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What Probloggers Know, that You Should, About Blogging Success

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I’ve been blogging for more than two years now, and a lot of things I’ve seen still amaze me. As a newbie, I already had a preconceived idea of blogging and what I wanted to achieve before I got started. I had this huge dream that success will come soon, and I was even willing to bet anything on it, except that I was wrong.

I’ve spent a huge amount of time studying successful bloggers around me. I’ve studied the probloggers around me to see what they all have in common, to see what they do that makes it easy for them to succeed, and to see why readers are always excited to flock to their blogs. The general idea is that they are very lucky, or that they are pretty smart, or that they got a big boost from someone much more successful than them when they started, but you’ll be surprised to see just how wrong that idea is!

Have you ever wondered why the probloggers are very different from you? Have you ever wondered if they know something that you don’t? Well, probloggers know a lot of things that you don’t, and I hope to share some of those very important things you should know with you right away.

You Really Don’t Need a Plan

When you go to a newbie blogger to take advice about blogging, the number one thing you will hear from that blogger is to have a plan? Just try to take a look at the fields where you need a plan to succeed, and you will notice that it is only experienced people that have plans. Newbies don’t have a plan, because they have no idea how the field they are venturing into is, and what on earth they need to do to succeed.

You might see a few probloggers who have a plan, but the majority of them didn’t have a real plan when they started, and almost all of those who had a plan at the beginning had to ditch it at one point or the other. Why? Blogging is all about experience. Do a little research into the top blogs in your field and you will notice that the majority of them have been in existence for over 5 years now. Tell me, how can they plan what they will do in 5 years time when they don’t even have an idea of how blogging works?

Blogging is about growth, about development, and about change. We’re all getting tired of the old media, and the new media is catching up. The probloggers have realized that change is a huge part of what they do, and they are always ready to make the best of every change they experience. After all, can change ever be planned?

It Takes More than Building Just a Blog, or the Numbers

Statements like these are very common among new bloggers:

“If only I can get a link from an A-list blog”

“If only I can get featured on Lifehacker and get a huge stream of traffic”

“If only this and that can send me 20,000 visitors in one day”

Well, you’re wrong. From my own experience, there is a huge difference between getting traffic and keeping it, and that is why you might get 20,000 visitors to your blog today and not see a single one of them return tomorrow.

Probloggers know this too, and they already know what to do.

It takes more than just building a blog, it takes building a tribe, and the probloggers know that.

According to Seth Godin, bestselling author and highly successful blogger, a tribe is a group of people, connected to an idea, and connected to a leader.

In other words, you have to be a champion of your readers. You have to be a leader. I hate to bust your bubble, but that also means you have to drop all your visions of getting a million readers so you can quickly sell to them, you have to think far beyond that.

Think for a moment, what is the idea you want your tribe to exist on? What do you want to champion your readers for? Probloggers are leaders, and we all look up to them for their leadership. The key to blogging success is far more than being a blogger, it is being a leader.

You should be amazed by now at why so many people have blogs but very few people succeed? Well, the only reason is that the leaders are the only ones who succeed.

Instead of focusing on the numbers, start focusing on building your own tribe. Start focusing on being a leader, and start working on championing your readers towards a cause! If you don’t understand how to go about it, make sure you read the book, Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us, by Seth Godin!

You’re Only One Step Away from Failure, and One Step Away from Success

Yep, every day you wake up as a blogger, you need to realize that you’re just one step away from success, and that you’re also just a step away from failure. It doesn’t matter how small your blog is, or how big it is, but that’s the truth!

Take a look at Problogger, Copyblogger, DailyBlogTips and even this blog. They all have one thing in common, and that one thing is that they never quit. The moment you quit, you’ve just taken a step towards failure, and every single day you think about quitting but you persevere, you’re taking another step towards success.

Every successful blog I know of and really want to be like has been in existence for over 5 years, and I’m willing to put in more efforts, and time, if that is what it takes to be like them. That is the key to success, and you have to realize it.

Probloggers know that a single decision can mean failure or success for them, and as a result they don’t take the decision to quit very lightly.

Quitters never win, and winners never quit, so make sure you never, ever, give up!

You Have to Sell Sooner or Later, whether You Like it or Not

“I hate selling”

“Selling is for suckers”

“Must I sell?”

Those are sayings you need to avoid, and not just avoid, but hate. It took me really long to realize this, but every successful blogger has to sell, at one point of their career, if not every day.

The reason why a lot of people hate selling is because they think it is the act of tricking people to buy a product so they can earn money; but that is only thinking on the surface. You still need to sell even if you don’t have a product, and that is the intrinsic nature of selling. We all sell every day, anyway, so it’s either you embrace it and master it, or you ignore it and blame yourself for your decision later.

