Yesterday I received a handful of emails pitching me on various products, services and guest posts.
Some went directly to spam. As expected, as the emails were spam.
But other emails actually made it to my inbox.
All of these bloggers want to catch the attention of established, pro bloggers but go about the process all wrong.
Said bloggers actually do the exact opposite of what you should do to snag the attention spans of pros.
I am a pretty busy dude. Although I have not thousands of things to do daily I work off of the clock and have zero time to spend on desperate or mindless pleas, because I have so many blogging buddies to help and partner with, said friends having built relationships with me over months and years.
The biggest problem faced by newbie or struggling bloggers: this lot has a tough time grasping the idea that asking a successful blogger for business or a guest posting opportunity without helping them at all, coming in ice cold, is the worst way to grab their attention. The opposite happens; the blogger labels your email as spam, sealing your fate as more of your future emails go directly to spam, never to be seen again.
Here’s how to catch the attention of super successful pro bloggers.
1: Retweet their Latest Post
I often retweet blog posts of influential bloggers to share helpful content for my readers.
Building bonds with top bloggers is a neat side effect of hitting a retweet button on a regular basis.
Read top bloggers. Share their posts on Twitter.
Pop up on big dawg blogger radar screens through the simple act of retweeting blog posts.
2: Comment Genuinely on Top Blogs
Genuine blog commenting has opened more doors for me than you could ever believe.
My friend Donna Merrill is a great example of someone who published authentic, genuine comments on top blogs persistently.
She does not comment to get. She comments to give.
Naturally, Donna has caught the eye of some big time influential bloggers and has built a thriving blogging business through the powerful strategy of sharing thorough, personalized, meaty comments on top blogs.
If you want to snag a pro blogger’s attention there are few better ways to do it than by publishing a 3-4 paragraph, valuable blog comment on their latest post.
3: Chat about Offline Interests on Social Media Sites
My friend and influential online business mentor Alonzo Pichardo and I had connected a few months prior to our chat but we formed a deeper bond when chatting about old school rap on Facebook.
After our little online talk about icons like Big Daddy Kane and Kool Moe Dee he invited me to guest post on his established blog. We then began co-promoting one another.
Alonzo gracefully invited me to chat with him on YouTube about online success tips.
Nearly 225,000 YouTube video views and 41,000 Sound Cloud plays (from a single test podcast) later, we have created quite a series that online entrepreneurs are digging, big-time.
Be a human being. Keep things light sometimes. Share your offline interests to catch the attention of influencers who want to connect with you based on business and offline interests.
4: Email Asking How You Can Help
As a newbie blogger you may wonder how in the heck you can help an established pro blogger.
Believe me; influential bloggers appreciate every bit of help they can get. Especially heart-centered bloggers.
Only the arrogant, delusional or outright insane bloggers of the world would turn down or scoff at help from a relatively unknown blogger. These cats are rare.
Even though I have nearly 53,000 followers on Twitter, if you ask me for help and you have only 1 Twitter follower I will ask you to retweet my latest blog post. Abundant thing to do. You feel good about helping me and I feel good about getting extra exposure because every follower literally counts.
You also pop up on my radar by reaching out to help me. I remember kind, generous people.
Watch as I discuss the concept of helping top bloggers without asking and how this practice helps you grab the attention span of influential bloggers.
1 Freeing but Sobering New Blogger Realization
This gig takes work.
This gig takes time.
This gig takes being generous.
This gig takes mindset work.
As I promote my eBook:
I think through a common blogging error. This error is so common that it cripples most bloggers. New bloggers especially. What is the mistake?
New bloggers believe blogging is easy, comfortable, and requires a little work, AND you will quickly and easily make money through blogging. New bloggers expect to make money, like if they worked a job.
Have you sobered up yet as a new blogger? I woke up big-time many years ago. I learn blogging requires study, work and not getting paid for months. Imagine that? You blog and help people everyday for months of your life and see not a penny in earnings. Most human beings panic and quit. Most struggle with this idea. We are all conditioned to expect a pay day after work. Most of us have been employees. Work everyday for 8 hours. Get a paycheck on Thursday. Logical. It makes sense. But blogging is different. Work everyday, sometimes seven days weekly, generously. You may not see a payday for 5 months. But you proceed. This is the wake-up call. Quite sobering. Most bloggers did not visualize blogging going like this. But there is a freeing element that leads to stunning blogging success over the long haul.
Ah yes, the freeing part. Letting go outcomes literally lifts an energetic weight from your mind. How does it feel to do something with zero expectations? Awesome! The work becomes the reward. Everything else like traffic, profits, and other forms of success feel like an extra. Or maybe like a bonus. Or like icing on the cake. Or like a cherry on top. This feels really good. Expectation can be a heavy burden. But if you blog for the fun and love of blogging, you position yourself to be stunningly successful over the long-term.
Every seven figure earner I know worked generously for free for many months or even years of their lives before making millions of dollars through blogging. You have to. Working for free improves your skills and exposure. Skilled bloggers with massive exposure who open multiple streams of income make a lot of money. Simple process. But highly uncomfortable.
See the journey through. Be generous. Sober up, and embrace this freeing concept of blogging. Give freely. Receive easily. Let go expectations. Make the work, the reward. Embracing this lesson as a new blogger puts you well ahead of the herd. Plus you will avoid so many struggles too.
I had to learn this lesson the hard way over very many years. Plus I saw some success, then sprinted back to my old, struggling, failed ways of thinking based on outcomes, for years. Now I just help people generously and release expectations. Serving people feels good. I’ve sobered up enough. Now I am largely free from expectations, I just help people all day long. As my presence and skills expand, success finds me. But only because I freed myself from outcomes and focused on the process.
