People follow the crowds. One of the foundational principles of marketing is how to influence the crowds, so people are just inclined to become your customers. The phenomenon where the majority influences purchasing decisions is known as social proof. Think of it as word-of-mouth on a greater scale.
Social proof is necessary to build a reliable and sustainable reader base for your blog. It’s not good enough for a hundred people to like your blog. You need to show off to those hundred people to gain thousands of additional readers. You may already be aware of some social proof strategies that drive traffic. For example, celebrity social proof, or getting a famous person or a notable blogger to mention yours, is quite well known. Some get their friends to provide reviews to attract followers. Here are several more social proof strategies that bloggers can take advantage of:
Publish Expert Testimonials
Expert testimonials are a bit different from customer or reader testimonials. The advantage of using an expert is that customers value their unbiased opinion. People assume that experts know what they are talking about.
So, if your blog is mentioned by an “expert,” you can generate a credible social proof for your blog. The expert you choose will depend on your blog. If you blog about the stock market, a professor of finance will be the right expert to use. If you blog about travel, you can use a veteran travel writer or a celebrity, for example.
Show Reader Reviews
Many e-commerce companies use customer reviews to push products and create credibility. Your blog can also use reader reviews to create a sense of popularity for your posts. If there are several user reviews sprinkled throughout your blog, a new or unsure reader will be more likely to stay and keep reading. After all, how can one dislike something dozens of other people have liked? Plus, reader reviews keep the conversation going and the users engaged.
Evaluation or test results can be a powerful form of social proof for blogs. Evaluation here means getting the services or products your blog advocates professionally tested. Post the results on your blog for the whole world to see. For example, there are shopping services that show trusted certificates to gain legitimacy and boost social proof. If your blog has been tested for anything by a professional source, and if the results were good, seriously consider showing it on your blog. The results can be a valuable tool that convinces users that your blog is proven to be superior.
Buy Social Shares
Does your blog attract 1,000 unique visitors each month? Then you should show off this number on your blog. You can include a banner or a badge saying this many people read, follow or like the blog. Showing off a like or share counter on your blog can generate more shares and likes.
If you are just starting out and do not get many likes or shares, you can pay for a “buy likes” web service. Artificially boosting visitor or traffic numbers, in the beginning, is a very effective social proof strategy. Soon, your organic numbers will naturally increase as your blog seems more credible and liked.
Site ratings often go alongside customer reviews and testimonials mentioned above. However, a scoring system can provide its unique form of social proof. Showing positive ratings for your site can influence the impression visitors have regarding your site. For example, if a visitor initially disliked your site, high ratings can soften the harsh opinion.
Visitors are attracted to good product scores, and they rely on them as a form of credibility and legitimacy. All blogs may not be able to show off good ratings, but if it is possible, don’t hesitate to go with a scoring system. If it’s not feasible to show ratings for the whole blog, you can show ratings for individual blog posts, like product scores on Amazon.
This is the proverbial celebrity endorsement. Influencers are not always Hollywood A-listers. An “influencer” is technically someone who is famous, highly influential or well regarded in a certain field.
Not many people know who Dr. Duke Samson is, but if you are a surgeon, you will immediately recognize the name of one of the most well-known neurosurgeons in the world. If your blog is about medicine, having an endorsement from a luminary like that would be like winning a blog-version of an Oscar. Influencers have to be relevant as well. The more important the influencer is for his or her work, the more compelling the social proof would be.
Show Subscriber Numbers
Humans are social creatures. We are attracted to the crowds. If your blog has 10,000 subscribers, show off the numbers as you would do with the visitor numbers explained above. That short of social proof makes potential followers more comfortable with following. Think about it; would you rather subscribe to a blog you can see is followed by thousands of other people or one that is not? When you show the subscriber numbers, design a CTA button nearby to get people to subscribe. The number will likely be able to compel visitors to join up.
Media Coverage Logos
Has CNN mentioned your blog? Then, instead of writing a post about it, publish a prominent logo of CNN on your blog. If your blog has won any accolades, do not hesitate to show off the badge either. When visitors click on it, allow the link to take them to the article or segment mentioning your blog. Media coverage logos are a very powerful form of social proof that shows potential readers that your blog gets recognition from relevant sources. It can elevate your blog to a higher status of legitimacy than others without. Of course, you should only publish logos of established and well-known media outlets. If an obscure radio station mentions your blog, don’t add a logo on your site. No one will recognize it. If you say little-known outlets have covered your site, it can result in the opposite of what you are hoping. Your blog could end up endorsing the outlets rather than the other way around.
Master the above strategies, and sooner rather than later your blog’s unique visitor numbers will dramatically increase.
How to Ride out Traffic Swings
Traffic swings occur for every single blogger who ever blogged.
Literally, nobody is immune from seeing traffic stats swing high, low, back, medium and all over, in between. How do you ride out these swings? Blog for the love of blogging and see traffic as an extra, a bonus, or some add on to your blogging campaign. Make the blogging work, the reward. See all else as extra, or a bonus, and you become totally chill in response to inevitable traffic swings. Way too many bloggers become obsessed with traffic stats. Even more make the foolish mistake of obsessing over traffic stats on a daily basis. Guys; this is nuts. How can you focus on daily traffic swings when you know all good, lasting things take time, energy and a willingness to have a vision? Relax. Slow down. Calm down. Trust in yourself. Trust in the blogging process. Good things take time and generous service.
Imagine if Jeff Bezos panicked over day to day traffic and sales numbers on founding Amazon over 2 decades ago? Imagine how doing so would have crippled his campaign? Everybody experiences swings – usually, wild swings – as a newbie entrepreneur and blogger because no growth is perfectly linear. Over time, with generous effort and a blanket trusting in the blogging process, you traffic increases month over month. But day to day analysis is a silly way to assess how you are doing. How in the heck can you honestly make a blanket assessment of your blog over a 24 hour period? It’s only 24 hours! We measure success in thousands and tens of thousands of hours…..not 24 hours. Come back down to earth. Get your head out of the clouds. Nothing of meaning, of lasting value, unfolds in 24 hours. Please be gentle with yourself and be even more gentle with your silly mind because the mind wants fast results but your heart knows; successful blogging is a long term gig.
Check Stats Infrequently
Do you have an absolute blast checking stats? If so, check stats monthly. Allow momentum to gain by generously helping people daily, over a monthly period. Observe your traffic stats to iron out any kinks and to not be swayed by the day to day fluctuations leveling most bloggers, creating a roller coaster wave of emotions in mind. I barely check metrics because if I love what I do, trust in the process and trust myself, the more generous service I put into blogging, the more blogging generously serves me. Simple equation here. Why in the heck would I assess my success based on 24 hour increments? Blogging success hinges on thousands of hours of generous service, not 24 hour blogs of work, right?
Pump your breaks guys. Get uber busy helping your readers by creating as much quality content as humanly possible. Be generous. Focus heavily on giving, not getting, to allow your daily stat checking obsession to dissolve just a wee bit. Blogging become uncomfortable here and there but does get easier and easier the more often you give freely of your time and talents. The challenge is not to panic when you resist checking stats for a few weeks as most folks go bonkers mad, ready to explode, once they try to detach from frequent stat checking.
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How Much Traffic Do You Need to Make Money Blogging?
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.
How to Develop Super Human Confidence in Your Blog
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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