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10 Ways to Become a Better Blogger

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Blogging is not just about writing. It involves strategies to gain readership and credibility. While the term “blog” came into existence to describe a journal entry, writing personal diary entries on the internet was then labeled as “web blog” or “we blog”. From such words, the terms “blog” or “blogging” were derived. Through blogging, people get the freedom to express themselves, expand creativity and make the blogging more credible by including references and researched information. Everyone, even the non-technical people can write with images or videos without the need for a technical skill, then publish the entry. Thanks to platforms like Tumblr and WordPress that broke the geeks’ technical tyranny, blogging does not need any computer programming skill or special coding.

  • Hone Your Blogging Skills

10 Ways to Become a Better BloggerEven businesses use blogging for advertising, exposure, promotion and marketing. The birth of social media gives bloggers opportunities to market their blogs and display their content for free. While already possessing the skill, for bloggers to be successful, they just have to sharpen their saw. How? Just like any skill, to become better requires constant correct practice. Become a better blogger by blogging all the time – blog in the morning, or in the evening; blog while you travel, on holidays, on the plane on the bus and anywhere. Simply blog as much as you can. Other bloggers see to it that they produce at least 1000 words every day. If this becomes a habit, then blogging can just be a piece of cake for you.

  • Indicate Your Purpose

A good blog is one that indicates its purpose clearly. It gives an idea that the blog is transparent. Since the blog is a kind of public edition of a personal diary, at least it should have a purpose, not just a mere or general expression of emotions, thoughts and experiences. The blog can also be a platform where one can interact with friends, share links and exchange ideas.  For a more professional context, some blogs talk about politics, current events and social trends. Which one of these does your blog belong? Whatever your blog’s purpose is, just indicate it.

  • Utilize Appropriate Tools

Many sites and tools in the internet have made blogging easier, faster and more convenient. You may compose a blog with an HTML editora FrontPageMacromedia Dreamweaver or the W3C open source editor. Even notepads and other Word processors will do. Blogging with blog programs like WordPressPost2BlogMovable Type or Windows Live Writer is easy and these platforms offer a lot of features.

  • Write About an Interesting Topic in a Concise Manner

Your blog posts must take pride to be interesting. If it is so, it will gain audience, followers and fans. An interesting topic can tempt people to link your website as a reference and your blog would grow tribes because its topic is interesting, valuable and helpful. Since the internet gives people a chance to write for a global audience, what you write about should be interesting enough to be read. Keeping the post concise is profound. Audience have very short attention spans. Make sure you present your ideas in a concise manner. In so doing, you give yourself and your audience a post with a complete idea rather than a complex and lengthy one. Your writing should be proper and professional. Avoid using awkward sentences as they are very unattractive.

  • Include Visuals

Visuals do add zest to your blog. When applicable, include images, charts and videos in your posts. Visuals usually attract the attention of people, even the busiest ones. Set the mood and provide your audience with great attractions to make them stop and stay.

  • Make Your Blog Easy to Explore

When your blog is easy to explore or navigate, it shall gain readership. Specify to your readers on how to put their comments and feedback  when your blog is easy to explore, the readers would bother to read, even the past posts it has. Complex blogs are turn offs as the audience would think they shall spend a lot of their precious time unnecessarily by figuring it out how to navigate.

  • Stay in one Place

Like just moving physically, it is better that the blog stays in its original internet address. If for some uncontrollable situation, you really have to transfer your blog to another address, make sure you put a note on the original website and direct them to the new address where the blog currently resides.

  • Involve Your Readers

Among the most important factors of involving the audience is to relate to them. Even the most interesting topic would be useless if the audience do not know who they are talking with. As an author or blog owner, it is better to let the audience at least know who you are. Of course, this is not applicable for people who are holding some reasons not to expose themselves. Interact with the readers in the comments or feedback sections. If the readers are involved, you can gain their trust. As much as possible, refrain from giving links or directing your readers to sites which require registration or subscription.

  • Have a Regular Blogging Schedule

Blog readers would expect fresh content from your blog. Once they are gained, then they keep on coming back. If they see you produce fresh posts on a regular basis through a consistent schedule, then the readers can be expected to enjoy their return and stay a while to check out your new posts. If you find it impossible to follow your schedule such as you are going to a vacation, make sure to inform your readers ahead of time. Also give them an idea when you are back.

  • Publish and Syndicate Your Posts

After a comprehensive review, spell checks and alterations, publish your post. Once the post is published, try to drive traffic to your post by promoting it. You can do such in social networks like TwitterFacebookMySpace and others. You may also syndicate your post, which means you promote it in other websites as well. Do not wait for people to come to read your posts. Bring your post to the people. Syndicating your posts or articles need not be paid. The internet has multiple sites that allow syndicating your articles. Start checking them out.

