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I was planning on writing a few articles in advance last night but I was a little tired so instead, I decided to just lie in bed and read some blogging related articles (I call that being semi-productive!). After reading a dozen or so articles I noticed that many of the people leaving comments on one blog were the same people leaving comments on the others. Which isn’t particularly peculiar except for one thing : they all ran blogs which were hardly ever updated.

I try and leave comments on good posts when I can and I know that it is a good way to build relationships and to get a little extra traffic to your blog, particularly a new blog. I also check my newsreader every morning and check out the latest news from newsbreaking blogs and blogs I enjoy reading. However, spending time doing this should NEVER, I REPEAT NEVER come at the expense of updating your own blog.
To put it bluntly, there are a lot of people who need to Stop Reading and Start Doing!


Stop Learning & Start Doing

Firstly, let we just clarify that I don’t think bloggers should stop reading posts which help them improve their writing, promote their blog or making money through their blogs. Just like anything else, there is a learning curve in blogging. However, too many bloggers are spending their time reading about how to be a good blogger instead of just rolling up their sleeves and putting in some hard work.

Answer this :

  • What is the point of reading writing and grammar tips every day if you don’t spend time writing posts and trying to turn your weaknesses into strengths.
  • What is the point of promoting your blog on other blogs and forums if you only update your own blog every now. If you make a great comment on some elses blog and someone decides to visit your blog to find out more about you, are they likely to subscribe if you you post sporadically?
  • How can you make money from a blog that is not updated much? Short answer is that it is very difficult. So why would anyone spend more time reading about making money online than actually trying to do it?

The bottom line is this : everyone who works online needs to prioritize their time, whether they blog part time or whether they are lucky enough to do it full time. They need to work out how much time they can spend each week blogging and then figure out how best they should spend that time.

Reading other blogs is valuable. It will help you keep up to date with the latest news related to your blog and it will frequently give you inspiration for a blog post too. However, most successful bloggers know that it can be a timewaster too which is why they spend the majority of their time writing great posts instead of reading them (infact, in the book Blog Blazers many top bloggers admitted to not even reading any other blogs at all!)

I’m the first to acknowledge that it’s easier to sit reading blog posts all day instead of writing them, just the same as it’s easier to sit and read a newspaper than it is to write for one.

Now I don’t want to come across as a hardass here but I think a lot of bloggers need a hard dose of reality. Here are two things I have learned over the years and something I think a lot of bloggers need to start realising :

  • There is no easy way to make money online.
  • No one makes money online by doing things half heartedly.

Now, there are some ways of making money online that pay more than others. I myself have made most of my money online via gambling related sites however I spent a lot of time working on the websites which generated me those commissions (i.e. it wasn’t luck!). Granted there are a few people who came up with a unique idea and got lucky but they are few and far between and for 99.9% of us, there is no short cut!

Don’t be fooled by all these idiot marketing gurus either who promise you the life of a rock star by working a 4 hour week. These courses are nothing more than a classic pyramid scam and the reason they won’t tell you what the secret is on their sales page is because there isn’t one. Infact, 9 times out of 10 their ‘marketing secret’ is to get you to sucker more people into the scheme to make you money (and them too!). Think about it, if someone was making $500,000 a year by working 4 hours a week, would they really be wasting their time telling other people how they did it?

Stop Reading, Start Doing

I love reading blogs. I do so regularly via my newsreader but I try and do it sparingly. Too many bloggers are not though and are spending more time reading than they are writing. The best way to develop your blog and improve as a blogger is to do one thing : BLOG.

I recommend spending no more than 25% of your time reading and commenting on other blogs. For example, if you have 5 hours during the week to devote to blogging, try to not spend more than an hour reading and commenting on other blogs (Please note, replying to comments on your own blog should be counted as blogging time).

Bottom line, to be a successful blogger you need to put in the work. Doing so half heartedly just doesn’t cut it. So stop reading other blogs and start updating your own!

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Kevin Muldoon is a professional blogger with a love of travel. He writes regularly about topics such as WordPress, Blogging, Productivity and Social Media on his personal blog and provides support to bloggers at Rise Forums. He can also be found on Twitter @KevinMuldoon and .

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Landing Page Optimization Tips for Better Conversion

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Properly designed and optimized landing pages often generate more leads than those that are poorly built. Overall layout and design of a landing page should support your compelling copy and also work great with other elements to persuade landing users to take an action you want. Whether you want to build a landing page for your next digital marketing campaign or simply want to optimize an existing one for better conversion, you can make use of the following landing page optimization tips to generate more leads.

