How to Build a High-Traffic Blog Without Killing Yourself

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The above video is one of my favorite presentations I’ve given in 2009, an opening keynote at the last San Francisco WordCamp, titled “How to Blog without Killing Yourself”. More than 700 people from 32 countries were in attendance, which made for a wonderful experience.

The original title was “Scalable Blogging Behaviors: How to Grow from 1 to 1,000,000 Readers” and the content did not change.

In the above presentation, including detailed screenshots, I cover…

- Why I blog
– How I blog and select best practices
– Frequency and tools — best times and days to post
– Blogging myths and how to harness data for better results
– Testing design and surprising findings that can be copied
– How I address comments and community building
– How I write and research for good social media response
– 20 minutes of audience Q&A on Twitter, branding, outsourcing, and much more

I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed giving it.

Related and Suggested Posts:
The Top-7 Timothy Ferriss YouTube Videos (4 million views and counting)
Timothy Ferriss Experimental Short-Form Blog
Timothy Ferriss in Inc. Magazine – The Secrets of Super-Productive CEOs

Posted on: June 29, 2009.

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458 comments on “How to Build a High-Traffic Blog Without Killing Yourself

  1. Tim

    Great info. Always keen to hear your thoughts on blogging and social media. As we discussed at your Sydney party, it seems social media has been key to building the success of 4HWW and your continued efforts are surely going to contribute to the success of your next book.

    Cheers

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  2. Thanks Tim,

    I am glad you posted this, I have a blog which I have ‘played’ with for a while but am about to get really going on it. One reason I have been slow to “get serious” was the whole “quit living and start blogging” dilemma.

    Also I like the beginning where you are talking about the other currencies that blogging offers, which I had not thought of in those terms.

    Thanks,
    Chris

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  3. I find that most bloggers don’t effectively use analytics data to understand traffic, user keyword search terms, bounce rates, etc. Optimising your blog around what users want to see (or don’t want to see) is a critical way of improving traffic.

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  4. Yours and Matt’s talks were the best of the day in my opinion. It looked like you were enjoying it when I saw you speak, so it’s good to see that you did. Thanks for all the incredibly useful information.

    I’ve been blogging since 2000 and it’s about time I change my ways. I took some sweet notes that day… especially during your presentation! Don’t know if you’ve seen them, but they’re on flickr if you’d like to.

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  5. Thanks for sharing. I just realized I don’t know when you started this blog – I assumed it was after published 4HWW, but in that case, did you really need to work hard to build this – wouldn’t the spillover traffic from the book come naturally? Looking forward to watching the video.

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  6. I am going to ask after the presentation… Please could you recommend me and others interested any source or book/s about public speaking?

    Confessing, when I met you at Manhattan man I introduced myself for 1 min at least, that’s weird isn’t it? ha.

    Awesome talk, very valuable Tim.

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  7. Hey Tim nice video. Thanks for all the info you share.

    I heard you reference a good friend had passed away from pancreatic cancer. I am sure you are aware of the Alkaline diet/PH water lifestyle made popular by Dr. Robert Young; but many haven’t.

    The Learning Channel did a documentary about a young woman with cancer who implemented the Alkaline Diet. Needless to say she cured herself. This alkaline lifestyle has helped a lot of people with varying health concerns. I hope you like the video. Here is the link. http://bit.ly/19yZib

    Best regards,

    Victor V.

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  8. Excellent lecture. Tim confirmed a few things that had been rattling around in my brain the past few weeks. Which will ultimately lead to me taking my blog in a new direction, maybe one that will be more interesting and fun for the readers as well as me. Also It was great seeing him in a more candid setting being himself. Thanks for the great lecture.

