All posts by Jeni B.

She wanted $60K/year from blogging. What she got was even *better.*

Make money blogging: Leslie's income

You already know you’re working too much. That little “hobby blog” turned into Gol-dang-zilla the moment you decided to make money from it. The posting. The planning. The social media free-for-all. …and that’s why you need to see what happened to Leslie. About 15 months ago, Leslie made some powerful changes on her blog, and […]

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The Kind of Success that Makes You a Slave (+ HOPE for the weary blogger!)

The Blog Maven | Blog Smarter.

ONE MILLION DOLLARS. That’s how much money most folks think they want to make with their blogs. Sure, it starts out simply enough. Y’know, follow a basic tutorial on “how to start your blog” and actually blog from the heart when you first start out. But as soon as you paste some ad code in […]

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Is your blog’s subscribe machine missing THIS vital element?

The Blog Maven | Blog Smarter.

WARNING. There’s a silent killer prowling your website. It starts out as a simple oversight — something you forgot to add when setting up your mailing list. But as your traffic grows, the effects of this disease multiply. This condition often goes undetected for years…because you THINK it’s “taken care of” (you have a pop-up, […]

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Thinking of a redesign? You’re probably wasting your money. (+how/why to calculate your blog’s conversion rate)

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It absolutely reeks of cheese. That question web designers ask you, like you’re supposed to know the answer. And they ask it with one eyebrow up and a smirk, like they know SO MUCH more than you, when really? They’re just trying to sell you a website. The cheesy, gimmicky, stick-a-spoon-down-your-gullet question: Is your web […]

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You don’t have a traffic problem. Instead? It’s THIS.

Jet off to any blogging conference, and you’ll see the same thing: Beach hair barbies in overpriced flats and Professionally Feminine tops (forget the fact that they were in yoga pants and a spittle-stained t-shirt just 24 hours ago). Elevator pitches, poised like a skydiver with the plane door open, at the very tips of […]

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NEWS FLASH: Social media is NOT a blogging strategy.

Want to hear something disturbing? It’s the cry of anguish that goes out every time Pinterest changes its algorithm, and it sounds like this: WHY MEEEEEEEE? It reminds you of Nancy Kerrigan after she got taken out at the knees by one of Tonya Harding’s thugs before the 1994 Olympics…unless it doesn’t remind you of […]

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How to Simplify Your Blogging Life with Tsh Oxenreider

How to Simplify your Blogging Life: an Interview with Tsh from The Art of Simple

Admit it. You’re tired. All those late nights fueled by coffee, churning out blog posts and creating pinnable graphics… They’re just about to do you in. And just when you think you’re just about to get a big break? Along comes another brand new blogger whose stats blow yours out of the water. And you’re […]

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How to Install a WordPress Theme (it’s easier than you think!)

Whether you’re starting a blog or you’ve just never done this before, installing a WordPress theme is incredibly easy. In this quick tutorial video, I’ll take you step by step through installing your theme (if you haven’t already chosen one, you’ll want to check out my recommendations of the best WordPress themes for bloggers). I’ll […]

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Best WordPress Plugins: 15 Essentials Every Blog Needs

When you start a blog (or even when you’ve been blogging for awhile!), there are a sea of options for making your blog do things. WordPress plugins, like apps for your blog, are what we use. Whether you want your blog to be found by search engines or to make your content more shareable, the […]

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How to Configure WordPress in 5 SImple Steps

Configure your WordPress blog in 5 easy steps! Start a blog @ The Blog Maven

I know…you’re chomping at the bit to start writing on your brand new blog. But a few minutes of housekeeping will ensure that you’re set up properly. Luckily, there are just five steps to the initial setup, then installing your theme (design), and you’ll be ready to write. Here’s what we’ll be covering in this […]

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