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10 Blogging Lessons Learned at Affiliate Summit East

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The Blogging Big Dawgs chatted about how to blog for business at Affiliate Summit East in New York City.

After meeting Kulwant Nagi and talking shop – and travel – I learned 10 blogging lessons from these 7 figure bloggers.

Following these lessons cuts years from your learning curve guys.

Zac Johnson.

John Chow.

Syed Balkhi.

Jeremy Schoemaker.

Tune in and prosper.

1: Get Personal

Zac led off with a transparency gem; get personal and authentic to connect with readers.

He shares how he’s lived with an autoimmune disease. These guys are human beings, folks, who face obstacles and heartache, just like you.

No better way to connect with readers than by sharing some personal stories from your life. Share your life away from the laptop. Bond with readers. Be human. Blog about it.

2: Add Humor

I knew little about Jeremy before today save he being the Shoemoney Guy with big Google checks.

Turns out he is candid, highly knowledgeable and extremely funny, dripping with wit.

Being funny removes tension and lets readers put their guards down. Which is why I sometimes blog of being attacked by lady boy prostitutes in Bangkok or wild men in Nepal, linking to blogging lessons, of course.

Add humor to your blog. Lighten up. Educate and entertain to be memorable.

3: Blog Your Passion

John explained how blogging your passion helps you monetize effectively.

Blog on a topic you know and blog on a topic you enjoy writing about. All these blogging big dawgs stressed this point; during lean months, being detached from outcomes lays the base for successful blogging, as you’ll create value and help folks and be detached, without any strong agendas clouding your vision.

4: BE Your Passion

Syed was BEING his passion during da chat.

Dude almost broke a sweat up there talking about martech. He blogs his passion and he BEs his passion, embodying an energy quite uncommon in blogging. Unless you follow my Facebook Live videos. Then that energy is quite common.

Allow your blogging niche passion to infuse your being. Do live videos. Do podcasts. Let people feel your love, persistently, to become hyper successful, because passion infects readers and viewers. In a good way.

5: Focus on the Process

None of these bloggers likely envisioned millions during early blogging days. Every one stressed simply creating something valuable because they enjoyed blogging on their chosen topics; this was the end goal. No strong agendas or addiction to outcomes.

Focusing on the process of creating valuable, helpful resources sets a granite-like foundation for a stunningly successful blogging career through your:

  • generosity
  • patience
  • detachment
  • persistence

Fall in love with the process. See outcomes like traffic or profits as extras, or bonuses, or icing on the cake.

6: Get a Life Away from da Home Office

Jeremy and John advised bloggers to meet and greet folks away from your home office to combat loneliness.

Jeremy works out of coffee shops sometimes. John does his meet up series on YouTube.

My wife Kelli and I circle the globe, meeting new bloggers, digital nomads, expats and locals all over the world, from New Zealand to India to Costa Rica to Fiji.

Get a life. Make friends offline. Have fun and develop some range to avoid being a 1 dimensional blogger.

7: Reframe Trend Spotting

Syed shared a brilliant nugget that Zac seconded; stop looking for the next big thing in 5 years and simply open up to what problems you can solve now from a different angle, over the next 5 years.

Now exists.

Time is illusory.

Forget trend seeking.

Spot pressing needs now. Reframe solutions. Prosper.

8: Create the Niche Versus Seeking an Already Established Niche

More brilliance from Syed.

He made a point I bemoan you to honor, again and again, to where you want to smack me by now.

YOU are the niche. YOU create the niche.

Sure you may pick a blogging niche based on keyword research, demand, competition, and that jazz. But following your passion solving a problem nobody seems to be solving now can make you wildly successful while having fun.

Don’t be afraid to discover/uncover/create a new niche with zero competition or without the appearance of a heavy demand. Your energy co-creates the niche. Believe that.

9: Bank on Death Avoidance as a Profitable Blogging Niche

Funny story John Chow shared about a some say morbid but highly profitable domain name he gobbled up.

Had to add it.

10: Successful Blogging Ain’t a 1 Person Show

These world famous bloggers noted making a pretty penny through affiliate marketing by folks with huge followings signing up for products and services through their site.

Nobody makes a blogging fortune from scratch.

