How to Become a Pro Blogger

October 26, 2015
Me on da block here in Nicaragua. I have long arms.
Me on da block here in Nicaragua. I have long arms.

 

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.

Blogging Tips

How to Organize Your Blogging Day for Maximum Efficiency

Why Trashing 3400 Blog Posts Was My Greatest Blogging Success (audio book)

How to Maximize Your Blogging Profits in 5 Simple Steps (audio book)

7 Blogging Lessons I Learned from 2 Thai Lady Boy Prostitutes

10 Stupid Simple Fundamentals of Blogging

10 Strategies for Increasing Blog Traffic through Automation

13 Proven Steps for Increasing Blog Traffic through Triberr

How to Trim Blogging Fat to Boost Your Online Profits

10 Blogging Lessons I Learned in Fiji (to Promote Your Success)

Why Trashing 3400 Blog Posts Was My Greatest Blogging Success

8 Dangerous Assumptions to Make About Successful Bloggers

10 Annoying Strategies that Torpedo Your Blogging Success

How My Near Death Experience in Fiji Teaches You 5 Critical Blogging Lessons (audio book)

6 Things Your Blog Needs Today (audio book)

How to Develop Blogging Posture

How to Find Your Writing Voice

7 Smart Monetizing Tips for Hungry Travel Bloggers (audio book)

15 Ways to Make Money Blogging

Blogging for Beginners: 6 Tips to Help You Avoid the Nightmares I Faced

How to Pick the Right Blogging Niche

5 Tips for Becoming an Expert Blogger

9 Things to Know about Blogging from Paradise

How to Build a Profitable Blog from the Inside Out

10 Tips for Struggling Bloggers

My 10 Worst Blogging Mistakes

13 Proven Steps for Increasing Blog Traffic through Triberr (audio book)

How to Land Guest Posts on Authority Blogs

10 Tips to Be a Smarter (and Richer) Blogger

How to Leave Attention Grabbing Blog Comments (audio book)

6 Things You Absolutely Need on Your Blog (audio book)

10 Disastrous Mistakes Newbie Bloggers Make (and How to Fix them)

Blogging from Paradise 2 Book Combo

10 Blogging Lessons I Learned in Bali (to Accelerate Your Online Success)

Creating the Mindset of a Successful Blogger

How to Retire to a Life of Island Hopping through Smart Blogging

10 Strategies for Increasing Blog Traffic through Automation (audio book)

10 Branding Tips for Confused Bloggers

8 Blogging Lessons I Learned from Living in Thailand

11 Proven Tips for Aspiring Bloggers

10 Powerful Strategies for Knifing Through Blogging Obstacles

How to Maximize Your Blogging Profits in 5 Simple Steps

7 Smart Monetizing Tips for Hungry Travel Bloggers

27 Influential Bloggers You Need to Follow

8 Tips to Gain the Trust of Your Blogging Audience

How to Become an Influential Blogger in 6 Months or Less

10 Time Saving Tips for Busy Bloggers

6 Tips for Writing Attractive Blog Post Titles

6 Things Your Blog Needs Today

6 Things You Absolutely Need on Your Blog

27 Influential Bloggers You Need to Follow (audiobook)

How to Leave Attention Grabbing Blog Comments

How to Turn Harsh Blogging Criticism into Sweet Blogging Profits: 11 Tips

How My Near Death Experience in Fiji Teaches You 5 Critical Blogging Lessons

How to Build a Profitable Blog through Twitter

9 Tips for Getting Interviewed on Top Blogs

6 Tips for Writing Attractive Blog Post Titles (audiobook)

How to Build an Online Empire through Blog Commenting (audiobook)

8 Blogging Lessons I Learned from a 23 Hour Flight Around the World

8 Tips for Becoming a Full Time Travel Blogger

10 Reasons Why Fijian Fruit Bats Would Be Absurdly Successful Bloggers

13 Tips to Make Your Blogger Outreach Campaign Sizzle

6 Tips to Grow a Rabidly Loyal Blog Community

How to Become an Influential Blogger in 6 Months or Less (audiobook)

How to Retire to a Life of Island Hopping through Smart Blogging (audiobook)

