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If you’re reading this on an RSS reader-you’re a loser !

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All of us provide feeds and all of us subscribe – We are networked. But if you are reading all those blogs from the reader, you are isolated(like an island) and you are a loser.

I’m trying to discuss the topic – The benefits of reading blogs outside the reader.

I have 76 feeds in my reader,and i know this isn’t any great number – JohnTP reads almost 100 everyday. Darren(actually his kid) has admitted that he reads more than he writes.

So – How does this affect you? If it affects anyone(be it you or me) in a negative way, then it should affect all of us, cos we are in the interlinked mesh of what’s called the blogosphere. And here, there are two sides – one the subscriber’s side and the other the blogger’s(one who offers the feed) side.

For the subscriber, there are both positives and negatives. But if I’m to weigh both, i think the negatives outweigh the positives.

When you are using a RSS reader to read multiple blogs, then you have the freedom to read what you are interested in.You select the blogs that interests you and you can read them anytime – in one damn window!
It’s easy for you to manage the contents of various blogs. You can tag and categorize the feeds according to your reading habits.Again, it’s a totally personalized approach.

You decide what to read – not the blogger.You know exactly what you want to read and you allow no distractions from it.To the point – precise!

Why did i call you a loser?

One – to get your attention. 😀
Two – there is more than one reasons for it.

When you read all the blogs in the same window – Where is the fun? It’s all in the same format, same boring colors,same text – too boring!
Let me ask you one question – how many templates did you preview before picking one for YOUR blog? Many? Why??…..
To deliver that perfect looking theme – that’ll get the attention your blog needs.
Other bloggers also would have gone through the same preview/tweak procedures right? All for you to read their articles on a stupid RSS reader?
The point is – you are missing the variety – and variety is the spice of life.If you don’t believe me, listen to the psychologists and Feng Shui gurus, who insist that you paint your reading room walls in bright colors – not boring white – damn it! On the internet, your reading room can be compared to your RSS reader, and if it does not allow bright colors – then it can’t provoke the thinking channels in you.

Well, I’m thinking that this might be the reason why – I find it easy to get “inspirational” posts(that prompt me to write) reading the articles on the blog rather than on the reader.
Let me illustrate an example, I’ve been reading John’s blog everyday on RSS reader and one fine day something made me to visit the blog and i was surprised to see all those cool ads and stuff there. I had missed the “buy me beer” option and that day itself, i bought him a beer. I wouldn’t have got that opportunity had i stuck to my RSS reader without visiting the blog.

I was ashamed – when i got to know that I’ve not been participating in the long comments posted on John’s blog for every article.How would i know about them in the RSS reader? Yes it showed the number of comments but that did not push me to respond, but when i saw the long list of avatars posting comments on articles, i automatically posted my views too. And this was one of the coolest ways to indulge in conversation with other bloggers which I’ve missed all this time. All because of one mistake i did – depend entirely on my RSS reader.

Every blogger have a blog roll link on their sidebar and not many of us click on all those links but trust me, there are relevant ones there(if you are able to scan the needed out of spam)On the blogosphere you discover new blogs everyday, and you ought to – but how else would you find other blogs if you are not following the blogroll links posted on each blog you visit? My RSS reader does not give access to those and i miss that – does your’s?

Having said all these, i agree that reading blogs on the sites always is not always possible. We need to strike a balance some where. I think a better idea is to read the interesting posts at the blog itself, while surfing the others from your RSS reader. But if there are any next generation RSS readers being developed, they would want to take up the above points into consideration.

You are still reading this on the reader?? Shame on you. 🙂

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What Is the Harshest Blogging Wake Up Call?

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My harshest blogging wake up call occurred nearly a decade ago.

I would write and publish one post weekly. I spent 1 hour writing and publishing the post.

I spent the rest of the week:

  • watching TV
  • watching YouTube
  • working out
  • hanging out with friends

After a good year of following this routine I saw a few visitors to my blog daily. I recall 3 daily visitors for many months, stumbled upon my blog.

