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?
Advanced Blogging Tip: Have a Poor Link Memory
I create oodles of content daily. One tip to being prolific is to have a poor link memory. I forget what I published content-wise and link-wise to keep publishing content frequently. Do you know how most bloggers publish one blog post, include a link to a product and/or service, and keep checking the post again and again, to see how the link performs as far as clicks and conversions and sales and profits and money? I never do that. I have no time and energy to check how my links perform because I have a terrible link memory. I am always on to the next piece of content to create and the next link to place and the next person to help because I have a poor link memory. I forget links. This works perfectly for me; makes me super duper prolific.
Most bloggers attach to and cling to particular business links. What happens if you attach to a link? You give attention and energy to checking the link again and again instead of creating more content from a generous, prolific energy. How can you appear to be all over your niche if you check links regularly throughout the day and if you are not creating helpful, new pieces of content? You cannot be super successful if you are not prolific and you cannot be super prolific unless you have a poor link memory. Be generous, abundant and detached by forgetting links you place in posts; especially links pointing to business opportunities.
I link to my blogging course quite a bit but never get attached to any one link or blog post or guest post through which I link to it. Why? I have more fish to fry. I have more content to create and more bloggers to bond with and more folks to help and more bloggers to connect with and heck, after converting 50 more of my eBooks to paperback, I will have over 200 products about on Amazon, under the Blogging From Paradise umbrella. That is a lot of products to promote! We need to have a poor link memory to forget the prior link we promoted so we can move forward and promote more links, more content and greater blogging success. Envision yourself having an abundant mindset. What happens if you do not feel like anything seems short, scarce or running out? Being prolific is what happens. Being generous is easier if you are not burdened by any link to promote, to review and to assess regularly. I am not opposed to scanning metrics if doing so feels good and relaxing but most bloggers never take the time to assess their genuine feelings when it comes to how they feel promoting links.
I do. I am ruthless in assessing, observing, embracing and moving along my energies because watching your energy is the key to blogging success. Blogging from abundance, relaxation and trust leads to success while blogging from fear, scarcity, tension and anxiety leads to failure.
Which road do you prefer to take?
How to Get Over the Fear Nobody Will Buy Your Product
Promote the heck out of the product. Unearth fears. Feel fears. See fears come true. Release fears. Sell your product. More and more folks buy your product only if you face, feel and release fears aligned with the product. If you hold the fears ya ain’t selling the product. Even if you publish a blogging product – like my blogging course – and sell it for a little bit you will not generate big sales until you fail enough to finally feel fears triggered by failure. Feeling fears clears fears which clears resistance which helps you inspire more people to buy the product.
Getting over this fear is messy. Do you enjoy feeling like a complete loser? Nope. Do you enjoy feeling like a complete fraud, or huckster, or embarrassed or ashamed? Nope. You hate trying so hard and then, no freaking people buy the course you promoted 10,000 times but doing so and feeling fears triggered simply makes it easy to promote the product, because feeling and getting over the fear makes you promote the product like you breathe. Being in that space, plenty of people see the product and more folks buy the product.
I promoted my blogging course to the tune of 8,000 page views before someone bought it. 8000 page views was nothing. I had to clear fear-resistance during the 8,000 page views to show the world how fun, freeing and inspired this course was. Fear cleared, more people bought it at 10 times the initial price versus the initial cheapy price. Raising the price ten fold? Yep; another fear for me to conquer. But I did it, and far more people bought it at $350 than at $36. See how funny fear works? You fear something, refuse to feel the fear, and struggle. But feeling the fear and doing it anyway leads to increasing success. Buy the course for a fun, entertaining, inspired blogging guide. Tis the season for celebration and joy and love and fun, helpful blogging courses.
I have no tips for nudging into fear save meditating and doing yoga frequently. Following each habit expands your awareness which helps you become intimately aware of your fears, so you can feel fears and release fears. Feels rough but this is part of the blogging journey if you want to get over the fear of selling your stuff. Hey; do you want to hurt people, mislead people or lie to people with your blogging product? No? Then just sell the thing already. Ship it. Publish it. Fear is so insidious. Fear makes you do what you do not want to do, if you trust fear. Fear causes you to tune into an alternate, illusory universe, where nothing is true and everything is lies, smoke and mirrors. Do you really want to take that road? I did not think so.
All I can do is be a cheerleader. You need to be the athlete on the court, not the fan on the sidelines. Get on the court. Publish your product. Promote your product. You will eventually face, feel and release all the fears you need to release to become a successful blogger and to sell your product successfully, too. Get in the game. People will buy your product when you get clear on it.
Pro Blogging Tip: Release Expectations
Am I asking you to be a Blogging Buddha? Nope. Not really. No one save enlightened beings completely releases expectations but us mere mortals clinging some to a worldly life can largely release expectations, to become successful and to enjoy the blogging journey. 10 minutes ago, I checked my email. I received a few. I clearly make it difficult to get in touch with me through email because I want to give most attention and energy to building a passive income empire. Every second I spend in email, I could be spending creating content and building connections. Knowing this, it feels good to receive few emails because it helps me scale and move forward from an abundant energy.
Unfortunately, most bloggers have heavy expectations when it comes to receiving email. Bloggers expect a chock filled inbox, with all types of clients, Paypal payments and sponsored post deals. What happens if you get 3 emails daily, all responses to comments? Your expectations not being met levels you, depressing you, making you sad, sapping your energy. If you expect some sweet outcome and reality is not delivering you the outcome to fulfill the expectation, you eventually lose your blogging motivation and quit. Or you make the massive mistake of quitting after seeing your expectations fall short, then, you begin blogging again, quit again after expectations are unfulfilled, and you suffer through this vicious cycle until you fail and quit for good.
Release expectations. Begin blogging with an intent to live your dreams but let go the anchor of expectation because either you feel hopeless after not getting what you expected or you feel average when expectations line up or you feel super high and excited after exceeding expectations, leading to an imminent crash after your emotions settle down. Expectations are anchors, pulling you down, holding you back, preventing meteoric blogging growth. I expect little to nothing blogging-wise because my day is about having fun helping people to blog successfully. I cannot go wrong whether I sell a copy of my blogging course or not because I have no expectations; I just promote the course in a seeming billion places (coming soon) and leave things at that.
If anything, allow a little part of yourself to desire some expectation but make it tiny. Why? If the expectation does not come true quickly, you will keep blogging from an energetic, relaxed, abundant vibe, positioning yourself to succeed. Harboring wee expectations means you remain unstirred if the expectations do not manifest; no crushed, hopeless feeling. Meanwhile, most bloggers with grand, wild expectations often slam into tons of resistance because no spectacular dream comes through and manifest overnight. Living your dream life through blogging requires years and thousands upon thousands of hours of generous service.
Blog for an absolute love of blogging. Be passionate about the blogging process. Release largely on outcomes because weighing yourself down with expectations slows you down. Imagine desiring big blogging bucks only to see an empty inbox for the next 3 months? 90 plus days, zero dollars. After the 90th day, most bloggers quit blogging for good, because they came up so short on their expectations, being frustrated, disgusted, and tired of wasting their time.
Fall in love with the process – not outcomes – to fuel yourself for your blogging journey.
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