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2 Blogging Lessons Learned During a New York City Deluge

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The heavens opened.

In front of the United Nations, of all spots.

I sought refuge under the not so olive tree branches of the UN. But had to bolt eventually.

Peep the symbolism guys.

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I am in town for a 2 week house sit coinciding with Affiliate Summit East. After watching Zac and the guys grace the stage I’ve been walking around NYC each day for cardio. Last night marked a long walk from the Upper East Side to the United Nations. But the second I turned to head back the heavens opened up. I mean major league down pour.

Cats, dogs, pigeons, parrots and pretty much Noah’s Arc fell on my noggin. Fitting too. Noah’s Arc. You get it.

I found shelter under a tree. No desire to get soaked.

About 10 minutes into the storm, 2 realities hit me:

  1. no way I’m staying completely dry; deluge water peppered my shirt to make me uncomfortable
  2. no way I’m riding it out for 20 more minutes

I decided to walk in the rain versus allowing the storm to pass. But I did something else; energized by the torrential downpour I took off my shirt (why get it soaking wet?) and ran from the UN to Yorkville, our house sit spot.

I learned 2 blogging lessons you can cash in on, traffic-wise and profit-wise.

Baby Step it

I felt sick the night before. No way I wanted to walk for another 40 minutes in torrential rains so I found shelter under a tree for about 10 minutes. The rain did not relent so I eventually chose to run through the showers but not until I rested, being kinda dry, for a little bit.

I baby stepped out of my comfort zone to prep myself for the run back home. Smart move. I needed a little break before the run. Otherwise I’d have burned out, and maybe even gotten a little cold from being tired, wet and run down.

Baby step it blogging-wise for long term success.

Imagine you fear doing a Facebook Live broadcast. Does it make sense to set up a live speaking event with a studio audience? Nope. You’ll bomb until you practice speaking for a small audience online, live. Baby step it.

The rain clouds that produced a torrential downpour in NYC.

Write your first blog post before writing your first eBook. Create your first video before creating the video course. Success and growth are progressive. Baby stepping bloggers become increasingly successful not by swinging for the fences but by drilling single after single for years.

But Eventually You Need to Leave Your Comfort Zone

Either I hang out under a tree for 40 minutes or get wet and head home.

I left my comfort zone and ran in the rain to be inside the apartment at a decent hour. I did some cardio in the process. Win-win.

Blogging-wise you need to leave your comfort zone to succeed. No way around it. Baby step your way to success but never believe this journey will be easy and comfortable the entire time. You must make some uncomfortable decisions to succeed because traffic and profits sit well outside of your comfort zone.

Write your first eBook. Publish your first blog post. Feel the emotions after receiving your first negative eBook review. Sit with the feelings of being criticized by your first unhappy client. Pure gold, all these experiences are, because successful bloggers grow and prosper well outside of their comfort zones.

Wrapping it Up

Be patient. Build your blogging skills through practice. Rest up. Don’t push it. But be pulled out of your comfort zone routinely to become successful. Find the happy medium between slow, steady progress and diving into sometimes highly uncomfortable experiences to become a full time blogger.

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Ryan Biddulph is the owner of Blogging From Paradise. He's a blogger, author and world traveler who's been featured on Richard Branson's Virgin Blog, Forbes, Fox News, Entrepreneur Dot Com and Neil Patel Dot Com. Ryan can help you become a full time blogger with his eBook.

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Are You Selling Income Claims or Something More?

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See me in that featured image guys?

The spot is Arthur’s Pass, New Zealand. My eBook-paperback had to make an appearance.

I have retired to a life of island hopping through smart blogging.

I never once made an income claim on Blogging From Paradise.

Why?

Retiring to a life of island hopping through smart blogging depends on:

  • your energy
  • your generosity
  • your service

Even though I make money and spend money, the only reason I made money is because I allow it in through my energy, my generosity, and my service.

My life does not suck. I live in places like Fiji, Bali, Thailand, NYC, New Zealand and Costa Rica for months at a time.

Before you fell asleep at night, if you are not living a life of long term travel already, you would at least consider dreaming about living in New Zealand for 3 months or Fiji for 4 months, as I have.

Or maybe 2 years in Thailand sounds about right, so you can snap selfies on the beach in the Land of Smiles as I have.

But I doubt you would dream about a stack of money before you fall asleep because money is just a means to an end. Useless, in and of itself.

Billions of means exist to reach certain ends.

I am house sitting in Queens, NYC now. Rent-free, 2 week sit in a million dollar home located in one of NYC’s best neighborhoods. Did I need money to live in Queens for 2 weeks? Nope. All me and my wife do is care for sweet little cats.

Sure we make money through our blogs. But my wife and I offer something more than income claims; through our blogs, we help you make your spectacular dreams come true.

Making Income Claims

If you are clear on making income claims you can build a thriving blogging business using this strategy.

