Sometimes I place sponsored posts on my blog. Most of the time, payment arrives in 24-48 hours. Other times, people disappear. Imagine a blogger with an established following placing a sponsored post for your business. You receive immense benefits for the post. Before placing the post, you agree to a set price. Everything is in place. But after the blogger places the post, you vanish. You disappear. No emails. No payment. Nothing.
I have experienced this a few times during my blogging career. During early days I would:
- angrily follow up with the client
- complain to my followers
- hem, huff and harang the individual
- strip links
- delete posts
But now I take a different tact; I just move on. Why? The less I fear losing money from a poverty-stricken sponsored post client, the more money I make through other channels. Money is funny like that. You may appear to lose it but if you do not fear, panic and believe it is lost, you make more and more money through all channels.
But poverty-stricken bloggers who can greedily or desperately use a service and refuse to pay are like someone who dines and dashes; on one level, seemingly despicable scum bags, but on another level, so afraid of losing money that they do really thoughtless, silly stuff.
People who avoid paying money for service rendered also display a quality common to most struggling bloggers: the fear of spending money.
1: Struggling Bloggers Fear Spending Money
I noted the aforementioned sponsored post clients. I place the post. They get traffic and exposure and alignment with my brand. They disappear. Living in a state of poverty and panic makes you do dumb, greedy, desperate, selfish stuff, and of course, dumb, greedy, desperate, selfish bloggers struggle 100% of the time.
Plus struggling bloggers fear to buy:
- a domain
- a premium theme
- a blogging course
Spend money to do blogging right. Leave your struggles behind. Every blog and every business requires a financial investment to become successful.
Note; please, pay for your sponsored posts and other services. Some bloggers involve lawyers – you do not want to deal with that – and if you do not face your fear of losing money, you will lose money and struggle in blogging and life, forever.
2: Struggling Bloggers Fear Seizing Opportunities Immediately
I have opened guest posting on Blogging From Paradise.
Some bloggers pitch me ideas. I accept. 3, 4 or 7 days later, I see no guest post. Sometimes, 1 month passes before I see a guest post. These bloggers are not Zac Johnson or Darren Rowse, being the most successful, busiest bloggers on earth.
Fear seizes these bloggers who fear seizing opportunities immediately.
During those 30 full days you did not write a 600 word blogging tips post and send to me, I wrote and placed 150 to 300 guest posts plus published 150 posts on my blog. Who do you think gains more exposure? The blogger who seizes opportunities like he breathes, publishing hundreds of valuable posts, or bloggers who fearfully wait on the sidelines?
Calmly but clearly seize opportunities like you breathe. Have you made $10,000,000 through blogging yet? No? Seize every opportunity imaginable to work for free so you can work for pay and become wildly successful.
Struggling bloggers delay, play around, hesitate and have such a fear of criticism and failure that they spend countless hours on a 600-1000 word post, obsessing over getting it perfect. You do not succeed by seizing 1, 5 or 10 opportunities. You succeed by seizing tens of thousands of opportunities. So….seize ’em.