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The Passion Behind Every Successful Blogger

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If you are reading this post, you are no doubt a blogger… or at least want to be one. It takes a special type of person to be a blogger. You have to be open to letting your opinions be heard, have a passion for the topic which you write about, and also treat your blog like a small business, in that it’s a serious means of communication and will build over time.

In this post I’m going to document three reasons why blogging is important and how it can be seen as a small business, even if you are just blogging for fun or for non-profit.

You are What You Blog

The saying goes, “you are what you eat“, but when you are a part time of full time blogger, there’s a good chance YOU ARE WHAT YOU BLOG. Let’s take Gary Vaynerchuk for example. Gary spent his life becoming one of the world’s most intelligent people when it comes to wine, then he created a blog about wine and his brand and business just blew up… Gary is essentially, “The Wine Guy”!

Blogging is all about writing about what you love or have an interest in, while communicating with others interested in that same topic. As your blog continues to grow and you build a larger readership, your name/brand will continue to grow, along with your knowledge on the topic that you continue to write about.

Blogging Takes Time… A Lot of Time

For anyone who has tried to make money from blogging, I’m sure you already know the frustrations of how long it can take to bring in new readers and actually start making money with your blog. If you are writing from a passion and interest perspective, in the beginning phases of your blog, you will be writing for yourself. It won’t be til the search engines index your content and others start to share what you are writing about, that you will start to see a communication through your blog. Even at these stages it can be complicated and tough to earn money with your blog.

Some of the most successful blogs out there are ones that never planned on making money, but they just kept writing content and built a huge readership over time. It’s this type of content and passion behind a blog that will lead to bigger success down the road, and maybe even financial success!

Turning a Blog into a Business

Looking ahead… you now have a successful blog with thousands of visitors reading your content every day. How can you start to monetize your blog and start turning a profit. A quick answer is to start selling advertising on your blog, while a smarter answer is to build a product or service around your blogs topic. By selling advertising on your blog, you can bring in a monthly revenue source month after month, but depending on your blog niche, you may find your advertisers aren’t relevant or not making any sales. By focusing your efforts on creating a product or service around your blog, you will not only be providing a premium service to what people are already looking for, but since you own the product/service, you will also be 100% behind the product, while making nice margins on all sales.

Be sure to check out a few other posts I previously wrote, about how to monetize a blog without jeopardizing your readers or page space.

The Future of Blogging and Small Business

Blogging has changed the way the world does business online. Ten years ago I was a die hard internet marketer, creating ad campaigns and HTML based web sites. Now I create the majority of my sites in the WordPress platform, and only started blogging four years ago, yet I now have a large presence and following in the blogger space. Blogging isn’t for everyone, but if you have the writing skills, passion for a topic and really want to make a go at building something great, blogging is a great place to start!

I received compensation from Visa for sharing my views in this post, but the views expressed here are solely mine, not Visa’s. This post was sponsored by Visa Small Business as part of their #gobiz Sweepstakes for @VisaSmallBusiness. Visa will be rewarding small business owners with $10,000 in prizes for their hard work from October 25th through November 17th. Visit here http://hosting.thetenthwave.com/visasb/ for more details, and follow @VisaSmallBiz for ways to help make your small business more efficient and successful. Discover more at http://visa.com/business.

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Zac Johnson is a online marketer with 15 years of experience and also a blogger at ZacJohnson.com, as well as the founder of BloggingTips.com. You can also follow me on Twitter and Facebook

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How to Build Brand Authenticity Using Customer Generated Content

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Creating quality content is the best thing someone can ever do for their company. When done right, it generates a lot of traffic towards the website thus giving a high likelihood of converting the followers into leads. Unfortunately, quality content is expensive and can use up a lot of money, time, and very exhaustive.

Fortunately for us, there is another way to get quality content without having to go through all this hustle. When you make use of this strategy, it will turn out to be more powerful and accurate than other cumbersome methods. This solution is known as User Generated Content (UGC) since it is one of the simplest way to get results without getting tired.

What is the significance of UGC?

The moment you make use of content generated by customers, you automatically create trust with other customers. This is because more than 80% of consumers find content generated by their fellow customers to be convincing and true than what the brands can write about themselves. The assumption is that no one will ever write negatives about themselves unless third parties take over.

UGC is the most authentic type of content as 98% of it is true since customers have no interests in the customers creating profits. If something is bad, they will write it as it is. The reverse is also true. It is therefore recommendable to spend more time curating on the content written by consumers rather than the company itself. You can also use a tool like keyword.com to better create content for your audience and to also rank higher in Google for multiple keywords and search phrases.

