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Tips On How to Write Well

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Does your writing suck?

You can’t succeed in blogging if your writing sucks.

You have to know how to write well when blogging

The surprising thing is a lot of people who don’t write well blog. Don’t get me wrong. Everyone is free to blog. And there’s nothing wrong with that.

My problem with this is many people call themselves “professional bloggers.” I’m not trying to minimize their experience, but I feel that bloggers need to write exceptionally well.

Personally, I look at blogging as a serious career. And someone who wants to do it has to have what it takes, just like applying for a certain job, one needs to have the required skills.

Tips on how to write well

how to write wellSo before you can become a professional blogger, you need to know how to write well.

Let’s cut this short and discuss the ways on how to write well.

Read a lot. Read everything from books to newspapers to fiction books to even print ads. This serves you two ways: first, it helps you learn different things that you can use when blogging. Second, it will show you how proper, effective, and compelling sentences are constructed.

Watch a lot of movies and television shows. Similar to reading, watching a lot of these will teach so many things. Working as a professional blogger will require you to write about various topics. Part of writing well is knowing enough about a certain topic. You won’t be able to write a good post when you don’t know a lot.

Talk to a lot of people. Writing is like talking. The difference is you don’t verbalize words. You put them on paper. You are talking to lots of people by blogging–a huge number of people. It’s like public speaking. You certainly don’t want to embarrass yourself by saying something improperly and inaccurately. Talking to a lot of people will sharpen your communication skills. That has a direct effect on your writing.

Carry a notebook and pen all the time. Writers need to write all the time, so make sure to carry these all the time because inspiration will strike when you least expect it. Take it with you while riding the bus, cab, even the train. Have a notebook while dining out or taking a leisure walk.

If tablet devices are what you prefer, then so be it. These things have apps that’ll allow you to jot down any idea. Personally, I prefer the old-school style because it’s more convenient and I don’t have to worry about getting mugged.

If something comes to mind or even bothers you, write it down. This is why you need to have a pen and paper (or tablet) all the time. Sometimes, the best (and most profitable) ideas come unannounced. That moment may never come again. Don’t rely on your memory. It will fail you. Write immediately. You don’t have to write the entire article or post. Just jot down the idea and then go back to it when you have more time.

When you write, make sure to go all out. The minute you get in front of the computer, give it everything you’ve got. Don’t hold back. Write freely. It’s liberating and will help you come up with something awesome.

Follow authority blogs on blogging and writing. To know how to write well, learn from the experts. There are tons of really good blogs on writing and blogging that you can learn from.

If you have the means, buy writing guides and manuals. This is not required but it can be a huge help for those who are serious about writing professionally. These paid books/manuals/guides contain more in-depth information on how to write well and create killer content.

Find a writing coach. There are bloggers and high-profile writers who offer their services for a fee. But if you don’t want to spend cash on coaching sessions, seek out friends or family members who are very good in writing and ask for their help. It may be hard to do since not all we know are professional writers, but it’s worth a shot.

How to write well takes time–and a lot of initiative. It won’t come quickly. Even those who already write for a living still need to learn. I’m still learning. It’s tough when you have a lot on your plate, which is common in most of us, but if you’re dead serious about developing your skills, then make time for it.

No excuses.

You will only learn how to write well when you actually do it.

Hopefully, reading this is the first step in your writing journey. And I’ll be happy to help out. Stay tuned for more tips on improving writing.

 

Irwin creates awesome content for various businesses online. He blogs about writing and other stuff, like Survivor. He also contributes for a lifestyle magazine. Follow him on Twitter and Google+.

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What Does Your Blogging Network Look Like?

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I do nothing on my own.

Everything is a team effort.

As I teach in my blogger networking eBook, the way to increased, ever-expanding blogging success is to look for, grow and tap into a huge, loyal network of blogging friends through the power of generosity. Be generous. Help people. Shout out fellow bloggers. Release expectations. Get super connected. Most of us understand this is how to succeed online; be generous and get connected because 100 is better than 1. 100 friend efforts are far better than your effort alone.

