12 Steps To Build A Viral Online Presence

August 1, 2017 67 thoughts
Granada, Nicaragua

 

Help people mindfully.

 

1 to 1.

 

In many spots.

 

Spoiler Alert!

 

The first 3 lines sum up how some say I have created a viral online presence.

 

This beats the stuffing out of creating a viral online post or video, in most cases. Because viral posts are 1 shot deals. 15 minutes of fame. Then you’re Milli Vanilli. Hair today. Gone tomorrow.

 

By creating a viral online presence in the blogging tips niche, almost everywhere you look, ya gonna see my smiling, toothy, cheesy mug. Helping people. Inspiring people. Assisting people.

 

I create the illusion – cyber smoke and mirrors – of being everywhere, I become familiar to you, you buy my eBooks, join my list, read my blog, comment on my blog, hire me, help me, inspire me, pay for my lunch, or whatever.

 

When you create a viral online presence for yourself and your blog, from a fun, loving energy, everything with your blog grows. Traffic, comments, profits, etc.

 

But there’s one critical idea to squeeze into your brain box….

 

Diarrhea and Near Death in India

 

My toilet looked like a Jackson Pollock painting.

 

After 10 days of misery, aka, persistent nausea and liquid diarrhea, I lost 15 pounds. No eating. Barely any drinking.

 

As I projectile vomited Exorcist style, I knew it was almost over. Meaning, this earthly experience.

 

Kelli and our dear friend Santos pulled me to the hospital like a rag doll. I got fluids. I began the slow, difficult road to recovery. 1 month later, I was normal again.

 

The culprit? Giardia. An intestinal parasite that spread in *viral*Β fashion throughout my being. Showing that, if you attempt to skip step #1, and instead try to go viral from a place of desperation and fear, the application of these tips will have the effect on your blogging campaign that giardia had on my body; you will cyber projectile puke and liquid diarrhea your name and brand everywhere, destroying your rep and virtually killing your blog.

 

OK, we’ve established step #1 is THE STEP.

 

Now, on to my favorite activities or spots for creating a viral online presence:

 

 

I maintain an active, engaged, personalized presence through each channel. All because I…..

 

1: Blog Mainly For Fun And Totally With Love

 

The scope, scale, heft, authenticity and overall energetically-charged nature of my online presence is 100% dependent on this tip.

 

I blog mainly for fun, and totally with love.

 

Which means I am *not* blogging mainly, to try to get stuff. I am not networking desperately, or doing things from an energy of fear.

 

This removes most or all fear-based resistance which allows me – and you – to find the 45th gear, so you have the energy, persistence and cheeriness to follow the remaining steps, diligently.

 

2: Stick To Your Niche

 

Stick to your niche.

 

I stick to the blogging tips niche. It’s mainly what I do. I also do some commenting on travel blogs, as many travel bloggers are part time bloggers who want to retire to a life of travel, through blogging.

 

No human being can be everything to everyone. I have tried. Doesn’t work. Turns out, 7 billion people have varied interests. So I ceased trying to be 450 billion things to 7 billion earthlings. I just befriended folks who wanted smart blogging tips.

 

I spend most of my time and energy in the blogging tips niche. I also spend a wee bit o’ time in the travel blogging niche. For obvious reasons.

 

As Lavar Ball would say, stay in your lane.

 

Stick to your niche. Allow your rabid fans to spread your word to like-minded fans, creating the illusion of you being a blogging demi-god.

 

3: Connect With 1 Person At A Time

 

Your viral online presence will be sparked and fostered 1 human being at a time.

 

I personalize virtually all interactions via blog, email and social media.

 

Sure I leverage my presence through guest posting but I also:

 

  • respond to every comment on my blog
  • spend 10 minutes daily responding individually to tweets, Facebook engagements, and LinkedIn engagements
  • respond to virtually all emails, personalizing each one

 

You can be all over but nowhere by missing the 1 to 1 connecting factor; I just see the words on a screen corresponding to names as real, living, breathing human beings, and mindfully spend 5 seconds or 2 minutes treating every human being as such.

