How to Become a Pro Blogger
Author: Ryan Biddulph | October 26th, 2015 |
blogging tips , how to become a pro blogger
“YOU shall not pass!” ~ Gandalf
…..until you buy 1 – or more – of my 122 Blogging from Paradise eBooks for 99 cents. Toss in 1 of my audio books too. You have 141 books in total to choose from.
These eBooks are jam-packed with practical tips to:
- increase your blogging income
- boost your blogging traffic
- inspire you
- uplift you
- make you laugh
- grow your blogging community
- help you leap the chasm from amateur to pro blogger
I even categorized them for you by topic. What a nice guy.
Law of Attraction
The Pro Blogging Connection
I wrote 122 eBooks in under 11 months. I wrote the eBooks to help you retire to a life of island hopping, sharing the exact practical tips and techniques I’ve used to mold my dream life. Since I am a professional blogger I charge the ridiculous, disgusting, shameful price of $0.99 cents for every one of my eBooks. Even the combos.
If you want to become a professional blogger I suggest you follow my lead on this one.
This lead in vividly displays how much of a begging, crafty shill that I am AND it shows how being open, transparent and painfully clear in what you have to offer (product and service-wise) is probably a good step to take, to become a pro blogger.
God knows I’ve hidden away. The old me was like a blind priest in a whorehouse. I probed around meekly with my income streams, being terrified to grab at something that may actually feel good. I pussy-footed (do not tie into whorehouse reference) around for years, dancing between online income streams, probing, pulling back, being ashamed to be open, clear and transparent in explaining what I had to offer and how it benefited you.
Professional bloggers earn income. The tried and true pro bloggers earn a full time income through blogging. It may be a good idea for you to share specifically, clearly and transparently how you earn an income and how that product or service benefits your audience. Just maybe. At least if you want to become a professional blogger.
The Professional Career Is Borne of Value
I write value.
I know each eBook is filled with the specific stuff I have done to go from broke, depressed, Little Debbie Gobbling Security Guard to Pro Blogger. I retired to the tropics by…..doing the stuff I share in my eBooks.
SO……if you want to become a pro blogger, and if you want to retire to the tropics, and if you want to change time zones like most folks change pants, and if you want to spend more time in the tropics than dengue fever, you’ll find that these eBooks are jam-packed with value, oozing with practical tips, colorful travel stories and the blueprint for sprinting from the 9-5 to become a professional blogger.
If you’re a disgusted office worker, you are so much more. Really. These eBooks contain the valuable, priceless (am I an idiot for charging 99 cents or what?) tips I followed and you will follow to…..
LIVE YOUR DREAMS.
You want to live your dreams, right? Hell yeah. We all do. Nobody I’ve spoken to ever says,
“Ya know what Ryan? I want to go BACKWARDS. I want to manifest a life of terrifying, heart-stopping, horrific nightmares. Yeah, that sounds like the plan.”
We all want to live our dreams. My eBooks contain the value, the tips, the strategies, the habits and the blueprint for you to live your blogging dreams and your life’s dreams.
The value I share through my:
- blog posts
- social media feeds
- blog comments
- audio books
….and thru a few more channels help to create my pro blogging career. Strange, right? You may feel that “pro” means “money making”, yet the pro blogger knows that the value created – by said pro blogger – molded the career.
Sure we create income streams through which to cash in that sweet, sweet chedda. Or, for me in Nicaragua now, those cool, cool, Cordobas.
I coach. I am a freelance writer. I sell eBooks. I sell audio books. I sell paperbacks. I do other stuff. All well and good but value is the gas that fuels the pro blogging engine.
I like that one.
Remember that as we feast upon these blogging tips.
Ready to dive in?
Let’s do this.
1: Let Go Your Amateur Life
I got an email from someone a few months back. She explained how she was a former teacher so blogging is SO tough for her.
I agreed with her. Because a former teacher has all the skills to become an awesome teacher yet has zero skills to become a pro blogger. Yep. She made a fabulous point.
IF she released her teacher life she would have a chance to become a pro blogger. Her self image would change. She would not see herself as a former teacher, not as much at least, and she’d begin to see herself as a pro blogger. Then she’d begin to do stuff that pro bloggers do, to become pro bloggers, and she’d be well on her way.
