[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”

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 …

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Are You Serious About Blogging?

 

Do you know what is the biggest secret to growing Your Blog to thousands of adoring readers who follow every word you publish?

Would you like to know?

Let me be blunt: there are very few people in the world who can tell you.

The vast majority of so-called A-listers are bright but otherwise normal people who were in the right place, writing about the right things, at the right time.

Many of them pay thousands and thousands of dollars on advertising.

Why would they pay such outrageous fees?

Because they stumbled into popularity. Because they realize they got lucky, and they are desperate to seize the opportunity before it slips away from them. Little do they know, that we always make our own luck.

I turned this blog into one of the most popular blogs on WordPress to date. I did it by studying from all the great bloggers before me, I did it by implementing the advice that most suited my needs, and discarding the rest.

Through trial and error, I figured things out.

I’ll let you in on a little secret: stop messing around with blogs in your spare time. Instead, look at this like a career and get serious about mastering your craft.

“WHAT?! No magic traffic or monetization tricks?”

Continue reading “Are You Serious About Blogging?”

90 Super Easy Tips That Will Turn Even a Novice Blogger into an Expert

It always sucks being the new guy. It always sucks to start something new, to have no idea what needs to be done.

And the truth is that, most times, the advice that is out there on the web is kind of confusing.

Which advice do you follow?

That’s why I am going to offer you some real simple tips. Ninety of them.

Super easy. Super cool. Super useful. Especially if you’re a novice, struggling with readers, with staying consistent, with everything. Continue reading “90 Super Easy Tips That Will Turn Even a Novice Blogger into an Expert”

Book Your One-On-One Session Today!

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“As a blogger who’s relatively new to the scene, Cristian’s one-on-one session was money well spent. He was very easy to talk to and he offers so much practical advice that’s also tailored to your individual needs. Just his initial feedback alone gave me so much insight into where I could improve, and by the end of the Skype session, I was fired up and excited to put everything into practice. When and where I’ve applied his advice, I’ve seen results with my blog. Definitely a good investment!” – Becca Saf, Words and Other Malarky

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?

One-On-One Session

$99.00

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 $99.99. It will stay like this until tomorrow morning, so you’d better hurry.

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 book your one-on-one session and Skype call with me.

One-On-One Session

$99.00

Do You Want to Be a Prolific Blogger? Here’s How

I did a bit of counting today: this year I wrote 318 blog posts on this blog, 234 blog posts on my main blog,  plus 373 posts on irevuo, for a total of 925 posts.

Granted, let’s say half of those are reposts, advertising, or not that long to be considered actual writing, like Quote of the Day on irevuo.

Still, I wrote over three hundred and fifty blog posts across eleven months. On average, that’s more than one blog posts per day. I also wrote and released a book on blogging, wrote a few chapters from some of my fiction projects, and a couple of short stories.

Oh, and the emails and comments. Never underestimate the amount of keys one has to punch in other to reply to thousands of e-mails and comments every week.

The stats say I’m prolific, but this doesn’t mean I spend most of my time writing posts.

Actually, I think you’d be surprised by how much time I actually spend writing. It’s just not as much as you’d think.

This is why I am writing this post. Because there are a few strategies that I employ to write as fast as possible.

Because the truth is that writing blog posts is something you can do with ease, as long as you approach the process in a certain way. Continue reading “Do You Want to Be a Prolific Blogger? Here’s How”

Top 10 Persuasive Writing Techniques

Admit it. You write because you want to convince your readers to do something or agree with your point of view. Or maybe you want them to be inspired by your words, to apply your teachings and principles, to act on your ideas.

Don’t want to admit it? Okay. This is not an interrogation. I’ll move on then.

Persuasion is the ability to present a certain situation as being beneficial to both parties. You make someone an offer they can’t refuse. Not in a Godfather sense of the way though.

Yes, you need to work at making the other understand that a good deal is being offered.

Weird, right?

And, yes, there are techniques that can help you create a more compelling case.

Here are the ten best persuasive writing techniques.

Prepare for… WORLD DOMINATION! Continue reading “Top 10 Persuasive Writing Techniques”

Are You a Brave Blogger?

What does it take to be a leader in your niche?

Bravery.

You need the guts to alienate the wrong people in order to resonate with the right people. You need to stick to your convictions when people tell you you’re wrong.

Blogging in order to please everyone is a recipe for failure. Your success will be determined by how much you believe in your vision. Think about it… if your audience is more qualified to write your blog than you are, why should they read your words? Continue reading “Are You a Brave Blogger?”

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.

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[Blogging Mindset] Take Your Time

Have you ever stumbled upon someone’s blog and after reading a few posts ended up wishing your own blog had content that good?

Have you ever read a piece that was so wonderfully written that it made you feel like an amateur?

Now for the big questions:

  • Why aren’t you writing content that good?
  • Why isn’t your content profound?
  • Why can’t you write thought-provoking content that will send your blog to the stratosphere?

Are you satisfied just to shake it a little instead? Continue reading “[Blogging Mindset] Take Your Time”