#001: 10 Ways to Generate More Blog Traffic [Podcast]

Welcome to my new podcast, This Is Your Life. Like my blog, it is dedicated to the theme of intentional leadership. My goal is to help you live with more passion, work with greater focus, and lead with extraordinary influence.

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I plan to talk about the same topics I discuss here on my blog, namely:

  • Leadership: the keys to leading yourself and others.
  • Productivity: the strategies and tools to get more done in less time.
  • Social media: the technology to leverage your leadership and influence people you will never meet.
  • Publishing: the rapidly-changing world of content creation and distribution.
  • Miscellany: anything I want to talk about that is not covered in the categories above!

This will be a weekly podcast. I plan to post new episodes each Tuesday. You will be able to listen to them here on my blog, as well as review the “show notes.” However, if you want to make sure you catch every episode, I encourage you to subscribe via iTunes.

By the way, if you want to make it easy to download and manage podcasts on your iPhone, download Downcast. It is $1.99 but way easier to use than iTunes. For starters, you don’t have to hook your iPhone up to your computer and sync. You can download podcasts directly to your iPhone. I use it daily.

In this first episode, I discuss how to generate more traffic for you blog. These are the same basic techniques I used to increase my traffic every year since I started blogging. For example, in 2010 I had almost 2 million unique visitors. Last year, I had slightly more than 5 million. That’s a 156% increase.

Based on my experience, you can dramatically increase your blog traffic by following these ten strategies.

  1. Write content worth sharing. Nothing I suggest in 2–10 below will compensate for weak content. If you are not writing stuff people want to read, smarter marketing will not fix the problem. Begin by creating a killer headline that makes people want to read what you have to say. Read Advertising Headlines That Make You Rich by David Garfinkel. It’s my secret sauce. Also, consider going through his Fast, Effective Copywriting course.
  2. Adhere to a consistent schedule. You can’t expect to increase your traffic if you don’t blog regularly. By this, I mean at least once a week. Three times a week is even better. Five times a week is best—but not if the quality of your content suffers. Frequency leads to visibility and visibility results in traffic.
  3. Get your own domain name. Make it easy on your readers to pass along your blog name. What do you think is easier, “yourname.wordpress.com” or “yourname.com”? This is the foundation of branding and making your blog memorable. If you can get your name or a short phrase, it is worth paying (within reason) to do so.
  4. Include your blog address everywhere. In the beginning, you are adding readers, one at a time. You never know when someone with a bigger audience will quote you or link to you. Include your blog address in your email signature, on your business cards, and on your stationery. It should appear virtually everywhere your name appears.
  5. Make it easy to subscribe to your blog. You don’t want to depend on your readers to remember to come back to your blog. Instead, you want them to subscribe, so they get every new post you write. They should be able to do so by either RSS or email. (Use both.) Position these two buttons prominently so that those who want to subscribe don’t have to hunt for them.
  6. Optimize your posts for SEO. You want people to be able to find you when they Google one of your key words or your name. I use two WordPress plugins for this: All-in-One SEO Pack and ScribeSEO. The latter analyzes every blog post you write and suggests how you can optimize it for the search engines. It is not cheap but worth every penny.
  7. Utilize social media. If you want to build visibility for your blog, you must go where the people are. In days gone by, people gathered in the marketplace at the center of the city. Today, they gather online in places like Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Google+. Which service is best? The one you will use regularly. Use social media to network, build relationships, and announce new blog posts.
  8. Engage in the conversation. Start by making it easy for your readers to comment. People today want to participate. I recommend the Disqus commenting system. (It’s what I use.) Don’t make them register. This only adds friction. If you are concerned about comment spam, install Askimet (a free WordPress Plugin). Engage in the conversation yourself, reading your comments and replying as appropriate.
  9. Comment on other blogs. As you read other people’s blog posts, leave comments. I’m not taking about spamming people with invitations to read your blog. Instead, engage in the conversations that interest you and build credibility. Make sure that you register with their commenting system if possible, so there is always a link back to your blog.
  10. Write guest posts for other bloggers. Frankly, this is not something I have done. But most successful bloggers swear by it. Jeff Goins wrote a guest post for me on this very subject. It’s called “Seven Steps to Writing a Successful Guest Post.” He claims that it grew his own blog traffic more in six months than in the last six years. (If you are interested in guest posting on my site, here are my guidelines.)

You will also want to use a good, SEO-optimized blog theme. There are hundreds on the market. I use StandardTheme for WordPress and love it.

Finally, be patient. Building traffic takes time. Like anything else, the ones who win are the ones who stay at it after everyone else has quit.

If you have a question or comment that you’d like me to address on the podcast itself, please e-mail me.

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  • http://jonstolpe.com/ Jon Stolpe

    I have found most of these things to be very helpful in growing my blog audience.  Specifically, quality and consistency are key!  I blog 5-6 days per week, and I’m brought of what I write or publish on my blog.  Over the past several months, I have incorporated guest bloggers into my blog, and I’ve guest posted  for other blogs.  I appreciate the tips I’ve picked up here from Michael and the other contributors and readers.

    I’m excited to listen to the podcast.  I will add it to my regular listening routine.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      How has your traffic grown, Jon? Is it working? Thanks.

      • http://jonstolpe.com/ Jon Stolpe

         That’s a good question.  My traffic has probably tripled in the past nine months (when you measure it based on the traffic on the days I post).  Since I post more regularly, I’m driving way more traffic per week and month than I ever did before – ten or twenty times more traffic per week (or month).

        • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

          Wow. That is awesome! Keep up the momentum.

        • http://www.kellycombs.com/ Kelly Combs

          My blog traffic also tripled (after having a 1 day spike of 1,000%) after posting my guest post here at Intentional Leadership.  Keep up the good work, Jon

          • http://justin.am/ Justin Wise

            Kelly, I call this “The Hyatt Effect” :)

    • John Felkins

      Mike,

      What podcasts are you listening to? I just downloaded Downcast and your podcast is going on the list. Thanks for the blogging tips. I’m just starting a photoblog about Franklin, TN (www.fromfivepoints.com) and will apply these concepts. Thanks again!

      John

  • http://joeandancy.com/ Joe Abraham

    I listened to your podcast, Michael and it sounds real fresh and professional! I am subscribing, NOW. 

    About those 10 ways you mentioned, I am already working these out for my blog. I know it takes time but I do see measurable growth. Thanks for the tips!

