21 Simple Blogging Tips

November 19, 2014

blogging tips from paradise

I just drank 2 cups of oatmeal.

Drinkable oatmeal.

We have weird snacks here in Ubud, Bali. Don’t get me started on Thai snacks. Or Cambodian snacks. I’ve dined on Stereo cookies in Sihanoukville, Cambodia (like Oreos). I’ve feasted on hot dog buns filled with strawberry cream and raisins in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Kelli gags at my snack selection.

I’m just sampling what the world has to offer. Confectionary-wise.

What in the hell does weird, sweet snack consumption have to do with blogging tips?

Nothing. And everything.

The relation may be a stretch or it may be a direction correlation. I could relate my weird, sweet snack lead in to:

  • How good blogging requires story telling aka recounting your day
  • How good blogging requires you to go out on a limb aka not give a rat’s ass what people will say about you making bold moves
  • How good blogging requires you to hook readers instantly (through your intro)
  • How good blogging can be fueled by bizarre, sometimes unorthodox, sweet treats purchased from some of the most exotic spots on earth

I’m going with a different angle here. I just ate breakfast in Ubud, Bali. How many bloggers can say that? How many bloggers can say they spent $7.80 (USD) to buy a full supply of groceries yesterday? How many bloggers can say they’ve traveled the world for the past 43 months, living in Monteverde, Costa Rica, and Savusavu, Fiji, and Pak Nam Pran, Thailand, among other spots?

I am free. If you follow each tip below you’ll be free to travel the world indefinitely, too. If you want to drink 2 cups of oatmeal in Bali or if you want to eat bizarre sweet Thai snacks in Phuket you can do it.

You won’t have to return to your home town – ever – after grubbing on these snacks. You can island hop from tropical paradise to tropical paradise, forever, as a professional blogger.

If you want to make money blogging from beginners or pros, this post may just be for you.

You can retire to a life of freedom. You can engineer a freeing, digital nomad lifestyle.

The tips below are the secret. The freedom is waiting. Seize it.

99% or more of bloggers ignore good, proven, practical blogging tips. 99% or more of bloggers….

….fear being uncomfortable more than they want to be free.

Take myself. My prior life, meaning my pre-island hopping days, was designed by a series of confining, imprisoning, comfortable choices. I subsequently chose a different path after being disgusted with my life. I chose to make freeing, life-affirming, uncomfortable decisions. I never looked back.

You read this post because on the exterior, you want blogging tips. Deep down, you want much, much more. You want freedom.

So without further adieu……


1. Know Why


Know why you’re blogging.

I am listening to roosters crowing in Ubud, Bali. The pigs grunt. The dogs bark. The herons swoop in. The rice field workers are heading to work. I am enjoying Balinese tea.

I am free.

I want to take you with me.

I want you to blog from paradise too.

I know clearly why I am blogging: freedom. I intend to share that freedom with you. Imagine logging in to your backoffice from Bali today? Or from Fiji? Or from Thailand? Phuket or Koh Lanta, anybody? You can do it. If you want to be free. Act on the urge. Know why. I know why. I know being free is more important than fearing uncomfortable situations. I intend to be free and intend for you to be free.

This is the ultimate of blogging tips. The tips below mean jack shit. If you don’t follow this tip. That’s why this tip is #1. Numero uno. The ultimate tip of ultimate tips, knowing why, because if you know why, you will blog from paradise. You’ll make it. You’ll blog from wherever you want on earth as a full time blogger because you’ll reach the ultimate tipping point; you’ll want to be free more than you fear doing uncomfortable things. Once you change that tipping point you’ll succeed. You’ll drive traffic and increase your blog income.

Know why.


2. Get Clear


Get clear. I scrapped my old blog to create this blog. How?

I got clear on my audience. I got clear on why I was doing what I was doing.

Getting clear is simple. I enjoyed the process. I felt free getting clear.

5 months ago in Fiji I chose to write about my life. My life was retiring to a life of island hopping through smart blogging. I went from security officer to Sanur, Bali. I was a dock worker who went to Danang, Vietnam. I was a pier guard who went to Phuket, Thailand. I embodied this life, so why not write about it? After going down my life path I chose to share my story with you.

Getting clear meant picking a domain name and tag line. Emphasis on “clear.”


Bali god. Damn he's jacked.
Bali god. Damn he’s jacked.

I went with: Blogging from Paradise as a domain name. I went with: Retire to a Life of Island Hopping through Smart Blogging. This was fairly clear to me, or ridiculously obviously clear I should say. How obvious can you be? Seeing a guy blogging from paradise is easy as is envisioning yourself retiring to a life of island hopping through smart blogging. Gaining this level of clarity demanded that I release unclear ideas and feelings around my blogging life.

The prior sentence was code for “deleting my old blog.” My old blog and all 3400 posts I published to that blog. As you may imagine, the deletion was a wee bit uncomfortable. But I had to remove what I was unclear on to get clear on my new direction. Evidence of my lack of being unclear is my current day level of clarity. Before you get clear on moving in one direction be ruthless with any lack of clarity related to your blog. If you feel iffy or not 100% clear on the direction and topic of your blog, or if you’re blogging for some low energy, sullied intent, other than freeing yourself and others, trash it.

Get fully clear.


3. Create Products


Create delicious products.

I have created 10 products and darnit, when I published my own products people felt my authority. Blogging became easier for me because I became a pro. Pros publish eBooks, and courses, and video series, because successes in any niche online or offline offer a range of products to serve their audience and to stand out from the crowd.

I’ve seen some bloggers claim not to have the time to create products (I hope this isn’t you).

You don’t have the time NOT to create products.

Publish eBooks, video courses or other products to distance yourself from the crowd. Be a pro. Be an authority. Publish products.

Bloggers blog. I get that. So publish your posts once every week or so. Be in depth about your blogs. Connect with pros. Do all of that good stuff. Then, develop your authority. I publish eBooks to inspire my audience with a product. My readers can download my eBooks to use as study manuals. New bloggers find me on Amazon or through Selz. Products establish authority. People trust product creators – if the products are helpful – more than bloggers who don’t create products in most cases.

Creating a blogging product is like getting your blogging PhD. Like, you made it. After my first eBook went live I felt like a professional blogger, even more so than I did before. I earned my stripes. I learned a topic inside-out so I could accumulate enough experience and knowledge to create an eBook specifically related to the topic. I know this. Readers know this too, meaning they know that I know my stuff.

Sure you open income streams and gain more blog traffic and grow your list through creating products but more than anything you’ll be trusted versus the blogger who doesn’t create products. Trusted bloggers retire to become full time, pro bloggers. Or trusted pro, full time bloggers become hyper successful, inspirational bloggers.

Create your own product. Retire to a life of island hopping through smart blogging.


4. Pick 1 Topic


I blog from paradise. I help you retire to a life of island hopping through smart blogging. Posts here center on 1 topic. Each post reveals blogging tips with a taste of paradise. Essentially, my blog is about smart blogging. Or smart blogging insights. I added the paradise bit because it’s a delicious dream.

At November’s end Kelli and I will journey from Bali to New Jersey. We’ll stick around for the month through the holidays. Then we’ll be off. We’ll even do a neat house sit in New York City in December to do the internet lifestyle thing to the hilt. Hey, it’s still island hopping.

Anyway, I’ve spent from mid January to late November of 2014 living in:

  • Chiang Mai, Thailand (2 months)
  • Pak Nam Pran, Thailand (1 month)
  • Koh Lanta, Thailand (1 month)
  • Phuket, Thailand (1 month)
  • Savusavu, Fiji (4 months)
  • Ubud, Bali (1 month)

Since I’m in paradise you bet your sweet bippee I’ll blog about blogging from paradise. That’s the topic. That’s my sell, or my unique selling proposition (more on that later), but more than anything, it’s what I do and it’s what you can expect from me. I won’t confuse you. I’ll inspire you to do 1 thing here on Blogging from Paradise. No mental cross currents. No confusion.

We only do island hopping in these parts.

By the way, before we move on, I have *1 topic* I want to share with you. (get it, “1 topic”?)

I’d love to see more customer reviews on Amazon – and my blog – for my eBook, Blogging from Paradise: How to Retire to a Life of Island Hopping through Smart Blogging.

More reviews means we inspire more folks to blog from paradise, and more than that, damn is it good karma for you to help a blogging brother out. It literally takes 2 to 5 minutes – or 10 if you’re creating something epic – and it’ll help so many people, me included.

Post your reviews here:

Blogging from Paradise Review (Amazon)


5. Tell Your Story


I am a guy who knew how to check espn.com and my email 5 years ago. I am a guy who – current day – has been endorsed twice by Chris Brogan and who’ll be speaking at NYU about blogging tips for aspiring digital nomads in a few weeks. That’s my story. From pier guard to Penang, Malaysia.

Telling your story:

  • Connects you to your audience
  • Inspires readers to trust you
  • Inspires clients to become return clients
  • Inspires clients to hire you in the first place
  • Makes you stand out from the hundreds of millions of blogs online
  • Is fun
  • Is your ultimate unique selling proposition (yeah more on that later, keep your shirt on)

I know you have an exciting story to tell. Maybe you’re a college student tackling a neat major. I was a meteorology major. Yeah, a weather guy. That’s pretty neat. So work that angle into your blog. Tell your life story. Maybe you were a former model. I was. I was a part time model. Neat story. So work that angle into your blog. Maybe you were or are a security guard. I was. Work that angle into your blog.

Maybe you’re a busy working mom raising 4 kids. Work that angle into your blog. Your story is your story. Nobody can own it. Only you can. Don’t fear telling your story. Everybody who is meant to care, cares, because authenticity and creativity attracts like-minded people to you.


Who Cares?


I hear your limiting belief right now. All the way from the Ring of Fire, here in Bali. Nobody cares about your story. You have no story. Bullshit. If you challenge your mental laziness and apathy, you’ll lock yourself in a room for the next 60 minutes to find 30 story lines from your life. You’ll find them. Then, you’ll draw parallels from your experiences.

Maybe your college major taught you how to increase blog traffic. Who knows? You do. I’ve worked the model/meteorology/pier guard angle into Blogging from Paradise. Hasn’t hurt me, folks. As a matter of my fact story freed me. My story inspired Chris Brogan to tweet me and it also inspired Yaro Starak to endorse me and it also inspired an NYU professor to reach out to me for my speaking engagement. Nobody on earth is like me, and I play that fact to the hilt. My story makes me human, and vulnerable, and more than that, everybody loves a good story.

blogging from paradise ubud bali

Stories sell billions and billions and billions of dollars. Movies, TV shows, books, eBooks and plays do sick sales. People love stories. Always have, always will, and they’ll love your story too when you tell your story from an authentic, genuine space.

Tell your story.


6. Pass the Domain Name and Tag Line Visualization Test


You think in pictures. Make your domain and tagline easy to see. Do your reader’s leg work. People are lazy. If you can’t see a concept easily while thinking through the concept, you’re gone.

My old blog domain was not clear. It didn’t pass the visualization test.

My Blogging from Paradise domain is easy to see. I can see a guy blogging from paradise. I can see a guy who has retired to a life of island hopping through smart blogging. Can you do the same with your blog? If not, time for a new domain and tagline because people hop on board of causes they can clearly see, visualize and understand.

Your homework is this: look at your domain. Then, ask 10 friends – blogging or otherwise – to look at your domain. Make sure to ask non-web savvy folks – the type of folks who “go on the interweb” – because they administer truth serum better than anybody. They’re the ultimate experts because they see things clearly, in the light of truth. Anyway, ask each person if they can easily imagine or visualize your domain name. Then, ask the same question for your tagline.

If 9 out of 10 can easily imagine your domain name – 10 out of 10, optimally – you’ve picked a winning domain name. Ditto on your tagline. If 9 out of 10 or 10 out of 10 folks can see it, in mind, you have picked a winner (remove mind from gutter).

If folks can’t easily see your domain name you have 2 options:

  • Keep it, and struggle to make $20 per month through your blog
  • Trash your blog, and pick an easy to see domain name, to prepare yourself to retire to a life of island hopping through smart blogging

#2 has been so much more fun from me, as a guy who experienced the former, some 3 years ago, and the latter, over the past 43 months of my current world traveling, pro blogging campaign.

Make sure your domain name and tagline passes the visualization test.


7. Unique Selling Proposition


How many bloggers do you know who lived for 4 months in a water front home on the island of Vanua Levu, Fiji? Probably not 1 other blogger on the face of the earth has done this. I know travel bloggers who spend a month or 2 in Fiji, but not 4 months. I know travel bloggers who may spend 2 or 3 months on the main island in Fiji but not on Vanua Levu. Savusavu – our town for 4 months – is referred to as the “Hidden Paradise of Fiji.”

If the locals refer to Savusavu as “paradise”, you know it’s freakin’ paradise. It gets no better than Vanua Levu, and Savusavu.

That is my unique selling proposition.

I am a blogging tips blogger who lives exclusively in paradise. I am a blogging tips blogger who spent 4 months living in a beach front home, 50 meters above the water, on a jungle cliff.

I am living in Bali now. For a month.

That’s what makes me stand out. As you see I play this USP to the hilt. I plaster my USP all over my blog and chat about it often. Why wouldn’t I? I am special. So are you.

I help you retire to a life of island hopping through smart blogging. I have seen no other blogger – or eBook author – make that promise. That is my unique selling proposition.

Successful bloggers offer a unique selling proposition. 1 idea makes successes stand out from the crowded herd. How can you find your USP? Easy. Get clear on your blog. Pick 1 topic. Drill down a few levels until you find a unique selling proposition. Once you tell your story – to yourself –  finding your USP becomes easy.

I was a security guard turned professional blogging island hopper. You may be a stay at home mom who becomes a professional techie blogger. Or you’re a college student who is becoming quirky fashion blogger from the Midwest. You get the picture. Keep drilling down deeper and deeper to mine different aspects of your personality.




I could have drilled down to these aspects of my personality before I went in the direction of Blogging from Paradise:

  • former meteorology student
  • former model
  • basketball nut
  • shy and sensitive type (Okay that’s me from 5 years ago)
  • bodybuilder (again, me a few years back)

We all have some stuff we do, or hobbies, or personality traits which expand nicely into a unique selling proposition. I went with traveling and blogging, you can go with virtually anything. Start with picking a topic which vibes with you. Know why you want to blog. Align with that topic and drill down deeper and deeper into your personality and into strict niches to find a unique selling proposition nobody else on earth can claim.


8. Offer a Service


Offering a service is similar to offering a product. People trust professionals. Professional bloggers offer services like:

  • blog coaching
  • freelance writing

Pro bloggers stand out by assisting bloggers through some valued service.

The points here are similar to the points shared up top, arguing for offering your own product, so in the name of not being repetitive we’ll move on to the next tip.


9. Post an Opt In Form above the Fold


If you want to grow an email list place an opt in form above the fold. If you want to offer RSS by email place an opt in form above the fold.

Check out my form. Simple, clean and concise, and yes, above the fold it is. I am big on building bonds. I give readers the option of either bookmarking my blog or receiving email updates. Either or, I’m building strong, positive relationships with my readerships.

Some readers don’t scroll below the fold for any number of reasons. Make it easy for you to convenience your readers. Or make it easy for your readers to receive updates by email. Post opt in forms above the fold to create bonds with your audience.

I’ve seen bloggers post opt in forms below header banners. Smart. I’ve also seen bloggers post opt in forms below the fold. Not smart. Why? If you want to make it easy for a reader to get your latest updates how does making them blind to your opt in form make it easier for them? Below the fold content or forms can’t be seen by visitors.

Think convenience. Keep your opt in form prominent.


10. Post Funny Images – or Eye-Popping Images – to Your Blog


Check it out. I made a funny.



Personalizing images rocks. Readers eat up eye candy – aka pictures with text – for what reason, I know not, but I know that funny images with commentary are like crack to most readers.

Blogging tips can be presentation tips too. Presenting an eye-popping image draws in blog readers. Example; my travel photos. Scroll down my sidebar for the selfie version. Then scroll through my old posts to find jaw-dropping images of nature at its finest.

Not bad, eh?

Sites like The Daily Mail are among the most visited on earth because of big, eye-catching images.

Go big, or go home. Go funny or eye-popping, or go home.


11. It Must Align Top Down


One recurring theme pops up during my meetings with my blog coaching clients: top-down alignment. If you observe my blog you’ll notice that my domain name, my header banner, my top menu, my page names, my blog titles, my blog images, my blog posts, my sidebar elements and everything else on my blog aligns.

Either you align or confuse. Either you align each aspect of your blog or you confuse your readers.

I read a blog yesterday. Solid blog but poor alignment. The blogger shared tips to help you prosper online. On scrolling down I saw a Google Adsense widget. Great. The widget generated an ad for buying images for 1 cent. Buying images for 1 cent has nothing to do with prospering online. At best, buying images for 1 cent is a ridiculous stretch from prospering online. I was confused, so I left. If you can’t align each element of your blog you’re in trouble.

Align everything top down. Observe everything in the light of truth.

I’d never post anything on my blog NOT related to Blogging from Paradise. I’d never post anything on my blog NOT related to retiring to a life of island hopping through smart blogging. Google Adsense is garbage, in that Adsense generally dilutes your brand.

Don’t add anything to your blog that doesn’t align fully with your domain name and tagline. See my sidebar: travel images, eBook, endorsements, and Hootsuite Pro. All elements are fully aligned with my blog and brand.


12. Add a Search Bar


Just so viewers can search for content and:

  • to lower your bounce rate
  • to build your traffic
  • to show off your content store
  • to give readers something extra to chew on
  • to help good matches become long time readers
  • to boost traffic through older posts
  • to make your blog more convenient for your readers

I’m working on this mammoth-sized post now. In a bit I’ll hop onto Google for a few searches. Maybe I’ll query basketball-related keywords or maybe I’ll look up information related to Bali. Either way, I’m searching for some keyword or key phrase in particular to get what I want.

Imagine if Google were a long, endless stream of search results based on no order or logic? This would be like a library with no filing system, or, a library which offered a monstrously-huge mass of books, tossed into a pile…..or, this would be like your blog, without a search bar.

Give your readers a reason to stick around, and give them an easy way to get specifically what they want. Post a search bar to your blog.


13. Write for Yourself First and Last….


Wow. I had to include this piece of advice from Adii Pienaar at BufferApp. The man gets it. Write for yourself. Write what makes you sing. Write from a place of enjoyment and passion to attract people who enjoy and who feel passionate about your work.

Most bloggers get it all wrong. Most bloggers worry about what their audience says or does in response to their posts, and since most bloggers are not 100% altruistic – like, 3 people on earth, are – the end result of trying to create something with your reader’s feedback weighing heavily on your mind creates a poopy-smelling stinker.

Much garbage litters the blog-o-sphere because bloggers allow feedback to dominate their writing style. How can you write from your heart if you try to write from your reader’s hearts? Use feedback to change course, slightly, or slowly, *only if the feedback feels awesome to you.* If the feedback doesn’t feel awesome, get clear on why you’re blogging and get clear on the direction of your blog and in time, you’ll learn the secret of many brilliant bloggers; these folks write for themselves, and their audience finds them.


