of the most important things you can do to boost your blog’s likelihood of success for the longterm. But what exactly should one look for in an email service provider?

If you’re looking to get your email list started the right way from the start, here are some important things to look for when choosing an email service provider:Continue Reading