Blogging failure comes masked in sneaky, insidious limiting beliefs.
If you’re disgusted with ramming into the same online roadblocks repeatedly you probably subscribe to 1 – or 10 – of the following limiting beliefs.
Don’t worry; by patiently dissecting each belief you can experience the joy and jubilation of building a full time, professional blogging career.
In order to let go these lower energies set aside time for serious introspection.
The blogging truth will set you free only after you own these limiting beliefs for you need to face, embrace and release these mental demons to chart your blogging course for more successful waters.
1: Ignoring Popular Advice Because it’s Boring/Not Sexy
I spotted this limiting belief recently when responding to a comment.
The commenting blogger felt the advice I offered was the same old, boring, unoriginal advice he’d seen before in regards to profiting through Twitter.
I have 44,000 followers on Twitter.
I have also built a profitable blogging business through Twitter while circling the globe.
Established, full time bloggers build their sites on simple, basic, timeless fundamentals.
Sexy = complex = struggles = failure.
Simple = proven = powerful = successful.
2: Believing it’s Better to Hang with Bottom Feeders Because You Can Relate with Them
Kick bottom feeders to the curb.
Exit Facebook Groups rife with complainers.
Leave the struggling, angry, jealous bloggers behind.
Release enablers to make room for empowering people to spur you on.
Surround yourself only with the most successful bloggers from your niche.
Learn from the best.
Become the best.
3: Expecting Successful Bloggers to Wait on You Hand and Foot
Successful bloggers are successful for a reason: they know how to delegate tasks and more importantly, they understand the concept of empowerment.
You can serve someone fish for a temporary, fleeting relief to their hunger or you can teach them how to fish, to empower the individual for the rest of their lives.
Stop pestering bloggers who engage hundreds of thousands of people daily.
These people have taught you how to fish/blog for years through their free blog posts. Now it’s up to you to use the information.
If you do want private, 1 to 1 time with such successes pay for their services to receive the attention you crave.
These folks generally give away valuable freebies for years through their blogs.
Now it’s time for you to pay up – or shut up – to access their expert skills.
4: Believing it’s Difficult to Make Money through Blogging
Making money through blogging is simple.
Making money through blogging is not particularly difficult.
But most bloggers believe otherwise because they cling to weird beliefs around money.
John Chow makes over $100,000 a month through his blog.
He worked persistently and intelligently but he also continues to shatter the paradigm that prospering through blogging is impossible or super hard.
Parents, siblings, friends and the general public impress many zany, negative, limiting beliefs on your mind when you’re a kid. Especially in regards to money.
Face, embrace and release deeply held fears related to running out of money.
Proceed from an abundant, relaxed space.
Meditate for 10 minutes daily to expand your awareness.
Meditating regularly helps you uncover the confining, false beliefs you may hold in regards to money.
5: Believing You’re Not Good Enough to Land Guest Posts on High Profile Blogs
Every blogger on earth can land guest posts on tops blogs but few ever do.
Most bloggers don’t believe they are good enough to land such sweet gigs.
Here’s how to dissolve this limiting belief: write 1,000 to 2,000 words daily for practice.
Hone your writing skills. Find your writing voice. Boost your confidence. Land guest post spots on top blogs.
This issue isn’t a confidence problem; it’s a writing problem.
Practice writing to guest post more frequently on top blogs.
I felt terrified to submit guest posts to top blogs a few years ago due to worthiness. I eventually decided to write a few thousand words to 10,000 words daily to gain confidence in my writing.
Now I publish 2 posts to Blogging Tips weekly.
The practice precedes the breakthrough.
6: Ignoring Proven Advice Because it Feels Uncomfortable to Follow that Course
I ignored both list building and guest posting for years because each activity felt highly uncomfortable to me.
No way could I deal with seeing no new subscribers on my email list after a week of hard work.
I hated being criticized and chose not to “waste my time” by submitting guest posts that would be rejected or picked apart by critical, successful bloggers.
My struggles eventually forced me to build a list and to submit guest posts to top blogs.
Accept this fact: growing is hellishly uncomfortable at times.
If you don’t feel uncomfortable doing blogging stuff sometimes you’re not going anywhere of note.
7: Manipulating Readers into Sending You Money
Most struggling bloggers try to manipulate their readers into sending them money through desperate, forced methods.
Even bloggers who generate a high income online may still fall prey to this insidious limiting belief based on lack and limitation.
Devote all of your creative energies to helping your followers.
If you feel the urge to manipulate them by being dishonest simply take a deep breath, relax and think of how you can better serve your readers.
