40 Blogging Tips and Advice from Top Bloggers (to Grow) in 2020

Getting your hands on the best blogging tips and advice can make all the difference in the world when you’re just starting a blog—or trying to take your existing blog to new heights.

I should know. I’ve learned first-hand how hard it can be to decide what to focus on as a blogger. That’s where the right blogging tips & advice (from the world’s most successful bloggers) comes into play here today.

Improving your blog writing skills? Building a social media following? Guest posting? Networking? Commenting? Re-publishing your content to Medium? Answering questions on Quora? Testing out ways to make money from your blog?

There are so many blogging tips and advice floating around out there about what you should be doing, that it’s easy to just get too overwhelmed and wind up doing nothing at all.

The good news is that there are plenty of straightforward, practical ways to successfully grow your blog. But, remember that you shouldn’t try doing everything at once, especially when it comes to driving traffic and learning how to promote to your blog. In this comprehensive guide of the best blogging tips advice, I’ve brought together the 40 of the world’s top bloggers to share their take on what you should focus your blogging efforts on today.

To make sure this guide is actionable (rather than overwhelming), I’ve arranged all of these blogging tips and advice into distinct sections spanning the blogging journey—and given you a quick summary right at the top of each section… so you can read up on the advice and jump straight into the actionable steps you need to take to grow your blog.

40 Blogging Tips and Advice from Top Bloggers for 2020

  1. Blogging Tips & Advice Part 1: Launching Your Blog
  2. Blogging Tips & Advice Part 2: Getting More Readers and Subscribers
  3. Blogging Tips & Advice Part 3: Making Real Money From Your Blog
  4. Blogging Tips & Advice Part 4: Leveraging Powerful Tools and Techniques

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Let’s start breaking down our best blogging tips and advice, section by section.

Blogging Tips & Advice Part 1: Launching Your Blog

Don’t wait, start right now. This is by far the most often recited amongst the blogging tips and advice that nearly every top blogger from around the world has to share with us today (for good reason).

And it makes perfect sense. It’s easy to give yourself the excuse of waiting for the perfect moment to start your blog, or to keep pushing off that launch date until you can learn everything you need to know about blogging. “No sense in starting until I can do things just right…”

But here’s the truth—you’ll never feel completely ready to start.

It’s only through taking action and starting right now (no matter how small your early steps are), that you’ll ever see the benefits of just how much your work can pay off as it compounds over the course of days, weeks, months and years.

In order to achieve your ultimate goal of building a profitable blog, you must heed these foundational blogging tips. So if you haven’t already launched—get your blog started today. There will be unknowns to learn more about, but that’s ok.

Figure out what kind of content you can offer to an audience you’re personally connected with, get started and keep taking consistent steps that move your blog forward each day.

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Now, let’s dive into our first section of blogging tips and advice, geared around the launching phase.

1. “Set realistic expectations, build smart habits that ladder up to your goals and embrace a mindset of experimentation.” — Ryan Robinson (that’s me! 👋)

Ryan Robinson's Best Blogging Tips and Advice Head Shot

There are plenty of reasons why people get into blogging. But if building a real, sustainable business around your blog is a goal you hope to one day achieve—then it’s important to have the realistic expectation that it most often takes several months (or even 1 to 2 years) to begin generating over $1,000/mo in blog income—if it’s your first time launching a blog. It helps to have a clear blog business plan, too.

Here on my blog, I now reach 500,000+ monthly readers and generate well into the six-figures in revenue. But it’s taken me nearly 6 years of hard work and showing up every day along with holding a full-time job, in order to get to this point.

My most impactful blogging tips and advice I can offer, is to create habits that set yourself up for success.

An example of a successful habit that most top bloggers share in common, is that we create regular, recurring blocks of time on our calendars to spend on key activities like writing, researching, publishing and promoting our content. If you don’t physically block off at least a few hours to work on your blog each week—whether it’s in the mornings before your day job or during the evenings after putting your kids to bed—you won’t make progress quickly enough to stay engaged over the long-term.

And even still, everything about blogging today is constantly changing. From Google search algorithm updates to ever-evolving Facebook policies, the emergence of new social networks and so on, you’ll need a willingness to adapt and experiment regularly with your blog. I’m still learning new things every single day—whether it’s improving my ability to drive traffic to my blog from new sources, to doing a better job of writing blog posts that help my readers, or learning about new ways to make money blogging… I’m always reinventing my blog for the better.

2. “Prepare to make big sacrifices and spend a lot of time on getting your blog meaningful traction.” Michelle SchroederMaking Sense of Cents

Michelle Schroeder's Blogging Advice to New Bloggers

When I asked Michelle to share her biggest piece of blogging advice with me on a recent episode of my podcast about how she consistently earns well over $100,000/mo from her blog, she echoed similar sentiments when it comes to just how much work has gone into getting her blog to where it is today. When it comes to sacrificing time in order to grow her blog, here’s Michelle’s best blogging tips and advice:

The biggest sacrifice I’ve had to make over the years has definitely been using pretty much all of my time towards my blog, especially early on. In the beginning, I was spending anywhere from 20 to 40 hours a week on my blog, when it was just a hobby—not even a true side hustle yet. When it became a serious side hustle, I was spending 40 hours a week on it.”

“Eventually, when I first left my day job to blog full-time, I was spending anywhere from 40 to 100 hours a week working hard to get more traction. Now I’m trying to keep my work to a little less than 40 hours a week, but I’m still sometimes spending 100 hours on a week on it.”

3. “Treat your blog like a product or a brand. How can you make it stand out from the crowd?” — Brian Dean, Backlinko

Blogging Advice and Tips from Brian Dean of Backlinko

Brian and I recently sat down to chat on my podcast about how much blogging (and SEO) has been changing over the course of this year. And while we got into all kinds of tactical blogging tips and advice about what it takes to create top-ranking blog content, he also zoomed to talk on a much higher level about how to stand out from a sea of competitors also blogging about the same topics as you are. Here’s what Brian had to share:

“The first thing I’d focus on when launching a blog, is positioning. If you jump into the tactics without nailing this part, it’s going to be a huge struggle going forward. Look at your blog like a product or a brand. What’s going to make your blog different from what’s already out there?

“If you’re launching a fitness blog, why would someone read your fitness blog? Maybe you teach moms. Maybe you teach SaaS founders. Maybe you teach people that are built, how to get more built. Or maybe you teach people that used to be strong, how to get back into shape again. The point is, you want to have a positioning that’s unique and helps you stand out. Then you can create content that’s amazing and backs it up.”

4. “Devote the early part of the day to your blog.” – Pat Flynn, Smart Passive Income

Pat Flynn's Best Blogging Advice to Share with New Bloggers This Year

In one of my earliest podcast episodes, Pat and I really dove deep into what’s helped him to grow his blog, Smart Passive Income, to such impressive six-figure (monthly) levels of income through a combination of everything from blogging courses to podcast sponsorships, blogging books, affiliate programs, SaaS products, physical products and other proven ways to make money blogging.

His most helpful blogging tips and advice? Working on his blog in the early mornings—and giving himself the best possible hours in his day. Here’s what he says:

“Time stretches add up. If possible, I’d recommend putting time in for yourself during the morning, before you do anything else, before you give your time to somebody else and their dreams that they’re building—give it to yourself first. This is similar to a personal finance tip that a lot of people may have heard of before: pay yourself first.”

“What most people try to do is, they set an alarm for when they have to go to work, then they work, and they come home, they’ve got to spend time with the family, and then the family goes down to bed, and then you have thirty minutes or an hour at the end of the day to work on your thing. But you’re already exhausted. You’ve already used up your think tank. There’s just no good decision-making going on.”

“But you can flip it around, wake up a little earlier and devote that early time to yourself. I wake up at 4:30 in the morning and I always read, meditate and I get my most crucial work done before the kids are up. And it’s the craziest production I’ve ever had in my life. Even if it’s a half-hour, devote that early part of the day to yourself.”

5. “Figure out what you personally stand for and jump straight in. You can hone your voice as you go.” – Gaby Dalkin, What’s Gaby Cooking

Gaby Dalkin's Blogging Tips and Advice for Aspiring Food Bloggers

Gaby Dalkin has one of the most fun blogging journeys I’ve gotten to follow along with over the years (and talk about) on my podcast. Formerly a personal chef for singer Jessica Simpson, Gaby started food blogging on the side of her personal chef work and slowly amassed a loyal following or readers who tuned in for her recipes and amazing photography. More recently, she’s gone on to publish multiple books, launch several product lines with Williams Sonoma and more.

Here’s the best blogging advice Gaby has to share for those that want to follow in her footsteps this year:

“I didn’t do this for the first three years, and I really wish I had. Figure out what it is that you stand for, what message you want to share, what you want your story to be. Make sure it’s authentic—and then go for it.

“I find a lot of people are scared to start a blog or whatever they’re trying to do, and I think there’s something to be said about just jumping in headfirst and figuring out what your voice is, and you’ll grow and develop along the way. But you’ve got to start somewhere.”

6. “Even if you have zero followers today, start with the people you know, learn from them and grow from there.” – Chris Guillebeau, Bestselling Author of The $100 Startup and Side Hustle

Chris Guillebeau's Blogging Advice and Tips to Grow an Audience

I recently had the pleasure of sitting down with this prolific blogger and multi-bestselling author to talk about how he’s used the vehicle of side hustling to grow his writing career (and blog) into what’s become a very powerful, lucrative personal brand that keeps him booked solid with meaningful work, year-round. When asked about the best blogging tips and advice he’d give, here’s what Chris had to share:

“No plan survives contact with the battlefield. You have this grand vision—maybe you’ve even worked on it for a long time, and then you put it out, and it’s probably going to change. You’re going to get feedback you didn’t expect, you’re going to see a response you didn’t expect, it might be positive, it might be negative, or maybe some of both.”

Even if you have zero followers today, here’s what I’d say: You still have people in your life. Pretty much everybody has a Facebook account, friends, people you went to school with. Everybody has contacts and second-degree contacts. Start reaching out to those people when you’re first starting your blog—not pitching or selling, but saying, ‘Hey, I’m making this thing. Do you want to check it out? Do you know somebody it might be good for?’ And that’s exactly how I started working on my first book, The Art of Non-Conformity, which became the basis for my blog as well. Start with who you know and try to grow from there. Focus on the core message and don’t get distracted, but be open to evolution as things go along.”

7. “Ask yourself what you have of value that you can bring the world through your blog.” – Rob Palmer, World’s First Blogger

Rob Palmer World's First Blogger Shares His Best Advice and Tips

A lot has changed in the 25+ year history of blogging since Rob authored what’s (arguably) the first public blog post to hit the Internet back in 1993. One thing he says still holds true? The immense power of creating unique, helpful content for your readers.

When asked to share his best piece of blogging advice, here’s what Rob had to say:

“The key thing to making a splash in your blog niche, is having very high quality content. You need to have your own perspective. You need to figure out what you have to offer—what makes you unique. What do you have of value to bring to the world? Once you’ve figured that out, you can deliver quality content and products to your audience.”

Google is always looking for the best piece of content for a particular query. It’s the same with social media: It’s the great content that gets shared. Maybe ten years ago, you could fake it, you could have a dodgy product and you could still make money… but I don’t think that’s easy to do today. You’re much better off giving something really useful to your audience and building a meaningful relationship with your community.”

8. “Your first blog posts won’t be perfect, but you have to start somewhere and grow from there.” — Shane Barker,

Shane Barker's Best Blogging Advice for Bloggers Today

Shane is one of the most well-established digital marketing consultants I’ve gotten to know over the past several years. He’s worked with clients like Inc Magazine, Forbes, Social Media Examiner, CreativeLive and more—to create compelling content that drives traffic and increases revenue for their brands.

He’s also a pro when it comes to growing his own blog that reaches hundreds of thousands of monthly readers. Here’s what Shane had to share when asked about his best blogging tips and advice:

“The main way I get my leads is from inbound marketing. We invested in content seven or eight years ago, and I still have that original blog post I wrote back then. It’s an absolute piece of doo-doo, it was terrible! I actually show it to my students at UCLA. I say, Look at this blog post, and they’ll tell me it’s terrible, but I’ll reply… the difference is, I started.”

“And that’s what most people don’t do. They say, I don’t want to do video because I might look weird. Well, I can promise that your first video is going to look terrible, and your first blog post is not going to be awesome either… but you just have to do it. You have to start somewhere. We invested in content marketing, and we’re now at a point where we get a great amount of traffic and a good number of leads from my website on a daily basis.”

9. “Don’t blindly follow the blogging tips and advice you hear. If something you’re told conflicts with what’s important to you, stick to your own convictions.” — Anna Vital, Adioma

Anna Vital's Best Blogging Advice for Designers

Before Anna launched her infographic design tool, Adioma, she rose to fame as a designer and blogger that crafted some of the most viral infographics ever to be shared in the tech startup and venture capital spaces.

From visually documenting the founder journeys of people like Elon Musk, Mark Zuckerberg and Jeff Bezos, to landing paid projects doing design work with brands like Google, Legal Zoom and Cisco, Anna’s learned a thing or two about how to use her blog as a platform to create a business. Here’s her best blogging tips and advice:

“Don’t worry about implementing all of the blogging tips and pieces of advice you hear. I read too many blogs, got a lot of advice about how I should do something… but at the end of the day, it’s your passion, your personality, that drives what you’re going to do. If some of that blogging advice conflicts with what’s important to you, then you’re not going to be able to use all that passion to drive your project forward.

“For example, one piece of advice I got for my startup, was not to worry about how my product looks, just make sure it functions. But for us, we’re a graphic design and infographic tool, so it totally makes sense to make it look as beautiful as possible. Beauty drives me. That’s what I love. I love looking at something that’s beautiful and I love making beautiful things. So even though for many other startups, this advice might be totally okay, for us, making beautiful things was a must—and that’s what drives us.”

10. “Figure out what really sets you apart from the other bloggers in your niche.” — Selena Taylor, Find Us Lost

Selena Taylor of Find Us Lost Shares Her Blogging Tips and Advice

Selena and her husband Jacob, the duo that started the travel blog and Instagram account, Find Us Lost, have amassed a following of over 175,000+ people tuning in to their regular travels (and planning guides) as they criss-cross the globe.

Since launching their travel blog just a couple of years ago, this couple has used their skills to book sponsored trips with world-renowned travel brands and monetizes their audience in win-win ways through affiliate partnerships and sales of their photo-editing presets. When asked to share her best piece of blogging advice, Selena says:

The sooner you can figure out what sets you apart, the more you’ll succeed in what you’re blogging or posting about. There’s a tendency for a lot of people to feel very overwhelmed by the competition that’s already out there—and I still feel that pressure every single day. But as soon as I get caught up in that, it really sets me back. So it’s about making sure that I’m keeping in mind what makes us unique, and what’s our content special.”

“Anyone who’s just starting out just needs to ask themselves that same question: how soon can I figure out exactly who I am and who I want to portray with this brand? Once you’ve established that and you’ve paved the way, people will start to see that.”

11. “You don’t have to reinvent the wheel, learn how others have become successful and apply those lessons to your own niche.” – Grace and Silas Moser, Chasing Foxes

Grace and Silas Moser Chasing Foxes Blogging Advice for Pinterest Bloggers

Another husband and wife team, Grace and Silas Moser behind Chasing Foxes, went from starting their blog on the side of full-time jobs, to now reaching more than 2 Million monthly readers and well over $20,000 in revenue during their peak months—largely by tapping into the vast audience that spends hours on Pinterest every day.

When asked to share their best blogging tips and advice, here’s what they had to say:

Grace shares, “Create a number of blog posts before you launch. We created around 40 and published those on our blog when it first launched. If you want to get going right off the gate and have lots of viewers right upfront, it’s very important to create that content beforehand to keep them engaged.”

I would definitely put the work in before you launch, so that when you do launch and your blog is live, you’ll feel good when you start putting some posts out onto Pinterest and begin driving in some traffic.”

To add to that, Silas shares, “Make sure you study people that are good at whatever you’re doing and figure out what works for them. Then you can determine how to apply those lessons in a way that’s going to fit with you and what’s sustainable & interesting to you.”

“You don’t have to reinvent the wheel. Other people have already done it and they’ve done it successfully. There are successful bloggers out there. They’re not freaks, they’re not unicorns, they have real tactics and strategies… you can learn from them and apply it to your own niche too.”

12. “Ask yourself what you’re able to do for your readers, that someone else can’t.” — Chase Dimond, Boundless Labs

Chase Dimond's Blogging Tips and Advice When Launching a Brand

Chase and I went to college together, and he’s been a busy entrepreneur since graduating, including his time co-founding the travel newsletter and Instagram account bearing the same name: The Discoverer (which now boasts over 1 Million followers across their accounts). Chase was instrumental in the meteoric growth of that content-focused company, and he’s since gone on to launch his own eCommerce growth agency based in Southern California, called Boundless Labs.

When asked to share his biggest piece of blogging advice when it comes to growing a community, here’s what Chase had to say:

It starts with first having a really important mission, and perhaps some kind of competitive advantage. What are you able to do that someone else can’t? That could be something as simple as even acquiring leads at a cheaper cost. Or it could be more defensible like delivering a better experience or having a stronger brand.”

“Begin by figuring out the platforms that your ideal readers are on, and figuring out the ways you can reach them there. So on Instagram, you’d identify people who are using certain hashtags. If they’re using #travel or #discover in their own photos, you know that they’re interested in travel—so you could comment on their photo, you could DM them, or if they have an email in their bio, you could send them a full email (a great approach to authentic blogger outreach).”

“There are a ton of ways to reach people on social and just have initial conversations like ‘Hey, this is what I’m working on, I’d love your 100% honest feedback.‘ If you already have content, a product or service that you can give them as thanks for their time, that’s awesome. Trading whatever your blog has to offer in value to a potential reader for their feedback makes sense.”

13. “There’s never a perfect time to launch a blog or jumpstart a writing career, you just have to start.” – Jeff Haden, Inc Magazine’s #1 Contributor

Jeff Haden's Best Blogging Advice for Writers This Year

Long before Jeff rose to become Inc Magazine’s top contributing writer and pen some of his own books, he worked in the publishing industry and moonlighted as a freelance copywriter. He eventually made his way into ghostwriting for CEOs, startup executives and even ghost-wrote some of the top business books out there today.

As a seasoned writer, I asked Jeff to share his blogging tips and advice when it comes to building confidence in your writing and getting your blog off the ground.

“You just have to start. It’s like deciding to have a baby—you’ll never really think you’re ready to have a baby. And you’re never going to think you’re ready to start your blog, or whatever it is you think you want to start.”

“Experience comes from actually doing something, and you can’t gain experience until you do. Qualifications don’t really matter. Nobody cares. Once you produce something, no-one cares about the qualifications you have behind it. They care about whether it’s good. So, get started, gain experience, come up with something decent, put it out there, learn from it and work to continually get better.”

14. “Guest posting is the best thing I’ve ever done for the growth of my blog.” – Jeff Goins

Jeff Goins Shares His Best Blogging Tips and Advice

Jeff Goins, the blogger and best-selling author of five books including The Art of Work and Real Artists Don’t Starve, has learned a thing or two about blogging in his more than 15+ year career as an online writer.

During our recent interview for my podcast, I asked him to share his blogging tips and advice when it comes to establishing yourself and quickly building an audience for your blog.

“My biggest source of traffic in the early days of my blog, was other people’s blogs. I’d write lots of guest posts. And in 2011, I wrote an article every day for my blog… and 100+ other articles for other sites as guest content.”

Guest posting is the best thing I’ve ever done for the growth of my blog. I got my first 1,000 subscribers from word-of-mouth referrals and slowly picking up momentum from friends and family. Guest posting is what helped me go from 1,000 to 10,000 subscribers by creating relevant lead magnets to go along with the content I was promoting in my guest content.”

“Every time I published a guest post, I’d get anywhere from a handful of subscribers to several hundred. It worked so well that I just kept doing it for years and it’s continued to pay off.”

15. “Stop planning and spending hours thinking about how to get your blog started. The best thing you can do is start today and improve as you go.” – John Rampton,

John Rampton's Best Blogging Advice and Tips to New Bloggers

A serial entrepreneur at heart, John Rampton is behind several successful websites, products and software tools—including Calendar, Due, NatureBox and is an active partner in a Palo Alto, California based private equity firm that invests in growing startups. Throughout his career that includes writing for publications like Entrepreneur, Inc and Tech Crunsh, John has always used high quality content to drive readers to his web properties—and he’s done it very well.

I asked him to share his best blogging advice to those who are just getting started down their blogging journeys today. Here’s what he had to say:

“Start. Just start. Stop planning, stop thinking about it. Just start. It doesn’t have to be perfect, it doesn’t need to have all the bells and whistles. It can be the crappiest website in the world today—but starting is the best step you can take.”

“When I started Due, people really liked our product in theory. But before our product even really worked well, we had over 10,000 customers trying it out. It worked, and people were like, ‘Oh, we love this,’ but it didn’t work as well as we knew it could. We patched things together, but we made it work and focused our efforts on getting 10,000 to 11,000 customers before our product finally felt good.”

16. “Publish only the best content you’re capable of.” – Kyle Byers, Growth Badger

Kyle Byers of GrowthBadger Shares Best Blogging Advice This Year

Kyle is the founder of the prolific content marketing blog, GrowthBadger, where he’s gone from zero to over 50,000 readers in less than 12 months of blogging on the side of his advertising agency—all as an experiment to see how quickly he can build a profitable blog.

Since he’s already killing it so quickly with his blog, I asked Kyle to share with us his best blogging tips and advice:

My #1 piece of blogging advice is to worry less about publishing as often as possible—and more about publishing the best work you can. There’s more competition now than ever, and study after study shows that comprehensive, in-depth content performs best.”

“The world doesn’t need another 5-minute listicle. You can do better than that, and you’ll be rewarded for it if you do.”

17. “Begin with very small, attainable goals and commit to incremental steps that’ll help you build momentum over time.” – Steli Efti, Close

Steli Efti's Best Blogging Tips and Advice for Startups and Entrepreneurs

During our interview and throughout the years I’ve gotten to work with Steli at Close, he’s cultivated a major bias toward action when it comes to launching products, releasing new features, kicking off marketing campaigns and even publishing new content on the blog. His proactivity with content creation has helped the Close team reach millions in annual revenue for their CRM—driven largely from content that ranks high in organic search.

When asked to share his best blogging tips and advice for those trying to gain traction on the side of their day jobs, here’s what Steli has to say:

“If you want to start a blog, consultancy or even a startup on the side, you just need to get started and have very small goals in the early days. The reason why people don’t start their side hustle, is because they think it’s going to take a lot more time and a lot more effort to start it, or they set goals that are really demanding and way above their current capacities—either in skills, experience, time or money. Then they set themselves up for failure: they do a bunch of stuff in the first month and burn themselves out, or they never start because they’re so daunted by the task.”

So get started, and think more about how you can spend 15 minutes every day on this. How can you do this for the next four years? And then believe in the process. If you spend 15 – 20 minutes, seven days a week, for four years—in four years from now, you’re going to know a lot more. You’re going to be doing something.”

Think in small, incremental steps that build momentum. If you start now, in two or three years from now, you might be in a really great place. If you’re faster than that, awesome. But if you’re not – you know how many people have been thinking about starting a side hustle for the last ten years of their life? If they’d just started four or five years ago, they’d still be worlds apart from where they are now.”