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Do You Establish Work at Home Boundaries?

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Some people love attention.

I know a few who do their best to grab my attention. Phone calls, emails, cryptic Facebook Messages.

I ignore everything and every one outside of what I do in the moment since I set up work at home boundaries. I close the door and go into my office. No way I stop working for anything or anyone who starves for my attention. The house could burn down and I would scoot out at the last minute because work time is work time and I do nothing else save work during work time.

If you do not respect your time, people will not respect your time. If you give people your time whenever they want your time, for:

  • favors
  • gossip
  • small talk
  • chats
  • general BS

people will gladly ask for favors, engage in gossip, engage in small talk, chat you up and BS for hours, because you chose not to establish work at home boundaries.

100% of the time, if people appear to be using you or eating up your precious time, it is your fault. People treat you how you choose to treat yourself.

How a Happy and Successful Blogger Sets Up Work at Home Boundaries

Easy; I close the door, walk into the office and get to work. I do not leave the office until I complete my work. My phone? I turn it off. I check email rarely. I only check Messenger 2-3 times daily for 5 minutes at a clip.

I set up definite, clear, work at home boundaries to respect my time. People reflect my time-respecting back to me. Easy peasy.

If someone tries to grab my attention through Messenger, or the land line, or through email, or at the door, I completely ignore attempts made to grab my attention and time. Boundaries folks; you need to be clear and firm on your work at home boundaries to ensure everybody else respects your boundaries.

You Are Walking into a Word Office

Would a friend, family member or casual neighbor barge into your 9-5 job office asking for a favor? Would said folks barge into your 9-5 job office to spread the latest gossip? Nope. Then why allow said folks to barge into your work at home office to do similar things? Nope. Put up boundaries. Door closes. Enter office. You are busy. You are working. Even my 3 year old niece understands when Uncle Ryan goes to work in the home office. Everybody else can easily grasp this concept.

What About Impatient or Desperate Online Folks?

I completely ignore impatient, fear-filled, desperate folks who demand I answer Messenger or email requests in 1 minute, 5 minutes, 10 minutes, or in 24 hours. I respect my time and completely ignore people who do not respect my time.

I built my blogging business almost completely on a passive income model so nothing I do online is time sensitive. I have answered most questions 1,000 to 10,000 times through my courses, eBooks, blog posts and videos. It is up to these awesome but unclear folks to find and use the answers I created, to improve their lives.

I am generous daily, publishing a blog post and/or video. Plus I published about 800 posts on Blogging Tips, and over 2,000 posts on Blogging From Paradise. It is on the impatient folks screaming for my attention to follow my blog posts, guest posts, videos, eBooks and courses because I answered their questions many times.

People treat you exactly how you teach them to treat you. I have posture so I set up work at home boundaries for offline and online folks.

Respect your time and work schedule and other folks will do the same.

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Who Do You Surround Yourself with in Your Blogger Network?

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Some bloggers cannot see the forest for the trees, like the beautiful, lush, thriving national park I visited in New Jersey recently.

The masses tend to be caught up in fear, pain and struggle because they cannot see the big picture.

Birds of a feather flock together.

You have heard that one, right?

I circle the globe and change time zones like most folks breathe. Would I be wise to surround myself with people who tremble at leaving their home town or home neighborhood? Nope. Such people would teach me the world makes for a scary, dangerous place. I would get advice like play it safe, be comfortable, get a job, buy a home and take it easy, from such folks. Such folks also live a bland life because if you rarely or never leave your comfort zone, you cannot:

  • grow
  • thrive
  • face your fears
  • serve humanity
  • be a bright light for people to follow
  • live your deepest, wildest dreams

Obviously, I chose to surround myself with bloggers who happily circled the globe as successful bloggers. I also surrounded myself with happy, successful, home body bloggers too; to learn the basics of building a rocking blog effectively. I learned how to succeed from my blogger friend network, sponging up their knowledge, inspiration and insight.

Meanwhile, if you surround yourself with new, struggling or failing bloggers you will get advice on how to struggle, fail, or flounder through your blogging day.

Do bloggers around you complain about losing $50 on blogging? Lose these zero’s immediately and surround yourself with bloggers who invest thousands of dollars on their blogs. High rollers teach you to succeed. Broke jokes teach you how to fail.

Do bloggers around you see making $25 as being a huge amount of money? You better lose the low-aiming crowd to surround yourself with bloggers who see $1000 and $10,000 and more as making coin.

Do bloggers around you circle the globe as swash buckling travelers? Check out this photo from my trip to Vietnam. Kong: Skull Island was filmed here.

