Join Me for a Free Platform University Q&A Teleseminar

Please join me for a free, LIVE Platform University Q&A Teleseminar on Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at 8:00 pm Eastern Time (7:00 pm Central, 6:00 pm Mountain, 5:00 pm Pacific).

Join Me for a Free Platform University Q&A Teleseminar

As you may have heard, last week we opened the doors to Platform University. So far, almost one thousand people have joined. The level of engagement has been incredible.

My 7 Biggest Platform-Building Blunders

Last week, I shared with you the first video in my new three-part video series, “Behind the Platform.” Today, I am releasing the second video—and, like the first one, it’s free.

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In this video I reveal the dumbest, most costly mistakes I made in building my platform, especially in the early years. If I had known then, what I know now, I would be so much further ahead today.

A Secret Project I’ve Been Working on for Months

With the publication of my new book last year, I introduced to you the importance of building a platform and shared a framework for doing so. It was an exciting time. The book hit the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists.

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More meaningful to me, I received thousands of e-mails and social media messages from readers who were inspired to start building their platform. Evidently, my book created the possibility and pointed the way.

But that was just the beginning …

Do You Have a Personal Platform Plan for 2013?

A young man once asked a wise old woman, “When is the best time to plant an oak tree?” She answered: “Twenty years ago.” He then asked, “When is the second best time?” She answered, ”Today.”

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So it is with a platform.

It would have been great if you had started five or ten years ago. But if you haven’t, 2013 is the best time ever to launch yours or take it to the next level.

How a Quick Analysis of Your Top Posts Can Improve Your Blogging Results Next Year

Now is a good time to review your previous year’s blogging results and see what you can learn. I just went through this exercise today and thought I’d share what I learned. Hopefully, it will encourage you to do a similar assessment.

How a Quick Analysis of Your Top Posts Can Improve Your Blogging in the Year Ahead

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Here are my top 10 posts for the year, along with the number of page views they generated:

An Invitation to Join the Get Noticed! Theme or WordPress Beta Team

I’m pleased to announce that we are now moving into private beta for my new Get Noticed! Theme for WordPress. When I announced this theme back in September, I never dreamed so many people would be interested.

Get Noticed! Theme for WordPress Beta Signup

So far, 2,474 people have signed up to receive news and updates about the theme. Unfortunately, I have been woefully remiss in providing those updates. I am embarrassed to admit this is the first update since that original post.

Join Me for the Platform Conference, February 11-13, 2013

I’m pleased to announce registration is now open for the first-ever Platform Conference, which will be held in Nashville, Tennessee, February 11–13, 2013. This is a conference you don’t want to miss!

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This event has been a dream of mine since before I wrote my book, Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World. In fact, I had the idea for the conference before I even thought about writing the book.

3 Great Blog Post Structures You Can Use Today

This is a guest post by Ali Luke. She is a writer and blogger from the UK, and author of Publishing E-Books for Dummies. In partnership with Joe Williams of SEO Training, she runs day-long training courses on blogging and social media in London. You can read their blog and follow them on Twitter.

When I started out in blogging, I didn’t know how to put a blog post together. I started by simply typing out my thoughts. But it quickly became clear that, if I wanted readers, I needed a better plan.

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However great a writer you are, your posts will only get read if they’re well structured. That doesn’t just mean having a gripping introduction (though that’s an important part of it). It also means getting the main body of your post right.

#033: My Answers to Listener Questions [Podcast]

I get lots of voice mail questions every week. Many of them don’t neatly fit into a single topic, so I thought I’d deal with them in this episode. I have grouped them around my standard categories: platform, personal development, publishing, and leadership.

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I start this episode with a very exciting announcement: Beginning today, we are taking registrations for the Platform Conference which will be held in Nashville February 11–13, 2013. We only have 135 seats available. They will go quickly.

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