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9 Do’s and Don’ts to Make Your Blog a Success

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Ever wonder what it takes to make a blog a success? Not every blog becomes a success. There are many blogs that just don’t make it. But then again, there are plenty of blogs out there that are doing it – successful and are doing quite well. Yours can be too!

Here are some Do’s and Don’t’s. We hope these will help make your blog a great success!

Do: Blog Regularly – This is one of the best things you can do for your blog. If people know that you will post blogs on Monday, Wednesday and Friday then they know to check your blog on these days. If you post whenever you feel like it, well then they have no idea of when to check! So decide on a schedule you like and then stick to it! Our suggestion? Choose a slower schedule at first – say posting 2 or 3x a week and then increase if you are confident you can post more often – say 5x a week or more.

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Don’t: Switch Topics All the Time – Now most of us have more than one interest. That is all of us except really dull people! Little joke there…. But seriously, in order for your blog to be successful you need to stay on topic. If you blog is about being the mom to twins, then that is what you should blog about. If your blog is about organic gardening then this is what you blog about. Don’t step in there and blog about something totally unrelated – like retirement planning and investing.

Do: Have a Contest – Blog readers love contests! Contests don’t even have to be big to be successful – just fun – and do remember to stay on topic. If you have a mystery book review blog then giveaway some mystery books or a gift card to a book store. If you have a computer or gadget blog then giveaway computer software. Remember that contests often help to attract new followers as they are often promoted on social media.

Don’t: Be Mean – It is sometimes tempting to share your opinion when blogging. But don’t be mean! There is a big difference between saying you don’t like something or even giving a critical review of that band or restaurant – or saying something that is really cruel. Just think before you hit “Enter.” Most blog readers find opinions interesting but being mean is something that wont attract you many followers.

Do: Connect with Other Bloggers – This is one of the best things you can do to help your blog. Get to know other bloggers who blog in similar topics to yours. If you blog about beauty then get to know people who blog about jewelry, accessories, women’s fashion and hair – as well as other beauty blogs. Not only can you trade links but you can do promotions together and sometimes create contests and fun blog events together as a team.

Don’t: Post “Just” a Blog (with no planning) – Hey, we all get busy! But one of the worst things you can do is to post “just” a blog with no planning or effort. You want to show your readers that you care enough about them that you will do something special for them each time they visit. Check your spelling and grammar. Double check your blog posts for any possible errors. Focus on posting terrific blog posts – you never know which blog post will be someone’s first blog post visiting at your blog!

Do: Use Images & Video – It is easier than ever to add images and video to your blog posts. With the click of a button you can add them. Remember to give proper credit if adding images or video. Images and video often make your blog posts more fun and interesting – and attract readers to them at first glance.

Don’t: Forget Links & Tags – Want to post terrific blog posts each time? Take the time to add links and tags to them! It isn’t too difficult to do. If you are talking about a great site or product, add a link to it. People will probably want to click on what you are talking about to check it out for themselves. Tags are helpful to let people easily find your posts. Use at least 5 or so tags for each blog post.

Do: Have Fun with Your Blog – Boy oh boy, blogging sure sounds like a lot of work! But remember to have FUN with your blog – the whole reason you got started with it in the first place! If you are having fun with it, then it is very likely this will show through when people read that great blog post at your blog – and they will enjoy it even more. If your blog becomes a total grind and a lot of hard work and no fun for you, then your blog just isn’t going to seem exciting, fresh and interesting. So have fun & know that others are having fun with you too!

Uttoran Sen is the CEO and Founder of Guest Crew. He is a professional Guest Blogger and a Content Marketing expert.

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What Is Your Blog Post Publishing Frequency and Why?

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From time to time, assess how frequently you publish blog posts. Ask yourself why? Sit. Wait for an honest answer.

