Pull Up a Chair and Get Comfy: Building Blog Community and Reader Engagement

building blog communityDo you remember when traffic used to be something you wanted to avoid?

If you’re involved in any type of Internet marketing, whether you do business online or just have a website for a local business, your attitude toward traffic has most likely changed. Traffic is now something you try to coax to your site like a squirrel herder trying to get his charges to all go in one direction. Continue reading

How to Build Trust as an Internet Marketer

Do you ever have one of those days when you sit down to write a blog post and nothing comes? You have a great topic. You know what you want to say. It’s just that you can’t get the words to start flowing.

I’m having one of those days. But we’re all friends here, right? So, in the name of friendship, let’s just pretend that I wrote an intriguing opening that snagged your interest and made you eager to read more. Continue reading

Doing the Impossible

Writer's Block IIAre you ready to quit?

I think we all have days when we’re ready to give up. Being an online entrepreneur has a lot of perks, but it also has some pitfalls. Especially when you’re starting out, wondering if you’ll ever reach the point where you’re making a decent living – or maybe even making anything at all.

It all seems so impossible. Continue reading

photo by: Drew Coffman

Why I Vlog (and Why You Should, Too)


Even though I put off video blogging for as long as I could a while, I knew that eventually I needed to sit down in front of the camera.

I put it off for the usual reasons – I was intimidated about putting my face out there, I didn’t know what to say, I wasn’t sure how to do it, I didn’t really want to put makeup on … okay, mostly that last one. But various people kept saying you have to do it. I knew they were right. Continue reading