    What I found helpful for increasing traffic was locating my tribe. Though I like everybody to read my posts, I know there’s a category of people who will love my posts. If I can find them and keep finding more of them, my blog traffic will surely grow by leaps and bounds!

    I also found clear and catchy titles bringing inquisitive readers which generate more traffic.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Thanks for your comments on the podcast, Joe. I also appreciate you subscribing. Good for you on the clear and catchy titles. That is KEY.

  • http://www.alslead.com/ Dave Anderson

    Again, timely tips for me.  I submitted a guest blog to you yesterday and plan to launch my site in the next 7-10 days unless you accept my submission sooner.  Then my site will get up even sooner.

    Question:  How should I use my personal FB page versus my Anderson Leadership Solutions FB page for launching, announcing new blog posts, and posting content?

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I would actually use both. With FB, I have a personal page and a fan page. I account my new blog posts on both. I plan to write more about FB in the weeks to come. I have been learning a great deal.

  • http://deuceology.wordpress.com Larry Carter

    Great advice. I love it.

    • http://justin.am/ Justin Wise

      Larry … What did you like about it? What stood out to you as helpful?

      • http://deuceology.wordpress.com Larry Carter

        Specifically commenting on other blogs and engaging in the conversation.  These two things have helped increase my blog traffic.

  • http://twitter.com/MusicPowerStrat MusicPoweredStrategy

    Michael,

    I’m looking forward to the podcast.  It will be a great addition to my running playlist.

    Thanks for all the great articles, tips, and information.  Your site is a wealth of information that I enjoy coming to every day !

    Thanks,
    Greg

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Greg. I appreciate that.

  • http://www.calebphelps.org/ Caleb Phelps

    I’ve been waiting for your podcast and today is like a mini-Christmas morning! 

    Points 1-3 really hit home with me. Possibly the biggest resistance I encounter when I blog is to not do so consistently. Which develops in my readers a sense of undependability. Thanks for reminding me of the fundamentals. Consistent quality, frequency, and branding!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Caleb. I love Christmas myself. ;-)

  • http://successbeginstoday.org/wordpress John Richardson

    Wow Michael, you have raised the bar again. A high quality production with great vocal content. Great Job! 

    Years ago, when podcasting was all the rage, I produced a few podcasts for my blog followers. I’ll have to see if I still have an active account on Apple iTunes. It will be interesting to see how you roll with this. This format lends itself to conversations and interviews. It also opens up the door to a new avenue of loyal subscribers. I will certainly be subscribing and listening on my commute.

    I do have some exciting news. I uploaded my first content to Pinterest yesterday afternoon and something amazing happened. My email box literally exploded with people repinning my content. What was more interesting was almost all of the emails were from women and they fell into two distinct categories… organization and diet.

    As of this morning I received 23 e-mails , most with multiple pins and comments on them and I haven’t done much at all to promote this. Since most of my pins link back to my blog, it increased my site traffic by 10%. I’ve never seen anything like this!

    I’m putting together some tutorial posts this week on my blog, as I learn the ropes of this great new resource. If you want to see what my boards look like with just a day of organization, the link is http://pinterest.com/meedeeah/

    To join Pinterest you’ll need to request an invite and wait a few days for one to come by e-mail. Since 80% of the users are currently women, think about things that fit that audience. If you write about diet, fitness, organization, fashion, travel, jewelry, or other items of interest to women, you need to check this site out. There is actually a lot of cool stuff for the guys too… like cars, men’s fashion, and architecture. If you are a visual person, you’ll love this site!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, John. I am really interested in following your exploits on Pinterest. I am shocked by those results. I may have to explore it more carefully. Keep us apprised.

      • http://successbeginstoday.org/wordpress John Richardson

        Now that you added a cool graphic to your post, I was able to pin your podcast to my “motivational” board on Pinterest. Hopefully you’ll get some traffic from it. This really ups the ante on using graphics within a post. You can’t pin something if it doesn’t have a graphic. 

        • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

          John, that’s good to know. I couldn’t quite figure out a good graphic solution. I didn’t just want to use the album art, because the square orientation doesn’t quiet fit my more rectangular, landscape framework. So, I decided to create the one above in Keynote.
          I wished I had figured this out before my e-mail newsletter went out this morning, but that’s just how these kinds of launches go. For me, I don’t think of some things until it goes live.

          • http://successbeginstoday.org/wordpress John Richardson

            When I used to put podcasts together, there was three pieces of software that I had to use to get the XML file and the cover art to work properly. Hopefully, the Adobe product that you are using will do all the heavy lifting for you and make subscribing easy. In the early days, it was really complicated and confusing. 

            I really like your graphic, especially the broadcasting I. Really cool! I’m going to subscribe via iTunes and download your content onto my ipod. I’ll let you know how it goes.

          • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

            These days, it is pretty easy. I just generate the MP3 file out of Adobe Audition. I can add most of the meta tags there. Then I use the ID3 application to add the remaining meta tags, including the cover art to the MP3 file. Then I upload it to Libsyn, which is my podcast server. (It is a fixed price per month, so bandwidth is not an issue.)
            Then I create a blog post (as I have done here) and embed the podcast URL from Libsyn into the post as a media enclosure, using PowerPress. I assign it the category of “Podcast.” I also created a RSS feed on Feedburner that points to http://michaelhyatt.com/category/podcast/feed. That’s what I submitted to iTunes.
            Now—hopefully—it is on auto-pilot.

          • http://successbeginstoday.org/wordpress John Richardson

            Wow… still a lot of steps. Not for the faint of heart. It does sound like it will be easier once you get the steps down and into a regular production cycle. 

          • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

            Yea, getting the workflow nailed is the key.

          • http://successbeginstoday.org/wordpress John Richardson

            I just subscribed and downloaded your podcast to my iPod. No problems. Very easy if you have an Apple product!

          • http://www.kellycombs.com/ Kelly Combs

            Funny about thinking about these things after it goes live. Seems like I can proof a document 100 times, but the minute I post it I find the typo! Same principle.

    • http://www.kellycombs.com/ Kelly Combs

      John, I am so interested in your comment, and am heading over to your blog momentarily. Last week, Michael mentioned he was joining Pinterest on Twitter and I asked him why. It seemed like another big time waster to me (without ever having actually used it).  I didn’t need something else sucking time out of my busy day.  Michael replied saying that as a blogger on social media, he needed to be able to talk intelligently about it.  

