Today, I come up with our new guest blogger who is sharing her blogging journey. She is such a great blogger finding the ways to collaborate and help fellow bloggers in growing together. I met her in the beginning of my blogging journey and now we are good friends too. She helped me a lot to learn all the basics of blogging and getting traffic. Read about his phenomenal success with blogging.
“I’m going to be the next Picasso” I firmly announced to a group of adults at the age of 16 who were questioning my future. Yes. I had planned on becoming a well-known artist – a painter.
Instead, I became an “Internet Artist”. The internet became my canvas, words my paint, and it saved my life.
This may be a false statement to read, but it’s true. As I think back, the Internet was a tool to reinvent myself several times over through trial and error. Simply because my life dramatically changed when I learned I was going blind at the age of 40.
The internet opened a whole new world to me, as it has for many, where I could function and not explain to anyone my circumstance. No one had to “see” me really. But they saw my blogs and my art – words and images.
The blindness doesn’t matter. What matters is, in an instant I learned how to be resourceful. I tapped into skills I had and developed new ones that didn’t require eyesight. And I did. I became a Reiki Master, a Hypnotherapist, and Childbirth Educator. Resourcefulness is a theme that runs through my life and “internet life” because resourcefulness is a requirement for success today online as well as being willing to change with the times and its challenges.
In 1998, I created my very first “dinosaur, static website. Social Media didn’t exist then, so there wasn’t any engagement, blog commenting, or content syndication. I grew-up with WordPress, and it was pretty archaic then. HTML was required to create a blog, which I didn’t know. So I used a “Drag-n-Drop” program called “Homestead.” My first real blogging experience started in 2004 with my first WordPress blog.
Images, drawings I created I used in my blog posts – it was and is my art. I realized though there was an “art” to everything online-an art to SEO, the use of keywords, the art of creating a blog, creating digital images, and so much more. As more people came online it was apparent to me they needed help, guidance, and direction. It was a sea of “scrambled humans” – people trying to figure out this online world and create a presence.
Then, there was the temptation and belief of earning money online – and overnight too. I fell prey to this as well and spent lots of time and money on programs and followed “gurus” who I thought would give me the answers to being successful online. And, connecting with other people through forums was incredibly difficult. There’s nothing like reaching out to others and getting silence in return.
- 1 The reality is you create your own answers…
- 2 Being resourceful and using what you learn can put money in your pocket – if you implement your ideas…
- 3 Being a blogger can be a lonely experience too. You can have great content, post often, but no one visits or leaves comments in response to your posts. What can you do to change this?
- 4 There’s nothing like uplifting a blogger to experience an enhanced presence online rather than seeing them do it alone.
The reality is you create your own answers…
I took what I learned about online marketing and created my own programs offered through my blog. One was an educational workshop for expectant couples. We would meet weekly on Skype, and I used Go To Meeting to show videos and have face-face-conversations. I taught couples from China, Australia, England, Africa and the USA; My blog became a vital asset. Then I created ebooks and sold them on Amazon.com, which was another way to earn income online.
If you’re a blogger, one of the easiest ways to start making money online is to create ebooks from your blog posts. Here’s how:
- Write a series of posts on a topic you know about,
- Or choose posts you’ve already written that relate to each other
- Copy and paste into a Word Doc
- Edit and add information (list contents or chapters, about the author, resources, website links, etc.)
- Create a Book Cover. Many programs can do this easily such as canva.com
- Publish to Amazon Kindle
What’s great about creating your own ebook is it can also be used as a “Lead Magnet” for your blog – offering your visitor a free ebook in exchange for their subscription to your newsletter.
Being resourceful and using what you learn can put money in your pocket – if you implement your ideas…
As a blogger, I’ve learned many things and probably the biggest lesson I learned was the importance of quality “content” and staying true to who I am and my REAL passion in life which is teaching. What this means for you as a blogger is, if you try to be something you’re not on the internet – you’ll struggle.
If you write about topics you’re not really interested in or knowledgeable about, it will be difficult to transmit your enthusiasm to your readers.
And, let me make this important point while discussing content, you write for your visitors, not for yourself. You want to write compelling, meaningful content that influences, educates, and affects their lives in some way through your own experiences. When you do, you become memorable.
I’ve created many blogs and gave up most of them just because of the above reason. The other reasons were time, energy, and “focus”. It’s really best to focus on one blog and give it 100% of your time. My focus became and is “Self-branding” and teaching others how to do the same through my personal blog and PAC (Power Affiliate Club).
Being a blogger can be a lonely experience too. You can have great content, post often, but no one visits or leaves comments in response to your posts. What can you do to change this?
I came across one thing that that changed everything for me online. All of a sudden I had instant friends, instant comments on my blog and presence online. It was magical.
I joined an online blogging “Tribe”. If you’ve ever read Seth Godin’s book “TRIBE” you’ll understand completely. If not, a “tribe” is a community of like-minded individuals that share common interests, cause, or mission.
Many tribes or communities share a common cause. The power and success of any community tribe are the membership and their support of the community goal.
So, I started my own online Facebook community with the mission of teaching “self-branding” and promoting other bloggers by creating a “Community Blog”. I had become very disillusioned with Gurus, online marketing, and all the “Hype” about how to succeed online. I found something that worked better, and it’s this, “Community Marketing.”
This small community grew into what is now called the “Power Affiliate Club” or lovingly referred to as “PAC” (http://poweraffiliateclub.com ). It’s a Community of bloggers sharing each other’s blog posts and syndicating it to other Social Media platforms. There’s a Community Blog where members ( bloggers new and seasoned) have the opportunity to contribute their expertise and be “PAC Expert Authors” which increase their visibility online. It also positions them as an “Authority” in their niche.
There’s nothing like uplifting a blogger to experience an enhanced presence online rather than seeing them do it alone.
Right now my “Self-Branding” tagline is the “Artistic Affiliate” because there is an “art” to learning and developing new skills and what I affiliate myself with. Yes, I am also an Affiliate Marketer, but I am the Director/Owner of PAC, and it’s a full-time online experience.
So my life and blogging experience are varied, touched by challenge and change. For me, art can be many things. But this rises above it all – the art of helping others discover their potential through PAC, providing opportunity, being resourceful, and morphing nothing into something online that people can truly benefit from in building a presence online.
In the end, it doesn’t matter what others think of you. What matters is what YOU do. Be resourceful, implement your ideas, write quality content, stay true and focused, join PAC.
If you’d like some tips on creating your online community here’s an ebook, I wrote on the topic.
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PAC CEO, Director/Owner