14….But Take People with You too


The great paradox. I write for me but I intend to take you with me. I can write to please myself yet I carry the intent to free you. I want to help you blog from paradise but I write from my heart. What a delicious combo, right? If this idea sounds confusing you’re probably lacking clarity….or you *are* lacking clarity if this idea confuses you. No worries. Get clear on why you’re writing. As you get crystal clear on your reason for blogging you’ll see what writing for yourself, yet, intending to bring folks along for the ride, means.

Writing for yourself frees you from outcomes and detaches you from expectations, so that you have no expectations after publishing a post. This brilliant space is where like .00001% of the world’s population resides. In the moment. In the present. Not tied to any outcome, not trying to make people happy, not trying to inspire people.

Oh no….when you have no expectations and when you surrender fully you’ll cultivate talents from within you had no clue in hell that you possessed.


15. Size Matters….Usually


I know successful bloggers who publish 600 word posts. I know successful bloggers who publish 2,000 word posts. I know successful bloggers who publish 6,000 word posts. One size fits some.

If you can’t seem to build your audience, go long or don’t go at all.

Longer posts tend to rank higher in search engines. Longer posts usually impress the socks off of influential bloggers. Longer posts tend to build your brand effectively.

Longer, valuable posts make folks take notice. If you can cover a topic in 600 words you can do so in 6,000. Any idea contrary is head trash. Gotta own that head trash if you want to blog from paradise.

I vividly recall writing 600 word posts. I vividly recall writing 6,000 word posts. I vividly recall writing 300 word posts. What was the difference? I expounded on the 300 words to make it 600 words and I expounded on the 600 words to make it 6,000 words. I chose to write pillar style posts – starting last week – and I did the 2,500 word bit up until 2 months ago. Imagine how you can impress the best blogger in your niche. Do guys like Darren Rowse and Neil Patel and Zac Johnson go gaga over 600 word posts? Not usually. Need to show them something. Does this tri go gaga over 2,000 or 6,000 word, valuable posts? Usually, yes.

Take a look at me. I just lived in Fiji for 4 months. In a bay side home. In Fiji. I’m living in Bali now. My endorsements are sweet. I’ll be speaking at NYU in under 2 weeks. I have carved out a lifestyle few on earth live because I:

…do things few people on earth do.

A handful of blogging tips bloggers write 6,000 words or more daily. A handful of authors have published 10 eBooks in 4 months. I’ve done both while island hopping. I have attracted legions of fans a few critics and others who are in between fans and critics; they can’t decide if I’m brilliant, or washed up. Anyway, writing in-depth, targeted posts helped me create the life few people live.

When you’re reading my blog understand this: in order to impress world-renowned people you’ll need to create world-renowned content. World-renowned content, by human standards, usually weighs in at 3,000 words, or longer. Sure you can write shorter posts and get by, but people who blog from paradise don’t try to get by. We….I mean….*I*….the blogging from paradise guy, the blogging tips blogger, who blogs from the world’s most exotic tropical locales, who’s writing these words from beside the rice fields in Ubud, Bali…..did remarkable things to arrive to this awesome space, and writing valuable, in-depth, pillar posts is one thing I’ve done to stand out from the blogging crowd.

Read this helpful post from Chitraparna Sinha. She argues for long form content and I agree with her: Long Form Content Marketing Breakdown

You don’t have to publish pillar style posts, but it sure don’t hurt if you want to establish your expertise.


16. Build a Community


Do you notice the beehive of activity here on Blogging from Paradise? I have a community. A real, living, breathing presence of people who believes in me and some want to retire to a life of island hopping through smart blogging.

We are one. We all move in unison. We support each other, believe in each other, promote each other and we improve the quality of each other’s lives. It’s a neat thing.

Blog communities:

  • increase your blog traffic
  • boost your trust factor
  • expand your presence
  • build your brand
  • test your clarity and belief in self
  • promote you
  • increase your blog income
  • provide you with reviews
  • provide you with testimonials

I built my community through building other blogger’s communities. Easy right?

Here’s how to build a blog community:

  • post in depth comments on relevant, authority blogs
  • promote other bloggers
  • communicate with bloggers through email
  • make friends with bloggers
  • engage bloggers

It’s simple really. Help your fellow blogger build their community and other bloggers will do the same for you. Just make sure to hang with targeted folks, meaning, chill with like-minded bloggers to build a thriving, supportive community.

Communities grow your blog quicker than you grow your blog. Rewind. Replay. Repeat that statement. Re-read it too. Embrace that idea. Fall in love with the idea. Use this blogging tip to employ the principle of leveraging. Make your life easier.


17. Use Criticism Unless it’s Useless


I love my eBooks. I love my blog. My clarity attracts to me like-minded lovers of the Blogging from Paradise brand. Some folks residing on a different wavelength – who are testing the waters and who lack clarity – may criticize my blog, eBooks and brand. If they don’t like what me and my community love, their criticism is useless to me. Not my fans anyway.

Some bloggers, hell, it’s like they’re trying to sell brownies outside of a Weight Watchers convention. Not your target audience. I feel clear and largely wonderful about what I do so if someone offers not so wonderful advice, regarding anything to do with my blog, it is not useful to me.

The Exception: if a close, trusted friend, who likes virtually most if not all the stuff I put out, offers loving feedback, I listen. I trust them. I am clear. They are clear. So their criticism may offer some merit.


My Experience


I’ve noted something interesting. Some of my readers like a bit of what I do, and dislike a bit, and are quick to critique my work. *Some* are. I feel clear about what I do. I feel wonderful about my posts and eBooks. So do some really famous, successful people, who’ve made millions and millions online and offline.

You know my endorsers. So, anyway, if a few of my readers – or a few visitors – dislike some of what I do, or feel, I treat the feedback like water rolling off of a duck’s back. I am full already. I am whole and complete. No need to improve on that.

The only reason why you need feedback is if you are unclear on your direction.

The only reason why you’d need criticism, or why you’d need to heed it, is if you feel the need to improve.

The only reason why you’d filter criticism carefully from your audience is if you lack clarity in what you do.

I am clear on my direction. So as different forms of feedback pop up through comments, I do one thing: I ask myself….”Does this add or detract from the clarity of my Blogging from Paradise intent.”

99.99999% of the time, criticism detracts from my clarity because the criticism is merely the projection of an unclear mind, a person explaining/displaying their lack of clarity in the form of a critique, of me. So I let it go.

Yeah, that’s called “having posture.” More than anything it’s the product of my clarity. If you’re sitting at a meal and feel stuffed, you’re done. If someone tries to stuff an Italian pasty down your throat, you’ll say “No.” You’re full, whole and complete. Think about that concept the next time you even dream of entertaining criticism.


18. Comment


Comment on authority blogs. Write 2 to 5 paragraph, mindful, helpful comments to build bonds with bloggers and to increase your exposure. I like commenting. Commenting’s been good to me. Sharing my opinion opened doors for me. Commenting will do the same for you.

Blog commenting is a mini guest post. If you do it right. Engaging influential bloggers opens doors for you.

On a simple level, speaking to people exposes you to new audiences. On a deeper level, building friendships with people bumps up your trust factor.

Blog commenting is not posting 1 or 2 sentences in response to blog posts. At least not most of the time. Blog commenting is posting in-depth, mindful, helpful comments to build relationships with your fellow blogger.

My email inbox is full these days. Or, chock full of engagement requests. Not just for interviews, guest post opportunities and potential business ventures. People just want to chat with me. Blog commenting is the straw that stirs the email-inbox-filling drink. Blog commenting is a simple, easy way to form bonds.

Share your thoughts intelligently. Thank your blogging buddy. Be honest. Be thoughtful. If you disagree with the post find 5 things you like about the post. Accentuate what you like and add a line or 2 about your differing viewpoint. Make friends not enemies.


Me and Blog Commenting and the Positive Thing


Some of my blog commenters are free to add negative or plain opposed viewpoints to my take, in a less than tactful way. Other commenters offer a contrarian view from a polite, jolly space. All approaches and comments are welcome. Yet how are you endearing yourself to my community – and how are you brand-building – if you disagree most of the time, or if you’re rude? Hey, no skin off my back if someone disagrees. But have you thought about who you want to connect with? Blogger-wise and audience-wise?

Think this one through; if you’re not agreeing with bloggers 70% of the time or more you lack clarity and your comments won’t attract business and readers to you, because most of the blogger’s audience won’t agree with you much of the time, and, their readers won’t care about you, nor will the blogger gravitate toward you.

Make friends with influential, power-broker, like-minded bloggers through the comments field, to reap the greatest benefits through blog commenting.

Comment – mindfully, making an impact – on these blogs:


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19. Maybe this Isn’t a Tip But…..


….the most compassionate thing you can do is to kick someone’s ass.

I am a blogging coach. I am a blogger. I am a freelance writer. I am an author. I am a traveler, and fiancé, and I wear many hats on this journey we call life. But anyway, I have smoothly transitioned from being a “nice guy who’s afraid to compassionately whip people around a bit for their good” to a “nice guy who’ll administer a high energy, helpful, positive tongue lashing.”

I did the “lying bit to avoid hurting folks” for about 4 years. Then I did the “annoyed at so and so bit because of XYZ” bit for a minute. Then I did the “I’ll offer blogging tips to help you replicate my lifestyle but I’ll be direct, clear and to the point” type bit. I liked the last option/style most because my job is to take you with me. I want to free you. I have seen so many potentially star bloggers awash in mediocrity, with no audience or community to speak of. I see super inspired, well-intentioned bloggers who can’t get clear on their reason why, or their target audience, or who won’t network intelligently to expand their reach.

I am being honest, clear, polite and direct with my blogging community. I like it. I feel compassionate, and in truth, being direct and clear is the most compassionate thing you can do if you want to free your audience.

I want to take you with me.

I want to take you to paradise.

So, I’ll be clear in stating the steps you should take to arrive.

No beating around the bush. Just love, thoughtfulness and clarity in all of my dealings.


