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.
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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!
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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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