No matter what your blog is about, the odds are you’re not the only one blogging about this.
Do you need to know what’s happening on the blogs of your competitors or you should just be doing what you’re doing and ignore everyone else?
I’m going to share with you the three main reasons why I think it’s important to spy on your fellow bloggers and then it’s up to you to decide.
1. Steal Viral Ideas From Them
If you see, that a blog post of your competitor got crazy viral and generated a ton of tweets, likes and comments, here’s what you can do about it.
- Disagree with the author of the post. Take a totally opposite side and blog about it on your own blog. Controversy works well by itself, but when used on a topic that’s currently hot, it’s effect doubles.
- See if the author is missing some important points or you have something to say from your own experience. This can make a great article.
- Read what people say in the comments section, as they might give you some hints on what bothers them and causes them to spread the word about this topic. Use these hints to write a viral post of your own.
Once your article is ready, make sure to let the original author and his audience know about it. This will give your post a nice initial boost of traffic and it may pretty much take off from there.
2. Write Epic Guest Posts For Them
It may be, that your blog and the blog of your competitor have a slightly different audience. So there’s a chance that a topic that his readers go crazy about is absolutely of no interest for your own readers.
In that case you should use the three aforementioned tips to write an awesome guest article for that blog.
The benefits for yourself are the following:
- If your gets article gets more traffic, you get more visitors to your own blog from it;
- The owner of the blog will fell in love with you, since you’ve just generated him a nice spike of traffic and you did it absolutely for free;
- It will be easier for you to pitch other bloggers with your guestposts, once they see that your posts on other blogs were successful.
If you’re new to the whole concept of guest blogging, I strongly recommend you to research it further, as it’s one of the best known ways to grow your blog.
3. Be On Top Of Things
In case you’re already an authority in your field and you pretty much set the trends that others follow – you may just skip this step.
And for the rest of you, listen up. Here’s how you can benefit out of always knowing what’s hot in your field.
1. Link to worthy content from your articles.
There are a few reasons to do that. First of all, the authors of the articles that you link to will most likely see that and appreciate that (which may result in a tweet, or a link back or even friendship). And secondly, your own readers will consider you as a solid source of information, when they don’t need to go anywhere else to be on top of things
2. Tweet worthy content and share it on Facebook.
Pretty much the same principles apply here too. Bloggers will be grateful to you for sharing their content and your followers will be more engaged, as you’re always sharing the best content that’s out there.
3. Do what others don’t
When you know everything that’s happening in your field, it should be quite easy to differentiate yourself from the rest by doing something totally different and unique. This will actually turn you into an authority and trendsetter who I was referencing earlier in this section.
“Strip The Blog” – The Free Tool That Does It For You
Throughout my blogging career I used to spy on my blogging competitors manually. I would open each blog and quickly skim through their recently published articles to check if anything would stand out by the amount of tweets and likes.
But with time more and more quality blogs appear in each niche, so it gets real hard to follow all of them.
That is why I decided to develop a tool, that automates the whole process.
Meet “Strip The Blog” free online tool:
This tool will analyze the latest posts of almost any blog you put in it and return you a nice spreadsheet, listing all the articles along with the amounts of social shares they got.
You can then play with this list:
- sort articles by popularity or date;
- set thresholds for the amount of social shares;
- turn off social shares that are of no interest to you.
Here’s how a breakdown of latest posts at BloggingTips looks like:
As you can see, the tool is pretty straightforward and very easy to use. I recommend you to go play with it right away and check what’s popular on the blogs of your competitors right now.
And on the side note, I’d like to mention that the tool is still in beta, which means we’ll be adding a lot more features to it (and you basically may request them from us).
So any kind of feedback about this tool and/or feature suggestions are highly appreciated!
And Now Let’s Talk
So what do you think about the necessity of spying on your competitors based on the three tips that I’ve mentioned?
What do you think about the free tool, that we developed to do just that?
Feel free to post your opinion in comments and I will happily discuss them with you.
Tim Soulo is a blogging experimenter and conversion junkie. Check his free email course if you want to grow the traffic of your blog or check his free online tool that will show you the most popular articles of any blog you put into it.
1 Key to Blogging Happiness and Success
In today’s heavily charged political climate you may want to debate, outright fight or criticize people on social media.
Maybe the news seems to magically draw you in to negative, toxic headlines.
I have a little secret that keeps me happy most of the time.
