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21 Common Habits Of Successful Bloggers

What differentiates a successful blogger from a regular, blog-as-you-go blogger? Passion, dedication and a few other effective habits. Does that leave you out? Not necessarily. You can learn these habits from them and put your name on the list of successful bloggers as well.

1. Knowing How And When To Monetize

Successful bloggers check out quality affiliate product sites, explore selling Ad space and do advanced research. They think first and foremost of monetizing, well aware that a blogger must earn in order to sustain their blog.

2. Knowing How To Build Communities

Successful bloggers know their success depends on building positive relationships with their readers, both on their blogs and on social media. They respond to comments, participate in conversations, follow their readers on Twitter, and help them when required.

3. Always Promoting Their Blog

Successful bloggers never skip an opportunity to promote their blogs. They do this through social media, through networking, by guest posting, promoting other blogs and product sites.

4. Thinking Independently

You cannot be a successful entrepreneur by depending on thought or direction from others. You have to totally rely on yourself for everything.

5. Being Self-disciplined

A blog takes time, hard work and discipline. That doesn’t mean you cannot have fun at all; however, you might have to sometimes pass up fun and prioritize your blog instead.

6. Being Self-confident

Successful bloggers know it doesn’t matter who else believes in you. The important thing is for you to believe in your ability to turn your blog into a success.

7. Managing Time Wisely

Divide your time amidst your tasks and learn to prioritize so that time is not wasted. Invest time where you get returns for yourself and your blogging community.

8. Being Organized

Organize everything; your thoughts, topics, blogging priorities, timelines, schedules and so on. Remember everything depends on you. An effective system in place is worth a hundred extra hands.

9. Ability To Work Hard

There’s no shortcut when it comes to blogging, as your blog is to be read and appreciated by people, not machines. Overnight success is impossible unless you have a fairy godmother smiling on you.

10. Ability To Think Analytically

Successful blogging is about strategizing every little move. Study your statistics; know which search engines your readers use to find you, what keywords they use. Analyze how to get the most traffic, which headlines get tweeted the most and what kinds of posts your audience prefers.

11. Managing Money Efficiently

Successful bloggers don’t invest in brand new machines, tools or offices while developing their blog. Focus on building wealth by hiking profits; don’t invest without sight of returns.

12. Maintaining Effective Communication

Successful bloggers are adept at expressing themselves, both verbally and through writing. They know and understand the value of time; theirs and that of their audience.

13. Knowing How To Recognize Opportunity

When opportunity knocks on their doors, successful bloggers know how to recognize and act on them promptly. When you see a need, try to fill it. You never know where that might take you.

14. Writing Prolifically

Great bloggers invest serious time into their blogs; planning posts, researching, writing and editing. This gives them the power to write posts on any topic on demand.

15. Being Concise

Great bloggers know that the secret behind getting repeat visitors is concise, precise content that is to the point, crisp and easy to digest.

16. Ability To Keep Learning

Don’t fool yourself into thinking that any learning you do for your blog will ease up once your blog is mature. Your wellspring of ideas can be kept refreshed only if you continually educate yourself.

17. Being Consistent

Successful bloggers maintain consistency. You can see this aspect in their posting schedule, in the relevance of their topics, their writing voice, and their value-add and so on.

18. Being Innovative And Creative

Successful bloggers can shape your thinking through their writing. They can be controversial, challenge you, motivate you, offer insightful yet resourceful content, persuade and compel. They upload content in many formats to keep you hooked; videos, eBooks, infographics, and podcasts.

19. Being Future-focused

Successful bloggers keep an eye out on the future; they watch out for new developments and changes that might affect their world. They watch out for products and tools that will make their life easier, or provide new scopes for revenue. They create master plans but are aware enough to adapt when needed.

20. Never Giving Up

Successful bloggers are persistent; they don’t give up, knowing very well that if they follow the success formula, success is never too far away.

21. Being Self-Starters

If you’re used to a 9 to 5 schedule and depend on a manager to guide you when you mess up, you probably won’t be a successful blogger. To be successful at blogging, you must be a self-starter and self-motivator; no one else will bother and your failure won’t affect anyone other than you.

Ronald is a conversion rate optimization blogger and specializing in writing about topics related to conversion rate and landing page optimization.

You Ready To Fail At Social Networking

Come on fail at social networking! I triple dog dare you to fail! I mean you were not really planning on succeeding were you? Oh you were? Did I dash your hopes and starlight dreams?

Did this make you mad? Perhaps you thought I went a little crazy (obviously you do not know me well enough if it was just a “little”)? What the heck are you talking about that you will fail at social networking. Why would you be so mean? You make me want to cry or “Shout!” Hey Ey Ey! Shout! Here is what I realized recently in one of my moments of thought. They happen rarely, so catch the gem. Most people will fail, because they do not believe, do not exert enough energy, or do not stay long enough to reap the rewards of social networking.

