I asked a question.
My friends answered.
After probing for pressing blogging problems my Facebook friends answered with a request: how do I increase my blog traffic quickly?
So I wrote this post.
Spoiler Alert: every single tip below will NOT work for you unless you release your impatient, desperate, anxious, greedy, terrified, angry, jealous drivers.
If you attempt to use these tips with the “Oh my GOD I need traffic quickly because I’m scared or worried or impatient or anxious!”, it’s like handing a blow torch to a 5 year old.
Somebody’s getting burned, at best.
Some 5 year old is gonna burn down the house, at worst.
When your energy is off you will mis-use these tools.
But if you hand the 5 year old a blow torch and a package of raw hot dogs, with the proper instructions, he can enjoy flame-roasted wieners instead of burning down the house.
So get rid of that desperate, destructive urge to NEED THINGS QUICKLY and follow these tips.
1: Enjoy Blogging
Fall in love with blogging again.
Stop trying to get things quickly.
Give things quickly.
Enjoy blogging to detach from blogging outcomes.
Detaching from outcomes attracts prospering, creative ideas and people to you.
I boosted my blog traffic dumb fast by falling in love with my blogging gig.
I fell in love with my blog after I trashed my oldie and created Blogging From Paradise.
(Check me out when I visited Phuket, Thailand.)
This is because I love blogging and traveling, 2 themes I use exclusively on BFP.
2: Solve a Specific Problem
I wrote this post to address a specific problem.
Brought to me by a reader.
You betcha I’ll see a traffic spike through this post.
Ask readers questions through:
- Your blog
- Social media
Provide answers through your blog posts.
Boost your blog traffic.
3: Leverage Yourself (and Your Blog) through Guest Posting
Use guest posting to reach a huge, targeted audience.
And to increase your blog traffic fast.
Example: blogging tips bloggers would submit guest posts to:
- Pro Blogger
- Blogging Tips
4: Title Posts with “12 Tips” or “11 Steps” or Any Double Figures
Double figure themed titles – whether tips or steps or reasons – seem to reel people in.
Readers love big promises.
Readers also love if you follow up on big promises with helpful content (keep that in mind).
Numbers create order in the mind. You know exactly what you’re getting if you add number themed titles to your blog posts.
- 11 tips to boost blog traffic
- 10 tips to increase blogging income
- 14 reasons why you should start a blog
Go big with titles to increase your blog traffic.
5: Comment on High Traffic Blogs (Aligning with Your Niche)
I am a blog comment lounge lizard.
You can find me commenting on blogs like:
- Blogging Tips
- Pro Blogger
- Blogging Wizard
- my very own Blogging From Paradise (onsite comments rock too, guys)
Comment on blogs to build relationships and to drive traffic.
People flock to read your content if you appear to be all over the place.
Blog commenting is one such tool to help you appear to be all over the place.
6: Go Thorough or Go Home
Write 1,000 word or longer blog posts.
Most bloggers crave traffic because they publish thin posts.
Few readers see value in 300 or 400 word posts.
You want resources.
Forget thin-crust pizza.
Go with the deep dish, meat lovers, cardiac arrest inducing crust.
Write 1,000 words to 2,000 words. Or more.
Add links to respected resources.
Link in to helpful posts on your blog.
Create something meaty to boost your blog traffic.
Give readers something to sink their teeth into.
7: Release Mental Blocks Associated with Worthiness and Confidence through Increased Personal Development
3 visitors a day.
My Blogging Ghost Town scared off most living souls.
Out of billions, I attracted 3.
This was 8 years ago.
Today I’m being featured on sites like Fox News and Entrepreneur.
How did I make the quantum leap? From 3 visitors a day to being featured on world famous blogs?
I faced, embraced and released many wicked mental blocks related to increasing my blog traffic.
Most of us feel like unworthy, undeserving amateurs.
Stings, but it’s true.
If you spend more time:
- EFT tapping
you will eventually uncover some pretty nasty limiting beliefs about deserving, confidence and clarity, in your being.
By clearing out these limiting beliefs – which is unpleasant but necessary – you can attract the ideas, people and circumstances, and move into specific actions, to gain massive blog traffic.
2 years ago I firmly believed throughout my being that I could never write an eBook.
