Running into the same stressful problems may make you want to quit blogging for good.
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Even patient, positive bloggers feel frustrated ramming against similar obstacles daily.
Follow the fundamentals to address these all too common stumbling blocks.
You can experience the sense of relief you’ve been waiting for by address these 9 blogging problems.
1: Blogging Predominantly for Money
Blogging mainly for money is the quickest way to go broke through blogging.
You can’t connect with someone by shaking their hand if you have your hands in your pockets.
Successful bloggers establish strong connections with their readers.
Blog for fun. Blog to help like-minded people.
Stop thinking about paychecks and profits.
Focus on people.
Get clear on why you really want to blog.
Blog your passion. Follow your fun. Blog to solve your reader’s problems.
Review your blogging earnings through various income streams every 2 to 4 weeks to slowly detach more from money outcomes.
Make this shift from profits to people to build your blog on a strong foundation.
Some blogs look like a hodge podge of niches and jumbalaya of advertisements.
Scrap the crap.
Align your blog top down.
Check out Blogging From Paradise (my blog) ;
Every element you see aligns with retiring to a life of island hopping through smart blogging. All posts, pages, eBooks and menus relate to blogging from paradise.
Readers quickly understand what you have to offer if you craft a consistent message.
Ensure that every element on your blog aligns 100% with your ideal reader.
Who are you blogging for? See that 1 person clearly in your mind. Line up your blog domain name, title, tagline, posts, pages, ads and all elements with what that individual wants.
Do an alignment review every 2-3 months to speak a loud, clear message to your perfect reader.
Align and shine.
3: Resistance to Spending Money
Let go free blogging platforms like WordPress.com or Blogger. You may lose your content at any time if the host decides you violated the terms of service.
Spend $10 to $20 a month on a WordPress.org blog hosted by a dependable, reputable company.
Trash the cheesy-looking, free theme. Hire a web designer to craft an appealing theme for you.
Kelli Cooper at Life Made to Order invested in an eye-catching, bespoke theme for her blog to convey a professional brand image which has expanded her readership, coaching business and podcast.
Pay for premium courses and eBooks. Invest in your blogging career.
You don’t need to break the bank but spend some money to properly set up a professional-looking blog.
4: Resistance to Learning
Open your mind. Learn to set the foundation for earning.
Most failing bloggers try to earn a full time income without acquiring valuable knowledge.
Every serious, professional blogger is a full time student.
Learn about your blogging niche by studying relevant, authority blogs. Take notes after reading blog posts. Study techniques, strategies and systems for building a successful blog.
Follow the 5 Hour Rule embraced by billionaires like Oprah, Bill Gates and Warren Buffet.
Learn how to grow your email list. Study how to drive more traffic to your blog. Figure out how to write and submit guest posts successfully.
Be a sponge to knowledge to dissolve this insidious blogging problem.
5: Resistance to Implementation
Don’t learn and just sit on the sidelines. What you know is useless until you use it.
Ideas have a shelf-life; if you don’t act on blogging knowledge quickly its inspiration dies swiftly.
Put your new knowledge into practice by implementing what you’ve learned.
Write 500 words daily to improve your blogging skills. Create practical content designed to address your reader’s problems. Connect with influential bloggers through intelligent blog commenting and email.
Spend 1 hour or more daily practicing your skills in your blogging lab. Gain confidence, clarity and wisdom to blast this common blogging problem to smithereens.
6: Small List
If you have a small list it’s nearly impossible to grow your readership.
Most readers won’t see your new post in a timely fashion unless they sign up for an email subscription.
Solve this problem by using a pop up form and sidebar widget to grow your email list.
Neil Patel does a fine job using pop up forms, opt in boxes and subscribe buttons to grow a big email list.
Share a clear, tangible benefit to boost sign up rates. Consider offering a free eBook or video series to increase your subscriber base.
Think relevance. Make sure your offering eases the specific pain points of your ideal reader.
Give away something valuable to grow your email list quickly.
7: No Connections
You can’t blog from a cyber cave.
Stop being a blogging hermit.
Make connections by promoting other bloggers. Email successful bloggers asking if they need you to tweet or Facebook share a post.
Connected bloggers grow large, loyal readerships because they built friendships one at a time.
Use email, social media and blog comment fields to foster bonds.
8: Low Blogging Income
You don’t have a money problem.
You have a “lack” problem.
Stop holding back because you fear losing readers, or subscribers or money.