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  9. Hi Tim,

    Very instructive presentation, thanks for sharing it ! This will help me soon for sure…
    And may I too make a suggest, which could increase your (european) audience : what about proposing english subtitles for your videos (something that could be hidden or shown) ? Especially for long ones, it’s hard to keep focused, and Californian accent doesn’t help :) . I tried to find an automatic subtitle transcriber but have failed till now…

    Cyril (from France)

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  10. Good ideas. I like your idea of tweaking/testing everything –including the labels and looking for changes to user behaviour. I also like the idea of moving your twitter feed down on the blog, to avoid sending your hard-won visitors away.

    It is so important to write things you’re passionate about, as you say. I think a lot of people get trapped in the pursuit of monetization on their blog and they start writing to the dollar, rather than to the idea. A blog is much more valuable as a quality of life enhancement tool –allowing you to connect with like-minded (or at least similarly-interested) people around the world and learn about the things that excite you.

    Tim Woods

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  11. Hey Tim, sounds great but i can’t view the videos when i’m on the road with a crappy data plan.. How about getting one of your va’s to transcribe it and post a link to that as well? Just a thought mate, australians are a bit behind on mobile data plans! Cheers

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  12. Great info for someone who has just started a new blog.

    I would like to try out CrazyEgg, but I guess it doesn’t make much sense before I actually get som readers. My blog is actually about my ventures into the 4-hour workweek experience.

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  13. Signed up for Evernote but haven’t had time to play with it yet. Great talk – really enjoyed it. I’d like to Tim-Ferriss my love life too, hahaha.

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  14. Thanks Tim,

    I am glad you posted this, I have a blog which I have ‘played’ with for a while but am about to get really going on it. One reason I have been slow to “get serious” was the whole “quit living and start blogging” dilemma.

    Also I like the beginning where you are talking about the other currencies that blogging offers, which I had not thought of in those terms.

    Thanks,
    Chris

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  15. I enjoyed this video so much! And I find it really, really useful (which is the most important thing for me ;) because I’ve just launched my English language blog a week ago.

    My personal favorites of plugins which you didn’t mention, but which are great IMHO:

    All in One SEO Pack – allows you to set amange all your SEO stuff (including descriptions, tags, etc);
    Google Analytics for WordPress – needs no comment;
    Google XML Sitemaps – helps with Google optimization;
    LiveJournal Crossposter – can be useful for those who want to crosspost to livejournal (which the most popular blog platform in Russia and has a relatively big audience in the other countries as well);
    Math Comment Spam Protection – I guess it’s the best spam protection for comments. Typical CAPTCHAS can be annoying and not always effective;
    Similar Posts & Sociable – I guess you use them both, but you didn’t mention them, so I assume they are the obvoius :)
    WordPress Database Backup – extreeemly important tool! It backs up my database (I personally prefer to do it by emailing the latest version to my Gmail account) and sets me free of worries about loosing all the data.
    Wordpress Video Plugin – for embeded video content.

    Well, this my top, I guess. Hmm, this comment appeared to be longer than I expected, probably I should write a post about it) Any additions, guys?

    Hope, it helps! :)

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  16. Hey Tim,
    One thing you said about blogging (in a previous video post) was- if your going to write a blog…. Write a f**** blog and ….it’s better to have no blog then a bad blog. It really stuck with me and became a guiding principle for my writing.

    Thanks again for giving us the 80/20 on blogging.

    Best,
    Rob

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  17. Tim,

    About the screenshot issue:

    You might already have figured this out yourself, but there is a Mac app called Paparazzi, which will take a full-length screenshot of any URL you choose. It doesn’t appear to have been updated for a while, but it works for me.

    Enjoy! =)

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  18. BTW, your approach to dates almost made me LOL! I do love your obsessive rationality! Can you share a link to that elance project if it’s still there? :))

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  19. Fantastic video!

    I was wondering. Do you ever get the urge to fiddle around with older posts, how do you have the self discipline to let them be!

