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How Living in Foreign Lands Makes You a Better Blogger

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Listen to this video guys:

How beautiful. I recorded the video a few minutes ago, here in Turkey.

This is a Muslim prayer called a salah, played over loud speakers a few times daily in Muslim nations, or in Muslim neighborhoods. I have heard the salah in Qatar, Oman, Turkey, Malaysia and Thailand.

Listening to this devotion inspired me to be a better blogger. I knew if I committed 100% to helping people and having fun, I would see worldly success. I saw the devotion of devout Muslims who woke at 5 AM to listen to the prayer, and to offer their own love to the divine. If millions of people do this daily, the least I could do is write a blog post and film 1 video daily to help people.

I see circling the globe as a simple way to become a better blogger. Namely because of 2 F words.

Fear and fascination.

Fear

Circling the globe requires you to nudge into fear.

A few days ago, I flew from Oman to Turkey. For whatever reason, I always experience turbulence in the Middle East, in some spots. During this flight we encountered roughly 20 minutes of pretty strong turbulence, the plane bumping here and there. I could not balance myself walking to my seat from the bathroom. I slept through some shimmy and shaking. 8 years ago? I would grasp to the handles for dear life, body tense, and rigid, being filled with fear. I gradually faced, felt and released the fear of turbulence over 8 years of travel. Now, I can enjoy a flight without worrying about turbulence.

Across the board, travel goads you to face fears. Language barriers, cultural differences and a whole litany of fun, freeing but highly uncomfortable situations greets you.

Successful bloggers hone the skill of diving into fear to be successful. Greater blog traffic, profits and overall worldly success sits behind the wall of fear. Either you nudge into fear, to succeed, or turn around, and fail. Your choice.

Be prepared to feel uncomfortable during this journey. Nothing happens easily, but if you nudge into fear you will experience greater blogging success. The key is in leaving your comfort zone regularly.

Fascination

The other F feels comfortable to explore; fascination. Look at the above photo as well as my featured image. I snapped each 5 minutes ago here in Cappadocia, Turkey. Far more like Mars than planet earth, George Lucas is rumored to have scouted this region as a filming location for his first Star Wars movie. He ran into issues and chose Tunisia instead, but the sense of awe, wonder and fascination inspires me to be prolific, for you guys.

Travel opens your eyes to the world around you and forces you to look slack-jawed at eye-popping sites. That sense of awesome sweeps you up in a wave of fascinating, inspiring you to be more and to do more. I feel a bit tired now after travel and getting up to speed on this sit but guys; look at the view. This is my home office view daily for the next 5 weeks. Pretty sweet, eh? Do you think I could ever lack for inspiration in such an environment? Awe and fascination wins again.

Bonus F: Friends

Traveling to foreign lands goads you to make new friends; inevitable. We befriended the like-minded homeowners for the past few days before they hit the road. Feels good to befriend folks from all over the globe, expanding opportunities and creating a more fulfilled experience.

Alonzo Pichardo David Boozer Vishwajeet Kumar and Robin Khokar are skilled bloggers and good friends. Befriending such rocking bloggers makes my life easier. I help them, expect nothing, we bond, and my blog grows as they endorse me, promote me and buy my stuff.

Hit the road guys. Even for a little bit. Observe how traveling promotes your blogging success.

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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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Does Your Blogging Day Go Like This?

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You wake up.

Check email. Sifting through email, you formulate thoughts. Good sign, getting emails for sponsored posts. Bad sign, seeing only 2 emails, none for clients or sponsored posts. You choose to feel awesome, flying high as a kite, but the feeling fades quickly. Or you choose to feel terrible, based on your perception of an appearance of no business.

Now you begin your writing and networking day feeling flat out terrible, at worst, or mediocre, at best. How creative can you be feeling terrible? Not too creative. How freely and generously can you network, feeling terrible? Nope; no generous networking from this vibe.

Tomorrow? Same deal. Peep a few emails, little business, you choose to feel bad, the day proceeds as a blogging struggle.

5 years ago, this was me. I lived the nightmare of results-oriented, outside-in, blogging. I blogged conditionally. I chose to feel a specific way based on my email inbox. Nightmare. I had some success but had not blogged from a generous, detached energy for very long. Of course, my email appeared to be a ghost town. I felt bad. I replayed the cycle, day after day, seeing muted success but hating the ride.

How Did I Change Things?

