Join Me for a FREE Platform Teleseminar

I’d like to invite you to join me for a free, LIVE Platform Teleseminar on Tuesday, June 19th at 8:00 pm Eastern Time (7:00 pm Central, 6:00 pm Mountain, 5:00 pm Pacific).

Michael Hyatt Broadcasting from His Home Studio

During the call, I’ll share several HELPFUL TIPS to help you jumpstart your own platform or expand your existing one. I’ll share specific visibility-generating advice for authors, entrepreneurs, pastors, professional speakers, small business owners, corporate brand managers, and more.

5 Steps to Building Your Platform [Infographic]

I thought it would be cool to create an infographic for my new book, Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World. Thanks to Dave Whitlock of Principle Design for creating this for me. Click here to download the full-size PDF.

Feel free to share this graphic with others. There is code just below the image where you can easily embed it within your website or blog.

Five Steps to Building Your Platform Infographic

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7 Reasons to Buy My New Book Now

UPDATE: Sorry, this bonus offer has now expired!

Today, I am launching my new book, Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World (Nashville: Thomas Nelson). To celebrate, I am giving away seven bonuses worth $375.98 to everyone who buys a copy this week and e-mails me the receipt. I’ll share the details in a moment.

I won’t spend time in this post telling you about the book. I have created an entire page for that purpose, complete with endorsements from 27 people who were kind enough to read it before publication, including Seth Godin, Chris Brogan, Dave Ramsey, John Maxwell, and many, many others.

4 Insights I Gleaned from Building My Own Platform

Last week, I spoke at the Catalyst Conference in Irvine, California on the topic of my new book, Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World (Thomas Nelson, May 22). As part of my introduction, I shared how my audience has grown since I started blogging in April of 2004.

Eight years of blog traffic

Note that these numbers reflect my average monthly unique visitors. I simply took the total number of unique visitors for the year and divided by twelve months (or in the case of 2004, eight months). With the exception of the first few years, this data came from my Google Analytics account.

What I’ve Learned About Blogging from Writing More Than 1,000 Posts

I started blogging eight years ago. Since that time, I have written 1,115 posts. At an average of 750 words per post, that is 836,250 total words—the equivalent of about fourteen full-length books.

A Blogger Observes a Political Proceeding - Photo courtesy of ©iStockphoto.com/EdStock, Image #18942172

Photo courtesy of ©iStockphoto.com/EdStock

During that time, I have learned a great deal about blogging:

Top Posts and Commenters for February 2012

In case you missed them, here are my top ten posts for February 2012, along with my top ten commenters. I am sending each of the top commenters a free copy of A Chance in the World: An Orphan Boy, a Mysterious Past, and How He Found a Place Called Home by Steve Pemberton.

Wordle Graphic for February 2012

Graphic courtesy of Wordle.net

Here are my top ten posts:

Social Media Is Free, But Comes with a Price

I am mostly offline, attending a business conference. I have asked several bloggers to post in my absence. This is a guest post by Jason Stambaugh, who is a husband, father, founder of Wevival, and blogger. You can connect with him on his blog or follow him on Twitter. If you want to guest post on this blog, check out the guidelines here.

“The best thing about social media is that it’s free!” I heard this the other day, and cringed. While it’s true that we don’t need a credit card or PayPal account to use Facebook or Twitter, there is still a cost to social media. We pay daily with our time.

Photo courtesy of ©iStockphoto.com/hogie

On an average day, I spend more than an hour engaging on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and LinkedIn. Throw in a Tweetchat, a newsletter, a YouTube video, and four blog posts each week, and I spend twenty hours a week, using social media to build my platform.

That’s a part-time job! Multiply seventy to eighty hours per month by any hourly rate, and we’re talking serious money.

How to Become a Twitter Ninja in Less Than 30 Minutes a Day

Twitter is one of key tools in my platform toolbox. It represents about 21 percent of my blog referral traffic. In terms of the return, I don’t know of a better investment.

A Ninja Assassin - Photo courtesy of ©iStockphoto.com/by_nicholas, Image #14879784

Photo courtesy of ©iStockphoto.com/by_nicholas

Currently, I have more than 110,000 followers on Twitter. According to TwitterCounter and RetweetRank:

Top Posts and Commenters for January 2012

In case you missed them, here are my top ten posts for January 2012, along with my top ten commenters. I am sending each of the top commenters a free copy of the New York Times bestseller, How Do You Kill 11 Million People?: Why the Truth Matters More Than You Think by Andy Andrews.

Wordle Graphic for January 2012

Graphic courtesy of Wordle.net

Here are my top ten posts: