The Blogging Big Dawgs chatted about how to blog for business at Affiliate Summit East in New York City.
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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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
What Is the Incredibly Easiest Way to Drive Blog Traffic?
Drive traffic to other blogs.
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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?
Drive traffic to your blog easily.
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