    JB

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  20. Topics i liked the most and want to know more about:

    write about a topic and not the person – so much can be said – powerful tool and great advice

    Find your best writing or syntheses period – tailoring your day to optimize this period instead of fitting it in or having it happen in a haphazard manner – would wind up much happier with oneself at the end of the week

    Evernote along with Dragon Naturally Speaking – yeah you never mentioned dragon, but i am about to use the hand held voice recorder along with Evernote – an idea i think i got from one of your older posts

    by the way – i follow via an rss. i know that there are exceptions to every rule and i am probably one of them as i do not use twitter, go to digg, or folllow anyone on facebook (although i use it for other social reasons). i feel that they all reduce my productivity as i do not have as much self control as others may have.

    Thanks. Looking forward to the next.

    Michael

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  21. Thanks for the tips. They’re really going to come in handy for my blog. I don’t know if I’ll get 1,000,000 subscribers (let alone visitors) but we’ll have to wait and see.

    P.S. Batching your dates. I never thought that was even possible until now.

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  22. Thanks, pretty informative…
    I do have one question though.
    I am not as digitally aware as you are (That is, I am not part-cyborg! :) ) So the idea of using so many tools to blog feels like work to me (lots of it).

    I am about to launch a more serious blog than the one I have been playing around in finding my comfort zones in, (with things like being pretty open about intimate aspects of my life, rudeness from readers as well as myself [your living room theory is simple and effective, but my living room may be different from yours] ) and I think a lot of what you discussed relating to using various analytical tools I am just going to ignore.

    So the question here is: Any experience in writing from the gut without measuring anything as opposed to doing it your way in terms of measuring results?

    My theory is if the content is good eventually the numbers of the types of people you want to show up do show up.
    Am I a total moronic dinosaur and way off on this?

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  23. Great Presentation Tim.

    I like the analytical approach to your blog… and life, but my problem is that it’s too much to manage sometimes. If you should give 3 MI things from your presentation, what would it be?

    You are a great inspiration – thx
    Tobias

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  24. Tim, great post and I’m going to try to implement some of your changes on my blog. I’m interested as to why you seem to be switching to video instead of text (many of your posts have recently been video based instead of text based). I believe a few months ago you stated you liked the ‘viral’ aspect of text and that video didn’t have the same appeal. Is this a change in philosophy?

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  25. Hey Tim, GREAT post! I feel privileged to be mentioned in the video, will start using some of these tips as I develop my blog. Has there been steady viewership of your blog over the last 2 years? How do you track that info?

    Keep up the great work, it’s inspiring!

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  26. Loved the video, it was very insightful. I’ve been working on my blog for the past few weeks and i’m kinda getting frustrated with a few things, putting things up/taking them down, test this/test that. You gave some great “do’s” and “dont’s” that I need to implement, “less is truly more”…

    :0)

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  27. Thanks for allowing us to watch this. Great to hear how it’s done from someone who is doing it right. :) NICE to hear a guy speak who is not touting the ‘How I made my first million in my sleep with just a few easy tricks’ mentality.

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  28. Funny. After you talked about people always complaining, I finally got the kick to kill MSN Messenger and never use it again. Posted a message saying people could reach me on Twitter or email, and surely enough, two minutes later, people complain. Small world.

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  29. Hey Tim,
    Great video, it was a nice diversion today.

    How do you find out about new web tools? I always just stumble upon (bad pun intended) them while doing other things on the web. Is there a source you or other readers would recommend? Some examples of things I like would be Evernote, Mint, Stumbleupon, etc.

    Thanks.

    Roman

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  30. It’s a good thing you ditched the initial title–this talk had little to do with getting attention for blogs and more to do with keeping the attention of the people who trickle in. I think the challenge for a lot of people is gaining that initial audience, however small, in the first place.

    Still, It was great to see some of the tools you used. The heat mapping in particular seemed far more useful than the overlays provided by Google Analytics. Crazyegg seems to monitor clicks, whereas the overlay in GA treat clicks and pageviews as the same thing when representing them as that tiny little progress bar that shoes up.

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  31. Hi Tim.