20. Write, Write, Write


Write daily. Write 100 words or 6,000 words or more. Writing makes you a better blogger. Writing makes you a more inspired blogger. Writing inspires your voice to arise, from within, as your voice is always there….you need only let it out, to speak.

Roosters are crowing. Pigs are grunting. The Balinese folks in my hood are tending to the farm. Peeps are working the rice fields outside of my window. I am living in Ubud, Bali. I spent the prior 4 months in Savusavu, Fiji. I spent the prior 6 months in Thailand, splitting time between Chiang Mai, Pak Nam Pran, Bangkok, Koh Lanta and Phuket.

Writing daily is the #1 activity that made this life happen. I had to know why I was blogging and got clear on my blog and did the networking bit but, if you want to blog from paradise, write. Free yourself by writing. Do you want to know how to increase blog traffic? Write. Are you thirsty to grow a community? Write. Write, write and write some more, to make your blogging dreams come true.


21. Stats Don’t Mean Shit


I have never looked at my metrics for Blogging from Paradise and I never will. I don’t look at my social shares. Before you disagree with this statement, have you:

  • been invited to speak at NYU?
  • Been endorsed twice by a business advisor for Google and Microsoft?
  • Just wrapped up a 4 month holiday in Savusavu, Fiji
  • Lived in Thailand for 22 months?
  • Traveled the world for 43 months?

If you have, awesome. You can disagree with me and explain why your method of checking stats trumps my method of not checking stats. But if you haven’t racked up each of those accomplishments, guess what?


ryan biddulph ubud bali rice terraces
Believe the guy living by the rice paddies in Bali if you want to blog from paradise.

You better believe stats don’t mean shit if you want to be one of the .000001% of people on this earth who are free to live wherever they want, whenever they want to, like Kelli and I.

Can you kinda get why someone who lives a life virtually *NOBODY ELSE lives* would do stuff that virtually *NOBODY ELSE does*?

I know a wildly successful self help coach. I found out recently that she hasn’t checked her Google Plus account in months. She gets a few RTs. No real social media presence. Yet, she is hyper successful, prospering, happy, and proves once again that stats don’t mean shit. In essence, stats are worthless because stats are numbers on a screen.

Numbers on a screen don’t give you money. Nor do numbers on a screen become rabid brand fans. Numbers on a screen don’t hire you, nor do numbers on a screen offer you guest posting opportunities, or interview opportunities.

People give you money, people buy your products, people hire you, people promote you, and become rabid fans, and form joint ventures with you. Focus on people not numbers. People mean everything and stats don’t mean shit.

Guys, look at my life. Look at my blessed accomplishments. Look at my endorsements. If you admire what I’ve done – and wouldn’t mind doing something similar – detach from stats, and follow every other tip too.

You will find an absolute wealth of knowledge on other blogging blogs which I advise you to read. Darren Rowse, Jeff Goins and Zac Johnson are leaders. Learn from them. I’m sharing my wisdom for the island hopping blogging set. So again, if you vibe with my life and wouldn’t mind waking up in Bali next month, or 6 months from now, soak up and use these tips to retire to a life of island hopping through smart blogging.


Your Turn


What blogging tips can you add to this list? Practical? General?

What blogging tips that I’ve mentioned are you most struggling with?

Are you writing daily?

What are you doing to build a community?


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  1. Rahul Yadav Says:

    Great tips for new bloggers! Thanks for the advice!

  2. Jessica Says:

    What can I say, I agree with pretty much everything you’ve shared. I finally got the product done so now I feel like I’ve made it. LOL!!! Okay, more work is still to be done of course but one down.

  3. Jesse Says:

    Like you have mentioned here, even i knew no one who made money online and always thought it is almost impossible to earn money. It took time for me to learn that we can be successful online. Hope that shouldn’t be the case of others.

  4. Shawn Says:

    Nice tips,

    Stickyness means the ability of your blog to keep pulling people in, when they are detached or within the loop – at your wish.

  5. Hello Ryan, Thanks for your this Article. I am totally agree with your all points/views that you mentions here . Today’s morning (It’s 6 Am Here) i did a quick search about Blogging Tips as well you may know that i am going lunch my new brand Blog with my Own name as well TonmoyParves.com at the end of June.
    Really Great tips you mention here.

    Happy Blogging. Have a Good Week End

  6. aashish Says:

    i randomly read your articles. you write knowledgeable articles. i am new in the field of blogging and seo. very useful for new bloggers. keep going i’ll visit frequently for such knowledge.

  7. Matthew Says:

    Hi Ryan,

    Thanks for a fantastically sensational list of forehead-slappingly-simple tips.

    I especially like your no#1 tip about knowing your “why”. This tip could possibly be renamed as “Know Your Passion” and keep striving towards it with unwavering focus and determination.

    Tip # 8 has actually been a bit of an AH HAAA for me – thanks !! While I have an automated product delivery system (like you and your ebooks) already, I had not thought about the perceived authority that “Offering a Service” would bring.

    And, now that I think about it, offering both Products AND Services means that the two feed off each other, which in turn creates more authority.

    I will now go and have a bit of a lie down while my brain recovers from the overload and simplicity of your post 🙂

    Then I will action your tip # 20. Writing a little bit every day is certainly much easier for me than trying to write a lot all at once.

    Your definition of Paradise, and the blogging thereof, looks very nice indeed !



    • Haha Matthew, happy to slap you around with simplicity lol! I really believe this lifestyle is quite simple to life; paradise is there for the taking, for folks who stick with the basics. The issue? Most keep things complex, and try harder, and try to game the system, but you can’t free yourself by binding yourself with BS, low energy business building techniques. Thanks Matt, appreciate it!

  8. Hi Ryan Biddulph,

    No doubt that you are a awesome writer. I try to maintain you tips in my practical life. I absolutely got help from your tips. Here is a another post with excellent was awesome. Yeah. Writing can be a good for becoming a problogger. Thank you.

    • Romjan, much appreciated! Keep up the great work and thanks for stopping by!

  9. Emma Onwuka Says:

    Hi Ryan Biddulph,

    You rock after drinking 2 cups of oatmeal.

    Without missing a word, you are a professional blogger.
    I love this paragraph, “Writing makes you a better blogger. Writing makes you a more inspired blogger. Writing inspires your voice to arise, from within, as your voice is always there….you need only let it out, to speak.

    Thanks for the great post!

    • Hahaha Emma, oatmeal is so much better in drinkable form lol…..Yep I liked that paragraph too, it just flowed from mind, to keyword, to post. Writing is such a cathartic act for all of us, methinks. Thanks so much!

  10. [ Smiles ] I noticed that you did your homework on blogging.

    Great blogging advice by the way!

    • Hi Renard, I am trying 😉 This took me a little while to put together; I felt that going in-depth was hands down the best way to drill home the point. If you can get your hands on as many helpful blogging tips as possible it can help you accelerate your growth online. Thanks for stopping by and sharing!

  11. vino Says:


    Seriously your blog post impressed me much. Wonderful and amazing tips on blogging which every blogger should know

    • Vino, that’s my pleasure! I’m always happy to spread the blogging word. Thanks for stopping by to read, and see you soon!

  12. nick Says:

    Awesome post Ryan. Really got into depth with this one. Our blog is still evolving in its focus, but I think we’ve got the idea clear. Making travel (and living abroad) a lifestyle, through any means possible. Problem is, I don’t think our domain name would pass the visual test. Goats On The Road doesn’t immediately scream “Location Independent Travel Resource”. But it’s been alright thus far anyway.

    We still need to get a product out there! You’ve go so many you make us envious 🙂 We need to get on it. Also, would like to offer a service one day, but we’re more about passive income. Do you think bloggers (specifically travel bloggers or blogging bloggers) can create a service that helps people, but doesn’t eat up all of our time?

    Thanks! Keep up the awesome work 🙂

    • Nick, awesome! You guys are doing just fine on the visual domain test, as well as branding, and all that other good stuff. When the Goats release that product, wow will it be awesome. I am so excited to see it. As for services, I think you guys already offer them, no? Like myself and Kelli, you’re freelance writers. That is a service in my eBook ;)…..and I think…I mean, I KNOW, you’re doing really well with it. Per suggestion, being an internet lifestyle junkie, I’d say going with what you know would save you time and energy. Perhaps a blog coaching service? You guys got the blogging thing down cold so I think you can help others in setting up their blog and sharpening their focus, from design, to content, etc….just an idea for ya 😉 Thanks for the comment guys, and see you Goats soon!

  13. Olayinka Says:

    What amazing collection of blogging secret for every newbie’s and so called elite bloggers.

    • Olayinka, much appreciated! Some elitists I reckon, but I see myself as a blogger of the people, personally 😉 Thanks so much for stopping by!

  14. Carol Amato Says:

    Hey, Ryan,

    Wow! What a comprehensive article on blogging tips. You’ve created an in depth guide, in my opinion, and it’s definitely share-worthy – thanks a lot. 🙂

    Love your number one tip – I couldn’t agree more! Knowing the Why and keeping it before you is the best way to stay inspired to come up with awesome new content on a continual basis. You’re absolutely right, this is the ultimate tip – and sadly enough, so many people miss it.

    Clarity of thought, of goal, of purpose… most definitely!

    Creating products do help authority if they’re high quality, and yours are – so this adds to professionalism, in my opinion.

    Love your tip about posting funny and eye-popping images, as I love to keep images unique and original on my site. I haven’t always done this or focused on it, but since learning that images are just as important as text, I’ve made the decision to only post images that are unique to my site.

    I enjoyed your post and will definitely be sharing.

