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What to Do When You Struggle to Get Blog Traffic

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As I stare down at the traffic here in NYC some 36 stories above Manhattan – the featured image above is the view we are enjoying for a few days – I recall some lean days online.

Nearly a decade ago I received 3 visitors a day to my blog.

The current day me attracts a few more visitors than three a day to Blogging From Paradise.

I learned how to overcome blogging struggles in the traffic department and want to help you dissolve your frustrations so you can increase your blog traffic too.

1: Take a Deep Breath and Regroup

Nothing good happens when you blog from a frustrated, agitated space of “not enough”.

Take a deep breath. Embrace your feelings of disgust or frustration. Pivot, by releasing these feelings and moving toward the remaining steps.

Working harder only makes things harder on yourself. Working smarter is not necessarily the answer, because you can’t fool your overall energy. Clearing your fears, and frustrations, about lacking blog traffic, is the most direct way to move forward from the proper energy.

2: Decide to Blog Mainly for Fun not for Things

All traffic struggles occur when you blog mainly to get versus blogging to give.

If you blog predominantly to get money or traffic you will not give enough effort, value, help and positive energy to drive steady traffic to your blog.

Giving precedes getting.

One way to become a generous giver is to blog mainly for fun, with love.

I have written and self-published 126 eBooks and have also written and published over 1,000 guest posts because I am largely free of the outcomes-based fears plaguing most bloggers.

This is because I blog mainly for fun, not stuff. I blog with love, intending primarily to help folks and only a little part of me focuses on traffic or income outcomes.

Naturally, I am pretty prolific dude who has built a neat life for himself through blogging, circling the globe, because I make my blogging work day mainly about giving, and as my giving expands, my getting (money, traffic, etc) becomes easier and easier.

3:  Write 1000 Words Daily in a Word Document for Practice

Write 1000 words daily in a Word document to gain confidence and clarity in your writing.

After you hit the 1K each day, delete the document. Detach some from your writing.

Writing daily just for practice turns you into a skilled, clear blogger who freely drives blog traffic.

Skilled writers also land guest post opportunities (tip #4) easily.

Don *not* skip this tip. Most bloggers struggle horribly because they only write when they publish a blog post.

Imagine if Lebron James only practiced basketball during NBA games? Or imagine if Ronaldo only practiced soccer during La Liga games?

Both of these guys practice tirelessly when nobody is watching to become the best in the world at what they do.

Practice in quiet. Then when the lights shine bright, you will succeed in driving increasing traffic to your blog.

4: Guest Post on Top Blogs from Your Niche

Guest post on top blogs from your niche to boost blog traffic.

If you can’t seem to drive traffic to your blog it’s time to post on other blogs.

Build bonds with top bloggers through blog commenting (see below), by featuring them on your blog and by promoting them.

Over a period of weeks and months, as these bonds strengthen, many bloggers will invite you to guest post for them.

Tap into the power of leveraging.

Publish helpful guest posts on rocking blogs related to your niche.

5: Blog Comment Effectively on Top Blogs from Your Niche

Blog comment effectively on top niche blogs.

Publish 3-4 paragraph, in-depth, personalized comments on popular blogs from your niche.

Drive traffic and build friendships with established bloggers. These friendships lead to increased traffic over the long haul.

Be persistent. Traffic will flow in steadily through blog comments if you comment at least 1-2 times weekly on top blogs.

Think more like writing a mini guest post and less like writing a blog comment.

Your Turn

Are you following these tips to drive blog traffic?

What tips can you add to this list?

 

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You need to know why you are blogging – and tie that reason to something fun – to drive blog traffic and to become a successful blogger.

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Blogging for a Living: Mindset Considerations

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Blogging for a living seems fun and freeing. I agree.

I blogged for a bit as a pro. Living this lifestyle of working when, how and where you want to work feels awesome. But mindset plays a chief role in becoming a professional blogger. Few aspiring bloggers know this. I believe successful blogging is between the ears. How you choose to think, feel and act determines your blogging success or failure. Before you decide to blog for a living keep these considerations in mind.

