Blogging failure comes masked in sneaky, insidious limiting beliefs.
If you’re disgusted with ramming into the same online roadblocks repeatedly you probably subscribe to 1 – or 10 – of the following limiting beliefs.
Don’t worry; by patiently dissecting each belief you can experience the joy and jubilation of building a full time, professional blogging career.
In order to let go these lower energies set aside time for serious introspection.
The blogging truth will set you free only after you own these limiting beliefs for you need to face, embrace and release these mental demons to chart your blogging course for more successful waters.
1: Ignoring Popular Advice Because it’s Boring/Not Sexy
I spotted this limiting belief recently when responding to a comment.
The commenting blogger felt the advice I offered was the same old, boring, unoriginal advice he’d seen before in regards to profiting through Twitter.
I have 44,000 followers on Twitter.
I have also built a profitable blogging business through Twitter while circling the globe.
Established, full time bloggers build their sites on simple, basic, timeless fundamentals.
Sexy = complex = struggles = failure.
Simple = proven = powerful = successful.
2: Believing it’s Better to Hang with Bottom Feeders Because You Can Relate with Them
Kick bottom feeders to the curb.
Exit Facebook Groups rife with complainers.
Leave the struggling, angry, jealous bloggers behind.
Release enablers to make room for empowering people to spur you on.
Surround yourself only with the most successful bloggers from your niche.
Learn from the best.
Become the best.
3: Expecting Successful Bloggers to Wait on You Hand and Foot
Successful bloggers are successful for a reason: they know how to delegate tasks and more importantly, they understand the concept of empowerment.
You can serve someone fish for a temporary, fleeting relief to their hunger or you can teach them how to fish, to empower the individual for the rest of their lives.
Stop pestering bloggers who engage hundreds of thousands of people daily.
These people have taught you how to fish/blog for years through their free blog posts. Now it’s up to you to use the information.
If you do want private, 1 to 1 time with such successes pay for their services to receive the attention you crave.
These folks generally give away valuable freebies for years through their blogs.
Now it’s time for you to pay up – or shut up – to access their expert skills.
4: Believing it’s Difficult to Make Money through Blogging
Making money through blogging is simple.
Making money through blogging is not particularly difficult.
But most bloggers believe otherwise because they cling to weird beliefs around money.
John Chow makes over $100,000 a month through his blog.
He worked persistently and intelligently but he also continues to shatter the paradigm that prospering through blogging is impossible or super hard.
Parents, siblings, friends and the general public impress many zany, negative, limiting beliefs on your mind when you’re a kid. Especially in regards to money.
Face, embrace and release deeply held fears related to running out of money.
Proceed from an abundant, relaxed space.
Meditate for 10 minutes daily to expand your awareness.
Meditating regularly helps you uncover the confining, false beliefs you may hold in regards to money.
5: Believing You’re Not Good Enough to Land Guest Posts on High Profile Blogs
Every blogger on earth can land guest posts on tops blogs but few ever do.
Most bloggers don’t believe they are good enough to land such sweet gigs.
Here’s how to dissolve this limiting belief: write 1,000 to 2,000 words daily for practice.
Hone your writing skills. Find your writing voice. Boost your confidence. Land guest post spots on top blogs.
This issue isn’t a confidence problem; it’s a writing problem.
Practice writing to guest post more frequently on top blogs.
I felt terrified to submit guest posts to top blogs a few years ago due to worthiness. I eventually decided to write a few thousand words to 10,000 words daily to gain confidence in my writing.
Now I publish 2 posts to Blogging Tips weekly.
The practice precedes the breakthrough.
6: Ignoring Proven Advice Because it Feels Uncomfortable to Follow that Course
I ignored both list building and guest posting for years because each activity felt highly uncomfortable to me.
No way could I deal with seeing no new subscribers on my email list after a week of hard work.
I hated being criticized and chose not to “waste my time” by submitting guest posts that would be rejected or picked apart by critical, successful bloggers.
My struggles eventually forced me to build a list and to submit guest posts to top blogs.
Accept this fact: growing is hellishly uncomfortable at times.
If you don’t feel uncomfortable doing blogging stuff sometimes you’re not going anywhere of note.
7: Manipulating Readers into Sending You Money
Most struggling bloggers try to manipulate their readers into sending them money through desperate, forced methods.
Even bloggers who generate a high income online may still fall prey to this insidious limiting belief based on lack and limitation.
Devote all of your creative energies to helping your followers.
If you feel the urge to manipulate them by being dishonest simply take a deep breath, relax and think of how you can better serve your readers.
Move from “trying to get” to helping a human being with their biggest problems.
Be clear, be honest, be transparent, be helpful and you will never attempt to manipulate your readers ever again.
David Boozer is a teacher, first and foremost.
He’s a heart-centered internet marketer who makes a fabulous living through his blog and consulting business because he regularly helps, instructs, assists and empowers in an empowering way.
8: Working *Against* Versus *With* Top Bloggers in Your Niche
A rising blogging tide lifts all successful bloggers with it.