    Thanks and talk soon,
    – Carol

    • Hi Carol! Your images rock! Unique to your blog, and hey, I am using one of my fave images again, soon…..maybe in my next post…..and it is a Carol Amato creation 🙂 The cyber business card you had created for me is spot on cool and I get so much darn positive feedback about it. Adding a bit of text to an image, sometimes being a funny bit of text, at that, is one of my new little twists, and so far, so good. As for products, I appreciate that. I do my best to create something uber helpful to benefit our community. Carol, thanks so much for sharing your thoughts, and have a fab week!

  15. Himanshu Says:

    Hello Ryan,

    Just learned many new things from this blog post. I am planning to provide different kinds of services related to WordPress on my blog. Will take feedback from my blog visitors to improve my blog.

    I really enjoy these blogging tips. Keep writing such an awesome stuff for us. 🙂


    • Himanshu, will do! I’d like to check our your services too; I know they’d rock! Thanks for sharing and have a fun week 🙂

  16. Hey Ryan,

    I believe you said it all. It’s been a while since I been on your blog but I’m glad that I decided to visit today. You definitely said a mouthful here on blogging and I do have to agree with most of what you said

    I do have to say that numbers 13 and 14 really caught my attention. I didn’t write to myself in the past, but this year I was pretty much fed up and had to write to myself since they were the topics I was interested in and had questions about. Lo and behold I started attracting people who had the same interests and questions. Now I saw a pattern. So i write for myself and I took people with me. That’s a winning combination there!

    I’ve also get quite a few criticisms as you mentioned in 17. At first it did busted my ego, but then I told myself what can I learn from these people and are their criticisms constructive? So I learned to weed out the “non constructive” ones from the constructive ones and applied. Some may have gotten pissed off while other’s tip their hats towards me! In the end I won as well as my visitors.

    Now the last one I’d have to say that I check my stats because I set milestones. When I reach a point, I’d have my own little celebrations and this makes me want to do more even though I still have the passion! But I know for some it doesn’t mean a lot because they still find a lot of success, but for me it’s the fuel to keep me going!

    Thanks for the share Ryan! I hope you’re having a great week!

    • Sherman, I so hear you on writing for you. I gotta admit; pleasing myself first helps me better help similar folks. You probably see the different energy in these parts, on Blogging from Paradise. I went from being a bit dry, to being me, and doing me. Of course I keep my diligent, loyal minions…lol j/k….my AWESOME readers, fans, and builders of my blog in mind, but just writing about fun, relevant topics from an honest, fun-loving space seems to work for me and them. Good deal. As for stats, oh yes can they ever be important. Kudos to you Sherman; I’ve not been able to get over my insane love-hate bond with little numbers on a screen, ha! You are more detached and are also listening to your inner guide, to use stats as a high energy motivator. Well done! Thanks for sharing your story my friend, and you too!

  17. ashutosh jha Says:

    Hi Ryan,

    landed on your site through your comment on one of the blog and found this post simply GREAT !!

    Thanks for sharing !!


  18. Hi Ryan,
    I love “numero uno” tip.
    I know why I am blogging.
    For freedom, in all its meanings.

    You listed all useful suggestions.
    #10 : post funny images. You rock at it! And I agree with you, a smile is worth more than 1000 words.

    #16: build a community. You erased your old blog, and built a new one in a matter of few months. You converted it in a vibrant community, with loyal and engaged readers. Kudos!

    Your articles are excellents and your writing is clear and helpful.

    Thanks for the share, my friend.
    Have a great week over there in Bali 🙂

    • Erik, oh yes! I know that you know why you’re blogging, because you’re a fellow globetrotter like me 😉 The key to all of this blogging success and lifestyle engineering is, 1 part knowing why, and 1 part, skydiving….ha! I had to make a funny because I know you’re skydiving so much these days Erik 🙂 Knowing that you want freedom more than anything inspires that freedom to bleed through all you do, and other folks feel your energy. As for funny stuff, I’m letting go a bit, getting sillier, because I’m enjoying this gig do much, and oh yes, You have built a thriving community at No Passive Income through your positive energy, your infectious smile, and through your dogged persistence. Well done Erik, and thank you for sharing your thoughts today! I will do….although only 1 day left in Bali….yikes!

  19. Hi Ryan,

    You hit most of the highlights of blogging, and wow, you really did a thorough job, here. Very nice!

    I especially liked the section about building communities.

    Bloggers right away think they have to “join” a community of some sort. That’s a pretty good strategy, and I’m in several communities and tribes myself. They’re really helpful.

    That’s a really important thing to do, and you show some important ways to go about it. Extra great advice, because “Communities grow your blog quicker than you grow your blog.” That was worth repeating 🙂

    – Donna

    • Hi Donna, Wow I love that comment! I thought, after reading it, that joining communities rocks, but why not *build* a community too? Like, say, The Donna Merrill Tribe? 😉 Everybody, click through to Donna’s blog to see that joining communities is great but building a community, from your first days as a blogger, or from today going forward, is the way to blogging freedom, or is the step to take, to engineer a freeing lifestyle. Communities are groups of people who do what you can’t do; they can be in 1,001 places at once, which is beyond wonderful, because we can only be in 1 place at one time. Thanks SO much Donna for inspiring that little spark thought in me, and have a fun day 🙂

  20. Jolie Says:

    I just want to say: You have a nice caping on the photo.
    Caping = farmer hat. 🙂

    • Hi Jolie, Aha! Now I know the Balinese term for the hat, or, the Indonesian term. Thanks so much 😉 I picked it up at the warung downstairs a few weeks back….and shhhh….keep this a secret…..but I think each caping may be a Christmas present for my parents…shh….they don’t read my blog 🙂

  21. Lynda Kenny Says:

    Wow, what a blog post. I need to read it again. I have always tried to keep my blog posts under 400-500 words. I agree with Lorraine about numbering your tips.
    You make everything sound so exciting and I am sure many people would love to do what you are doing in your life right now. Not everyone has the courage.
    I am thrilled for you that you are speaking at NYU and can’t wait to read your book, which I ordered tonight.
    By the way, I love Oatmeal but I make it into porridge.
    Let us know how you get in at NYU and good luck. Great and interesting post.

    • Hi Lynda, great to see you here! I love what you’re up to on your blog. Awesome suggestion; hey, why didn’t I think of that, DUH lol! I did so, and feel my readability has improved here. Thanks so much! I know it was a freeing and uncomfortable journey but believe anybody can do this, if they have a freeing motivator in place, and if they wish to free their audience. Keep those drivers, and onward and upward, for all of us. Lynda, thanks so much for picking up my book! Please do leave a review on Amazon and on the corresponding blog post – can be found via my products and services page – to share your thoughts…..whatever those thoughts may be. As I said before, anybody can call me anything they want, just don’t call me late for dinner! Ha! Thanks again and I will fill you in on the NYU gig for sure 🙂

  22. Andrew Says:

    Hey Ryan,

    These are some excellent tips you provided here. Probably the one, out of all of them, that really resonated with me was the one about the stats. I’m a person that does look at stats and look at what that’s gotten me compared to you who doesn’t look at stats.

    So I think in the New YEar, I’m going to be much less focused on stats and focus on the things that matter. Like how you’ve done for yourself.

    I also love the point about writing for yourself first and last. I’ve written about some topics that are certainly questionable and I wrote about it, not caring about stats or things like that, but because I felt it needed to be said.

    Excellent points. And great post, RB.

    – Andrew

    • Hi Andrew…it’s so funny/telling/neat….but me, and Kelli, both of us haven’t checked stats on our blogs in like 5 months and yep, in that same time frame our blogs have taken off. It’s like a 1:1 correlation. Sure stats can be important and I suggest you heed them, if checking them makes you feel good but most bloggers fall into the comparison curse during these times. Not good, not good. I know I did, banging my head against the wall – almost literally 😉 – when my stats weren’t growing at my expected greedy rates…..but detaching from stats moved my energy more from getting, to giving. At least, by a few smidgeons 🙂 Andrew, much appreciated! Thanks again for supporting me, for sharing your thoughts, and hey, do let me know how that stat checking experiment goes….although I suspect, onward and upward 😉

  23. Ryan, the only thing I would do to improve this post is to actually number your tips. LOL

    Yes, your posts are long. Yes, they are informative. Yes, you are living a life many people dream of.

    It is my only hope that you write an in-depth post that discusses the living conditions on these islands, and mentiones things like:
    1. What is the temperature range?
    2. What does it cost, in USD, to rent a house/apartment? (I know you were house-sitting…)
    3. What foods are vs. are not available?
    4. What types of shopping are available?
    5. Do they have movie theatres on any of the islands?
    6. What are the dangers?

    I’m sure I’m not the only person who would like answers to these questions!

    Think about it… If I am expressing an interest in these things, I’m sure others are, too. Perhaps I’m the only one bold enough to ask.
    Blogging From Paradise readers, what say you?

    • Lorraine wins the commenter of the day! She just shaved 6 to 8 hours off of my upcoming round the world flight, from Bali to New Jersey! Woohoo!! LOL….brilliant idea Lorraine, thanks so much for sharing with me! I gotta admit; it’s something I should have seen months ago. How’d I miss it? Wowsers! I’ll keep a few things in mind; finding averages and ranges of temps, via examples, for a few islands. Of each number/stat requested, and also, working it in to retiring to a life of island hopping. I am not sure when this one will go live but hey, it’ll be out there. Lorraine, you’re boldness and meekness, and everything in between (ya know, the whole being human thing ;), makes you a valued reader of this blog! I appreciate your sharing and again…..I’ll start hacking into this one while on the plane. Goodness knows I have more than enough time to create something helpful for our community. Maybe I’m looking at a 2 week time frame; next week, my next eBook drops, I’m a thinking. Appreciate the neat post idea!

      • Lorraine Says:

        Ryan, it’s good to listen to your readers and give ’em what they want. I’m surprised that you didn’t think of this yourself! Tsk. Tsk.

