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Don’t be surprise when I say ‘the 10 commandments of building engaged blog.’ Truth is: everything in life has principles.
Commandments in this context are guiding principles. For any blog to succeed in terms of readership and value, ‘engagement’ has to come in.
It’s a good to own a blog and quite easy to set up – and considering the benefits attached to it, joining the blogging chariot is delectable. But building an engaged audience that can trust your opinion, click an affiliate link and make purchases is often very difficult.
A few bloggers have succeeded in breaking loose from this menace. They’ve followed a clear line of instructions – and they’ve become the reference point in this industry.
Please note: These 10 commandments are not set on stone; you’re expected to learn from them, find a unique angle and achieve your goals.
1. Commandment one: Set Clear Goals
In every organization, goal setting is a crucial aspect of growth. Blogging is truly an ‘organization’ of its own. You should see that sleek or quirky domain name as your office space. That is where business acquaintances and clients will meet with you. Until you set clear goals of what you actually want, nothing works.
A potential goal must be realistic, credible, simple and obtainable. Setting a long-term goal might not be ideal for a new blog. But when you set simple and short-term goals which can be achieved within 3 – 6 months, you would be able to keep pace, monitor your growth and make further decisions. Goal setting is a blogging principle – don’t neglect it!
2. Commandment two: Plan Your Attack Wisely
Before you can build an engaged audience and make money, plans has to be in place.
A Goal is different from a plan. Both are like two Siamese Twins that cannot be separated. A goal reveals the visions of where you want to be, while a plan shows the way to achieve such visions. Does that make sense?
My vision is to make $2,000 monthly with my blog. But this cannot be achieved if I fold arms and pray. I’ve got to do something, perhaps take steps that are extraordinary but legit. I can’t continue doing the same things and expect different and cherished results; I’ve got to take the right actions.
If I want to earn that much, I need to network with other bloggers, write 10 quality guest posts a week, or more, and optimize my blog for search engines. All these simple tweaks and steps are my plans. Plans motivate actions – goals do not.
3. Commandment three: Have a unique voice
Do you’ve a unique voice?
It’s so unfortunate how everyone wants to be like Darren Rowse. Blogging is supposed to be a platform where you express your deepest thoughts on a given subject or topic. It doesn’t matter what a professional have said, you’ve rights to air your views.
“Imitation is limitation” – John Marson
Learning is a continuous and necessary aspect of blogging effectively. You can learn from a successful blogger, but don’t try to coin words the way they do. You’re a rare gem and within resides the ability to transform the world with words. Imitation would only degrade the potentials of discovering your inner voice. Blog readers want to connect and engage with a ‘unique person’ who does things differently.
4. Commandment four: Become a Leader
“Leadership has nothing to do with age or years of experience!”
In order to become a leader, you need to recognize that exceptional trait in you, which the world needs. A blog is like a world of its own and to motivate and command this world, being a leader is important.
Experts oftentimes are leaders in the making. Some of the engaged blogs I know are manned by thought-provoking leaders. Ex. Zac Johnson, Brain Clark, Pat Flynn, Yaro Starak, Derek et al. Even when they’re not totally right on a given topic, we still believe and trust their opinion. Why?
They’ve built a strong fan-base in the past few years. Honesty, transparency, and a willing heart to help someone else will move you closer to leadership status. Think about it!
5. Commandment five: Solve ‘at least’ one problem
My blog is an SEO content marketing blog. It helps small businesses generate targeted prospects and sales easily. That’s the problem I solve. If you look at it critically, I’ve been able to solve more than one problem, but I actually wanted to solve one: SEO – optimizing web pages for organic traffic.
What does your blog do?
Can you explain that to a 2-year old without sounding like a Rocket Scientist? If you can’t, it means you’ve not really been solving a problem. And this principle of building an engaged blog is so vital to your growth – readers have problems and they’re looking up to you to provide solution(s).
But believe me, readers will not prosecute you for not solving all their problems, but they’ll hold you responsible if you fail to solve ‘at least’ one problem. Engaged blogs have solutions to problems faced by its readers. Is your blog doing the same?
6. Commandment six: Listen to your readers continually
When last did you get a feedback from readers?
Do you know that ‘writer’s block’ doesn’t exist? I’m sure a lot of bloggers will disagree with me. But that’s the truth. If you experience writer’s blog, you’ve not been listening to readers. “The blog is by you, but not about you.” So, listen to them and over time, you’ll discover the pattern of what works.
Listening more to readers is the only cure for writer’s block. You can read the entire blog in your niche and still experience knowledge breakdown – but when you listen, you write better, engage better and increase conversion rate ultimately.
