Life is full of upheaval and change. Once you get set in a comfortable routine, things go and change on you. Here at the Steve Scott Site we are in for some shocking, amazing and perhaps even death defying changes.
Up shall be down. Black shall be White and Night shall be Day.
Okay, perhaps I overstated things. There are changes, but they are not dramatic, I am sorry to say. I have not invented cold fusion; or the cure for cancer. These changes are quite basic. In case you missed it, I am no longer posting daily. Posts shall be 3-4 times a week. One of the changes is that Sunday shall now be Saturday.
But Steve you say, “Saturday is Wapner… 10 minutes to Wapner.” It is Okay, Rainman, we can make this change work.
So on this balmy Saturday, I offer you the first ever…
Steve Scott’s Saturday Selections.
I can see it, you are awed, so let’s get to it…
Words are Weapons
Words are important things. They are like tiny little jewels. No two people are likely to state the same concept in exactly the same way. One interesting thing about reading is to see how different people can construct the same ideas. Guess what, I have an example, and the example itself has to do with the use of words. Cool huh?
When people look at a blog post or article the first thing that has to get their interest is the title. It is well known that titles are important to a computer. Titles can mean good SEO results or bad SEO results. Even more important they matter to the “human computer”. A title either piques your interest or it makes you say, “dull” and move on. Alex discusses this in an article on how to make headlines that sell. James discusses the same topic of how to write headlines. They both have distinct approaches. They are both quite funny while making their point. They both offer some real examples of the differences between “good” titles and the ones that are banged out by all those monkeys trying to create Shakespeare. Two different approaches, lots of different words and two great articles.
String enough words together and they become comments, like this one: “Steve, your semi-lucid ramblings have actually decreased my knowledge and caused me to trepan my head with a Mikita drill like they did in “Scanners”. I now have a hole in my head out of which my brains are now leaking. For the love of all that is good in the world, seal your blog in a canister and drop it into the deepest depths of the Mariana’s trench so that it is never again viewed by human eyes”
By now most of you know that active commenting is a great way to drive traffic to your blog. Hopefully with slightly more positive comments than the one above. Mark shows us some rules you can use to make your blog commenting a little bit more effective in increasing traffic.
Personally one of my favorite things for words is the long from. Books. Whether eBooks, Fiction, Non-fiction or whatnot, I love reading books. I find great enjoyment in doing this as well as learning things that hopefully keep me slightly ahead of the “power curve”. One of the things I like to promote is creating a lot of free ebooks as lead magnets. This quality free content not only helps people, but can help to make a name for you. (If you haven’t already, check out my free, Income Trilogy eBook)
Some people have an issue finding things to write about for their “eBook” or free report. They cannot think of an idea to “wrap it around” Fortunately Tristan rides in on his fancy white Destrier to save the day. –Okay….horse. The topic of “words” has manifested my sesquipedalian loquaciousness– Tristan gives us 31 Awesome eBook ideas. I never again want to hear, “I can’t think of what to write” as an excuse to not get started on a lead magnet or eBook.
While on the topic of eBooks and books, you may wonder at what interesting eBooks and books are out there to read. Fortunately Jami gives a list of 10 Books for Bloggers. You could possibly even read these all on an Amazon Kindle. If you do not have an Kindle (or a competitor eReader) and you read any significant amount of books, you should check out this article by Brankica about the Amazon Kindle.
As much as I love words, there is something very true about the statement, “a picture is worth a thousand words”. Pictures do have the power to create a powerful reaction in people that almost no amount of writing can equal. Therefore pictures can be a powerful addition to your post. Adam shows us how to find pictures, size them and the general importance of using pictures on your blog post.
Blogging to the Nth Degree
What does blogging to the Nth Degree mean? I don’t quite know, but doesn’t it sound cool? In my mind it has something to do with taking things to the next level. Blogging in a way that is above and beyond the normal level. Thomas shows us a method of dominating your niche that could be viewed as such an extraordinary method of blogging.
Making money is something that most people want to know how to do with blogging. One of the first things people should know is that it is not easy. Making any real money blogging is only possible after a long hard road. It is never quick and never easy. Vijayraj gives some good lessons on how to make money blogging. One of the things I really like about this post is that he certainly makes no claim that it is easy or quick.
When it comes to making money blogging, affiliate marketing or just about any online method. I certainly know what I think the most effective method is. If you have been a reader of SSS for any significant amount of time, you probably know where I am going with this since I beat this drum repeatedly. Let’s see if you can say it first. One… Two…. Three…. List building. Yup, since the topic of making money has been broached, I must –it is in my contract- bring up list-building. I will not blather on further about it, but if you wish to see me blather about the single most important topic for earning you an online income, check out my interview with Devin.
Don’t believe me about list building, check out what Pat has to say on the subject, as well as his views on how to build a list.
The final note of the week is about posting frequency. Murray makes some good points about the way reasons that NOT posting daily may do more for your blog than daily posting. Having gone from daily posts to 3-4 times a week I am not sure how I feel. In the long run I am sure I agree. For the shorter term, I do think there is something to be said for a “newer” blog posting frequently to create a backlog of content. It often comes down to what you are able to handle and still post with quality.
For a final final note on blogging, I may-or-may not have a post this week for my Blogging Traffic Series. I am going to pause this series either this coming week (the 15th post) or the with the last one (the 14th). This will give all of you a chance to catch up on the series and work out some of the ways to implement what I have been teaching. I will come back to this series, It is just going on hiatus as I have some other things to fill that, “timeslot” for a few weeks.
For my United States readers I hope you all have a great Washington’s Birthday/Presidents Day. As for my international readers, the best I could come up with for the coming week is to wish you all a good, International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day. Enjoy your IDBAD!Take Action. Get Results.