        But, hey, at least now you have a ton of new ideas! Wonderful!

        Can’t wait to read and hear your answers to these many questions!

        • Like I said before Lorraine, the wet noodle is always around for lashing, ha! I’m really excited to write the post. We’re looking 1-2 weeks out, methinks 🙂

  24. maxwell ivey Says:

    Hi Ryan; Your section about the blog name and tag line caught my attention. I didn’t pick my site name. In the case of both of my businesses it was others who hung my brand names on me. In the case of my amusement ride sales site the company name is midway marketplace and the people on one of the message boards started referring to me as mr. midway and it stuck. I now get calls from people asking to speak to mr. midway or if i am him. I also filed for a second domain name mr-midway and created social media profiles for it. in the case of my new site the blind blogger that was given to me by members of the Bloggers Helping Bloggers group on Linked In. Since I was the only blind person they knew people there started just referring to me as the blind blogger. and when it came time to submit a domain name a couple of my friends suggested I use it. but it has got me into some debates. I think it does a good job of saying who I am and what makes me different. It works with my role as an inspirational and motivational advisor and or speaker. It may be a bit too limiting. Perhaps I should have went with the blind entrepreneur or the blind businessman or something similar. but the real problem comes from sighted friends who don’t think I need to use the blind card or from blind people who don’t think I should be perpetuating a stereotype of us being inspirational for overcoming what many see as ordinary life challenges. Me I agree with my friend adrienne in that I have done the hard work and deserve to take my bows and accept that by showing up every day i inspire people because so many who have no problems or physical disabilities to deal with still aren’t doing anything with their lives. Just thought I’d get your take. I have written and ebook, and thanks to your guidance; it is for sale on selz. It is also now listed on good reads. it should be on create space soon and has been on my own website since i went public with it. Need to get working on a video series. was thinking about sending you a copy of my ebook and seeing if you think the eleven chapters and eleven exercises would lend itself to a video project. And if so how long do the videos have to be individually and as a package? and should the videos be sold in one download or as a series? well i couldn’t help myself so hope i didn’t push my luck with too many questions. thanks so much my friend, Max

    • Max, wow! The grass don’t grow green under your feet! Well done my friend 🙂 I’d say, that if you’re clear on Blind Blogger, go with it. Like, if you feel that it makes you stand out in a positive way, keep that name. I find it brilliant. Why? Because we know right away that you are blind, and that you blog. Now this one may agitate those “blind card” folks, lol, but any resistance they have toward you branding yourself as the Blind Blogger reflects back to themselves the lack of clarity and belief, they are suffering from. Always an inside job, this criticism bit ) As for your other ideas Max, yet, please shoot them to me at: rbbidd@gmail.com and I’d be happy to explore them. I haven’t done a video series yet but can toy around with the ideas you presented me with and I’d love to write a review for your eBook on one of those sites. Is it on Amazon? That could get you some serious traffic, as it’s kinda like the Google of book searches. So, go with Blind Blogger I say….I love it! When people get to know you through that creative brand, well, they’ll see how limit-less you are. I think it’s a wonderful name/brand/angle, and you’re living, breathing proof that we go where our mind takes us, and our mind is unlimited. Thanks so much for sharing your kind thoughts Max….and have a fun day!

  25. Maketta Says:

    Hello Ryan,

    All of these tips are awesome! I, too like writing long blog posts. I think those are the best ones to write. I also like what you said about criticizing. Unless someone is trying to really give value, then you can’t worry about it. The tip you gave was excellent. You are absolutely right about telling your own story. People do want to hear them. Many times people act on what they think their audience wants to hear. Instead of writing from their heart. Thanks for sharing this with us!

  26. Hi Ryan,

    Eccellent post yet again.

    I agree with all your blogging tips. The one thing that really stood out to me was the part about using images that really catches visitors attention.

    I know images are important but it really stands out and makes sense when you visit a blog that has no images.

    It helps a ton on social media as well. It doesn’t have to even be your own a reshare goes a long way also.

    Thanks for this Ryan. Have a great rest of the week!

    • Steven, eye candy is addicting, right? Like a silly dude I used to read my blog with my own glasses on. Ouch. I didn’t need many/any pictures. My audience set me straight on that one. Folks love eye candy to go with their blogging tips, thank you, and if you’re willing to add a video here, and image there, and do so consistently, well, you’ll reel in so many more readers. Those Brit wags know what time it is 😉 Thanks Steven!

  27. Mi Muba Says:

    Hi Ryan

    After reading the title I was sure that hardly a few tips would be older ones while most of them will be new or with a different angle.

    Write, write and write is the summation of all one needs to say about content is king or how contents have big role in the success of a blog.

    I once read somewhere that if one needs to improve his content writing skills he should write in the morning and then in afternoon, again in evening and in the night finally. If he don’t need to sleep it’s fine he should again write to further improve his writing.

    Building a blog community is usually taken as a causal way. Many struggling bloggers assume their regular interaction with their blog readers will one day build their community. It is a wrong approach. The building of a community must be done with proper planning having clear objectives of the blog.

    Thanks a lot first making us do the imaginary tour of the places you already have visited or staying presently with your powerful description of each place.

    And thanks for sharing also this very very informative post.

    • Write write and write some more! Agreed with that Mi! It’s funny; simple works, again and again and again. If you’re willing to do simple you can have whatever you want in life but you gotta be persistent with the basics. I write throughout the day, well, almost every hour that I’m online. I may even be tempted to write when I’m on a motorbike in Bali via texting….joking! Seriously though, I am happy to bring you along with these images and intend to see you in Paradise with me, Mi 🙂 Thanks so much for your support!

  28. Hi Ryan

    This post is hot, hot! It’s off the chain and I can tell that you wrote it with a passion and it came directly from your heart. The depth of knowledge is priceless! Why? Applying these blogging tips can turn any life around, especially mine! Thank you from my heart for sharing.

    What resonated with me most was ‘write for yourself first and last’ and ‘tell your story.’ Why have someone else tell my story when I have the power within me to tell it myself? Where many go wrong is trying to tell a story from someone else’s perspective or experience. It’s like trying to be like someone else.
    Self-awareness comes when one can dig deep within themselves to know who they truly are, what motivates them, what causes them to get up each day while ignoring the voice within that says, ‘why don’t you sleep in another hour or two.’

    I guess this is where I can also add my own tips, ‘be yourself, no one else can,’ and ‘find your own unique voice and let it be heard.’

    I am so glad that you have confirmed and made known that ‘stats don’t mean shit.’ It’s the style of the ‘crowd’ and what some measure success by. However, I choose to focus on quality and not quantity.

    A+ for this post. Have a great weekend. 🙂

    • Yvonne, my pleasure and thank YOU for such a wonderful comment! Writing for yourself is the only way to go, right? I mean, we feel compelled sometimes to mimic and it’s fine to model your approach after someone else’s if you’re inspired to take a similar path but you said it; gotta write with your unique voice, and regularly, if you want to be happy and if you want to put a permanent ding in the Universe, as Steve Jobs once said. Is it easy to be yourself? Yes! After many years of course 😉 That’s what happens when you dig deep within yourself, and most find so much muck that they turn around, rather than explore some more. You’ve chosen to be you, and to write, how only you can write, which is what makes you special. Thanks so much Yvonne 🙂 You too!

  29. This is certainly an epic article, Ryan.

    It’s practically an ebook itself, and I’ll certainly refer newbie bloggers to it. It pretty much encompasses the whole experience and challenge of blogging.

    I particularly like your perspective on product creation.

    You’re right. It’s a turning point in your business, and a tipping point in your personal branding campaign. It may not be the easiest thing for people to grasp if they’ve never done it, but I think any serious blogger should put it on their short list of must-do priorities.

    If it means you have to slow down a bit on your blogging… as you suggest… then that’s okay. It will move you into an entirely new space that may quickly eclipse your immersion in blogging with blinders on.

    • David, amen to that! It makes me wonder why I waited 4 years to create my first products. Oh yes now I know why; I was a fraidy cat hahaha! I was scared as hell to create something of my own, and to sell it, for fear of being labeled a fraud, or I felt I’d be endlessly criticized, or that I’d fail mightily. I decided to kick that fear in the throat – with gusto! – by falling in love with being free. Cutting back on blogging to create a product helps us infinitely more on the branding front. I took off those blinders Dave and I KNOW from reading your blog that you’re seeing clearly 😉 Thanks so much, and have a fun Sunday in Maine!

  30. Hi Ryan,

    This is super Great Tips For Blogging Really helpful Article , Wonderful Idea , Thank You very V`ery Much For Sharing me , Free yourself and your audience!!!! That is a message that everyone ought to understand and resonate with, even if you’re idea of freedom is something different than island blogging. Good Work ,


    • Jassica I so love that you made this point! Some folks want to blog from their home town – which may or may not be a tropical island – and others, from Bali or Fiji like me, and like some of my readers. Whatever paradise ya dig, tie it to freeing you and your readers, and as we both shake off those annoying shackles, we can create inspired things for folks to make all of our dreams come true. Heck, look at the post I just wrote, and I don’t even know what I’m talking about when it comes to blogging lol 😉 Seriously though, super helpful add Jassica, thanks!

      • Thank You So Much gald You like , and Accept My Comments , Thank You very much ,

        • Jassica, thank YOU for commenting here, and for sharing your thoughts!!

  31. Hey Ryan,

    You know what I love most about coming to your blog? Aside from the awesome content that you always share, I love how I never know just what you’re going to come out with next! Drinkable oatmeal?? Who knew? But then you always take that stuff and find a way to apply it – brilliant!

    Those 21 tips are gold dust for bloggers and I hope that people take note of them. I especially liked what you said about stats. Some people get so bogged down with stats that they end up causing them more harm than good, I believe. Sure, stats can have their place and can provide some useful insights. But at the end of the day, if you know what you know then this trumps stats every time.

