12 Terrible Blogging Mistakes I Made (and Your Success Lessons)

October 14, 2015
You *can* make terrible blogging mistakes and still count Howler monkeys as your neighbors. This guy chilled in the jungle canopy above our lodge in Mombacho, Nicaragua.
You *can* make terrible blogging mistakes and still count Howler monkeys as your neighbors. This guy chilled in the jungle canopy above our lodge in Mombacho, Nicaragua.

 

3 freaking readers. After blogging for 3 months.

I threw my hands up in disgust.

I recall the day vividly. I even remember 1 of my reader’s names: it was “Kathy.” Kathy may even be a current day reader. If she is, God Bless Her. She weathered some wicked storms with me.

She saw me fail horribly on my old blog. She even saw me make dingbatish mistakes on Blogging from Paradise. Yes; I made many stupid mistakes with this blog. I did a full 360 recently, returning to the same intent I held when I created this blog in Fiji, in June of 2014. Greed, attachment and some other shitty drivers caused me to lose my way here and there….but thank goodness, I am back.

Before We Continue…..

 

Before we continue with my most stupid, business-busting blogging mistakes, I want to share a helpful eBook with you. Here’s the kicker: like every single one of my eBooks it’s priced at $0.99 cents. Blogging from Paradise NetworkingMachineCoverSmalleBooks for under a buck are colorful reads – at least most of them are – and you betcha that they’re filled with either my practical blogging tips or fascinating blogging stories.

Way too many bloggers are hellbent on creating posts and NOT promoting them effectively. God knows I have found my silly self in that crowd. To address the pained, shameful feeling of having an audience of crickets I decided to write:

13 Steps to Become an Unstoppable Networking Machine 

I have shared exactly how you can become a popular, networked, connected blogger, to grow your audience and income steadily, through this eBook.

 

Audible Version

Buy the Audible version of this book so you can listen to these solid gold networking tips while exercising, while doing house work or while nodding off to sleep. Just spend the $6.08 to listen to my networking secrets for living in the tropics as a pro blogger.

Buy 13 Steps to Become an Unstoppable Networking Machine for $6.08 (Audio Edition)

What It Feels Like to Live the Dream

 

My friend Cynthia – and owner of the spectacular Mombacho Lodge – said that howler monkeys may pee or poop on me. I probably deserved it. In truth, being defecated upon by the world’s loudest land animal would have been a feather in my Blogging from Paradise cap. Kelli and I are living in Granada, Nicaragua for 2 months on a house sit. We spent this past weekend at the lodge, watching a troop of howler monkeys chill in the jungle canopy while we relaxed in a peaceful, chill spot, which I see as the most desirable Nicaraguan hot spot.

During our time spent at Mombacho we saw:

  • howler monkeys
  • tarantulas
  • opossum
  • cute little micey-looking things (lost the translation from our tour guide Juan)
  • more species of ants than categories on my old blog (that’s a lot of categories)
  • magpie jays
  • Volkswagon-sized cockroaches
  • great-tailed grackles
  • Brilliantly-colored oropendola

We also found out that these jungles were home to the fearsome bullet ant, that marvelous creature which possesses the most painful insect bite on earth.

This was a brilliant weekend.

 

The Shift?

 

How in the hell could a blogger who’s made so many spectacular mistakes – a few of which I’ve made as recently as 3 weeks ago – live such a brilliant, freeing dream life?

I addressed some of my mistakes.

I also succeeded despite my mistakes.

That’s the rub; you can live your most brilliant, spectacular dreams despite making some bone-headed errors. I am living proof of that. BUT….you will flounder and fail and flail in the wind if you don’t address some fundamental, terrible, injurious blogging mistakes. You may feel absolutely disgusted, utterly lost and terribly vexed. I have been there. I still experience these feelings now, from time to time. Why do I live in paradise, then? I progressively ferret out my worst mistakes, correct those suckers and slowly but surely build my blog on solid fundamentals.

If you want to blog from paradise admit to your mistakes after reading this post.

If you want to earn a full time income through blogging admit to your mistakes after reading this post.

If you want to earn your first $10 through your blog admit to your mistakes after reading this post.

The way to succeed is to admit your blogging mistakes more quickly than the other guy or gal. Very few folks are willing to admit their mistakes; the few who do live pretty damn spectacular lives. I still make beginner errors in some areas yet I just spent this past weekend in paradise, chilling en la selva, hanging with howler monkeys, traipsing through the tropics with tarantulas, and adding 1 more month to our current 53 month trip around the world.

I am living the dream. Even though I have made 15,435 mistakes along the way.

I want to take you with me.

See Yourself Living Your Dreams

 

Can you visualize yourself in Nicaragua with me?

Can you see yourself relaxing in a jungle lodge, at the base of a volcano, smiling as you watch howler monkeys lazing in the jungle canopy above your lodge?

I think that you can.

Now that you’re in the proper mental space it’s time to dissect your (possible) errors, to cut your learning curve by years.

Benefits of Reading this Post

 

  • cut your learning curve by 1 to 3 to 7 years (I am not kidding…I’ve struggled with some of these for 7 years)
  • enjoy your blogging journey (blog stress-free….at least, most of the time)
  • free more bloggers by setting a good example
  • increase your blogging income and traffic steadily….instead of going in reverse

OK…..it’s time to dive into my worst blogging boo-boo’s so you can avoid these asinine errors.

1: NOT Promoting the Stuffing out of Each Post

 

I added 35 fresh, new, targeted subscribers to my email list recently by doing 1 thing: promoting the living stuffing out of my recent blog post.

The old, idiot me tried to post more frequently. I tried to amplify my reach, solo-style. Not good. Because I could only do so much through my blog. When I slowly left comments on authority blogs, linking in to the same post, and when I promoted that recent blog post on multiple bookmarking sites and blogging networks, I noticed something funny: I grew my email list with 1/10th the effort. I gained more social shares easily. I had more fun. I felt less pressure to publish frequent posts.

My mistake was trying to publish posts frequently because I became obsessed with having fresh content. My mistake was promoting posts in 10 areas instead of in 60 areas. My mistake was speaking to 10 groups of people instead of speaking to 60 groups of people.

Your Lesson

Write 1 post. Promote the post to 60 groups of people. Take 1-2 weeks to do this. Or, take 3 or 4 days to do this. Whatever. Just focus on promoting 1 post to a bunch of folks to build your online reputation, to appeal to a bunch of interested folks on their platform of choice and to score backlinks through a ton of different sites. Google likes seeing your blog linked through a bunch of different sites.

Promote your latest blog post here:

  • Twitter (my 37,000 followers)
  • Facebook profile
  • Facebook Fan Page
  • Facebook Groups (I promote my latest post to about 5 blogging tips themed groups)
  • G Plus profile
  • G Plus Fan Page
  • G Plus Groups (I promote my latest post to about 20 blogging tips themed groups)
  • LinkedIn
  • Triberr
  • Pinterest (I promote my latest post to 5 blogging tips themed boards)
  • StumbleUpon
  • Biz Sugar
  • Scoop It
  • Viral Content Buzz
  • through in-depth, guest post sized blog comments on authority blogs like Pro Blogger

There’s your list, mi amigos. Get to work.

