New bloggers; I have worn your shoes. I know what it feels like.
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10 years ago I too was a new blogger, wondering what I got myself into. Excited and nervous, happy and worried, my emotions seemed like a roller coaster.
Among this maelstrom I forgot the basic blogging rule: your #1 blogging skill to develop is writing. I wanted to make money and gobble up traffic but never realized the sponsored posts and ad revenue and all blogging money flows to skilled writers who honed their craft after hours of writing practice.
You see endless posts on blog traffic and blog profits but SO few on how to improve writing skills. Cart before the horse stuff guys, because if you cannot write, forget about traffic and profits.
Keep these 4 writing tips for new bloggers in mind.
1: Practice Writing 500 Words Daily Offline
Practice in private. Shine in public. What a simple way to get clear as a newbie.
New bloggers tend to feel deep fears related to their writing skills; doubts why anyone would read their blog, fears of criticism, all that jazz. Writing offline helps you dissolve fears in private, prepping you for public posting.
Write 500 words offline in a Word document. Trash the document. Practice writing and practice detachment.
2: Hit 600-800 Word Posts Maximum
I read many guest post pitches from new bloggers who come in 1000 words too long. Posts are wordy, bloated, riddled with commas and various forms of filler, using terrible words like “thus”, “hence” and other not necessary adds bloating posts. Why? Newbies believe long posts mean better, more valuable posts. Totally untrue.
Short, crisp, snappy, clear and confident posts sans filler mean better, valuable posts. Capping all posts at 600-800 words forces you to:
- think clearly before you write
- trim fat
- cut bloat
- be confident
- be clear
- be short and punchy
- be snappy
Go short. Or go home.
3: Read Wordsmiths
Henneke at Enchanting Marketing displays serious writing skills. Reading her posts feels effortless to me. Mark of a brilliant writer. Follow her. Study her posts. Observe how she uses the minimum number of words to make a maximum point. Wordsmiths know; less is more. Less is powerful. Sue-Ann at Write Mix for Business is another writing pro. Carefully study her posts. Learn from skilled writers.
Watch genuine pros in action. Sponge up their writing mojo through osmosis.
4: Do Not Give Up!
I am hardly a Hemingway but after 10,000 hours and millions of words…..I can write. Far from a purist, I just connect with my readers solely through writing practice and persistence.
Do not give up guys! Blogging feels tough sometimes. Netflix seems to pull you from writing practice, if you attract 3 stinking visitors daily to your blog after 3 months of writing practice and weekly posting. I do not care. Write. Write some more. Keep writing. Practice for years. Newbie bloggers need to pay a clear tuition; practice writing your butt off when tumbleweeds make up your readership. Prunes out greedy, desperate or selfish bloggers to allow passionate, genuine newbies to rise to the top as the rising stars of blogging.
If you can write you stand out from most bloggers. The blogging masses rarely practice writing, churning out a lifeless 500 words here or 2,000 words there for a blog post, not writing again until 7 days from now.
Newbies who run laps around other new bloggers in their niche write like mad.
Follow these writing tips for new bloggers. Write some more. Develop the #1 skill you need in your blogging arsenal. Write!
Why Insta-Impatience Damages Your Blogging Campaign
I posted a few images on Instagram right now.
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Sweet snaps from Thailand.
Instantly, a few generic, lifeless, bland, spam comments popped up. Nice post. I love your profile. Keep up the great work.
These people get swept up in the culture of Instagram Impatience. A hefty majority of Instagrammers want something for nothing. Spam commentors want me and my followers to click on their profile link to Like their updates and to buy their stuff. Being too impatient to:
- address me by name
- make a specific comment clearly related to the photo
I ignore their spam. Wasted time. Wasted energy.
Some of these fools take it even further into blogging delusion, believing their Instagram profile is an actual blog. You do not own Instagram. You sit on rented real estate. You can be evicted at any time for any reason. Plus you have nil branding potential on Instagram. But I digress.
If you allow Insta-Impatience to bleed into your blogging campaign you will:
- want something for nothing
- spam fellow bloggers with generic comments
- destroy your reputation
Good things take time. Impatience breeds failed ventures.
Monks, Fish and Thailand
I observe Buddhist monks walk on alms every morning here in Pong Noi, Thailand. We live by a temple.
Monks are poised, patient, calm individuals who built up these qualities through meditation and by renouncing a worldly life. If you give everything up you cultivate detachment. If you are detached, patience is your natural state.
Inst-Impatience is the polar opposite of a Buddhist monk vibe. You want 5, 10 or 100 Likes in a split second. You want sales in a split second. You fear waiting. You fear working. You fear wasting time creating and connecting. Apply this vibe to your blog and you will fail because you skip the stuff you need to do to succeed.
I recall the Japanese Wisdom spouted concerning cooking a fish; overcook fish and it becomes shoe leather, under cook fish and it remains raw. At best, under cooked fish tastes terrible (unless it is sushi). At worst, you become horribly ill consuming under cooked fish.
