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The Skills And Equipment You’ll Need To Be A Blogger In 2017

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If you’re thinking of starting a blog, the first question you have to ask is why you want to do it. Your answer to this question will determine the future of your blog and how you go about creating content and providing value to your audience.

If you have a strong enough ‘why’, you’ll have the patience and persistence to make it happen. At the same time, you’ll need to be willing to learn the technical skills to compete on the internet today. Such skills include; an eagerness to learn how to write increasingly better, getting better at marketing your blog posts and knowing when it makes sense to start monetizing your blog.

People start blogs for a wide variety of reasons:

  • to make money from home
  • to build an audience for a book
  • to build a business brand
  • or to express their insights about a particular passion or discipline.

Identify your reason and build your mission statement around it. Find your primary reason and all the secondary reasons that support it.

Let’s take a look at 3 things you need to do to start blogging:

Decide on your equipment and platform.

You don’t necessarily need a desktop or laptop to start blogging; you can also use a smartphone. For people on the go, people who may have a long commute or travel a great deal, even a small laptop is too big and it’s easier to just use a smartphone. You can also use your smartphone if you want to start vlogging.

If you choose to use a smartphone, it’s important to consider how you will protect your phone from damage and what type of apps to download.Let’s take a quick look at both factors:

Let’s take a quick look at both factors:

Protection

Not all cases offer the same level of protection. If, for example, you’re using an iPhone 6, you can get a wide variety of covers, with some protecting your phone far better than others. When researching iPhone 6 cases, prefer those that offer shock-proof protection.

In addition to keeping your mobile device safe, you will also want to make sure your camera is clean and visible at all times. Vlogging is nothing new, but it’s becoming more popular as mobile devices continue to get better in quality with their recording. In most cases it’s also super fast and easy to upload video content from your phone as well.

Also, if you aren’t thrilled with the idea of using your mobile device to create a site or blog, you can always use a laptop or desktop computer. There are realy not excuses for not getting started immediately, as there are many small laptops that start off in the $200+ range.

Apps

Here are some apps to get if you want to maintain your blog from your smartphone:

  1. Platform. Decide between WordPress or Blogger platforms. Not only are these most recommended, but they also have apps that let you write, edit, and publish your posts from your mobile device.
  2. Text editor. It’s better to write your blog post in a text editor before you paste it into your chosen platform. By using a text editor like Google Docs, your content is backed up on the cloud and you can access it from anywhere from any kind of device.
  3. Picture editor Your blog must have good pictures. It’s rare to find text only blogs because blocks of text tend to turn readers off. If you want to edit your pictures from your phone, then Pixlr Express will make it easier to do.
  4. Social Media. Share your blog posts. After you’ve written your blog posts, you’ll want to promote it on social media, and one excellent app to help you do it from your phone is Buffer.

Set up your blog.

Now that you’ve decided why you want to blog and how to do it from any device, the next thing you have to do is figure out the technical aspects. Essentially, there are four steps that you need to take to set up your blog. You can either get video tutorials on how to do it, read a book on it, or ask someone to help you with these steps. They aren’t hard to do once you’ve done it once. The four steps you have to take are finding a host, picking a domain name, installing or signing up for your platform, and designing your blog.

Create a content calendar.

Now that your blog is up and running, you need to create a regular time of the week to blog and develop a list of topics that you will blog about. By thinking ahead about what you’ll write, you won’t procrastinate when it comes to deciding on what to write each week. Incidentally, it’s not necessary to write daily. You can write once a week, or if you’re really pressed for time, then just once every two weeks.

Stick With It

Blogging like any other project in life has its fair share of challenges. You may encounter obstacles with the blog itself, ranging from technical skills to marketing it effectively. You may also have time conflicts and not always be able to commit to writing your blog post. Even if you have technical problems, marketing issues, or writing challenges, decide ahead of time that whatever happens, you’ll stick with it.

Srish Agrawal is an entrepreneur, branding consultant, and angel investor. He is also the Founder & CEO of A1 Future Technologies, which includes sites like Logo Design Team and Infographic Design Team, and has helped over 25,000 clients improve how they look online.

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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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Why Blogging Jealousy Is a Damaging Emotion

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I spent today enjoying lunch and a hike through the forest with my wife. But like the past goodness knows how many years, I will work 6-8 hours daily….or more. I put in an hour or so this morning. Now I get to work a bit before 5 PM. People love my travel photos. Folks often tell me how jealous they feel, envying our life. We are so lucky! We are blessed. We are aligned. All that jazz. But the same folks NEVER feel jealous or envious of the fact that I worked 6 hours daily for the past goodness known how many years of my life. I tell folks about my workload sometimes; most look at me like I have 3 heads, people proclaiming themselves lazy and definitely, believing I can have this workload because working long and persistently is not for them.

