There are many times when you eventually cease to think, no new ideas come up and there is nothing you can write home about. These are times when you need to stop and think what went wrong.
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What people call Bloggers Block may not eventually be that, you may have tons of ideas but no time at all. You could get sick and lose interest in blogging. You may eventually say that I am giving so much time to blogging I have to look at other things now.
These things happen and eventually you succumb to the pressures of losing your blog readers, losing traffic and much more.
I for one had a similar experience a year back and I completely stopped blogging for 6 months, there was no bloggers block it was my ambitions to grow bigger in what I did that stopped me from blogging, there were too many other things I had to do which were far more important than blogging.
In the process not only did I lose my blog ranking with a drop in PR and other rankings. I also lost out on lots of revenue. I won’t exactly state the ambitions I had to achieve but once that was achieved I thought about reviving my blog from ground zero to a top ranking blog that I have today.
I would like to shower a few tips on how I did it.
Start Commenting On Similar Blogs
Well this may be a known trick, but after a long break from blogging this was something that would let people know that I am back. Even before I could write a new post I visited lots of blogs which were similar to my niche and began communicating with them via comments.
Do not post irrelevant comments like “nice post” “i knew this but i use that”, try and read through and praise, criticize or straightforward tell them its wrong. Eventually I did everything I could to make up for what I lost by commenting on other blogs.
Visit other commentators blogs and leave relevant comments on them. Subscribe to follow up comments on the blogs so that you can know what others are saying. If you see someone has posted a remark on your comment go back and reply to it.
This is one exercise that will get you into the groove for writing. Do this at least for a week before you actually write your first post.
Link To Other Blogs In Your Posts
Once you start writing again not many people may take notice of you, but worry not. Create a post that links to good posts from other bloggers. The incoming links on their blogs will eventually get you noticed and you will start receiving comments from them. Many of them may also subscribe to your feeds.
Garner as many friends you can in your niche, they are the ones who will link back to you and introduce you to new readers.
Join Link Trains
Well since I left blogging for 6 months no one actually invited me to join a link train, so I invited myself in. I practically joined 3-4 link trains I was uninvited into for the first couple of weeks.
The plus point is that if this link train is good enough people will start noticing you and visiting your blog. Do not just join any link train you have to make the right choices there too.
Though after a period of time I completely ceased from joining link trains.
Write For Group Writing Projects
If a top blogger is running a group writing project make sure you have an entry in that. Not only does that test your writing skill. It eventually garners you more traffic and exposure. I took part in a group writing project conducted by Darren from Problogger.net and that post ended up being one of my most popular posts for 2 months with good traffic.
When your writing for group writing projects you are not going to lose much, so give it a try and you will be overwhelmed with the results you achieve.
Do Not Write Ten Posts A Day
One mistake people make after returning to blogging after a long period of time is writing multiple articles each day some as much as 10. There is no point in hamming down content when you are still in the process of gaining readers. Instead write minimal posts per week maybe less than one each day.
Ideally start with fewer articles per week. Let the readers gauge you first let the comments flow into every article you write.
Once you are sure that people are noticing your posts start writing more frequently, but do not overwhelm them. Try to slowly and steadily get a foothold. A good post without a comment is more worse than a bad post with a comment.
Engage readers more to comment on your posts rather than stuffing down content down their throat. You are not one of them until others think so. You have to start slowly and gain readers before trying to write more aggressively.
Last But Not The Least, Do Not Lose Heart
Try your best, remember its not the mistake of the readers in the first place and you have to woo them back. You will succeed with trying but never leave hope. That your back is the biggest gain for your readers. Try and you will eventually succeed. I can give my own example of trying to get back after 6 months of sabbatical. I succeeded in that but it eventually took some efforts from my end too.
If you have any other ways we should know, please let us know. It will benefit those who want to make a new start. Looking forward to your views with your comments.
What Is the Most Powerful Key for Turning a Blog into a Business?
Get comfortable with receiving money.
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It IS that simple.
But I cannot lie; getting comfortable with receiving money is uncomfortable for most of us. I, like many bloggers, grew up with many money limiting beliefs in mind. I vibed from scarcity. I did not vibe from abundance. I saw folks in my life work hard at jobs to receive a minimum amount of money. I made many weird correlations between money and service. I figured you just worked hard, made enough money to survive and decided my life would progress along these lines.
