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5 Things that Separate Successful Bloggers from Newbies

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Is there anything easier than starting your own blog?

You can have your site up and running within minutes which is why hundreds of thousands of new blogs are created every day.

But how many of them stay in business 6 months or a year down the road?

Not many.

As soon as the early excitement of starting a new blog fades away, most newbies find it difficult to come to grips with the demands of blogging.

Despite publishing new content regularly, they fail to build an audience and generate organic traffic.

As a result, they lose motivation and their blog dies a slow and painful death.

Successful bloggers, however, do it differently.

They have a plan from the start and understand what it takes to establish a thriving blog.

Do you want to know the secret to their success?

Let me give you some hints.

1. They Build an Email List from Day 1

“I’ll start building my email list from tomorrow”

For most newbies, this particular tomorrow never comes.

Successful bloggers understand that building an email list is the most important part of establishing a blog.

Which is why they prepare for it before publishing even a single post.

Leading marketers like Pat Flynn, Darren Rowse, Glen Allsopp and even Zac himself are huge advocates of email list building.

According to research, email marketing has a long-term ROI of 3800%, gives your message 5x more visibility than Facebook and drives 3x more social shares.

Source: AfterOffers

So how exactly do the super successful bloggers build their email lists?

By adding a “Subscribe to My Newsletter” opt-in box in their blog’s sidebar?

Hell No!

They create irresistible and laser-focused lead magnets that turn first-time visitors into loyal subscribers.

For example, just look at the lead magnet Zac uses

Zac knows his audience and has created a free giveaway that’ll lure any newbie to his email list.

Your lead magnet should address a very specific problem of your audience and should have a high perceived value.

For starters, I’d recommend using a well-designed 10-15 page eBook as a lead magnet on your blog. You can find lots of eBook ideas in this post.

Placing a lead magnet on your site from day 1 gives you a great chance of converting any traffic generated to your site into email subscribers.

2. They Understand the Needs of Their Audience

Newbies get flashes of inspiration and creativity by seeing the success stories of other bloggers.

But pro bloggers don’t jump into any niche without first understanding their audience.

In fact, research is perhaps the biggest difference between successful bloggers and mere hobbyists.

So how exactly do you research your audience?

Let me quickly share a few tips

  • Use Facebook Audience Insights

Facebook has more than 2 billion monthly active users. It is one of the best places to research and understand the needs of your audience.

To do that, go to Facebook Audience Insights inside Ads Manager.

In Audience Insights, search for the key interests of your target audience. For example, if your blog is about SEO and content marketing, you can search that in the interests tab

As soon as you search for your interest, Facebook will show you tons of data about its users who’re interested in SEO.

For example, in the snapshot above you can see the tabs marked as “Demographics”, “Location, “Page Likes” etc.

Each of these tabs has loads of information you can use to understand your audience.

Let’s take a look at the “Page Likes” tab

It shows you the other Facebook pages your target audience likes.

You can go to these pages and see the content that they’re publishing.

This will give you a great idea of what your audience wants.

  • Google Trends

Google Trends shows you the level of interest in a topic over a certain period of time-based on the searches on Google Search.

For example, here’s the interest level in social media marketing

If you scroll down, you can also see the related search queries that people interested in this topic are using

You can sort them by “Rising” to see the recent trends.

It also gives you other related topics that you can use to expand your research.

  • Keyword Research

Successful bloggers never start a blog without extensive keyword research. But since it’s a detailed topic itself, I won’t be able to cover it in this post.

I do, however, strongly recommend reading this keyword research guide by Brian Dean. In my opinion, it’s the most comprehensive keyword research resource on the web.

3. They Create Actionable and In-depth Content

The days of thin, poorly researched 500-word articles are long gone.

If you want to engage your audience and rank in the top 10 Google search results, you need to create authentic, high quality and in-depth content.

According to research, the average word count of the top 10 Google search results is 2000+ words

Source: Backlinko

But apart from SEO, longer and more in-depth content also delivers more value to the readers.

Successful bloggers know that which is why they invest in high-quality content and try to make it as actionable as possible. In simple words, their content helps people take action and move forward in their businesses.

4. They Diversify Their Traffic Sources

“Never keep all your eggs in one basket”

You must’ve heard this famous saying by Warren Buffet, an American billionaire businessman.

The same principle applies to your blog traffic as well.

Newbies depend completely on search engines and SEO to generate traffic. Which is why the moment their rankings go down, their blog dies.

