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Before You Bash Your Head into a Wall Take these 4 Blogging Tips to Heart



I have blogged from Bali.

I have blogged from Fiji.

I have blogged from Thailand, Nicaragua, Malaysia and Costa Rica.

I have lived the dream.

I also know how it feels to want to bash your head into a wall because you’re fed up with blogging.


From writer’s block to writing for a ghost town to seeing tumbleweeds flow through your comments field I recall the intense pain I felt during the lean years. But I also know how quickly things changed after I took 4 blogging tips to heart.

Successful Blogging Tips

Isn’t it funny how the seemingly tiniest changes create the most dramatic results?

If you learn one thing as a blogger remember this piece of advice: how you feel dictates how you act and how you act dictates your results.

Re-read that line. I took that sucker to heart. I have lived in Fiji for 4 months and in places like Thailand and Bali for over a year in each spot because I changed my feelings, my actions and my results.

Before You Go Bonkers

Sometimes I feel like a sounding board for struggling bloggers.

Or a backboard.

Hey, I feel your pain. I once suffered from Mad Blogger’s Disease because I followed bad advice. I also let my greedy, desperate, fearful energies drive me. So I failed. And I felt like I was prepared to go completely nutzo. Or bonkers.

But making the same silly, crazy-inducing mistakes when you have access to proven blogging tips on an authority site like Zac’s is like a guppy residing in the Mariana Trench who says he doesn’t have enough water to live.

Let’s dive into these tips (not the Mariana Trench), shall we?

1: Have Fun!

Head Bangers, beware! Not having fun is a leading cause of blogging madness.

As a former blogging bozo I can assure you that blogging with the sole intent of making money or gaining readers or boosting my social shares lead to my malaise.

In short, I attached heavily to outcomes. If said outcome didn’t mosey on along as I felt it should I went bananas.

But when I said “The hell with it!”, and chose to blog for fun alone something amazing happened: the fun was the reward. I didn’t need anything else. Didn’t need blogging profits to be happy. Didn’t need readers.

Irony Alert: readers, profits, popularity and all that good stuff flowed my way easily when my prime blogging purpose was to have fun. My posts were fun to read. My personality came out. My humor emerged. I stood out like a gringo here in the neighborhood of Rivas, Costa Rica. Las Blancas are rare birds in this community.

Blogging Tip

Follow your fun. Blog to have fun. The profits and readers and community follows your fun-loving, playful writing style.

2: Blog to Free Yourself and Your Audience (Profitable Ideas and Profitable Actions Happen after Holding this Intent)

Ok, so you’re having fun. Good.

Now it’s time to free yourself from the manias plaguing most bloggers.

I recall the Alexa craze from last year. Many well-meaning bloggers obsessed over their Alexa score, becoming hyper attached to these numbers on a screen. They bound themselves (opposite of freedom) to this particular number on a screen. These gals and guys devoted so much of their energy to Alexa scores that they literally became prisoners to these numbers on a screen. Prisoners are bound. Meaning “not free”.

I have made this foolish mistake. I also corrected this insane tendency by deciding to blog to free me and you.

Profitable ideas made a beeline for my mind when freedom became my goal. I felt renewed. Refreshed. Invigorated!

Influential bloggers knocked down my door, asking to feature me on their popular, well-read blogs.

Blogging Tip

Blog to free yourself and to free your audience. Imagine not being bound by a thing. No boss. No set schedule. Make the world your office (if you want to travel like me).

Put those money goals and traffic goals to the side. Each is binding. Each ties you to some benchmark, some number, which dissipates your creative energies.

Or if you feel fun and free blogging to hit certain income goals, feel free to go for that.

Blog to be free. Blog to have fun. You don’t need to be a Head Banger.

3: Publish a Beneficial Solution (Versus Just Publishing a Blog Post)

Why was nobody reading my blog?

Crickets serenaded me after publishing new posts. Ghost town. I was blogga non grata.