 

 

THIS is one of the easiest ways to create a viral online blogging presence. Care for humans. 1 to 1. Who’da thunk it?!

 

4: Pick 1-2 Prime Activities

 

Ahhh….my favorite stuff.

 

My 2 prime viral presence builders:

 

 

Where your attention and energy goes, grows. Since I have the most fun guest posting and blog commenting I spend most of my time doing these things daily, laying the foundation for appearing to be all over the place.

 

Devote your attention and energy to 1 or 2 things you love doing more than anything. Videos. Blog posts. Podcasts.

 

When your guest posts pop up on 2, 5 or 7 blogs in your niche simultaneously folks will believe you have been the recipient of a beneficial voodoo spell (do these spells exist? Let me know).

 

I prefer guesties and comments because I do major league leveraging through each. When I guest posted on Positively Positive I wrote for a community of 2.5 million Facebook Fans and 80,000 email subscribers. That’s a lotta meat.

 

Ditto with blog commenting. You appear in front of many like-minded folks and like zero barriers exist with commenting, save stepping into a spam folder here and there.

 

If you want to get a few rocking ideas for your core blogging activities, read this helpful post at WHSR:

 

How to Start A Blog (Step-By-Step Newbie Guide)

 

5: Follow Up With Various Secondary Activities

 

For me, this means:

 

  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • LinkedIn
  • Quora
  • Warrior Forum
  • Instagram
  • Steemit
  • YouTube
  • G Plus
  • Triberr

 

I spend 5-10 to maybe 20 minutes on each secondary network daily. Enough to make an impact, enough to be seen, enough to maintain an active presence but not too much to burn out.

 

These spots are my aces in the hole. I spend a few minutes on each daily, but get noticed and add to that viral feel that creates the illusion of me being as omni-present as shitty reality TV shows.

 

6: Resist The Urge To Purge Seconds

 

This is not a plea to goad you to throw up second helpings from last night’s mom’s spaghetti.

 

This is the tendency I struggled through when I spent time on only 1-2 activities and backburnered all others.

 

I’d guest post, blog comment and mail in all other blogging activities. A-OK if I wanted to be known through GP-ing and commenting. But to establish a viral online presence I wanted to spend at least 5-10 minutes killing it – in a good way – on a handful of secondary networks.

 

When things feel too flipping hectic, slow down more, calm down more and commit to working your secondary networks.

 

7: Clockwork

 

I time work/play sessions.

 

50-60 minutes on. 5-10 minutes off. My own little Pomodoro style effectiveness approach.

 

Working – largely – off of a clock moves me from 1 network to the next. 30 minutes on Quora. 30 minutes on Warrior.

 

You likely tend to stay in 1 spot for 2-3 hours. Nothing wrong with that, but to establish a viral online presence you want to make a helpful, valuable impact in many different spots. This timing strategy allows you to help people across a wide channel of networks.

 

8: Slow Down Calm Down

 

I have learned – unpleasantly – how the only way to make an indelible, viral, seismic impact through any online channel is by slowing down. And calming down.

 

Even though I appear to be a coked out whippet on a Red Bull drip I predominantly behave like a roofied tortoise. I go slow. Really slowly.

 

Take a deep breath. Relax. Calm yourself. Slow down your actions.

 

Speed is fear, a destructive energy. Slow is love and fun, a constructive energy.

 

Slow down. Make an indelible impact wherever your meat suit makes an appearance. Personalizing, caring, being compassionate, mindfulness, all critical qualities expand through slow, relaxed, deliberate actions.

 

9: Cap Your Networks

 

Cap or watch your presence turn to crap.

 

I work prime and secondary channels but make no attempt to maintain a presence on 15,000 channels.

 

This invites ruin into your blogging campaign.

