A few months ago, I experienced a shift with my blog.
I faced a deep fear, released a deep fear and proceeded from a more abundant, relaxed energy.
Instantly, I made more money through an unexpected channel. Cool. But progressively, I increased my blogging income through more channels than I ever had. Why? I took the path of least resistance but said path felt scary, too. I rose prices and had posture initially, but realized raising prices felt like the path of greatest resistance. Prior, raising prices felt less resistant. I increased prices and sold more stuff. But times change because we are energetic beings.
I began steadily lowering prices on my offerings and 3 things happened:
- I felt awesome promoting my offerings all day long
- more people bought my stuff, increasing my blogging profits
- more people endorsed me, promoted me and grew my referral business by inspiring their friends to buy my stuff
But I only saw these results because I took the least resistant, better-feeling path, which did feel scary.
Monthly Subscription Versus One Time Price
Yesterday, a dear reader asked if I offered payment plans for my blogging course on successful blogging. I do not. But I chose to lower the price because it felt really good, I had no resistance to lowering the price and I want the blogger to benefit from my course. She is much more likely to buy it which benefits her and me; she gets a blogging guide and I make a sale.
But pondering her payments question, I instantly thought of my blogging course for getting featured on famous blogs, available on Teachable. I gave it little attention and sold a handful but I knew taking a less resistant, but maybe scary, path, would make cash flow quickly. Always does.
Researching Teachable, I discovered I could change my one time price to a payment plan or subscription plan. Cool. I changed my pricing to a subscription plan because it felt good. But doing so felt scary, too. Would people subscribe for 1 month, then quit? How would I build income based on $20 monthly payments versus a much larger, one time fee? I sat with fears, allowed fears to pass, and realized offering value through a sub model gets the product into more hands which increases referral traffic and referral business fast.
Twitter guru and successful blogging buddy of mine Lisa Sicard loves my new pricing structure and quickly tweeted the update literally 10 minutes after I published the post of this news:
— Lisa 👩💻🧡🌞 (@Lisapatb) August 30, 2019
Lisa’s followers now know about my new pricing model. Do you see how fast word of mouth marketing works? Take the path of least resistance. Embrace doubts and fears. Release doubts and fears. What had been a dormant income stream for months instantly perks up. I had not sold this course in a while but even if no one signs up immediately, look at how fast interest for the course picked up. I am on the radar screen again.
If one person signs up, that is $20 this month more than I made last month through the blogging income stream. Plus since I reduced my other course price, that is $500 worth of blogging profits if the rocking reader buys. Plus I have been working a new income stream that has yielded up to $40 daily, from $5 to $10 daily, for the past 3 months. Plus someone just bought my $10 eBook and someone else bought my $7 eBook. Both emailed me, alerting me to this fact.
$500 plus $10 plus $10 plus $7 adds up. Plus people buy my eBooks without emailing me about the purchase.
Can you see how, over time, the least resistant path adds up to immense blogging profits? People fight and take the resistant path, DEMANDING $1000 in one time payments today, struggling like hell, when they could make their course a subscription price, sign up 10 people, and make $2400 for the year. Plus those 10 happy students refer the rocking course to 30 more students over the year, who sign up next year, tripling my income.
But I also earn more through every other income stream, boosting profits across the board because I took the non-resistant path.
Do What Feels Good, Relaxed and a Bit Scary to You
Blogging is an intimate, personal journey for everybody. I advise you to have posture and raise prices as your success expands but if this feels tough, heavy or flat out bad, take the non-resistant path. If it feels good and relaxing to drop prices, do it, because you will sell more (based on your good feeling), and happy customers will sell even more for you, through referral aka word of mouth marketing.
Of course, it may feel scary for you to see $20 monthly payments versus a $1000 one time payment but all blogging roads lead to Rome. If you are generous, detached, trusting and willing to take the non-resistant pricing path, your blogging income will increase to substantial levels, over time, through lesser or bigger ticket products. Some guy Jeff Bezos sells a lot of cheap stuff. He is worth $150 billion by taking the sometimes scary but least resistant path. If he took the heavily resistant, comfy path, he would be worth $150.
I feel like I am just beginning to blog, 10 years in to my career.
Ain’t that exciting?
Do You Seize and Use Blogging Opportunities Aggressively?
