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Is Blogging Making You Feel Nervous?

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Are you out of blogging ideas?

You may not admit it. But I can sense you feel nervous.

You’ve started your blog and written some articles. Nobody is reading those articles. Or, few people read it yesterday. Your blog readership is almost close to zero.

You’re starting to question your judgement. You’re thinking maybe you should do something else and quit blogging.

It’s like blogging doesn’t seem real. It’s like people who say they make money blogging aren’t really making money blogging.

You’ve got to keep the roof over your head. You can’t waste time doing something you’re not sure about.

Some people call themselves professional bloggers, but your mind is starting to tell you that you’re not one of them.

You’ve never written a book before. Your mind tells you that you’re not even a pro writer.

You’re not a full-time freelance writer. And you don’t have any publishing experience.

You feel confused and lost. You don’t know what to do.

Now, listen up! This article is for you.

You think you’re not a professional blogger?

I don’t think so. You can blog as long as you have feelings, experience and knowledge you think will be useful to your next-door neighbor.

And please forget about the term “pro blogger” because I don’t know any professional blogger. Even a guy working in a clothing store may call himself a pro blogger because he comes home and post his rants on Tumblr for his friends to see.

It’s just like when you say you’re a professional YouTuber. There are many people who claim that title. What they do is put the camera up and starts saying whatever enters their minds.

Back in the sixties, seventies, eighties and nineties, there aren’t anything like a professional blogger or professional YouTuber. But today, we have them.

Darren Rowse. You know him?

When Darren began blogging, he had no idea of what he was doing. He was only curious learning how to blog while sharing what he learned. Simply put it like this: he was an expert while he was actually learning.

His blog continues to grow and it turned into a raving community with hundreds of thousands of readers spread across the world. Today, people call Darren a pro blogger.

Was he a pro blogger when he started?

No! He wasn’t.

So what’s your excuse?

As long as you believe in yourself and you’re ready to work hard, nothing can ever stop you from building a blog that makes thousands of dollars per month. Not even Google, Bing or Facebook constant algorithm changes can stop you.

The only thing that can stop you is YOU. Note that!

So what should you do when blogging is making you feel nervous?

Pick Your Niche And Unique Angle

Chris Ducker calls himself the Virtual CEO. In fact, his book “Virtual Freedom” is now an Amazon best seller. “Virtual Freedom” has sold over 30,000 copies and racked up to 663 customer reviews on Amazon. What an incredible feat for Chris.

chris ducker

Chris created a tiny niche for himself. Who would have thought of “Virtual CEO” or “Virtual Freedom” as a niche?

Chris talks about being an internet marketer, a web entrepreneur, a digital nomad who works less and achieve more. Who wouldn’t want to be those things?

If you want to pick a niche for your blog, pick a competitive, lucrative niche but make sure you approach it from a unique angle.

Chris blog still blog those topics that have been done to death: Internet marketing, Productivity, Motivation, Entrepreneurship. But he writes them with the Virtual CEO angle in mind.

Like when I started my blog, I knew it’s my aim to teach beginners how to blog. There are many blogging blogs out there. But I want to approach mine from a different angle. I want to talk to a few people. I want to talk to people who want to leave their boring day jobs and become self-employed. My blog wasn’t made for anybody.

Maybe you’re thinking about venturing into the fitness niche because you have some experience about fitness. What do you do?

You don’t just say your blog is about fitness. There are lots of fitness blogs out there. You’ll be fighting a losing battle competing with those authority fitness blogs.

You have to approach it differently. You can say your blog is about fitness for fashionistas. This is like combining fashion and fitness on your blog. Do I see anybody currently doing this? No!

Picking a unique angle sets your blog apart from the competition. This is what you should do when you’re just starting out in blogging.

Learn SEO

Many of the big sites receive the majority of their traffic from search engines. Even About.com which is in the top 200 websites of the world according to Alexa still receives the majority of its traffic from search engines.

SimilarWeb tells me that 77% of About.com traffic comes from search engines. That’s a huge number.

search traffic of about.com

Search engines remain a big traffic driver. You have to learn SEO if you want to succeed on search engines.

With SEO, it will be a lot easier for you to achieve your dreams and turn your blog into a real business.

The first step to learning SEO is to forget about targeting keywords in every post you publish on your blog. Your goal should be to create value for the visitors.

The next thing to do is to ensure that your blog is set-up the right way. The below video should help you.

The next thing is to learn how to build good links to your blog. Jon Cooper wrote a comprehensive list of ways to build links here. I recommend you read the post if you really want to learn how to build links.