 

Don’t try to spread yourself as thin as Olive Oil after she meets a steam roller. Cap your networks worked after selecting a few prime spots and a handful of secondary spots.

 

10: Write Like The Dickens For Practice

 

I write 1000 words daily. OK try 2000. OK, I once wrote 10,000 or more words daily.

 

Write 1000 words or more daily. To gain clarity and confidence in your writing. Said clarity and confidence will goad you into being all over the place online. Which helps you create a viral online presence.

 

11: Establish A Comfy And Focused Work Setting

 

Whether you are designing ergonomic workstations or creating a peaceful, quiet environment, setting up a comfy and focused work setting helps you build a rocking blogging presence.

 

I set up an environment where I can maximize my energy. If it means shutting the door and posting a “Do Not Disturb” sign or ensuring I establish proper posture to encourage energy flow through my being, I’m a stickler for getting everything down cold, home office wise.

 

12: Invest In A Networking Resource

 

Kinda lost about how to network effectively on these sites? Or through commenting, or social media?

 

Buy my eBook. I share 13 tips to help you become a networking machine. Which is strangely titled:

 

13 Steps to Become an Unstoppable Networking Machine

 

 

Your Turn

 

What tips can you add to this list? How are you building a viral online presence? Are you releasing the need to “knock it out of the park” with viral blog posts?

 

Courses And Coaching

 

If you’re excited to build a fun, freeing blog but need some guidance I offer coaching services and courses. Click those links to learn more

Follow Ryan

Ryan Biddulph

Ryan Biddulph is a blogger, author and world traveler who's been featured on Richard Branson's Virgin Blog, Forbes, Fox News, Entrepreneur, Positively Positive, Life Hack, John Chow Dot Com and Neil Patel Dot Com. He has written and self-published 126 bite-sized eBooks on Amazon. Ryan can help you build a successful blog with the 11 Fundamentals of Successful Blogging Audio Course.
Follow Ryan

67 Comments

  1. Good deal Jaden. Keep that hobby like attitude/energy because it pulls the serious/strained/fearful/prospering idea blocking energy out of the equation. One suggestion; pick 1 hobby. Your readers will appreciate your specialization because when you choose to do 1 thing, you will do it well, and not confuse your readers in the process.

  2. Jaden Jin Says:

    I am quite new to the whole online presence thing. After reading I felt that there is a lot to digest I will surely come back and read again. hoping next time I could digest even more than I have today.
    Thanks for writing this article Ryan.

    1. I am definitely seeing this as a hobby blogging about mostly my hobby
    2. My niche is mostly my hobby of anime, gym and blogging online Seo.
    3. I will find something to do first and later go into the secondary networks.

  3. I dig those adds Robert. Especially the distribution point. I saw John Rampton explain at a conference a few weeks back how he syndicated his posts through top sites like Forbes and Entrepreneur, by building friendships with the right folks at these heavy-hitting sites.

  4. Hi Ryan:

    Great post. Very thoughtful. Being on a specific site on a regular basis will
    build your AUTHORITY STATUS. That is, if you are contributing quality content
    that helps solves somebody’s problems.

    Two suggestions I have: (1)Automate distribution through RSS feeds and ifttt.com
    (2)Include a few social bookmarking sites in your daily routine.

    Keep up the high quality info.

    Thanks!

  5. Actually Aleah I emailed you a few of my eBook suggestions a few hours ago πŸ˜‰ I definitely hear ya though; at the end of another week right now, I feel a bit tired on one hand, for diving into my work. But then I remember it is play, and feel energized πŸ™‚

  6. This is it Anyaogu, this is the difference maker. This is the great secret of secrets. Blogging for fun, with love, sure ain’t hurt me in terms of building my online presence πŸ˜‰

  7. Thanks for picking up my eBook Joy! The power of building a viral online presence wins again πŸ˜‰ Steemit is pretty neat. I spend a few scant minutes on the network daily but I see potential there. Especially since you are paid through cryptocurrency which is fascinating to me.