You need to sell your ideas, to your readers, to potential partners, to influential bloggers, and to every other people that can help you make a difference. Your success as a blogger will only be limited at your ability to sell your ideas, your dreams, and your content, and probloggers know this too.

The top bloggers are not afraid of selling. They know how important it is, they love it, and they embrace it!

What Will You Do from Now?

Will you read and ignore like every other article, or will you take that huge step and start acting from today? The above are the tips you need, but what you do with them is left to you!

John Smith loves to write about weight watchers promo code during his free time, and when he is not busy reading from the best, he is helping others find the right nutri system discount code

Zac Johnson is a online marketer with 15 years of experience and also a blogger at ZacJohnson.com, as well as the founder of BloggingTips.com. You can also follow me on Twitter and Facebook

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Why Do You Resist Writing eBooks?

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Writing and self-publishing eBooks scares bloggers.

I piddled in my eBook writing pants until 2012. People told me I should write ’em. I looked for every reason in the eBook NOT to write eBooks. Nobody would listen. Nobody would buy. Nobody would care.

Turns out, people listen, buy and care enough to publish 5 star reviews for my eBooks. Look at the featured image for this blog post describing this eBook:

7 Tips for Writing Successful eBooks Quickly

I locked down five, 5 star reviews because I taught my readers how to write successful eBooks fast. But years prior, fear clouded my mind concerning writing eBooks to the point of me refusing to write one. You may be in the same cyber boat; but you better not miss the eBook writing boat. Lucrative profits serve as one part of the picture. Digging deeper, writing eBooks brands you, distancing you from the herd. Plus you feel good writing short reads and gain trust and extra credibility in the eyes of readers.

Why Do You Resist Writing eBooks?

Fear is the core reason. Fear of failure, criticism or wasting time sit near the top of eBook-related fears. I did not know how to sit down and write the darn things. Fear arose in my mind; how would I do it? Who would teach me? Could I find the process? Would I need special editors? How could I learn the technical steps for conceiving an idea to shipping the eBook on Amazon? Tech stuff really scared me; I had no idea how to save Word files with different, web-based extensions, let alone creating covers with proper dimensions via Canva to meet Amazon’s diligent standards.

From my trip to Oman.

Rather than learn how to do these things I allowed fear to get the better of me, refusing to write eBooks. But during a trip to India I met a reader and friend who begged me to write eBooks for a while. He had been on me for a minute. Meeting in person, he finally convinced me to write and self-publish an eBook on a lesser known digital platform. Later, I went with Amazon, and never looked back.

I had to dive into and nudge through deep fears related to failing and being criticized because I believed nobody would buy what I offered in eBook form. As my friend convinced me, I waded through ideas like wasting my time, getting terrible reviews and promoting my eBook to the tune of zero sales. Did it feel good to embrace these fears? Heck no. But the benefits of self-publishing far outweighed a few unpleasant emotions experienced during these fear-feeling sessions.

Nothing to Lose Everything to Gain

Gain by writing eBooks; if you take experience with you, loss is impossible. Even if you sold not a copy you take valuable writing, marketing and selling experience with you any time you write and launch an eBook. But if you generously help people and make friends, you will sell eBooks and help more people, reflecting gain back to you in physical form.

Digging even deeper, facing and releasing fears associated with criticism and failure benefit you across the board with your blogging campaign. Apply that same fearless nature to other aspects of your blog to boost your blog traffic and profits.

Write and ship.

You have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

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1 Tip for Being an Intelligent and Prospering Blogger

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My eBook: 10 Tips to Be a Smarter and Richer Blogger

possesses an interesting cover for anyone not familiar with my eBooks.

For anyone familiar with my 100 plus eBooks, my cover is par for the course. Every single one of my eBook covers has been personally snapped by me. Images of paradise preserved by yours truly fit my brand, blog and eBook covers perfectly. Blogging From Paradise means retiring to a life of island hopping through smart blogging. Sometimes I visit islands. Sometimes I visit mainland spots. In all cases, my eBooks and courses – as well as my blog – bleed travel images because this approach fits my brand and is unheard of in the blogging tips niche.

I totally respect any blogging tips blogger who posts featured images for their blogs and eBook covers consistent with content titles. Imagine a light bulb and dollar sign for the above eBook cover, for starters. But I went with a photo I snapped in gorgeous Rawai Bay in Phuket, Thailand for my cover image. Why? Nobody else on earth uses their travel photos as eBook covers and featured post images in the blogging tips niche. If nobody else does it and the move completely aligns with my brand message, this is the starting point for being an intelligent and prospering blogger.

Smart and Prospering Means Different

Every successful blogger I follow sticks to basic fundamentals but deviates from the norm in some regards. Different means bigger bucks and smarter prospering because readers notice that different flavor stepping away from normal. Folks enjoy my covers and blog post images, even though the content and eBook title technically have nothing to do with travel images. Guess what? Adding my brand logo aligns the eBook cover with my blog and brand. People clearly see I am about blogging from paradise. Why not add travel images to each eBook cover?

