Getting support as a blogger can be difficult. The problem is that bloggers that have found success through blogging are too busy to help aspiring bloggers directly themselves. It’s understandable. Why would someone spend all their time helping others when they could be working on developing their own blog?
For every problem, there is a solution. I thought long and hard about how I could help aspiring bloggers. Throughout 2013, I have achieved this through one on one consultation, charging clients $50 per hour. Helping others through email and Skype is enjoyable, however it is kind of limited as well as others cannot easily join the conversation. That is why I developed Rise Forums.
Rise Forums is a premium internet marketing discussion forum that was designed for bloggers, developers, designers, affiliate marketers and online entrepreneurs. Other forums are pushing products and services to you on a daily basis. On Rise Forums, I wanted to create a community where members get the kind of service and personal relationship that you can expect through one on one consultation. A place where bloggers can get direct help and feedback on their projects and connect with other professional bloggers.
A Special Offer for Readers of BloggingTips.com
A membership for Rise Forums retails at $97 per year. That works out at only $8.08 per month. However, Zac twisted my arm and encouraged me to give all BloggingTips members an exclusive discount.
The first 100 members who sign up to Rise Forums using the discount code 196D3356 will receive a massive 50% off their membership. This discount reduces the membership fee to only $48.50; which works out to be only $4.04 per month.
Therefore, for only $4.04 per month you will get support and feedback from me and other professional bloggers for a full year. I will personally be supporting all members with their projects by giving advice and helping out with technical matters. Essentially, you are getting a year’s worth of consultation for the price of one hour.
If you have any questions regarding Rise Forums, please let me know and I will answer them as soon as I can.
1 Tip for Being an Intelligent and Prospering Blogger
possesses an interesting cover for anyone not familiar with my eBooks.
For anyone familiar with my 100 plus eBooks, my cover is par for the course. Every single one of my eBook covers has been personally snapped by me. Images of paradise preserved by yours truly fit my brand, blog and eBook covers perfectly. Blogging From Paradise means retiring to a life of island hopping through smart blogging. Sometimes I visit islands. Sometimes I visit mainland spots. In all cases, my eBooks and courses – as well as my blog – bleed travel images because this approach fits my brand and is unheard of in the blogging tips niche.
I totally respect any blogging tips blogger who posts featured images for their blogs and eBook covers consistent with content titles. Imagine a light bulb and dollar sign for the above eBook cover, for starters. But I went with a photo I snapped in gorgeous Rawai Bay in Phuket, Thailand for my cover image. Why? Nobody else on earth uses their travel photos as eBook covers and featured post images in the blogging tips niche. If nobody else does it and the move completely aligns with my brand message, this is the starting point for being an intelligent and prospering blogger.
Smart and Prospering Means Different
Every successful blogger I follow sticks to basic fundamentals but deviates from the norm in some regards. Different means bigger bucks and smarter prospering because readers notice that different flavor stepping away from normal. Folks enjoy my covers and blog post images, even though the content and eBook title technically have nothing to do with travel images. Guess what? Adding my brand logo aligns the eBook cover with my blog and brand. People clearly see I am about blogging from paradise. Why not add travel images to each eBook cover?
I follow a high number of basic blogging rules; create value, build connections, be generous and have fun. But if you do EVERYTHING just like most bloggers, you get lost in the herd. Nothing makes you stand out if you do not choose to stand out with at least one element of your blogging campaign. I stood out with eye-popping eBook images I snapped myself, in a blogging tips niche. How do you stand out? Ask yourself the question. Be straight with yourself to answer.
Bigger Profits from a Smarter Energy by Being Different
Cindy Crawford kept her mole. Muscle Man Arnold kept his accent. Steve Jobs made computers and peripherals outrageously expensive and designed quite weirdly compared to other computers and peripherals. Guess what? Crawford, Arnold and Jobs are legends who we won’t forget for a long time. Different makes you a serious fortune because people notice folks who stand out in some way, shape or form. This different approach bleeds intelligence; why work your butt off if you look just like the next guy and offer a mimicking service?
But Make Sure You Follow Some Fundamentals
Steve Jobs did not attempt to make computers out of cardboard. Arnold did not try to speak German in Hollywood movies. Cindy Crawford did not try to rewrite the foundations of modeling by wearing a fake beard of photo shoots. All icons followed basic rules for their industries because being too far out in left field usually makes you forgettable, or, impossible to spot. Follow blogging fundamentals to stay in the game but find that one thing that distances you from the herd.
Why Should You Help Other Bloggers Succeed?
If you build it AND if you help other bloggers build it, then they will come.
We have all seen the famous line from Field of Dreams rehashed many times, regarding blogging. Building a blog solo ain’t good enough. Platitudes of content being king and networking queen get bandied about, and I do not disagree.
But I wanted to put a spin on the line; if you build your blog and help other bloggers build their blogs, THEN people will visit your blog, hire you, buy your stuff and endorse you.
