The wave of vicious army ants proceeded on their murder dirge.
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?
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.
What Does Your Blogging Network Look Like?
I do nothing on my own.
Everything is a team effort.
As I teach in my blogger networking eBook, the way to increased, ever-expanding blogging success is to look for, grow and tap into a huge, loyal network of blogging friends through the power of generosity. Be generous. Help people. Shout out fellow bloggers. Release expectations. Get super connected. Most of us understand this is how to succeed online; be generous and get connected because 100 is better than 1. 100 friend efforts are far better than your effort alone.
One basic problem arises for most new or struggling bloggers: overcoming the deep fear of networking. For odd reasons, humans cling to pulsating fears concerning reaching out to other human beings. Bloggers fear being rejected, failing, being criticized or giving up credit for their blogging success. Honor that fear. See how far you get on your own steam. Not only that, the agony of micro-managing makes you sick, broke and quite dumb, if you are honest with yourself. How silly of you! Why do everything on your own today? Why not comment genuinely on a few blogs, retweet a few blogger blog posts and mention a few bloggers on your blog? Begin networking. Build a network. Succeed online.
What’s It Look Like?
Be honest, my blogging sweet robbins. What does your network look like? Is it even there? Do you even have a network? Many bloggers publish a post, share it to Twitter and Facebook and sit there, dumbfounded. Do you honestly believe your network just materializes out of thin air? Nope. But if you buy my eBook, follow my 13 steps and build your blogger buddy network by being generous, you can land on famous blogs, earn coin and drive traffic to your blog, too. Everything hinges on your honesty. Admit having only 1, 3 or zero blogging buddies. Truths set you free to network generously and successfully.
How to Grow Your Network
Simple. Be generous. Begin now. Publish a thoughtful, personalized comment below. Be seen. I cannot read all comments but the thousands of people who read blogging tips tend to read comments. Somebody eventually reads your blog comment if you comment genuinely and generously every day on Blogging Tips after reading posts. Someone clicks your link because they love your comment and want to meet you. One visit to your blog later, you may have a blogging buddy, or even a client or customer. Or maybe you have a loyal reader. This is networking 101; be generous, engage people and you build your network.
But do not stop after commenting on Blogging Tips. Branch out. Go wide. Read and comment genuinely on other blogs in your niche. Make more friends. Life gets easier and easier if you have more blogging friends in your corner because these folks inspire you to keep going, plus your friends amplify your presence exponentially.
Be generous and genuine. Reach out to more bloggers every day. Networking is a bit uncomfortable sometimes if you look for immediate returns but gliding through these temporary feelings helps you tap into something special with your blog. Connected bloggers have no issues growing their blogging business because 100 is better than 1. Remember that they next time you try to go lone wolf with your blogging campaign.
Are You Leveling Up with Your Blog?
Every time I reach a new level with my blog, I notice another level invites me. I do not work harder. I never work longer. I love what I do and keep generously helping people but think of how to go wide as I level up. Think of that one for a moment: consider how to go wide, and what it means.
I write and publish multiple posts to my blog. Each post gains views. Going wide. 4 quality posts beats 1 quality post. But I go even wider by writing and publishing multiple guest posts daily. I speak to 2 or 3 or more different blogging audiences, going wider and wider, increasing my exposure and expanding my presence online. But I go even wider as I level up; I contribute on Quora and on the Warrior Forum daily. Leveling up is uncomfortable sometimes but always freeing. Leveling up helps you see greater success versus hitting blogging ceilings.
Be More Generous to Make More Money and to Avoid Lulls
I speak to bloggers who suffer lulls. One client signed up 4 months ago but no clients signed up since. The appearance of a 4 month client drought, or lull, simply indicates a lack of leveling up and a lack of generosity. Even if no clients signed up during your 4 months of leveling up, your eBook sales would triple. Audio book sales would jump, too. Plus you would open 2 new income streams. This just happens. Be generous and blogging will be generous to you.
Being more generous by helping more folks across multiple platforms feels uncomfortable sometimes. Who wants to go wide when doing so means leaving your comfort zone on a daily basis? I love blogging. But I feel uncomfortable writing my third post on a train ride to Connecticut. I will go super wide when I reach the destination though, publishing a combo of posts and guest posts to level up effectively, reaching more people in less time.
Most Bloggers Never Level Up
Most bloggers write and publish a post to their blog weekly. Struggles ensue because they never level up after publishing weekly for 3-6 months. Be more. Serve people generously. Go wide. Publish blog posts and guest posts more frequently to expand your reach. Increase blogging traffic and profits.
Why do you think most bloggers never make $100 during their careers? Few bloggers regularly level up, playing small to be comfortable, dodging their fears. Of course, their fears manifest as 0 dollars and 6 blog visitors daily for the next 12 months UNTIL they level up, go wide, be generous, leave their comfort zones and face their fears. This is not a fluffy, pleasant process but we all pay a fear tax to level up and to become successful bloggers.
Pay Up to Level Up and to Play Up
Pay up by spending time and generous energy reaching as many people as possible through blogging. Guest post. Publish more frequently to your blog. See increased blogging responsibility as more fun and freedom and service. I enjoy freedom offline because I level up online. I pay up, level up and play up in higher blogging circles because all top bloggers paid the same dues to reach the top. Why do top bloggers hobnob with one another? Top bloggers respect how other top bloggers pay their dues on this blogging journey and connect deeply with one another, co-promoting each other’s success.
The fun and freedom you experience through blogging is well worth the effort and discomfort of leveling up.
If you need a guide for facing blogging fears, grab my blogging mindset eBook on the way out.
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