Goodness knows following this secret promoted my blogging success.
The secret: I see fighting as fear so I do not get caught up in kicking a dog when it’s down.
This is code for: I largely do not engage fearful, unhappy folks. If I do engage said folks, rest assured the chats last for a few seconds, if that.
Why Doing this Makes You a Happy and Successful Blogger
Avoiding unhappy people automatically makes you happier because nature abhors a vacuum. Ignore fear. Ignore unhappiness. Loving, happy people move into your life since love is the opposite of fear and happiness is the opposite of unhappiness. Many of these happy, successful people will be clients, customers and rocking bloggers who promote you and endorse you.
Ignoring folks having a moment, or perhaps, having a tough life just allows them to find their balance on their own. You are a leader, not a savior.
If a trusted friend is going through a difficult time you can be a sounding board for a bit. No worries there. But even this sounding board stage has its limits and you eventually need to move on to allow these folks to find clarity and peace on their own. This benefits both parties.
Happiness and Success Is an Energy Thing
Folks wonder why I smile in most of my travel pictures. I smile because I am predominantly happy. I am predominantly happy because I see fighting as fear, and I do not kick a dog when it’s down, meaning I do not engage, chat with or try to convince fear-filled, fighting folks on social media, through my blog and through my email.
I do this because I have compassion for these fear-filled folks. Especially for fear-filled folks who fight about politics, religion or whatever topic these individuals are unclear on.
Typically, most of these fear-filled, unclear folks find other fear-filled, unclear folks to complain to, and they all agree in their fear and lack of clarity, and disguise their fear as passion or a love of their political party, or whatever sounds good, to soothe their bruised egos, and their unclear, fear-filled minds. Either way, the dog is down, and since I was once in the same position is life, I ain’t kicking.
Following this practice has dramatically raised my energy from fear to love. Raising my predominant vibe from fear to love has helped me be in harmony with the world, which made me:
- an energetic networker
Taking on these qualities accelerated my blogging success and grew my happiness, because happy, successful bloggers are generous, prolific, helpful and energetic networkers.
But you need to move up the energetic ladder to embody these traits and that involves leaving those fear-filled, unclear folks near the bottom of the ladder. Even if they appear to be successful, blogging business wise, rest assured that their political or religious fight is fear, manifest.
You can still be connected with them and chat casually here and there about blogging or other topics where they vibe love, not fear, but you will be leaving many of these folks behind until they face, embrace and release their deeper fears, to vibe more from love and clarity, so they can join you on higher rungs of the energetic ladder.
Surround Yourself with Loving, Generous Bloggers
Loving, kind, generous bloggers promote your blogging success by showing you the way.
These folks also lift your spirits, making you a happier blogger.
Seek them out. Promote successful bloggers. Comment on their blogs.
Be happier, healthier and wealthier.
1 of My Secrets to Being Kinda Prolific
I have written hundreds of guest posts for this blog.
I have written about 1000 on Blogging From Paradise between posts and travel pages.
A few moments ago I checked my DA for a sponsored post opportunity. The business owner wanted to know blog domain authority before deciding to place a sponsored post on the blog.
Blogging From Paradise has a DA of 48 and 22,457 external links in.
Not super shabby.
I am kinda prolific.
If you want to publish helpful content frequently, just run with my most basic of tips.
Do not wait around for folks to read your content, comment on your content and share your content before writing your next blog post or guest post.
Do not wait to create.
Do Not Wait to Create
The old me – and most bloggers – became highly attached to any single piece of content I created because I feared the content would not register enough shares, comments, page views and sales. Fear drove me to share this piece of content in many places to boost my stats. All well and good but because fear drove me, I resisted my prolific nature, allowing worry and lack to goad me to do stuff that led to me being the farthest thing from prolific.
Eventually, I observed how bloggers who seemed to be in 10,000,000 places at once simply prolifically created a high volume of helpful blog posts, guest posts and videos. Success found these folks because they did not wait around for readers to check out their blog posts. Said bloggers moved on to writing and publishing their next blog post.
Acting abundantly – not allowing their fears to eat into their prolific nature – promoted these blogger’s success as they created generously, publishing a high volume of content across multiple platforms.
I finally learned of this secret and used it effectively when I chose NOT to wait to create.