      Honestly, I was still skeptically about joining, as most of the things I see people “pinning” to FB are cutesy sayings. But after reading your comment that it  is generating blog traffic, especially among women, and my blog is focused toward women it seems like worth at try.  Thanks, John.

      • http://successbeginstoday.org/wordpress John Richardson

        I’m a visual person, Kelly. Pinterest gives you a way to organize things in a visual manner. On my blog, I have a lot of downloadable items, cards, planners, and other templates. Pinterest gave me a way to organize all of these in one place. Now I can send visitors there and they can see all the free templates in one spot. I am really impressed with the visual organization that the site has. It makes all of your items look really cool!

      • http://cherionethingivelearned.blogspot.com/ Cheri Gregory

        Kelly –

        I’ve “pinned” your blog to my Parenting board. Later today, I’ll look around for a few specific posts that I can pin to other boards. Let’s see what (if anything) happens!

        • http://www.kellycombs.com/ Kelly Combs

          Thank you Cheri! I am thrilled that you would do that for me.  I’ll let you know what happens.

      • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

        I’ve been avoiding Pinterest, too. Have no idea how I will add one more thing! But I probably should at least be able to talk intelligently about it. Next week. ;)

        • http://www.kellycombs.com/ Kelly Combs

          Based on your “bio,” Michele, and the fact that you work for DCW, I’d bet you can talk intelligently about anything. ;-)  

          • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

            Thank you, but unfortunately no. For example, I have no idea how to take apart a car engine or help a cow give birth. But I DO know how to clean a fish, a handy piece of info if I’m ever stranded in the ocean or become the captain of my own vessel. ;)

      • http://cherionethingivelearned.blogspot.com/ Cheri Gregory

        Justy noticed Copyblogger’s “56 Ways to Market Your Business on Pinterest” today, written by Beth Hayden is a blogging coach and Pinterest marketing convert.

         http://www.copyblogger.com/pinterest-marketing/

        • http://www.kellycombs.com/ Kelly Combs

          Thank you Cheri! I guess this cinches it for me, I’m going to have to start pinning! I’m not a great photographer or graphic designer, so this will be a challenge for me. But I am surprised by assumed results by pinning, so I guess I have to try it. Thanks again for thinking of me, and keep any other information coming!

    • http://cherionethingivelearned.blogspot.com/ Cheri Gregory

      John –

      I’m seeing a lot of buzz about Pinterest driving traffic to blog posts. I’ve not “pinned” anything yet, but I’ve been pinned and seen a spike in traffic to my blog.

      Looking forward to your tutorials!

      • http://successbeginstoday.org/wordpress John Richardson

        As with any social media, the early days are a great time to get in and get going. I see this one exploding over the next few months.

        • http://cherionethingivelearned.blogspot.com/ Cheri Gregory

          Just played around a bit on Pinterest. For me–a complete NON-visual learner–it feels like I’m pulling out interesting content I’ve tucked away in my Evernote notebooks and spreading it out for others to see.

          I’m sure for others, it’s a very different experience/paradigm. But I can see “Clip to Evernote” followed by “Pin to Pinterest” becoming part of my workflow.

    • http://www.joyjoyg.com/ Joy Groblebe

      Pinterest…other than the fact that I’m completely and hopelessly addicted to that website….it’s got some HUGE possibilities.  My online business, The Cupcake Tower, has seen traffic increase over 25% and a huge part of that is Pinterest.  The only downside is that it’s very casual traffic.  So, our sales conversion rate is falling…but hey, it might just mean a longer sales cycle right?  

      Pinterest….legal crack for moms….  :)  Every party we go to now, everyone recognizes the food, decorations, etc.  “Is that from Pinterest?”  

  • http://www.kellycombs.com/ Kelly Combs

    Guest posting (here as a matter of fact!) was the ticket to increase my blog traffic. Now if I can produce the content to keep them. I’ve also started responding to every comment, which is something I hadn’t done in the past.

    Love your “theme song” on your podcast. Honestly, I only listened to the first 5 minutes. I am a visual, not audible, learner, so I don’t enjoy listening to podcasts. Plus I can read this post in a few minutes, versus listening for 30. 

    Congratulations on your new endeavor! I know so many audible learners are rejoicing, and I hope your platform continues to grow.  Be blessed, Michael.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Kelly. Not to try to convince you, but the blog post is only a fraction of what I cover in the podcast. It’s kind of the CliffsNotes version.

    • http://successbeginstoday.org/wordpress John Richardson

      Guest posting here really opens the door to a great opportunity. Michael has the best audience on the web. I really enjoyed your guest post and your comments. You are an accomplished writer and offer great insights. It won’t be long before your blog really takes off.

      • http://www.kellycombs.com/ Kelly Combs

        I hope you’re right John! I know I need to work on a sharper focus for my blog. It’s daily devotionals, but I don’t have a theme beyond that. I think once I can get there I will be on my way. I am excited to be working on my speaking ministry as well, and going to SCORRE in May. So good things happening while I am figuring out the next step. Thank you so much for your encouragement.

        • http://www.joyjoyg.com/ Joy Groblebe

          Kelly – looking forward to meeting you at SCORRE!  :)

          • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

            What she said. :)

          • http://www.kellycombs.com/ Kelly Combs

            Looking forward to meeting you Michele. I am so excited! Cannot wait!

          • http://www.kellycombs.com/ Kelly Combs

            Looking forward to meeting you Joy!  Thanks!

        • http://successbeginstoday.org/wordpress John Richardson

          Short daily devotionals in graphic form would be a huge hit on Pinterest. You might think about picking up Photoshop Elements or other graphics program and creating some.

          • http://www.kellycombs.com/ Kelly Combs

            John, thank you so much. I will look into it.  You are full of great advice and inspiration today!

  • http://twitter.com/RandyCantrell Randy Cantrell

    Step 1 – Become chairman of Thomas Nelson Publishing. THAT’s the hard part. ;-) 

    Congrats on the new podcast. Great stuff.

    • http://justin.am/ Justin Wise

      HA! That never hurts, does it ;)

  • http://joannamuses.com/ Joanna

    Thanks Michael. I’ve downloaded the episode and am looking forward to listening to it. 

