The wave of vicious army ants proceeded on their murder dirge.
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Marching roughshod through the Costa Rican jungles.
Prey became pulverized.
Fearsome-looking scorpions became snacks (Yes, I snapped the image below. And yes, a poor scorpion was being butchered alive beneath the branch).
Wasps were walloped into submission.
I’ve not seen a more impressive, intimidating, insanely commanding presence than the army ant hoard I observed in a remote region on the Caribbean side of Costa Rica.
10,000 Is Better than 1
10,000 army ants covered every square inch of the house where we lived. The living mass carpeted some 50 meters in every direction around the hut. No living presence – save the larger mammals and lizards – were safe from the army ant colony.
Because 10,000 ants working together, all gaping jaws and stunning stingers, are an invincible force. Every small insect or creature either ran or hid. No sentient being bothered trying to fight the swarm. Doing so would be madness. Fighters would soon become dinner.
Because 10,000 is better than 1.
The army ants teach you the power of community. 10,000 is better than 1. 10,000 bloggers promoting you beats only you promoting yourself. 40 bloggers promoting you beats only you trying to promote yourself.
I’ve tried to do the promoting bit on my own. I blogged for a chorus of non-engaged crickets. Said collective never seemed to follow my calls to action. I admit; the crickets’ calls were serene yet the clicking critters were poor brand advocates.
Fast forward 6 years. I decided to promote others freely. I joined tribes. Large swarms of engaging bloggers promoted me. My blog traffic jumped pronto. My community grew.
10,000 is better than 1.
If 5 or 10 or 150 or 10,000 fellow bloggers promote you imagine how quickly your blog traffic will increase?
Leverage the stuffing out of your blog.
Join these 3 communities. Promote your fellow bloggers freely. Pick up your jaw (after it hits the floor) as an army ant swarm type of traffic assaults your blog.
1: Just Retweet
Just Retweet is a sweet little community for boosting your social shares and blog traffic.
How it works: sign up and link your twitter account. Scroll down the list to share links on Twitter or to Facebook Like or G Plus 1 posts. Gain credits for each share. Use your credits to share your own tweets.
You choose how many credits to dole out to other users for tweeting, Liking or Plus 1-ing your posts. You also indicate how many times you’d like each post shared.
I find this to be one of the easiest networks I’ve used for both ease of sharing and boosting blog traffic. Razor sharp efficiency here.
2: Viral Content Buzz
Ann Smarty’s Viral Content Bee also offers a “share to get credits and use those credits to get more shares” type system. Sign in with twitter. Share away. Boost your points. Submit updates to share on Twitter, Pinterest and StumbleUpon.
Blog posts are organized in categories. Scroll through the group or groups which catch your fancy. Share. Jack up your point count.
Submit your blog post. Add a colorful little description to jazz up your presentation. Assign however many points you’d like – based on your point total – to the post. Other VCB members will scroll through posts to do their sharing. Your posts get some juice. Watch your blog traffic rise.
Triberr was the creation of Dino Dogan and Dan Cristo before Dino sold the site a few months ago. As a card carrying (not really) Triberr member for years I have to say; the experience hasn’t changed one bit.
Sign in with your twitter account (noting a pattern here?). Search for relevant tribes. Request to join tribes. Or in some cases, tribal chiefs will ask you to join their tribes.
Share like mad. The more you share the more folks care about your blog posts.
Submit your blog RSS feed to Triberr. Your posts will pop up in the tribal feeds as you join more tribes.
Comment on Triberr to stand out from the crowd. Make friends. Grow your blog community.
I wrote a helpful post on how to work Triberr intelligently:
13 Tips for Using Triberr to Increase Your Blog Traffic Quickly
The Only Way these Communities Work Is….
….if you’re a generous tribe mate.
Share other blogger’s posts aggressively. On each platform you can schedule updates to provide your social media buddies and followers with a steady, measured stream of gooey good content.
I’ve found this to be the truth: the more I promote others the more they promote me. Generous people seem to be all over the place on these networks. Folks who appear to be all over the place tend to drive oodles of traffic to their blogs.
Set aside 20 to 30 minutes every day to share posts through each network. On JustRetweet and Viral Content Buzz, boost your credit and point totals to gain more shares for your posts. On Triberr, just share a bunch of content freely to pop up on the radar. Generous Triberr-holics snag a bunch of social shares and blog traffic.
As ye give, so shall ye receive.
Double Bonus Tip
View each community as a big old party. Have fun. Make friends. Form bonds. Shares and blog traffic flow to the sociable community member.
Have you joined these networks?
