What is something all bloggers love? Blogging tips. What do bloggers hate about blogging tips? Every blogger on the blog sphere has some tip or the other to offer. What does this mean to you? Well it’s like watching an awesome sitcom – you just have to keep watching episode after episode, year after year. The blogging tips may be good but you have to keep weeding out the junk or time gobblers.
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So what is the solution? You need expert blogging tips that are hand-picked. Even the expert blogging tips take time to read, what if the tips are in an elegant infographic that is like an awesome painting? Now you are talking…
Buckle up, enjoy the fun ride and check out this Infographic on YourEscapeFrom9to5.com which lists 24 Blogging Tips by 24 of the top bloggers in the world. The panel of experts include Adam Connell, Amit Shaw, Amy Lynn Andrews, Ammar Ali, Ana Hoffman, Brian Clark, Chris Brogan, Corbett Barr, Daniel Scocco, Darren Rowse, Glen Allsopp, Ileane Smith, Jane Sheeba, Jeff Goins, John Chow, Kiesha Easley, Neil Patel, Pat Flynn, Rand Fishkin, Sue Anne Dunlevie, Yaro Starak, Ramsay Taplin, Rob Cubbon and our very own Zac Johnson; who are at the top of the blogging food chain. One tip from each of these experts make up this epic list of blogging tips.
1. Adam Connell – Provide Additional Content to Get More Social Sharing or for Subscribing
There are plenty of blogs and websites that provide free eBooks for signing up. How can you stand out from the crowd? Provide premium content of course. The advantage of providing additional content like checklists or PDFs are:
- These can be updated easily unlike some eBooks that rarely get updated.
- You can ask viewers to socially share your blog post to get access to the premium content specific to a post. You can see examples of this in Adam’ site.
When you start out the premium content area will be small but it can grow over time and become a huge library. BloggingWizard.com
2. Amit Shaw – Your SEO Rankings May Suffer with the Wrong Web Host
We all know website speed depends a lot on the web host. A slow website or blog may lose search engine rankings because of a slow web host as Google now takes load time into consideration when ranking pages. It is important to select your web host with this important SEO consideration in mind. Choose a host that is fast, reliable and provides good up-time. iTechCode.com
3. Amy Lynn Andrews – Use a Tool to Manage Your Usernames and Passwords in a Central Location
Use online tools like LastPass or 1Password to store your login credentials all in one place. Your online journey will open many doors and you need to keep all your keys safe. AmyLynnAndrews.com
4. Ammar Ali – Host a Contest or Provide a Giveaway
You can promote your contest or giveaway and build traffic to your site or even collect email subscribers. Contest ideas could be to provide free hosting, a theme, a plugin or even advertising space on your blog. Contests are a great way to promote a brand and increase awareness. Hopefully the participants get something useful at the end of the contest. AllBloggingTips.com
5. Ana Hoffman – Find Your Own Voice and Personality
A voiceless blog is a useless blog as it does not have personality or unique voice. Use your voice and tone to stand out from the crowd. Don’t be afraid to put forward your opinion. The worst that could happen is someone may leave a negative comment. Take heart, this person read your post and you always have control over which comments to approve. TrafficGenerationCafe.com
6. Brian Clark – Begin with the End Goal
Imagine starting a road trip, can you get to your destination without defining it first? The same is true with a blog. You need to have an idea of what the end goal is. Is blogging a hobby or do you want an income? What is your first goal? What is the end goal? These are questions only you can answer. CopyBlogger.com
7. Chris Brogan – Your Reader’s Time is Precious
Do not waste your viewer’s time. Post only time worthy content. Link out to the best content and not with an attempt to get a link back. Keep it short and get to the point. ChrisBrogan.com
8. Corbett Bar – Plan Your Content on a Weekly Basis
Set aside some time every week to think and plan your content. Write down topics and directions for each piece of content. Each piece of content should be treated like a small piece of the puzzle. All the pieces put together should tell a story. Fizzle.co
9. Daniel Scocco – Grab Viewers Attention with the Intro
Write an awesome intro to get engagement and attention up front. If your intro sucks your content will sink. Did you know most visitors to a website just scan through? If you have an awesome intro you can turn the scanners into readers. Having an eye catching image when the page loads will also help the scanners take note. Dailyblogtips.com
10. Darren Rowse – Spend 90% of Your Time Doing and 10% of Your Time Learning
New bloggers focus on creating and marketing their content. They tend to forget or postpone learning. If you don’t learn then you are not going to get ahead. In other words spend some time each and every week on learning. This not only applies to new bloggers, it also applies to bloggers who have been in the game for some time. You don’t want to become extinct, do you? ProBlogger.net
11. Glen Allsopp – Target the Busy Bees and Give Them Bite Sized Content
The majority of people are busy and they do not have time to read a 6,000 word articles. They want something quick and actionable. Why not target this kind of busy group of people? Think about the fast lanes in the freeway, fast checkout at the super market or even fast food. You can use images and Infographics to catch this group’s attention. Whom do you think this Infographic is targeted at? ViperChill.com