10 Lessons from Hyper Successful Bloggers

7 Steps to Build a Full Time Income Earning Blog

How to Become an Influential Blogger in 6 Months or Less

How My Wildest Travel Experiences Can Help You Become a Successful Blogger

How to Build an Online Empire through Blog Commenting

Digital Nomad

6 Tips for Becoming a Kick Ass Digital Nomad (audio book)

6 Tips for Becoming a Kick Ass Digital Nomad

What’s in My Suitcase? How a Digital Nomad Packs to Travel the World

Inspiration

How to Deal with Dream Stealers

6 Tips for Conquering Your Fears

25 Tips to Develop Peace in Your Life

How to Commit to Your Goals 1000%

How to Overcome Obstacles Easily

6 Life Lessons I Learned from Nasty Critics

11 Techniques to Conquer Anxiety

How to Master Doing Freeing but Highly Uncomfortable Stuff

5 Wicked Mental Blocks I Crushed to Publish 50 Books in 10 Months (and How You CanCrush Them Too)

How to Stop Worrying So You Can Start Smiling

How to Escape a 9-5 Job that You Hate

From Overworked Security Guard to Balling in Bali: How I Did it

Law of Attraction

14 Law of Attraction Lessons for First Time Users

5 Tips for Slaying Energy Vampires (audio book)

Law of Attraction Series: 5 Tips to Raise Your Level of Vibration

Law of Attraction Series: How I Manifested a 4 Year Trip through the Tropics

Law of Attraction Series: How to Make Money

Law of Attraction Series: How to Get Unstuck

Law of Attraction Training: My Daily Wellness Routine to Become a Manifesting Machine

Law of Attraction Series: 4 Reasons Why the LOA Isn’t Working for You

5 Tips for Slaying Energy Vampires

Law of Attraction Series: How to Make Money (audiobook)

Online Business

10 Ways that Traveling Promotes Your Online Success

How to Make Money Online If You’re Flat Broke

How to Create and Publish a Successful eBook

7 Tips for Writing Successful eBooks Quickly

12 Helpful Lessons I Learned from Publishing My First Successful Product (audiobook)

11 Online Business Tips for Retiring to a Life of Island Hopping (audio book)

10 Tips to Cure Online Business Burnout

How to Find Buyers Online

How to Make Money Online without Selling Your Soul: 7 Tips

6 Tips for Work at Home Entrepreneurs

7 Tips for First Time eBook Authors

12 Helpful Lessons I Learned from Publishing My First Successful Product

6 Tips for Cutting Your Online Learning Curve Quickly

How to Retire to a Life of Island Hopping (Part 2)

How I Published 10 eBooks in 4 Months and How You Can too

How I Published 100 Amazon Products in 10 Months (So You Can Do It too)

5 Tips for Learning How to Say “No” to Online Partnerships

11 Online Business Tips for Retiring to a Life of Island Hopping

How to Write and Publish an eBook in 24 Hours

7 Online Branding Boo Boos (and How to Fix Them)

How to Land Interviews on Popular Podcasts

How to Become a Successful Freelance Writer

7 Tips to Be All Over the Place Online

12 Tips to Sprint from Employee to Entrepreneur

13 Steps to Become an Unstoppable Networking Machine

Blogging from Paradise 5 eBook Deluxe Combo

How I Published 100 Amazon Products in 10 Months (So You Can Do it Too) (audiobook)

Solopreneur Ronin: Break the Chains, Earn Your Freedom and Engineer a Happy LifeBlogging from Anywhere

From Awkward Pier Guard to Amazon Publishing Machine: How I Did it

5 Tips for Learning How to Say “No” to Online Partnerships (audio book)

How to NOT Waste Time Online

11 Smart Reasons to Publish a Product

How to Land Interviews on Popular Podcasts (audio book)

Make Money Online: 7 Tips to Launch a Successful Free Giveaway

How to Become a Successful Home Based Marketer

How to Become an Online Expert with Little or No Experience

6 Tips to Embrace the Solopreneur Rollercoaster Ride

Travel

10 Wacky Experiences in Bali

5 Memorable India Travel Experiences

7 Must See Spots in Vietnam

10 of My Scariest Travel Experiences from Around the World

10 Reasons Why I Love Costa Rica

12 Things I Love about Chiang Mai Thailand

My Tales of Woe – and Wow – from My Travels through Cambodia

How to Stay in Shape While Traveling Abroad

I Bought My Glasses in Kathmandu (and Other Travel Stories)

14 Reasons Why I Love Savusavu Fiji

How to Land the Best House Sits on Earth Easily

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.

