Texas Yule Logs.
I saw Lentil dropping a deuce and Yoda watering the weeds yesterday.
I instantly thought of this blog post idea.
You may be pooping all over your blog.
Without even knowing it.
Before we dive into today’s post I want to share a fun course that can help you build a successful blog.
We now return to our regularly scheduled programming.
Crappy Comments and Poopy Posts
The crappy comments and poopy guest posts bloggers approve and publish boggle my limited mind. As if said bloggers wish to defecate all over their blogs, into oblivion.
Make no mistake about it; you pooped the blogging bed.
Spam commentors? Lost Souls praying you let one through.
Lame guest posting pitchers? Equally Lost Bloggers hoping you’re desperate enough to publish their post doo-doo.
Publishing crap comments and poopy guest posts:
- damages your blogging reputation
- attracts more low quality guest post pitches
- draws in spam commentors, like vultures on the Serengeti swooping in by the hundreds to feast on rotting, stinking, festering carrion
But….I know why you approve such blogging drivel.
You’re just happy to get a comment or guest post!
Why Approve Low Quality Comments or Guest Posts?
A filthy 4 letter word.
You fear nobody ain’t gonna show up to comment. Or to pitch another guestie.
Belief in scarcity manifests as desperation. Desperate bloggers approve spammy, cruddy comments and place poor quality guest posts because who knows when the next comment or guestie will flow through?
It Don’t End There Though
Other examples of crapping on your blog:
- embedding spammy, chintzy-looking, hyped up ads on your sidebar
- dropping a deluge of non-aligned, off-topic, paid links (that pay peanuts, which works not unless you’re an elephant)
- not proofreading (I used to do this when I was a donkey/stable boy hybrid some 10 years ago)
The list can go on forever.
Think of activities consistent with posting low quality content, links or ads on your blog. Or approving comments about as genuine as pitches from snake oil salesmen.
The Solution (and Why You Should Take this Approach to Blogging)
Observe Jon Morrow’s Smart Blogger.
Note how everything is first rate.
Every single thing on the blog screams premium. Or smart branding. Or high end.
Jon turned Smart Blogger into a highly influential, respected, rocking piece of real estate. He’s becoming more and more successful because every single piece of his cyber real estate is high quality.
If you want to succeed with your blog you better take a similar approach.
High quality blogs attract high quality bloggers.
High quality blogs attract prospering, aligned readers.
Prospering, aligned readers:
- promote you
- endorse you
- buy your stuff
- hire you
- follow you into the fiery chasm of Mount Doom (if need be, which would be strange, for a blogger)
Now….on to clarity.
Your Greatest Weapon: Clarity
Get fully clear on:
- writing in your authentic voice
- accepting only quality guest posts resonant with your writing voice
- approving only authentic comments adding value to the conversation
- every single freaking element appearing on your blog
Peep Blogging From Paradise.
From the domain name, to the header brand logo, to the tag line, to the top menu, to the sidebar, to the posts, to the pages, to the footer, and to every single element in between, I am clear on the fact that:
This blog is a high energy portal about how to retire to a life of island hopping through smart blogging.
I spent a decade honing my genuine writing voice. All posts reflect that voice.
I even closed guest posting because nobody can write quite like me, with my quirkiness and silliness and humor and sometimes putrid but always prospering palaver.
Blogging From Paradise is not about approving any comment that flows into my backoffice. I fear not running out of comments. I approve authentic comments. Real comments. Quality means something to me. Clarity means everything to me.
Ditto for every single post, page, ad, image, or hell, everything on my blog.
I am clear on it; this is a rocking piece of real estate unlike any website on earth. Not because I am special. Nor is the website special. I am just clear on what I do.
Take a deep breath.
Slowly, calmly and honestly (be truthful with yourself) address if you have been pooping on your blog.
- blog comments you approved
- guest posts you published
- ads on your sidebar
- ads within your posts
and slowly, patiently go over your entire blog with a fine toothed cyber comb.
What did you accept from fear and scarcity? Be honest.
Make a bold move; delete all blogging poop. Trash the poor quality guest post. Delete spammy, inauthentic, non genuine blog comments. Deep six the spammy sidebar ads. Delete the non-aligned, unclear, totally off topic widgets that distract your readers.
Flush the blogging toilet.
Most bloggers have as much posture as an earth worm ignorant of pilates.
You know better.
The End Result
Trimming the blogging fat by deleting all fear-based, poopy, low quality elements creates a light, calm, peaceful, airy feeling in your being.
Like clinging to crappy content or comments felt like running up a hill carrying a Sherman tank. But trashing low quality posts, pages, ads or anything feels like coasting downhill on a heavy bicycle, steadily gaining greater and greater momentum with little effort on your part.
Establishing this light, peaceful, airy feeling leads to all the fun, loving, inspired and playful actions that help create a hyper successful blog.
You will succeed wildly with your blog when you trash all unsuccessful elements from your blog.
First the purge. Then patience. Then prospering.
Have you pooped on your blog a bit in the past? Or present?
How are you cleaning things up?
Blogging From Paradise eBooks and Audio Books
I hand picked a few eBooks and audio books as suggested resources for this post.
Shop from these selections for recommended reading:
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