Unless you’re a political or religion blogger you better avoid discussing either topic on your blog or through social media.
Virtually all human beings are awesome as little kids and remain awesome unless they are imprinted with fear-based, untrue ideas. We are light. We are love. I see this with my 2 year old niece.
But….and this is the big but……during our early years, parents, friends and the general public does its best to program us with fear-based beliefs. Religion and politics are the 2 most criminal offenders in this department.
My Early Childhood
I was raised in a conservative, Catholic home.
Nuns and priests taught me to forgive like Jesus and to be kind like Jesus. But in the same breath, these folks taught us we were not worthy, we were sinners (How?? I was a little kid!!??), how money was evil and how we had to pray for people from other religions, as said folks lost their way.
Needless to say, I had some deep fears instilled in me concerning folks subscribing to other religious beliefs and to money as well.
As for being around Republicans growing up, I dug the idea of self-reliance and the capitalist, entrepreneurial spirit. But in the same regard, there was a bit too much fear, anger and fighting being spread among the party as well.
After beginning to circle the globe I thought through a more liberal, Democratic approach. But many liberals seemed to think that some power outside of them would make their life OK, or that they were owed something, or entitled to something, independent of their contribution to society. That seemed a bit off to me.
I saw both parties as being way too filled with fear and endless fighting, and not enough with love, and ditched ’em.
I became 100% non-political, with zero interest in politics, because I never became fully clear – aka, clear on my stance, or, clear of fears – concerning politics. Ditto for religion.
Why Blogging and Politics or Religion Are a Bad Match (or Why You Shouldn’t Open Your Mouth on Each Topic)
Many phenomenal blogging teachers who are kind, compassionate and loving pull a Jekyl and Hyde act once politics or religion arises, due to their fear aka lack of clarity around each topic.
Someone is a brilliant, loving, fun, generous blogger for months. But the split second they discuss politics or religion, they become monsters, saying racist, homophobic or downright nasty things. Truth is; they are still the same innocent, fun-loving little kids who became imprinted by the fear-based prejudices of family, friends and society.
Unfortunately, few humans can see a phenomenal person who is in pain, masking the pain and fear by lashing out with angry, judgmental political or religious updates on social media or through their blogs. Meaning many of these well-meaning but fear-filled bloggers hurt their reputation and need to rebrand themselves or move on from blogs and businesses because they are always cursing out Donald Trump, fighting injustice with hate-filled comments (which is just as damaging as injustice, because responding to hate with hate divides even more), tussling with Democrats or Republicans or telling human beings they will go to hell unless they see the world as the judging person sees the world.
The majority of readers block these folks on social, stop reading their blogs and move on. Opportunity for service, lost. Growth potential greatly reduced.
Remember guys; true political or religious passion is void of fear and rudeness, and filled with compassion, where you discuss either topic in a detached, understanding, open and tolerant light. I have a handful of blogging buddies who discuss politics or religion from a more enlightened perspective so these chats do not hurt their blogs or brands at all.
I am a forgiving dude who has been through some trying situations and purged my fears over the years. I understand you cannot judge someone based on an update, nor can you deny someone’s blogging skills. Most folks however have fear and pain and grief in their hearts, so naturally, they either fight the politically or religiously charged blogger or cut them off forever. This is why it’s a bad idea to chat politics or religion; you likely lack clarity in each topic and most folks who lack clarity will fight ya or or forget about ya, hurting your blogging business and moving you into lower energy, fear-filled, less successful, happy and loving blogging circles.
I genuinely intend to see the best in everybody and understand we are all human, so let a lotta stuff slide. Most folks don’t take my viewpoint so of course, talking religion or politics when you are not fully clear means:
- ruining your reputation
- decreasing blog traffic
- decreasing blogging profits
Don’t think of a political or religious rant as being someone’s true colors as much as the rant being fear and pain manifest, said fear and pain being unattractive to folks blogging mainly from love and fun.
I don’t chat politics or religion on my blog or through social media because both topics tend to divide by their very nature; grouping people according to their beliefs always does.
I try to embody love, harmony, inclusion and compassion, with an emphasis on being a leader who moves forward with folks who want to to commit fully to living their dreams through blogging.
I am about bringing the world together through sharing my blogging and traveling experiences.
Whether you are Republican or Democrat, Catholic, Jewish or Muslim, I have love for you because we are all more alike than we know, and all more empowered than we ever dreamed we were.
Now doesn’t that sound awesome?
Sounds like a simple, fight-free way to become a successful blogger to me.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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:
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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