One basic problem arises for most new or struggling bloggers: overcoming the deep fear of networking. For odd reasons, humans cling to pulsating fears concerning reaching out to other human beings. Bloggers fear being rejected, failing, being criticized or giving up credit for their blogging success. Honor that fear. See how far you get on your own steam. Not only that, the agony of micro-managing makes you sick, broke and quite dumb, if you are honest with yourself. How silly of you! Why do everything on your own today? Why not comment genuinely on a few blogs, retweet a few blogger blog posts and mention a few bloggers on your blog? Begin networking. Build a network. Succeed online.

What’s It Look Like?

Be honest, my blogging sweet robbins. What does your network look like? Is it even there? Do you even have a network? Many bloggers publish a post, share it to Twitter and Facebook and sit there, dumbfounded. Do you honestly believe your network just materializes out of thin air? Nope. But if you buy my eBook, follow my 13 steps and build your blogger buddy network by being generous, you can land on famous blogs, earn coin and drive traffic to your blog, too. Everything hinges on your honesty. Admit having only 1, 3 or zero blogging buddies. Truths set you free to network generously and successfully.

How to Grow Your Network

Simple. Be generous. Begin now. Publish a thoughtful, personalized comment below. Be seen. I cannot read all comments but the thousands of people who read blogging tips tend to read comments. Somebody eventually reads your blog comment if you comment genuinely and generously every day on Blogging Tips after reading posts. Someone clicks your link because they love your comment and want to meet you. One visit to your blog later, you may have a blogging buddy, or even a client or customer. Or maybe you have a loyal reader. This is networking 101; be generous, engage people and you build your network.

But do not stop after commenting on Blogging Tips. Branch out. Go wide. Read and comment genuinely on other blogs in your niche. Make more friends. Life gets easier and easier if you have more blogging friends in your corner because these folks inspire you to keep going, plus your friends amplify your presence exponentially.

Be generous and genuine. Reach out to more bloggers every day. Networking is a bit uncomfortable sometimes if you look for immediate returns but gliding through these temporary feelings helps you tap into something special with your blog. Connected bloggers have no issues growing their blogging business because 100 is better than 1. Remember that they next time you try to go lone wolf with your blogging campaign.

 

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Are You Leveling Up with Your Blog?

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Play up.

Every time I reach a new level with my blog, I notice another level invites me. I do not work harder. I never work longer. I love what I do and keep generously helping people but think of how to go wide as I level up. Think of that one for a moment: consider how to go wide, and what it means.

I write and publish multiple posts to my blog. Each post gains views. Going wide. 4 quality posts beats 1 quality post. But I go even wider by writing and publishing multiple guest posts daily. I speak to 2 or 3 or more different blogging audiences, going wider and wider, increasing my exposure and expanding my presence online. But I go even wider as I level up; I contribute on Quora and on the Warrior Forum daily. Leveling up is uncomfortable sometimes but always freeing. Leveling up helps you see greater success versus hitting blogging ceilings.

Be More Generous to Make More Money and to Avoid Lulls

I speak to bloggers who suffer lulls. One client signed up 4 months ago but no clients signed up since. The appearance of a 4 month client drought, or lull, simply indicates a lack of leveling up and a lack of generosity. Even if no clients signed up during your 4 months of leveling up, your eBook sales would triple. Audio book sales would jump, too. Plus you would open 2 new income streams. This just happens. Be generous and blogging will be generous to you.

Being more generous by helping more folks across multiple platforms feels uncomfortable sometimes. Who wants to go wide when doing so means leaving your comfort zone on a daily basis? I love blogging. But I feel uncomfortable writing my third post on a  train ride to Connecticut. I will go super wide when I reach the destination though, publishing a combo of posts and guest posts to level up effectively, reaching more people in less time.

