Do you feel confused at the beginning of your blogging journey?
I recall feeling excitement and dread as a new blogger 10 years ago. I felt good about my blogging potential. I also relished the freedom I could live through the blogging lifestyle. But I also feared how I would go about being a successful blogger. How would I learn? Who could I trust? Who would be my mentor? Why would I follow these people?
Fear tends to cripple aspiring bloggers at this point because overwhelm and a sense of helplessness leads to a massive blogging mistake: winging it. Blog on your own. Do it yourself. Never mind you have no idea how to blog. You will figure it out. You know it. 6 months later, with 3 daily visitors to your blog, zero profits, no blog comments and no opportunities flowing to you, life feels bleak. Does winging it feel good at that point? Nope.
I have seen the above cycle occur thousands of times during my decade online. I even lived that process for a bit. I did not even hit the ground at all; I seemed to be in the same spot for a long time. But I did learn how to hit the ground running and will share how you can do the same, as an aspiring blogger.
Follow these tips.
Select 1-3 Blogging Mentors
Pick 1-3 experienced, helpful, blogging tips mentors to follow. Do you enjoy this post? Learn more about me. I can mentor you through my blog, my aspiring blogger eBook and my courses. Google “blogging” or “blogging tips” to find 1-2 more mentors to guide you on your journey. Find blogging teachers who resonate with you. Who feels good to you? Follow their teaching. Do not follow more than 3 mentors because trying to learn too many teaching styles confuses you. Blogger 1 swears by their email list. But blogger 8 says have fun blogging to succeed and do not worry about lists. Blogger 3 says you better engage on social media to succeed. Blogger 2 says the easiest way to fail is to be solely a video blogger. Can you see why you need to end your search after choosing 1-3 blogging teachers?
Take Notes on Their Advice
Buy their course, buy their eBook, read their blog, watch their videos and take notes on their advice. Write down key concepts. Study notes. Allow these ideas to seep into your subconscious mind. Be a successful blogger from day 1 of your blogging career – or today, going forward – by doing as successful bloggers do. Most pros learn from pros and taking notes, studying notes and absorbing notes helps you take successful blogging advice along for the journey.
Put Advice into Action Immediately
Following THIS step is a key point in hitting the ground running. What you know is useless until you use it for your benefit and for the benefit of your readers. Imagine you had no clue how to find blogging mentors as a newbie blogger before reading this post. After reading the post, write a post on the same topic. Link to this post. Explain how you learned how to hit the ground running from Ryan Biddulph. Link to my blog: Blogging From Paradise. Proceed to share tips you learned from me.
Guess what happens when you follow my advice and put my insight into action? You begin to succeed online, even as a newbie. But you need to pick a few mentors, consume their advice, take notes, study the notes and act on your new knowledge to see growth as an aspiring blogger. Be prepared for some discomfort because you will face fears as a newbie blogger. Facing fear is necessary; no other way to live your dreams.
The Blogger’s Guide to Launching an eBook
eBook marketing is a powerful way to build your personal brand, optin list and even some income (if you do your job right!)
Therefore many bloggers write eBooks in an effort to come up with alternative and self-serving blog monetization method.
However writing an eBook is only first part of the task, arguably the easiest one.
What happens next?
It is time to start preparing your ebook launch… yay! Is there anything more exciting or nerve wracking? The excitement of what could be on the horizon for you. Will the book sell well? Will people like it? Could this be the beginning of something incredible for you?
All of these questions are probably filling your head, and you have every reason to be giddy by the prospect.
But don’t let that giddiness stop you from taking advantage of the moment. There is a lot to consider when preparing for a book to launch. You can improve your visibility, which is turn will improve sales and hype, weeks before your book hits shelves (or ebook databases).
Here are some tips for your pre-launch, which are just as important as the launch itself.
Be prepared for disappointment
It is sad but true: first time authors are rarely given a leg up. Sure, you hear about these writers who publish a novel and explode onto the scene. But they were writing well before that point and already had a foot in the door. Their publishers, whom they had gained before hand, took care of a lot of the work in the PR category.
Besides, the landscape of publishing has changed a lot, thanks to the Internet. If you are publishing digitally, don’t expect a sudden rush of fame and recognition. That has to be worked diligently towards.
Set realistic goals
This goes along with the above tip. When you are preparing to launch, you should have a clear set of goals in mind.
What do you want to accomplish? What are you hoping for, in terms of readership? Profits? Eventual payoff in the long term?
Keep your goals manageable and small (especially if this is your first ebook), and then build on those successes later.
This will keep you from getting discouraged and will motivate you to keep moving forward.
After all, the Internet has given everyone an ability to become a published author, so it is not easy to stand out. It will take a lot of time, work and possibly investments.
Create a powerful landing page
This is crucial. Everything else you do to market your eBook needs to start and end here. You need an ultimate resource talking about you, your book and which problems it solves.
