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The 1520 Words Guide to Dominating the Blogosphere

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Blogging is becoming more popular and competitive and every single day there are thousands of new blogs created so at this rate it becomes very difficult for new blogs to gain traction. While you can easily visit a lot of blogs and read a lot of posts on building a successful blog the truth is that many of the tips you will be reading about don’t work either because the person who wrote the post is a copycat blogger or because the said formula has been overused. It is true that there are a lot of new blogs online everyday and things keep on improving but the truth is that it is the same approach that was used to build a lot of successful blogs 6 years ago that still works today. We only need to stop reading and start taking action, this post will be giving you some tips on how to build a successful blog.

Differentiate Yourself

The first step to take when trying to build a successful blog is to differentiate yourself. There are already hundreds of millions of blogs in the blogosphere and more millions are added every month so you can’t afford being the same with the other blogs because it doesn’t work. The real key to building a successful blog is to differentiate yourself. While writing great content and marketing your blog as best as you can is invaluable what makes people share your blog, stick with you and engage with you is your uniqueness. This is also known as your unique selling proposition or USP.

There are many ways to differentiate your blog in the blogosphere and below are some tips to help you make your blog completely different from the other blogs in the blogosphere.

Have a Solid About Page: Every single successful blogger, entrepreneur and business has a story and it is your story that will determine which problem you can solve. A lot of people underestimate the power of an about page but the truth is that this simple page can make a huge impact on how successful your blog will be. We all have an idea of who a blogger is by reading their about page and this idea of who they are will reflect in how we read and see their content. You must have a unique story and the only way to tell the world this story of yours is by having a solid about page. People will find it easier to relate with your content about breaking free from the 9-5 shackles if you tell them how you lose your job and how you were able to build a base online.

Be Personal: It doesn’t matter how great your about page is your readers might only read it once. The only way to let your readers know that you’re a real person who has experienced the same thing as them and who knows, understand and is ready to meet their needs is by being personal with your posts. Don’t try to portray yourself as a company or copy some other big blogger in your niche. Let the real YOU reflect in your posts and your readers will find it easier to connect with you and share your content.

Have a Unique Design: Let’s take a look at this story. You visited a shop that was painted blue last week, you had a terrible experience when you visited the blog and you vowed never to visit them again, you later decided to visit another shop in another country and it has that same color. What will be the first thing to come to your mind? I can bet it will be the memory of your bad experience with the former shop, and this can even affect your decision of working with the shop or not. You might be confused and be asking how this can be solved, and it is as simple as ABC. All you need to do is have a unique design that only you use. I spent over $1500 to design my blog just to make sure it is unique and different from other blogs and I’m so happy to tell you I’m now reaping the benefits.

You should also know that a unique and perfect design is easy to use and will also ensure your readers never forget their experience with you and your blog.

Be Engaging: There is a blogger with the name of Pat Flynn, this blogger is highly successful, he has a blog that is visited by almost 100,000 people every month, he has been interviewed and featured on almost all the big blogs online, he has over 30,000 subscribers (both email and RSS), he makes over $30,000 online yet he makes it a duty to connect and engage with all his readers. While this isn’t what everybody can do, especially at his high level of success, it has really separated him from the rest of the blogosphere and has significantly affected how successful his blog is. His readers don’t think twice before taking action based on his recommendation because they know he is genuinely willing to help them.

Give Your Best Content: One thing I have discovered as a blogger is that creating great content takes time. It is really easy to write a few hundred words blog posts (yes, I do it too) but the reality is that writing more detailed, explanatory and effective blog posts bring more results. I have personally tested this on my blog and I noticed that every single blog post I focus a lot of time and effort on ends up bringing me more than 3 times the number of visitors I get to a shorter and less informative blog post at the same time span. You can only succeed as a blogger if you’re truly there for your readers and this can only be proved by your content. Try to do your best to make sure every single content you write is the best, and your readers will love you for it. If you really want to see an example of a great blog post you can read this one.

Promote Your Blog

A lot of people don’t want to hear this and very few people take it serious but the truth is you can hardly build a successful blog if you don’t focus most of your efforts on promotion. While viral marketing doesn’t rely on much of your efforts it is imperative that you know that you have to do something to give your content the momentum it needs. You have to have an audience base before your content can really go viral and you can’t do that by just sitting at home and expecting them to come.

Writing great content is really important but getting traffic is more important. It is also important to know that while there are many ways to get traffic to your blog it is very important to focus all your efforts on only one technique and you will be happy to see that it works. For example, you might want to focus all your efforts on blog commenting instead of trying to use 6 different techniques that will hardly work.

A great example of this is what I do, instead of focusing on a lot of traffic techniques I decided to focus on guest blogging alone and this has helped me build a blog that is being visited by over 10,000 people monthly and it is also helping me make thousands of dollars every month.

If you’re to ask me what my personal recommendation is when it comes to getting traffic I will tell you it is guest blogging, and to know more about this you can download my free guide on the subject here.