  8. Joy Healey Says:

    Hi Ryan,

    Been away from your blog for too long, but I finally found my way back after your comments on Inbound (talking of being everywhere) about Steemit. Wanted to learn more, and found this post.

    So I’ve bought your “13 steps” book as I need to spend my time more productively on social media.

    Sorry to hear you were so ill. Thank goodness you’re better now!

    Joy Healey – Blogging After Dark

  9. Blogging for fun and totally with love.

    That cannot be overemphasized.

    Many people create blogs on nioches they dont like at all. This make writing articles very tough.

    Thanks for sharing

  10. Just reading about this makes me tired already LOL Where do you get your energy? The most number of hours I work a day is like 3 to 4. I have a mile long list of things to do, but I just don’t have the motivation to do them all. Ugh. I’m sure you have an ebook for that? πŸ˜‰ Great post, Ryan. I will try to do guest posting next. I need to build my online presence more!

  11. Good deal Rebecca πŸ™‚

  12. This could not have been more perfectly timed. Thanks for this post!

  13. Yep Max. Just a little bit of high energy action is where this journey started for me. Even when I was largely clueless LOL.

  14. Max Says:

    I love this, Ryan.

    It’s so important to just do SOMETHING, whatever it is, to build an online presence.

    This will help lots of people.

  15. You are doing such a good job Gaurav in this regard. From your blog comments, to posts, to social presence. Well done bro πŸ™‚

  16. Yep that is the neat thing about energy John πŸ˜‰ Slow is love, yet, even though we act slowly doing things from love, we act immediately. Like an obedient tortoise LOL. Thanks a bunch!

  17. LOL India can be tough sometimes. Love the place but the food situation can be harrowing Anton. Thanks for reading πŸ™‚

  18. John Makoheb Says:

    Ryan. Im hooked. Your writing styke is full of ennergy and excitement. When I read this post I feel the intensity you have to help others create. It is ironic because you say speed is fear slow is love which I agree with. Still your writing screams to me, “Hey man. This is urgent. Read this and crack on! No time to hesitate.” Love it. Thanks.

  19. Anton Says:

    Four times i’ve been to India and three times i had terrible diarrhea lol. Thanks for these tips, especially about guest posting and sticking to clockwork.

  20. Gaurav Kumar Says:

    Hi Ryan,

    I must say that viral online presence makes you visible everywhere. You are right about strong presence on most heavy duty traffic networks.

    Thanks for sharing.

  21. Excellent Robin. Will do buddy, and keep up that awesome networking.

  22. Hi Ryan,
    These steps or I say fantastic tips are going to be a big help for all the bloggers and marketers out there.
    Good work.
    Keep it Up.

  23. Thank you!

  24. Lisa Sicard Says:

    Thanks Ryan, I’ll be sure to grab a couple for the ride to read πŸ™‚ Thank you!

  25. Thank you Lisa! Actually I did offer a bundle package but needed to pull it from the shelves. Only because I sold 2 of the eBooks on Selz, violating Kindle Select’s TOS when you self-publish an eBook through Kindle Unlimited. Have a great ferry ride and enjoy your weekend.

    PS…as for Steemit, it is a great place to meet, greet and befriend fellow bloggers and entrepreneurs. I am a newb on the network but am slowly growing my presence. Here’s a link to the site:

    https://steemit.com/

  26. Lisa Sicard Says:

    Hi Ryan – I didn’t realize you were hospitalized for that one – glad you are doing much better. I saw your ran 10 miles yesterday- I wonder – were you writing this post while running? LOL. You surely are everywhere today.
    I’d love to know more on Steemit – hint, hint. I haven’t heard of that one.

    I too try not to be everywhere anymore today. I took your advice over a year ago now to focus on a niche. Now I must write for one reader as you advise.
    I think of you when I write sometimes – like, “Ryan was right, the more you write, the more you write faster and better”. Everyday now.

