Your Guide to Becoming Famous Online

Odds are, no one knows who you are. And more than likely, they never will.

How can I say that with such authority? Easy.

There are millions and millions of blogs out there.

That’s a lot of noise, a lot of competition.

Lucky you, I’m more than happy to share my 10-step path to dominating online obscurity once and for all …

1. Give stuff for free

If you’re an up-and-coming blogger, your problem online isn’t about money.

It’s about visibility. Rather, your lack of it.

Giving stuff for free is the best way to show others what you’re all about, persuade readers to spread your work, and reach more people than writing cute blog posts aimed at pleasing the SEO gods.

2. Guest blog

Writing guest blogs is all about mindset.When you start out as a blogger, your tendency is to keep the best stuff for your own blog — and send out the half-backed mediocre work to others.

My suggestion to you is to offer your best writing to others. Yup. Whenever you write a blog post you’re really proud of, send it out to a blogger who has double or even triple the readers you have.

3. Dominate the comments section [of popular blogs]

Yes, it’s time consuming. And you’re not alone if you’ve experienced it. I’ve fought this inner battle before: I don’t have time to leave comments on other people’s websites.

Truth is, you can’t afford NOT to interact with your fellow bloggers, especially the ones who are the big fish in your own pond.

But let me warn you: It’s not as simple as “Hey, nice article” one hundred times a day. If you want to build rapport with the most popular bloggers in your niche, grab a few of their readers while you’re at it, then it’s necessary that you leave thought-provoking comments.

And ALWAYS ask questions.

Online influencers lead the conversation with questions. You do the same.

4. Promote other people to promote yourself

It was Zig Ziglar who said that you can have everything you want in life, if you will just help enough other people get what they want.

Yes, I admit. 99% of people are self-centered, stuck on auto-pilot, on low-vibration, operating out of scarcity.

And, paradoxically, this is why you have to fight this mode and use higher brain functions to find folks who are doing wonderful things and share their work with the world.

Write blogs that showcase their work. Spread their work on social media. Interview them on your blog.

5. Go Social.

Maybe you don’t like it, maybe you think it’s the devil’s… whatever… you need to use social media not only to interact with people, find new readers for your blog, but also to make friends with them in different circumstances.

And to do the following: show them a different side of you. Of your blog.

6. Use different platforms/media

Think Atticus. His success is on Instagram, in the real of micro-poetry or whatever two sentences that rhyme is called.

Someone else might dominate Twitter, while a lot of us don’t really.

Maybe you’ll find you’re great at recording videos. Taking great photographs. Interviewing folks.

Who knows?

Maybe a podcast.

The thing is… don’t stick just to blogging. Try different things, different platforms.

From Medium to Wattpad to sharing GIFs on Tumblr…

You never know.

7. You have to think like there’s no box

Don’t just think outside the box and improvise in a rather conventional manner. Think like there’s no box at all.

There are no rules, only suggestions.

Impossible is not a truth, but rather a dare.

What can you do that will make you and your blog stand out? Think unique, useful, urgent and ultra-specific.

There is a tendency to think “build the blog and they will come.” The sad truth is we are all are in a big pond. And we are all small fish.

You need guts if you are to dominate even a small bit of this impossibly large online world. Think big. And then think bigger.

And then be fearless and go find your readers as if your life depends on it…

Come think of it, it kind of does. Your online one anyway.


34 thoughts on “Your Guide to Becoming Famous Online

      1. oh no! I’ve read about that…the afraid to publish hoarders, lol. I guess I just feel like when I’m writing, I’m writing to my personal audience and it’s part of my story. I often go back on my blog and read over my story to see how far I’ve come or how much has changed. So to publish it elsewhere means it’s missing from my timeline. I’m actually trying to purposefully write something that isn’t that personal so I can let go of instead of being like “mine mine mine!”

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  1. Hi Cristian,

    Great informative and encouraging post as always! You’ve mentioned guest blogs and interviewing fellow bloggers in several posts already so you’ve got me thinking.

    Guest Blogging: Do you mean reblogs? Or actually having other bloggers write a piece specifically for your blog?

    Interviews: I’ve actually been thinking about this one for quite some time, but I don’t know how to go about it. Do you recommend just emailing the bloggers or is there a better way to go about it? Thanks!!

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    1. Not reblogs. Actually writing content for them to post in exchange for a mention and a links to your blog.

      About interviews… Well, you could do that, or you could work on building rapport with them first. You know, so you’re not a complete stranger. Read their blogs, comment, stuff like that. So they know who you are and they like you.

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  2. Oh, it’s the other way around. Writing a piece for other bloggers to post on their blog. Gotcha. Is this pretty standard practice for bloggers?

    Yes, totally agree on that one. I was thinking some bloggers that I’ve already connected with. I just didn’t know how go about it because there is no chat or something of the sort to communicate with other bloggers privately. I really appreciate your time 😀

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  3. Not exactly trying to become famous but ive naturally done some of these and its worked a bit 🙂
    Other Social Media and friends have contributed the most. Facebook, Deviantart and I have a YouTube. More exposure the better!

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  4. Nice article, Cristian!

    No, that’s some serious good advice. I don’t know about becoming famous on TV, but damn sure I’m not going to get anyone to think what I have to say is worth reading if I’m just one out of millions writing blog entries about what I did today, and here’s a photo of my lunch on Facebook

    This has been a strange and kind of scary week for me, uploading a story to Amazon, setting up an author page, doing a bunch of things that are way outside my normal life.

    But writing more stories is what it’s all about. If I don’t publish more, what is there to have a presence on social media *for*?

    How do I work out a balance?


    1. Tricky question. Life in general feels like walking on tightrope.

      Now, the thing is, you must prioritize. Figure out what is most important to you, what is most enjoyable, and do those things, while also making it a goal to never neglect the other aspects. Social media is important, so is blogging, so is catering to your audience, figuring out who those readers are.

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  5. I’m so excited about an idea I’ve got for a freebie!

    Per writing guest posts, I did that for a very large blog and I felt like I didn’t get much out of it. I’m thinking because their readers are not as engaged? I ended up reposting the article on my blog. Is this good or bad practice?

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  6. Great advice as always, had to re blog. However I built my blog to put myself out there as a writer, but I was writing about 2 books (none are finished) and I removed them from wattpad because I was told it would be safer to build my name first and then offer the content, you know, just in case they were plagiarised

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    1. Who told you that?

      Being plagiarized shouldn’t be much of your concern. You either write great stuff, or you don’t.

      Being selfish with your words and stories and ideas is not the way to go.


  7. Amazing advice, I am very new to the blogging community and will definitely be noting down some tips you’ve given. The main concept I’ve gotten from this is to really PUT yourself out there by showcasing others and being generous. Prove your worth, thanks for the reminder !

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  8. Hi Christian,

    I really like the part about pushing the social side of social media.
    What do you think about creating meme’s as a way to engage audience? I see some people on Instagram do exclusively meme’s and wonder if this is a good way to attract readers.

    Sharing, thanks!

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