Did you know grabbing both dog’s back legs during a vicious dog fight breaks them up?
Imagine 2 doggy wheelbarrows.
The pooches feel the earth disappear, let go their vice-like death grips and you end a nasty situation.
I ask you because I sure as hell didn’t know this. This fact was a secret to me. A secret that would have helped me avoid getting my hand a wee bit injured. Please see the image about for graphic proof.
I broke up a dogfight last week here in Chiang Mai, Thailand by punching and pounding and sticking my hands into a mix of savagery, big teeth and full-on testosterone-infused doggies. One doggy bit me. Because I did not know of this clever secret.
When you are ignorant of good advice you have yet to uncover the secret. When aware of these facts, the secret becomes good advice. See how neatly that works?
If you are a confused or outright lost with your blog you’ve yet to uncover and use these 11 secrets.
Or maybe you’re aware of these tips but the ideas remain a hazy mystery to you, something that your subconscious mind still treats as a secret, an unknown, some concept you have not fully bought in to.
Either way, let’s uncover these profitable secrets today.
Stop looking around in a haze. Get clear and increase your blogging profits.
1: Clarity Is the Solution
If you cannot seem to make money blogging, clarity is the solution. Lack of clarity is the problem. But getting clear solves your money problems.
Confused bloggers wrongly – through their lack of clarity – believe something outside of themselves will bring money to them. An affiliate stream. A specific product they create and sell. An eBook they write and sell.
The secret: all success is an inside job. Sure you act/work and follow practical tips but how you work determines the success you see. Or lack thereof.
Look at a guy like John Chow. He earns hundreds of thousands of dollars monthly through his blog because he is hyper clear on what he does, how it benefits you and goodness he lacks no clarity about his offering. He is bold. He is clear. So the actions he takes yields him millions of dollars.
Some bloggers take similar actions but seem stuck. They simply lack clarity. The work ain’t the issue. The clarity is.
Solution: get hyper clear on your intent. Why are you blogging? Focus on 1 core reason. Proceed wit that intent in mind.
This is why I suggest you buy my 11 Fundamentals of Successful Blogging Audio Course. I share the first 2 secret fundamentals that all struggling bloggers miss and yes….even a few blogging big dawgs are missing these critical fundamentals that will create peace of mind and boost your blogging cash flow.
2: Promoting Others Promotes You
I have only been asked this question 453 trillion times: “How do I get traffic to MY blog? I have tried everything!”
The confusion: believing you promoting yourself drives traffic and profits.
The profitable secret: promoting others promotes you. Other bloggers become your buddies. Buddies promote you and hire you and buy your stuff.
How to befriend other bloggers:
- retweet their posts
- comment on their posts
- interview them
- feature them
Cut through the confusion. Help folks drive traffic and profits. Many will do the same for you, expanding your reach quickly.
3: The Money Is NOT in the List
The Secret: the money is NOT in the list. The money is in both the friendships you build through your list and the convenience of receiving blog posts via email.
The confusion: believing inanimate numbers on a screen (# of list subscribers) nets you money. Frustration and anger and annoyance sets in when numbers on a screen do not pad your bank account. Numbers cannot buy, or feel, or respond. People can.
Build bonds with the human beings who subscribe to your list. Help them. Ask what they are struggling with. Provide answer-solutions through your blog post. The money is in the service you share with your list, and the convenience with which readers can simply check their emails and read your latest blog posts.
4: It’s Your Energy
This is a preview to tip #7.
But…..it is all your energy. Blogging is an energy game. Which befuddles struggling bloggers. Who feel working harder and longer and straining and striving is the answer. Sure it’s the answer to: working even harder next month, until you go entirely broke, and get sick, and have nothing to show for it but hospital bills.
One of the most frustrating things about being a confused blogger is that you seem destined to fail – and do fail – until you realize all the results you see are mirrors of your energy.
Follow your fun. Work diligently. Dive into your fears. BE the person to become the person. Do most of what you do not to avoid fear, but to have loads of fun, to spread love and to dive full bore into your fears.
5: Your Dreams Sit Surrounded by Your Fears
Every dream you cling to:
- circling the globe as a pro blogger
- retiring from your 9-5 job through blogging
- becoming an author
- making more money through your blog than your current job
- opening a steady passive income stream through your blog
- insert 40 billion possible dreams here
sits within a lair surrounded by your deepest fears.