    I’ve found commenting on other people’s blogs to be one of the more helpful ways to gain traffic. This tends to be most effective if you comment promptly after the post is made as it means your comment is more likely to get read and less likely to get buried under hundreds of others. 

    Having your own domain name definitely helps. In addition to being easy to remember, it seems to help your visibility in search results. The amount of traffic I was getting via google increased when I switched to my own domain, even though I didn’t change anything about the layout at the time. 

    • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

      Commenting is very effective, as long as the comments are somewhat engaged and helpful. It’s so much more interesting to be a part of the dialogue. What are your favorite blogs, Joanna?

  • http://newlife919blog.blogs.com/ Gary Morland

    Switchfoot — nice.

    Love that you summarize it in writing. Will you do that every time? I like that. Getting thirty minutes with Michael Hyatt is great. For my usual listening habits a half hour is a bit long, however with Downcast you can just pause it and pick it up later. I’d rather be stuffed than starved.  Thanks for your generosity.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Yes, I plan to do the “show notes” every time. As is the case here, I will do a summary, but not try to capture everything.
      I really struggled with the length. Many of the podcasts I listen to are an hour long. I felt that was way too long. A half hour seemed about right. We’ll see!

      • http://cherionethingivelearned.blogspot.com/ Cheri Gregory

        It kept me on the elliptical for 30+ minutes, and the time flew!  Thanks so much! Looking forward to re-listening to it tomorrow.

        • http://www.kellycombs.com/ Kelly Combs

          Okay, now your giving me a reason to listen. I’m not a fan of exercise, but I hate being “tied down” to my PC to listen to a podcast, so maybe if I coupled the two I’m be twice as inspired.  Worth a try!

      • http://theordainedbarista.com/ Barry Hill

        It felt like a perfect length—especially for the first one. For those of us who battle DC traffic—length is not an issue!

      • Jim Martin

        Michael, I thought your podcast was very effective.  Like Barry, I thought it was the perfect length.  I had to stop and start it again several times due to other commitments.  However, it was easy to track with you because you were very clear about how many suggestions you were making.

        • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

          Thanks, Jim. I appreciate your comments on the length. I am going to shoot for 30 minutes each time.

          • http://successbeginstoday.org/wordpress John Richardson

            I listened to your podcast on my commute today. Great content. As far as length goes, 20 to 30 minutes seems about right.

            A couple of questions… 

            1. Do you write out your presentation or do you work from an outline? Your delivery was very smooth. When I’ve done video, I like to speak from an outline but I do have to do numerous takes to get it right.

            2. Have you considered doing a daily 5 minute podcast?  For us commuters a longer podcast is fine. For those that skim your site, something shorter might be helpful.

          • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

            I just work from an outline. I pretty much did it in one take. I have considered a daily 5 minute podcast, but that’s more than I can afford to invest right now. This is serving a strategic purpose in that the content will be re-purposed into for-sale audio programs.
            Thanks for listening.

  • http://www.comprehensivemedia.com/ Joel W. Smith

    Love it!  Great podcast Michael! I think a video would be better, but…. ;-)

    • http://joannamuses.com/ Joanna

      I disagree about video. I usually much prefer audio because it is more accessible on slow/limited bandwidth internet connections and because audio only is more multi-tasking friendly.  

      • http://www.comprehensivemedia.com/ Joel W. Smith

        I understand your POV.  It was a wink and nudge to Michael.  Although video is not doing bad these days.  ;-)

        • http://www.kellycombs.com/ Kelly Combs

          I’m with Joel. Bring on the videos!

          • http://www.comprehensivemedia.com/ Joel W. Smith

            LOL!  What can I say?  Great minds…

      • http://theordainedbarista.com/ Barry Hill

        Many pod-casters can create a video p—cast and a separate audio p—cast for those who just want to listen.  Simply youth ministry (formerly with Doug Fields) has done this for years.

        • http://www.comprehensivemedia.com/ Joel W. Smith

          Barry, that’s a great approach!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Ha! You never know.

    • http://theordainedbarista.com/ Barry Hill

      Joel—Canon 5D Mark II? Full frame video senor?

      • http://www.comprehensivemedia.com/ Joel W. Smith

        Barry – we use the 5D for stills only.  While there are people who swear by it and it does make beautiful video, it’s really not very video friendly.  It doesn’t give you a lot of control; audio, focus, zoom, iris, etc.  To make it video friendly you really have to spend considerably more than the camera and the lens to make it work – at which point you could buy a nice video camera.  ;-)  That being said, there are ways around it.

  • http://daddybydefault.com/ Craig Grella

    Is there nothing you can’t do Michael? This podcast is a great edition.

    • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

      Took the question right outta my mouth!

    • http://theordainedbarista.com/ Barry Hill

      Ditto.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=608481559 Brad Hill

    Awesome idea, Michael.  The podcast sounds great.  Quick request: could you provide a straight link to the feed, other than iTunes? I use BeyondPod as a podcast client on Android, and also have a Windows Phone. 

    For those of us non-iTunes folks, any help would be appreciated so we can subscribe to you!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Yes, I plan to do that to my template. In the meantime, you can subscribe here (I think). Let me know if that works.

      • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

        Thanks for the link! I was able to subscribe using Listen on my Android phone.

        • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

          Great! I am going to add subscribe links, just as soon as Zune sets me up.

  • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

    Love the podcast idea! Very helpful for me to be able to “read” as I go. Thanks. Just subscribed!

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

       ditto

  • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

    Guest posting, all the way. In my experience, it’s the secret to getting lots of traffic.

    For those who are CEOs or celebrities, this may not be necessary — they already have a platform. But for the rest of us, we need to FIND our tribe (and we’re probably starting from scratch). The point of this is to get your content and brand out there and start earning links.

    It’s a long-term strategy, but it’s the best. Well, right behind running a Fortune 500 company or being the heir of a hotel tycoon.

    • http://cherionethingivelearned.blogspot.com/ Cheri Gregory

      “earning links” — great way to put it.

      • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

         thanks, Cheri.

    • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

      Do you use guest posts on your blog, Jeff?

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

       That is my next step in building my audience once I’ve created a way for people to subscribe to my newsletter.

      Once that happens, I’m going to create guest posts and feel out other bloggers that might have me post. Hopefully that will get subscribers and new readers.

      • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

         excellent. warning: just don’t wait too long. a lot of bloggers stall on this. get started as quickly as possible.