Move from “trying to get” to helping a human being with their biggest problems.
Be clear, be honest, be transparent, be helpful and you will never attempt to manipulate your readers ever again.
David Boozer is a teacher, first and foremost.
He’s a heart-centered internet marketer who makes a fabulous living through his blog and consulting business because he regularly helps, instructs, assists and empowers in an empowering way.
8: Working *Against* Versus *With* Top Bloggers in Your Niche
A rising blogging tide lifts all successful bloggers with it.
Unfortunately, some bloggers believe in the idea of competition.
In an abundant universe the idea of competition is impossible.
Work with top bloggers. Promote the top bloggers in your niche. Feature blogging big dawgs to build bonds with pros.
You will go as far as your friend network takes you.
9: Depending Only on 1 Blogging Income Stream
Some bloggers put all their eggs into one basket.
After tripping and dropping the basket – losing that income stream through a Google update, social media shift or through some other turn of events – the eggs break and the blogger becomes financially broke.
Do not depend on 1 income stream.
Open multiple streams of income to guard against any unforeseen changes that may adversely affect any one stream
Become a freelance writer. Write and self publish eBooks on Amazon KDP. Convert the eBooks to audio books. Become a blog coach. Accept sponsored posts.
Add one income stream every 3 to 6 months to ensure you’re learning the ropes sufficiently.
I once read how personal development guru Bob Proctor established a staggering 219 income streams through his self help empire.
This may be extreme but if you’re not making money through 5 or 10 channels you run the risk of struggling financially when those streams close up over time because change is the one constant.
10: Believing in the “Volume Approach” of Blogging
The number of blogging tasks you complete daily means nothing.
The energy behind each blogging task you complete means everything.
If you spend 18 hours today posting your blogging course squeeze page on 300 plus Facebook Groups while I wrote, edited and submitted this guest post on an authority blog, who spent today positioning themselves to be more successful?
Step away from the desperate, strained, failure-producing volume approach of blogging.
Manage your energy.
Engage in high energy, effective, leveraging blogging activities to improve the quality of your offerings.
Are you plagued by any of these limiting beliefs?
How Do I Teach Bloggers if I Am a New Blogger?
I see that question popping around in your head.
The same question danced around in my head 10 years ago. How could I teach people how to blog if I did not know how to blog? Plus I had no connections. No skills either. Big time problem.
Here is how to solve your problem:
- learn how to blog from top pros
- write 500 words daily offline
- publish 1-2 posts weekly, turning around and teaching what you learned
- continue to learn both about blogging and your blogging niche
Learn then teach.
Or absorb then teach.
Jan Verhoeff published this post yesterday:
She led off the post explaining how she watched one of my Facebook Live Broadcasts recently and delved deeper into the topic I discussed, said topic being blogging overlap.
Jan is a seasoned veteran blogger but she and I both use this concept of learning or absorbing then immediately teaching the concept to our readers. Knowledge ain’t getting stale in our brain boxes.
Newbie bloggers; I get it. You may feel intimidated to learn, then to teach. But being a blogging student is hands down your most important role as a new blogger because learning and studying gives you confidence to turn around and teach your new found knowledge quickly.
Check out my guest post on Janice Wald’s Mostly Blogging:
Janice regularly shares this post and noted it still drives blog traffic.
New and seasoned blogging veterans alike know deep down we are all perpetual students. Plus we know that in order to teach we must first learn, being open and willing students.
Newbie bloggers; you better become a voracious reader of blogging tips and tips aligned with your niche. Learn to gain confidence and clarity. Then you better practice writing like crazy. Pen 500 words daily offline to become a confident writer.
Being armed with knowledge and improving writing skills sets the foundation to learn, then to teach.
10 years ago when I was a new blogger I read a post on Ray Higdon Dot Com.
This iconic network marketer introduced me to the simple concept of how you can teach folks how to succeed in your niche, even as a newbie. Learn. Teach.
Allow little time to elapse between learning and teaching. Teaching does not require 10,000 word blog posts or 45 minute long videos or eBooks or courses.
Practical Examples of Teaching
Peep these examples of how you can learn a concept and teach as a new blogger:
- record and upload a 1 minute long video on YouTube
- write and publish a 600 word post on your blog
- record and upload a 5 minute long podcast
The idea is to learn a concept and to be comfortable teaching the concept without being an expert. Fraud energies may arise guys. Fears attempt to shame you into remaining quiet. Don’t trust these fears. Don’t believe these lies.