Publish long form, helpful blog posts. Become friends with successful bloggers from your niche by helping these folks in as many ways as possible.
Money responds to value. If you want to make money offer more value than most bloggers.
Pauline Cabrera at Twelve Skip shares how she made $21,000 through a single blog post through a free email giveaway.
She offers massive value and a slew of free resources through her blog to increase her blogging income.
Over deliver. Create free eBooks, free blogging courses and free webinars to gain the trust of your target audience.
Readers begin to know, like and trust generous bloggers who share their knowledge for free. As you gain trust you will make more money through blogging.
Go above and beyond to solve your blogging income problem.
9: Thin Blog Content
Thin, or short, value-less content scares off readers.
New and struggling veteran bloggers typically publish 200 to 500 word posts void of helpful links, images and videos.
Address this issue by publishing a resource each time you update your blog.
Zac Johnson at Blogging Dot Org (and this site’s owner) built a helpful, thorough resource through his collection of blog posts.
He includes the use of images, tutorials, links and InfoGraphics to help his blogging audience.
Write 800 to 2,000 word long, thorough resources. Optimize posts for SEO to drive targeted traffic to your blog.
Use images, videos and podcasts to spice up your blog posts.
Before you hit the “publish” button make sure you’re sharing a rich, valuable, inspired resource for your readers.
Do you suffer from any of these blogging problems?
How Can You Start Blogging for Free?
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- financial investment; domain and hosting at a minimum
- time investment
- energy investment
You cannot start blogging for free because without financial investment you are not really blogging.
Imagine starting a blog on a free platform.
How can you ever impress people if you fear investing $7 a month on hosting and $14 on a domain?
People see the free platform, believe you to be an amateur, you lose your credibility as potential readers do not trust you, and folks exit your blog.
Investing Money to Make Money
Observe my blog:
I invested thousands of dollars in my blog over the years and made a lot more money than thousands of dollars.
I bought my domain and hosting 10 years ago as an investment in freedom and greater profits.
Fast forward a decade; I have circled the globe for 8 years, living in places like Fiji, Bali and Costa Rica. The thousands of dollars I invested allowed me to:
- gain reader trust
- convey a professional brand image
- be seen as one of the top bloggers on earth
- increase blog traffic
- increase eBook sales, course sales and audio book sales
- be featured on world famous sites
- move higher in blogging circles
Imagine if I began blogging for free. Would Fox News want to interview a blogger using a free blogging platform? No. Of course Fox News seeks out renowned leaders and every blogging leader invests money in blogging to do blogging right.
Free Platforms Look Cheap and Unprofessional
Free blogging platforms look terrible.
Can you ever gain reader trust if your blog looks terrible?
Observe the long, wordy, non-branded domain name, including the free hosting company. Imagine if cnn.com was cnn.blogspot.com? Would you trust CNN if the corporation used a free blogging platform? No.
This is from my trip to Turkey.
Imagine if espn.com was espn.typepad.com. Would you trust the content? No.
Even if you intend to never profit through your blog you better buy your domain and hosting because few if any readers trust bloggers on free platforms.
How to Begin a Blog the Right Way
Invest money in:
Invest money in your success.
Begin blogging the right way to cut years off of:
- your learning curve
- your success curve
Money circulates; invest money today and it flows back to you multiplied exponentially.
Losing or spending money is impossible in a Universe of abundance.
Develop this prosperity consciousness to begin blogging from an abundant, successful, positive energy.
Develop a Money Consciousness to Make Money with Your Blog
The old saying goes; it takes money to make money.
I take it one step further; it takes a money consciousness to make money.
A high number of bloggers invest money in their blog but struggle to make money. Said bloggers believe they spent or lost money on their blog, which is not true.
Develop a money consciousness. It takes a money consciousness to make money with your blog, meaning you need believe money circulates, as you release money and it returns to you multiplied in awesome fashion.
I discovered 2 unknown, unexpected income streams recently, both online. Why? I circulate money. I see any investment in my blog, in bills or in anything, flowing back to me multiplied.
Develop this positive, abundant mindset.
Invest money in your blog from day 1.
Begin blogging the right way.
How to Build Brand Authenticity Using Customer Generated Content
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.
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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 in this article from webdesignteam.com.
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!
Be Careful Who You Ask for Blogging Advice
I retired to a life of travel through blogging.
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Do you want to travel the world through blogging?
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.
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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