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42 Free Seth Godin Blogging Tips (that cost money)

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I recently attended a Marketing Profs online seminar  – Kick Off the New Year With Seth Godin: 57 Ways to Connect With Customers and Get Them to Spread Your Ideas for You

Connect!The tips I gleaned from this seminar are, like Seth, pithy and highly useful. Because it’s a paid seminar, I thought I’d save you the $129 expense and share some of the Godin blogging tips I liked best.

  1. Use lists
  2. Write posts that need to be read right now
  3. Learn enough to become an expert in your field
  4. Break news
  5. Be timeless – write posts that will be readable in a year
  6. Be among the first with a great blog on your topic then encourage others to blog on the same topic
  7. Share your expertise generously so people recognize and depend on you
  8. Write short pithy posts
  9. Write long, definitive posts
  10. Encourage readers to help you manipulate top bloggers’ lists
  11. Don’t write about your cat or kids
  12. Write about your cat or kids
  13. Be snarky. Be libelous about fellow bloggers and dare them to respond, with links back
  14. Share link love and expect it back
  15. Include polls, meters, and other eye candy
  16. Tag posts, think about SEO
  17. Coin a term or two
  18. Do email interviews with the well-known
  19. Answer your email
  20. Use photos – salacious ones are best
  21. Be anonymous
  22. Encourage your readers to Digg your posts (and Reddit) on every post
  23. Put your photos on Flickr
  24. Encourage RSS subscriptions
  25. Start at beginning and take readers through a months-long education
  26. Include comments – the a virtual water cooler
  27. Don’t include comments – people will cross-post their responses
  28. Assume every day is a beginning – you always have new readers
  29. Point to useful but little-known resources
  30. Run relevant ads that are better than your content
  31. Run no ads
  32. Tweak your blog template so it has bells and whistles – techies read blogs
  33. Digest good ideas, all day every day
  34. Post on weekdays, there are more readers
  35. Post on weekends, because there is less competition
  36. Invent a new kind of interaction
  37. Write about never-ending topics so you don’t bore readers
  38. Write about only one thing in ever-deepening detail so you become definitive
  39. Dress your blog well with fonts and design
  40. Edit yourself ruthlessly
  41. Don’t promote yourself, books, or business at expense of your readers
  42. Give credit to those who inspired

If you read the entire list, you no doubt noticed that there are contradictory statements here. This was one of the big takeaways – don’t look for cookie cutter solutions because there aren’t any. For one blogger one thing will work, and for another, the opposite will work. You have to find your own way and carve your own path over the mountain.

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About the author: Karen, zencopy creator, is a top 10 bestselling amazon author, creativity coach, and an online content specialist with a masters in psychology and passion for learning and teaching new topics.

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