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Should You Use Pop-Ups on Your Technical Blog?

Many blogs have a pop-up prompting people to sign up for their mailing lists. As such, you might be wondering if using a pop-up on a technical blog is a good idea or not. Before answering the question, “Should you use pop-ups?”, let’s start with two facts: Your mailing list can be your most important […]

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Choosing a Domain Name for Your Blog

In this post, I’ll cover choosing a domain name for your blog, and in the process, I’ll also answer some frequently asked questions about the general subject of domain names. So you’ve come up with an idea for a blog. You’re excited. And it’s time to pick a domain name. You have three main choices […]

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Why

I’m a firm believer in the “why” of things. The why is often more important than the how. Find your why, and the how will become significantly easier to tackle and endure. People are also significantly more inclined to follow, believe, and buy your why. What you do – and how you do it – […]

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How to Automatically Send Your Blog Posts to Your Email Subscribers via Mailchimp

Several people have asked me how to set up a campaign so that new posts are automatically sent to your email subscribers. I created a video to show you how to do it with Mailchimp. Sign up with MailChimp, then follow along on YouTube. This is my first video and I’m not entirely happy about […]

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Check out the New Blogging Tools Page

Over the weekend, I had the chance to create something I’ve been thinking about putting together for a quite a while now: a resource page with recommended blogging tools. This should come in handy if you’re launching a new blog or trying to improve an existing one. In it, I made sure to only include […]

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Technical Blogging’s First Survey Results

Last week I asked my readers to take a brief survey. It’s only fair that I share the aggregated results here. Without much ado, here they are. Q: On a scale from 1 to 10 how would you rate TechnicalBlogging.com’s content in terms of usefulness? Overall your responses were quite positive. Most, in the admittedly […]

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Please take my brief blogging survey

Please take a moment to complete the following quick blogging survey. Now that I’m publishing content on a weekly basis, I think it becomes particularly important to incorporate feedback from readers like you. It shouldn’t take more than a few minutes. Thank you very much. TAKE THE SURVEY      

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Marketing Won’t Save You

Programmers and other technical people tend to underestimate the importance of marketing. There is, in fact, a common dislike for marketing within many technical communities. In this blog, I talk a lot about promoting your content, building a mailing list, social media, etc, because marketing can do wonders for your site/project/career. Though I’ve advocated (here […]

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Creating a Freebie to Convert Visitors into Subscribers

One of the best things you can do to grow your audience as a blogger is to have a mailing list. Instead of having people stumble upon your blog only to leave and perhaps never return after an initial visit, the idea is to capture their email addresses (with their consent, of course), so that […]

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Avoid the Abandoned Blog Phenomenon

Those who read my book know that I am a big advocate of scheduling content on a regular basis.[1] As Woody Allen famously said, 80% of success is showing up. He is right, you know. I believe that’s the case when it comes to blogging as well. Showing up on the blogging front means posting […]

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