Inst-Impatience creates a raw, unfinished, unpolished blog. Best scenario; people take a bite, hate the taste and leave. Worst scenario; people trash your blog and brand, you lose your reputation and your blogging business fails.
Be generous, patient and persistent. I spend little time on IG to avoid the culture of mass impatience over there. People expect to make a fortune with 3 lines of copy and 20 hashtags.
Good things take time, energy and generous effort.
I have helped people on the Warrior Forum since 2010.
I have written 5,361 posts.
There are no shortcuts to successful blogging.
Patience, Grasshopper, patience.
Do not panic. Do not lose patience.
Blogging Becomes Easier with Your Generosity and Patience
I would only write one post weekly a decade ago. I was not generous. I was stingy. I struggled because blogging simply mirrored back my stinginess to me.
At 10:25 AM Thailand time on a Sunday morning I have:
- published 2 posts on Blogging From Paradise
- published this guest post
- broadcast live on Facebook
- mentioned 2 of my blogging buddies above
- commented genuinely on blogs
Each bullet point is generosity. The more patiently I have displayed such generosity the more easily worldly blogging success finds me.
What Is the Harshest Blogging Wake Up Call?
My harshest blogging wake up call occurred nearly a decade ago.
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I would write and publish one post weekly. I spent 1 hour writing and publishing the post.
I spent the rest of the week:
- watching TV
- watching YouTube
- working out
- hanging out with friends
After a good year of following this routine I saw a few visitors to my blog daily. I recall 3 daily visitors for many months, stumbled upon my blog.
I experienced a big time blogging wake up call; you cannot build a successful blog by listening to music and watching TV all day long, minus the 1-2 hours you spend blogging, weekly.
The harshest wake up call: blogging gives you what you give blogging.
Blogging Gives You What You Give Blogging
I know of a few bloggers who complain about having terrible business prospects. When will they get more clients? When will they get more traffic? When will they make more money? I mean, they have been blogging for 5 to 10 years already. Things should be growing SO much more quickly right now, they say.
These individuals will get more clients when they stop watching Netflix all day. Do you want to be a professional Netflix watcher or a professional blogger? Pro Netflix watchers spend hours daily watching Netflix. Not sure how well that job pays. Professional bloggers spend 6-8-10 hours daily:
- creating helpful content through your blog, through guest posts and through videos
- building your friend network by generously promoting other bloggers and by genuinely commenting on their blogs
- freely promoting your premium products and services through each piece of content you create
- generously following the prior 3 steps for months
The person who follows each bullet point for months, then years, sees more and more clients. Traffic increases over time. Blogging profits increase over time. Blogging gives them what they give blogging.
Janice Wald is always after it. She’s a hustler. Follow her for inspiration.
Ditto for Saurabh Tiwari. He is one of the most dedicated bloggers I know. Follow him for inspiration.
Do Not Fight Good Advice
I have personally coached bloggers who fight my smart advice. These people say networking is not for them. These folks resist creating content because they do not want to force it. This crowd ignores good advice, then goes back to watching Netflix or sports for the next 3 hours.
If you fight good blogging advice, you will struggle and fail. It has to be that way; you are doing the opposite of what it takes to succeed. Put your ego to the side. Follow smart advice. Succeed.
Listen to the guy with this home office in Thailand. He knows what he’s talking about.
Your mind wants you to fail because it fears the fears you need to face to become a successful blogger. I feared facing deep fears years ago, so spent most of my time and energy doing everything BUT blogging. You may nod, then, go back to watching Netflix or YouTube for the next 2 hours. 2 weeks down the road, after you spent only 2 hours of your time and energy blogging daily, you feel frustrated and want to quit because you have signed up no new clients, money seems to be running out and no business looks promising, on the horizon.
It is 100% YOUR CHOICE to spend 6 hours watching Netflix today and 2 hours blogging. You are doing this. You are making this choice.
It is 100% YOUR CHOICE to make a massive shift; spend 8 hours creating content and building connections, today.
Blogging just mirrors back to you your choices and energy, you make every waking hour of every day.
Right now, you have the next 8-10 hours to generously help people through creating and networking, or you choose to focus on yourself, watching TV, streaming Netflix, hanging out with friends.
Spend those 8-10 hours daily blogging for 3-6 months, and eventually, you will see more clients.
100% your choice, your decision, your energy, your commitment to blogging success.
5 Blog Monetization Tips to Grow Your Passive Income
As a blogger these days, sharing information is no longer enough.
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Monetizing your knowledge is key to a profitable blogging lifestyle.
Of course, the goal is to always increase your earnings.
Whether it’s tweaking your current strategies or learning new ones, there’s always room for bloggers like you to grow your revenue.
In this post, you will let learn how to monetize a blog even more using the tried-and-true tactics below.
The blog monetization tips you must take to heart
The tips below should help you maximize the earnings from your blog.
None of the advice should yield an “a-ha” moment from you if you’re a seasoned blogger.