18. “You have to invest in yourself, have faith, take the leap and figure it out.” Alex Nerney, Create and Go

Alex Nerney of Create and Go Shares Blogging Advice to New Bloggers

A fascinating success story filled with plenty of ups and downs, Alex Nerney met his future business partner, Lauren McManus, on Tinder back in 2014. After starting to date, they began experimenting on different types of blog-based online businesses. They soon grew a successful food blog and slowly pivoted over to teaching about what they’ve learned in the world of blogging with what’s since become their main site, Create and Go—where they reach hundreds of thousands of new bloggers every month.

When asked about what his best blogging tips and advice are, here’s what Alex had to share:

“The best investments I’ve ever made when it comes to growing our blog, have been in myself. Quitting my job, and having the faith that we would figure it out. We had to make this decision… what if we just quit? What if we went all in? It was an investment in ourselves. We’re smart enough to figure this out, we just need more time in order to do it.

“That was the smartest investment we ever made. As soon as we quit, we doubled our revenue every month for the first 6 to 7 months of blogging.”

Blogging Tips & Advice Part 2: Getting More Readers and Subscribers

If you want to get more readers and email subscribers on your blog, you need to forge real connections with people.

That doesn’t just mean writing great blog content and cracking the code to unlocking traffic from Pinterest (though both of these strategies can certainly be a part of your competitive advantage). In order to really attract and retain an audience, you need to lean hard into your strengths and step outside of your comfort zone to diversify your traffic sources.

Evaluate whether or not there’s a demand for video content on YouTube within your niche. Try meeting people in real life at industry conferences or local meetups. Determine if your readers spend time on Quora and dedicate 30 minutes to answering relevant questions in your field.

Anything you can do to make your connections with readers more real, the more likely they’ll be to spread your content by word-of-mouth marketing. And that’s how you create a movement.

Now, we’re highlighting blogging advice that’s specifically geared toward growing your audience.

19. “Realize that every time you’re communicating, you’re selling something. And you have to add value or nobody’s going to listen to you.” – Hiten Shah, Co-Founder of FYI, KISSmetrics and more.

Hiten Shah's Blogging Advice for New Content Creators

Serial startup founder, Hiten Shah, has grown several software companies on the back of his ability to create long-form, high quality blog content that’s designed to drive thousands of targeted readers into his products from search engines like Google. He’s truly mastered the art of community building.

Based on his decades of experience in content marketing, here’s Hiten’s best blogging tips and advice he has to share with new bloggers:

“What I realized early on is that every time you’re communicating, you’re selling something. People feel like that’s so dirty because selling implies that you want something. What I mean is, when there’s an audience consuming your content, you’re selling something. You may not be selling anything you want money for right away, but you’re selling your knowledge and advice. It’s your job to deliver.”

“For me, it’s about this whole idea that every time you communicate, there’s something that you’re trying to get someone else to think. You’re trying to get them to think differently. You want to add value. For me, it has everything to do with adding value—not just selling to my audience.”

“As I started trying to sell to my audience, it just clicked for me—if I’m not adding value, nobody’s going to listen to me.

20. “Create meaningful connections with your audience.” – Mariah Coz, 

Mariah Coz Shares Her Blogging Tips and Best Advice

Mariah is one of the most successful online course creators (and marketers) that I’ve gotten to sit down with and interview on my podcast. She’s used her blog as a platform to grow a seven-figure annual business that teaches her audience how to master everything from email list building, to delivering webinars, launching courses and more.

When I asked her about her best blogging advice, here’s what she had to share:

“I’m deeply introverted, but when I’m doing a webinar, I’m still alone in my room. I’m presenting to maybe 1,000 people who are watching—but I’m still chilling in my room. It’s not like I have to go to a conference and talk to people.”

“Even if you’re an introvert, think about how you can still create connection with your audience. I’m the biggest introvert you’ll ever meet. I’m so shy in person, but I can do a really good webinar and talk on video. That’s something you can start to build as a skill—getting over that fear.”

I used to be terrified of doing any webinars or any live-streams, but once you can get over that fear, you start seeing what’s more important. The fear isn’t important. The good part is when you get to connect with your audience: when they’re asking you questions and they’re saying thank you for coming and sharing this today. That’s when you realize it was all worth it.”

21. “Go out into the world and build real relationships with people in your industry.” – Tommy Griffith, ClickMinded

Tommy Griffith of Click Minded Shares His Top Blogging Tips and Advice

The mastermind behind the ClickMinded SEO and marketing training courses, Tommy originally started his blog and training series as a side project while working a full-time job with companies like PayPal and Airbnb. After picking up some initial traction and building in-person relationships with hundreds of students in the San Francisco Bay Area, he took his courses online and has been scaling his business ever since.

When asked to share his best blogging tips and advice with those that want to follow in his footsteps and grow an online audience, here’s what Tommy had to say:

“I have two favorite strategies for growing my blog right now. The first is anything that requires my to get out of the basement: offline, meet-up types of things. My first 100 users came from Meetup events. People have all kinds of tactics that they’re willing to run from their laptops, but no-one wants to go out into the real world and shake hands with people.

“I also like using your email list. A lot of people don’t look at this synergistic relationship between all the digital marketing channels. You can leverage your email list for link building: getting eyeballs on it and getting the right people to see it can be extremely valuable.”

22. “Stick to a schedule. Don’t worry so much about the individual results you get in the early days, focus on creating habits that set you up for success in the long run.” – James Clear,

James Clear's Best Blogging Advice for New Bloggers to Start

James rose to fame as a prolific thinker, writer and blogger in recent years, sharing extremely thought-provoking ideas (and solutions) on everything from how to become more productive in your daily life, to decision-making, creativity, self-improvement and more. His courses and regular email updates reach more than 400,000 people and his recent book, Atomic Habits, became a New York Times Bestseller.

His best blogging tips and advice for those just getting started today?

“The only reason I’ve been able to have a successful blog and build a business around it, is because I published on it twice a week for three years. It really is all about the consistency.”

“Think about the type of business that you want to build around your blog. From a higher-level standpoint, start with what you want your typical day to look like. How do you want to spend your time? Once you’ve done that, and decided which niche topic area you’re focusing on, then the key is that every job (especially blogging) has some repeated stuff you need to be doing.”

“Maybe it’s sales calls you need to be making, maybe it’s content you need to be creating—whatever that is, set a pace that you can sustain. Maybe it’s two articles a week, or ten sales calls a day. Focus on setting a pace you can sustain, then stick to your schedule. Don’t worry so much about the results in the short-term.”

In the beginning, it didn’t matter if I thought an article was good or bad, if the response to it was good or bad, if it was long or short—all that mattered was that I published an article every Monday and Thursday. The schedule was non-negotiable. Everything else that happened could be adjusted. If you stick to that, you’re going to learn a lot—and if you learn a lot, you have an opportunity to get better at it.”

23. “Examine your competitor’s content and look for ways you can differentiate yourself to provide more value to readers.” – Garrett Moon, CoSchedule

Garrett Moon's Best Blogging Tips and Advice for Bloggers and Startups

Co-founder of the massively popular marketing software and editorial management tool suite, CoSchedule, Garrett is also the author of the 10x Marketing Formula, his book that breaks down his approach to the content marketing philosophy that’s helped he and his team to build a massive brand and attract thousands of paying customers in a competitive industry.

Naturally, as the maker of tools for bloggers and content marketers, I asked Garrett to share with me his single best piece of blogging advice when I had him on the podcast. Here’s what he had to say:

“As founders, we tend to think in these simple frameworks that create repeatable success and repeatable results. I think it’s really helpful to people starting businesses to simplify it in that way. One of those frameworks [for us] was competition-free content, which is about starting to see marketing efforts through the same lens that you’d see the product that you’re creating.”

“When you build a product, you’re thinking about, who are my competitors? Who’s building a similar product to mine? What are their key differentiating factors from us? Are they really focused on speed, are they really focused on simplicity, are they really focused on complexity and customization and high prices? What’s our angle – what’s going to be the thing that differentiates us as a product?

In marketing, in particular when you start to get into the realm of creating content, as a marketing channel, you have to realize that your content is in competition with other content. Now that content may be being produced by your top competitors.”

“Competition-free content is about using this whole process to identify the things that your competitors are doing, the things that they’re using to market themselves, what types of content they’re creating, how long is that content, what is that content doing for its audience (is it solving a problem, is it methodology, is it actionable). There’s a lot of different ways you can look at it. You’re starting to find ways to have your marketing differentiate itself from what your competitors are doing.”

24. “Don’t wait for your readers to come to you. Find where they’re spending time, reach out and cultivate those relationships.” – Poornima Vijayashanker, Femgineer

Poornima Vijayashanker Femgineer Shares Her Blogging Advice

Poornima is the blogger and software engineer behind Femgineer, a platform that began back in 2007 as just a blog for her to write about her adventures running engineering teams for tech startups in the San Francisco Bay Area. As her audience grew over the years, Poornima began branding out into offering online educational resources to those that wanted to learn how to break into a career as a software engineer.

When offering up her best blogging tips and advice when it comes to attracting & retaining an audience, here’s what she had to say:

“It’s all about consistency. If you keep publishing content and find some networks or resources like Medium (or other places) to promote your material, then that’s a great place to start getting your first five to ten followers. And then it’s about keeping up that consistency to attract more.”

“If you do something great once, people think, ‘Oh, that was cool.’ If you do it twice, people are like, ‘Oh, okay, another post.’ But you do it three, four, five, six times, then people will take you more seriously. They’ll think, ‘Okay, this is someone I want to follow.’ I think it’s really important, above all else, that you have a consistent practice.”

“And then the second piece [of blogging advice], is that you do need to take the time to figure out where your readers are, and meet them halfway. You can’t expect people to automatically discover you, because there’s seven billion people on the planet—we’re all worth discovering. You have to reach out and cultivate that relationship, and depending on the product or service you’re offering on your blog, how you do that can vary. For a lot of my readers, I cultivate the relationship primarily through email. For the people that I coach, it’s through video calls, meetings and conferences.”

25. “Consider writing on a platform like Medium where there’s already a large audience, to start building your community faster.” – Austin Belcak, Cultivated Culture

Austin Belcak's Best Blogging Tips and Advice for Landing a New Job

Audience building is one thing Austin has knocked out of the park since launching his career advice blog just a couple of years ago. After driving in 60,000+ readers during his first two months of blogging (on the side of his day job), he’s been consistently growing his readership, email list and revenue.

When asked to share his best blogging tips and advice for quickly growing an online audience, here’s what he had to say:

“There’s two routes for getting your first 100 email subscribers. The first route is the family and friends route, which I know some influencers advocate for.”

“For me, that wasn’t really the case. If you do feel comfortable sharing your side hustle and your up-and-coming business with your friends and family—definitely go that route, because those people are going to be big advocates for you and that’s huge when you’re just starting out.”

“I was a little more concerned about work finding out and I didn’t quite want to share the blog I was still building until it got some traction. If I had to do it again, I’d start writing more content sooner, but I’d write them on a platform like Medium where there’s already a large audience and the articles can get more traction through their algorithm.

“I’d try and get an article published in one of their publications where they already have tens of thousands of followers. It really comes down to writing hugely valuable, epic content. I think a lot of people believe they don’t have anything to write about or to add value on, but if you’re good at something and you’ve had success at something, just think more about that—and write everything out. Cover all the steps that you took, the blogging mistakes that you’ve made, the strategies that you used and make an incredibly valuable article. Go somewhere that an audience already exists, like Medium, and find some ways to get your content in front of them.”

26. “Blogging has its highs, lows and plateaus. You have to continue pumping out genuinely great content.” – Matt Nelson, WeRateDogs

Matt Nelson We Rate Dogs Shares His Best Blogging Advice

Now with more than 8.5 Million followers on Twitter alone, Matt Nelson’s epic account, We Rate Dogs, has created a genuine movement around cute dog photos & videos that get paired with his hilarious commentary and ratings that always exceed a 10 out of 10. He’s gone on to generate tens of thousands of dollars in revenue from his social media accounts by launching a blog, selling merchandise, taking occasional sponsorships and even scoring a major book deal.

When I asked Matt about how he was able to quickly build such a massive audience in this very specific niche, here are the blogging tips and advice he had to share:

“I became part of the bigger community that is weird Twitter, and a lot of the us were trying to grow our followings through quirky jokes.”

“Bigger people in the community would say, ‘Hey, send me your best jokes of the week and I’ll take a look at them.’ So we’d send however many links they’d allow in a reply to one of their tweets. If we were lucky, this bigger account would retweet us, because they enjoyed our joke.”

“That was very slow growth. Let’s say an account with 5,000 followers retweeted you when you had 500. You’re going to get 2 or 3 followers. So it’s very slow. I remember when I hit 600 followers, and you just gain traction like that.”

“I had my first joke take off with WeRateDogs when I had around 500 followers, but that tweet got around 5,000 favorites—it hit 1,000 in 24 hours. After that first tweet, people started to find me other places, I got featured on a couple of best tweets compilations, and from there, it’s almost a snowball.”

Running a blog has its highs, lows and plateaus, and you just have to continue pumping out genuine good content. With WeRateDogs, in the first three days with that account, I had to post 50 dogs. Now it’s two a day. I was pumping out consistent, new, exciting content that people just latched onto. Getting my first 1,000 followers took me a long time—but I had fun doing it, so I didn’t really care.”

27. “Invest in building your email list from day one.” – Alexis Grant, The Write Life

Alexis Grant's Best Blogging Advice for Writers

Alexis is a veteran blogger that’s been in the content game for well over a decade. She runs The Write Life, a blog and media brand that serves writers, and was responsible for building the content strategy that grew the finance site, The Penny Hoarder, to millions in monthly readers and revenue. Before that, she built a content marketing agency and worked as a journalist for the Houston Chronicle and U.S. News & World Report. To say she knows a thing or two about blogging would be an understatement.

When I asked Alexis what her single best piece of blogging tips and advice is, she shared:

“Grow your email list! Collect emails from day one. Even if you don’t send emails initially, your list will be a huge asset to tap into over time.

“It’s more valuable than any social following, because you own the emails and can reach people in their own inbox (rather than hoping a network like Facebook will show your post to your community). It’s also an effective way to build trust because you can add a personal touch.”

Blogging Tips & Advice Part 3: Making Real Money from Your Blog

Leverage your personal strengths to monetize your blog early on with a service offering. As you grow, begin testing out sponsorships, affiliate promotions and eventually your own digital (or physical) products.

Don’t just flip on Google AdSense, place a couple of banner ads, implement an affiliate link or two and sit back to see how much revenue your blog can generate. Instead, start laying the foundation for soon launching your own product or offering a service that draws from the skills and experience you have.

Even if your blog audience is small, you can work directly with those readers to help solve meaningful challenges in their lives (within your niche)—and generate sizable amounts of revenue as a byproduct of your coaching work. That coaching program can formulate the basis of an eventual online course that can become a truly passive source of income.

However you decide to monetize your blog, treat it as a real business—and focus on the things that drive revenue (and don’t forget to do your blog taxes too).

28. “If you want your blog to actually make real money, you have to treat it like a real business.” – Preston Lee,

Preston Lee Millo's Best Blogging Advice and Techniques

Preston’s been a good friend of mine for years, as we’re both solo business owners, running similar blogs that overlap a lot in content for freelancers and bloggers. He’s been a guest on my podcast multiple times, we used to co-host a show together, and he’s absolutely killing it with generating multiple six-figures in revenue within his niche of freelancing-related content.

When it comes to monetizing a blog, he’s one of the most creative people I know. Here’s his best blogging advice for making money from your blog:

“Focus on actually treating your blog like a business. Now, if your blog is an experiment, or a hobby, or just a fun thing you want to do, that’s fine. But if you want it to be some sort of business or revenue-generating side hustle, if you want it to actually make money, you have to think about it like a business.

“That sounds so obvious, but it can be so easy to get hung up in the questions like… how many times a week should I post? What should I write about? How long should it be? Is my logo the right size? Are my colors good? … and all sorts of things about the design of your blog. Don’t get me wrong, these are important, but it can be so easy to get caught up in all of that, instead of focusing on the things that actually drive revenue.”

“You don’t have to sell out in order to care about revenue. If you’re running a business though, that’s what running a business really is. If you don’t focus on revenue, you’re running a hobby, or you’re just experimenting. The day I started treating my blog like a business—as something I wanted to actually make money from, instead of just a fun hobby that also made money, everything changed for me.”

29. “If you want to launch a blog as a business, go backwards. Figure out how it’s going to make money first and start creating content that’ll get you there.” – Tim Soulo, Ahrefs

Tim Soulo's Best Blogging Tips, Advice and SEO Tips

Now the CMO of the SEO tool suite Ahrefs, Tim got his real start into blogging as just a simple bet with a friend about how much traffic each of them could generate to a totally new blog within six months. That little experiment led to a whole lot of readers for Tim, and as he began monetizing his audience, he was recruited to join the team over at Ahrefs, where he’s been leading the team responsible for a lot of the company’s growth in traffic and revenue over the past few years. For Tim, his ultra low blogging costs has already paid off with a huge reward in his successful career.

During our interview for my podcast, I asked Tim to share his best blogging tips and advice when it comes to launching a blog that you eventually want to monetize. Here’s what he had to say:

“I didn’t have any goal other than trying to generate traffic. And traffic is a super vanity metric, because the number doesn’t mean anything until you try to monetize it. So my advice for people who want to launch a blog as a business, is to go backward. Figure out how you’re going to make money blogging first. If you’re going to make money by promoting affiliate offers, search for things that are related to those affiliate products and see who is ranking there, what they are promoting, and what your competition is.”

“If you want to launch your own information product, I would think about making an MVP: a minimum viable product. Think about something small that you can make, like a series of just three videos, or just one short eBook that costs $5 to $6. Try to sell that first, then work backward. Now you have that eBook or smaller product, so what kind of content do you have to publish—and how would you funnel people from your content into that product?”

30. “Figure out how to leverage your skills and experience to charge more for your products or services right out the gate.” – Adam Enfroy, Blogger and Affiliate Marketer

Adam Enfroy's Best Blogging Tips and Advice for Affiliate Marketers

Adam is a master of guest blogging to grow his audience, and even more impressive—he was able to generate more than $10,000 in revenue from his brand new blog within his first 90 days of launching the site. Since then, he’s been rapidly scaling his traffic, guest posting volume and revenue all in the right direction. As someone who’s been slowly building momentum with my blog over the last six years, seeing what Adam’s done in just one year has been mind-blowing.

I asked him to share his best piece of blogging tips and advice with the listeners of my podcast who want to generate revenue from their blogs, and here’s what he had to say:

“A lot of bloggers want to make money with passive income sources right away. The word ‘passive income’ is used a lot in this space, but I want to stress that affiliate marketing and placing blog advertisements really takes 50,000 to 100,000 visits per month to start making real money.”

If you’re just starting out, and you don’t have a ton of traffic yet (and you’re building up your domain authority), really hone in on your niche. Think about that audience revenue potential. Who would pay you for consulting? Can you leverage your professional experience on your blog and use your personal brand to charge more money right out of the gate? If you’re getting 10x less traffic when you start, then you’re going to need to charge 10x more to make the same amount as from these more passive streams can eventually be.”

31. “Make the medium you’re blogging in a jumping off point to other products or services you can offer.” – Darren Murph, Guinness World Record-Holding Blogger

Darren Murph's Best Blogging Advice World Record Blogger

As the Guinness World Record Holder for the title of “world’s most prolific blogger,” Darren’s credentials speak for themselves. Right out of college, he landed a job as a reported a the online tech publication, Engadget, where he spent many years publishing over 20,000 articles and eventually rose to become the managing editor. Since then, he’s gone on to work at global brands like Dolby, TechRadar, The Points Guy and now heads up remote culture at GitLab.

When asked to share his best blogging advice with those just starting their writing careers and looking to eventually grow a business, here’s what he had to say:

“The real thing you should focus on, if you want to break away and make blogging or writing, a cornerstone of your livelihood—is to make the medium you’re using a jumping-off point to other services you can offer.”

“Don’t think about blogging as strictly meaning your written words themselves have to sell something—because you’re forcing yourself into a really narrow niche with a lot of competition. If you use your blog as a jumping-off point to other products or services you can offer, that’s where the real magic happens—and quicker.

32. “Want to build a real business around your blog? Have people on your team that are committed to you over the long haul.” – Jon Morrow, SmartBlogger

Jon Morrow's Blogging Advice for Smart Bloggers

Ranked on just about every list of the world’s top bloggers you’ll ever find, Jon Morrow has been running his site, SmartBlogger for the better part of a decade—where he teaches beginning and intermediate bloggers how to take their business to the next level. That’s translated into a multi-million dollar annual business for Jon.

During our interview for my podcast, Jon shared this bit of actionable blogging tips and advice with those who are ready to take their revenue to the next level:

“Invest in a real team. A lot of businesses, a lot of blogs, run off this motley crew of outsourcers, where you have a few part-time people doing this and doing that. I have one employee now that’s been with me since the first day. I have multiple other employees that have been with me for years.”

“Is that more expensive? Yes, it is. But the enormous benefit. is they know exactly how everything is supposed to be done. They also have a sense of ownership in the company, and a sense of ‘this is my home and I want things to be right’ that translates into much higher quality output.”

The amount of oversight that’s required is dramatically less with a great team. The profit is dramatically higher for each of those people as well. So it’s a higher investment, but it’s a much higher reward. The amount of stress that it relieves—of knowing you have people around that are committed to you over the long haul and that are genuinely doing a good job at what they do—the sense of peace you get from that as an entrepreneur, is something that you just can’t put a price tag on. It’s a beautiful thing.”

33. “Get clear about who your ideal customer is.” – Adda Birnir, Skillcrush

Adda Birnir's Blogging Advice for Growing an Audience

After launching her tech education startup, Skillcrush, Adda spent almost all of her time developing a deep understanding of who her customers were—and how they could do a better job of using content to attract more of that right audience to come in and learn how to code from their various bootcamp courses.

When asked about her single best piece of blogging tips and advice, here’s what Adda had to share:

“The most important thing is that you have to get clear about who your customer is, and then get attached to the customer, not the problem.”

“If you want to execute this perfect idea you have in your head, I would not call that a business. That’s a project. Which is fine! There are lots of people who do artistic projects, and there’s nothing wrong with that, but it’s important to not conflate that with what a business is.”

A business is identifying a customer, understanding their problem, then solving that problem. Having a solution in search of a problem is the most common mistake. 90% of people starting blogs or businesses have a solution in mind and they’re searching for someone with the problem. It’s going to lead you down a bad path. All of our success at Skillcrush is because we focus on our customer.”

34. “Being successful at blogging requires you to get outside of your comfort zone.” Nathan Barry, ConvertKit

Nathan Barry's Best Blogging Advice ConvertKit

Long before he founded ConvertKit, the wildly popular email marketing tool suite designed for bloggers and creators, Nathan was an avid blogger and product designer in his own rite. He ran a six-figure business around his blog, selling eBooks, online courses and other digital products to his audience that tuned in for his in-depth content related to product design.

During our interview for my podcast, here’s what Nathan had to share when asked about what his best blogging tips and advice would be for creators that want to monetize their sites, but are having a hard time overcoming the fear of selling:

“Once those initial sales start to come in, it becomes pretty addictive, and it’s easy to overcome the fear of cold emails and cold calls and stuff like that. Once you get results, you realize all the work is worth it.”

