A cheeky monkey urinated on me.
Drops of simain urine gently cascaded on my dome.
In remote areas like where I was living, monkeys are so unused to seeing people (yes it was *that* remote) that they become agitated in the presence of homo sapiens, and throw sticks at them or urinate on them to send out threatening warning signs to stay away.
I was sweating like a pig after walking a monstrous, 80 pound, lion-hunting Rhodesian Ridgeback through the remote jungles of Buena Vista, Costa Rica for a few hours that day.
One part of me wanted to laugh. Branding potential. Thanks Pee-Peeing Primate.
But another part of me felt frustrated as hell. My body had broken down after 6 weeks in a remote jungle setting. Pooping in an outhouse. No electricity. No fridge. Just dry food, malnourishment and brutal 3 hour hikes through dense jungle foliage to walk a dog that masqueraded as a canine Navy SEAL, pushing me to my physical and mental limits.
I Know How You Feel
For the first few years of my blogging career I felt like I’d been pissed on like a nasty little monkey, while sweating my rump off in a remote, lonely tropical jungle, my body over exhausted, feeling like I wanted to give up on life.
I busted my ass but saw no positive results.
No clients. No customers. Few email subscribers. Oh wait a sec. I was not even building my list. Yikes! No real traffic. A few bucks. Literally. Commentors came around every time Haley’s Comet flew through.
If you are absolutely disgusted by the lack of positive results on your blog I know what it feels like.
Whether you are suffering from physical exhaustion and a bad case of the monkey primate rinses or you are fed up with working so hard on your blog, only to see no profits, or virtually no traffic, this feels so maddening it will make you want to quit blogging.
Hold on their bucko. There is hope.
If you follow these 3 steps you can go from blogging unknown to blogging dynamo. You can go from seeing zero positive results to making your first $100 or $1000 or $10,000 online. You can go from getting 5 visitors a day to getting 100 to even 1,000 or more visitors a day.
But you need to eat some doo doo before you start seeing positive results with your blog.
The way I see it, we all gotta eat a poop sandwich or get pissed on by monkeys in a remote Costa Rican jungle sometimes.
1: Eat the Crap Sandwich
This is the step everybody skips. Which is why 80% of bloggers never make more than $100 online.
To see positive, uplifting, successful results you must:
the fearful, confining, shitty feelings that are buried within your being that led to the poor, frustrating, not too positive results.
You cannot get over what is still in you. Play that one in your head a few times if you have seen terrible results on your blog for months or even years.
I recall a
wild while back I had a huge meltdown. Screaming. Crying. Only for like 10 minutes.
The next day I signed a client and received my $500 fee. Not a bad turnaround time. When you clear out your fear energy – which manifests as anything that feels crappy or terrible – you release your love energy, which sets the energetic foundation for rocking it out with your blog.
- find a quiet room
- sit in the quiet room
- take 5 deep breaths
- ask yourself out loud “How do I genuinely, honestly feel about my blog?”
- let the true feelings flow
- grab a pillow to sob in, or to punch
Maybe you won’t feel explosively intense feelings. But stuff – aka negative emotions – will arise. Face, embrace, feel, release.
When you clear these failing energies you stop moving into failing actions that bring failure.
Then take the next step.
2: Remember Your Most Fun and Freeing Why
All your blogging struggles are rooted in you straying from your most fun, freeing why.
If you drift from your fun freeing why, you dawdle. If you dawdle, you get desperate. If you get desperate, you do dingbatish stuff that makes your blogging struggles continue. If your blogging struggles continue for months or years, they feel entirely overpowering. Like being caught in the Death Star’s tractor beam.
Here’s what you need to do: sit down in a quiet room. Relax your mind. Relax your body.
Allow the true reason why you are blogging to surface.
It’s gotta be bigger than money. It’s gotta be bigger than being famous.
My blogging reason why: Fun and Freedom (Okay; it’s 2 reasons).
For you it may be blogging to:
- have fun
- achieve a life of freedom for yourself
- achieve a life of freedom for yourself and your family
- express yourself creatively
- build a life of circling the globe
- live your wildest, zaniest, balls to the wall dreams
All reasons why are extremely personal. Maybe I want to feel the joy and freedom of living in Fiji for 4 months. Maybe you want to feel the freedom of opening a part-time, passive income stream through your blog. No right or wrong answer exists. Just tie the reason to something fun and freeing. Or tie the reasons to something fun and freeing.
Why this Works
Before you make it big, or before you live your dreams, or before you reach your goals, blogging mainly for fun and for freeing yourself in some way carries you through the ups and downs and twists and turns and peaks and valleys of being a blogger.
Example; maybe you haven’t made a stinking dime through your blog for the past 6 years. But if you decide to blog mainly for fun, to free yourself, you will do the uncomfortable, sometimes hyper scary, but fun, freeing things that increase your traffic and blogging profits. That overpowering reason why becomes stronger than the fear of failure, or, any fear, so you do success-promoting stuff and become successful.
Yeah….the stuff in step 3.
3: BE the Blogger Who Succeeds (Dive into Your Fears)
This is the money step.
This is where you will see positive results manifest throughout your blog.
The boost in comments. The northward nudge in traffic. The spike in profits.
But this step is terribly uncomfortable at times. Because BEING the successful blogger who sees increased traffic and profits means diving into blogging fears regularly. Bonus point; if you dive into fears regularly those fears die a quick death.
Example; the old me felt I had a Jupiter head and spoke like a milquetoast on video. I feared doing videos. Big time. Nearly 2000 videos later I appear to be a charismatic, smooth, natural on video. But I BEed the successful blogger and video guy when I piddled in my pantaloons to BE the guy you see today.
Dive into these Fears:
- write and publish your first blog post
- write and self-publish your first eBook
- write and pitch and publish your first guest post
- create your first online course
The list can go on forever. Just dive into a blogging area that scares you – we all know these scary zones – knifing through the fear. Feeling scared. But doing it anyway. This is BEING a successful blogger. Despite appearances suggesting otherwise. Which is code for:
“it looks like I get 3 visitors a day and my list is at zero subscribers and I have made zero profits through my blog, yet, I will BE a successful blogger and do what they do so I see positive results.”
Are you following these steps?
What are you doing to see more positive results with your blog?
Call to Action for Struggling Bloggers
If you are disgusted with your blogging struggles and want to feel the joy of running a successful blog I created a blogging course for you.
The course can turn your blogging pain into blogging pleasure.
Does that sound good to you?
Increase your blog traffic. Boost your blog profits. Have FUN doing these things.
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