Established internet marketers and bloggers have:

  • bought all of my eBooks (boosting my eBook sales and Amazon Associate sales)
  • bought most if not all of my audio books
  • promoted me freely
  • endorsed me freely

all leading to my island hopping, pro blogging lifestyle.

We succeed together. Not solo.

We support each other.

Lone blogging wolves struggle, fail and quit while team players with big friend networks succeed wildly.

Wrapping it Up

Learn from these blogging icons guys.

Increased traffic and profits are yours if you follow advice from hyper successful bloggers.

Ryan Biddulph inspires you with his courses, 100 plus eBooks, audio books and blog at Blogging From Paradise.

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How Much Confidence Do You REALLY Have in Your Blog?

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Watch this video I recorded in Brooklyn Heights today:

Sweet view, eh? I made a powerful point too. Bloggers sometimes boast of their confidence and clarity. Puffing themselves up, they believe deeply in themselves and in their blog. Critics? Who cares? These dynamos seem unstoppable. Belief! Success is on the way, right? Awesome. Then, after mentioning their blog in front of a parent or sibling or cousin, their loved ones make fun of “blogging”, telling these idiots to “get a real job”. OUCH! Like a balloon being popped, your loved ones took a pin to your ego, deflating you. AND showing how you genuinely have little confidence in your blog. Turns out, you feel filled with doubt and pure uncertainty about your blog AND in yourself, blogging-wise. This is a good thing. Critics trigger and unearth deep fears you need to face, feel and release, to reach the next stage of your blogging career. So…how much confidence do you REALLY have in your blog? Talk about your blog to friends and family members, or to strangers. You will find out. Fast. Because these folks are non-targeted and often highly NOT interested in blogging.

I recall mentioning my blog to my fam about 10 years ago. Before doing this, I believed I felt super confident about my blog and self. I BELIEVED in myself! Wild-eyed, ignorant, deluded newbie blogging excitement covered up the fact I doubted myself and my blogging abilities, horribly. After that little chat – even though no family member seemed terribly critical – I felt like crap. Awkward, and lost, my family’s questions triggered deep fears in me. I doubted myself. I doubted my blog. In truth, I had no idea what I was doing because I refused to learn from pros. Bad idea. Naturally, I gained confidence after this session – eventually – because I faced and felt doubts eating into my blogging confidence.

The quickest way to gain blogging confidence is to discuss your blog and what you do with anybody on earth, from friends, to fam, to strangers. Never try to convince or influence or convert folks, because doing so shows your lack of confidence. Let people live their lives and make their choices. Your job is to see how shy or clear you feel discussing your blog. Shy bloggers feeling awkward chatting blogging with folks simply feel filled with fear. Blogging fears need to go for you to succeed. Speak about blogging in public. Broadcast live in a public spot. Record videos in busy spots with heavy foot traffic, as I did above, in Brooklyn. Face, feel and release self-conscious fears that need to go for you to reach the next stage of blogging growth.

One way to be a smarter and richer blogger is by facing your blogging fears routinely. Speaking to or in front of fam or strangers about your blog certainly unearths some of those deep fears. Do it. See where you are at, confidence-wise. Being straight with yourself is hands down one of the quickest ways to accelerate your blogging success. Relax, share your blogging exploits and honestly assess how you feel, to increase your blogging success.

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Writing: Your Best Blogging Friend

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Writing helps you succeed with blogging. Because writing gives you credibility. Credible bloggers land clients, sell eBooks, place sponsored posts and drive steady traffic, too. Write your rear end off. Write 500-1000 words daily. Write to be confident. Write to be clear. Write to gain credibility in your blogging niche. Of course, most bloggers struggle because few bloggers practice writing offline, daily. Bloggers only write when they publish a blog post or guest post. BIG mistake. Most bloggers publish posts infrequently, meaning you get in little writing practice. Not good.

Why do you believe you can just show up, write and publish a post and become successful quickly? If blogger were this easy, guys like me could have gone pro within weeks of buying my domain and hosting. Alas, it took me thousands of hours and years to go full time because I had to practice writing, creating and connecting to be REALLY good at blogging. Skills, exposure and credibility flow to bloggers who tirelessly practice all aspects of blogging. Everybody else fails and quits.