“Something that helped me a lot with overcoming that initial fear though, is that I did theatre in high school. That helped take me from a super shy kid to acknowledging that sure, I still don’t want to sell… but I have the ability to turn on that performance side of me that I’ve worked on, and I can use that experience I had to get outside my comfort zone and be a better salesperson, talk to people at conferences, or make big partnerships happen.”

Blogging Tips & Advice Part 4: Leveraging Powerful Tools and Techniques

While the tools and techniques you employ on your blog aren’t everything, they definitely matter.

Having the right blogging tools for the job can save you a huge amount of time (and effort)—and using the right techniques to grow your blog in conjunction with the right tools, can really multiply your efforts and help hit your goals faster.

Another piece of my best blogging advice? Don’t just rely on just one technique to drive traffic to your blog either. Look for ways to diversify your traffic sources, revenue channels and content ideas, so that you’re not solely dependent on just one set of channels to keep your blog running.

Now, let’s talk about some of the top tools and techniques in use by the world’s top bloggers today.

35. “Re-marketing is one of the most effective and underrated ad techniques for bloggers to employ today.” – Brian Jackson, woorkup

Brian Jackson's Best Blogging Tips, Advice and WordPress Marketing Tips

Veteran WordPress blogger and content marketer, Brian Jackson, has been offering cheap hosting plans, launching blogs, building plugins and scaling traffic for startups (like Kinsta where they offer some of the best hosting plans on the market) for well over a decade. A man with many profitable side projects and blogs with hundreds of thousands of monthly readers under his management, it’s safe to say Brian knows a thing or two about getting—and converting readers.

During our chat on my podcast, I asked Brian to share a lesser-known marketing tactic that bloggers can use to better monetize their sites. Here’s the blogging tips and advice he had to tell us:

“Obviously I’m a big fan of SEO. But SEO has its ups and downs, so I’ve had good months and I’ve had bad months. There’s no way to get around that when you’re just doing SEO. I always recommend people figure out other ways to generate traffic too, so you can supplement any dips you have with your SEO.”

“I’d say that SEO is still number one, by far. But another good thing I still don’t see people taking advantage of enough (and I don’t know why) is re-marketing. Re-marketing is something that works so well for us at Kinsta. It’s one of the most effective ad techniques.”

“Lead generation ads can get costly quite quickly if you’re not good at them, and if you go the AdWords route, that can get very expensive too. But re-marketing on Facebook and Twitter to the people who’ve already hit your blog and haven’t converted to anything yet, is so much cheaper as far as clicks go. I still see today that the conversion rate is so much higher too.”

36. “My entire blog business is built on using just three simple online tools.” – Mike Pearson, Stupid Simple SEO

Mike Pearson' Best Blogging Advice for SEO Bloggers

This side hustling blogger took his skills and experience working in marketing and blog SEO with large brands—and parlayed that into a rapidly growing niche blog and a more than $55,000 course launch during just one week, shortly after releasing his in-depth online SEO class. He’s a great example of how quickly you can monetize a blog if you’re intensely focused on creating high-quality solutions for your audience… even without having much traffic.

During our interview for my podcast, Mike got to talking about blogging advice in the context of the most mission critical tools he uses to monetize his site. Here’s what he had to say:

From a tools perspective, I couldn’t live without ConvertKit, or Teachable (which is where my course is hosted and where I have all my content). Another tool I use is Thrive Architect, which builds all my landing pages, which is how I collect email addresses and eventually sell my course.”

“Those three tools are what my entire blog business is built on.”

37. “It’s your job, as somebody who’s running a blog, to speak directly with your readers.” – Shane Parrish, Farnam Street

Shane Parrish Farnham Street Blogging Advice

Similar to James Clear (one of our contributors), Shane is one of the most prolific thinkers and writers I’ve ever had the pleasure of interviewing on my podcast. He shares incredibly thought-provoking essays and actionable life advice on a range of topics related to personal finance, productivity and purpose—for more than 1 Million monthly readers.

When asked to share his best blogging tips and advice for how he’s created such a close-knit community from his email list, here’s what Shane had to say:

“Open rates just tell you how many people opened a given email on a given day. How long someone’s been with you is irrelevant if they’re not opening your email. And if they’re opening your email and they’re not interacting with it, then you’re probably not adding as much value as you ought to be adding—so your click-through rate is arguably more important.”

These are also signals of the value that you create. They’re not 100% accurate: they’re a map, not the territory. The ultimate way to figure out how you’re doing is to talk to people on the ground.”

“The map/territory problem is something we talk about on Farnam Street: so often we use maps to guide us and we think it’s the territory but it’s not. Examples of that are balance sheets or income statements in businesses, or online dating profiles—that’s a map of who the person is. Anyone who’s been online dating meets a person and realizes that maps and territory are often very different things.”

“It’s your job, as somebody who’s running a company, to touch the territory… and so often we insulate ourselves from that. That’s where the problems come from. We make decisions in isolation; we make decisions without knowing what people are thinking or feeling—and that causes more and more problems.”

“What happens is that those problems consume us: they make us busier, they create anxiety. We spend more and more of our time solving or fixing problems that we’ve created through a lack of thinking, when had we touched the medium and thought about the problem in a more holistic or three dimensional way, we could have avoided a lot of these problems.”

38. “Take the marketer’s approach to selling on your blog.” — Sujan Patel, Mailshake and Web Profits

Sujan Patel's Best Blogging Advice for New Bloggers Today

Serial entrepreneur Sujan Patel juggles a whole lot of projects at a time—ranging from his sales email software, Mailshake, to keeping a foot in the door at his content marketing agency and still somehow finding time to blog for both his own site and also top publications like Inc and Entrepreneur. When it comes to blogging, he’s built multiple businesses on the back of creating industry-leading content.

Here’s Sujan’s best piece of blogging advice when it comes to providing more value to readers and better monetizing your blog:

“Since 2014, I’ve been consistently building my personal brand—and sales land in my lap, now. I can write about stuff that I know my target customers are having problems with and want to learn.”

“So instead of sending a cold email to someone selling something, or explaining this long-winded thing of what that friction point is, what if you just send them a reply like… Hey, I know you have a problem with using all these different pieces of software. It’s fricking annoying. Here’s an article I wrote about how to fix it.”

“When you send an article versus explaining it individually, it has a different weight. Those types of things have really helped me increase sales and provide value, come off less sales-y, and my net worth has increased because a lot more deals come to us. We’ve taken much more of a marketer’s approach to sales, because I’m not a sales guy. I’m a people-pleaser. I want to make sure that person’s happy. I’ve applied that approach to sales in all of my work, and it’s worked really well for me.”

39. “Give, give, give. Show people love, respect and link to their stuff as much as you can before making an ask of them. That’s how you build a real relationship.” – Aaron Orendorff, iconiContent

Aaron Orendorff's Best Blogging Tips Advice for Startups and Marketers

Aaron has written for (and worked with) some of the world’s leading brands on crafting their content strategies—ranging from Shopify to Intuit, Facebook, Salesforce and more. His success as both a blogger himself, and a consultant for Fortune 500 companies comes down to one thing more than all else… building real relationships.

Here’s what Aaron has to say when asked to share his best blogging tips and advice:

“When I was first starting out, I was gunning for landing a guest blog post on Copyblogger. I was in love with their chief copywriter at the time, a guy named Damien Farnsworth, who is just a phenomenal writer and storyteller. He can do direct response, the dude does it all. I stalked the hell out of him! Not just everything he did on Copyblogger – I went to his own site, The Copybot. And then I found out he had a personal personal site, and so I went there, and it just happened to be he was writing about theology and the same people I knew from back in the day, and stuff.”

“So I’d share and comment on everything. There was one point where he wrote this fantastic post, Fifteen Damn Good Lessons From Fifteen Dead Copywriters. I loaded up every single one of the lessons into Buffer and just dripped it out over time. By the ninth thing with him tagged in it, he finally wrote me back and was like, “I see what you’re doing here.”

“And that was the open door. I ended up hiring him to coach me early on, so I paid the guy money. I grew a whole lot, but I was giving and giving and giving until about six months, maybe a year into our relationship, where I finally said, “Hey, man, I just finished a piece that I think would be perfect for Copyblogger. Would you mind checking it out?”

“And the beautiful thing about that was that he accidentally emailed me the entire string back from between he and his editor. And it all came down to—it’s a topic we’ve done before, yeah, it’s pretty good. His editor asked him, is he a decent dude that deserves a chance? And Damien was like, yep, he is.”

“That was a huge lift-off. What I learned from that, and what I’ve continued to learn, is to give, give, give–show people love, show them respect, comment on their stuff, link to their stuff as much as you can–and wait. For whatever that ask is. And then be a decent person when you finally do.”

40. “Read quality, all the time, every day. Then get good at writing, yourself.” – James Altucher

James Altucher's Best Blogging Tips and Advice for Writers and Marketers

James has built several million-dollar businesses over the past few decades, and he’s crashed a few of them straight into the ground too. But one thing he’s always been consistently great at, is writing. Today, James runs a massively popular blog, publishes regular books and hosts a top-10 iTunes ranked podcast that reaches a combined millions of people every month (and generates a substantial amount of income).

When asked to share his best blogging advice, here’s what James had to say:

The most important thing when launching a blog, is that you want to get good at writing. Read a lot, every day. Don’t just read BS blogs out there, read the best books in history to learn how to be a good writer. Read quality, all the time, every day. Then write. And make sure you’re writing something that – even just a little bit – is different from something anybody else has ever written. Or you say something in a different way.”

“I’ll give you an example. I love Seth Godin’s blogs. I highly recommend people check them out. But he seldom tells personal stories – that’s just his way. So sometimes I notice, some of my ideas might intersect with some of his ideas – but I tell personal stories all the time. I have my own unique way of writing – which you can only develop if you write every single day, and again, it’s going to take you years and years and years, so you have to learn to celebrate small successes along the way.”

Blogging Tips & Advice: Final Thoughts on Growing a Profitable Blog in 2020

There are a lot of blogging tips and advice to take in here, with tons of actionable steps you can take—from many of the world’s most successful bloggers who’ve become huge success stories within their respective blog niches.

If this all feels a bit overwhelming, bookmark this list and use it to come back to when you’re in need of some new handy blogging tips.

As your blog grows and you reach new roadblocks, come back and pick out the right blogging tips and advice that’s most relevant to you at the time. Or, you could make it a weekly habit to pick a new idea out of this list and experiment with how to implement the advice into your own blogging workflow.

And if you haven’t yet launched your blog, remember the seminal blogging tips and advice we started out with…

Don’t wait, start right now.

Figure out what your strengths are, how you can add value to an audience (through a blog), get started and take small steps every day that move your blog forward.

If you want a simple, straightforward guide to follow along with, then look no further.

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Check out my ultimate guide How to Start a Blog (on the Side).


How to Name a Blog (the Smart Way) + 40 Blog Name Examples

If you’re interested in starting a blog you’ve probably thought about how to name a blog, right? It’s an important question to answer during this process.

The name of your blog tells readers about who you are, the topics you’re blogging about, if they’ll resonate with your message and more. So, what are you going to name your blog?

It’s estimated that there are over 500 million blogs on the internet. It stands to reason therefore, that it’ll take some effort to truly stand out from the crowd. Especially if you hope to write blog content that people will actually want to read for the long run.

But before you can start writing amazing content, you’ll want to think of a great blog name. Part of your branding strategy and making yourself memorable to readers, is in choosing a lasting blog name that you can use for the foreseeable future.

This is the part that stumps a lot of new bloggers. How do you think of a blog name that represents your brand and can be remembered later when people search for it on Google?

Here are some of my best strategies and tips for how to name a blog, including 40 of the most creative blog name ideas & examples that you can use as inspiration to come up with your own clever blog name today.

How to Name a Blog (the Smart Way) + 40 Blog Name Ideas

  1. Blog naming ideas (quick tips & easy techniques)
  2. Deeply research your niche
  3. Think about why you want to blog
  4. Get to know your potential readers
  5. Identify strong branding opportunities
  6. Start with a keyword focus
  7. Use a name generator
  8. 40 blog name ideas & examples (plus why they work)

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I get a version of this question a lot from readers… “How do I name my blog, Ryan?”

Your blog name represents you and it can be the difference between someone clicking on your blog or passing it over to instead choose your competitor’s site to read on. And while this is true, naming your blog is actually NOT the most important part of creating a successful blog.

The content you create, the feeling that you give your readers and the value you give them far outweighs any blog name you come up with when first launching.

Consider the company Apple. People don’t spend billions of dollars each year on Apple products just because they love the name. People buy Apple because they love their products and believe that they have original intuitive ideas that beat their competition. Today, many people do love the name Apple, but it was their ingenuity, branding, and marketing that made the company what it is.

Despite this truth, your blog name is going to be the first thing people see in search results—and today’s recent blogging statistics show that your name does matter. Your blog’s name (and domain you choose) will tell people something about you and your blog, so you want to make a strong first impression.

If you’re you’re ready to start your blog, but can’t commit to a name, then start right here with my quick tips for how to name a blog, first.

Blog naming ideas (quick tips & easy techniques)

If trying to figure out how to come up with a blog name makes you feel like you’re stranded in a desert—take a deep breath and relax.

Blogger Working on Planning From Coffee Shop Ryan Robinson

We’re going to start with some very helpful (quick) ways to help get your creative thinking warmed up, so you can come up with the right name for your blog today.

1. Read a book (or article) to uncover a clever blog name

Did you know that reading can open your mind and improve your imagination in fascinating ways?

Your perfect blog name may just be hiding away inside your favorite book, or even one of my free blogging books. It might be a word or a phrase that catches your attention a few pages in.

Or more often than not, the simple act of reading something you’re interested in—might just open your mind into thinking outside the box for a bit. This is a great way come up with a fresh blog name that has a connection to something you’re already interested in, too.

2. Dust off your thesaurus or dictionary

When new parents want to name a baby, they often turn to Amazon to order a baby-naming book. These books are filled with names alphabetized from Aaron all the way to Zylina. If you’re looking for a great baby name, there are even entire websites dedicated to that process.

So where should you go if you want to figure out how to name a blog? Try a thesaurus or dictionary.

Personally, I recommend picking up a physical book that you can flip through and actually see the array of available words right in front of you. But if that’s not an option—go for the online Merriam-Webster Dictionary or Thesaurus.

If you have a theme in mind, but you’re not sure which word(s) to use yet—a thesaurus will be your best friend.

If you have no idea where to start with naming your blog, try thumbing through a dictionary. You’re likely to find words you’ve never heard of, come across ones that pique your interest and that could lead to the right inspiration for figuring out the right blog name for you.

3. Try alliteration to come up with a catchy blog name

Take a look at the address bar of this blog and you’ll see the domain “” sitting there (my nickname).

Best Buy. Dunkin’ Donuts. Coca-Cola. PayPal. Lois Lane. Fred Flintstone.

What do all these names have in common? They’re all excellent examples of alliteration.

Alliteration is a literary stylistic device and it leads to incredibly catchy ways to name a blog too. Names that use this stylistic technique are fun and have a way of sticking in your mind.

4. Find a good pun for your blog name

Puns are surprisingly common in the blogging world, and it’s a great way to help readers remember your blog name far into the future.

If you want to use a pun as the basis for figuring out how to name a blog, strive to use well-known phrases and incorporate a word from within your blog niche.

Here are a few examples of punny blog names that do a great job of setting a light tone and communicating the topics being discussed:

  • Dollars and Sense
  • In Tents Camping
  • Budget Bytes
  • Girl Gone Travel
  • She’s in the Glow

If you do come up with a pun-inspired blog name, just be careful not to choose something too obscure that the majority of people won’t understand. That’ll just leave readers scratching their heads.

5. Use humor to name a blog

Along the same lines as a pun-fueled blog name, you should consider using humor to lighten things up with the name of your blog (if that matches your style and tone).

Coming up with a blog name that makes people laugh when they see it, is an awesome way to get more clicks and stay top of mind with your readers.

Here are a few examples of bloggers that’ve used humor to decide how to name a blog that sets the tone for their content style:

  • Pregnant Chicken
  • Fit Bottomed Girls
  • Cats Who Code
  • Will Run for Margaritas
  • The Lazy Baker
  • Do You Even Blog?

Like with puns, just be mindful of how readers will perceive and form their own opinions as you decide how to name a blog with a comedic twist.

6. Unrelated words are memorable

Remember Little John from Robin Hood? His name stands out from a childhood story because he’s the opposite of little.

Many successful bloggers have applied this concept to their own efforts when it comes to choosing how to name a blog that’ll stand out from the crowd.

Beyond just that, you can also create a smart branding play by putting two words that are totally opposite or unrelated together for your blog name.

7. Use your own name (or nickname)

There are plenty of bloggers that use their name for their blog (myself included—ryrob).

This can be a great strategy in particular for lifestyle bloggers, or for a blog that’s centered around a single person offering a service.

Many bloggers who offer courses or share authoritative information on a subject, often use their own names for their blog.

This technique can be especially useful if you have a unique or unusual name (provided the domain is still available and at a reasonable price).

8. Brainstorm words that relate to your niche

Once you’ve identified your blog’s niche, you can begin to think about the words that are most closely related to these topics you’ll now be blogging about.

Start brainstorming about words that match your content topics. Here are a few examples of how to name a blog with a niche-centric domain, for bloggers in the travel and crafting niches.

If you’re travel blogging, you can find a blog name that uses words like:

  • Adventure
  • Wayfarer
  • Explorer
  • Venturer
  • Journey
  • Sojourner
  • Grifter
  • Vagrant
  • Nomad
  • Wanderer
  • Vagabond

Think of words that elicit the excitement and feeling of what it’s like to travel through a brand new (beautiful) country. Nomadic Matt is a great example of a blog name like this, that’s perfect for a travel blog. Words that make people feel like they’re joining you on a life-changing adventure can be super compelling when deciding how to name a blog.

If you’re craft blogging, you can use words like:

  • Maker
  • Make
  • Crafter
  • Stitches
  • Designs
  • Creations
  • Creative
  • Art
  • DIY
  • Builder
  • Handmade
  • Projects

Each of these words show that your blog is clearly somewhat related to the crafting of DIY space, but they work best when paired with another unique or interesting word. The Underground Crafter is a good example of an unusual word paired with an ordinary one in this particular niche.

9. Take a break and try something new

Sometimes when you focus on a problem too much (or for too long), it’s hard to find the solution.

It’s almost like dwelling on a project for too long makes your brain do the opposite of what you want. It shuts down and you’re unable to come up with any remotely good blog names. I know, I’ve been there myself.

If that’s the case for you right now, then try taking a little break. Go outside and take a walk through a park. Sit down at a coffee shop and have a conversation with someone new. Try going to the movies to relax, or go to the gym for a good workout.

Give yourself a complete break from thinking about how to name your blog.

Once you’ve given yourself some time, come back and write down a list of any words or phrases that come to mind first—there are no wrong answer. This mental break might be exactly what you needed in order to come up with your new blog name.

10. Use made up words to name your blog

Finally, don’t feel like you have to be constrained to real words for your blog name.

Think about some of the most recognizable companies in the world today. Many of them have names that are truly non-sensical when taken out of context.

  • Xerox
  • Kodak
  • Sony
  • Google
  • Häagen-Dazs

Yep, even the Häagen-Dazs ice cream brand name is totally made up. Reuban and Rose Mattis, originators of Häagen-Dazs ice cream, wanted something that sounded both like old-world craftsmanship and a name that still sounded Danish. The name they came up with really doesn’t mean anything. And although it’s gibberish even in the Dutch language, today this name is associated with high quality ice cream.

The natural downside of using a made up word as your blog name, is that it’s essentially meaningless (until you’ve made it big). People won’t automatically understand what your blog is all about.

The upside though, is that you can make your blog name mean whatever you want to mean. Using a made up word allows you to brand your blog any way you choose.

Alright! We’ve made it through the quick tips & techniques section of this guide on how to name a blog.

If that hasn’t yet landed you with the right blog name—then let’s turn this activity up a notch.

Moving forward, take this step-by-step approach to coming up with a thoughtful name for your blog.

1. Deeply research your niche

How to Name a Blog Research Your Niche Image

First things first. Before you can launch your blog, you’ll need to do some deep research into the niche you’re going to blog about.

Take time to discover other prominent people in your industry. Find out what’s working (or not working) for them in terms of how to name a blog in this space. Seek to answer questions like:

  • How are they branding themselves?
  • What kind of names are they choosing for their blogs? Any trends stick out?
  • How are their readers responding to their work?

As you collect data and pore over examples, determine what kind of blog you want to create. How is your blog going to be different than everything else that’s out there?

If you’ve spent enough time researching your blog niche, you’ll know what kind of blog names are already being used.

You want a blog name that’s unique.

If your blog name is almost identical to thirty-five other blogs, there’s a good chance readers will overlook yours.

You may also want to research niches or businesses outside of your industry to gather inspiration. And it’s worth taking real time to do this activity, because the right blog name can actually be instrumental in how you promote your blog over time (great blog names can encourage people to share your site with their friends more readily).

Taking words or phrases from other places may just be the ticket to setting yourself apart and making your blog stand out as unique.

2. Think about why you want to blog

If you’re starting a blog you probably have a good reason.

Name a Blog the Smart Way in 6 Steps Why You Want to Blog Today

Chances are, there’s something you’re passionate about, and you want to share it with the world.

Maybe you’ve got a unique skill set to teach, or career insights that others in your field can benefit from?

When you’re choosing how to name a blog, think about what you want your core message to be.

  • What are you trying to communicate to readers?
  • Which parts of that message are most important to you?
  • How do you want your readers to feel after seeing the name of your blog?

If you can identify what your purpose for starting a blog in the first place is, you’ll have a good foundation for coming up with a smart blog name that relates back to your overall message and goals.

Keep in mind that not every blog needs to be deeply meaningful or serious in nature, either.

While most of my content here is related to blogging and building a side business, I’ve also written about things like my biggest failure, quotes that motivates me and share weekly podcast episodes that cover a wider range of topics.

Some blogs are created just for fun. A good blog name will reflect this just as much as one with a more serious mission.

3. Get to know your potential readers

The next step is to think of who your ideal reader is. What makes them tick? What will they be interested in?

How to Name a Blog Who Are Your Readers Worksheet

In my guide about how to write a winning blog post, I outlined a very crucial step in the blog writing (and outlining) process.

When you write a blog post (whether for your own site or a part of a guest blogging campaign), you want to find topics that have a common ground between you and your reader.

How to Write a Blog Post and Find Relevant Content for Your Readers

The crossover point between what you want to write and what they want to read is the sweet spot you should always aim for in order to cultivate long-lasting relationships with your blog readers.

Coming up with a name for your blog is a similar process—it should be mutually beneficial.

Your blog name should represent you and appeal to your audience.

If you’re not yet sure who your audience is or how to attract them, your next mission is to develop that picture of who your readers could be—then learn to understand their needs and desires as time goes on.

Often, your initial assumption about who your future readers are going to be, will be pretty spot-on. But, it can also evolve over the coming weeks and months as you begin actually creating & sharing content on your blog.

To build this important relationship with your target audience, you’ll need to do more than just a little keyword research.

One way to connect with your audience is to find them in the real world (or online) in Facebook Groups, niche online communities and in the comments sections of other more established blogs in your niche.

Next, you’ll identify the pain points of those readers by answering questions like:

  • What are their most pressing needs?
  • How can your blog offer unique solutions to these problems? (Hint: this should be incorporated into your blog business plan too)
  • Do you want your blog name to appeal to a specific reader demographic?
  • What kinds of skills and abilities do your readers have?
  • Are you thinking about offering a blog to absolute beginners, or are you interested in attracting people who are already very successful in your field?

