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10 Blogging Lessons Learned at Affiliate Summit East



The Blogging Big Dawgs chatted about how to blog for business at Affiliate Summit East in New York City.

After meeting Kulwant Nagi and talking shop – and travel – I learned 10 blogging lessons from these 7 figure bloggers.

Following these lessons cuts years from your learning curve guys.

Zac Johnson.

John Chow.

Syed Balkhi.

Jeremy Schoemaker.

Tune in and prosper.

1: Get Personal

Zac led off with a transparency gem; get personal and authentic to connect with readers.

He shares how he’s lived with an autoimmune disease. These guys are human beings, folks, who face obstacles and heartache, just like you.

No better way to connect with readers than by sharing some personal stories from your life. Share your life away from the laptop. Bond with readers. Be human. Blog about it.

2: Add Humor

I knew little about Jeremy before today save he being the Shoemoney Guy with big Google checks.

Turns out he is candid, highly knowledgeable and extremely funny, dripping with wit.

Being funny removes tension and lets readers put their guards down. Which is why I sometimes blog of being attacked by lady boy prostitutes in Bangkok or wild men in Nepal, linking to blogging lessons, of course.

Add humor to your blog. Lighten up. Educate and entertain to be memorable.

3: Blog Your Passion

John explained how blogging your passion helps you monetize effectively.

Blog on a topic you know and blog on a topic you enjoy writing about. All these blogging big dawgs stressed this point; during lean months, being detached from outcomes lays the base for successful blogging, as you’ll create value and help folks and be detached, without any strong agendas clouding your vision.

4: BE Your Passion

Syed was BEING his passion during da chat.

Dude almost broke a sweat up there talking about martech. He blogs his passion and he BEs his passion, embodying an energy quite uncommon in blogging. Unless you follow my Facebook Live videos. Then that energy is quite common.

Allow your blogging niche passion to infuse your being. Do live videos. Do podcasts. Let people feel your love, persistently, to become hyper successful, because passion infects readers and viewers. In a good way.

5: Focus on the Process

None of these bloggers likely envisioned millions during early blogging days. Every one stressed simply creating something valuable because they enjoyed blogging on their chosen topics; this was the end goal. No strong agendas or addiction to outcomes.

Focusing on the process of creating valuable, helpful resources sets a granite-like foundation for a stunningly successful blogging career through your:

  • generosity
  • patience
  • detachment
  • persistence

Fall in love with the process. See outcomes like traffic or profits as extras, or bonuses, or icing on the cake.

6: Get a Life Away from da Home Office

Jeremy and John advised bloggers to meet and greet folks away from your home office to combat loneliness.

Jeremy works out of coffee shops sometimes. John does his meet up series on YouTube.

My wife Kelli and I circle the globe, meeting new bloggers, digital nomads, expats and locals all over the world, from New Zealand to India to Costa Rica to Fiji.

Get a life. Make friends offline. Have fun and develop some range to avoid being a 1 dimensional blogger.

7: Reframe Trend Spotting

Syed shared a brilliant nugget that Zac seconded; stop looking for the next big thing in 5 years and simply open up to what problems you can solve now from a different angle, over the next 5 years.

Now exists.

Time is illusory.

Forget trend seeking.

Spot pressing needs now. Reframe solutions. Prosper.

8: Create the Niche Versus Seeking an Already Established Niche

More brilliance from Syed.

He made a point I bemoan you to honor, again and again, to where you want to smack me by now.

YOU are the niche. YOU create the niche.

Sure you may pick a blogging niche based on keyword research, demand, competition, and that jazz. But following your passion solving a problem nobody seems to be solving now can make you wildly successful while having fun.

Don’t be afraid to discover/uncover/create a new niche with zero competition or without the appearance of a heavy demand. Your energy co-creates the niche. Believe that.

9: Bank on Death Avoidance as a Profitable Blogging Niche

Funny story John Chow shared about a some say morbid but highly profitable domain name he gobbled up.

Had to add it.

10: Successful Blogging Ain’t a 1 Person Show

These world famous bloggers noted making a pretty penny through affiliate marketing by folks with huge followings signing up for products and services through their site.

Nobody makes a blogging fortune from scratch.

Established internet marketers and bloggers have:

  • bought all of my eBooks (boosting my eBook sales and Amazon Associate sales)
  • bought most if not all of my audio books
  • promoted me freely
  • endorsed me freely

all leading to my island hopping, pro blogging lifestyle.

We succeed together. Not solo.

We support each other.

Lone blogging wolves struggle, fail and quit while team players with big friend networks succeed wildly.

Wrapping it Up

Learn from these blogging icons guys.

Increased traffic and profits are yours if you follow advice from hyper successful bloggers.

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Ryan Biddulph is the owner of Blogging From Paradise. He's a blogger, author and world traveler who's been featured on Richard Branson's Virgin Blog, Forbes, Fox News, Entrepreneur Dot Com and Neil Patel Dot Com. Ryan can help you become a full time blogger with his eBook.