If you want to become a blogger you better get comfortable with being a teacher because blogging is teaching. If you want to become a teacher you better be a hungry student, learning the in’s and out’s of blogging and your niche and practicing your writing to more easily convey your blogging message.
Hit the ground running as a new blogger.
Nobody begins blogging as an experienced blogger.
Nobody begins blogging with blogging skills.
We need to learn and practice persistently as a new blogger to become a successful blogger.
Just don’t hesitate to turn around and teach what you have learned immediately, to drive traffic to your blog.
Do I Look Lucky to You?
Many people believe me to be lucky.
Folks think I am so lucky to travel the world.
Like a magic fairy alighted on my shoulder, tapped me with a magic wand, and sent me to that location in Bali you see in the featured image.
As if I lucked out to circle around the globe for the past 7 years.
Not quite guys.
Luck does not exist.
Smart, generous work helped me retire to a life of island hopping through smart blogging.
Peep this link:
Does that sound lucky? Was I lucky to write and publish 583 guest posts on Blogging Tips alone? Am I lucky to have written and published thousands of blog posts during the past decade I spent online?
Have I been lucky to work hundreds of thousands of hours during my life, in order to retire to a life of island hopping through smart blogging?
Did luck make me a full time digital nomad? Have I been lucky to write and self-publish 126 eBooks?
Luck does not exist.
Smart, energized, years of work, this brings blogging success.
Convenience Store Luck
Back in New Jersey for a bit.
After spending a few moments at the local convenience store I saw no less than 5 people buy lottery tickets.
Folks spend money on a wing and a prayer, hoping, praying, begging to make money through a game of chance.
Forget building a sustainable online business. Forget rendering service to become successful with your blog. Don’t even bother investing money in solid vehicles.
Leave your life to chance. See if you get lucky.
Terrible mindset to have guys.
Luck does not exist. No magical fairy blesses some folks and curses other folks. Nobody suffers from bad luck. Chance does not exist.
Smart, intelligent service, persistently applied, exists. Learning and practicing the skill of blogging for 2-4 years of your life exists. Spending 10 years writing and publishing thousands of posts exists. Commenting on 50,000 blogs exists. Being generous exists. Helping folks for months before making a dime exists.
Luck does not exist.
Luck Is a Jailer
If you believe successful bloggers are lucky, that limiting belief jails you. Since you believe you are not lucky you naturally will always struggle and fail. Not a good belief to cling to guys.
Many bloggers think I am:
- a natural
but I am not. I just spent years of my life learning, practicing and mastering the skill of blogging. I wrote almost 600 guest posts on Blogging Tips alone. Does that sound like luck, or chance, or like a blessing? Smart, persistent work guys. I committed fully to blogging so blogging committed fully to me. Simple equation but goodness does this journey feel uncomfortable at times.
Early Friday evening, here I am writing this guest post as my 2 year old niece hangs all over me, bopping me on the head. Hardly a crazy challenge but still a bit of a challenge. Try thinking through a post and writing it while a hyper 2 year old does all in her power to grab your attention.
I am not writing this post because Lady Luck sent me the idea. I am writing this post because I have written 2 million plus words during the past decade of my life, so words flow easily for me.
- Creating, connecting and polishing my blogging skills by patiently writing and broadcasting live videos daily helped me craft a neat life for me and for my readers.
- Generously commenting on other blogs and promoting other bloggers helped me become a pro blogger.
- Persisting through thick and thin created my blogging success.
The next time you explain someone’s success as a simple matter of luck, think again.
Luck does not exist.
Why Use a VPN? Here Are 5 Reasons for Bloggers
As a blogger, the internet is your second home. Your blog is literally the house you built from scratch online. The stellar content you created and promoted enabled you to engage with your audience effectively. As a blogger, you also developed professional relationships with influential bloggers like yourself.
Despite your success, you should never put your guard down when meeting people online or engaging with other websites. I’m sure you have your anti-virus and malware protection software installed in your CPU to shield you from online threats. However, there’s nothing wrong in taking an extra measure to ensure your protection not only as a blogger but also your life outside it.
In this post, you will learn how a virtual private network is and why use a VPN to protect your online activity and engagement with other websites not just as a blogger but an online user.
Why use a VPN? Below are the ways
Before we get into the different reasons bloggers must use a VPN, we need to explain first how it works for you to understand it better.