If you write a blog post that no one reads and comments, it indicates ‘lack of understanding’ of your readers. A blogger who understands her readers doesn’t guess or take part in trial and error marketing practices. He knows what to write, and how to write it.
7. Commandment seven: Mind Your Business, Not Twitter’s
Are you addicted to social media?
It’s no longer news that social media has become a part of blogging, and if properly harnessed, the rewards are tremendous. But come to think of it, what has social media truly done for you? How much targeted readers do you attract from Twitter and Facebook?
If you’re not getting leads from these social networking sites, it means you doing the wrong thing.
You need to mind your business – build your blog and not Facebook’s or Twitter? These social media giants are growing at WAP speed because of bloggers, webmaster and avid internet users.
When exactly will your business grow? Is it when you’re tweeting blindly or liking every Facebook fan page out there? No matter how engaged your twitter followers are, it’s still a waste of time until you channel them to your blog.
Social media is powerful, recommended for bloggers and everyone who wants to connect and network, but don’t be engrossed in it and neglect your responsibilities.
Henceforth, mind your business – eliminate every social media addiction – be wise!
8. Commandment eight: Fail Forward
The 8th commandment is very simple, but vital to future exploits of your blog. There are two ways a blogger can fail: Fail forward or fail backward!
We cannot deny the fact that both are failures. But the former is a great life transformer. Every successful blogger I know have failed in one way or the other, but they picked up the shreds and started again – this time, fully girded for excellence.
When a person fails backward, discouragement and dilemma sets in. A blogger friend of mine actually shut down his blog when his expectations of making money from it didn’t materialize.
We both started together, we both failed. But I failed forward. Leant my lessons, asked intelligent questions and began a new journey and today, I’ve no regrets whatsoever.
For your blog to be engaged, you mustn’t give up. The wind of failure may blow hard, situations may not fall in your favor, but don’t be distracted. Focus on your goal (commandment one) and scale it through. As you stay on course, there will be a time when failure becomes a ‘stepping stone’ and push you closer to the top. Wait until the time comes – be strong and give readers what they want.
9. Commandment nine: Write guest posts every week
Take note: If you can write quality guest posts every week and get featured in A-list blogs, you’ll drive targeted readers easily.
Can I tell you something? One vital and powerful blog promotion strategy you should be addicted to is ‘guest blogging.’
Ironically, the handful of bloggers who discovered the importance of guest posting and how it can transform a blog didn’t do it right. It’s true that most bloggers are contributing to other blogs, but how many are getting significant results.
I once read an article published by Danny Iny of Firepole marketing and he clearly pointed out the mistakes people make when guest posting. According to Danny, if you’re a freelance writer, you don’t have to write a guest post on a freelance blog.
The reason is simple, you can’t build engaged blog filled with freelance writers. You need to guest post in business-related blogs since you’re searching for clients.
Freelance writers cannot hire you, but entrepreneurs can!
So, before writing a guest post, research the blog you’ve in mind. Study the readers. Are they job seekers or business owners? The success of your guest post is determined by the readers and the blog. Be creatively and invest your time wisely.
10. Commandment ten: Reply to every comment
Thank God I didn’t forget this commandment of building an engaged blog. Blog comments is a strong arm of blogging, and should be tamed.
How do you tame commentors?
You do this by replying and answering every question they ask. Not every blogger has time for comments participation, but it can encourage or discourage future comments. I didn’t realize the importance of this in my blog until recently, when I attended a Blog Conference in my city.
I was actively involved in a popular blog, but because my comments and questions were not recognized or replied to, I vowed never to visit again. Established blogs may survive comment’s neglect, but if your blog is pretty new and still building readership, ensure you reply to comments and throw lights on complicated issues.
How do you engage readers?
There you’ve it, the 10 commandments of building engaged audience. This is proven to work for you. But before I leave, I want to know how you’ve succeeded in engaging your readers. What motivates them, why are they still interested in your posts? Share your comments and don’t forget to take action on these simple commandments. See you ahead!
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Blogging for Money: How to Increase Your Profits
Gordon Gekko embodied blogging for money. He said what is worth doing is worth doing for money.
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I agree with that idea. Not with his insider trading.
Old GG clues you in to how to boost blogging profits.
If you blog you should make money blogging because you live a worldly life.
I see monks on alms every morning here in Northern Thailand. Monks do not need money. Buddhists give to the cloth, supplying monks with food and goods. A dazzling looking wat, or temple, sits 1 minute from the house. I hear gongs each evening at 6 PM, bringing the monks to some ritual. You should hear it too; quite serene and commanding, at the same time. I love living in foreign lands.
