I’m gonna kick your ass today.
But you will love me for it.
Imagine the Dalai Lama meeting Gordon Ramsay. I will be somewhere in the middle.
I’m writing this post to move you out of Fear-Based Fantasy Land into Fun Based Reality.
To help you avoid running into the same fear-based, delusional struggles that most bloggers suffer from for weeks, months, years and even decades.
No worse feeling exists than looking at your blog after 5 year’s worth of hard, persistent work and seeing zero profits. It’s enough to drive you mad. Like a rabid animal.
By reading this post, owning these mistakes and following the solutions you can drive blog traffic and increase your blogging profits more quickly. And you will enjoy the ride.
But sometimes when you are really stuck in Fear-Based Fantasy Land you need someone to yank you back into Fun-Based Reality to wake the frick up and to stop failing today. So you can begin succeeding today.
Hundreds of Questions and Answers
I answer hundreds of questions weekly on Quora. Loving, aspiring bloggers ask me a slew of questions via my social media and email.
I see 3, clear, distinct, eye-popping mistakes that struggling bloggers make over and over. So eye-popping and obvious and as easy to spot as a chaste, farang priest walking into the Soi Cowboy district in Bangkok asking for some action.
You’re gonna spot that priest.
And when you get real with yourself, you’re gonna spot and own these 3 errors so you can follow the solutions.
Benefits of Reading and Using this Post
- drive more traffic to your blog
- increase your blogging profits
- have more fun blogging
- surround yourself with more blogging buddies
- get more comments
- live your blogging dreams
I love you guys. You know that. But part of growing really successful, and stepping up to play with the blogging big boys and big girls is getting a major league reality check sometimes, like a slap in the face with a wet noodle, or a bucket of ice water in the face while sitting on the North Pole (note to self; alternative to my ice showers when traveling to North Pole).
Own this shit guys. If you are so frustrated with your blog you could cry, own these mistakes and follow my solutions. However uncomfortable or agonizing this process feels.
And Here We Go….Time to Not Spare the Rod….
I spoke to a handful of bloggers recently who submitted a few requests to be featured on top blogs like Forbes and Entrepreneur.
After a few weak pitches, they were ready to give up.
I advised each person to write 1000 words daily for the next 2-3 years. I advised each person to aggressively promote other bloggers and comment on their blogs for the next 2-3 years.
I was met with some laughing emoticons, some smiles, and a general feeling of “Yeah right….like I’ll *really* do that.”
This actually happens quite a bit. I advise someone:
- to work intelligently, persistently and energetically to practice their writing skills, to get featured on blogs that only feature folks who practice their writing skills
- to work intelligently, persistently and energetically to practice their networking skills, by promoting the piss out of top bloggers by sharing their posts on social and by commenting on their blogs
and, if they are struggling, they usually disappear entirely into the ethers, all but dissolving into a fine mist, not responding ever again, or they send back a funny message basically saying, “You’re kidding me, right?”
No. I am not kidding you. Level up that reasoning from silly sea sponge to big time blogger: to get featured on in demand blogs, you will do things that few bloggers do. Not kidding.
If it is really, really hard to get featured on a top blog there is a fine reason. Most bloggers are lazy. So the few who bust their ass by practicing their writing and building their friend network by promoting others, yeah, those are the few guys who get featured.
Who’d a thunk it??!
I kid because I care. Really.
Time for the 3 boo boos.
1: Struggling Bloggers Refuse to Spend Money on Helpful Products When Asked to Spend Money
Struggling Blogger: “I really want to step it up to the next level more than anything with my blog Ryan but I cannot afford your course.”
Ryan: “All the bloggers at the next level bought premium products and services for $5 or $500 or more. Whether they used a credit card or got a part time job to make money to buy premium. The next level bloggers became next level bloggers by buying stuff that gave them the extra edge.”
Struggling blogger: “(Insert sound of crickets…..)”
Whip out your credit card and buy my How to Get Featured on World Famous Blog Course because I know how to get featured on the most famous blogs on earth (see below) and teach you to do so in this course.
It is $100. But it leads to $10,000. Or $50,000. Or a career of traveling the world as a pro blogger. Can you afford to make $50,000? Or to travel the world as a full time blogger? I think you want to. I think you can break your piggy bank. I think you can whip out your credit card. I think you can get a part time job.
Here’s one alternative; 3 years from now, you will find yourself at wit’s end, crying yourself to sleep because your life is a nightmare, all because you feared spending 100 smackers to learn from a guy who knows what it takes to get featured on the most famous blogs in the world.
Take it from a guy who lived a blogging nightmare like this for 4 years. Making the same damn mistakes. Same damn struggles.
Buy the course. Follow the advice. Get featured on famous blogs. Turn around and write a similar post 1-2 or 3 years from now.
