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Guest Blogging – Are You Making These Mistakes?

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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.

proof that guest blogging worksThe 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.

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 Do Blogging and Fitness Relate?

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I spend 3 hours daily honing my mental and physical fitness.

In truth, you can and will succeed online following simple fundamentals from a generous, detached energy. No need to be fit to go full time blogging. But if you feel bad because your body feels bad and your mind fears losing it all, have you succeeded? I do not believe so.

I wrote an eBook sharing my daily regimen to explain what many of you readers want to know: how do I do it all? I am no blogging god. I am just human. But I write and connect quite a bit. People wish to know how I wrote 100 plus eBooks in addition to all the other stuff I do while circling the globe. Well, blogging and fitness are 2 peas in a pod for me. Both play a big role if you desiring leveling up and feeling good predominantly as you enjoy the ride.

Blogging and Fitness

Let’s say you wake up on a Monday morning as a full time employee who blogs part time. Feeling terrible and dreading work, why write and publish a post? Too busy. Do it later. Put off the post until tonight. But you feel too tired that night. Repeat this cycle for 3 months. 90 days passed. Still no blog post. Why? You filled your mind with fear and pain. Manifesting as blogging loss, backburnering the post for 3 months indicates fear in mind. Why fear? 100% of the time, fear dominates minds of people who spend zero time on mental fitness, never meditating or doing deep yin yoga or observing their thoughts and feelings. Most of the time, these same folks dominated by their own fears never commit seriously to being physically fit through exercising.

Feel good by caring for your mind and body. Vibe higher than fears crippling most bloggers. Imagine the above scenario with one difference: you devote 1-2 hours daily exercising and raising your energy via mindset training. Devote 30 minutes to power walking and 30 minutes to deep yin yoga. On waking that Monday morning, either a blog post idea finds you and you write the post, or after a few uncomfortable moments and feelings, the idea flows to you and you write the post.

I cannot explain this process logically because it flows 100% emotionally, feelings-wise. Visualize yourself in moments you feel really good. All seems possible. Ideas flow to you. Opportunities flow to you. Why? Feeling good magnetizes you to freeing, success-promoting ideas. Being fit mentally and physically is the easiest way to feel good most of the time. Plus in those moments you feel bad mentally and physically, you face, feel and release the bad feelings, quickly, because you feel mentally and physically fit, predominantly.

Gratitude

Being fit naturally alerts you to the success-promoting idea of gratitude. Gratitude builds blogging success because seeing every penny of income, every blog comment and all interest in your blogging courses feels awesome to you. Feeling awesome inspires you to blog for years generously. Blogging generously for years makes you successful.

Corey at the Good Oil Marketing retweeted my blogging course recently. I feel grateful he spread the word for me considering he is a successful, high level marketer. I feel these feelings and build on my success because I feel grateful. I feel grateful because I trained my mind and body to feel good, through being fit daily, in order to tune into appreciation easily.

Get fit.

Don’t quit.

Be a successful blogger by being mentally and physically fit.

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Why Doing this Works Better than Asking for Business Referrals

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After I released my flagship eBook – How to Retire to a Life of Island Hopping through Smart Blogging – I noticed something neat. My sales increased 12 fold the day I published a guest post for a highly successful blogger.

Seeing this spike clued me in to the quickest, easiest way to increase business: help people for free. Being generous improves skills, increases exposure and expands your business. Greater traffic and profits follow generous bloggers because helping people for free helps you be skilled and see, two qualities in every prospering blogger who reaps sweet blogging profits.

A large set of bloggers goes in another direction. Some ask for business referrals from trusted blogging buddies to drum up business. Feel free to take this route but know referral fishing is an ineffective way to drive profits because of two clear reasons:

  • referral-seeking seems to be time-wasting
  • referral-seeking rarely inspires trusted bloggers to take clear, business-building action, for you

I know 20 plus web developers. A few trusted blogging web developer buddies have reached out to me, seeking referrals. Two issues arise:

  • the referral seeker has no idea if I know bloggers needing web development; non-targeted campaign
  • I already know 20 plus developers, trusted buddies all, so I could never choose one to refer to someone if 20 seem qualified

Top Bloggers Become Ruthlessly Effective with their Time

Versus seeking referral business by asking blogging buddies if they know someone requiring your service, spend 20 minutes to write and publish a quality guest post for a blogger in your business niche. Instead of pitching 1 human, show off your web development skills for free, via a guest post, for 1,000 people. Do you see what I mean? Leverage. Do not ask for business. Serve for business. Although time needs pass and generosity needs inclusion in blogging business-building, helping for free is the quickest, simplest way to increase blogging business because you reach large, targeted audiences of clients with your attention and energy versus asking 1 person for business in non-targeted, ineffective fashion.