I experienced a big time blogging wake up call; you cannot build a successful blog by listening to music and watching TV all day long, minus the 1-2 hours you spend blogging, weekly.

The harshest wake up call: blogging gives you what you give blogging.

Blogging Gives You What You Give Blogging

I know of a few bloggers who complain about having terrible business prospects. When will they get more clients? When will they get more traffic? When will they make more money? I mean, they have been blogging for 5 to 10 years already. Things should be growing SO much more quickly right now, they say.

These individuals will get more clients when they stop watching Netflix all day. Do you want to be a professional Netflix watcher or a professional blogger? Pro Netflix watchers spend hours daily watching Netflix. Not sure how well that job pays. Professional bloggers spend 6-8-10 hours daily:

  • creating helpful content through your blog, through guest posts and through videos
  • building your friend network by generously promoting other bloggers and by genuinely commenting on their blogs
  • freely promoting your premium products and services through each piece of content you create
  • generously following the prior 3 steps for months

The person who follows each bullet point for months, then years, sees more and more clients. Traffic increases over time. Blogging profits increase over time. Blogging gives them what they give blogging.

Janice Wald is always after it. She’s a hustler. Follow her for inspiration.

Ditto for Saurabh Tiwari. He is one of the most dedicated bloggers I know. Follow him for inspiration.

Do Not Fight Good Advice

I have personally coached bloggers who fight my smart advice. These people say networking is not for them. These folks resist creating content because they do not want to force it. This crowd ignores good advice, then goes back to watching Netflix or sports for the next 3 hours.

If you fight good blogging advice, you will struggle and fail. It has to be that way; you are doing the opposite of what it takes to succeed. Put your ego to the side. Follow smart advice. Succeed.

Listen to the guy with this home office in Thailand. He knows what he’s talking about.

Your mind wants you to fail because it fears the fears you need to face to become a successful blogger. I feared facing deep fears years ago, so spent most of my time and energy doing everything BUT blogging. You may nod, then, go back to watching Netflix or YouTube for the next 2 hours. 2 weeks down the road, after you spent only 2 hours of your time and energy blogging daily, you feel frustrated and want to quit because you have signed up no new clients, money seems to be running out and no business looks promising, on the horizon.

It is 100% YOUR CHOICE to spend 6 hours watching Netflix today and 2 hours blogging. You are doing this. You are making this choice.

It is 100% YOUR CHOICE to make a massive shift; spend 8 hours creating content and building connections, today.

Blogging just mirrors back to you your choices and energy, you make every waking hour of every day.

Right now, you have the next 8-10 hours to generously help people through creating and networking, or you choose to focus on yourself, watching TV, streaming Netflix, hanging out with friends.

Spend those 8-10 hours daily blogging for 3-6 months, and eventually, you will see more clients.

100% your choice, your decision, your energy, your commitment to blogging success.

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5 Blog Monetization Tips to Grow Your Passive Income

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As a blogger these days, sharing information is no longer enough.

Monetizing your knowledge is key to a profitable blogging lifestyle.

Of course, the goal is to always increase your earnings.

Whether it’s tweaking your current strategies or learning new ones, there’s always room for bloggers like you to grow your revenue.

In this post, you will let learn how to monetize a blog even more using the tried-and-true tactics below.

The blog monetization tips you must take to heart

The tips below should help you maximize the earnings from your blog.

None of the advice should yield an “a-ha” moment from you if you’re a seasoned blogger.

However, you must at least draw inspiration from these practical blog monetization tips. Sometimes, it’s the simple things that make a big difference.

1. Fortify your SEO strategy

Whether you’re new to affiliate marketing or not, you should know better than to do SEO on your blog.

It’s the best way to generate tons of traffic that lead to conversions and sales.

However, here’s a frequent mistake that most affiliate marketers do:

They only optimize their blog’s on-page SEO.

As crucial as on-page SEO is, it’s just half the battle.

And as a result, their half-baked SEO campaign leaves their blog rankings a tad below the first page of organic search results.