The fact is that this article is going to be half diatribe and half useful information merged into one gigantic “diamation” of a post. That is what happens when you merge a diatribe with information.

Social Networking DiamationSocial Networking Visibility Clear

First, I want to be clear. I am not going to tell you that 95% of business owners will stop using social networking before it is useful or that until you read this article you were part of the problem and not the solution. However, that would make compelling copy for the future. Noted!

What I will tell you is that in my humble observations social networking does not work for the caffeine induced “do it now” crowd that completely fills our corporate corridors with misguided folks rearing for the next big buck in order to fulfill the corporate dreams of world domination in the C suite. Or it will not work in the lowly small businesses where the “dream” of tomorrow has to actually happen today to stay around.

It takes time to use social networking. And perhaps this is just not for you if you do not want to spend time developing relationships through social networking and posting something of value that does not go kaching-kaching to your wallet on day one.

Second, I think most people need to understand how to have a relationship offline before they ever try and replicate it online. Imagine being born and then asked to run a marathon the next day. Your legs are just not developed enough to do that and more than likely any baby will fail at running a marathon. While that might be a little extreme, how are we supposed to teach people to interact online if they do not have the words and communication skills to do it offline.

There is nothing wrong with taking offline skills online, but the unfortunate reality is that we need to make sure that we can clearly communicate our ideas and what we want before we get online. Otherwise, you have a written testimonial lingering forever online to you inability to communicate.

Therefore, my recommendation is to actually do offline networking before you go online. There you will have the chance to meet people face to face. Actually see their reactions to you information, your pitch, and your ability to communicate. The hardest part for me when I first started using social networking was not reaching out to new people or building relationships. Instead, it was reading what they wanted from their posts. You might want to go to some toastmasters to develop this skill.

In fact for me it was not the fear of communicating to others, but how to read their reactions without seeing them. One of my first webinars I was extremely nervous, because all the attendees were muted out and I realized that I could not tell if I made any sense. Still wondering some days. Maybe I should develop a “Schmoozer” translator one day so the world will finally hear my brilliance. Ah, but I gloat!

social networking and blogging starts earlyThird, they go willy-nilly into social networking. My favorite are the shot gun social networkers.  They will have a flurry of activity for a day or two and then disappear for weeks at a time. Then reappear as if woken from the dead, write a blog post, and tweet it out to the world before being fully submerged again, not to rear their head for another three months.

On the other hand, people always ask me how I can blog everyday. My answer is simple, how can I start a day without blogging. It is so ingrained in my schedule that it is the first thing I start thinking of when I wake up in the morning to prepare my business.

I am constantly thinking, “Oh that would be a great blog post, we should tell people that they are going to fail at social networking” or some other ancillary thought. The fact is that for me, my blog is a playground of ideas, testing, and consistency that I need to continually build my business and make my client’s business better. It brings the chaos to order for my business.

That is what you need, consistency. Something that you can do everyday to stay on top of your game with social networking. There are days when I might not check my LinkedIn, Facebook, or Twitter account. However, a day without checking my blog once is sheer terror! What is something went wrong? Maybe I have something cool to share today.Eh! Maybe not! You get my point.Think of something that you can do everyday or every weekday that will move you forward.

The other thing is that once I have completed my morning blogging ritual I can approach the rest of the day feeling like I have accomplished something of value. I might check a few accounts throughout the day, but for the most part I will be working on client articles and other projects.

Fourth, and there are the 4:30 nappers. These are the people who stay up all night to see the sunrise and fall asleep 30 minutes before it happens. They miss the most beautiful part of the morning, because they could not stay…awake..ahh..another.miiinuutee…ZZZ…

These are the people who stop just short of actually succeeding with social networking. The people who think in days when they should be thinking in terms of weeks, months, and in some cases years. That is not to say that you need no successes along the way. That is to say that you need to

Social Networking Failure Or Quitter

So, we have reached the end of this diamation and I just want to add my last thoughts on this topic, before I start to hear your thoughts. The thought is this, “If you try and stop, then try and stop again. Is that worse than ever starting in the first place? Or is it a learning lesson, where you can finally succeed on the next attempt.”

The reason I bring this up is because I have never got anything right with social networking the first time around. There were many head banging sessions before I learned what I needed to do. However, every time I thought of giving up it sickened me more than the thought of continuing on this journey. Let me know how your social networking journey is going?

 

Affiliate Marketing Tutorial Part 2

This is a continuation of the Affiliate Marketing Tutorial Part 1 that we discussed yesterday.  The first half of the Affiliate marketing tutorial was geared at creating a strong foundation for your affiliate marketing business. Today we will be talking more about the strategies you need to actually drive traffic and start converting that traffic. Details right? Details!