    • http://www.tnealtarver.wordpress.com TNeal

       Long-term strategy is a key understanding. I don’t think anything within the creative realm happens in an instant. At the same time, it is being intentional about what you’re doing. Consistency and persistence are the two elements needed to build a platform.

      • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

         right on, Tom. well put.

    • Jim Martin

      Jeff, that is good to know regarding guest posting.  By the way, Michael was right, your writing is very good!

      • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

         thanks, Jim!

  • http://twitter.com/robstill Rob Still

    Wow, grand slam Michael, excellent podcast! It’s great to hear the tone and  enthusiasm in your voice , really wakes up the content. I prefer listening to audio over reading. I think video would be cool too.

    My traffic has increased 137%, one happy accident was a “list post” that included a link to  Zen Habits, that brought a lot of traffic.

    • http://twitter.com/robstill Rob Still

       The Zen Habits post was written by Jeff Goins :)

    • http://www.tnealtarver.wordpress.com TNeal

       You remind me of a similar happy accident. I didn’t realize how a link to someone else’s blog actually brought readers to me. My whole purpose was to highlight something my readers might appreciate, something similar to what I had written. I believe two or three people subscribed to my blog within 24 hours of posting the link.

      • http://twitter.com/robstill Rob Still

         Exactly, I was just passing on something I thought was cool.

  • http://www.facebook.com/bubbasmith.net Bubba Smith

    I am beyond pumped to listen to your podcast Michael! Thanks again for making a difference! 

  • http://www.jeubfamily.com Chris Jeub

    Wow, a podcast! You’re entering the auditory part of my life. Thanks, Michael, and great work. It sounds fantastic!

  • http://justin.am/ Justin Wise

    Michael, you’re a constant source of inspiration! I was just telling my wife this morning about how you’ve got the best gig ever. Thanks for letting me be a part of it!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      You’re welcome. Thanks for all your help, Justin.

  • http://www.leadtoimpact.com/ Bernard Haynes

    Michael, thanks for the post. These tips will be a great help. I started my blog site (www.leadtoimpact.com) Jan. 1st of this year. I am blogging 3x a week. I am working hard to develop good content to keep people coming back. Your site has given me a wealth of information and inspiration to help build my website. I love the podcast.

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

       That is my blogging schedule too Bernard. I am seeing a consistent increase in traffic. Keep pumping out great content and you’ll do great!

      • http://www.leadtoimpact.com/ Bernard Haynes

         Thanks for the encouragement, Joe.  That is my test to consistently write good content. I am new to writing this much and this often. I am working hard it.

  • Anonymous

    Good stuff! I didn’t see the link to the wp plug-in to filter out spam. What is the name of it again?

    • http://www.lifeofasteward.com Loren Pinilis
      • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

        Thanks, Loren.

  • http://www.lifeofasteward.com Loren Pinilis

    As someone who just started my own podcast, I really appreciate your efforts here. I was rather surprised at how involved the whole process of podcasting is.

    What plugin did you use to get the “subscribe” link right next to “play in new window” and “download” under the media player?

    Also, I’m wondering if anyone knows some alternatives to Scribe SEO? I like the concept, but I couldn’t specify my own keywords. If I wrote a post wanting to rank for “time management,” it would show how I ranked for “management” – which is basically useless information for me. I ended up never using the tool because I couldn’t specify what keywords I wanted to be evaluated on.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Actually, my developer hard-coded that in. PowerPress says this is on their to-do list, but I was impatient.

  • http://www.jeffrandleman.com Jeff Randleman

    Great information!  Most of these are things I’ve learned along the way, but a fresh reminder always helps.  Headed to iTunes to subscribe too the podcasts right now!

    • http://www.tnealtarver.wordpress.com TNeal

       Me too.

  • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

    Consistently blogging 3x a week is a great start, Bernard! Keep going!

    • http://www.leadtoimpact.com/ Bernard Haynes

       Thanks for the encouragement, Michele. The test for me is trying to write good content.

      • http://www.andytraub.com/ Andy Traub

        The more you write the better your content will get. I promise. Keep it up.

        • http://www.leadtoimpact.com/ Bernard Haynes

           Thanks Andy. My content I feel is getting better.

  • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

    I cannot wait to listen to the podcast Michael! I know it is going to be packed with great content.

    My most successful technique for bringing in traffic has been commenting on other blogs. I see more traffic from that than any other source. 

  • http://www.tnealtarver.wordpress.com TNeal

    This is all excellent advice. Tomorrow will be my first time as a guest blogger at Jon Stolpe’s “Stretched,” so I have no personal experience to say, “Guest blogging increases traffic.” But I can say, “Guest blogging increases traffic,” based on having my first two guests bloggers in January. Chris Patton’s article is still the most viewed post at my website and my biggest single visitor day coincides as well with the day he guest blogged.

  • http://www.facebook.com/todd400 Todd Smith

    Great post, and I am not just spamming for more followers.

  • http://www.danieldecker.net/ Daniel Decker

    Love the podcast. Well done. 

  • Anonymous

    Awesome first podcast Michael. Loved it! We have been working behind the scenes since the first of the year to launch the Blogging Your Passion podcast. Our goal is by April. Thanks for the inspiration. Podcasting is another great way to build your Platform for sure!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      If you haven’t discovered the Podcast Answer Man, I highly recommend you do. His podcast and advice have been invaluable to me.

      • Anonymous

        Yeah…Cliff, Andy and the gang are great. Andy was our host for the first paid Webinar series we did for BYP. 

        • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

          How did that work out? I am considering doing something similar later this spring when my book comes out.

          • Anonymous

            It was great. We had 30+ paid registrants and our blog was only about a month old at the time (a bit ambitious of us). We  did the Webinar series over 5 Thursday nights and had a private Facebook group (with the goal of building a community). That worked MUCH better than creating a forum somewhere else.

            We had several that wanted to keep going so we started a private mentoring group that enabled us to answer questions and coach people at a more personal level. We just jumped on the webinar for an hour and let the students guide the discussion. I enjoyed it.  

            After a few months we put it on hold to record our Blogging Your Passion University Series (http://bloggingyourpassion.com/university/), which has much more scalablity from a business perspective. 

            Still, it REALLY helped us to understand our audience well and get to know the exact challenges that they were facing.  I have turned many of the questions asked on the webinar into blog posts. 