If you’re like these affiliate marketers and want to increase your rankings, then you must:

  • Build backlinks from high-quality sites
  • Research your competitors and observe their every move; take action to their plans using the data you’ve gathered
  • Monitor your backlinks and see whether you gained or lost them; find a way to get back the lost backlinks

These tasks sound like a pain in the neck. And I’m not going to lie – they are!

That’s why you need to use a tool that can help you manage all these SEO tasks for your blog.

In the crowded SEO market, I suggest that you use Serpstat.

It’s a fairly new tool that’s powerful enough to help you organize your on- and off-page SEO responsibilities.

serpstat

I wrote my unprejudiced review of the tool and I still feel it’s one of the most budget-friendly SEO tools out there.

2. Track your conversion rates using a heat-mapping tool

If you want to grow your blog’s revenue, you must scale it.

You need to know how much you’re earning and why you’re earning as much as you are now.

And you can’t do that without a heat-mapping tool.

It helps identify which parts of the page people click on the most.

Clearly, you want visitors to click on the right buttons on the page.

So if they’re clicking on all your links except your “Buy Now” button for your online course or your Google Adsense blocks, then something’s wrong!

With a tool like Crazy Egg, you’ll find out why.

You didn’t place the button or link on the section of the page where visitors can clearly see it.

Or the appearance of the button is preventing it from generating clicks.

With Crazy Egg, you never have to guess.

It lets you benchmark your content’s conversion rate and put different factors to the test!

You can change the appearance of your button, move it from one place to another – anything to hike up your page’s click-through rate!

If done correctly, you can enjoy greater conversion rates and greater revenue down the line.

3. Improve your content’s conversion abilities

Sometimes, your content – for a lack of a better word – stinks.

Even if you are a native English speaker, your choice of words can spell doom for your blog’s performance.

Here’s the thing:

You need to know who your audience is.

That makes you need to be aware of the words you’re typing in your content.

If you’re catering to women, you can’t use masculine words in the post. They will turn off your audience and leave your blog. And vice versa.

Unless you have the powers to get inside your reader’s minds, you can settle for Webtexttool instead.

webtexttool

It works similar to Yoast SEO for WordPress. The difference is that Webtexttool analyzes your content’s ability to convert.

It takes different factors into consideration such as:

  • Ease of readability
  • Text credibility
  • Target audience
  • Sentiment
  • Text layout

The tool provides an aggregate score of these factors. The higher the score, the more effective your content is.

It also shows areas of improvement for your content so you can work on them.

4. Share your site’s key metrics

If you’re offering banner space to advertising opportunities for brands, then you need to know this:

Advertisers want visibility.

They’ll be paying you to feature their banner on your blog.

But they won’t part ways with their money that easy.

You need to give them a reason why they should.

The quality of your site should speak volumes regarding this.

If you have a site that generates a least a thousand visitors every day, then you must be fielding offers on a regular.

If not, then maybe your site isn’t on that level yet. After all, advertisers won’t invest on a site that can’t even draw below a hundred visitors every day.

OR…

Maybe they just don’t know much about your blog yet.

So show vital metrics of your site’s performance!

Here are things you can feature:

  • Traffic from Google Analytics
  • SEO metrics such as Moz DA, Ahrefs DR, Majestic Flow Metrics, Alexa ranking, etc.
  • Social media followers and email subscribers (goes to show your reach outside your blog)

 

Showing off these metrics give advertisers a better idea of what your blog is about.

The higher the metrics, the more opportunities will come pouring your way!

5. Publish a blogging income report religiously

I bet you are familiar with Pat Flynn’s now-defunct income report every month:

smart passive income monthly income report

Pat’s last published income report was in December 2017.

He’s one of the first guys who did it in this space.

The income reports are very useful for marketers who are interested in building a passive income.

The goal is not to make people feel small. Nor is the purpose to brag your earnings.

Here’s the real objective of income reports:

Evangelizing your audience.

Documenting your journey towards profitability helps you connect with like-minded people who share the same path as you.