Blogging for Money
If you live like a monk you can shun money because you shun material things and a life of leisure. If you choose a worldly life just get comfortable receiving money through your blog. Or receiving more money through your blog.
Money helped me travel to New Zealand, where I snapped this dazzling photo.
Money is a car, a home, my plane tickets to Thailand, food, movie tickets, all that good stuff.
Blogging for money simply helps you live your dreams through blogging.
Whether you made millions online or are in a different tax bracket the same tips apply to making money with your blog.
See yourself as being successful. Money flows from within. I see this more daily. I feel good about my prospering. Money flows to me. My outside world reflects my focus on success. Feel successful. See your blogging wins. Observe your blogging wins, success and profits expand beautifully.
1: Focus on Money Flowing to You Easily
Million dollar bloggers and billion dollar entrepreneurs believe clearly that money flows to them easily. I concur.
Money is an inner game. Money begins in mind. As Bob Proctor says; money is in consciousness.
Warren Buffet has been one of the richest people on earth for decades. He said he never doubted he’d be really rich. His belief became so.
See money flowing to you easily. Visualize it. I do this multiple times daily. I affirm freely. I feel money flowing to me easily and see money around me, appearing out of the ethers.
Money flows to me easily these days. Plus money making ideas flow to me easily. I execute the ideas. The results rock.
My blog post ranks on Page 1 Position 3 for “advanced blogging tips” super quickly. I just published the post a few days ago.
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Plus I noticed how I nailed down 5 positions on page 2 of Google for “pro blogging tips” the other day.
I affirmed my wealth, felt more and more money flowing to me easily and saw more money flowing to me easily.
Do this is you are a 6 figure earner looking for greater profits. Money is an inner belief.
2: Learn How to Make Money Blogging From Top Pros
Top pros teach you how to become successful, full time bloggers.
Top pros teach successful, full time bloggers how to make more and more money.
Study wealth acquisition from wealthy people who live their dreams. Acquire wealth. Simple and quite easy way to prosper freely.
This tip is how most bloggers gain wealth quickly. They focus on advice offered by prospering bloggers and follow it from an abundant, dream-focused, success conscious vibe.
Read pro blogs. Invest money in pro courses. Hire pros to coach you. Profit.
I learned from top pro Alonzo Pichardo to create content and let it do what it does. Have posture. Know you succeed, now. Know your content will carry far and wide.
I shared this success conscious view with my readers via this video, which Alonzo promoted to his Facebook Page:
Pros remind you success and prospering is your birthright. Top pros offer proven practical tips for prospering but share the most important mindset tips to align you with blogging profits. Listen to them.
3: Count Money Wins
Count every single money win you recall from the past few years. Making $1 is a money win. Making $1,000,000.00 is a money win. Money loves you. Money loves being recognized. Recognize money. See your wealth acquired.
Sit down right now. Count your clients, course sales, affiliate sales and eBook sales. Be thorough. Money loves if you love noting money you made. Where your attention and energy goes, grows.
Give your attention to money you manifested to make more money through your blog. Make more money.
4: Create on Topic and Inspire
Create on topic content to inspire your readers.
Stick to your niche. Be known in specific blogging circles.
Inspire readers to live their dreams through your:
- blog posts
- live broadcasts
always infusing your positive, can do, success conscious energy into your posts.
Me by a massive yacht during my trip to Qatar. Pretty sweet boat.
I love adding my tropics selfies to every blog post. I make sure my readers soak up my life here in this sleepy, tropical village in Northern Thailand, pausing for a few minutes during videos between advice offered. Top bloggers love my delivery because many still seek the key to freedom; I help boost their profits and free them from a successful but confining lifestyle.
I also inspire top bloggers who live their dreams vicariously through me; maybe a few even decide to up and travel as well.
As these big dawg blogging pros promote me I boost my blogging profits.
Success Is Yours by Default
You are born into success.
Success is yours by default.
Seize your heritage.
Profit through your blog.
Develop your money mindset. Your energy and focus dictate your blogging income more than anything else. Successful bloggers speak their success into existence by visualizing their good and calmly, confidently seeing their success come into form. New mind, new blog. New mind, greater blogging profits.
Go within to see a new world. Go within to change the without.
All of your blogging success is an inside game. Since you succeed by default you simply go within, see your dream life unfolding before your eyes, in your imagination, and you know it will be so.
