It's simple: blogging is about helping people generously through the blogging medium.
Blogs are service portals. Help people. Run service.
How is success developing? How do people make money online and circling the globe as professional bloggers? Pro-bloggers generously help people through their blogs for many thousands of hours over the years. Professionals monetize their blogs across multiple sources of income. Professionals made friends with other bloggers in their niche and bonded with successful bloggers. Eventually, when they trust the process and know they are blogging successfully, enough money will flow in for a blogger to become a professional blogger.
Does that sound easy? It is. Create. Connect. Open multiple sources of income. Work thousands of hours. Go pro.
But simple doesn't mean convenient or easy. Simple often becomes incredibly scary because of the minefield of fears you face on the way to blogging. Nobody is successful unless bloggers encounter, feel, and resolve deep fears along the way. Of course, most bloggers are scared. However, avoiding fear guarantees that your blog will fail as any success you want is on the other side of fear. So blogging is essentially super easy, but very inconvenient. Few bloggers are successful because few bloggers do unpleasant but success-enhancing things.
For example, I advertised my blogging audio course with 8000 page views before someone bought a copy. It felt uncomfortable because I was doubting myself, was frustrated, and was about to give up the course. Did I post crap? Didn't I hit the mark? Why didn't people buy it? What happened? Feeling these fears and wading through these doubts seemed like mental torture. But I had to feel these fears in order to:
- believe in yourself
- believe in my course
- Make yourself clear on the course
- sell more copies
Someone bought the course after 8000 page views, loved the course and advertised it as a follower. More people bought it from there. But that's what blogging is all about. Generously helping people, connecting with people, opening up multiple streams of income, then negotiating uncomfortable, frustrating spots where you are exposed to deep fears and self-doubt until the money flows steadily.
Create helpful content for your target reader. Serve that person. Build your blogging by being a specialist. Generous bloggers acquire enough skill, notoriety, and credibility to position themselves as professionals.
Connect with professionals
Help top bloggers in your niche. Promote them on your blog and on social media. Really comment on their blogs. Don't ask for anything for it. Earn their trust. Make friends with professionals. Pro-bloggers open doors for you to successful by promoting, supporting, and teaching you how to blog properly.
Monetization across multiple income channels
Open multiple sources of income. Align each stream with your blogging niche. Workflows that you enjoy. Be patient. Promote yourself persistently. Slowly but surely, blogging income is flowing in your direction. But only after you've created, connected, and self-promoted for hundreds to thousands of hours.
Blogging is fun
Blogging is about having fun helping people. When you fall in love with helping people, you will be inspired on a long, liberating, but sometimes challenging blogging journey. Stick to the basics. Blogging is never complex, always easy. Go through challenging times by keeping things simple. Create. Connect. Earn money and promote yourself. That's it. That’s blogging, in short. The simpler you keep things, the more you stick around. The longer you exist, the more you set the framework for a professional blogging campaign.
Stick to the basics.
Go pro in the long run.
Do you need help contacting professional bloggers in your niche? I know the process can feel daunting at times. Intimidating, too. I was afraid of reaching professionals who seemed about 50 levels higher than me. I finally figured out how to make friends with professional bloggers. Yes; It's an art.
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