Be Sure to Craft Convincing & Catchy Headlines

A perfect landing page always has a headline that describes an offer or product clearly. You can make a headline compelling and catchy too by adding some strong and convincing words in it. By doing so, you will successfully be able to persuade your audience to read the full copy. You can also test different headlines to find out which one works well for you.

Design Makes the Difference

A landing page sounds like a virtual shopping window for each your visitors, and if it is appealing enough to grab the attention, it will make your service, product or offer look great too for them. Simple yet creative and pleasing to eye design and a well-written copy are the most important elements of a winning landing page. These both should work together in order to encourage visitors to take action. After choosing a perfect design, you need to make sure that content is also placed in the right order to make sense. You can also visit https://landingi.com/blog/create-landing-pages-that-convert to create landing pages for better conversions.

Choose Typography Prudently

Typography can make a huge difference between an appealing and ugly landing page. That is the reason you should choose the typography for your landing pages carefully to make the content more logical to the visitors. A well formatted and easy to read copy keeps the visitors focused and also reduce the efforts required to read.

Compelling & Scannable Copy

Clean and crisp tone should be used to create a compelling copy for a landing page, in order to convey the value of your offer or product. Majority of the web users usually scan the web content to find exactly what they need to know. That’s why the copy create for a landing page should also be scannable for the visitors. Use of the different font sizes is a superb idea to differentiate between the more and less important contents of a landing page.

Optimize for Search Engines

Make your landing page appear in top search engine results by using different on-page SEO tactics. Optimizing your landing page for search engines is the best way to get a huge amount of organic visits. Creative use of target keywords in the content, personalized URL, meta tags, meta description and image alt tags are some best-known SEO practices to increase the visibility of your landing page in search engines.

An attention-grabbing CTA

You have to be careful while making and placing CTA (call to action) on your landing page because the design and location of the CTA matters a lot. The core purpose of a call to action is to get visitors excited about the offer by letting them know what they are going to get. Adding it on the page too early can irritate and even scare your visitors. So, find out the best time and location to add CTA ingeniously into the page.

A/B Test

A/B testing is the way to compare two different designs or pages in order to find out which one is more effective and fertile as well. After getting the test results, optimize each and every element of your landing page to make it work the best for you.

If you want to improve your blogging or affiliate marketing earnings and conversions, be sure to start implementing each of these methods above into your content creation and marketing strategies.

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How to Do Blogger Outreach Right

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Blogger outreach confuses most bloggers.

People reach out in desperation.

Or bloggers reach out trying to get something from influential bloggers.

I either block or ignore most blogger outreach emails because people want to use me for my blogging platform. Sure I am promised a rich link, a valuable post or some other enticement, but most bloggers using crappy outreach tactics:

  • are unknown
  • offer little value
  • want to use me and my blog for their gain
  • are not connected
  • are not influential
  • have no clout
  • have not paid their dues
  • have not helped people freely
  • have not earned the right to appear on my blog

Observe Bubbie Gunter. Follow him. He does outreach right.

He reaches out to me by helping me. He is generous. He focuses on me. What does this prove? He wanted to befriend me because he was interested in me, NOT in what I could do for him. Naturally, I happily promoted him, we became friends and one neat benefit is we keep helping each other. Bubbie also purchased some of my stuff; bonus points, my Young Blogging Padawans, if you want to stand out in my mind.

I get emails from bloggers all the time who want to appear on my blog but who complain about spending money for sponsored posts. Other bloggers complain about spending money for a freaking 4 dollar eBook. Other bloggers complain about spending money on my 350 dollar blogger course. How in God’s name do you expect to impress me if you complain about what I offer? Thousands of people complain. I ignore these thousands of people. A handful of generous, kind bloggers like Bubbie promote me and buy my stuff. Can you see why he gets a link on Blogging Tips?

I trust him because he did blogger outreach right. He helped me. He did not reach out, to manipulate me to help him. He did not reach out cold. He did not reach out as a stranger. He reached out generously, warmly and genuinely. He did blogger outreach right.