I did a few things:

  1. I felt the fear-pain feeling triggered by seeing no business in my inbox; felt terrible, but I began to clear fears so I could see clearly
  2. I began blogging mainly for the fun of blogging and gave little stock to emails, traffic and profits
  3. I began blogging mainly to help people and to make friends
  4. I trusted in the process, heeding advice from top bloggers like Sue Ann Dunlevie who noted how creating and connecting generously leads to increased success
  5. I checked email less and less, and focused on giving, more and more

Can you see why I advise that you follow your passion? Or, that you blog mainly for fun? Work becomes the reward. Business aka outcomes feel like extra, or a bonus, so seeing zero emails today becomes no big deal. You become patient, persistent and generous, all qualities possessed by successful pro bloggers. You also see increased blog traffic and profits over months, but the numbers feel like no big deal. It is just money. It is only money. You blog mainly for the love of blogging; all else serves as a bonus, a cherry on top.

Why Do Few Bloggers Follow Their Passion?

Most blogger chase profits, or focus on finances, versus chasing their passion, or focusing on fun.

Why?

Most bloggers desperately want to escape their dead end job. Most bloggers desperately want to escape poverty, or, financial struggles. Most bloggers desperately want to escape depression. Being desperate means you feel terribly afraid and NEED certain results, fast, to feel better. Blogging from a terribly afraid energy leads to dumb, impatient, failure-inducing blogging actions, like checking your email through the prism of fear, panicking, then bringing that terrible energy with you, all day long, prolonging struggle and failure.

Picture break. This is Puppy. I walk him and 2 other doggies through a valley in Turkey, these days.

Feel fears. Feel desperation. I assure you; feeling terrors feels highly unpleasant for moments, but being free of these energetic demons makes you:

  • generous
  • detached
  • fun-loving
  • patient
  • persistent
  • dedicated to writing, creating and connecting
  • prospering

I give little or no thought to email or traffic or stats because I blog mainly for the fun of blogging and for the love of helping people. Maintaining this attitude helped me become a happy, established, pro blogger.

Of course a part of you wants traffic and profits. Just make it a small part. Blog inside-out. Love the journey. Enjoy the ride.

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1 Chief Enemy of Blogging Success

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I read my email a few moments ago.

2 clear emails stick out in my mind. One individual wanted to advertise his dating site on Blogging From Paradise. I noted; my readers want blogging tips, not dating advice. He responded with how some of my readers may be single. Hmmmm….this is like saying it makes sense to advertise your vegan food in a steak house, as some husbands, wives or kids may be vegans, enjoying a salad in a steakhouse. Unintelligent approach. Flat out bad approach.

Someone asked to publish a guest post on Blogging From Paradise. He runs a pest control site. I share blogging tips. My readers could care less about pest control. Did any one of my readers visit my blog today hoping and praying I would share the latest and greatest pest control tips? Nope. My readers want blogging tips. My readers do not want pest control tips. If readers want pest control tips, readers would follow Pest Control from Paradise, not Blogging From Paradise.

Even though each email sounds ridiculous to most, you darn well know; a shockingly high number of bloggers and business owners fall prey to a chief enemy of blogging success.

What is it? Not targeting your blogging campaign.

Not Targeting Your Blogging Campaign

Imagine how much time the dating site guy will waste over the next year, until he realizes how absurd his un-targeted, time wasting, ineffective strategy really is. I clearly emailed explaining how my readers want blogging tips, not dating advice. Most bloggers would see this 3 seconds after visiting my blog. His fear and lack of clarity blinded him to my blog topic. His fear blinded him to my blogging advice. He still wants to advertise dating on a blogging tips blog. When will he wake up? Who knows? His decision. All I do is write posts like this and move on.

Bloggers need see the error of their ways to understand how not spending 100% of their time:

  • blogging on ONE specific topic
  • guest posting on blogs aligned with the topic
  • commenting on blogs aligned with the topic
  • networking with folks aligned with the topic

is a huge mistake. You waste years of time and energy trying to speak to audiences completely uninterested in your blogging topic. Imagine if I was fool enough to publish the dating guys ads? He would spend $500 or $1000 advertising his dating site to people who want blogging tips. Nobody would care. He would flush $1000 down the toilet, doing the foolish thing, believing ANY person or ANY human serves as a potential customer.