Unfortunately, most bloggers are unclear on making income claims because they fear that without making the claims that few folks would read their blog and buy their stuff. Their fear attracts 2 types of folks; desperate bloggers and greedy bloggers. Desperate bloggers are generally broke and have not money to buy your stuff. Greedy bloggers call you a scammer if they do not make $10,000 a week by next month after following your advice.

As a rule, unless you feel 100% clear aka 100% fear-free in choosing to make income claims, avoid taking this route

If you want to take things to the next level guys, sell something even bigger than money. Sell a dream.

Selling a Dream

I have been featured on some of the world’s most famous, iconic sites because I help folks freely, I live a dream life and I sell a dream. Forbes, Fox News, Virgin and Entrepreneur featured me because I know my stuff and because I patiently built up an eye-popping brand, helping people retire to a life of travel through blogging. Quite a dream.

Contributors from these world famous sites do not tend to feature bloggers who focus heavily on making income claims because doing so would sully their reputation. Do you really think Richard Branson and his brand would want to align with a guy whose 1st or 2nd search result on Google is “Name + Scam”? Hell no.

At the end of the day, nobody dreams about fat stacks of money other than Scrooge McDuck and the mentally ill because money is worthless in and of itself. Dust collector. You dream of an experience. You dream of something more.

Selling a dream inspires your readers to leave their comfort zones, to do scary but freeing things and to patiently but persistently create helpful content and to build strong connections, so your readers can live their dreams too.

Selling income claims alone? Kinda lame guys. Unless Scrooge McDuck follows your blog.

You want an experience that may or may not require money for its manifestation.

Sell a dream.

Share your blogging journey.

Enjoy the ride and connect with high energy, like-minded folks who empower one another to live their dreams.

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4 Tips to Continue Blogging When No One Reads Your Blog

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I had 3 visitors a day to my old blog nearly 10 years ago.

Today I’ve a few more visitors peeping my blog every day.

You may have zero blog visitors daily. Right now. Been there guys.

I know how frustrated and flat out angry you may feel now but taking smart steps boosts your traffic slowly but steadily.

Focus on the solution, not your lack of blog traffic.

All established, pro bloggers continued to blog when nobody read their blog. We all have audiences of zero from Day 1 because new blogs are new blogs.

Traffic flows in – along with engaged readers – organically and steadily if you patiently follow a few steps.

Follow these tips to keep blogging when no one reads your blog.

1: Build Friendships

Blogging buddies are my #1 traffic builder.

Example; I genuinely commented on Enstine Muki’s blog for a while. I also promoted his posts via my blog and social media accounts.

We became friends. Enstine promoted me, endorsed me and graciously invited me to guest post on his blog.

Nearly 60 guest posts later I have seen a steady flow of traffic through his site.

I drive traffic through 600 plus guest posts on Blogging Tips too.

Guys; make blogging buddies. Help people. People will be reading your blog soon.

2: Write Your Next Blog Post

You may be caught up in a scarcity mindset guys.

After writing and publishing a blog post you try to squeeze as much promotional juice through the post, marketing the sucker for weeks on end, checking traffic stats. Fear goads you because if you don’t promote the post for weeks you won’t get enough traffic, you believe. You don’t write and publish a post again until next month. Not good.

Meanwhile, since I don’t do the scarcity mindset thing, I published 120 blog posts, promoting each post modestly, during the same time frame. Who do you think people will notice first if we are in the same niche? Me of course; quality plus quantity beats quality plus scarcity every time.

Write and publish your next blog post today. Readers will flock to your blog. Be abundant; hit the publish button frequently. You have helpful content to share with the world. Ship. Publish. Drive warm bodies to your blog.

3: Write Your Next Guest Post

I noted guest posting gigs on Enstine’s blog and here on Blogging Tips earlier in this post.

Go wild guest posting guys.

Build blogging friendships. Improve your writing skills by publishing posts frequently. Eventually blogging friends will invite you to guest post on their blogs.

Gobble up these opportunities. Leverage your presence by helping large, targeted audiences of readers.

Be generous with your knowledge. Observe how many new, interested people begin following your blog.

4: Keep Meeting New Bloggers Daily

This is the secret tip.

Few bloggers meet new bloggers daily, being lulled to sleep in their networking comfort zone, hanging with old blogging buddies.

Even if you attract a few people to your blog every day you find few people reading your blog, commenting on your posts and promoting you on social media unless you wander into new blogging friend networks daily.

I open Tweet Deck, create a #blogging column and scan 1 by 1 through blog posts. I click, read and comment genuinely on posts, taking advantage of the endless stream of new bloggers gracing my feed every day.

Guys; keep meeting new bloggers. Be patient, believe in yourself and your blog grows exponentially over the long haul by following such an approach.

Wrap Up

Keep going guys.

Follow these tips.

People will begin reading your blog if you get through challenging times.

Blog readers are on the way.

