Secrets of a Killer Blog Post [Infographic]

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The joys of blogging can also be some of the biggest pains. My first month of writing posts I found myself feverishly writing down everything I could put on the web. By month three, I was slowing down. But month six, I was wondering why I was not getting traffic and if maybe it was me. (Hint: it was) Many bloggers have a passion that pursued them to blog. Even us at ChurchMag are under the banner of Christian nerds and geeks. But passion alone will not make a blog a success. This is not another ... Continue Reading

Online Blogging Platforms: A Series Intro

This is the intro to a four part series on web-based writing applications. I've been tinkering with a few lately (including some you've suggested), so this series will serve as a tear-down of these services. Who knows? Maybe you'll find your new home! But first a few tips before we get started. Everyone has their go-to blogging platform, be it a fully featured client like Wordpress, a social experience like Tumblr or a minimal setup like Svbtl. If you're like me, you don't always like the ... Continue Reading

5 Ways To Get More Guest Posts On Your Blog

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There is no doubt that guest posting is one of the best ways to get great content for your blog with minimal effort. In fact, many times, the quality can rival your own. I have been on both sides of guest blogging, writing for others and receiving guest posts on my own blog. In fact, when I first wanted to write for ChurchMag, I had asked if I could get post on here for free. This article is not to debate if guest posting is helpful for you (it is), what you should expect from guest posting ... Continue Reading

Corporate Digital Marketing: Hitting the True Goal

Corporate Digital Marketing - Hitting the True Goal

Some would say that the goal of digital marketing is website traffic, social media likes, reshares and engagement, or just a general improvement of brand. While these are all good things and stuff that should be sought by any digital marketer regardless of your company's dealings, for churches and ministries, this is not the ultimate goal. The focus up to this point has been how to do digital marketing corporately, as opposed to individually and noting the differences that come with it. What we ... Continue Reading

3 Easy Blog Tips That Will Improve Your Content

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If you are running a blog for yourself, your ministry, or your church, you are probably always looking for aways to improve the content and get more eyes on it too. For some bloggers, that means improving SEO. While SEO is good to an extent, there is a ceiling on it before it becomes too gimmicky and manipulative. I want to give you three easy blog tips that will improve your blog's content and get more readers to your site. These 3 tips are so easy you can implement them today and will ... Continue Reading

The Genius of the Flying Spider

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According to a post on a tech blog in the UK, rather scary looking flying spiders are due to invade the UK this year! As I live in the UK, this doesn't sound like a good thing. However, this post, like so many on the web (ha ha), wasn't all it was claiming to be and it's all a bit of genius! ... Continue Reading

5 Things A Blog Editor Needs To Focus On

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Earlier this month, I wrote on how churches should consider hiring a blogging editor instead of a blogger. I recognize that many church leaders may know the qualities a church blogger should have, but might not know some of the key differences between that position and a church blogging editor. I would like to help you with that. Do note that all people have different talents and strengths and my own experience is one that is unique in itself, so this is not an exhaustive list. On top of that, ... Continue Reading

A Church Tech Ministry Team Expansion Proposal

Ministry teams, our churches are full of them. I recently drafted a proposal to my church's leadership in how I feel we could restructure our online efforts in order to more efficiently make use of that medium. Since then I've shared this vision with some friends in other churches around town to which I have received many positive reports of its application. So, I figured I'd share it with you all as well! As always, let me know what you think. The primary goal of this strategy is to empower a ... Continue Reading

Your Church Needs A Blog Editor

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Numerous times churches and ministries have asked me, how do we get a blog running. Through the formal consulting process, we would look at their needs, goals, resources, and approaches that have already been made. More times than not, I have told them that they needed to hire someone. This could be a person that is fully dedicated to blogging, other times it was a full-time job as a blogger, social media manager, online marketer, and IT person for the whole church. Yet, in the time I have been ... Continue Reading

4 Reasons to Kiss RSS Goodbye

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It might sound strange for a blogger, but I’m giving up on RSS. With over 75 blogs in a Feedly queue that publish new content regularly there is just too much to keep track of. This is part of a larger effort to streamline workflows and create some margin in my life. As a family man with two jobs and many side projects, I could use a little margin. How about you? Here’s the reasoning for dropping RSS in favor of Twitter: ... Continue Reading