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How to Increase Blog Traffic: Live Videos

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Live video is a powerful tool for your blog traffic building arsenal.

I am obsessed with broadcasting live videos daily.

It’s fun, freeing and a fabulous practice for sprinting outside of your comfort zone.

Zac even mentioned me as a live video guy to watch on John Chow’s blog:

3 Ways to Improve Site Content and Conversions with Online Video

Let’s see why live video helps increase your blog traffic.

Why it Works

This traffic driving method works well because people want to connect with you on a deeper level.

Reading blog posts rocks.

Watching a blogger broadcast live videos adds a different element to your blogging campaign.

You will feel more real, more human, by doing live video because the real you will shine through your blog and your brand.

Video is a fabulous traffic builder in regards to establishing your authenticity.

Broadcasting live video takes things up about 10 notches.

This raising of the authenticity bar drives blog traffic because readers will get to know you more intimately through live broadcasts.

Human Factor

Readers want to connect with you.

Readers want to relate with you.

To some folks you are just words on a screen until they see you live, broadcasting videos.

Other loyal minions may have bought in to you and your brand years ago but doing live broadcasts adds a deeper level of transparency and authenticity to your blog and brand.

Be you.

Live.

Start broadcasting live videos today to add that super critical, business and traffic building, human factor to your blog and brand.

When people know you are human they can connect with you on a deeper level.

Scary but Fun and Freeing

Doing live videos scared the bejesus out of me as a dyed in the wool, live video newbie.

I cut my “recorded and uploaded” video teeth many moons ago. Live video was a whole different animal.

I’d have to think on my feet, open myself up to real time comments – including criticism – and to….gasp….be myself in front of the world in a real time setting.

I recorded my first live video months ago, diving in with an equal mix of fear and excitement.

I never looked back.

I have recorded hundreds of live videos among 3 networks.

This is a fun, freeing and steady traffic building way to serve readers, to connect with human beings and through which you can really, genuinely, enjoy the blogging ride.

Hit Multiple Networks

Hit multiple networks.

I publish live videos daily on Periscope, Facebook and YouTube.

Doing so appeals to readers via their platform of choice.

Some readers prefer watching my Periscope live videos. Other readers dig Facebook. Some readers get notifications when my YouTube videos go live.

If you attract readers through multiple live video platforms you can tailor your campaign to their preferences, boosting your blog traffic in the process.

You will also uncover potential bugs on certain networks, helping you increase your blog traffic through diversification.

Example; creating Facebook Live videos on my Chromebook results is choppy videos at times. I mix things up between my Chromebook Live videos and my phone live videos on Facebook to reach more users versus doing the Chromebook thing only.

Video Is the Wave of the Present and Future

Blogging ain’t going anywhere soon.

But in the same regard, you better believe video is the wave of the present and future.

Web surfers are more knowledgeable. They want living, breathing human beings behind blogs and brands.

Using live video is the easiest way to add an authentic, personalized, human touch to your blog because can you really outdo hitting a live button and speaking to your readers in a real time setting?

Live video is a powerful traffic builder because it is a connector. Readers see real, live humans helping them via video, not just bloggers, and this clarifying qualifier is the wave of now, and the future too.

Your Turn

Are you using live video to drive traffic to your blog?

Why?

Why not?

Video

Ironically, the live video I broadcast on doing live videos to drive blog traffic is a bit choppy.

No worries though.

You can check it out here:

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Writing: Your Best Blogging Friend

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Writing helps you succeed with blogging. Because writing gives you credibility. Credible bloggers land clients, sell eBooks, place sponsored posts and drive steady traffic, too. Write your rear end off. Write 500-1000 words daily. Write to be confident. Write to be clear. Write to gain credibility in your blogging niche. Of course, most bloggers struggle because few bloggers practice writing offline, daily. Bloggers only write when they publish a blog post or guest post. BIG mistake. Most bloggers publish posts infrequently, meaning you get in little writing practice. Not good.

Why do you believe you can just show up, write and publish a post and become successful quickly? If blogger were this easy, guys like me could have gone pro within weeks of buying my domain and hosting. Alas, it took me thousands of hours and years to go full time because I had to practice writing, creating and connecting to be REALLY good at blogging. Skills, exposure and credibility flow to bloggers who tirelessly practice all aspects of blogging. Everybody else fails and quits.

All money you make through blogging flows to you because people trust you and your blog. Writing skillfully – with confidence and clarity – is the only way people trust you and your blog. The more you write, the more skilled a writer you become. The formula is genuinely simple. But quite uncomfortable to put into action, sometimes. Few bloggers want to practice writing with nobody watching. Some bloggers foolishly skip writing practice because they believe writing offline for practice wastes their time. This is like saying you waste your time practicing shooting hoops in a lonely, empty gym if you aspire to make it to the NBA. NBA stars practiced 10,000 hours or more, often times in quiet, lonely gyms, and always *in private, out of the public eye, with nobody watching*, to become skilled enough to go pro. Expect to take a similar journey in order to become a professional blogger.

Writing is your core skill. If you write well, you make money online. If you write poorly, you do not make money online.

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15 Ways to Make Money Blogging

Every way to profit – out of these 15 strategies – can work quite nicely if you practice writing offline daily. Practice to become confident. Practice to become clear on your writing. Confident, clear writers write with authority. Writing with authority inspires trust in your readers. Again; this is a simple process. But sometimes, this process feels uncomfortable. Nudge through discomfort. Write, write and write some more. People who trust you based on your writing skills tend to buy your eBooks, hire you to coach them, hire you to freelance write for them and buy sponsored posts on your blog. Be diligent in writing. The money flows to you based on how much you practice writing. Plus, practicing your writing makes you prolific. Being prolific increase your blog traffic and blogging profits, too. No downsides exist to writing offline daily. Only upsides. So….write!