12. Ileane Smith – Create a Number of Articles on the Same Subject
Ileane is NOT talking about spinning the blog post into multiple posts. She is talking about creating a series of posts. This gives you the chance to dig deep on a topic and demolish it. You can create a series of 3 or 5 posts, build up anticipation and promote the series of posts. You can build up to the last post of the series and create excitement. BasicBlogTips.com
13. Jane Sheeba – Your Sales Page Should be Accessible from Any Page
Jane is NOT referring to selling in every page, she is merely saying your sales page should not be hidden. If you are wanting to make money with your blog your website visitors have to get to the sales page. Make sure you don’t overdo it but make it visible. ProBloggingSuccess.com
14. Jeff Goins – Create Posts that are Not Complete and Ask Readers to Complete It
This is the quick fire combination of user engagement and guest blogging. Beware the story can go in any direction but you do have some control as you are in charge of approving content and comments. GoinsWriter.com
15. John Chow – Find and Use a Plugin that Displays Related Articles
A plugin that displays your internal related posts is the best internal linking and cross promotional tool you could have in your blog. When viewers get to a post from the various traffic sources they may not read your other posts. When you show related posts you are significantly increasing the chances of them sticking around. You can also display your most popular posts. JohnChow.com
16. Kiesha Easley – “White Space is Sexy in Blog Design.”
“Don’t clutter it by using every widget under the sun.” Well said Kiesha. This also applies to ads on you site as well. Make sure your blog is not cluttered and has a good amount of white space. WeBlogBetter.com
17. Neil Patel – Always Publish Posts between Mondays and Thursdays
Avoid Fridays and Weekends as these days generally have about 15% to 20% decrease in traffic and social sharing. Test what works for you. If you are getting the most traffic for articles published on Friday so be it. QuickSprout.com
18. Patt Flynn – Create a Get Started Page and Showcase Your Unique Selling Proposition
Most new bloggers start with an ‘About’ page and then straight into content mode. Anyone wanting to know about your site needs a starting place. This page is not about you rather it’s about the viewers. Provide some details as to why your site is different or unique among the many blogs in your niche. SmartPassiveIncome.com
19. Rand Fishkin – A Title that Makes People Click is More Valuable than One with Many Keywords
Your objective is to get people to click on the title so they consume your content. The whole content cycle starts with a click. If there is no click then there is no action, no tweets, no comments etc. Moz.com
20. Sue Anne Dunlevie – Network with Fellow Bloggers
Your content’s visibility depends on your network. The bigger the network the more the reach. It may be daunting to approach fellow bloggers especially if they are authority bloggers. Go to them with a WOW piece of content. Do not send them each and every piece of content you produce; they did not sign up to your mailing list. Make sure you value their time and your WOW content will get attention. You can also reach out to upcoming bloggers and not just authority bloggers. SuccessfulBlogging.com
21. Yaro Starak – Use Author Bio Box to Call for Action
Even if you are the only author in your blog you can still have a call to action like sign-up to my mailing list or follow me on twitter. The call to action is even more important if you are guest blogging in an authoritative site. The author bio is very powerful as it is prominent in every page of content you produce. It makes a final reminder to the viewers to take action. Entrepreneurs-Journey.com
22. Ramsay Taplin aka Blog Tyrant – Send People who Comment for the First Time to a Thank You Page
The thank you page can have a list of your popular pages and an email opt-in form. Another tip from the Blog Tyrant is to use a plugin so people who leave a comment get notified via email. The default WordPress feature for this sucks big time so better use a plugin for this.
23. Rob Cubbon – Generate Content Ideas and Promote Your Content to LinkedIn Groups
LinkedIn is an underutilised source for both traffic and ideas. LinkedIn also has a large pool of talented professionals, so tap into their wisdom and leverage the groups they hang out in. RobCubbon.com
24. Zac Johnson – Run Your Blog Like a Business
If you intend on making money with your blog then it is a business. A business needs time and money upfront. It will also have down times. Record you income and expenses and keep an eye on the bottom line. The expenses can run wildly and add up if not kept under check. Blogging.org
To cook like a chef we need to follow their recipe. Similarly to blog like a pro we need to follow their tips and tricks. Regardless of how many tips you read if you don’t use them, then you will be invisible in the ever so crowded blog hemisphere. So take action and create a list of tasks that need addressing in your blog. Keep an eye on performance when implementing the tips as some have performance impacts. The tips are not one size fit all so choose wisely and pick what is relevant for you. Don’t put it off as later never happens. Take one tip at a time then aim and shoot, reload and keep going.
