This isn’t a list of DON’TS. It’s a list of things to forget about while you’re writing a blog post. Think of this as a guide to help you clear your mind. There are a lot of obstacles that may keep you from sitting down and concentrating on the blog article you’re working on, so de-stress, clear your mind, and get past that writer’s block. Take a look at these 10 things to forget when writing a blog, and you may just be able to get at the root of your problem.
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So, forget about…
1. What Time it Is
You need to concentrate on writing, not on the clock. Worrying about how much time has passed since you first sat down to write is a distraction in and of itself. Turn the desk clock towards the wall, and hide the clock on your computer. Live in the moment and let yourself be free of self-imposed time constraints so that you can finish your article.
2. The Rest of the Things On Your To-Do List
I know you have a lot of other things to get done today. But if you keep thinking about them, you’ll never get around to doing them. Break your list down into achievable tasks, starting with the completion of your blog post. Once you’ve compartmentalized all the things on your to-do list, you’ll be able to envision yourself completing each task. Finish the blog post you’re working on, and you’ll have a sense of peaceful completion that will carry you through to your next task. Doesn’t it feel good to make those check marks of completion?
3. What’s Coming on TV Tonight
This is kind of aligned with the notion that you need to forget about what time it is, but anticipating your favorite television program is a more specific time distraction than merely looking at the clock. We all want to know what David Hasselhoff has to say about those kids on America’s Got Talent, but if you sit around thinking about it, you’ll most likely start chatting with your friends or calling up your mom to discuss last week’s episode. It will snowball into a disastrous hour-long debate about Nick Cannon being the new show host, and then where will you be?
Mind you, television isn’t the only way in which you can snowball yourself into a major distraction. That birthday party you’re supposed to be attending can also take up a lot of brain power, especially if you don’t know what you’re going to be wearing. Or the fact that you have to pick up your kids in 3 hours–distraction. Know that you have 3 hours to get your blog article done, and just get it done!
4. What People Are Saying On Twitter
Twitter is among the most accessible blogging platforms out there. You get tweets and DMs on your cell phone. You have two or three browser and desktop applications alerting you to every aspect of your Twitter activity. Your email inbox is full from all the Twitter-related digests you receive regarding new followers. And the real time capacity of Twitter only entices you to respond to all of this Twitter activity as it’s going on. Well, don’t give in to the temptation if you’re trying to work on a blog article. Mute all your Twitter activity for an hour and buckle down!
5. What People Have Already Written About Your Topic
One major reason why a lot of bloggers don’t cover a particular topic is because they see that several other blogs have already written about it. If there’s a topic that is of interest to you, don’t be afraid to cover it. You can still add value to the conversation. And commenting on the other blogger’s articles gives you an opportunity to link back to your own article and become a part of the larger, ongoing discussion.
Whatever the other bloggers have already said, there’s still a chance for you to offer your own insight. Pull from personal experience in order to bring a different perspective to the table. If you’d like, take the time to chat with others about their personal experience in order to gain even more perspective outside of your own. This is also a great way to incorporate interviews into your blog.
And here’s something you should NOT forget: there’s nothing new under the sun. All the things those other bloggers have written have already been thought up and discussed by somebody else.
6. What People Think About You
Just as you need to forget about what others have already written about your topic, you also need to forget about what people think about you. You’ve got your own personality, and this shows through in your writing and your online brand. The beauty of blogging is that you entirely own your content, and you can publish this content freely on the web. Don’t be afraid to express yourself–it’s this personalized expression that draws people to your blog in the first place.
Grammar, spell check, formatting–these aren’t things you need to worry about while you’re actually typing. All those red and green squiggly lines can be a time-wasting distraction while you’re trying to wrap your head around completing a thought. Just ignore the technical side of things for a while, and focus on your creativeness. It’s really easy to do spell check once you’ve finished your article, and it’s faster this way as well.
8. The Stuff You Don’t Care About
Sometimes you’re just not that into it. If you’re writing about something you don’t really care about, you’re probably not going to do a very good job writing about it. What’s worse is you’ll probably have an even harder time trying to think of something constructive to say. Don’t waste your time. Focus on the topics you’re passionate about. This is a core strength you have as a writer, and it allows your true creativity to shine through.
9. The Other Side of the Argument
You’re writing for a blog. In most cases, you’re writing for your own blog. That means (generally speaking) that you’re supposed to be opinionated. Unlike more subjective journalism or news reporting, you can express your feelings about the topic at hand. Don’t be afraid to say how you feel. The more of yourself you put into your writing, the greater your responses will be. This is how you spur discussions around your given topic, good, bad or otherwise.
10. Your Conclusion
This isn’t always the case, but sometimes creating an outline for your blog article isn’t necessary when you’re trying to get your thoughts down on paper. If you have a topic to write about, but you just can’t think of how to conclude your article, keep writing. See where your thoughts take you and work out a conclusion during this particular writing process. If writing isn’t helping you de-muddle your thoughts, call a friend on the phone and chat about your given topic. Sometimes the act of talking helps us work out our thoughts, effectively leading us to a conclusion.
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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