Help people mindfully.
1 to 1.
In many spots.
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* 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:
- posting to Blogging From Paradise
- guest posting (over 1000)
- blog commenting (over….God know how many)
- Blogging Tips (over 260 guest posts)
- The Huffington Post (over 260 guest posts)
- G Plus
- Warrior Forum
- Inbound Dot Org
- Growth Hackers
- We Travel We Blog Tribe (Facebook)
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:
- guest posting
- blog commenting
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:
5: Follow Up With Various Secondary Activities
For me, this means:
- Warrior Forum
- G Plus
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.
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?
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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?
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