I publish 4-5 blog posts daily. Sometimes I publish 6 posts. Why? I share oodles of helpful videos, podcasts and articles but on a deeper level, I intend to get my 124 eBooks in a billion hands or more. Yes; I wrote and self-published 124 bite-sized eBooks. Publishing 6 posts daily allows me to promote 6 different eBooks daily on my blog. I also publish 3 or more guest posts daily to share value and promote my eBooks in more spots. Note; that is 3 or more eBook promotions, in addition to all of my eBooks I promote on social media.

Promoting 124 eBooks daily is no joke. I needed to raise my vibe, practice writing and video and podcasting and get clear on upping my post frequency to drive traffic and business through an approach. I see my blog more as a high volume, blogging news portal, like CNN or Fox News, and less a blog for publishing weekly and leaving it at that. Hey; that is just me, though.

You may be different because all bloggers hold different intents and vibe at different frequencies. Imagine blogging once monthly. Today, you set an intent to publish 5 posts daily between videos, articles and podcasts. Seems foolish, right? Few humans make this quantum leap without putting in years of writing practice and also giving substantial attention and energy to energy management, or, mindset work. Never raise your blog post frequency from energies of fear and delusion; burnout and failure await.

But do bump up frequency if it feels fun, relaxing, prospering and generous to publish more frequently.

On the flip side, pull back on blog post frequency if your current schedule feels heavy, tiring, exhausting and overwhelming.

Only you know how frequently you post and why you post at that clip. You know the honest answer. Be straight with yourself.

Optimal Blog Post Frequency

None exists.

Follow your fun and relaxation.

What feels really good and fun and relaxing, but maybe a bit uncomfortable, to you? Run with it. Daily? Awesome. Weekly? Cool. Twice daily? Great. One post, one day, and 3 posts, the following day? Why not? If readers enjoy your content they read your content, keeping up with what they can keep up with. Trust your gut.

I advise publishing at least weekly in most cases unless you publish a long form post monthly ranking well on Google, genuinely knocking folk’s socks off. Why? People forget you as you vanish from the stream for a month at a time. Blogs are news portals for your niche. News should not be published monthly. Weekly at a minimum works fine for news updates.

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I break down how you find buyers for your business online.

Pondering post frequency, money flows to frequent posters and less frequent posters. Everything money-wise depends on your clarity with receiving money and following your frequency strategy because your energy dictates your income. Feel good, and at peace, and relaxed, about your blog post frequency. Success will find you based on your money energy and life energy, independent of your blog post frequency.

Do the inner work and the outer results expand freely and easily over time.

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Blogging Income Tip: How Do You Feel about Money?

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As I promote my eBook:

11 Techniques to Conquer Anxiety

I ponder one massive source of anxiety for most bloggers: money. Most of you grew up with money limiting beliefs. Money does not grow on trees. Money is not easy. Money is hard to get. Money is scarce. If you want money, get used to owning and facing each money fear because blogging full time requires you to work for free, generously, for a while, and no human with money fears works for free. All humans clinging to heavy money fears only work for pay. What is working for pay? Jobs. Working for someone allows you to get paid for every hour you work because being employees guarantees payment, per work, per your contract.

Guess what? Blogging is a different animal. Nobody gets paid to be an individual, business-owning blogger because blogging is a business. Business is about building something to boost skills and exposure to where your streams of income yield cash for you. Complete 180 from being an employee because you need face money fears, release fears, and proceed from a generous energy to gain skills and exposure enough to earn a full time income through your blog.

How do you feel about money? Does money feel scarce to you? Do you fear running out of money? Be honest guys. Being straight with yourself allows you to make money because before you make money through your blog, you need to face, feel and release money fears. Why? You never move into actions required to make money being burdened by the heavy fear of losing money, a yoke that saddles most of humanity.

