Let’s get one thing straight first: WordPress is more than just a blogging platform. It’s the best way to create an explosive website that really gets your message across.
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The fact that WordPress runs 50-60% of the world’s CMS market can attest to that.
Of course, there are lots of other web and blogging platforms out there that you can choose from. However, choosing a blogging platform that doesn’t fit your needs is among the worst mistakes bloggers should avoid.
Still, if you’re still torn on whether or not starting a WordPress blog is something you want to get into right now, allow us to make the choice easier for you.
Here are our top reasons for choosing WordPress:
1. It’s designed explicitly for publishing
WordPress can handle your whole publishing workflow. Yes, right from your first draft all the way until when you’re ready to publish.
The distraction-free writing platform also automatically saves your work and allows you to go back to previous versions of your content with a click of a button.
It’s also very convenient how you can preview your posts to see exactly how they should appear upon publishing.
Speaking of publishing, you can choose to publish immediately or you can set it to do so at a later time of your choice.
2. It’s simple and easy to use
Whatever the reason, may it be business or personal, I’m guessing you want to start a blog because you love to write. WordPress allows you to do just that.
You want to write? Write away!
You need to upload an image or file? Drag and drop or upload via a link.
As easy as that.
No need to be a coding expert to get the best of the platform. It’s simple, straightforward, and lets you do what a writer’s got to do without having to worry about anything else.
Unless you want to that is.
Because then, it’s also customizable with apps and plugins of your choice straight from WordPress’s plugin directory.
WordPress’s flexibility is one of the things that makes it the top CRM of today.
3. Top-notch security
WordPress is well known for its excellent security features. You get password protection various levels.
Examples of what you can do are:
- Protect individual posts
- Protect specific parts of your content
- Restrict access privileges for anyone else except your choice of members, authors or registered users
It goes without saying that security should be considered as one of the fundamentals of blogging. Especially if you want to get into it as a profession.
Why, you say? Because you don’t want to lose everything and start from scratch again if ever your blog goes kaput due to malware and other security problems.
Stable as a web and blogging platform, vulnerabilities in the system are quickly discovered and given solutions as soon as they are found. That’s easy enough to do when you have millions of members in your user base.
Thousand of skilled users and hundreds of expert web developers who back and support WordPress collaborate with the company to arrive at solid resolutions to recently revealed issues and vulnerabilities.
These are then programmed into the updates that WordPress rolls out every 3-4 months, regular as clockwork.
4. Top-of-the-line Search Engine Optimization
By and of itself, WordPress is already an excellent platform for SEO. Compared to every other CMS out there, it’s the best at indexing every single page you create.
WordPress also converts your titles and pages into search engine friendly URLs.
Although there are a lot of SEO resources for bloggers available on the web, another good thing about WordPress is that you can also get optimum help from search engine optimization plugins.
Yoast, for example, has been rated 5 stars by more than 16,000 users. It’s the most downloaded SEO plugin on WordPress’s directory.
With over 5 million active installs, it tops the next plugin on the list by 2 million. That’s a massive number of satisfied users who rely on Yoast’s search engine optimization capabilities.
As a matter of fact, almost every kind of tool you need, including online marketing tools, is available on WordPress’s directory.
5. Wider Social Media Reach
For easy sharing of your blog posts to social networking sites, Publicize is one of the most workable among the WordPress’s social tools.
Tasks such as using Facebook to increase your blog traffic or Twitter to share captivating excerpts from your posts come quick and easy with Publicize.
In addition to that, there are also a lot of plugins you can choose from that will make it easier to power up your social media presence via your blog.
Wrapping Things Up
This could easily turn into a much longer list when it comes to reasons to choose WordPress.
Among them are the awesome design options, flexibility and expandability and impressive ease of access. Using this platform, you can effortlessly create ways to increase email subscribers and grow your email list.
These, in addition to the above-mentioned reasons, are why you should start blogging using WordPress.
Experience the convenience that millions of WordPress subscribers enjoy. Make it yours too. Be the blogger that you were meant to be. Let WordPress handle the rest.
Do You Establish Work at Home Boundaries?
Some people love attention.
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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:
- small talk
- 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.
Who Do You Surround Yourself with in Your Blogger Network?
Some bloggers cannot see the forest for the trees, like the beautiful, lush, thriving national park I visited in New Jersey recently.
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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:
- 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.
Just your blogging success at stake.
Are You Chasing the Flavor of the Month?
My first fundamental of successful blogging focuses you on being present.
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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
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.
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.
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