Writer’s block, blogger’s block what ever you call it, it hits all of us isn’t it?
Blogging is something that gives you new ideas everyday. You never run short of things to do. You tweak your template, you tweak your titles, add a new widget but when it comes to writing about blogging, you face the block. Ironical eh?
But did you know that getting ideas about blogging isn’t tough at all? Actually blogging and online money making is one of those topics that has the maximum number of blogs on. So there should be some stuff it it, otherwise these many people won’t be blogging about it right?
So where do you find topics to blog?
- Questions you answer yourself
Many a times, you yourself stumble upon road blocks while maintaining your site. For which you tend to find answers yourself researching or by self study. Either way, if you document it, that forms information for others. Like for example you have a problem with your comments section for which you research out a solution. Write it down, with points as to what the problem was, how you found the information, how you implemented it and finally you have a little tutorial article for you readers. So your daily tasks in running a blog/site can itself give you ideas to blog. One thing that might be worth noting however is that these ideas may not come that frequently like on a daily basis.
- Questions readers ask
Another great way to get ideas to blog. When you are a problem solver or an authority in your niche (like SEO or Make money online guru), your readers ask you lot of questions. Sometimes there are bloggers who are excellent resources of knowledge, but never leave a window for readers to ask questions, which is not good. Leave contact forms on your blogs so that if your readers have to ask a question, they know whom to approach.
- Questions on comments
Comments are always a great source of information, that many bloggers under estimate. They can tell you lot of information about your readership base. For instance comments will tell you if your readers agree to your idea or not. There are comments like “Great article”.. “Good one” to longer ones where a reader dissects your ideas and post their thoughts on it. Either way, you can learn the readers mind through the comments. There would be questions in answers and answers in questions. It’s up to you to decide whether to pick them up and create another post around it. But I’ve found that it really works as readers find it very useful and they appreciate it.
- Other blogs
This is probably the most easiest way to find ideas to blog. The idea is simple. Find blogs that are related to your niche. Probably you can use a blog directory like blogcataog.com to find them. And then visit these blogs and find out as to what are the popular and the most commented posts on them. Pick out the topics, think along those lines, find a new way to present it and write a whole new post. Simple as that. The good thing about this process is that you never run out of ideas as there are awesome number of blogs out there, and the bad thing is that you sometimes end up writing the same content as the original blogger write. Make sure that you improvise yourself and take a new direction to the idea, otherwise your readers won’t enjoy the repetition.
- Comments on other blogs
This is yet another option that you have to study with care. You could simply go around and find out as many information as possible from the comments on the other related blogs. But that is not the point here. Find out as to if there are any questions that are left unanswered by the original blogger, if so pick them up and answer them in your blog. Doing so, you may want to credit the original blogger though (let’s not drive away from the blogging ethics).
- Digg, Twitter and the social media
Social media is an awesome tool that will pour down lots of information on you. And getting ideas from the topics discussed on the social media sites like Digg or Twitter is breeze. You could easily write a news item or a review of a recent software release on your blog inspired from a Digg story. A word of caution is that somebody else like you would have already published a story based on the news, so you don’t wanna run into duplicate content issues. But Twitter is very helpful in that aspect. There are lot of people asking questions or posting their thoughts and ideas on news, which you could pick up. Sit and brood on them, I;m sure you’ll be able to find gems that will give you awesome articles for your blog.
- Search Engine Referrals
This is one of my personal favorite (No, not because I’m an SEO). I keep track of my referral stats on sitemeter like a hawk and as and when there’s a new referral from Google for a term that’s probably not available on my blog, I pick it up and write a post on it. Simple as that. Referrals can prove you awesome clues from readers/searchers that you might not have thought of. Keep track of it and pick up interesting ones to write articles around it. It’s a very simple idea that can work wonders.
So there you have it. Seven places that you can use to get ideas to blog. Some of them works all the time some of them does not. But it’s up to you to decide what works best for you. Remember, don’t under estimate any of those points, in every stone sleeps a crystal. 😉
3 Tips for Bonding with Blogging Influencers
Forget traditional influencer marketing. We want to go deeper.
Bloggers teach influencer marketing from a less genuine space sometimes. Imagine learning how to try to get someone to do something for you. Manipulation marketing. Fear-based marketing. Problems arise; spam folders become your landing spot. I observe a decent percentage of influencer marketing emails in my spam folder because fear-pitches get labeled as spam and become spam, 100% of the time.
What is the solution? Learn how to bond with blogging influencers.
I remember people who befriend me. I admire people who endorse me or promote me. I appreciate people who buy my course or eBooks. I love people who generously help me for months. Guess what? Bonding with established bloggers influences the influencers. I do stuff for dear blogging friends I do not do for anybody else. If a friend sends me a guest post and their writing is tight, I place it. Even if said post spans 1000 words or more – my minimum count is 600 – I place it without hesitating. Friends found my heart. Friends influenced me through kindness and generosity. I am largely putty in their blogging hands.
Instead of trying to manipulate a successful stranger, bond with a friend. Change your approach to influencer marketing. Make friends. Help without asking. In time, blogging bonds form organically. If you practice writing, the world becomes your oyster because influencers take you to new levels of success, without you even asking.
Follow these tips to bond with influencers.
1: Buy a Resource
The best way to bond with an influencer is to get inside their heads.
Influential bloggers had to influence influential bloggers on the way up to become influential. Invest in a resource like my influential blogger eBook to learn how influencers do it. Speak their language. Connect. Take their viewpoint. Learn how to be influential yourself.
When you discover how to be influential through my resource you in essence, learn how to influence, influencers, by bonding with these pros.
2: Spend a Few Months Giving Not Asking
Bloggers I remember, then befriend, spend at least a few months giving and not asking. Someone buys my course, publishes 10 comments on my blog, and retweets my posts 10 or 20 times during a 3 month period. These people pop up on my radar screen because they gave and asked for nothing. Bonds form. Friendships develop.
Retweet fellow bloggers. Help them. Feature fellow bloggers. Open your blog to guest posting. Guest post on other blogs. Comment genuinely on blogs. Buy products.
Ask for nothing, for at least 3-4 months. Allow friendships to form organically. Blogging friends help each other because blogging friends trust each other. Influential bloggers fall into this helping lot too, as you generously serve them, ask for nothing and polish your writing skills. I gained more endorsements from pros by being generous than through any other method. Help influential bloggers. Ask for nothing. Influential bloggers help you without you asking for a darn thing.
3: Never Rush the Process
Some blogger friend requested me on Facebook a few moments ago. I scanned my messages to see his business pitch in the “other” folder. He simply rushed the process of pitching an established blogger. I appreciate the friend request but pitching your business before generously helping me ensures I ignore all future messages. He rushed the process so I let him go.
Perhaps he smartens up and begins helping me generously without asking for anything. After a few months of helping me and asking for nothing, we bond. We become friends. From there, the opportunities are limitless. Even if I do not use his service, if he has skills and a reputable business model I can share his services with my readers.
Good things take some time. Never rush the bonding process.
Allow bonds to form organically to do influencer marketing right.
How Do Blogging and Fitness Relate?
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.
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.
Be a successful blogger by being mentally and physically fit.
Why Doing this Works Better than Asking for Business Referrals
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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