At the same time, you are transparent to your readers with your business practices.

You open the dialogue between you and your readers above what worked and what didn’t. You then are able to build a brand by sharing things that helped you grow your income and that people can replicate.

So, the question remains:

“How exactly can I earn from income reports?”

Simple – here are a few ways:

  • Use the income reports to drum up interest to your online course about (drum roll please)…how to grow your blogging income
  • Same as above but, instead of an online course, you’re selling an ebook about passive income
  • Get feedback from readers and exchange ideas on how to improve your process and make more money

These are just three quick ideas off the top of my head. You probably have more ideas in you right now. Use them!

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How to Deal with Travel Blogger Trolls

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Have you picked up my eBook for dealing with blogging criticism?

This could be a helpful read if you don’t know how to effectively deal with blogging trolls.

I read a post from rocking blogger Jo Karnaghan on a travel blogging group run by Meg Jerrard. Jo encountered her first dyed in the wool, major league, travel blogging troll. For the uninitiated, trolls are critics. But we are initiated, aren’t we, Bruce? (I work Batman lines into posts.)

I recall writing a Huffington Post piece advising folks visit Turkey after the coup attempt. I spent a month there 1 week after the attempt. A few folks sent angry messages telling me I was not responsible, assailing me for making such a suggestion, in nasty fashion.

Dealing with trolls feels uncomfortable. Wouldn’t it be so much easier to crawl into your blogging cave, to avoid these folks? Nope. All exponential growth ends if you pull back after meeting a travel blogging troll or 2.

Follow these tips to effectively deal with blogging critics.

1: You Are a Mirror

Travel bloggers; you are not the object of criticism. You are a mirror, reflecting back to the critic something about themselves. All criticism is a projection, since we are all connected. All trolls speak of themselves. Trolls say nothing about you. Knowing this, you can breathe a bit more easily, because it is not about you.

2: Cultivate Compassion

I am typing these words in a sleepy village in Northern Thailand. Pretty cool experience.

I imagine how angry and in pain I’d have to be, to send an email to Jo, like the email she shared. I imagine how fear-filled and in pain I’d need to be, to message me as trolls-critics have messaged me in the past. These people are not sick; they are afraid and in pain, calling out for attention in bizarre fashion, one way fear-filled, pained people call out for attention.

Have some compassion for critics. Critics suffer. Otherwise, they would not be critics.

3: Turn Complaints into Creations

Commonly, we travel bloggers do a bit of complaining in response to critics, or troll-slaying. But turning the complaint into a helpful:

  • blog post
  • video
  • podcast
  • eBook; like mine above (or below)

is a smart way to help people and to prosper.

Complaining about critics or fighting trolls or trying to prove right-wrong, all waste your energy. Ultimately, you learn from criticism or you regress by fighting critics, or, by fighting your feelings.

4: Be with Feelings

I recall facing my first few angry critics. Embarrassment, rage, anger, fraud-feelings, annoyance and all types of fear-based energies coursed through my being, indicating a part of me agreed with them. I saw truth in their criticism. I sat with the fear, felt it, cleared it, and freed myself of fear-fight-fright. Clearing fear-fight-fright allowed me to see future trolls as pained, afraid people I could release instantly. No wasted energy on these folks.

Do not fight troll-induced fear-pain. You need to clear it to handle criticism with grace, ease and detachment.

5: Do Not Gang Troll Bash

Again; newbie bloggers or newbie troll facers often share updates of their encounter, leading to mass troll bashing. Not good. Not effective use of energy. No human benefits from a large group of hurt, pained, afraid bloggers saying, “Hey that guy’s a freaking jerk!”, because the troll is not a jerk, but afraid. Have you been afraid? I have. No sense kicking a dog when it is down. No sense showing your fear-pain by piling on, because only unclear, unfocused folks spend time or energy judging an obviously hurting, afraid individual.

Trolls actually like what you do. If they did not like what you did, these critics would ignore you.

Betcha you didn’t think of criticism that way, eh?

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