DHYIS

Don’t.

Hide.

Your.

Income.

Streams.

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:

  • eBooks
  • blog posts
  • newsletters
  • social media feeds
  • blog comments
  • Retweets
  • engagements
  • audio books
  • paperbacks

.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.

 

You dirty raton.
You dirty raton.

 

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.

Your Tip

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.

Tips

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.

Download 7 Tips to Become a Professional Blogger Who Blogs from Paradise

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.

The Exception

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.

Buy How to Organize Your Blogging Day for Maximum Efficiency

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.

 

Colorful vendor umbrellas.
Colorful vendor umbrellas.

 

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.

My Routine

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:

  • meditation
  • exercise
  • 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.

Your Tip

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.

Download Creating the Mindset of a Successful Blogger

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?

Easy.

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:

  • awesome
  • helpful
  • problem solving
  • thorough
  • entertaining

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.*

Your Deal

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.

Note

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.

Abandoned.

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.

My Friends

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

 

OK.

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.

 

Check out the jungle in our kitchen.
Check out the jungle in our kitchen.

 

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.

How?

  • 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

 

No.

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

P

I

S

S

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.

My Deal

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.

Action Tip

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.

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What pro blogging tips can you add to this list?

What tips are you struggling with the most?

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59 Comments

  1. Gary Pearson Says:

    Once again, some outstanding tips Ryan. Thanks for sharing. Your dedication and unrelenting motivation is an inspiration to us all. Your tips to network effectively have helped immeasurably. Cheers from Korea.

  2. Tauseef Alam Says:

    Hi Ryan,

    I do agree with you. To become a pro blogger you have to Blog your passion.
    You can only produce Epic content when you’re totally informed about the topic you’re writing about.
    I’m a web hosting expert and have more than 8 years experience in the field and I love my niche that is why I do blog about web hosting and I know people find a solution about their problem using my blog.

    Regards
    Tauseef Alam

    • Wow 8 years Tauseef? That is awesome. Gotta love your craft to stick with it like that. Thanks so much my friend.

  3. This is the first time i visited your blog ! awesome post man ! i am your fan now, i love the way you provide us free content plus the way you politely ask us to download your E-books 🙂

    Regards
    Malik

    • Hey Malik thanks man. Mama always told me to say Please and Thank You.

  4. Hi Ryan. You be one crazy blogger. I have recently incorporated any morning routine that starts with stretching, EFT, and prayer. I find that I’m so more relaxed throughout my day.

    I also just recently learned how to use the Pomodoro technique when scheduling my work. It has helped me to feel much more focused and to be able to work more at my desk, which I was having trouble with due to fibromyalgia. These two things have made it a lot easier for me to put in a full work day.

    I especially like point number four, blog to free you and your audience. I hadn’t really thought about that before-freeing my audience-but what a great concept. That’s what my blog is about: helping other people to be able to do things more quickly and also to gain financial freedom.

    I could go on, but I’ll leave some space for other commenters LOL. Thanks for sharing your insight and experience with us.

    All the best,
    Leslie

    • Haha Leslie, sometimes I be. Other times I slow things down. Thanks so much for commenting.

  5. Mohammed Says:

    Thank you so much from the bottom of my heart for posting such a nice post, Indeed it was an eye-opening post for budding blogger like me.Thank You!!

    • Mohammed thank you! From the bottom of my heart. You are well on your way buddy.

  6. Anthony Says:

    Very cool, Pro. Great to run into you.

  7. Hey Ryan,
    this is fantastic post !
    yes every blogger wants to become pro blogger because this is better than finding a job and do 9 to 5 job .

    actually blogging is all about to share you experience which i learnt from you .

    so here you have mentioned all important points for blogger .

