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10 Signs That Show You Are Just An Average Blogger

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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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.

Zac Johnson is a online marketer with 15 years of experience and also a blogger at ZacJohnson.com, as well as the founder of BloggingTips.com. You can also follow me on Twitter and Facebook

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Advanced Blogging Tip: Have a Poor Link Memory

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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?

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How to Get Over the Fear Nobody Will Buy Your Product

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Ship. Publish.

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.

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Pro Blogging Tip: Release Expectations

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Ouch.

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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