    I must get your latest eBook for my long ferry ride on my way back home tomorrow. Do you offer several eBooks in a bundle now?

    Thanks for all the advice and invaluable information here Ryan. Enjoy your day!

  27. Amen to both Fritz. This is why I churn out content on the regular across many platforms; I love writing it!

  28. Fritz Says:

    Hey Ryan, I loved your first point because it’s so true. You should blog about your passion because the subject never grows old. When love is in it we are more motivated, inspired, and we offer better content. #3 Is big for me as well. Building genuine friendships that will last is a must!

  29. That quiet area is huge Chris. I sometimes need to be creative here in NJ to find and hold that quiet space, versus all the quiet time for creating I get on the road. I see you making huge impacts with powerful comments like these; awesome way to make a strong impact with your primary blogging strategy, which is where all of the blogging mojo starts. Thanks bro πŸ™‚

  30. I am happy you are LOLing Shantanu πŸ˜‰ I agree. If we write, we may as well remember we are writing for human beings. I enjoy spreading love and being kind to humans offline so I just do the same thing online through my writing. Thanks brother πŸ™‚

  31. Keep on writing Victor. That skill has helped me boost eBook and affiliate sales.

  32. Good deal Daniel. I’m glad you enjoyed the post πŸ™‚

  33. Dr. Rajiv, that is awesome. Enjoy this ride πŸ™‚ If you have any blogging questions do email me: [email protected]

  34. Haha Lunch Bag Letdown….I love that Sue! You have seen it too; nailing down consistent wins and just helping folks and befriending folks creates success momentum slowly and steadily.

  35. Sue Says:

    Ryan as always you are full of sage and fun advice. The creation of the analogy of viral to your India experience leaves me with quite the vision. I agree that one might hope for that magical post but in my experience having had a few mini viral successes, it’s lunch bag let down when a few days later you are back to square one. Keep inspiring on and telling it like it is.

  36. victor Says:

    I just started out as an amazon affiliate and it has not been easy building backlinks. writing is fairly easy for me because it is my job but the main work is getting your post and site to rank on google. Thanks for your information, it will really be helpful.

  37. hi Ryan, I have just started working in this field & I found your article extremely useful. I can give new dimension to my work now. Thanks & regards

    Dr Rajiv Srivastava
    Director, SIRT Bhopal

  38. Hello Ryan,

    Sorry buddy you have some time at the hospital, barley and drinking, ahh I know how that really feels. Glad to know you are
    doing great again.

    Awesome tips for building our online presence. Being a digital wanderer could be very tough but on of the coolest things
    to be come up with.

    Its good to see how you carve out fun with your writing skills. Talking about my self, when I go through some f your post
    I laugh out loudly, ” ohh thats man is just to extraordinary”. We write for humans, so there should be a sense of kindness, love
    emotions in our writing skills.

    Thanks for the share.

    Shantanu.

  39. Hi Ryan,

    Great post. I like how you put this list together. Yes, we need to enjoy what we are doing as bloggers and have fun or it will feel like a work, and we will eventually quit.

    As it stands now, I only have one prime activity, blog commenting, and no real secondary ones that I do regularly, if at all.

    I’m still trying to get used to networking with those I don’t know. I know, buy the book. πŸ˜‰

    I’ve learned from other bloggers that we should solve one problem for one person with each post we write. That can help us to build the relationship with those who were helped by the solution provided. If they do leave a comment, definitely reply to them and use their name when addressing them. People love to hear, or in this case, see their names.

    I have time management techniques that I will implement when I start doing more to create my viral online presence.

    Have to practice my writing, like I used to practice the flute when I was younger, to get the creative juices flowing. Meditation, also.

    When we finally get our own place, I’ll be able to set up a quiet area where I’ll be able to work without being disturbed.