2: Straying even the Tiniest Bit off Topic

 

3 weeks ago I made a beginner mistake. I conned myself into believing I was NOT making a mistake, but it was a terrible error.

I strayed off topic.

Sure I was selling a dream but my travel themed posts were not focused on smart blogging tips. My readers love them. I loved writing them. But making that silly error created unclear, confusing cross currents which slowed down my email list growth.

Darren Rowse ALWAYS posts about blogging tips.

 

Kelli and Fritz, the fearless 90 pound Belgian Malinois/Sweetheart/Hell Hound to strangers.
Kelli and Fritz, the fearless 90 pound Belgian Malinois/Sweetheart/Hell Hound to strangers.

 

So……Ryan Biddulph will ALWAYS post about blogging tips.

I will work my dream into blogging tips posts – see the Mombacho Lodge story above – to remain true to my brand. I am blogging from paradise, after all. I will just publish tips to help you retire to a life of island hopping…..THROUGH SMART BLOGGING….to stay 100%, fully, clearly on topic, to program you to see me as that “guy I can go to for smart blogging tips, said guy living in the freaking awesome tropics.”

The Vomitous Old Blog

I strayed a bit off topic with Blogging from Paradise. Guilty as charged.

My old blog was a vomitous, repelling stew of 40 plus topics.

My old blog was a veritable jumbalaya of 40 plus topics – or was it 50 plus? – ranging from…well….everything. My topics changed with the wind. Since it is impossible to be a lawyer and mail woman and garbage man and doctor and financial planner and security guard and police officer and customs agent and nurse and meteorologist and blogger and statistician and pro football player and programmer and SEO analyst at the same time, I decided it was not a good idea to cover 40 topics on my old blog. I scrapped it. I created Blogging from Paradise. I stuck to 1 topic….UNTIL…..I strayed off course.

I covered travel blogging and a few other topics, and suffered, and flubbed up. But I learned my lesson. 3 weeks ago I decided to blog only about “blogging tips.”

Keep me on topic if I stray like a dingbat, OK?

Your Lesson

Write only about 1 topic. Write only about blogging tips. Or, write only about the law of attraction. Or, write only about web development. Pick 1 topic. Stick to that topic.

If someone is having legal problems they hire a lawyer.

They do not hire a lawyer who is a part time doctor.

Or, they do not hire a lawyer who is a part time doctor who is a part time garbage women.

Lawyers spend 100% of their professional energy to become a good lawyer.

You spend 100% of your professional energy to become a good ONE NICHE blogger.

Blog about 1 niche.

My friend Andrew Warner does a fine job staying on topic.

3: NOT Writing Guest Post Sized Comments on Authority Blogs

 

During my eBook writing blitz I had not the time or energy to write guest post sized comments on authority blogs. Excusable.

During my lean blogging days I had no excuse; I made a terrible mistake by turning down this free, easy blog marketing method. I was in a hurry. I was in a rush. Either I ignored blog commenting, writing it off entirely, or I posted a 3 or 4 sentence comment in a hurried, frantic manner, failing to make an impact.

The Biggest Mistake I See Among Struggling Bloggers

You can post pure blogging garbage but if you have hundreds of blogging friends you can make a living through blogging. I stand by that statement. I am living proof.

The howler monkeys who almost defecated on me in the jungle can write better than me yet I spoke about blogging at NYU. A NY Times best selling author said that I was a “smart guy.” I honestly can’t write for squat BUT I have a bunch of blogging buddies who I met through blog commenting. Said buddies endorsed me and promoted me and even asked me to co-write eBooks with them.

All because I wrote guest post sized comments on authority blogs.

Your Lesson

Write guest post sized comments on top blogs from your niche. Since I’m a blogging tips guy I write guest post sized comments on Pro Blogger.

Check out how my friend Donna Merrill comments on top blogs. Mimic her. She’s really good at writing authentic, helpful and thorough comments. Follow her lead. Increase your blog traffic, make blogging buddies and grow your community through the miracle of blog commenting.

4: Writing Short Blog Posts (600 Words or Less)

 

I was a former Blogging One Night Stand.

In one night, out the next.

I made a silly blogging mistake for way too long: I held back by writing short blog posts.

Note; you can have massive success writing short blog posts if you have a stunningly successful marketing funnel in place. John Chow is a fine example of this. He’s not really a blogger; he’s an internet marketer with more internet marketing experience and wisdom in his left pinkie toe than you and me combined. No shame in that. The guy has been internet marketing for like 20 years.

He can send out a 400 word blog post to hundreds of thousands of people and get some sick pop.

Unless you are an internet marketing pro who knows how to reach hundreds of thousands of people, through paid marketing, through free marketing, and through having a monstrously large, targeted email list of 50,000 people of more, do yourself a favor and avoid the asinine, dumb mistake that I made.

Your Lesson

Write 1,000 word to 5,000 word or longer pillar style posts to build a blogging rep of a guy or gal who really knows their blogging shiznet. Take your foot off of the posting pedal. Will it take you 14 days to write, publish and promote a 3,000 word blog post effectively? Yes? Then spend 14 days writing, publishing and promoting the blog post to 30 or 50 or 60 spots, between the networks I shared above, mentioned in Mistake #1.

Writing 1 epic post, and promoting that epic post to 60 or more spots, will lead to the 30 or 60 or 150 email list subscriber boost more quickly than you’d ever believe. You can build your list way up to 1,000 or 10,000 or 50,000 subscribers 1 kick ass, effectively promoted, thorough, showy, impressive blog post at a time.

Write 1 kick butt post. Make it count. Promote it for 1-2 or even 3 weeks. Watch your readership grow. Watch how targeted your new 20 to 50 email subscribers seem to be. Observe the miracle of creating something in-depth, thorough and really, really, really helpful, a blog post which can boost your blogging rep overnight.

Even through my shorty post mistakes over the years I still built enough of a blogging rep – through my pillar style posts – to retire to paradise. THAT is the power of writing in-depth, thorough, pillar style posts. It’ll take you from the Netherwood section of Plainfield, NJ to Nicaragua. Just like me.

Read my friend Adam Connell’s pillar style posts for a good example of some really epic, in-depth content at Blogging Wizard.

5: Not Building an Email List……Aggressively

 

Eff list building.”

I took that attitude for 6 and a half years of my online career.

Which is why I had to hustle like a Thai lady boy whore to make ends meet.

I worked stupidly because readers may check their Triberr or Facebook or G Plus or RSS feed aggregator but they will check their email inbox.

I love Nicaraguan Pinguinos like most people love their email. Pinguinos are Nica crack to me. I am Jonesing for 1 now. This is why within 3.3 seconds after publishing my newsletter I see 13 email opens. I am not kidding. And this was when my email list was piddly small. People have that same obsession for email that I have for my beloved Pinguinos.

Why Email Marketing?