    In the video above you mentioned your one glass of wine while blogging thing, your video on your work out breakfast had you sipping a from a bottle, and You speak a fair bit about Argentina, I am wondering what you enjoy drinking and why?

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    • Hi Josh,

      I enjoy good wine and good company, but I don’t have to drink. I haven’t had anything to drink at all in the last week, even last night, when I was with people drinking wine. Just giving my liver some down time.

      I make it a point to cycle off of drinking alcohol to avoid any dependencies, but I enjoy the extra laughs and buzz that comes with a slow bottle of wine with friends.

      Best,

      Tim

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      • I can’t call you a quitter just because you didn’t drink last week. No more than I can call you lazy for a four hour work week. If I wore a hat I would take it off for you but, I don’t. So, the best I can do is tip my next beer in honor of you and give you my admiration. You’ve been a BIG help to me!

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  32. Hey Tim,

    This post was really helpful… It answered a bunch of questions I had.

    I’d love to hear more on your thoughts about “social media” (which is becoming a cliche for me). Like you said, transparency, communication and conversation aren’t defined very well and I think many well-meaning entrepreneurs are spending time on Twitter, Facebook, etc., but aren’t making money or gaining any quality followers.

    – Chris

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  33. Great post – I haven’t used many of these tools but they seem awesome.

    The advice is great, we’re trying to build our blog out and will definitely try to incorporate what you say. What we’re trying to do is combine links/external content with unique/written posts. Any thoughts on what would be the best mix? We’re dealing with entry level jobs and the quantity (and quality) of great information out there is staggering – we love sharing it but sometimes the linking/quoting others eats up everything.

    Thanks!

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  34. Tim, you always seem to intrigue my interest through your book, posts, and videos. I found this video to be really helpful in analyzing my own personal blog. Thanks for the information.

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  35. Definite an informative post. I’ve been wondering why you don’t combine the site and blog as one url with tabs. Did I miss that part of your presentation?

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  36. Tim,

    Nice video. Your mention of not being able to capture a screen shot that would scroll down – try SnagIt. I use it alot for demoing software to clients. It allows you to ‘scroll’ a web-page, copy and paste and mark it up.

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  37. Doh! I’m so sorry guys — with my bum elbow (I had surgery last week), I accidentally deleted a few comments. My sincerest apologies. I did read them all, though!

    All the best,

    Tim

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  38. Tim,

    You have a great quality of openness about you. You break assumptions, make discoveries and then share them with the public. I like many things you say, but honestly your general approach to life makes following what currently engages you so interesting. Keep up the good work!

    Peter

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  39. Tim, great stuff. I’m taking written and mental notes like its my job. Your lifetricks and approach to blogging are stellar, I’m looking to copy and improve at every turn, especially right now…the subtle move of the date in specific posts is something I went and did on the spot.

    Question: Do you use SEO enhancing plugins? (Headspace?) or simply switch out synonyms after doing some google keyword research in the actual blog content?

    Suggestion: Come out with a 4HWW companion guide.

    Comment: Do you mind if we record, analyze and test the crap out of your book and all the derived tenants publicly at our site? I wanted to ask before we officially launch.

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  40. Tim,

    Like a lot of people I listen to your videos while working at my desk. Problem is that sometimes I miss a few of the gems. I really liked the part how you tested the layout and headers. Since I was working I had to go back and listen to that part again.

    Have you ever thought or experimented with giving away a “cheat sheet” with the Cole Notes of the video?

    Kris

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  41. In all honesty, I want to hate Tim Ferris. But it is hard when you do work like this.

    This was a fantastic video that gave me so many ideas. I want to believe that no person can be this talented, but how can I argue with results?

    People attack you for the title of your book. They mock your ability to spin your experiences into something more. I too want to uncover your weaknesses to bring you down to Earth.

    The fact is; you kick ass. I ridiculed you to others because of your hard boiled egg video. Now I feel like an idiot after you explained your reasons and found out how many views it received. I hate the title of your book, because it sold a false hope to millions of couch potatoes, but… it sold books. That is what it was chosen for so how can I fault you?

