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4 Signs You Need More Clarity and Confidence in Your Blog

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The old me had a terrible time gaining clarity and confidence in my blog.

Now I walk around wearing T-shirts of my blog, carrying my paperbacks to all corners of the globe, promoting myself freely.

I slammed into years of struggle because secretly I had like zero belief in what I did online. I feared criticism. I feared failing. Sure enough, criticism and failure followed me around for a minute.

It wasn’t until I established a clear, confident blogging direction that things turned around and I saw greater success.

If you see any of these red flags with your blog take a deep breath, own your lack of clarity and confidence and follow the solutions.

1: You Fear Sharing Your Blog with Family

I speak to many new bloggers who fear sharing posts with their family and friends.

This is simply the fear of criticism and rejection manifest. But it shows more than anything that you lack confidence and clarity in your blogging message.

You may use any reason to support your lack of sharing:

  • sensitive subject matter
  • uncomfortable encounters with family and friends who don’t like your blog content
  • the belief that your family will think you’re nuts or taking dangerous risks by doing what you do

In the end, either you feel confident, clear and at peace with what you do on your blog and can share it with any human being or you fear how they will react to the post, which has everything to do with them and nothing to do with you.

Be bold. Believe in yourself. Get clear on your blog.

If you hide the true you from family and friends you will never be true to yourself.

Share your posts with everybody you know. Not 1 to 1, but fear not sharing your latest posts on Facebook or Twitter or anywhere. If somebody has an issue with it the issue is with themselves, not you.

2: You Fear Guest Posting

I feared guest posting for years.

Turns out the fear of criticism was a big deterrent for me but getting to the bottom of things I simply lacked clarity in my blog. I was unclear on my blog’s niche and the value I had to share through posts. I lacked clarity around my income streams too.

Finally, when I trashed my old blog to create Blogging From Paradise I felt like an energetic fog had cleared from around my blog. I could see clearly. I had a special story to share to inspire aspiring pro bloggers. I felt confident in my message. But I need to gain clarity and boldness in what I did online to dive into guest posting.

Do you feel terrified to guest post? Assess your blog. You likely have little confidence in your cyber home and need to get clearer on your niche, message and value you provide to start nailing down guest post opportunities left and right.

Check out this helpful post on Blogging Wizard to land a guest post on your dream blog:

How to Land A Guest Post Opportunity On Your Dream Blog…..On Your First Try

3: You Fear Buying a Domain and Hosting and Premium Theme

For years I felt terrified to buy a premium theme. I secretly believed doing so was a waste of time anyway.

Who was I? A loser who ran a ho hum, failing blog. Even when folks told me my theme looked terrible I either cursed them out or simply ignored their good advice.

I finally spotted the issue: I had clarity and confidence problems. I was not clear on my blog and lacked confidence in my online real estate so investing in a premium theme would be wasted money.

I finally agreed for my web developer to upload my bespoke theme. Never looked back.

If you resist buying a domain and hosting or purchasing a premium theme you need to be fully committed to your blog. That commitment grows if you gain clarity in your blog and increase your confidence in your offering.

4: You Fear Changing Things Up

I hated changing up my blog in the past because I secretly believed that improving my job was a hopeless cause. I’d fail anyway.

I had zero confidence in my blog and the clarity of a captain sailing through a typhoon.

I eventually listened to feedback, honored my intuitive nudges and got clearer and clearer on my blog direction. I believed in my blog and message so much that I was willing to make huge scale changes to become successful.

If you feel unclear on your blog it may be time to change things up. Doing so alerts you to where you can get clearer and believe more in the direction of your blog.

To genuinely commit to improving your blog read this resource from Jerry Low at WHSR:

15 Practical Ways to Improve Your Blog Today

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Are you lacking clarity and confidence in your blog? Why?

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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.

Buy my eBook:

15 Ways to Make Money Blogging

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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10 Reasons Why Fijian Fruit Bats Would Be Absurdly Successful Bloggers

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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