Eventually, I woke up, owned these limiting beliefs and freed myself of these mind viruses to build my blog into a business.
Forget Practical Advice
Bloggers may advise you on practical tips for turning a blog into a business like:
- build an email list
- begin affiliate marketing
- open consulting services
- build passive income through courses and eBooks
None of these practical tips help you turn your blog into a business if you are allergic to money, or if you cling to many limiting beliefs and fears concerning money. Why? You follow advice to lose money if you fear losing money and ignore advice to make money if you fear losing money.
Get comfortable receiving money. This is the best advice for turning your blog into a full time business.
Getting comfortable receiving money moves you into abundant, prospering actions. You become more generous. You become more prolific. You begin opening income streams without attaching to any one stream. You also build your friend network generously, promoting other bloggers and expecting nothing.
All prior steps lead to increased blogging income. All prior steps came about because you became comfortable receiving money.
I speak to many bloggers who fear monetizing their blogs. Said bloggers fear readers used to free, selling-free content will head for the hills or complain the moment income streams enter the fray. You cannot turn a blog into a business unless you open blogging income streams.
Get comfortable with:
- receiving money
- releasing fear-filled bloggers who whine about you receiving money
Only broke, poverty conscious, unhappy, unclear or jealous bloggers have a problem with you turning your blog into a business. Have you ever complained about someone who works a job to receive money? Of course not; no sane person complains about another human who works a job to make money. We all have that right. Why then would a sane person complain about you receiving money for service rendered on your blog? Let go these unhappy, unclear, folks. Get comfortable receiving money. Build a business through your blog.
It Is Just Money
It is only money.
Money is just a neutral means of exchange. Add no emotional charge to a neutral means of exchange; no big deal.
I promote my premium offerings through virtually every piece of content I create. I am comfortable with receiving money. I am comfortable building a business through my blog. If I can help people and receive money – in a world where money is the prime means of exchange – I help people and receive money. I am comfortable with it.
Do not be shy. Be clear.
Avoid doing the affiliate walk of shame, begging and pleading for enough money to buy a stick of gum each time you disclose your affiliate offering.
Be clear. Share how you make money through the sale of something on your blog.
Check out my blog disclosure statement. Does that make your head explode? I basically say I make money through all images and links on my blog. I cover myself and feel comfortable with receiving money.
Build your blog into a business.
eCommerce: 3 Simple Ways to Increase Traffic, Sales and Revenue
For most people blogging is used as a fun and easy way to share their lifestyle or write about their passion. But for some this hobby had become their profession.
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Nowadays there are many options to make money with a blog – for example by getting paid for advertising products. Another way is to add your own eCommerce to the blog and sell the products that you are passionate about in your own web store. Creating an online shop can be the first step into your life as a digital nomad or simply being your own boss.
A few years ago, it was necessary to work with a professional developer to integrate an online store to your website. Especially for small manufacturers, this meant a huge investment before they could even start selling their products. Nowadays setting up a web store has become a lot easier and cheaper: Platforms like Shopify can easily be integrated in existing domains and therefore help makers and crafters to start their own eCommerce without professional help. Once you have set up your own Shopify store it is all about increasing the traffic. A bigger reach will eventually lead to a higher number of sales and more revenue.
So, let’s have a look at three simple steps to do so:
1 – Turn your small business into a smart business…
…by adding automation and product management to your website. When launching your business, it might be fine to keep track of the orders in an Excel spreadsheet at first. But since you expect your business to grow it will become one of the most important things to have a management platform in place that allows you to process orders and handle inventory professionally. Therefore, it can be handy to add a production planning and scheduling software as integration to your existing web store. An easy-to-use solution for Shopify-users is the Shopify inventory integration that adds products to your website, manages inventory or tracks shipments.
2 – Make your products sound and look good…
…by adding high-quality images and longer product descriptions to your page. Not only will this make your eCommerce look more professional, but it is also a great way to increase your traffic by reaching a higher rank in the search results. If you are not able to create these yourself, you can outsource writing or graphic design work to freelancers on sites like Fiverr or Upwork.