Successful bloggers also generate traffic from Google, but they focus on building online assets to diversify their traffic sources.

Source: Brand24

Here are a few ways to do it

  • Build your email list, we’ve already discussed that.
  • Guest post on other high engagement blogs in your niche. Ryan has written extensively about this topic.
  • Create and grow your own dedicated Facebook Group. I personally know bloggers who generate more traffic from their Facebook Groups than Google Search. Neil Patel has a detailed guide on this topic
  • Build your presence on Quora, Inbound.org, Triberr and other industry-specific forums.
  • Grow your audience on social networks like Pinterest, Twitter, Reddit etc.

Diversifying your traffic sources minimizes your risk and reduces your dependency on Google.

6. They Aggressively Promote Their Content

Last but not the least, successful bloggers don’t forget their content after publishing it. Instead, they go out and spread the word.

That’s the only way to consistently drive traffic to your blog.

Don’t stop after sharing your post once on social media. Develop a sharing routine and automate the process using tools like Buffer or Hootsuite.

Here’s a good example of how to do it.

Source: CoSchedule

The most successful marketers like JeffBullas, Neil Patel etc. keep sharing their content for months and even years.

This keeps sending them new visitors to their archive content and keeps their blog alive.

Wrapping Up

Blogging isn’t rocket science, but it’s not a walk in the park either. You need to have a clear plan and the willingness to execute it day in and day out. Ask any successful blogger and they’ll tell you how hard they’ve worked to grow their blogs to a level where they can sit back and relax. Hopefully, the tips I’ve shared in this post will help you move in that direction.

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How Can You Turn Criticism into Blogging Profits?

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I wrote an entire eBook on lessons I learned from critics:

6 Life Lessons I Learned from Nasty Critics

As you see greater blogging success, you get criticized.

No blogger avoids criticism.

Learning how to convert nasty criticism into blogging profits helps you be a highly successful blogger.

Picture This

Imagine someone tossing big rocks at you.

Fools step in front of the rocks, injuring themselves.

Idiots catch the rocks and throw said rocks back at folks, wasting precious time and energy on rock tossing morons.

Wise humans avoid the rocks, allowing the stones to reach terra firma, and build a castle from all the granite-type rocks tossed their way.

Highly successful, happy bloggers are like wise humans; building something meaningful and profitable from inevitable criticism, versus taking criticism personally (stepping in front of rocks) or fighting critics (throwing rocks back at rock throwers).

I wrote 2 eBooks on the topic.

In addition to the prior eBook I also wrote:

How to Turn Harsh Blogging Criticism into Sweet Blogging Profits: 11 Tips

Observe the product page.

I profit through an:

  • eBook version
  • audio book version
  • paperback version
  • mass market paperback version

of the topic.

I make money through 4 income streams based on teaching folks how to profit through blogging criticism.

How can you convert criticism into coin?

Follow these tips.

Breathe Deeply and Relax

Most humans:

  • fight criticism
  • feel the sting of criticism
  • feel embarrassed about being criticized
  • fight critics
  • go into a shell after being criticized

Breathe deep. Relax.

Feel energies and emotions in reaction to being criticized.

Release said energies.

Be calm, confident and poised.

Establish the proper energy for profiting through criticism.

Gain Clarity

Criticism is a projection of individual; we see ourselves in others.

100% of the time, critics speak 100% of themselves, not you, through their criticism.

Knowing this, you do not take criticism personally. Ditto for gaining clarity in all you do, blogging-wise.

I reacted with anger, annoyance, embarrassment and shame on reading my first few 1 star audio book reviews. Turns out, those fear-based feelings needed to be addressed and released for me to generate more income through audio books.

Increased profits flow to bloggers who feel clear on income channels.

Being criticized forces you to face, embrace and release fears concerning income channels, said clearing resulting in clarity and greater sales.

If you react negatively to criticism, the reaction suggests you have fears to feel and clear regarding the criticism. Clearing these negative energies allows more profits to flow through the income streams because fear strangles income while clarity increases income.

Convert Criticism into Tangible Products

Turn hate into create.

Convert criticism into tangible profits.

Note my 2 eBooks, my audio book and paperback.

Create an online course to help your readers process criticism.

Strike while the iron feels hot; create immediately after receiving criticism to allow your prolific ideas to flow.

Add a price tag.

Profit.

See Problems and Profit in Projection

I create:

  • blog posts
  • guest posts
  • videos
  • podcasts

based on critical projections bandied about by critics.