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How to View the Relationship Between Your Blog and Social Media



Alonzo Pichardo says it best.

“Buy your own domain and hosting and make that your own main hub. Social media is a branch of the marketing tree. That’s all.”

He shared my video on Instagram. Video registered 3,926 views. Here it is:

Buy Your Domain and Hosting

I filmed the video because I spent 20 minutes clicking profile links of folks who Liked my updates. I found a few self-hosted WordPress blogs, read and commented on these blogs. Relationships established. But most Instagram users:

  • had no blog to speak of
  • linked to YouTube
  • linked to Facebook

For the heck of it, I spent a good 3 minutes looking for one user’s blog. I found an obituary (he was young and alive but shared a common name) and a collection of spammy “look up his information sites.” He claimed to be a blogger via his Instagram bio but he is no more a blogger than I am a werewolf.

Think about Alonzo’s advice; the blog is your main hub, or root, or base of your tree, and social media acts like branches. Offshoots, nothing more.

Big Mistake

Instagram owns Instagram. Instagram:

  • can kick that kid off of Instagram for 1 of a billion reasons, in a heartbeat
  • WILL change their algorithm, soon enough, forcing the kid to change his strategy, uprooting his online world
  • forces the kid to make his brand, Instagram’s brand

Not investing is a domain and hosting is about the biggest mistake you can make online because not owning your site hands your power, your decision making, your branding potential and your monetizing potential to someone else.

Social media is a branch. Spend most of your time daily working on your blog and networking with other bloggers who own their self-hosted, WordPress blogs. Unless they change their values or quit blogging, this is the most sound, intelligent approach to blogging.

Use social media for a little bit daily to:

  • tag bloggers you mention on your blog
  • help bloggers in groups related to your niche
  • share your blog posts
  • share other blogger’s blog posts

You are a blogger. Not an Instagrammer. You are a blogger. Not a Facebook-er. Spend most of your day on blogs. Not social media.

Marios Tofarides runs an authority blog on eBooks. Not in a billion years could he make his social media profiles look anything like his branded, self-hosted blog. Paula at Contented Traveler runs a first class travel blog. She could never re-create her blog’s branding, style and voice on social media. Sarah Arrow built a well known brand and thriving business by making her blog stand out, through creating, through connecting and through smart blog branding. Impossible to do this, through social media alone.

Pay Up to Play Up

I can mention your blog on Blogging From Paradise, a DA 47 blog read by many influencers.

I can mention your blog on Blogging Tips, a DA 48 blog read by many blogging influencers.

But I never link to free platform blogs because no influencer or experienced reader trusts information on free platforms. If you cannot invest $3 a month, you carry too much of a fear-lack-poverty conscious energy, that seasoned readers and top bloggers know to avoid.

I never link to a social media profile because….social media is not a blog!

Pay up to play up.

Invest in a domain and hosting. Move up in blogging circles. See social media as branches, using Facebook, Twitter and Instagram as secondary or even tertiary means for helping people. Spend most of your time on your self-hosted, WordPress blog and networking on other self-hosted, WordPress blogs.


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1 Failure Conscious Tendency That Makes Blogging Tougher



Some bloggers cannot accept a good thing when they get it.

I have linked to tens of thousands of bloggers over my decade online. I love my friends. I take care of my friends.

99.999999% of bloggers are beyond grateful to get a backlink from an established, pro blogger like myself for many reasons:

  • Blogging From Paradise has a DA of 47; that’s some backlink juice!
  • Blogging Tips has an even higher DA; 48 I believe, meaning more backlink juice
  • you bond more deeply with me, and forming a deeper friendship allows me to open doors for you, via guest posts, more backlink mentions, interviews, prospering partnerships
  • greater blog traffic through exposure
  • greater blog profits through exposure
  • greater brand awareness through exposure, and also, your blog and brand aligns with Virgin, Forbes and Fox News, sites I have appeared on, creating greater trust

I could go on for 45 minutes. The list of benefits are endless. There are absolutely no downsides to being mentioned by me, on my blog or via guest post. Yet, some folks, because of their own fears, cannot accept these gifts freely and gratefully. Hey guys; I luv ya’s. This is not a rant, but a lesson in seeing good (versus fear/downside), expressing genuine gratitude and learning how to move up in blogging circles, by being fully grateful to receive the above gifts and by purging any fears or lack of gratitude you feel, when a world renowned blogger links to you.

Virtually all bloggers are grateful for receiving the above list of benefits. Donna Merrill is a blogging high roller and she responds to virtually all my tags and mentions. I would never expect her to do so because we are great friends, and she is so busy, but that is heart-filled blogging.

But a few bloggers clinging to deep fears have responded to my generous backlinks a few different ways:

  • some fear the linking structure is not neat and orderly
  • some fear they are not getting enough link juice via Google, and ask me to log into search console and make changes or whatever
  • some fear they are not getting enough links to a specific site or permalink, and ask me to edit the post, to change the link

All above motivators are fear, and fear is not real, so if you honor these fears and react-respond in the above fashion, you judge things or make a request from an illusory, untrue, false, totally not real energy of loss, lack, limitation.