3 – Don’t stop blogging…
…or get it started if you haven’t done so yet. While it is exciting to start your own business it also takes a lot of time and energy to set everything up. Anyhow, this should not lead to giving up on your blog. Why? Because a growing eCommerce site and an active blog go hand in hand. And remember: The content of your blog should be interesting to your targeted audience and contain at least one thousand words in order to effectively rank in the search results. Here are some examples of the top eCommerce blogs for inspiration.
…and that is it!
You are now almost ready to start your own eCommerce! In addition to following these three steps, it is always good to keep an eye on your ecommerce competitors. Do not steal their idea but have a look at what is working for them and aim to go beyond that. As long as you focus on your product, the content of your site and a growing search ranking you will successfully manage to increase your traffic, the sales and the revenue of your business.
Should You Answer that Blogging Question Again?
“Ryan, how do I increase blog traffic?”
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“Ryan, how do I make money blogging?”
If I had a dime for every blogger who asked me each question I’d have quite a few dimes. Toss in all the times I observe bloggers asking each question via Quora and various Facebook Groups and you have as many dimes as grains of sand in the Sahara Desert.
I know what you are thinking; should you answer the same question for the 2nd time, 10th time or 100th time? Confusing. One part of you wishes to be generous. Another part of you fears missing an opportunity to help someone who can be a potential client or customer. Another part of you feels annoyed at being asked the question again. Another part of you feels annoyed at embracing and releasing the guilt of ignoring the question.
Should you answer these common blogging questions again and again?
Of course not.
Answering the same, common question more than 1 or 2 times is:
- an inefficient use of your time
- amateur hour stuff
Here’s what I do to:
- answer questions quickly and easily
- open myself up to more potential blogging business through possible clients and customers
- be calm, cool, collected and at peace despite being asked the same question many times
Are you ready?
Write a blog post!
Or write and self-publish an eBook.
If someone asks me how to drive more traffic to my blog I send them this link:
Or I send ’em a link from any one of my myriad blog traffic driving posts on Blogging From Paradise.
If someone asks about specific income streams for making money through their blogs I send them a link to my eBook:
Or if someone asks how to make money through guest posting I send them this link from my guest post on the blog of the awesome Enstine Muki:
What an easy, simple, efficient, effective way to:
- answer a common question many times
- answer a common question in 1-2 seconds
- drive traffic to my blog
- increase my blogging profits
- help people, and be helped by people through their prospering of me
- avoid anger
- avoid annoyance
- avoid judging people who have no idea how to blog
Fools complain about new bloggers asking the same, old questions. Why does a new blogger ask a question? They have no idea how to blog! Duh. Why anger at their ignorance? Why get annoyed that you need to answer the question again? Write a blog post answering the question. Send the blog post to anybody who asks the question. Seize opportunities to help people and to drive traffic and profits to your blog.
Do you own Gmail? I do not. Since I do not own Gmail it’d be foolish for me to answer questions via Gmail when I can be answering the same question on my self-hosted blog. I own Blogging From Paradise. I own that online real estate. Answer questions on your owned cyber real estate. Brand you. Grow your business. Increase your traffic. Keep the ball in your court. Have posture.
If I spend 10 minutes answering a question for 1 human I am a fool when I could spend 45 minutes answering the question for 100, or 10,000 or 1,000,000 humans, by writing a helpful blog post answering the question and sending the blog post link to all future folks who ask the question. Plus; when the post goes live, I answer common questions passively, said common questions no doubt in the minds of thousands of bloggers out there.
Leverage. Write a blog post. Do not help one person. Help 10,000 people. Save your time and energy. Make more money.
Matthew Loomis at Build Your Own Blog is a smart guy. Peep his home page. He lays out clear, concise steps for building your blog via his sidebar. You just know how many people asked him the common, pressing, basic blogging questions that he skillfully answered through those clear steps.
He leveraged his knowledge. He answered common questions BEFORE people asked him common blogging questions. Smart! Help a ton of folks quickly and easily. Drive blog traffic. Increase blogging profits. Lower your bounce rate. Improve the amount of time people spend on your blog.
Write a blog post. Send the blog post link to anybody who asks the common blogging question.
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