When you publish your latest email newsletter a list subscriber hears “ding ding ding” on their iPhone or Android Smart Phone. Like Pavlov’s dog, the reaction is instantaneous. Said subscriber opens the email, reads your post, and may share it or buy your eBook or whatever, all within seconds to minutes. After this initial stream of instant opens and clicks and buys and shares, subscribers will click and open and click links and buy and share your stuff over the next 1-2-3 weeks, or until you publish your next email newsletter. That’s a crap load of traffic and clicks and shares and sales for me.

Your Lesson

People love to check their email so make it easy and convenient and simple for them to see your posts and share your posts and to buy your stuff. Build a freaking email list.

I use Mail Chimp.

Not building an email list was one of my worst mistakes. Drop everything now, start building your list, and come back to read the rest of this post later. Don’t worry. I’ll wait for you. 2 Pinguinos are calling my name. Right now.

Marc Andre is a fantastic list building teacher as he’s scored some heady numbers over at Profit Blitz.

6: Blogging for Money, for Fame and for other Outcomes

 

I have revisited this mistake so many times, it’s not even funny.

I have lost my mind by blogging only for profit. I have destroyed my blogging rep. I even retarded my Blogging from Paradise growth by blogging mainly for profit, stifling my creative energies, fearing to give stuff away for free, and avoiding the $0.99 price point I knew would work for my eBooks, for roughly 13 months.

My Terror

Because my story was 1 in 7 billion I figured it made sense to charge $11 for my eBooks.

Then I figured it made sense to charge $2.99 for my eBooks.

Then, when stuff got real, I figured it made sense to give away each one of my eBooks for free, for 4 days, and to charge only $0.99 for every single one of my eBooks.

 

Ominous clouds moving into Mombacho.
Ominous clouds moving into Mombacho.

 

I still grasp at money here and there but I feel more like a guy who has it all, already. Since I already have it all I figure the quickest and easiest way to help the most folks possible is to give away my eBooks – 1 by 1 – for free, for a week, and I figure that selling my eBooks for $0.99, giving away all my best secrets, is the way to go.

I am not detached from making money through my blog and I still make this mistake to this day yet I am becoming more detached from making money through my blog, which is kinda neat.

The Lesson

Give away your best, most thorough stuff, for free.

Give away some of your best stuff for a set price.

Blog to free yourself. Blog to free your audience. Doing this will inspire you to create kick ass, free blog posts and webinars and videos. Then, you’ll create kick ass eBooks and offer kick ass services. You’ll charge for your eBooks and services but you won’t care about the money much. Your focus and joy will be focused on doing kick ass, freeing stuff.

Blogging money sneaks in the back door when you’re not concerned much with making money through blogging.

Matthew Capala gives away a ton of stuff for free on his blog, which is why he’s become so successful.

7: Ignoring My Life Story

 

What the freak would a broke security guard have to share with the world?”

I thought that 7 years ago. I was a loser. Pretty much. I had no online experience. I had no business experience. I knew nothing. I knew nobody. This huge mistake – the assumption that my story was worthless – held back my blogging growth because I blogged sheeple-style, for many years. I followed the leader. I blogged to follow. I didn’t want to stick out. Good God. People who stand out get criticized.

Critical Readers

Most folks will really, really love what you’re doing if you tell your story.

A few folks who lack the balls to tell their story in an authentic way may criticize you, your story and your style. It will likely happen. I share because this very fear, well, I allowed this fear to grow, and I allowed this fear to consume me, and I allowed this fear to bitch slap me into NOT telling my story. I saw how folks loved story tellers but I also saw how a few folks hated story tellers. I recall readers commenting on how much of a loser I was when I had no money. I recall commentors laying into my blogging and marketing strategies. These moments cut to the bone; I became so enraged at these critics that I visualized myself beating them, to punish them for their snarkiness.

Not that I had any anger issues, or anything…….goodness gracious I had all types of issues from my childhood with criticism and worthiness and fear that when I did attract my first few critics, after opening up to tell my story, that many suppressed, buried feelings arose in roaring rapids fashion.

Telling my story freed me. And I didn’t need to wait to tell my story until I had lived my dream. I could have told my story from Day 1 online. I could have told my story when I was over $50,000 in debt and when I promoted an online deal I couldn’t give a rat’s fanny about and when I went bankrupt and during all of those lean times.

If I did tell my story back then, sharing my journey, along with my dreams, I would have set up a neat springboard for my brand. People would have seen the authentic, real, failing, miserable, but hopeful me, from the beginnings of my online career.

Hey, lesson learned. I eventually integrated my travels into my blog because everybody loves a good story.

Your Lesson

Stories make up billion dollar industries. TV. Movies. Books. You name it. Most human beings are addicted to stories. I stay up until 2 AM sometimes reading A Song of Ice and Fire. Kelli and I are watching American Horror Story on Amazon Prime now. Why? We’re addicted to stories, from when moms and pops read us bed time stories, to the movies, to TV, to online shows, to reading a really good book.

Tell your story so we can come to know, like and trust you. We want to see your successes, your failures, your story. We want you to be human and vulnerable. We want to know about the wacky things that have happened in your life. We want to know the mundane stuff you’ve experienced too. We’ve been there. It’s all special.

Tell your story. Link your story to your niche. Rock it out.

Your story is the 1 thing that separates you from the billions of folks who have ever lived because no 2 stories are alike. I know a few other Ryan Biddulphs on earth but I ain’t met a Ryan Biddulph who was a former security guard, current pro blogger, Amazon best selling author and combatant of Nepali wild men. Yeah….you better tell your story if you want to stand out from the crowd.

8: Not Sharing My Blogging Failures

 

Have you noticed my home page?

Check it out:

Blogging from Paradise eBooks for $0.99

I was horrified when I checked my eBook sales 3 weeks ago. I felt disgusted. I felt despondent. After each feeling arose and passed I said to myself: I am at the perfect place at the perfect time. I had not properly promoted any eBook. I was so damn busy turning them out like hotcakes that I could not give them away for free, effectively. I felt like an abject failure. A few hours later, I felt grateful, whole, complete and hell yeah I did a complete 180 on my home page. I am promoting my eBooks these days through free giveaways and through making each one of my eBooks 99 cents and through talking about them a bunch and through tweeting them and through sharing them on free giveaway boards and…..did I mention that I am giving my secrets away for 99 cents at a pop?

See how it’s done?

I had to get super clear on my blog after experiencing the disgusting feeling of failure. In truth, my failure was not all that bad. I sold some eBooks. I sold over 117 audio books as of a few weeks back while barely promoting one eBook.

Oh snap. I actually succeeded. Wow. Different framing, different experience. But the thing is, if I don’t share my failures – and I did not for about 5 years – you can’t connect with me. You may feel that I am lucky or talented or that my life is a breeze and that I have not felt the deep, dark sting of disappointment.

Before I lived my dream I avoided the failure and disappointment and nightmares because I lived in my miserable but familiar comfort zone. After leaving my comfort zone regularly I failed, and I failed, and I fell flat on my blogging face….and I still fail until this day, even as I live in the tropics and island hop like nobody’s business.

My failures make me human. Sharing my failures helps you to connect with me.

