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Why Use a VPN? Here Are 5 Reasons for Bloggers

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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

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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

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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.

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Christopher Jan Benitez is a freelance writer for hire who provides actionable and useful web content to small businesses and startups. In his spare time, he religiously watches professional wrestling and finds solace in listening to '80s speed metal.

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  1. Ryan Biddulph

    September 21, 2018 at 10:48 am

    We have used VPNs for a minute dude. Especially being world travelers. From accessing censored sites to logging in to financially sensitive sites, definitely the way to go.

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Why the Secret of Successful Blogging May Surprise You

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I filmed a video earlier today.

I showed off some of my newfound flexibility due to doing deep yin yoga daily for over a year.

But the video explains a deeper blogging lesson.

This is the secret of blogging success guys. Said secret may surprise you. Or it may not, depending on where you are on your journey.

You can watch the video here.

You may look for shortcuts to blogging success. I did.

For years I figured if I worked harder and cut corners I would discover the secret, or magic bullet, yielding quick blogging success.

After falling flat on my face for years I finally uncovered the secret to successful blogging. Shocked me a bit. I waited to be featured on Oprah to get my big break. I swung for the fences. Turns out, blogging success finds those bloggers who do simple, seemingly tiny things daily.

I know this idea may shock you because you probably believe retweeting this blog post and publishing a comment on this post means little. But tagging me on Facebook and sharing this blog post – even though it seems like a tiny, insignificant action – leads to all types of exciting possibilities. Even if we do not make friends after the first time you share a guest post of mine, we may bond after you share a guestie of mine. Maybe I retweet your latest post to my 50,000 plus Twitter followers, in response to your kind share.

Guys; I retired to a life of island hopping through smart blogging because I:

  • retweeted blogger’s posts
  • commented patiently on blogs
  • published guest posts
  • published posts on Blogging From Paradise
  • broadcast live videos
  • published videos

for years.

Does this sound sexy? Not really. I love blogging. But engaging in simple actions over years gets boring sometimes.

Shocking, right? Didn’t you think I’d say being featured on Virgin led to stunning success? Fat chance. I got some pub and a nice branding boost but business was pretty much as usual after the appearance on Virgin.

My big blog traffic flows to Blogging From Paradise through little blogging actions I take daily. Big blogging success is a tabulation of tiny, seemingly insignificant actions that lead to huge success if you engage in these tiny actions over years of your life.

Floors most bloggers, who are too cool to comment on blogs or to promote other bloggers. You are dead in the blogging water if ego calls the shots because ego looks beyond the simple and humble blogging actions that build empires toward some big time, major league feature on major media outlets. You whiff 99.99% of the time and even if you score, business may increase but not to insane levels, in most cases.

Why?

Successful blogging is just year’s worth of tiny, simple actions, summed up, to create something eye-popping.

Publish a blog comment. Publish a blog post. Tap a retweet button. Feature a reader or blogger on your blog. Answer a question on Quora. These actions lead to something special if you generously engage in these activities for 5-7 days weekly over years of your life.

Successful blogging is hitting single after single, not swinging for the fences, trying to hit a home run every time. You will strike out most of the time. Even if you clear the fences and knock it out of the park, your success surge will be short lived.

Keep drilling those singles guys. Broadcast live on your Facebook Page. Help folks by answering a few questions on the Warrior Forum.

You probably didn’t think a guy could retire to a life of island hopping through these tiny actions but wow did they ever add up over time, leading to something awesome.

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How to Drive Huge Traffic to Your Blog

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Spend the next 5-7 years of your life helping people.

But first; learn blogging inside-out. Follow advice from a blogging mentor. Invest in a good blogging eBook. Invest in a blogging course.

BIG traffic numbers flow to:

  • persistent bloggers
  • generous bloggers
  • patient bloggers

Huge traffic numbers flow to bloggers after said bloggers rendered generous service for years. Short cuts do not exist in the blogging game.

24,000 Podcast Listens in 2 Days

My friend Alonzo Pichardo and I recorded a podcast on his channel.

We chatted about how to find the right online business for you.

This podcast has registered 24,000 listens in 2 days.

Listen to the podcast here.

How do you get 24,000 listens on your podcast over 2 days?

Spend 10 years of your life learning, serving and connecting.

Most bloggers never bother learning. Insane, right? Some learn but serve little, greedily wanting big money after publishing 2 blog posts. Other bloggers learn and serve but never network, building no friendships, struggling to drive traffic because no successful person does it solo.

There are a few bloggers like Alonzo and I who devote our lives to our blogs and businesses over a decade. No; not for a week. Nope; not for a month, or for 1 year, or 5 years. A decade. 10 years.

Alonzo built a huge following over that time by helping people. I built a decent-sized following over a decade too.

Alonzo and I built up the:

  • knowledge
  • confidence
  • skills

to be able to chat on blogging and internet marketing topics with ease over 30-60 minutes. 24,000 people or thousands of people registering 24,000 listens would not show up, listen and share this podcast if we did not have some serious skills and knowledge in discussing this topic.

These skills were developed over 10 years. We built our tribes over 10 years.

