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bloggingchallengeLooking to make more of blogging in 2014? Then the 30 Day Blogging Challenge is for you – and for the next few days it’s FREE on Amazon!

Find out:

 

  • How to write headlines that do well in search engines
  • What to blog every day for 30 days
  • How to vary your blogs and increase your audience
  • How to increase comments and interaction on your blog
  • Why adding a picture to your blogs is vital
  • How to make your blogs look better
  • How to track which blogs are doing the best
  • How a call to action can increase take-up by 65%
  • Why guest blogging is vital
  • How to use tags
  • and more!

This vital guide gives you a great grounding in blogging if you’re a newbie, and some great ideas if you’ve been blogging for a while – and it’s FREE on Amazon right now!

What are people saying about the 30 Day Blogging Challenge?

Here are just some of our Amazon reviews:

I signed up for Nikki’s blogging challenge a while back because I was a little frustrated at the lack of movement I was getting in any of my social media efforts, and was aware that I was writing easily, but with little direction.

Her challenges are brilliant – if you’re a person who needs to be nagged then getting one tiny task a day is perfect. They’re like mini-homework-bites – you have only one task to do; you are told exactly what that is, so for example it might say “Today you are going to choose one of your products/services and blog about why it would benefit someone”. She always gives a few examples, some hints, some important things to remember, and is available for help if you get really stuck.

Alternatively, if you actually like to sit down and study, then you can get her Challenges in book format. What is really clever, in particular about her Facebook, Twitter, and most certainly her SEO Challenges, is that they build over time – so whilst you can dip in and out (and I do every time I write a blog post, so I keep it fresh, stay disciplined and don’t fall back into bad habits) you are also building on solid foundations – many tasks build on previous tasks. She also helps not only with content and context, but the technical stuff too – such as how to add Facebook comments to your blog, or to do important search streams in your Twitter account. She also gives you tips on good apps/online resources out there we should be using to help achieve our social media goals.


I’ve been blogging for over 4 years. I have 3 blogs. BUT Nikki’s reputation was such that I checked out her book.
If only I’d had the benefit of her advice when i started.
But even now there are some wonderful nuggets and ideas. She explains things in a very simple to follow way and has inspired me to try out many of her ideas.
Highly recommended!


Nicky Pilkington’s #30Day Challenges are the best available about professional use of social media. The first I did was ’30 Day Blogging Challenge’ which not only got me writing substantially but with purpose for my catering company, MoreSouth. It was not just informative but interactive and social. I furthered my own skills and got to know many other business bloggers.


The 30 Day Blogging Challenge helped me at a time when I was flagging. Constantly worried about content or ideas for fresh blogs, I turned to Nikki’s challenge and found myself inspired. I would seriously recommend this to newbie bloggers or those that have found their established blogs have gone “stale”.
Thanks Nikki.

But don’t take their word for it – go get the book for free now! (And don’t forget to leave your own review!

 

67 SEO Pointers for Blogging Beginners – a free guide

3D Team Leadership Arrow ConceptLots of the questions I get on Twitter and Facebook relate to blogging and SEO, and as I was typing up a quick and dirty guide to SEO Blogging for a client, I mentioned it to someone else and they asked for a copy. Then I mentioned it on Twitter and others asked. So I tidied it up a (little) bit, put it in PDF format and here it is 🙂

It covers:

  • Thinking of what to write
  • What not to blog
  • How much should I write?
  • How do I get people to comment?
  • Should I tweet and facebook my blogs?
  • Blogging for SEO – a quick and dirty guide
  • Making sure Google knows about your blogs

It’s not an advanced guide, it’s not rocket science and hopefully it’s not full of jargon.

I’m offering it free – all I ask is that if you like it, you drop me a line in one of the many places you can find me, and then direct someone else to this page by either Tweeting about it, Facebooking it, mentioning it on Linked in, writing a blog post about it, or shouting on the High Street with a megaphone (special kudos to those of you who do the latter!).

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Joshua Bonehill, Nikki Pilkington and a grave robbery that never took place

*Please note, throughout this blog post I have posted pictures of the messages and comments I have received on my business Facebook page and my personal Facebook profile – please excuse the language of the comments, I am just posting what the commentors wrote.

