1 Dangerous Truth Hiding Behind Every Blogging Success Story

I follow a “blogging” Google Alert daily.

One email alert finds its way into my Gmail inbox.

90% of the time – or more – any blogging story reported through major media news outlets focuses on hefty income claims or huge social media following numbers.

Former stay at home mom makes 6 figures.

Former cop makes $1,000,000 a year.

Instagram model nets 3,000,000 followers.

I admire these folks. More power to them.

But I also know the danger in reporting these types of news stories with a heavy emphasis on astounding results.

Major media outlets use hype and yes, real results, to shock folks into paying attention. Continue reading…

5 Steps to Ensure Your Guest Post Pitches Don’t Fall on Deaf Ears

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Trash.

Spam.

Most bloggers don’t tolerate lame guest posting pitches.

Some bloggers pour salt in your pitching wounds, laying into you with a snarky or outright angry email to put you in your pitching place.

Over the years I have cultivated my “Pitch Compassion”.

I rarely get annoyed or even agitated when a blogger pitches me to land a guest post on Blogging From Paradise.

Usually I note how guest posting is permanently closed on BFP but sometimes when pressed for time I ignore the email.

The majority of bloggers either junk such emails or at best, ignore the pitches entirely.

If your guest post pitches seem to fall on deaf ears you need to change your strategy.

Something is off.

Something is wrong. Continue reading…

4 Practical Tips to Pick a Blogging Niche

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**Another useful yet entertaining guest post from Ryan Biddulph**

I’ve been known to pick a few winners back in the day.

Suspend the infantile humor. For just a second, you nose goblin ninnies.

I’d hit the horse tracks. I even hit the dog tracks once.

My winning percentage was solid.

But I had to take a different approach to picking a winning blogging niche. Continue reading…

4 Objections to Leaving Hellish Hosting and How to Conquer these Devilish Demons

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**Another useful yet entertaining guest post from Ryan Biddulph**

Hellish hosting.

Most of us bloggers have been there at one time or another.

At least the cheapskates have.

Or, the former cheapskates.

I learned a painful but valuable lesson many moons ago. Because I clung to a bad hosting package like a baby clings to its rattle. For way too long.

Things only started to take off with my old and new blog after I ditched my old hosting solution to upgrade to a premium, reliable hosting company.

I never looked back.

If you are having severe problems with your blog up time and speed see if you are clinging to any of these common objections to upgrading your web hosting. Continue reading…

Hitting the Blogging Wall: 4 Tips to Dissolve this Dreaded Foe

Ryan Biddulph

I am not a blogging cyborg.

I feel.

I breathe.

I have a wide range of human experiences.

Sometimes I hit the dreaded blogging wall that plagues all of you bloggers at some time or another. Maybe you feel a lack of motivation. Or perhaps you feel frustrated about scant blog traffic or profits.

Like all perceived blocks, the blogging wall is an illusion that feeds on your deepest fears.

Following a few steps helps you dissolve the illusion so you can get busy helping people and succeeding with your blog. Continue reading…

5 Warning Signs that You Lack Blogging Clarity

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Clarity.

The #1 tool in any blogger’s arsenal.

You want to follow your passion. Ditto for honing your blogging skills through persistent practice. Toss in some serious networking and you are onto something.

But establishing clarity around your blog is the ultimate difference maker because once you get clear on your blog success flows in with greater ease.

I have experienced this with Blogging From Paradise. The clearer I get the more neat opportunities that flow my way.

Clarity cannot be measured quantitatively. It is a feeling thing.

To get a better understanding of how clarity relates to your blog, if you feel worried, or guilty, or anxious, or any fear-based energy, in regards to any aspect of your blog, you lack clarity in that area. If you lack clarity in multiple areas or through multiple aspects of your blog you will struggle terribly to succeed as a blogger.

If however, you identify these red flags, feel the associated fears and get clear on certain aspects of your blog it will become easier to drive increasing blog traffic and profits to your blog. Continue reading…

5 Blogging Lessons I Have Learned from Becoming a Runner


**Another useful yet entertaining guest post from Ryan Biddulph**

Woohoo!

I just ran 10 miles.

I’d like to say, no sweat, but water poured off me not unlike the drowning deluges we experienced when living in the remote jungles of Costa Rica.

Make no mistake about it; even though I sweated like a fat pig, the run was easy for me. Super easy. I nose-breathed for the entire 10 miles. No huffing. No puffing.

I could have easily done another 2-4 miles.

But I learned that being pulled by inspiration and fun and *not* pushing myself is the secret to my stunning progress after only 3 months of training.

Running Ryan learned some hyper helpful blogging lessons from his running sessions too (bonus lesson; blog about yourself in the 3rd person only if an opportunity for alliteration arises). Continue reading…

3 Sneaky Tactics that Put Your Precious Email Newsletter in the Junk Folder

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**Another useful yet entertaining guest post from Ryan Biddulph**

The other day I was walking down Central Park West. Some of the wealthiest real estate on earth.

One block from where we are house sitting lays the San Remo. Tiger Woods, Steve Spielberg and a whole array of celebs have lived there. Or may still live there. Demi Moore just sold her triplex in this building for the stars for $45 million last month.

Yet when I walked in front of this luxury hideaway – spying a sick Lamborghini parked out front – I stepped in gum. Darn. Sticky gum too.

Annoyed as heck, I forgot all about being in one of the wealthiest zip codes on earth because that silly, annoying, agitating moment forced me to focus on the mindless nitwit who spit out their gum on the sidewalk.

I hope it wasn’t Steve Martin. Continue reading…