Answering these questions will help you think about your overall branding, positioning and help you find the right name that’ll appeals to your readers.

Create a list of ideas that you like and feel will resonate with your audience.

Once you’ve narrowed it down, try to pick a name that’s simple and memorable.

4. Identify strong branding opportunities

How to Name a Blog By Looking for Branding Opportunities

No matter which blog name you choose, remember that the way you brand it is crucial to your success.

Think again about our example with Apple. There’s a reason they’ve become such a long-lasting household name.

One contributing factor to Apple’s success is its consistent use of branding over the years.

From their iconic 1984 Superbowl commercial, to one of their most recent commercials entitled Apple at Work: The Underdogs, they’ve time and time again reaffirmed their brand as being cutting edge, non-conforming and deeply valuable to their customers.

Your blog has the same potential for becoming a strong brand.

And the name you choose for your blog can be a crucial element in that overall branding strategy—if you choose wisely.

Then, what you do with your blog name after its chosen, is even more important.

5. Start with a keyword focus

Name a Blog the Right Way Look for Keyword Opportunities

There is a long-standing debate about whether or not keywords in a domain name will help your blog with SEO.

According to Google’s John Mueller, there’s not a significant increase in visibility (if any) with keyword domain names.

What is a keyword domain (blog name)?

A keyword domain is when you choose a blog name that incorporates a main keyword you plan on blogging about directly into your blog’s URL. For example, if you wanted to start a blog about traveling the world, a keyword domain could be something like or where you’ve got either the exact word “travel” or a closely-related term included directly in your domain name.

Pre-2011, a keyword in your domain did tend to increase your SEO rankings.

Since then, Google has consistently changed its algorithm to devalue keyword blog names—so that they don’t automatically rank higher.

However, there is still a clear benefit to choosing a keyword domain if you can secure one.

One thing to keep in mind is a domain name with a keyword is beneficial in terms of both brand strategy and topic signaling. But as long as you learn how to do keyword research within your content creation process, you’ll cover that base.

If your domain name has a word in the title that people are often searching for, it can help make your content stand out.

Readers may think your website is more relevant to their search—and choose to click on your article over another blog name that’s seemingly unrelated to their query.

As a result, Google may also begin to rank your website higher because it has a higher organic click rate. A win-win.

For example, if you’re launching a blog that talks all about web hosting as your niche topic area, then it makes sense to try and get a domain with the word “hosting” somewhere in it. That way, when you publish content like a roundup of the best cheap web hosting plans or a breakdown of monthly billed hosting plans, the readers that come across your content in search results will instantly make the connection that your blog is primarily about hosting—and trust can form more easily.

Just be sure to follow other blog SEO best practices like choosing one of the best website builders and properly learning how to make a website that won’t disappoint your readers.

6. Use a blog name generator

Domain Name Generators by SmartWP Find Smart Domain name Ideas

If you’re having a hard time thinking of a name for your blog, there are entire websites dedicated to helping you name a blog, and without adding anything to your blogging costs.

They’re called domain name generators and they give you clever variations and name ideas for your blog—and even usually recommend one of the best web hosting plans to go along with your new domain name once you’ve landed on a strong blog name.

Whether you already have a general idea of what you want to blog about, or even if you have no direction at all, these name generators can help immensely.

In addition to giving you a variety of blog name ideas, many name generators also let you know if the name you like has an available domain right now.

Here are four of the top domain name generators you can use today:

1. SmartWP’s Name Generator

Domain Name Generator from SmartWP to Find Domain Name Ideas

SmartWP’s Name Generator is a completely free tool that uses computer algorithms to find you a SEO-friendly domain name ideas for where your new blog is going to live. I teamed up with my friend Andy to build this domain name generator as an extremely simple, easy to use and straightforward tool that all new bloggers should leverage.

When you land on our domain generator page, you’ll see a single search bar that allows you to type in a few phrases, some words that define your blog, or even the exact domain name you’re interested in registering (like to see if you can grab your top desired blog name.

The tool then gives you instant results with the closest domain names matching the words you typed in—and will hide the domains that are already registered. You’ll also see a list of suggestions for domain names that are available right now and can be registered in a matter of minutes through my discounted Bluehost link.

Here’s a full breakdown of our features:

  • 100% free to use and gives you immediate results to your searches
  • Only see domain name suggestions that are currently available
  • Built to be super clean, clutter-free and has no advertisements or distractions
  • One-click “Get it Now” button that’ll immediately take you to where you can register the domain name
  • Very extensive list of different domain name ideas (and TLD extensions) to choose from

Try it out right here today and I promise you won’t be disappointed. 🙂

2. Name Mesh

How to Name Your Blog with Name Generator NameMesh

Name Mesh is free and one of the more popular name generators because it’s so easy to use and gives you categories for name choices.

If you put a word into the “generate” tab, you’ll be given a variety of categories to choose from. Some of these categories include:

  • Common
  • New
  • Short
  • Extra
  • Similar
  • SEO
  • Fun
  • Mix

It also gives you synonyms, antonyms and related words based on your search parameters. This opens up a lot of options for your blog name creation.

3. Panabee

How to Name Your Blog with Name Generator Panabee

Panabee is a particularly great name generator for international bloggers, as it offers a lot of extensions including .co .uk .in and

This blog name generator also offers domain search, suggestions, word variations and related terms.

A bonus feature of this name generator is that it also checks your desired name for available app and social media handles to make sure your names and branding can be consistent across all platforms you’ll be engaging on.

4. Name Station

How to Name Your Blog with Name Generator NameStation

Name Station offers many of the same features as the other name generators, but it has a few cool additional functions.

With Name Station you have the option of hosting a contest to crowdsource name suggestions, letting other people in on the brainstorming session to help name your blog.

When you use this name generator, you can combine keyword lists and choose from a variety of extensions. Each search yields a list of synonyms for your word, which I’ve also found to be extremely helpful.

You also have the option of a “smart search” where you can pick a primary and secondary word for your search.

Like within Name Mesh, you can also use several useful categories like:

  • Compound Words
  • Business Names
  • Hand-picked Names
  • Related Words

All of this being said, in my opinion, a name generator should be your last resort when wrestling with how to name a blog.

Rather than rushing into crowdsourcing a name or letting a computer program spit some options out for you, I recommend being patient for a day to see if something particularly exciting comes to you before running with a blog name you’re lukewarm about—the right name can help dramatically with figuring out how to grow your blog.

As long as you know which topics you want to blog about, the right name will eventually come to you.

Here are a few final pointers to keep in mind and some great blog name examples to spark your imagination.

Final pointers on how to name a blog

Take these tips into account when you’re deciding on a smart name for your blog:

  • Use a domain extension that fits your blog. Using .com is often the best and most universally recognized and remembered.
  • Think of a name that’s easy to pronounce. If the spelling is too different or the word is too unusual, people may have trouble finding your blog again.
  • Try to avoid using hyphens when possible. Hyphens are another reason that people may struggle to find your blog again.
  • Avoid using names that are copyrighted. For example, if your domain name could be confused with a high-level commercial website, you may be at risk for legal action.
  • Ask for some advice. Know any other writers in your niche? If not, do some smart blogger outreach to someone you respect within your niche and ask for some tips.
  • If there’s a name you know you want to use, try to snatch it up quickly. It may not be around for much longer.
  • Once you land on a clever blog name, you’ll need a logo (check out my favorite creative blogging tools).

Alright, now that we’ve covered a nice step-by-step tutorial for how to name a blog—let’s go over some examples of blog names.

Whether to spark your imagination or just show you what’s possible when it comes to naming your blog, these examples won’t disappoint.

40 Genius Blog Name Ideas & Examples (Plus Why They Work)

One of the best ways to discover a killer name for your blog is by looking at works for other bloggers.

So, how do you name a blog? Here are 40 examples of genius blog names (broken down by category) to get you inspired today.

Personal Finance Blog Name Ideas & Examples

1. Smart Passive Income

How to Name Your Blog Example Smart Passive Income

One of the reasons that the title Smart Passive Income is successful is because it tells people exactly what blogger Pat Flynn is all about.

There are a lot of blogs that talk about increasing your income, but this one is specifically dedicated to passive income. That’s a niche that a lot of people are interested in today, and Pat’s got a lot of experience in the field.

2. Making Sense of Cents

How to Name Your Blog Example Making Sense of Cents

Making Sense of Cents is a clever play on words that’s memorable and lets potential visitors know exactly what to expect.

Plus, Michelle has been blogging for many years about her own personal journey of paying off debt, leaving her day job and reaching the seven-figure income mark from her blog.

3. The Penny Hoarder

How to Name Your Blog Example The Penny Hoarder

The Penny Hoarder is a humorous title that will attract a lot of people who are interested in finance, but especially those who are concerned with personal finances.

Their about page says, “The Penny Hoarder’s mission is to make personal finance less intimidating and accessible. We do this by providing inspiration and actionable blogging advice to millions of readers on how to make, save and manage money.” That’s a pretty great mission statement that related directly back to their blog’s name.

4. The Millennial Money Man

How to Name Your Blog Example Millennial Money Man

The Millennial Money Man is a popular personal financial website and blog. The creator uses alliteration and appeals to a certain target audience (millennials) in choosing how to name a blog very cleverly for this niche.

Parenting Blog Name Ideas & Examples

5. Scary Mommy

How to Name Your Blog Example Scary Mommy

Scary Mommy, a blog that began in 2008, is edgy and also extremely relatable. They chose how to name a blog in a way that thoughtfully expresses something atypical from the common Mommy blog. As their website about page explains, “[the blog] transformed into a massive vibrant community of millions of parents, brought together by a common theme: Parenting doesn’t have to be perfect.”

In other words, parenting is hard. You’re not alone, and you can be a good parent without being a perfect one.

6. Have Baby Will Travel

Have Baby Will Travel Parenting Blog Name Example (Screenshot)

Have Baby Will Travel is a blog all about traveling the world with babies and young children. It fills a real need as parents of young children often have a lot of questions about the best way to travel with their little ones in tow.

Their blog name is easy to understand and a humorous take on a classic phrase format in the English language.

7. The Growing Creatives

The Growing Creatives Blog for Children and Creativity (Screenshot)

The Growing Creatives is a site about raising creative kids (as their blog name suggests). On this blog, you’ll find craft ideas for kids, creative play ideas, how to raise kids to be independently creative and how to incorporate creativity into learning.

The creators of this parenting blog very thoughtfully went about deciding how to name a blog in this crowded space—and their content does a good job of showing that it’s different than your average website with parenting tips—it’s truly a parenting blog for raising more creative children.

Technology Blog Name Ideas & Examples

8. Learn to Code With Me

How to Name Your Blog Example Learn to Code With Me

Coding has become enormously popular both with children and adults in recent years. That’s what makes a name like Learn to Code With Me such a smart blog name idea.

Many people who are interested in coding don’t know where to begin, but the name of this blog gives them an easy place to start.

9. The Verge

The Verge Technology Blog (Screenshot) of Homepage and Examples

Sometimes a blog name is used to elicit a feeling. Such is the case with the blog The Verge.

On their blog they write, “The Verge is an ambitious multimedia effort founded in 2011 to examine how technology will change life in the future for a massive mainstream audience. Our original editorial insight was that technology had migrated from the far fringes of the culture to the absolute center as mobile technology created a new generation of digital consumers. Now, we live in a dazzling world of screens that has ushered in revolutions in media, transportation, and science. The future is arriving faster than ever.”

This blog shows that humankind is always on the precipice of something new, and they’re here to expose what it will be.

Food and Nutrition Blog Name Ideas & Examples

10. Pinch of Yum

How to Name Your Blog Example Pinch of Yum

While there are a lot of food blogs on the Internet, the blog name Pinch of Yum is recognizable and very fun.

It lets visitors know the niche of this site simply by reading this blog name out loud—without using other kinds of tired or worn out blog name ideas.

11. The Easy Homestead

How to Name Your Blog Example The Easy Homestead

A lot of people are interested in homesteading but are concerned that the learning curve may be too steep.

That’s why the blog name, The Easy Homestead, is a great landing place for people who want to homestead but aren’t sure where to get started.

12. Minimalist Baker

Minimalist Baker Homepage Screenshot and Example of a Great Blog Name

The Minimalist Bakeris a super interesting pair of words that also piggybacks on the minimalism trend. It’s intriguing but it’s also informative about the blog’s content.

How does one become a minimalist in the kitchen? In this case, it’s by carefully choosing recipes that don’t require a lot of ingredients, time, or kitchen products.

13. Lazy Cat Kitchen

Lazy Cat Kitchen Blog Name Example (Homepage Screenshot)

The Lazy Cat Kitchen is another food blog and it cleverly uses alliteration in the way they chose how to name a blog. The title is a bit curious though, as it makes you wonder what a cat has to do with cooking.

The reason for the name is blogger Ania’s love for animals. She developed her blog after she incorporated a plant-based diet into her life. The back story is she fostered a few stray cats while living on a small Greek island and during that time reexamined her life as a meat and dairy eater. She decided to become vegan and created The Lazy Cat Kitchen to share food preparation and cooking ideas with other vegans.

14. Beekeeping like a Girl

How to Name Your Blog Example Beekeeping Like a Girl

To be fair, this isn’t technically a food blog. However, bees (and their honey) are a hot topic today. Beekeeping has been on the rise with the #savethebees campaign, but historically it has been a male-dominated field.

That’s what makes Beekeeping Like a Girl stand out as a great blog name idea. It’s all about beekeeping and appeals to inspiring beekeepers—especially female ones.

Fitness Blog Name Ideas & Examples

15. Nerd Fitness

Nerd Fitness Blog Name Example of a Clever Niche and Idea

Nerd Fitness is a really popular blog in the fitness niche. What’s great about this blog name is that it’s very simple and gets right to the point.

It’s a fitness blog primarily for nerds—which means the content revolves around people who want to get fit, but are also interested in comic books and movies like Lord of the Rings.

16. No Meat Athlete

No Meat Athlete Great Alliteration in a Name for a Blog Example (Screenshot)

No Meat Athlete is a fitness blog for people who want to be fit, but while remaining vegan. While many fitness blogs encourage eating meat for the protein, this blog focuses on ways to be healthy with a plant-based diet.

This blog name is fascinating because it combines two niche interests—fitness and eating vegan, which shows people how they can do both. The name of the blog expresses this relationship well and it’s even more creative because it rhymes.

17. Breaking Muscle

Breaking Muscle Example of How to Name a Blog Well (Screenshot)

To muscles stronger they have to first be torn and then repaired. That’s the idea behind the blog name Breaking Muscle.

A blog with an intense name like Breaking Muscle is likely to attract an audience that’s ready to get fit.

Travel Blog Name Ideas & Examples

18. Expert Vagabond

How to Name Your Blog Example Expert Vagabond

The Expert Vagabond is a clever pairing of two words that you wouldn’t ordinarily see together into a fun blog name.

According to the website, the word vagabond means leading an unsettled and carefree life. The word “expert” gives the blog a level of authority while the word vagabond appeals to the adventurous side of his readers.

When thinking about how to name a blog for your ideal audience, this blog could potentially appeal to two very different groups of people. The first is people who want advice and inspiration for their world traveling. The second is those who simply enjoy following his travels while continuing to live their non-nomadic lives.

19. Solo Traveler

Solo Traveler Blog Example (Screenshot)

There are many travel blogs to choose from if you’re looking for information on where to go (or what to do) for your next big trip. What sets a particular travel blog apart from another, is a more specific niche.

In the case of Solo Traveler, its a blog all about traveling the world alone. The name of this blog lets readers know exactly what to expect.

20. Cranky Flier

How to Name Your Blog Example Cranky Flier

This blog is all about airlines and the airline industry. The blog name Cranky Flier definitely catches a reader’s attention. Anyone who has traveled knows the feeling of crankiness—so the name is also relatable.

21. The Fearful Adventurer

How to Name Your Blog Example The Fearful Adventurer

In the same vein, the blog The Fearful Adventurer touches on a very real idea. Many people want to be adventurers but are simultaneously afraid.

In her about section, the author carefully explains, “Adventure to me is a vehicle for understanding myself and human nature through experiential learning. I believe that, somewhere in between the terror of fear and the exhilaration of adventure is a sweet spot for understanding the self.” Now that’s a meaningful way to go about deciding how to name a blog.

Writing-Related Blog Name Ideas & Examples

22. Copyhackers

Blog Name Example CopyHackers How to Name Your Blog

Joanna Wiebe’s world-renowned copywriting blog has long been a staple resource for marketers, writers and freelancers alike—especially for those with an eye toward conversion copywriting. She chose this clever name for her blog nearly a decade ago after launching the site to grow her conversion copywriting business. Their catchy name and immensely valuable content has solidified this blog’s reputation for years to come.

23. ProBlogger

How to Name Your Blog Example ProBlogger

Another way to come up with a creative name is to play with prefixes and suffixes. A good example of this is ProBlogger.

This name quickly shows two meanings. The first is being a pro at blogging. The second means “ahead of” because the Latin prefix “pro” means “in front of,” which is a nice play on words.

24. Literary Hub

Literary Hub Homepage Screenshot Example

Literary Hub is a blog that explores many elements of modern literature. This blog covers news topics about literature and shares ideas about contemporary lit. Literary Hub posts original content and shared work from their editorial partners, too. On their long list of partners are recognizable names like Penguin Press and Little Brown Company.

The word hub means, “a center around which other things revolve or from which they radiate; a focus of activity, authority, commerce, transportation.” This blog name has worked hard to place itself at the center of the modern literary world.

25. Seth’s Blog

How to Name Your Blog Example Seths Blog

Another way to come up with a blog name is to use your own personal name (or nickname). That’s what I’ve done and many other bloggers have done the same.

This is a good choice if you want to use your personal name for branding.

Seth Godin, famous entrepreneur, author, and speaker uses his personal name for his blog: Seth’s Blog.

Music, Film and Entertainment Blog Name Ideas & Examples

26. The Music Ninja

The Music Ninja Blog (Homepage Screenshot)

The music and entertainment niche has a lot of bloggers that want to show that they have the best and most up-to-date information for their crowd. The Music Ninja is a blog and music center for indie music lovers and it strives to separate good music from the bad. Their blog name comes from the site’s self-proclaimed ability to share quality music despite the surrounding world of “bad” music.

On their blog they write, “Radio committed suicide for repeating the same hits over and over, print magazines are at the brink of extinction and the tubes of the internet are getting clogged with so much bad music, it is nearly impossible to filter through it all. Fortunately, we have been trained in the secret arts of auto-tune detection and mediocre bass lines to bring you digestible daily updates of genuine up and coming artists across all genres whose music truly deserves to be shared. And along the way a couple of fun remixes and mash ups.. lets not take ourselves too seriously now!”

27. Consequence of Sound

Consequence of Sound Cool Blog Name Example for Inspiration (Homepage)

Music and entertainment is a niche that gives total freedom when it comes to deciding how to name a blog. The blog’s name doesn’t need to have the word entertainment in it, in order to fit in. Found somewhere between underground music and mainstream pop, the blog Consequence of Sound is a highly successful online publication with millions of readers.

And where did the name come from? They found their inspiration from a song of the same name written by artist Regina Spektor.

28. Film School Rejects

Film School Rejects (Screenshot) and Example of How to Name a Blog Creatively

While you might think that a blog name like Film School Rejects would make people think that the people writing aren’t a good authority on entertainment—the opposite effect happens here.

This blog name makes you feel like you’re part of a group of people who may have failed film school but still have an interesting take on entertainment.

Lifestyle and Fashion Blog Name Ideas & Examples

29. Cupcakes and Cashmere

How to Name Your Blog Example Cupcakes and Cashmere

The blog name Cupcakes and Cashmere evokes a lot of feeling in just two words. It gives the impression that it’s going to be sweet and sophisticated. Not only that, but it’s a fine use of alliteration.

30. Hippie in Heels

How to Name Your Blog Example Hippie in Heels

The fun thing about the blog name Hippie in Heels is that it uses opposite words AND alliteration. It mashes together two very different ideas and instantly creates interest.

What kind of blog would mix a hippie lifestyle with heels? The creator’s about me section says, “Some of my friends think I’m a girly-girl and some think I’m a dirty hippie. I’m a little of both, hence the name of my blog.”

31. Coco+Kelley

How to Name Your Blog Example Coco and Kelly

Many times people are attracted to simple blog names, as they can be more enticing to the right audience.

While Coco+Kelley doesn’t immediately tell you what the blog is about, it does use a popular branding technique. Other companies employ the use of two names put together to create a name. Examples include Aden + Anais, Mott & Bow, Wolf & Shepherd, and Whimsy + Row.

The addition of the plus sign, ampersand, or word “and” is a branding strategy all its own. These companies are particularly popular among millennials and hipsters.

32. The Good Men Project

How to Name Your Blog Example The Good Men Project

The Good Men Project is a website dedicated to exploring what it means to be a good man in the 21st century.

One of the biggest appeals to this blog name, is that you know instantly what the website is about. Plus, it’s simple and easy to remember.

33. The Art of Manliness

How to Name Your Blog Example Art of Manliness

The Art of Manliness is another clever name for a blog. This blog name not only gives a clear idea of what the blog is about, but it also does an excellent job connecting with its intended audience.

The website is a mix of advice, humor and general information that appeals to men. This blog has a great name and a strong branding strategy.

Crafting and DIY Blog Name Ideas & Examples

34. Love. Life. Yarn.

Love Life Yarn Crafting Example of How to Name a Blog and Be Creative

You’ve probably heard of phrase “Live. Laugh. Love.” before, right? Choosing a well-known phrase and changing it slightly is a clever way to create a clever blog name.

This is what blogger Amanda did with her blog name, Love. Life. Yarn. (a blog about knitting and crocheting).

35. Repeat Crafter Me

Repeat Crafter Me Creative Example of a Good Name for a Blog

Repeat Crafter Me is a blog about crafting, crocheting and crock-potting. It’s a good example of a pun-based blog name that’ll make (the right) people smile.

It’s also easy enough to remember and it clearly defines what the blog is all about.

36. Krazy Coupon Lady

How to Name Your Blog Example Krazy Coupon Lady

If you’re passionate about saving, then you’re probably going to be attracted to the blog name The Krazy Coupon Lady. While the word “Krazy” may not ordinarily instill a sense of authority, the way it’s used here does.

This blog name gives readers the impression that she’ll go above and beyond to find the best deals to share with her audience.

Hobby-Driven Blog Name Ideas & Examples

37. Car Talk

How to Name Your Blog Example CarTalk

Simple and straight to the point. That’s what you get from the blog name, Car Talk.

Just as the name of this blog suggests, it’s everything you could want to discuss about cars in both blog and radio format.

38. Fluent in 3 Months

How to Name Your Blog Example Fluent in 3 Months

Fluent in 3 Months is a blog name that really sells. If you read it, you automatically want to know more about it if you’re interested in learning a new language. Can you learn a new language fluently in three months?!

If you’re interested in learning a foreign language, there’s a really good chance that you’ll click on this blog name to find out more.

39. Tiny Buddha

How to Name Your Blog Example Tiny Buddha

Some blog names are interesting because they mix two words that are opposites. That’s the case with the blog tiny buddha.

This blog is about using simple wisdom for complex lives. The creator of the site explains, “Much of [the website] has its roots in Buddhism, but this is not a site about religion. It’s about ideas that make sense and make a big difference when applied.”

