If you don’t, I guess you’re still in the 20th century…
Just don’t assume I’m joking or making fun of people. I’m extremely serious here…
Before taking a look at the newbie blogging tips, let me give a simple introduction about BLOG!
What is a Blog?
So, what does the word Blog means anyway?
There are few definitions from experienced bloggers on ‘what is a blog’? However, I will just include this particular one that impressed me since I started blogging:-
A blog is a website in which items are posted on a regular basis and displayed in reverse chronological order. The term blog is shortened form of weblog or web log. Authoring a blog, maintaining a blog or adding an article to an existing blog is called “blogging”. Individual articles in a blog are called “blog posts”, “posts “or “entries”. A person who posts these entries is called “blogger”. A blog compromises text , hypertext, images, and links(to other web pages and video, audio and other files). Blogs use a conversational style of documentation. Often blogs focus on particular “are of interest”, such as Washington D.C.’s political goings-on. Some blogs discuss persona experiences.’Source
I hope this detailed definition would have made you understand what a blog is and blogging is all about.
Let’s move to our main topic for today…
Nowadays, I’m amazed with the increase of newbie bloggers. There are thousands of blogs being created every single day. However, most of these bloggers are being wrongly motivated that blogging = quick money.
That’s absolutely WRONG! If any of you made a $500 through blogging within a month of your blogging carrier, please leave be a comment at the end of this post.
I’m not telling you it’s impossible… But it’s not logic…
Start your blogging journey with the right motivation and mind set. Blogging is not a get rich quick scheme. Blogging is a media or a platform where you share your knowledge about certain niche and how it can help your fellow readers.
So, let’s get started with these practical tips for newbie bloggers.
Write Down Your Goals! Just Write It Down Now
Before you start blogging, it’s important for you to set your short-term and long-term goals. Implementing your goals will assure greater chances of success because you know what you should do from the beginning. Always implement realistic goals. Don’t just jump on and set a goal to earn $1000 within the first month of blogging. Sit down write down on a piece of paper of what you can accomplish in your blogging carrier within the first six months. Then, go on writing your goals for a year. Once you have written your realistic goals stick it on your computer desk. Keep looking at your goals every day to get you inspired and self-motivated.
Master Your Niche
You don’t have to be a maha guru in your niche. However, certain level of expertise is important to start a blog on your desired niche. Not all bloggers born as an expert. You just need to keep learning. Let me give you a small technique that I used when I started blogging. You need to understand that most of the bloggers out there became more skillful reading other blogger’s blog post. By reading other blogs related to the niche you’re blogging about, will not only improve your knowledge but also gives you an idea for the next blog post you’re going to write.
Keep Your Blog Post Short and Simple
Most of the bloggers out there might suggest newbie bloggers to write long blog post. However, I will suggest you to keep your blog post short and simple. The main reason to keep it short is to reduce your spelling and grammatical errors. When there are excess of spelling and grammatical errors, your blog post will look ugly. I admit not every blogger is native born writers, but keeping your blog short and simple will minimize the errors your make.
Next, think from a reader’s point of view. Most of the readers will look for a simple solution for their problems unless your blog is talking about technical issues. If your blog post is too lengthy, your prospect readers won’t be bothered to read your blog post. Just bear in mind to keep your blog post short and simple. I will highly suggest you to write not more than 600 words. There are niches where 250-300 words should be efficient enough!
Be Consistent and Persistent
Consistent and persistent is very important for newbie bloggers. When we’re to talk about persistent, it’s about how much effort you’re putting into your blogging? As a newbie blogger you should blog at least one blog post 2 days once. I’ve heard expert bloggers suggest newbie bloggers to write blog post on daily basis. However, sometime writing quality blog post is more important than the quantity of your blog posts. Being consistent is just about how you maintain the quality of your blog? Is your blog providing high quality post? If yes, you’re being a consistent blogger. And readers love consistent bloggers because they always provide the best reading material for them.
The most consistent blogger I ever encountered is Pat Flynn. Each and every blog post he writes will be simply explosive!
Contribute to High Authority Blogs
Contributing to high authority blog or commonly known as guest blogging is very important for newbie bloggers. Guest blogging is one of the best way to attract more visitors to your blog within a short period of time. But, not all guest post win the heart of other blog readers. You need to analyse what type of writing style the blog author is using to attract his readers. Make sure you understand and saturate the writing style of the particular blog and redirect them to your blog.
