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How to Increase Blog Traffic Despite Having No Online Experience

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Are you desperately trying to figure out how to increase blog traffic but have absolutely no experience building a blog?

You may be completely fed up with the slow trickle of visitors who accidentally stumble upon your blog.

After kicking the tires and seeing nothing attractive another potential reader bites the dust.

how to increase blog traffic

To make matters worse, you have no idea where to look to get proven, practical traffic building tips because you have zero experience online.

I have been in your boat. I was a broke, unemployed security guard 8 years ago, only knowing how to visit espn.com and check email before I dove into the blogging game.

How to Increase Blog Traffic

I went from humble online beginnings to become a full time blogger who’s circled the globe for 5 years straight.

I even snapped the above photo in Hanoi, Vietnam, where 5 million motorbikes scoot around the city.

You too can make your biggest dreams come true through blogging even if you’re struggling as a newbie in the online game.

Follow these tips to steadily increase your blog traffic even if you have no prior online experience.

Get Hyper Clear on Your Blog Topic

Most new bloggers publish their first post with little regard for their blog topic. These well-meaning but inexperienced folks share whatever flows through their minds on their blogs.

Unfortunately, unless you’re “Kardashian famous”, readers won’t care about your random thoughts.

Getting super clear on your blog topic helps you communicate effectively with your audience. You can create a perfectly aligned top-down design to better help your readers if you build your blog around one specific topic.

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Darren Rowse at Pro Blogger has engineered an online masterpiece of a blog. He’s obviously fully clear on covering one blog topic: blogging tips.

One look at his blog screams “All blogging tips all the time.”

Every element on Pro Blogger aligns 100% with blogging tips. From posts to pages to ads to eBooks to anything on his site, you know exactly what you’re getting.

No confusion. No lack of clarity.

As an aspiring blogger with no prior experience getting fully clear on your blog topic and sticking with this subject will drive traffic to your blog more than any other strategy. Like-minded, interested folks will find your blog and will freely promote you to their friends who want to learn more about this subject matter.

When it comes to new ideas and blog optimization tips, there are plenty to choose from. For example, check out this article on 101+ ways to increase blog traffic, which provides actionable tips, case studies and real examples of how other blogs are accomplishing this.

In essence, by getting clear on your topic you recruit a small (but growing) army of folks who’ll readily promote you to their followings.

This is how Darren went from struggling for the first few months of his blogging career to building a 300,000 member community at Pro Blogger.

See Your Perfect Reader in Vivid Detail

Unless you see your perfect reader clearly it’s like throwing darts at a board 100 feet away from you while blindfolded.

This is why the vast majority of green, newbie bloggers rarely see any significant blog traffic on their blogs. If you can’t see the perfect reader you won’t see the traffic.

Instead of cursing your lack of experience or dearth of traffic do this: build a detailed, specific image of your perfect reader.

Leo Babauta of Zen Habits has built a 2 million reader subscriber base. It’s evident he’s visualized a clear image of his perfect reader. 

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He caters to individuals who want to find simplicity and mindfulness in a sometimes zany world. His minimalist blog design, simple and to the point posts and overall brand connect with the ideal Zen Habits reader in almost effortless fashion.

Set aside 30 minutes today to see your perfect reader in mind. What problems does your reader face? What struggles do they experience? What pain points make your reader suffer? Carefully paint a vivid picture to easily see this individual.

When you can clearly see this ideal reader (aka, the web traffic you seek) this individual will see you more easily.

This concept sounds like a Zen Habits post topic but it’s the great secret of successful bloggers who drive hundreds of thousands or even millions of folks each month to their blogs. Many of these bloggers started out with no online experience before achieving such stunning success.

Publish Posts Specifically Geared to Your Perfect Reader

Every time before I publish a post on Blogging From Paradise I make sure the topic aligns perfectly with the needs, problems, struggles and wants of my ideal reader.

See your reader in mind. Hear their yearnings for whatever problems they need you to address. Engineer posts to meet their most pressing needs.

