Here are a few tips to get you going:
Project Completion Estimate:
There’s nothing worse than working on a project that takes five times longer to accomplish than you’d planned. Sometimes it helps to over-estimate the completion time. At least until you do a few of the same types of projects and learn to estimate the time needed a little better.
Start using a timer and create a job tracking sheet. This will help you realize how much time you actually spend on projects.
One tool I use is called Chrometa. It tracks all of your activity in the background. It’s a great tool to see how much time you spend on projects, emails, social networks and general surfing. It can be very eye-opening.
Outsource and Automate Systems:
Some of your tasks can be outsourced. Consider how much time you lose by doing something once or twice. It’s likely you have to spend the time learning something new too. If you can outsource smaller tasks for a few bucks, do it. You need to spend your time working on money making projects.
Graphics is a great example of something you can outsource. If you’re not good at creating graphics or it takes you a long time, you can outsource this to someone who does it quickly and professionally. Zac Johnson recently posted about some great deals at just a five and logo nerds.
Set up systems to make your work flow more smoothly. You can set up Word templates so you don’t have to spend time formatting a new document each time you create one. You can also create checklists to keep you on track. This is an exceptional idea if you create multiple products but need to follow the same steps on each of them. A checklist can keep you on track.
Project Management Tools:
Project management software can help you keep track of your projects as well as communicate effectively with your clients or the people you outsource to. Many programs offer tracking solutions so you’ll know if you’ve reached milestones in the project. You can even set reminders to help keep you on track.
This may not seem like a productivity tool or a time management technique, but if you don’t take time off to have fun and relax, you will quickly burn out and actually lose work time from being stressed and frustrated. Life is not only about work and making money, it’s also about living. So, don’t forget to get out and live a little.
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5 Biggest Blogging Mistakes That Even Experts Make
Are you not getting the desired results for your blog?
Well, don’t worry too much. The best bloggers, after all, have made lots of mistakes along the way — and sometimes, they’re still making them!
Then again, just because they’ve made mistakes doesn’t mean you need to make them as well. What you can do at this point is beware of what these mistakes are.
So in this article, let’s look at the five biggest blogging mistakes that even experts make. This way, you can learn from other people’s mistakes. And hopefully, you can do better.
Striving for Perfection
In blogging, you’ll find yourself continually rewriting and updating old posts. It’s mostly because new information has resurfaced. And sometimes, it’s also because you stumbled upon errors in your posts.
Either way, that’s okay. It’s understandable to be scared of making a mistake. But you know what? It’s not the end of the world.
Wanting matters to go flawlessly during the first go is good. It means you want to start on the right foot.
But you have to give it up. And focus on getting something out there.
Just be active. Take it from 70% of bloggers who make over $50,000 a year.
Remember, it’s better to get something done even if it’s rough on the edges. Just understand and accept that the need for perfection can slow you down. And it may also prevent you from moving forward at all.
Choosing Profit over Passion
Focus on a blog topic you feel strongly about. And don’t just do it for the money.
That way, you can keep the discussions coming. At the same time, you can still hold on to that sparkle in you.
Let’s set things straight, though:
Getting compensated for your writing is excellent. But if you’re playing for the long haul, it’s a different story.
Once you realize you’re writing about a topic that bores you, earning money won’t matter. And over time, you won’t have the heart to continue blogging.
So write about something you’re passionate about. Don’t fret about the money. If you focus on your passion, the money will come rolling in as you go.
Suffering from “Shiny Object Syndrome”
Do you turn to the allure of another project instead of completing the one you’re currently working on? Then it looks like you’re suffering from the Shiny Object Syndrome (SOS).
It’s a disease of distraction. And it’s out to get those with high motivation such as entrepreneurs and those with similar mindsets.
If you have SOS, you tend to crave new things. And while craving for the latest developments is good for business, it can work against this goal.
You know how a small child chases after a shiny object? And you know how he immediately loses interest in it the moment he catches it? Then he would drop it like a hot potato and begin chasing after a new shiny object.
Well, that’s the entrepreneurial equivalent of the disease. And if you go by with it as you venture into blogging, you’re not going to walk away with the best results. What you should do instead is to focus on your current task.
Going for Cheap Tools
There’s nothing wrong with using free tools to help you get started with your blog. But they will bite you in the ass if you depend on them too much.
Remember, blogging is an investment. And eventually, you have to shell out cash for tools that will help your blog in the long run.
For instance, you need to set up your blog on the right web host. The decision of which host to choose when setting up your blog is essential. Your choice can make or break your blog’s success.
So don’t base your decision on a host’s cost. Instead, focus on the resources that this host can provide.
Skimping on Guest Posts
Think that you should always publish your best content on your blog? Well, you need to rethink it.
The thing is, publishing top-notch articles as guest posts is a “more crowded” way to go. The visitors on the site where you submitted your post can see your work. As a result, it raises your visibility and exposure. And because it can further increase your online reach, you would want that.
Plus, you can build your readership this way. If your submitted post is beloved by a site’s many visitors, you can begin counting them as your fans.
Making mistakes is terrible. But it would help if you got over them. What’s important is how you deal with your mistakes.
The way I see it, you shouldn’t let your fear of making a mistake get the best of you. Instead of giving in to anxieties, you should do something about the problem. If you sit there, nothing will happen. But if you get up, something good and promising just might come knocking on your door.
Blogging for a Living: Mindset Considerations
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
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.
Time to put my kindle down. Bought 2 books today on finding your writer’s voice. One is by @chrisbrogan and the other is by @RyanBiddulph . Reading them at the same time has been inspiring ideas through the ways they differ.
— Eric Cole (@EricColeBlog) January 22, 2020
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:
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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