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How I Landed a Writing Gig for the Huffington Post (Different Strategy but Will Work for You too)



Since I get asked on an almost daily basis how to get on the Huffington Post I wanted to share my strategy with you.

I am a contributor to the platform.

I have publishing rights. Meaning, I can churn out and publish content at any time.

The blog underwent a few changes from when Arianna Huffington ran the joint. First, writers went through a screening process. Then, applying was closed. Then, contributors were freely invited to write for the platform.

Those who do things predominantly from a place of fear may say: “They accept more folks these days; no sense publishing posts there because the site lost its prestige.”

On a topical level, this is an arrogant point of view. Feeling you are “too good/respected” to post somewhere, or that posting somewhere is “beneath you” is ego-driven and fear-based because ultimately, you fear that posting on HP would waste your time.

Like all fear-based intents, this mindset has gotta go.

I post there daily and am prepping for a month long trip to Qatar, the wealthiest nation on earth; sure as hell ain’t hurt me, spreading love through a well-known platform.

Those who do things predominantly from a place of love will say: “How do I become a contributor to a well-known site so I can help people and spread love and be of service to others?”

In a nutshell, coming from the energy of love – not fear – is the easiest way to get featured on the Huffington Post.

As an aside, if you need help getting featured on famous blogs you can follow the steps laid out in my Teachable Course: How to Get Featured on World Famous Blogs

How I Got da Gig

Someone invited me to be a contributor on the Huffington Post.

He followed my blog for a minute. He liked my content. He wanted to help me out. So he saw the match, invited me and I accepted.

Why the Individual Invited Me to Become a Contributor

Because I showed love to a bunch of bloggers without looking for anything in return.

Here’s what you do / how you show love:

  • promote other bloggers in your niche through Twitter, Facebook, G Plus and LinkedIn
  • comment on other blogs, posting insightful, thoughtful, personalized forms of content
  • interview other bloggers for your blog
  • feature other bloggers on your blog
  • write 1,000 words – or more – daily for practice, which improves your writing skills, which helps you entertain and inspire your audience

This is how I showed love to other bloggers.

This is how you can show love to other bloggers.

This is how you can land features on The Huffington Post, or on any famous blog.

Show love.

Get love.

Why this Approach Is Different

Most bloggers follow this common approach: ask 1 person who writes for the Huffington Post if they can hook you up with a contributor account at the HP.

Or maybe they ask 50 people who write for the HP to hook them up.

This is ASKING for aka trying to GET love, or, not giving love.

Naturally, this strategy is usually more difficult to put into action because when you are predominantly trying to GET, it is really, really, really tough to give, which makes it really, really, really tough to get features or gigs.

It ain’t WHO you know.

It’s how freely you show love to other bloggers.

Glowing Example

Look at David Boozer.

He’s an internet marketing wizard because he is as generous as they come.

He bought every one of my blogging themed eBooks – meaning, many of my 126 eBooks – and my online courses and promotes me freely and kindly on social media and through his blog.

Why do you think he’s so successful? He give! He spreads love.

So he gets love.

You Can Ask

Of course you are entitled to get help from friends. Sure you’re entitled to ask buddies if they know of writing opportunities. Just understand that the more you show love, you won’t even need to ask friends for opportunities to write at the HP and other blogs. Your friends will invite you IF you are super generous, building your day around helping individuals.

Your Turn

How are you trying to land features on top blogs?

What tips can you add to this list?

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Ryan Biddulph inspires you with his courses, 100 plus eBooks, audio books and blog at Blogging From Paradise.

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How to Get Over the Fear Nobody Will Buy Your Product



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




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?



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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