As you follow this approach you’ll see a steady flow of blog traffic through Google, social media sites, guest posts and blog comments, even if you have no prior experience building a blog or online business.

If I followed my present day advice as a newbie, inexperienced blogger I’d have easily cut 6 years off of my learning curve.

Cover one blog topic. See your ideal reader in mind. Then, publish posts designed to meet your perfect reader’s needs.

Here’s how you can get in the mind of your ideal reader:

  • Ask questions on Twitter
  • Share questions on Facebook
  • Publish a reader poll through your blog or email newsletter
  • Spend 10 minutes in a quiet room visualizing your ideal reader, putting yourself in their shoes
  • Search for keywords related to your niche on Google; publish blog posts with titles based on these short and long tail keywords/search phrase
 The most successful bloggers publish posts for 1 reader, based on addressing that reader’s needs.

Jeff Goins runs a wonderful blog at Goins, Writer. He helps solve his audience’s blogging problems with this simple, short, powerful post which regularly ranks at position #1-3 on page 1 of Google for a competitive “blogging tips” keyword.

25 Blogging Tips for Newbies and Veterans

Practice Writing Daily

To get your creative, traffic-building juices flowing, set aside time to write 500 words daily. Don’t publish these words in a blog post, at least for the first few days. Get comfortable with writing. Find your voice. Learn how to mold your words into posts which appeal to your readership.

I once wrote up to 10,000 words daily when amid an eBook self-publishing frenzy.

Neil Patel highlighted my writing habits in one of his posts:

11 Beginner Mistakes that Cripple Blogs in their First Year

I’ve since scaled back but suggest writing at least 500 to 1000 words daily to gain experience and to boost blog traffic.

Learn

Set aside 30 minutes daily to learn about the topics you’re covering. Gain confidence in the posts you’re sharing by learning from authorities in your industry.

Research top blogs from your niche. Google keywords relevant to your blogging topic. Take notes. Study. Go to blogging school. Use the knowledge you’ve acquired to publish helpful, informative, targeted blog posts to increase your blog traffic.

Hang out Where Your Readers Hang out

Blogging is not a set it and forget it” activity.

After publishing a post you’ll need to hang out where your readers congregate so they can find you and your blog.

This one is an easy to follow tip because it involves little mental homework.

Engage your readers in a a few spots.

  • Blog comment fields on authority blogs relevant to your niche (for blogging tips bloggers this would mean Pro Blogger, Blogging Tips, etc.)
  • Facebook Groups related to your niche
  • Google Plus Communities related to your niche
  • Niche-specific online forums

Visit these spots often. Engage readers. Ask questions. Share answers. Learn. Connect with your ideal readers to grow your blogging community.

Your blog traffic will increase as your visibility expands in these spots.

Go from inexperienced, unknown commodity to connected, successful blogger.

Are you having a tough time boosting your blog traffic because you have no online experience?

What strategies are you trying now?

Do you use these traffic building tips?

What tips can you add to this list?

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Ryan Biddulph is the owner of Blogging From Paradise. He's a blogger, author and world traveler who's been featured on Richard Branson's Virgin Blog, Forbes, Fox News, Entrepreneur Dot Com and Neil Patel Dot Com. Ryan can help you become a full time blogger with his course.

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Do You Need to Make a Huge Blogging Shift?

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Sometimes, you get bogged down with your blogging routine. Routines feel comfortable, right?

But blogging is a feeling game like life is a feeling game. All flows based on your emotions. If you feel really good – first – then you take good feeling blogging actions and over time, with patience and trust, see good feeling blogging results.

Unfortunately, most humans give almost zero thought to their emotions before diving in to a blogging routine. Bloggers believe you need to do something or follow a set routine to succeed, to drive traffic, and to make money. Day after day, year after year, most bloggers follow a routine without giving zero thought to how they are feeling, if they enjoy blogging, if they have fun following the routine, and if they feel detached, patient and trusting in the process.

