The good news is that Black Friday 2017 is still 10+ days away!
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That means if you are reading this article today while I publish it – then you have just as many days on your hands to start preparing for this mega sales event.
Usually what happens is that we are too late to the party and can’t really make the most out of it – which was the main reason why I wanted this article out early this year.
Black Friday is huge and it gets stretched to the Cyber Monday, and for this entire weekend the sales and discounts continue to reach its peak. As bloggers and marketers, you want the slice of that pie.
Stop planning and research and simply dive in, get something out today – too much of planning and not taking action only wastes time. Do a landing page, write a blog post – start selling something now!
Here’s a 5 Step Guide to get started with Internet Marketing and make some cool dollars this Black Friday!
Step 1 – Research Your Products – I know it can be a bit surprising to see about researching products first, normally you buy your domain or think about your niche to start with, but that is a very wrong way of approaching things. The first step should always be about what you want to promote.
However, do note that Black Friday is nearly here and there isn’t time enough to create a domain and start working on it – your best option here is to start working on an existing domain.
You can use any affiliate platform for your research, there is simply no limits to shops that offers black Friday discounts, but let me take Clickbank as an example for this one. Now, let’s say your niche is health – it can be anything but I usually go for health niche because I always have a few health related blog laying around!
Step 2 – Keyword Research – This step is easy, don’t complicate it with too many tools. All you need is some related keywords around the product that you have chosen. Use tools like UberSuggest or simply search on Google to find some related keyphrazes. Then start noting them down on a notepad.
You need to write articles around those keywords – but before you start jumping, it is best that you know more about what the issues – what problems people are facing and how many of those problems and issues will your product solve.
For this, check people’s reviews of the product on Amazon, look up Quora on related questions and search sites like Twitter to see how people are reacting to these issues and their solutions on the Social Media.
Step 3 – Start writing article – You do need to write unique articles and it should pass copyscape. This step can be easily outsourced, but if you are a good writer then you can easily write it yourself.
In the previous step you have already done your research. For writing an article you will have to research more – thankfully the internet is already filled up with so much of information on any topic that research is pretty simple now. Don’t copy anything though – take the ideas from the articles, Youtube videos, infographics etc. and then start writing the article in your own words.
Step 4 – Once you complete the article, share it on the social media – use all of your channels to promote the article. There are sites like ViralContentBuzz, GuestCrew, JustRetweet that can spread your content on the social media with ease. All you have to do is – share other people’s content – earn credits in the process and use those to get more shares on your own content.
Use Influencer marketing – there’s many ways to do it but the most effective way is to link to influencers from your article. Then reach out to those whom you have linked and ask them for sharing your article on the social media. Some of them will be generous enough to link to your article as well.
Step 5 – Build Backlinks: While this step can be done in any number of ways – ultimately the target of this step is to get some genuine and natural links to your site and the article. Here’s some quick steps to build links to your article:
Guest Posts: With less than 10 days to go for the black Friday – it will be a challenge to get guest posts published. Still if you speed up and write 2 to 3 articles a day, related to your content – then it might works out.
Web 2.0 Links: This step is quicker, there are sites that allow posts to automatically appear on their sites – all you have to do is signup and post. Then there are some other web 2.0 sites that allows you to have a profile, many of those profile creation sites allows you to have a backlink.
Comments: Perhaps the easiest way to get some quick links to your articles is start commenting. Just make sure to comment on relevant blogs!
Forums: You have to search for related forums that allows links in the signature or posts. Make sure to add value on those forums, if it seems that you have registered on their forum to build links then they will ban you quickly. Focus only on contributing first – build up a profile, then go for the links.
Quora: This site has grown so quickly that at this moment no matter what topic or niche you have selected, you will find people on Quora that are interested or even experts on your chosen topic.
Experience is a big thing – even if you fail to make something big this black Friday you will still remember the process. Next year, simply start early – better yet start now!
The offers and discounts related to black Friday might not be live till the last few days – but you already know the process and you can have the sites ready and the articles in the drafts and wait for the right time. Once the stores and the portals starts to display their black Friday deals, start to add those to your article drafts and start publishing them.
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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