Unfortunately, some bloggers believe in the idea of competition.
In an abundant universe the idea of competition is impossible.
Work with top bloggers. Promote the top bloggers in your niche. Feature blogging big dawgs to build bonds with pros.
You will go as far as your friend network takes you.
9: Depending Only on 1 Blogging Income Stream
Some bloggers put all their eggs into one basket.
After tripping and dropping the basket – losing that income stream through a Google update, social media shift or through some other turn of events – the eggs break and the blogger becomes financially broke.
Do not depend on 1 income stream.
Open multiple streams of income to guard against any unforeseen changes that may adversely affect any one stream
Become a freelance writer. Write and self publish eBooks on Amazon KDP. Convert the eBooks to audio books. Become a blog coach. Accept sponsored posts.
Add one income stream every 3 to 6 months to ensure you’re learning the ropes sufficiently.
I once read how personal development guru Bob Proctor established a staggering 219 income streams through his self help empire.
This may be extreme but if you’re not making money through 5 or 10 channels you run the risk of struggling financially when those streams close up over time because change is the one constant.
10: Believing in the “Volume Approach” of Blogging
The number of blogging tasks you complete daily means nothing.
The energy behind each blogging task you complete means everything.
If you spend 18 hours today posting your blogging course squeeze page on 300 plus Facebook Groups while I wrote, edited and submitted this guest post on an authority blog, who spent today positioning themselves to be more successful?
Step away from the desperate, strained, failure-producing volume approach of blogging.
Manage your energy.
Engage in high energy, effective, leveraging blogging activities to improve the quality of your offerings.
Are you plagued by any of these limiting beliefs?
Why Do People Still Sleep on Blog Commenting?
Chapters 2 and 3 of my eBook:
dissect both my commenting success stories and why to comment on blogs from your niche. I lead in with a clear primer prepping you for the blogging journey, commenting-wise.
Why do bloggers still ignore the immense power of commenting? A few reasons reveal themselves but at the core, bloggers fear nobody will read their blog comments. Seriously; do you genuinely believe folks read all blog comments? Of course not because folks sometimes skip over comments. But a percentage of bloggers and readers do scan comments or take apart comments word by word, getting to know fellow bloggers. At the core though, fear rings strong, guys. Bloggers fear wasting time. I get it. I too have to catch myself, to remind myself of these sweet blog commenting benefits.
Benefits of Blog Commenting
- bond with top bloggers through an underused vehicle, often ignored, but totally free of gatekeepers, unlike trying to reach someone through email or phone
- anybody can comment on a blog; new blogger, struggling veteran blogger, etc
- anybody can impress with comments at any stage of your career; any human being can share their thoughts in genuine fashion
- blog comments are forever; evergreen content
- blog comments serve as branding and bonding vehicles
- blog commenting is a free method for connecting with bloggers
- blog commenting on blogs with raving communities ejects you into the blogger’s tribe
- people who buy your stuff often need to see you are legit, active and social online; enter blog commenting
Those are but a few reasons why you want to comment on top blogs from your niche. Do your best to dwell on these reasons if you want to mail it in, skipping on blog commenting because you feel like commenting on a top blog wastes your time.
I just find it weird that years into me discussing blog commenting as a viable means to bond and grow business, bloggers scoff at it. I do have an idea why, though. Bloggers focus on things over people. Bloggers want links and do not put in the time and energy to develop connections with other human beings. Put in the time, and you will be golden. But if you want to deal with things to manipulate people you will have a terrible time getting traction online because business may flow through things, but business originates in humans. Think that one through for just a moment.
Commenting works if you comment genuinely on blogs from your niche. Nobody likes someone who wants to publish a link, and to leave. We call these guys comment drive-bys. Stick around. Write a few sentences. Be genuine. Be helpful. Be warm. The more you give to blog commenting, the more you get from blog commenting. Do you see how it works? The process is quite simple but you need to be onboard, fully, to be a generous, genuine blog commentor.
Be present. Imagine yourself speaking to another human being, in person. How should that feel? Good, methinks. Bask in that feeling as you publish a few sentences or paragraphs via a blog comment. Feel the fun in connecting with humans. Blogging is 100% in the connections. Never forget that.
Clients, customers, business and traffic find you through genuine, generous, frequent comments. I am living proof. Peep my example if you want to comment but believe commenting will be a waste of your time. Trust me; it won’t.
4 Ways to Respond to Blogging Critics
We all have ’em.
Or, if new to blogging, critics will pay you a visit eventually. Being seen online means being criticized sometimes. Part of your successful blogging tax.
Fools waste precious time and energy engaging critics in some way, shape or form. Avoid doing this. Paying, loyal, loving fans deserve your energy. Go to where you are loved.
Follow these 4 tips to respond to blogging critics effectively.
1: Ignore Critics Completely
If I come across a nasty 1 star review of my eBooks, I ignore the barb completely because miserable, angry, unhappy people cannot think clearly and tell the truth. Why trust a raging, mindless, idiotic bull? Ignore these people. Buy my critics eBook too to begin spotting these fools.