Affiliate Marketing Tutorial 14 Tips of The Trade

Continuing at Number 8

8. Search Engine Optimization(SEO) is crucial to driving traffic to your site. I have discussed SEO countless times on this blog. Just because you are doing affiliate marketing does not mean you should not be optimizing your site for Google. In fact, if anything when you are using a blog to start promoting your affiliate links you need to up the ante. Check out the follow posts that I have written on the subject of SEO: Effective Search Engine Optimization,  Free SEO Keyword Tools That Will Amaze You, and 5 Ways To Quality Backlinks

9. List Building is bigger than you possibly imagined. It is amazing how many people when they sign up for your list for a while and hear what you have to say are interested in your products and services at some point and time. The fact is that the web is not the new frontier that it used to be. People do not go online and get all up in a frenzy, because they are connected to the WWW. Instead, you have to build a relationship. The easiest way to do this is through email.

Having the right email auto-responder is crucial for automating the system. I have been using Aweber for the past 2 years now and it is a dynamic system where I am always finding new and cooler applications for all the time.

10. The right content for the right crowd. Make sure your content is appropriate for who you are writing to in your articles, web content, and emails. You would not use “LOL” or “ROTFLMAO” to a business audience, just as you would not obsess about using words, such as “ROI” and Split A/B Test among teens.  Learn who you are talking to and adjust your style to match theirs.

11. Cloak Your links. The Aweber link above is cloaked. What that means is that you can not pull out the affiliate tracking code that directs people to Aweber. The reason this is important is that some people will do this to spite  your efforts to make money. Therefore, cloaking your link protects you from losing affiliate commissions.

I have been using Pretty Link Lite, however Go Codes was not bad from the brief tests that I did with that software. Please note that these are WordPress plugins. They might be available off WordPress, but my experience with them is completely through WordPress. Do not ask me what they are like off WordPress.

12. Paid Advertising- Some times it pays to advertise for either products or just to build your list for future offers. I am not a huge paid advertising person, but I have had some success with limited advertising. One of my favorite sites for paid advertising is 7Search.com.

I once did some Peerfly sales off of 7Search for Google Android that returned a 25% profit margin. They slowed down eventually and it was not scalable, but good for making some quick bucks on the right products. I have found that technology and money making opportunities do best here. Other products have dive bombed so far on the site that they ended up on the other side of the planet.

13. Article Marketing- This ties in with a lot of the other approaches above, but it needs it’s own category for the breadth of different types of article marketing that you can do. Everything from blogging to writing ezines to re-purposing content for your emails marketing is a great way to build your business.

Now, for those who are deathly afraid of article marketing, you are talking to the right person. My recent 28 Cent Articles video course shows you how to outsource articles for only 28 cents per article and a little lifting from yourself.

14. Different Affiliate Programs- That brings us to the close of this Affiliate Marketing Tutorial. Where do you actually go to become an affiliate. Well, I am going to give you a few options to get started. Some of the first sites you might want to take a look at are ShareASale, Peerfly, and Linkshare. These sites have a wide variety of merchants who are

However, for the first five people who take me up on this post before November 1st, 2011 I will be offering a special to help you get started with affiliate marketing.

I have a number of affiliate products that I am launching in the next few weeks. Right now, I have all my affiliate products over at E-junkie, but am in the process of applying for Clickbank, which is another affiliate network.

Here is my offer:

I will help you set up for FREE either a basic wordpress blog or a 3 part email campaign for your affiliate marketing as long as you do one or preferably both of the following:

1. Sign up as an affiliate to market products, such as 28 Cent Articles at the link below:

Join our Affiliate Program!

(Please remember this is for the First 5 People Only)

If you have any questions about this arrangement, please ask them in the comment section below.

In the meantime, I hope everyone enjoyed this look at part 2 of the affiliate marketing tutorial.

Affiliate Marketing Tutorial: Part 1

I thought an affiliate marketing tutorial would be helpful as an additional tool in your online toolbox. This is going to be a two part series. Today, I want to talk about different ways to market your business with the Social Networking Schmoozer authorized Affiliate Marketing Tutorial.

In this Affiliate Marketing Tutorial I want to cover some of the basics of how to start as an affiliate and begin marketing your products. Also, I want to share some ideas I am having for a free webinar at the end of the week or beginning of next week to see who is interested.

Affiliate Marketing Tutorial-14 Tips Of The Trade

1. You need a plan of action. My recommendation is to look through the different aspects below and figure out what works best for you. Then go out everyday for at least 1 hour and take action on that item(s) for a minimum of 120 days. I would say 90 days, but most people pretty much mess up everything the first few goes. That is why it is a go and not a failure. After 30 days things will start to make sense and you get in a good groove to make things happen.

2. You need a website. This is not a passing fancy idea here, but a long standing belief in the fact that you can not just randomly be successful without some type of destination for your traffic to go to. The big question now is how to do this as cheaply as possible with the least amount of strife.  Heretofore I have some specials from Godaddy and Hostgator to help you get started with a little less coin out of pocket.