I formed the dangerous habit of publishing blog posts just to publish “X” number of posts weekly. Someone told me to do that. This must have been good advice. But twas not. I learned – the hard way, as oft is the case – that mindlessly publishing blog posts like an automon, just to stick to some set schedule, leads to endless blogging struggles. My posts lacked enthusiasm. My posts lacked depth. My posts were grimly deficient in the “beneficial solution” department.

People read blogs to benefit themselves. Anytime I read a blog I want to receive some solution. I want a resource. I crave some depth, some meat on the blogging bones.

Check out Zac’s post about content creation tips:

13 Quick Tips to Create More Content in Less Time

The title drips with benefits. The blog post oozes value. If I’m a time-strapped blogger you betcha this post offered me a comprehensive solution to my problems. He went above and beyond to share something beneficial with me. As The Terminator would say….”I’ll be back.”

I published a post recently geared toward helping struggling travel bloggers:

11 Successful Tips for Travel Bloggers

It is pretty much 1 stop shopping for travel bloggers hungry to build a profitable blog on the road.
Go above and beyond. Knock your reader’s socks off.

4: Make Friends in High Places (Be Generous and Genuine)

Neil Patel has been good to me. He mentioned me and Blogging from Paradise 3 separate times on this blog as of this writing. I feel like I should invite him to join me on my next trip to Bali.

Ditto with Zac. He’s helped me expand my presence uber quickly by offering me a platform to connect with his readers.

Neil and Zac are movers and shakers. These high rolling bloggers are friends in high places. If you build bonds with blogging big dawgs these influential gals and guys will expand your presence like wildfire in many cases.

Make friends in high places by genuinely helping, assisting and promoting influential bloggers in your niche. I connected with both Neil and Zac by commenting on their blogs and by sharing their posts through my blog and through my social networks. These generous icons helped to spread my word. Win-win situation here.

You cannot do this alone. Trust me. I’ve tried to be a blogging lone wolf. Lone wolves become Head Bangers.

Wrap Up

I cannot stress the first 2 tips enough. We all thirst for practical, hard and fast blogging tips to avoid the pain and suffering of being a blogging bozo. But if you don’t improve your blogging mindset you’ll be dead in the water.

I probably have carved 3 to 4 dents in my noggin from my Head Banger days because I rarely if ever blogged to have fun. Goodness knows I didn’t blog to free myself regularly enough during the lead years.

Shifting my intent had a miraculous effect on my blogging career. Like a sweet little blogging fairy alighted on my shoulder, sprinkling pixie dust on each one of my blog posts, after I made the 2 F’s paramount: Fun and Freedom.

Take those first 2 tips to heart and you’ll be golden.

Your Turn

What tips can you share to avoid going “blogging bonkers”?

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Why Trying to Learn Blogging through a Free Website Is a Massive Mistake



Go ahead. Try it. Try to learn blogging through Blogger. Give it a shot. Have you mastered Blogger after a few months? Maybe after a year? Good. Now that you are ready to be a serious blogger you can buy your domain and hosting and begin blogging on a WordPress dot org blog. Ouch! You are in trouble. Some basic blogging principles apply but blogging on wp dot org is a full 180 from blogging on a free platform like Blogger. The set up is light years different on dot org. Monetizing and branding potential? Limitless. Complete game changer, which rocks, but you realize you made a massive mistake learning blogging on Blogger.


Blogging on a free platform ain’t blogging!

Learning how to blog on a free blogging platform is like learning how to ride a Ducati by riding a kid’s bike with training wheels. Please re-read that statement. Totally different experience. WordPress dot org has so many more moving parts to learn and master that you see the skills you learned, honed and developed over your year on Blogger go into the cyber trash – largely – the moment you begin blogging on WordPress dot org. Sure the basics remain constant. Make friends. Create value. But all the sweet details, the difference makers, differ dramatically between both platforms.