    Thanks 🙂

    • Sanu that sharing of our experiences is a critical point. We get that down, we are golden because we will stand out. Thanks much my friend.

  8. Hi Ryan,

    Interesting article, for sure.

    Professional blogging begins with value, as you point out, and then winds its way through various income streams.

    It’s important to make it clear, too, what those income streams are.

    As you point out, letting go of amateur blogging is the big step into the pro blogging world. Amateurs are afraid to ask for money, to let people know how they expect to be compensated, or even to let folks know what they charge for their services. Instead, they hem and they haw, they try to pull you into the web without revealing exactly what they’ll do for you or what they’ll charge.

    I think the psychology there is one of mini commitments. People are supposed to be drawn into the web, or the funnel one tiny step at a time, and then feel obliged to buy into what you’re selling.

    You’ve given some real good advice here for acting more like a pro and letting go of the amateur aspects of your blogging.

    -Donna

    • Donna that’s the perfect way to put it. We are drawn in a bit, step by step, then we buy in to…..the buy LOL….awesome insight, thanks for sharing with us. Feel better too, I saw that you suffered from a concussion. Sending my healing energies.

  9. Hey Ryan,

    Man oh man I have never seen so much value in one post mate.

    Absolutely awesome and in particular I loved the PISS strategy – very cheeky but totally true as well

    Ryan you really are one heck of a blogger – love your humility but my goal is to develop into even a fraction of your wonderful blogging abilities.

    And yes I’d better get off my butt and buy some of your books – look forward to learning heaps in the enjoyable way you always deliver such great value.

    All the best from Thailand and I hope your travels are safe and enthralling!

    Peter

    • Peter thank you so much. Your story and life are brilliant; I can imagine you’ve some fab stories to tell living in the village.

  10. Good Morning Ryan, Yeppers first thing in the morning and here I am! I love your advice #3 and when I get home this week I am going to put this into practice. I have always started my day saying hello to the world and then went off to get in my exercise and meditation HUM? I do understand though what you mean and I am willing to give it a try.

    As for your E-books 122 in under 11 months, WOWSY That is just Amazing, I am embarrassed to say that I have not picked any up as of yet, but as soon as thing settle down after this trip I am all over this.

    I am also going to sharing this Awesome Post everywhere,

    This was an Awesome way to start my day and for this I Thank You My Friend.

    Now I am off to the beach
    HUGZzzzzzzzz
    Chery :))

    • The beach Chery? Awesome! Love me some beach days. So great to see you again.

  11. Ryan,

    Thank you so much for this long post of tips! I’ve been working most lately on freeing my mind and personal development. I’ve been doing the Miracle Morning from Hal Elrod, which includes quieting the mind, writing, affirmations, reading, and exercise all before getting anywhere near the Internet. It has made the biggest difference in my blogging and I’m making big leaps towards pro since I started doing that. And I’ve read some of your ebooks during the Miracle Morning.

    Thanks for all that you do.

    Erin

  12. Mark Says:

    Yet an smoking hot post Ryan!

    Filled with several, proven over the top, blogging and marketing tips and
    strategies galore!

    Where do I freaking begin to say just how extremely helpful
    and truly inspiring, this particular blog post is!

    And thanks for sharing all of those excellent, thought provoking titles
    i the beginning of the post!

    I’m sure I speak for most when acknowledge, that reading them
    really inspired to easily create ten to twenty highly informing
    and entertaining blog post and problem solving “how to” videos at least!LOL!

    You totally rock my friend!And thanks for sharing all of the excellent resources
    as well!

    Now it’s time for me to get back to work, implementing
    some of what I learned!LOL! Thanks!

  13. Kim Willis Says:

    What a fun yet informative post you’ve given us, Ryan

    Love your PISS formula!

    You say you’re not a great blogger, but you have mastered the art of making content rich posts both helpful and entertaining at the same time. Looks like the work of a great blogger to me.

    However, one of your tips (or is it an edict?) about not turning on our laptop first thing in the morning is tough. How the heck am I going to feed my addictions, like checking status updates on FB, or checking my (mostly spam) emails? If I stop doing all of that, goodness, maybe I’ll fill the space with inspired thoughts and inspirations for a change.

