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Why Trying to Get Google Traffic May Hurt Your Blog

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Obsessing over THINGS forces you to miss out on HUMAN BEINGS.

I never would have met and befriended Mike Allton, Alonzo Pichardo, Vishwajeet Kumar or Jan Verhoeff if I obsessed over the thing known as Google. Google is a thing. Google is an inanimate object. Google cannot do anything. Human beings drive Google. Humans created Google. Humans use Google to find stuff.

But many bloggers make the critical mistake of trying to get Google traffic at the price of ignoring building friendships with humans. Or ignoring human beings outright, which is insane to me. Some bloggers obsess over getting a backlink on my Domain Authority 47 blog, Blogging From Paradise. Some are lost souls; others appear to be manipulative cyber vermin, internet rats ready and raring to use me and my blog to get link use, having no interest in earning my trust and befriending me.

Literally, this is like saying you just want to capitalize on my 10 years of blogging blood, sweat and tears because you have zero interest to actually practice, to pay your blogging dues and to develop useful, valuable skills, yourself.

I recall one blogger who bragged how my strategy of building relationships with human beings did not work, boasting of being featured on some site sounding like a Gremlin’s bathroom plunger (I had never heard of it). I let him know my strategy landed me on Richard Branson’s blog, Forbes, Fox News and Entrepreneur, working swimmingly.

Ouch.

He did not respond.

Mic drop.

Seriously guys; obsessing over Google forces you to ignore the humans who if you generously served and befriended them, would make your life so much fun, and freeing.

I am living in Oman for 2 months now. Look at this image I snapped today. Cool, eh? Making people matter does wonderful things for you and your blog.

I placed my latest post on Positively Positive yesterday. This community boasts 2.5 million Facebook Fans, a massive, loyal community. I feel humbled to be a contributor alongside celebrities like Mark Cuban, Seth Godin, Christy Turlington, Marie Forleo and Jack Canfield.  Think about it; a billionaire sits on that list, along with some of the most skilled people on earth in their respective fields. How did the Blogging From Paradise Guy land a coveted contributor spot? I practiced writing, like the dickens, but many far more skilled writers could land gigs. The difference maker: I patiently built relationships with other contributors and with the PP community, commenting genuinely on blog posts and promoting PP through my blog and social media.

Google traffic rocks if you focus almost exclusively on creating helpful content and building friendships by helping people, giving a little thought to tiny SEO details, to put you over the top, search-wise. But few Google traffic hungry bloggers do this, focusing instead on Google traffic over building friendships.

Sometimes I mention fabulous bloggers on my blog and the well-meaning but misguided folks worry about posts being indexed by Google or other SEO-related stuff, ignoring the fact I promoted them, their blogs and their brands to my large, engaged, loyal community. This is when Google traffic becomes a problem; when you focus on things over people, or when you focus on Google over Gratitude.

I filmed a short video here in Nizwa, Oman explaining this concept in detail. Focus on humans over search. Create helpful content for people. Build meaningful friendships by promoting other bloggers and by commenting genuinely on their blogs. More than ever, Google traffic flows to creative, connected bloggers these days.

A thing cannot do anything. A human can do everything. You and your blogging buddies take you to heights your mind cannot possibly comprehend. Even if you struggle now and see no light at the end of the blogging tunnel, focusing on serving human beings over trying to manipulate people, to land higher on Google and on other search engines, helps you lap virtually all other bloggers in your niche.

Google traffic rocks. Just don’t make the all too common blogging mistake of focusing on things over people.

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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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  1. Vishwajeet Kumar

    December 27, 2018 at 4:37 am

    Hello Ryan,

    Thanks for the Mention, my friend. I really appreciate that. You are definitely right that Human created Google. I believe that When you help people with your quality and helpful content. They generously promote you and shares your stuff on social media and other content sharing sites. Which creates a lot of traffic and also backlinks as well. Awesome tips My friend.

    Have a Great Day 🙂
    Vishwajeet

  2. Owenayuk

    December 29, 2018 at 1:19 pm

    You know, I feel like you are talking to me. I have been so busy trying to get huge traffic from Google to my blog. With this helpful article from you, I should know how to go for it. Thanks.

  3. Emenike Emmanuel

    January 1, 2019 at 7:27 pm

    I doff my cap for you any day, any time.

    Kudos for this amazing piece, Ryan.

    Most of the things I learnt about building relationship with other bloggers via blog commenting, I learnt them from you.

    Guess, what?

    It has taken me to unimaginable height.

    Like you said, Google is just a thing. Human beings are the real deal. Their promotion or recommendation will weigh more than that of Google ranking.

    This year, 2019, one of my new year plans is to build relationship with more experts in the internet marketing niche.

    Thanks for always sharing valuable content.

    Emenike

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4 Ways to Become More Detached from Blogging Outcomes

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See that throwback featured image of me in Phuket, Thailand?

I became a globe trotting pro blogger in part through the power of detachment.

Blogging outcomes weigh you down and slow your blogging growth, if you are not careful.

Many bloggers mean well but are so obsessed with every view, Like, comment, share and dollar that they either struggle horribly or hold back stunning blogging success. How could I write over 100 eBooks if I obsessed with sales from my first eBook? How could I write 600 posts on Blogging Tips alone if I obsessed over metrics?

Eye-popping success finds largely detached, generous bloggers.

