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A New Way to Use Guest Blogging to Grow Your Blog

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guest-blogging-case-studyI recently undertook a guest blogging challenge for my blog. The main purpose of the challenge was to market my blog and increase the amount of visitors I will be able to get daily as a result of that guest post for months to come.

While I’ve been used to writing guest posts for big blogs with the intention of seeing huge spike in traffic and subscribers to my blog, I decided to take things to the next level and write a lot of guest posts for smaller blogs with the hope of benefiting in the future. In other words, I knew I might not get up to 5 visitors for every single blog I wrote for, but my intention was to use the guest post to drive me hundreds of daily visitors for years to come.

How I Went About It

We all know that search engines can be a great source of traffic to a website, and that quality links can make a whole lot of difference in how a website is ranked.

My approach was to focus on using my guest posts to build quality links, instead of expecting some huge traffic spikes from big blogs that will end up dying down soon.

As a result, I wrote and submitted 31 guest posts in one week. Many of which were published a few days after. I studied the results for a few days, and there wasn’t any significant increase in traffic yet. Approximately two weeks after, I started noticing significant increase in the number of my daily traffic from the search engines, and even though it is approximately a month of me starting the challenge, I have already started to see an increase of around 200 visitors a day as far as search traffic to my blog is concerned.

I will be sharing with you some search engine traffic screenshots from my blog to show you what I mean, and I will be explaining how I go about it afterwards.

Quick Note: I started the challenge on the 9th of October 2011 and this post is published here on the 9th of November 2011.

Search Traffic 30 Days Before Submitting the 31 Guest Posts

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The above is the screenshot representing the search traffic to my blog 30 days before I started the guest blogging challenge. During the period in the above screenshot, I used to average 350 visitors a day from the search engines, and I also have days where I only get around 250 visitors.

Search Traffic 30 Days After Submitting the 31 Guest Posts

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The above screenshot shows search traffic to my blog exactly 30 days after submitting the guest posts I wrote after the challenge. The effect of the traffic wasn’t significant at first, but after around two weeks I started noticing significant changes in my traffic, and I started getting over 420 visitors on low traffic days. In fact, there are now days that I get as much as 560 visitors from the search engines alone.

It is only one month since the challenge, so I guess it is too early to conclude. I’m pretty sure traffic will keep on increasing from here, even if I don’t lift a finger.

What this challenge made obvious is that guest blogging can be very effective as a form of link building, and that if properly used, you will be able to see the effect of the guest posts you write today for years to come.

I know you might have questions about my rankings, but I obviously noticed an increase in rankings, and I even shared the results on my blog here.

How to Use Guest Blogging to Improve Your Search Traffic

1. Focus on Making Your Blog Great. By this, I mean you need to work on your design and make sure it is search engine friendly. You also need to ensure your articles are targeting the right keywords – while changes like these might look insignificant, I can assure you that they will be of great impact to the results you get.

2. Target the right blogs for your guest post. Publishing your guest posts on just any blog won’t help, but targeting blogs respected and trusted by the search engines will make a difference. If possible, make sure every blog you target has a good Pagerank and Alexa rank. You should also make sure the blogs you guest post on are related to your niche, and if you can’t find related blogs you should look for a way to bridge the topic the blog covers to the topic you cover on your blog. For example, if I’m submitting a guest post to promote my “blogging” blog to a health blog, I can use the title “The Health Dangers to being a Blogger”. You will notice that a post with that title caters to both my audience and the audience of the blogger I’m submitting an article to, and if the article is well-written it will surely be published.

3. Use Keyword Variations. Using the same keywords makes your link building look unnatural, but by using keyword variations you will be able to increase your chances of getting even better results.

Conclusion

Instead of looking for ways to get published on the next big blog, why not give guest blogging on small blogs a try to help with your link building?

Have you ever tried anything like this? Do you think the above is a smart thing to do? Kindly share your views in the comment section below.

Bamidele Onibalusi is a successful entrepreneur and freelance consultant who has been featured in Forbes, Huffington Post and Digital Journal amongst others. He shares practical business ideas that work on his blog at Effective Business Ideas. Follow him on twitter - @youngprepro.

