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Establish the %$#! Out of Your Brand (Right Now!) with These 37 Free Resources

by Krissy Brady · 16 comments

Establish Your Brand

There’s so much information available to help online entrepreneurs become successful, I’m surprised more of us haven’t gone cross-eyed.

What I’m not surprised by is the number of online entrepreneurs who are still struggling, who are reading blogs and soliciting advice, waiting for someone to throw them a frickin bone.

When I first started out, I was stuck in that place, and it usually happened for one of two reasons:

  1. I didn’t know enough about the technical side of building a brand, so my creative voice became lost within the learning.
  2. I took advice I read too literally and didn’t make it my own.

And sometimes, the advice was just too vague: Be authentic. Tell a story. Engage. Blah blah blah… sigh.

Since there’s no “right” or “wrong” way to do this, how do you know if you’ve found your right way?

What helped me move from amateur (or rather, completely lost) blogger to seasoned, was getting to know each and every step of the process.

Once you know the technical side of building a brand off by heart, it no longer conflicts with the creative side of the process (which is why we’re really doing this, right?).

You’ll no longer have to wonder whether you’re being “authentic” because your creative side will always be in full force.

Below are 37 amazing articles that will help you get to know each crucial aspect of building a brand. Each article offers specific, step-by-step instructions you can start using right away. Vague generalizations be damned!

Plan

1. 21 Quick Actions You Can Do Today to Set Your Blog Up for Massive Success
by Corbett Barr

2. 7 Ways To Craft A Consistent Social Media Brand
by Kristi Hines

3. Content Strategy: How to Find Your Target Audience
by Kristi Hines

4. How Can I Turn My Mess of Ideas Into Something Organized and Useful?
by Alan Henry

5. How to Become a Niche Rockstar: The Guide
by Glenn Allsopp

6. The Ultimate Guide to Finding Your Unique Selling Proposition
by Corbett Barr

Design

7. 10 Beautiful Website Color Palettes That Increase Engagement
by Stephanie Hamilton

8. 5 Ways to De-Clutter Your Website For Better Conversion Rates
by Sherice Jacob

9. 6 Tried and Tested Starting Points For Any Web Page Design
by Babar Suleman

10. 6 Ways To Use Images To Increase Online Conversions
by Sofia Woods

11. Are You Making These Common Website Navigation Mistakes?
by Andy Crestodina

12. Get The Action You Want On Your Website Using These Four Visual Cues
by Celine Roque

13. How 9 Big Brands Display Social Network Icons on their Website
by Kristi Hines

14. How to Make a Gorgeous Twitter Header Image
by Anna Washenko

15. The 7-Step Guide for Creating an Effective Web-Ready Logo
by Babar Suleman

Blog

16. 19 Bad Habits Bloggers Need to STOP
by Tommy Walker

17. 5 Extraordinary Blog Post Types that Will Grow Your Audience Faster
by Corbett Barr

18. 7 Ways to Find Viral Content Ideas
by Kristi Hines

19. Creating a Successful Blog Post – From Idea to Promotion
by Kristi Hines

20. [How To] Build a Successful Editorial Calendar for Your Blog
by Angela Stringfellow

21. The Blog Editor’s Cheat Sheet: What to Do Before, During and After Your Post Goes Live
by Sherice Jacob

22. Write Epic Shit
by Corbett Barr

Market

23. 7 Steps to a High-Converting Email Marketing Campaign
by Sherice Jacob

24. Checklist: 12 Things You *Must* Do After Writing a New Blog Post [with Infographic]
by Oli Gardner

25. Guest Blogging – The Ultimate Guide
by Glenn Allsopp

26. The Beginner’s Guide To Creating and Promoting Infographics
by Kristi Hines

27. The Beginner’s Guide to Running a Social Media Contest
by Sharon Hurley Hall

28. This Inexpensive Marketing Plan Can Lead to More Traffic, More Leads and Higher Customer Retention
by Neil Patel

29. WordPress SEO – The Only Guide You’ll Ever Need
by Glenn Allsopp

Engage

30. 42 Timeless Ideas for Attracting More Visitors to Your Website
by Corbett Barr

31. 5 Facebook Posts That Spark Massive Engagement
by Amy Porterfield

32. 5 Killer Image Strategies to Skyrocket Your Facebook Engagement
by Amy Porterfield

33. 7 Reasons Your Bounce Rate Is High (And How To Reduce It)
by Sharon Hurley Hall

34. How To Find the Best Twitter Hashtags
by Kristi Hines

35. How To Increase Your Facebook Fans and Twitter Followers
by Zach Bulygo

36. The Beginner’s Guide to Twitter
by Zach Bulygo + Sean Work

37. The Startup’s Guide to Facebook Fan Pages
by Neil Patel

What social media advice has stuck with you for the long haul? Feel free to share in the comments below!

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Krissy Brady

Krissy Brady is a freelance writer from Gravenhurst, Ontario. She freelances for women’s magazines and is currently writing her first screenplay. Like the women she writes for, she wants to have it all, but first needs to figure out what that means.

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  • http://twitter.com/RogierNoort Rogier Noort

    This is a great resource. Whether you’re new or experienced.., there is always something to pick up…Thanks Krissy for putting it together.

  • Brent Scott

    This is a very well written plan, those out there who are trying to setup a small business and use network marketing to earn income I strongly agree with following these steps but make sure to be patient.

    http://www.theamazinghuman.com

  • Theresa

    This is great…really! I’m going to follow your advise.

    http://lacasamiami.blogspot.com/

  • Ed Perez

    That was A-WE-SO-ME! I feel just lucky to have ‘stumbled upon’ at the right time to end up here! Thanks a lot for compiling and sharing these resource. I’ll help you spread the word ;)

    http://www.empowernetwork.com/eperez/

  • http://cashwithatrueconscience.com/rbblog Ryan Biddulph

    Tremendous resource Krissy! Learning the tech side of things is key; I too found my voice after much struggle struggling the nuances of how to build your brand online.

    After gaining some comfort with the tech side of things I could speak my mind with conviction, and began attracting people who resonated with my message.

    Learn, implement, learn, implement. If you learn, practice and persist like heck, you can never truly fail because you will be profiting each step of the way.

    Thanks Krissy!

  • http://www.callboxinc.com/ Belinda Summers

    Somehow I can relate. It’s easy for us to make advices and the hard part is to execute it on our own. Well then, I’m glad that you don’t dwell so long on that part. You found your own voice in this crowded place.

    Thanks for the helpful guides Krissy! By the way here’s my blog too. http://www.sales-and-marketing-solutions.com.

  • John

    great Post!

  • http://milano.bbakeca.com/ BBakeca

    Thanks for sharing this post! Is great!

  • http://entreb.com/ Entreb

    Great insights Krissy! I agree. I believe that ideas and long term strategies are for the fundamentalists. But if we really want to advance, we have to learn and execute the specific steps and tactics that will support our ideas and strategies.

  • http://thedsmgroup.com/ Jason Diller

    Any list with 5 Kristi Hines post earns automatic street cred…

    Well done

  • http://www.hostmama.ro/ Hostmama RO

    Great point of view. Nice work.

  • http://www.buildindia.co.in/ satheesh wilson

    thanks for the good advise!

  • http://www.bloggingcage.com/ Kulwant Nagi

    It seems that you are die hard fan of Kristi and Corbett. :)

    Thanks a ton for making this awesome list. I loved the stuff and going to read almost all.

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  • Mitch

    I loved this post, really good ideas here.

  • razor8088

    Great post and very useful resources. Don’t you think you need to add pay for advertising in the mix to give your brand a quick boost?

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