Be generous. Surround yourself with pro bloggers as a newbie. Learn from these established bloggers. Follow their example. Be generous. Be genuine. Expect little or nothing. Have fun helping people and your blogging star will shine brightly.
What Is a Blogging Tribe?
Much talk has been bandied about blogging tribes over the years. People like myself say you need a tribe to succeed. This is true. But you may be confused. What is a blogging tribe?
Today we will break down the definition to help you understand what goes into building a large, loyal, loving blogging tribe.
So….. What is a blogging tribe? Basically, a blogging tribe is a group of loyal, loving readers who follow your blog posts, read your blog posts, promote your blog posts, and grow your business. Tribemates are friends and fans who read your blog and spread your word. Tribemates also hire you and buy your stuff. Simple definition, right guys?
Tribes can be fans. Tribes can be friends. Doesn’t matter. The main point to keep in mind is that growing a tribe requires persistent, generous effort every single day on your part. Tribes do not grow organically unless you help people for free. Please impress that idea on your mind. You grow your tribe. Then as you grow your tribe, your tribe grows itself, as you tend to your tribe.
Help People for Free
I comment genuinely on blogs to add value to posts and to make friends. Friends I find through this strategy join my tribe. I publish a genuine, generous comment on a blog. My fellow bloggers appreciate the comment and comment on my blog. Said blogger tends to share my post on social media. Sometimes, the blogger mentions me on their blog. In other cases, a blogger asked me to guest post on their blog. My tribe just grew by one member. But I also became a member of their tribe by supporting their blog.
If you want to build a tribe, become a member of other blogger’s tribes. Promote other bloggers. Comment on other blogs. Give whatever you want. Doesn’t that formula just makes sense?
Help people for free. Make friends. Attract your blogging tribe by embodying the concept of being generous.
Be persistent. Being generous for one day or even one week will not cut it. You need to be generous every day for months to slowly, steadily and organically grow your blogging tribe. Grow on people by being helpful. Publish valuable content to give tribemates a reason to follow you.
Stay on Topic
Stay on topic. People love specialists. Generalists? Not so much. Every time you change topics you confuse tribe members who expect you to cover a single topic. Avoid doing this. Cover one topic every post to slowly and steadily grow your blogging tribe.
Invest in a Resource
Buy my tribe building ebook to have a resource handy. Invest money in a system that helps you grow your traffic and profits freely thru tribe-building. I wrote the ebook to cut through any confusion often seen on Triberr. Bloggers join and wonder how in the heck the site works? I lay out 13 practical, simple tips to follow to drive by traffic through the network and to grow your blogging tribe through Triberr.
Tribe-Building Takes Time
Building a tribe takes time, patience, persistence and generous effort. Do not rush things. Do not force things. Allow your tribe to go organically over time. People will follow your blog if you stay on topic, solve their problems and spend a good deal of time off site building friendships. Large, loyal, loving tribes do not grow overnight. See the journey through to build your own loyal, loving tribe and to accelerate your blogging success.
Engage Tribe Mates
Engage tribemates regularly to strengthen bonds. This was one of my mistakes during struggling years. I ignored people who loved what I did and those people disappeared. Lesson learned. Now I answer my tribemate’s questions regularly via email and social media. I thank people who buy my eBooks and courses. I also promote these rocking bloggers if they happen to be skilled bloggers, to strengthen our bond. Keep going back to where you are loved. This is the easiest way to grow loyalty, to strengthen bonds and to grow your tribe.
Should You Use AdSense on Your Blog?
I admit it. I have waffled on this topic a few times. Back in the day I used to call it Ad Cents. But going forward I do see benefits in adding Google AdSense as a low ticket income stream on your blog. Even for newbies. I know, I know. This seems surprising to you.
Think abundance guys. Why not add a few cents here and there to boost your income stream? Please don’t use AdSense as your prime means of income as a new blogger or if you are struggling as a blogging veteran. Cents do not make up a full-time income, as your sole income stream. But if you create courses, coach, and add Google AdSense as an income stream for driving a few bucks each month in the beginning, you are well on your way to seeing steady profits are the channel.
The key is to think detachment. New bloggers in many developing nations see Google AdSense as the Holy Grail of monetizing. Why? Mostly, because it seems easy to make money through a channel involving no creation or human interaction on your part. Think about it. All you do is post the ad and create content. Money should flow to you easily, right? The ultimate wake up call is experiencing one, two, or three cent AdSense months. Then you realize big earnings flow through blogs with a huge amount of targeted, hyper-focused traffic. This is why you need to detach from Google AdSense as your prime income stream. Big bucks flow through the channel after years of generous, patient, persistent effort on your part.
Take the Cents with AdSense
As a newbie, pennies will flow through your AdSense profits for your first few months. In most cases. But take the cents because cents add up to dollars. Dollars add up to hundreds of dollars. Hundreds of dollars add up to thousands of dollars. Think like an abundant blogger. Keep adding small ticket and big ticket income streams to boost your overall blogging income.
Everything Adds Up
I wrote a post recently discussing why wealthy bloggers take the time and effort to add affiliate links even if they earn pennies on the link. Between their ever-expanding presence and abundance mindset, the pennies add up to thousands and even tens of thousands of dollars over the long haul. Think this way with AdSense. Everything adds up. Again, just don’t make Google AdSense your prime income stream because as the pennies add up you’re better off earning more money through channels like coaching, consulting, freelancing, writing and selling eBooks or creating and publishing courses.
Ultimately, successful blogging is creating and connecting generously. Never believe that an income stream makes money. Income streams are passive, completely subject to your command, and pretty much worthless on their own. An income stream cannot do anything, including make money. You make the money with your generous effort. Practice writing, create helpful content and build meaningful connections with top blogger generously every single day over the course of years. No matter the income streams you open, your blogging profits will increase over time if you stick to the fundamentals.
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