A few moments ago, my friend and power house blogger Julie Syl Kalungi tagged me on Facebook with kind words. She mentioned a common mistake we both see often; bloggers pitch us content with nothing else to show for the pitch, other than mediocre or OK content from an unknown blogger. If it were that easy to get featured on Blogging From Paradise or on Julie’s blog, we would both place 5 to 10 to 20 guest posts daily, or a helluva lot more.
Of course, landing features on established blogs is not easy at all. But struggling, failing bloggers mistakenly believe it *is* as easy as tempting pros with a helpful post, or some other lukewarm incentive, and wonder why they never get featured on top blogs. Plus bloggers do the silly thing of offering a $1 or $3 bulk discount for 25 posts. Having a poverty consciousness makes you do silly things.
Anyway, these strategies NEVER work because the pitching bloggers are trying to build it – aka their blogs – before building other blogger’s blogs. Build your blog and other blogger’s blogs. Grow your friend network. Be genuine. Be generous. Help. Expect nothing. Ask for nothing. As you help other bloggers succeed and improve your writing skills, something neat happens; you befriend a bunch of skilled bloggers who boost your traffic and profits through endorsements, promotions, by buying your stuff and by hiring you.
This is why you should help other bloggers succeed. Make friends. Profit. 100 is better than 1.
100 Is Better than 1
I learned years ago the efforts of 100 blogging buddies beats my individual efforts. I am not super connected to 100 plus blogging buddies, but at least that many folks promote me or endorse me routinely across a wide range of channels. Imagine how much 100 bloggers can expand your reach, compared to your individual, singular efforts?
Why do 100 plus bloggers help me out? I have helped thousands of bloggers grow their traffic and profits over a decade online by commenting genuinely on their blogs, by promoting them on social media, by endorsing them, by promoting them on my blog, by inviting them to guest post on my blog and by guest posting for them.
I benefit too, of course. This marks my 6th guest post of the day. As I promote my 71% blogging course discount (use the discount code in the first paragraph) across a slew of these guest posts I gain profit potential and boost my blog traffic too. But I also drive free, passive traffic through each guest post. My 3 blogging buddies living in India who I guest post for wake up to free, passive traffic. I help them succeed. My blogging buddies help me succeed by giving me platforms for reaching their readers.
Do you see why building it and helping other bloggers build it makes you incredibly successful over the long term?
Julie became a wildly successful blogger by generously helping other top bloggers succeed. Now, her blogger friend network expands her reach far and wide.
Give What You Want
Do you want money? Help other bloggers make money. Promote them on your blog. Link to them. Buy and review their eBooks. The number of friends you make by being generous will astound you. As this loyal tribe grows in size and scope, and helps you make more and more money, you will be even more astounded.
Blogger Outreach Resource
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5 Brilliant Tips on How to Design a Newsletter for Your Business
Making an email newsletter can be great for your business.
Email marking is inexpensive, fast, and really effective in reaching consumers.
If you’re stuck on how to design a newsletter, there are a few staples to keep in mind. From the header to the font, follow these simple rules for a beautifully designed email newsletter.
Designing a newsletter should always start by drafting out your goals and reasons for sending it. If you want to gain more followers or increase traffic to your website, these are all goals you should keep track of.
Once you’ve decided on your goals, you’ll be ready to create a focused email campaign that will help you reach them.
Here are a few tips to help you create an effective email newsletter.
1. Choose a Color Scheme
One of the first steps to designing your newsletter should be to pick a color scheme or template.
A template should mirror some of your website presence so the two are recognizable to your consumers. You can also base this off your logo.
Depending on if you’re working with a professional or attempting a do-it-yourself newsletter, you’ll want to make sure the template and colors compliment the marketing and vibe of your brand.
2. Create a Header
A header is one of the first things your consumers will see on a newsletter.
A header will typically include your logo as well your name or business name. It sets the tone for the rest of the newsletter and it’s a nice place to establish who you are.
3. Keep Fonts Simple for Newsletter Designs
When it comes to newsletters, people are often skimming through them pretty quickly.
To keep things streamlined and easy to read, choose a simple font.
A simple font will help people be able to clearly see your content and move through it quickly if they need to.
4. Use Subheaders
Headlines on a newsletter are a great way to grab someone’s attention. But a subheader will keep them reading past the headline even further down the page.
A subhead will also break up blocks of text and make it easier to read.
5. Try Mobile-Friendly Stacked Content
For a newsletter that is easy to read on a phone, it’s a good idea to stack your content.
Stacking content is where your blocks of text or images are stacked on top of each other down the page.
Most templates are set up this way anyway, so you shouldn’t have to worry too much about the format.
How to Design a Newsletter and Grow Your Business
Email marketing and email newsletters are a great way to keep consumers informed about your business.
Email is an effective and inexpensive tool when used correctly to market your business. With a newsletter, you’ll be able to keep customers informed and also build the branding for your business.
For more great marketing tips, like this one on how to design a newsletter, browse the resources tab for even more ideas and helpful tools.
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