These days, with all the online resources we have at our fingertips, anyone can start a blog. And it’s obvious, when you visit a lot of blogs, that anyone really can, if you know what I mean. There are bloggers and there are Super Bloggers. And then you have your Average Bloggers.
Being an Average Blogger isn’t really a bad thing, unless you want to make money with your blog. The Internet marketplace is a vast collection of blogs and websites, though, and there’s just no room for ‘average’. Worried about your own blogging career? Here are 10 signs that show you’re just an Average Blogger.
Are You Just an Average Blogger?
You use a free blogging platform: Using a free blogging platform like Blogger.com or WordPress.com is like setting up a cardboard box in the middle of the Mall of America and painting your business name on the side in red finger paint. Even if people do manage to find you in the middle of all the high-tech glitz and glamour that surrounds you, your blog won’t be able to stand up to even the smallest crowd. Free blogging platforms limit your bandwidth which means you’re limited in the amount of visitors your blog can handle. You’re also usually limited in your choices for monetizing your blog. Do yourself a favor, Average Blogger, and spend a little money on your own hosting.
- You use a free theme: You can usually tell an Average Blogger by looking at their theme. They just download the first free theme they come to and start blogging. There are some really good free themes out there but you should at least customize the header so it compliments your topic.
- You don’t use SEO: If you want to make money with your blog you’re going to have to learn about search engine optimization. Even an average blogger needs to know about things like keywords and navigation and how to use them properly to attract search engines to your blog.
- Your content sucks: These days it’s not enough to have average content. Anyone can copy and paste and the search engines know that. That’s why the reward the highest spots on the index to the blogs that have the best content. Check your spelling and grammar and learn how to write content that inspires and engages your readers.
- You don’t have an opt-in form: So you think you can do it without a list, huh? Good luck! There’s a reason that Super Bloggers always have at least one opt-in form on their blog and there’s a reason they’re more successful than you. You need to install an opt-in form and start generating a list of pre-qualified marketing contacts.
- You’re not tracking your stats: You know you’re just an Average Blogger if you’re not tracking your stats. How will you know if people are even reading your blog if you don’t look? Checking your stats lets you know how many people are visiting your blog every day, where they’re coming from, what they were searching for when they arrived, and so much more. Start paying attention to your stats and learn what you need to do to improve your traffic.
- You aren’t using social networks: Anyone who thinks their blog can stand on its own two feet, without the aid of the social networks, is an Average Blogger. These days everyone communicates via Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Digg and other social sites. Find two or three sites that are relevant for your readers and start socializing. And remember to add the share buttons to your blog.
- You have no incoming links: If you’re watching your stats you can see how people are arriving at your blog. Are any of them coming from outside links? Are other blogs linking to you? Are you creating links using bookmarking or article marketing methods? Incoming links lead traffic right to your doorstep and give you more authority with the search engines.
- You have no internal links: Are you building up internal links on your blog? Linking one blog post to another not only helps you with search engine optimization, but it helps keep your readers on your blog longer. Take the time to start developing those links.
- You have no comments: One of the Top 10 Signs you’re just an average blogger is the fact that you have no comments on your blog. A Super Blog engages the readers and encourages them to participate by leaving comments. Readers who comment will generally return, again and again, because they like your blog and so they can see what everyone else is saying. If you have no comments that means you’re just giving your readers average content, nothing worth commenting on.
This post was written by Sté Kerwer, the guy behind Dukeo.com. He blogs about affiliate marketing, making money online, email marketing, SEO, mindset for success, better blogging, WordPress and a lot more. To read more about Sté you can either grab his RSS feed or follow him on Twitter @dukeo.
How to Develop Super Human Confidence in Your Blog
Baby steps, my Young Blogging Padawans.
New bloggers, baby step your way to being super human confident in your blog. Being wracked by doubt, with a little wild excitement mixed in, you cannot gain unreal confidence in your blog today. But slowly and steadily gaining clarity gives you the foundation upon which to become a highly successful blogger who feels bold, knowing your blog rocks.
I am about super human confident in my blog. I am developing the same level of confidence in my eBooks and courses, too. Why? Believing in my blog and premium offerings helps me to help more people and I also make more money too, which is neat, considering I live a worldly life.
Follow these tips.
1: Feel and Release Fears-Doubts Aligned with Your Blog
Before you become confident, you need to purge any lack of confidence. I know this feels bad but tis a necessary step to become super duper confident in your blog and in your premium offerings, too. Sit with doubts, those nasty traitors. Be with your fears about self, your writing ability and your blog presentation. Feel these unpleasant energies. Clear the energies. Proceed from a clearer, more confident, space. Confidence is borne of clearing a lack of confidence. Do messy energy work to become uber confident in your blog and in your blogging abilities.
2: Surround Yourself with Loving Bloggers
Loving, caring, compassionate bloggers see brilliance in you when you cannot seem to see it in yourself. Although all confidence issues flow inside-out, you need a network of supportive people around you who believe in you, versus being around haters or negative nellies. Never, ever, ever surround yourself with poverty conscious, failure conscious bloggers. Are you running a cyber charity? Are you a therapist? No! Negative people stuck in fear and failure throw negative cross currents into your being, shaking your already fragile confidence in your blog.
Hang with folks who believe in you and who believe in your blog. Pros share where and how you can improve but they always believe in someone who follows their dreams, and will instill that faith in you, and in your blog, too.
3: Write Your Butt Off and Publish Content Like the Dickens
Writing and publishing content is like breathing to me. I do not lose confidence in my ability to breathe because this is an automatic, auto-pilot, process. I just breathe without thinking about it. Ditto for writing and blogging. I wrote and blogged for 20,000 to 30,000 hours so now it is an automatic, easy process I have super human confidence in. I do not even think about it because I do it routinely, automatically, on a type of auto-pilot borne of making writing and blogging a habit.
