How to Write a Great Blog Post: A Beginner’s Guide

There are more blogs in existence than ever, yet more and more people are seduced by the idea of sharing their thoughts and ideas with the rest of the world.

As a matter of fact, it does seem as if there’s a war out there. Everyone is fighting for attention, there are so many things to learn and master. So many social networks, marketing techniques. There’s even an awful lot of content on blogging itself, which makes it even more frustrating.

How do you write a great blog post?

I wouldn’t be asking if I didn’t know the answer. Or would I …

Continue reading “How to Write a Great Blog Post: A Beginner’s Guide”

What They Never Tell You About Blogging

Blogging isn’t what it used to be. It’s not exactly dead, it’s not dying, it’s just… different.

When I started blogging seven years ago, all you had to do was create a blog, share some decent content, be consistent, and you’d attract readers and comments.

And you’d be making some money too. Maybe even afford to become a full-time blogger if you managed to build a community of folks who were passionate about your content.

But now… things are different. Now, there are hundreds of thousands of blogs out there for every topic imaginable.

Stuff got complicated. We didn’t even have half of these words back when I first started blogging: webinars, landing pages, sales funnels, SEO, copywriting…

Heck, we didn’t even care much about headlines, intros, and formatting our damn blog posts properly. Just read this old post of mine on “blogging:” 3,647 likes, 508 comments, and all that as a reward for delivering some mediocre advice…

Nowadays, even with all this expert advice, even with all the e-courses and mentorships and books and tutorials, people are having a hard time.

Want to know why?

Because there are some things that no one ever tells you about blogging.

But I am going to.

So, if you want to make it in this brave new world, read on.

Continue reading “What They Never Tell You About Blogging”

[Blogging Mindset] Never, Ever, Ever Give Up

“What saves a man is to take a step. Then another step.”  —  C.S. Lewis

When asked how he writes so fast, Stephen King answered, “One word at a time.”

This is the kind of answer that no one believes in. And the fact that there’s an abundance of related cliches doesn’t help either.

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Or something like that. The Great Wall of China was built by laying one brick after another.

It is not the mountains to conquer that make you give up, but rather the pebble in your shoe.

All cliches. Terrible, terrible cliches that we can’t help but fear and loathe at the same time.

Want to know why?

Because they are so damn true. Continue reading “[Blogging Mindset] Never, Ever, Ever Give Up”

Book Your One-On-One Session

 

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I’m not going to write one of those heavily edited, full of self-praise blog posts that are supposed to coerce you to purchase something from me.

Nah.

I’m just going to tell you that I’d love to work with you on an one-on-one basis. Nothing too fancy: I take a look at your blog, read your articles, then offer you an initial feedback that covers everything, from the visual layout of your blog to the headlines, intros, and the way you use(or don’t use) social media to your advantage.

Next, we’ll schedule a nice one hour long Skype chat (or the social media platform of your choice) in which I answer any of your questions and provide you with a framework upon which you can build and expand your blog.

How does that sound?

I think it’s rather fun, especially considering that you’ll get a ton of value, have a few laughs here and there, and learn that the most important things about blogging where quite obvious, but you were choosing to ignore them.

Oh, and did I mention the laughs?

Yeah.

Right now, a One-On-One Session costs $149.99 $59.99. It will stay like this until tomorrow morning, so you’d better hurry.

Save 60%. That’s insane. Quite the discount.

If you want to take your blog to the next level, if you want to start this new blogging year by working together on a plan of action, then click here to book your one-on-one session and Skype call with me.

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Nobody Gives a Damn How Many Followers You’ve Got

Apparently it’s easy to get zillions of subscribers to your blog – Just follow a few simple steps, work hard, and write good stuff.

I know this, because there are a ton of pro-blogging sites which are eager to dispense the wisdom of their own success whilst making you feel inferior for having less than 20,000 subscribers.