1 minute, I am a blogging machine, living the dream, a lucky bastard who wakes up in Granada, Nicaragua for 2 months in a row on a kick ass house sitting assignment. It’s likely tough for folks to connect with that person because he seems so lucky, so aligned, so inspiring, so….perfect.

Then, in the next minute, after I explain how f*cking disgusted I was at my eBook sales, and the absolute utter complete failure I felt like, you say to yourself:

Damn. Maybe, just maybe, I can make my dreams come true if this imperfect, vulnerable person can change time zones like most folks change pants, blogging from paradise.”

Share your failures. Be human. Be believable. Let people know it’s OK to be a wildly successful blogger who flubs up. Or let people know that even though you’re stumbling horribly you are still making a beeline for your goal. We want the…..rest of the story. No window dressing. Keep it real. Keep it raw. Share wins and failures.

9: Attempting to Master 15 Blogging Marketing Methods at Once

 

Twitter. Yeah, twitter will be my savior.

Nope, it’s Facebook.

Nope, blog commenting will save me.

Add about 12 other marketing strategies, from LinkedIn to G Plus to forum marketing to StumbleUpon and you had the recipe for an epic failure. I failed. I failed. I was lucky to get 20 visitors a day during my lean years. Thank the gods I attract 21 visitors a day now. That’s a joke. I think. I don’t check my metrics.

Anyway, trying to devote my energy to 15 marketing methods torpedoed my blogging efforts because where my attention and energy goes, grows. I gave my energy to 15 different tactics and ain’t none of them grew. Jackass of all trades, master of Pun. I sucked it up. Big time. I made no impact on any 1 network.

The Rub

Promote your blog in a zillion spots. I’m with that these days BUT I only focus on 2 marketing strategies primarily: blog commenting and twitter. I give my attention and energy to each strategy to learn ’em inside out. Doing so helps me to get a rep through blog comments and Twitter because I spent most of my time blog commenting and a bit of my time on Twitter. No mere mortal could become really, really good at 15 blog marketing methods unless they employed 2 octopi – 1 of which was missing a tentacle – or unless said blogger was a demi-god (if you are, sign me up for your list) or unless you spent a pretty freaking penny paying folks to market on various platforms. Hell, even if you outsource you better learn the method you’re outsourcing well to make sure that folks don’t hoodwink you.

The Most Excellent Website

I once paid a few hundred clams 7 years ago to hire an SEO agency. Term loosely used. I did not know jack squat about SEO or ad copy but I did know, after reading the first few ads the agency placed for me, and after reading the first few blog posts placed, that the posts and ads shouldn’t sound like they were written by a 4 year old on Ritalin.

Example: My blog was lauded as “The Most Excellent Website.”

Agency fired, lesson learned. Learn your stuff. Either market on your own, as a pro’s pro, or hire someone who really knows their stuff to free your schedule.

Your Lesson

Work 1-2 marketing channels. Get really, really good at working these 1-2 marketing channels. Market through a ton of different channels but spend seconds to 1-2 minutes, on most of them, and spend 100% of your marketing time on 1-2 methods. Gain a rep through these channels. Simplify your blogging life.

My friend Bobbi Dixon is THE twitter marketer, focusing on 1 network and rocking that network out.

10: Not Spending 10 or 20 Minutes Thinking through My Post Titles

 

I treated my old blog like a hot potato. Or like it was a bomb which was about to explode unless I published posts within 2 minutes of completing the first draft. I gave as much thought to my blog post titles as I do to what drink I’d choose to go with my dinner.

Note: I am a teetotaler. No booze for Biddulph. No rum for Ryan.

I wondered – idiotically – why nobody seemed to be reading my blog posts. The posts themselves were aight. Or so I thought. But I was missing something. I missed the hook. I missed the lead in. I missed the window dressing.

Have You Ever Tried to Catch a Fish with Your Bare Hands?

The mere mention of the word “fish” inspired me to rush to the toilet. I have fallen ill with food poisoning the last 3 times I ate fish so I have given up on fishy feasts. Way back in the day I did a fair amount of fishing though. I recall hooking a few of these guys. Even while hooked I could barely get my paws on their slimy scales. A bear with severely calloused paws could barely snag a fish.

 

Pensive Howler monkey, wondering why I was so freaking stupid to make these mistakes.
Pensive Howler monkey, wondering why I was so freaking stupid to make these mistakes.

 

Attempting to catch a fish with my bare hands – no hook involved – would be lunacy.

Why did I believe that I could hook readers without an eye-catching, attractive, delectable title?

I made this title mistake for eons, it felt like, because I was in such a rush to ship. I got few clicks. I got few reads. I got no blogging dough.

The Lesson

From building enchanting titles involving Thai lady boy prostitutes, to Nepali wild men, to getting coked out in Peru, to the more traditional but just as sticky “13 practical blogging tips” type posts, I have learned that spending 10 to 15 minutes thinking through the best title will double or triple or quadruple your blog traffic.

Practical Tips

  • big numbers rock; 13 tips, 10 reasons, etc
  • get colorful; people love reading descriptive adjectives because we think in pictures, and if you can paint a picture with your title, you’s getting some sick clicks
  • observe what works, both on your blog and on top blogs from your niche, and keep doing that

Set aside at least 10 minutes before you publish your blog post. Think of nothing but your blog title. When you feel clear on creating something that WILL generate some pop, sit on that idea for a minute or 1. Then, when you’re fully convinced, publish the post and reap the rewards of setting up an irresistible hook.

Kelli Cooper runs a fab blog for clearing your inner world to manifest your dreams.

But you already knew that.

11: Not Being Grateful for Every Little Blogging Victory

 

I should have been over the moon at generating 3 page visits a day to my old blog. Who the hell was I? What did I know? Nothing, really. Or so I thought. Anyway, I fell into a terrible habit early during my online career, one which has plagued even the present day me. Sometimes I am a damn ingrate. I ain’t proud of this, especially being a guy who may or may not be living a movie worthy life, but I forget to celebrate every small victory at times.

I have doubled down recently, being super extra mindful of the 250 plus retweets I generated on my last post and of the fact that I work online and that I am living in Granada, Nicaragua for the next 2 months on a house sit at a really kick ass spot.

My failure? I was so caught up on not having enough that I missed endless small – and big victories – and of course, I flopped for years because most of what I did blogging-wise was from a place of fear, lack and limitation, bringing me terrible results.

Your Lesson

I experienced a shift recently. Life-wise.

I felt grateful for more stuff in my life.

I am forming the habit of counting my blessings.

Doing so helps me to feel good. The better I feel the more good things seem to happen in my life. Blogging-wise. Life-wise.

Count your wins. Every single one. You will be less attached to outcomes. You will become more creative. You will make friends in high places. You will slowly but surely craft the life of your dreams through blogging.

After you’re done complaining with your puny readership thank the lucky stars that you can access something called “the internet” and be thankful for your blog and be thankful for reading this post, so you can learn from my mistakes, versus suffering for 5 years like I suffered.

Count every freaking victory in your life.