    This is getting scary Ryan!

    Kim

    • Kim oh yes, scary indeed. My morning meditation sessions feel like mayhem at times. Love it man, thanks for the fab, fun comment.

  14. Mi Muba Says:

    Hi Ryan

    Hmmmmmmmmmmmm; I am speechless after reading this post. I am speechless not because of its awesomeness though I should be but I know this is your forte to write your each post equal to this level.

    Actually I am just wondering should I call it an epic post, a pillar post, a tutorial, a report or an ebook itself. Ok I agree what lies in names as said Shakespear years ago and main thing is how much beneficial a thing is for people.

    The way you described every point is sufficient to clear the point that bloggers do not come from Mars and Neptune and we see several reaching to this higher level either roaming in Phuket or enjoying life in paradise. Eventually after consistent hard work and never stop learning one must become a pro blogger sooner or later.

    But newbies are lucky enough to have great bloggers like you who are sharing their long-time experiences without any cost and one simply have to follow these tips and then sky is the limit for him.

    Thanks for sharing this very very valuable post.

    Have a super fabulous rest of the wek

    • Mi, fab point. We all start from somewhere and the pro bloggers among us usually have humble beginnings. Thanks so much buddy.

  15. Ryan,

    You’re not strange for using the pee pee analogy. I can relate to that:)

    A couple things to add here is to be honest, open, and transparent. There’s natural skepticism that exists online as you typically do not have the chance to meet and shake hands with people in person. More often than not you never will.

    So it’s important to be up front. You can smell a rat miles away.

    For me the biggest struggle is keeping my inner peace intact, which is a challenge when you have a gazillion things going on like raising a family, working a full-time job, managing real estate I have invested in and blogging.

    At the moment I am able to sit in and chill out in my hot tub every night which serves as relaxation and improves sleep quality.

    I did not download any of your ebooks. I have bought 3 or more over the last 6 months or so. They are definitely worth their weight in gold. That’s for sure.

    The sky is blue because all of the icebergs that melted from the ice age to form the oceans were blue:)

    Keep up the great work Ryan. You’re a true pro!

    Kurt

    • Haha good to know Kurt. That hot tub routine sounds A-OK to me. Anything we can do to chilly chill is the way to go. Thanks much for sharing.

  16. Andrew Says:

    Hey Ryan,

    Great post here. The points you laid out are all valid, especially the point about blogging for one reader. When you do that, you can write more freely because you’re writing content ALWAYS with your target audience in mind.

    Many people try to write for everybody, but writing for that one person is best.

    Great stuff.

    – Andrew

    • Yep Andrew, seeing that 1 person in mind makes life easier and we are connecting with our targeted reader with much greater ease using this approach. Thanks so much.

  17. Don Purdum Says:

    Hi Ryan,

    I love that you started your article with value… it’s vital for our success. However, it’s a term used so often that I fear many don’t really understand what that means.

    I define value as solving one problem or meeting one need/desire, for one person, with one solution per article.

    You have clearly and consistently offered some incredible value my friend!

    I love #4 – Blog to Free You….and Your Audience

    That is really the whole idea behind your article in my opinion and the fact that you tied both the blogger and the audience together is just genius. If the blogger isn’t in process then how is the blogger going to demonstrate competency and bring value for the audience?

    It really does start with us as bloggers first.

    Then your solution/close – Give them a reason to buy…

    What’s the point if we don’t give them a reason to give us money in return for more incredible value that betters their lives, families or businesses.

    Fantastic post as always Ryan. Thanks so much for including me. I’m always honored and blessed when you mention me.

    Have a great week my friend!

    ~ Don Purdum

    • Bingo Don, well said. I for one dig that definition because like all you teach, you’re adding clarity to your blog and individual posts through this approach. Thanks much for the inspired content…..I mean, comment 😉

  18. Hi Ryan,
    I love the way you explain.
    ONLY there’s one thing in blogging that matters – and that’s Passion.
    I have been doing blogging since my school life. I had a passion for blogging 🙂
    I still love
    – to blog,
    – to write,
    – to explore,
    – to make awesome relations with bloggers.
    And you’re truly an inspiration for me. I came to know about you and you blog from Twitter. 😉
    Looking forward to read future guides and tips.