40. Humans of New York

How to Name Your Blog Example Humans of New York

Humans of New York is a wildly popular social media series, blog, and book. The title of this blog tells readers that it will likely be an exploration of humans. That alone is a really interesting concept.

But besides having an interesting name, the popularity and heart of this series ultimately come from the amazing stories and photographs.

Final takeaways on how to name your blog

Naming your blog is an important step, but it shouldn’t leave you paralyzed.

How to Name a Blog Final Thoughts and Take Away Sticky Notes

If you’re not thrilled with your blog’s name, you can always rebrand and change it in the future. Don’t make the blogging mistake of thinking your name will do all the work for you.

Remember that the quality of your content, the ability to connect with your audience and the way you’ve branded your site are all a crucial part of your blog development.

Ultimately, your blog name choice is only a small part of this process.

So if you’re getting hung up on how to name a blog, just get started with the first decent option that comes to mind—and know that you can always change it one day soon after you’re driving a meaningful amount of traffic and monetizing your blog (the most important things for your blogging business).

When you do choose a name, try to choose something that interests your ideal audience.

Find a name that’s simple and memorable.

You can use interesting prefixes, alliteration, unusual combinations, or your own name.

You can be funny, strange, shocking, or sweet.

The main point is to pick a blog name that fits both you and your readers.

Once you’ve learned how to name a blog, then the real work fun begins.

Still Need to Start Your Blog First?

Check out my ultimate guide How to Start a Blog (on the Side) Today.


Happy International Women’s Day – The women behind the Opera browser – Blog

Today is International Women’s Day, the day where women from different fields, educational levels and backgrounds are recognized and celebrated all around the world for their achievements.

Presently, women make up just 17% of the tech workforce, thus more and more women are encouraged to pursue careers in tech. Initiatives such as Girls who Code  and conferences such as European Women in Technology support this movement passionately.

With Opera being a tech company, we are very proud of the strong women that work for us in all different departments, from finance to marketing, sales to product design, engineering and quality assurance, to distribution and data analysis.

In celebration of this day, we want to introduce to you to some of the women behind the Opera browsers.

Meet Joanna!

What’s your name and your role at Opera?

I am Joanna Czajka – Product Manager of Opera Desktop, Design Lead

What excites you about your daily work?

On a daily basis, I enjoy working with people. Seeking solutions, solving problems, creating new ideas. It is amazing how different minds can shape something altogether, going through the design, development and marketing processes, which are not always easy. Then our work is going to users, we’re getting feedback, learn from it and start a new process again. I call it my daily driver though, not an excitement.

What did you study?

I studied art and animation in Poland and the UK, creating two diploma movies in 2D and 3D animations.

When did you start to think about pursuing a career in tech?

I cannot recall a special moment. I always enjoyed making 2D and 3D animations in digital programs, as this combines artistic and technical thinking and skills. Then, I guess, every project or life decision led me to a very tech company such as Opera.

What challenges are you facing as a woman working in tech?

I am not sure if when something is a challenge for me it is because I am a woman, or a designer, or because of my personality. I guess men have challenges in tech, too. I think that if something is hard for you or is having a bad impact on you, you need to understand the reason or source and try to fix it. Making excuses are not an option.

What would your advice to women considering pursuing a career in tech be?

Learn and work. Nothing is more valuable and motivating than a sense of your own experience growing project by project. Learn from the best people you may know. Join interesting projects (even if for free at the beginning).

Are there any specific Book/Blogs/Apps you enjoy & recommend?

If you like any topic, just dig into it how much you can. For young designers, I would recommend to search for knowledge and inspiration more in art, rather than the internet. It can deepen your approach to a design process. I read books about architecture or industrial design as I love seeking analogies between art and interface design.
I also recommend playing games. Games consist of three important things which you can observe and learn: creating understandable mechanics so people know how to play; creating crispy visuals so people want to play; and creating a narrative so people can engage and don’t stop playing (and become addicted, too ;)). I played games and redrew them on paper many times to understand their mechanics.

Who or what inspires you?

Everything can be an inspiration if you look at the world around you and enjoy it as it is.

What do you enjoy doing outside of work?

Working in tech and in a company that offers a product worldwide makes me think about the whole world everyday. Simple things like weekend mountainside trips, sketching in a notepad or being with a family helps me renew my energy.

3 tips you would give your younger self?

It’s better to have tips for now or your future self. Then, it will lead you to something new.

Meet Kornelia!

What’s your name and your role at Opera?

My name is Kornelia Mielczarczyk. I’ve been a QA Engineer in Opera Software since 2012.

What excites you about your daily work?

I love working with Opera’s users. It gives me a lot of joy when I can see the interaction between us. We build the product for millions of users and that makes me proud!

What did you study?

I studied at Wrocław University of Science and Technology, Faculty of Environmental Engineering.

When did you start to think about pursuing a career in tech?

I think my dad, who graduated from a radio technical school, instilled in me the desire to be an engineer. I’ve always been more of a ‘tech girl’ than a humanist.

What challenges are you facing as a woman working in tech?

In our office, there are no differences between men and women. I’m really lucky because I’ve never faced any discrimination or difficulties because of the fact that I’m a woman.

What would your advice to women considering pursuing a career in tech be?

I would tell them the same thing that I’m telling my daughters every day – if you work hard and be a good person, you can be anyone you want. Just go, girl! Be brave and win the world!

Are there any specific Book/Blogs/Apps you enjoy & recommend ?

I like traveling blogs a lot. I love following the adventures of The Bucket List Family, or the Adamo Family . On my phone you’ll find a lot of applications accidently installed by my kids 😉 I’m the type of person who uses a phone to only make a phone call. But, I use some apps to help me organize my day, remind about events, and so on. When you have three kids your schedule is pretty loaded with birthday parties and school events. I’ve been reading a lot of parenting guides lately. What have delighted me lately are the Khaled Hosseini books, where you can read about women’s life in Afghanistan.

Who or what inspires you?

I admire everyone who leaves their previous life for a year or more and embarks on a journey. I hope I can afford it one day. I think that nothing educates a person as much as traveling does – new experiences, flavors, cultural differences … I want to show my children the world and its diversity.

What do you enjoy doing outside of work?

I spend a lot of time with my kids and looking for attractions in the city for them. I love cooking, and I attend yoga and pilates classes.

3 tips you would give your younger self?

Go for a ‘Work & travel’ trip because that’s the best way to learn languages and see the world. Don’t be afraid to be unconventional sometimes. Be brave!

Have any questions? Feel free to leave a comment and make sure to check out Part II. Happy International Women’s Day!


38 Blogging Statistics You Need to Know in 2020 (to Blog Smarter)

If you’re looking for the most up-to-date blogging statistics, you’ve come to the right place.

As a blogger, business owner, writer or content marketer, it pays dividends to be in the know when it comes to the industry’s latest blogging statistics.

Why? Well, having a grasp on the most current blogging statistics can help you identify gaps where you can create more strategic content that’ll stand out from your competition. Analyzing the data behind what’s working well for other bloggers can also help you pinpoint your own content shortcomings and gather insightful ideas to test.

Moreover, regardless of the industry you’re in, these blogging statistics will help you improve your content strategy moving forward.

So, is blogging overrated? Is it really the secret sauce to driving traffic that many claim it to be?

Whatever the answer, one thing is certain. Many successful businesses and bloggers are investing a lot of resources into blogging. But, I’m getting ahead of myself.

To prove (or disprove) the value of blogging, let’s quickly look at 38 key blogging statistics that’ll shed a clear light on the state of blogging in 2020.

38 Blogging Statistics You Need to Know in 2020 (to Blog Smarter)

  1. 34.5% of all websites on the Internet are powered by WordPress
  2. 70 million new posts are published on WordPress each month
  3. It takes on average 3.5 hours to write a blog post (average length is 1,151 words)
  4. The average reader spends 37 seconds reading a blog post
  5. Blog posts that feature an image every 75-100 words get 2X more shares
  6. There will be approximately 31.7 million bloggers in the US by the end of 2019
  7. An overwhelming 77% of Internet users regularly read blog posts
  8. 55% of bloggers write less than 1000 words per post (20% write 1500+ words)
  9. The optimal length for a blog post is in the 2,250 – 2,500 words range
  10. 44% of bloggers publish new content between three to six times per month
  11. 65% of content marketers say they have a documented content strategy
  12. 71% of B2B buyers consume blog content during their buyer journey
  13. Publishing 16 posts/mo gets 4.5x more leads than those that publish 4 posts
  14. 200 million people had ad blockers in 2015 (that’s growing 40% per year)
  15. Content marketing is 62% cheaper than traditional marketing
  16. Content marketing produces 3X more leads than paid search
  17. 60% of people purchase a product after originally reading a blog post about it
  18. 89% of B2B marketers cite content marketing as a very important strategy
  19. More than 92% of marketers consider content  a valuable asset to invest in
  20. Close to 50% of marketers say they’d start over focusing on blogging
  21. 61% of Americans spend 3X more time consuming blog content than emails
  22. 75% of online shoppers say they use social media as a part of their buying process
  23. Google has a 92.04% search engine market share (Yahoo! is second with 2.67%)
  24. Top ranking content on Google averages between 1,140-1285 words
  25. 52.2% of all website traffic worldwide was from mobile devices in 2018
  26. Having a blog increases your chances of ranking higher in search by 434%
  27. Driving traffic to their websites is a major marketing priority for 54% of marketers
  28. Once you publish 21-54 blog posts, your traffic can increase by as much as 30%
  29. Up to 80% of searchers ignore sponsored posts in favor of organic content
  30. 95% of searchers never go past the first page of Google’s search results page
  31. 50% of search queries are four words or longer
  32. Close to half of all clicks go to the top 3 listings in search results
  33. U.S. retailers expect to spend $6.8 Billion on affiliate marketing programs in 2019
  34. Predictive headlines (“The Future of…”) are outperforming other B2B content
  35. Blog posts with 6-13 word long headlines tend to drive more traffic
  36. Odd numbered headlines perform better than their even numbered counterparts
  37. Emotional headlines get a higher number of shares than other headline types
  38. Blog posts are 3.5x more likely to get shared on social media by email subscribers

Content is still the pillar of all inbound marketing efforts. And in most cases, the foundation on which that pillar is built… is a blog.

Here’s a collection of my picks for the most insightful blogging statistics you need to know in order to create successful content this year. Whether you’re new to blogging, or a seasoned marketer, these blogging statistics will help immensely in mapping your blogging journey into the future.

The State of Blogging: General Blogging Statistics This Year

Blogging Statistics Related to General Blogging This Year

Let’s start our journey down the path of blogging statistics with a casual glance at the state of blogging, shall we?

1. A whopping 34.5% of all websites on the Internet are powered by WordPress as their content management system of choice. (W3 Techs)

2. 70 million. That’s the average number of new posts published on WordPress in a given month. (WordPress)

3. On average, it takes about 3.5 hours to write a blog post (with the average blog post length being 1,151 words). (Orbit Media)

4. 37 seconds. That’s the average time a reader spends reading a blog post. (NewsCred)

I know what you’re thinking—only 37 seconds?! That’s abysmally low, especially with the average blog post length weighing in at 1,151 words.

Don’t let this blogging statistic scare you though, as there are many things you can do as a blogger to simultaneously increase the amount of time readers spend on your articles while also writing stronger blog posts (or even guest blog posts) that provide more value to those readers.

To increase the time people spend on your blog posts:

  • Add as much value into a post as possible. People don’t read blog posts simply for entertainment—they read to find a solution to a particular problem.
  • Create skimmable content. In other words, break up your text into easily digestible chunks.
  • Utilize a combination of written content, images, embedded video and audio to keep readers engaged (and appeal to the learning styles of more people).

5. Blog posts that feature an image every 75-100 words get 2X more shares than those without. (Hubspot)

6. There will be approximately 31.7 million bloggers in the US by the end of 2019. (Statista)

7. An overwhelming 77% of Internet users regularly read blog posts. (Impact)

A casual look at the number of blog posts being published in a single month shows just how competitive blogging is becoming.

If you haven’t started investing in content creation yet, these blogging statistics have shown that today is the perfect time to get started.

Length and Frequency-Related Blogging Statistics

Blogging Statistics About Blog Length and Publishing Frequency

Do blog post length and your frequency of publishing impact the success of your blogging efforts? (Hint: Yes they do 🙂)

Check out these blogging statistics to help shape your strategy when it comes to blog post length and posting frequency:

8. Most bloggers (55%) write less than 1000 words per post. On the other hand, 20% of bloggers create posts that are 1500+ words in length. (Orbit Media)

9. The optimal length for a blog post is in the 2,250 – 2,500 words range. (Hubspot)

Long-form content is the way to go if you hope to enjoy a strong ROI from your blogging efforts.

10. 44% of bloggers report publishing new blog content between three to six times per month. (Orbit Media)

According to these blogging statistics on frequency and post length, it’s better to post longer (more comprehensive) content with less frequency in today’s content world. And because not all bloggers have caught on to this insight about the effectiveness of long-form content, that’s a gap you can still leverage to create standout content.

Marketing-Focused Blogging Statistics

Blogging Statistics About Marketing and Creating Effective Content

Many marketers report blogging as being an integral part of their entire inbound marketing efforts (to bring potential customers to their websites).

Here are some marketing-specific blogging statistics that’ll help you prioritize where to focus in your content marketing for 2020.

11. 65% of content marketers say they have a documented content marketing strategy to guide their efforts. (CMI and MarketingProfs)

That’s a significant jump considering only 39% documented their content marketing strategy in 2018. It’s a sure sign that more businesses are appreciating the value blogging can create for their bottom lines.

12. 71% of B2B buyers consume blog content during their buyer journey. (Demand Gen)

Blogging is no longer simple a top of the funnel inbound marketing strategy. When properly utilized, you can put blogging to work in the middle and at the end of your sales funnel, to help answer critical questions, reinforce credibility and guide your prospects into sealing the deal.

13. Companies that publish 16 or more blog posts per month generate 4.5X more leads than those that publish 4 posts (or less). (HubSpot)

That means you’ll need to regularly come up with compelling, clever and engaging blog post ideas that still relate back to the overall mission of attracting readers who can eventually convert into becoming email subscribers and potential customers for your business.

14. 200 million people had ad blockers installed on their devices in 2015. That number has been growing by a whopping 40% every year. (PageFair)

Bloggers that generate an income from traditional blog ad networks are dying a slow death. Savvy marketers have already seen this trend coming, and have pivoted to monetizing their blogs through other more sustainable sources like affiliate programs, sponsored content, online courses, selling their services and more.

15. Content marketing is 62% cheaper than traditional marketing. (Demand Metric)

16. When it comes to lead generation, content marketing produces 3X more leads than paid search. (Kapost)

17. 60% of people cite purchasing a product after originally reading a blog post about it. (Demand Metric)

18. 89% of B2B marketers cite content marketing as a very important marketing strategy. (Content Marketing Institute)

19. More than 92% of marketers consider content as a valuable asset worth investing in. (Content Marketing Institute)

20. Close to 50% of marketers say, given the chance to start their content marketing over, they would focus on blogging. (Databox)

21. 61% of Americans spend 3X more time consuming blog content than they do email content. (Social Media Today)

While blogging statistics like this can make it sound (on the surface) like email isn’t as great of a channel to reach your audience—don’t let that de-prioritize your email-related efforts as they apply to other key blog promotion channels like doing smart blogger outreach to build strategic relationships.

22. 75% of online shoppers say they use social media as a part of their buying process. (Social Media Today)

It’s official, and the data proves it—businesses that don’t blog are at great risk of closing shop in the long run.

From lead generation to educating your prospects, blog posts are an excellent, effective and economical way of driving your business forward—suggesting that it should lead an integral role in your overall blog business plan, too.

Plus, blogging is a way to build meaningful relationships with your future customers while they’re still in the process of learning about your product.

These blogging statistics reinforce the fact that it’s a long-term investment to take on blogging as a customer acquisition strategy—but the rewards are often incredible for the companies (and people) that fully commit to using their blog content as a way to drive business growth.

SEO (Search Engine Optimization) Related Blogging Statistics

Blogging Statistics About Search Engine Optimization

Let’s quickly take a look at some SEO and blogging statistics you need to know in 2020.

These will be particularly helpful in seeing what it takes to rank your blog content high in organic search results, increase brand awareness and bring in more readers from search engines.

23. Google has a 92.04% search engine market share. Yahoo! Comes in second with 2.67%. (StatCounter)

24. Lengthwise, top ranking content on Google averages between 1,140-1285 words. (Search Metrics)

Considering that the average post length in 2014 was 808 words, that’s a whopping 30% increase in just a few short years. Again, this blogging statistic is an indicator of how competitive it’s becoming for bloggers to create content that stands out from the competition.

25. A whopping 52.2% of all website traffic worldwide was from mobile devices in 2018. (Aumcore)

Mobile traffic is up by more than 2% over the previous year, and that rate is only climbing as we head into 2020. That makes the use of responsive WordPress themes, smart mobile-optimization of your content, speedy loading—and employing only the best web hosting plans more important than ever before.

26. Having a blog on your website increases your chances of ranking higher in search by a massive 434%. (Tech Client)

27. Driving traffic to their websites is a major marketing priority for 54% of marketers. (State of Inbound)

28. Increase in traffic is proportional to an increase in publishing blog posts. Once you publish 21-54 blog posts, your traffic can increase by as much as 30%. (Traffic Generation Cafe)

29. Up to 80% of searchers ignore sponsored posts in favor of organic content. (MarTech)

30. 95% of searchers never go past the first page of Google’s search results page, making it the most valuable piece of real estate on the Internet. (Brafton)

31. 50% of search queries are four words or longer. That means over half of search queries are for something specific. (Brafton)

32. Close to half of all clicks on the SERPs (search engine results pages) go to the top 3 listings. (Ignite Visibility)

Blogging is the backbone of an effective SEO strategy—because it’s the content you create on your blog that stands a higher chance of ranking for competitive keywords (if you learn how to do keyword research, that is). To maximize your ability to rank your content high in search results, Google and the other major search engines demand content that’s:

  • Expertly written
  • Authoritative
  • Trustworthy

The only way your website can meet the E.A.T criteria and find favor in Google’s eyes, is by regularly publishing high quality content (related to the topics you’re a perceived expert at) on your blog. Doing this will not only help you rank higher, but it also helps establish yourself as a reliable source of information on the subjects you specialize in.

33. Retailers in the U.S. expect to spend upwards of $6.8 Billion on affiliate marketing programs in 2019. (Awin)

This blogging statistic is particularly relevant today, because it’s indicative of just how much room for growth there still is for bloggers that are just getting started today. While it may seem that there’s already too much competition in your blog niche—there’s still room for dramatic growth to be had within many of the top affiliate programs in the world.

The Impact of Headlines on Blog Posts (Blogging Statistics)

Graphic Describing the Importance of Writing Strong Headlines in Your Blog Posts

My roundup of the most important blogging statistics you need to know in 2020 just wouldn’t be complete without a deep dive on what it takes to craft winning blog post headlines. Headlines are not only a crucial component of capturing the attention of potential readers wherever they may be, but also for consideration to become a top-ranking article by search engines.

34. Evergreen content is fast fading in B2B circles. Predictive headlines (“The Future of…”) are fast outperforming all other content types. (Buzzsumo)

35. Blog posts with 6-13 word long headlines tend to drive more traffic. (Hubspot)

36. When it comes to numbered headlines, odd numbered headlines perform better than their even numbered counterparts. (Content Marketing Institute)

37. Emotional headlines get a higher number of shares than other headline types. (OkDork)

In order to get readers to click into your blog post in the first place, you’ll have to nail your headline.

Consider your headline as the welcome mat to your specific blog post.

If it’s interesting enough, readers won’t hesitate to visit your blog and see what you have to offer—just be sure to work hard on matching the user-intent of what those readers are there to achieve. Make it as easy as possible for them to get what they came for, and you’ll win the race to the top of search rankings over time.

38. Blog posts are 3.5 times more likely to get shared on social media by my email subscribers. (me 🙂)

Blogging statistics like this one, are based on crunching the numbers from my own email list of 140,000+ subscribers and the more than 4.4 million readers I saw last year alone.

Blog Traffic Figures Screenshot of Google Analytics (ryrob) and Supporting Graph

If you want to learn more about how I’ve grown my blog to becoming a full-time business, pick up my free blogging books that dive deep into my journey.

Alright, now let’s talk about some of the key takeaways from these blogging statistics we’ve broken down here today—with the goal of blogging smarter this year.

Key Takeaways from These Blogging Statistics

Blogging Statistics Key Takeaways for Content Creators (Graphic)

So, at the end of this all, what do these blogging statistics really tell us?

Here are a few important takeaways to consider:

  • Blogging is a powerful way of reaching and engaging with your audience
  • Businesses that invest in regular and consistent blogging outperform those that don’t
  • The costs of blogging are incredibly low as an acquisition channel (especially if you have a cheap hosting plan)
  • Long-form content is the most popular and profitable type of blog content (so aim for 1,500+ words in your articles)
  • A strong blogging strategy is key to driving traffic to your website
  • Blogging is an integral part of lead generation and selling today

If your business isn’t blogging, you’re missing out on a lot of lucrative opportunities (as highlighted by these insightful blogging statistics).

Most of all, as blogging only gets more popular and competitive as we move into the future, the best time to start taking it seriously is well… today!

My call-to-action for you after reading these blogging statistics is to do something about it.

Rather than simply reading about all of these blogging statistics and moving on with your day, transform this data into the strategic components of your own blogging and content creation endeavors. To help better accomplish that goal, check out my best resources for creating a long-lasting blogging strategy:

And if you haven’t gotten started on your blogging journey yet, there’s no better time than today. Read through my comprehensive step-by-step guide to starting a blog to get up and running in a matter of just minutes.

If we’ve learned anything from these blogging statistics, is that real businesses are thriving as a result of blogging.

With enough time, effort and creativity, your blog can even turn into a source of meaningful income on its own—just be sure you’re setting yourself up to handle your blog taxes too.


Happy International Women’s Day – The women behind the Opera browser – Part II – Blog

Today is International Women’s Day, the day where women from different fields, educational levels and backgrounds are recognized and celebrated all around the world for their achievements.

Presently, women make up just 17% of the tech workforce, thus more and more women are encouraged to pursue careers in tech. Initiatives such as Girls who Code  and conferences such as European Women in Technology support this movement passionately.

With Opera being a tech company, we are very proud of the strong women that work for us in all different departments, from finance to marketing, sales to product design, engineering and quality assurance, to distribution and data analysis.

In celebration of this day, we want to introduce to you to some of the women behind the Opera browsers.

Meet Ola!

What’s your name and your role at Opera?

Ola Berjak, software developer.

What excites you about your daily work?

Solving real-life problems. I work on Opera Mini, a mobile browser that is used daily by millions of people worldwide. It is amazing to see the world through this lens – for example, by finding out that our servers are under high load because there’s a huge cricket match happening right now. Being able to make a positive impact on people’s lives is a great motivator.

What did you study?

Computer Science for solid technical background and Quantitative Methods in Economics and Information Systems (that’s one long name :-)) for more insight into analytics and economics in general.

When did you start to think about pursuing a career in tech?

At the age of 7, when we got our first computer in the house – a hand-me-down Toshiba Satellite notebook. I’ve had a few other ideas since that day (being a lawyer would be one – inspired by a popular Polish TV series) but pursuing a tech job stayed with me over all these years. However, my first serious introduction to computer science was at the age of 19 when I started my CS degree.

What challenges are you facing as a woman working in tech?