12 Times Daily Sales

I recall the day vividly, 5 years ago. I created and launched Blogging From Paradise. Before writing 100 plus eBooks, I wrote one. I did drive some sales through my blog but guest posting woke me up; why not leverage my presence and grow business by helping people for free, via different platforms? Eye-opener for me. Instead of asking, I gave. How easy? Giving freely is the easiest way to get freely. I observed a 12 times daily sales eBook increase for good reason that day: helping people generously through sites other than your blog is a simple way to grow your blogging business.

The simplest, direct, effective way to grow your business is to help people for free. Asking for referrals leads to a client or customer here and there, but full time bloggers are not in the “here and there” business as far as growing your venture. Pro bloggers drive steady profits through their blog by being generous on their blog and on other platforms.

Be helpful for free. Publish posts. Submit guest posts. Run a podcast. Broadcast live on Facebook. Help people for free to help people for pay. Versus untargeted referral-seeking, this is the effective way to grow your blogging business from a generous, genuine energy.

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Why Does It Take Time to Be a Successful Blogger?

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Successful bloggers implore you: it takes time to succeed.

I advise following your fun, helping people generously, trusting the process and seeing the blogging journey through. I mention in my eBook how time saving tips make your journey easier.  But in the same regard, this journey takes time. Impatient bloggers weed themselves out. Generous, patient, persistent bloggers succeed. Sometimes, successful bloggers realize not the time element and how it works, and never explain in detail why it takes time to succeed. Why do you need to be patient? Why does it take time to succeed? I uncovered 3 reasons why it takes time to be a successful blogger.

1: It Takes Time to Practice a Skill So You Become Really Good At It

Today, I can write 10 to 20 blog posts daily if I so desired. I could easily create 20 videos daily.

10 years ago, I could write 1 blog post weekly and feared doing videos, to where, I never recorded videos as a newbie blogger.

Generous practice plus time made me prolific. Nobody gains skills in 1 day. Humans gain skills practicing 1 craft daily for months, then years. I love basketball. A handful of NBA players disclose how terrible they played after picking up a ball for the first time, 5 or 10 years, prior. Patient, persistent practice and time polished their skills to the point they became successful enough to go pro. Blogging is no different. Successful bloggers practice daily for years before being skilled enough to become a pro.

2: It Takes Time to Gain Big Exposure

Gaining big exposure for success takes time. Every creative act expands your presence a little bit more but those little bits add up over time. New bloggers blind themselves to this concept, believing 1 day and 1 blog post gives them successful exposure enough to make money and gain clout. Nope. Time reveals persistently generous bloggers because getting massive exposure requires months to years of generous, patient, persistent service.

No human can begin blogging at 8 AM as a new blogger and land a Forbes appearance by 12 noon. Nobody knows you. You have no exposure. Humans require time to create and connect in enough spots to gain success promoting exposure. Relax. You are on the way. But allow for time and generosity to leverage your presence. Time is required to be seen in many places.

3: It Takes Time to Uncover and Feel and Release Fears

Do you want to know why I wrote this post? I uncovered this reason a few moments ago. I noticed one income stream yield lesser amounts over the 2 days prior and felt a tiny but palpable surge of fear. Aha! I got you. Feeling fear, I released it and proceeded. I blogged for 10 years. I still feel tiny fears if an income stream yields less money, day to day, based on my expectations. But I needed to face this fear to make more money. New bloggers generally have deep fears concerning money, success and freedom. It takes time to feel and release fears concerning making more than $1 a day until you vibe at the $100, $1000 or $10,000 monthly – or more – level of blogging income.

Time unearths fears for feeling and releasing, to reach the next level of blogging success.

Be patient.

Time is a great blogging ally.

All you need flows to you over time.

Generously create, connect, follow your fun and nudge into fears.

Success is yours.

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