This is the only reason why as of about 7 years ago, 80% of bloggers never made more than $100 during their blogging careers. If 8 out of 10 humans can not make $100 through blogging over 1, 2, 5 or 10 years, 8 out of 10 bloggers clearly give zero thought to their feelings BEFORE blogging. Feel bad, and you see no money. But those 2 out of 10 bloggers who feel really good make lots of money over the long haul.

Shift

Maybe it is time to make a shift, guys.

2-3 months ago I made one shift. 1 month ago I made an even bigger shift; quite huge, for me. But what I did differently made almost zero difference. How I chose to feel marked the big shift, then, I moved into different blogging actions.

For example, I faced some deep fears, felt the fears, and instantly, after feeling pretty crappy for a short time, I felt better and better. Choosing to face fear, clear it, and feel better, helped me see things clearly. I tired of my blogging schedule, my social sharing groups, blog commenting and heavy cross promotion. In truth, I hated it. I did have some fun with each for a while but the passion long left me. Since how you feel before and while you blog means everything, my mindset-feeling shift told me I’d have so much fun guest posting. So as of about 3-4 weeks ago – maybe less – all I do is guest posting because I have fun guest posting and guest posting comes easily to me.

Making the shift involved facing deep fears of failure, loss and struggle. I had to feel the fear of letting go lifeless activities for me – at the time – to clear out the fear, and properly release these strategies, and to move forward so I could feel good, then, decide what blogging actions would feel fun and easy and enjoyable to me.

All shifts happen emotionally first, by your choice. After feeling some muck and then feeling better, you clearly and intuitively feel through the next fun-feeling, enjoyable step.

What About You?

Do you need to make any shifts with your blogging campaign? Or do you need to make one big, sweeping, all-encompassing shift?

Getting caught up in blogging routines feels comfortable, familiar and safe, sometimes. But do you feel good before you begin the routine? Do you feel good working the routine? Do you feel detached, relaxed, trusting and like you are cared for, and prospering, while following your blogging routine?

Be honest to make a necessary shift. If you love following your routine, cool. Proceed. But most humans are taught – me included – to follow some routine (no matter how you feel) to get something, specifically money, so you can avoid failure, struggle, poverty, going hungry, illness, and embarrassment. This is exactly why most humans work jobs. Follow a routine to get money even if you feel really bad or terrible following the work-routine; aka, even if you hate your job and it feels lifeless, or soul-less.

May be time for a big shift guys.

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Why Comedians Teach You a Powerful Blogging Lesson

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Last night I saw a funny comedian perform in Atlantic City.

Chris Delia charmed the audience with his silly, somewhat absurd, level of humor.

He also explained how comedians need thick skin to become successful. Humor is a very personal, subjective topic. Some people find some comedians hysterical but never laugh at other comedians. As you imagine, bombing feels terrible to most comedians. At least until they develop a thick skin.

I once read how Kevin Hart often waited until 1 AM to work an open mic. Sometimes he waited until 1 AM and the place closed down so he never got the chance to do his set. Imagine how thick-skinned you need to be to not let that bother you? Is it any wonder why he is now worth $150 million? He became immune to criticism, failure and rejection. As a matter of fact, after developing a thick skin, he likely did not see criticism, failure or rejection.

All those evenings of 1 AM sets in front of 1-2 lifeless people or all those nights of being told to go home at 1 AM after waiting for hours to do his act purged the fear of criticism, failure and rejection from his being. Void of these fears, he rose up to being one of the most famous, wealthy and powerful comedians on earth.

Bloggers Need Thick Skin

I once promoted a course to the tune of 8000 page views before I sold one copy. Did I quit promoting the course? No. I developed a thick skin during the process. I did not see 8000 rejections. I only saw meeting and helping more human beings through my blog. Even during moments when I felt like giving up I trusted in myself and believed in the blogging process. Quitting and failure were no options for me. But in the same vein, I needed to be thick skinned to see through criticism, rejection and failure.

I needed to be aware of opportunity amid the appearance of nobody reading my blog. Toss in being patient and persistent in helping folks during my most trying times and you have a pretty thick-skinned individual.