Imagine if you learned how to blog on Blogger. After buying my course and listening to my advice, you quickly learn any serious, legitimate blogging course is fully designed to speak to WordPress dot org bloggers, not free platform bloggers. Blogging on free platforms is not even blogging because you do not own the domain and hosting. You are just a user on Blogger, not an actual blogger. But if you own your domain and hosting you can call yourself a blogger. Huge difference.

Can you see why learning on Blogger or other platforms is a major league error when it comes to blogging successfully? Virtually every serious blogger owns their domain and hosting and tailors their teaching to a self-hosted crowd. Back in the day, high school students actually spent time and energy learning Latin. Maybe this skill could have been beneficial hundreds of years ago, but 30 40 years ago, this was a foolish exploit, learning an outdated language, developing a skill no longer in demand, or useful. Learning on Blogger is similar because all ins and outs become useless and you need to learn about a whole new, robust, valued, professional platform in WordPress dot org.

Do not even bother guys. Learn blogging by buying your domain and hosting. Get on WordPress dot org immediately. Learn how to blog the right way. This way, you won’t waste precious minutes, hours, days, weeks and months learning how to blog on a platform that will take you nowhere of note. Even if you buy your domain, you give up so much branding, monetizing and pro blogging potential the moment you forego WordPress dot org and choose instead to blog on Blogger. People need to learn blogging on the proper platform. Why? Why not? Why would you avoid positioning yourself for future success? If you want to learn blogging, learn blogging on the proper platform. Go with a self-hosted, WordPress dot org blog or do not even bother.


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3 Ways the Sony Xperia 1 Mobile Device Can Make You a Better Blogger



How many times have you already looked at your mobile device or cell phone today? It’s probably already been close to 50+ if it’s early in the day. By the end of the day you will likely have already picked it up and looked at it more than a hundred times!

With all of this in mind, it’s crazy how much we are all using mobile devices to do more than just make phone calls and access emails.

For site owners and bloggers, cell phones can make a huge difference in the type of content we create, and may even allow us to run our businesses from anywhere.

As new technology and devices are coming out all the time, today seemed like a great opportunity to take a look at the Sony Xperia 1, which is loaded with all of the latest technology, tools, features, and security settings to make running your business and brand from anywhere easy.

1 – Access Everything From Anywhere

No matter if you are running a website, a blog or even an online business, you need to make sure your mobile device is not only fast running and loaded with all of the latest tech trends and features — but also so it’s running on a super fast wireless platform and operating system as well.

This is all possible through the use of a Sony Xperia 1, as it has one of the most powerful processors and operating systems out there, while also being associated with all of the top brand name mobile carriers and also having 4G LTE speed.

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor
    The octa-core processor and 6GB of RAM deliver outstanding overall performance for opening and running applications, flipping through menus and more.
  • Android 9.0 Pie OS
    Adapts to you and the way you use your phone, learning your preferences as you go. Your experience gets better over time, and it keeps things running smoother and longer.
  • Compatible with GSM carriers, including AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon
    It also works with GSM SIM kits, including Cricket Wireless, Tracfone, Net10, H2O, AT&T Prepaid, and Simple Mobile.*
  • 4G LTE speed
    This Sony Xperia cell phone provides fast web connection for downloading apps, streaming content, and staying connected on social media.

2 – Take Better Photos and Videos

If you want to be a successful blogger or someone worth following on social media, you are going to need some great visuals, photos and videos to grab the attention of others. In today’s day and age, there is no excuse for not having the highest of quality images or content. With the Sony Xperia 1, creating such type of high quality content has never been easier.

Take a look at the following benefits and features of the device when it comes to video and images.

  • 6.5″ 4K HDR OLED touch screen with 3840 x 1644 resolution
    The extra-large screen is matched with a slim body to comfortably fit in your hand. The 21:9 extended display ensures easier multitasking and immersive viewing. Gorilla Glass 6 resists shocks and scratches.
  • 12.0MP triple-lens camera system
    Offers 21:9 cinema ratio, 4K HDR movie recording, and 2x optical zoom to capture details without losing quality. Also includes an 8.0MP front-facing camera for self-portraits and videos.
  • Motion Eye
    Lets you capture slow-motion videos at up to 960 frames per second for staggering films.
  • BIONZ X image processing engine
    Powerful digital image processing produces even more vivid colors and ensure contrasts are high.
  • Optical SteadyShot image stabilization
    Keep your images free from motion blur with SteadyShot image stabilization.

