2018, January 10th
by Neil Patel
Last Updated January 8th, 2018 — Trying figure out how to start a blog and succeed in 2018? I reckon I might be able to help you with that!
This article was first published four years ago and has since helped thousands of bloggers get started. It’s now constantly updated with the latest trends and information.
I first learned about blogging back in college when I was lucky enough to sell some blogs for 5-figures. Since then I’ve been so fortunate to work full time from my couch! I honestly don’t say this to brag, but just to show you how powerful this format can be for changing your career or revitalizing your existing business.
Today we’re going to look at the quickest set up and hosting, and then move on to some really detailed strategies and tips for how you can make sure your blog succeeds this year.
by Hari Meyyappan
There’s no point obsessing over them, but let’s be honest. Everybody seeks validation, and social media is one of the quickest and easiest ways to get it.
Facebook might still be king in terms of total users and daily engagement, but it’s no longer the so-called “young and hip” social media option.
That crown is shifting to Instagram, which now has a rapidly growing 700 million monthly active users — the majority of whom fall in the range of ages 18 to 29.
Instagram monthly users chart
If Instagram’s growth continues to accelerate at the same pace, the photo-sharing platform will hit 1 billion users by the end of 2017.
Instagram is valuable not only for showcasing your personal life, but also as a way to advertise your business and grow your brand.
86% of top brands around the world use Instagram.
by Carla Jonson
Creativity. We all want it. Unfortunately, we tend to give up on it over time.
When we’re just starting our careers, we’re excited. We’re going to take the world by storm. We approach our boss every morning with a new, brilliant idea. Getting a “yes” on something truly different seems like just a matter of statistics: The more we swing, the greater the chance we’ll get a hit. We have a high tolerance for risk and a high tolerance for rejection.
Ten years into our careers, we’ve taken our share of bumps and bruises. We’re still optimistic, but we’ve learned to test the waters before throwing out something crazy to see if people bite. We might email a wacky YouTube video to a few people on our team to test the response. If they tell us it’s fun but completely unrealistic for our industry, we cross it off our secret list of possibilities. We’ve gone from pitching wildly creative ideas every day to floating mildly interesting ideas once every six months.
by By Leigh Buchanan and Sheila Marikar
It’s 2018, and you are really doing it. You have long imagined your product on the endcap at Walmart and practiced what you’ll say when Mark Cuban grills you about your competitive edge. But this year, you are finally launching a business. Where do you start? We asked some of the top business minds what you should do in the first 90 days, a crucial time in your business’s life. Get these early steps right and you’ll create a sound foundation for a profitable, growing business.
The likelihood that your startup will be profitable is influenced heavily by the speed at which you launch. The number of tasks you do in those early months is more crucial to success than the type of tasks you do, although anything involving customer contact helps, according to the Panel Study of Entrepreneurial Dynamics, which tracks samples of new entrepreneurs. “Those implementing more startup activities faster are more likely to see profits,” says Paul Reynolds, the study’s coordinating principal investigator.
Beyond the specific tasks that PSED examines–things like developing financial projections and obtaining supplier credit–startup activities tend to fall into two categories. The first is open-minded discovery. Initially, everything is assumption: financials, customers, go-to-market strategy. The only thing you know for certain is your own strengths, and even there you may be surprised.
by Monica Torres
In a world where entertainment is just a smartphone away, you’re constantly connected and you never have to be bored. There will always be some new app to tap through, a social media post to like, or a notification to read. But a new book is arguing that we lose key moments for creativity, reflection, and growth when we don’t let our minds space out and wander away from technology.
Manoush Zomorodi, the host and managing editor of WNYC’s Note to Self podcast, is arguing in her new book “Bored and Brilliant,” that we need monotony to be great. She uses her own life as an example, noting that the last great idea she had to host a podcast came when she was bored and “pushing that damn stroller” in the early months of motherhood.
Talking to neuroscientists, Zomorodi learned that there’s a scientific reason why her brain was most creative when she was bored. When we’re bored and doing humdrum administrative tasks, our body goes into autopilot mode and that’s where our brain’s synapses start firing in new ways.