    You live life on your own terms and that is immensely awesome. I will go one step further, you lead the world into new terms of living and for that you deserve to be followed.

    I can’t wait to see what Tim Ferris is going to deliver over the next few decades.

    The next time you are in Japan please look me up.

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  42. WOW! As someone mentioned above your “breaking the rules approach” is one of the most inspiring things and as it looks also your key to great success!

    I have two different folders in my RSS reader.
    One for stuff that I just read because I “might miss something” and that I sort of “have to read”.
    The other one for blogs and sites where I’m really looking forward to every new article and where I enjoy watching the projects and life of the author develop over time. Just moved you’re feed to the second one :) And hey don’t underestimate you’re RSS-readers..

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  43. Great video!

    I haven’t done any A/B testing on my blog yet (I do at work though), but one thing that really helped my bounce rate was adding the LinkWithin (any “related posts” type widget would work). It doubled & tripled my time on-site stats. :)

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  44. Tim, thanks for another valuable post.

    You are obviously a very good public speaker, but I thought that you might be interested in making your presentation skills even more excellent than they already are.

    In which case here are some notes from an impartial observer:

    In the beginning of your talk you mentioned that you were very nervous. I used to do the same thing, because I thought that it would make my audience more comfortable. However, I noticed that commenting about being nervous, typically makes the audience more stressed out as opposed to relaxed. BTW, you looked very comfortable for most of the presentation, judging from the video.

    Something else that a lot of people tend to ignore when giving a public speech is watching their use of “ahas”, “uuumhs” and “sos.” I still struggle with these filler words, and that’s after giving a LOT of talks. They tend to be a bit distracting to an audience (re-play this video and count all of the filler words).

    Of course the most important part of a talk/presentation is the message and quality of presented information. You have that part down. These are just small fixes that typically make anyone look like a more polished speaker.

    Best,
    Masha

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  45. I don’t know if I agree with your practice of pushing the date to the bottom on older posts. I hate finding a blog post that seems relevant to my search and then finding out it was written in 2006 and is severely outdated. I can see how an old date might lead people away from interesting posts, but misleading them into thinking it’s a new post just doesn’t seem like the best solution.

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  46. Tim –

    In your video you disclosed that you were an investor in Twitter. Perhaps you could write a blog in the future about your involvement in Twitter and how you joined up with such a great organization. Twitter has been a Godsend to the development of traffic to my blogs and radio shows.

    Thanks so much for sharing – RBP

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  47. Re: your use of stumbleupon links. Their best property is that each contains the whole original link, so I am able to excise the SU part and still get to your link. I prefer to link directly to a site, not through a filter – partially to support the ads (if any) on the content-containing page.

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  48. Thanks Tim, I love it. I have just started my own blog and have been looking for some tips, so perfect timing! Keep it up… I always get excited when I see that you posted something new because I know it will be worth my read and I can learn something!

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  49. [Oops, should have read the directions first rather than after submitting the comment! Here it is again, Fonzie-style.]

    Cool video – many thanks for making this available to everyone here.

    I’ve launched a successful language blog, and am gearing up to launch several more in the numerous languages I do speak and can manage that kind of thing in! With good help, naturally. Some of the tips in this video are definitely going to come in handy.

    As far as the WordPress goes, I have to say I am an avid Drupaler! Hey, we can still get along, though. GPL is GPL!

    Cheers and keep up the goods!

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  50. I love the advice about making the blog cover a broad set of topics. One of the things that I have loved about following your blog is that I never know what you’re going to post. One day it’s about life, the next it’s how to peel eggs. I actually bought (and devoured) Emergency by Neil Strauss because of your post.

    Yours is also one of the only blogs that I follow in Google Reader, but then actually click through to read the post on the site. The comments are always worth the jump!