All money you make through blogging flows to you because people trust you and your blog. Writing skillfully – with confidence and clarity – is the only way people trust you and your blog. The more you write, the more skilled a writer you become. The formula is genuinely simple. But quite uncomfortable to put into action, sometimes. Few bloggers want to practice writing with nobody watching. Some bloggers foolishly skip writing practice because they believe writing offline for practice wastes their time. This is like saying you waste your time practicing shooting hoops in a lonely, empty gym if you aspire to make it to the NBA. NBA stars practiced 10,000 hours or more, often times in quiet, lonely gyms, and always *in private, out of the public eye, with nobody watching*, to become skilled enough to go pro. Expect to take a similar journey in order to become a professional blogger.

Writing is your core skill. If you write well, you make money online. If you write poorly, you do not make money online.

Buy my eBook:

15 Ways to Make Money Blogging

Every way to profit – out of these 15 strategies – can work quite nicely if you practice writing offline daily. Practice to become confident. Practice to become clear on your writing. Confident, clear writers write with authority. Writing with authority inspires trust in your readers. Again; this is a simple process. But sometimes, this process feels uncomfortable. Nudge through discomfort. Write, write and write some more. People who trust you based on your writing skills tend to buy your eBooks, hire you to coach them, hire you to freelance write for them and buy sponsored posts on your blog. Be diligent in writing. The money flows to you based on how much you practice writing. Plus, practicing your writing makes you prolific. Being prolific increase your blog traffic and blogging profits, too. No downsides exist to writing offline daily. Only upsides. So….write!

Practice in private. Shine in public.

Any successful blogger you envy now practiced writing so diligently that you would never envy their writing practice. After having written millions of words both online and offline, nobody envies the work I put into going pro. But being free to circle the globe? Worth it!

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Do You Assume too Much?

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One of the biggest problems in blogging; bloggers assume too much. Perfect example is someone emails looking for your best sponsored post price. Right away, most bloggers fear losing money to a cheapie because they ASSUMED someone looking for the best price is cheap. Based on past experience. NO! Do NOT do this. Because based on NOT assuming, but being open and in the moment, more than a handful of folks looking for the best price placed orders at my full price, when I shared it was my final price. I rarely if ever assume because assuming cuts you off from traffic and money, based on past experience and future expectations.

These days, I am more in the moment. I am open. Let’s say a blogger quotes their sponsored post price as being $100. A blogger outreach service pro asks for a lower, better price. In that moment, you can do one of two thing: make a foolish assumption that the individual cannot afford $100 or simply share how $100 is your flat, final price. Assuming they cannot afford $100 INSTANTLY robs you of $100. I mean, instantly. Labeling their email as spam or being nasty with them immediately robs you of $100, based on your ignorant assumption. Choosing not to assume anything opens you up to making a quick $100. Wealthy people with large budgets sometimes seek the best price. Rockefeller would be worth $280 billion today – by estimates – and he balanced his books to the penny. He sought the best price but had billions to invest and did invest billions to be the wealthiest person the world has ever known.

This is why I wrote Creating the Mindset of a Successful Blogger for you. How you choose to think and feel dictates how you act. How you act dictates your success. Failures cling to the past and wander into the future by assuming future scenarios based on past experience. But wise bloggers remain grounded in the present, never assuming. Of course, many cheap bloggers willing to pay only $5 for a $100 sponsored post emailed you with “the best price” reply, in the past. But never rob yourself of $100 by assuming these folks do not have $100 to invest in your guest post. I leave no stones unturned. The way I see it, spending 1 second to read a “Give me a sponsored post for $5” email here and there is worth the “OK, let’s place it for $100” email I see more often these days. Assuming cuts you off from abundance. Being open-minded tunes you in to abundance. Make more money. Be open-minded. Stop assuming.

A few moments ago, our Uber driver told us he originally hailed from Jordan. He has been in the USA for 20 years. My silly mind made a quick assumption; he must live in NYC, like many folks do who immigrated to the USA over the past few decades. He still had a heavy accent. But I refused to assume this and asked him where he lived in the USA. He said in the same New Jersey suburban development where we lived. Small world! Not assuming opens you up to fun, fascinating experiences. Stop assuming online. You’ll make more money, too, and will enjoy your blogging journey.

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