When I hear people complain about the daily grind of writing their blogs, I just have to ask them one question: “Why are you still writing it then?” While it is true that a great many writers suffer from “writer’s block”, there are plenty of bloggers who never wrote anything else before in their lives. These people are just blogging because they heard it brings thousands of visitors to everybody’s site no matter what the site has to offer. Nothing could be further from the truth.
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To be on top of your profession as a blog writer, you need to have a great love of whatever you are writing about. If you have nothing to offer of value to your web visitors, then you must hire a writing professional to refresh your blog on a daily or weekly basis. If you continue to write your blog without enjoying it, your site visitors will hear the frustration in your blogs, and that will turn them away from your site forever. If you are on the fence about what kind of satisfaction comes from writing a successful blog, let me count the ways and give you a clear understanding of the rewards you should be reaping every day from your blog writing.
BUILD A NETWORK OF CONTACTS
This is one of the main reasons most people have started writing their own blogs. When people hear about the blog on your site, they probably heard about how well written and informative your weekly blog was. A lot of bloggers get e-mail on a daily basis from millionaires and prominent businessmen that want to learn more about what your blog is describing in further detail. Word of mouth about your blog is usually the best way to get a book deal from a publisher who is looking for a writer that can handle the topic that your blog is describing.
You would be amazed at the amount of phone calls that can be generated by a blog that entices the many visitors of your site. Covering controversial conflicts in your blog might bring you the wrong kind of contacts into your world, too. Racist rants will perk up the attention of KKK members, for instance.
So always be sure to be ready to fend off e-mails from bigots and other hate-mongers if you write with a positive slant towards racist views. Quality content will always be king as far as blogging goes, so make your positive writings appeal to the upper-crust of the world, and you will build important contacts with people who can give you that great break you’ve always been longing for in the entertainment business.
THE FAME GAME
There are plenty of popular blog sites out there that have made a few of their writers somewhat famous. The more well-known you are to people on the internet, the more profit margin there will be for you when your ads start getting a few more hundred hits per day. What usually comes from fame? Attention! And the greatest attention a blogger can expect would be from a publishing giant like Random House or Putnam Publishing. If you have a little bit of buzz going around the net, you can name your own price as far as an advance is concerned. It also helps increase your speaker fees if you make the rounds at colleges and smaller school meetings on a quarterly basis.
ENHANCES YOUR LIFESTYLE
A really well written blog can generate more passive income than any other creative writing skill I know. You might be saying, “How is that a passive income if I have to write it everyday?” Good question. Have you considered that there is always going to be a necessary action to take to generate a decent income? No matter what scheme you have contrived to get that much-needed passive income going, there are always at least 3 to 4 steps you need to take. But when it comes to blogging, you just have to write a great blog, and then you convert it into an article and sell it to article submission sites that pay you a cent each time someone clicks on your article area.
That may not sound like much, but then you can also send your blog that you converted into an article to 10 or 15 other sites that pay 2 cents per click. Top it off by selling that same article to a magazine like Rolling Stone or Readers Digest for $600 or $700, and you’re looking at a passive income GOLDMINE! This frees up your valuable time to do the things you really love to do in life. You can go hiking, go to a movie, see a concert or whatever it is you truly want to do instead of working the daily grind.
GIVES YOU A SENSE OF ACCOMPLISHMENT
Any time you can write a nice 800-1000 word blog that really brings excellent information to a new business owner or a much-needed smile to somebody who just lost a relative, it will give you a great deal of pride when that person e-mails you telling you what that article/blog meant to them. You cannot put a price on something like that, let me tell you. I wrote an article on “The Battle of the Bulge” for Memorial Day, and I received accolades from war veterans about the sense of pride in America that my article instilled in them. No amount of money in the world can give you the feeling that a message like that will give you.
TIME MANAGEMENT SKILLS ARE REQUIRED
A lot of people would say that this is a negative aspect of blogging. Not so. Blogging every day instills a real need to manage all of your time more effectively, thereby making you organize every other aspect of your business as well. Many of us always need a good kick in the butt to get motivated in life, and setting a perfect timetable for writing your blog is the catalyst that will make your overall business run more efficiently. It also allows you to prioritize in life regarding issues you never gave a second thought to. When you write about something you desire to know more about, it makes you search out more articles to read about that particular subject, allowing you to grow as an individual. What other daily task lets you do that?
What Is the Incredibly Easiest Way to Drive Blog Traffic?