Time to ditch the comfort zone crowd to hang with adventurous types.

Don’t get me wrong; I celebrate every cent I make online. But if you think I’m placing a sponsored post for less than $1000, you are insane. Like a famous super model who said she didn’t get out of bed for anything less than $10,000 a day, you need to develop a prosperity consciousness that demands big money and ignores appearance of poverty, lack, limitation and fear.

Who Do You Hang With?

Who do you count as blogging buddies? Happy, highly successful, prospering bloggers? You better, to increase your success.

For example, observe my blogging paperback on profiting. The aftermarket price is $45 USD. If most or all bloggers in your network would feel uncomfortable receiving $45 in royalties for a paperback, you better lose that network and surround yourself with bloggers who believe in abundance. I know John Chow feels comfortable receiving $45 for anything he offers online. Who cares? It is just money. It is only money.

Surround yourself only with bloggers who:

  • have posture
  • have authority
  • charge top dollar
  • profit freely
  • prosper freely
  • exude confidence
  • have a highly developed prosperity consciousness

You learn from the best, gain inspiration from the best and become the best by surrounding yourself with the best bloggers on earth.

But you need to be honest in who you choose to hang with in your blogging circles. Be clear. Be truthful with yourself. Maybe you feel comfortable trading comments with struggling bloggers you befriended 10 years ago but nothing spectacular happens for you if you surround yourself with struggling bloggers, being firmly fixed in your comfort zone.

Release all bloggers who are not happy and prospering.

Fill your blogger friend network with empowered, inspired, happy, successful, prospering bloggers.

Nothing personal.

Just your blogging success at stake.

 

 

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Are You Chasing the Flavor of the Month?

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My first fundamental of successful blogging focuses you on being present.

All of our power resides in the moment.

None of our power resides in the future or past because neither exists.

Time is illusion.

Only Now is real.

Look at that brilliant featured image. I snapped it from the front porch during our trip to Fiji. Sweet things happen when you are in the moment, focusing all power on the present.

This marks my 796th blog post on Blogging Tips. I feel grateful to Zac for the opportunity to serve you. Plus I feel grateful for all success that flowed to me through these guest posts.

How in the heck did I write and publish nearly 800 guest posts on one blog?

I am in the moment, mostly. I am present. Plus I never, never, ever chase the flavor of the month.

Bruce Lee and Blogging

Alonzo Pichardo and I often chatted about being patient, persistent and present during the Online Success Chats Podcast.

Being patient, persistent and present helps you tap into immense powers, including the power of being creative *and* prolific. See my 800 blog posts on Blogging Tips as evidence of such power. Toss in my 2,008 articles (between posts and pages) on Blogging From Paradise and you understand: focusing on one core task, or core purpose, in the present, leads to amazing things.

Bruce Lee spoke of fearing not the man who practiced 10,000 kicks once, but he did fear the man who practiced one kick 10,000 times. He embodied this mindset in his genius, Renaissance Man type ways.

Lee’s wisdom and physical prowess are both timeless because he understood and lived this great truth: do 1 thing so frequently, with a focused energy, being in the moment, that you do it incredibly well. He understood the truth of how I live my life: where your attention and energy goes, grows.

The Flavor of the Month

Most bloggers struggle because they practice 10,000 kicks once, chasing hot niches, running after trends, and choosing to blog today, and podcast tomorrow, because everybody runs a podcast these days. Wait a second; live video reigns supreme? Time to become a live video expert. Meanwhile, as you jump from niche to niche, and from blogging to podcasting to live videos, I just wrote and published 800 posts on Blogging Tips alone. Plus I wrote and published 1,000 more guest posts on other blogs.

While most bloggers chase hot trends, profitable niches and the latest game changing opportunity, guys like Alonzo and I thrive by doing one thing alone so we do it incredibly well.

Success is yours, but success is not an overnight or week-long endeavor.

Stop chasing hot niches. Visualize your dreams in detail. Focus on your blogging wins. Invest in coaching and courses from top bloggers. Surround yourself with positive vibes and positive people.

Write, publish and connect with top bloggers by helping top bloggers.

Success Finds Specialists

I took a nap this afternoon. A calm, peaceful breeze kisses my face right now as I write and enjoy the day.

Imagine if you could work from home every day? Visualize that fun and freedom.

Sweet, right?

Specialists are the only folks who work from home full time. People who do 1 thing persistently, practicing this skill, so they become super skilled in a single, specialized niche.

I gave all of my professional energy to being a blogger for the past 10 years. I became really skilled at blogging because I never chased the flavor of the month.

Avoid program hopping, niche hopping and all forms of flavor-chasing.

Do one thing. Do it well.

Succeed.

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