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The Best Blogging Education: ProBlogger Ebooks Review

If you’re in the market for resources to take your blog to help you create a successful blog, then you will definitely want to look at the eBook selections offered at ProBlogger. In addition to the daily blog tips that Darren Rowse has provided since 2004, he have also produced six great downloadable resources to help your blog reach its potential.

I personally have every one of the eBooks and credit the 31 Days to Building a Better Blog to helping Kikolani turn from an unknown personal blog into one of Social Media Examiner’s Top 10 Social Media Blogs.

probloggers-first-week-of-bloggingProBlogger’s Guide to your First Week of Blogging

This is the perfect eBook if you’re just starting out with blogging. It guides you through your first days of building great content for your new blog including brainstorming techniques, developing a content plan, building a social media presence, setting up a publishing process, and more. This isn’t just about the theory of blogging – it’s 32 actionable tasks that will help you start blogging immediately. This eBook is $19.99.

31 Days to Build a Better Blog

If you’re just starting out or feel like your blog isn’t getting the results you want, you can use this 31 day guide to transform your blog. By the end of 31 days, you will have published a variety of different types of posts, learned how to come up with new topics, promoted your blog to bring in new readers, developed relationships with other bloggers, developed an editorial calendar, and more. This eBook is $29.99.

The Copywriting Scorecard for Bloggers

The Copywriting Scorecard will teach you how to prepare each blog post for ultimate success, giving you a 63 step checklist that covers writing, scannability, search engine optimization, and grammar. If you do these things before publishing each post, you can ensure your blog posts will be as successful as possible with both readers and search engines – both of which can help you get more visibility for your blog. This eBook is $29.99.

The Blogger’s Guide to Online Marketing

This is probably the best deal of them all. If you want to turn your blog into a business, this eBook is a blueprint of 31 steps to transforming your blog into something profitable. It covers everything: brand audits, understanding your target audience, creating an elevator pitch, focusing your content, building your email list, conducting an SEO audit, building a support team, learning how to monetize, and much, much more. It also includes 21 templates, worksheets, and examples to help you start applying the blueprint immediately. This kit is $99.99.

ProBlogger’s Guide to Blogging for Your Business

Are you blogging for your business? If so, Blogging for Your Business will help you do everything including set up a WordPress blog, conduct keyword research, understand your online competition, build a strong social media footprint, and create a successful business blogging strategy. Each of the 12 chapters end with tasks that you can apply to your business blogging plan. This eBook is $49.99.

Blog Wise: How to Do More With Less

Do you struggle with making time for work, family, and blogging? Well-known bloggers including Darren Rowse, Amy Porterfield, Brian Clark, Heather Armstrong, Leo Babauta, and more share their secrets of organization. After all of the steps, you will also get a simple nine-step program to improve your productivity. You’ll also receive a problem solving guide that covers 21 common productivity problems that most bloggers face. This eBook is $19.99.

You can purchase the entire collection and save 40% or buy the following eBooks individually based on your needs. ProBlogger offers a 60 day money back guarantee on all eBooks, so you have nothing to lose!

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Blogging Business Reviews

Connecting Bloggers and Businesses Through Guest Blogging with PostJoint

There are lots of great guest blogging and blogger outreach networks available to bloggers who are looking for fresh content for their sites and businesses who want to connect with bloggers in their industry. The downsides to some of the pre-existing networks include price, difficulty navigating the platform, and (for bloggers) opening the door to lost of unwanted spammy requests by businesses not even relevant to your industry.

Last month, Gail Gardner of Growmap wrote about a new network called PostJoint which looks like it has a lot of potential, so I thought I would check it out. Here’s what I found are the main benefits to this network for bloggers and businesses.

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The Benefits of PostJoint for Bloggers

First off, let’s look at the benefits of PostJoint for bloggers.

You can get new content for your blog quickly and easily.

Looking for a way to up the volume of content you post on your blog? When you set up your account, you will select up to 10 categories for your blog. PostJoint will then show you opportunities (content from businesses) that fit within those categories which means no more wading through tons of articles that are not relevant. You’ll first want to review the content snippet to make sure it is a good quality (see the guest posting guidelines set by PostJoint) and the right fit for your blog audience. Then you can make an offer – businesses will get to choose from up to five offers from bloggers to place their content upon.

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Blogging Reviews

ElegantThemes Review – Preview 75+ Elegant Premium WordPress Themes on One Page

A few weeks ago, I wrote about what premium themes people chose to buy after reading my comparison post on Thesis vs. Genesis. I mentioned ElegantThemes as a good alternative for those looking for lots of design options at a lower price than StudioPress, and it has received almost as many purchases (if not more) than Thesis. So I decided to do a review of just ElegantThemes for those who want to learn more about their premium WordPress designs.

ElegantThemes Pricing

ElegantThemes offers over 75 premium WordPress theme designs in one membership. You can choose from the following pricing levels.

ElegantThemes Review - Pricing Options for Individuals and Developers

The big difference between the two pricing levels is the developer options to use themes on an unlimited number of client websites, receive the layered Photoshop files for customization purposes, and gain access to the premium plugins ElegantThemes has created for their themes which we will cover in detail shortly. Also, you can continue using all of the themes you have downloaded after your membership expires.

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Izzonet Review – What Sets Izzonet Apart as an eCommerce Solutions Provider

This is a sponsored post from IzzoNet, an eCommerce Solutions Software provider.

As an eCommerce solutions provider, IzzoNet strives to provide their clients with both basic and advance needs. While that is true, they have their strengths and limitations still.

There are a lot of eCommerce solutions in the market and all of them have their pros and cons. Your choice will depend on what you need the most in your online shopping cart. Some packages have great marketing tools while others concentrate on shopping cart innovations. Others are a haven for web designers with a platform that provides every type of design possibilities.

