Great Blogging Tips I Learned From Smart Passive Income By Pat Flynn
A few weeks ago I talked about how you can learn from bloggers who are better than you.
This week, I took a dose of my own advice and put it into action. Here we go..
I’ve been a loyal and regular reader of Smart Passive Income blog by Pat Flynn for over 2 years now. Pat is one of the most personable & authentic bloggers I’ve come across. No, I was not “bribed” to write this post nor is this is a sponsored post .
Even though I don’t know Pat “in person”, I feel as if I know him through his writing, podcasts & videos. Several weeks ago, Pat headed over to a blog post I wrote and left a comment. I was blown away. A comment by Pat on my blog!! I blinked several times, just to make sure I was not seeing things!
I have grown immensely as a blogger(& my blogs) because of all the useful and relevant advice Pat gives out. I guess in my own way, I consider Pat as one of my blogging mentor’s. So I thought of writing this post because
1. I wanted to introduce Smart Passive Income to my audience. If in case you haven’t heard about the blog, I highly recommend that you start reading his blog.
2. I wanted to appreciate and give credit to Pat, for what I have learned over the years.
3. I am an advocate for actionable blogging advice. In this post, I want to highlight some of the specific things I’ve learned via Smart Passive Income. Here’s how I’ve taken Pat’s advice and put what I read, into practice.
On Creating Niche sites
How to do keyword research the correct way
I have been blogging for several years now and know a thing or two about keyword research. Or at least, I thought so, until I watched his keyword research webinar!
In general, we have been “programmed” do carry out certain steps with regard to keyword research. We apply them and it works! But often, we don’t really know why it works or the background into why it should be done “that” way.
Pat gives “real world” examples and simplifies the technical jargon which makes it easier to understand. After watching this video, I did my own keyword research and picked a niche. In less than 2 months I was able to rank on the first page of Google for the keyword! In addition, I get a few dollars on the sideline too.
(I want to mention the link here, for proof as well as my “feel good reason” – “yay, I did it”. However, I have noticed that most people who share niche site details, tend to regret it later. A few people (with not so noble reasons!), rip off the keyword research and create an exact copy of the niche site. So since my niche site is fairly new at this point, I am not in a position to risk that by sharing the url. If you are really… interested, you should be able to find it yourself 😉 )
I briefly shared a few stats in my post, Niche Site Disappeared From Google Results After Penguin Update What I Did To Recover.
How to use amazon book to generate niche content ideas
This is a cool tip Pat sends out to email subscribers (not sure whether it’s mentioned anywhere in the site). Pat gives exact steps on how to get ideas from amazon books for niche sites. It’s a great way to get started on niche site content.
You don’t have to think too much about what topics to write about. You can re-use ready made topics, with your “unique spin“.
On Social MediaPat has an amazing and engaging Facebook page. He went an extra mile and told the world the steps he did to create such page.
When Facebook timelines first entered the picture, I wasn’t happy at all. I didn’t want to go through another “re-design” of my landing page. However, after going through Pat’s Facebook Timeline Guide, which included a few “How To” type videos, I was able to create a new Facebook timeline for Better Blogging Ways in about 15 minutes! It has about 800 ++ likes to-date. I must be doing something right!
On YouTube VideoVideo is a medium I hardly used. First of all, I am camera shy (it’s with great difficulty that I plastered my face on this sidebar!). I initially thought I had to be in front of a camera to actually produce a video. I didn’t know about screencasting.
I’ve uploaded a couple of videos which are in the nature of “How To”s related to blogging. I’ll admit that I am still a bit self conscious when I record for videos. I don’t sound like “me” in the videos. I guess I am yet to find my “groove”. Hopefully by producing more videos I will be able to get better.
At the end of the day, it really feels good when I receive comments like the ones I’ve got for this video.
If I write all the things that I’ve learned, I won’t be able to finish this post! So, I cherry picked a few to write about, with great difficulty!
Pat, if you are reading this Thank you so… much for all the you’ve done and still.. do.
P.S: I enjoyed writing this post. I just might feature more bloggers in the future and turn this into a regular series. Is it something you would be interested in? Let me know your thought in the comments below.