    PS – I’m now fully working from home due to your book. Even went mobile last week while working. LOVED IT!!!!!

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  51. As someone who consults non profits and small businesses about the power of twitter and especially blogging. I found this to be a pretty cool post. I plan to make this a “must listen to” for all people interested about how to get started. If you don’t have a plan with with stuff, it makes your life pretty miserable.

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  52. AAAAAAAAAAHAHAHAHA! I’ve always wondered what your approach to dating was. I’ve often considered the benefits of outsourcing the qualifying and scheduling game involved with dating but have never rationalized it enough to just do it. Some little voice in the back of my always nagged me that it was so impersonal and cold. I’ll blame that on social conditioning. I cant stop laughing! Time for me to Tim Ferriss my love life :)

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  53. Great video Tim!
    We are using social media within our blog environment to encourage a community of people to form around the blog. Social media can be used effectively if you take it for what it is – a communication and relationship building tool.

    The real change is from outbound media to inbound marketing.

    Cheers

    Marc

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  54. Hey Tim – great presentation. Took some cool ideas away – especially removing dates from permalinks and finding better photos in Flickr – already did the Creative Commens search but didn’t know you could filter by interesting!

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  55. Thanks Tim.

    The Flickr idea will help me out greatly and I love the part about how to Tim Ferriss your love life. I just might have to try that approach!

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  56. re-sent in case this is one of the posts you deleted –

    Topics i liked the most and want to know more about:

    write about a topic and not the person – so much can be said – powerful tool and great advice

    Find your best writing or syntheses period – tailoring your day to optimize this period instead of fitting it in or having it happen in a haphazard manner – would wind up much happier with oneself at the end of the week

    Evernote along with Dragon Naturally Speaking – yeah you never mentioned dragon, but i am about to use the hand held voice recorder along with Evernote – an idea i think i got from one of your older posts

    by the way – i follow via an rss. i know that there are exceptions to every rule and i am probably one of them as i do not use twitter, go to digg, or folllow anyone on facebook (although i use it for other social reasons). i feel that they all reduce my productivity as i do not have as much self control as others may have.

    Thanks. Looking forward to the next.

    Michael

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  57. Hey Tim,

    As a non-blogger, I didn’t realize all of the effort and planning that could go into every aspect of blogging and designing/optimizing the site for increased traffic/retention etc.

    Great work and kudos for going further than most people probably do.

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  58. Great Talk! Thanks for sharing your experience.

    One minor bug report… while following along I noticed the html title text for your link, “7 Reasons to Subscribe” reads, “10 Reasons to Subscribe.” If you mouseover the link you can see the discrepancy in the popup tool tip.

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  59. I am a raving fan and fledgling author/blogger. As others have also said, your blog is one of only 3 blogs that I follow in Google Reader. You consistently deliver value to your readers, with all posts being either interesting, useful, funny, or all three at the same time. I am (have been) applying your advice from both 4HWW and this blog in creating my own blogs and soon-to-be book.

    You are actually part of my target demographic: you are a polyglot martial artist who has spent time in Taiwan! You will of course receive a pre-release copy.

    FYI, I have made reference to much of your advice and I quote a few times (hopefully your lawyers won’t come after me…) I know your feelings about posting URLs in the post, so I will just tell you the most recent blog post title that features you: “Making the Time To Study & Train: Minimize & Prioritize”

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  60. Speaking of Tim Ferrissing your love life…

    Wondering if a Blog post on blog/comment interaction/flirting and potential targets (yes I know objectionable labels) would create a buzz…

    It is interesting the attraction that is developed from
    sharing your brain with people.

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  61. Tim,

    That was really impressive. I did not know you read the comments that meticulously. I like the “why I blog ” part and the sources you use for writing.

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  62. Great post! I am glued to your site whenever you have a new post, as my business partner and I try to implement your tips and tricks whenever possible with our own blog site.

    Keep up the good work, and I hope your elbow heels quickly!