12: Posting on a Set Schedule Instead of Posting Only when I Had Something Epic to Share

 

Ok dudes and dudettes.

You may have something truly epic to share 1 to 3 times weekly.

Or, you may have something helpful to share every day.

If you post daily and if the post ain’t epic, you’ll see success. You may even see stunning blogging success if you have a fab marketing funnel set up, like my man John Chow. Great.

We are swinging for the fences though. I am sharing my most terrible blogging mistakes. MY worst mistakes. I could have established a rep for being an epic poster but I shied away from the spotlight for about 5 years online. I wanted to just get by. I feared not posting enough. I feared falling off of the radar. I feared being off of the blogging grid. So….I settled for OK results, for years, when I could have taken things up 50 notches. I settled for average when I had epic within my grasp.

I made this mistake as recently as 3 weeks ago. I wrote OK blog posts. No harm in that. But I had more potential in me. I yearned to break my mediocre chains.

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82 Comments

  1. Hi Ryan.

    Great post.

    This was definitely an eye opener for me. I see where I’ve made
    many mistakes in my first year of blogging.

    I plead guilty to all of that you mentioned above. Some more
    flagrant than others.

    I probably have 7 or 8 posts out of 21 that I’m proud of. The rest I consider filler. I did write about some of my early failures and success, but didn’t really tie them to internet marketing too well. More recently, I’ve been more focused, as you saw on my latest
    post about fear. Still not writing huge 1000+ word posts. It will come.

    I will be adding this to my favorites list.

    Have a great weekend…….Chris

    • Chris thank you. I still plead guilty to a few LOL….Looking forward to following your blog. You too!

  2. Hi Ryan

    I am happy to see that you have learned a lot with your mistakes which is really good. As I already said that You are a Pro Blogger and you will grow like a rocket because you are learning day by day.

    Mistakes has their own importance in our life, we can’t learn new things without doing mistakes. They help us to learn more and grow more.

    I also did so many mistakes and still doing and still learning with them.

    Keep doing mistakes, keep learning from them and keep growing.

    Have a nice weekend. 🙂

    • Harleena, we really do learn from our mistakes and grow through them. Thanks so much.

    • Seeing Black Friday deals already that’s something else Harleena….guess we must start now, right?

  3. Faiz Alam Says:

    Hi Ryan,

    I’ve visited your site for the first time & looking at the content first make me feel to put my comment here. you’ve not just mentioned your mistakes but you’re guiding others to not to do so. The idea really worked !!!

    Thanks for this (y)

    It’s a good going & have a happy travelling, hanging out & awesome writing for you ! <3

    • Faiz that’s awesome man, appreciate it.

    • I tried tweeting your post Faiz and saw no tweet button. Add that bad boy for a bunch more traffic.

  4. John Says:

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    posts as long as I provide credit and sources back to your weblog?

    My website is in the exact same area of interest as yours and my users would definitely benefit from some of
    the information you present here. Please let me know if this alright with
    you. Thanks!

    • Your site looks like an insurance site John. How is it connected to pro blogging? Please let me know and we will see. Thanks much.

  5. Way2share Says:

    We are also doing this mistake by not making promo and regular update of blog to maintain readers in our website blog .

    thanks for making such a great post , but it will be good if u mention your mistake in points.

    • Yep those are 2 blog killers. Thanks much for sharing.

  6. Kore Duke Says:

    Hi Ryan,

    Oh yes I must confess this post is EPIC and I loved reading every bit of it.

    What I loved more is you didn’t just write about your blogging mistakes, you wrote about the leesons you learnt from them. Alot of blogger will benefit from this.

    I make some of these misrakes you listed out. Am guilty of so many things such as not building an email list, not guest posting, and not doing enough promotion for my blog.
    I’ve learnt alot from your mistakes, and I’ll do my best to make them right.

    Thanks for sharing this wonderful post.

    Have a wonderful week ahead.

    • Kore thanks so much. Guilty as charged on all of them 😉

      • Kore Duke Says:

        Hi Ryan,

        I’d love to share this post but I can’t see any share button.

        Thanks

  7. Vishal Says:

    After reading this amazing posts, now I certainly know why the hell I never made my blog work for me and made money out of it. Now, i don’t write blog’s because I got tired of my unsuccessful story and time i spent in writing those posts. But All these mentioned steps like not building a email list and others were common and idiotic errors I had made. I am sure this post would be a more worth to every failed and newbie bloggers.

    • Keep on keeping on Vishal….you rock dude.

  8. Mark Says:

    Wow Ryan!

    What a completely over the top and top rank educational post
    my friend!

    This post could easily and probably should be an entire mini
    series!

    You’re referring to them as your 12 extremely critical blogging mistakes, while I prefer to refer to them as the 12 ways to really succeed as a bonafide super blogger!LOL!

    This post is jammed packed with nothing but, real world know how!

    The kin that can only come from being in the trenches and constantly getting your uniform extremely dirty!LOL!

    Thanks so much, for sharing such a truly eye opening and inspiring post!

    • Mark thanks much for the awesome comment and tweet.

  9. Julia Reed Says:

    Awesome post, it’s a ‘must-read’ for newbies. Have to admit, I did almost all of these blogging mistakes when I started blogging. But I think we all learn from our mistakes, right?:)

  10. Biggest takeaway, I really need to spend more time promoting my content. I am extremely guilty of the make a post, tweet about it, leave a few comments and move on to the next one.

    With my sites reboot I have made it a goal to spend more time promoting than creating. What is the point of creating all this epic #$*% if no one sees it?

    Great post!

    Chris

    • Chris man, I hear you. Let me know how that freely promoting campaign shakes out for you. Thanks much dude. Ryan

  11. Kabie Says:

    Hello Ryan,

    You are one of the few bloggers I for instance knew who was channeling out more than 10 articles per day with your true conscience blog. I have followed you for quite sometime and obviously any advice coming from your end ought to be taken really serious.

    I have learnt my lessons after carefully reading this lovely post of yours. One thing which has obviously ‘killed’ many is the love of money.

    Learning from the mistakes of others is the way to go because we might not live long enough to make all those mistakes ourselves.

    Thanks and please do have a great day.

    • That love is a tough one to let go, right Kabie?

  12. Hi Ryan,

    We all make errors and like you know, we constantly have to re-adjust.

    I think Brian Dean from Backlinko sends out 200 emails to influencers for every post he writes. He has below 40 pieces of content on his blog, yet he is THE linkbuild guy out there. Promoting is vital, excellent advice 🙂

    Fresh content is very important however, right now i’m on the side of the scale where i’d better ramp it up.

    I keep my topic limited to copywriting for the moment, because I decided that’s where my focus will be. It allows me to grow as a copywriter and will prevent me from spreading myself too thin.

    When Donna leaves a comment on your blog it sure is a treat 🙂 having blogging friends makes all the difference. Even it takes a little while for you to reciprocate, they will surely appreciate it if you do the same for them.

    My blog posts usually don’t get shorter than 1000 words, but I try to keep them a bit comprehensive and leave them with a lesson. I’ll have to play around with 3000+ words though, it might work really well.

