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3 Ways to Improve Your Transparency and Blogging Reputation

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I just received a Facebook message from a blogger.

He shared an opportunity to place guest posts on his collection of blogs.

For a fee, of course.

He gave an American-sounding name. An avatar of a dude somewhere between Justin Bieber and Zac Efron.

Then when I clicked on his name I noticed most of his friends lived in a country very far away from the United States.

Bonus points; he *did* stress the fact that his name was “John” (fictitious, but protecting false pen names here). I give him credit for persistently protecting what he is not.

Anyway, being less than honest is a quick way into the online poor house. And an even quicker way to lose your online reputation. And a way too common blogging mistake.

Fear scares off success.

Love lets in success.

Follow these 3 steps to improve your transparency and blogging rep.

1: Embrace Your Fear

The only reason the individual above created a false Facebook account is because he is afraid to reveal that he’s living in a different part of the world.

Doing a quick search of bloggers from that region, he’d soon realize that there is no need to fear revealing who you are, if you are from ANYWHERE on earth.

But you need to embrace the fear to be free of it.

I feared telling my blogging story. For years. I feared writing about my travels. I feared sharing successes. And failures. But I just decided to hug the fear, to feel it, and to release it, so I could be my transparent, genuine, authentic self.

Be honest about your online presence. Are you being YOU? If not, embrace your fear of:

  • criticism
  • failure

and move forward from the proper energetic space.

2: Share Wins….and Losses….and…..Your Humanness

I recently shared how my wife Kelli and I are going to Qatar for the month, in about 2 weeks.

Living at a 5 bedroom mansion in the world’s wealthiest country seems like a dream. Our life – 6 years of traveling the world – seems like a dream. And it is. We are living our dreams.

I also shared recently how my mom is in hospice after living with Alzheimer’s for 5 years,  when I explained how to blog through adversity. At times, this experience has been a nightmare.

After 5 years, I shared my mom’s situation for the first time. Because it was time.

I do so with many tough situations in my life, blogging-wise and life-wise.

I intend to inspire you by living my dreams and by bringing you into my life, via my blog, but I also pepper in struggles and other experiences which make me even more human.

Note; this tip gives you no licence to complain. Nor to set yourself up as an underdog. We want a winner. Not a whiner. We want someone who blogs from a place of love, not fear. We want someone who lives their dreams and shares how at times, their life tosses them uncomfortable, difficult experiences, for embracing and learning from.

Tell…..the *rest* of the story.

3: Tell the Truth (Or, Do Not Lie)

I recall seeing some folk’s avatars on various social media sites. Beside their smiling grille I saw a collection of major media outlets.

I knew these folks did not appear on such major media outlets. Perhaps the opportunity they promoted was featured on the major media outlets.

Either way, although these people are awesome, this less than clear marketing approach is not truthful.

If you post media logos beside your face, make sure YOU appeared on those major media websites or TV channels.

Tell the truth.

This is my “Seen At” banner on my blog. I can share links to show that, yep, I actually appeared in these spots.

Be honest. If you’re new to blogging, don’t give in to the temptation to lie about where you’ve been featured, how much money you’ve made or how much traffic you’ve generated.

By being transparent and by sharing value and building bonds, all those sweet features will flow your way.

Your Turn

How are you being transparent?

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Writing: Your Best Blogging Friend

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Writing helps you succeed with blogging. Because writing gives you credibility. Credible bloggers land clients, sell eBooks, place sponsored posts and drive steady traffic, too. Write your rear end off. Write 500-1000 words daily. Write to be confident. Write to be clear. Write to gain credibility in your blogging niche. Of course, most bloggers struggle because few bloggers practice writing offline, daily. Bloggers only write when they publish a blog post or guest post. BIG mistake. Most bloggers publish posts infrequently, meaning you get in little writing practice. Not good.

Why do you believe you can just show up, write and publish a post and become successful quickly? If blogger were this easy, guys like me could have gone pro within weeks of buying my domain and hosting. Alas, it took me thousands of hours and years to go full time because I had to practice writing, creating and connecting to be REALLY good at blogging. Skills, exposure and credibility flow to bloggers who tirelessly practice all aspects of blogging. Everybody else fails and quits.

All money you make through blogging flows to you because people trust you and your blog. Writing skillfully – with confidence and clarity – is the only way people trust you and your blog. The more you write, the more skilled a writer you become. The formula is genuinely simple. But quite uncomfortable to put into action, sometimes. Few bloggers want to practice writing with nobody watching. Some bloggers foolishly skip writing practice because they believe writing offline for practice wastes their time. This is like saying you waste your time practicing shooting hoops in a lonely, empty gym if you aspire to make it to the NBA. NBA stars practiced 10,000 hours or more, often times in quiet, lonely gyms, and always *in private, out of the public eye, with nobody watching*, to become skilled enough to go pro. Expect to take a similar journey in order to become a professional blogger.

Writing is your core skill. If you write well, you make money online. If you write poorly, you do not make money online.

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Every way to profit – out of these 15 strategies – can work quite nicely if you practice writing offline daily. Practice to become confident. Practice to become clear on your writing. Confident, clear writers write with authority. Writing with authority inspires trust in your readers. Again; this is a simple process. But sometimes, this process feels uncomfortable. Nudge through discomfort. Write, write and write some more. People who trust you based on your writing skills tend to buy your eBooks, hire you to coach them, hire you to freelance write for them and buy sponsored posts on your blog. Be diligent in writing. The money flows to you based on how much you practice writing. Plus, practicing your writing makes you prolific. Being prolific increase your blog traffic and blogging profits, too. No downsides exist to writing offline daily. Only upsides. So….write!