    Thanks for sharing these tips.

    Have a good one……Chris

  40. Hi Ryan,

    You’ve got a nice post up there, after going through your resourceful post, I felt like spending the whole day going through your post.

    Regards

  41. Excellent point Manish. This is a kick in the tuckus for me to stay on topic more regularly on Quora. Sometimes I stray a bit too much, weaving into other niches. Focusing on helping bloggers helps me be more of a known commodity in that niche.

  42. Long term approach indeed Nishant. This has been my experience again and again. Folks gradually notice me in many spots when I show up and help in those spots. regularly.

  43. This is because β€˜availability’ does not determined β€˜value-ability’ of somebody or something.

    Perfect point Prince! I call this being everywhere, and nowhere. Meaning you appear to be in many spots but make no impact, because you share little value, because you aren’t genuinely helping folks. Love it.

  44. Oh yeah Ben; you know the drill. Brutal illness. That burning sensation is tough enough. Toss in the both ends deal and intense nausea as it grows and wow it’s an intense situation. I recall listening to a prosperity teacher sharing how when he loved cycling, and did it for fun, he won many races. Then when he turned pro, he lost a ton of races. Or at least, rarely won. Because he became serious, and ceased having fun, because he got into the lower energy, fear-based beliefs we tend to wrongly believe concerning making a living. Keen insight here.

  45. I actually liked Milli Vanilli too Susan πŸ˜‰ I felt they deserved more than 1-2 hits, really. I also vibe with your focus. I intend to be helpful through all I do online. No emphasis on trying to generate huge traffic, or huge profits. Being useful and helpful in a wide range of places is far and away the best approach to appearing to be all over the place.

  46. Social media works nicely too in this regard Vishwajeet. Just another place where you can help, serve, assist, uplift and inspire. I know your love of blog commenting well πŸ™‚

  47. Being on 2-3 works just fine Laiq. Ditto on #1. I remind myself of this every morning to hold that fun, freeing, loving intent.

  48. My experiences sometimes scare me too Minuca LOL πŸ˜‰ Definitely go for it. Being a digital nomad can be challenging but so freeing and fun too. Likewise on being all over. You are running every round up that I know of.

  49. Minuca Elena Says:

    Hi Ryan,

    You are doing such a great job at being everywhere all the time. I see you in roundups, interviews, podcasts, guest posts, Facebook live and Twitter. You are like a writing machine and it’s awesome that you worked so much to improve your skills. Being a digital nomad is in my plans for the future, although your experiences sometimes scare me.

    Keep up the good job!

    Cheers,
    Minuca

  50. Hello Ryan,

    Great tips you have in this post. I really implement all of this in my day to day blogging. Guest Posting, Blog commenting is one of my best ways to increase my online presence. I love to create friends online and that’s why I am quite active with my social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter etc. Social media sites really a great way to connect with like minded people and also you can spread your words online. Just my 2cents πŸ™‚

  51. Susan Velez Says:

    Hey Ryan,

    Sorry to hear that you had to go to the hospital. Glad you’re feeling a lot better.

    Great tips on building our online presence. Like you, I don’t want all my traffic coming from one specific source, that just asks for all kinds of trouble.

    I personally don’t focus on trying to publish viral content. I’d rather publish helpful content that people find useful and will want to keep coming back.

    By the way, I really liked Milli Vanilli. I just had to look up one of their songs on YouTube and listen to it because you brought it up πŸ™‚

    Thanks for sharing these tips and keep providing us some great content that we can apply to our own blogs.

    Have a great day πŸ™‚

    Susan

  52. Laiq zada Says:

    Thanks, Ryan for the tips, my blogging journey depends on step #1. you have a lot to do (activities). I want to just stick to 2 or 3 sites.

  53. Ben Killoy Says:

    Ryan I had giardia in middle school, it’s no joke and is best described as a sun burn in your colon.