Look at the featured image for this post, guys. I love guest posting. Zac asked me to guest post here way back in 2015 right after I left the jungles of Costa Rica. I felt humbled but a little scared to seize the opportunity to guest post on Blogging Tips. Did I think I was good enough? Not quite. I also feared being criticized and failing because I would meet and greet a new, large blogging audience. Fast forward 4 years. After publishing posts on and off, I near 1000 guest posts on this blog alone. That, my friends, is seizing and using blogging opportunities aggressively. Zac said I could guest post on this blog whenever I wanted to guest post on the blog. I took his invite seriously. About 1000 guest posts later, I experienced increasing blogging success because I do not delay, hesitate or waffle when it comes to seizing and using blogging opportunities, aggressively, swiftly and with a single-minded focus.
I quickly seize blogging opportunities to promote my 100 plus eBooks daily – like this fun blogging tips eBook – because opportunities seized lead to big time blogging success. Opportunities you seize and use quickly lead to more opportunities which feed more opportunities as you swiftly become a more successful, prospering, fun-loving blogger. But most bloggers rarely seize and use blogging opportunities. Do you fear grabbing opportunities? What could go wrong? Why do you fear using opportunities for growth? True; sometimes you simply have no resonance with opportunities. Someone may try to convince me to freelance write for them but even a large financial promise cannot goad me toward freelance writing again. Bad match. However, I grab and use most opportunities that flow my way because gobbling up opportunities enters you into the spirit of opulence.
What do I mean? The spirit of opulence simply means if you think, feel and act abundantly, you seize most blogging opportunities immediately, using these opportunities to enter into a rich, wealthy, fun, freeing way of life. Example; most people who struggle financially feel so filled with fear that they stammer, delay and hesitate any time a blessed blogging opportunity knocks on their door. If you turn down opportunities for growth, you go broke. Plain and simple. Meanwhile, I publish 10 to 12 posts daily – or more – because I gobble up opportunities left and right and live a pretty neat life by adopting this frame of mind. I appear to be all over my niche because I seize blogging opportunities quickly, aggressively and clearly. I do not play around. I do not fear seizing opportunities for blogging growth because we all have to seize opportunities fast and use these blessings to gain the skills and exposure for becoming a successful blogger.
Every blogger who appears to be everywhere grabbed opportunities quickly. Do you notice some bloggers in 10, 20 or seemingly 50 places, at once? Said bloggers wrote and published 200, 300 or 500 guest posts over 6 months to gain such massive exposure. Doesn’t it feel good to help people? Don’t you feel fulfilled by being of benefit to your fellow blogger? Tap into that feeling, seize and use opportunities for growth and you will slowly but steadily experience greater blogging success. Blogging is not for meek, scared folks. Be clear. Be direct. Gobble up opportunities like a blogging beast to accelerate your growth and success to exponential levels.
Hey; if you don’t seize opportunities, I’ll be there to gobble ’em up 😉
How Most People Think Blogging Is and How it REALLY Is
I love my gig. Right now, I blog from beautiful NYC. Quick 9 day trip to Manhattan. Can you imagine how fun and freeing this life is? Circling the globe, seeing places like Fiji, Bali and Thailand, experiencing these spots for years at a time? Amazing journey indeed. I feel appreciative of this fun, freeing life. I also know how most people think my life goes; write a few words, tap a publish button, make money, soar off to Fiji for 4 months. Most human beings cling to a terribly flawed aspect of their personality; ego. Ego sees free people and assumes, to preserve itself, how freedom must be an easy, comfortable journey for other people to take, because ego KNOWS freedom has not been an easy, comfortable objective, for ego.
Most human beings vibe from a dominant energy of fear so most human beings see illusions, appearances, NOT reality, a magic trick, something not REALLY happening. Most humans see me living in Thailand for months and see the illusion of me spending 2 hours to publish a post, seeing me making money, then, flying to Thailand. What fear-filled folks cannot see is the truth of this: me blogging for 5,000 hours – or more – through ups and downs, highs and lows, love and fear, peace and terror, and an even wider range of emotions….to live a life of blogging in Thailand for months at a time. The truth, the reality, of how blogging really is: blog for thousands of hours, make little or no money, then, after blogging for thousands of hours from a generous, calm, trusting, abundant vibe, feeling deep fears here and there along the way, the money flows in freely and you get to circle the globe whenever you want to circle the globe.