            I think the Platform Book would be ideal for any of the above. You already have a structure to follow since it is a “step by step” book. The ability to learn directly from you (even if it is online) is great. Not to mention you can do this in the comfort of your own home (no travel necessary). 

            Jonathan

          • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

            Thanks, Jonathan. Very helpful!

          • http://theordainedbarista.com/ Barry Hill

            Jonathan,
            That’s really helpful.

          • Anonymous

            Awesome. Let me know if you need any more details be more than happy to share. 

        • http://www.andytraub.com/ Andy Traub

          Thanks brother. I hope I added some value by hosting that. For some reason (perhaps human nature) it’s always easier for someone to “set you up” as the expert vs. going at it alone with paid products. With podcasts it can go either way. I think Mike will do great with his own podcast but having a host for a paid product has worked for a lot of people because they can “just talk” instead of running the show. You’re a great blogger yourself Jonathan. Thanks again for letting me be a part of that.

          • Anonymous

            Absolutely agree! We would not been near as successful without your involvement and expertise for sure.

  • Lynn

    Great advice, Michael!  I read your blog regularly and found it to be extremely helpful!  My blogs have been nominated for Canadian Weblog Awards and last year I was the first recipient of a Canadian Christian Writing Award (Blog Series).  It’s hard work, the accolades are great, but it’s humbling too that so many read and enjoy my musings.  It definitely challenges me to write better to keep my readers interested and connected with me!

    • http://theordainedbarista.com/ Barry Hill

      Lynn, that’s really great! Congratulations!

    • Jim Martin

      Congratulations Lynn!

  • http://www.kellycombs.com/ Kelly Combs

    Michael – I have a “technical” question. Did you have to get copyright permission for that sound bite from switchfoot? I realize that may be an odd question, but I have a reason for asking. Thanks.

    • http://www.kellycombs.com/ Kelly Combs

      And I hope a future blog post will include the “how-tos” to create podcasts. Thanks.

      • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

        I am not sure I will do that. I think it might be a little too technical. We’ll see. In the mean time check out Cliff Ravenscraft at the PodcastAnswerman.com.

        • http://www.kellycombs.com/ Kelly Combs

          Well, unfortunately if you have to get copyright permission for musical soundbites, it kills my podcast idea. I created a book proposal for “Rockin’ Revelations” – devotions based on hit songs from the 70s. Copyright permissions killed the book idea due to costs, so I was thinking maybe podcasts, but same problem.

          Thanks so much for sharing your knowledge and being so accessible. I really (truly) appreciate it.

        • http://theordainedbarista.com/ Barry Hill

          Love Cliff and Podcast Answerman!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Yes, I did.

      • http://www.kellycombs.com/ Kelly Combs

        Well, that wasn’t the answer I was hoping for, but I thank you for answering.

    • http://theordainedbarista.com/ Barry Hill

      Kelly, Good question…. I knew Michael would get asked that one!

  • http://twitter.com/paolo_digiacomo Paolo Di Giacomo

     Always worth to remind the basics

  • http://brandonweldy.wordpress.com Brandon Weldy

    Writing content worth sharing and keeping a consistent schedule have been the two that I have seen work the most for me. I really struggle with writing good titles though. I have also gained some traffic by posting on other blogs. It has been slow but every month since September I have seen a gradual increase in my blog flow, as well as my subscribers. It is very encouraging! 

    • http://theordainedbarista.com/ Barry Hill

      Brandon,
      I am with you. There is a real balance between writing a creative title, that sounds  interesting, and something that has rich keywords within your niche. It’s something I continue to work at.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jane-Babich/100002993676826 Jane Babich

    Michael… How exciting! I love the Podcast option to learn from you.  Well done, and listening to you was like I was IN a conversation… even though I was not talking. You presented the podcast in a way that addressed questions in my mind as you spoke.  I am so sold on listening to these.  Thank you for this added value option.

    • Jim Martin

      Jane, I also thought the podcast was well done.  I have read some of Michael’s posts regarding this.  However, it was so helpful to hear him elaborate on some of these suggestions.  

  • http://campclem.wordpress.com/ Gina

    This is fascinating. Thank you for this great insight. I’m new to blogging–just over three weeks. I’ve had over 4,400 views total (I think mostly facebook click-thrus and pinterest pins), but–like you say–readers like to be read…. I just added the email subscription button and I’m going to look into adding the RSS feed button. I’m also going to look into shortening my blog name from http://campclem.wordpress.com to campclem.com.

    I’m also going to aim for five posts a week, not six or seven. I thought what you had to share on that topic was excellent (and a relief?!).

    I’m wondering what you think about topic variation–I tend to write about crafts/DIY, food, parenting, and marriage, but my topics are VERY varied from day-to-day… Would you recommend having a certain topic for a certain day of the week (like food on Mondays, marriage topics on Tuesdays, etc.)?

    Thank you SO MUCH if you have a moment to field my questions! I appreciate it!
    g i n a

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Thanks for your kind words!

      I’m probably not the best person to ask about breadth of topics. I tend to be very broad too. If you can map one topic to each day, that would be ideal. I have toyed with doing the same.
      The main thing is experiment. The nice thing about blogging is you can change quickly if something isn’t working—or is!

      • http://campclem.wordpress.com/ Gina

        May I ask a follow-up question? I’ve been asked by a couple of blog friends and a “family-friendly” blog IT director to contribute/guest post. Do you think it’s still beneficial to guest post (perhaps with an “I’m over here today” link on my own blog) if the blog on which I’m guest-posting doesn’t have high viewership?

        • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

          I can’t answer that in the absolute. Obviously, the bigger the audience, the more you can benefit. But if the audience is different than yours or slightly bigger, it may be worth doing. If nothing else, it will give you experience. Thanks.

          • http://campclem.wordpress.com/ Gina

             That’s a good word, thanks. And thank you for taking the time to reply {again}.

  • http://kevinmartineau.blogspot.com Kevin M.

    I would add to this list: being part of a tribe of like minded bloggers.  I think it is important to collaborate and work with others in getting our blog posts out into cyberspace.   It definitely has made a difference for me.

    • http://www.heartyourchurch.com/ Jason Stambaugh

      Great point. Connecting with communities of shared interest is a great way to boost traffic and visibility. However, this requires a commitment to engage in the community.

  • http://www.CrazyAboutChurch.com/ Charles Specht

    It’ll be interesting how this turns out.