Former Security Guard
Once I bought my domain and hosting 7 years ago I took the first step to becoming a pro blogger. I let go Amateur Hour (more on that later) to own my real estate. I slowly let go my amateur life. Meaning, I ceased being a 100%, dyed in the wool, amateur blogger. Hadn’t made a freaking cent blogging at that point yet my decision set a pro precedent. I did what pros do. Owning my online real estate. I was well on my way. I did not seek employment. I’d be a pro. I spent most of my days learning this blogging gig inside out. I’d be a pro. I’d become a pro blogging island hopper too. So I let go my life in NJ to create a life in places like Fiji and Bali and Thailand and Nicaragua.
I let go my old life to adopt my pro (blogging) life.
Leave your current space to move into a new, freer space.
Only YOU know what this means. I do and do not advise you to quit your job to become a pro blogger because all of my most empowered, freeing, inspired, kick ass, life-affirming decisions would be deemed reckless by 99.999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999% of people. But hey, that’s why I’ve traveled the world as a pro blogger for the past 53 months straight, and that’s why 99.9999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999% of people have not circled the globe as a pro blogger.
Let go your old life to make room for your pro life.
I sold everything – or lost it – to prepare myself for my pro blogging, world traveling career. I cut down on TV watching time to make room for blogging study time. I let go my old life to make room for my new life.
Make room for your pro blogging career. Let go your amateur ways. Commit to learning blogging, commit to writing and commit to networking.
Buy this read to release your old life and to make room for your new, pro blogging life.
2: Let Go Amateur Hour
I don’t squat on my cyber real estate. Pros own their real estate. Pro bloggers buy a domain and hosting. Pro bloggers have designers set up snazzy themes. Pro bloggers don’t scrimp with time and money because pro bloggers want to gain credibility.
Seth Godin and other folks who are the best in the world at what they do and who make millions and millions of dollars could publish content via carrier pigeon and people would drool over it. That’s why Seth uses Type Pad. Unless you’ve made millions and are the best on earth in your niche I’d go with the self-hosted domain. I’d go with a clean, clear, simple theme and I’d employ a web designer to make it pop.
Amateur Hour Mistakes
- using free hosting sites like blogger or Type Pad or whatever
- Ad Orgy: plastering ads all over your blog, so your content barely squeaks through
- posting 200 or 300 word blog posts once a week or 60 times a day (been there, done that)
I highlighted my feeble minded mistakes last week. No need to delve into more. Gain trust, increase your credibility and get on the pro blogging train by letting go Amateur Hour.
Here’s a smart read for you if you want to leave amateur hour behind.
3: Clear the Inner World (Don’t You Dare Touch Your Laptop First Thing in the Morning)
This part is so freeing and it sucks so much.
This past week I felt I’d surely die. No, I did not fear being stung by the scorpion which frequented the house here in Granada, Nicaragua. I did not run into any wild men as had happened in Kathmandu, Nepal. No spitting cobra encounters like in Bali.
I feared I’d die because I’d be meditating regularly. I feared death because I breathed deeply and relaxed into my fears. I feared death because I didn’t comment on X number of blogs and didn’t publish my post within a week and insert 1,409 other blogging-business related fears here.
Seriously, these fears grew so overpowering in me and I’d buried them for so long that I felt like a slave to these terrifying, life-or-death, energies. Had to face, embrace and release them for the next stage in my blogging journey.
The Pro Path
You become a pro blogger by thinking, feeling and acting like a pro blogger, and in 100% of the cases out there you’ll need to clear some fear-filled limiting beliefs to think, feel and act like a pro blogger.
I earn my coin during deep meditation sessions. I make money, stretching. I cash in during my deep breathing sessions.
I Hear You from Granada
I hear you chattering now.
This inner work bit is a waste of time.
“You NEED to know the one practical blogging tip, the step, the secret that’ll help you blog from paradise.”
Come in close…….SLAP. Bam. Sorry I had to rap ya upside the head. No one blogging tip exists, to take you from gangly amateur blogger to stud or studette pro blogger. If the tip existed, everybody would use it, and I’d be chatting with 200 million other bloggers about our 4 month vacations in Fiji.
