Right now I am reading a book by Chris Anderson called “Free – The Future of A Radical Price”. You can find this on iTunes for FREE. You can also search Google and find it pretty quick. Chris Anderson is Wired magazine’s editor in chief and gives us a glimpse of why the cost of doing business online is falling closer and closer to zero. I really like how this has helped me with everything I am doing online. The best way to get people online is to give them something free. You see this on all the top blogs you read, top sites you visit and pretty much everywhere online.
In Free, Anderson breaks down the priceless economy into six broad categories, demonstrating how to make money in each:
– “Freemium”: Free Web software and services, and some content, to users of the basic version. (Think Flickr and the $25-a-year Flickr Pro.)
– Advertising: Free content, services, and software to an audience that advertisers will pay to reach.
– Cross-subsidies: Give away any product that entices customers to pay for something else. Example: It’s a free second-gen Wii! But only if you buy the deluxe version of Rock Band.
– Zero marginal cost: Anything that can be distributed without an appreciable cost to anyone, like online music.
– Labor exchange: Performing tasks to gain access to “free” sites and services.
– Gift economy: From Freecycle (free secondhand goods) to Wikipedia, money isn’t the only motivator.
Always give Away Something FREE
Your readers want to know that you care about them, so why not give them something free. Not only does this show your reader that you’re giving them something free that has taken you a lot of time and effort, you also show them that you care about them. This will inspire trust. This will give you more credibility. This will break down the barrier that is between you and their information to re-market to them.
How Does Free Work?
Free breaks down the barrier between you and your readers. If you are selling an eBook and you charge even $.01 you may get a small percentage of readers to purchase your product. But if you give it away for free you will quickly see that your numbers will increase, you’ll get more subscribers, and your blog will be more popular. People love something free, they don’t even think about it. It makes it so they don’t have to think about the decision; it’s free, why not?
What Do I Give Away For Free?
Give away anything and everything. Just kidding, don’t get yourself into trouble. I would personally go with what Zac Johnson, John Chow, and many others have done in the blogging space and give away an eBook. An eBook is a great way to gain your readers trust while getting them to subscribe to your blog. Use a service like aWeber to keep track and distribute your eBook. It will keep track of your readers and let you email market to them in the future. This will allow you to make money off your readers in the long run and keep them coming back to your blog consistently. Make sure when you’re giving away something free that you don’t give away crap. Giving away something free that is horrible will cause a bad taste in your readerships mouth. Bad press travels much more quickly then good press. If you put something crappy together and give it away for free it will damage your reputation.
I encourage all of you to read Chris Anderson’s book “Free – The Future of A Radical Price” It will change your world and help you to understand free a lot more than you think. It will help you realize how Google can give away 99.999% of it’s products for FREE and still make Billions Profit each year. Please let me know below if you have read the book or have any questions. I would love to help you out with and Blogging Tips that I have!
4 Common Blogger Time Wasters
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Full time employees, busy moms and college students working part time often find blogging difficult, for there seems to be no time to blog. But there is time to blog the split second you stop wasting time on these incessant things, for minutes or even hours daily.
I do not buy minutes for my phone. At times, my wife buys minutes when she….just chooses to. I am not a doctor; nobody will die if they do not contact me via phone. I can read a map. I can speak to people offline. My phone is a time waster so I rarely use it. Guess what? Some people believe I am an elite level blogger….and I do not use my phone, barring using it at home, with an internet connection. Doesn’t that suggest you can succeed in blogging even if you do not have a phone with minutes? Turn off your phone or trash it or delete minutes for a few weeks. Observe your fear-attachment to technology and being connected. Save 1, 2 or 10 hours of time of needless phone checking and chatting, over a month.
Email. The ultimate time waster for most bloggers who check email 10 to 20 times daily or more. Unless you are a doctor or in emergency services, your blog is not a life and death business. Clients can wait. Really, they can. But most bloggers are so filled with fear, and too desperately attached to clients, that they check email 10 or 20 times daily, wasting time better spent writing a guest post or blog post. I check email 1-5 times daily. No more. My life reads like a movie because I am creating and connecting versus desperately checking my email, fearing loss.