The other advantage of UGC is the ability to track all the conversations and mentions. This mostly helps by finding out what the customers think about your services and products. In case of any problem, you can address the same issue. You are allowed to comment on the same wall towards their plights.

The other advantage is to help a company in saving time meant to write content. This time can be allocated to other issues that help in accumulating profits for the business.

Ways to Build an Effective UCG Marketing Strategy

 

1 – Choose your platform wisely

 

You do not just create a CGC in any area. The first thing is to ensure that you have a good number of active followers in online platforms. In addition to this, remember that each platform works differently; Facebook users are known for sharing content whereas Instagram is more of visuals. When you ask people for content, remember to be specific with what you want since a lot of us are ready to talk about anything we wish.

 

2 – Collect independent customer reviews

 

Customers’ reviews are very vital to any business as they act as personal recommendations to other people who are yet to try your brand. In fact, a lot of people prefer to read a number of reviews before making a conclusion on whether to buy or not. If someone comes across two or more negative comments, a good number will pull away from your page. Remember that savvy customers will always spot fake reviews hence the more reason to stick to authentic customers. The only way to win their hearts is by offering what you promised in the first place.

 

3 – Offer rewards

 

There is nothing as encouraging as being rewarded for doing something. Offering rewards attracts a lot of people towards your page as everyone is eager to get something. Don’t try too hard by getting expensive gifts. You can promise that a winner will have their tweets retweeted or you feature their article or business on your page. Not only will they feel happy that they are part of your success but will also attract new users to subscribe.

Neil Patel is often preaching about the process of offering rewards and getting users to submit an email address on your site — which you can then follow up with afterwards. You can read more on Neil and his most recent resources here.

 

4 – Support a charity event

 

You need to remind your customers that your brand is not after making profits but rather in helping the community in different events such as acts of charity. Let people know that you have a greater vision for them too.

Online platforms can either break or boost your business. This is because a lot of people have turned to recommendation on social media by strangers or friends. If you want better reviews, ensure that your products are quality and services are up to standard.

User Generation Content is the Way to Go!

With more than a billion active websites and blogs on the internet today, content overload is happening daily. The same is true for brands and bloggers that are struggling to create original content on their own.

The better option is to build a platform or content creation and marketing plan that relies on content being created from other users. After all, how much content has Facebook or Instagram ever made… and look at how huge and massive their brands are!

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Be Careful Who You Ask for Blogging Advice

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I retired to a life of travel through blogging.

Do you want to travel the world through blogging?

Invest in my blogging eBook.

My eBook lays out simple, step by step tips to follow for you to travel the world through blogging.

I know how to do it. I teach you how to do it. Easy. Simple. Smart, too; you ask a blogger who lives their dreams for blogging advice on how to live your dreams.

Imagine if you asked people from a blogging tips themed Facebook Group about how to travel the world through blogging? Who are these people? Do these bloggers know specifically how to retire to a life of travel through blogging? Have these bloggers written eBooks and created courses on the topic? Have they lived their dreams?

What ensures said bloggers offer good advice?

Do many of these bloggers offer terrible advice?

Are many of these bloggers experienced, skilled, knowledgeable bloggers, being tops in their niche, like me?

Most bloggers mean well. Some bloggers offer solid advice.

But many bloggers offer terrible advice to struggling new bloggers who follow terrible advice and all of them struggle horribly, following bad advice from bloggers who only know how to fail, versus knowing how to succeed.

Be careful who you trust.

How to Get the Best Blogging Advice on Earth

Follow the top blogging tips bloggers.

Invest money in their courses.

Hire them to coach you.

The best blogging advice on earth flows through premium blogging products and services created by the top bloggers on earth.

100% of the time, following this advice leads to success. Fool proof way to get only good advice because pros teach folks how to be pros.

The only reason why you’d get bad blogging advice is if you follow anybody other than the top blogging tips bloggers on earth.

Beware Free Advice Because it is Often Cheap

Free advice sites like Quora and Facebook Groups require no vetting.

Any blogger can offer terrible advice.

This was from my trip to Fiji.

Beware trusting advice from these spots; well-meaning bloggers often guarantee your struggles by offering failing, inexperienced, terrible advice.

Vet Bloggers Who Offer Advice

Gaurav Kumar offered excellent advice via a comment responding to my live Facebook Broadcast.