However, 1 offline tip will help to make you a pro, and this could have been tip #1.
Clear Your Inner World with Spiritual and Mental Practices
That’s it. You do the inner work and it becomes easier and easier to move into pro blogging actions, which make you a pro blogger.
Goodness, my inner world routine changes quite a bit but I diligently stick to a daily regimen and have done so for years.
Here ya go:
- intermittent fasting
- deep stretching
- deep breathing
I ditched my beloved icy cold showers. Nicaragua ain’t the place for cold showers as the water gets super heated from pipes located under the streets. Oh well.
Each of the other tactics helps me to face, embrace and release my blogging limiting beliefs, those very beliefs that kept me a blogging amateur. Now that I’m a pro I get to see all those sneaky little – and big – feelings that I cling to, which hold back my growth.
Example; 15 months ago I felt it impossible to write and publish an eBook.
As of last month I have written and published 122 eBooks. I rooted out the bullsh*t limiting belief through my daily routine and proceeded with a more empowered, high energy belief, and subsequently killed it on the eBook writing and publishing front.
Don’t you dare touch your laptop on waking.
Set aside 20 to 30 minutes to clear your inner world. If you’re hungry to become a pro blogger this is *the* step to start your journey off on the right foot. All else falls into place if you follow this tip daily.
Note; doing the inner clearing is freeing and sometimes it’s as uncomfortable as living in a home in Nicaragua where a loopy, somewhat confused bat with perhaps faulty sonar dive bombs you at face level. Flipping terrifying. Yes that’s happening to Kelli and I these days here in Granada.
Anyway, following this tip frees you like crazy and when you allow long buried emotions to surface, you may experience some super duper intense feelings. Relax. Breathe into them. Breathe out. Relax your body. Feel it. Release it. Next moment. Good, you got through it.
Here’s a good read to get your blogging mind right.
4: Blog to Free You….and Your Audience
Here’s a little secret; you become a pro blogger by blogging to free yourself and by blogging to free your audience.
Do you feel abused by your boss? Or do you feel like a slave to your 9-5 schedule? Or perhaps you’re sick of being broke? If you answer “yes” to each question, you’re bound. Blog to free yourself from these binding conditions. Don’t blog for money. Don’t blog for fame. Don’t blog to be loved. Money and fame and people’s whimsical feelings are fleeting. If you blog to free yourself and if you blog to free your audience a neat thing happens: money, fame and love stalk you.
It’s almost like when you surrender into freedom you get all the stuff you tripped over yourself trying to get.
I had a bitchy few weeks with my list. I strayed like a moron from my freeing driver, trying to manipulate numbers like a blogging simpleton. My list subs number floundered. Served me right. Then I bought a pop up form, wrote long form posts and commented extensively on authority, relevant blogs. I felt detached from my list. I added 50 subscribers quickly as of a week ago.
Blog to free yourself.
How Do Ya Do it?
Sit in a quiet room with pen and paper. Write down your most free, dream life. For me, it went something like:
- I’ll live in the tropics
- I’ll have mobile sources of income
- you will be able to grate cheese on my abs
….or something like that. Still waiting for the ab dream to come true.
List your most freeing life. Fold up the paper. Carry your Blogging Compass with you to lead you to The Way if you fall astray.
Check out Tiny Buddha. The folks over there know how to help you purify your driver.
5: Blog Your Passion
I love blogging. I love traveling. Have you ever noticed how pros seem to love what they do? Largely? Blog your passion to become a pro. Here’s why; blogging your passion inspires you to improve your skills and to detach from blogging outcomes. Instead of greedily gobbling up leads or scavenging for Adsense revenue or doing 101 other simple-minded things which muck up your creative energies you’ll devote 100% of your blessed energy to creating something:
- problem solving
through each blog post. If I chose to focus my precious energies on some outcome how could I focus enough energy on creating something kick butt, helpful and inspired?
Begging Buddies in Granada
Each day I stroll by a handful of beggars here. Each person extends their hand, asking for a freebie. Or asking for money. Begging buddies here focus most of their energies on getting. Which pretty much keeps them broke. Because you get by giving, and you will get generously by giving it all, following your passion.