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On top of everything, an eCommerce solution seeker should look at two things – a platform that will provide them with everything that they need to create and manage their online store effectively, and a service provider that will teach them how to use their platform for optimum results.

These are just two factors that set apart IzzoNet from the other eCommerce solutions in the industry. Let us enumerate the other strengths of this online shopping cart.

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Web Domination 20 Review – Learn How to Create a Successful Online Business

Web Domination 20 Review

Do you ever wish you could get a ton of expert advice on different aspects of building a successful business online in one place? Well now, you can.

What is Web Domination

Web Domination is a complete course with 20 “masters of the web” revealing everything you need to know about creating a successful company online.

It includes hour long interviews with each expert and a 300+ page eBook with 100,000+ words on making a website, creating content, getting traffic, converting traffic, earning money online, and building a successful company online.

Who’s Behind Web Domination

Web Domination is brought to you by Michael Dunlop of Income Diary, Nicholas Tart of 14clicks.com, and Nick Scheidies of Next Level Ink. You might recognize Michael’s name as the one behind Popup Domination, the tool that allows you to create a popup opt-in form for your blog or website. Love it or hate it, it does work to help build your mailing list.

Who Are the Experts

The experts who contributed to this massive eBook and audio interview series are as follows. I’m sure you’ll recognize at least a few of the names.

Web Domination 20 Experts

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Buffer Review – My Favorite Time Saving Twitter Tool

As I recently mentioned in my BlogWorld recap, I met Leo Widrich, one of the guys behind the Buffer App for Twitter sharing.

Now as many of you might know, I’m a huge fan of HootSuite for my Twitter management needs. For the longest time, I have heard people raving about Buffer, but I figured I didn’t need another app to schedule tweets since I could already schedule tweets in HootSuite.

What I didn’t realize is how much simpler Buffer really is. Let me demonstrate.

Before I begin, as a disclaimer, I didn’t get any freebies, payment, sponsorship, etc. from Buffer for writing this post. If you choose to use my referral URL to sign up for Buffer, I don’t get paid – I simply get extra Buffer scheduling space.

Tweet Scheduling in HootSuite

The simplest way to schedule tweets in HootSuite is by using the bookmarklet which you can find in your HootSuite dashboard when you hover over the Tools menu.

HootSuite Bookmarklet

Once you drag the Hootlet to your bookmarks bar on any browser, you can click on it while viewing a page you want to share. Then you’ll see a popup allowing you to choose the social profile to share it with along with the option to send the tweet now or schedule it for later using the calendar.

HootSuite Twitter Scheduling

If you need to remember what scheduled tweets you have in the system, you can go to your Publisher menu to see your scheduled tweets.

HootSuite Publisher

Now as you can see, I made an oops and scheduled two tweets to go out at the same time. To change that, edit the text, or reorganize the tweets, you have to edit them individually using the same scheduling calendar.

HootSuite Publisher - Editing Tweet Schedule

Tweet Scheduling in Buffer

Now, let’s take a look at the Buffer difference. When you setup your account, you start by entering your preferred tweeting schedule. I like to send my posts at five minutes after the hour. This means that my tweet will come across someone’s feed after all of the automated Twitterfeeds that usually happen right at the top of the hour.

Buffer Twitter Scheduling

For easy Buffer sharing, you can grab the Buffer bookmarklet for any browser’s bookmarks bar or install the browser extensions for Chrome, Firefox, and Safari. Then, when you’re reading an article you want to share, you click on the Buffer bookmarklet or button installed by the extension (I use the one for Chrome) and get the following scheduling popup.

Buffer Tweet Scheduling

Here you can select your preferred profiles to share the tweet with and edit it as you so choose. Then you can post now or add to Buffer. To see your pending tweets, you just go to your Buffer dashboard.

Buffer Pending Tweets

Since you set your preferred tweeting schedule, you can’t accidentally set two at the same time. To edit the text, simply click on the pencil to edit. If you do notice you want to rearrange, you can simply use the Drag to Reorder to move them around.

Buffer - Reorder Pending Tweets

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Thesis vs Genesis – Comparing Premium WordPress Themes

Over the Labor Day weekend, I had the pleasure of working on my first website using the Genesis Framework from StudioPress. I say pleasure because it happened to be my husband’s new photography site, and it was the first theme he’s chosen that didn’t lead me to using a string of obscenities that might actually shock people who regularly watch HBO.

JH Photography

His previous choices of themes have included several from ThemeForest, and I must say that while they did have beautiful designs, they also had some of the worst set of installation and setup instructions I have ever seen. These led to the previously mentioned string of obscenities, but I digress.

One thing I found very exciting about working on his site was that I got to know the Genesis Framework a bit better. I have seen a lot of well-known bloggers make the switch from Thesis to Genesis since it was released, so I have been curious what the fuss is about.

Thesis vs Genesis

Over the last few months, I’ve been asked what I thought of both themes, and now that I’ve had a bit of experience with both, I thought I’d share the head-to-head comparison of both frameworks.

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How I Use Triberr

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Over the last few months, I have been trying out the Triberr service as a way to expand my content’s exposure to new audiences and to give my followers more content from other blogs as well. Now I know some of you will remember my post awhile back about why I turned off Twitterfeed, and you may wonder if I have gone back to automating.

The answer is I haven’t. I was wary of Triberr for the longest time, until I found out that they had created a manual option where you can review posts before you tweet them. That was all I needed to hear to give it a try.

The following is my Triberr strategy. Hopefully this will give those who are not fans of the service a little insight into some ways it could work for you.