How it all began

So, on Friday evening, after putting my 3 year old daughter to bed and settling down for an evening of TV watching with my partner, we receive a Facebook message from a friend saying ‘Hope Nikki is OK after the nasty story about her’.

Story? What story? I decide it can wait until the morning and we carry on watching TV.

Then my phone starts pinging – message after message on Facebook; some from people expressing worry for me and some wishing me dead. I also have about 40 friend requests from people I have never heard of.

A quick Google search revealed this story (click for bigger version):

Along with a lovely picture of me and links to all of my profiles, was a libellous allegation that I have robbed someone’s grave.

For the record, I haven’t. Of course I haven’t. I had to look up who Lee Rigby was, and once we found out he was buried in Bury, I had to look on a map to find where that was! It’s over 200 miles away from where I live…

At this point I just laughed and said ‘Don’t worry about it – it’s probably some nutter who just liked my picture’. My partner was more worried when he saw the other sites this had been posted to – Neo Nazi sites, among others.

I refused to let it worry me and ruin my evening and we went to bed.

The next morning

After breakfast I decided to read the messages I was being sent. Hundreds of them, from idiots who actually believe this website’s claims. Among other things I’ve been called:

  • a bitch
  • a slag
  • a whore
  • a slut
  • vile
  • scum of the earth
  • a ‘Muslim lover’
  • and more

The messages and comments threatened me with:

  • rape
  • murder
  • public lynching
  • public villification
  • being anally raped with a dead man’s penis
  • having my children hurt / raped / killed
  • having my house torched
  • having my car torched
  • BEING torched
  • having bricks put through my windows
  • having my business destroyed
  • and much much more

I have to admit, I still didn’t really take it seriously, but I did begin to wonder how many idiots there are on the Internet (and why none of them seem to be able to spell or construct a sentence).

My supporters

Thankfully I had a lot of support. From friends, from business acquaintances, from clients and from people I had never even met who knew that Joshua Bonehill was known for spreading lies, and his followers were pretty much all well known trolls.

But still the nutters kept coming. All weekend they were posting, yet not a peep from Mr Bonehill? Maybe he wasn’t as brave as he thought he was? Maybe my blase reaction took him by surprise? Maybe the massive support I got unnerved him slightly? Maybe his mum had banned him from the computer? Who knows, but he was conspicuous by his absense.

So I started to look into him a little more…

Joshua Bonehill and the Daily Bale

It seems our Josh has a history of picking on women, but why me? A quick search reveals that he’s in a spat with my step sister Maggie Chapman, who has outed him over allegedly stealing money he made from selling tshirts for the Lee Rigby charity. Did he do this? I have no idea. And to be honest I don’t care. Although it is a little ironic that someone accused of stealing from a dead soldier is now accusing me of doing the same…

Other stories came to light – he’s a bonkers right wing supporter, wanted to be a politician, got arrested a couple of years ago for dunkenly stealing a policeman’s uniform and has a lot of haters out there. Poor wee boy – hope his mummy gives him lots of cuddles.

He also changes supportive comments on his site. One of my friends posted a supportive (of me) comment that was then changed to ‘I hate black people’ – another posted a message of support only to have it changed to ‘Burn the bitch’. My gorgeous daughter Leigh posted a comment only to have it changed to ‘She’s my mum and she beats me’ – well, I am very competitive I guess 🙂

So why Nikki Pilkington?

It seems the only sin I have is sharing the same mother as Maggie. Nothing more, nothing less. He had been threatening her with attacking her family and I was easy to find and probably looked pretty well connected. So he attacked me.

He shouldn’t have. I’m not one to roll over and die, and I wasn’t going to get all upset and worried. I found the whole thing pretty peurile and amusing, and still to some extent do.

His followers posted an address that doesn’t belong to me and encouraged each other to go and ‘torch the place’. It hasn’t been done, thankfully.

I haven’t been raped, buggered, torched, killed or slapped. No one has approached me in the street and shouted at me. My kids are both still safe. I still have my sense of humour and I’ve not lost any sleep over it.