    Stats can say whatever, but if you absolutely know something based on your personal experience then it would be ludicrous to put that in second place in favour of a load of numbers. In those cases, instead of providing you with insights, stats could even end up providing you with ‘unsights’. (I cam up with that by typing “unsights” instead of “insights” a couple of sentences back, then realised I could use it!)

    Thanks for the amazing post, Ryan. I’m glad the chickens had their say too! :-p


    • Oh, unsights Glenn! Brilliant, brilliant! Stats can blind us. Blinded me for about 4 years. I’m delving into the topic for my next post, where I explain how Gollum is a good – and not so good – blogging role model. Yes, it is a weird post 😉 I even show exclusive images of my Gollum try out phase in life lol! Anyway, we become true to selves and our audiences by detaching mostly from stats. I still notice comments and get annoyed if I don’t attract as many as I want – oh to be a human – but as for backoffice/traffic/subscribers, I haven’t looked yet, and never plan to. All because of the bogged down effect you mention Glenn. Drinkable oatmeal is the bomb. I want to smuggle some into the U.S. but know not if Customs will give me a hard time at JFK. Don’t wanna wind up on CNN haha 🙂 Thanks Glenn, awesome comment, and yes, the chickens are still spreading the word!

      • Ooo, Gollum! Now that’s a post I must read! Looking forward to the pics too! Hehe!

        Yeah, the drinkable oatmeal could look suspicious at the airport… maybe getting yourself on CNN could be a good thing though? Promotion and all that! lol! :-p

        • It’s up Glenn and it’s a weird/intriguing/emotion inducing one, methinks…ha! But that’s just my take 🙂 I am so tempted to buy a few packets now. We’re out of here in about 24 hours. Maybe a covert smuggling op, is in the works. Oh dude, you are thinking like a blogger! LOL….love it, and yes, I’ll have to make sure it’s a carefully planned and branded event. Do you know about T Shirt companies that will ship to Bali, overnight? 😉

  32. Anabelle Says:

    Why: Because I can’t not blog. I’ve done it since LiveJournal. I’ll probably do it until people call blogging “a dying profession”.

    I do write for myself, because writing for an audience sucks. Seriously. Everyone has interesting stories and experiences, and it’s important to share them in your own voice and words. I want to go back through my blogging archive and think, “oh, yes, I remember that time in my life”.

    Some great tips here, thanks Ryan 🙂

    • Anabelle, what a cool way to look at blogging 🙂 I too like reviewing posts to jog my memory and to recount fun stories. Our audience will love us if we blog for us, because, blogging for us magnetizes us to folks who love our authentic story. We can only write from our heart to make the greatest impact. A bit of nice feedback here and there can give us a nudge, but keep on blogging for you, to attract the ideal audience of rabid fans. Thanks Anabelle! See you soon 😉

  33. Swami Says:

    Hey Ryan,

    If we go through this content than you make blogging very easily. Really informative content that makes a lot of sense.

    • Swami, much appreciate 😉 I sometimes don’t make sense to me, so it’s always a nice thing to get some strong feedback from you lol….have a wonderful day!

  34. Hi Ryan,

    Blogging from Paradise is quickly becoming a ‘fav’ of mine. I’m just interested to see where you are going next!

    There is so much super value here – It would make a valuable EBook, EGuide, whatever you want to call it. It’s information people would buy to find out.

    It hits the target audience perfectly – You nailed it


    • Thanks Naomi! I’d give you a heads up but we have no idea where we’re headed too lol 🙂 Actually, New Jersey for now, then next, we will see. I intend to write eBook sized posts going forward to offer as much free content as possible. Hey, I gotta admit it’s not *the worst* approach for advertising my eBooks;)….but I just plain have fun doing it. I also love helping the blogging tips crowd by sharing my mix-ups and successes too. Appreciate the comment Naomi 🙂

  35. Adrienne Says:

    Hey Ryan,

    Such solid advice my friend and I enjoy learning from people who have been there, made the mistakes, learned better ways, implemented them and gotten great results. Those are the people I enjoy learning from the most because we might not always have the most clear vision to start off with but sometimes it’s trial and error that get us there eventually. Knowing we’re not alone on this journey is priceless.

    What can I say, I agree with pretty much everything you’ve shared. I finally got the product done so now I feel like I’ve made it. LOL!!! Okay, more work is still to be done of course but one down.

    I think my only piece of advice I can share is to stay true to yourself. There were plenty of things I was taught to do that I just didn’t feel comfortable doing. They either didn’t sit well with who I was as a person or what I wanted to be known for. Advice is great but we have to be comfortable with it as well moving forward.

    Spot on as always and thanks for being true to who you are and sharing your journey with us too.

    Hope you and Kelli have a wonderful weekend.


    • Hi Adrienne, The true to you advice rings so true with me 😉 You are a shining, glowing example of someone who acts authentically in any situation. I was on a neat journey; as most of us take. I lacked confidence as a newbie and followed any old advice which brought any old results. I was being true to others. I felt bad about it, I lacked authenticity and I failed. Crickets were a loud audience for me, but not too supportive. Because they don’t spend money, nor can they speak their opinion 🙂 But after following your advice about the not doing uncomfortable stuff bit, I ceased doing things and following bloggers who didn’t resonate with me. I let go the guys and gals who were using force to manipulate circumstances and followed guys and gals who used power to building loving relationships with like-minded folks. That’s where the business is. Thanks Adrienne, you have a great weekend too!

  36. Don Purdum Says:

    Hey Ryan,

    Free yourself and your audience!!!! That is a message that everyone ought to understand and resonate with, even if you’re idea of freedom is something different than island blogging.

    Your story of moving from the chains of a security guard job to living your life your way on your terms is awesome!

    The fact is as you said, the biggest reason people don’t achieve success is because of their limiting mindset. The “I can’t”… stories.

    Well, I’ve never been one for excuses. I don’t tolerate them well so I’m certainly not going to offer them.

    With that said, the last six months of building my small community has been a great experience. It’s now time to expand that horizon. I’m working on getting more speaking opportunities and my three year goal is to be published in Entrepreneur Magazine.

    The purpose, strategies, goals and objectives are laid out. That means I have a few ebooks to work on as well. Hey, I see what you’re doing and I agree about the professionals creating products!!!! So, I might have a few other tricks up my sleeve that I’ll hold close to the vest for the moment, lol…

    So, let’s celebrate the idea today that you’ve inspired us too: freeing ourselves and our audiences!

    I can drink to that my friend!

    I hope you have an awesome weekend Ryan.

    ~ Don Purdum

    • Oh Don, I love that goal! You’ll make it, no probs, because you’re doing all the effective things to reach that station. You have a large, supportive community around you, your testimonials rock, your service rocks and you’ve been speaking at respected, high profile events. I’m thinking, it’s like dominoes. Each success domino is being set up, or is standing, and you’re gradually knocking each one down after you achieve these successful goals. As your success momentum builds, you rack up the goals, knocking them down, and move on to bigger things. Either I just found a neat analogy, I’ve watched too many inner city style movies, or the Balinese tea has not kicked in 🙂 Thanks so much Don for your kindness, and have a fun weekend yourself!

  37. Immer Manalu Says:

    Thank you for the tips Ryan, it’s very helpful. By the way, the picture reminds me about something, it’s like in my town, the mountain, the field, a really paradise 🙂

    • Immer, where do you live? Somewhere really beautiful I am guessing 😉 My absolute pleasure, keep on coming back so we can chat again, OK?

  38. Adesoji Says:

    Oh shoot!

    See what 2 cups of oatmeal has caused now.

    I like the way you personalized all the tips you mention and explained on this post about blogging. It really shows that the tips works for you. Hence, it won’t be something that hard for others to learn and do.

    My take from this epistle is “stats don’t mean shit”

    You rock!

    comment via http://www.mmo.ng

    • Adesoji, I have no idea why Kelli – and more people – won’t get on board with the cups of drinkable oatmeal! 🙂 I find it delish; although some would be aghast at the Frankenberry (TM) like taste of my version especial. I like personalizing because people seem to vibe with a bit more specialization these days. They do just a tiny bit methinks but overall nah. Ain’t as important as many believe. People means everything, your driver means everything, and stats, well, are numbers. Can give some guidance, but put that energy on people. Thanks Adesoji, you do too!

  39. Great tips and video Ryan. I love how you point out in our video the importance of connecting with other bloggers. I have found that to be very important and I continue to learn so much from other bloggers. I am now focused on providing comments that bring value to their blog sites because you have taught me the importance of commenting.

    I like how you speak about clarity as well. That is something I continue to work on as I believe it is vital when someone visits our blog that they get a clear picture of what our blogs are about and they clearly see what value we can bring to their lives. Thanks for sharing my friend.

    • Nate, I’ve seen you being so active on the commenting trail/circuit for quite a bit. More than a minute for sure. Commenting helps us make impacts we otherwise may not make. You’re doing a fine job making impacts because you’re diligent, mindful, compassionate, engaging, persistent, and your domain name is way cool too 🙂 Clarity can be a chore, finding it, that is, because we tend to get so caught up in complicating things but if you just chose to blog for 1 reason – and a pure one, pretty much – and for 1 person, well, clarity is the end result. I’ve seen greater clarity in your design and networking strategy, and as for your blog, you *never* go off topic. Really disciplined Nate! Like a soldier…oh wait a second 😉 Thanks so much, and you have a great day!

  40. Edwin Sydney Says:

    Hello Ryan,

    This i an awesome presentation.I love it all.Successful blogging tips are vital in building your website.Especially having the idea that your blogs are saying something meaningful to your audiences.This brings in an aspect that blogs should not only inform but also they should engage.This will give an opportunity for great comments and action taking which are vital benefits for blogging.

    • That engagement thing is something my doltish self didn’t get for years. I hurried to get stuff – money, clients, readers – instead of taking care of the humans who expressed interest in my blog. Now, being an engagement guy, I find this experience of connecting with each commenter more enjoyable. I’m present. I’m building a supportive, engaging, inspired community. This is really what blogging is all about. The community brings the success, for all. Thanks Edwin! Nice domain name too, well done 🙂

  41. This post read almost like a song with a chorus and repeated after each stanza. The chorus drove home the message of your blog – your USP – your blogging from paradise lifestyle. The verses told the story, piece by piece, recommendation by recommendation. Always coming back to the chorus to remind your listeners (readers) what this song (blog post) is really about.

    There is too much good advice here to even begin to list all the ideas I had as I was reading. I do want to comment however on the section towards the end Ryan, when you spoke about never checking stats and basically how outcomes and results speak louder than anything. I love to write. My writing supports the thing I love to do for my work, which is to help frustrated entrepreneurs in many types of businesses. There have been times I watch my traffic and my CTR and my bounce rate as if the very continuation of humanity depends on that information.

    At other times I do my work. I develop my programs. I network and get invited to speak on college campuses. I help my clients get clarity and create narrative based marketing and increase their joy and their income. There things have nothing to do with my blog analytics, nor the number of twitter followers I have. And so having marketing online for 8 years, I have to regularly remind myself that checking stats is really an ego game and has nothing to do with my success nor my impact on others. And so I loved that you spoke about this in your blog post Ryan.

    Enjoy the latest rendition of Paradise!

    • “There have been times I watch my traffic and my CTR and my bounce rate as if the very continuation of humanity depends on that information”….Deborah, you freaked me out a bit. How did you ever, ever, get into my mind, and extract the 1 statement that absolutely torpedoed my online career for 4 years. I do mean, torpedoed, because my emotions, my hopes, my dreams, and my goals, all rose and fell with my metrics, my opt ins, my traffic, my social shares. I really went batty; punching walls, being a loon, screaming, and doing all the stuff a mild mannered, intelligent adult would do, when staring at numbers on a screen lol! Your comment is my comment. It’s been my past experience. My present experience is that stats, although that they can provide some form of order or guidance, are largely, not significant. They are outcomes. We focus on the process. Feeling good. Inspiring others. Connecting with pros. Creating value. Each activity is a process where our energy should be, and if we do it right, we’ll not put our energy into outcomes, which manifest just quite nicely thank you, when we focus on the process and enjoy the process. Thanks Deborah, winning comment!

      • Thank goodness we can now say we are recovered analytic-aholics Ryan!!

        Enjoy your weekend!

        • Agreed on that Deborah, although I need to check into AAA a bit here and there to take things….one day at a time….:) You too!! Or, this upcoming weekend lol….

  42. Hi Ryan,

    Creating product is definitely a great way to build a stand in this industry. The old method of blogging won’t work anymore unless you are a huge influencer.

    Great information and thanks for sharing man!

    • Regi you said it 😉 We stand out by creating our own products. Look at any leader in any industry. They own their stuff. They stand out by learning their craft, inside-out, then they offer products and services to establish their authority. Or to show off. Or to say, “hey, I’m a published author (look at me, I know something ;)”, or just to make an impact by giving away their best insights in a package deal. Thanks so much, and hey, thanks for commenting!

  43. Ryan,

    Oh man, now you’ve got me all self-conscious about my ads! Hahaha I went for months without them and now I threw some up, but the reasons you cited here are why I resisted for so long.

    I admire your clarity and passion, though. Do you ever get sick of your subject matter? Just curious =)


    • Brittany, if you feel *uber* clear on them, and if they align 100% with your blog, and it’s 1 goal/audience/objective, go with them. I’m speaking more about clashing ads, or ads that don’t resonate with audiences. So don’t get too self-conscious yet 😉 You may have something that works for you; goodness knows I’m not the end all be all for all things blogging. I’m kind of a guinea pig. A 6 foot one, living in some tropical locale. Which makes for a disturbing but somehow visually appealing image, no? 😉 Nope. Well, yes, and no. Which is the story of my life. So to answer your question, yes. I get tired of it, and would like to toss the laptop out of the window, but then, in a few moments, or minutes, or days, I get passionate about it again. Just good old change rearing its head, as well as my human nature. Thanks Brittany!

  44. Was it 21 blogging tips my kiddies?

    Not sure if I forget how to count, I ran out of fingers on this one 🙂

  45. Hi Ryan,

    Wow, my first time at your blog and I am amazed. The post is long but I liked reading it and never got bored and I find so many useful nuggets along the lines.

    These tips are so valuable and I know I will be referring to them often as there is lots to be learned from just this one post.

    I loved how you explained the steps of having a successful blog from finding a domain with a tagline that aligns and explains what we are doing with our blogs. And I loved how you explained the Unique Selling Preposition. I saw many people explaining it before but you just made it very easy to drill deep for it and the examples you gave with it will help so many lost bloggers find their USP.

    Ryan, I salute you for a job well done. And yes, your USP is screaming loud throughout your post. Unique and clear.

    Thanks Ryan for a great share and I really enjoyed my visit here. Enjoy the rest of your week.

    Be Blessed,


    • Hi Neamat, Thanks so much for stopping by! No worries if you did get bored; I get bored reading and writing my own posts sometimes lol! Honest. The USP is a biggie. Drilling down gives us the clarity and confidence to get super specific. You see, quickly, what 1 thing makes you stand out from a crowded marketplace. The move takes courage, and a commitment to letting go all other possibilities/selling propositions, but it’s one of the better blogging tips that I’ve picked up from really smart bloggers, like yourself. Thanks so much Neamat, and you do the same!

  46. Tim Bonner Says:

    A sobering and thoughtful post Ryan.

    Since I wrote a post about daring to be different, all of these things have been on my mind. Not that they weren’t before but they became clearer after I wrote that post.

    I love the tip about writing for yourself first and last. I think I still sometimes feel a pressure not to write about certain things I have an opinion on. Maybe because of how it would be perceived. I know that’s not the answer though so I need to do something about that. Watch this space!

    • Tim, wow have I been/am still being/may still be there 😉 Honest; last week was a week of growth for me. Each day I grow some, but I faced a criticism/I’m too serious/I’m not being my true, authentic, joking/offline self…demon, and decided to let go some of my seriousness, to make room for who I really am. I know what you mean. I have felt and still do feel the pressure to avoid topics, or even my stories, yet, I explore some of them. Some topics may be a bit off the path for folks who’re being less serious with self, and who’re open to criticism, and aren’t bothered by it, but at the very least, exploring life stories, and other aspects of your personality, is both a freeing and at times terrifying experience. What a fun ride we chose Tim. Does anybody realize how truly lucky we are??!! 😉 J/k of course…..we take a freeing but uncomfortable journey sometimes, and I appreciate you sharing your heart felt thoughts with me. If you do explore those topics, be gentle with yourself. Emotions will arise, but they’ll fade away too. Thanks Tim 😉

  47. Ammar Zeb Says:

    Great tips Ryan and I think blogging is all about working with dedication and concentration. Its not a profession but a hearty passion and yes you must have to write for your readers, those days have gone when one could have written for search engines and got ranked on the top. Ranking is difficult these days and so is to get traffic, real traffic.

    Thanks for sharing, these were helping and I learnt a lot. Keep writing!

    • Ammar that search engine quote is telling. We can’t game the engines anymore. Oh, we try lol….and we see how easy the game was but that gig is up. Google is wise to us. Aww shucks. Anyway, we can do it. You, me, any of us, if we keep it real. Create that value and make friends with industry leaders and who knows where our blogs will take us. It’s an exciting journey, right? Thanks so much Ammar, and will do!

  48. Jan Ross Says:

    Thanks for your always helpful tips. I just wrote an ebook and had not thought about making a separate page on the blog for my ebooks – thanks for that idea! However, I have to disagree about keeping track of the stats, mainly because a lot of the companies, etc. I work with want that information. If we want to arrange press trips, we normally have to provide at least some of that info. Makes sense as they want to know that you will get the word out about their destination, cruise, etc.

    • I disagree with the stat idea too Jan….;) Really, in some cases, cold, hard metrics are very necessary to grow business. I feel some bloggers may base everything on stats, and yep, that gets them into trouble if their business model need not rely on stats. As for your business model, if sharing stats puts bacon on the table – or veggie fare for the veggie crowd – you better track em! Stats mean quite o’ bit to some folks. Thanks for the share, and keep on separating those eBook pages, and let me know how your eBook marketing campaign works, OK Jan? Thanks again!

  49. kelli Says:

    Hey Ryan
    Amazing post with excellent tips. They were all super-helpful, but the two that really stood out to me were writing for yourself always and only considering criticism that you feel resonates with you and actually contains something that you feel would actually improve your blogging. While we are obviously blogging for an audience and wanting to create content they like, when want to make sure we are still being authentic and fulfilling the mission we have set out for ourselves. That is why the clarity is so important–if we know what we are doing and why, and we truly feel clear on our actions, we will attract the right readers and clients.

    This is pure gold!

    • KC, you are a master of writing for yourself because as you write for you, your perfect, resonant readers show up in increasing numbers. Your community is growing oh so quickly on Live Life Made to Order because Live Life Made to Order is all about not promoting Live Life Made to Order, but it’s more about being authentic, and true to you. You being, the creator of the Live Life Made to Order Blog and Brand. Was that too self-promotional? Or a running ad? I think not 😉 Seriously though, when you do the inside-out, doing what makes your heart thing bit, your ideal readers and ideal, resonant forms of feedback will flow your way with ease. Wise words KC, and I’ll chat with you in like 4 seconds.