Take a look at this picture of me in Lyttelton, New Zealand:
Most people see an illusion: “Ryan is SO lucky! He gets to spend 2 months in New Zealand! I wish I had his life!”
The few human beings on earth who see the truth see this: “That guy lives an amazing life, being in New Zealand for 2 months, because he blogged for 10,000 hours, often times, when things did not appear to be coming together, outlook, appearing bleak.”
Truth seers are rare birds, folks. Why do you think I spend 3 or more hours daily meditating, doing yoga and exercising? I stabilize my vibe, uncover and purge illusory-producing fears and see the truth, more often than not. You need to see the truth to taste freeing, sweet blogging success. Can you taste my life? Imagine how it’d feel to live in NYC for a week? Imagine how it’d feel to live in Bali for 6 months? Fun, eh? Freeing, right? Of course you’d feel free, circling the globe, changing time zones like people change their minds. But to live this fun, freeing life, you have to live the truth of blogging for hundreds to thousands of generous, trusting hours, before you live the life, and, before you experience this level of fun and freedom. Most humans mean well but totally get caught up in the illusion, not seeing the truth because they fill their minds with fears, creating the insanity of luck and the delusion of envy, and the crazy, mentally ill, concept that you can live an amazingly fun, freeing life with a few hours, a few weeks or a few months of lazy blogging effort.
Do you want to step up to the blogging big time? Step away from most people. See the truth. This blogging gig takes serious effort and serious time. Most people live in delusion, in an illusion of fear. You know better. You know how blogging REALLY is. Sure blogging feels scary in moments but the ride feels largely fun and freeing when you follow your fun, generously help people and trust in yourself, and, trust in the blogging process. I know you’re up it!
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Face Newbie Blogger Fears Early to Accelerate Your Success
Do you genuinely want to hit the ground running with your blog? Face newbie blogger fears early. Do not mess around. Do not play around. Never be anchored down by doubt. Face fears, feel fears and you will feel so good, and free, and ready to succeed through your new blog because fear cannot hold you back if you face it, feel it, release it and proceed.
Life as a solopreneur feels fun, freeing and highly challenging because you do not possess the resources of more established entrepreneurs or people working for a company. The #1 tool in your new blogger arsenal is a willingness to face, feel and release deep fears related to being a newbie. Do this; be golden. Fun, freedom and expansive success awaits you because your generosity, creativity and willingness to connect just accelerates your blogging success…yes…even as a new blogger. How cool, right? No new blogger needs to struggle, fail and quit before giving themselves a chance, because fear is the only thing standing between you and what you need to do, to succeed. For example, I routinely tell new bloggers to buy courses or eBooks for due diligence material. More importantly, I tell them NOT to rely solely on questions and answers through Quora for their due diligence campaign because free platforms pale in comparison to trusted, premium resources from the top bloggers, in terms of research materials.
What can you do to accelerate your new blogger success fast? Nudge into the fear of spending money on training resources, feel the fear, release the fear and buy the course and/or eBook. Doing this, you begin taking the course and/or reading the eBook, putting your new knowledge into action, succeeding more quickly. Meanwhile, most new bloggers who refuse to face their fears keep asking questions on Quora, relying on strangers, possibly skilled but usually unskilled bloggers to supply them with non-vetted answers for critical blogging research. How in the heck can you rely on this most crucial of information if you have no idea who offers the answers? Can you see why this method is totally unreliable, for getting your blogging research? A few skilled bloggers offer some keen insight but step out of the fear-vibe into the abundant, successful vibe by investing money in a top blogging education.
If you can either pay for a Harvard education or ask some stranger on the street for their free advice, what seems to be the more intelligent decision? Invest money in expert advice? Or save money to get advice from some stranger on the street who may or may not know what they are talking about? Can you see why so many new bloggers struggle, fearing to invest money in the best blogging advice, choosing to get free, unreliable blogging advice from the general blogging public?
Pay up to play up. Invest money in your blogging education to move higher in blogging circles. Be a fear-diver; keep nudging into fears to better understand how to succeed, feeling and releasing these confining, restricting forms of bondage. Face newbie blogger fears early and often to remove the shackles that hold you down. Doesn’t it feel better to dive into fears routinely so you can accelerate your blogging success, even as a newbie?
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