Drive traffic to other blogs.
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Give what you want.
Help people get what they want and people help you get what you want.
I have found this to be the easiest way to drive traffic to my blog because friends I made through cross-promotion promote me around the clock, 24-7, 365. Easy peasy.
I checked my Twitter a few moments ago. During the past 3 hours I noticed 11 mentions, engagements and retweets collectively. 3 hours, 11 engagements, more blog traffic.
I drive a heavy amount of traffic to my blog by driving a heavy amount of traffic to fellow bloggers who drive a heavy amount of traffic to Blogging From Paradise every day, all day long.
The more you give, the more you get.
The hardest way to drive blog traffic is to try to do it solo. Imagine publishing one post and hitting social share buttons. Even if I do a fine job writing the post, gaining traction solo is tough because successful bloggers know: 1000 is better than 1. 1000 blogging buddies promoting you 24-7, 365 beats you promoting yourself or you trying to write and publish 5 to 10 or more posts daily.
I used to publish 60 posts daily between 2 blogs. Short videos and short posts created the bulk of the content. I had a difficult time succeeding because you can only do so much solo. I published 60 posts in a cyber cave. Nobody listened to me because I did not listen to anybody. But making friends by driving traffic to other blogs made blogging easier and easier for me.
My blogging buddies – who appreciate me promoting them – freely:
- link to me on their blogs
- retweet my posts
- share my posts on Facebook
- share my posts on LinkedIn
- send my blog posts to their email list
That my friends is a lot of traffic flowing to my blog easily, freely and exponentially.
Every time a blogging buddy promotes you to their tribe you gain exposure to one more large, targeted audience. Imagine when you gain exposure in front of 10, 50, 100 and 1,000 or more audiences daily? This is serious traffic! Plus it is easy traffic because your prime duties of reading posts and tapping social share buttons, or, linking to fellow bloggers on your blog, are quite easy.
How to Drive Traffic to other Blogs
I spent a fair chunk of today driving traffic to other blogs.
I promoted some of my blog posts linking to my blogging buddies. I also retweeted and Facebook shared posts from other bloggers.
Each share lays the foundation for new blogging friendships and fortifies old blogging friendships. Every time I promote Donna Merrill or Alonzo Pichardo, we bond more deeply. Easy way to keep friendships strong and to grow your blog traffic exponentially.
You Will Run out of Time Solo But You Never Run out of Friends
Eventually, I ran out of time each day trying to do it all by myself. No human is super human. No human can be in a billion places at once, by their own steam.
But you never run out of friends if you are generous. During a reasonable lifetime, no blogger will befriend all 7 billion humans. You will however keep meeting friends every day if you drive traffic to other blogs every day.
As more folks befriend you, more folks promote you. What an easy way to increase traffic to your blog. Your ever expanding friend network does much of the legwork for you and also drives traffic to your blog:
- when you sleep
- when you travel
- when you spend time offline with family and friends
Sounds sweet, right?
Drive traffic to your blog easily.
What Are 2 Powerful Qualities of Top Bloggers?
John Chow and Bigfoot.
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No correlation exists save this post. Although John is super tall. I met him in person during Affiliate Summit East.
Both JC and Bigfoot taught me 2 incredibly powerful qualities of top bloggers.
John taught me how to think abundantly.
Bigfoot taught me to be open-minded and to think for myself.
A while back I recall reading a post on John’s blog.
He explained how being an Amazon Associate creates a steady passive income stream.
For an example, he showed how linking to a product your audience finds useful – in the proper context – leads to blogging profits. At the time, I admired his strategy but could not get why you’d link to an affiliate product for a measly $2 commission. But of course, John thinks like, feels like and is a multi millionaire so he thinks of acquiring increasing wealth versus thinking of how little he makes on certain commissions.
$2 adds to the John Chow millions. Plus, even if JC began blogging yesterday, at zero, he thought like a millionaire well before becoming a millionaire, so he would have made his first $2 on his way to millions.
These days, I think, feel and act abundantly. I celebrate every penny I make online because where your attention and energy goes, grows. Top bloggers think abundantly. If you think, feel and act abundantly, at year’s end, the $2 commission per sale yields $500,to $1000, to $5000 per a single income stream because the more you celebrate money and feel rich, the more money you make.
Top bloggers think: money. Open 5, 10, 15 or more income streams. Seize every opportunity to prosper. $2, there, and 100 sales later, you made $200. Top bloggers think abundance – versus lack – and make money.