Joshua Bonehill targets Leigh Quantrill

Some of you know my eldest daughter Leigh. She spent a good part of the weekend sticking up for me and finding out more about Mr Bonehill.

He didn’t like that, bless him…

So he posted this ludicrous story:

Yes, that’s an altered image of Leigh. A badly altered image it has to be said. Bonehill claims that my daughter is facially disfigured and cuts the heads off cats for fun. Of course she does… Leigh can’t chop raw chicken without gagging, yet she can saw off a feline’s bonce…

Apparently she’s ‘fled to France where she takes part in Left Wing marches’…

Err, she has lived in France since 2007 and wouldn’t know Left Wing if it marched right past her.

Targeting me, that’s fine. Mess with my kids and you’re in trouble…

A little bit about me

  • I’m not a slag, whore, or a slut.
  • I’m pretty sure I’m not scum and definitely not the scum of the earth
  • I am, however, a bitch
  • I don’t live in Yorkshire
  • I still have no real idea where Bury is, or how to get there
  • I DID NOT STEAL A TEDDY BEAR AND SOME FRESH FLOWERS FROM LEE RIGBY’S GRAVE
  • I don’t like cut flowers
  • I do like teddy bears
  • I am the least political person you will ever meet – I had to have it explained to me what left and right wing politics were, and what the political organisations being mentioned were
  • You don’t mess with my kids

A little bit about Leigh

  • she loves cats
  • she doesn’t have a badly photoshooped facial deformity
  • she doesn’t run a disabled website – she’s a VA
  • she is also a bitch, and you don’t mess with her mum

A little bit about Joshua Bonehill

  • he’s a liar
  • he’s a thief
  • he’s a coward
  • he’s an idiot

So what next?

Well, this has all been reported to the police, who are investigating. The Facebook profiles of every single person who has attacked or threatened me have been handed over. There WILL be arrests made.

I will continue to smile and ignore the idiots who believe these malicious slurs against me and my family.

I will still be a bitch, and still NOT be political.

Thank you to everyone who has supported me – I have so many messages to reply to that it will take time, but I will reply.

They say keep your friends close but your enemies closer – Joshua Bonehill, you and I are going to be VERY close soon and I would suggest it’s better for you if it’s across a courtroom and not in the street. Nice try, sonny, but you picked on the wrong people this time…

***Edited to add***

See what happened next here – Joshua Bonehill, The Daily Bale and Nikki Pilkington – the Aftermath part 1

(For the first time in my blogging life I am refusing to accept rude or negative comments. Anyone who wants to contact me or say something is welcome to post on my Facebook profile, which I will continue to leave as public, but I’m not prepared to moderate the loons I’m afraid)

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Get 299 Steps to Blogging Heaven for just £1!

They’ve called me crazy before, but there is method in my madness this time 🙂

When I started writing ebooks way back when (the first being 299 Steps to Website Heaven), I had no real plan, no schedule, and not really much of an idea of what I was doing.

But over the last few months I’ve been writing more and more 30 Day Challenge ebooks, and if I’m honest, I love doing them. I’ve drafted in other authors, co-authors, and we’re even looking at putting some of them into real life print books.

So after a lot of thought I’ve decided I want to build on that 30 Day ‘brand’ (I say brand loosely as I’m obviously not the only one doing 30 Day Challenges!) and keep all of my future ebooks in that stable.

So, I’m retiring 299 Steps to Blogging Heaven (and Website Heaven), in order to concentrate on the 30 Day Challenges and not ‘dilute the brand’ (I know all the lingo you know 😉 )

However, as people are still buying 299 Steps to Blogging Heaven, rather than just abruptly remove it from sale, I’m offering it at just £1 until Monday 12th March 2012, when it will be removed, gone, an ex-ebook 🙂

Whether you’re an accomplished blogger or a complete beginner, you’ll find lots of really useful tips in this great ebook.

As a keen blogger – I’ve learned the hard way and spent lots of time working my way around the various blogging tools that are available. I blog for clients and get really good results. I’m always being asked how I get them – so I decided to put 299 Steps to Blogging Heaven together to answer all the questions.

