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How To Position Yourself As A Successful Blogger By Doing 1 Thing

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Any basketball fans out there?

I’ve followed basketball for about 40 years. From playing through the junior college level to following the game on the high school, college and pro levels I had seen thousands of players excel on the court.

1 particularly entertaining player comes to mind when I think about today’s blog post topic.

Tim Hardaway.

Tim pioneered the wicked, dazzling, difficult to defend crossover move adopted by icons like Allen Iverson and later, Kyrie Irving.

Hardaway filmed a series of commercials for Nike where he would say:

“I got skills.”

He had serious ball handling skills with a lightning fast, tight crossover and his entertaining UTEP 2 step move because the guy practiced like mad at developing his dribbling skills, just like Kyrie Irving and Allen Iverson.

The most direct, clear way to position yourself as a successful blogger is to follow the lead of these 3 basketball dribbling gods: practice developing your skills to become well known for your skill set.

I personally saw Kyrie practice like mad at his ball handling skills when he was a high schooler at St. Patrick in New Jersey. I recently watched a documentary about Allen Iverson where at the end of the show he explained how practicing and practicing some more is one way to mimic the moves of ballers you advice on TV.

As a blogger, 1 skill comes to the forefront of your blogging campaign: being a skilled, confident writer.

Knowing this, you should be writing 500 to 1000 words daily or more either for practice in a Word document or as guest posts.

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I filmed a Facebook Live video underscoring this idea earlier today:

By doing 1 thing – practicing your writing every day – you develop the skills to be a successful blogger. More than that, you position yourself to be a successful guest poster, blog commentor and eBook or paperback author.

I wrote and self-published 126 eBooks through the simple habit of writing daily. I developed my skills through practice, practice and more practice, and here I am.

Shortcuts?

No shortcuts exist in the practice game.

Kyrie would not have among the greatest handles of all time if he practiced dribbling for 10 minutes daily. Or for 30 minutes a few days weekly. He spent 6 to 8 hours a day or more practicing to become one of the world’s best bloggers.

Ditto for Allen Iverson.

Ditto for Tim Hardaway.

These guys had or have skills all ballers admire because they persistently practiced their skills to a point where they outshone the competition.

You will outshine virtually all bloggers in your niche by writing for practice daily. Toss in your guest posts, blog comments and postings to your blog and in time you will have spent thousands to tens of thousands of hours writing.

You cannot help but to develop skills. You cannot help but to become a successful blogger. All because you did 1 thing, and did it well, practicing your writing daily for months then years, while most bloggers in your niche skipped the practicing step and tried to cash in before they developed any polished skills.

Practical Tips

  • practice writing 1000 words daily in a Word document
  • trash the document to detach from your writing
  • write and submit at least 2-3 guest posts weekly to develop your writing skills and to gain greater confidence in your writing
  • write lengthy, valuable, in depth comments on top blogs from your niche
  • study successful bloggers; note how these bloggers are continually practicing, developing their skill set

Once you get more comfortable with writing, as you continue to practice writing add a few other skills to your blogging skill set. I became a Facebook Live addict and my presentation through this platform has helped me build a stronger and more recognizable blogging brand.

Your Turn

What skills are you developing today? How are you developing your skills? Are you practicing your writing daily? Why? Why not?

Do you have blogging skills?

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Advanced Blogging Tip: Have a Poor Link Memory

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I create oodles of content daily. One tip to being prolific is to have a poor link memory. I forget what I published content-wise and link-wise to keep publishing content frequently. Do you know how most bloggers publish one blog post, include a link to a product and/or service, and keep checking the post again and again, to see how the link performs as far as clicks and conversions and sales and profits and money? I never do that. I have no time and energy to check how my links perform because I have a terrible link memory. I am always on to the next piece of content to create and the next link to place and the next person to help because I have a poor link memory. I forget links. This works perfectly for me; makes me super duper prolific.

Most bloggers attach to and cling to particular business links. What happens if you attach to a link? You give attention and energy to checking the link again and again instead of creating more content from a generous, prolific energy. How can you appear to be all over your niche if you check links regularly throughout the day and if you are not creating helpful, new pieces of content? You cannot be super successful if you are not prolific and you cannot be super prolific unless you have a poor link memory. Be generous, abundant and detached by forgetting links you place in posts; especially links pointing to business opportunities.

I link to my blogging course quite a bit but never get attached to any one link or blog post or guest post through which I link to it. Why? I have more fish to fry. I have more content to create and more bloggers to bond with and more folks to help and more bloggers to connect with and heck, after converting 50 more of my eBooks to paperback, I will have over 200 products about on Amazon, under the Blogging From Paradise umbrella. That is a lot of products to promote! We need to have a poor link memory to forget the prior link we promoted so we can move forward and promote more links, more content and greater blogging success. Envision yourself having an abundant mindset. What happens if you do not feel like anything seems short, scarce or running out? Being prolific is what happens. Being generous is easier if you are not burdened by any link to promote, to review and to assess regularly. I am not opposed to scanning metrics if doing so feels good and relaxing but most bloggers never take the time to assess their genuine feelings when it comes to how they feel promoting links.

I do. I am ruthless in assessing, observing, embracing and moving along my energies because watching your energy is the key to blogging success. Blogging from abundance, relaxation and trust leads to success while blogging from fear, scarcity, tension and anxiety leads to failure.

Which road do you prefer to take?

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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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