Buy premium courses from pros who know how to end your struggles.
When the objections like:
- I don’t have the money
- I cannot afford it
- I cannot buy it because I will not use it, because I am lazy or overwhelmed or I will put it off until next week/month/year/lifetime/future life
Say, out loud, to your: “Fuck You, ego. You want to keep me broke and struggling, because it is comfortable, but it’s miserable too. Eff You. Eff You. Eff You.”
Then type your credit card number into Selz or Teachable or Amazon or Paypal, and buy the product or eBook or service which feels FUN, and empowering and freeing, and exciting, and life-affirming….almost like you’re living a new blogging life, a breath of fresh air on the ocean, a new chance, a new opportunity, like you are a fresh newborn blogging babe in the woods.
Begin using the product or ebook immediately. Treat it like, if you don’t use it on Day 1, it will catch fire and burn down your house. Because purchased knowledge not acquired and used is as worthless as knowledge you were completely ignorant of.
2: Struggling Bloggers Refuse to Practice Writing Every Single Day
I love you so much, I could kiss you (cheeks, European style).
Which is why I will write these words…..
You do not need to be Rhodes Scholar, rocket scientist or brain surgeon to understand that practicing your writing skills will make you a better blogger.
Why then do struggling bloggers forfeit the blessing of logic, rational thought and intelligence to assume the logic of a sea cucumber when they bandy about this concept?
Bloggers Who Make a Lot of Money and Get a Ton of Traffic and Get Featured on Top Blogs Practice Writing 500 or 1000 Words or More Every Single Day for Years (1-2-5 Years or More) to Make a Lot of Money and to Get Traffic and to Get Featured on Top Blogs
Do you know why it is hard to get featured on top blogs? Most bloggers are lazy. Others are utterly bitch-slapped by their fears. So they don’t practice writing every day, for years. And they get ignored.
To get into an exclusive club you must needs practice a skill that makes you appealing to that club. I did not email Positive Positively 50 times and say, “Hey, I have a great story. I once thought of offing myself and now I am a best selling Amazon author, island hopper and pro blogger!” I wrote my ass off for years and generously promoted Pos Pos Writers and generously commented on Pos Pos posts, building nurturing friendships, which opened doors for me.
I received the privilege of having my guest post emailed to 80,000 plus Pos Post email subscribers and shared with 2.5 million Pos Pos fans on Facebook by diligently developing a writing skill daily and by promoting and assisting Pos Pos over years.
Focus on the *practice* over the *pitch*.
- open a Word document every day you breathe
- write 1000 words in the Word document….could be about your niche, or whether or not you like chocolate sprinkles on your ice cream, or why corn is an oft-used complement in certain medley dishes (really….why?)
- trash the document once you hit the 1K word count to detach from your writing
3: Struggling Bloggers Refuse to Meet New People and Strengthen Established Friendships Every Single Day
“The richest people in the world look for and build networks; everyone else looks for work.” ~ Robert Kiyosaki
I spent last night in a hot tub with a guy.
We are both secure in our masculinity.
Anyway, the jacuzzi owner is a prominent, successful podiatrist in New Jersey. He is also one of my best friends on earth.
We both talked about pretty much all the success we’ve had flowed to us through friends. And how we made those friends by helping folks for free, or by schmoozing them by reaching into our wallets, and how these friends referred their patients aka readers aka customers to us, who we rendered service to (fixing tootsies or writing posts for or coaching or selling eBooks or courses to), and THAT is how we became successful.
When I advise struggling bloggers to aggressively promote *other* bloggers for the next 6 months to 2 years I can vividly see their heads exploding. Most of them at least.
It feels scary to reach out and promote others and to befriend top bloggers at first, but if you don’t promote others, assist others and generously help other folks, cyber-schmoozing, loving, assisting and caring for new and old buddies, you will be looking for a job. You will need to look for work. Robert Kiyosaki knows.
- Retweet top bloggers from your niche
- G Plus Share top bloggers from your niche
- LinkedIn Share top bloggers from your niche
- Facebook Share top bloggers from your niche
- interview them for your blog
- feature them on your blog
- comment on their blogs
When 10, then 100, then 2000 blogging friends return the kind acts, promoting your work and commenting on your blog and hiring you and buying your eBooks and referring you (like a medical referral) to their networks, your struggles end.
Your traffic and profits spike.
Comments spike. You get featured on famous blogs. You live your blogging dreams. All because you looked for and built your friend network by generously featuring and promoting and assisting top bloggers in your niche.
Are you making these mistakes?
How are you correcting these mistakes?
Resources for Struggling Bloggers
I hand picked a few of my eBooks and audio books for you to purchase and use to dissolve your blogging struggles. Buy and enjoy:
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