    Love the post and I found one way that kills my attitude sometimes is thinking if is a buisness and work. It takes away my passion from the moment and I decide I would rather do other things than work.

    Need to keep it in the same category as golfing or tennis.

    It’s a hobby not a job or a business. It’s just something that happens to pay when you do it.

  54. Hi Ryan,

    It’s an awesome super new month, August. So, happy new month to you πŸ™‚

    I was glad to note that you blog mainly for fun, and totally with love!

    The best fun part of blogging is building relevant networks, good relationships and sharing people’s stuff. You’ve been seen everywhere, one at a time. This alone makes you a super man. Building a viral online presence is more than being available. This is because ‘availability’ does not determined ‘value-ability’ of somebody or something.

    What I mean here is: creating a viral online presence has a lot to do with value creation and this is exactly what is spilled in this post. When it comes to blogging nothing beats being seen everywhere at a time. It is good, has its blessings and benefits.

    Thanks for sharing, Ryan πŸ™‚
    – Prince.

  55. Nishant Says:

    Hey, Ryan. Great tips.

    An Omni channel presence is the best way to position yourself as a brand in the mindsets of people. Yes, time is the villain here, It takes a minimum of 10-15min for me to read an article and then comment on it. There are times where I have to spend more than 45 minuted just to read an article.

    Treating every online channel as individual platforms and trying to be an expert in that particular online channels is one best way to get noticed, it needs long term commitment and regular interactions to gain trust in a particular niche.

    Also, looking forward to seeing your next visit to India.

  56. Manish Kumar Says:

    Hi Ryan,

    Thanks for sharing such a valuable post!

    Helping people mindfully, we should write articles that solve people’s problem.

    1 to 1, we should focus on one topic in an article, otherwise readers will get confused.

    In many spots means our articles should focus on one topic from different issues of our niche.

    Your tips will be very helpful in creating a viral online presence.

    Guest posting and blog commenting is the soul of successful blogging.

    I will tweet your post.

  57. 1-1 human interactions are the basis of all I do online Lisa; so true. I see it as the great paradox. Sure I leverage my presence through guest posting and blog commenting but at the end of the day, the 1-1 bonds I build create the traffic, the social shares, the comments and the profits. As for slowing down, another paradox. I spent so many years running myself ragged until I realized – through meditating – how slowing down and calming down was the great secret to making mindful impacts. Thanks for that Pinterest tip; gotta spend more time over there.

  58. I have noticed the same thing Drewry. So many top bloggers started it as a side hustle. In literally all cases, blogging was something small for these guys. Tiny, even. Nothing much at all. Then over time, these ventures grew. I saw that common thread the other day at Affiliate Summit East. Guys like John Chow and the crew all started with zero visitors and he, and John Rampton, didn’t make a penny through their blog for months. This is key to remember for all new or even struggling bloggers.

    PS…..I almost didn’t make it through those 10 days LOL….it was maddening, and sapped the life force out of me, almost entirely. But I made it thru so I could eventually create Blogging From Paradise πŸ™‚

  59. DNN Says:

    Hey Ryan,

    Helping people mindfully is something I totally agree with you on. I think you do in amazing job of creating a viral online presence and aspiring others to consider blogging as a full time career. I’ve been searching Google for blogging success stories and discovering that many people started out with a blog as a hobby-side hustle and went from the side hustle of blogging and made it a full-time business whereas some bloggers became millionaires like yourself. I’m all for generating content build and sustain relationships in longevity with blog readers and advertisers with the intent on creating a credible online presence and keeping ourselves in the grand position to earn residual profits even when we’re sleeping. I love the fact that blogging and online marketing put anyone in a grand position to make money online 24 hours a day.