I have noted how Gary Vaynerchuk did 2000 YouTube interviews before he began to get major media and TV coverage. He worked for free for 2000 interviews because he was not burdened by the terror of losing money, vibing abundance and generosity and trust. Most of humanity is so scared to lose all of their money that they never give one interview for free; these people work jobs to guarantee they get money for what they do work-wise, but sacrifice their fun and freedom in the process. You cannot live your dreams through blogging if you have no vision for the future and you cannot create a vision if you feel weighed down by the fear of money loss. How can you dream big dreams if you secretly feel terrified to lose it all? The fear of losing it all dominates your mind, body and actions so you will just work a job to get money and you will treat your blog casually, because your blog does not yield money, like your job.

Of course, your blog does not yield money because you vibe a poverty consciousness and poverty-vibing folks never do the generous giving – working for free, for a sustained period of time – to position themselves for success, a’la Gary Vee and his 2000 YouTube interviews. I have written and published nearly 1000 posts on Blogging Tips. Nobody paid me directly for writing and publishing these posts but the traffic and links and money I gained indirectly through these nearly 1000 posts helped me live a neat life. I began giving generously the moment I faced my money fears.

Expect to do the same if you want to live your dreams through blogging.

 

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What Few Bloggers Understand

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I live a pretty sexy life. I have circled the globe for the past eight years through blogging. Pretty cool, right?

But my blogging duties are seemingly mundane, not too sexy at all and in moments, quite boring. I genuinely love blogging. I have fun doing what I do. But I am also a human being experiencing a wide range of emotions on an hour to hour basis. Sometimes, I just want to go to sleep for a little bit because I feel tired and a bit bored with the blogging process. But if I intuitively know it is time to write a blog post I just write the blog post. In these moments, blogging feels boring and mundane and plain and not too sexy. But doing the seemingly mundane things in boring moments lays the foundation for living a spectacular dream life through blogging.

Few bloggers understand this basic fact of sometimes boring activities laying the foundation for a spectacular dream life. Most bloggers believe I do exciting, inspired and amazing things all day long to live an amazing life. This is 100% not true and nothing could be further from the fact. Blogging is fun for me most of the time but sometimes blogging feels boring. Even when blogging feels fun I am not doing anything earth-shattering or jaw-dropping anytime I write and publish blog posts and comment on blogs and promote one or all of my 100 plus ebooks. Does tapping a retweet button and sharing one of my eBooks on Twitter seem earth-shattering? Nope. Simple. East too. But few bloggers understand simple blogging activities lead to great blogging success.

Most bloggers believe you live your dreams through blogging by trying to knock the ball out of the park with viral blog posts and partnerships with the top bloggers on earth. Nope. You live your dreams by simply publishing helpful content, building friendships with top bloggers by being generous and asking for nothing, and by opening multiple streams of income from an abundant, trusting energy. Each of those steps is simple to put into action but sometimes taking each of those steps feel scary or highly uncomfortable. Nudge through the fear. Take the step. Simple, generous actions eventually lead to spectacular results because all meaningful blogging ventures begin with simple, generous actions. Do not believe top bloggers hit home runs everyday. We hit singles again and again and again and again for 10000 to 20000 hours until all those singles add up to something dazzling over the long haul.

Think in terms of tiny impressions made multiple times daily. I could have tried to write a viral guest post on this blog 3 years ago when I first published posts here. But I just chose to do a solid job writing a simple post some 900 times. Now I have written and published 900 + guest posts on this blog which means on a single blog alone I have 900 links or more, based on the ebooks of mine I link to as well. 900 + links leads up to something pretty sexy and spectacular but it was the simple, generous actions I took daily over 3 years of my life that led to the stunning long-term success. Blogging is doing simple things generously for hours daily for years of your life to build something special and meaningful.

Never believe that top bloggers hit home runs every day for a few weeks before they made it big. Anybody who makes it big does seemingly little things with love and generosity every single day over the course of years of their lives. Imagine 10000 to 20000 hours of doing simple things and you get an idea of what it takes to live a spectacular dream life through the medium of blogging.

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