Picture break; check out my current street in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Blogger Outreach Is Helping and Hugging Not Asking for Hand Outs

Most bloggers reach out to bloggers, asking for a hand out. Hey, can you help me out? Hey, I need a link on your blog. Hey, I need a link to my business but even though I love your blog SO much, your rate does not fit into my budget. Lame.

A few bloggers reach out to help me and hug me. Warm and generous, these wise bloggers retweet my post, buy an eBook and email me to connect deeper. Help and a hug. Meanwhile, all other bloggers find my spam folder or simply give up after I ignore their 3 follow up emails.

Strangers fade away. Friends thrive.

Strangers vanish. Friends prosper.

Self-serving, greedy or desperate bloggers fail. Generous, connected bloggers succeed.

Watch my recent live video from Thailand:

Alonzo Pichardo, Jan Verhoeff and Monna Ellithorpe watched my video and chatted with me. No agendas. Not trying to GET anything. Doing what friends do. I take care of my friends. I love giving my friends oodles of links on my blog and via my guest posts. I love helping them. Organic, pure, powerful blogger outreach in action. Help people, make friends, have fun, prosper.

The alternative; try blog on your own, as a stranger. Reach out cold. Get pissed off when you only deal with strangers pitching you, said strangers not respecting you because they do not know you.

You can be on the outside looking in. Or you can do blogger outreach right and be connected.

Your choice.

Before we go, you can grab my blogger outreach eBook here:

13 Tips to Make Your Blogger Outreach Campaign Sizzle

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1 Uncomfortable But Necessary Step to Making More Money through Your Blog

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10 years ago I relied on 1 prospering stream.

Today I rely on no income streams.

I figured out; helping people for free and being detached about 5 to 10 to 15 income streams helped me make more money through my blog.

Making this journey from attachment to one stream, to detachment from many streams, felt incredibly uncomfortable. I felt terrified to gradually release different income streams on the journey too. I loved freelance writing. Made some nice coin through the income channel. But intuitively, I knew I had to let it go to move toward eBooks, courses and a 100% passive income model because going passive helps me focus exclusively on creating content and earning money around the clock as I traveled the globe.

Heck yeah I enjoyed trading time for money many years ago because doing so felt comfortable and familiar. Heck yeah I feared trusting that my passive income would grow if I added many passive streams to my blogging portfolio and if I focused on creating content.

But here I am. Living in Thailand for months.

The Step

Eventually, to make more money through your blog, you need to add a passive or semi-passive income model and get incredibly busy helping people for free, because few folks on earth charge $50,000 or more per hour. I have no idea about Tony Robbin’s hourly coaching rates. But I know he ain’t charging only $1000 per hour. He is the most famous coach on earth. He coaches former presidents and the best athletes on earth. Outside of being the most famous or most skilled human on earth in your niche, you WILL hit an earnings ceiling trading time for money solely via an active income model.

But if you add 1, 2 then 10 passive income elements to your blog, earnings potential has no ceiling. Someone can buy my blogging course in the next hour. $350. 10 people can buy my eBooks, priced at about 4 smackers. Someone may advertise on my blog. Another blogger buys 3 of my audio books. All buys occur while I write this post or perhaps fall within a window where I write 3 posts for my blog.

Passive income can increase exponentially through as many channels as you open, at any time, from all over the globe.

Photo break; me by the roof top pool here in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Owners do not trade time for money. Owners invest money and energy, and build a fortune passively. Why? Owners know passive income potential has no limits, with exponential growth over time. Every one of the top 1,000 wealthiest people on earth worked for FREE for many years to set up passive income that made them the wealthiest people on earth. Although some of these icons may make coin through sky high hourly consulting rates, the billions of their net worth flowed in passively, due to their free service, free help and generous value shared.

Leave the employee mindset of trading time for money behind.

Embrace the owner mindset of opening 1, 2 or 15 passive income streams. Give 99% of your time and energy to creating helpful content and building bonds with top bloggers like Kulwant Nagi. He teaches you how to make money blogging through passive income models and is a fabulous dude too. Follow him.

Feel free to keep an active income model open. Coaching, freelance writing or consulting can be lucrative streams, for sure. But every hour you spend trading time for money, I am creating free content that expands my reach and helps me earn money through 15 passive income streams.

I learned from the great Bob Proctor that multiple sources of passive income can help you live a life of freedom. Years ago, Bob had already opened and earned through 220 passive income streams. No; that is not a typo.

Are you trading time for money, solely?

You better open passive streams and get busy helping people for free.

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