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New Year’s Resolutions Checklist for a Better Blog in 2018

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New Year's Resolutions Checklist for a Better Blog

New Year's Resolutions Checklist for a Better Blog

2017 is coming to a close real soon. It’s a time of the year when you reflect on the year that almost was and look forward to another year that will be. Part of your reflection is to look into the things you’ve done so far and find ways on how to improve them.

As a blogger, you must find better ways on how to engage with your readers so you can grow your traffic and reach your goals with it. Whether it is to sell your products or make money off your ads and affiliate links, you need to find better ways on how to reach those goals.

And what better way to stay true to your word of doing better on your blog than on 2018? Below is a short checklist of things you need to cross out before next year begins so you can position your blog to achieve greater profits moving forward.

1. I must publish better content

At the heart of every successful blog is content that resonates with your target audience.

This means it’s important to cater content to your readers by creating content they care about.By building relationships and connections with your audience through the content that you publish, you immediately carve a place in your niche. Being fully aware of what your blog is and what you need to write within it comes from knowing who your target readers are, first and foremost.

If you have yet to identify your target audience, develop a reader persona. It will help you refine your research and writing process, so everything you do is deliberate to making your reader persona happy.

Next, after knowing who your readers are and what they want, is to create higher quality content. Consider the Skyscraper technique to provide more than enough information to satiate the needs of your reader. And use visuals, they’re more effective in engaging site visitors compared to text alone. Consider high-quality, professional stock photography sites and other tools if you don’t have the skill or knowledge to create them yourself.

2. I must publish consistently

I must publish consistently

One of the most significant issues with resolutions, in general, is the lack of a follow-through. People are typically inspired and driven during the first few days starting the year. They try their best to reach their goals. However, as the weeks go by, they lose the fire in their eyes. They become unmotivated. Excuses eventually play a role as to why they weren’t able to achieve their goals that week.

Next thing you know, it’s like they never resolved to begin the year!

This is commonplace in blogging. It’s easy to make promises as to what you want to and should do. The real problem is how you plan to sustain that level of commitment over the course of the year.

A solution to this problem is by developing an editorial calendar. The calendar will help you lay out your plans for the coming weeks and months, so you have a schedule to follow when writing your posts. You can spread yourself evenly on days so you won’t get burned out by the tasks at hand.

Once you have created your calendar, you can proceed writing the posts and to publish each at their respective dates so your blog won’t run out of content. Following your editorial calendar to a tee will help you build a following as you continue churning out content on a consistent basis.

3. I must get better hosting

Your web host may seem like an afterthought. Although its content is the bread and butter of your blog, it won’t matter if you don’t have the right web host in place.

If you chose just some random web hosting provider without thinking, then you risk your site from experience slow loading times and lots of server downtime. These factors could lead to high bounce rate as you will be unable to build a readership.

This year, you must focus on getting your blog in tip-top shape by choosing the best hosting provider for all your needs!

However, it may be easier said than done. If you’re not familiar with how hosting works, then you might find it difficult to make an informed decision on which provider to use. Nonetheless, it doesn’t have to be difficult.

There are hosting review sites that will help break down the different hosting providers available and offer your objective and unbiased opinions about each. Best of all, the reviews are easy to understand, so you don’t have to be a tech geek to comprehend how the different hosting providers fare.

4. I must choose the best website platform for me

I know, this topic has been done to death. The blogging platform most would suggest is WordPress. Based on my personal experience, I strongly believe that WordPress offers you the tools and features that will help you grow your more efficiently than any other platform.

If you haven’t tried building your blog from WordPress, below is a video on how you can set the platform from the ground up.

However!

WordPress is not always the best answer. There are lots of other capable platforms in the market that can help you grow your blog more efficiently.

Want a straightforward, no-frills approach to your blogging? Try Medium.

Want to build your blog without any coding or design experience? Squarespace and Weebly might do the trick.

Tried WordPress and don’t like it? Good! That means it’s time for you to choose what’s best for you.

Doesn’t mean you have to use what people keep suggesting to you. If it doesn’t work, it’s time to move on to another platform. And choosing the ones from this list might help just do the trick.

5. I must build an email list

I must build an email list

Creating an email list is a blogging goal in and of itself. There are lots of benefits from collecting and nurturing your list that it’s hard to pass up on the opportunity of finding ways to attract more signups.

The first rule of thumb when building an email list is to ask.

In today’s permission-based marketing world, you need to request emails from people to get them. Use an opt-in form builder to help you create dynamic forms that will grab the attention of readers and compel them to sign up.

At the same time, you need to give people a reason why they should give away their emails to you. A visitor’s email is one of his/her most valued online possessions, and they don’t give them away for free.

This reason is why opt-in bribes exist. They help create an incentive for people to sign up for your email list. Once they do, they will receive the bribe to their email as a “thank you” for signing up. Using bribes is ideal if you haven’t established authority in your niche yet.

Conclusion

These blogging resolutions are nothing new, to be quite honest. The suggestions above have been mentioned time and again by others in the past.

However, as 2018 draws near, now is the best time for you to take actions to these tips. If you care about your blog’s success, then you need to start doing something about it very soon.

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Christopher Jan Benitez is a freelance writer for hire who provides actionable and useful web content to small businesses and startups. In his spare time, he religiously watches professional wrestling and finds solace in listening to '80s speed metal.

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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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