Keep the spirit of blogging alive and happy blogging!
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Do You Need to Make a Huge Blogging Shift?
Sometimes, you get bogged down with your blogging routine. Routines feel comfortable, right?
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But blogging is a feeling game like life is a feeling game. All flows based on your emotions. If you feel really good – first – then you take good feeling blogging actions and over time, with patience and trust, see good feeling blogging results.
Unfortunately, most humans give almost zero thought to their emotions before diving in to a blogging routine. Bloggers believe you need to do something or follow a set routine to succeed, to drive traffic, and to make money. Day after day, year after year, most bloggers follow a routine without giving zero thought to how they are feeling, if they enjoy blogging, if they have fun following the routine, and if they feel detached, patient and trusting in the process.
This is the only reason why as of about 7 years ago, 80% of bloggers never made more than $100 during their blogging careers. If 8 out of 10 humans can not make $100 through blogging over 1, 2, 5 or 10 years, 8 out of 10 bloggers clearly give zero thought to their feelings BEFORE blogging. Feel bad, and you see no money. But those 2 out of 10 bloggers who feel really good make lots of money over the long haul.
Maybe it is time to make a shift, guys.
2-3 months ago I made one shift. 1 month ago I made an even bigger shift; quite huge, for me. But what I did differently made almost zero difference. How I chose to feel marked the big shift, then, I moved into different blogging actions.
For example, I faced some deep fears, felt the fears, and instantly, after feeling pretty crappy for a short time, I felt better and better. Choosing to face fear, clear it, and feel better, helped me see things clearly. I tired of my blogging schedule, my social sharing groups, blog commenting and heavy cross promotion. In truth, I hated it. I did have some fun with each for a while but the passion long left me. Since how you feel before and while you blog means everything, my mindset-feeling shift told me I’d have so much fun guest posting. So as of about 3-4 weeks ago – maybe less – all I do is guest posting because I have fun guest posting and guest posting comes easily to me.
Making the shift involved facing deep fears of failure, loss and struggle. I had to feel the fear of letting go lifeless activities for me – at the time – to clear out the fear, and properly release these strategies, and to move forward so I could feel good, then, decide what blogging actions would feel fun and easy and enjoyable to me.
All shifts happen emotionally first, by your choice. After feeling some muck and then feeling better, you clearly and intuitively feel through the next fun-feeling, enjoyable step.
What About You?
Do you need to make any shifts with your blogging campaign? Or do you need to make one big, sweeping, all-encompassing shift?
Getting caught up in blogging routines feels comfortable, familiar and safe, sometimes. But do you feel good before you begin the routine? Do you feel good working the routine? Do you feel detached, relaxed, trusting and like you are cared for, and prospering, while following your blogging routine?
Be honest to make a necessary shift. If you love following your routine, cool. Proceed. But most humans are taught – me included – to follow some routine (no matter how you feel) to get something, specifically money, so you can avoid failure, struggle, poverty, going hungry, illness, and embarrassment. This is exactly why most humans work jobs. Follow a routine to get money even if you feel really bad or terrible following the work-routine; aka, even if you hate your job and it feels lifeless, or soul-less.
May be time for a big shift guys.
Why Comedians Teach You a Powerful Blogging Lesson
Last night I saw a funny comedian perform in Atlantic City.
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Chris Delia charmed the audience with his silly, somewhat absurd, level of humor.
He also explained how comedians need thick skin to become successful. Humor is a very personal, subjective topic. Some people find some comedians hysterical but never laugh at other comedians. As you imagine, bombing feels terrible to most comedians. At least until they develop a thick skin.
I once read how Kevin Hart often waited until 1 AM to work an open mic. Sometimes he waited until 1 AM and the place closed down so he never got the chance to do his set. Imagine how thick-skinned you need to be to not let that bother you? Is it any wonder why he is now worth $150 million? He became immune to criticism, failure and rejection. As a matter of fact, after developing a thick skin, he likely did not see criticism, failure or rejection.
All those evenings of 1 AM sets in front of 1-2 lifeless people or all those nights of being told to go home at 1 AM after waiting for hours to do his act purged the fear of criticism, failure and rejection from his being. Void of these fears, he rose up to being one of the most famous, wealthy and powerful comedians on earth.