From my trip to Oman.

I follow a high number of basic blogging rules; create value, build connections, be generous and have fun. But if you do EVERYTHING just like most bloggers, you get lost in the herd. Nothing makes you stand out if you do not choose to stand out with at least one element of your blogging campaign. I stood out with eye-popping eBook images I snapped myself, in a blogging tips niche. How do you stand out? Ask yourself the question. Be straight with yourself to answer.

Bigger Profits from a Smarter Energy by Being Different

Cindy Crawford kept her mole. Muscle Man Arnold kept his accent. Steve Jobs made computers and peripherals outrageously expensive and designed quite weirdly compared to other computers and peripherals. Guess what? Crawford, Arnold and Jobs are legends who we won’t forget for a long time. Different makes you a serious fortune because people notice folks who stand out in some way, shape or form. This different approach bleeds intelligence; why work your butt off if you look just like the next guy and offer a mimicking service?

But Make Sure You Follow Some Fundamentals

Steve Jobs did not attempt to make computers out of cardboard. Arnold did not try to speak German in Hollywood movies. Cindy Crawford did not try to rewrite the foundations of modeling by wearing a fake beard of photo shoots. All icons followed basic rules for their industries because being too far out in left field usually makes you forgettable, or, impossible to spot. Follow blogging fundamentals to stay in the game but find that one thing that distances you from the herd.

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Why Should You Help Other Bloggers Succeed?

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If you build it AND if you help other bloggers build it, then they will come.

We have all seen the famous line from Field of Dreams rehashed many times, regarding blogging. Building a blog solo ain’t good enough. Platitudes of content being king and networking queen get bandied about, and I do not disagree.

But I wanted to put a spin on the line; if you build your blog and help other bloggers build their blogs, THEN people will visit your blog, hire you, buy your stuff and endorse you.

A few moments ago, my friend and power house blogger Julie Syl Kalungi tagged me on Facebook with kind words.  She mentioned a common mistake we both see often; bloggers pitch us content with nothing else to show for the pitch, other than mediocre or OK content from an unknown blogger. If it were that easy to get featured on Blogging From Paradise or on Julie’s blog, we would both place 5 to 10 to 20 guest posts daily, or a helluva lot more.

Of course, landing features on established blogs is not easy at all. But struggling, failing bloggers mistakenly believe it *is* as easy as tempting pros with a helpful post, or some other lukewarm incentive, and wonder why they never get featured on top blogs. Plus bloggers do the silly thing of offering a $1 or $3 bulk discount for 25 posts. Having a poverty consciousness makes you do silly things.

Anyway, these strategies NEVER work because the pitching bloggers are trying to build it – aka their blogs – before building other blogger’s blogs. Build your blog and other blogger’s blogs. Grow your friend network. Be genuine. Be generous. Help. Expect nothing. Ask for nothing. As you help other bloggers succeed and improve your writing skills, something neat happens; you befriend a bunch of skilled bloggers who boost your traffic and profits through endorsements, promotions, by buying your stuff and by hiring you.

From my trip to Oman.

This is why you should help other bloggers succeed. Make friends. Profit. 100 is better than 1.

100 Is Better than 1

I learned years ago the efforts of 100 blogging buddies beats my individual efforts. I am not super connected to 100 plus blogging buddies, but at least that many folks promote me or endorse me routinely across a wide range of channels. Imagine how much 100 bloggers can expand your reach, compared to your individual, singular efforts?

Why do 100 plus bloggers help me out? I have helped thousands of bloggers grow their traffic and profits over a decade online by commenting genuinely on their blogs, by promoting them on social media, by endorsing them, by promoting them on my blog, by inviting them to guest post on my blog and by guest posting for them.

I benefit too, of course. This marks my 6th guest post of the day. As I promote my 71% blogging course discount (use the discount code in the first paragraph) across a slew of these guest posts I gain profit potential and boost my blog traffic too. But I also drive free, passive traffic through each guest post. My 3 blogging buddies living in India who I guest post for wake up to free, passive traffic. I help them succeed. My blogging buddies help me succeed by giving me platforms for reaching their readers.

Do you see why building it and helping other bloggers build it makes you incredibly successful over the long term?

Julie became a wildly successful blogger by generously helping other top bloggers succeed. Now, her blogger friend network expands her reach far and wide.

Give What You Want

Do you want money? Help other bloggers make money. Promote them on your blog. Link to them. Buy and review their eBooks. The number of friends you make by being generous will astound you. As this loyal tribe grows in size and scope, and helps you make more and more money, you will be even more astounded.

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Are you looking for bloggers to help? Buy my eBook:

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