Impossible, I told myself.
2 years later I have written and self published 126 eBooks.
Here’s a teeny weeny sampler of my Blogging From Paradise Library on Amazon.
I let go the “writing an eBook is possible” belief to make room for a bunch of eBook ideas.
Do the inner work.
Release limiting beliefs.
Increase your blog traffic.
How do you increase your blog traffic?
Do you have tips for boosting your traffic quickly?
Can you share your tips in the comments field below?
If you want to build a successful blog you can sign up for my blogging audio course here.
Does Blog Content Make You Money?
starts off with a Bali Bang. I slammed into the ground during a wicked motorbike accident. Pain followed. Big time pain. Excruciating pain. What was my life and blogging lesson? Never take your eyes off of the road. I looked at a dog for a split second who’d been hit by a car or motorbike. Shaking my head at his injured paw, I missed the oil slick ahead. Ouch. 2 seconds later, I felt like 40,000 monkeys stabbed me in the back and lungs, after hitting pavement, Superman-style.
Blogging is similar. You will be punished if you take your eyes off of the proven, straight and narrow road of blogging fundamentals. One such fundamental is knowing YOU, not your blog, and not your content, makes money. Sometimes, we say blogs or content makes money because we speak in casual terms to help people see importance in creating and connecting. But getting clear, and helping you understand this simple concept, behooves me to stress how your generous practice, your creations and your connections make you money through your blog. Never, ever is it the other way around because blogs are inanimate objects. Content is an inanimate object too; it cannot do anything, or be anything,
You are the one, the blogger, the being, that puts everything into motion. This involves your generous effort, your willingness to learn a skill and your daily practice, creating and connecting for years, to make your content pop. Sure I sell stuff THROUGH my content but it was me, and my generous effort, and not the content itself, that did the selling. The content is not anything. Content cannot do anything. Content is worthless unless bloggers inject worth into it; see what I mean? The blogger makes it pop, or, makes content a dud, and that pop-dud outcome bases itself solely on a blogger’s generous effort and full commitment to learning their craft, day after day, for years of their lives.
You can and will succeed. You can do it. Really. But you need to understand how you are the center of it all. Everything moves according to your focus, practice and generosity. Content is a tool; like a hammer, if by itself, totally useless. Hammers need humans to work, and hammers need skilled carpenters to really sing. Content needs skilled, generous bloggers to make it sing, too, and the skills increase as your focus and generous practice, and service, increases.
Does blog content make you money? Nope, not at all. Put in the time and energy to helping folks for free. Improve your skills. Increase your exposure. In time, slowly add multiple streams of income to your blogging campaign. Allow cash to flow to you as people see you in all types of spots, making a serious impact where you show up, because of your blogging skills. Everything gets easier if you commit 100% to honing your skills blogging-wise because the content genuinely sings when you get the job done, with your prodigious, polished blogging skills.
Content makes zero dollars.
You, through your practice and generous service, develop the skills through which you make your content top notch. Profits follow.
Why Do You Want to Publish an eBook?
One subsection of my eBook on writing eBooks is:
Know Why You Want to Publish an eBook
Knowing why gives you clarity if you write to free yourself and to free your readers. But if you write just to make money or to be well know, clarity lessons. Fear invades your mind because you write mainly to get, not to give. Shifting from fear to fun intent-wise just takes a little decision on your part. Small potatoes really. But this shift does feel a bit uncomfortable if you are new to the eBook writing process because you need to face fears. Who wants to face fear? Nobody, really.
But facing fear is one tax to pay for being successful in blogging and life. Ditto for your self-publishing journey. I largely faced fears to be who I am today, although I keep uncovering fears along the way. Part of the journey. I am cool with that. I had to ask why I wanted to publish an eBook about 4 years ago when I went on a tear, but even before, in 2014, I asked why I published an eBook in the first place? Simple. I created a new blog and brand in Blogging From Paradise and just believed having an accompanying eBook would help me be successful. I only had one eBook in mind. I never thought beyond the single eBook. But someone told me I deserved to write another eBook so after my first, I wrote and self-published a second eBook. I caught the writing bug.
