One great thing about blogging is that it doesn’t matter how great your content is you won’t go anywhere without traffic, hence, the need for marketing your blog. As someone who has written hundreds of guest posts I can attest to the power of guest blogging and I can assure you that it is one of the most effective ways to build traffic to your blog.
I didn’t realize how powerful guest blogging is until I wrote my first guest post, with me averaging 30-40 visitors a day, getting an additional 50 visitors in just one week was a miracle and you wouldn’t believe how happy I was when I wrote a guest post that sent me over 1000 visitors in just one day. I kept on checking my stats every single moment I had the chance, I was expecting the traffic to end but it never ended, and my blog became one of the most popular websites according to alexa for that day.
A lot of guest bloggers and potential guest bloggers greatly underestimate the power of guest blogging. Some do it but do it wrong, while others believe there is no point in guest blogging, it just doesn’t work. Either way, this post will be explaining some mistakes people make when trying to guest post and why not fixing these mistakes will cost them far more than they can imagine. Below are some deadly mistakes people make when it comes to guest blogging.
You Underestimate Guest Blogging
So many people just can’t see beyond what guest blogging stands for, a lot of them think it is just another way to waste your content on another blog and I have gotten a lot of comments from people who believe it makes no sense to submit a post to another blog when you have your own blog. It’s just like you having a restaurant and a TV presenter invited you to come and teach people how to cook a particular food while using the opportunity to advertise your restaurant, will you make better use of this offer or will you turn it down because you don’t want to contribute to another person’s work?
Guest blogging is far more than contributing to another person’s blog. It is a great way to build backlinks to your blog, it is a great way to build your personal brand, it is a great way to spread the word about your blog and bring yourself into the spotlight and it is a great way to build relationships with other bloggers. In case you don’t know how powerful guest blogging is, with it alone, I was able to build a successful blog getting me thousands of visitors and making me thousands of dollars in just 8 months.
Some of my guest posts on big blogs sent me several hundreds of visitors, some of them sent me thousands of visitors and a lot of my guest posts help me get as much as 200 subscribers in a single day. I know it is difficult to convince people with words alone, so I have decided to go beyond words and will be giving you proof below. Below is my traffic screenshot from just one of my guest posts.
The above screenshot shows the traffic to my blog from just one guest post in only 5 days. Believe me, the day that guest post went live was a record traffic day for my blog and I always get occasional traffic spikes like this whenever my guest post gets published.
In case you don’t see reasons here, why not ask yourself, what will you do with 200 additional subscribers in just one day? It doesn’t matter how big your blog is, it surely will make a difference.
In a nutshell, it doesn’t matter whether it is clients you want, products sales, people donating to your charity, traffic, name or whatsoever, guest blogging is the perfect way to go.
Submitting Crap Posts With Poor Titles
Think about it, my guest post has been published on some of the biggest blogs online, including Business Insider, ReadWriteWeb, Problogger, DailyBlogTips, MaxBlogPress and JohnChow.com. You might expect me to have gotten tons of traffic from every single guest post that was published on these blogs but you wouldn’t believe me when I say it isn’t so. One of my guest post on a blog can send me 300 visitors while another guest post on the same blog will only send me 50. Does it mean these blogs don’t send traffic? No. It means my guest post sucks!
Stop deceiving yourself. The fact that I have a high traffic blog doesn’t mean you will get a lot of traffic by getting published on my blog, the only way to get so much traffic and results from your guest posts is to give the best post you can while at the same time making sure it has the coolest title you can ever imagine.
Underestimating the Power of an Author Bio
Another thing I noticed with guest blogging is that your author bio can make a whole lot of difference when it comes to results so I always do my best to make sure my author bio draws people to my blog.
It doesn’t matter how great and successful your guest post is, you only have once chance of drawing visitors to your blog and that one chance is in your author bio. Your author bio should give its readers a brief idea of whom you are, what your blog is and why they should visit your blog.
Don’t ever think your guest post is the only thing, your author bio is even as important as your guest post.
Not Following Up With Guest Posts
When your guest post gets published on a blog what do you do? Go to sleep and expect traffic to come or start watching your roof while complaining that traffic isn’t coming. Believe me, it doesn’t work like this. I have gotten a lot of emails from people complimenting me and telling me they visited my blog because I’m highly interactive on my blog and in my guest posts, they told me this boosted my credibility in their eyes and showed I really want to help them succeed, and believe me, they are now fans forever.
To really know more about what to do, what mistakes to avoid, and how to get results from guest blogging make sure you download my guest blogging guide.
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.
Should You Search for New Blogging Niche Ideas?
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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