If someone criticizes my blog, it is like someone criticizing my breathing; sounds weird, or funny, but it stirs me not, because I have equal confidence in each.
4: Do Energy Work
I do not play around; 3-4 hours of energy work daily allowed me to face, feel and release blog doubts, to become the clear, confident blogger I am today. Consider meditating, or doing yin yoga, or doing Kriya yoga, and power walking. Or do it all. I spend 3-4 hours doing each – collectively – daily, to expand my awareness so I can feel and clear doubts and so I can blog mainly from an abundant, generous, relaxed, detached vibe.
Be confident guys. Believe in your blog. Follow these 4 tips to succeed and to become super human confident in your blog.
Should You Search for New Blogging Niche Ideas?
Ask yourself that question and you will get an answer that best suits you.
I went with the blogging tips niche for people who want to circle the globe. But I did not go for this niche to be new, edgy or different. I had lived that life for many years. This made sense for me. I was being genuine, honest and as authentic as one can be. Perfect match. But if I chose a new niche from an energy solely of financial gain, being popular or some other fear-based driver, I would have fallen flat on my blogging face.
Why would you ask someone for new niche ideas? What is the energy or intent there? Do you want the fast track to success? Or are you in a creative space, wishing to do something different? I see searching for new blogging niches as being a waste of time considering the endless, established niches we already have at our disposal. Why waste time and energy searching for some niche if you have all the niches you need right before your cyber eyes? Toss in the fact that you need to research the niche inside-out if you have no prior knowledge and you invest a significant amount of time just to get the blog off of the ground. Makes no sense to me.
What do you love talking about? What is your biggest passion? Start there. Select that niche. You already have an ample supply of information in your noggin and the confidence to discuss the niche in clear, cogent fashion. Who cares if the niche is new or old? The blogging tips niche – my main niche – has been around for a few decades. Who cares? There is nothing new under the sun blogging-wise but thousands of new bloggers join our ranks daily. I also find that I seem to be converting people to blogging the more I persist in creating and connecting, keeping at this gig, being present, helping spread awareness about a pretty cool blogging niche, and, about a pretty cool way to help people and to free yourself.
Go with What You Know
When it comes to picking a blogging niche, go with what you know. Pick a niche inside of your blogging and knowledge wheelhouse because being armed with knowledge, experience, and a pulsating passion for discussing the niche makes you stand out from the blogging crowd in a major league way. I created this blogging course in under a day. Imagine that? 6 hours of recordings and oodles of blogging knowledge, packaged into a course that I created in under 24 hours. Imagine how much I needed to know about blogging and how confident and clear I had to be in myself, to ship in 24 hours? I go with what I know; sure doesn’t hurt me.
But when you pick a new blogging niche you have no knowledge of, it takes you 2 months to create and ship the course. Not good. There is the quick, and the dead, in the blogging world. We need be patient, persistent and generous to succeed online but in the same regard, adding years to your learning curve by deviating from what you know is a foolish blogging idea. Why? Go with what you know to prosper mightily over the long haul and to hit the ground running.
But Is It Worth the Time?
One of my favorite check up blogging activities involves asking if some blogging action is worth the time. Someone may ask me to do something to benefit them. Sometimes, I do it. But often, it is not worth the time I would put into the action. Why? My time is precious. All time is precious. Thinking how a specific action leverages your presence in a specific amount of time gives you clarity in making a decision.
Someone may ask me to guest post on a blog completely out of my niche. Is it worth the time? Almost always, nope. But even if I do it once I likely never do it again because I only have so much time daily to work with, and I cannot spend 1 second trying to connect with an audience who has zero interest in what I have to offer. Just my gig. I have too much to do daily, to do anything otherwise. The secret for any new blogger is to learn this time posture tip and to put it into action before your schedule gets filled with clients and speaking to customers and creating and connecting. New bloggers believe they possess all the time in the world but this ain’t true. New bloggers need be as ruthless with their time or else other people will trample all over their time.
Imagine if someone asks you to self-publish an eBook on an unknown platform because the person enjoys reading eBooks on the platform. Would it be worth the 3 hours it took to write and proofread and ship the eBook to put it on a platform for one person? Nope. Waste of time. But you would be surprised at how many new bloggers or struggling bloggers make this foolish decision, choosing to waste their time for one person with weird, exotic tastes. What WOULD be worth your time? Write the eBook, self-publish on Amazon and gain access to an audience of hundreds of millions of people. This is smart use of your time because 3 hours of work gives you access to millions of people. Do you see why I promote my Amazon eBooks all day long?
Speaking of, buy my eBook:
because this read melds perfectly with the topic of this blog post. We need turn down or release certain online partnerships that do not resonate with our blog, brand, schedule and overall energy. I released a few of these over the years because I was not resonant with the gig. Accepting out of a sense of guilt, or, loss of opportunity-money, would have completely wasted my time. I would have needed to own that one, big time, because if you say “yes” to an opportunity you do not vibe with, you waste time every split second you engage with the business partner, or, in the business opportunity itself.
Check your value filter. What do you most value? Before you do anything with your blog, ensure this activity aligns with your values. I value writing to help people, I value promoting my eBooks and I value promoting my course, too. Which is why you see me guest posting here and on a gazillion other blogs while publishing 5 or more posts to Blogging From Paradise these days. I spend time on what I value to help more folks, to succeed and to have fun enjoying the ride.
Do the same before you decide to engage in any blogging activity.
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