Critics may or may not see errors in their ways.

This was from my 2 month trip to Oman.

I just stress how criticizing promotes their failure, strangles success and prolongs misery and suffering, based on my content.

If critics wake up and read, these folks become likely readers, fans, customers and clients, because if I solved their problems for free I can solve their problems for pay.

Profit through the Discipline of Detached Observation

Observing feelings from a detached, calm, confident energy versus reacting to feelings is a skill most millionaires cultivate.

What better way can you develop this skill than by reading and processing criticism without reacting to your emotions?

Wealthy bloggers observe knee jerk reactions in their being, feel energies, release, and proceed to profit. You see immense patience, persistence, poise and profiting. But the blogger just watches, feels and releases, versus reacting.

Move Up the Energetic Ladder into More Prospering, Higher Circles by Ignoring Critics

Critics vibe from a fear-based, lower, poverty conscious energy.

Ignore these folks to rocket higher in blogging circles, toward a loving, prosperity conscious, profitable energy.

I made blogging friends in high places by completely ignoring lower energy folks, some of whom criticized me and my blog.

Starve lower energies.

Make room for higher energies.

Profit, free yourself and see increasing blogging success.

 

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What Do You Sell and How Do You Sell It?

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One easy way to make money blogging is to get clear on calling folks to buy your stuff and hire you.

Invest in my blogging course.

Visit my blog for blogging ebooks and blogging audiobooks.

Advertise on my blog.

Paypal me.

See how easy?

I clearly call you to invest.

You invest.

Simply put, knowing what you sell and how you sell it increases your blogging profits because people respond to your energy.

Prior lines? Each feels clear and comfortable to me. I know what I offer. Of course I know how I offer it. How, meaning, how I feel offering.

Imagine feeling light, airy, calm, confident and detached as you call readers to buy or hire. Money feelings. Good.

But imagine feeling heavy, resistant, uncomfortable, awkward or embarrassed calling readers to buy or hire.

Your greatest pro blogging success occurs by shifting from heavy to light during money calls.

Or feeling light, airy, detached and clear on calls because you freely share what you sell and sell with clarity results in big blogging profits.

Audio Books

I note a spike in audio book sales and reviews. Of course I barely touched my audio books over 3 years. I generate almost completely passive income; the audio books sell themselves.

After seeing royalty payments recently I pondered the passive blogging income; I barely actively sell ‘em so the what and how seems non-existent. But detaching just lets what and how unfold gracefully and beautifully, resulting in virtually complete passive income.

This was from my trip to Bali.

Getting almost 100% clear on what and how results in ever increasing, passive profits.

Why?

Blogging is energy.

Blogging Energy

Imagine feeling clear on receiving money from someone. You just accept it.

A friend buys lunch. You cheerily accept.

Why?

Your energy dictates you clearly accept and enjoy the money or purchase.

Ditto for blogging income streams. Emit the same clear, relaxed, accepting, receiving energy. Money flows to you thru clear streams. Of course my audiobooks sell passively; I am clear on that channel.

Boosting your blogging profits requires you freely offer what you sell and sell from a clear, confident, abundant, knowing, detached energy.

Example; note how I include 1 or more calls to action for all blog posts and videos. I offer what I sell freely. My readers never need guess. Clarity. No hiding or awkwardness or discomfort. I am clear. I sell.

How do I sell? Of course, from a calm, clear, confident, knowing I am successful energy. Naturally, I sell and profit because my energy around what and how feels clear to me.

Next Level Profits

Profit like top bloggers in your niche.

Get clear on receiving money.

Visualize yourself owning ample money. Feel rich.

I enjoy counting money in mind so it feels real to me. Swiftly, I make money through iTunes, Bitcoin and Quora, as has been the case recently.

Bitcoin and Quora are neither directly related to blogging but so goes money; it cares not channels, it justs finds bloggers clear on receiving money. Plus my blogging related profits increase too.

Picturing your wealth serves you because what feels real in mind flows into your experience.

Money and worldly success find you through profitable ideas, people and circumstances.

Execute the ideas from a chill, relaxed energy. Profit.

Freely offer what you offer. Promote yourself through every blog post and video. Tell us what you sell; we want to buy it. Sell with clarity. Know success and profits are yours; promote with clarity, detachment and a knowing that you already have profits because mind owns profits.

Blogging Is Not That Hard for Mind Scientists

Every day, my email inbox delights me.

My visualization sessions yield fascinating, profitable opportunities.

