What does it take to be a leader in your niche?
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?”
Let me know if this has ever happened to you: after sitting at your desk for what seems like hours, writing and rewriting, trying to communicate an idea, it downs on you that you’re feeling a bit… lost.
You write a paragraph, only to decide that’s not what you really want to say. So then you rewrite it to something you’re reasonably happy with, but then you can’t figure out what comes next.
You sit there thinking about it for a while, becoming increasingly frustrated with yourself. Finally, you just walk away, trying to find some perspective, but when you come back, instead of gaining some clarity, it seems like your ideas are even more muddled than before.
Every writer has been there. Some call it writer’s block. Others say they’ve lost their “creative direction.”
Personally, I think they’ve become gutless. Continue reading “Are You a Gutless Blogger?”
One of the questions I get asked the most is, “How do I become a successful blogger?”
First of all, we should define what success means, and I think each and every single one of us has a different definition. For me, success as a blogger means to have the community you want, to earn money as a side-effect of providing quality content to your readers, and to do all that without feeling like you’re doing one long list of chores daily.
On the other hand, having a successful blog will only be the result of massive amounts of time, effort, determination, consistency, and perseverance.
If you want to be a successful blogger, here are five qualities you must have. Continue reading “The 5 Must-Have Traits of Successful Bloggers”
If you are passionate about your blog, if you want to reach more people, if you want to feel proud whenever you hit that publish button, then you most likely have spent hours upon hours searching the web for the secret to blogging success. Maybe you’ve invested in e-courses, books, and maybe even booked a one-on-one session with a blogging expert.
But, you know, the answer is simple. It’s straightforward. It’s so common sense that most folks mistakenly believe it’s bullshit.
Want to know what the best piece of blogging advice ever is? Well, read on. Continue reading “The Single Greatest Blogging Tip Ever”
What do you do in a world inhabited by well over 200 million blogs? Why’s anyone going to read yours?
Every niche, every topic, every angle has been covered. The competition for attention and traffic is fierce. But there’s still room for your blog . . . if it’s amazing.
A blog is trivially simple to start, but not so easy to keep rolling. There are so many factors — traffic, social media strategy, design, monetization. If you try to absorb everything at once, you’ll be too overwhelmed to keep going.
It’s important to learn and grow, but you also want clarity more than anything else. You need a plan.
If you make sure you don’t stray too far from these three points, your best path will get a lot easier to find. Continue reading “The 3 Step Guide to Amazing Blogging”
Those who blog for fun and those who blog in order to earn a living out of it seem to be on two ends of a spectrum. On the one side: logic, strategy and profits. On the other: empathy, passion, and heart.
There’s one point where they do come together, though. Whatever moves you to build an audience for your content, you need to inspire one key response.
More than admiration, money, or attention, you need to earn your audience’s trust. Continue reading “Do Your Readers Trust You?”
In case you do not have the time to read this entire post, then you should know that people usually work for years and years before becoming an overnight success.
And you must too.
Now, for the rest of this article.