3 – Cool Features and Extra Security

For anyone that is already using their mobile device to run their websites or online business, then you will already understand and appreciate the need for cool features and heavy a secure device that others can’t hack into. These are all elements that you will find in the Sony Xperia 1, as it’s loaded with the latest technology, features and fingerprint security settings.

You can take a look at each of these highlights in full detail below.

  • 128GB internal memory plus microSD slot
    This cell phone provides plenty of storage space for your contacts, music, apps and more. Expand your storage by up to 512GB by adding a microSD card (sold separately).
  • Sony’s audio expertise always by your side
    Hear music as the artist intended with high-resolution audio. DSEE HX™ improves the quality of low-resolution music files. The smart amplifier delivers a loud, rich sound through the speaker.
  • Your fingerprint keeps your phone secure
    Hold your finger on the fingerprint sensor to unlock your phone.
  • IP68 rating
    The phone is protected from dust and can also withstand being submerged in 4.92′ of static water for up to 30 minutes.

Running Your Site and Business from the Palm of Your Hands

When it comes to your mobile device, it’s no longer just about making phone calls and accessing the internet — it’s now about being able to do everything from anywhere.

This is exactly what site owners, bloggers and business owners are looking to accomplish when choosing a new mobile device or looking to make the upgrade to a new brand or technology.

If this happens to be the situation you are currently in, be sure to read through each of the tech specs and highlights mentioned above to learn more about the Sony Xperia 1.

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Advanced Blogging Tip: Have a Poor Link Memory



I create oodles of content daily. One tip to being prolific is to have a poor link memory. I forget what I published content-wise and link-wise to keep publishing content frequently. Do you know how most bloggers publish one blog post, include a link to a product and/or service, and keep checking the post again and again, to see how the link performs as far as clicks and conversions and sales and profits and money? I never do that. I have no time and energy to check how my links perform because I have a terrible link memory. I am always on to the next piece of content to create and the next link to place and the next person to help because I have a poor link memory. I forget links. This works perfectly for me; makes me super duper prolific.

Most bloggers attach to and cling to particular business links. What happens if you attach to a link? You give attention and energy to checking the link again and again instead of creating more content from a generous, prolific energy. How can you appear to be all over your niche if you check links regularly throughout the day and if you are not creating helpful, new pieces of content? You cannot be super successful if you are not prolific and you cannot be super prolific unless you have a poor link memory. Be generous, abundant and detached by forgetting links you place in posts; especially links pointing to business opportunities.

I link to my blogging course quite a bit but never get attached to any one link or blog post or guest post through which I link to it. Why? I have more fish to fry. I have more content to create and more bloggers to bond with and more folks to help and more bloggers to connect with and heck, after converting 50 more of my eBooks to paperback, I will have over 200 products about on Amazon, under the Blogging From Paradise umbrella. That is a lot of products to promote! We need to have a poor link memory to forget the prior link we promoted so we can move forward and promote more links, more content and greater blogging success. Envision yourself having an abundant mindset. What happens if you do not feel like anything seems short, scarce or running out? Being prolific is what happens. Being generous is easier if you are not burdened by any link to promote, to review and to assess regularly. I am not opposed to scanning metrics if doing so feels good and relaxing but most bloggers never take the time to assess their genuine feelings when it comes to how they feel promoting links.

I do. I am ruthless in assessing, observing, embracing and moving along my energies because watching your energy is the key to blogging success. Blogging from abundance, relaxation and trust leads to success while blogging from fear, scarcity, tension and anxiety leads to failure.

Which road do you prefer to take?

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