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My Indonesian slowly improved. But I was under the gun.
6 years ago, I had 3 weeks until Kelli and I flew to Bali. We were planning our trip. I bit my nails down to the cuticles, being terrified of how little Indonesian I knew.
Then one day I asked Kelli, “Do they speak English in Bali?”
She calmly assured me that they do. As they do in most popular travel spots. Universal language. I had no clue in hell. Being the typical, non-traveling, international rube most Americans are.
Imagine how much of those 3 weeks I’d have spent nervously learning as much Indonesian as possible? Asking a simple question of an experienced traveler opened a whole new world of knowledge to me.
Of course I learned a few key phrases of Indonesian – I do so wherever we go – yet I saved my time and energy doing other important things before we hit the road.
Ditto for your blogging career. Asking questions of experienced, established, pro bloggers opens you up to valuable worlds of knowledge obtained through their answers *and* cuts your learning curve by years.
Today, I want to answer 10 common blogging questions.
I answer these questions – with some similar or maybe even different, but super duper helpful, in-depth, robust answers – via my audio course the 11 Fundamentals of Successful Blogging (Plus 10 Common Questions Answered by an Island Hopping Pro Blogger).
This is my flagship blogging course guys. If you are a new blogger or an established blogger who needs an energetic, helpful boost, click that link to learn more about the course.
Let’s dive in.
1: How do you make money blogging?
I delve into the “how” on question #6 but want to make 1 point clear: money responds to your clarity around money, and most of us get hyper clear on receiving money when we develop a skill through patient, persistent practice over years.
Example; when people buy my eBook mentioned in the opening line (did you buy it yet?) I receive money for the eBook. I made that money blogging by practicing my writing daily, for years. That persistent practice helped me develop my writing skills. Said developed skills gave me clarity in that area, aka, me saying to myself,
“Oh shit, I can kinda write.”
Then that clarity reflects back to me in the form of human beings who say to themselves
“Oh shit, Ryan can write,”
and said humans buy my eBooks or hire me or buy my courses or whatever.
Money responds to your clarity around money. Money responds to skills. If you practice honing your blogging skills over months and years (skills like writing, creating content and building friendships, plus of course, learning blogging), you gain clarity in your skills…..and cash.
2: How do you pick a niche?
What can you yak about all day long?
Blog about it.
Just tie your passion/greatest fun/greatest love into some pressing problem, or tie it into something that empowers readers to live their dreams.
3: How do you get more blog traffic?
Help other bloggers get blog traffic by promoting other bloggers (more on this with question #4). Build an email list. Guest post on top blogs from your niche. Comment effectively on top blogs from your niche.
4: How do you get more readers?
Stay on topic with each post. If readers know what to expect, they return.
Help other bloggers get readers. Promote other bloggers through your blog posts and social media. Make friends with these bloggers. Who then promote you.
Build an email list. Make it easy for readers to get your latest updates.
5: How do you set up a blog?
Follow the money.
Pick a niche where bloggers are making a poop load of scrilla, hop on board, ride the wave into a Scrooge McDuck type pool of gold dubloons. Then sit beside the pool with your friend Ty-Coon (of the Wuzzles) on mounds of money, laughing the afternoon away as you both wear your gold dollar sign sunglasses.
Get the eff out of here! I’m busting your gullions.
Here’s how to start a blog:
- pick a niche you feel passionate about and predominantly blog to have fun exploring, learning and blogging about a niche you love
- buy your domain and hosting; pick an easy to visualize domain name related to your niche
- hire someone to set up your blog for you, or just do so through YouTube tutorials (I’d hire someone though)
- set up a transparent About page; before folks trust the advice, they will check the source
- publish your first post introducing yourself and explaining the benefits of reading your blog
Buying the right hosting solution for your needs helps you start off on the right foot.
6: How do you monetize your blog, like income streams and stuff?
As for the *how*, think 2 levels:
- the nuts and bolts of effective monetization
- the income streams through which you receive money, because you did bullet point 1 really well
How do I make money on Blogging From Paradise?
I spent years of my life practicing my writing, building my friend network by promoting other bloggers, dissolving money limiting beliefs through meditation, contemplation and by doing stupid uncomfortable but freeing things, by persistently creating value through my blog posts and through guest posts, and by generously helping people on sites like Quora and Warrior and via blog comments and maybe at Wawa, if someone seeks blogging counsel at Wawa.
How do I receive money at Blogging From Paradise? Here ya go:
- eBook revenue
- audiobook revenue
- course revenue
- paperback revenue
- blog coaching
- various consulting services
- sponsored posts
- betting on monkey wrestling
- ad revenue
- other revenue streams (sounds mysterious, right?)
Virtually all of my earnings are generated by doing the energetic and physical work, and then, I just receive money through those income streams. Most bloggers screw monetizing up, believing the inanimate, totally passive, physically incapable of doing anything income streams can actually earn them money, and totally ignore the practice, the skill developing, the energetic work, and the creating and connecting that *really* drives profits.
Suggested Reading: 7 Steps to Build a Full Time Income Earning Blog (eBook)
7: How do you get more blog comments?
A few ideas:
- publish in-depth, genuine, robust (I love that word) comments on popular blogs from your niche
- ask 2-3 questions at the end of your blog posts
- respond to comments on your blog posts
- address your reader’s specific needs through your blog
- stay on topic
- buy How to Build an Online Empire through Blog Commenting
- offer a “kiss for a comment” special, limited time offer (refrain from consuming garlic 12 hours prior to contest beginning)
8: What turns readers into customers?
Meka leka hi meka hiney ho.
Pee Wee Herman fans, you may exit the building.
No magic spell converts spirits in meat suits from readers into customers. Just good old fashioned helping folks with their specific problems over time. Being helping by publishing valuable blog posts, podcasts, eBooks, courses and by rendering useful services is the secret.
But you need to persist to see a reader become a customer. Some folks buy in – literally – after minutes, others months.
Your job is not to convince, coerce or chant sinister spells uttered by bizarre-looking wizards from Pee Wee’s Playhouse. Just have fun helping people with their specific problems persistently and consistently and thy customers shall beat down your cyber door with Grond, the Hammer of the Underworld, eventually. (get out of here if you missed that reference).
9: What’s the secret to successful blogging?
Follow your fun. Pick a freeing driver. Love your work. Be generous. Adopt a servant’s heart. Listen to Ryan Biddulph. Toss salt over your shoulder 3 times daily.
Pick a topic you feel passionate about. Hone skills. Namely, write 1000 words daily. For practice. In a Word document. Create helpful content. Build friendships by generously promoting other bloggers. Help people. Build your friend network. Monetize your passions.
I forgot to mention; a magic bullet for blogging success does exist. Unfortunately, after you fire the blogging magic bullet it makes a beeline for your blog and brand, killing all chances of success because your fear, desperation and greed goad you to do dumb stuff which destroys your reputation and blogging business.
10: How do you avoid quitting?
You do not avoid quitting.
You pick a blog topic you feel passionate enough about that you never want to quit.
If you have fun blogging, you will make time for what feels fun. Unless you are a masochist. If that is the case, go research the Dark Web. But otherwise, you will never ever ever want to quit if you blog about a topic you have fun blogging about.
Bonus answer: when you blog predominantly for fun, with love, the fear-based heavy attachments to outcomes that cause most bloggers to want to quit (or to quit) will dissolve from your being. Meaning you will not allow the appearance of struggles to frustrate you.
Do you have any other questions?
What questions do readers as you?
What answers to these questions can you share in the comments section below?
10 Common Questions Answered by an Island Hopping Pro Blogger
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