Big Shifts Needed

I made a huge shift from scarcity to abundance to blog full time. You likely need to make the same shift because most folks grow up conditioned with feelings of poverty, scarcity, lack and limitation. Prepare for uncomfortable bumps in the blogging road during early days. Although you desire success and work hard, owning, facing, feeling and releasing fear-pain to develop your abundance consciousness feels highly unpleasant in moments. Be ready to make a huge mindset shift in order to blog full time.

Manage Your Energy Daily

Spend 30 minutes or more managing your energy to vibe from abundance, love, peace, generosity and trust. Pro bloggers vibe stable to become pro bloggers. Manage your energy to maintain a stable, calm vibe. I meditate, do Kriya yoga, do yin yoga and exercise daily. Do whatever vibes with you. Begin meditating with 5 minute sessions to slowly build up your habit. Expand your awareness. Manage your energy daily.

Be Aware of Your Thoughts and Feelings

Hands down, this is the most uncomfortable mental consideration to make because people plow through life on auto pilot. Most bloggers have no idea how they think and feel. Fewer understand how their thinking and feeling affects their blogging campaign or life in general. Blogging seems difficult but discomfort seems to be the culprit. Become hyper aware of your thoughts and feelings. Observe the difference between discomfort and true difficulties. I feel discomfort now because I have 3 hours to get my work done. We meet with friends tonight for dinner. But completing work in 3 hours seems not difficult to me, although finishing the task tests my limits, feeling quite uncomfortable.

Blogging for a living requires intense mental due diligence. Some people seem born with an expanded awareness. Other folks grow up around success conscious people. But the majority needs to practice being aware of their thoughts and feelings to succeed because until you own, feel and release destructive thought and feeling patterns you have a tough time making any headway with your blogging campaign. Being a successful business owner requires complete honesty with self. Example; 2 minutes ago, after enjoying a quick bowl of cereal, I found myself lost in a 5 minute YouTube basketball loop. I scanned a few videos to enjoy. But being honest with myself alerted me to my error; I have less than 3 hours to get my work done, so why do I waste time scanning YouTube basketball videos? Being honest and flat out straight with myself brought me back to here to write this post.

Nobody said this blogging journey guarantees an easy ride, but the fun and freedom of blogging for a living seems worth the mental discomfort.

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1 Often Ignored Factor for Blogging Success

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Successful blogging expands on a foundation of trust.

People must trust you before they hire you or buy your stuff. Bloggers must trust you before they give you admin rights to guest post on their blog. Zac Johnson gave me publishing rights 4 years ago. Over 1000 guest posts ago, he trusted me enough to offer me log in credentials and the right to publish posts on his blog. Did earning that trust occur easily for me. No; of course not. Hundreds to thousands of hours of blogging factor in to gaining both skills and exposure enough to land publishing rights on perhaps the top blogging tips blog on earth. But did earning his trust seem worth it? Yes, of course. I circle the globe as a pro blogger, living a life of fun and freedom. Publishing guest posts here factored into my globe trotting lifestyle.

New bloggers often mean well but seem deluded. Newbies believe they can guest post anywhere, land clients any time and attract eBook customers within days or weeks of buying their domain and hosting. Impossible. Why? Newbie bloggers seem highly unskilled and lack massive exposure. Makes perfect sense. If you have 40 hours of blogging practice under your belt, how can you earn any reader’s, customer’s or client’s trust? You cannot because you have no clue what you are doing yet, possessing few skills and virtually no exposure. Do not worry, newbie bloggers; put in the generous effort and time, and you will gain skills and exposure enough to be trusted, and with trust comes increasing traffic and increasing blogging profits.

Trust Example

My friend Eric Cole just bought one of my eBooks along with an eBook from rockstar entrepreneur Chris Brogan:

Eric bought our eBooks because he trusts us. He trusts us because we both put in tens of thousands of hours practicing, creating and connecting, giving much of our lives to serving people and building our businesses. Note; Chris has been at this game far longer than I. We practiced, gain skills and exposure, popped up on the blogging radar screen, and more awesome folks notice us.

I did not kill myself by working myself to death, to gain trust and to earn credibility, but I had to follow my fun – blogging passionately – and nudge into fears to do enough creating and connecting to the point where I became skilled and known enough to earn credibility. This is the eBook of mine Eric bought:

How to Find Your Writing Voice

At one point, this was the highest rated eBook in its category, with 59 reviews, almost all 5 star reviews. Why did Eric buy it? Why did it become the highest rated eBook in its category on all of Amazon? I spent thousands of hours writing, gained skills and exposure, earned trust and success flowed to me. No way could I write this eBook 2 weeks into my blogging career. No skills! No exposure! No trust! How could I teach people how to find your writing voice? I could only write 300 words back then before crying in frustration, LOL 🙂 If I could only write 300 unclear, not too confident, words, nobody trusted my writing or blogging skills. Every single blogger you meet struggles through a similar journey as a newbie.

Never overlook the trust factor. Practice your butt off. Create and connect for thousands of hours. Trust will come. Credibility will knock on your cyber door. Steadily earning the trust of more folks accelerates your blogging success and oh yeah, it’s definitely worth it.

 

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How to Deal with the Overwhelm of Blogging Success

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I am no blogging billionaire. Currently.

But some days, as success builds, I feel overwhelmed. How do you devote time and energy to blogging and live a rich life offline too? Do you feel overwhelmed by slow, steadily increasing blogging success? Even though experiencing success feels good, the increased responsibility may feel daunting. I love my gig. But in moments, I fear being up until 1 AM to complete my work day.

Follow these tips to deal with the overwhelm of blogging success.

1: Address the Overwhelmed Feeling as Being Fear

Feeling overwhelmed is fear, plain and simple. Feel the fear. Fear passes. Overwhelm vanishes.

All successful business owners need face, feel and release fears to accelerate their growth. Every successful blogger faces, feels and releases overwhelmed emotions to proceed from a calm, abundant energy. Face your fears. Feel and release overwhelm to proceed from a calm, peaceful energy.

2: Trade Overwhelm for Gratitude

Change your perspective. Trade the overwhelmed feeling for a feeling of genuine gratitude for money flowing freely to you. Even if you love your gig, taking on increased responsibility feels uncomfortable sometimes. But receiving more and more money for your increased responsibility frees you from financial stresses like worrying about paying bills. Dwell on gratitude. Overwhelm dies quickly in an appreciative environment. Making more money and largely enjoying the ride feels fun, good and freeing. Remember this any time overwhelmed, swamped emotions flood your mind.

3: Ask for Help

Hire someone to help with specific blogging tasks. Outsource. Hand off certain tasks to free up your schedule. Reduce overwhelm by hiring someone to help you or by coming to a mutually beneficial agreement which lessens your blogging load. Hire experts to help you in your business. Outsource intelligently to relax, to leverage and to let go the feeling of being completely burned out with your blogging business duties.

 4: Simplify Your Interactions

A few folks pitched me sponsored post opportunities today. I responded with 2 sentences. I used approximately 9 words and 8 seconds to respond to each email. Release overwhelm by simplifying interactions. Seven figure bloggers sometimes respond only to 1 or 2 sentence emails. Pros often respond with 1-2 words. Otherwise, pros become completely overwhelmed with the sheer volume of business opportunities flowing to their inbox daily. Use a few words to make your point and to dissolve the swamped feeling plaguing successful bloggers.

5: Reduce Interactions

Iconic, fictitious trader Gordon Gekko said in the movie Wall Street: “100 deals cross my desk every day. I choose one.”

As the sponsored post pitches, partnership pitches and overall work volume builds, you need to physically respond to only a small handful of engagements daily to leverage, to keep increasing your traffic and to keep increasing your blogging profits. No highly successful bloggers responds to 1000 plus interactions daily through email, Twitter and Facebook because you need to give most of your time, attention and energy to creating content and building bonds versus desperately trying to respond to every retweet, at least if you want your blogging business to keep growing.

Surrender. After responding to a handful of emails and retweets, let everything else go, to focus your attention and energy on what brings the greatest scale, what benefits the most people and what benefits your blogging business. Tony Robbins gives most of his attention and energy to inspiring millions through live seminars, through doing TV interviews and by writing books; he ain’t responding individually to 5000 emails daily. Be 100% committed to your blog and business growth by giving your time and energy to what matters most.

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