And 15 million followers. Seriously.

What would you give for stats like those in the headline? And what would you say if I told you this was achievable for any solo blogger or business owner?

I know, it reads like clickbait so far, but those who use Pinterest will be aware that the claims are 100% genuine.

Yes, Pinterest.

It’s not a social media platform, it’s a visual search engine —second only to Google in its power to drive traffic.

The only caveat to mention here is that you’ve got to put the work in and know what you are doing — but that’s a…

Most ‘how to’ guides won’t tell you this

You’ll have noticed there are a LOT of articles online revealing ‘how to make money blogging’ — and they’ll fall into this template:

  • Set up a blog (possibly following an affiliate link so that the article author makes money);
  • Choose a hosting provider for your blog (definitely following an affiliate link, making the author at least $50 if you sign up);
  • Choose a niche;
  • Choose an SEO-friendly or branded URL (affiliate link to domain service);
  • Get writing;
  • Monetize your blog (by using affiliate links such as the ones you’ve been clicking on, or running ads once you have 10,000 daily…

And what we can do about it

If you are worrying yourself into depression about future problems caused by climate change, you are far from alone.

Yet climate change is not just about the future. Its consequences are hitting hard today. That’s why many call it a climate emergency, or a climate crisis.

Many more just haven’t woken up to reality yet — probably because the whole issue has been framed, especially in the United States, as a political issue.

Of course it isn’t. Facts are facts. The world is warming at an alarming rate. …

Reputations could be tarnished over associations with a bank

When you walk through a storm
Hold your head up high
And don’t be afraid of the dark

At the end of the storm
Is a golden sky
And the sweet silver song of a lark…

The anthem You’ll Never Walk Alone sends shivers of pride and memories down my spine, and prickles the skin of my whole body with raw emotion, when sung by 50,000 passionate Liverpool Football Club supporters at the start of every home match at Anfield.

Liverpool’s marketing tagline this past season has been ‘We Are Liverpool. This Means More.’ It certainly feels that way to…

It’s All About Focus

It’s a lonely ship you sail when you decide to go it alone in business. At least it is if you’re a control freak like me.

If you’re solo at the helm, you take on every job going, from looking out for hazards to steering through choppy waters.

As well as making meals and clearing the plates from your home office.

I was always destined to run my own business. I hate being told what to do!

So when I got my first job as a journalist, my career path was immediately heading in the direction of “freelance, freedom, write…

About me, and some of my most popular stories on Medium

Hello and thank you for showing an interest in my writing.

My name is Mark Campbell and I have been a professional writer for more than 30 years.

I was a journalist for 25 of those years and have blogged and written website and media articles ever since.

I am UK-based but have written for websites and clients across the world.

I write on a wide range of subjects — as a journalist you build up a knowledge of many things and develop strong opinions on some of them!

As a self-employed writer with a successful career behind me, I…

Medium‘s changes might target affiliates but affect everyone

Why isn’t my Medium story on Google?
Why isn’t my Medium story on Google?

If you’re using Medium because of its awesome domain authority and powerful SEO to get your work ranked highly on Google… think again…

It’s long been known — among those in the know — that publishing on Medium gives you a great chance of ranking on the first page of Google, if you use keywords carefully.

Medium has a domain authority of 95/100, which means an article posted here is far more likely to rank highly on Google and other search engines, than if it is published elsewhere — including on your own website.

This has led to many marketers…

A warning to those who complained after Prince Philip’s death

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh

Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, husband of Queen Elizabeth II, died at the age of 99 on April 9, 2021.

His death was marked in the United Kingdom by state-funded broadcaster BBC taking ALL its television and radio channels off schedule to pump out a steady stream of tributes to the Duke instead.

This soon became the most complained-about programming decision in the history of British television.

More than 110,000 people contacted the BBC to criticise the fact that every one of the broadcaster’s many outlets, from regional radio stations, to music-only channels, to prime TV platforms, shut up shop…

Finally, the world is waking up to reality

There is no bigger story than the future of life itself, and the health of the planet we live on. Finally, mainstream journalists are realising they have a responsibility to report on the alarming crisis developing around us.

I myself reported in January 2021 that most of the world’s media were not taking environmental matters anywhere near as seriously as they should have been doing:

Since then, I have been pleased to notice some progress, especially from the standpoint of a journalist who has been trying to highlight issues facing our natural world for the past 30 years.

In the…

And the ONE secret weapon on Medium you OWN

So you want to be a better writer? Then STOP reading all those ‘How To Be A Better Writer’ posts here on Medium!

Allow me to qualify that statement. It is true, there is some good advice to be found out there, but there is also a growing number of self-help Medium blogs from newbie writers which, quite frankly, often don’t give the best guidance.

You can spend too long procrastinating, reading articles on how to write instead of just getting on with the job.

I know this from teaching myself how to do Wordpress websites and monetise them with…

Mark Campbell

Environment journalist, Editor of greengreengreen, Writing on sustainability, climate change, pollution, rewilding and occasionally absolutely anything else.

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