Lack of women in leadership positions that I could look up to.

What would your advice to women considering pursuing a career in tech be?

There are many paths in tech that you can follow, pick the one that appeals to you the most. From my personal experience, you don’t need to be a hardcore programmer that wrote her first lines code in the 80s using BASIC to have a rewarding job as a programmer (but it’s equally cool if you actually did that, too!). Don’t be afraid to ask questions and be curious – everything comes with time and practice. Keep being your awesome self.

Are there any specific Book/Blogs/Apps you enjoy & recommend ?

“We Should All Be Feminists” essay by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

The “So you want to be a wizard” zine by Julia Evans: Trust me, it’s about programming :-). I also enjoy reading Julia’s other zines – she’s great!

Who or what inspires you?

My mum – she has recently graduated with her first degree at the age of 53, took up a related postgraduate course AND found a job in her new field.

What do you enjoy doing outside of work?

Travelling as much as I can, taking up new sports, baking cakes.

3 tips you would give your younger self?

Don’t worry too much about what other people think.

No one can have it all.

Sleep is good.

Meet Michalina!

What’s your name and your role at Opera?

Michalina / QA

What excites you about your daily work?

I like problems. The more complicated they are, the more I like them. But the most I like is to discover them, which is why I’m feeling good in my role as Quality Assurance.

What did you study?

When I had to choose my study I was a member of the basketball team of the University of Wroclaw. So that was obvious that I should study at the University of Wroclaw. There was only one direction I could choose due to the examinations. I was good in math and that forced me to select Informatics.

When did you start to think about pursuing a career in tech?

When I started looking for a job my good friend from studies persuaded me to apply to Opera. I was accepted and I’m still here 🙂

What challenges are you facing as a woman working in tech?

When you hide after the large monitors in your comfortable workspace it doesn’t matter if you are woman or man. You just need to focus on your job and turn on logical thinking. The output matters.

What would your advice to women considering pursuing a career in tech be?

Just be yourself, stay confident and focus on your purposes.

Are there any specific Book/Blogs/Apps you enjoy & recommend ?

I know many books or blogs…. but unfortunately, they are mostly about cycling and sports diets 😉

Who or what inspires you?

Life and its unpredictability – we can try to follow the path but we never can be sure where it ends.

What do you enjoy doing outside of work?

In my free time, I’m all devoted to mountain biking! Training, racing, but also a good and healthy diet. In nature with my 29er, I feel freedom, fun and I can forget about every problem found in my job 😉

3 tips you would give your younger self?

– Less stress

– More fun

– Better balance


Have any questions? Feel free to leave a comment and make sure to check out Part I. Happy International Women’s Day!


78 Best Freelance Jobs Websites (to Get Freelance Work) in 2020

Whether you’re looking for the well-paid, best freelance jobs, or to just to get freelance work on the side that can help pad your savings or pay the bills, then you’ve come to the right place.

No matter if it’s more bills than usual coming down the pike, your boss getting progressively worse, or if you’re just tired of your full-time gig, I’ve got your back with these best freelance jobs websites.

One of the most common refrains you’ll hear is that it takes time to build up a freelancing career. You need to invest in yourself, whether it be classes, software, or branding. You need to make connections, you need to start with lower paying work to build up a portfolio and get your name out there.

Yeah, all of that is true. But that doesn’t mean you can’t start now. Like, RIGHT NOW.

Just because it takes time to build up a freelance business doesn’t mean you can’t get going this instant and dive right in. So I compiled this list of freelance job sites that you can get started on right away.

Check out my picks for the best freelance jobs websites, broken down by category:

78 Best Freelance Jobs Websites to Get Remote Freelance Work in 2020

  1. General Freelance Jobs (Websites)
  2. Freelance Writing Jobs (Websites)
  3. Freelance Design Jobs (Websites)
  4. Freelance Developer Jobs (Websites)
  5. Freelance Photographer Jobs (Websites)
  6. Freelance Marketing Jobs (Websites)
  7. Virtual Assistant Jobs (Websites)
  8. Freelance Video Editing Jobs (Websites)
  9. Freelance Sales Jobs (Websites)
  10. Freelance Customer Support Jobs (Websites)

Disclosure:Please note that some of the links below are affiliate links and at no additional cost to you, I may earn a commission. Know that I only recommend products and services I’ve personally used and believe are genuinely helpful, not because of the small commissions I make if you decide to purchase them. Most of all, I’d never advocate for buying something that you can’t afford or that you’re not ready to implement.

If you’re looking for full-time remote gigs rather than freelance opportunities, then check out my 60 Best Remote Jobs Websites to Land Remote Work Today.

Alright, now let’s get into the list of the best freelance jobs websites!

Up first, the larger freelance job websites that have a little bit of everything.

The Best Websites for General Freelance Jobs

These marketplaces websites have a broad sampling of freelance jobs. Whether you’re a writer, designer, developer, marketer, salesperson, photographer or virtually any other service provider, there are freelance jobs for you on these marketplaces.

1. FlexJobs.

Best Freelance Job Websites FlexJobs

This is a very well-curated site for not only freelance jobs, but also remote and otherwise flexible gigs. It’s sorted by the type of freelance job (or otherwise) you may want, and you won’t have to worry about scam postings, because they research the jobs and monitor new gigs pretty thoroughly. As I’m sure you’ve guessed, it’s not free if you want regular access to their freelance jobs, though. Check out their details right here to see if it’s worthwhile for your niche (hint: it probably is 🙂).

2. SolidGigs.

Best Freelance Jobs Websites SolidGigs by Millo on ryrob

As a freelancer, time is money. Which means if you spend hours every week hunting down new freelance jobs instead of doing billable client work, you’re missing out on revenue.

That’s why I personally recommend SolidGigs to freelancers of all kinds who need to find freelance jobs fast. The team at SolidGigs (including my good friend Preston Lee) combs through dozens of freelance job boards and sends you the very best 2% of freelance gigs from around the web every single week—removing the time-consuming work of filtering through dozens of freelance job boards and vetting the opportunities yourself.

On top of just the curated gigs list each week, they’ve also got an enormous resource library with courses, interviews, templates, scripts and other tools all with the focus on helping you land more freelance jobs, negotiate your rates, pitch high profile clients and grow your freelance business. Seriously, this lethal combination of weekly curated gigs and training resources (from top freelancers around the world) is a ridiculous steal for the very low monthly cost.

Check out SolidGigs to give it a try today. I couldn’t recommend it more highly… and plus, if you use my link and enter the code “RYROB” at checkout, you’ll get your first month for just $2.

3. Fiverr.

Best Freelance Job Websites Fiverr

Fiverr gets its name from its site design: every job starts at $5. It sounds low, but you can set up tiers above the base $5 option, which adds up fast! It’s also a great way to get started and build up your portfolio.

4. Upwork.

Best Freelance Job Websites Upwork

Once upon a time, there existed two leading platforms for landing freelance jobs: oDesk and Elance. Eventually, their two kingdoms combined to create one large peaceful marketplace for people to land freelance jobs from clients all over the world. Enter: Upwork. As a result, this freelance jobs site is huge. They have over 12 million freelancers and 5 million clients listing upwards of 3 million freelance jobs each year. Just about every freelancer can find their niche here, but beware: Upwork takes a 20% cut until you build up a regular relationship with a client. It’s very beginner friendly, but be prepared to take lower-priced freelance jobs through sites like Upwork, than you would from the more carefully curated marketplaces that focus on a specific niche.

5. CloudPeeps.

Best Freelance Job Websites CloudPeeps

If you have a great portfolio and feel like you have the experience to start at a higher level, CloudPeeps may be for you. They’re a bit more exclusive, which makes it harder to join but easier to get jobs if you do get accepted. They focus on marketing, social media, and general copywriting. Worth it to check out!

6. Indeed.

Best Freelance Job Websites Indeed

Indeed collects all the jobs on the interwebs and puts them all in one place. They’re easy to search through, and looking specifically for remote jobs is a piece of cake. If you’re open to working at a local company, you can search that too. Best of all, it’s free!

7. College Recruiter.

Best Freelance Job Websites College Recruiter

Student or recent grad? Browse this site to see what kind of part time freelance jobs pop up within your degree. These are going to be great beginner jobs that will get you experience and, hopefully, contacts for future work.

8. Freelancer.

Best Freelance Job Websites Freelancer

This site has a huge variety of projects, some formatted as hourly and some as contests – the only downside is that they only give 8 free applications before you have to pay the membership fee. The project fee is also a little different – pay between $3-5 or 3-5%, whichever is greater (one of the cheaper commission rates).

9. Guru.

Best Freelance Job Websites Guru

Guru makes it easy to create a profile that shows off your experience, making it easier to be contacted by potential employers, while also wading through the massive amounts of job postings made every day. They give a decent amount of free applications, rationed by the year, and charge about 9% commission.

10. ServiceScape.

Best Freelance Jobs Websites ServiceScape

Launched originally back in the year 2000, ServiceScale is a global marketplace for freelancers with a range of skills and experience—with an emphasis on graphic design, writing, editing, and translating. To date, they’ve had over 259,000 completed projects with more than 79,000 clients that’ve used the platform.

ServiceScape is a great freelance job website for working with startups and SMBs that are already online outsourcing-friendly. So, if you’ve got the skills and experience, ServiceScape is a great place to spend some time and apply to projects that work for you.

11. Craigslist.

Best Freelance Job Websites Craigslist

Forget selling your grandma’s dusty couch, Craigslist has a pretty great job posting section too. You don’t get the security of a site that holds the client accountable, so it’s an excellent idea to set up a contract (or meet up in person, if possible), but most people posting are looking for work done as quick as possible. Here’s a hack if you want to look through remote jobs: go to the corresponding Craigslist for major cities and search for remote work that way. You’re welcome.

The Best Websites for Writers to Get Freelance Jobs

You weave word magic, your sentences are sensational, your calls to action make people want to call their mothers to tell them they love them. Turn all that writing wizardry into some cold hard cash with these sites:

12. Contena.

Best Freelance Jobs Websites Writing Jobs on Contena

Contena tops this section of the best writing freelance jobs because of the sheer volume of well-paid (and high quality) jobs they always have available for writers, editors and content creators of all kinds. What I love most about Contena, is that they feature a mixture of freelance jobs and full-time remote jobs on their platform. Examples of real freelance jobs recently featured on their homepage include a $10,000/mo eBook writing gig for a tech publication, a sports writing position, photography-focused content writing jobs, and seriously thousands of more opportunities across many industries doing freelance jobs for trustworthy companies.

13. Freelance Writing Gigs.

Best Freelance Job Websites Freelance Writing Gigs

The name isn’t winning any creative awards, but it gets the point across. This site is basically a well-curated job board that’s updated Monday to Friday with the hottest new clients willing to pay you actual money to write things. Sounds too good to be true, right?

14. Blogging Pro.

Best Freelance Job Websites Blogging Pro

Despite the name, you can find everything from tasks like helping people start blogging to editing to general copywriting jobs here—they aggregate all the best writing jobs they can find to make them easy to find and search through on their site. Also, totally free! Side note: If you want to build your chops as a blogger, start with these top blogging courses today and be sure to read through my guide to finding great blog post ideas, what it takes to drive traffic to your blog and eventually how to make money blogging.

15. Journalism Jobs.

Best Freelance Job Websites Journalism Jobs

If you have Dan Rather dreams, don’t let them die! Check out this job board that curates journalism jobs from around the web – along with other typical writing and editing gigs thrown in.

16. Morning Coffee Newsletter.

Best Freelance Job Websites Morning Coffee Newsletter

This is an easy one to sign up for, then you get an email every day with the latest and greatest freelance writing jobs. Totally free, and a great way to jumpstart your search.

17. Freelance Writing.

Best Freelance Job Websites Freelance Writing

This source of writing jobs is excellent for freelancers all over the map, from brand spanking new to very experienced. It’s easy to filter for the type of job you want and the experience you have, and it’s totally free.

18. All Indie Writers.

Best Freelance Job Websites All Indie Writers

This site has been around for years, and you can search for the jobs that are posted and subscribe to a feed based on keywords you like. It’s free to use and apply for jobs, and their layout makes it easy to compare the available projects by the client’s budget – it will even indicate when the budget is low.

19. Freedom With Writing.

Best Freelance Job Websites Freedom With Writing

Not only can you sign up for their newsletter with writing opportunities, you can actually submit to write for them. They pay well, but you’ll need to come up with a pretty good idea to pitch. If you have a concept you think will work well, it’s definitely worth a shot. While you’re waiting to hear back, you can always check out the opportunities in their newsletter too.

20. Media Bistro.

Best Freelance Job Websites Media Bistro

Media Bistro has a nice little variety of categories, which includes writing and editing. Their curated list features everything from book editing to PR content, so you’re sure to find a few things that fit your niche.

21. Paid to Blog.

Best Freelance Job Websites Paid to Blog

Calling all bloggers! This site was thought up by a freelance writer who already went through the grind and wanted to come up with a better way. The good news is that they put together an extremely well-curated list of jobs to apply for (sorted by blog niche), and they make writing jobs available for their site as well. The bad news is that it costs $30 a month to subscribe to. If you’re trying to get your freelance career off the ground on your lunch break, it could be more than worth it to invest a little money to save a lot of time.

22. Due.

Best Freelance Job Websites Due

We couldn’t leave out the technical writers! You can write helpful guides on invoicing, payments, blockchain currency and more. They’re looking for longform and well-researched posts, so it would be tough to break into as a newbie, but if you already have background knowledge in the area, it could definitely be worth your time.

23. PubLoft.

Best Freelance Jobs Websites PubLoft for Writers

PubLoft is a great place to find solid (well-paid) freelance jobs for reliable clients without actually ever needing to interact with the clients yourself. Their promise is to help freelancers never have to find, sell, or manage another customer again. With rates starting at $150 per post, you can work on your craft and PubLoft will handle the client management side of things. And on top of that, they’ll also help you become a better writer along the way.

24. Contently.

Freelance Jobs Websites Contently for Writers ryrob

Coming as equal parts free portfolio for creative freelancers, online publication with solid freelance advice, and a platform for scoring freelance jobs with hundreds of the most successful brands & startups in the world, Contently is a high-quality agency style platform that (when you’re hand-selected by their account management team after creating a portfolio) connects you directly with clients for very well-paid freelance writing projects. In the past, I’ve taken projects writing long-form blog content for the personal loan startup, SoFi, at between $600 – $1,600 per article depending upon length and scope of the project.

The Best Websites for Designers to Get Freelance Jobs

You get paid to make the world a prettier place, one Helvetica logo at a time.

25. 99 Designs.

Best Freelance Job Websites 99 Designs

This site is set up in a bit of a different format than typical freelance sites, but it does work in the design context. Clients publish a contest, and designers submit their work as their application. The client chooses the design they like best, and the designer gets paid. I’m sure you’ve noticed the downside – if you don’t win, you don’t get paid. However, it can be an excellent way to build up your portfolio at the beginning, and if you’ll be doing work anyway, it can be a great resource.

26. Behance.

This isn’t a freelance job site per se, but it is something you need to do now. Like, right now right now. These kinds of sites help designers showcase their work, and because the site has a much higher DA than any personal website you’ll put together, your work has a higher chance of showing up early in the search engine based on the keywords you research. It’s a must for designers of any skill level, and something you need to get set up right away.

27. Dribbble.

Best Freelance Job Websites Dribbble

See above – another way to get people’s attention and get your work in as many places as possible. The other benefit to these sites is that you’ll get feedback from other designers, and potential clients, on your work. Feedback is crucial to improvement, so accept it openly! Also, browse the other designers on the site to get a feel for what kind of projects you like and what you may want to work on in the future.

28. Angel List.

Best Freelance Job Websites Angel List

If you’ve swallowed the start-up pill and your dream is to someday work for a cool, up and coming company, start your path with Angel List. Start-up companies of all kinds search for talent on Angel List, from established to brand new, so you can get a taste of the start-up culture and possibly get your foot in the door for long term employment.

29. Art Wanted.

Best Freelance Job Websites Art Wanted

You got art? They want art! If you’re more of a graphic designer or digital illustrator (or even if you’re pretty skilled already on the side), you can put up your masterpieces on Art Wanted. People can browse them by keywords, and there’s always the potential for connecting with clients!

30. Design Crowd.

Best Freelance Job Websites Design Crowd

This is another marketplace similar to 99 Designs, with somewhat fewer designers active on the site. They also have contests, but pay out lower amounts. Those are actually both advantages for new designers, as there is less competition from very experienced designers, and you’re more likely to be selected.

31. Envato Studio.

Best Freelance Job Websites Envato Studio

Envato Studio’s most popular category is logos, so if that’s your thing, start here. They’re also known for very fast turn-around and an easy-to-use platform, both win-wins for beginners!

32. Coroflot.

Best Freelance Job Websites Coroflot

If you’re a bit more experienced but need to break into the freelancing world quickly, this setup may be the best for you. On Coroflot, you post your portfolio, and clients post the projects they need. The difference here is that Coroflot is the go-between, setting up connections between the freelancers and clients themselves.

33. Smashing Magazine.

Best Freelance Job Websites Smashing Magazine

This is another great job board, and it’s a great resource for both developers and designers to utilize. It comes with the time cost of sorting through the postings yourself, but it’s easy to find freelancing jobs with the time commitment you want.

34. CrowdSPRING.

Best Freelance Job Websites CrowdSPRING

This is solely for designers and “creatives,” – which, translated, encompasses every type of design from general graphic design to logo design. It’s also free for freelancers and very easy to sign up for – no waiting list or invite-code necessary.

35. Working Not Working.

Best Freelance Jobs Sites Working Not Working for Designers

Founded by two world-renowned former freelancers, this extremely high-quality freelance community accepts only a very small percentage of applicants who request to join their platform—though the level of projects (and pay) once you’re inside can lead to well into thee six-figures in freelance income if you’re staying busy from the gigs their client companies like Apple, Facebook, Google, and more, continually post for designers, artists, photographers, producers and advertising pros.

The Best Websites for Developers to Get Freelance Jobs

It’s just like in the movies – you smash your fingers on the keyboard at lightning speed, say some techy mumbo-jumbo words and you’ve hacked your way through the employment firewall to land yourself a great gig. Easy.

As a side note, a lot of the sites listed for designers also provide work for developers, and vice versa, as people lump them together sometimes, so check out the list above as well.


Best Freelance Jobs Websites Gun for Engineers

Fancy yourself a hired gun that’s got the engineering skills to land top freelance jobs with companies like Tesla, Cisco and Zappos? is one of the best freelancing sites to have a presence because of how well they vet both companies that hire freelancers, and the remote developers applying to gigs on the platform. What’s even greater, is that most of the freelance jobs are filled in less than 48 hours—a win for both freelancers and clients.

37. Lorem.

Freelance Jobs Websites for Engineers Ask Lorem

With a ton of recent press on major publications like TechCrunch, The Wall Street Journal and CNBC, Lorem is quickly on the rise as one of the strongest destinations to land short-term freelance jobs related to designing, building and fixing websites. What makes it appealing to clients, is that there’s no monthly fee in order to list freelance jobs, and most gigs (for quick projects) pay between $25 and $250. The Lorem team does a great job of hand-vetting the freelancers they allow to work on the platform, so you’ll have to apply to become an expert.

38. Joomlancers.

Best Freelance Job Websites Joomlancers

If you’re a tech wizard and you’re chomping at the bit, go to Joomlancer first. They have a super fast sign up process, and you can pretty much immediately start bidding on jobs. They do focus on mostly intermediate to advanced software projects, though, so not a great place for beginners.

39. Rent a Coder.

Best Freelance Job Websites Rent a Coder

Pretty self-explanatory – clients that are looking for programmers, developers, and even designers will go to Rent a Coder to. . . well. . .rent a coder. Also, free to sign up!

40. 10x Management.

Best Freelance Job Websites 10x Management

This site is pretty broad in their “tech” allowances, and looks for all sorts of freelancers, from developers to cybersecurity gurus. This is a great place to start if you have a niche tech specialty, or you have an interest and want to see the possibilities.

41. Gigster.

Best Freelance Job Websites Gigster

Gigster is also tech tech tech. Software designers, web designers, even app developers can find their home on Gigster. They have a screening process, which can make it tough to be accepted, but they use AI to match freelancers with projects, which is just plain cool. If you have some experience, this is the one to check out.

42. Talent Cupboard.

Best Freelance Job Websites Talent Cupboard

So if you’re reading these and realizing you don’t have quite as much experience as you thought you did, there’s no reason you can’t get started right away – you just need to get started on improving your skills. Talent Cupboard is a great resource for necessities like your digital resume and finding the right clients.

43. Codeable.

Best Freelance Job Websites Codeable

WordPress experts, this is an excellent place to start. Codeable focuses on offering their clients everything from WordPress themes to plugins – and that’s it. They’re literally just a resource for people to find WordPress experts, so your task of finding the right clients just got a lot easier.

44. Programmer Meet Designer.

Best Freelance Job Websites Programmer Meet Designer

This site brings together every type of freelancer needed to make a website great, including programmers, developers, and designers. It’s a pretty easy job board to search through, highlighting budget, skill set required, and deadline.

45. YouTeam.

Best Freelance Jobs Websites YouTeam on ryrob

If you’re an experienced software developer, YouTeam is a great site that’ll pair you up with remote contract work (and even freelance jobs) on-demand. While most engineers on their platform aren’t full-time freelancers, this can be a great place to pick up some long-term projects if you’re already a contractor for another IT consulting firm or software development shop. In order to join the platform, software firms and their developers are first thoroughly vetted and verified, which adds an additional layer of credibility to this platform.

The Best Websites for Photographers to Get Freelance Jobs

You can often be seen with a camera that sports a lens slightly larger than your head, that can probably only be used in one scenario (but it’s totally necessary, you swear). Instead of collecting all the likes on Facebook, collect all the cold hard cash on these sites.

46. Craigslist.

Best Freelance Job Websites Craigslist

We listed this in the beginning general section, but this applies really well for photographers so we wanted to repeat it here. There are always models looking to build up their portfolio, and will often bring everything to set, just looking for a fellow aspiring talent – you. It can be fun and free, and just what your sparse portfolio needs.

47. The Creative Loft.

The Creative Loft for Photography Freelance Jobs (Screenshot)

The Creative Loft is actually a great destination for creatives seeking freelance jobs in a variety of categories—ranging from photography to fashion, interior design, event planning, entertainment, music and more. With most of their freelance jobs (especially in the photography section) being listed in the US, the opportunities do skew more towards US-based photographers. That being said, there are dozens of new photography gigs posted daily on the site, so keep a watchful eye out for something that looks like a good fit for you.

48. Cruise Ship Jobs.

Best Freelance Job Websites Cruise Ship Jobs

Probably another surprise on the list. Did you know that the ice cream machines on a lot of cruise ships operate 24/7? Do we really have to sell you further? This site is the perfect entryway to travel photography – and ice cream, like, all the time.

49. Photography Jobs Central.

Best Freelance Job Websites Photography Jobs Central

This is a subset of Creative Jobs Central, a fairly typical freelance photography marketplace. Their premium membership does cost money, but they have over a thousand actively posting companies and they virtually guarantee that you will have jobs available in your area. It also weeds out amateurs and reduces competition, which can be worth it if you have a little extra to spend. It’s free to join and search through what they offer, so explore it before committing.

50. Journalism Jobs.

Best Freelance Job Websites Journalism Jobs

Every great story needs a great picture to go with it, and if you’re looking to break into the photojournalism biz, start here. All types of journalism jobs are posted here, not just writing!