However, you must at least draw inspiration from these practical blog monetization tips. Sometimes, it’s the simple things that make a big difference.
1. Fortify your SEO strategy
Whether you’re new to affiliate marketing or not, you should know better than to do SEO on your blog.
It’s the best way to generate tons of traffic that lead to conversions and sales.
However, here’s a frequent mistake that most affiliate marketers do:
They only optimize their blog’s on-page SEO.
As crucial as on-page SEO is, it’s just half the battle.
And as a result, their half-baked SEO campaign leaves their blog rankings a tad below the first page of organic search results.
If you’re like these affiliate marketers and want to increase your rankings, then you must:
- Build backlinks from high-quality sites
- Research your competitors and observe their every move; take action to their plans using the data you’ve gathered
- Monitor your backlinks and see whether you gained or lost them; find a way to get back the lost backlinks
These tasks sound like a pain in the neck. And I’m not going to lie – they are!
That’s why you need to use a tool that can help you manage all these SEO tasks for your blog.
In the crowded SEO market, I suggest that you use Serpstat.
It’s a fairly new tool that’s powerful enough to help you organize your on- and off-page SEO responsibilities.
I wrote my unprejudiced review of the tool and I still feel it’s one of the most budget-friendly SEO tools out there.
2. Track your conversion rates using a heat-mapping tool
If you want to grow your blog’s revenue, you must scale it.
You need to know how much you’re earning and why you’re earning as much as you are now.
And you can’t do that without a heat-mapping tool.
It helps identify which parts of the page people click on the most.
Clearly, you want visitors to click on the right buttons on the page.
So if they’re clicking on all your links except your “Buy Now” button for your online course or your Google Adsense blocks, then something’s wrong!
With a tool like Crazy Egg, you’ll find out why.
You didn’t place the button or link on the section of the page where visitors can clearly see it.
Or the appearance of the button is preventing it from generating clicks.
With Crazy Egg, you never have to guess.
It lets you benchmark your content’s conversion rate and put different factors to the test!
You can change the appearance of your button, move it from one place to another – anything to hike up your page’s click-through rate!
If done correctly, you can enjoy greater conversion rates and greater revenue down the line.
3. Improve your content’s conversion abilities
Sometimes, your content – for a lack of a better word – stinks.
Even if you are a native English speaker, your choice of words can spell doom for your blog’s performance.
Here’s the thing:
You need to know who your audience is.
That makes you need to be aware of the words you’re typing in your content.
If you’re catering to women, you can’t use masculine words in the post. They will turn off your audience and leave your blog. And vice versa.
Unless you have the powers to get inside your reader’s minds, you can settle for Webtexttool instead.
It works similar to Yoast SEO for WordPress. The difference is that Webtexttool analyzes your content’s ability to convert.
It takes different factors into consideration such as:
- Ease of readability
- Text credibility
- Target audience
- Text layout
The tool provides an aggregate score of these factors. The higher the score, the more effective your content is.
It also shows areas of improvement for your content so you can work on them.
4. Share your site’s key metrics
If you’re offering banner space to advertising opportunities for brands, then you need to know this:
Advertisers want visibility.
They’ll be paying you to feature their banner on your blog.
But they won’t part ways with their money that easy.
You need to give them a reason why they should.
The quality of your site should speak volumes regarding this.
If you have a site that generates a least a thousand visitors every day, then you must be fielding offers on a regular.
If not, then maybe your site isn’t on that level yet. After all, advertisers won’t invest on a site that can’t even draw below a hundred visitors every day.
Maybe they just don’t know much about your blog yet.
So show vital metrics of your site’s performance!
Here are things you can feature:
- Traffic from Google Analytics
- SEO metrics such as Moz DA, Ahrefs DR, Majestic Flow Metrics, Alexa ranking, etc.
- Social media followers and email subscribers (goes to show your reach outside your blog)
Showing off these metrics give advertisers a better idea of what your blog is about.
The higher the metrics, the more opportunities will come pouring your way!
5. Publish a blogging income report religiously
I bet you are familiar with Pat Flynn’s now-defunct income report every month:
Pat’s last published income report was in December 2017.
He’s one of the first guys who did it in this space.
The income reports are very useful for marketers who are interested in building a passive income.
The goal is not to make people feel small. Nor is the purpose to brag your earnings.
Here’s the real objective of income reports:
Evangelizing your audience.
Documenting your journey towards profitability helps you connect with like-minded people who share the same path as you.
At the same time, you are transparent to your readers with your business practices.
You open the dialogue between you and your readers above what worked and what didn’t. You then are able to build a brand by sharing things that helped you grow your income and that people can replicate.
So, the question remains:
“How exactly can I earn from income reports?”
Simple – here are a few ways:
- Use the income reports to drum up interest to your online course about (drum roll please)…how to grow your blogging income
- Same as above but, instead of an online course, you’re selling an ebook about passive income
- Get feedback from readers and exchange ideas on how to improve your process and make more money
These are just three quick ideas off the top of my head. You probably have more ideas in you right now. Use them!
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