Most of the newbie bloggers who are starting out always fail and give up because of their negative mind set of getting rich quick. Be a dedicated bloggers. Concentrate on giving valuable information for your readers. The most important characteristic that you should have to become a successful blogger are:
- Be confident
- Be Dedicated
- Be Open Minded
- Accept Negative Critiques
- Learn, learn and keep learning!
How Most People Think Blogging Is and How it REALLY Is
I love my gig. Right now, I blog from beautiful NYC. Quick 9 day trip to Manhattan. Can you imagine how fun and freeing this life is? Circling the globe, seeing places like Fiji, Bali and Thailand, experiencing these spots for years at a time? Amazing journey indeed. I feel appreciative of this fun, freeing life. I also know how most people think my life goes; write a few words, tap a publish button, make money, soar off to Fiji for 4 months. Most human beings cling to a terribly flawed aspect of their personality; ego. Ego sees free people and assumes, to preserve itself, how freedom must be an easy, comfortable journey for other people to take, because ego KNOWS freedom has not been an easy, comfortable objective, for ego.
Most human beings vibe from a dominant energy of fear so most human beings see illusions, appearances, NOT reality, a magic trick, something not REALLY happening. Most humans see me living in Thailand for months and see the illusion of me spending 2 hours to publish a post, seeing me making money, then, flying to Thailand. What fear-filled folks cannot see is the truth of this: me blogging for 5,000 hours – or more – through ups and downs, highs and lows, love and fear, peace and terror, and an even wider range of emotions….to live a life of blogging in Thailand for months at a time. The truth, the reality, of how blogging really is: blog for thousands of hours, make little or no money, then, after blogging for thousands of hours from a generous, calm, trusting, abundant vibe, feeling deep fears here and there along the way, the money flows in freely and you get to circle the globe whenever you want to circle the globe.
Take a look at this picture of me in Lyttelton, New Zealand:
Most people see an illusion: “Ryan is SO lucky! He gets to spend 2 months in New Zealand! I wish I had his life!”
The few human beings on earth who see the truth see this: “That guy lives an amazing life, being in New Zealand for 2 months, because he blogged for 10,000 hours, often times, when things did not appear to be coming together, outlook, appearing bleak.”
Truth seers are rare birds, folks. Why do you think I spend 3 or more hours daily meditating, doing yoga and exercising? I stabilize my vibe, uncover and purge illusory-producing fears and see the truth, more often than not. You need to see the truth to taste freeing, sweet blogging success. Can you taste my life? Imagine how it’d feel to live in NYC for a week? Imagine how it’d feel to live in Bali for 6 months? Fun, eh? Freeing, right? Of course you’d feel free, circling the globe, changing time zones like people change their minds. But to live this fun, freeing life, you have to live the truth of blogging for hundreds to thousands of generous, trusting hours, before you live the life, and, before you experience this level of fun and freedom. Most humans mean well but totally get caught up in the illusion, not seeing the truth because they fill their minds with fears, creating the insanity of luck and the delusion of envy, and the crazy, mentally ill, concept that you can live an amazingly fun, freeing life with a few hours, a few weeks or a few months of lazy blogging effort.
Do you want to step up to the blogging big time? Step away from most people. See the truth. This blogging gig takes serious effort and serious time. Most people live in delusion, in an illusion of fear. You know better. You know how blogging REALLY is. Sure blogging feels scary in moments but the ride feels largely fun and freeing when you follow your fun, generously help people and trust in yourself, and, trust in the blogging process. I know you’re up it!
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Face Newbie Blogger Fears Early to Accelerate Your Success
Do you genuinely want to hit the ground running with your blog? Face newbie blogger fears early. Do not mess around. Do not play around. Never be anchored down by doubt. Face fears, feel fears and you will feel so good, and free, and ready to succeed through your new blog because fear cannot hold you back if you face it, feel it, release it and proceed.
Life as a solopreneur feels fun, freeing and highly challenging because you do not possess the resources of more established entrepreneurs or people working for a company. The #1 tool in your new blogger arsenal is a willingness to face, feel and release deep fears related to being a newbie. Do this; be golden. Fun, freedom and expansive success awaits you because your generosity, creativity and willingness to connect just accelerates your blogging success…yes…even as a new blogger. How cool, right? No new blogger needs to struggle, fail and quit before giving themselves a chance, because fear is the only thing standing between you and what you need to do, to succeed. For example, I routinely tell new bloggers to buy courses or eBooks for due diligence material. More importantly, I tell them NOT to rely solely on questions and answers through Quora for their due diligence campaign because free platforms pale in comparison to trusted, premium resources from the top bloggers, in terms of research materials.