In a nutshell, a virtual private network (VPN) enables you to encrypt your information behind its servers. Whenever you visit a website, it sees information provided by the server and not the ones found on your local computer. This simple process is very beneficial for bloggers for several reasons:
1. Keeps your website activity anonymous
The most immediate advantage of using a VPN is anonymity. Website won’t be able to trace your actual IP address and location, aside from the other encrypted data about your site.
The main benefit of online anonymity is better protection from online threats. Sometimes, your protection software won’t be enough to keep hackers at bay. They’ll get into your CPU without you knowing it. And God knows what they will do with your information once they gain it. They might sell it to third-party services that will send you spam or launch random attacks to your CPU via your internet connection.
Since a VPN withholds your actual information, hackers and malware can’t successfully penetrate through your online activity and intercept data from your browser. This way, you can perform research online or visit different websites without the looming threat of hackers hanging over your head all the time.
2. Makes your transactions more secure
If you make transactions online, then you need a VPN to beef up your security. Most websites nowadays have an SSL certificate installed to ensure customers it is safe to type sensitive information on the site. However, an as mentioned, additional protection to ensure your online safety is always welcome. This rings true if you enjoy purchasing tools and software to help boost your blogging efforts (hello, Appsumo).
By setting up a VPN, you can guarantee all your transactions are secure.
3. Prevents censorship
If you live in a country that controls the sites you can see and content you can access, then your work as a blogger is already cut out for you. You don’t need this encumbrance as a blogger – information needs to be free for all. It’s up to the person to decide what s/he wants to see online and which sites to visit. For bloggers, knowledge is power, and you cannot wield this responsibility if you don’t have the full information,
If you share these beliefs, then using a VPN will help you gain access to information that wasn’t available before. As a result, you can speak your message considering all the information there is about the subject. Doing so puts you in a position to become a credible and influential voice in your space.
4. Work in confidence
Some bloggers live a nomadic lifestyle. Because of its inherent nature where you don’t have a boss and you can work whenever or how long you want, bloggers can work anywhere. Whether it be coffee shops, co-working spaces, or even from different countries, bloggers will sustain their income as long as they get the job done.
However, they won’t be able to get it done if the WiFi connection doesn’t afford you the security and freedom to need for blogging. For example, WiFi connections in public spaces are open to everybody. As a result, anything can enter it and disrupt your online browsing, online threats included. If you’re not careful, your laptop can get infected and leave you with hundreds of dollars worth of repairs, on top of days not being able to blog due to the incident.
With a VPN, you can access the web securely so you continue with your nomadic lifestyle to full effect! Your information will be safe in public places and you can gain access to websites that might be blocked at the country you’re living in right now.
5. Unblock geo-restricted content
It’s normal to take time off as a blogger. You need time for yourself to sit back, relax, and live life a little. Part of living your life is watching TV shows and series from your favorite streaming sites. With so many good shows available for binging, you can lose yourself watching these shows for days if not weeks!
But it’s not fun to binge-watch if not all the shows and movies are available for viewing. For example, if you want access to the complete library of movies and shows on Netflix, then you need to be in the US to access the content. If not, there will be content unavailable in your region due to the licensing deals of these shows. If you have a running subscription on these streaming sites and you live outside the US, you don’t get to maximize the site due to incomplete content.
However, you can watch US Netflix with Smart DNS Proxy. Using this VPN services and setting it up on your devices gives you full access to Netflix shows you can take a break from blogging by watching the shows you want. Also, you unblock content from Hulu, HBO, and other streaming sites to make your binge-watching sessions more complete!
Are you convinced why you need a VPN as a blogger?
If you think VPN is just technical mumbo-jumbo, you’re dead wrong! It has practical applications for bloggers who want to continue providing their audience with content they love. Aside from living a more focused blogging lifestyle, a VPN allows people to live a life outside blogging if they’re into TV shows and movies. Keeping these reasons in mind, it’s time you should get a VPN service to take your blogging to the next level.
Search Blogging Tips
Blogging2 years ago
6 Tools For Boosting Content Marketing Results Over The Holidays
Blogging1 year ago
6 Steps for How I Nabbed 6500 Comments on My Blog
Search Engine Optimisation2 years ago
7 SEO Analysis Tools Every Blogger Needs to Know
Blogging12 months ago
How to Start a Fashion Blog in 8 Simple Steps
Blogging2 weeks ago
113 Bloggers share their Favorite Email Marketing Tools
Blogging1 year ago
57 Must-Read Books For Entrepreneurs Recommended by Entrepreneurs
Blogging2 years ago
How to Become a Nimble Blogger
Blogging5 months ago
How to Find Success with Blogging and Affiliate Marketing in Asia