Who’d have thunk I’d have a snack with Zac?
Last week, Blogging Tips owner, internet icon and fellow New Jersey guy Zac Johnson was kind enough to sit down with me for lunch. We enjoyed delicious meals at an authentic Vietnamese restaurant in good old NJ.
I guess you could say I took a tiny page out of John Chow’s book; he seems to favor Vietnamese fare for his Dot Com Lunch series of blog posts.
Anyway. Here’s the proof. That I met Zac. Or am really good with Photoshop.
Learning from Legends
For those not in the know, Zac has been online since 1996. Not just casual cruising stuff either. He has been making money online and blogging up a storm for what is the online equivalent of eons. When guys like this talk, I listen. A ‘la EF Hutton.
Legends clue you in to how you should traverse the sometimes slippery cyber slope.
So….the next time you think you know better, be open to legendary advice. These guys have a firm grasp on what it takes to rock it out online.
1: Mindset Mindset Mindset
The topic of online newbies came up.
Zac noted how a number of new online entrepreneurs quit on their ventures after not making “John Chow Money” 1 or 2 weeks into their online careers. He mentioned how having the right mindset benefits bloggers immensely. For when you are a persistent, patient bugger, willing to learn your trade, you simply won’t quit.
I am the eternal optimist. Anything is possible. Really. But I also know a time buffer exists between beginning an online venture and succeeding with it. Misled or greedy online newbies become delusional about this time buffer, expecting to rake in a full time income in days or weeks.
Blog from the inside-out. Meaning, if you’re struggling to make a dime online – literally – consider stepping back from your blog to assess how you really think and feel about your online exploits. Enjoy your journey. Learn. Study. Observe the icons. How do they go about their businesses? Be open. Be sponge-like to success.
OK, I will now enter you into a time machine. HG Wells style.
I will also officially date myself with the following reference.
I am a huge fan of the movie, “The Thing.” Yes it’s from the early ’80’s.
Long story short, an alien creature lands in Antarctica. Said creature mimics any life form it makes contact with. Dogs, people, any sentient being. As said slimy creature perfectly imitates other life forms it infects/kills/mutilates other life forms, evolving, producing the perfect species to rule the earth, if you will.
Until a heroic – and heavily bearded – Kurt Russell saves the day, this Thing was well on its way to dominating the world, cloning, killing and consuming, being amenable to change.
I do not advise you to eat your competition. Please don’t clone them. And mutilating is not allowed! But if you can extract the evolution lesson from “The Thing” you will understand why Zac is so well known.
He noted how one must evolve as times change to succeed online. Zac did. Not the Thing.
Back when he was a greenie, Myspace was the shiznet. Then Myspace went to shiznet. Aol. Blogger. Online journal. List the fads, if you’re an old hat like me, or if you’re more of a Young Turk just think of the deluge of known sites that fall off the edge of the planet in a year. Let alone over 4 years.
Evolve. Change is the 1 constant online. Be willing to change. Be willing to evolve.
I deleted 3400 blog posts, a blog and my online brand in 2014 to evolve. I’d outgrown the old brand. I felt a nudge to build a new brand. Blogging from Paradise was born. I’ve never looked back.
Go with the flow. Release old, worn out blogs. Pick a blogging niche you could talk about all day. Then blog about it.
3: Meet People in Person
Zac is one of a handful of bloggers I’ve met in person.
I connected with a few blogging buddies in India. I met with a bud in Bali. I also chilled with blogging buddies in Kathmandu, Nepal.
Hands down, the easiest way to form a strong, powerful, genuine bond with another human being is to take them out for lunch. I prefer to pick up the bill. Feel free to go Dutch on this one. Your call.
Zac also mentioned how he hangs out with guys like John Chow while attending live events. Chilling with someone in person forms a stronger bond between friends. Seeing someone live and in the flesh reminds you that yes, they are actual living, breathing human beings. Not avatars. Not words on a screen. Not online personalities. Forming these types of powerful bonds will move your blogging career into orbit.
Attend live events. If you’re in a fellow blogger’s neighborhood, look them up. Ask them out to lunch. In most cases you will develop a much stronger friendship with bloggers you connect with in person. Makes ’em more human to you.
Note; when traveling through Chennai, India, I once got a call from the hotel lobby that someone showed up to see me. Seriously. The Stalker-razzi will go to ridiculous lengths to get a selfie with old RB, I guess.
What blogging lessons have you learned recently?
What have you learned from Zac?
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.
1 Clever Way to Find Blogs for Reading and Commenting
Have you missed me?
I dove full bore into promoting my eBook through blog commenting a number of months back. Toss in a prolific blogging campaign over at Blogging From Paradise and some serious video creation and you see I am a busy bee.
A few days ago I uncovered an incredibly neat and pretty clever way to drive traffic to your blog through blog commenting, via a neat method of finding new blogs for your collection.
Do you feel stagnant, blog-reading-wise?
I did. For a minute.
Turns out I dug deep into my blogging comfort zone for too many years, reading and commenting on the same blogs week after week, month after month.
If you know anything about successful blogging you likely know that all blogging growth occurs well outside of your comfort zone. So I had to venture out of the familiar by finding new blogs in both the blogging and travel blogging niches because my readers gravitate to both.
Enter a cool method for identifying new blogs for reading and commenting.
Google Image Search
The other day a neat little idea knocked on my mind’s door; why not use a Google image search to find blogs in my niches?
5 minutes later I literally had an unlimited number of blogs for enjoying, commenting and for connecting with fellow bloggers.
The method is simple. Google a competitive keyword in your niche. Example; I Googled “blogging” to start my search.
I then clicked on the “image” link by the top of the page. A series of images popped up related to that keyword.
Some images link to business sites but for the “blogging” keyword, most images linked to well-read, reputable blogs. Perfect.
Blog by blog, I slowly worked through each image, clinking on the blog post URL related to each picture. After reading each post I published a personalized comment and retweeted every blog post, adding the #blogging hashtag for increased targeting on Twitter.
Why this Strategy Is So Powerful
I – like you – have run into stagnant blogging circles on social media and through forums. Even if new bloggers join sites like Facebook and G Plus daily you cannot access and unlimited number of new blogs on a daily basis through either channel once you become an established blogger.
This is not the case with a Google Image search because the sheer volume of new blogs – for competitive keywords – yielded through such a search boggles the mind. Even better? Ranking high for an image search usually indicates a high quality blog for reading, for commenting and for building friendships with top shelf bloggers.
Some of these blogs linked to images are low quality offerings. Resist the urge to grab and scarf down rotten blogging low hanging fruit. Stick to quality blogs.
Some images point to business sites. I found this to be especially true when Googling major cities and islands around the world to find new travel bloggers. A high volume of images found during a search linked to tour operator sites. Sifting through tour sites or local chamber of commerce sites to find legit travel blogs requires a significant amount of time and energy.
Spending the time and energy to find new blogs is worth the effort but if you find some keyword image searches seem dominated by business sites – not blogs – feel free to try another keyword that may be linked to predominantly blogs for an image search on Google.
I only dove into this traffic driving strategy a few weeks ago but I noted new bloggers finding me daily through this approach.
If you are stagnating in familiar blogging circles commit 100% to this Google image search method. Reach out to new bloggers, build brand awareness and drive traffic through an easy to follow tactic.
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