Contrast the mendicants with wealthy business people in the area. Kelli and I are living on a well to do street in town. These doctors, lawyers and dentists have posh pads and sweet rides. Doctors, lawyers and dentists gave and give generously of their creative energies to offer something useful to people. Many of these pros are passionate about their giving – their work – so naturally they give freely and they get freaking *paid.*
Blog your passion. If you can talk about some topic all day long shut your yap and blog about it. Your work will carry a certain, irresistible, inspired energy that will draw in swarms of fans. Buying fans. Paying fans. Endorsing fans. Supportive fans. Promoting fans. These minions will build your pro blogging empire one excited reader at a time. All because you blogged your passion.
If you aren’t blogging your passion deep six your blog now. You are wasting your time. Trash that sucker. Because you’ll be a gazillion times more free and prospering by following your joy……because even if you’re profiting handsomely now by blogging on a less than inspired topic you’re in manipulation mode. Manipulating people and circumstances to make some sick scratch is boring. Following your passion to create something freeing and inspired is the real pro blogging path. Take it from a guy who’s lived in Bali and Fiji and Thailand for months at a time.
6: Blog for 1 Reader
My old blog readers felt left out.
And for good reason.
My old blog readers saw me change topics with the wind. I helped them make money online 1 day. I helped them with my inspirational quotes the following day. I helped them grow their social media followings the next day. I blogged for 37.5 readers – I found a half man somewhere – and damn did I bust my ass to prevent myself from taking on water.
I finally learned my lesson. After being frustrated to tears.
Blog for 1 reader. Tackle 1 topic but more than that, envision yourself having a fireside chat with a single reader. Like Blogging from Paradise meets that Roosevelt President; I’d research to see if it was Teddy or FDR but the internet sucks today.
Blogging for 1 reader conditions your readers to expect one thing.
This singular reader – interested in say, blogging tips (note: subscribe to Pro Blogger immediately) – sees you as the “go to guy or gal” in your niche. “Go to” bloggers get paid. Paid bloggers become pro bloggers.
are rock stars because each blogs for 1 reader. Each friend does 1 thing well for 1 reader. Each blogger creates an engaging, intimate experience for readers. It’s like Adrienne and Don and Donna and David are speaking to you directly. I like that feeling. Which is why I return to their blog every week. Which is why I promote them and endorse them and link to their blogs. Pro bloggers become pro bloggers because they blog for 1 reader – call it an avatar – with specific needs and they do so from a 1-to-1, intimate space. People dig the 1-to-1 approach. Makes ’em feel special. Don’t we all want to feel loved?
7: Publish Content that Inspires People to Pay You for Your Products and Services
Epic? Used it a few times already.
Long form content? Mmmm….a bit mechanical.
Take a Cue from My Marching Band Buddies
For whatever bizarre reason, small, rag tag marching bands of 3 to 5 people lazily stroll up and down our block once a week. After you have endured the ear drum splitting banging of the drummer you can have yourself a good laugh; it’s an entertaining sight to behold and hey, these guys are inspired. Some folks pay them for their mini performance. Other folks write about them in blog posts. Either way, damn are these folks memorable.
They sound about as loud as Animal working the drums. How could they NOT be memorable?
The Blogging Lesson
I could talk word length and story telling and blog post titles and epic shiznett and all manner of adjectives or qualities or rules but in the end you either create content which inspires people to pay you or to promote you or to endorse you, or you don’t. All inspired roads lead to Rome. Which is why John Chow makes more money than god (lowercase “g”) writing bite-sized posts while Darren Rowse rakes it in with longer form content.
I prefer pillar style stuff because I have fun writing these posts. No hurry. No rush. I publish something when I feel like publishing something from an inspired, informative, freeing space, and all seems to be well on the Blogging from Paradise front these days.
Your Pro Blogging Tip
Make the quantum leap from amateur blogger to pro blogging pimp.
Publish really, really helpful, inspired posts to:
- gain the trust of your target audience
- to earn credibility
- to land more freelance clients
- to sell more eBooks
- to become a pro
Newbie Bloggers, I Hear You
You can’t write a 2,000 word or longer blog post.