    Also – sorry if I’ve missed it – but a blog on your favorite wines would be fun sometime! My personal favorites are Cake Bread and Silver Oak … but due to their price, only for special occasions :)

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  63. Hi Tim

    Thanks a million for this video. I read your book some time ago and just launched the second version of my website a couple of days ago. I’ve decided to raise peoples level of consciousness in a huge way. I believe living in the now is the best change a person can incorporate in their life, hands down! But my blog needs more fun posts!! Considering I’m on the search engines #1 page usually for search topics like “goal setting” high time I get this version 2.0 off and running!! Thanks again!!!

    Best
    Terry

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  64. Nice video Tim!

    Your video is really fantastic!Thanks for the great ideas for increasing the traffic,but i’m not sure i can reach 1,000,000 subscriber,let’s make it as a try
    It’s really amazing to watch your movie,I’ll certainly follow your next video

    Great day!

    Cynthia Tanady

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  65. Thank you for all of your work and reminding us that there are no shoulds and no rules in life. One of the greatest things that I have ever learned. That is why I love your work and why this presentation was so good. It is about finding out what works for you, being passionate, doing the research and making life happen. Never living someone else’s dreams or opinions.

    I read 4HWW after all my friends were telling me that you wrote a book about me. :) I had started feeling guilty about my lifestyle. Why? Not sure. I have traveled for 3 months out of the year for the past 5 years. Learned languages, mostly along the lines of proust, gambai, and salud, climbed mountains – ok hills, and learned to surf, and I bet I am better at chopsticks then you are. :) Yet, the point is that your book got me out of this feeling that I should be settling down, having a stable job, buying a house… I was starting to listen to peoples opinions about what my life should look like. Thank God it was just a moment – as I am still living my life as I have designed. Now off to Costa Rica for a few months. :)

    Wish you all the best!

    Amy Lee

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  66. Appreciate you constantly giving back to, sharing and cultivating the entrepreneurial ecosystem in which you dwell. You and a few others are the Dersu Uzala’s of the modern age- guides looking out not just for themselves but for those around them.

    Don’t know if you’ve seen this magificent Kurosawa film yet- but I definitely recommend it if you haven’t. I’ve been thinking about it a lot lately.

    It begins on a freezing cold night in the Siberian forest when a group of Russian soldiers are suddenly joined by a mysterious Nanai tribesman as they sit warming themselves around a fire. He seems ancient and does not greet them as they sit in stunned silence watching him as he slowly lights his pipe. After some minutes he breaks the charged silence and strikes up a conversation with them. It turns out that this is the beginning of their remarkable adventure with this nomadic tiger-hunter who serves as their guide through the wilderness. The men soon learn that wherever he goes he is looking out not just for himself, but for those around him and who might come after him. Twice he saves their lives by virtue of his great experience and wisdom and in one scene they watch with fascination as he leaves some food behind in a remote shelter for anyone that might stumble there after their departure.

    Again, many thanks.

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  67. I am working on a news and referral site to help people in my city. What if it goes from 1,000 people to day to 10,000 or worse in 24 hours due to too much unexpected local attention. How can I find out how much this will cost before I select and pay for a host. Cost information was not in the video displayed above. What happens when a site blows up. Would google advertising be enough to maintain it. I saw an article that there are only 3 or 4 companies that can handle very large web site traffic with downloads. Have you heard of them.

    I am doing this on my own without a board of directors and non profit incorporation. I hope this will become a community of people who help each other, I would like this to become of community of people who help each other. I do not have a blog, I am not a professional writer. Thank you if you can find time to post a reply.

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  68. Thanks for posting and getting into the details. I’ve been blogging for about four years and enjoying it. I’m glad to hear that blogging doesn’t have to be all-consuming. That’s what flyfishing is for.

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  69. Tim,
    This is really good stuff. Thank you for sharing it.
    you mentioned something called “crazy8″ I think as you spoke, but it was unclear what you said. what did you say?

    Thanks.

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