Most Bloggers Never Level Up

Most bloggers write and publish a post to their blog weekly. Struggles ensue because they never level up after publishing weekly for 3-6 months. Be more. Serve people generously. Go wide. Publish blog posts and guest posts more frequently to expand your reach. Increase blogging traffic and profits.

Why do you think most bloggers never make $100 during their careers? Few bloggers regularly level up, playing small to be comfortable, dodging their fears. Of course, their fears manifest as 0 dollars and 6 blog visitors daily for the next 12 months UNTIL they level up, go wide, be generous, leave their comfort zones and face their fears. This is not a fluffy, pleasant process but we all pay a fear tax to level up and to become successful bloggers.

Pay Up to Level Up and to Play Up

Pay up by spending time and generous energy reaching as many people as possible through blogging. Guest post. Publish more frequently to your blog. See increased blogging responsibility as more fun and freedom and service. I enjoy freedom offline because I level up online. I pay up, level up and play up in higher blogging circles because all top bloggers paid the same dues to reach the top. Why do top bloggers hobnob with one another? Top bloggers respect how other top bloggers pay their dues on this blogging journey and connect deeply with one another, co-promoting each other’s success.

The fun and freedom you experience through blogging is well worth the effort and discomfort of leveling up.

If you need a guide for facing blogging fears, grab my blogging mindset eBook on the way out.

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1 Warning About Blog Site Speed and Successful Blogging

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I know blogs should be fast loading for becoming a successful blogger.

But successful blogging depends not on site speed alone.

Before you go bananas trying to make your site as fast as possible because you believe you cannot succeed sans a razor sharp, lightning fast loading blog, get this: a handful of bloggers I came across yesterday made $10 grand, $20 grand or $30,000 monthly – or more – running relatively slow-loading sites heavy with ads and images. Far from being lightning fast loaders, the blogs took a while to render on my Chromebook. Why does someone make $30,000 monthly with a kinda slow loading blog? How clear you are on your blog determines how much you succeed with your blog.

My Blog

I feared publishing high volumes of content for worrying the posts would slow down my lightning fast blog. I held back. But hugging the fear of slowing down my blog, I decided to publish more content and experienced greater blogging success. Traffic and profits rose. Even though my blog slowed down a little bit, people did not care. Like the $30,000 a month bloggers, I got clearer on my blog loading more slowly and saw greater success because I hugged the fear of having a slow loader, and proceeded in that direction.

My blog does not load lightning fast and I experience increasing success. But when my blog loaded blindingly fast, I did not see as much success because I stopped posting generously due to my fear of posting too much and slowing down my blog. Do you see how insidious fear is? Do you see why I wrote an entire blogging mindset eBook? Blogging struggle is fear. Blogging success is feeling fear and letting fear go, to blog from abundance, love and trust, being generous with your time and talents.

Slow Blog Big Bucks

I have seen legit slow loading blogs run by bloggers who make hundreds of thousands of dollars every year. The blogger proves: if you let go fear in any area of your blog, success is yours. I betcha these bloggers did not have the fear of a slow loader in their ear; these bloggers have posture, knowing loving readers read their content if said content loads in under 1 second or in 10 seconds. Seriously; some blogs load 10 seconds or longer for me and the bloggers owning these blogs make serious bank and have serious clout online

By all means, speed up your blog. But do not make the common mistake of trying desperately to preserve lightning fast load times at the expense of increased blogging profits, increased blog traffic and stunning success over the long haul. You can always upgrade hosting too; the option is available at any time. But do not foolishly believe blogging success is a simple speed test. I vividly recall feeling proud how fast my blog loaded, publishing 1 post every few days, and seeing my lukewarm to not so hot at all blogging success. I had fun generously increasing my posting frequency, then, voila! My blog slowed down some but my traffic skyrocketed and profits grew fast too.

Never allow someone’s fear – including your own – dictate your blogging campaign direction. Bloggers who make serious coin run some slow-loading blogs. People stick around and read your blog if you fear not it loads slowly. Simple energy thing. But the clarity needs to come from within if you want to make a lasting change and get super clear of this destructive, failing energy.

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