What can you do to accelerate your new blogger success fast? Nudge into the fear of spending money on training resources, feel the fear, release the fear and buy the course and/or eBook. Doing this, you begin taking the course and/or reading the eBook, putting your new knowledge into action, succeeding more quickly. Meanwhile, most new bloggers who refuse to face their fears keep asking questions on Quora, relying on strangers, possibly skilled but usually unskilled bloggers to supply them with non-vetted answers for critical blogging research. How in the heck can you rely on this most crucial of information if you have no idea who offers the answers? Can you see why this method is totally unreliable, for getting your blogging research? A few skilled bloggers offer some keen insight but step out of the fear-vibe into the abundant, successful vibe by investing money in a top blogging education.
If you can either pay for a Harvard education or ask some stranger on the street for their free advice, what seems to be the more intelligent decision? Invest money in expert advice? Or save money to get advice from some stranger on the street who may or may not know what they are talking about? Can you see why so many new bloggers struggle, fearing to invest money in the best blogging advice, choosing to get free, unreliable blogging advice from the general blogging public?
Pay up to play up. Invest money in your blogging education to move higher in blogging circles. Be a fear-diver; keep nudging into fears to better understand how to succeed, feeling and releasing these confining, restricting forms of bondage. Face newbie blogger fears early and often to remove the shackles that hold you down. Doesn’t it feel better to dive into fears routinely so you can accelerate your blogging success, even as a newbie?
How to Promote Yourself without Bragging and Repelling Readers
You do know promoting yourself freely constitutes one pillar of blogging success, right guys? Bloggers need to be clear, confident and relaxed enough with self to appeal to us. Who wants to follow someone with low self-esteem? We seek out bright lights, not bloggers slumming around in the blogging sewer, eh? But self-promoting is a fine art for the discerning blogger to master; go too far, bragging your butt off, and your arrogance repels readers. People despise someone who speaks about self all day long because these over-compensating buffoons, deep-down, fear they are not enough. Bad trait in a leader. I figured it’d be easiest to self promote by simply…..self promoting like the dickens.
Example; buy our new course. Yep, Sue-Ann and I plan to make you happy as a blogging pig in slop with our new course. Do you see how I got right to the point? No beating around the bush. I promoted me, and, Sue-Ann, clearly explaining why you need to buy our blogging course….by saying….buy it, and you will be a happy blogger. Promoting yourself through virtually all content you create is the easiest, simplest way to find the happy medium between being a shy guy or shy gal and being an arrogant, boastful, bragging clown. The real secret is to keep promoting self through all the self-conscious, anxious, money-related, appearance-related fears most of us cling to, before we become clear, confident self-promoters.
Put Attention on Your Readers
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Let us rewind for a moment, shall we? Time to review how I promoted myself by putting attention on you, you rocking readers of Blogging Tips Dot Com. I promoted self because I promoted my eBook. I make money every time you buy the eBook. Cool. Feels good to me. But did you notice I asked if YOU felt disgusted, and if YOU wanted to drink up sweet blogging freedom, before I promoted ME? This is one secret to promoting your products and services without looking like a dingbat. I helped you by putting the attention on you, making my self-promotion about you and me. We both win. You access a freeing, fun, valued resources and I access an energy we call “money”. Fair exchange, methinks. I never come off as bragging, being boastful or outright being a cocky jerk because I make it about US. See how thinking about everybody, and bringing folks together, benefits everyone? Cultivate your sense of compassion guys; developing this skill helps you go far in blogging, and, in life.
Be Subtle in Sharing Your Accomplishments
Feel free to share your accomplishments if you feel doing so boosts your credibility. But never be a flat out braggart by speaking about yourself in boastful, self-centered, self-serving tones. Why? Doing so turns off folks because braggarts secretly do NOT believe in themselves, and need that facade of boastfulness to even dream of trying to succeed online. Every braggart is broken. Point blank. Even if you achieved immense worldly success and appear to be happy, the appearance is an illusion, as you do not believe in yourself, and people who do not believe in themselves cannot succeed in leading others. Be subtle in sharing your wins. Be delicate in sharing your feats. Humble yourself. Allow other folks to do the bragging so you promote yourself from a relaxed, chill, attractive energy.
Tap those Twitter and Facebook buttons to spread the word on this important topic of self-promoting. Let’s empower bloggers to taste sweet success by teaching them how to promote themselves the right way, shall we?
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