The page needs to be compelling enough for your future readers to optin to receive a free chapter (or to buy/download the book right away).
It is a good idea to get the page ranked in Google for it to become a traffic sources of its own. For that, you will need to identify keywords and optimize its copy.
Use Text Optimizer to build your landing page copy. Text Optimizer is the semantic analysis and search intent optimization tool helping you write content that matches Google (or Bing) users’ expectations. It’s also a great way to optimize your content for it to rank higher in Google:
Get hype started early
The earlier buzz begins to build for your book, the better. Whether you are a blogger launching an ebook, or an author publishing a novel, you want people talking about it.
A couple of months is a good starting point, but a couple of weeks can make a lot of difference, as well. Use social media platforms.
- Share with Facebook followers little excerpts.
- Brand a hashtag. Hold a tweetchat.
- Have giveaways so a few people can get free, advanced copies of the book.
- Share a free chapter.
- Set up an email newsletter to build a community of your loyal readers
- Ask for people to share your updates, and remind them regularly about the coming book.
Get your readers excited.
Remember that gaining readers is more important than profits
This is especially true for first time writers. If your book is good, it will sell. But in the beginning, it is a lot more important to get your work out there and build an audience first.
For example, 1000vultures was a Reddit user who began a long term story on the subreddit NoSleep. He gained a large following and buzz continued to build about his story.
One day, he announced that he would be selling a more complete version in novel format on Amazon, under the name Dan Auberbach. His novel, Penpal, has become quite popular and exists in a physical format.
But he gained his readers before he ever made a profit. That is why so many Amazon ebook writers will allow their works to be lended out as part of the Prime library, or sell for $0.99
Focus on building community and your optin list (while keeping GDPR regulations in mind) rather than getting rich overnight.
Take advantage of connections
Do you know some other bloggers or social media influencers? Start cashing in those favors, because they are going to be important to getting the word out about your work.
Ask bloggers to read and review the book ahead of its release. Offer to write blog posts and include information about the book in your byline. Ask pages to promote it on Facebook, Twitter and other social networks.
Do something quirky
When Random House was promoting the book Zone One by Colson Whitehead, they began to post Twitter updates featuring the hashtag #RHZombies that had to do with the undead.
This quirky little bit of promotion was popular, and led to thousands of favorites and retweets.
Likewise, don’t try to get published. You can start selling your ebook without ever publishing it. There’s no need to follow a traditional route. You can come up with your own!
Think outside the box, and you will be more memorable, and successful.
Have you ever tried to write an (e)book? Do you have you got a tip or two for an ebook pre-launch? Let us know in the comments!
What Bloggers Can Learn from Advanced Dish Washing Machines
Blogging can be compared to a lot of different things, such as writers, authors, newspapers, and even media outlets. However, have you ever considered blogging quite similar to that of a dishwashing machine?
If not, you aren’t alone.
Just like a dishwashing machine, there are many different components to having a sucessful website, blog, and content on your site. All of which are also influenced by how well your writing is, and the type of audience you are attracting. But there are also many little tools, components, features, and levels of expertise factored in along the way.
With all of these little elements in mind and working all together, blogging can also be quite similar to the way advanced appliances and dish washing machines work and improve our lives on a daily basis.
How Blogging is a Lot Like a Dishwasher
Sure, it might seem funny at first to compare something like a home appliance that does cleaning, to the extremely vast and complex world of blogging — however, when it comes to creating content and coming up with new ideas on how to get more creative with content than ever before… this is just a perfect example!
To bring this concept and mentallity altogether, let’s take a look at the Bosch 500 Series Dishwasher, which is quickly making headlines and gaining attention for it’s ease of use and advanced technhology.
Below you will find a listing of each of it’s features, and then how one could apply such a feature or setting into that of a blog as well.
A little fresh air equals a lot more dry.
The Bosch 500 Series Dishwasher claims AutoAir™ automatically opens the door at the end of the drying cycle to let moisture escape and fresh air circulate for better drying results.* (*Compared to Bosch Dishwashers with PureDry.)
— A fresh breath of air can do a lot for a dish washing machine when it comes to cleanliness and drying. However, the same definitely applies to that of a website, blog, or content creation as well. It’s never easy to come up with new content all the time for your sites, so every once in a while, be sure to take a fresh breath of air and see what type of new content or topics you might want to start writing about.
There’s room for up to 16 place settings. Plus, 5 wash cycles including five-level wash, 5 options like Extra Dry, and a concealed heating element.
— Much like a website or blog, there is always room for additional content, plugins, settings and theme. Just like a dishwasher, you don’t want to load it up so it’s jam packed and hard to clean everything thats inside. So with this in mind, think about how you can better organize the content on your site and the tools that allow it to run at it’s best performance, while also eliminating the junk.
Flexible 3rd rack
Accommodate the odd one out. Adding the 3rd rack with its adjustable tines can create the right fit for deep, tall, or uniquely-shaped items.