Bloggers Need Thick Skin
I once promoted a course to the tune of 8000 page views before I sold one copy. Did I quit promoting the course? No. I developed a thick skin during the process. I did not see 8000 rejections. I only saw meeting and helping more human beings through my blog. Even during moments when I felt like giving up I trusted in myself and believed in the blogging process. Quitting and failure were no options for me. But in the same vein, I needed to be thick skinned to see through criticism, rejection and failure.
I needed to be aware of opportunity amid the appearance of nobody reading my blog. Toss in being patient and persistent in helping folks during my most trying times and you have a pretty thick-skinned individual.
Do Not Care What People Think
Chris Delia shared how he could care less what people thought about him. He dressed down a few hecklers during the show.
Comedians succeed because they care less about what people think of their acts; being heckled, ignored or criticized had nothing to do with their belief in self and their belief in their comedic style.
As a blogger, give no thought to what people think of you. Guess what? You cannot control your reputation. No matter how long and hard you work in life to maintain a positive reputation, you can never physically control what people think of you. I am largely a nice guy 99.99% of the time yet some people genuinely hate me. I cannot control their demons. Plus I know we see the world as we see ourselves so if someone hates themselves I cannot do anything about that self-loathing.
Focus on yourself. Focus on what you think about yourself because this is the only thing that matters. Being comfortable in your own skin aligns you with loving, loyal followers who appreciate you for who you are. Let go everybody else. Critics form an energetic yoke if you care about their thoughts but dissolve into thin air when you could care less about what they think of you.
Bloggers become successful because these few folks who have thick skins shine brightly in a world of thin-skinned bloggers who fear criticism, judgment and rejection. The few who step it up do wonders because we all want a piece of free spirits who march to the beat of their own drum without caring what people think, say or do, in response or reaction to them simply being themselves.
Do You Have an Exit Plan for Your Blog?
This past week I ceased sharing posts in blogging tribes.
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I finally got it; I joined tribes because I feared unless I shared other blogger content, nobody would read my content. I feared if nobody shared my content, nobody reads my content, and I needed to share other blogger content to effectively influence bloggers and people to share mine. Ouch.
As you can imagine, I put in many long, hard hours working a job, NEEDING to be online to succeed with my blog. Rewind. Working a job. Did you see this phrase? I worked a job. I needed to be online to succeed. Largely, at least. Does that sound like a business owner to you? Does that sound like leveraging? Sure I drive some passive traffic and profits to my blog but being honest, I largely worked a job and had a job for much of my 10 years online, and I did not have a pure business so I could step away from my blog and business for months, at a time. Or, forever.
I have more of an exit plan now. I have a blogging business. I am writing my tail off to be in as many spots as possible without relying on sharing tribes and other groups that require me to be online, to social share posts, so other people can social share my posts, so I get traffic and profits. I began to think; what am I doing? I mean, if you love joining social sharing tribes, do it. Nice friendship builder. But you need to have some exit plan with your business and need to see how you can step away one day so it is about a 100% passive income machine – or, so you can sell it at a tidy profit – in order for you to be a free entrepreneur, versus a bound employee.
I am having so much fun writing blog posts and guest posts daily. Plus it is easy peasy. Every piece of content is forever, unless all these blogs vanish or get closed out by all these bloggers. Fat chance. Plus I can drive to Atlantic City today with my wife and enjoy a show this afternoon into evening and my business will still grow from a heavy passive element. Even though I am online writing this morning, all my blog posts and guest posts serve as a passive promotional army for the Blogging From Paradise blog and brand.
Imagine me trying to social share other blogger posts as I am driving down the Parkway? Not happening.
Network. Have fun making friends. Build a rock solid foundation for your blog. But eventually, evolve into someone who leverages your presence so you work a business, not a job. Any strategy 100% dependent on you being online, sharing blogger content so other bloggers share your content and boost your success, is a job, not a business, because you are tied to the online world and have no exit strategy, and a light passive element to your blogging business.
Gradually place less emphasis on networking online. Focus on purely passive elements, like writing more blog posts and guest posts, which last forever. Humans change, quit, fail, change tastes; you never want to be at the mercy of the fickle human beast. Unless all blogs close down, all of those blog posts and guest posts you wrote are pretty much forever.
Focusing a bit more on things – things helping people – helps you leverage your blog and business powerfully so you can make an exit plan and step away from your blogging business for 1, 2 or 3 months. I know bloggers who take vacations for months; everything keeps growing money-wise because they leverage, and are not dependent on people for cash flow, because their system creates the cash flow.
Trust in the process plays a big role too.
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