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Blogging About the Americans With Disabilities Amendments Act

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No matter your type of business, chances are the Americans with Disabilities Amendments Act applies to your building, employees, and visitors. While this is something that many corporations and businesses know about, it’s mostly something is focused on in the human resources area. Today, as a blogging platform, we wanted to shed some light on an issue that affects millions of people in the workplace, and those who have the opportunity to work or blog from the comfort of their own home.

But do you know if you’re in compliance? It’s worth taking a look at some facts and reviewing your company’s policies. Penalties for non-compliance include fines and lawsuits.

The ADA protects people with physical and mental disabilities in the workplace and through public accommodations.

Find out if your business has the information it needs to comply with Americans with Disabilities Amendments Act.

What is the ADA?

The original Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) became law in 1990. It’s a civil rights law that doesn’t allow discrimination against anyone with physical or mental disabilities.

The law covers all areas of public life, including school, jobs, and transportation.

In 2008, the law was updated with the Americans with Disabilities Amendments Act. The most significant changes included updates to the definition of “disability.”

What is a Disability?

There are three main areas to consider when making accommodations for a person with a disability.

Someone falls under the definition of “disability” if:

  • He or she has a mental or physical impairment that significantly limits one or more major life activities
  • He or she has documentation of an impairment, or
  • He or she has a known impairment

A person can have any or all of these qualifications as a person with disabilities. But there is no requirement that a person shows proof of having a disability for protection through the disability act.

Who Must Comply?

The short answer is that any public place or employer with fifteen or more employees must comply with the ADA.

The American Disabilities Act is in place to make sure anyone with a disability has the same opportunities and rights as anyone else.

But what does it look like to make sure the opportunities are available? The details and case-by-case scenarios can get tricky.

Let’s look at a few major points for compliance within the five Titles of the ADA laws.

Title I Employment

Employers must provide a reasonable accommodation that helps any employees with a disability perform their job duties. This Title also applies to schools and colleges.

Accommodation includes:

  • Handicap access for your building and facilities
  • Providing a reader for a blind employer or student
  • Adjusting a workspace to help an employee.

Note the word “reasonable” comes with making these accommodations. An employer is not required to provide anything that causes an undue hardship on the business or on other employees.

“Undue hardship” includes significant expense depending on the size and financial resources of your business. But an employer must provide an accommodation even if there is some expense that doesn’t qualify as “undue hardship”.

To get an accommodation, an employee must ask for help. They’ll need to tell the employer the nature of the disability and what they need.

Title II State and Local Government

The government must also accommodate people with disabilities.

At events or facilities, government agencies must provide methods of communication for people with hearing, vision, or speech disabilities.

Agencies also cannot discriminate anyone from programs or activities due to a disability.

Title III Public Accommodations

Some businesses fall under Title III as well as Title I.

If you run a hotel, transportation company, museum, bank, library, or other similar institution open to the public, you must comply with the ADA.

Restaurants and shops fall into this category, too. Reasonable accommodations for Title III places include ADA-compliant signage.

Knowing exactly what you need and where to place it can be difficult. But help is available to determine the types of signs and factors for compliance for your business.

Image360 provides a simple guide to understanding the requirements for your business signage. Everything from braille specifics to signage height and location is important.

Title IV Telecommunications

For compliance under Title IV, internet and communication companies must provide a way for people with hearing or vision impairment to communicate using their resources.

For your business, make sure any employees with vision or hearing disabilities have equipment for using computers and phones.

Title V Miscellaneous Provisions

This last category is the catch-all for any business or entity that doesn’t fit neatly into any other category.

This Title also allows for the recovery of attorney’s fees in the event of a lawsuit. And Title V also notes that drug or alcohol abuse is not a disability.

Discrimination or Harassment

ADA-compliance is only one part of the American Disabilities Act when it comes to Title I and businesses. People with disabilities are also protected from discrimination and harassment under the ADA.

Discrimination includes:

  • Firing an employee or refusing a promotion solely based on a person’s disability
  • Assuming someone can’t perform job duties because of a disability
  • Refusing to hire someone with a disability who is otherwise qualified for the position

Harassment includes making disparaging remarks about or to a person with a disability.

Be sure your employee handbook includes a detailed anti-harassment policy. This protects your business and your employees, and it helps comply with the ADA.

Complaints

If an employee feels they are a victim of discrimination or harassment, their best course of action is filing a complaint with the EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission).

Since 2006, the ADA documents enforcement of violations for Titles I-V. The EEOC joins with other government agencies to investigate and enforce reports of discrimination in the workplace.

Protect Citizens Through The Americans with Disabilities Amendments Act

The Americans with Disabilities Amendments Act is in place to protect our citizens with disabilities.

Providing signage, accessibility, and other resources help make a business, school, or public area usable for everyone.

Don’t risk fines or punishment. Work to accommodate needs and create a positive office environment that your employees love.

Building a positive culture supports people with any ability or disability. Happy employees are the best employees.

Be a business that accommodates the best talent for each role, no matter their physical or mental abilities.

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