How To Perform a Yearly Blog Review

posted by Bryan Allain — February 4, 2013 — 1 Comment

The following is a guest post from Dustin Stout.

A lot can be accomplished in 365 days. And unless you take the time to properly evaluate the last 365 days, how can you have a proper perspective of what you can expect in the next 365 days?

Do you have a yearly review process for your blog? Have you scheduled a day to look back on what you’ve accomplished in the past year? Do you have the proper perspective to start dreaming for the year to come?

Over the past few years I’ve refined my yearly review process. I’ve nowhere near perfected it, but it has been a great way of helping me to realign with my goals and plan for the future.

In this post I want to share with you my review process.

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The following is a guest post from Andy Traub, the author of the new book, Early To Rise: Learn to rise early in 30 days.

You bought the Macbook Pro, distraction free word processor, a subsription to Spotify for inspiring music, created a blogging calendar, went to Bryan’s Killer Tribes Conference and have listened to the audio every day since.

You’re a blogger, or at least you’re supposed to be. Your blogging production has been dismal for as long as you can remember because you don’t have time to write about the great ideas that you’ve got scribbled in the $14 Moleskine you bought.

Adding one habit to your life will help you achieve the blog you know you’re capable of writing. You need more time and last I checked they’re not making any more of it.

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Want to Be a Killer Tribes Sponsor?

posted by Bryan Allain — January 22, 2013 — Leave a comment

Got a company or product you want to be associated with Killer Tribes?

Check out the perks that come with our 2013 Sponsorship Packages.

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Today is the last day to get a ticket to Killer Tribes 2013 for $129.

Pretty sure the price to come to a Killer Tribes event will never be lower, so congratulations to those of you who are able to jump on this deal!

Not sure what I’m more excited for, the incredible speakers or the even more incredible attendees. (Here’s our Facebook Event page where folks have been checking in.) All I know is that it’s going to be an incredibly fun event.

Grab that Super Early Bird Ticket today because it’s gone tomorrow!

Hope to see you there in March!


Killer Tribes Speaker: John Saddington

posted by Bryan Allain — January 9, 2013 — 3 Comments

I’m back from BlogWorld’s New Media Expo in Vegas (more on that later) and I’m excited to announce that we’ve added John Saddington to the lineup of keynote speakers at the Killer Tribes Conference on March 23, 2013!

John is a blogger, an entrepreneur, and a strategic advisor to both startups and established businesses.

In addition to writing for his blog, John has also helped shape the blogging industry through 8Bit, the company he co-founded. They are responsible for creating the Standard Theme, one of the most widely used and respected WordPress themes online.

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Killer Tribes Speaker: Ben Arment

posted by Bryan Allain — January 3, 2013 — Leave a comment

So excited to announce today that Ben Arment will be one of the keynote speakers at the Killer Tribes Conference on March 23, 2013!

Ben helps people launch great things. Why? Because it’s who he is. He loves encouraging people to get uncomfortable and make things happen. He’s done it himself time and time again, and through his blog, his conferences, and his coaching program he has helped countless others do the same thing.

Over the past five years Ben has launched the STORY conference (every September in Chicago) and the Dream Year coaching program, which helps people overcome their fear and take action on their dreams. (I am a proud alum.)

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Around the Web and Back

posted by Bryan Allain — December 27, 2012 — Leave a comment

3 Things that caught my recent attention:

1. If You’re Serious About Ideas, Get Serious About Blogging by Dorie Clark – “In an information-hungry world, there will always be a need for expert content. And there will always be more readers and “retweeters” than there will be creators. If you want to have an impact, you might as well be the one setting the agenda by blogging your ideas.”

2. How To Get Facebook to Pull the Right Images From Your Blog at BloggingWithAmy.com – I’ve had a couple of folks ask me about this in 2012, I haven’t tried this trick but it may work for you.

3. How To Create Predictable Income Doing What You Love at PaidtoExist.com – A smart and simple idea on what it means to have the freedom to do what you want and how to get there. While I believe there are many ways to do that, I think there is a ton of truth in this. (h/t Jeff Goins)


So excited to finally announce the return of the Killer Tribes Conference!

We had a blast last March in Nashville, and this year we’re moving the conference to a new city and raising the level of awesome all the way around.

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Here are the details:

When: March 23rd, 2013

Where: Atlanta, GA (technically Snellville, GA – 40 min. NE of center city)

Who: Speakers will include Bryan Allain (your host), Tripp & Tyler (your emcees), Crystal Paine, Shawn Smucker, Jessica Turner, Kristen Howerton, Jason Boyett, Matthew Paul Turner, Tripp Crosby, and so many more we’ve yet to announce.

What Else: Like last year, we’ll have a meetup the night before (Fri, March 22) to network and hang out with the other attendees. This will be an exclusive event available only to registered conference attendees, and it will be amazing. We’ll unveil what we have in store in the coming weeks.

For more info on the speakers and the schedule, check out the Killer Tribes Conference web page:

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One last thing.

The Super Early Bird Rate of $129 (that’s $80 off the door price!) expires January 15th, so grab your tickets and start making plans to be there now!

It’s going to be an amazing weekend, hope you can join us!


How To Improve Your Blog By Refocusing

posted by Bryan Allain — December 11, 2012 — 13 Comments

With a new year right around the corner this is the best time to bring your blog in for a check on its vision.

The best part? No co-pay. Heck, you don’t even need insurance.

Most of us get our eyes checked every year or two because as we get older our vision slips. We think we’re rocking 20/20, but if we’re not careful we can end up like George Costanza in “The Glasses”, eating an onion like it was an apple. (Probably my favorite Seinfeld episode of all time, btw.)

No one wants to eat an onion like it was a hand fruit, especially not your blog.

Here’s a quick 5-Step plan to giving your blog a vision checkup.

1. Focus on Audience

Like I wrote about in my book 31 Days to Finding Your Blogging Mojo (the #1 result for ‘blogging’ at Amazon!), there are three ways you can focus your blog: audience, perspective, and content.

You don’t need to focus all three, but you should be focusing on at least one.

What about audience? Are you writing for a specific group of people? Guys or girls? Fathers, Mothers, pastors, business leaders, or artists? People who love TV? Fans of the Boston Celtics? Minotaurs living in Des Moines?

If you’re writing for anyone and everyone who may be interested in what you have to say, that’s fine. You don’t HAVE to focus on an audience, but if you do, it will make it much easier to connect with the folks you want to connect with.

Think through whether or not you are trying to connect with a specific group of people. If the answer is ‘yes’, keep that front and center as you create content and make connections in 2013.

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If you give this a shot this week, let us know how it worked out for you.

UPDATE: Chris stopped by to check out the video!

Thanks, Chris!