If you want huge blog traffic numbers you simply:

  • learn how to blog from pros
  • practice writing
  • create helpful content
  • build meaningful connections

for 6-7 days weekly, over the next 5-7 to 10 years of your life. Big numbers reflect generous, intelligent, persistent, focused efforts. Small numbers reflect stingy, unintelligent, impatient, unclear efforts.

Show Up Even When You Do Not Feel Like It

I recorded a video on Facebook today.

I discussed a core concept that leads to huge traffic numbers over the long haul.

You can watch the video here.

Successful bloggers who drive serious traffic show up daily. Even if their traffic numbers seem non-existent in the beginning, this crowd believes in themselves, generously helps people and keeps serving every day over years of their lives.

Struggling bloggers show up only a few times weekly or monthly because they publish posts and network only when they feel 100%. I am a happy dude. But I rarely feel 100%. No human does. My neck feels stiff. I feel tired. But I already created 6 pieces of content today at 3:07 PM. After I publish this blog post I will have created piece of content #7.

I direct all readers back to Blogging From Paradise through those 7 pieces of content. Can you see why I drive some pretty heady traffic numbers to my blog? I create and connect freely on a daily basis. Even when I do not feel like it.

If you want to help a bunch of folks and dream of big traffic numbers, begin helping people now. Do not worry about stats. Do not sweat outcomes. Help people by publishing posts to your blog. Promote other bloggers. Comment genuinely on blogs in your niche.

Help people daily for years. Do not stop helping when numbers do not seem to be rising. Do not panic. Believe in you.

See these mini lulls through. You too will drive big traffic to your blog.

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4 Successful Blogging Lessons Cats Teach You

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Cats seem to follow me all around the globe.

From Istanbul to Thailand, to Fiji to Bali, to Costa Rica to New York City, I find myself living with cats.

Kitties teach you 4 successful blogging lessons too.

Note; the featured image for this post is real. My wife Kelli and I stepped into a cage with three 400 pound tigers in Thailand. Legal in the Land of Smiles.

Bonus lesson; stepping into a cage with apex predators forces you to face deep fears, a good quality to develop if you want to habitually dive into deep blogging fears. Maybe we can devote an entire post to tiger versus tabby interactions on Blogging Tips down the road. Hold me to that guys.

Let’s dive into the lessons.

1: Go Slowly

Cats go slowly.

Never one to waste energy, kitties slowly and patiently stroll through the day. Predators need to conserve energy to be ready to pounce with one explosive leap.

Like cats, go slowly, my fellow bloggers. Take your time writing your next post. Relax. Slow down. Calm down. Keep going but understand this: blogging is a marathon, not a sprint.

2: Honor Creative Bursts

Cats seemingly explode into exercise bursts a few times daily. Usually at 4 AM as these nocturnal creatures honor their hunting instincts.

Successful bloggers mirror this trait. I create 7-10 pieces of new content daily between blog posts, guest posts, videos and sometimes podcasts too. Make hay while the sun shines. Or honor creative bursts when such periods arise.

Following tip 1 helps you follow this tip. I find most bloggers to be completely burned out because most sprint and run out of energy versus taking the marathon approach. When you do go slow and steady these short, hyper creative bursts find you more frequently. Neat how it works.

3: Get Your Sleep

I watch Barnaby sleep like a baby now. He is good for hours of napping and sleeping daily.

I saw cats in Fiji sleep 18 hours or more daily. Jet lag forced me awake for a 28 hour period and I swear these cats slept a good 18-20 hours during this stretch.

Successful, energetic bloggers get ample sleep daily. Recharges the battery. Keeps you on point, too.

Folks wonder how I find the energy to create and connect as much as I do. Easy; I rest sufficiently every single day, never bothering to leave my bed until 8 hours have passed. This morning I woke at 7 AM but stayed in bed until 8 AM because 8 hours had not elapsed from beddy-bye time. Being well-rested helps me remain completely energized during my blogging work day.

4: Patiently Wait for Opportunities to Arise

Have you ever observed a house cat – or wild cat – stalk its prey?

Cats patiently wait in stealth mode before pouncing.

My cats at home wait for 10 or 20 minutes beside windows, tails flaring, muscles flexing, focused on chipmunks or squirrels in the yard. Even though my kitties cannot blast through the window and make the kill these kitties display the same immense patience exhibited by big cats like lions and tigers.

As you proceed slowly and steadily, resting amply but honoring your creative bursts, patiently waiting for opportunities like:

  • ideal clients
  • ideal customers
  • interviews on high profile blogs
  • profitable partnerships

positions you to be a super successful blogger.

Most bloggers impatiently chase opportunities and successful bloggers, repelling good things and awesome people with their desperation.

Successful bloggers work peacefully and allow opportunities to flow their way.

Years passed before I landed features on Fox News, Virgin, Entrepreneur and Forbes. Such is the case for every seasoned, veteran blogger. Patience is the name of the blogging game.

Wrap Up

Learn sweet blogging lessons from your feline friends.

Avoid a blogging cat-astrophe down the road.

 

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