Practice in private. Shine in public.

Any successful blogger you envy now practiced writing so diligently that you would never envy their writing practice. After having written millions of words both online and offline, nobody envies the work I put into going pro. But being free to circle the globe? Worth it!

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Do You Assume too Much?

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One of the biggest problems in blogging; bloggers assume too much. Perfect example is someone emails looking for your best sponsored post price. Right away, most bloggers fear losing money to a cheapie because they ASSUMED someone looking for the best price is cheap. Based on past experience. NO! Do NOT do this. Because based on NOT assuming, but being open and in the moment, more than a handful of folks looking for the best price placed orders at my full price, when I shared it was my final price. I rarely if ever assume because assuming cuts you off from traffic and money, based on past experience and future expectations.

These days, I am more in the moment. I am open. Let’s say a blogger quotes their sponsored post price as being $100. A blogger outreach service pro asks for a lower, better price. In that moment, you can do one of two thing: make a foolish assumption that the individual cannot afford $100 or simply share how $100 is your flat, final price. Assuming they cannot afford $100 INSTANTLY robs you of $100. I mean, instantly. Labeling their email as spam or being nasty with them immediately robs you of $100, based on your ignorant assumption. Choosing not to assume anything opens you up to making a quick $100. Wealthy people with large budgets sometimes seek the best price. Rockefeller would be worth $280 billion today – by estimates – and he balanced his books to the penny. He sought the best price but had billions to invest and did invest billions to be the wealthiest person the world has ever known.

This is why I wrote Creating the Mindset of a Successful Blogger for you. How you choose to think and feel dictates how you act. How you act dictates your success. Failures cling to the past and wander into the future by assuming future scenarios based on past experience. But wise bloggers remain grounded in the present, never assuming. Of course, many cheap bloggers willing to pay only $5 for a $100 sponsored post emailed you with “the best price” reply, in the past. But never rob yourself of $100 by assuming these folks do not have $100 to invest in your guest post. I leave no stones unturned. The way I see it, spending 1 second to read a “Give me a sponsored post for $5” email here and there is worth the “OK, let’s place it for $100” email I see more often these days. Assuming cuts you off from abundance. Being open-minded tunes you in to abundance. Make more money. Be open-minded. Stop assuming.

A few moments ago, our Uber driver told us he originally hailed from Jordan. He has been in the USA for 20 years. My silly mind made a quick assumption; he must live in NYC, like many folks do who immigrated to the USA over the past few decades. He still had a heavy accent. But I refused to assume this and asked him where he lived in the USA. He said in the same New Jersey suburban development where we lived. Small world! Not assuming opens you up to fun, fascinating experiences. Stop assuming online. You’ll make more money, too, and will enjoy your blogging journey.

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Blogging Success Is YOUR Choice

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Blogging success is your choice. Blogging failure is your choice. YOU choose. Never blame anyone or anything for your blogging failure. Everything in life begins and ends with you because life follows your thoughts and feelings. People or things may *appear* to slow you down or get in your way. But all appearances are illusions. Illusions are not real, not true. You and you alone choose to succeed based on your chosen thoughts and feelings, independent of situations or circumstances around you.

For example, I had a tough time falling to sleep last night. Didn’t pass out until after 6 AM and only slept to 9:30 AM. Tossing and turning, my mind raced with fears. I feared being exhausted and getting sick. I feared work I’d be behind on, today. I also feared simply sitting with my racing thoughts and feelings, being in bed for hours, since I lay down in bed at midnight. I could choose to lay in bed to observe the fears or I could watch Netflix. I chose to observe fears. Eventually, I chose to get up and write my first blog post of the day at 5 AM. I feared waking to work due to fatigue. But nudging into the fear allowed me to create content, positioning myself to expand my success.

I also chose to wake at 9:30 AM after limited sleep to do 20 minutes of intense Kriya yoga, to meditate for 30 minutes and to spend 30 seconds in an icy cold shower. Heck yeah I feared doing each on 3 hours of sleep. But successes CHOOSE to BE the people that succeed. Life unfolds as a series of personal choices. Either you make comfortable choices based on fear, struggle, fail and quit blogging. Or you make uncomfortable, freeing and usually fun choices based on love, leading to your blogging success. You choose. No one can choose for you. No one can wade through fear for you. No blogger can glide through the discomfort for you. This is an intimately personal experience that you need to face, embrace and live, to succeed in blogging, all based on your choices.

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I observed these cute little – actually big – guys during my 4 month trip to Savusavu, Fiji. The little dog men swooped in every night like clockwork, working the papaya trees on the front lawn on dusk. The fruit bats never missed a night; their survival depended on feasting at sundown every single evening. Develop the same attitude with your blog to guarantee success. Be like clockwork. Show up daily. Work. Shine bright in a world of blogging failures who choose to work in fits and starts before choosing to quit. Blogging feels uncomfortable but the journey gets easier success-wise by choosing to wade through scary, unpleasant periods. You have a personal choice to make: generously help people for hours daily over years to succeed online. Or choose not to, guaranteeing your failure. You choose. I believe in you. I know you can choose success. Choose not to fear burnout. Choose to be happy about your future blogging success.

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