    • Muhammad passion makes that blogging engine go. Awesome add because it is the energy to take you from amateur to pro blogging boss. Thanks so much.

  19. Hi Ryan,

    Being a Problogger and it’s reality is bigger than accepting full coverage in a blog post or comments…however, you’ve nicely pointed out the very basics that will certainly get any serious minded folk thinking.

    As for your eBooks, I’ve read quite a few and also made certain to review everyone read…the books were excellent so I had no other option than leaving you a solid 5 stars 🙂

    Keep on blogging to liberate!

    Enjoy the day, Ryan.

    Always,
    Akaahan Terungwa

    • Akaahan I was thinking the same thing. Tough to wrap this up in a post. I’ll create an audio course maybe. Yeah that sounds right. Thanks for the awesome idea brother.

  20. Tom Watts Says:

    Hi Ryan,

    Prepare for full length guest post length comment!

    Firstly, I love your writing style. It’s so natural and personal, as if we’re having a conversation – as you described. It seems effortless and I think that’s really important in conveying the authenticity of what you’re saying. My question for you is, do you ever find it hard to find a line between informal writing and being “professional”? I find it so much easier and freeing (as you said) to write that way, but I fear that I’ll turn people off if I write TOO informally. So do I write how I want and say “screw em” or do I try to find a good fit of both?

    In my most recent post I tried to be a bit more informal and show more of my personality. Like I said, I enjoy your writing style and strange tangents – I feel like we would get on well! But, I often find that although I don’t rush my posts, they often don’t flow that well. Probably like this comment…

    I have so many thoughts and things in my head that getting them all onto a page doesn’t seem to work that well. Everything comes out in chunks and doesn’t always read how I’d want it to. They seem good at the time, but then when I go back and read them a week later, all of a sudden I don’t like them. Any tips on making things flow better?

    I love the idea of meditation and not touching the laptop when you first wake up – that’s great. But, I wake up at 6, go to the gym, then straight to my day job for 8-10 hours, I work the rest of the day, then I go home, make some food and by the time I’m at a laptop and in writing mode, it’s safe to say I’m a little spent. I know you’re probably going to tell me to quit, but I like my job. I don’t like it enough to do it forever, but I’m satisfied. Hence the blogging etc while also retaining a full time job.

    Time is an issue for me, and making the most of it is extremely important. I think I do pretty well managing my time, I always have. Studying to be an accountant while also working a full time job and a Saturday job, running a hockey club and holding the position of local league treasurer at the age of 18 forces time management upon you.

    I like the part about blogging more personally. Blogging for one reader is something I think I really need to focus on. I try to keep my posts conversational, but I find it hard sometimes to fit enough actual information in to support my opinion, and in the process end up losing a little of my conversational-ness.

    Blogging buddies are huge, and I think you’re spot on with what you said. I’ve met a few people with blogs that are willing to help me grow, and I obviously return the favour. I think you have to be careful in your early stages with who you associate and form alliances with though… Your buddies are most likely going to be at the same point in their journey as you. So when you’re bigger, they’ll be bigger. The problem at the lower end of the scale is that there are a lot more people trying to break through, and not all of them are equal in quality and content. I’m not saying I’m a snob, and I’ll help almost anyone in any way I can, but when a clear spammer or blackhat SEO blogger asks for shares or links, I’m probably not going to get right on it.

    Last but not least, I’ve always been good at self-motivation and reminding myself of what I’m working for. I love the idea of the paper “blogging compass”. I really envy the position you’re in and what you’re doing with your life. It’s impressive and I hate you 🙂

    Tom

    • Wow Tom!!! Comment of the month! I don’t bother toeing that line because I intend to be me. Meaning, I may sound professional by accident but usually write fully from my heart and just align with folks who want nothing to do with sounding pro or a little stuff. Thanks so much for sharing.

      • Tom Watts Says:

        I think that’s your key to success and you should leverage it as much as you can. I’m definitely going to try unveiling a bit more of my personality in my next few posts. I’m so used to writing for businesses that I forgot that this time that I’m writing for bloggers – who are actual people. There’s a big difference and I think you’ve nailed it with your writing style.