Unfortunately for many of us, the promise of multiple thousands of subscribers is unrealistic no matter how hard we try – sometimes because we work in less popular niches, sometimes because we just don’t have the available time, and sometimes because we just don’t have that magic mix of talent and luck.

Ultimately this leads to frequent disappointment among bloggers.

But the bitter truth is that blogging is not a hobby or a profession for those without perseverance. Continue reading “Nobody Gives a Damn How Many Followers You’ve Got”

Is This YOU?

 

Is this YOU?

Writing has always been one of your passions. You decided to start a blog, to share your thoughts and ideas with the world. You poured your heart and soul into every post, did the very best you could… only to be COMPLETELY IGNORED.

No comments, no shares, no feedback whatsoever. The bottom of the ocean has seen more life.

Maybe no one was around, you think. You write post after post, decide that perseverance and patience will bring you the readers you deserve.

But no. Months go by, you gain a couple followers, maybe receive a comment or two.

What to do? How to go about it?

No one’s reading your blog…
EVEN THOUGH YOU’RE DOING YOUR BEST.

Meanwhile, other bloggers seem to be having the time of their lives, putting out awesome content, connecting with amazing people from all over the world, building communities around their ideas.

It’s really not fair, because you’ve actually put in WORK into this blogging thing. You’ve seen others  be successful, so you know it’s possible… but for some reason, you can’t even get a couple COMMENTS.

At this point, even a “hater” would be something you’d appreciate, because at least then they’d be acknowledging your online existence. Right now, and for all intents and purposes, you’re invisible.

WHAT IF I TOLD YOU I CAN TAKE YOU FROM ZERO TO FIVE THOUSAND FOLLOWERS IN SIX MONTHS …

This is the best program I have ever designed.
This is the program to put an END to the constant lack of feedback.

Imagine having five thousand people read your blog.

Can you imagine what your life would be like if you could get five thousand people read your blog? Regardless of how “beginner” or ” advanced” you are? How fulfilled you would be? How relaxed you would be? How happy would you be?

I have been blogging for six years now, making this blog into one of the most popular blogs on WordPress. I managed to take irevuo from a few hundred subscribers to over 5,000 in less than six months.

I have created this program packed with traffic building tips and tricks:

  • The best ways to create engaging content that makes it impossible for readers not to comment on.
  • The best ways to network with fellow bloggers and create connections that will prove to be helpful along the way.
  • The very, very best ways to use social media to your advantage, to boost the reach of your posts.

This program is literally the closest thing to “magically boost your traffic” that you are going to find, EVER!

THE 0 to 5K PROGRAM IS FOR YOU IF…

  • You’re struggling to gain readers
  • You seldom receive any comments on your posts…
  • You want to create a community around your blog…
  • You want to learn how to tell a compelling story
  • You want to blog like a boss
  • You want a big smile on your face every time you check your WordPress Stats

Well, this is the program for you then.

Six months of receiving feedback and pointers from me, on anything from the visual layout to the content. I’ll be offering you tips and tricks on:

  1. headlines
  2. introductions
  3. how to end your posts with a bang
  4. how to be a master storyteller
  5. how to use social media to your advantage
  6. how to network with fellow bloggers

And more importantly than all, HOW TO FEEL LIKE A PROPER BLOGSTAR.

If you want to take your blog into the blogging stratosphere, this is the right program for you.

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At this price, considering what I am offering, this is a bargain.

My blogging friends said I was crazy to offer this for such a low price. But, yes, I am going to help you grow your blog to 5K WordPress Followers in 6 months.

But, Cristian, what happens if you don’t?

A Money-Back Guarantee, that’s what happens. If you complete the six month program and do not increase your audience by at least five thousand new readers, you will receive a full refund.

So, what are you waiting?

The 0 to 5K Program is available on my e-store here.

[Blogging Mindset] Emotions

It is said that it’s not the strongest fighter who wins the fight. Nor is it the one who trained the most or has the most experience.

It’s always the one who believes he can win more than the other guy. That’s it.

We like to believe in the opposite. We can measure a lot about a person, but we can never measure heart. Want. Desire. Passion.

