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May25
3 Blogging Secrets I Learned From Hearing Robyn Tippins Interview Darren Rowse
Robyn Tippins did an approximately fifteen-minute podcast interview of Darren Rowse the other day.  (See Darren's thoughts on the interview.)  Darren is a master at blog monetization (see ProBlogger for evidence) and I learned three awesome secrets from this interview:

1. Why Darren started blogging - He simply visited a few blogs and was impressed at how easily people from all over the world were conversing about topics that interested him.  Lesson: Look for conversations that interest you and join them!

2. Darren's top tip for generating blog traffic - Create useful and unique content.  People will not return to your blog unless they get something out of their initial visit that they find valuable.

3. What Darren thinks of search engine optimization (SEO) - He says you shouldn't be obsessed with it, but that you should know the basic principles and use them sensibly to help your blog URL and post URLs rank highly in search engine results.

Bonus Secret #1: How do you get bloggers to talk positively about your business?  Darren shares a great tip: First, shadow a good blogger and watch how he or she does things.  Then create your own business blog and follow that example.  Also, always be genuine and try to create real, positive relationships with other bloggers.

Bonus secret #2: Darren's Australian accent is very pleasant.  Psst - he's from Australia. :)  (Hey, I had never heard his voice before!)

I learned a lot from listening to Robyn Tippins's interview of Darren Rowse and I highly recommend that you listen to it.  Between Robyn's gentle Southern accent and Darren's pleasing Australian accent, you'll have a great time hearing them talk, and I think you'll learn a lot as well.

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I completely agree - it was a great interview with a lot of useful information. Related to #2 above, I also liked the idea of developing resources for your blog. I'm going to come up with some kind of strategy around that - not just links to other sites (which is a great resource) but tools someone could use to help them manage change and anticipate issues (my topic of interest).

That was indeed a good interview. Darren does have quite a bit of good information on blogging and presents it well.

I really enjoyed listening to how he got started. That was quite neat.

Easton, Darren is a wealth of information. It'd be neat to know how long people spend on his site, on average. I could spend an hour just digging through his archives and header posts.

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