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5 Common Blogging Mistakes Which Will Haunt You

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When thinking about common blogging mistakes you may ponder the traditional boo-boos: spamming your readers with thin posts, not building an email list and doing no market research before you start blogging.

All are grave errors but I wanted to knife into a few trickier mistakes that may trip you up without you even knowing it.

Note; I have personally made all these mistakes over the course of months or…..gasp…..years. I’m semi-embarrassed to say I still have a few mental blocks in some of these areas but I’m getting there. I’ve also been circling the globe through my blogging efforts for the past 5 years so I’m doing enough smart things blogging-wise to create a pretty neat lifestyle for myself.

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These mistakes are insidious. Sneaky. Deceiving. Like the false promise of looking outside here in Cyprus and seeing a windy day; you think it’s cool and breezy but the desert-like, sauna-type environment slaps you in the face with reality when you step outside. The cool breezes were an illusion. Blowing heat is the reality. Just like when you appear to be avoiding these blogging mistakes but reality tells another story.

Blogging For Daily Profits to Make Ends Meet

A certain group of bloggers takes a “meal ticket” approach to blogging. Instead of thinking long term they focus on trying to squeeze $5 out of today. Then $3.50 out of tomorrow. If they get enough money to eat they can worry about rent near the end of the month. The only thing that matters is making your meal money today. Then tomorrow.

This crowd fails to see that if you’re driven by trying to make a pittance each day you’ll do silly stuff which leads to extended failure and misery online. Someone who gives off this desperate energy will repel the successful ideas and successful folks who can take them up 5 or 10 or 50 levels quickly.

Practical tip: develop a long range vision. Set long term goals. Don’t make blogging your meal ticket. Make your blog a vehicle through which you can create a freeing, fun lifestyle. I’ve lived in places I barely knew existed 8 years ago because even amidst my countless blogging mistakes I still had a long term vision in place. Said vision helped me connect with hyper successful bloggers like Zac who expanded my reach by leaps and bounds.

Trying to Build Your Blog Only through Your Owned Online Real Estate

Trying to build your blog by focusing 100% on your blog alone is like trying to scream out loud after you’ve lost your tongue. Nobody will hear you. Yet legions of well-intentioned bloggers believe that ignoring guest posting and blog commenting and social media marketing is the smart way to go.

I learned this lesson the hard way. To the tune of year’s worth of struggle, heartache and misery. I was an idiot because I felt publishing a cyber-diary would net me a fortune. But nobody else was reading my cyber diary. Only me.

Eventually, I discovered that blogger outreach is 1/2 of the blogging success equation.

Create Content on Your Blog + Make Friends with Successful Bloggers through Social Media, Blog Commenting and Guest Posting = Successful Blogging

Comment on relevant, high profile blogs. Guest post on relevant, high profile blogs. Promote top shelf bloggers. Link to your buddies’ blogs on your blog. Be generous.

After linking in to a few super successful bloggers through my latest blog post I noted tweets from pros like Zac and John Lee Dumas. Give freely and get boosts from heavy blogging hitters.

Not Meeting Other Bloggers in Person (When You Have the Chance to Do So)

I met Zac a few months back when I was home in NJ and blogged about it here:

3 Blogging Lessons I Learned from Having Lunch with Zac Johnson

Something special happens when you meet a fellow blogger in person. Something clicks. You build a stronger bond.

Yet countless bloggers avoid “in person” meets through individual sessions or group meet ups by making excuses. Big time mistake. Because you’re skipping the chance to build a strong friendship and powerful emotional bond with a fellow blogger. Said powerful bonds can take you to greater heights through your mastermind session and hey, you become that much more memorable when you meet a fellow blogger in person because they become more human to you.

I’ve also met blogging buddies in Nepal, India and Thailand during my journeys. So much fun!

Being Driven Primarily by Vanity Metrics Versus Helping Folks

Do you recall the Alexa craze from a few years ago? How about bloggers who drank the Page Rank Punch? Wow. Have those vanity metrics ever faded into the sunset.

A shockingly high number of bloggers devote a ridiculously significant portion of their energies to *getting* (stats, metrics, comparisons, rankings, etc) versus *giving.* Naturally, these stats-obsessed bloggers usually fail to make an impact because you can’t devote most of your energy to outcomes and also write super helpful, thorough blog posts, guest posts and comments.

Here’s your prescription, stat sick bloggers: give, help, and give some more. Hop onto a G Plus blogging community. Share a valuable blogging tip. Ask if your twitter followers need blogging help. Follow up on their questions. Get so busy with helping people that you care less and less about metrics. You can still use vanity metrics as a light benchmark without getting obsessed over ’em.

Do any of these common blogging mistakes haunt you? Which ones?

What are you doing to correct these mistakes?

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Ryan Biddulph is the owner of Blogging From Paradise. He's a blogger, author and world traveler who's been featured on Richard Branson's Virgin Blog, Forbes, Fox News, Entrepreneur Dot Com and Neil Patel Dot Com. Ryan can help you become a full time blogger with his course.

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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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What Is the Incredibly Easiest Way to Drive Blog Traffic?

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Drive traffic to other blogs.

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?

Give freely.

Drive traffic to your blog easily.

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