10 Tips to Go from Blogging Zero to Blogging Hero
Are you sick of running into the same blogging obstacles again and again?
I know how tough it feels to get your blogging momentum going when nothing seems to be working.
Today I want to help you hopscotch obstacles so you can leave your struggles behind for good.
Benefits of Reading this Post
Drive more traffic.
Earn more profits.
Grow your email list.
Make friends with big dawg bloggers.
Live your dreams.
Yep….I can share that benefits list with confidence because by following these tips diligently I molded a pretty neat life for myself, traveling the world for the past 6 years as a pro blogger.
Let’s leave your blogging troubles behind so you can become a hyper-successful, happy blogger by following these 10 tips.
1: Follow only the Best Bloggers
Follow only the best bloggers to become the best.
Or learn from the pros to go from blogging zero to blogging hero.
You will generally get bad blogging advice from struggling bloggers. Otherwise, they’d be successful! You will get good, proven blogging advice from experienced, seasoned, professional, full-time bloggers.
Pros know. So go follow pros.
The best bloggers offer you mindset and practical blogging tips to blast through your biggest obstacles because they are experts at hopping through the minefield of blogging blocks that hamstring most bloggers. Otherwise, they wouldn’t be so darn successful.
2: Drill Down Your Reason Why (F It)
Follow these 2 “F” words to find your way to blogging success.
If you feel so darn frustrated with blogging that you want to throw in the towel you are likely in survival mode. Blogging to make enough money to put food on the table. Blogging to pay for a roof over your head.
If your vision consists of trying to pay bills you probably won’t inspire many people who have grander visions.
Detach some from the dreaded blogging “F” word – finances – to blog predominantly for fun, and to free yourself.
Pick a blogging topic you feel passionate about. Choose content creation channels that feel fun and freeing to work.
I love blogging. I love traveling. So I created Blogging From Paradise in 2014 to pursue these joys of mine.
I love hamming it up for the camera. I love writing. So I chose to have fun creating videos, blog posts and eBooks for your pleasure and entertainment.
Don’t worry; the money-making ideas, powerful bloggers who can expand your reach and the inspired, prospering actions will flow your way 50 times more quickly when you exit survival mode and create a fun, freeing vision for your blog.
3: Invest Money in Your Blog
Flopping around like a drunk fish on the pavement with your free Blogger blog?
Does your free, cheap-looking WordPress theme make you feel like a visit to your blog screams “amateur hour”?
Does your terrible hosting company ensure that your blog stays up at least 50% of the day?
Nut up. Pay up.
Some of your worst blogging pains sprout out of being cheap. Free blogging platforms. Cheap-looking, unprofessional, free themes. Unless you get 100% clear on cheaping out – and virtually no bloggers ever maintain this level of clarity – you will struggle horribly and never transition from zero to hero by cheaping out.
No need to break da bank but pay for:
- Premium hosting (meaning, $10 to $15 a month or more)
- A premium theme (either bespoke or from a template)
Those are the 2 bare minimum, super basic investments that all blogging heroes NEED to make.
Think of your blog as a business.
Right now, my wife Kelli and I are house sitting for 10 days on the Upper West Side of NYC. Celebrity row. Where penthouses sell for $50 million dollars. Some of the most in-demand, expensive real estate on earth.
Imagine trying to open a posh restaurant in this part of town but refusing to spend a single cent on renting a storefront? You’d be laughed out of town.
If you don’t spend a single cent – or $3 a month – on a domain and hosting, you will be laughed out of the blogosphere.
Pay up. Step up in blogging circles.
If you are scared to switch web hosts read this helpful article from my friend Jerry Low to ease your worries:
4: Use the Art of Storytelling
His deadly fangs smiled at me, daring me to make the grave error of taking one step closer to this primitive, primordial warrior from another era.
An 8-inch long Scolopendra centipede barreled into the kitchen of the house where we lived in Thailand. I tossed the dog to the side like a hot potato. Centipede venom can be fatal if small dogs or kids are stung and a few folks I talked to said the ‘pede pain of a sting was excruciating, as they felt intense pain for days after being stung and they did not fully recover for up to 3 months.
Living in the tropics for the past 6 years, I both feared the centipede but also found myself fascinated by such a specimen. An apex predator of the insect world, up to a foot long, lightning fast, savagely aggressive and pretty much the baddest ass creature I have ever seen in person.
After 30 minutes of hunting him down, I finally batted him outside of the window, baseball-bat-style, and we never saw him again.
It may sound weird, but the ‘pede taught me a successful blogging lesson……
What sounds more enthralling? That centipede lead-in? Or a lead in of “I learned a successful blogging lesson today….”?
Practice the art of storytelling. Become an observer. Relate your experience to your blogging niche.
Rocking bloggers tell stories that move you.
Move folks. Tell stories.
Oh yeah; if you wanted proof of my centipede hunting in Thailand (and the fact that I was actually laughing and light through the experience) here’s the video:
Use this 1-2 punch to go from blogga non grata to big dawg blogger.