That fear has 100% to do with you, and nothing to do with me. I will keep being generous with my blogging buddies, but I seek out loving buddies, not those weighed down a bit too heavy by fear, so fear-bloggers gotta go, along with their links, going forward.  Nothing personal, as I love and respect these folks. Just an energy thing.

We See the World as We See Ourselves

You see the world, you see other bloggers and you see their linking strategies as you see yourself.

If someone fears they won’t get enough traffic or clicks or Google juice through my linking strategy, that has nothing to do with the guy featured on billionaires’s blogs, and living his dream, circling the globe. That has to do 100% with you, your fear of loss, your fear of not enough, your trust issues, and other deep, fear based energies, begging to be unearthed and felt.

I am the mirror. You are the source. You are cause, and effect.

Picture break! Me during my trip to Fiji with my friend Olivia.

My dear friend Alonzo Pichardo sent me a Message months ago. He was deeply grateful I had linked to him 50 plus times on Blogging Tips alone. He is grateful! Does it surprise you that the guy runs a highly prospering business and leads a huge, loyal following?

David Boozer routinely sends me Messages sharing how grateful he is for my eBooks, courses, content and mentions, writing from the heart. More gratitude! Does it surprise you that one of his YouTube channels has registered millions of plays, alone?

Alonzo and David do not ask me to change links or put stuff into Google console or to change my linking style; they know a gift when they see it.

Vishwajeet Kumar feels incredibly grateful for each backlink I give to his helpful blogging resource, and expresses his gratitude on social media.

This is how you move higher in blogging circles, to see more success, versus moving lower, through fear-based lack of gratitude, and, losing link mentions.

Guys; see the blessing in a coveted backlink. Be grateful. See the good. Move up in the blog-0-sphere. Experience increased blogging success.

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Connect to Get Connected



Do you want to know how I became a connected travel blogger?

I patiently read posts from a brilliant group run by Mapping Megan, published genuine comments and promoted my fellow bloggers.

That is it. I put in serious work. I also published helpful content on my blog, too.

Bloggers mistakenly believe in “getting connected”. Like being connected is a passive act, that just happens. By luck, or by lame pitches.

Do you want to get connected enough where you get featured on world famous blogs? Invest in my Teachable course. I teach you how to do it without pitching anybody.

I created the course after bloggers emailed me asking if I can feature them on Forbes, or asking how much it costs to get a link on Forbes. All these bloggers made the critical error of believing asking someone for a favor or feature – quite a passive, lazy, mindless act – is how you “get connected.” If this were true, 30,000,000 bloggers would be featured on Forbes, Forbes’ reputation sinks into the sewer and nobody would want to get featured on Forbes anymore.

Do you see how foolish and silly strategies like asking people to get featured on world famous blogs waste your time? Like me asking the NY Knicks for a try out, after I only had skills good enough to be a junior college basketball player. Foolish.

Passive Versus Active

Getting connected is passive. Not gonna work.

You EARN connections by connecting yourself to human beings, and you connect yourself by featuring skilled bloggers on your blog, by mentioning them and sharing their content on social media and by expecting nothing in return. I mention Paula Pins the Planet because she’s a first class travel blogger. I connect myself to her. Friendship forms. I connect myself to Rhonda Albom by linking to her on my blog and by tweeting her posts. As more and more friendships form, blossom and grow, my friends:

  • promote me
  • endorse me
  • help me
  • inspire me
  • buy my eBooks
  • hire me

People then say, “Hey, Ryan is a connected blogger! He knows everybody.” Fools believe me being connected just….happened. Passively. Lost folks believe I am lucky to be connected. The blogging brain dead believe I began blogging from a connected, influential space, when I knew more cats than bloggers 10 years ago, a lost blogging soul who did not know what a blog, was.

I spent 10 years of my life connecting myself to bloggers by promoting them without asking for anything in return. I help skilled bloggers because skilled bloggers provide you with helpful resources. Naturally, this level of generosity and calm, cool detachment helped me pop up on the radar screen of high profile brands. Kinda happens, when an army of influential blogging buddies endorses you, promotes you and vouches for you.

Connecting yourself to successful bloggers requires:

  • generosity
  • detachment
  • patience
  • persistence
  • authenticity

You pay a specific tuition for being connected; helping influencers without giving thought to your own needs. Then, over months, then years, you become incredibly connected, powerful and influential, based on your generosity and willingness to shine the spotlight on other bloggers, like Moss Clement.  Peep his generosity.  This is how to get connected. Be a tireless supporter of other bloggers, like how David Boozer and Alonzo Pichardo do it. These guys are generous! David promoted me more than I promoted me. That’s saying something. Then, Alonzo and a bunch of folks found me through David, and these blogging pros generously promoted me. I keep promoting them too, returning the generosity these folks have shown me.

Do you want to know my secret for being hyper connected?

Take care of your friends!

Think little of your own needs. Friends will help take care of you.

Connect yourself to people. Promote them. Expect nothing. Be super connected.

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