Now I publish 3 posts daily on Blogging From Paradise. I also publish the odd guest post from time to time. My success accelerated and my online presence expanded when I decided not to get attached much at all to any one blog post, because the next blog post called me.
No sense waiting around for folks to read my stuff because they simply will read at their own leisure. My job is to keep creating helpful content to help readers build successful blogs. As I move in this direction, everything keeps expanding for me.
All because I chose not to wait to create.
Being Prolific Impacts Folks
Peep this tweet from my friend Corey Hinde of The Good Oil Marketing:
awesome!! Congrats Ryan – one of the hardest working bloggers on the planet you are!!
— CoreyHinde-GoodOil (@thecorsta) July 16, 2018
I am humbled by such kind words from an established, super successful internet marketer. This is pretty much what happens when you are prolific; you impact folks in a positive way, and you also expand your reach and help more folks, all because you refuse to hold back.
Tips to Be Prolific
- Blog mainly for the fun of blogging
- Nudge yourself out of your comfort zone daily
- Surround yourself with prolific bloggers to feast on their creative energy
- Do not wait to create
- Beware getting attached to any one piece of content; promote posts freely across a wide range of channels but look toward the next blog post, guest post or video to create, in order to become incredibly prolific.
Guys; this journey gets a little uncomfortable at times but if you love fun and freedom more than you fear doing some uncomfortable things you will become a highly prolific blogger.
How to Get Your Blogging Mojo Going if You Feel Hopelessly Stuck
I lose blogging momentum sometimes.
You may be in the same boat, being human and all.
But if you regularly find yourself saying “I need to get serious about building my blog” over the course of years it is time to own this fact: you need to get your blogging mojo going before you become permanently stuck in a blogging rut.
I was rut-stuck here and there for many years, on and off. Maybe I didn’t quit blogging totally but I’d start blogging, then stop, and continue this process for weeks on end. Not good.
You can find your blogging mojo and get unstuck by following these blogging tips.
1: Pick a Dream that Makes You Feel Alive
I am led by my dreams, not pushed by problems, because I picked a big old dream a while back. I wanted to circle the globe. Bingo!
Since I wanted to travel the world more than I feared doing uncomfortable, blogging-building things, I built a rocking blog and kept on moving, keeping my blogging mojo going.
What is your dream? Figure it out. Hold it tight.
If you need inspiration watch my video from New Zealand. I filmed this one at Mount Cook a few months ago.
2: Feel Fears Fueling Your Struggles
Some folks believe they lack motivation to blog. Others feel they are lazy. But at the end of the day, if you are not acting, you are afraid of something or someone.
Laziness is fear manifest. So find your fears, by shutting a door and sitting in a quiet room, and if you feel the deep fears you purge the energies and proceed from an inspired, loving, persistent, energized space.
I kept putting off writing an eBook for many years. Turns out I was not lazy; I just feared nobody would buy the eBook because I saw myself as a loser who knew little. I also feared people would criticize me. But I went forward and wrote my first eBook to get out of my fear-rut and to keep on moving.
Some of my eBooks do not sell as much as others and people sometimes post negative reviews of my eBooks but since I do not fear these outcomes, neither have any power over me. I just keep expanding my success, helping folks and befriending blogging pros because I move forward, unburdened by many blogging fears I faced, embraced and released.
3: Study Persistently Energized Bloggers
I am no Tony Robbins but blog persistently from an energized space.
Each day I:
- do 1 hour of deep yin yoga
- exercise for 1 hour
- usually take an icy cold shower
- focus on having fun with my blog versus attaching to money or traffic outcomes
I have written thousands of guest posts, over 10,000 blog posts (old and new blogs combined) and I have also written over 100 eBooks. Toss in the thousands of videos I created over many YouTube channels (since closed) and you see I am a pretty prolific dude. An energized, prolific dude at that.
You’d be wise to see how I go about my energy ritual daily to take a few pointers. Consider deep yin yoga to open up your body, to open your mind and to form the habit of being comfortable with being uncomfortable. Maybe meditating daily opens your awareness. Exercise is definitely a must, every single day.
Circulating your energy freely moves you from being fear-based, lazy and sluggish to being love-based, energized and prolific. I was once pretty dang lazy before I dove deep into energy work.
Wrapping it Up
Keep at it guys. I know this blogging journey feels scary sometimes but if you grab the right blogging resources and follow the above tips you will avoid common blogging ruts that appear to cripple most bloggers.
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