        I just started writing a post about this specifically; formal vs. informal blogging. I hope you don’t mind, but you’re going to be the main author I focus the article on – and of course I’m going to be giving you mad props 😉

        Tom

        • Tom thanks SO much. You rock buddy. I look forward to reading the post.

  21. Hey Ryan,

    You’re right on point on how to become a pro blogger. I think the top two tips are networking with the right people and the meditation tip.

    I didn’t realize how powerful it was to network with the right people. As a matter of fact, as a beginner I believe it’s worth more of your time to start networking with those that are just a couple of notches ahead of you. I mentioned this on my recent blog post.

    About a month ago I got into the habit of meditation and breathing in that prana correctly. This is my way to flush out the junk so new ideas will come in and also for me to get back into balance. It’s hard at first but I can feel slowly I’m getting better at it.

    Thanks for the share Ryan! Have a great week!

    • Sherman that’s awesome. I hear you on that; learning to breathe properly thru the day is maddening at times but oh so freeing, to flush out the mental junk you speak of. Thanks for the awesome comment.

  22. Dana Says:

    Awesome post Ryan.

    I LOVE the third tip.
    I do not touch my computer first thing in the morning.
    That’s my quiet time, and I do appreciate meditation.

    And I totally agree about blogging about your passion. It’s really is the best way to WANT to stay connected to the process, and share who you really are with your visitors.

    • Dana you are on the right track with meditating. Good on you and ditto with blogging your passion.

  23. gilbert Says:

    I was really hit there. I blog once a week and sometimes once a month. My blog posts consist mostly of 200 to 300 words. I think I have to reconsider the way I write my blog post.

  24. Adrienne Says:

    Hey Ryan,

    More awesome tips you’ve shared here and I know that your audience appreciates hearing what you did wrong to help you learn what to do right. We’ve all been there haven’t we and at times it was not any fun at all.

    Boy have I lived and learned through my own mistakes. We all still make them but they are what makes us stronger.

    I still can’t believe you’ve cranked out that many books. Every single one of them though have their purpose and I know that anyone who wants to be where you are will appreciate what you’ve shared in each of them. I’ve read several of them myself and learned a few more things.

    Thank you for mentioning me here Ryan and we all have to learn to keep on growing right! I appreciate being mentioned as a pro blogger although I’ve never viewed myself like that but I guess if I’m here making a full-time income then maybe I am one! It’s SO rewarding too.

    Rock on my friend and keep sharing this awesome content with us. There are more people who need what you have to offer. 😉

    ~Adrienne

    • Adrienne you really do rock. You’re a pro’s pro all the way through and much of my success is borne of your teachings and more key-ly (not a word) your beautiful example. Thanks so much and keep shining bright my friend.

  25. You are a pro blogger, Ryan, in every sense of the word!

    Sue

    • Aww shucks Sue…thank YOU. You’re a pro’s pro. 100 times over. Times 10,000 🙂

    • Hi Ryan,

      Sorry to hop in, but I completely agree with Sue here – you ARE a pro blogger, more than you know it!

      You do amaze me with all that you’ve achieved in this past one year…so many books- gosh! One can just sit and imagine, while you just never stop!

      Keep going my friend, and we wish you the very best, always! Loved all your points, so very true 🙂

  26. David Boozer Says:

    Awesome Ryan, just pure awesome! Thank you so much for all the direction you have given here and through all the books about blogging you have written. I truly have purchased every single one about blogging or marketing and I have re-read many of them again!

    If you are new, and even if you are not new to IM or blogging, here at Blogging From Paradise will help you achieve just that, blog from your own personal paradise…

    God bless you Ryan, seriously, may He bless you for all the good that you bring to all of us here who are in our own unique process and journey of building a profitable and enduring blog… Here we have the trail blazed for us with Blogging From Paradise, now all we need to do is follow it…

    • David you are blazing fab trails at Blog by the Sea. Thanks much and keep up the inspired work!

      • David Boozer Says:

        Thank Ryan! God Bless and thank you for all the value you offer…!

  27. How did you become a pro blogger?

    Are you struggling to become a pro?