Who’d have thunk I’d have a snack with Zac?
Last week, Blogging Tips owner, internet icon and fellow New Jersey guy Zac Johnson was kind enough to sit down with me for lunch. We enjoyed delicious meals at an authentic Vietnamese restaurant in good old NJ.
I guess you could say I took a tiny page out of John Chow’s book; he seems to favor Vietnamese fare for his Dot Com Lunch series of blog posts.
Anyway. Here’s the proof. That I met Zac. Or am really good with Photoshop.
Learning from Legends
For those not in the know, Zac has been online since 1996. Not just casual cruising stuff either. He has been making money online and blogging up a storm for what is the online equivalent of eons. When guys like this talk, I listen. A ‘la EF Hutton.
Legends clue you in to how you should traverse the sometimes slippery cyber slope.
So….the next time you think you know better, be open to legendary advice. These guys have a firm grasp on what it takes to rock it out online.
1: Mindset Mindset Mindset
The topic of online newbies came up.
Zac noted how a number of new online entrepreneurs quit on their ventures after not making “John Chow Money” 1 or 2 weeks into their online careers. He mentioned how having the right mindset benefits bloggers immensely. For when you are a persistent, patient bugger, willing to learn your trade, you simply won’t quit.
I am the eternal optimist. Anything is possible. Really. But I also know a time buffer exists between beginning an online venture and succeeding with it. Misled or greedy online newbies become delusional about this time buffer, expecting to rake in a full time income in days or weeks.
Blog from the inside-out. Meaning, if you’re struggling to make a dime online – literally – consider stepping back from your blog to assess how you really think and feel about your online exploits. Enjoy your journey. Learn. Study. Observe the icons. How do they go about their businesses? Be open. Be sponge-like to success.
OK, I will now enter you into a time machine. HG Wells style.
I will also officially date myself with the following reference.
I am a huge fan of the movie, “The Thing.” Yes it’s from the early ’80’s.
Long story short, an alien creature lands in Antarctica. Said creature mimics any life form it makes contact with. Dogs, people, any sentient being. As said slimy creature perfectly imitates other life forms it infects/kills/mutilates other life forms, evolving, producing the perfect species to rule the earth, if you will.
Until a heroic – and heavily bearded – Kurt Russell saves the day, this Thing was well on its way to dominating the world, cloning, killing and consuming, being amenable to change.
I do not advise you to eat your competition. Please don’t clone them. And mutilating is not allowed! But if you can extract the evolution lesson from “The Thing” you will understand why Zac is so well known.
He noted how one must evolve as times change to succeed online. Zac did. Not the Thing.
Back when he was a greenie, Myspace was the shiznet. Then Myspace went to shiznet. Aol. Blogger. Online journal. List the fads, if you’re an old hat like me, or if you’re more of a Young Turk just think of the deluge of known sites that fall off the edge of the planet in a year. Let alone over 4 years.
Evolve. Change is the 1 constant online. Be willing to change. Be willing to evolve.
I deleted 3400 blog posts, a blog and my online brand in 2014 to evolve. I’d outgrown the old brand. I felt a nudge to build a new brand. Blogging from Paradise was born. I’ve never looked back.
Go with the flow. Release old, worn out blogs. Pick a blogging niche you could talk about all day. Then blog about it.
3: Meet People in Person
Zac is one of a handful of bloggers I’ve met in person.
I connected with a few blogging buddies in India. I met with a bud in Bali. I also chilled with blogging buddies in Kathmandu, Nepal.
Hands down, the easiest way to form a strong, powerful, genuine bond with another human being is to take them out for lunch. I prefer to pick up the bill. Feel free to go Dutch on this one. Your call.
Zac also mentioned how he hangs out with guys like John Chow while attending live events. Chilling with someone in person forms a stronger bond between friends. Seeing someone live and in the flesh reminds you that yes, they are actual living, breathing human beings. Not avatars. Not words on a screen. Not online personalities. Forming these types of powerful bonds will move your blogging career into orbit.
Attend live events. If you’re in a fellow blogger’s neighborhood, look them up. Ask them out to lunch. In most cases you will develop a much stronger friendship with bloggers you connect with in person. Makes ’em more human to you.
Note; when traveling through Chennai, India, I once got a call from the hotel lobby that someone showed up to see me. Seriously. The Stalker-razzi will go to ridiculous lengths to get a selfie with old RB, I guess.
What blogging lessons have you learned recently?
What have you learned from Zac?
How Do Blogging and Fitness Relate?
I spend 3 hours daily honing my mental and physical fitness.
In truth, you can and will succeed online following simple fundamentals from a generous, detached energy. No need to be fit to go full time blogging. But if you feel bad because your body feels bad and your mind fears losing it all, have you succeeded? I do not believe so.
I wrote an eBook sharing my daily regimen to explain what many of you readers want to know: how do I do it all? I am no blogging god. I am just human. But I write and connect quite a bit. People wish to know how I wrote 100 plus eBooks in addition to all the other stuff I do while circling the globe. Well, blogging and fitness are 2 peas in a pod for me. Both play a big role if you desiring leveling up and feeling good predominantly as you enjoy the ride.
Blogging and Fitness
Let’s say you wake up on a Monday morning as a full time employee who blogs part time. Feeling terrible and dreading work, why write and publish a post? Too busy. Do it later. Put off the post until tonight. But you feel too tired that night. Repeat this cycle for 3 months. 90 days passed. Still no blog post. Why? You filled your mind with fear and pain. Manifesting as blogging loss, backburnering the post for 3 months indicates fear in mind. Why fear? 100% of the time, fear dominates minds of people who spend zero time on mental fitness, never meditating or doing deep yin yoga or observing their thoughts and feelings. Most of the time, these same folks dominated by their own fears never commit seriously to being physically fit through exercising.
Feel good by caring for your mind and body. Vibe higher than fears crippling most bloggers. Imagine the above scenario with one difference: you devote 1-2 hours daily exercising and raising your energy via mindset training. Devote 30 minutes to power walking and 30 minutes to deep yin yoga. On waking that Monday morning, either a blog post idea finds you and you write the post, or after a few uncomfortable moments and feelings, the idea flows to you and you write the post.
I cannot explain this process logically because it flows 100% emotionally, feelings-wise. Visualize yourself in moments you feel really good. All seems possible. Ideas flow to you. Opportunities flow to you. Why? Feeling good magnetizes you to freeing, success-promoting ideas. Being fit mentally and physically is the easiest way to feel good most of the time. Plus in those moments you feel bad mentally and physically, you face, feel and release the bad feelings, quickly, because you feel mentally and physically fit, predominantly.
Being fit naturally alerts you to the success-promoting idea of gratitude. Gratitude builds blogging success because seeing every penny of income, every blog comment and all interest in your blogging courses feels awesome to you. Feeling awesome inspires you to blog for years generously. Blogging generously for years makes you successful.
Corey at the Good Oil Marketing retweeted my blogging course recently. I feel grateful he spread the word for me considering he is a successful, high level marketer. I feel these feelings and build on my success because I feel grateful. I feel grateful because I trained my mind and body to feel good, through being fit daily, in order to tune into appreciation easily.
Be a successful blogger by being mentally and physically fit.
Why Doing this Works Better than Asking for Business Referrals
After I released my flagship eBook – How to Retire to a Life of Island Hopping through Smart Blogging – I noticed something neat. My sales increased 12 fold the day I published a guest post for a highly successful blogger.
Seeing this spike clued me in to the quickest, easiest way to increase business: help people for free. Being generous improves skills, increases exposure and expands your business. Greater traffic and profits follow generous bloggers because helping people for free helps you be skilled and see, two qualities in every prospering blogger who reaps sweet blogging profits.
A large set of bloggers goes in another direction. Some ask for business referrals from trusted blogging buddies to drum up business. Feel free to take this route but know referral fishing is an ineffective way to drive profits because of two clear reasons:
- referral-seeking seems to be time-wasting
- referral-seeking rarely inspires trusted bloggers to take clear, business-building action, for you
I know 20 plus web developers. A few trusted blogging web developer buddies have reached out to me, seeking referrals. Two issues arise:
- the referral seeker has no idea if I know bloggers needing web development; non-targeted campaign
- I already know 20 plus developers, trusted buddies all, so I could never choose one to refer to someone if 20 seem qualified
Top Bloggers Become Ruthlessly Effective with their Time
Versus seeking referral business by asking blogging buddies if they know someone requiring your service, spend 20 minutes to write and publish a quality guest post for a blogger in your business niche. Instead of pitching 1 human, show off your web development skills for free, via a guest post, for 1,000 people. Do you see what I mean? Leverage. Do not ask for business. Serve for business. Although time needs pass and generosity needs inclusion in blogging business-building, helping for free is the quickest, simplest way to increase blogging business because you reach large, targeted audiences of clients with your attention and energy versus asking 1 person for business in non-targeted, ineffective fashion.
12 Times Daily Sales
I recall the day vividly, 5 years ago. I created and launched Blogging From Paradise. Before writing 100 plus eBooks, I wrote one. I did drive some sales through my blog but guest posting woke me up; why not leverage my presence and grow business by helping people for free, via different platforms? Eye-opener for me. Instead of asking, I gave. How easy? Giving freely is the easiest way to get freely. I observed a 12 times daily sales eBook increase for good reason that day: helping people generously through sites other than your blog is a simple way to grow your blogging business.
The simplest, direct, effective way to grow your business is to help people for free. Asking for referrals leads to a client or customer here and there, but full time bloggers are not in the “here and there” business as far as growing your venture. Pro bloggers drive steady profits through their blog by being generous on their blog and on other platforms.
Be helpful for free. Publish posts. Submit guest posts. Run a podcast. Broadcast live on Facebook. Help people for free to help people for pay. Versus untargeted referral-seeking, this is the effective way to grow your blogging business from a generous, genuine energy.
Why Does It Take Time to Be a Successful Blogger?
Successful bloggers implore you: it takes time to succeed.
I advise following your fun, helping people generously, trusting the process and seeing the blogging journey through. I mention in my eBook how time saving tips make your journey easier. But in the same regard, this journey takes time. Impatient bloggers weed themselves out. Generous, patient, persistent bloggers succeed. Sometimes, successful bloggers realize not the time element and how it works, and never explain in detail why it takes time to succeed. Why do you need to be patient? Why does it take time to succeed? I uncovered 3 reasons why it takes time to be a successful blogger.
1: It Takes Time to Practice a Skill So You Become Really Good At It
Today, I can write 10 to 20 blog posts daily if I so desired. I could easily create 20 videos daily.
10 years ago, I could write 1 blog post weekly and feared doing videos, to where, I never recorded videos as a newbie blogger.
Generous practice plus time made me prolific. Nobody gains skills in 1 day. Humans gain skills practicing 1 craft daily for months, then years. I love basketball. A handful of NBA players disclose how terrible they played after picking up a ball for the first time, 5 or 10 years, prior. Patient, persistent practice and time polished their skills to the point they became successful enough to go pro. Blogging is no different. Successful bloggers practice daily for years before being skilled enough to become a pro.
2: It Takes Time to Gain Big Exposure
Gaining big exposure for success takes time. Every creative act expands your presence a little bit more but those little bits add up over time. New bloggers blind themselves to this concept, believing 1 day and 1 blog post gives them successful exposure enough to make money and gain clout. Nope. Time reveals persistently generous bloggers because getting massive exposure requires months to years of generous, patient, persistent service.
No human can begin blogging at 8 AM as a new blogger and land a Forbes appearance by 12 noon. Nobody knows you. You have no exposure. Humans require time to create and connect in enough spots to gain success promoting exposure. Relax. You are on the way. But allow for time and generosity to leverage your presence. Time is required to be seen in many places.
3: It Takes Time to Uncover and Feel and Release Fears
Do you want to know why I wrote this post? I uncovered this reason a few moments ago. I noticed one income stream yield lesser amounts over the 2 days prior and felt a tiny but palpable surge of fear. Aha! I got you. Feeling fear, I released it and proceeded. I blogged for 10 years. I still feel tiny fears if an income stream yields less money, day to day, based on my expectations. But I needed to face this fear to make more money. New bloggers generally have deep fears concerning money, success and freedom. It takes time to feel and release fears concerning making more than $1 a day until you vibe at the $100, $1000 or $10,000 monthly – or more – level of blogging income.
Time unearths fears for feeling and releasing, to reach the next level of blogging success.
Time is a great blogging ally.
All you need flows to you over time.
Generously create, connect, follow your fun and nudge into fears.
Success is yours.
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