After a recent guest posting and blog commenting blitz, I added 100 plus subscribers to my email list stupid quickly.
You may be starving for exposure but have no idea how to get more readers.
Here’s how: by understanding that most if not all of your new readers reside in other blogger’s communities.
Guest posting and blog commenting:
- Increases your exposure quickly
- Helps you build strong friendships with successful bloggers
- Helps you drive a high volume of targeted traffic to your blog for free
- Boosts your blogging profits indirectly
I regularly land new eBook customers, course customers, and clients via both guest posting and blog commenting.
5: Open Income Streams…..Now!
I often hear from struggling bloggers who have yet to open income streams.
This is like expecting to withdraw money from an ATM without a debit card.
Every blogger should be in the process of opening one income stream now. Not tomorrow. Not this weekend. Right now. Because even if you don’t plan to be a professional blogger you may as well make some money while doing what you love to do.
Unless you are a Blogging Buddha, enlightened and shunning a worldly life, you will be needing money as a means of exchange to cover the basics of food and shelter.
So open one income stream today.
Let’s face it; if you clicked the link to read this post you want to be a blogging hero on some level. Every successful blogger I know of has at least one established income stream. You want to make money blogging. You deserve to make money blogging.
Today, consider opening one of these income streams:
- Blog coaching
- Freelance writing
- Writing and self-publishing eBooks
- Self-publishing audio books
- Creating online courses
- Engaging in affiliate marketing
- Accepting sponsored posts
- Accepting paid links
6: Double Down on Personal Development
As within, so without.
Blogging failure is an inside job. Successful blogging is an inside job too.
Feeling the pain and frustration of failing with your blog is a call to think, to act and to BE a successful blogger. Being a successful blogger requires you to face, embrace and release fear-based limiting beliefs.
Spending more time on personal development roots out blogging limiting beliefs so you can feel and release these energies, allowing you to proceed from an inspired space.
Spend 20 to 30 minutes:
This sets the tone for your day.
Successful people in all walks of life tend to subscribe to this “power half hour” routine to mentally prepare themselves for the day.
You can’t be a hero if your being screams “zero”.
You can’t be a champ if your being screams “chump”.
Engage in self-help daily to start being a blogging hero and champ, even if appearances suggest you are still struggling.
7: Dive into Your Fears
I felt terrified to write my first guest post many years ago.
I struggled horribly by cowering to this intense fear of guest posting.
Since then I have written and published hundreds of guest posts.
If you feel like a blogging zero you are surrendering to your fears versus diving into these lower energies.
Take a deep breath. Relax your mind. Then take the plunge, diving headfirst into your fears.
As a guy who dives into his fears regularly, I assure you that fears are wimps. Fears wuss out when you head in their direction.
Embrace a few uncomfortable moments. Kill your blogging fears.
All your blogging dreams lay on the other side of fear. So dive in.
8: Generously Promote Other Bloggers
Stop being a blogging lone wolf. Solo acts struggle horribly online.
Rocking bloggers understand that blogging is a relationships game.
Tweet 30 fellow bloggers on Twitter today.
10 to 15 bloggers may tweet you in return. Friendships form. 10 to 15 Twitter followings become exposed to your blog.
Multiply these new Twitter folks by Facebook friends, G Plus Circle Members and new members of various social networks, bookmarking sites, forums and other websites where your new blogging buddies promote you.
Promote yourself by promoting other bloggers aggressively.
Tap into the power of networking to grow your blog traffic and income exponentially.
9: Integrate Multimedia into Your Blog
Right now, you are reading words on a screen. Images pop up in your mind’s eye as you read these words.
Imagine if you could see me on video? Or imagine if you could hear my voice via a podcast?
I use Facebook Live videos extensively to add a human touch to my blog. I also run a podcast to remind you that yes, I am a human being. Not words on a screen.
Struggling bloggers usually have a helluva time getting readers to trust them because they rarely use multimedia to prove their humanity.
Successful bloggers generally use some form of multimedia to show that they are living, breathing, compassionate human beings, and not words on a screen.
Follow her to see how you can better use multimedia to build a successful blog.
Always Be Learning.
Learn daily. Study blogging.
Hyper-successful bloggers feast on helpful blogging advice.
Whether you hire a coach like Janice or consume free content greedily gobble up blogging knowledge.
The blogging landscape changes daily. Be nimble. Flow with change. Voraciously learn more about blogging to stay ahead of the game.
What tips can you add to this list?
Or are you really struggling with your blog?
How are you working towards becoming a successful blogger?
Author Bio: Ryan Biddulph is a blogger, author and world traveler who’s been featured on Richard Branson’s Virgin Blog, Forbes, Fox News, Entrepreneur, John Chows Dot Com and Neil Patel Dot Com. He has written and self-published 126 bite-sized eBooks on Amazon. Ryan can help you retire to a life of island hopping through smart blogging at Blogging From Paradise.
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