Don’t worry if you haven’t blogged before – 299 Steps to Blogging Heaven guides you through starting, running and promoting a blog. It’s really straight forward – and puts you in control of promoting yourself and your business.

In the book i talk about:

  • The best blogging platforms
  • How to use categories and tags
  • How to think of things to write about
  • SEO for blogging
  • The secret tip that helps you to appeal to readers AND Google
  • Promoting your blog
  • Getting comments
  • Guest posting and why it’s great
  • and more!

So, if you want to grab a copy while it’s still on sale, pop over to 299 Steps to Blogging Heaven and pick yours up for just a quid.

Goodbye dear ebook, I knew you so well…

The Nikki P 30 Day Blogging Challenge is here!


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The whole world seems to be blogging these days, and it can often seem as if you’re being left behind. You can’t think of things to blog about, your forget to update, you don’t have enough time, or you just don’t ‘get it’.

My 30 Day Blogging Challenge is here to help!

Every day for 30 days you’ll receive an email with a blogging challenge – it could be a specific topic, and idea, or something to include in your blog. It could be something to help your SEO, increase readership or encourage comments. It could be something completely different 😉

The emails are short, easy to understand, and I’m on the end of an email or a Tweet (@nikkipilkington) if you need any help.

This was a free course for the first 750 to sign up, but now we’ve reached that threshold it’s just £3 – that’s around 10p per day for a great boost to your blog!

Impatient like me? Get all 30 days’ challenges, plus a whole host of extras in a handy downloadable ebook  for just £5

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Why Twitter and Social Media is great for small businesses

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@garygorman and I did a telephone interview many many months ago talking about Twitter, Social Media and small businesses. For many reasons, it got shelved for a while, but I contacted Gary recently to see if I could listen to it.

I thought it would be hopelessly out of date and have no relevance at all, but upon listening to it last night I was amazed by how relevant it still is.

If you’re a small business wondering if Twitter and Social Media Marketing is for you, or a business using Twitter and Social Media and wanting to know if there’s anything else you could be doing, give it a listen.

As always, feedback is welcome 🙂

Click here to listen to the audio

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Free ebook promotion! List of free sites to add your e-book!

Leigh’s done it again – a great list of places to submit your ebook for free:

– Download the pdf file here

– Follow Leigh on Twitter here

– Follow Nikki on Twitter here

– Click here to Retweet this offer

Business on Twitter – would you like to be featured?

We’re looking to run another series of interviews with people who are using Twitter for Business purposes. It’s very simple, all you have to do is answer a few questions, in as much detail as you like.

Obviously, the more details you give us, the more likely we are to publish your interview first, but we’re not turning anyone away.

Simply copy and paste the questions here into an email and send to nikkipilk@gmail.com, then follow Nikki on Twitter to be alerted when your interview is published!

You can find more information here.

Live Webchat – Twitter for Business with Nikki Pilkington

Do you have questions about Twitter?

Not sure how it can help your business?

Wondering if you’re doing it ‘right’?

Why not register for this live webchat with TweetMentor creator and Social Media Marketing professional Nikki Pilkington from NikkiPilkington.com?

The event is a live webchat, where you can put your questions to Nikki and have them answered in real time. Simply register to be reminded, or visit the live webchat page on Thursday May 7th 2009 at 1.00pm GMT!

Web marketing Expert Nikki Pilkington featured in the Sunday Times

It’s always nice to be called for an interview, but so often the result is a throw away one liner that, although good for the ego, does nothing for the bottom line.

So it was lovely to wake up on Sunday morning to a stream of emails about the web marketing feature in the Sunday Times. It’s already resulted in business, and we think we’re going to be in the second part next Sunday too!

An extract from the article, which you can read in full here:

A common mistake many firms make is creating a website and expecting visitors to come to it, said web-marketing expert Nikki Pilkington. “A lot of people still expect visitors just to find their website. Making your site visible to search engines is vital if you want to attract traffic.”

Before you spend money paying search-engine-optimisation (SEO) experts to get your site high on search-engine listings, there are simple things you can do yourself, free of charge, said Pilkington.

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