Would I be dingbatish enough to try to pitch the old Turkish lady next door on my blogging eBook, here in this quiet village in a remote area of Turkey? No way! She tends to her cows and chickens and lives a simple, serene life. She has no interest in the online world, let alone blogging.

I spend my time and energy bonding with blogging tips bloggers like Matthew Loomis and Ileane Smith. Birds of a feather, ya know? We bond, help each other and expand our collective success by targeting. Clarity thing. Meanwhile, dating guy and pest control blogger do not target one bit, wasting countless hours and significant energy trying to grow their business from a non-targeted, unintelligent, failure-inducing space.

Speak to people aligned with your blogging niche, all day long.

Stop wasting your time.

Boost your blogging efficiency.

Increase your blogging effectiveness.

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How to Create the Best Footer Design for Your Site

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For some, the footer is one of the most important parts of your website.

So what elements should you include there? How can you make sure that you keep a balance between aesthetics and functionality?

You’ve come to the right place if you’re asking these questions! I’ll help you create great footer to have an awesome website.

To footer or not to footer?

Before we dive deep into the best footer design for your site, let’s talk about why you need a footer in the first place.

Not all websites have footers, but most do, as they do have their advantages and disadvantages. Here are some of them:

Pros of having a footer

Users usually look for more details about the company.

Information about privacy policy, products and services offers, and a careers page are some of the things visitors find. There are also some web pages that feel incomplete without footers. This is especially true for small business websites that aren’t yet well-known.

Cons of having a footer

Footers are extra content to “stuff” your page, even though details are sought-after by some visitors.

There are also websites that have infinite scrolling, which makes footers useless because they’ll only be seen for a few seconds or never at all. Also, footers are a website’s least visually pleasing area.

Regardless which side you’re on, one thing is certain:

The footer remains an online real estate!

It might not have the most appealing design or have great content. But it’s a place where visitors can find more information.

Thus, it’s vital that feature something in this part of your site.

With this being said, and you decide you still need a footer, then this article’s for you.

What does the best footer design have?

1. Copyright

Footers should have a copyright that has the year and copyright symbol. This is a simple way to protect your site against web plagiarism. This also shows that your site is original and active.

2. Sitemap

Sitemaps are the most common link in footers. This links to the sitemap’s HTML version. Though they’re rarely clicked by users, they help a lot in your searchability in search engines, just like the case with XML sitemaps.

3. Privacy Policy

Privacy is a serious issue in today’s online world. Thus, it makes sense to clear your name from it. One good way is by having a privacy policy. What this does is it explains to visitors what information the site collects. It also tells how they’re stored and how they can be used. These usually come in the form of email signups and submissions.

4. Terms of Use

The Terms of Use explains to visitors the things they agree with when they visit the website. It’s like a disclaimer that states that the visitor must agree to certain things if they wish to visit the site. It’s also one way of avoiding complaints or issues that might arise in the future.

For the first four elements of the footer section, BloggingTips.com has them all!

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5. Contact

The Contact area is usually found in a header’s top right corner. However, many new websites consider putting them in the footer as this ignites visitor’s curiosity by scrolling down. This makes your business more accessible to potential leads and clients as it shows your contact number, email address, and physical address.

6. Address and Link to Map / Directions

Visitors look for a map or directions to your physical location. You make your business more accessible by having this on your footer. This also puts you in Google Maps, which is what most people refer to when finding places these days.

7. Social Buttons

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The reason why social buttons aren’t placed in headers is that visitors visit your site’s social accounts instead of your website. And most likely, they’re not coming back to your site! To avoid this from happening, and knowing that social icons are vital, it’d be wise to place them in your footer as what Titan Group DEA did with theirs.

It’s very effective that 72% of the top 50 marketing websites have social icons in their footer.

Another example of an authoritative site that includes links to its social media is Backlinko:

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Aside from that, it also includes links to its Terms of Services and Privacy Notice.

8. Top Rated Products

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Having your top rated products in your footer is a great way to improve your site conversion. Take Buy CBD Oil Online as an example. It’s a great way to entice visitors to buy your product. Instead of leaving after scrolling down to the bottom, they’re more likely to purchase to make the most out of their visit.

Conclusion

Footers are vital to your website as it makes your business more appealing and accessible. By having one, you make the most out of your site as it improves conversion. That is, however, if you follow the tips mentioned in this article. Take heed of these and your site will surely be off to greater heights.

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