    I totally love your books Ryan and i’m sure I will be buying and reading more to come 🙂 At $0.99 they are a steal, my favorite book so far was your blog commenting book, it truly inspired me to take action.

    Telling your own story can be so powerful, you know it and I know it. The most impactful post I read so far was on Adrienne’s blog. Lorraine shared her story and look at all the doors it opened for her. Not to forget, by sharing she and saved someone’s life…

    I’m still failing hard every single day in all sorts of aspects. Sometimes it’s mental game, other times I just put time in the wrong activites. Heck, sometimes I leave blog comments when I feel like I should be writing for my own blog (yep, I need to finish my blog post on power words tonight).

    Happy to be one of your 21 visitors for today 😉 (duh, kidding).

    Seems like nothing wrong with that agency…I mean, they created the most excellent website! (again, kidding…there are way too many of half-assed “SEO” agencies out there). I’m trying hard not to depend on Google nowadays.

    Taking ample time to create killer blog titles will surely pay back, another excellent nugget of advice right there. I usually write a title before I start my post but end up changing them a couple of times until I publish them.

    True Ryan, count your victories and your blessings. It’s so easy to take it for granted.

    Your last one cuts me a little, because I told myself I would write a good quality post at least 2x a month and I want to ultimately move to 3 or 4 times a month. Yet, my last one has been almost a month away and i’m the only one to blame. I like it when it cuts a little though…pain is an excellent driver for me.

    BOOM. This was a very enjoyable read and I learned a lot from you yet again.

    – Jasper

    p.s. Thank you so much for your comment and the retweet on my article! Also, I just wanted to let you know the link to Andrew Warner goes to your homepage now.

    • Jasper what a comment!!! Thanks so much man and Brian is a fab example in this regard. Noted and changed, thanks for the heads up.

  13. Adrienne Says:

    Hey Ryan,

    I think we just have to make mistakes or we can’t appreciate where we are. Life is a journey and so is blogging.

    I can’t tell you how many mistakes I’ve made too and I also know that I don’t do some things as aggressively as I should but I also know I’m in the right place at the right time and I’m SO appreciative of everything that I have and where I am today.

    I have my friends to thank for that too and that is my blogging community because I do feel a bond with them all. I also appreciate the heck out of you. We met a good while ago but I also saw something in you that I wasn’t quite ready to just toss aside. It didn’t matter that I didn’t care for your opportunity, I could tell you were a great guy trying to find your way too. I’m glad you stuck with it because you’re where you need to be now.

    Thank you for your honesty in sharing the lessons you’ve learned. I know that so many others will read your post and have some aha moments too. We have to keep on moving forward and learn as we go. We can only hope it’s all good but at times it’s not.

    Have a fabulous week Ryan.

    ~Adrienne

    • Adrienne it’s always my pleasure. I too thank you and all of my buddies for getting me on the blogging straight and narrow. Have a fab weekend.

  14. This post really hits home. Great detail, especially with what not to do. I agree with everything you’re saying, especially with specialization and not straying off topic. This is what I’ve struggled with the most with my blog. It started as “business tips,” then morphed into “everything marketing,” and finally, I’m settled on “inbound marketing tools and tech.” I’d say, whenever possible, try to be uber-specific. Yes, your audience might be smaller, but you’ll be able to build more than an audience, you’ll build a loyal tribe. Great job dude.

  15. Hey Ryan I really enjoyed reading this one buddy, I can definitely vibe with your first mistake, that’s something I continuously seem to do at times, when my mind begins to roll off to “I must write more content”, instead of trying to promote the life out of each post, get the social shares, comments, mentions, links etc.

    I have to say though, I’ve grown a bit lazy whilst growing old gracefully, it’s so easy to sit back and think “ah the heck with it, I’ve written a post if people find it then that’s great”. I’m trying to shake that off right now and get back in the saddle of effective blog post promotion.

    Glad to hear you’re building that email list aggressively now, I continuously hear people saying they’ve not yet started doing the list thing, but it’s pretty darn important right?

    Anyway, great post, thanks for being transparent and sharing your mistakes with us, I think that’s something I need to do before the year is out, just layout all the balls-up mistakes I’ve made over the last 12 months, what a list that would be ha ha.

    Take it easy my friend, thanks for inspiring 🙂 – Fabrizio.

    • Laying out the unclear stuff is that first key step Fabrizio. You’re doing awesome from what I’ve seen 😉

  16. Don Purdum Says:

    Hi Ryan,

    I really appreciate your transparency and openness. Who among us has not experienced at least on thing you talked about in this post?

    This is why the message is so important and developing that message is vital because it’s the message that dictates the strategies and goals and keeps us focused on the main objectives.

    It’s so easy to get caught up in the things that just don’t matter and ultimately become distractions.

    Keep up the great work my friend!

    ~ Don Purdum

    • Don, you got it buddy. Being open, honest and truthful with self is the way to make our blogging lives easier. Thanks so much.

  17. Ravi Chahar Says:

    Hey Ryan,

    We are humans and make mistakes. But, the point is, are we repeating them again and again?

    In the field of blogging, every blogger has experienced some ups and downs. All do mistakes.

    I have done many mistakes mentioned above. Not writing consistently is the worst case.

    Not sharing others content is a major blogging mistake. Blog commenting is the best activity for a blogger to spread his/her love. But some bloggers don’t take it seriously and fail in blogging.

    Email marketing is necessary. If you want to keep your readers up-to-date then it’s important to send them the reminders.

    All the blogging mistakes you have mentioned are worth to think about.
    I am sure it will help many bloggers.

    Thanks for this great article.
    Have a good day.
    ~Ravi

    • Ravi, you got it man. Email is the foundation of my passive marketing campaign.

  18. Brent Jones Says:

    What an amazing post, Ryan!

    “In truth, being defecated upon by the world’s loudest land animal would have been a feather in my Blogging from Paradise cap.”

    ^ That line towards the start made me laugh out loud.

    I liked your point about not blogging just for profit. Too many people do that… create a blog to pursue overnight fame and fortune.

    And it just doesn’t work.

    It takes time (and authenticity) to build trust.

    I just subscribed to you on YouTube because I want to see more howler monkey videos… LOL

    Oh, and Just a heads up that I’ll be on the road until the second week of November — wanted to let you know, so if you don’t see me poking around your blog as often as usual, you’ll know why. Thanks a ton!

    Brent

    • Haha Brent I figured that line would get pop. Thanks for subbing and for the awesome comment.

  19. Hey Ryan! It’s been a while, how you been?

    #9 really resonated me because it was an issue I went through myself for a long while. I had thought that if I did everything, than surely I’d see the results I was looking for. Unfortunately that meant I never really focused the time and effort to make any one method work well for me – I was mediocre at all of them.

    I’ve been focusing a lot of effort on pay-per-click advertising and while it’s working well for me right now, there is still a lot of room for improvement as always. Looking forward to utilizing YouTube a bit more as well…

    Anyway it’s good to be talking to you here again and always, an enjoyable read! Thanks Ryan!

