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Chances are, when you think of blogging, you also think of commenting. Comments have been a unique and tightly integrated feature of blogging since the beginning of blogs. But several high-profile blogs have decided to turn comments off in recent years. Zen Habits is one of the biggest examples. Seth Godin doesn't allow comments on his blog either and never has. These two blogs are among the biggest in the world.

A reader asked me on Twitter the other day if I would start writing more traffic-building tips here. The implication was that I haven't been publishing content that will directly help you build a bigger online audience.

It's that time of year again. The time when many of us think about what we've accomplished over the past year and what we might want to accomplish next year. I've made huge changes over the past two years and I've watched many of my friends and peers transform their lives. Some people seem to be able to do just about anything.

Most people hate selling. They hate having to sell things to other people, and they hate being sold to. If you're the seller, selling can be a frustrating process of rejection. And if you're the potential buyer, nothing is a bigger turn-off than a blatant sales pitch.

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