Engage With Your Readers

A lot of us spend a lot of time trying to attract readers to our blogs and when they come we treat them with levity and as if we don’t care about them. It is very important to be careful with how you deal with your readers because they can come and go when they want. Try to engage with your readers by being there for them; whenever they have a question make sure you’re always giving them an answer, whenever they send you an email make sure you always reply and whenever they need your help make sure you give it to them.

You should also know that the best way to engage with your readers is with your content so it doesn’t matter how great you are at replying comments it is of no importance if your content sucks. Always do your best to help and engage with your readers and they will always be happy to spread the word about your blog.

Spread The Word!

It might be that simple but the truth is that simple things bring great results and complex things bring minimal results. Dominating the blogosphere isn’t that complex and it is mostly about you reading and following the advice in this post. Also make sure you share this post with your friends and comment with your opinion below.

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Bamidele Onibalusi is a successful entrepreneur and freelance consultant who has been featured in Forbes, Huffington Post and Digital Journal amongst others. He shares practical business ideas that work on his blog at Effective Business Ideas. Follow him on twitter - @youngprepro.

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4 Blogging Lessons Learned in Bali

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I have spent over a year collectively on the Island of the Gods.

Bali is a special place.

This popular island in Indonesia teaches you 4 clear blogging success lessons too.

Let’s dive in guys.

1: Expect the Unexpected

During a house sit at a huge villa in Jimbaran I:

  • faced down and helped slay a spitting cobra
  • dealt with a chicken killing dog
  • lost 2 of the pets (1 to cancer and 1 to likely thievery)

This list could go on forever. From this sit alone.

Bali is a fun, fascinating and sometimes wild place. Like most developing places; you never know what waits around the corner.

I am writing this guest post because the security certificate expired on my blog. I had no idea this would happen right now. Completely unexpected. But being a blogger for 10 years I know to expect the unexpected.

When my developer wakes up he addresses it and we move forward. Until then I am at peace with my blog being down. No worries. Part of the blogging game.

Expect the unexpected with your blog guys. It will happen.

2: Learn to Celebrate Everything

Balinese are an appreciative people who celebrate everything.

Staff at the villa in Jimbaran regularly took off for ceremonies, celebrating everything from cell phones, to papayas, to motorbikes.

Even cremation ceremonies are lavish, eye-popping celebrations of life and death.

Appreciate it all with your blog. Wins, losses, and all in between. Celebrating it all makes you appreciative of the internet lifestyle.

I celebrated big wins and tough losses because all these experiences made me I am the blogger I am today.

3: Step Away from the Herd to Be Heard and Seen

Kuta is a tourist trap. Ubud town center can be a bit too much.

But the rice fields well outside of Ubud and the Bukit region of the island are authentic, colorful, peaceful gems.

My wife Kelli and I stand out from many other bloggers because we tend to stay in more remote areas of the island. Even in the popular fishing village of Jimbaran we did a house sit in off the grid farm country and rented a place up in the hills, away from the heavily touristed bay. Our experiences are authentic; not many tourists in Kuta facing down spitting cobras.

Blog in your voice. Tell your story. Be genuine. Blog from the heart.

Step away from the blogging herd. All success lies well away from the herd of bloggers in your niche who tend to follow each other like blogging sheeple, blogging in 3rd person voice and never sharing authentic experiences.

4: The Best Experiences Happen Outside of Your Comfort Zone

We rented a villa in the rice fields outside of Ubud once.

We had to ride a motorbike 5 minutes into the rice fields to reach the villa.

Save 1 other human living on the other side of the compound no people existed for miles around.

The experience was amazing. Once in a lifetime deal. But we had to get used to snakes slithering inside of the house, using an open air bathroom as huge fruit bats flew over your head at 2 AM and roaches, mosquitoes and other insects regularly shacking up inside of the crib.

I would never trade in this amazingly fun, freeing and brilliant experience but of course I felt terrified at times. Definitely pushed me outside of my comfort zone.

A bit before 10 PM on a Wednesday night I’d be comfortable in bed. But since my site is down for a bit now I nudge myself outside of my comfort zone to write this blog post. All part and parcel with being a full time blogger who renders generous service for his readers.

All of my biggest blogging wins occurred because I went the extra mile; even if doing so felt highly uncomfortable.

Get comfortable with being uncomfortable. Your greatest blogging success occurs well outside of your comfort zone.

What blogging lessons have you learned recently?

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Top 5 Most Competitive Niches for Bloggers

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Finding the perfect niche is like a unicorn for many bloggers. The right mix of passion and competitiveness can be found in the most surprising places and isn’t always clear until you’re already well on your way. But the good news is that the harder you look, the closer you get — which is a cliche, but surprisingly true in this case. So before you give up on your dream of creating content about knitting dog pajamas or anthropomorphized helicopters, start by having a look at what niches are the most competitive at the moment.

Most blogs earn their money through affiliation. The good thing about affiliation is that it doesn’t require you to focus on one particular brand, unlike sponsorships. You’re free to place links in your content or not. And to write whatever you like about the brand in question. Money is earned through reader engagement, not through passive exposure.