Do Not Care What People Think

Chris Delia shared how he could care less what people thought about him. He dressed down a few hecklers during the show.

Comedians succeed because they care less about what people think of their acts; being heckled, ignored or criticized had nothing to do with their belief in self and their belief in their comedic style.

As a blogger, give no thought to what people think of you. Guess what? You cannot control your reputation. No matter how long and hard you work in life to maintain a positive reputation, you can never physically control what people think of you. I am largely a nice guy 99.99% of the time yet some people genuinely hate me. I cannot control their demons. Plus I know we see the world as we see ourselves so if someone hates themselves I cannot do anything about that self-loathing.

Focus on yourself. Focus on what you think about yourself because this is the only thing that matters. Being comfortable in your own skin aligns you with loving, loyal followers who appreciate you for who you are. Let go everybody else. Critics form an energetic yoke if you care about their thoughts but dissolve into thin air when you could care less about what they think of you.

Bloggers become successful because these few folks who have thick skins shine brightly in a world of thin-skinned bloggers who fear criticism, judgment and rejection. The few who step it up do wonders because we all want a piece of free spirits who march to the beat of their own drum without caring what people think, say or do, in response or reaction to them simply being themselves.

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Do You Have an Exit Plan for Your Blog?

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This past week I ceased sharing posts in blogging tribes.

I finally got it; I joined tribes because I feared unless I shared other blogger content, nobody would read my content. I feared if nobody shared my content, nobody reads my content, and I needed to share other blogger content to effectively influence bloggers and people to share mine. Ouch.

As you can imagine, I put in many long, hard hours working a job, NEEDING to be online to succeed with my blog. Rewind. Working a job. Did you see this phrase? I worked a job. I needed to be online to succeed. Largely, at least. Does that sound like a business owner to you? Does that sound like leveraging? Sure I drive some passive traffic and profits to my blog but being honest, I largely worked a job and had a job for much of my 10 years online, and I did not have a pure business so I could step away from my blog and business for months, at a time. Or, forever.

Exit Plan

I have more of an exit plan now. I have a blogging business. I am writing my tail off to be in as many spots as possible without relying on sharing tribes and other groups that require me to be online, to social share posts, so other people can social share my posts, so I get traffic and profits. I began to think; what am I doing? I mean, if you love joining social sharing tribes, do it. Nice friendship builder. But you need to have some exit plan with your business and need to see how you can step away one day so it is about a 100% passive income machine – or, so you can sell it at a tidy profit – in order for you to be a free entrepreneur, versus a bound employee.

Think Leveraging

I am having so much fun writing blog posts and guest posts daily. Plus it is easy peasy. Every piece of content is forever, unless all these blogs vanish or get closed out by all these bloggers. Fat chance. Plus I can drive to Atlantic City today with my wife and enjoy a show this afternoon into evening and my business will still grow from a heavy passive element. Even though I am online writing this morning, all my blog posts and guest posts serve as a passive promotional army for the Blogging From Paradise blog and brand.

Imagine me trying to social share other blogger posts as I am driving down the Parkway? Not happening.

Networking Rocks

Network. Have fun making friends. Build a rock solid foundation for your blog. But eventually, evolve into someone who leverages your presence so you work a business, not a job. Any strategy 100% dependent on you being online, sharing blogger content so other bloggers share your content and boost your success, is a job, not a business, because you are tied to the online world and have no exit strategy, and a light passive element to your blogging business.

Gradually place less emphasis on networking online. Focus on purely passive elements, like writing more blog posts and guest posts, which last forever. Humans change, quit, fail, change tastes; you never want to be at the mercy of the fickle human beast. Unless all blogs close down, all of those blog posts and guest posts you wrote are pretty much forever.

Focusing a bit more on things – things helping people – helps you leverage your blog and business powerfully so you can make an exit plan and step away from your blogging business for 1, 2 or 3 months. I know bloggers who take vacations for months; everything keeps growing money-wise because they leverage, and are not dependent on people for cash flow, because their system creates the cash flow.

Trust in the process plays a big role too.

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