Do you have any communities to add to this list?
How to Leave Your Blogging Struggles Behind
Exit your comfort zone on a daily basis.
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Leave blogging struggles behind.
I love blogging. Blogging feels fun, freeing and quite easy to me. But sometimes, on this journey, my feelings change a bit. Sometimes, blogging feels uncomfortable and I nudge into resistance. Fear rears its head. Mental blocks arise. Sometimes I fear running out of time or perhaps I fear wasting my time. In these moments, I have 2 choices: remain in my fear-filled comfort zone or leave my comfort zone.
I left most of my blogging struggles behind because I choose to leave my comfort zone on a regular basis. Traffic, profits, and all manner of sweet blogging success greet bloggers who feel their fears, leave their comfort zones and do the blogging task, anyway.
What Is Blogging Struggle?
Blogging struggle is doing things or not doing things based on fear. Fear drives you. You blog from a fear-based, scared energy. You avoid traffic and profit and success boosting activities because you fear the opportunities. Example; you struggle horribly to make money and drive blog traffic. I advise to begin generous, relaxed, enjoyable guest posting, to help you increase traffic and profits and success. The split second you THINK about guest posting, you feel a range of emotions, from excitement, to happiness, then, from terror, to anxiety, to a general fear of wasting your time.
If 2 people visit your blog daily and you see zero blogging profits now, and you say “no” to guest posting because of some fears, you will likely struggle horribly, because you avoided guest posting to stay in your comfort zone of fear.
Traffic and profits sit on the other side of fear, outside of your comfort zone. No way around that one. We all pay a fear tuition doing freeing, success-promoting, uncomfortable things. I remember when Zac invited me to guest post on Blogging Tips. Fear invaded my mind. Would he reject my posts? How about if he hated my posts? What if I wasted my time? Would I be able to follow all the rules? Would he criticize me? Of course Zac is the nicest, kindest, friendliest iconic blogger on earth. He REALLY is, guys. He is an exceptional human being. But fear is irrational, distorting the truths of love, harmony and abundance.
I had to feel all those scary, intense fears, and keep blogging anyway, to write and publish my first few guest posts here. 800 plus guest posts later, I am still going strong. Why? I left my comfort zone those first few times and instantly began leaving blogging struggles behind.
Exit your comfort zone every single day. Do something that scares you. Do something that tests your limits. Publish a 4 paragraph long comment on a top blog, even if you fear:
- nobody is listening
- nobody is reading comments
- nobody will click through to your blog
- you are wasting your time
- the comment won’t get published
This happened to me recently. I spent 15 minutes writing a 9 paragraph comment on Pro Blogger. But Disqus suffered some connection problems and prevented me from publishing the comment. I feared I wasted 15 minutes. But after feeling and releasing the emotion, I let it go, moved on, and devoted 10 minutes to writing and publishing the comment later in the day, when Disqus was working.
Struggles happen if you choose to blog mainly from fear.
Success happens when you nudge into these fears, toward your blogging fun, taking inspired but uncomfortable action on a daily basis.
Go for it!
Exit your comfort zone.
Leave your blogging struggles behind…for good.
Focus on Things More to Leverage Your Blog Quickly
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What is the relationships guy talking about?
Blogging is a people business, right?
Blogging is one part people and one part things. Seriously. I learned this recently because if you depend 100% on people to build your blogging success you cannot possibly scale to massive levels. But if you do focus on things more, like email lists, and blogging platforms, you become less dependent on people, and also, your leveraging potential goes through the roof.
Email List Example
Let’s look at the famous email list. It is a thing. After you publish a blog post, you write a few words, include a link to your latest post, and after clicking a button, email the post to 10, 100, or 10,000 people….or more people. In a split second, you reach 10,000 human beings. Using a thing helps you leverage your presence like mad. Awesome.
But imagine if you only reached 10,000 people by mentioning people in your recent post, and tagging them on social media. Humanly impossible, of course. Let’s say you depend on even, 50 people, to promote your blog post, by mentioning them and tagging them. Linking to and tagging 50 bloggers takes a lotta time. Minimum, even for a 700 word post, it takes 90 minutes to 2 hours – or longer – to go the tagging and mentioning route. Do you see the problem of depending 100% on people and friendships to build blog? You run out of time. Meanwhile, sending your post to 50 email subscribers takes 3 minutes to send the email and literally, a split second to actually publish the email, at the click of a button.
Using Things Effectively Leverages Your Presence
Using email lists, blogging platforms for guest posting and certain tools leverages your presence fast because eventually, you run out of time trying to leverage your presence solely based on grabbing the attention of fellow bloggers. Plus you are at the mercy of humans, and building a fear-based attachment to fellow humans leads to misery because humans change, humans get too busy to promote you, and humans unfriend other humans.
I am for making blogging a people and things business. I have learned this lesson the hard way over the prior 2 months. Befriend people and enjoy the process, but if you want to leverage massively and sprint up the exposure ladder, tap into the convenience of technology by using things to reach more people fast.
At the end of the day, it is about helping more people freely. Use things – aka technology aka inanimate objects – to help people more freely and to help more people, too.
Exit Human-Obsessed and Things-Resistant Blogging Circles
I used to be part of blogging circles 100% reliant – virtually – on human beings, and heavily resistant to things. But none of these bloggers leveraged to big time, super successful levels. These bloggers railed against bots and joked of not using or being a blogging cyborg. All seemed funny. But on agreeing and following their advice I soon learned how incredibly difficult it becomes to grow a successful blog being 100% attached to and dependent on human beings to build the blog. Humans change. Things do not. Plus you cannot leverage humans like you leverage things.
While all these folks complained about emails and automating, they played so small that reaching next level success proved to be 100% impossible. But, I observed how using things like systems and tools will help you reach huge, targeted groups of people in minutes or even seconds. See the email example above.
Instead of complaining about or resisting tech, why not use things to make life easier, to leverage your presence quickly and to reach a huge, targeted group of human beings so you succeed and so people get what they want?
Long Term Blogging Success: Co-Creation Not Manipulation
Every blogger who succeeds over the long haul did so through co-creation.
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Two blogger met. Two people make friends. Both friends help each other out, for a co-creation, and see greater success due to the co-creation.
I have seen this happen so much in my blogging life over the past 10 years. I befriended Zac many years ago. He invited me to guest post on Blogging Tips. Years later, all the co-creating I did through 800 plus guest posts helped:
- increase my blog traffic
- increase my blogging profits
- increase my DA
- increase my brand exposure
Think about it guys; all top bloggers make friends with other bloggers, both parties help each other, and we all win. You win, I win, and our fellow bloggers win.
You will never create long-term blogging success by trying to manipulate people through fear, smoke, mirrors and other silly tactics, because doing so is like building your blogging business on a house of cards. Even the smallest breeze of resistance knocks down the cards, and your blogging business with it. Bad idea.
What do I mean by manipulation? Imagine you write a blog post filled with bold promises of how to make 6 figures a year, telling bloggers you know the way. You share no specific strategies for making 6 figures. Nope. But you do make big, hyped up claims, filling the 1000 word post with some hefty, silly promises. What are you trying to do? Manipulate humans into following your blog, buying your stuff and giving you money. Your intent is to use fear, greed and desperation to GET money from people. Using fear manipulates people into doing what they do not want to do, for a temporary income boost, for you. But again, imagine a house of cards. A barely detectable breeze knocks down the house, and a seemingly tiny detail knocks down and destroys your blogging business.
When I was a new blogger a LONG time ago, one blogger who claimed to be a 6 figure earner admitted he was lying. He disappeared instantly. His blogging business died because he lied about making 6 figures, because he wanted to manipulate people into giving him money.
Co-Creating Benefits All over the Long Haul
If you guest post on other blogs, you and fellow bloggers create helpful content that promotes lasting success. Imagine building a house on a rock solid foundation, on a granite mountain. Wow! That is a serious foundation. Nothing moves that home. Even a decent earthquake barely makes the house shake. This is what it’s like to co-create content with fellow bloggers.
You both create something together – through a shared post and shared domain name – that is good, and leads to something good and beneficial. Fear and manipulation? No involvement in this process. Love and abundance and service, this is it, and this is why you become successful in building a rock solid foundation, and, in becoming a pro blogger.
How Can You Co-Create?
A few ideas:
- guest post on your blog
- guest post on other blogs
- create joint videos
- create joint podcasts
- create joint business ventures
Ultimately, you can co-create with fellow bloggers in countless ways. Being creative is your only requirement.
Think of how the co-creating benefits all of humanity. Think of all the people you can help through your co-creation. Put people ahead of your immediate needs and also, bring other bloggers on board to see the greatest impact over the long haul.
Be generous, help people, make friends and gain exposure. Build a viable, long term, meaningful blogging business. Observe manipulative, flash in the pan bloggers come and go. I have seen thousands of these types die a quick death, like moths flying too close to the flame-temptation of quick, easy riches.
Co-create to out last virtually everybody else in your blogging niche.
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