    I wish I knew more about blogging and content marketing in the past because I’ve been known to create short pages with a couple of sentences or two paragraphs and expecting to receive tons of traffic from it. I also failed in the past of putting up photos that display happy moments. So my guess is because I didn’t do that, I really didn’t generate that much traffic. Pro-blogger and your blog aspired me quietly to write longer pages because I noticed “and I am a late boomer at this,” longer pages generate more traffic. Darren Rowse of pro-blogger had in inspiring blog post about how he accidentally stumbled into blogging and another blog post explaining “Evergreen blogging.” Blogging with longer pages of “Evergreen content” I learned as a late boomer gets more traffic and better positions in search engine results pages in addition to creating a viral online presence.

    How could you last 10 days without eating or drinking anything? I would be out of my mind if that was me. I went a little over 24 hours but I can’t even last two days.

  60. lisa thomson Says:

    Hi Ryan, I really enjoyed your tips here. Your unique way of showing without lecturing is really refreshing. I’m kind of surprised by your tip to ‘go slow’. It actually makes me feel better about my blog schedule as it has been slow the last few months. 1-1 human interaction is so important, too. I really try to do that on my blog and social media. There isn’t enough time in the day to be on so many platforms but I try to focus on facebook and twitter which seem to be where my audience interacts. Also, Pinterest is a biggie surprisingly. Well, I’m still trying to figure this whole thing out. Book sales were my primary purpose but the blog has turned into more of a community. Nice to stop by and see what you’re up to πŸ™‚

  61. Oh yes was I ever sick LOL. Ditto here Cori; writing this post helped remind me to stay present on those networks. Even if you spend 10 minutes on these platforms it is A-OK because having a viral online presence is about popping in to a few spots, answering 2 or 3 questions in a helpful fashion, then spending the bulk of your time on the 1-2 core activities of yours. Rocking comment, thank you.

  62. Thanks a bunch Donna! That joyous, bubbly energy of yours makes all that you do so much fun. It’s like the fun is in the work/play and all else is a reward. Like the money and traffic and such are extra’s. This is the key to being all over, to sharing your insights and to find that extra gear we all love finding. Rocking comment as always πŸ™‚

  63. Cori Ramos Says:

    Hi Ryan,

    I’m sure glad you got over your illness – you were sick my friend. πŸ˜‰

    Thanks for sharing these great tips. When I was reading #5 you reminded me that I need to check in on Quora and Viral Content Bee. I get so caught up on other things that these slip past me.

    But I stopped real quick to add a note to remind myself to add them to my to-do list so that I’m sure to check in more often.

    You’re right, we have to network on different platforms to really take off – something I also need to work on. πŸ™‚

    I used to try to be on every channel but I learned the hard way it’s not possible. πŸ™‚

    Thanks for these great tips Ryan! Have a great month my friend!

    Cori

  64. Hi Ryan,

    You have successfully accomplished being everywhere. I see you as a guest on blogs, your FB Live, Quora, etc. But you do it wisely and it is in your nature to have fun with it. All this leads to success.

    Someone told me the other day that I’m always laughing, especially when I do live events and screw things up. Why not? I’m having a blast, if technology or I screw things up I share it and folks feel comfortable. Fun is what most bloggers and marketers need to wake up to. If you are not having a good time in what you do, then “get off the pot” lol.

    The only way to get many things accomplished during the day is to be able to have your “ME TIME” Take a bubble bath, walk on the beach, walk around the city. Wherever one lives there is always a special place to clear the mind. Meditate.

    These steps you have given are spot on and you know I’m gonna share!

    -Donna

  65. I hear you Patrick πŸ˜‰ These ones grab my attention a bit much at times but that’s why I stay on the clock. 10 to 30 minutes and I am out. I drop everything like a hot potato.

  66. Patrick Says:

    The “various secondary activities” seem, in themselves, like a full time gig. I can’t seem to stay active on every form of media. Glad to know that these are considered secondary to things like guest posting and blog commenting. I appreciate your in depth breakdown of how to establish an online presence. I will definitely be referring back to this when I need to boost my reach.

  67. I left a thought.

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *