Review of How to Retire to a Life of Island Hopping through Smart Blogging
Author: Ryan Biddulph | August 6th, 2014 | 48 Comments
blogging tips , blogging from paradise, blogging tips, ebook
New York Times Best Selling Author and World Renowned Professional Speaker Chris Brogan….
— Chris Brogan (@chrisbrogan) August 7, 2014
Chris Brogan, New York Times Bestselling Author, World Renowned Public Speaker, Forbes Must Follow Marketing Mind, CEO of Owner Media Group, Adviser to Luminaries like Richard Branson, Paulo Coelho, Tony Robbins, GM, Coke, Disney, Google and Microsoft
Laptop Lifestyle Dynamo and Million Dollar Earner Yaro Starak Says….
“I recently had a chance to take a look inside Ryan Biddulph’s latest ebook that lays out his philosophy for blogging from paradise (which in Ryan’s case is all about hopping from tropical island to tropical island). If you want to see what kind of lifestyle you can lead thanks to blogging, with emphasis placed on how you can lead a life on your own terms, not just the making money aspect, download this ebook. You won’t regret it.”
Yaro Starak, Owner of Entrepreneurs-Journey.com, Million Dollar Earner, Laptop Lifestyle Consultant
I’ve been working on something.
I kept this a secret. Well, mostly a secret.
For the past 4 weeks I’ve spent much of my spare time writing, tweaking, editing, proofreading, picking the perfect travel pictures and doing eBook related stuff….because…..
Who Would Benefit from Reading this eBook?
- Anyone who envies/admires/wants to live my lifestyle
- Anybody who’d like to live in an ocean front home with a million dollar view in Fiji for 4 months while running a blog
- Anybody who wants to retire from their 9-5 to become a pro blogger
- Anybody who wants to become an island hopper through smart blogging
- Folks who want to travel the world for 1, 2 or 3 years, funding their trip through their blog
- Pro bloggers who want to take it to the next level
- Successful pro bloggers who want to learn how to engineer a freeing lifestyle that would allow them to leave behind some home-based gigs to travel the world and live in paradise for extended periods
In a nutshell, if you wonder how in the heck I live this life, you’d love my eBook. Also, if you’re a newbie blogger, who wants to figure out how to accelerate your growth, and how to boost your blog’s traffic and sales, the strategies I’d share in Blogging from Paradise will help you do that.
Why I Wrote the eBook
In truth, I mucked it up the first time. I published my first eBook, The Blogging Manifesto, but it never really took off. From the name, to the overall vibe surrounding the eBook, I felt it was practice.
Then I did something silly; I changed the name, and a few parts of the eBook, and after this repackaging, I still struggled.
By the way….if you want to see where blogging has brought me now, to Savusavu, Fiji, watch this video of me gabbing away from our deck. That’s my office view for the next 2 and a half months.
I made a ton of mistakes on both friends so this time, I decided to do it right.
In addition to wanting to do this release intelligently, I also wanted to:
- Inspire bloggers to live my lifestyle
- Share my fun story
- Share a bunch of neat travel pictures
- Release my own product from a high energy place
- Create an affordable, value-packed eBook to help you live your dreams
- Create a guidebook that you can reference online or offline for newbie and veteran bloggers
That’s the thing; I’ve learned that many uber successful bloggers are a bit jealous of my lifestyle, wondering how in the heck I do it.
Top earners make a ton of dough, so that’s not the issue. The problem is that some super successful people need to learn how to engineer a freeing internet lifestyle.
Absolute Wealth Verses Relative Wealth
I know some folks who’ve acquired large sums of money yet they give up many freedoms to acquire the dough. Doctors, lawyers, CEOs and other professionals may make hundreds of thousands, millions or billions of dollars yet they’re tied to an office, 6 or 7 days each week, for 12 to 18 hours each day.
What Digital Marketing Wizards Are Saying….
“There are many self-proclaimed blogging gurus on the web who are quick to give misguided advice to beginning bloggers. Ryan doesn’t just talk to talk like the 99% of bloggers out there – he walks the walk. He makes ‘real’ cash from his blog, creates ‘real’ relationships online, and lives a ‘real’ happy Internet lifestyle traveling around the world. If you want the ultimate freedom of working from home, making money online, and living your true dharma, you will not want to miss Ryan’s latest eBook!”
Matthew Capala, Bootstrap Marketing Whiz and Owner of SearchDecoder.com, Dynamic Speaker, Trainer, Blogger
They aren’t mobile, or location independent. Even if they love their craft, that type of life still has some serious drawbacks on some level…only because if you feel totally burned out, in most cases, as one of these pros, you can’t walk out of the office this second, and take a month long vacation to Bali.
Guess what? I can. And I have.
This first crowd is ridiculously wealthy, yet they sacrifice much of their freedom to acquire the wealth. This is absolute wealth. You make a load of dough but are tied down, or bound, while generating this serious wealth.
Then, you have guys like me. The folks who have serious relative wealth. I don’t make the money that doctors, or lawyers, or CEO’s make, but unlike a doctor, or lawyer, or CEO, I could say, “ciao readers!”, set up my autoresponders, email clients, and spend the next week in Tauveuni, Fiji.
Wait a sec, did I mention I’m living in Savusavu, Fiji for 4 months?
What doctor, lawyer, or CEO that you know – that’s still working – who’s living in Fiji for 4 months, in an ocean-front home with a million dollar view?
There may be a few that are, but the overwhelming majority of these high powered pros are tied to an office, or hospital.
I however, am off the charts in the relative wealth department. I am free. I’ve set up mobile sources of income. I can work from wherever I want on earth. Sure, I have freelance clients, and blog posts to write, but I can always take a vacay at a moment’s notice, to head wherever I want to go, and that vacay can be for quite a while.
Authority Bloggers Are Weighing In…
“Many people are attracted to blogging because of the freedom that can come with making money online. Ryan epitomizes the lifestyle that is possible with an income from blogging. There are a lot of blogging books and e-books out there, but Blogging from Paradise is unique because Ryan shares his tips not only about building a successful blog, but also about how to travel the world while doing it.”
Marc Andre, Owner of ProfitBlitz.com, Blogger, Internet Marketing Dynamo
One note: I highly respect the driven, talented professionals who I mention above. They provide an unbelievably valuable service to people in need. I’m just sharing a clear definition of the difference between absolute wealth and relative wealth.
Make no mistakes about it; I work too! But I can work from anywhere on earth, at the drop of a hat, and I can also drop everything and take a vacation whenever I want to do so.
Good or Bad….Better or Worse
Hey, I love my life, and I know professionals with serious absolute wealthy who love their lives. There’s no good or bad, or better or worse. My point is, most people desire being free above all else, and if you can embrace the idea of generating serious relative wealth, you can become free, work from wherever you want to work, and you can also work whenever you want to work.
Or you can have cute little Youtube videos developed for you, announcing the release of your new eBook (I’ve since had my haircut….the eyebrows are still kinda bushy)….
I still work. Plenty. But if have a poor night’s sleep, I can bum out until late in the morning, and get to work later in the day. I can work on airplanes, or on the beach, or on our deck here in Fiji.
I can work early or late, from where I want to work. I call the shots. It’s because I chose to generate relative wealth a few years back, verses taking the absolute wealth route many people choose while they’re molding their lives.
I’m here to teach you how to be free, through building a live of immense relative wealth, complements of my eBook.
Blogging from Paradise
Blogging from Paradise covers topics like:
- Tips for retiring to a life of island hopping through smart blogging
- Common blogging pitfalls to avoid
- Picking the right blogging topic
- Following the two C’s in your paradise of choice
- Why it makes sense to scrap an old blog – even if it means deleting 3400 posts – and start a new blog when it’s time for change…and how island hoppers release quickly
- Practical tips for prospering through blogging
- How to blog while hopping from tropical island to tropical island: a breakdown of my typical day
- Closely-guarded secrets for effective automation while circling the globe
- How to use social media while blogging from paradise
- The super secret ingredient to intelligent blogging
- The logistics of island-hopping; non-blogging stuff to ponder if you choose to travel the world for more than a year or 2
OK, maybe you’re not in pain. Or maybe you are in pain. Maybe you haven’t realized that it’s time for a change and maybe, just maybe, I’ll reveal your pain points to you, pain points you never knew existed.
We all have blind spots. I had about a zillion before I took that life-changing flight from New York City, JFK to Denpesar, Bali some 39 months ago. I’d seen a bit of online success but still had plenty to learn as far as building a blogging asset.
As I clarified my vision and worked diligently I could say I was retired from the 9-5 confidently. I also began my island-hopping exploits in earnest, jumping from Bali to Phuket, to more than a few other hot spots as well.
What spurred me to dream bigger dreams? Feeling pain. I suffered through some failures, both pre-trip, and during the early days of my trip, that pushed me to learn, to grow and to become accustomed with leaving my comfort zone.
These lessons, these experiences and these absolute gems for an aspiring world traveling blogger are worth their weight in gold because they are the specific, transformative moments I share in Blogging from Paradise.
The Benefits of Reading Blogging from Paradise
I want you to know how buying and reading my eBook will benefit you….so…..
- Learn how to build your blog into an asset which gives you the ability to travel the world, island-hopping along the way
- Uncover the secret to building profitable blogging relationships
- Gain clarity and understanding in picking the proper blog topic for you
- Soak up some pretty darn cool travel pictures
- Listen to me recount my story, including my transition from broke, depressed, laid-off security guard to world traveling, blogging dynamo
- Find out the things that might be holding you back from the dream life you so want to live (this chapter is a good one!)
These are but a few benefits of buying and reading Blogging from Paradise.
I Want to Take You with Me
I can talk all about what I’ve done, where I’ve been and how I arrived. That’s all well and good, but think about it; why am I doing this?
I want to take you with me. My dream is to bring as many of my readers along for the ride. I want to look next door in Savusavu and see you. I want to cruise down the block in Bali and run into you. I want to meet bloggers on the streets of Quepos, Costa Rica who were inspired by my eBook to leave the 9-5 behind to retire to a life of island hopping through smart blogging.
The Blogging Maestro Is at It Again…
“The blogging maestro does it again! This really is a wonderful ‘how-to’ guide to blogging. It’s well written, insightful, and ram packed full of golden nuggets that will show people how to blog their way to paradise with a huge smile on their face. Massive thumbs up!”
I’ve met a handful of bloggers in their countries. These have been amazingly fun experiences. Now, I want to meet bloggers in foreign lands who bought my eBook, read it from cover to cover, and who’ve used it to mimic my life. I want to take you with me.
I want you to meet up with me in Koh Lanta. I want us to visit the street stalls in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. I want us to connect over a delicious lunch from a food stall in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
I want to connect with you on the river front in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, or I want us to meet on the river front on Vientienne, Laos. I want you to feel the freedom I’ve experienced.
I want you to never have to think about setting an alarm to go to a job you don’t want to work anymore. I want you to know the feeling of booking a flight to Denpsar, Bali.
I want you to see the stunning sunsets in Fiji, or the sunrises in Vietnam, or the amazingly crystal clear waters of Savusavu, Fiji.
I want you to have dinner with me amidst the hustle and bustle of a crazy hot Bangkok night. I want you to stop living vicariously through me, and I want you to HANG OUT WITH ME!
This is the real purpose behind Blogging from Paradise. This is my intent. This is my dream, my vision, and this is the reason why I shared my story with you.
Anybody Can Do This
I mean that. Anybody can do this. You may or may not know my background. Anyway, I formerly worked in a shipping terminal in Newark, New Jersey in the United States, as a security officer. My job was simple. My job was easy but mind-numbingly boring.
After about 4 years “down at the docks” I decided it was time for a change, but didn’t muster up the courage to quit. The Universe forced my hand. I was downsized, or in frank terms, fired. What a relief though, because I knew it was time for a change.
When Kelli told me about some ways to “make money online”, I invested $500 in an opportunity. My mentor told me to start a “blog.” Well, when I was fired from my security guard job, I knew how to type “espn.com” into the address bar and I knew how to check my email. I had no clue in hell what a “blog” was.
Live the Dream….
“There are dreamers. The people who make plans and look forward to the day way down the road when they can maybe, hopefully, possibly live out their dreams. And then you have people like Ryan. The people who didn’t want to wait until some distant future to do all the things they’ve dreamed of doing. The people who are living their dream right now. Today. Five years ago, Ryan was just like you and me. Today, he’s an entrepreneur blogging from Fiji. If you’re a blogger who wants to be inspired, wants to see how the seemingly impossible can become possible, wants to learn how one man achieved his goal of blogging from paradise; you will love Ryan’s eBook.”