  • http://www.reachinghurtingwomen.com/ Tamara

    Although I’ve had my blog since 2008, I didn’t blog regularly for three years, and my traffic showed it. In 2011 I joined Twitter and committed to blog consistently every Wednesday. From June to December my traffic tripled. I still don’t get many comments, but my numbers are improving regularly.  I’m about to start trading guest blogs with another woman blogger. It will be interesting to see how that changes things. As always you’ve given me lots of  ideas to help me improve. I’m very excited about your new podcast, it’s cool to hear your voice. Thanks for all you do! Blessings…

  • http://www.hlminteriordesign.com Matthew Iacopelli

    Thank you so much for this post and Podcast! The information is extremely helpful. I plan on reevaluating how I am blogging based on your 10 steps. Some of the steps I am alreeady doing, others I could do better and some I need to do. Thank you for your insight and expertise.

    • Jim Martin

      Matthew, this is exactly what I am doing after listening to this podcast.  I am evaluating my blog in light of these suggestions.

  • Rob Sorbo

    I especially like your point about engaging with commenters. It seems like nearly every blog I read, the author doesn’t respond to the comments on their blog, even if a simple question is asked. (I can understand how authors of extremely popular blogs with thousands of comments couldn’t do this, but these are usually people who have a small blog and a small number of readers.)

  • http://www.heartyourchurch.com/ Jason Stambaugh

    Just finished listening to the podcast. Fantastic. I’ve never subscribed to a podcast (I skipped the ipod revolution), however, this podcast may have just convinced me otherwise…

  • Rob Sorbo

    I don’t want to sound like a nag or a complainer (especially after yesterday’s blog!), but I do want to give some honest feedback.  I’m really not into listening or watching blog content–I seldom watch the videos you post with your blogs, unless I can tell that it really adds to post.

    That said, would it be possible to get transcriptions of your podcast? (Even if it was just a rough, automatic transcription done by a computer program). Also, I enjoyed reading through the notes portion of today’s blog, so if that content is always available then I think that would suitably replace a transcription.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Rob. Yes, I will have “show notes” similar to what I did today for each episode. There is so much more on the podcast, but still, it will give you the basics. Transcription maybe an option in the future. Thanks.

  • http://talesofwork.com/ kimanzi constable

    I’ve found blogging consistently to be the difference this year. This year I have also gone after guest posting, I guest posted this past Monday at http://danblackonleadership.info/2012/02/how-to-start-a-movement/, it was my first and it was amazing to see the response. On Thursday the 23rd I have a guest post on the blog of Dan Miller (48days.com), really excited because I’ve learned and been inspired so much from Dan.

  • http://darensirbough.com/ Daren Sirbough

    For me a lot of my Facebook friends are musicians. I wrote an article called, “Is a degree in music the right decision?” and it got me a lot of hits with my peers. I found most of the comments from the blog were on my Facebook page though as you have to sign up to wordpress to comment. Disqus doesn’t work for the website hosted pages which is a shame. Looking for them to change that soon hopefully.

    And here’s the article. http://darensirbough.com/2011/12/08/is-a-degree-in-music-the-right-decision/

  • Ron

    Hi Michael, What’s the feedburner address to subscribe to this podcast, for those of us who don’t use iTunes?

    Thanks…looking forward to listening each week!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      It is feeds.feedburner.com/tiyl

      Thanks!

  • http://twitter.com/PeterKremzar Peter Kremzar

    The podcast is a very, very good idea. Actually. I think this was one of the best podcast I listened until today. I mean. Most of the podcasts I’m subscribed are mostly chats for masses with very little useful information but this one is completely different. It really contains useful information from the beginning to the end.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Peter. I appreciate that!

  • http://www.liink.it Ben Carlson

    Hi Michael, love the podcast! This is a teensy bit off-topic, but the audio is great… what are you using to record it? Maybe you can give a run-down of your setup in a future blog post? Thanks!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I am using this setup. Thanks!

  • Anonymous

    I am thankful for your new podcast, and the first episode was a grand slam. As a small blogger, it has taken me a long time to get any sort of traction, but I appreciate your simple steps. I immediately added Disqus to my blog, and am looking for some additional guest post opportunities in the near future.

    Looking forward to each episode, and thank you for your work on this blog as well as the new podcast!

  • http://www.brandonclements.com Brandon Clements

    Very helpful info, thanks for sharing this Michael. Also, I love the podcast! Definitely a win and I’m sure it will be successful. It’s fun to hear someone’s voice after you’ve read their writing for so long. It even gives their writing a new voice.

  • http://www.struggletovictory.com/ Kari Scare

    I’ve done about half the suggestions you list here and am working on the other half. It is slowly working, and I appreciate reminders and confirmation like this that I am on the right track.

  • http://www.thadthoughts.com/ Thad P @ ThadThoughts.com

    I am looking forward to your podcast. Your blog has been a great addition to my daily reading!  

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  • http://twitter.com/U4everhappy 4ever Happy

    Cool, thanks you for advice, I am new blogger and I will try to apply this.

  • http://paulcoughlin.com Paul Coughlin

    Great podcast Michael. I was thinking as I was listening to this. Some years ago, when podcasting first took off – it was novel, and it was an exploration of new media possibilities over the web.

    Now though – I think this is a very smart way of being visible, which doesn’t necessarily take the person’s time away from something else. We can listen whilst we work-out, travel, relax.

    It’s a very clever way to help people leverage their time more effectively..

    And the content is exceptional of course!

    Thanks,
    Paul

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Paul. I appreciate that.

  • http://andrewledwith.net/ Andrew

    Nice post. Regarding point six, I would strongly recommend using WordPress SEO by Yoast over the All-in-One SEO Pack. It’s an incredibly powerful plugin. There’s even a migration tool from one plugin to the other. 

  • Paula Hendricks

    Hey, Michael, 

    It looks like the link to your guidelines for guest bloggers didn’t “take.” Could you post a link to it again? Thanks!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Sorry, I missed that, Paula. It is now fixed in the post itself. Thanks.

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  • http://wordsofwilliams.com/ Eric Williams

    I was able to listen to this yesterday. Very well done Michael. Looking forward to hearing more of these. Great job!

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  • Scott

    Ok, I have a blog on my website and it also goes out through. Instant contact. How do I integrate WordPress with my website?

    • Anonymous

      That’s Constant Contact. 