How much soul you put into your words. Continue reading “[Blogging Mindset] Emotions”

Today, Not Tomorrow

One of the biggest mistakes when it comes to blogging is Procrastination. With a capital P.

Folks thinking they’ll take blogging seriously TOMORROW.

Take action TOMORROW.

Or a week from now.

Or next year.

I’ll be honest with you. That kind of mentality is absolutely guaranteed to fail.

I see bloggers stagnate for years and it’s almost always a result of simply put, not taking enough action…usually combined with taking WRONG action based on awful advice.

It’s a vicious cycle.

But one that you can choose to end … if you want it badly enough.

Ready to finally choose success?

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it’s now $299

THE 0 to 5K PROGRAM IS FOR YOU IF…

  • You’re struggling to gain readers
  • You seldom receive any comments on your posts…
  • You want to create a community around your blog…
  • You want to learn how to tell a compelling story
  • You want to blog like a boss
  • You want a big smile on your face every time you check your WordPress Stats

Well, this is the program for you then.

Six months of receiving feedback and pointers from me, on anything from the visual layout to the content. I’ll be offering you tips and tricks on:

  1. headlines
  2. introductions
  3. how to end your posts with a bang
  4. how to be a master storyteller
  5. how to use social media to your advantage
  6. how to network with fellow bloggers

And more importantly than all, HOW TO FEEL LIKE A PROPER BLOGSTAR.

If you want to take your blog into the blogging stratosphere, this is the right program for you.

A 50% discount. That’s insane.

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299 bucks for a one-on-one, six months long, filled with advice, ideas, plans program with me.

Can’t get better than this.

Receive the kind of content that I do not share on this blog. Highly specific, incredibly detailed content that will help you take your blogging to a new level.

Today, not tomorrow.

Do not wait for tomorrow, do not vacation on Someday Isle.

It’s now or never.

Hurry before someone else decides to act and purchase the last spot, and you’ll be left wishing for someday.

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First of all, I have a gift for you.

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This tutorial is absolutely free. 17 pages of tips, tricks, and strategies to grow your blog,

Useful stuff.

Also, I’d like to tell you that I am selling one last spot in The 0  to 5K Program.

 

 

One spot. That is it.

Until I finish work with some of my other clients, that is.

Here’s a step-by-step of what’s going to happen once you enroll:

  1. You purchase the program from my e-store here.
  2. We get in touch via e-mail.
  3. I’ll ask you to tell me about yourself, your blogging goals, and possibly for some of your best blog posts (the ones your most proud of.)
  4. I’ll get to work, reading your blog and writing a detailed initial feedback. This is an analysis of your blog, the visual layout, your headlines, introductions, social media, everything. EVERYTHING.
  5. I’ll send you that initial feedback.
  6. We’ll schedule our first Skype chat, so we can get to know one another, you get to ask questions, and I’ll tell you a few tips and tricks that I don’t usually share on this blog.
  7. Homework. There’s always stuff to do.
  8. I’ll provide you with a game plan, a strategy to help you reach 5,000 new readers in six months.
  9. Schedule another Skype chat every 2 weeks
  10. You get to ask me any questions, whenever you need to.

The 0 to 5K Program is designed to help you take your blogging to a new level. As simple as that.

It’s a one-on-one coaching program. There are no courses, no watered down content, no tutorials.

It’s me and you, working together to build you a blog (and an audience) you can be proud of.

So… what do you say?

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Don’t Have Enough Time for Your Blog?

Legend says that lack of time is the number one cause for headaches. So if you’re feeling this pressure too, rest assured that you’re not alone.

But lack of time does not have to be an excuse for a lack of progress on your blog.

You Say “I Don’t Have Enough Time” I Hear…

Truth be told, most of us experience this feeling of scarcity when it comes to time. There’s so much too do, and only twenty four hours in a day.

But if you’d be honest with yourself, you’d also admit that you do not spend every hour of your time wisely.

How much time do you waste on social media every day? Netflix and chill? Funny cat videos?

So what’s really going on? Is time enough or not?

In reality, “I don’t have enough time” is often just the label we give something else:

Uncertainty.

When you’re not sure whether pursuing an activity will be time well spent, that uncertainty manifests itself as a desire to avoid it by all means necessary.

Hence, procrastination.

Imagine someone would assure you that if you spent two hours a day on your blog, writing posts, engaging with your readers, optimizing their experience, enrolling in courses and programs, all that would lead to wild success.

Would you somehow make time? Would you find a way?

I guess we both know the answer to that question.

But since you do not have that kind of certainty, you ask yourself all sorts of silly questions:

Does anyone care about my topic?

Do I have the right strategy?

Will blogging ever work for me?

And these are all valid questions.

But here’s the mind blowing truth:

Nothing is certain.

People who become successful in any given field, who try new things, who challenge the status quo, they all had to embrace uncertainty.

Binge watching a TV show on Netflix is so damn easy because you know you’ll receive the expected result. The plot will thicken, characters will develop, and it will be an entertaining ride.

There’s not even much work on your part.

But in real life, there are few things worth doing that come with a guaranteed result.

For example, I could give you the exact steps required to create a successful blog in your chosen niche, and you’d still feel uncertain.

You’d ask yourself if those are the truly correct steps to take, if you are capable of executing them. And lots and lots of other ifs.

As a rule of life, we’re very good at resisting useful knowledge.

Instead of certainty, you need clarity.

Many bloggers would benefit greatly if they could answer questions like these:

Who is my target audience?
What are their desires, goals, fears and frustrations?
How will I get them to visit my blog?

But clarity requires a lot of mental energy. You need to think, to do your research, to try different methods.

Hmmm…

Aren’t these the things that we never, ever have “enough time” for?

Writers procrastinate because the act of writing is inherently uncertain. Especially if you do not know the entire plot of a story or novel.

There’s also a curious paradox here: if you, somehow, managed to be certain of any given outcome, odds are about 50-50 that you’ll actually act.

If you are absolutely certain you’ll be successful, what’s stopping you for postponing the actions that will bring you success?

If you knew you could live forever, you’d still try to make the most out of your days? Would it matter?

So, instead of clarity, it’s something else that motivates people enough to make time for what they want to do.

A WHY.

A motive.

What is your why?

Why do you do what you do?

Why do you want to blog? What are you trying to achieve?

A powerful why sets your soul on fire and helps you push through your uncertainty to emerge on the other side triumphant.

Know Your “Why”

Why do you blog?

For the traffic? To earn the respect and admiration of others? To inspire? To make money? To become a full-time creative? To use it as a platform to sell books?

You need to know why you do what you do, because when the going gets tough, which it often does, this is what keeps you going.

And that’s the reason you’ll find it tough to work out the who, where, what and how of your own blog until you’ve become clear on the why.

Because the clearer you get on your motive for blogging, and what success would actually look and feel like, the easier it is to find time to take action.

How to Know Your Why

If someone asks you why you blog (or why you want to), what do you answer?

Is it a muttered explanation about wanting to help people, or being a writer, or making a little money on the side?

Or perhaps it’s just an awkward shrug?

Yeah, the issue is that most people don’t know their why. It’s all fuzzy, which inevitably leads to not being able to fully commit.

Until you know with absolute clarity why you’re blogging, you’ll never find enough time to blog.

So how can you find clarity?

The first step is to define what a successful blog looks like to you. Now it’s the time to use your imagination and be as specific as possible.

How many readers do you have?
What kind of relationships have you developed with your readers?

Build the most vivid picture you can. Imagine that glorious number of followers, opening fan mail for breakfast. Imagine how people from half a world away become your friends.

And when the picture is complete, you’re ready to ask the most important question of all.

What does your successful blog enable you to do?

Maybe it means you can quit a job you hate and gain more freedom.

Maybe you can visit new countries while running a virtual business.