Pro Blogging Advice: How to Filter Opportunities
I ensure that freedom is A1 in my life. Take this pro blogging advice to the bank. Literally.
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Freedom helps you make more money, help more folks and feel good as your success expands. Freedom means making freeing choices all day long.
Freedom means filtering blogging opportunities according to:
- giving energy only to opportunities promoting your freedom, success and dreams
- giving no energy to all other opportunities flowing your way through email or Messenger or wherever
I spent a few minutes this morning making the bedroom in Thailand nice and cool. Freedom. Considering outside temps are toasty I figured having a cooler work space feels better, more freeing and helps me work from a chill – literally – relaxed, prospering energy. I had the time to do that because I only pick a select few opportunities flowing to me daily.
Pro Blogging Advice
Imagine Gordon Gekko’s line; I see 100 opportunities daily and choose 1.
I see quite a few and choose only successful opportunities that work for me and the other party.
Here I am during one of my Thailand trips.
This is how to filter opportunities to accelerate your blogging success. Give all of your attention and energy to:
- opportunities vibing with your dreams
as you filter through:
- co-creating opportunities
- interview requests
and you will become more successful while enjoying the ride and having tons of time offline to do what you love doing offline. Or to engineer your room in Thailand to make it cooler.
Pro bloggers save themselves hours daily and accelerate their success by only giving their energy to success and freedom expanding opportunities.
Every filter is a personal, intimate choice. If something feels fun to you, assess how you see the opportunity expanding your growth. Does it feel like it’s a way to expand your success and dreams? Seize the opportunity from a detached, chill, energy. You’ll see more success.
If the opportunity feels like it cannot expand your success then give it zero energy. Save yourself time, energy and the heavy, burdened feeling weighing down most bloggers who give more than a bit of their attention and energy to anything other than their success and dreams.
How to Filter Opportunities
Let’s say you just opened Messenger or your email inbox.
Scan the title of the first email. Within 1-2 seconds you instantly know if the opportunity moves you toward greater success and happiness and freedom. Respond with 1-2 lines if this is the case. Give no energy to any other opportunity.
If the Message or email feels like fear, give it no energy after 1-2 seconds of scanning. If it lacks clarity, give it a few seconds of scanning. If you vibe with the core message, respond. If not, release.
I tend to give most of my inbox no energy and a few opportunities minimal energy to save literally weeks of email time over years. You instantly know what to respond to and what to let go after a few seconds of scanning. We all do.
A Few Pointers
Keep these ideas in mind:
- only pursue opportunities with positive, success-focused bloggers
- only pursue opportunities that feel fun and freeing and success promoting
- partner only with heart-centered bloggers
- give your attention and energy to success-seeking newbies who literally put their money where their mouth is
- think through how much time and energy interviews require before agreeing to do interviews with any blogger
For me, for an hour long interview, Tim Ferriss or Joe Rogan will do. Leveraging.
If not, that hour is best spent at the movies or going out to eat here in Thailand or writing an SEO-optimized post. Rest and relaxation and offline play is the foundation of all my pro blogging success. Getting a life makes you a successful blogger; you vibe abundantly by having a well-rounded, peaceful, abundant, interesting, fascinating, multi dimensional life, as all genuinely successful bloggers have.
I do not gobble up any opportunity. I clearly see if the opportunity aligns me with greater success and more successful folks because where your energy goes, grows.
This is a chief reason why I have circled the globe and lived a movie worthy life for 8 years. I give my attention and energy to success so success expands.
Success Seeking New Bloggers
Sprint up the energetic ladder and see greater success by going to the top of your niche, networking solely with top bloggers in your niche.
Network with bloggers like Jeff Goins. Learn from him. Make an impression. Promote him. Move into higher blogging circles. Learning from the best and following their advice is a way to cut your learning curve by years.
It makes perfect sense to:
- surround yourself only with highly successful folks
- learn from only highly successful folks
- align with only highly successful folks
If you seek health you seek out a highly skilled, successful doctor.
If you seek blogging health and success you seek out only highly skilled, successful bloggers.
Networking only with successful bloggers puts you on their radar, inspires you to practice writing, influences you to create and connect and you will see how your opportunity filter mirrors a pro’s filter; you learn from the best so do as the best do.
Only make room for blogging success.
Pursue success-expanding opportunities.
Network with successful bloggers.
Filter out all else.
Where your energy goes, grows.
Mindset is everything in blogging. Buy my course to get the right blogging mindset.
Blogging Mindset: 2 Tips for Increased Success
Developing a winning blogging mindset precedes your success.