    • Hey James it’s great to see you again. You’re always shifting, changing, assessing, which is why you’re so successful online. Have a fab weekend.

  20. bukge Says:

    Hi Ryan,
    I am new in blogging there for the experience you shared will be very useful for me i am very thankful to you for sharing such a informative article there are lots of new comers who will get benefit from this wonderful article,You are doing a fabulous job keep it up.
    Thanks

    • Bukge what an exciting journey. I look forward to following your blogging career.

  21. Kari Says:

    I’ve made a ton of mistakes – and still do. The email list thingy has been my biggest mistake so far. I thought I didn’t have a lot of time to work with a list, so I didn’t focus my attention on it too much. But as I watched contests in various niches I belong to, I realized that the people with lists were the ones pulling in the most money. And, when I got turned down by a company I really wanted to be an affiliate for, simply because my list was not big enough, I made the decision to really throw some energy towards it from now on.

    • Kari I hear you. I resisted list building until I saw how quickly and easily I could get traffic and sales by building that list. Wake up call, big time.

  22. Tom Southern Says:

    Hi Ryan,

    This post resonates so much with me. I can empathise with your story. My first 3 blogs failed and I’m not ashamed any more to be open about this and write about it on my blog. Because people like to hear that it’s not all roses and fluffy kittens when trying to make your blog work.

    My failure came from 2 main mistakes: Believing the hype about making online
    being simply a case of picking the money-making keywords and optimising my content and giving up too quickly when this hype turned into no-traffic reality.

    I’ve learned that it’s more about building relationships. This isn’t hype. It really
    works – as your wonderful and generous #FF endorsement of me on Twitter today proves. Thanks so much for that. It was a lovely surprise.

    It all comes to being real, getting used to succeeding and reaching out to people
    who want to know, do or have what you know, do or have and showing them the steps to get it.

    My 4th blog is growing successfully because I’ve found my audience. They’re others who find getting traffic a frustrating struggle.

    A big lesson I’m learning that’s helping this success is to ask questions (or raise them in people’s minds as they read your content), keep asking and use the answers to help the individuals answering and to write content for all the others who were afraid to ask. That’s one way to grow your blog successfully.

    You’re a great example. I love your photos, btw, they’re a nice touch.

    Thanks for taking time to write this epic post, Ryan. Cheers!

    – Tom

    • Tom you’re doing wonderfully now. So many of us have taken the long journey, for sure. Thanks so much for sharing the epic comment.

  23. Tom Watts Says:

    Hey Ryan, it’s not letting me reply to the old comments – maybe it’s being marked as spam on your back end? Anyway, it seems easier to start a new comment thread at this point. In response to your last reply:

    Nope there was one after that… I’ll attempt to write it out again;

    1. That’s very helpful, my 90% right now is Twitter, Triberr and blog commenting – the first 2 I have covered but I think I can definitely improve on the commenting part. My 10% is maybe 10 other platforms, so I’m going to focus on expanding that too – thank you.

    2. I checked your comment and understand what you mean now. In fact, at first when I clicked the link you gave me, I thought you’d sent me the wrong one. I scrolled all the way to the comments to see yours and couldn’t, so I thought “maybe it’s still in moderation”. So I decided the read the article anyway while I was there, and by the time I got to the end I realized I had completely skipped over your comment because I thought it was part of the article! It was the “load more” button that did it, I thought that was for the article, but when I thought about it afterwards that didn’t really make sense.

    When you comment do you ever link to your articles in the actual comment? Or do you just use the link tied to your name in the comment options? And if you do, do you just use your homepage URL or do you change it up?

    That’s pretty much the gist of what I wrote – hopefully it posts this time!

    Tom

    • Oh OK, here we are. I stay away from dropping links in the comments itself since most bloggers see this as spam. I’d just share my thoughts and if the comment is good, and thorough, folks will click through on your name. Thanks much for sharing the awesome comment Tom.

  24. Hey Ryan,

    I think it’s good to know for all of us that successful bloggers like yourself are human. Sometimes your readers forget that. But we know that a smarter blogger writes content that their audience can relate to.

    You have brought on some blogging memories that I’ve learned from.. I made the mistake of not putting in effort to build my email list to trying 30 different social platforms out to falling off topic. And no none of this got me anywhere.

    I think the worst was not having clarity and not fixing the blogging mistakes in a timely matter. I had big goals for my blog. I mean big generic goals that had me overlooking and analizung the current little problems that was holding me back. Sometimes when we become so focus on money we tend to ignore what’s more important which can help us attract money.

    But it’s great that you turned things around for yourself. Yes we all still make mistakes but at least we know how important it is to focus and learn ftom them so that we can keep moving forward.

    Thanks for the share Ryan! Have a good one !

    • I was in the same boat Sherman. I feel that I made a big shift 4 weeks ago when I published once every 7 to 14 days. Now I think thru each blog post to make sure I’m on blogging tips topic. Thanks so much for the awesome comment.

  25. Hey Ryan,

    Epoch post my friend, and oh so true! Following these leads you have given us will lead us to success. I think the most important topic here to me is build that list! I know I know…we hear it all the time, but it is not a matter of sending your next blog post to your list, it is more than that.

    It is an art form! Those folks that have kindly signed up for your list have to get the most attention of anyone you communicate with. “If I knew then what I know now” lol. At first I was just posting my blog posts…”Lucky you …you can read my blog first..” Big Deal!

    Instead, our list needs to be nurtured, communicated with…giving out more information to them than we ever would on our blogs. And then Whamo…we can give them an offer. Something deemed great because you yourself use it and had success, and your list may too. Just follow that 80/20 rule and its a win win for everyone.

    -Donna

    • Donna that’s such a fabulous point on listing building. I have been doing that as well, although this week I just did my post and a free eBook giveaway. Thanks so much for sharing.

  26. Kim Willis Says:

    Hi Ryan

    Yeah, I’ve made all of these mistakes, and to be truthful I’m still making many of them.

    But I’ve kicked the ‘small post’ habit, forever. My last post was near 3,000 words.

    I know I am not properly promoting my posts. Heck I even forgot to promote my latest post on Facebook, for God’s sake.

    But I am into the blog commenting routine, thanks in no small part to you. And yes, it does work!

    The big standout for me from this post is the point to do with straying off topic. I plead guilty governor! The fact is that my original blog site was like a dog’s breakfast – a mess. A self indulgent free for all.

    Fortunately my new blog has a much tighter focus.

    Thanks Ryan – you rock!

    Kim

    • I’ve seen that with your new blog Kim; awesome. Laser like focus over there which is great. Thank you so much.

  27. Eyal Katz Says:

    I definetely understand why these were mistakes for you but I think that though they are not individual mistakes I do think that they are specific to the stage that your blog is in.

    I’ll elaborate, I think we can agree that at this point your blog is successful. For bloggers who are in the early stages of blog writing your mistakes could be their triumphs. When your domain has virtually no quality content out there for Google to grab on to you haven’t got a chance in hell.

    For bloggers at this stage, I have seen it be more beneficial to write more posts than to write very in-depth, best in topic type posts. If you run a one man show and have virtually no traffic then it’s first quantity then quality. Once you reach your milestone you can start to turn this on its head.

