10 Common Blogging Questions Answered

September 5, 2017 36 thoughts
By the Persian Gulf in Doha, Qatar.

 

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Terima Kasih.

 

Selamat pagi.

 

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

 

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6: How do you monetize your blog, like income streams and stuff?

 

As for the *how*, think 2 levels:

 

  1. the nuts and bolts of effective monetization
  2. 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.

 

Your Turn

 

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?

 

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36 Comments

  1. Build those friendships by helping other bloggers RP. Promote them. Endorse them. Comment on their blogs. Then these folks will happily link back to you and also, invite you to guest post.

  2. RP Says:

    Thank you for such nice article. My Question is that guest posts are not accepted on related blogs. they don’t even respond. In some cases, if you are not spamming, you can get blog comment backlink but they also refuse for links.third, how I can create an email list.Thanks.

  3. Thanks much for reading and commenting Nicholas. Sometimes, I will make a mistake and edit a post. Meaning the editing was the mistake.

  4. This was quite helpful to a beginning blogger, though I thought the post could have used a little editing and that paragraphs could have been better delineated. Thank you for your efforts!

  5. Good deal Dharmik.

  6. Having fun will always carry you thru those up’s and down’s Adeel. Until all things level out.

  7. Adeel Sami Says:

    Hey, Ryan!

    I so DAMN to work on the #7.

    I admit I’m not good at it but or say not regular with it but that was the one who let me become the part of the gang, the blogosphere. 🙂

    If I open it up more, I am doing somewhat better in commenting on other blogs but not on my own blog…

    Gotta change that thing for good!

    And I am still not into the money’s side of the blogging yet but will be sooner and that would definitely remember opening up the income streams rather than sitting furious and afraid of Google Adsense.

    Yeah, fun is what I love. And the fun is who’s taking me far into the world of blogging. 🙂

    Hope that things will keep rolling me!

    Thanks for the awesome one once again!

    ~ Adeel

  8. Hey, Ryan

    You have answered most of the questions in this guide. I really appreciate your work!.

    I just landed here for the first time on your blog and found very helpful articles related to blogging. I will try my best to implement all those tips you have given.

    Regards,
    Dharmik

  9. The passion makes things go Susan. Too many bloggers are asking these questions because they have zero passion for what they do. They just want money. Or traffic, that they believe will lead to money. When you are passionate about blogging, you ask these questions from a different space and in many cases, there is no need to ask such questions. Because success will flow your way steadily.

  10. This is an inspired trait to have Drewry, being comfortable with being uncomfortable, and sprinting outside of your comfort zone. I took a minute to cultivate that quality in my being 🙂 But doing so moved me from the guy who held back to the guy who let it all hang out. The guy who was just being himself and helping folks and having fun and overdelivering even when he did not realize he was over delivering. Fabulous comment bro!

  11. Me too Vishwajeet 😉 I see these flood in on Quora. Now I just forward one of my videos or an old blog post or maybe this post to give folks a resource to learn from. Saves me some time and energy 🙂

  12. Hello Ryan,

    I think these are some of the questions that are widely asked by the newbie bloggers over the internet. I always receive these type of questions in quora and various online forums and communities. You have answered them in detailed and its really very informative. Thanks for collecting these questions and answering them.

    Enjoy your day 🙂
    Vishwajeet

  13. DNN Says:

    If I knew you and we were back in early 2000’s and you told me that people could earn full-time income from blogging alone, maybe I could’ve overcame my blogging learning curve faster if someone virtually held my hand. Have you only ran this blog for the last six years Ryan? If so, I think that’s truly inspiring because you’re actually proving to people that they can earn a full-time income from blogging alone in less than a decade and not rely on their cushy jobs to help them get by in life.

    I’m one of those people that enjoy feeling uncomfortable and having all kinds of awesome challenges presented to me. It brings positive things out of me I never thought I had. My online business is growing and am very humbled by the amazing progress I continue to see on an everyday or every other day basis. I’ve made lots of content marketing mistakes along the way such as writing short sentences and paragraphs hoping to get enormous amounts of search engine traffic from Bing, Google and YaHoO!. Boy was I wrong.

    After researching and trying different methods to see what works and what doesn’t, I’ve came to the conclusion that Evergreen content and leaving meaningful blog comments on other peoples blogs is a sure method of earning and sustaining hordes of traffic from blogs and search engines years to come. As long as I stay in the consistent mindset of creating lots and lots of content and quality content, and learning from you and others, I too can potentially become just as successful. I really respect the fact that you stay consistent in your blogging and Internet marketing efforts. I feel and believe the Internet needs more like you! 🙂

    Keep up the good work in all you do and feel free to stop by the site and comment on any of the threads any time you’d like. 🙂

  14. Susan Velez Says:

    Hi Ryan,

    Great tips and I totally agree with you about choosing something you’re passionate about. It definitely makes it easier to write about.

    It definitely takes time to build a successful blog and you’ve done a fantastic job with yours. I’ve been following your eBook and love blog hopping and commenting and sharing other people’s posts.

    That definitely helps on getting to know other bloggers. It’s easy to start and if you continue doing it, it helps the blog grow.

    Thanks for sharing these tips, I know that your answers will help bloggers everywhere.

    Have a great day 🙂

    Susan

  15. Thanks Benjamin! This helping concept is timeless. My dad bought a Napoleon Hill book last week. You betcha the focus on service and generosity is inherent. Worked back then. Works now. It is the ultimate form of evergreen content, or, an evergreen concept for that matter. Help!