3: Stat Checking
Oh my goodness; stat checking. Who signed up today? How many courses did I sell? How many eBooks did I sell? What are my metrics? Some bloggers check stats hourly. This is madness, because blogging is a year to year, not an hour to hour, endeavor. Nobody blogs well over an hour to hour basis, so why would you check stats hourly, or even, daily? I have blogged for 20,000 hours. AFTER 20,000 hours, some people believe I am one of the best bloggers on earth. Not because I stopped every hour to SEE IF I WAS DOING GOOD, DOING WELL. Successful blogging is like running a 26 mile marathon, enjoying the journey, and finishing. Failed blogging is like running a marathon and stopping every 200 feet to see if you finished, or, how you are doing. Insanity, and a huge time waster, too.
You will never get it perfect. Sorry. So stop wasting time on your 45th draft and just publish the post. We will love it. I promise. Perfectionism robs joy, steals happiness and snatches freedom from every blogger. Be at peace with publishing content. Edit a bit, but go live. Go public. Stop wasting time trying to make something perfect or flawless because critics find fault with anything, and, fans see past your imperfections.
There you have it, guys. Make sure you buy my eBook on the way out.
Blog Content or Promotion?
I just scanned a tweet. Someone noted how a well-read blog stressed promotion over creating content, going so far to say that blog traffic does not come from publishing great content. 100% of the time, this statement is not true. Why? If you do not publish valuable, helpful, great content, you could promote it in 1 billion places and nobody will care. Nobody will read it. You will not get traffic. Nobody will buy your stuff. You will not boost profits. I know top bloggers mean well, but sometimes they get so analytical that they blind themselves from truths, and advise bloggers inaccurately.
Blog content needs to rock, for people to share it, and for people to buy what you offer, or for people to hire you. But blog promotion needs to be top shelf too, or else you blog in a cyber cave. Nobody will know who you are or what you offer unless you promote your blog effectively through guest posting, through genuine blog commenting and by building your blogger friend network. No way around that one. Like I say in my course for getting featured on top blogs, you want to write your butt off and bond with niche leaders. This means plenty of creating, and plenty of connecting. Or, content and promotion.
But never get promotion twisted, guys. I received a few common emails this morning; strangers asked me if they could submit a guest post to me. I have no idea who they are, what they offer or heck, anything about them. But strangers who never earned my trust want to promote themselves and their blogs on my blog? Nope. I ignore these emails or alert them to buying my eBook so they can learn how to guest post on popular blogs. Promoting your blog is not about promoting YOUR blog. Promoting your blog is about building friendships with bloggers by helping them and asking for nothing. Allow friendships to form. As bonds form, blogging buddies promote your blog freely, expanding your reach and increasing your traffic and profits.
Of course, you need to practice your writing regularly to create skillful content showing off your expertise. Readers only gobble up and enjoy content created by skilled writers. Skilled writers practice writing daily, either online or offline. Nobody becomes skilled unless they write a bunch. But skilled writers do lay the foundation for a prolific, successful blogging campaign because folks freely share good content published by experienced, expert bloggers.
Both Content and Promotion
Focus both on creating helpful content and building bonds leading to cross-promotion. Think of promotion being an indirect thing. You will not promote your blog in 1000 places daily by copying and pasting links. But you will make friends with top bloggers by helping them and asking for nothing. These friends promote your blog in many spots; indirect but powerful, and effective, in spreading your blogging word around the clock.
Keep helping people through your content and through assisting other bloggers freely, asking for nothing. Content, and promotion, both create a dazzling blogging campaign. Beware about getting caught up in either/or; focus too much on content and you lose your blogger friend network, along with massive indirect promotion. Focus too much on promotion by building your network, and you have no quality content for them to share. Easy does it. Balance between each aspect of blogging and you will become a successful blogger.
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.
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