    • Really good point Eyal. Think of it this way though; when you string say, 5 short blog posts together, into 1 pillar style post, you’ll no longer be a beginner 😉 It takes some clarity to do it, but getting through this beginner’s mental block – or veteran mental block too – will help you leap frog so many blogging stages, it’s not even funny. Thanks so much for sharing.

  28. Gilbert Says:

    That is why I prefer reading a blog based on actual experience. If you have been blogging for a while, you may have read those several posts saying that to be successful in blogging, you must post regularly. Set a posting schedule be it once a week or once a month and once you chose a posting frequency, stick with it. I will refrain from committing that same mistake. From now on, I will only post when I have something to say of value to my readers.

    • Gilbert I am with you. Getting the 411 on real experiences makes all the difference to me. Thanks much.

  29. Jeannette Says:

    THIS is really good, Ryan! Enjoyed every “mistake” and am finding myself inspired to check my word count. lol

    And it was your practice of this: “Writing Guest Post Sized Comments” that brought me here, so yay for that! 🙂

    • Jeannette I saw those page views on your posts; you are doing JUST FINE lol. Thanks so much for commenting.

  30. Tom Watts Says:

    Hey Ryan,

    Awesome post. I agree totally with all of those points – the main one being about promoting in 60 places instead of 10. I feel like that’s where I’m lacking right now! I’d love to write you a guest post length comment, but it’s late where I am and I’m afraid I’ll fall asleep before I get to the punchline. Thanks for the tips, keep em coming!

    Tom

    • Tom I’m still getting good at the 60 points too. Hope you slept well.

      • Tom Watts Says:

        Thanks for getting back to me, Ryan. I had an okay sleep thank and a little more time to think your article through!

        I have 2 questions;

        1. You say that one of your mistakes was to not post in 60 places (as I already referenced) but then later on you said that you focused on too mastering too many methods at once. Can you clarify if you just meant to focus on building a following in one place at a time then once it’s sufficient move on to the next one? Or did you mean something else by this?

        2. I know you referenced Donna in the part about guest post sized comments – but could you show me an example of one of your own comments? What do you write about? Do you write a similar post to what they’re writing and try to steal the limelight, or do you just reference their points and give them props?

        I think that’s it – sorry for the long comment and questions 🙂

        Tom

        • Ah that’s great Tom.

          1: Spend maybe 90% of your time working 1-2 channels. For me, that’s twitter and blog commenting. Then, spend like 10% of your time promoting your latest blog posts on sites like Inbound.org, BizSugar, Viral Content Buzz, and say, 30 G Plus Groups and 20 FB Groups. You can do that 10% of the time stuff quickly and easily over the course of the week, and you’ll be on a bunch of other spots to expand your reach.

          2: Perfect timing 😉 I just wrote this comment on Pos Pos. This is a fab example.

          Just click this link and scroll down to see my comment:

          http://www.positivelypositive.com/wanting-to-leave-is-enough/

          No worries, keep those comments coming and thanks so much for chatting.

          • Tom Watts Says:

            Hey Ryan, I wrote a long comment for you earlier in response – but it was on my phone and it went weird and not sure if it actually posted…

          • Yep, pretty sure it was posted Tom. Did you ask me 2 questions?

  31. Enstine Muki Says:

    My two hands are up!

    Yes, I’m guilty too and I feel very stupid right now.

    You know Ryan, the only way to figure the error in what you are doing is to discover the right way to do it. Once you change your method, do something differently and get better results, that simply tells you you were wrong doing it the other way.

    I think sharing your practical experiences and results attest to the fact that you found the errors and changed your paradigm.

    I can only say thanks for sharing with us where you failed and where you are currently achieving success.

    Good to copy good method rights? So I’m a copy-blogger right now 😉

    • Enstine you know I have been there my friend and yep, that is the PERFECT way to put it. Thanks so much for commenting.

  32. I’ve made many of them and quite often. In part, I think, because I do too many things, and I just haven’t sat down to make a clear plan with my blogging. That, however, is on my to-do list.

    First, though, I’m running a writing retreat in Costa Rica. And also applying for a writing fellowship.

    So you can see how I keep putting it of. But… it’s time. 🙂 I will finally, finally stop mucking about with my blog and get things going.

    • Leigh, that sounds awesome. Where in CR? Kelli and I may head there next. Let me know; maybe we can meet up.

  33. Adam Says:

    Hey Ryan, this is a monster of a post & thanks so much for the mention!

    I know we talked about this recently, but you are right on the money with writing long form content.

    For certain niches, and certain audiences, long form isn’t always the way to go but when you want to stand out and provide in depth resources for your readers – it’s the best way to go.

    Like you mentioned, the key is to take your foot off the content publishing pedal and put plenty of time into the promotion side of things.

    Once we do this, we can grow our audience faster and help more people with our content.

    • You were one of the inspirations for the long form approach Adam. I had success with it in the past, then when I opened Triberr I saw your long posts getting so much love. Well done, and thanks so much.

  34. Lisa Sicard Says:

    Ryan, wow, this had to be your best post! I have stuck to one topic after reading one of your ebooks but now I must write longer posts and promote the hell out of them. I’ve always been afraid to over promote my own stuff.
    I preach the 80/20 rule but probably practice the 95/5 rule.
    I’ve just gotten back to commenting on others posts but only if they are really good or relevant. I can’t comment just for the sake of it (lifes too short).
    Thanks for all the great tips and for sharing how and why you do what you do. Love the pics and images too, love nature stuff.
    Enjoy your time there Ryan!

    • I have definitely been there Lisa. I barely promoted my stuff in the past and even when I did, I limited myself to a few networks. Lesson learned on that front. Thank you so much for reading and commenting.

  35. Nirmala Says:

    Hi Ryan,

    You have nailed the topic. I agree with the blogging mistakes that you’ve listed here and your lessons for them are priceless.

    I still do some blogging mistakes like not building the email list, not writing long, meaningful comments on authority blogs and not spending time to go through my old posts.

    I’ll correct these faults as they are due to my time limitations. I feel good that I got an opportunity to learn some helpful lessons through your blog post.

    I always read your effective suggestions. I hope that you and Keli are doing good, thanks for contributing this great post for us.

    Have a good day today!

    • List building was almost like my enemy Nirmala. I too had those limits in mind and didn’t think I could do it. Since I started building one I’ve reaped some super awesome benefits. Thanks so much for reading, commenting AND for sharing this on Facebook!

  36. Marc Says:

    Ryan,
    Thanks for the link and the mention. Like you, I ignored the need to build an email list for several years, and it was one of my biggest mistakes. One of the things I love about list building is that it is an asset that will keep growing with time, as long as you are actively mailing the list and providing subscribers with something they care about. You may not get instant results, but if you stick with it you will get some great results with a little bit of time.

    • I see we were in the same boat Marc. Lists are fab assets that grow and prosper all involved. Thanks so much.

    • Awesome list building post, BTW.

  37. Have you made these mistakes?