51. Photography Jobs Finder.

Best Freelance Job Websites Photography Jobs Finder

Are you, perhaps, trying to find photography jobs? Congratulations, you’re their target market. Jokes aside, this is another useful job board to search through all the photography jobs posted, as well as being able to upload your resume so clients can find you.

52. Photography Jobs Online.

Best Freelance Job Websites Photography Jobs Online

This one is a bit different, as it’s more of a marketplace for your photos, not for jobs. If you have a backlog of photos that you want to try and make money from, try submitting them here first and see what happens.

53. Freelance Photographer Jobs.

Best Freelance Job Websites Freelance Photographer Jobs

These websites get straight to the point, don’t they? This is an aggregate job board of postings from around the web, but the benefit to this one is that it’s curated – they don’t just dump whatever they find into the mix.

The Best Websites for Marketers to Get Freelance Jobs

Seeing companies or start-ups with great ideas and products but no idea how to sell them kills you inside a little bit. You know how to help them – get paid for it. Marketers of all kinds tend to be folded into the big freelance marketplaces, so check all the usual suspects first (Upwork, Guru, etc.). However, there are a few more that speak to some marketing specializations.

54. People Per Hour.

Best Freelance Job Websites People Per Hour

This one is great for marketers, as well as SEO folks and software engineers. PPH takes care of just about everything in the process, but only allows for 15 applications before charging. Browsing is free though, so totally worth it to send out some feelers and see if you think it’s worth it.

55. Remotive.

Best Freelance Job Websites Remotive

Remotive is a fairly standard job board that you can search through and has all sorts of categories, including marketing. It’s easy to see when the job has been posted, where it’s located, and what specialty within marketing it falls under. And free!

56. Aquent.

Best Freelance Job Websites Aquent

This is another great company that will make the connections for you. Their clients come to them with gaps they need to fill, and they turn to their group of freelancers to do the job. They mainly focus on marketing, but also dabble in tech and creative jobs too.

The Best Websites for Virtual Assistants to Get Freelance Jobs

Research, data entry, bookkeeping, answering aggravating emails professionally—virtual assistants can have all sorts of specialties that help their bosses not tear their hair out. It’s also a great choice for remote work.

57. Belay.

Best Freelance Job Websites Belay

Belay is a company that offers virtual personal assistant work to their clients, and it’s always remote, so it’s definitely worth it to check and see if they have any openings in your specialty.

58. Time Etc.

Best Freelance Jobs for Virtual Assistants ryrob

This is another great company that sources people that want to land freelance jobs as virtual assistants. They specialize in the virtual assistant space, so you’re sure to find your fit there if that’s exactly what you’re going after.

59. ClickWorker.

Best Freelance Job Websites ClickWorker

This site has all sorts of paid VA tasks, including writing, data entry, and researching. Take a quick assessment test and then you get access to their jobs board. All sorts of companies post on their site, even large ones like PayPal! It’s a great way to get started fast.

60. Amazon Mechanical Turk.

Best Freelance Job Websites Amazon Mechanical Turk

This site has the major upside of being able to find quick work quickly – you can literally start completing jobs for them in about an hour. They always have a ton of virtual assistant-type work available. The major downside is that a lot of them are not well-paid, so our advice is either to use this in a pinch, or to really be selective about jobs that are worth your time.

61. VA Networking.

Best Freelance Job Websites VA Networking

As the name implies, this is a great way to network with other virtual assistants, along with their great job board that you can search through. They have great advice and resources for beginner VA’s as well, so definitely a necessary first stop and I’d recommend also checking out these work from home jobs for more virtual assistant job leads.

62. Assistant Match.

Best Freelance Job Websites Assistant Match

If you don’t feel like combing through job boards, this is one of the sites that makes the connections for you. Depending on what your skills are, they’ll match you up with what their clients need. The pay isn’t great for beginners, but they offer training if you’re just starting out, which can be well worth it.

63. Zirtual.

Best Freelance Job Websites Zirtual

If you’re looking for full-time work, and you just care about working remotely, Zirtual could be a great match for you. They hire freelance VA’s full-time for various specialties, so definitely check their board to see what they have available. They also have benefits for their employees, which is pretty unheard of in the remote/freelance world.

64. Fancy Hands.

Best Freelance Job Websites Fancy Hands

Can we just say this is our favorite name? They’re another site that hires freelancers to provide services for their clients, everything from phone calls to data entry. They parse it out by task, which are worth various dollar amounts, and they even have managerial positions available.

65. Worldwide 101.

Best Freelance Job Websites Worldwide 101

This is another matching service, but this one is a bit more “premium” than the others. If you have some experience, or special skills (like speaking another language), try getting your foot in the door with this site. Their clients are generally higher end, pay more, and the virtual assistants get more regular work.

The Best Websites for Video Editors to Get Freelance Jobs

Anyone can unsteadily hold an iPhone vertically and press record, but not everyone can cut together a polished looking video out of it. If you’re up for the challenge, there are jobs out there for you!

66. Behance.

Best Freelance Job Websites Behance

Listed above, this is an equally great option for video editors. They post jobs regularly that you can apply for, and they make it easy to put together a great portfolio so your clients can come to you.

67. Mandy.

Best Freelance Job Websites Mandy

Mandy is dedicated solely to the film and TV production work, for better and worse. The upside is that you don’t have to sort through irrelevant jobs, the downside is you’re competing with a lot of other people like you. Make sure you stand out, write a great application and have a polished portfolio.

68. Production Hub.

Best Freelance Job Websites Production Hub

Another site that focuses only on media production, it does cost a little to get on – basic plans are only about $5 a month, though, so don’t let that deter you too much.

69. Stage 32.

Best Freelance Job Websites Stage 32

This is the type of site where job board meets networking, which can be great for a career like video editing, where word of mouth will get you pretty far (but there are jobs posted to sort through when no one is talking about you yet).


Best Freelance Jobs Assemble TV Hire Freelance Video Producers

Assemble is a highly curated network of creatives including directors, copywriters, creative directors, photographers, editors, motion artists and more. Because they work with recognizable brands to help them connect with top creative talent, they screen each creative thoroughly to ensure they pass their quality standards before being accepted into their network. You can learn more on their website.

The Best Websites for Salespeople to Get Freelance Jobs

Sure, you can sell ice to an eskimo and a surfboard to a San Diegan, but can you sell yourself?

71. ZipRecruiter.

Best Freelance Jobs ZipRecruiter for Sales Positions

Chances are, you’ve already heard of ZipRecruiter because of how many companies use their jobs platform to hire full-time talent, but did you know they also regularly post a large number of high-quality freelance jobs with opportunities to do part-time sales for top companies? You can earn anywhere from $500 up to $10,000/mo (with the right company, skill set and experience) as a contractor that’s compensated through a combination of part-time salary and commission on sales.

72. Red Hat.

Best Freelance Job Websites Red Hat

Red Hat works with higher level clients in general, and employs freelancers and remote workers to help their clients with everything from software development to sales. If you have some experience, or think your skill set is high enough, check them out.

73. Salesforce App Exchange Job Board.

Best Freelance Jobs Websites Salesforce App Exchange

Be a force in sales! Salesforce is known as a leading CRM (customer relationship management) tool for companies of all shapes and sizes. On top of just that though, they have an App Exchange job board where companies that integrate with Salesforce can post about their hiring needs—many of which require freelance or remote salespeople.

74. Skip the Drive.

Best Freelance Job Websites Skip the Drive

This is another job board site, with ample amounts of sales jobs posted. To set itself apart, it tells you how much you saved by not driving to the office.

The Best Websites for Customer Support Freelance Jobs

You like the idea of helping people out, but driving to work and running around a store just doesn’t seem like your thing. Online may be more your style:

75. We Work Remotely.

Best Freelance Job Websites We Work Remotely

As the name suggests, the site is for freelance workers of all types. However, they have plenty of customer support jobs posted that you can look through to see what fits.

76. Virtual Vocations.

Best Freelance Job Websites Virtual Vocations

This is another great freelance site that has tons of customer support jobs.

77. Support Driven.

Best Freelance Job Websites Support Driven

One of the few support-focused job boards out there, definitely keep an eye on it for jobs that are a good fit.

78. Through your networks!

My best advice for landing great freelance jobs, is to leverage your existing network and connections from previous roles.

Better yet, if you have a company you already follow, know someone at, that you’re passionate about, or most importantly you’re knowledgeable about, reach out to them!

It never hurts to do a little legwork on your own behalf and see what’s out there when it comes to high-paying freelance jobs.

And if you’re looking for more ideas & inspiration, check out my list of the best work from home jobs you can do on the side of your full-time gig.


How to Guest Blog Post in 2020 (for Traffic and SEO)

Guest blogging is consistently cited as one of the best ways to build high quality backlinks (SEO) and generate more traffic to your blog.

Would you like an uptick in targeted traffic to your blog, higher search engine rankings and a stronger reputation in your niche… for free?

It might sound like a pipe dream (especially if you’ve only recently started your blog), but it’s not. You can accomplish all of these feats surprisingly quickly, and without paying a dime—through guest blogging. Let’s talk about how to guest post.

What is guest blogging?

Guest blogging, also called guest posting, is when you write an article for someone else’s blog with the purpose of growing your brand, gaining exposure to a targeted audience, generating traffic and building natural backlinks for your own blog.

Although there are some exceptions, a guest post will normally be a unique piece of content you’ll have to write—one you haven’t already published on your blog or anywhere else—and you’ll almost always be writing for a blog with a larger audience than your own (which is one of the major benefits of guest blogging).

You don’t have to pay to be a guest blogger, either. If you’re asked to pay, then that’s a sponsored post, not a guest post. In fact, some blogs will even pay you for guest blogging on their site.

So what’s the catch when it comes to guest blogging? Well, there isn’t one—and everybody still benefits.

Guest Blogging 101: How to Land a Guest Blog Post in 10 Easy Steps (2020)

  1. Nail your guest blogging prerequisites (first)
  2. How to find the perfect blogs to guest post on
  3. Come up with great guest blogging ideas
  4. Find and follow the guest blogging guidelines
  5. Learn how to pitch your guest blog post
  6. Write a guest blog post your host can’t resist
  7. Tastefully include links to your own content
  8. Craft a clever guest blog post bio for yourself
  9. What to do after your guest blog post goes live
  10. Clever ways to get even more from your guest blogging

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Today, more than 70 million blog posts are published each month. It’s getting increasingly competitive to reach (and retain) a large blog audience.

Thus, guest blogging is a win for the host blog that’s publishing your guest post, because they get a free piece of content that they don’t have to either write themselves or pay a writer to compile.

You get your name, your words and links to your own blog surfaced prominently to potentially thousands or more readers. We’ll talk more about including links in your guest blog posts later on in this guide, because those are extremely valuable in terms of building your blog’s SEO authority.

Check out this massive spike in traffic I saw to my blog (1,874 readers in one day—far above my average at the time) after my very first guest post was published several years ago:

Guest Blogging How to Get a Guest Post on Major Websites Traffic Spike to My Blog

The readers of the blog you just guest posted for also win, because they get to read a great piece of content that likely presents a new perspective than they’re used to.

Guest blogging is a win-win-win situation, where everyone is better off as a result.

Of all the ways to drive traffic to your blog and build a returning audience over time, guest blogging is by far the highest return investment you can make.

Now, let’s dive into my ultimate guide to guest posting and talk about how to land a guest blog post (for SEO and traffic) this year.

1. Nail your guest blogging prerequisites (first)

Guest Blogging Prerequisites to Getting Your Guest Post Accepted

Some would-be guest bloggers worry that they need to have a ton of blogging experience or a huge following of their own—before anyone’s going to even consider publishing their posts.

But, that’s simply not true.

If you want to get started with guest blogging today and see your work published on someone else’s blog, there are only two crucial prerequisites:

  • You need to be able to write well. Be honest with yourself here: if you’re not very fluent in English, or if you struggle a lot with spelling and grammar, you may not yet be at the level where you’re ready to dive into guest blogging. If you do want to go ahead, then it’s worth finding a friend who can help out with a bit of editing, or you might even consider paying a professional editor to help polish your work before pitching a guest post.
  • You need to choose your host blog wisely. This means picking a realistic blog or publication that already takes guest posts. And I know this might sound obvious, but aiming for the very biggest blog or publication in your niche with your very first try, will only let you down and set the wrong expectations when you’re first getting into guest blogging. With this incremental approach, you can also gain valuable experience before you pitch the blog of your dreams.

I’m a living testament to the truth of this approach in steadily growing my own blog over the years—and I’ve structured my entire blog business plan around this strategy.

You don’t need a huge personal brand to succeed at guest blogging

When I first started guest blogging about four years and began to have my work published on other (much higher authority) blogs, I didn’t yet have a personal brand or reputation at all.

What I did have however, was the ability to write a blog post that could tell a compelling story, draw readers in and also serve to help my host blog’s content goals. Having the growing skill of writing that you’re constantly working to improve—and the willingness to be persistent with your outreach efforts—will go a long way in helping your guest blogging campaigns succeed.

On top of that foundational writing ability, I started with pitching startups I’d either already worked with in some capacity through my day job (as a content marketer at CreativeLive) or companies that would at least be familiar with the brand of my employer.

I leveraged the most advantageous tool at my disposal (working for a globally recognized startup) to network my way into guest blogging opportunities at other similar companies.

You may not be in the same position as I was when I started guest blogging—but challenge yourself to use the tools you’ve got, to your advantage.

2. How to find the perfect blogs to guest post on

How to Find Good Blogs to Pitch a Guest Post On

If you Google “blogs that accept guest posts,” you’ll find lots and lots of lists.

Spoiler: This isn’t the best way to start guest blogging.

After all, you don’t need 150 random blogs that accept guest posts… you just need one high quality blog to start with, and you can progress from there.

Instead, think about the blogs that you already read that cover the same topic, or a similar one, to what your own blog talks about. These are great blogs to pitch because you’re already very familiar with their style and the types of content that they publish.

When evaluating a blog to pitch for accepting a guest post, you want a site that:

  • You already have some sort of connection with. Perhaps you’ve commented on the blog before, chatted with the blogger on Twitter or even have a similar blog name to. Starting with some sort of simple connection can make it easier to get your guest post pitch looked at.
  • Is larger than your own, but not ridiculously huge. Aim for a blog that’s roughly five to ten times the size of your own. If you have 100 email subscribers, aim for a blog with ~1,000. If you’re aiming for blogs (like Forbes) that are more like a thousand or more times the size of your own, that’s a bit too ambitious when you’re brand new to guest blogging.
  • Is on-topic for you. While you might gain some benefits from writing for a blog about cats when your blog is all about gadgets, there’s not going to be a lot of audience crossover, so you shouldn’t expect to see much of a gain from that time investment.
  • Has a somewhat similar writing style to yours. It’s fine to modify your style a bit to suit the blog you’re guest posting on, but if you’re normally very “out there” with lots of off-color jokes, and the blog you’re writing for is more conservative, you’ll either find that (a) they reject your post because your style isn’t a good fit or (b) you modify your style to suit them–and readers who click through to your blog come down with a fit of the vapors. Both situations result in a less than desirable outcome.
  • You’re proud to be associated with. Avoid guest blogging on sites that have been heavily criticized in your niche (unless you want to show your support for them), and avoid blogs that don’t fit with your personal moral or ethical values. If you’re a staunch liberal, for instance, it doesn’t make much sense to write a blog post that’s strongly in favor of a conservative ideology. The content won’t come off as authentic, and you’ll probably regret the decision in the future anyway. Consider your fit from a design perspective too—if the blog you’re considering guest posting on feels old and outdated with their blog layout, but you take a bold and fresh perspective with your ideas, will that really be the right place to publish your work?
  • Offers a do-follow link. This is usually the case, but look carefully at the guest blogging guidelines to make sure that your bio link (or in-post links) will be “do-follow” rather than “nofollow” (as a nofollow link won’t do anything to help your blog SEO efforts). If there’s nothing stated either way in the guidelines, check out a past guest blog post, scroll to the bio, right-click on it, and select “Inspect” (in Google Chrome) to see the HTML code for that hyperlinked text snippet. If you see the word “nofollow” within the HTML description of the link, then it’s a nofollow link. If it doesn’t explicitly say the word “nofollow,” then you’re good to go.

Inspect a link by right-clicking on the hyperlinked text you want to look at—and clicking the “Inspect” option like so:

How to Inspect a Link for DoFollow

This will open up the control panel on the right side (or bottom) of your browser window.

And then you’ll want to take a close look at the highlighted text that describes the nature of the link you’re inspecting.

Again, you’re looking for any mention of the word “nofollow” in the description. So if it’s not mentioned there, then the link is considered “dofollow” which passes SEO benefits to the destination link (i.e. a post you’re promoting on your own blog).

Inspecting Links for NoFollow or DoFollow in Guest Posts

Of course, it’s crucial to first check that your target blog actually accepts guest posts—and if they do, whether or not they allow clickable links back to your own content too.

Look for things like:

  • Different authors cropping up on the blog (bonus points if something like “guest blogger” or “guest post” is used to introduce their work). This doesn’t necessarily mean the blog will be open to unsolicited guest blogging submissions though, so don’t automatically assume the flood gates are open.
  • A “guest post guidelines” page. In a moment, we’ll take a look at how to find this page, as many bloggers don’t make it particularly prominent.
  • A note on the Contact or About page about guest blogging. Some bloggers will put a line here about whether they’re open/closed to guest posts at any given point.

Read the guest blogging guidelines before submitting a pitch.

If a blog says they’re not accepting guest posts, don’t expect them to make an exception for you. However amazing your blog post idea is, you’ll want to spend your valuable time elsewhere.

This is also true if a blog says they only take guest posts by invitation—though in that case, you can potentially contact the blogger (if you have an existing relationship with them) and ask if they’d be willing to look at a blog post outline to get a feel for your style, or go through a mutual connection to get an introduction.

3. Come up with great guest blogging ideas

How to Generate Guest Blog Post Ideas Quickly

Many new guest bloggers come up with a ton of clever ideas first, then only afterwards look for the right blogs that those ideas might be a good fit for.

In my experience, that’s not the best way to go about guest blogging.

Instead, you want to come up with ideas that are perfect for each and every target blog you’re going to reach out to… not just ideas that are a halfway decent fit for a hundred different blogs. Think bespoke, not off-the-rack.

To come up with a guest blogging idea that’s going to work perfectly for your prospective site, you’ll want to:

  • Read lots of recent posts on your target blog. If you’re not a regular reader (or if you used to read the blog but haven’t done so recently), you really need to get up to date with the type of content they’ve published recently. If your target blog often writes about blogging costs and web hosting-related topics, then you could pitch them on a guest post that covers a more niche topic like the best cheap web hosting plans, offering up a review of the top monthly hosting plan options on the market, or exploring the free hosting plans out there—all of which could ladder up to a bigger piece they already have about the overall best web hosting plans for their readers.
  • Make notes about these posts. What topics have they covered? How long are the posts, roughly? Do their posts tend to be high-level and strategic, or focused on specific tactics? Are the posts aimed at beginners or people with a lot of experience? All of this can help you hone your ideas appropriately.
  • Look at the categories the blog covers, if these are listed in their navigation. You might want to pay attention to categories that haven’t had many (or any) posts recently. These could be good targets for content that fills a “gap” on the blog. Keep in mind, though, that a lack of recent posts in a particular category could signal that the blog has changed direction.
  • Brainstorm a list of ideas. Don’t just come up with one or two blog post ideas… aim for at least five. Some of them might not be great: that doesn’t matter. You want to keep going till you get an idea that you think would be a perfect fit for that blog.

Only after you’ve met this criteria will you be ready to implement a guest blogging strategy that actually sees you getting published.

4. Find and follow the guest blogging guidelines

How to Adhere to Guest Blog Post Guidelines When Submitting

Most blogs that accept guest posts will have clear guidelines that they ask guest bloggers to follow.

Make sure you look for these… and follow them carefully before submitting your articles for consideration.

You’ll most likely find the guest post guidelines:

  • Linked to from the blog’s About, Contact or Guest Post submission page
  • Linked to from the sidebar or the footer of the blog

If they’re not in either of those places, search for “guest post guidelines”, “write for us”, “submit a post”, or “guest posting” on the site. To do this site search, you can type the phrase plus site:[] into Google, e.g. “guest post guidelines” and get more accurate results.

Guest post guidelines vary from blog to blog, but most will cover:

  • The type of content they do/don’t accept. This will often be common sense (e.g. they don’t want plagiarized content or posts you’ve already published somewhere else), but the guidelines may also cover the topics they’re particularly interested in, or topics that they don’t want right now.
  • Whether they want you to send them an idea and outline, or a full draft. It’s best to stick to what the blog asks for here (though most won’t reject you just because you sent the wrong thing).
  • Who to send your pitch (or draft) to. This may be an editor, assistant or even a submission form rather than the blog owner.
  • How to format and send your guest post. Some blogs like a Word document, others will want a Google doc, and a few still ask for raw HTML (though this is becoming increasingly rare). You may be given instructions on how to use headings.

Successful guest blogging requires following instructions

There may also be other instructions (i.e. some blogs will ask you to submit your guest post using a specific form, or to use a specific subject line for your email to them).

Make sure you follow these guidelines, as failing to do so could mean your pitch never even gets seen.

If you’re struggling to find guest post guidelines, or if the guidelines don’t make it clear who to contact, I’ve got some actionable tips in this guide to blogger outreach about tracking down the right person to contact (and finding their email address).

5. Learn how to pitch your guest blog post

Pitching a Guest Post and Landing It

Some blogs are happy to be contacted with a full draft of your guest blog post, but many want you to “pitch” the idea first. That’s where smart blogger outreach comes into play.

This normally means writing them an email where you briefly introduce yourself and your credentials, share your suggested guest blogging idea or prepared title, and outline what your post will be about.

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Here’s a copy and paste email template you can use for your guest post pitches (and you can grab a couple more outreach email templates above here ☝️):

Subject Line: Guest post for your blog

Hi [First Name],

Would you be interested in a guest post titled [title of suggested post]? I was thinking it’d cover:

[three to five bullet points covering the key points of your post]

If that sounds like it could be a good fit, I’d be happy to send you a full draft to take a look at.

Alternatively, another couple of posts I had in mind are [title of second post] or [title of third post]. Just let me know if either of those sounds like a better fit: I can whip up a quick outline to send over if you’re interested 🙂

I blog at [name of your site] about [topic], and [details of your credentials, if any – e.g. “I’ve been a WordPress developer since 2014”]. If this sounds like a good fit, I’d of course promote my guest post out to my (growing) audience on [social media channel you frequent, or approximate size of your email list].

Let me know what you think,

[Your Name]

While this guest blogging pitch is pretty simple and straightforward, there are definitely more nuanced and longer-term relationship building approaches you can take to your outreach as a whole. I highly recommend going through my complete guide to doing smart blogger outreach today.

Always strive for a simple guest blogging pitch email

You don’t need to make your guest post email pitch any more complicated than this. Keep it short, sweet and straight to the point.

The host blogger isn’t going to want to wade through five paragraphs about your own story—however intriguing it is—before you get to the details that are pertinent to them.

Similarly, there’s no point sending an incredibly detailed outline at this stage: if the blogger wants you to go into more detail, they’ll just ask.

6. Write a guest blog post your host can’t resist

How to Write a Blog Post and Find Relevant Content for Your Readers

No host blog is going to give you a definite “yes” based on a pitch alone.

