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Win Friends and Influence People – Advice to Grow Your Blog Business with Twitter

This is a guest post by Brandon Yanofsky.

When you first heard about Twitter, what was your reaction to this absurdly named website?

I literally laughed at it. Who’d spend all day writing 140 character status updates? Sounded ludicrous.

Flash forward 3 years, and it is now the key to my blogging success. Since I started using Twitter, I’ve seen my blog traffic increase nearly tenfold, and have begun making an income with my blog.

This article will show you the main technique I used to start and grow my blogging business with Twitter. My hope is that you’ll adapt this technique to meet your own business goals for your blog.

My technique can be broken down into two steps. Borrowing from Dale Carnegie, I’ve decided to call them Win Friends and Influence People.

Step 1: Win Friends – Find and Friend People with Similar Interests

A Brief History of Communication

There used to be a time when your entire social network consisted of only the people in your village. You were born, lived, and died in that village. You had no contact with any outsiders.

Then, man began creating new forms of communication. The invention of writing and a mailing system allowed us to communicate with those outside our own village. The printing press allowed an individual to mass produce his thoughts. Telephones allowed us to communicate instantly. Television allowed instantaneous distribution of thought to an entire nation.

Yet, even with all these advances, only those with financial backing were able to communicate their thoughts.

Until the Internet came along and broke down these barriers. Now, someone with almost no technical knowledge and no financial capital has the ability to broadcast any and every thought to the entire world.

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5 Books Every Blogger Must Read

This is a guest post by Brandon Yanofsky.

Some bloggers are horrible writers.

A great writer and blogger is always learning his craft. Of course, this includes frequent reading. But we as bloggers get caught up in only reading books about blogging. And this leads to many bloggers who can’t write compelling content.

But don’t fear. You can easily learn to write captivating posts! It just requires a small investment of your time.

I’ve listed 5 books I recommend to every writer, whether they write novels, blogs, screenplays, poems, or news articles. Don’t just read them: study them.

Elements of Style

1. The Elements of Style by William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White

What separates a good writer from a great writer? His command of the english language. There is no better book to learn how to properly write than “The Elements of Style.”

I read this in high school and I remember most of the lessons (obviously I make many grammar errors so I don’t remember them all). This book covers the basics, such as when to use a semicolon, and gets into the more heavily debated areas, such as whether to use he/she, he or she, or just he. This is the bible to most writers. And you’ll find many of the best writers constantly referring to “The Elements of Style.”

Get this into your library today!