22nd of April, 2012. Constanta, Romania.
A date and a place. A scrawny kid decided to start a blog. A date that is forever tattooed on this kid’s arm. He decided to write for an audience, even if he knew nothing about finding one.
It all seemed… difficult. Impossible. Like a dream from another life.
Yet he punched those damn keys every single day. Who am I kidding? He was writing with the equivalent confidence of someone whose voice is shaking.
He did not give up.
Even when he got 500 views during his first month of blogging. His total income amounted to $1.05 before taxes.
He kept writing, even though doubt would creep into his soul on his most lonely nights.
He kept blogging, writing about art, about books, about the things that inspired him, that set his soul on fire.
He knew one thing and one thing only: that he’d promised himself to never, ever give up. No matter what. He’d keep on writing, even if it killed him. Why? Because giving up on this dream would surely do.
What if I were to tell you that I’m going to post a tutorial every two weeks? The kind of content that you don’t usually get to read. Better in every way. The kind of content that can give you a clear edge when it comes to blogging.
Maybe this sounds fancy, but it’s true.
Tell me if this has ever happened to you: it’s Monday morning, and you’re ready to get some writing down. In your head, you’re already publishing an epic blog post.
But then you sit at your desk. That damn blank draft of doom; the words are stubborn, the muse shy.
Can’t find the time(and/or energy) to write at least a blog post every week? Does blogging feel like a chore from hell?
The “secret” to being consistent is much simpler than you might think.
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The Bitter-Sweet Truth About “Traffic”
Instead of writing a prologue that would start with some story from my early blogging days, or some witty anecdotes, like the one about the Buddhist monks and the woman, I thought that we could both save some time and dive right into the biggest issue when it comes to blogging.
I hate this word. I truly do. Traffic, SEO, statistics, and a bunch of other technological terms that make blogging feel like the sort of stuff robots are clearly going to be so much better than us at.
But my blog is called The Art of Blogging, and thus I strenuously believe there’s an art to blogging, which also means that there’s a human element, and this element is destroyed when we add such images…
Oh, wait. That is not so bad. It shows a map of the world. A place inhabited by actual human beings, not numbers upon numbers that we call “traffic.”
That’s the issue. That traffic means so little for us. We cannot comprehend what those numbers mean. We must force ourselves to feel what they mean: the 883,985th person from the United States that visited my blog did so on the last day of the year.
This means that they probably didn’t have much to do. Or maybe they were at a party, but it was boring, so they were just wasting time, surfing the web on their smartphones.
But the truth is that they are a person. An actual person. Like you and me. And this makes blogging an art. And this is why I absolutely loathe the word “traffic.”
Also, there’s this one other thing that makes matters worse: 99% of the advice you find on the web about increasing traffic is useless.
Want to know how I know?
Because I never used that advice to build any of my three blogs, and they’ve received millions of page views just fine.
Also, if I thought some piece of advice was worth acting upon, I did act upon it. And let me tell you… the vast majority of the advice that’s out there… doesn’t work.
You know what works every single time?
If you do the work, if you invest your time into writing blog posts that add value and make people want to share them, and if you promote your content properly, you will get traffic, and eventually maybe even make some money out of it.
What if I were to tell you that you can also:
- download tutorials (there are seven so far, with 2 more being released every month):TUTORIAL: How Do Blog Posts Go Viral?TUTORIAL: The Art of Crafting a Brilliant Headline
TUTORIAL: How To Write a Fantastic Blog Post per Week
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Commenting on Other Blogs: What Works, What Doesn’t
- access to e-books:
- Ideas: The Ultimate Guide to InspirationThe Ultimate Blogging Checklist
- read certain blog posts before they get published here
- message me
How much would you pay for all this? On a monthly basis?
I can’t read minds. Yet. But I can tell you that you thought of more than what I thought about.
Because all this costs $4 per month. That is it.
Yes. Four dollars per month for all of that.
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