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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!
Do You Need to Make a Huge Blogging Shift?
Sometimes, you get bogged down with your blogging routine. Routines feel comfortable, right?
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But blogging is a feeling game like life is a feeling game. All flows based on your emotions. If you feel really good – first – then you take good feeling blogging actions and over time, with patience and trust, see good feeling blogging results.
Unfortunately, most humans give almost zero thought to their emotions before diving in to a blogging routine. Bloggers believe you need to do something or follow a set routine to succeed, to drive traffic, and to make money. Day after day, year after year, most bloggers follow a routine without giving zero thought to how they are feeling, if they enjoy blogging, if they have fun following the routine, and if they feel detached, patient and trusting in the process.
This is the only reason why as of about 7 years ago, 80% of bloggers never made more than $100 during their blogging careers. If 8 out of 10 humans can not make $100 through blogging over 1, 2, 5 or 10 years, 8 out of 10 bloggers clearly give zero thought to their feelings BEFORE blogging. Feel bad, and you see no money. But those 2 out of 10 bloggers who feel really good make lots of money over the long haul.
Maybe it is time to make a shift, guys.
2-3 months ago I made one shift. 1 month ago I made an even bigger shift; quite huge, for me. But what I did differently made almost zero difference. How I chose to feel marked the big shift, then, I moved into different blogging actions.
For example, I faced some deep fears, felt the fears, and instantly, after feeling pretty crappy for a short time, I felt better and better. Choosing to face fear, clear it, and feel better, helped me see things clearly. I tired of my blogging schedule, my social sharing groups, blog commenting and heavy cross promotion. In truth, I hated it. I did have some fun with each for a while but the passion long left me. Since how you feel before and while you blog means everything, my mindset-feeling shift told me I’d have so much fun guest posting. So as of about 3-4 weeks ago – maybe less – all I do is guest posting because I have fun guest posting and guest posting comes easily to me.
Making the shift involved facing deep fears of failure, loss and struggle. I had to feel the fear of letting go lifeless activities for me – at the time – to clear out the fear, and properly release these strategies, and to move forward so I could feel good, then, decide what blogging actions would feel fun and easy and enjoyable to me.
All shifts happen emotionally first, by your choice. After feeling some muck and then feeling better, you clearly and intuitively feel through the next fun-feeling, enjoyable step.
What About You?
Do you need to make any shifts with your blogging campaign? Or do you need to make one big, sweeping, all-encompassing shift?
Getting caught up in blogging routines feels comfortable, familiar and safe, sometimes. But do you feel good before you begin the routine? Do you feel good working the routine? Do you feel detached, relaxed, trusting and like you are cared for, and prospering, while following your blogging routine?
Be honest to make a necessary shift. If you love following your routine, cool. Proceed. But most humans are taught – me included – to follow some routine (no matter how you feel) to get something, specifically money, so you can avoid failure, struggle, poverty, going hungry, illness, and embarrassment. This is exactly why most humans work jobs. Follow a routine to get money even if you feel really bad or terrible following the work-routine; aka, even if you hate your job and it feels lifeless, or soul-less.
May be time for a big shift guys.
Why Comedians Teach You a Powerful Blogging Lesson
Last night I saw a funny comedian perform in Atlantic City.
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Chris Delia charmed the audience with his silly, somewhat absurd, level of humor.
He also explained how comedians need thick skin to become successful. Humor is a very personal, subjective topic. Some people find some comedians hysterical but never laugh at other comedians. As you imagine, bombing feels terrible to most comedians. At least until they develop a thick skin.
I once read how Kevin Hart often waited until 1 AM to work an open mic. Sometimes he waited until 1 AM and the place closed down so he never got the chance to do his set. Imagine how thick-skinned you need to be to not let that bother you? Is it any wonder why he is now worth $150 million? He became immune to criticism, failure and rejection. As a matter of fact, after developing a thick skin, he likely did not see criticism, failure or rejection.
All those evenings of 1 AM sets in front of 1-2 lifeless people or all those nights of being told to go home at 1 AM after waiting for hours to do his act purged the fear of criticism, failure and rejection from his being. Void of these fears, he rose up to being one of the most famous, wealthy and powerful comedians on earth.