If you wanted to vet his advice, checking his Facebook profile and clicking on his eAskme blog link immediately proves he is a top blogger who offers sensational advice for succeeding.

Following blogs, investing in eBooks and hiring bloggers by scanning their blogs is the easiest way to:

  • vet advice
  • trust advice
  • get awesome advice
  • accelerate your blogging success

Research bloggers who offer advice on free forums. Some genuinely offer success-promoting advice through their blogs. Trust said bloggers.

If you click through to see no blog, or a blog hosted on a free platform, or thin, weak content, beware these red flags.

Follow advice only from top bloggers who put their advice in action and succeed from an abundant, generous, calm, confident vibe.

Go to the Top

Follow only the top blogging tips bloggers on earth to get the best blogging tips and to accelerate your blogging success.

Matthew Loomis at Build Your Own Blog offers success-promoting advice. Follow him. Hire him. Succeed.

Why spend hours asking for advice from folks who may or may not have any idea what they are talking about?

Go to the top.

Google popular search terms, vet guest posters on Blogging Tips, follow the best, get the best advice on earth, use the advice, succeed.

Blogging gets easier and easier when you only follow the top bloggers on earth and invest in their premium offerings because getting the best advice from the best bloggers positions you to be the best.

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What Does Your Blog Need?

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I wrote an eBook explaining what your blog needs:

6 Things Your Blog Needs Today

Success finds bloggers who cover all bases.

If you need nothing and feel your blog needs nothing, you succeed and live your wildest dreams.

Successful bloggers know adding the right elements to blogs and beginning blogs the right way accelerates your success. Plus it feels good to begin blogging intelligently.

What does your blog need?

1: Domain and Hosting

Invest in a domain and hosting.

Accelerate your blogging success.

Domain names make you stand out.

Observe how Pat Flynn invested in Smart Passive Income.

Of course you know immediately; the blogger covers smart passive income. Passive income seekers know the resource because Pat bought a domain name.

He also invested in hosting to ensure he owned his blog.

Take this step to control:

  • branding
  • income potential
  • blog voice

Own your site. You need to own your blog to be in control of your blogging campaign.

2: Premium Theme

Invest money in a premium theme.

Stand out from the crowd.

Circulating money on a premium, eye-catching, clear theme emits a professional, impressive, powerful message.

This was from one of my many trips to Thailand.

Readers see you are a serious, successful or success-seeking, blogger. Of course you gain trust and grow your readership quickly by investing money in a premium theme.

Why do you need a premium theme? Would you trust a blogger who uses a cheap-looking, heavy, non-professional theme? If someone cannot afford to invest $60 in a premium theme you better not trust their advice, their insight and their sharing. Why? Serious, skilled bloggers never allow $60 to dictate their life’s direction and failing, struggling, unskilled bloggers make the foolish decision to not chase their dreams over $60.

3: Content

Content drives blogs.

Your blog needs content to:

  • prove you know your stuff
  • spread your presence online
  • inspire readers to follow you
  • inspire readers to trust you

Visit Blogging From Paradise.

Look around for a few minutes. Read 3 of my recent posts. Do you see why content drives the blogging engine?

Imagine if you saw only 1 blog post. Every blogger begins somewhere but publishing helpful content from a generous, success-focused energy distances you from most bloggers in your niche.

Imagine seeing 1 to 5 blog posts on a blog. Good introduction no doubt.

Imagine seeing 50 to 100 blog posts on a blog. Massive impact.

Focus less on post numbers and more on being generous with time and talents. Content just shows off what you know.

As folks see you know your stuff thru your volume of helpful posts you begin to:

  • increase traffic
  • boost your blogging profits
  • expand your presence
  • increase brand awareness
  • help more folks
  • make a big impact in your niche

Content makes everything grow.

Publish content on the regular to become a successful blogger.

Focus on Your Dreams

Concentrate on your dreams from a relaxed, chill energy.

You need dreams to feel the calm, detached confidence of bloggers who invest in:

See your blogging wins now. You succeed now. Own it.

Feel good about your blogging career. You are rocking it out.

Succeed, being the blogger who covers all blogging needs.

Bonus Need

Invest in a blogging course.

Your blog – and you – need a blogging blueprint to follow in order to succeed from a calm, confident, orderly, relaxed energy.

Blog like a success.

Learn from the best to become a successful blogger.

Courses just give you a structure for learning in the proper format.

Imagine sitting down in a classroom to learn disciplines from a professor.

You do the same thing through a blogging course.

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