  • http://www.kentrecommends.com/ Kent Faver

    Michael – congrats on your Podcast – I listen to alot and this one was excellent.  And, more congrats for your current ranking on Itunes!  Wow - right out of the box you are ranking with the likes of Dave Ramsey!  Very inspiring.  BTW – the Switchfoot song is my favorite song on that album – which IMO is still their best.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Kent. I appreciate that.

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  • Alden Schoeneberg

    I want to get my own domain name, but fear that my name would be might be too difficult to spell. Should I just get over it or use a variation? Any suggestions?

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Yep, I’d get over it. One people learn it, they won’t forget. It’s memorable.

  • MASBURY

    Outstanding advice, Michael!  I’m in the process of implementing now!  Thanks for sharing!

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  • http://uma-maheswaran.blogspot.com/ Uma Maheswaran S

    Love this idea of podcasting. Keep doing such podcasts at regular intervals.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I’m planning to do them weekly. Thanks for the encouragement.

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  • http://www.cloudtactix.com Chris Murvine

    Hey, Michael – Your advice on making a monthly investment in the Scribe SEO tool is spot on. We have saved countless hours by streamlining our content optimization process and have become much more effective with our SEO efforts as a result.

    Chris @CloudTactix:twitter 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Andreas-Schmid/1463521884 Andreas Schmid

    This is really helpful in many many ways! Thanks! Just one thing i’m still struggling with that has not been addressed: privacy. 

    it’s really the number one thing that keeps a lot of people here in switzerland form blogging. how much of life should not be shared for ones own safety? any thoughts on that?

  • Bmwbear129

    hmmm, I was pleasantly surprised at how many of the things on that list I already have accomplished!  Just in the past few weeks I have gathered a few more readers and subscribers and I cannot contain my delight!  I am hoping to find some more time to dive into this area of my writing after the book is published!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Good for you!

  • http://emuelle1.typepad.com/ Eric S. Mueller

    Thanks for the recommendation on Downcast. I’ve been wanting to free my podcasting habit from dependence on iTunes, and it looks like this may finally do it.

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  • Renee Schuls-Jacobson

    Can you use Google Analytics if you are not self-hosted? I own my domain, but I haven’t been able to figure out how to activate Google Analytics and I’ve tried everything! Any tips you can provide would be great!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I am not sure. Sorry.

  • http://twitter.com/mikepurcell24 Mike Purcell

    I just discovered the podcast yesterday.  Really good stuff, thank you.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Mike. I appreciate that.

  • gpalm7

    Michael – I just found your Podcast and subscribed after listening to one epasode.
    Thank you for the great content .

    - How do you get your transcript ? Do you write your podcast first or record then have it transcribed ? 

  • http://www.youbihar.com/ Shalu Sharma

    Brilliant tips to get traffic to sites. Good content is important and then get the word out. I am sure people will visit. 

  • http://christopherbattles.net/ Christopher Battles

    I just subscribed to your podcast and I am starting here.
    I love that you have the Tweet this etc in the shownotes as I listen to everything on my phone via Pocket Casts app.
    Wonderful and insight information Michael.

    K, bye

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Awesome, Christopher. Thanks.

  • http://www.ohsofreshmusic.com/ Osfeditor

    Awesome tips, I look forward to trying to incorporate some these to get my site growing even more.

  • mike_freestone

    the advertising book is expensive if you purchase the regular hard cover.  If you purchase the Kindle the cost is $7.99.

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  • http://www.matthewreedcoaching.com/ Matthew Reed

    Great podcast Michael. I am thrilled to interact with you this way. I have re-listened to your initial effort more than once. I have found that this area is one place where some virtual assistant help could be really helpful. Also, scheduling the time, one morning each week where I write all my posts is VERY helpful. It breeds the consistency you mention.

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  • http://RealWade.com/ Wade Harris

    Michael,
    Thanks for this podcast! I am just getting started and I found it rather helpful! I am so excited to see how God uses the blog – RealWade.com  

    I have already heard a story how it has encouraged a father!

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    Just Discovered your SIte and love what I have read so far… Look forward to more of it. Cheers !!!

  • http://twitter.com/EmpoweredEllory Ellory Wells

    Michael, I just discovered your site after hearing about you from @entreleadership:twitter . I look forward to listening to your podcasts and learning from you.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Ellory. Welcome!

  • http://www.edenlifemag.com/ Moyo

    I just bought: ‘Advertising Headlines That Make You Rich’ by David Garfinkel. It cost $7.99 for the kindle version. If you would like the book and you’re working on a budget, download the kindle app on your tablet device or on you computer. 

    Thanks for this Michael!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Great tip. That is super-cool to know.

  • Kelsey McBride

    In your podcast you say to not use a captcha because they are annoying, but when I just left the comment below I had to answer a captcha… what changed your mind?

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  • http://www.melissagreenemusic.com/ Melissa Greene

    thank you for the detailed show notes.  I was trying to take some notes while driving :) now I don’t have to attempt that again…

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  • Brandon Vaughn

    Not sure if you still look over old comments. Starting to work my way through Podcast from the beginning. Question … if my domain name is taken, is it worth paying for the .com version? Or would a .net, .me, .info, .org … be just as good?

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Honestly, it depends on how much they want. All things being equal, it is always best to have the .com. It’s like an 800 number. .net is like 888. Everything else is like 866. People are way to remember a .com domain. If you can get it for a reasonable price, it’s worth it.

  • Wesley Wiley

    Michael, just fyi, the link doesn’t seem to be working for Scribe.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Thanks for reporting that, Wesley. It is fixed. You can also find the link here.

  • Nani Eng

    Thanks for the useful 10tips. And its nice to see your blog is followed by many.Virtual Assistant Services

  • http://www.swatkhan.com/ Swat Khan

    This is a classic post Michael. Thanks for sharing.

    Swat

  • Matthew Brun

    Thank you for the wonderful WordPress resources. I just jazzed up my site!

  • Kim Krajci

    I wanted to read Garfinkel’s book but my podcast/blog budget for the year is about the same as the price of the book. I contacted my local library – they bought the book for me! I’m looking at it right now and you’re right – it’s worth the price. But having it available in the community to help others is also great value.

    Thanks for the great show. I’m getting started in my podcasting career this month. Listening to you has taught me a lot about what I do and do not want to do.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Awesome, Kim. Also, you may have noticed, the Kindle version is a fraction of the price.