The next thing is to learn how to make good use of social media.

Search engines are starting to pay more and more attention to social media activities. Although search engines won’t publicly admit that social shares are ranking signals, various studies conducted by reputable SEOs have shown that social shares do influence search engine rankings.

So, you should learn how to make good use of social media. Social Media Examiner has an extensive guide that will tell you what you need to know to make good use of social media.

You also have to learn how to find and target long tail keywords that most of your competitors ignores. Neil Patel wrote a fact-packed article that will teach you how to get thousands of monthly visitors from search engines targeting the long tails.

You have to keep learning how SEO works. Moz has an SEO guide titled “How to Rank: 25 Step to Master SEO Blueprint”. I recommend you read this article.

Blogging can definitely help you quit your boring job. But you have to take the right steps. The instructions outlined in this article should get you started and moving in the right direction.

In addition to that, I recommend you don’t quit your day job yet because it will put a lot of unnecessary pressure on you.

What are the blogging challenges you’re experiencing right now?

Tell me your answers and other views, using the comment box you’ll find below.

Thanks.

Michael Akinlaby is a Freelance Writer and SEO Consultant. He's the founder of RankRain, a marketing agency that specializes in Content Marketing and Search Engine Optimization.

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How to Get Over the Fear Nobody Will Buy Your Product

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Ship. Publish.

Promote the heck out of the product. Unearth fears. Feel fears. See fears come true. Release fears. Sell your product. More and more folks buy your product only if you face, feel and release fears aligned with the product. If you hold the fears ya ain’t selling the product. Even if you publish a blogging product – like my blogging course – and sell it for a little bit you will not generate big sales until you fail enough to finally feel fears triggered by failure. Feeling fears clears fears which clears resistance which helps you inspire more people to buy the product.

Getting over this fear is messy. Do you enjoy feeling like a complete loser? Nope. Do you enjoy feeling like a complete fraud, or huckster, or embarrassed or ashamed? Nope. You hate trying so hard and then, no freaking people buy the course you promoted 10,000 times but doing so and feeling fears triggered simply makes it easy to promote the product, because feeling and getting over the fear makes you promote the product like you breathe. Being in that space, plenty of people see the product and more folks buy the product.

I promoted my blogging course to the tune of 8,000 page views before someone bought it. 8000 page views was nothing. I had to clear fear-resistance during the 8,000 page views to show the world how fun, freeing and inspired this course was. Fear cleared, more people bought it at 10 times the initial price versus the initial cheapy price. Raising the price ten fold? Yep; another fear for me to conquer. But I did it, and far more people bought it at $350 than at $36. See how funny fear works? You fear something, refuse to feel the fear, and struggle. But feeling the fear and doing it anyway leads to increasing success. Buy the course for a fun, entertaining, inspired blogging guide. Tis the season for celebration and joy and love and fun, helpful blogging courses.

I have no tips for nudging into fear save meditating and doing yoga frequently. Following each habit expands your awareness which helps you become intimately aware of your fears, so you can feel fears and release fears. Feels rough but this is part of the blogging journey if you want to get over the fear of selling your stuff. Hey; do you want to hurt people, mislead people or lie to people with your blogging product? No? Then just sell the thing already. Ship it. Publish it. Fear is so insidious. Fear makes you do what you do not want to do, if you trust fear. Fear causes you to tune into an alternate, illusory universe, where nothing is true and everything is lies, smoke and mirrors. Do you really want to take that road? I did not think so.

All I can do is be a cheerleader. You need to be the athlete on the court, not the fan on the sidelines. Get on the court. Publish your product. Promote your product. You will eventually face, feel and release all the fears you need to release to become a successful blogger and to sell your product successfully, too. Get in the game. People will buy your product when you get clear on it.

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Pro Blogging Tip: Release Expectations

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Ouch.

Am I asking you to be a Blogging Buddha? Nope. Not really. No one save enlightened beings completely releases expectations but us mere mortals clinging some to a worldly life can largely release expectations, to become successful and to enjoy the blogging journey. 10 minutes ago, I checked my email. I received a few. I clearly make it difficult to get in touch with me through email because I want to give most attention and energy to building a passive income empire. Every second I spend in email, I could be spending creating content and building connections. Knowing this, it feels good to receive few emails because it helps me scale and move forward from an abundant energy.