Maybe you can finally write full-time because your blog has become the platform you needed to sell your books.

That’s your why. That’s your motive. That’s the reason you can find time where previously you thought there was none.

Know your why, and you’ll overcome uncertainty.

“Not Enough Time”

Figure out your why. Do it now. Ask yourself the serious question.

Why do you want o blog?

If you cannot come up with a strong enough why, then you should probably accept that to you blogging is just a casual interest, not a serious pursuit, which means you should also stop beating yourself up and wishing you had more time to blog.

If you cannot see your blog changing your life in a major way, then it will be difficult to make time for it.

Get to work on figuring out your why. Right now. Don’t worry, Netflix isn’t going anywhere…

I’m sure you’re curious as to what’s my why when it comes to blogging. I have several of them.

I love writing. I do. I love writing words, stories, to share my thoughts, experiences, ideas.
I love to inspire and motivate people. And this is something I discovered after a couple years of blogging, when my posts became a lot more personal, and more motivational in nature.
It’s my main online platform, which means that it is also my primary source of income. Money is a good enough motivator, especially if you don’t want to starve to death.

Another example is related to writing fiction, which is something I rarely do anymore. I got discouraged because of the work it took to write, edit, and properly format books, and the uncertainty of whether or not the books will sell. My why wasn’t strong enough to overcome this fear, and thus I’d give up even before sitting down at my desk to write.

This is what a weak why does to you: you give up before you even start. You pretend to be working hard, when you’re not. There’s no reason for you to do so, if there are no rewards for you in the future.

No person is crazy enough to invest time and energy into something without expecting anything in return, be it appreciation, respect, or money.

That’s why 95% of bloggers quit after a few months of never receiving any kind of feedback, positive or negative. Their why isn’t strong enough to help them overcome the lack of rewards.

Are You Willing to Invest $9.99 in Your Blog?

Return on investment (ROI). A performance measure used by businesses to figure out the efficiency of a certain investment…

In other words, was it worth it?

Also, this means that you’ve got invest something in order to get something out.

Action and reaction.

And the truth is that blogging is just like that.

If you think you can do well without investing in your blog, you’re lying to yourself, and this has grave consequences.

Whether it’s time, energy, or money, you need to invest in your blog, if you want to get readers, influence people, have your words read.

Well, I can help you with your blogging journey.

The price?

$9.99.

Yup.

What do you get for that kind of money?

Well…this…

The Art of Blogging e-book.

A lot of great content that will help you on your way to becoming a blogging superstar.

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So, are you willing to invest $9.99?

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The Art of Blogging: The E-Book

It’s frustrating, isn’t it? Sometimes even downright discouraging.

You have so many ideas you want to share with the world. So many things you want to say. So much you want to try.

But your job is demanding. You’re constantly juggling family schedules and obligations. You’re always heading off annoying interruptions.

You wonder if you’ll ever be able to make blogging a permanent part of your life.

You want to get your work out there, but at the same time you’re not an idealist.

You love writing, but it’s not just about self-expression for you.

You don’t need to be a unique snowflake who makes every word trumpet from the heavens so that unicorns prance down on Earth.

You just want to create something you can be proud of.

To finish something you start.

To see some results for a change.

You want to live life on your own terms and change the lives of others — and you know you could do it… if only you knew how.

There’s got to be an art to it, right? There’s got to be some secrets that few are willing to share with the world, some sort of trick that allows you to turn off your phone, sit down at your desk, and produce thousands upon thousands of words. Continue reading “The Art of Blogging: The E-Book”

[Blogging Mindset] Are You The Next Blogstar?

When I started my main blog back in 2012 I knew one thing and one thing only: I would never give up.

No matter what.

I thought that I’d better die trying than live with the regret that I could have, yet I was too scared and didn’t.

While the tactics and tips and tricks that make the basis of many articles on this blog are helpful, the bottom line always comes down to the work. Continue reading “[Blogging Mindset] Are You The Next Blogstar?”