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2 Reasons Why Your Guest Post Pitches Fall on Deaf Ears

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I see more than my fair share of guest posting pitches on Blogging From Paradise.

After a quick email alerting these folks that guest posting is permanently closed on BFP I think through their approaches.

Even if I did accept guest posts, 90% of these pitches would not make the cut for these very 2 reasons.

1: Poor Writing Skills

You can make friends until the cows come home (networking aspect of landing guest posts).

If you cannot write, forget about it.

Skilled writers with big friend networks land guest posts regularly.

Skilled writers had to practice writing daily for months or even years to gain the confidence and clarity to land guesties.

I know many kind, generous bloggers who are practicing their writing but just are not there yet. These folks will land guesties on top blogs if they keep practicing.

I have seen other bloggers who rarely if ever practice their writing, only sitting down to write when they publish their own posts. These guys will never land guest posts, because they cannot write in clear, confident, crisp fashion.

You need to be a skilled, clear, confident writer to land guest posts regularly.

2: No Friendships

If you have no friends, you are screwed.

Seriously.

All the weak pitches I receive for guest posting opportunities or anything designed to get placement on Blogging From Paradise – including the $1 article pitch from this morning submitted via my contact form – are the fruit of zero relationship building.

You will never get invited to submit a guest post until you improve your writing skills with diligent practice but even if you can really write and wow folks, you will only land a few guest posting opportunities because you will be a stranger, an outsider, an unknown commodity, somebody who most bloggers will see as only looking out for yourself.

If you make friends, your friends will help you. Easy at pie.

Your friends will either invite you to guest post on their blogs or they will say “Yes” most of the time to your ask. Because the ask will not feel like a pitch, but a question from a skilled, trusted blogging buddy.

The Solutions

1: Write daily for practice.

2: Promote other bloggers, comment on top blogs effective – writing 3-4 paragraph, in-depth comments – and persistently build those friendships that will open the door for guest posting opportunities.

Create.

Connect.

Most bloggers don’t realize; you need to get really skilled at writing and also build a large, loyal friend network to land guest post opportunities left and right.

When I ask folks if they want me to write a guest post for them, sometimes I need to keep bloggers off of me with a baseball bat, with the volume of folks who respond.

Why?

Rest assured, this did not happen on its own. I did not pray to the writing skills fairy or the networking fairy for a few hours, then all of a sudden, all these guest posting opportunities fell into my lap.

I followed the 10 fundamentals of successful blogging.

I patiently and persistently created, connected and helped people.

I became a student of blogging.

The process of landing guest posts on top blogs doesn’t take years; the practice of learning blogging, creating helpful content and building meaningful friendships takes years.

Doing the right things backed by the right energy for a persistent period of time promotes your blogging success and inspires rocking bloggers to invite you to write and publish guest posts on their blog.

This is the solution.

This is how to avoid being shot down or how to stay out of spam folders.

Is it easy?

Not really, in the beginning.

I found it highly uncomfortable to practice my writing daily. Ditto for commenting effectively – 3-4 paragraph pieces – on top blogs, promoting other bloggers and building meaningful friendships.

Even though it feels not comfortable it is a simple, direct, clean process.

Don’t confuse uncomfortable with complex. Uncomfortable is fear, complex is dingbatish stuff you may be doing, deviating from simple, to avoid your fears.

Your Turn

How are you landing guest posts?

What tips can you add to this list?

Ever prayed to the guest posting fairy? 🙂

Video

I filmed a video in Istanbul, Turkey to help you submit a guest post successfully in 12 simple steps.

Click the play button and enjoy:

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

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How to Develop Super Human Confidence in Your Blog

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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.

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Should You Search for New Blogging Niche Ideas?

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Why?

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.

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But Is It Worth the Time?

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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:

5 Tips for Learning How to Say “No” to Online Partnerships

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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