Travel

Of course, the most coveted and stereotypical blogging dream niche is travel. Who would turn down reviewing hotels in the Caribbean or exciting jungle safaris? Only a few bloggers get to do this, however, but there are still a lot of sub-niches that are easy to get into and earn well in. Local guides and localized content is a great way to find perfect fits for valuable affiliation links and you can even make direct content advertising if you ask. The future is definitely localized.

Gambling

Making content about gambling is often as much about search engine optimization as affiliation links. This has made reviews and guides extremely competitive, but creating content only for SEO purposes can be a little monotonous. More localized information in a specific niche like mobile gambling makes mobile-casino.ca a perfect example of how to stay competitive without losing quality.

Health & Fitness

For ethically minded bloggers, this niche can be a minefield. Health and fitness bloggers can benefit from having a blog of their own in many ways — such as keeping themselves healthy and fit, while also inspiring others in the process. This niche market is also filled with misinformation, dangerous recommendations and straight up lies. Are you the one to finally inform readers about the one true way to stay healthy or get fit? Joking aside, whether you’re a zealot or a skeptic, there are affiliation networks for you. Just include a source or two, please.

Lifestyle

Including this niche might be cheating. It can cover so much — but that doesn’t mean that your blog should. Specialised content that you’re both passionate and informed about can be very valuable for direct ads. Everyone has some kind of lifestyle niche they’re focused on, whether it be simple admin improvement or urban hiking. Find out if readers are interested in the topic, either directly or related, before you go all in, though.

Blogging

With how competitive blogging is, blogs that explain how to succeed are more popular than ever. You’re reading one right now and you could write your own very easily. You don’t have to be the best or the most insightful to write an inspiring blog about blogging — it’s more useful than you think to write down what works and what doesn’t in your own humble experience. You can be an expert in learning.

Have you noticed any commonalities yet? If you look hard enough in any niche, you’ll learn enough to create content with a fresh and exciting take. And that’s the current trend for being competitive: Being both subjective and informed; localized and aware of international trends.

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Do You Really Know Your Readers?

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See the featured image up top guys?

I know readers dig my eBook. Said readers dig my paperback too.

Enter this featured image. I use similar images frequently on Blogging From Paradise. Smart way to appeal to my audience.

But during lean years I did not know my readers because I:

  • did not listen to my readers
  • did not ask my readers questions
  • did not spot my reader’s pain points
  • did not read my reader’s comments carefully
  • did not spot patterns among my readers

Eventually I woke up. Easy to see this now. But back in the day I had a hellish time owning the fact that I did not know my readers.

Reader Red Flags

You do not know your readers if:

  • traffic stalls or disappears
  • blogging profits stall or disappear
  • engagement dies on your blog
  • nobody seems to reach out to you on social media

These are a few red flags guys. Own the flags. Honestly. Owning your mistakes is one quick way to turn things around, to free yourself of this common blogging error.

Do You Know Your Readers?

I mean; do you really know your blog readers? Be genuine before you answer the question.

I know my readers incredibly well now because every blog post, video or podcast I create meets their needs. No guess work, no writing and publishing because I want to write and publish a post and certainly no off topic posting here, on Blogging From Paradise or any place where I guest post.

The other day one of my blogging buddies endorsed my paperback with a YouTube review. In addition to feeling grateful I tuned into one other idea; his endorsement, emails from other book customers and smiling selfies from other book customers alerted me to the fact that my readers are beginning to buy my paperback too, in addition to my eBook. I published a post linking to my paperback and explaining how my book solves pressing blogging problems after spotting this pattern.

I know my readers better and better each passing day because I listen to my readers more closely each passing day. As everything expands with my blogging campaign I find it easier and easier to help folks, to come up with blog post ideas and to know my content hits the mark because blogging with my readers in mind has been the simplest way to connect with these folks.

Your blog is for you and your readers. Never forget this fact. Never forget that if you write just for yourself you are publishing a cyber diary. No need for anyone to read a blog if the blog does not solve their problems.

Knowing your readers genuinely requires you to be:

  • compassionate
  • empathetic
  • heart-centered
  • loving
  • caring
  • observant
  • present

Listen to the latest podcast interview I did with Alonzo Pichardo on his Sound Cloud channel:

He has invited me to chat on his highly popular channel – with over 300,000 listens between only 8 episodes.

Alonzo is a master at spotting the most pressing issues of his audience. My readers also suffer from problems related to these topics. Naturally, as he shares and builds his impressive tribe and as I build my tribe, we have well over a quarter of a million listens between only 8 podcast episodes.

If you get to really know your readers and patiently hit the mark with your content, over years, 10 listens becomes 100 listens, then 100 becomes 1000, then 1000 becomes 10,000 listens, then 10,000 becomes 100,000 listens, and upward from there.

Develop an intimate bond with your readers guys. Poll them. Email them, asking how you can help them.

Much of your blogging success rests on knowing clearly what your reader wants so you can serve it up to them.

Listen. Ask. Observe.

Prosper.

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