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How Much Traffic Do You Need to Make Money Blogging?

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Nobody knows.

But I do know this; if you ask this question you think like employees. Bad mindset for a blogger. Employees think putting in set amounts of work or reaching some specific goal results in receiving income. 100% of the time, this is NOT true as a professional or amateur blogger. Nobody has any idea how your traffic behaves. Is it targeted, or general? How did you attract your readers? Drilling deeper, it is impossible to surmise that a specific amount of traffic leads to some set amount of income.

Traffic and blogging income are only related in that, if you drive titanic amounts of targeted traffic to your blog, you will make some coin. But other than driving monstrous amounts of traffic – and any blogger asking this question is 10,000 to 20,000 hours away from this type of traffic – you need to understand that making money blogging is about generously helping people, building bonds, creating value, trusting in the process and developing your money mindset diligently, vibing abundance.

Do you want to make money blogging? Stop looking at traffic stats. Nobody pays you like an employer if you register 100 visitors daily to your blog. Stop thinking like an employee. Begin thinking like an entrepreneur. Help people generously. Make friends. Trust in the blogging process. Trust yourself. Think abundantly. Keep helping people. Develop your money mindset. Open multiple streams of income. Money will flow your way if you focus less on traffic stats and things, and more on generously helping human beings. Help people generously, patiently and persistently. Make money. This is the secret to successful blogging. But most bloggers fall lost in a world of stats and employee-level thinking, falsely believing generating a specific number of daily blog visitors results in some blogging employer paying them a set salary, a paycheck, for a goal achieved.

Do not fall prey to this common blogging mindset error in error. Money flows to you based on your generous service and based on your trust in the blogging process. Money can and will arrive but only after you relax, detach, help folks and give little or no thought to money, traffic and other blogging outcomes. The less you think about making money through your blog, the more you help people. The more you help people, the more money you eventually make. Successful blogging and making money is simply about helping tons of people for free to increase your blogging skills and exposure. Open multiple streams of income through which to prosper. Eventually, money flows to you.

Do not get distracted by ideas consistent with the blog post title question. Do not get caught up in blogging money and traffic outcomes. Stop looking for your blogging pay day and get busy helping people freely to learn the secret of effective blog monetizing. Money finds generous servants and money sprints away from bloggers routinely obsessed with making money. Sure you want to promote yourself at every turn. Goodness knows, I am always promoting my 100 plus eBooks and 2 blogging courses in all I do. Plus I promote my audio books and paperbacks, too. But my intent is mostly about helping as many bloggers as possible through guest posting, posting to my blog and via podcasting and broadcasting live. Prospering grows easier the more I help folks freely.

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How to Develop Super Human Confidence in Your Blog

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Baby steps, my Young Blogging Padawans.

New bloggers, baby step your way to being super human confident in your blog. Being wracked by doubt, with a little wild excitement mixed in, you cannot gain unreal confidence in your blog today. But slowly and steadily gaining clarity gives you the foundation upon which to become a highly successful blogger who feels bold, knowing your blog rocks.

I am about super human confident in my blog. I am developing the same level of confidence in my eBooks and courses, too. Why? Believing in my blog and premium offerings helps me to help more people and I also make more money too, which is neat, considering I live a worldly life.

Follow these tips.

1: Feel and Release Fears-Doubts Aligned with Your Blog

Before you become confident, you need to purge any lack of confidence. I know this feels bad but tis a necessary step to become super duper confident in your blog and in your premium offerings, too. Sit with doubts, those nasty traitors. Be with your fears about self, your writing ability and your blog presentation. Feel these unpleasant energies. Clear the energies. Proceed from a clearer, more confident, space. Confidence is borne of clearing a lack of confidence. Do messy energy work to become uber confident in your blog and in your blogging abilities.

2: Surround Yourself with Loving Bloggers

Loving, caring, compassionate bloggers see brilliance in you when you cannot seem to see it in yourself. Although all confidence issues flow inside-out, you need a network of supportive people around you who believe in you, versus being around haters or negative nellies. Never, ever, ever surround yourself with poverty conscious, failure conscious bloggers. Are you running a cyber charity? Are you a therapist? No! Negative people stuck in fear and failure throw negative cross currents into your being, shaking your already fragile confidence in your blog.

Hang with folks who believe in you and who believe in your blog. Pros share where and how you can improve but they always believe in someone who follows their dreams, and will instill that faith in you, and in your blog, too.

3: Write Your Butt Off and Publish Content Like the Dickens

Writing and publishing content is like breathing to me. I do not lose confidence in my ability to breathe because this is an automatic, auto-pilot, process. I just breathe without thinking about it. Ditto for writing and blogging. I wrote and blogged for 20,000 to 30,000 hours so now it is an automatic, easy process I have super human confidence in. I do not even think about it because I do it routinely, automatically, on a type of auto-pilot borne of making writing and blogging a habit.

If someone criticizes my blog, it is like someone criticizing my breathing; sounds weird, or funny, but it stirs me not, because I have equal confidence in each.

4: Do Energy Work

I do not play around; 3-4 hours of energy work daily allowed me to face, feel and release blog doubts, to become the clear, confident blogger I am today. Consider meditating, or doing yin yoga, or doing Kriya yoga, and power walking. Or do it all. I spend 3-4 hours doing each – collectively – daily, to expand my awareness so I can feel and clear doubts and so I can blog mainly from an abundant, generous, relaxed, detached vibe.

Be confident guys. Believe in your blog. Follow these 4 tips to succeed and to become super human confident in your blog.

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Should You Search for New Blogging Niche Ideas?

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Why?

Ask yourself that question and you will get an answer that best suits you.

I went with the blogging tips niche for people who want to circle the globe. But I did not go for this niche to be new, edgy or different. I had lived that life for many years. This made sense for me. I was being genuine, honest and as authentic as one can be. Perfect match. But if I chose a new niche from an energy solely of financial gain, being popular or some other fear-based driver, I would have fallen flat on my blogging face.

Why would you ask someone for new niche ideas? What is the energy or intent there? Do you want the fast track to success? Or are you in a creative space, wishing to do something different? I see searching for new blogging niches as being a waste of time considering the endless, established niches we already have at our disposal. Why waste time and energy searching for some niche if you have all the niches you need right before your cyber eyes? Toss in the fact that you need to research the niche inside-out if you have no prior knowledge and you invest a significant amount of time just to get the blog off of the ground. Makes no sense to me.

What do you love talking about? What is your biggest passion? Start there. Select that niche. You already have an ample supply of information in your noggin and the confidence to discuss the niche in clear, cogent fashion. Who cares if the niche is new or old? The blogging tips niche – my main niche – has been around for a few decades. Who cares? There is nothing new under the sun blogging-wise but thousands of new bloggers join our ranks daily. I also find that I seem to be converting people to blogging the more I persist in creating and connecting, keeping at this gig, being present, helping spread awareness about a pretty cool blogging niche, and, about a pretty cool way to help people and to free yourself.

Go with What You Know

When it comes to picking a blogging niche, go with what you know. Pick a niche inside of your blogging and knowledge wheelhouse because being armed with knowledge, experience, and a pulsating passion for discussing the niche makes you stand out from the blogging crowd in a major league way. I created this blogging course in under a day. Imagine that? 6 hours of recordings and oodles of blogging knowledge, packaged into a course that I created in under 24 hours. Imagine how much I needed to know about blogging and how confident and clear I had to be in myself, to ship in 24 hours? I go with what I know; sure doesn’t hurt me.

But when you pick a new blogging niche you have no knowledge of, it takes you 2 months to create and ship the course. Not good. There is the quick, and the dead, in the blogging world. We need be patient, persistent and generous to succeed online but in the same regard, adding years to your learning curve by deviating from what you know is a foolish blogging idea. Why? Go with what you know to prosper mightily over the long haul and to hit the ground running.

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