Mind creates reality.

As within, so without.

Blogging is not that hard at all for bloggers who visualize success, who feel rich, who count their blogging wins and who keep things positive.

Success follows success-focused bloggers.

Profits follow rich-feeling, riches-seeing bloggers.

As within, so without.

Get clear on selling and receiving money.

Profit.

 

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How to Be an Organized Blogger

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Do you feel 100% organized?

If so you are on the ball.

Awesome.

But if you need direction I have tips for you.

I sit in Manila now. I write my 2nd blog post today at the airport.

Bloggers success-focused make time to blog because this crowd organizes their blog and self effectively.

How to Be an Organized Blogger

I see my success vision. Being organized is easy.

Organizing your blogging day makes blogging easy. Imagine everything lining up perfectly. Welcome to my day.

No matter what happens I proceed from calm confidence.

Sound good?

Let’s dive in.

Invest Money in Blogging Resources

Invest money in my 11 Fundamentals of Successful Blogging Audio Course.

Live your dreams by organizing yourself effectively.

My course outlines 11 steps to follow to succeed. Feel organized, orderly and clear by following each fundamental. Easy peasy.

Imagine me laying out what you need to do to succeed with your blog. Doesn’t that feel good? Don’t you feel clear, confident and organized, knowing I give you 11 steps to succeed?

Blogging resources from top pros organize your thoughts, feelings and actions. Invest in my course. Buy a blueprint. Be organized.

Visualize Your Dreams

Dream big dreams.

Visualize your dreams to be organized.

Dreaming big dreams creates order in your mind. Thoughts flow smoothly, calmly and confidently to you. Imagine how organized you’d feel as thoughts flow smoothly through your mind.

Seeing your dreams in vivid detail alerts you; you have it. Dreams preview life experience.

Knowing your dream flows to you, you blog from an organized, calm, confident, detached, knowing energy.

Add as many details to your mental picture as possible. I make my vision feel real to be organized, efficient and effective.

Blog from a Calm, Detached, Knowing Energy

Everything is energy.

Organized bloggers blog from a calm, detached, knowing energy.

I am relaxed sitting in an airport in the Philippines now. No worry, no stress, no hurry, no disorganized, jumbled thoughts.

This was from my 5 week trip to Turkey.

how to be an organized blogger

Take a deep breath. Slow down. Calm down. Success finds you as you blog from an organized, relaxed energy.

Do Only a Few Things

I blog organized because my mind races not in 100 directions with 100 things to do.

I sell my course.

I sell my eBooks.

I sell my audio books.

I write blog posts, broadcast videos and comment on blogs.

Simple.

Easy peasy.

Bloggers organize their day effectively by doing only a few things.

No sense adding disorganized chaos by trying to master many disciplines. Impossible, anyway, because where your energy goes, grows. Give energy to 10 disciplines and none grow. Of course you become disorganized too, trying to wear many hats. But doing a few things only ensures you see rapid growth in those few areas.

This is why people call me the king of guest posting, the king of blog commenting and I landed a featured on John Chow Dot Com as a live video blogger to follow.

Care for Your Mind and Body

I do 90 minutes of yoga daily plus I exercise for 60 minutes daily.

Taking care of mind and body helps me be organized because feeling good leads to organization.

Highly successful bloggers take care of their mind and body to reach the top of their niche. Walk. Meditate. Do deep yin yoga.

Self care leads to self organization.

Beware Robotic Practical Tips

I am organized whether I check email once daily, once every 2 days or 30 times daily. Makes no difference. I am an energetic being of feelings, not a mindless robot.

Never organize your blogging day based on robotic, practical tips because said tips may not work for you.

Organize yourself and your blog by listening to your intuition before all else.

You may vibe with 1 or 4 of the above tips. Listen to the voice within. Take what works for you.

Get organized.

Observe Top Bloggers Closely

Top bloggers offer you clues for better organizing.

Some top pros only read 1-2 sentence emails and ignore all else. Doing so reduces all unclear noise in his inbox and keeps him organized.

I learned how to be organized by studying the most organized bloggers on earth; the big dawgs.

Learn from the best to be effective, efficient and organized.

Being an organized blogger takes practice but all practice leads toward greater success.

I never could circle the globe and succeed online if I was not organized.

Order your thoughts.

Order your feelings.

Organize your mind.

All begins from within.

Organizing begins with organized thoughts and feelings.

Feel good.

Enjoy the blogging ride.

Get organized.

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