Example; over a year ago, Kelli and I lived in a remote Costa Rican jungle. I would hike up to the orchard through deep jungle bush, macheting my way through some heavy foliage and dealing with bullet ants, army ants and poison dart frogs to reach the sweet oranges and tart lemons I used for cool, refreshing juice drinks.
The dream: enjoying fresh juice in an environment that was close to 100% humidity on some days.
The fears: wildlife and a dangerous incline path I could easily have slipped from and busted my butt.
Blogging is no different. If you have yet to achieve some dream you need to dive more deeply into your fears to see that dream manifest more quickly.
Example; I feared adding a pop up form here because doing so would “annoy my readers”(meme passed back and forth between bloggers who…..fear annoying their readers). After adding the form – feeling the fear and doing it anyway – I added some 80 subscribers really, really, really quickly. Bringing me even closer to my dreams.
6: Tossing Salt over Your Shoulder Thrice Daily Is a Quick Fix
I can see readers drowning themselves in salt by now.
7: 30 Minutes After Waking Sets the Tone
Spend the 30 minutes after waking doing a few things to set the tone for the day.
How you wake determine how the day proceeds. This may seem like a secret to you, especially if waking up feels like being let out of the starting gate like a thoroughbred.
This mystery seems far-fetched to struggling, confused bloggers who wake and fire up their smart phone or laptop to dive into the work day. This gets ya living outside-in, which guarantees failure at worst, and muted success at best.
Spend those 30 minutes post waking aligning yourself for the day. Meditate or pray or exercise or, do ’em all.
As within, so within.
8: Aligning Your Blog 100% with ONE Core Message Drives Targeted Traffic Really Really Really Easily
Aligning my blog top-down – ensuring every element aligned 100% with Blogging From Paradise: How to Retire to a Life of Island Hopping through Smart Blogging – helped me drive targeted traffic easily. Doing 1 thing and aligning your blog to represent that one chief benefit drives targeted traffic on auto pilot.
But this secret eludes bloggers who work like pack mules on websites other than their own, cyber killing themselves to get that sweet, targeted traffic. Take care of home base before you go gonzo offsite. Get clear. Prune all elements and pages and posts not aligned with your core message. Draw in targeted traffic with increasing ease.
Then when you guest post and blog comment, it’ll be easier for your ideal reader to know what you do. Through your diligent alignment.
9: Being Comfortable with Selling Helps You Make a Bunch More Money Blogging
Tell people to buy your stuff persistently. Or ask them. Either way, being comfortable with selling helps you make more money blogging.
This secret evades struggling bloggers. You may feel terrified to send out emails on consecutive days asking readers to buy your new eBook. But this is the fear of losing (readers, money, subscribers, reputation, etc, etc, etc) manifest.
Get comfortable with helping people. Add a price tag. This is called premium help. Ask readers if they need premium help. So they get comfortable with you asking, and so they are familiar with you asking. A funny thing happens: people buy your stuff or hire you. You make more money.
10: Blogging Empires Grow Solely on 1 to 1 Connections
This is the biggest point of confusion for most struggling bloggers. Thinking big numbers, and leveraging, they try to reach 1,000,000 things/numbers/data points/statistics per action, versus making 1 powerful, lasting, life-changing connection with 1 human being at a time.
Blogging empires grow solely on 1 to 1 connections. Make a ton of good friends by helping them out in as many ways as possible. Those good friends will promote you, support you, spread your word and become rabid brand advocates. This is how to build an empire; one personalized email, one tweet, one Facebook share, one eBook review, one blog comment and one guest post at a time.
11: It’s the Host with the Most
Confused bloggers may follow tips 1-10 to a “t”. And they still fail to make money blogging. Because they do not convey a professional brand. Because they buy a poor hosting package from a less than solid hosting company.
Bloggers who profit pay premium for excellent hosting. Awesome up times, fast loading, professional experience all the way.
The secret: buying the right hosting package from a reputable company lays the foundation for a successful blogging career.
Buying crappy hosting destroys your blogging career. Because people need to be able to read your blog quickly and easily to extract value from your posts. Ain’t happening if you go with cheap, unreliable hosting.
A few possible solutions here that I will share today.
I dig Krystal Hosting. Krystal is a company based in the UK with fabulous customer service, super uptime and fast load speeds.
My friend Jerry Low created a comprehensive, super duper helpful, detailed Hostgator review here that you should dive into:
Are these secrets to you? What secrets can you add to the list?
How are you cutting through the blogging confusion to build clarity?
Or are you still as confused as hell?
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