New bloggers often complain about having no connections.
But all bloggers begin at zero.
For example, in 2007 I had:
- 0 traffic
- 0 profits
- 0 followers
- 0 blogging friends
How could I have anything? Prior to buying my domain and hosting I literally had no blog. One needs a blog to begin attracting traffic, profits, followers and friends. I began at zero with all aspects of my blogging campaign. Every blogger begins at zero because before bloggers invest in their domain and hosting, nothing exists in terms of their blogging campaign.
Blog with what you have. Engage in a genuine blog commenting campaign. Anyone can read posts and publish genuine comments. Gregarious bloggers build connections. If you have no blogging connections right now just read and comment genuinely on 20 blogs today. Reading and commenting genuinely on 20 blogs today connects you with bloggers. Connections expand if you work at expanding connections. Never make the common blogging excuse of not having any connections. Every blogger begins with zero connections. Every blogger needs to work to gain connections slowly, steadily and patiently. No one skips the work part. Begin working now. Earn connections. Advance from zero to one, then one to two, then two to three connections, and so on.
Other bloggers believe success seems impossible because they lack a flashy, bespoke theme. Work with what you have. Create helpful content with your current theme. Successful bloggers use various themes but helpful content ultimately position amateurs to go pro. Themes do not earn rock solid credibility. Helpful content earns you trust. Readers trust you if you help them generously. Helping people generously requires you to work. Working diligently taxes even the most passionate bloggers. Get to work. Feel discomfort. Be patient, persistent and generous. Earn the right to succeed.
Yet other bloggers bemoan not having enough in-depth content published on their blog. Work with the content you have. Edit, update and re-publish old posts. Promote old blog posts. Before you rush to create more content update and re-publish old content to:
- rank higher on Google
- share evergreen content
- take advantage of a seasoned blog post in terms of aging
Do you fear lacking some element of blogging? Blog with what you have. Create and connect with your WordPress dot org blog. Build a rock solid blogging foundation. Blogging is simple but feels uncomfortable. Face, feel and release fears fueling uncomfortable-feeling emotions. Proceed to work with what you have.
Never make blogging excuses. Work with what you have. Start now. Begin where you are. Pro bloggers begin at zero to build something special. Never look at pros as having unfair advantages. Pros worked to gain those numbers. Pros put in time to grow their communities. Instead of complaining about their large followings, do what they did: work to earn your own large, loyal following.
No magic plug-in unlocks stunning blogging success. Tools augment blogging campaigns but creating and connecting for a long time builds a rock solid foundation for a thriving blogging future. Avoid viewing:
as being critical to your success. Never believe that you cannot succeed unless you use a flashy theme. Never believe that you will fail unless you use a specific plug-in. Create. Connect. Work with what you have to blog the right way.
Before making blogging excuses based on not using a certain tool or app simply succeed with what you have.
Before sprinting forward to write and publish new content allow old content to work for you by:
- updating old posts
- re-publishing old posts
- promoting old posts through multiple channels
I began updating and re-publishing old posts a few months ago in addition to promoting these oldies but goodies. Blogging success grew because I used what I had to expand my presence versus solely publishing new content but allowing old posts to fade into oblivion. As a rule, pros publish new content with some frequency but genuinely make their old posts work for them. Everyone who blogs for a bit attracts new readers who never see your old content until you update and re-publish the old content.
Make old blog posts work for you. Frame old posts as being blogging, business and brand ambassadors working for you around the clock if you promote these posts freely and slowly but surely update old posts every 6-12 months or longer. Evergreen content ages beautifully. Promote evergreen content to accelerate your success. Update old posts to re-publish evergreen content and to take advantage of the seasoned nature of the old post.
Amplify your blogging success.
Work with what you have.
I recorded a video explaining this concept.
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Do you work with what you have on your blog?
Do you find yourself making blogging excuses?
Did you sometimes forget that all bloggers begin at zero?