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The 1520 Words Guide to Dominating the Blogosphere

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Blogging is becoming more popular and competitive and every single day there are thousands of new blogs created so at this rate it becomes very difficult for new blogs to gain traction. While you can easily visit a lot of blogs and read a lot of posts on building a successful blog the truth is that many of the tips you will be reading about don’t work either because the person who wrote the post is a copycat blogger or because the said formula has been overused. It is true that there are a lot of new blogs online everyday and things keep on improving but the truth is that it is the same approach that was used to build a lot of successful blogs 6 years ago that still works today. We only need to stop reading and start taking action, this post will be giving you some tips on how to build a successful blog.

Differentiate Yourself

The first step to take when trying to build a successful blog is to differentiate yourself. There are already hundreds of millions of blogs in the blogosphere and more millions are added every month so you can’t afford being the same with the other blogs because it doesn’t work. The real key to building a successful blog is to differentiate yourself. While writing great content and marketing your blog as best as you can is invaluable what makes people share your blog, stick with you and engage with you is your uniqueness. This is also known as your unique selling proposition or USP.

There are many ways to differentiate your blog in the blogosphere and below are some tips to help you make your blog completely different from the other blogs in the blogosphere.

Have a Solid About Page: Every single successful blogger, entrepreneur and business has a story and it is your story that will determine which problem you can solve. A lot of people underestimate the power of an about page but the truth is that this simple page can make a huge impact on how successful your blog will be. We all have an idea of who a blogger is by reading their about page and this idea of who they are will reflect in how we read and see their content. You must have a unique story and the only way to tell the world this story of yours is by having a solid about page. People will find it easier to relate with your content about breaking free from the 9-5 shackles if you tell them how you lose your job and how you were able to build a base online.

Be Personal: It doesn’t matter how great your about page is your readers might only read it once. The only way to let your readers know that you’re a real person who has experienced the same thing as them and who knows, understand and is ready to meet their needs is by being personal with your posts. Don’t try to portray yourself as a company or copy some other big blogger in your niche. Let the real YOU reflect in your posts and your readers will find it easier to connect with you and share your content.

Have a Unique Design: Let’s take a look at this story. You visited a shop that was painted blue last week, you had a terrible experience when you visited the blog and you vowed never to visit them again, you later decided to visit another shop in another country and it has that same color. What will be the first thing to come to your mind? I can bet it will be the memory of your bad experience with the former shop, and this can even affect your decision of working with the shop or not. You might be confused and be asking how this can be solved, and it is as simple as ABC. All you need to do is have a unique design that only you use. I spent over $1500 to design my blog just to make sure it is unique and different from other blogs and I’m so happy to tell you I’m now reaping the benefits.

You should also know that a unique and perfect design is easy to use and will also ensure your readers never forget their experience with you and your blog.

Be Engaging: There is a blogger with the name of Pat Flynn, this blogger is highly successful, he has a blog that is visited by almost 100,000 people every month, he has been interviewed and featured on almost all the big blogs online, he has over 30,000 subscribers (both email and RSS), he makes over $30,000 online yet he makes it a duty to connect and engage with all his readers. While this isn’t what everybody can do, especially at his high level of success, it has really separated him from the rest of the blogosphere and has significantly affected how successful his blog is. His readers don’t think twice before taking action based on his recommendation because they know he is genuinely willing to help them.

Give Your Best Content: One thing I have discovered as a blogger is that creating great content takes time. It is really easy to write a few hundred words blog posts (yes, I do it too) but the reality is that writing more detailed, explanatory and effective blog posts bring more results. I have personally tested this on my blog and I noticed that every single blog post I focus a lot of time and effort on ends up bringing me more than 3 times the number of visitors I get to a shorter and less informative blog post at the same time span. You can only succeed as a blogger if you’re truly there for your readers and this can only be proved by your content. Try to do your best to make sure every single content you write is the best, and your readers will love you for it. If you really want to see an example of a great blog post you can read this one.

Promote Your Blog

A lot of people don’t want to hear this and very few people take it serious but the truth is you can hardly build a successful blog if you don’t focus most of your efforts on promotion. While viral marketing doesn’t rely on much of your efforts it is imperative that you know that you have to do something to give your content the momentum it needs. You have to have an audience base before your content can really go viral and you can’t do that by just sitting at home and expecting them to come.

Writing great content is really important but getting traffic is more important. It is also important to know that while there are many ways to get traffic to your blog it is very important to focus all your efforts on only one technique and you will be happy to see that it works. For example, you might want to focus all your efforts on blog commenting instead of trying to use 6 different techniques that will hardly work.

A great example of this is what I do, instead of focusing on a lot of traffic techniques I decided to focus on guest blogging alone and this has helped me build a blog that is being visited by over 10,000 people monthly and it is also helping me make thousands of dollars every month.

If you’re to ask me what my personal recommendation is when it comes to getting traffic I will tell you it is guest blogging, and to know more about this you can download my free guide on the subject here.

Engage With Your Readers

A lot of us spend a lot of time trying to attract readers to our blogs and when they come we treat them with levity and as if we don’t care about them. It is very important to be careful with how you deal with your readers because they can come and go when they want. Try to engage with your readers by being there for them; whenever they have a question make sure you’re always giving them an answer, whenever they send you an email make sure you always reply and whenever they need your help make sure you give it to them.

You should also know that the best way to engage with your readers is with your content so it doesn’t matter how great you are at replying comments it is of no importance if your content sucks. Always do your best to help and engage with your readers and they will always be happy to spread the word about your blog.

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It might be that simple but the truth is that simple things bring great results and complex things bring minimal results. Dominating the blogosphere isn’t that complex and it is mostly about you reading and following the advice in this post. Also make sure you share this post with your friends and comment with your opinion below.

Bamidele Onibalusi is a successful entrepreneur and freelance consultant who has been featured in Forbes, Huffington Post and Digital Journal amongst others. He shares practical business ideas that work on his blog at Effective Business Ideas. Follow him on twitter - @youngprepro.

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How Most People Think Blogging Is and How it REALLY Is

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I love my gig. Right now, I blog from beautiful NYC. Quick 9 day trip to Manhattan. Can you imagine how fun and freeing this life is? Circling the globe, seeing places like Fiji, Bali and Thailand, experiencing these spots for years at a time? Amazing journey indeed. I feel appreciative of this fun, freeing life. I also know how most people think my life goes; write a few words, tap a publish button, make money, soar off to Fiji for 4 months. Most human beings cling to a terribly flawed aspect of their personality; ego. Ego sees free people and assumes, to preserve itself, how freedom must be an easy, comfortable journey for other people to take, because ego KNOWS freedom has not been an easy, comfortable objective, for ego.

Most human beings vibe from a dominant energy of fear so most human beings see illusions, appearances, NOT reality, a magic trick, something not REALLY happening. Most humans see me living in Thailand for months and see the illusion of me spending 2 hours to publish a post, seeing me making money, then, flying to Thailand. What fear-filled folks cannot see is the truth of this: me blogging for 5,000 hours – or more – through ups and downs, highs and lows, love and fear, peace and terror, and an even wider range of emotions….to live a life of blogging in Thailand for months at a time. The truth, the reality, of how blogging really is: blog for thousands of hours, make little or no money, then, after blogging for thousands of hours from a generous, calm, trusting, abundant vibe, feeling deep fears here and there along the way, the money flows in freely and you get to circle the globe whenever you want to circle the globe.

Take a look at this picture of me in Lyttelton, New Zealand:

Most people see an illusion: “Ryan is SO lucky! He gets to spend 2 months in New Zealand! I wish I had his life!”

The few human beings on earth who see the truth see this: “That guy lives an amazing life, being in New Zealand for 2 months, because he blogged for 10,000 hours, often times, when things did not appear to be coming together, outlook, appearing bleak.”

Truth seers are rare birds, folks. Why do you think I spend 3 or more hours daily meditating, doing yoga and exercising? I stabilize my vibe, uncover and purge illusory-producing fears and see the truth, more often than not. You need to see the truth to taste freeing, sweet blogging success. Can you taste my life? Imagine how it’d feel to live in NYC for a week? Imagine how it’d feel to live in Bali for 6 months? Fun, eh? Freeing, right? Of course you’d feel free, circling the globe, changing time zones like people change their minds. But to live this fun, freeing life, you have to live the truth of blogging for hundreds to thousands of generous, trusting hours, before you live the life, and, before you experience this level of fun and freedom. Most humans mean well but totally get caught up in the illusion, not seeing the truth because they fill their minds with fears, creating the insanity of luck and the delusion of envy, and the crazy, mentally ill, concept that you can live an amazingly fun, freeing life with a few hours, a few weeks or a few months of lazy blogging effort.

Do you want to step up to the blogging big time? Step away from most people. See the truth. This blogging gig takes serious effort and serious time. Most people live in delusion, in an illusion of fear. You know better. You know how blogging REALLY is. Sure blogging feels scary in moments but the ride feels largely fun and freeing when you follow your fun, generously help people and trust in yourself, and, trust in the blogging process. I know you’re up it!

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Face Newbie Blogger Fears Early to Accelerate Your Success

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Do you genuinely want to hit the ground running with your blog? Face newbie blogger fears early. Do not mess around. Do not play around. Never be anchored down by doubt. Face fears, feel fears and you will feel so good, and free, and ready to succeed through your new blog because fear cannot hold you back if you face it, feel it, release it and proceed.

Life as a solopreneur feels fun, freeing and highly challenging because you do not possess the resources of more established entrepreneurs or people working for a company. The #1 tool in your new blogger arsenal is a willingness to face, feel and release deep fears related to being a newbie. Do this; be golden. Fun, freedom and expansive success awaits you because your generosity, creativity and willingness to connect just accelerates your blogging success…yes…even as a new blogger. How cool, right? No new blogger needs to struggle, fail and quit before giving themselves a chance, because fear is the only thing standing between you and what you need to do, to succeed. For example, I routinely tell new bloggers to buy courses or eBooks for due diligence material. More importantly, I tell them NOT to rely solely on questions and answers through Quora for their due diligence campaign because free platforms pale in comparison to trusted, premium resources from the top bloggers, in terms of research materials.

What can you do to accelerate your new blogger success fast? Nudge into the fear of spending money on training resources, feel the fear, release the fear and buy the course and/or eBook. Doing this, you begin taking the course and/or reading the eBook, putting your new knowledge into action, succeeding more quickly. Meanwhile, most new bloggers who refuse to face their fears keep asking questions on Quora, relying on strangers, possibly skilled but usually unskilled bloggers to supply them with non-vetted answers for critical blogging research. How in the heck can you rely on this most crucial of information if you have no idea who offers the answers? Can you see why this method is totally unreliable, for getting your blogging research? A few skilled bloggers offer some keen insight but step out of the fear-vibe into the abundant, successful vibe by investing money in a top blogging education.

If you can either pay for a Harvard education or ask some stranger on the street for their free advice, what seems to be the more intelligent decision? Invest money in expert advice? Or save money to get advice from some stranger on the street who may or may not know what they are talking about? Can you see why so many new bloggers struggle, fearing to invest money in the best blogging advice, choosing to get free, unreliable blogging advice from the general blogging public?

Pay up to play up. Invest money in your blogging education to move higher in blogging circles. Be a fear-diver; keep nudging into fears to better understand how to succeed, feeling and releasing these confining, restricting forms of bondage. Face newbie blogger fears early and often to remove the shackles that hold you down. Doesn’t it feel better to dive into fears routinely so you can accelerate your blogging success, even as a newbie?

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How to Promote Yourself without Bragging and Repelling Readers

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You do know promoting yourself freely constitutes one pillar of blogging success, right guys? Bloggers need to be clear, confident and relaxed enough with self to appeal to us. Who wants to follow someone with low self-esteem? We seek out bright lights, not bloggers slumming around in the blogging sewer, eh? But self-promoting is a fine art for the discerning blogger to master; go too far, bragging your butt off, and your arrogance repels readers. People despise someone who speaks about self all day long because these over-compensating buffoons, deep-down, fear they are not enough. Bad trait in a leader. I figured it’d be easiest to self promote by simply…..self promoting like the dickens.

Example; buy our new course. Yep, Sue-Ann and I plan to make you happy as a blogging pig in slop with our new course. Do you see how I got right to the point? No beating around the bush. I promoted me, and, Sue-Ann, clearly explaining why you need to buy our blogging course….by saying….buy it, and you will be a happy blogger. Promoting yourself through virtually all content you create is the easiest, simplest way to find the happy medium between being a shy guy or shy gal and being an arrogant, boastful, bragging clown. The real secret is to keep promoting self through all the self-conscious, anxious, money-related, appearance-related fears most of us cling to, before we become clear, confident self-promoters.

Put Attention on Your Readers

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Let us rewind for a moment, shall we? Time to review how I promoted myself by putting attention on you, you rocking readers of Blogging Tips Dot Com. I promoted self because I promoted my eBook. I make money every time you buy the eBook. Cool. Feels good to me. But did you notice I asked if YOU felt disgusted, and if YOU wanted to drink up sweet blogging freedom, before I promoted ME? This is one secret to promoting your products and services without looking like a dingbat. I helped you by putting the attention on you, making my self-promotion about you and me. We both win. You access a freeing, fun, valued resources and I access an energy we call “money”. Fair exchange, methinks. I never come off as bragging, being boastful or outright being a cocky jerk because I make it about US. See how thinking about everybody, and bringing folks together, benefits everyone? Cultivate your sense of compassion guys; developing this skill helps you go far in blogging, and, in life.

Be Subtle in Sharing Your Accomplishments

Feel free to share your accomplishments if you feel doing so boosts your credibility. But never be a flat out braggart by speaking about yourself in boastful, self-centered, self-serving tones. Why? Doing so turns off folks because braggarts secretly do NOT believe in themselves, and need that facade of boastfulness to even dream of trying to succeed online. Every braggart is broken. Point blank. Even if you achieved immense worldly success and appear to be happy, the appearance is an illusion, as you do not believe in yourself, and people who do not believe in themselves cannot succeed in leading others. Be subtle in sharing your wins. Be delicate in sharing your feats. Humble yourself. Allow other folks to do the bragging so you promote yourself from a relaxed, chill, attractive energy.

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