Even if your guest blogging idea was amazing, they need to see that you can deliver a strong piece of content that’s relevant to their audience, matches their style and accomplishes some sort of strategic content marketing goal for them.

When you submit your draft guest post, it goes without saying that it should be your best work—especially if this guest blogging opportunity is on a site that can really change things for you.

Your guest blog post should be worthy of publishing on your own blog

One way to think about just how you should feel about the quality of your guest post—is to use the bar of making sure it’s up to standards to be a fully ready, top-notch article you’d happily publish on your own blog too.

Yes, you’re calling your guest post submission a “draft” in your pitch, but that’s because you want the host blog to feel free to ask for extensive changes if they feel you haven’t quite hit the mark. From your perspective though, this should be a polished piece of work that’s ready to publish as-is in your mind.

As well as doing a great job with the writing of the post itself, you want to make sure that:

  • You’ve made your post as valuable as possible to readers. That could mean including examples, adding key blogging tips from the pros, linking to further reading, quoting from industry experts, compiling a free template… doing whatever you can to make your guest post truly useful and helpful. (Don’t go too far: if your host blog normally publishes 800 word posts, you don’t want to send them a 3,000 word monster unless that’s already been cleared).
  • You’ve made it as valuable as possible to the host blog. That means not just producing a great piece of content, but making sure that it helps your host blog out in some way. Normally, this means linking internally to other pillar content on their blog (aim to link to at least two or three of their posts), but it might also mean mentioning their products or their suggesting they opt-in to emails.

Either way, if you can somehow successfully tie your guest blogging efforts into a clear win for the host blog & their readers, then you’re much more likely to get a pitch accepted.

7. Tastefully include links to your own content

Can You Link to Your Own Blog in Guest Posts Answer

Almost all host blogs will let you write your own bio, where you can at least include one link (often multiple) to wherever you want.

If they don’t allow you to include even a bio link to your own blog in a guest post, then I’d recommend not guest blogging for them as you likely aren’t getting anything in return for creating a solid piece of (free) content for them. Guest blogging needs to be a win-win-win in my opinion.

We’re going to talk more about bios in a moment—but in terms of the body of your guest post itself, you might be wondering whether it’s fine to link to your own content.

Can you link to your own blog within a guest blog post?

The answer is yes, you can usually link to your own content from a guest post when it’s done tastefully and has a clear purpose other than just giving yourself a random link. But, it comes with a bit of nuance.

Most blogs will be happy with you linking a few times to your own content, so long as it’s:

  • Relevant: Don’t force a link to content that’s only tangentially related to the subject of your guest post. (This is one of the reasons why it’s important to choose a host blog that’s truly on-topic for you, so that there will be natural opportunities to build quality links to your own articles.)
  • High-quality: If you’re linking to a scrappy post riddled with typos, the host blog is likely to remove the link altogether or replace it with a link to someone else’s resource on the same topic.
  • Non-competitive: It’s often the case that you’re guest blogging for a site that’ll be somewhat competitive in terms of the topics you both cover. For example, if you include a link to your own guide about how to make money blogging, but the host blog you’re contributing to already has a piece that’s going after this same keyword phrase, they’ll likely remove your link and replace it with a link to their own article. Avoid awkward situations by checking each of your links for competitive pieces on their blog ahead of time.

How many times can you link to your own blog within a guest blog post?

There’s no hard and fast rule about how many links you can include to your own content, but somewhere between 2 and 4 (if your guest blog post is in the 2,000-3,000 word range) is usually about right.

You might also want to make sure you’re including links to other reputable blogs and publications in your niche. If you only link to your own content, it’s going to look rather self-serving (and even if the host blogger leaves all your links intact, it may come across as biased to readers).

Important: A few blogs state in their guidelines that you shouldn’t link to your content at all if you’ll be guest blogging for them—or say that they at least discourage it.

If that’s the case and you’re already committed to guest blogging for this site—and you do want to include a link, flag it to the host blogger (i.e. with a comment in the Google Doc) and make it clear that you’re happy for them to remove the link if necessary.

Most importantly, you don’t want it to look like you’re trying to sneak a link past them.

As I’ve already said though, if you’re in serious doubt about whether you’ll be able to get a link or two from the host blog in question (and that’s the primary goal of your guest blogging campaign), then I’d recommend taking your guest post somewhere else instead of allowing the content go under-utilized.

8. Craft a clever guest blog post bio for yourself

How to Write a Clever Bio for a Guest Post

Your bio is the one place where you’re guaranteed a link to virtually anything you want that supports your blog SEO strategies.

Though some blogs still have specific requirements about bio links—for example, you might not be allowed to link directly to your own products, use an affiliate link, or direct readers to a site that’s directly competitive with your host blog.

How to write a successful guest blog post bio

Your guest blogging bio should be relatively brief, but accomplish these four goals:

  • Include your full name (or your blogging pseudonym)
  • Be fairly short (around 100 words is common, but check the guest blogging guidelines, as some blogs have strict word limits on bios)
  • Be written in the third person (“Jane Doe is…” not “I am…”)
  • Include 1 link back to your blog or website (most commonly your homepage, but not always)

It can be tricky to know what to put in your bio. Guest bloggers often write bios like this:

Dave Smith blogs at about tiny homes and financial independence. You can find him on Twitter at @tinyhomesdave. He lives in Troy, Michigan with his wife and three daughters.

While that’s not necessarily bad, it’s also not going to attract a lot of readers to click through and want to learn more. Dave’s wife and daughters aren’t particularly relevant, and this sort of personal detail, while fine for an About page, doesn’t need to take up space in your guest blogging bio.

How to choose the right link to include in your guest blogging bio

Instead of just including a link to your homepage (which is where most guest bloggers stop), try linking to a specific piece of content you’re building links for—and give readers a much stronger call to action.

For instance, here’s a much more compelling guest blogging bio Dave could use:

If you enjoyed this post from Dave Smith, check out Ten Amazing Tiny Homes From Around the World (especially number 7, which has to be seen to be believed). For more about tiny homes, plus Dave’s journey toward financial independence, make sure you’re following him on Twitter at @tinyhomesdave.

Ideally, you’ll want to tailor your guest blogging bio link to a piece of content on your blog that’s (1) highly relevant to the guest blog post you just wrote and (2) a key page you’re wanting to build more quality links to.

So this link would make perfect sense in the example above if Dave was guest posting about tiny homes, but wouldn’t be quite such a good fit if his guest post was about financial independence or something more specific like how to do taxes on your blog income.

9. What to do after your guest blog post goes live

How to Promote Your Blog Content After Your Post Goes Live (Tutorial)

Almost all host blogs will give you an anticipated publication date for your post, so make sure you’re around on that day to share your guest post and answer comments.

If the publish date doesn’t work well for you, just say so—they’ll usually be more than happy to change it.

Once your guest post goes live, there are three key things you need to do in order to make it a success (for everyone):

1. Answer the comments that come in

You’ll normally be encouraged (even expected) to respond to comments on your guest post. It’s worth taking a look at how many comments each post tends to receive on the blog ahead of time, so you know how much time you’re likely to need to set aside for this on the day your post goes live.

When you’re replying to comments, keep in mind that to readers, you’re a representative of the blog. Don’t use salty language (unless that’s 100% okay on the blog in question), don’t get angry or defensive, and contact the host blogger if there are comments that you don’t know how to respond to yourself.

2. Share your guest blog post with your network

Even if your social media following is small, you should still share your guest post with your audience. As well as potentially sending a little bit of traffic to your host blog (which is a nice thing to do), getting your work published on a larger blog will often impress your existing followers.

Where possible, tag the host blog’s account when you share your post—they may end up retweeting you, and at the very least, they’ll be able to see that you made the effort to share your post. Just be sure you’re sharing on the social channels that make the most sense for your blog niche—like Twitter for startup-centric content or Instagram for travel blogging.

3. Thank the host blogger (and pitch your next guest blog post)

A few days after your post goes live, email the host blogger to thank them for letting you be a guest on their blog. Try to make this email very personal—you could mention how nice and welcoming their readers were, or tell them that you got a great boost in traffic to your blog.

This is also a great time to pitch your next guest post if the first one felt like a success. Once you’ve had one guest post go up on a blog (especially if it was well-received and you were easy to work with), it’s almost always easier to land a second one.

You can simply write something like:

I’d love to write for you again! I wondered if you’d be interested in a post on [title/topic]? Happy to send you an outline or a full draft if this sounds like it could be a good fit for you.

If the host blog doesn’t accept much guest blogging, or if you’re not ready to pitch and write another post just yet, you can write something like this:

Thanks so much for having me on [name of blog]! Your readers were so lovely and welcoming, and it was a real thrill to see my post live on your site. I’d love to write for you again—would you be open to another guest post pitch in a couple of months?

Unless something went seriously awry during or after your post was published, then the host blogger is almost certain to say yes.

10. Clever ways to get even more from your guest blogging

How to Get More Out of Your Guest Blogging Efforts (Screenshot of Promotion)

When you write your first guest post, simply getting it published is a great achievement.

But once you’ve got a bit of guest blogging experience under your belt, there are a few things you can do to get even more out of each new guest post that goes live.

1. Link to other notable bloggers in your guest posts

One very simple (but often overlooked) way to use your guest posts to your own advantage, is to link to other notable bloggers’ content. If you want to build a relationship with one, or if you just want to help out a blogger you love, this is an incredible way to do so.

That backlink will be really beneficial to them, particularly if you’re writing for quite a large blog. They’re also likely to get at least some referral traffic from the post.

Then, after you’ve reached out to the blogger who’s content you featured in your guest post, you can gauge their responsiveness and even pitch them on having you as a guest blogger—translating into even more high quality links (and traffic) back to your blog.

2. Write several guest blog posts at once

While it takes a lot of work, getting several guest posts (think ten or more) on lots of blogs in your niche all in a short period of time can be an amazing way to get your name and blog out there. Just listen to my interview with blogger Adam Enfroy about how he landed 20+ guest posts during his first month blogging and saw his traffic explode as a result.

If you write one guest post, people will probably forget about you almost as soon as they’ve read it. Once they’ve seen four or five posts from you in a single week though, they’re going to start paying attention—and likely subscribe for your email list if you’re putting out regular content.

Several other prominent bloggers rose to prominence through seriously prolific guest posting, including not only yours truly, but also Leo Babauta from zen habits and Danny Iny from Mirasee.

Getting ten guest posts out there in the span of a week or two is likely to do much more for growing your blog than writing ten posts over the course of ten months.

3. List the top blogs you’ve written for on your own site

Many bloggers have an “as seen on” or similar section on their front page or in another prominent location.

Ryan Robinson Homepage Screenshot with Sites I've Been Featured On (Example)

This is a great place to list the blogs or publications you’ve written for–using their logos normally works well. Most blogs will be fine with using their logos for something like this as it also builds their own reputation, though you can always email and double-check if you’re concerned.

Once you’ve gathered a bit of guest blogging experience and have written for some larger blogs, including their names or logos on your site makes it clear to new readers that you’re credible and worth reading.

Troubleshooting: 4 common guest blogging problems solved

Guest Blogging Problems and Troubleshooting Challenges

As in all blogging endeavors, there will be challenges, hurdles and blogging mistakes made along the way. But, that’s ok. We’re all here to learn and grow.

Hopefully, the host blogger will love your guest post draft immediately after receiving it, and they’ll get straight back to you with a “This is perfect! I’m going to publish it on Monday.”

There’s a fair chance, though, that at some point during your guest blogging journey, you’re going to run into one of the following roadblocks:

Guest blogging problem #1: You don’t get any response to your pitch

Bloggers are busy people—so if you send a pitch and don’t hear anything after a week or so, that’s normal.

If it’s been two weeks or more, though, you might want to check that your pitch was safely received.

You could send an email like this:

Hi [First Name],

Just checking if you got my guest post pitch a couple of weeks ago? Here it is again, just in case it went astray:

Let me know if you think it’d be a good fit,

[Your Name]

Try using one of my favorite blogging tools (like Gmail’s Snooze Reminders) that handles automatic email follow up reminders.

You could also try sending the blogger a message on Facebook or Twitter.

Don’t do this publicly, though—it can look pushy and pressuring.

Guest blogging problem #2: You don’t hear back after sending your draft

Sometimes, you might get a positive response to your pitch—only for the blogger to go silent after you send over your draft.

It can take busy bloggers a while to assess your guest post, especially if they’re on the fence about whether or not to take it, or if they’re mulling over potential changes. Don’t be too quick to follow up (but equally, don’t simply wait for several weeks or months, in case it’s slipped their mind).

If you’ve not heard anything after a week or so, I’d recommend sending a follow up like this:

Hi [name],

I wondered if you’ve had a chance to take a look at the draft of my guest post? (No worries if not – I know you’re really busy!) If you want any changes, or anything added, just let me know.


[Your name]

If you still don’t get a response, wait one more week and try again.

After that, it’s fair game to take your guest post elsewhere and try to pitch it to other blogs that it’d be a good fit for.

Guest blogging problem #3: The host blogger wants lots of changes to your draft

In some cases, the host blogger might want to publish your post—but with a TON of changes.

Sometimes, the host blogger might make those changes; other times, they might ask you to rework your draft. It’s unusual to be asked to do extensive rewrites for a guest post (the blog will probably simply reject if they feel it needs that much work), but you might well be asked to add sources, change a paragraph or two, include more details and so on.

At this stage, it’s up to you how to respond.

In most cases, it makes sense to simply accept the changes since you’re already invested in this guest blogging adventure—even if that means a bit of extra work for you. Once your post has gotten this far, it’s almost certain to be published if you take the final step of making edits.

If there are specific edits that you want to push back on though, that’s normally okay. If the host blog wants so many changes that you feel your guest post won’t be something you’re happy to have your name on afterward, you can withdraw it altogether.

Guest blogging problem #4: The host blogger removes your links

What if the host blogger takes out all (or most of) the links you included to your own blog?

This probably indicates you’ve gone a bit overboard in linking to your own content, and so long as at least one or two of your links remains in place, it usually makes sense to go ahead with the guest post anyway—as that’s still a meaningful benefit.

However, if you want to push back about a specific link or two you’d like added back in, you should write an email like:

I noticed you took out the link to [page]. I know it’s my own content, but I thought it’d be really useful background material for your readers. Would it be okay for us to include it back into the article?

Be prepared for the answer to be “no,” but as long as the link isn’t directly competitive to a piece of content on your host blog’s site, then I recommend at least trying.

While you can certainly remove your guest post from consideration at this point in the process, doing so will likely harm your chances of ever landing a guest post on that blog in the future. If you’re ok with that, then no sweat—just move on.

Most bloggers will expect you to provide a guest post in return for a bio link (and maybe one more link in the body)—but generally without a guarantee of other links within the post.

Note: It’s normal not to use your own affiliate links in your post (and doing so will likely come across as clueless, presumptuous, or greedy). The host blog may well use affiliate links of their own if you mention specific products/services that have an affiliate program, so you need to be ok with that.

What does your guest blogging strategy look like now?

Guest blogging might be one of the best things you can do for the long-term growth of your blog… but it can also be a ton of fun, too. It’s one of the most successful blog promotion strategies I’ve ever employed—and I write even more about it in a couple of my free blogging books.

It’s a serious thrill to see your guest blog post published on a site you’ve admired and read for years.

Once you’ve got a bit of experience, you can move up to larger blogs.

Imagine having your posts on some of the top blogs in your niche (or even the world’s leading publications).

But let’s bring this guide to guest blogging home now…

Your first step is to find a handful of blogs (ideally, ones you already read) that accept guest posts.

Go and track those down now, formulate a pitch that’ll be a no-brainer for them to accept.

Let’s land your first guest blog post today.

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Opera for Android 46 comes with themes and night mode – Blog

The Opera for Android team has been busy adding a lot of new things for you in the latest version. We listen to comments and suggestions from our users, and we know that personalization and customization are valued.


We are happy to announce themes! Now you can browse with your own style. Tweak the color theme and join the dark side, or the light… or enjoy the classic Opera red. You’ll find these themes in Settings.

Night mode

Reading content is mostly what a web browser is about. Now, it will be even more convenient to read late at night. Experience less eyestrain and more comfortable reading in the dark with the new night mode, which is easily accessible from the main menu.

Private tabs notification

If you are using our private tabs to keep some things to yourself, there will now be a small ghost as a reminder of these open private tabs in the notification tray. Tapping this notification will close all your private tabs.


Copy, paste and QR-code scanning

Want to copy or paste a web address? This is now available with one tap from the address bar.

There is now also a QR code scanner. Just tap the icon found in the right side of the address bar instead of manually entering the address.


Oh, and upon request from our users, you can now turn off trending searches suggestions if you don’t like seeing them. You will find this option in Settings.

Thanks for using Opera! Please let us know what you think in the comments below. We are already at work on the next release. Stay tuned and happy browsing! // The Opera for Android Team



Meet Emminex: Opera Mini and Worldreader International Literacy Day ’18 – Blog

Get to know Emminex, the Game of Thrones fan and Opera Mini user who writes poems inspired by fantasy books he finds in the  Worldreader app

Emminex is a very avid reader who reads for at least four hours every day on his mobile phone. He loves writing poetry and seeing animated films. He’s a huge Game of Thrones fan and he particularly loves fantasy books because they broaden his imagination. Here’s what he had to say about reading on his phone:

Emminex enjoys reading while commuting

“Reading books on my mobile phone has made it easier for me to access my choice of books anywhere, any time. And like the saying goes, readers are leaders. I am leading because I am reading.”

Emminex World Reader Opera Mini

He recently graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from Kogi State University. Here’s what he had to say when he graduated:

“I really do lack words to express myself right now. God is faithful! Even against overwhelming odds, he showed himself strong and mighty. Someone may not understand what I’m saying here. But I know what I’ve seen and been through. Mama, I made it!”

People across Africa have spent more than 4 million hours reading in 2018

On this International Literacy Day, Opera Mini and Worldreader are celebrating that people across Africa have read for more than 4 million hours so far this year. Emminex has contributed to this milestone and his story is one of more than 414,000 people reading every month across Africa.

Emminex writes poems about many things Some of his favorite themes are about love, his country of Nigeria and the self.

Here’s a selection of his poems that we love:


A feeling so inexplicable

An enigma

A mystery that eludes human mastery.

Once it besiege your mind,

Every sense of control tends to vanish

You get drowned in the sea of obsession

Obsession with nothing but concession

Concession so obvious

But you still fail to realize

Even when its apparent and staring at your real eyes.

Have you ever tasted love?

Just a nibble of it

Sends you soaring in the skies of ecstasy

A mere taste of its cup

Gets you flowing with the ebb and tide of intoxication

An intoxicating feat not achievable even by the strongest of drinks.

Just a thought of someone you are in love with,

Your brain chemistry changes

Pleasure hormones gets it deluged;

Oxytocin or probably dopamine

Sending pleasure impulses down your spine.

You begin to cherish each moment

Every opportunity with that person.

Sometimes you get sleepless nights too

Regurgitating those lovely moments you shared

Hours that seem no longer than seconds.

To you the person becomes flawless

Little wonder love is said to be blind

Blindness so invisible with deep ends

On whose pillars our feelings depends

Have you ever fallen from the heights of love?

Its a fall you will hope never ends!



behind my throat

lay nestled the lyrics of an unsung song,

a song too heavy for my tongue to

shoulder, for i shudder at the sound

of my own voice like a pair of jaws

clattering to the frosty percussions

of mother nature

you see, songs are dark rooms

where I hide my feelings, from the glaring

bloodshot eyes of stark reality

like a lost wind,

i whistle tunes of despair into the deep

depths of the ears of the mountains,

and find soothing melodies in the eyes

of grey clouds squirting warm tears

i don’t know why, but sometimes

i feel like a song, lost in the mouth

of an amateur singer

do you feel the same way too?

i thought of writing a sweet song

but my pen got quadriplegic as soon

as it kissed the whiteness of the paper;

the pen craves for a black paper,

they are good for writing sour songs

don’t ask me why this poem sounds

this way, i didn’t write any word

the ink just splashed on the pages

and these texts came staring at me



the things my eyes have seen

are like broken bottles dissolved in the throat

of an infant, who has barely understood

the pleasures snuggled in colostrum;


they are flames, flourishing like flowers,

searing through the skin of men,

making barbecue of what was once called flesh.


i think of Plateau, how the human body

made mimicry of a sketchpad, with machetes

for pencils; sketching a gory artwork.


the dam that bar the pond behind my eyelids

are broken; the whites of my eyes

have taken to the colour of my blood’s essence.


i scribble these lines, not with the ink

the manufacturer shoved into my pen,

but with blood painfully resolved in tears.


i weep for my nation…



Shake and Win is back in Opera News with over 200 million Naira in prizes

Opera News has reintroduced the mini game Shake and Win on the Opera News app in celebration of the African Cup of Nations in 2019. Throughout the duration of Shake and Win on Opera News, you have the chance to win split prizes worth over 200M Naira, including cash prizes, vouchers and other surprising and exciting gifts.

Last year, during the football World Cup, we gave away 54 million prizes and rewarded more than one million people across Africa through Shake and Win. This year we want to bring this experience back to you and make you a lucky winner again.

To start playing Shake and Win, tap on the banner inside the Opera News home feed or go to the Me page and click the Shake and Win banner there. Don’t have Opera News yet? Download the app for free.

Shake & Win African Cup of Nations 2019

Start winning with Shake and Win today!

The rules of Shake and Win are simple. There are two ways to become a winner:

  1. Complete all nine pieces of the puzzle in Opera News to collect a cash prize. With every shake you get the chance to collect the missing pieces of the puzzle or you can complete the puzzle with a rare gold card. Those who complete the puzzle will become winners of real cash from the shared cash prize bucket.
  2. You can also win other prizes along the way like ORide and Supabets vouchers without having to complete a puzzle first.

Everyone wins by shaking their phones

For this year’s edition, we introduced a new competition mode based on four rounds starting on June 21 to July 19. The first day you enter one of the rounds, you will have a total of 15 shakes for free and five daily shakes on the following days until a new round starts.

Shake & Win African Cup of Nations 2019

Your prizes will be available for withdrawal the day following the end of each round. This means that for the first round you will be able to withdraw your cash prize on June 29, for the second round on July 9 and for the third and fourth round on July 19.

What to do if you run out of shakes?

If you run out of shakes in one day you can invite more people to play by sharing the code located under “My Prize” inside Opera News. To share it, tap on “Share 200,000,000 Naira prize!” and then on “Invite Now”. If the person you referred inputs the code correctly and has not downloaded Opera News before, you will receive either a Gold Card or one more share in the prize pool.

The Gold Card will be given to you only if you haven’t completed the puzzle yet. If you already completed the puzzle then you will get one more share from the bucket prize.

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Claim your prizes and redeem your vouchers

The cash prizes you win will have to be withdrawn using your OPay account. If you do not have an OPay account yet, you can easily set one up using your phone number. The cash prize will be transferred into your account as soon as possible after your submission. If the account number you submitted to redeem your prize is not an Opay account, the money cannot be transferred successfully.

If you want to redeem ORide vouchers go to the “My Prize” page inside Opera News and copy the unique promo code of the voucher. Then download the ORide app, set up your account and activate your voucher.

Redeem all your prizes on time

The Shake and Win campaign will be available inside Opera News from June 21 to July 19. All your vouchers and cash prizes have to be redeemed before July 25.

If you have more questions about Shake and Win, please read our FAQ on this link.

Good luck and enjoy Shake and Win!

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