Be Open Minded and Think for Yourself
As you know, I love studying the creature Bigfoot.
Most humans are closed-minded and follow the herd, being lazy thinkers, and simply agreed with the herd; naturally, these folks believe Bigfoot is a myth.
A handful of YouTube videos of Bigfoot scientifically breakdown:
- the size of these creatures: 7-10 foot tall, up to 5 feet wide, and 500-900 pounds
- the physiology of these creatures; compliant gate, 90% knee flexion, absence of neck, hulking trap muscles, heavy brow ridge
- the sounds these creatures make; clearly not within our current animal kingdom
If you are open-minded and think for yourself, you clearly see a huge, primate-type creature with some human-like qualities appears in these videos. Truth reveals itself to clear, deeper thinks.
But if you are closed-minded and agree with the herd, you become blind to the truth and see a guy in a suit, or hoax, in these handful of legit Sasquatch videos.
Like the small group of humans who know Sasquatch exist, top bloggers are both open-minded and do their own thinking. Successful bloggers open up to new strategies and new income streams. Plus these top folks never agree with the herd just because most people think a certain way; these pros think critically, for themselves.
I think incredibly deeply about blogging, and mindset, and see parallels no blogger on earth sees, save me. Why? I am open-minded and do my own thinking, for myself, never being swayed by the general public and its poisonous, limiting skepticism.
You almost have to be insane *not* to believe in Bigfoot after scientific video breakdowns and tens of thousands of credible eye-witnesses prove these encounters are with large primates, not humans in suits. Even a 300 pound, pro bodybuilder would look like a 5 year old trying to fit in his dad’s suit if he tried to wear a suit with dimensions for a 9 foot tall, 800 pound being.
In the same breath, you really need to be out there, if you are so closed-minded and agreeing with the poor masses, that you are blind to the truth of abundance around you, as a blogger.
Open your mind.
Think for yourself.
What Should You Ask Yourself Before Using a Pop Up or Slider Form?
Before you use a pop up or slider form, ask yourself:
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“Do I want to ask the reader for something or tell the reader to do something before I give them what they want?”
Yesterday I clicked on a link based on the blog title promise. I found the title and link on Twitter.
Since I wanted to see the solution based on the title-promise, I looked forward to reading the blog post. I wanted content; quick content, easy to access content, and simple content.
But I was quickly disappointed.
One second after arriving to the blog to read the post, I saw a pop up form. The blogger wanted something from me; my name and email. The blogger asked for my information. I did not click the link to volunteer my information. I clicked the link to get what I wanted; content. Oh well.
Mildly annoyed, I closed the pop up form to finally get what I wanted: helpful content promised via an attractive blog post title. But then I had to deal with a slider form; yep, the blogger asked me to click a box if I agreed with my personal information being stored via cookies. I have no idea why you do this as a US blogger; the European Union and its laws have zero jurisdiction in the US. Mass fear tends to goad the weaker minded to do silly stuff.
Anyway, this marked the second time the blogger asked me for something or told me to do something before giving me what I wanted. 99% of the time, I close the window and leave the blog forever. I have no time to waste. But to see how far this blogger would go, I closed the slider form and stuck around. Until 2 seconds later when, I kid you not, the blogger used a corner slider form calling me to do something else. Some ask; some command.
I immediately closed the window and left the blog; never to return.
One of the biggest mistakes bloggers make is promising readers helpful content, then, before giving readers what they want, asking them once, twice or three times to do something, before giving readers what they want.
Most or all readers will exit your blog and never return. Who wants to jump through hoops once, twice or 3 times before getting what they want? Readers get my content immediately. I use no pop up, slider, or barrier to content. People get what they want immediately and also buy my stuff. Good for me. Good for you.
Jeff Bezos became the wealthiest human being in modern times because he made it incredibly easy to get what you want immediately. His net worth is $150 billion because:
- he enabled one click buying
- he offers 2 hour to overnight delivery for many products in urban and suburban areas
- he uses few or no pop ups or other barriers to giving customers what they want
Why do you think I have 170 plus products on Amazon? Dude makes it easy for me to make money. No barriers to buying.
Do you want to give readers what they want quickly and easily so you succeed more quickly? Remove all pop ups, sliders and other barriers to content and buying. My blog took off like the dickens when I removed everything so readers could read my content fast and buy my stuff fast.
Stop trying to get what YOU want (names, emails) and give readers what they want – quickly – to become a successful blogger.
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