Practice in private. Shine in public.

Any successful blogger you envy now practiced writing so diligently that you would never envy their writing practice. After having written millions of words both online and offline, nobody envies the work I put into going pro. But being free to circle the globe? Worth it!

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Do You Assume too Much?

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One of the biggest problems in blogging; bloggers assume too much. Perfect example is someone emails looking for your best sponsored post price. Right away, most bloggers fear losing money to a cheapie because they ASSUMED someone looking for the best price is cheap. Based on past experience. NO! Do NOT do this. Because based on NOT assuming, but being open and in the moment, more than a handful of folks looking for the best price placed orders at my full price, when I shared it was my final price. I rarely if ever assume because assuming cuts you off from traffic and money, based on past experience and future expectations.

These days, I am more in the moment. I am open. Let’s say a blogger quotes their sponsored post price as being $100. A blogger outreach service pro asks for a lower, better price. In that moment, you can do one of two thing: make a foolish assumption that the individual cannot afford $100 or simply share how $100 is your flat, final price. Assuming they cannot afford $100 INSTANTLY robs you of $100. I mean, instantly. Labeling their email as spam or being nasty with them immediately robs you of $100, based on your ignorant assumption. Choosing not to assume anything opens you up to making a quick $100. Wealthy people with large budgets sometimes seek the best price. Rockefeller would be worth $280 billion today – by estimates – and he balanced his books to the penny. He sought the best price but had billions to invest and did invest billions to be the wealthiest person the world has ever known.

This is why I wrote Creating the Mindset of a Successful Blogger for you. How you choose to think and feel dictates how you act. How you act dictates your success. Failures cling to the past and wander into the future by assuming future scenarios based on past experience. But wise bloggers remain grounded in the present, never assuming. Of course, many cheap bloggers willing to pay only $5 for a $100 sponsored post emailed you with “the best price” reply, in the past. But never rob yourself of $100 by assuming these folks do not have $100 to invest in your guest post. I leave no stones unturned. The way I see it, spending 1 second to read a “Give me a sponsored post for $5” email here and there is worth the “OK, let’s place it for $100” email I see more often these days. Assuming cuts you off from abundance. Being open-minded tunes you in to abundance. Make more money. Be open-minded. Stop assuming.

A few moments ago, our Uber driver told us he originally hailed from Jordan. He has been in the USA for 20 years. My silly mind made a quick assumption; he must live in NYC, like many folks do who immigrated to the USA over the past few decades. He still had a heavy accent. But I refused to assume this and asked him where he lived in the USA. He said in the same New Jersey suburban development where we lived. Small world! Not assuming opens you up to fun, fascinating experiences. Stop assuming online. You’ll make more money, too, and will enjoy your blogging journey.

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Blogging Success Is YOUR Choice

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Blogging success is your choice. Blogging failure is your choice. YOU choose. Never blame anyone or anything for your blogging failure. Everything in life begins and ends with you because life follows your thoughts and feelings. People or things may *appear* to slow you down or get in your way. But all appearances are illusions. Illusions are not real, not true. You and you alone choose to succeed based on your chosen thoughts and feelings, independent of situations or circumstances around you.

For example, I had a tough time falling to sleep last night. Didn’t pass out until after 6 AM and only slept to 9:30 AM. Tossing and turning, my mind raced with fears. I feared being exhausted and getting sick. I feared work I’d be behind on, today. I also feared simply sitting with my racing thoughts and feelings, being in bed for hours, since I lay down in bed at midnight. I could choose to lay in bed to observe the fears or I could watch Netflix. I chose to observe fears. Eventually, I chose to get up and write my first blog post of the day at 5 AM. I feared waking to work due to fatigue. But nudging into the fear allowed me to create content, positioning myself to expand my success.

I also chose to wake at 9:30 AM after limited sleep to do 20 minutes of intense Kriya yoga, to meditate for 30 minutes and to spend 30 seconds in an icy cold shower. Heck yeah I feared doing each on 3 hours of sleep. But successes CHOOSE to BE the people that succeed. Life unfolds as a series of personal choices. Either you make comfortable choices based on fear, struggle, fail and quit blogging. Or you make uncomfortable, freeing and usually fun choices based on love, leading to your blogging success. You choose. No one can choose for you. No one can wade through fear for you. No blogger can glide through the discomfort for you. This is an intimately personal experience that you need to face, embrace and live, to succeed in blogging, all based on your choices.

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10 Reasons Why Fijian Fruit Bats Would Be Absurdly Successful Bloggers

I observed these cute little – actually big – guys during my 4 month trip to Savusavu, Fiji. The little dog men swooped in every night like clockwork, working the papaya trees on the front lawn on dusk. The fruit bats never missed a night; their survival depended on feasting at sundown every single evening. Develop the same attitude with your blog to guarantee success. Be like clockwork. Show up daily. Work. Shine bright in a world of blogging failures who choose to work in fits and starts before choosing to quit. Blogging feels uncomfortable but the journey gets easier success-wise by choosing to wade through scary, unpleasant periods. You have a personal choice to make: generously help people for hours daily over years to succeed online. Or choose not to, guaranteeing your failure. You choose. I believe in you. I know you can choose success. Choose not to fear burnout. Choose to be happy about your future blogging success.

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