Follow these tips to become more detached from blogging outcomes.

1: Help More Ask Less

If you want blog comments, comment on other blogs.

Want blog traffic? Promote other bloggers.

Help bloggers to detach from your needs and to see greater success. Ask less and less for shares, comments and views, to detach from outcomes. Success finds generous bloggers.

2: Mention 2-5 Successful Bloggers Via All Posts

I recall focusing heavily on blogging profits early during my career. I linked to an ad or affiliate product once per post and linked to nothing else, obsessing over sales, attaching to outcomes. I gradually promoted other bloggers over years. Now I promote 2 to 5 bloggers virtually every post. I think more of helping them and less of helping me.

Corey Hinde promoted me tirelessly over years. He mentions me regularly. Jan Verhoeff does too. Each blogger detaches from their own needs to help other bloggers, accelerating their online success.

3: Manage Your Energy

Attachment is fear. Managing your energy helps you:

  • face fear
  • feel fear
  • release fear
  • dissolve attachments

I do 80 minutes of deep yin yoga daily. Plus I jog or walk for 45-60 minutes daily. Meditating helps too.

Managing your energy rocks because so many bloggers cling deeply to fear-attachments, to stats and money and to clients and blogging buddies, and need a daily ritual to unearth and release these attachments. I strongly suggest deep yin yoga because it helps you become comfortable. Big time quality developed by all generous, pretty darn detached, bloggers.

Don Smith shares personal growth and energy shifting gems on his blog. My wife Kelli Cooper does too at Life Made to Order.

4: BE with Your Fear

I vividly recall sitting and BEING with my fear each time I checked my blogging inbox. I felt a general not enough energy pervade my being. Panic then ran through my body. Anger. Pain. Grief, at time lost. All fears reflected heavy attachments to:

  • money
  • list subscribers
  • traffic
  • fame

I totally believed I should have been further along at these points during my blogging career. Turns out, I was at the perfect place and time to feel deep fears, to dissolve attachments and to proceed from a generous, genuine, pretty detached, patient and persistent space.

Fighting fear only makes attachments grow. Not checking email for weeks because you feel terrified to check email makes the fear and attachment grow. But checking email hourly because you feel terrified that you:

  • will miss out on clients
  • are not making enough money, and need to check and see if you are making any aka enough money, yet

reflects your attachment to you. Ya know; “How am I doing-itis.” Check stats, check email, all the time, because you fear to see how you are doing.

Feel fear behind any strategy driven by fear. Let the fear go. Dissolve the attachment.

I check email here and there, never being attached to it. Email is not the source of my blogging success.

Treat blogging outcomes like mile markers on a highway, when you whiz by at 80 MPH. Note the stat for a few seconds and either move in a different direction or charge forward, based on how you feel about the stat, and what the feeling suggests to you.

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Quick Tips to Easily Find People and Other Bloggers Online

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Unlike Las Vegas — where ‘what happens there, stays there’ — once something is on the internet, it’s pretty much there forever. This is something bloggers, content creators and businesses know all too well. Whether it’s a WordPress article, social media updates, of photos making their way into the Google index, it’s likely going to be online forever.

It’s not just about posting and uploading content on the internet that you need to worry. It’s also all of the massive and easily accessible information that can be found online as well. With more data leaks taking place than ever before, and pretty much having privacy being a thing in the past, it’s easy to find information on anything and anyone with just a few clicks of a button.

For example, have you ever met someone at a blogging conference or event, but forgot to grab their business card? A lot of times we want to meet such people again but have no clue how to find them or their contact details. Through social media and using online tools like a people search, finding exactly what you need is now easier than ever before. Thankfully, we have this amazing platform called the internet – where we are able to find people around us ourselves.

There are plenty of other ways to find information or direct contacts for people online. In addition to using a People Search, social media is also a great method for finding whatever you are looking for. This is especially true if you can find someone on LinkedIn.

To start off, simply grab a notepad and write down the name of the person you want to search. Once you do that, branch out names of people you think are associated to them or at least the name of the person who introduced them to you if you were meeting them for the first time. Next, try and connect businesses, offices, college, university or any piece of information you think is or can be relevant to them. By now, you must have a web looking piece of information already giving you a clue.

How Do People Search Engines Work?

Making the best use of the amazing platform that we discussed – the internet, we need to find online people search engines which will process all the information we know and share possible match results for people we are looking for. To help you understand what a people search engine is and how do people search engines work, just imagine a library or a music record store. People search engines have a huge pool of database with information that is allowed to be displayed publicly. Such information contains phone numbers, education, employment history and sometimes criminal history as well. However, the information uploaded with any people search engine must be approved or must be in accordance with Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA).

Once you have the maximum information with you uploaded in a people search engine, it will run a match and show most relevant list of result for people associated with that information. You may further screen the results by looking at each option individually to figure if that’s the same person you are searching for.

Meanwhile, there are other sources to track someone apart from people search engines. Finding people through social media platforms has also been observed to take a troll. Many youngsters put up millions of searches every day through social media platforms including Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, SnapChat, etc. to find people they just met or to know more about them.

In all, finding someone in today’s world is no longer a rocket science. With multiple online people search engines and various social media platforms, tracking someone down has become as easy as finding a book in a library or a record in a music store.   

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How to View the Relationship Between Your Blog and Social Media

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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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