  16. Aha! Terima Kasih Pedro 😉 I appreciate the Indonesian. It has been a long time. Monkey wrestling is quite lucrative LOL.

  17. That pro aspect of blogging really does pop up when you explore it a bit more Muthoni. I had no idea one could make money online before diving into blogging some 10 years ago. I had an idea of the concept but not much more in mind. Now I enjoy asking and answering these questions to help folks out. You betcha #1 is the most searched 😉

  18. Muthoni W Says:

    Number one is actually the most searched question.

    So many bloggers start their blogging journey to simply express themselves or share on something that they enjoy doing. Along the way they realize this journey can actually help them make a living.

    This is a lovely article Ryan.

  19. Selamat petang Ryan!

    Couldn’t resist speaking a bit of Indonesian or Malay!
    Still LOL..ing about how you earn money from betting on monkey wrestling 🙂
    Thank you for putting the fun back into blogging!

    salam Hormat 🙂

    Pedro

  20. Ryan,

    Love how you lay it all out in #5. It’s like comparing evil and good. You’ve got the typical theory of follow the money, which may work for a short amount of time, but always fails sooner or later (even if you do make a ton of money it doesn’t guarantee happiness and this is basically selling your soul).

    Then, you have what actually works and worked 15 years ago, works today and will work as long as blogging or any form of authorship is available to writers.

    Another golden nugget here is the good ole “Just good old fashioned helping folks”. I have read self-help, success, personal growth type of books published last year and published a century ago. Even Benjamin Franklin eludes to this in his autobiography. It’s no secret, if you want to make more cash or be successful, help more people.

    The absolute best sales people we run into are those that truly help us with what we need, even if they recommend the competition. Help more people and the money, referrals, traffic and all good things will follow. Focus on the cash and other selfish crap and you’ll quit before anybody knows your name or your blog URL!

    Great post Ryan, always enjoy the read and have been enjoying more of your eBooks lately!

  21. That’s it Prince. Over time we learn this skill.

  22. The common blogging questions are on a super doper level, Ryan. Blogging, like a skill you learn it over time. I know this post will help some newbie bloggers understand the magic to becoming an authority in their area of blogging expertise. Great post here!

  23. Following your passion is a key turning point Shantanu. For social sharing, just Facebook Share posts, RT posts and keep helping other bloggers out. It will flow back to you, thru the generosity of other people. Thanks bro!

  24. I LOVE that question Benjamin 🙂 I’d say, relax as you write, be yourself, and don’t fear being funny. I treat blogging like play. Like a game. No seriousness here. All because I don’t take myself seriously at all. Because I am a clown 😉

  25. Some great though about some of the common questions about blogging! Here is another one :

    Can you give us some tips about how to get your/our reader laughing?

    IF this works out, it massively increase engagement as we all know from funny videos on YT or something similar!

    Thanks for this post, will browser your blog for more 😉

  26. These are indeed the most asked questions from a Pro blogger like you. It is really confusing for newbies to start their first blog.
    The monetization thing is also a challenge for many bloggers. I think we should understand the type and behaviour of the visitors and then make a decision regarding the monetization.

    Anyways, Thank you, Ryan, for the wonderful post. It is always good to be here on Blogging From Paradise.

  27. Hello Ryan,

    Great one over here 🙂

    These are some fantastic answers for those are struggling to make money through their blogs.

    More over the main thing is to pick up a niche of our passion, let drive the work in which we are passionate about, and
    keep working upon that, then money would be flown towards our self, we didn’t need to run after it.

    I have always feared about how do I get social share for my blogs, and hope this these things are coming on to track,
    slowly. I love the slow pace, as it helps us to learn a lot of things.

    Thanks for the share.

    Shantanu.

  28. I like your take Simon. Offering services has helped me prosper too. Long form posts rock as well. Help people by putting out in-depth, linked up, thorough content will draw in social shares, links and steady traffic.

  29. I like that one Patrick; Little Ryan’s 😉 Always my pleasure brother.

  30. I cannot lie Sue; I stole that one from the TV Show 30 Rock. I could not resist 😉

  31. Cool dude 😉 Thanks for stopping by Prosper.

  32. Prosper Noah Says:

    Hey Ryan!

    These are awesome plus indept answers right here.

    If I were to say, you have answered 80% of this questions.

    Have a nice day!

  33. Sue Slaght Says:

    OK still laughing uncontrollably at ‘betting on monkey wrestling’ as a revenue stream. I love your no nonsense approach Ryan but I especially love the fun you exude. I shall add that one to my list of possibilities. Now where to find monkey wrestling in Canada? That should make an excellent blog post.
    Sue

  34. Patrick Says:

    Great list of answers to some great questions, Ryan. Thanks for offering so much of your knowledge to your readers. It helps us all become little Ryan’s in our own niches.

  35. Simon Zaku Says:

    You hit the head, Ryan!

    All these blogging questions are asked so often every single time.

    2 I’ve continually asked myself is “how do I monetize my blog” and “how do I get more social shares”.

    For the latter, I found that writing really in depth guide and mentioning a ton of useful resources, quoting experts and linking to others’ great stuff gets you shared + linked to.

    For monetization, my focus (and which a lot of successful bloggers followed when they started) is offering service because it’s much easier and cheaper to start.

    Awesome post, here. Love it.

    Cheers,
    Simon.

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