Everyone is always talking about how important it is to start a blog, grow a brand, write quality content, guest post on other blogs and so on… All of that is great and it is all necessary, but how many people are going to continually start new blogs without a business model? It happens every day and it’s going to keep on happening for many years to come.

In this post I am going to tell you why you should start your own coupon based blog, how other people can build the site for you, make money with it and then even sell it for a nice pay day after a few months time.

First Things First, Start the Blog!

It’s a coupon blog… it’s not brain surgery. There are already millions of coupon blogs out there, you just need to figure out how to do it better and get your content in front of the right audience.

You can come up with your own site design or use a pre-built coupon theme like what AppThemes.com has to offer. You can even outsource the process and hire someone to add daily content for you, or you can also use datafeeds from merchants on ad networks. In the end it’s still about updating often with new coupons and content that people find useful.

by Matt Kaludi on October 8, 2012

Blogging interviews are a cool way to improve your blog stats and you don’t need to be as gab a Charlie Rose or Piers Morgan to pull it off. Hey, it’s not TV, there’s no producer to pressure you to make every air time count. Still, you have your blog visitors to think about and just like TV, blogging interviews should not be in any way boring. In fact, you have all the time to be creative with your blog interviews – so ask the right questions, edit out the kinks and make sure to present the interview as an enjoyable and informative piece of web entertainment.

Set your standards high, it doesn’t hurt, but whether you decide to shoot the blog interview on your own webcam or with a HD camera- it doesn’t matter- what matters is that the interview flows smoothly, interesting enough for users to watch it till the end.

by Matt Kaludi on October 8, 2012

As bloggers, we’re all about producing quality content, right? At least, we should be… Anyway, producing this quality content is about a lot more than just finding an idea, some keywords, writing a post around them, and finally publishing it for the whole world to see.

There are also some things you have to do right before hitting the publish button to give your post this additional head start. So here’s my list of 8 of those things.

1. Check for “you”

A well put-together blog post refers to the reader directly by using one of the simplest words in the English language – you.

Now, this is something your high school teacher most likely told you not to do. Talking to readers directly was considered one of the biggest sins you could make in your writing at school … not for blogging, though.

Include direct references whenever it makes sense. This creates a personal connection with your reader and makes your post seem like you’re talking to them in person.

by Matt Kaludi on October 8, 2012

Many bloggers reach a point in their business where they began to ask serious questions. They wonder if this is worth their time. They wonder how much longer they can keep blogging as a ‘non-profit’ business. This is the moment of truth that either weeds them out or makes them stronger. If they choose to learn and stick with it, they’ll start learning about conversions and trust. How do you build trust on your blog? I have struggled with this as I have been building up the trust to my blog http://ppc.org.  This post will answer this question and go over some of the pain points I have have in developing my blog as a brand.  Here are some of the pain points that I have discovered and will guild you through:

  • Getting your name out there
  • Delivering the goods
  • Employing trust builders
  • Being personable and like-able

by Matt Kaludi on October 8, 2012

Habits are behaviours you repeatedly do day after day. Some are good, some are bad. They transcend in all different areas of your life, including when you blog. Here are five bad blogger habits that you want to avoid or stop doing to become a better blogger.

1. Checking your stats and comments 100 times a day

As a beginning blogger it is not uncommon to be obsessed over your web traffic and comments. Of course you want a lot of people coming to your blog, a lot of people linking to you and you naturally want as many people as possible commenting on your posts. That doesn’t mean that you have to check your stats every 10 minutes.

This habit will waste you a lot of time that can be channeled in much more productive activities for your blog. Set aside a time of the day where you check your stats. My suggestion would be twice a day. Once in the morning and some time late afternoon. Use that saved up time for producing more content or networking with other bloggers.

2. Not replying to comments

When people are leaving a comment behind on one of your posts, see that as a compliment. They were emotionally compelled to leave feedback behind, good or bad. What I see is that most bloggers never respond to them. If there is one big thing that helps in building loyal readers, it is responding to comments on your blog. It shows you care about them, even to readers who didn’t leave a comment behind.

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by Matt Kaludi on October 8, 2012

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