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It’s funny that whenever a popular blogger gets asked something like, “If you were just getting started today, what would you do differently?” they almost always answer the exact same way … “I would start building an email list right from day one.”

And “an email list” isn’t just a cliche term used and preached upon by online marketers. When we think about it for a minute, it turns out that a list is the only online business asset that’s entirely ours. [click to continue…]

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Bad News for Digital Entrepreneurs & Bloggers Everywhere

New EU VAT rules from January 1st 2015

New EU VAT rules from January 1st 2015

If you provide telecommunications, broadcasting or electronically supplied services to customers (not businesses) in the EU (European Union), your life is about to get more difficult.

From January 1st 2015 new EU VAT (tax) rules mean that anyone providing an e-product to a consumer within the EU will have to charge VAT based on the customer’s location. So, if your business sells an ebook from the U.S. to someone in the EU, you will have to charge the customer VAT. One problem with that is that most EU countries have different VAT rates. The UK is 20%, Ireland 23%, Germany 19%… There’s a full list here (PDF).

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Who’s that following me? Growing authentic blog followers

The desperate Blogger (that’s you and me)

Let’s face it, we’re all desperate aren’t we. Come on, I’m desperate – you’re desperate. It’s ok, let’s be honest, we are all desperate for followers.

So I guess you’ve set up a blog. And like me, your first inspiration was to write about something that you’re passionate about, or at the least, something you’re interested in. You got yourself a domain, a host, a platform, and a pretty trendy theme. Then it’s time to launch. You write a couple of posts, or grab a couple that you already had completed, and you publish them on your brand-new website. What happens next is a bit like lighting a campfire with wet wood. You keep trying to light it, you add more kindling, you screw up more paper and stuff it in the cracks and you sit back and watch for the flame. Chances are it’s pretty disappointing, a whole lot of smoke, hard work, and not a lot of fire and you certainly don’t get that warm feeling you were expecting.

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Why Blogging is Great for your Personal Brand and your Career

Step right up and hop on the blogging roller coaster – hope you’ve got the stomach for it

So you’re a blogger are you? So am I. Or maybe you’re thinking about blogging. Is that the case? But why? Why are you blogging now or considering blogging? Have you thought about that – carefully and honestly?

Ok, it might not be that easy a question to answer, but it is really important. I’ll tell you why, because blogging is hard work. It’s about pumping out words and posts relentlessly and then hoping someone other than you finds them fascinating, or even just interesting. One minute you get a spike in your visitors and you think you’ve got it made, a day later and your numbers drop and you’re searching madly for what went wrong. And still a day later they’re back again. It’s a roller coaster ride of activity and emotions.

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Artwork by James Westmore Copyright 2014

Artwork by James Westmore Copyright 2014

After more than 80 articles and 100,000 words, I feel comfortable calling myself a blogger. Like most bloggers, I am constantly focussed on how to provide a great experience at my website, PeterMcKelvie.com, how to attract new visitors and turn them into returning visitors who become a legion of fans.

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