OK, no problem. Don’t focus on the numbers. Focus on getting as much research material from top blogs in your niche, then focus on creating something helpful, thorough and inspired. You’ll be stunned at how quickly that word count increases – without even trying to write a long form post – when you relax, chill, and allow your creative energies to flow. You may take 1-2 weeks to write, to edit and to publish the post but that inspired, thorough post will generate 30 times more list subscribers than the less inspired, 300 word piece that you plaster on your blog in a hurry.
Share something thorough. If you want to become a pro blogger. If you want to get lost in the shuffle, mindlessly publish a super short, hurried post. Your choice. Although since you’re a brilliant reader of Blogging from Paradise methinks you’re going with the former and not latter option.
Brian Dean writes kick ass, pillar style posts.
8: Make as Many Influential Blogging Buddies as Possible
Have you noticed how top bloggers seem to be connected?
Every few weeks it seems like Zac Johnson and John Chow are cross promoting each other, through webinars and guest posts and all that good stuff.
Pros make friends in high places to expand their reach and to help an increasingly larger audience.
Little Old Me
I am a pro blogger. I do not consider myself a top blogger. If only because I enjoy eating Humble Pie. I do. It’s tasty; especially with a dollop of whipped cream.
OK, maybe I’ve fooled enough folks to be considered a top blogger but in the end, I only go as far as my friends take me.
My friend Matthew Capala asked me to speak at NYU. He co-wrote a book with me.
Although I’m not super duper close to Zac Johnson he asked me to write a guest post for his blog which ranked on Page 1 on Google for the phrase “kindle formatting tips.”
The list goes on and on……my friends helped to make me a pro because….about to get all spiritual here…..
We are all one.
If you make a bunch of buddies your buddies will promote you, endorse you, buy your products, hire you for your services and will help you to reach a bigger and bigger, targeted, eager audience.
Make friends with blogging high rollers.
- promote influential bloggers; this means tweeting the hell out of them, Facebook Sharing their posts, G Plus sharing their posts, LinkedIn Sharing their posts, Pinning their posts, and sharing their posts on a bunch of other networks
- comment on their blogs
- link to influential bloggers through your blog posts
- email influential bloggers asking them how you can help them
- worship influential bloggers by setting up shrines to them in your living room; make offerings scented with sage
9: Take a PISS
I’m not imitating some of the less than couth locals here in Granada.
Some street corners smell worse than Grand Central Station. Or the Bronx Zoo. These Whiz Kids teach you a smart pro blogging lesson, though: take a PISS.
PISS = Passionate Income Streams Steadily
Work what you love, to cease working.
Open passionate income streams steadily.
I care not explore any more potty mouth, pro blogging acronyms. So let’s discuss my journey.
I love to write. So I write. A bunch. I enjoy writing. Not work. Play. So….I played/wrote a bunch, improved my skills and opened income streams to get paid for doing what I love. I am kinda detached from making money through my writing. The writing is the reward. The money from my eBook sales and freelance writing clients is the icing on the cake.
The Old Me
I opened income streams after tossing pepper over my shoulder. I did stuff to make money. I cared not about monetizing my passion. I had voodoo gods behind me. I could not lose. Anyway, my BAF days….Broke As F….were punctuated by trying to make money. Instead of monetizing my passions. Big energy difference here.
Tension and force and worry and straining and striving chases away money. Can’t become a pro blogger if you chase away money.
Power and peace and calm and joy attracts money. You will become a pro blogger by attracting money, and passionate folks seem to make a beeline for dough. Because they love what they do, they practice what they do, they get really good at what they do, they monetize what they do, and they get paid for being really good at something.
Take a PISS. Open passionate income streams steadily.
Steadily = spend 2 to 4 months establishing 1 income stream. Example; learn the in’s and out’s of freelance writing for 4 months. Get that stream down pat. Then, spend the next 4 months learning how to write and publish eBooks. Of course you’ll only open these streams if you feel passionate about writing.
Go ahead….take one. You won’t get arrested for taking a PISS in public; you will be rewarded. Let fly.
Am I strange? For making the pee pee analogy? Let me know.
What pro blogging tips can you add to this list?
What tips are you struggling with the most?
How many of my eBooks did you download?
How many did you review?
Why is the sky blue?
Call to Action
If you want to live your dreams….
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