2: Listen for a Shred of Stinging Truth
OK guys; following this step feels uncomfortable but you need take the step to become a successful blogger. Listen closely to critic feedback. How does it feel to you? Upsetting? Embarrassing? Does a critic anger you or annoy you? Do you want to debate or debunk those morons? If any negative emotion feels triggered by receiving criticism you believe some or all of their critical feedback. I did tell you; this step/tip feels unpleasant. But how could you ever sell a bunch of eBooks and help people and make money if you genuinely do NOT believe in the value of your eBooks? How can you become a pro blogger if you believe you will always be amateur hour?
Critics trigger false beliefs you need face, feel and release to reach the next stage of your blogging growth. I never had powerful break throughs until a critic tossed some nasty barb my way, triggering some fear I needed to release to gain enough clarity and confidence to reach the next stage of my growth.
3: Psyche Homework
Critics see you as a mirror. What criticism seems doled out to you, on to you, is a critic speaking of themselves. We are connected; all of us. Critics never seem to see this and choose to speak of self via their criticism of you. Do your mindset homework. See how criticism serves as a projection of individual onto you? Relax. Prep yourself for future criticism. Consider writing blog posts discussing problems critics see in self if this topic applies to your blogging niche. Turn criticism into help and profits, too.
4: Never Gang Up
Ganging up on critics with your friends only shows your weakness. Critics fear. Critics are in pain. Imagine taking time to rile the troops and kick a wounded dog? This is what it’s like to get your tribe rounded up to gang up on and belittle critics. Plus, try getting featured on world famous blogs by building a bully image these days. I dare you.
Relax. Critics have issues. Ignore these folks outright. Leave them be, and you will be happier, healthier and wealthier, too. Never waste your time fighting critics; especially with friends. Do something uplifting and enriching with your time, energy and efforts.
Help people. Do not try to hurt, hurt people. Give your attention and energy to love, generosity, abundance and service to experience the greatest blogging success.
How to Self-Publish eBooks for Increased Blogging Profits
Have you bought my blogging eBook?
Well; this is one of my 100 plus eBooks:
I thought 10 eBooks in 4 months was cooking in 2014, as a newbie author. Boy, was I off. I eventually went on a blitz including publishing 1 eBook daily for 3 months in a row during one of my trips to Bali, in 2015. Anyway, I want to help you self-publish eBooks to boost your blogging profits because every blogger loves registering sweet profits, right?
Follow these tips.
1: Solve Common Problems
Solve common problems in your blogging niche. Earn profits by solving problems through eBooks people need solving. If they need the solution they buy the solution. Does it get any simpler?
2: Keep It Short and Sweet
Gone are days of 50,000 word eBooks being the norm or a bit more normal. Kindle short reads and other short, sweet numbers seem resonant with our ever-increasing microwave culture. Note how folks love watching videos and getting the latest updates via phone. People enjoy getting what they want quickly so if you solve a pressing problem fast people buy the eBook-solution.
I span 6000 to 15000 words per eBook; find your sweet spot.
3: Be Prolific
I think too many bloggers eat into their eBook profits due to holding back. Do not be stingy. Self-publish freely to increase your exposure and to better increase your blogging profits. I shipped 100 plus eBooks and promote a fair chunk daily. Being prolific helps me to help more readers; smart way for boosting your profits.
4: Help People for Free….A Lot
Do you see how many guest posts I publish daily? Quite a few, folks. I publish guesties to help you and to increase both my presence and eBook sales. Profits flow to leveraging bloggers. If self-published authors guest post heaps, all the better for increasing your blogging and eBook sales. Keep helping people via blog posts, videos and podcasts too. Do not be shy. Increase your skills, exposure and eBook profits by generously helping people for free through content creation.
5: Show Off 5 Star Reviews
I recently began showing off my 5 star reviews for my eBooks, via my blog and social media. People sometimes buy based on word of mouth marketing. Observe the review below in response to the eBook above.
Seeing positive reviews makes it easier for a reader to buy your eBooks and pad your profits. Show off 5 star reviews. Go to where you get love to get more love and to increase your eBook profits.
6: Keep It Simple
Short and sweet eBooks sell.
Simple eBooks sell even more frequently.
I always simplified my eBooks as much as humanly possible to both reach maximum readers and to increase my eBook profits. Why do people buy solution-eBooks? Authors who offer simple, easy to follow reads find few issues selling a nice volume of eBooks. Keep eBooks simple. Imagine yourself writing for a small child. Be clear and simple. Resonate with readers. Sell more eBooks.
7: Persist in Promotion
I did not begin selling eBooks until I promoted the heck out of these reads. Often this involved mentioning 1 eBook per every blog post and guest post I published for months at a time. Such is the effort of a self-promoter who drives increasing eBook profits.
Tap into this prospering blogging income stream.
Being writing and selling helpful eBooks today.
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