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First you feel successful and count your successes, or blogging wins. Devoting your energy to success allows this success to appear in greater amounts on the worldly plane.
Two specific blogging mindset tips accelerate your blogging success.
The first tip vibes nicely with my chill evening here in Thailand. I watched Showtime online for quite a bit. Netflix next. Earlier today I watched the Game of Thrones premier, being a huge fan of the show.
Get A Life.
Look at the featured image for this post. Me in Cyprus. Look at this image below. Me in Bali.
Successful bloggers lived well-rounded lives. Successful bloggers spend hours away from blogging because freedom is the #1 blogging goal we all tend to aim for.
Earlier today I saw many of my blogging buddies excited for the Game of Thrones episode, as was I. I also observed some blogging buddies who had no interest in the show. Different strokes for different folks.
However; some bloggers pride themselves on doing nothing but blogging 12 hours daily, shunning TV shows, movies and all forms of entertainment. Most of these bloggers fail, being filled with tension, force, stress and basically having no life. Bloggers who manifest worldly success with such an approach make tons of money but miss out on life. You cannot be successful unless you enjoy a well-rounded ride because your spirit is not one dimensional.
I chose to succeed and to enjoy my Netflix, Game of Thrones, basketball, traveling and other hobbies. You can have it all but get a life to detach some from blogging, to enjoy the richness of a rounded human experience and to accelerate your success.
Develop the blogging mindset of someone who is calm, confident, knowing of their success and detached from results. Watch TV, exercise, do yoga, go to the movies and get excited about season premiers. Top bloggers play online and play offline to vibe high, to be creative and to reach the pinnacle of their niche, because their chill, peaceful, confident, successful energy says so.
Go. Where. Loved.
Go where people love you. Give your attention to love and success. Love and success expand. You accelerate your blogging success.
I respond to each person who Likes or comments on one of my Facebook posts. Likes and commentors love me. Or show me love. I respond to people who show me love because where your attention and energy goes, grows. Give energy to love and love expands. Success expands as love expands. Simple.
I responded to all comments on my blog. Give energy to love and success expands. Quite easy.
Reach out to successful bloggers you vibe with. Read their posts. Comment genuinely. Go where folks would love you and observe how friendships blossom.
Successful bloggers think like successes. Successes go where they are loved and waste no time giving energy to anything but love. Keep going back to where dear friends fill your well. Prosper. Simple formula.
Take care of your tribe. Befriend your readers. Bond with your customers. Keep showing love to people who show your love. Since where your energy goes, grows, the love grows as does your success.
How Living Both Acronyms Develop Your Mindset
As for getting a life, I just spent a few hours blogging earlier this morning having fun online from a chill vibe. After the blogging play I spent 4 hours out with Kelli. We enjoyed lunch here in Chiang Mai, Thailand. I have a life. I go shopping and eat out and watch movies and spend a few hours daily on Netflix. I also exercise and do deep yin yoga. Everything factors into my success.
Living in Fiji for 4 months factored in to my blogging success too.
Doing these things – aka having a life outside of blogging – works for me in a few ways:
- I emit an abundant, calm, confident successful vibe, resulting in greater worldly success
- top bloggers who also vibe success and abundance – who live rich lives offline – align with me
Observe John Chow. He is super successful. Does he work 20 hours daily? Nope. He leverages online and spends a ton of time offline, going out to eat, buying sweet cars and homes and living an abundant, balanced, rich life. He exudes abundance. He aligns with other top bloggers. No wonder why he is incredibly successful.
Getting a life helps you feel rested, recharged, calm, confident and success conscious. Perfect energy for reaching the top of your blogging niche.
As for going where loved, this is simple success energy in action. People love you and your blog. Give 100% of your attention to people who love you. Love expands. Your tribe grows. Your tribe becomes more loyal. You see more success because you give your energy to people who see you as successful. Simple. Easy too, because giving love to people who show love requires little effort.
See your success. Now.
Feel good about all of your blogging wins. If you experienced it, it is a blogging win for it brought you to today.
Get a life. Be like a pro blogger. Spend time offline. Emit a calm, detached, confident vibe irresistible to success.
Go where you are loved. Engage followers and fans on your blog and via social media. Give all of your attention to people who love you. Things will grow quite swiftly for bloggers 100% focused on engaging fans because where your energy goes, grows.
I gotta go guys; I just bought a container of fresh mangosteen here in Thailand. You should see how brilliant the skin looks. Incredibly tasty super fruit too with oodles of health benefits.
Time to enjoy this refreshing and filling super fruit.
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