100 plus eBooks later, here I am, writing eBooks for years, and now, promoting the eBooks effectively. The why, the emotion I chose in writing eBooks, propels me forward because I do what I do to have fun, to spread love and to help you, largely. One small part of me wants to make money online too. This is OK. As long as it is a small part of what you do, eBook-wise. Moving that money aspect mostly to the side gives me the energy to keep writing and to keep promoting, should I choose to write another eBook. Now I am all about promoting those suckers.
Why did you consider writing and shipping an eBook? Be honest with yourself. Think through your driver. Money? Fame? Sweet passive income stream? Each primary driver saps your energy because money, fame and passive income flow to you years or minimum, months, after publishing your eBook. What do you do during that zero dollar time? Money drives you, but you see no money. Since you lose your motivator, you quit. This is why so many authors fade into obscurity. Poor driver. Sell 3 eBooks, get flustered because you made $4.35 over 6 months, and quit, because money drove you but you made no money. On the flip side, bloggers and authors who choose a fun, freeing intent promote and write every day for their online career because the work is the reward. All else feels like a bonus, gravy, extra, or icing on the cake….including money.
Be straight with your eBook driver. Do not bother writing an eBook if you mainly want money because you quit and fail when money does not arrive. Even in rare cases if you make money pretty fast, you lose your heart and feel bad reaching money goals because we are mainly designed to have fun and help people, not to make money.
Do You Believe You Deserve Blogging Success?
My friend Alonzo Pichardo sent me an interview recently.
Pay close attention guys; one concept behind the video can be destroying your blogging success. Sure killed my career, for years.
Boxing legend Evander Holyfield went bankrupt, it has been claimed, as of 2012. He lost/spent $530,000,000 USD, 530 million dollars. Allow that idea to sink in. I read how Mike Tyson reportedly went bankrupt after spending/losing over $300,000,000, 300 million dollars. Most of these ideas astound people because we do our best to manage money effectively. I could live 40 life times on 500 million dollars. Anyway, a recent Mike Tyson interview highlighted one reason why he went bankrupt after amassing 300 million. I deeply suspect Evander blew through 500 million largely due to the same mindset. Iron Mike noted how he believed he did not deserve the big bucks. He saw himself as a broke kid from a rough neighborhood who did not deserve money, because he loved fighting for free, and also, clung to the past, keeping the same self image from when he lived in poverty.
If Tyson believed he did not deserve 300 million, the quickest way to get rid of 300 million is to spend like mad and blow the money irresponsibly. Most humans say he is foolish but this is not true; HIS BELIEF SYSTEM ensured he would do everything to get rid of the 300 million he did not deserve…and it became so.
Blogging and Deserving
Do you genuinely believe you deserve $10, or $100, or $100,000 through blogging? Most bloggers do not believe this, so they never make much money. Other bloggers make some money but lose it quickly through poor financial decisions, ensuring that they do NOT keep the money that they believe they do not deserve. Blogging, money or financial conditions have nothing to do with the money woes. The blogger’s belief system concerning money is 100% the root cause behind the problem. Change the deserving issue, and you change the income. Or cling to deserving problems, and keep slamming into blogging financial problems.
I recall not believing I deserved more than 99 cents for an eBook. I slammed into financial issues, sold few eBooks, then decided to face my deserving issues and deep fears concerning money and my self-worth. I eventually rose all my eBook pricing to $6.99, $9.99 and $20. Why? I deserve to sell 7 to 20 dollar eBooks. People buy at these prices – far more than at the dirt cheap prices – because I BELIEVE I deserve to make sales at those prices. Why? I faced deep fears concerning deserving. But if I never faced deserving-fears, I never make the money. Plus I would quickly lose money I made because if I still believed I did not deserve much money, my subconscious mind would find a quick way to lose my money. My belief system creates the experience. Ditto for your belief system; even if your ego does not agree with this point.
Like I say in my eBook:
you may leave your comfort zone if you learn new, scary techniques for monetizing your blog effectively. One scary and uncomfortable tactic involves observing your money limiting beliefs in the light of truth. If you do not believe you deserve money, you never make money or you make money and lose it incredibly quickly. Belief created the experience. You believing you do not deserve money creates the experience. Clear the fears, release deserving issues and money will flow to you more easily. Plus you will keep the money, too. Pure win-win, if you ask me.
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