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3. You have to now get traffic to your new site. How do we do that? Well this is where the fun rests and where the plethora of options await you. Let’s start off with Social Networking, because this site is about social networking. I am not going to go into long diatribes about how to use social networking for your business. Use other posts, such as The Social Networking Weekly Plan, Free Twitter Traffic, or Facebook 101 For Business. All I have to say is that Facebook and Twitter can be very good friends for your affiliate marketing business.

4.  Start using video to build your traffic to your website and tell the story of why people should use your affiliate products. Again, I am not going to start explaining Youtube when you can check out Youtube Tutorial 101: Quickie Videos That Rock! or The Youtube Creators Playbook.

5. Please note that as an affiliate myself, it would be a disservice to not point out that the vast majority of all links included in this blog post are affiliate links where I will make money off the transaction.

6. That actually leads me to creating your own blog. A website is sometimes by itself in this day and age not enough. You also need to make sure that you have a site that always has new content and is always evolving. The fact is that a site with new content gets more traffic and has enough content to attract a diverse range of readers.  For setting up a blog check out Setting Up A Blog, Can You Make Money Blogging, or Html Blogging: Putting Your WordPress CMS Together.

7. Start taking action! The fact is the information that I am discussing with you today is worthless without you taking action on it. What is the point if no one does anything? So, think about this in the next 24 hours. How will you create a plan of action on that you can get started on by Friday. That does not mean you have customers, it just means that you need to think about how you will be well on your way to having a plan that is in operation.

This is part 1 of a two part series for the Affiliate Marketing Tutorial.

If No One Is Looking Then You Might Want To Change

Ever get into a rut where you feel that things are not going the way you want them to? It is like what is the point of this social networking if no one pays attention? Why do I blog if no one listens? Every few months I get the feeling that no one listens or that I am becoming, dare I say it, boring. The antithesis of all I work to fight! Die King Boredom! Die!

What do I do in these scenarios?

How do I fight off these nagging feelings of doubt?

What makes the long fight worth fighting for?

The answers are more complex than a single blog post and yet the fundamentals are easy enough to explain here.

First, I do something different. If something is not working then it is time to dump it! Simple enough! Get rid of the flotsam and other waste from your life.  I guarantee there are other things to do that can help you.

Second. replace it with something better. I have noticed that whenever I make a change in life that whatever I get rid of was not nearly as valuable as I thought it would be and not nearly as precious as what I found next. We are creatures of habit who continue in our ways simply because it maintains our habitual ways of living. Cut off my arm if you must! Steal my money if you dare! But never, never dear sir do you think for one second that you I  will abscond upon my habits!

Third, find someone smarter than you. About a year ago I ran into a problem. It was not that I was smarter than everyone else, but it was that the networking events that I went to I was the most informed person on social networking. That is great for you ego and really bad on your education. You start wondering what else you can learn. It stifles you. So, I sought out people who are smarter than me and expanded my knowledge into different areas. Now I am dumber than others and still learning. Keeps me fresh with ideas. Call me weird, but I like it when my head spins with ideas.

Fourth, get away! Not because you smell, but because it gives you a new perspective. Whenever I go away with my wife for a weekend or longer I find that I am refreshed and ready to conquer the world. It drives me crazy the first 24-48 hours to not be that close to the internet and a computer, but the absence reminds me of why I do it.

Fifth, If no one is paying attention to you in the first place it is that much easier to make the change. You are like a change ninja

juggling apples

Who Is The Coolest Person Juggling Apples?

in the night. Crawling just beyond the conscious knowledge of the evil lord boredom you are about to attack and overtake! Hiyah! In flash you are the only thing the evil lord will remember. So, what we were talking about again. Oh, yeah! If no one is watching it is easy to change.

Sixth, do something no one else does. I know I have talked about this before, but I actually juggle when I speak about social networking. Who in the world besides for me actually juggles to talk about social networking? Actually on my recent outing with my wife last week (see number 4) we were apple picking and I picked up some apples from the ground and started juggling them. See picture of my coolness!

So, if you got that maybe I should change, hmm, should I do it now type of feeling take at least one of the steps I listed above and do something.

Now, for something even more amusing. About 200 people will read this article in the next 2-3 days. Out of those 200 people I will pontificate that only 2-3 will actually take action. For those 2-3 people I say thank you!

For the rest, I might add a final word of wisdom from the social networking idiot savant. I will guess that within 15 minutes of reading this you will forget about this article. Not realizing that you did not take action until sometime around 3 in the morning. At which point, you will jolt up from your bed, realize that something is amiss, and begin a round of soul searching in which you seek the answers you are looking for. Good! No one is really up at 3 in the morning, so it is that much easier to change.