Kevin Duncan, Owner of Be A Better Blogger, Blogger, Freelance Writer
Look up and down this blog. Look at my eBook sales page. Check out those endorsements from some of the top bloggers around. Look at the travel pictures, me, all over the world, island hopping, visiting tropical paradise after tropical paradise.
The guy who did this, who received these endorsements, who’s designed a life that few people on earth have designed, knew ONLY how to do 2 things online before starting this blog:
- Check espn.com
- Check my email
I didn’t know SEO from a CEO. I didn’t know what a blog was, nor did I know about using social media to grow a business.
I had zero entrepreneurial bones in my body. I was imprinted with the idea that all entrepreneurs were wheelers and dealers, crooks, and schesiters, all folks who were after your money.
They were “lucky.”
“Not everybody can travel the world, or run an online business, ya know?” That idea was imprinted on me, and the phrase was repeated to me until I repeated it to myself, over and over, and then, I programmed myself with that phrase.
So, if the guy who knew nothing about entrepreneurship, and who knew nothing about the online business world, if this guy designed this lifestyle…..
…..Anybody can do this.
I worked temp jobs before the security guard bit.
Anybody can do this.
I commuted 90 miles daily to a job where I made, well, not too much money….doing basic, simple, work that surely wasn’t reflective of my meteorology degree.
Anybody can do this.
Wait, did I ever tell you I was a meteorologist by schooling? Well I am. Technically I am a meteorologist. Well I *am* a meteorologist. But here I am, having retired to a life of island hopping and pro blogging.
Anybody can do this.
If You Aren’t Ready to Uproot…
…..this eBook can still be for you. You can be a hyper successful blogger who wants to know how you can take a month long vacay, or how to engineer my type of lifestyle, wondering how the heck I do it. I share a chapter dealing with the logistics of my life, the nuts and bolts of how I built this lifestyle. I share what you may want to let go to free yourself to travel.
You can travel for 1 month, 3 months, 1 year or 3 years or longer, using these successful, proven strategies to grow a profitable blog which helps you fund your world travels….and which helps you sock away savings, and money for your various investments.
Bonus tip: If you want to retire, invest wisely. Kelli and I have multiple savings accounts, IRA accounts and a pension.
Anyway, if you aren’t ready to uproot you can still live in paradise for 2 weeks, or 2 months, or even 1 year, using my automation tips and blogging strategies learned on the road.
Bloggers, you who love your life, chilling in your home town, you too can benefit from my blogging tips. You can boost your blogging traffic and increase your blogging sales and grow a large, responsive, thriving, rabid community around your blog, by using the strategies I share in Blogging from Paradise.
Blogging from Paradise
The ferry is calmly cruising through Savusavu Bay here in Fiji as I write these words. The sun kissed bay shimmers, calmly flowing over the huge volcanic rock formations carved out over hundreds of thousands of years.
We’ve seen more dramatic, stunning, exhilarating scenery since Kelli and I started our journey some 39 months ago, than you could believe.
How did I do it? How did I blog from paradise? I followed the advice of people who’ve been there and done that.
The Engagement Maven Shares…
“We’ve always been told that if we want to be successful then find someone who is where you want to be and study what they’re doing. That most definitely works but we only see what they’re doing on the surface and not behind the scenes. Ryan has done the work and is now achieving success while in paradise all while using his blog. Want to know what the great thing is? He’s sharing how he’s been able to achieve that with you here in this eBook. If you want to use your blog to build up a great following in order to achieve this kind of success then I definitely suggest you check out what Ryan is doing. He’s living the dream and blogging from paradise.”
Adrienne Smith, Owner, AdrienneSmith.net, Blogger, Coach, Engagement Superstar
I’m sharing my insight with you, because I’ve been there, and I’m doing that.
If you too crave to see more of the world….if you want to leave your 9-5 to be more free….to retire to a life of island hopping….or if you’re an already successful, retired, pro blogger who simply wants to travel more, or who wants to know how in the heck I’ve engineered this dream life….
Please share this post with all of your friends if you feel my eBook and story can inspire them.
I am excited to get your feedback.
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