Unfortunately, most bloggers have heavy expectations when it comes to receiving email. Bloggers expect a chock filled inbox, with all types of clients, Paypal payments and sponsored post deals. What happens if you get 3 emails daily, all responses to comments? Your expectations not being met levels you, depressing you, making you sad, sapping your energy. If you expect some sweet outcome and reality is not delivering you the outcome to fulfill the expectation, you eventually lose your blogging motivation and quit. Or you make the massive mistake of quitting after seeing your expectations fall short, then, you begin blogging again, quit again after expectations are unfulfilled, and you suffer through this vicious cycle until you fail and quit for good.

Release expectations. Begin blogging with an intent to live your dreams but let go the anchor of expectation because either you feel hopeless after not getting what you expected or you feel average when expectations line up or you feel super high and excited after exceeding expectations, leading to an imminent crash after your emotions settle down. Expectations are anchors, pulling you down, holding you back, preventing meteoric blogging growth. I expect little to nothing blogging-wise because my day is about having fun helping people to blog successfully. I cannot go wrong whether I sell a copy of my blogging course or not because I have no expectations; I just promote the course in a seeming billion places (coming soon) and leave things at that.

If anything, allow a little part of yourself to desire some expectation but make it tiny. Why? If the expectation does not come true quickly, you will keep blogging from an energetic, relaxed, abundant vibe, positioning yourself to succeed. Harboring wee expectations means you remain unstirred if the expectations do not manifest; no crushed, hopeless feeling. Meanwhile, most bloggers with grand, wild expectations often slam into tons of resistance because no spectacular dream comes through and manifest overnight. Living your dream life through blogging requires years and thousands upon thousands of hours of generous service.

Blog for an absolute love of blogging. Be passionate about the blogging process. Release largely on outcomes because weighing yourself down with expectations slows you down. Imagine desiring big blogging bucks only to see an empty inbox for the next 3 months? 90 plus days, zero dollars. After the 90th day, most bloggers quit blogging for good, because they came up so short on their expectations, being frustrated, disgusted, and tired of wasting their time.

Fall in love with the process – not outcomes – to fuel yourself for your blogging journey.

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Are You Trying to Rank or Help People?

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Check the intent behind your blogging actions. What are your drivers? Some bloggers desperately want to rank, to place articles on page 1 of Google, to drive sweet, passive search engine traffic. Good luck with that. Nobody succeeds ranking until you give virtually all of your attention and energy to helping people with your blogging efforts. The rank comes after the generous help and that generous help often spans years of your life because developing page 1 Google skills is no joke. If it were easy, everybody would rank on page 1, right?

But you would be surprised by how many folks struggle blogging because the focus on rank over help dominates their minds. I never fell afflicted to this common limiting belief because I give scant attention to ranking on Google. Most of me could care less. I help people through my guest posts, blog posts, course and eBooks. My intent is to help people not to try to get traffic and money through manipulating things. Be honest about the big difference between the two because making this shift will improve your life tremendously, along with positioning you to experience increasing blogging success.

Focus heavily on people and little on things to discover the secret of blogging success. Bloggers succeed by generously helping human beings for sustained periods of time. Imagine some blogger who appears to be all over their blogging niche. Study this individual. Guaranteed, this bloggers generously helped people for years, hours daily, through multiple methods of helping people. Imagine guest posting, blogging, broadcasting live on Facebook and podcasting. See how the top bloggers always seem to be assisting people from a generous, genuine energy? Be that person. The tops never obsess over ranking because doing so attaches you to outcomes. Attach to outcomes. Feel fear. Attachment is fear. Any time you blog from a vibe of fear, you will struggle, fail and quit eventually. Top bloggers feel fears but release the energies versus panicking and bailing on generously helping readers. Everybody else panics, bails and tries to manipulate things to get traffic and money, failing horribly over the long haul.

Nobody gets ahead trying to manipulate things because money flows through humans mainly, then, through things which act as receiving channels. Imagine if I sell a copy of my blogging course. Generously helping human beings instills trust in the person who bought my course. Money flows from them to me through Selz, and my bank account, from their credit card or bank account. The things – Selz, bank accounts – are receiving channels, facilitating the sending and receiving of money, but generous service and trust put the financial transaction into action.

Stop trying to rank before all else because dealing with things solely – SEO and Google – moves you out of the realm of reality, into thing-ality. Bloggers who succeed keep helping folks generously and keep promoting themselves, realizing the things are just tools humans use to connect with each other, to help each other and to prosper each other. Focus on helping humans, not trying to rank on page 1 of Google, to uncover the secret to successful blogging….and to uncover the secret of ranking on page 1 of Google.

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