Before you envy my movie-worthy life, envy my movie-worthy workload. Before you jealously bust my chops about my photos in Fiji and Bali, be just as envious and flat out jealous of the 20,000 hours I have blogged over the past decade of my life. You cannot have the sweet fruit unless you patiently water the seed and allow for it to thrive, during growing season. Likewise, you cannot have blogging success unless you patiently, persistently and generously work, to succeed.

Jealousy and Damage

Most bloggers never realize the intense jealousy that damages their blogging campaign. Why does jealousy hurt you and your blog? Delusion, that’s why. Take my Fiji or New Zealand or Costa Rica pictures. Most people who see the pictures envy my life because most folks CHOOSE to work a 9-5 job and CHOOSE not to travel. In the same breath, after expressing intense jealousy at me living a cool life of travel, I advise the person to begin blogging, to engineer a similar life for self and family. In an instant, most bloggers complain about having no time, no time, and no drive to design such a life of fun and freedom. Why? Being jealous of bloggers immediately places you in a “they have it, but I cannot have it,” type victim, non-empowered, weakling energy. If you believe only I can live this life, and envy me, and you foolishly believe you cannot life this life, you make endless excuses to cling to your belief system. Said excuses guarantee your unhappiness and comfort.

If you envy my life of travel, envy the 6 to 10 hours or more I have worked every single day of my life over the years. Do you envy working 8 hours every Saturday and Sunday? Are you SOOOO jealous that I will work 6-7 or more hours today, after being out of the house for about 6 hours, hustling into the evening? Nope. I did not think so. Few human beings envy someone who works generously, diligently and persistently because most people hate doing the very thing that sets them free. Why? Doing the thing that sets you free forces you outside of your comfort zone, to face deep, pulsating fears. Facing these fears seems highly unpleasant. Nobody enjoys facing fears, but you need to face fears in order to grow, to succeed, and to live a life of movie-worthy levels, you being the object of blogger envy.

Stop being jealous. Get to work, admire industrious bloggers who live their dreams, and you too will live your dreams.

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How to Ride out Traffic Swings

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Traffic swings occur for every single blogger who ever blogged.

Literally, nobody is immune from seeing traffic stats swing high, low, back, medium and all over, in between. How do you ride out these swings? Blog for the love of blogging and see traffic as an extra, a bonus, or some add on to your blogging campaign. Make the blogging work, the reward. See all else as extra, or a bonus, and you become totally chill in response to inevitable traffic swings. Way too many bloggers become obsessed with traffic stats. Even more make the foolish mistake of obsessing over traffic stats on a daily basis. Guys; this is nuts. How can you focus on daily traffic swings when you know all good, lasting things take time, energy and a willingness to have a vision? Relax. Slow down. Calm down. Trust in yourself. Trust in the blogging process. Good things take time and generous service.

Imagine if Jeff Bezos panicked over day to day traffic and sales numbers on founding Amazon over 2 decades ago? Imagine how doing so would have crippled his campaign? Everybody experiences swings – usually, wild swings – as a newbie entrepreneur and blogger because no growth is perfectly linear. Over time, with generous effort and a blanket trusting in the blogging process, you traffic increases month over month. But day to day analysis is a silly way to assess how you are doing. How in the heck can you honestly make a blanket assessment of your blog over a 24 hour period? It’s only 24 hours! We measure success in thousands and tens of thousands of hours…..not 24 hours. Come back down to earth. Get your head out of the clouds. Nothing of meaning, of lasting value, unfolds in 24 hours. Please be gentle with yourself and be even more gentle with your silly mind because the mind wants fast results but your heart knows; successful blogging is a long term gig.

Check Stats Infrequently

Do you have an absolute blast checking stats? If so, check stats monthly. Allow momentum to gain by generously helping people daily, over a monthly period. Observe your traffic stats to iron out any kinks and to not be swayed by the day to day fluctuations leveling most bloggers, creating a roller coaster wave of emotions in mind. I barely check metrics because if I love what I do, trust in the process and trust myself, the more generous service I put into blogging, the more blogging generously serves me. Simple equation here. Why in the heck would I assess my success based on 24 hour increments? Blogging success hinges on thousands of hours of generous service, not 24 hour blogs of work, right?

Pump your breaks guys. Get uber busy helping your readers by creating as much quality content as humanly possible. Be generous. Focus heavily on giving, not getting, to allow your daily stat checking obsession to dissolve just a wee bit. Blogging become uncomfortable here and there but does get easier and easier the more often you give freely of your time and talents. The challenge is not to panic when you resist checking stats for a few weeks as most folks go bonkers mad, ready to explode, once they try to detach from frequent stat checking.

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