It’s Time for a Challenge!

If you can’t see the video above, click here to watch it on YouTube:

Today marks the kick-off of the 9th Ultimate Blog Challenge that Michele Scism and I have co-hosted.

You’re invited! Come blog with us this month and we’ll send you daily blogging ideas (you can save them in a folder for later, too) and you can plug into a supportive community on Facebook and Twitter.

Just sign up at

So what have I learned from completing 8 challenges as host (and more as a participant)? Here’s a summary of my best advice if you’re looking to complete a challenge or blog more consistently:

Break Out of Blogger Content Creation Jail
Strategies to help you create content without doing all the writing yourself every day.

5 Smart Ways to Keep Your Content Consistent
What I’d do, if I were smart enough to plan in advance, to be sure I’d complete the next blog challenge.

Secrets of an 8 Time Blog Challenge Champion
Here’s the top-secret things I’ve learned are key to completing a challenge.

Are you in? Post a comment below and let me know!

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  1. Great advice Michelle. You are a blogging genius, the queen of blogging!
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  2. Thanks for the recommendations! Bought one, and put the others on my wishlist! I’ve been reading The $100 Startup by Chris Guillebeau – really good ideas in bite sized chunks!
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    1. Hi Annie, I think the post you were commenting on was this one: And somehow the comment put itself over here instead. :)

      Chris Guillebeau has excellent books, and his blog is great, too!
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  3. This is the second time I’m participating…looking forward to another challenge!
    Valerie recently posted… October Ultimate Blog ChallengeMy Profile

    1. Awesome! Welcome back. :)
      Michelle Shaeffer recently posted… It’s Time for a Challenge!My Profile

  4. really loved your videos and they have given me some very good ideas. I’m so glad i took the time to watch and learn something new! Thanks
    susi recently posted… The lovely thing at the end of summerMy Profile

    1. Thanks, Susi. I’m glad they’ve been helpful.
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  5. I’m so sorry because this will be the first challenge I haven’t done for a long time. If you can believe it I’m still fighting my way out of the April 24 Google mess with my sites.

    I’ve found out now that my backlink ratios are way out of whack. Because of all my blog comments using my name (jeff wise) my backlink ratio is way on the generic side and I need more brand and direct keyword links.

    Who knew right!

    Please keep this in your thoughts and prayers.

    1. Hey Jeff,

      Okay, I know we’re not supposed to disagree with the all powerful Google… but that’s just crazy! Their systems should be smart enough to identify blog comments and realize that using your real name in those is not something to penalize for. *eye roll* Yes, Google, I’m rolling my eyes at you…

      Sorry it’s still causing challenges for your site. If only there were Google faeries we could hire to wave a wand and fix it so legit sites rank well and garbage sites don’t (yours, of course, falls into the “should rank well” category)! :)
      Michelle Shaeffer recently posted… It’s Time for a Challenge!My Profile

      1. Thank you for you comments Michelle. I hope I can get my site ranked again and join the next challenge. Good luck to everyone!
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  6. This sounds like an exciting challenge that I could really get on board with. I’m up for it!
    Suzanne recently posted… A Financial Advisor Business Plan Template You’ll Want to UseMy Profile

  7. Although I’m jumping in a bit late, I’m looking forward to the challenge! My blog is pretty new, so it’s exciting to add some structure and incentive to the process of writing frequently. Thanks ladies!
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  8. This is my first blog challenge, even though I am joining a few days behind, I am looking forward to meeting everyone over the next month.

  9. Just want to say I really loved your videos, very inspiring…..they have given me some very good ideas. Thanks for the lift, will be back again for some more!

  10. I’ve joined the challenge! Excited. Can’t Wait!
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