Load and unload smoothly. It’s easy to adjust and move the racks, even while they’re full of dishes.
Fit it all, every time. With 3 different height levels and up to 9 possible rack positions, you can customize each load for your needs.
— Just like how a dishwashing machine has additional rack for better storage and management, the web hosting associated with your site likely can do the same. However, it’s not always about getting as much space as possible, but instead knowing how to best optimize the space and resources you are working with. After all, you don’t want to throw all of your utensil (site articles) on the top rack and have them fall out of place. You would instead use the utensil rack to make sure they are all in one place and maximizing the performance of cleaning throughout your washing. In blogging terms, this can also be associated as having one powerful web hosting solution that is optimized for WordPress, so it’s running at peak peformance at all times.
Protect your floors. This 4-part leak prevention system uses sensors to detect and stop leaks, and can even turn on by itself.
— One of the worst things that can happen with a dishwasher, is to have it leak water all over your kitchen. With an Aquastop in place, this can help stop leaks before they start. The best way to compare such a feature to a blog, would be to have an anti-virus and hack security solution in place. This can often be done by adding a security WordPress plugin, or going with a higher end hosting solution that offers 24/7 backup and advanced security of their own.
44-dBA noise level rating
Wash dishes in peace. Bosch dishwashers are so quiet, you have to check the exterior Infolight® to know they’re on.
— Dishwashing machines come in all different shapes and sizes. No matter how big it is, you are going to want to make sure it’s night and quiet. When a dishwasher is made by Bosch, they are made by a name and brand that is known for excellence and superior products. The same type of mindset needs to be applied when choosing a web hosting or monetization platform for your blog as well. Go with a hosting solution that is reliable and has a well-branded name. And when it comes to choosing a propert monetization method for your site, go with one that has a proven track record and success as well.
How Bloggers and Like Top of the Line Dishwashing Machines
Yes, the idea that bloggers are like dishwashing machines might have seemed a little silly at the beginning, but after reading through the article, you might have a bit more of a clear picture on why it’s true.
Bloggers and dish washing machines will each continue to develop over time, while also learning how to adapt to the changing enviornments around them and impriving over time.
So the next time you see your dishwashing machine… you might just think about blogging as well!
Is Creating or Connecting More Important in Blogging?
Creating and connecting are equally important elements in becoming a successful blogger. Creating content without building friendships means nobody knows about your content. Imagine publishing posts in a cyber cave. No one finds you and no one finds and reads your content. Connecting without creating content means nobody trusts you because you did not prove you know your stuff through creating helpful, valuable content. Imagine a high volume of traffic finds your blog through your friend network. What do people see? Nothing. Or, thin content, weakly created. You can be friends with 10,000 bloggers but if you share little valuable content you cannot gain trust or earn credibility.
This is why you need to create helpful content and build strong connections with leaders in your blogging niche.
Create helpful content solving reader content through blog posts, guest post, videos and podcasts. Give readers value to become valuable in their eyes. I publish 7 to 10 or more pieces of helpful content daily to display I know what I talk about, blogging-wise. People come across my content – through my friend network – and trust my advice because I’ve been helping people through free content for years.
People dig the free-mium and buy the premium. Make money blogging by creating oodles of helpful, free content to improve your skills and to gain credibility.
If you do not create content people will not trust you. Try succeeding online with zero credibility; not gonna happen. Prove you know your stuff. Create helpful free content to prove you know your niche and to inspire readers to trust you.
Connect with top bloggers in your niche. Help them. Ask for nothing. Expect nothing. Bonds form. Friendships develop. Top bloggers promote you, endorse you, hire you and buy your stuff, amplifying your reach and multiplying your success.
Comment genuinely on top blogs from your niche. Promote top bloggers on your blog and through social media. Be generous. Ask for nothing in return. Prove you are interested in the blogger, NOT solely in what the blogger can do for you. Bonds form. Sweet blogging success flows your way.
Watch me explain how to grow your blogging network here:
Imagine trying to blog without connecting, as thousands of bloggers do. Write a post. Publish the post. Share to Facebook. Retweet on Twitter. Sit there. See what happens. Wait. No traffic. No profits. Why? Literally, you publish content for your eyes only until you network generously and make friends. Nobody knows you or trusts you because you blog solo, all day long. Nobody trusts someone who is a lone wolf, who is not a team player, because you do not listen to other people and generously serve people and help people and do all the things successful bloggers do, to prove they listen, they process and they help.
Connect. Expand your reach by growing your friend network. Make blogging easier. Have fun making friends. Prosper.
Begin creating and connecting from day 1 as a blogger. Begin creating helpful content solving reader needs and connect by commenting genuinely on blogs and by promoting fellow bloggers. Success will be yours if you follow these 2 basic blogging fundamentals.
Be patient. Good things require both generous service and time.
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