Bloggers Need Thick Skin
I once promoted a course to the tune of 8000 page views before I sold one copy. Did I quit promoting the course? No. I developed a thick skin during the process. I did not see 8000 rejections. I only saw meeting and helping more human beings through my blog. Even during moments when I felt like giving up I trusted in myself and believed in the blogging process. Quitting and failure were no options for me. But in the same vein, I needed to be thick skinned to see through criticism, rejection and failure.
I needed to be aware of opportunity amid the appearance of nobody reading my blog. Toss in being patient and persistent in helping folks during my most trying times and you have a pretty thick-skinned individual.
Do Not Care What People Think
Chris Delia shared how he could care less what people thought about him. He dressed down a few hecklers during the show.
Comedians succeed because they care less about what people think of their acts; being heckled, ignored or criticized had nothing to do with their belief in self and their belief in their comedic style.
As a blogger, give no thought to what people think of you. Guess what? You cannot control your reputation. No matter how long and hard you work in life to maintain a positive reputation, you can never physically control what people think of you. I am largely a nice guy 99.99% of the time yet some people genuinely hate me. I cannot control their demons. Plus I know we see the world as we see ourselves so if someone hates themselves I cannot do anything about that self-loathing.
Focus on yourself. Focus on what you think about yourself because this is the only thing that matters. Being comfortable in your own skin aligns you with loving, loyal followers who appreciate you for who you are. Let go everybody else. Critics form an energetic yoke if you care about their thoughts but dissolve into thin air when you could care less about what they think of you.
Bloggers become successful because these few folks who have thick skins shine brightly in a world of thin-skinned bloggers who fear criticism, judgment and rejection. The few who step it up do wonders because we all want a piece of free spirits who march to the beat of their own drum without caring what people think, say or do, in response or reaction to them simply being themselves.
Do You Have an Exit Plan for Your Blog?
This past week I ceased sharing posts in blogging tribes.
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I finally got it; I joined tribes because I feared unless I shared other blogger content, nobody would read my content. I feared if nobody shared my content, nobody reads my content, and I needed to share other blogger content to effectively influence bloggers and people to share mine. Ouch.
As you can imagine, I put in many long, hard hours working a job, NEEDING to be online to succeed with my blog. Rewind. Working a job. Did you see this phrase? I worked a job. I needed to be online to succeed. Largely, at least. Does that sound like a business owner to you? Does that sound like leveraging? Sure I drive some passive traffic and profits to my blog but being honest, I largely worked a job and had a job for much of my 10 years online, and I did not have a pure business so I could step away from my blog and business for months, at a time. Or, forever.
I have more of an exit plan now. I have a blogging business. I am writing my tail off to be in as many spots as possible without relying on sharing tribes and other groups that require me to be online, to social share posts, so other people can social share my posts, so I get traffic and profits. I began to think; what am I doing? I mean, if you love joining social sharing tribes, do it. Nice friendship builder. But you need to have some exit plan with your business and need to see how you can step away one day so it is about a 100% passive income machine – or, so you can sell it at a tidy profit – in order for you to be a free entrepreneur, versus a bound employee.
I am having so much fun writing blog posts and guest posts daily. Plus it is easy peasy. Every piece of content is forever, unless all these blogs vanish or get closed out by all these bloggers. Fat chance. Plus I can drive to Atlantic City today with my wife and enjoy a show this afternoon into evening and my business will still grow from a heavy passive element. Even though I am online writing this morning, all my blog posts and guest posts serve as a passive promotional army for the Blogging From Paradise blog and brand.
Imagine me trying to social share other blogger posts as I am driving down the Parkway? Not happening.
Network. Have fun making friends. Build a rock solid foundation for your blog. But eventually, evolve into someone who leverages your presence so you work a business, not a job. Any strategy 100% dependent on you being online, sharing blogger content so other bloggers share your content and boost your success, is a job, not a business, because you are tied to the online world and have no exit strategy, and a light passive element to your blogging business.
Gradually place less emphasis on networking online. Focus on purely passive elements, like writing more blog posts and guest posts, which last forever. Humans change, quit, fail, change tastes; you never want to be at the mercy of the fickle human beast. Unless all blogs close down, all of those blog posts and guest posts you wrote are pretty much forever.
Focusing a bit more on things – things helping people – helps you leverage your blog and business powerfully so you can make an exit plan and step away from your blogging business for 1, 2 or 3 months. I know bloggers who take vacations for months; everything keeps growing money-wise because they leverage, and are not dependent on people for cash flow, because their system creates the cash flow.
Trust in the process plays a big role too.
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