Your next steps to success: networking and detective work
Looking for blogging secret sauce is job one. We should spend less time re-inventing the wheel and more time on developing good content. And it’s easier than you think.
As with anything else, blogging has it’s many layers. Some more complicated than others. Yet similar to an onion, you can sit back and slowly peel away to the core, discovering new aspects to this dynamic and understanding the road-map to success.
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In my last piece about blogging, “Launch Your Blog in 5 Steps,” I covered the ins and outs of getting your vision out into the virtual world. We talked about:
What comes next is what I consider to be true hard work: getting your brand out there. The secret sauce is: networking and detective work. Making new blogger friends and gathering intel will empower you with fresh ideas, direction and best practices. Might sound simple; but, will require quite a bit of elbow grease: long hours and tired eyes. It all boils down to “how bad do you want this?”
A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.Colin Powell
Building a social family can make or break your dream. It’s incredibly important to find your tribe, your new blogger family. The quickest way to do this is by joining a community of bloggers. It may seem a little odd at first; but, making new virtual friends will expand your horizons exponentially.
Trust me on this one. You will be blown away by the level of support waiting for you out there. Strangers, hundreds of strangers, ready to weigh in on your questions and offer help, suggestions, applause. Never ceases to amaze me.
Pro tip: My favorite social go to: Twitter! These “strangers” will become your new fan club and source of much inspiration. Feel free to check out my Twitter Account for inspiration… not bad for a bloggerpreneur.
Read, investigate, take free e-anything – When you were in school, you studied for a test. When you decided to interview for a job, you studied up on the company. When you decided to book that first big vacation, you brushed up on locations and compared pricing. So, why would this be any different?
Here is where the fork meets the road. Do you want to be just “one in 30 million” or do you want to stand out? It’s time to dig in and do little recon.
Your daily investment in this new venture should include:
- Posting on social media (1 to 3 times a day, minimum)
- “Stalking” those industry leaders (follow, DM, subscribe to their websites/YouTube channels)
- Taking free e-courses (take as many as possible without spending the big bucks – then start slow: $20-30 online courses before ever spending $300-500…. if ever)
- Downloading free e-books (makes it easy to plug into this new world and read/listen in the car, home, work, etc.)
Pro tip: First month, I signed up for both Amazon Audible and Kindle as they both offer free trial periods. I ultimately chose Audible and couldn’t be happier. During my last business trip, I finished my first blogging instructional on Audible and believe it or not, I feel ready to publish my first e-book!
BTW – can we talk about that instructional? Wow! A big thumbs up to Joseph Hogue. His e-book, “Make Money Blogging: Proven Strategies to Make Money Online While You Work from Home” covers 9 proven strategies. And did I mention that his e-book is totally free on Audible and Kindle?
Organize yourself and get to writing – Make a list of 12 topics that you would love to write about. That will cover a minimum of one new article of new content per week for the next 3 months.
I recommend that you start slow so that you don’t burn out. Don’t forget, you will also have to make time for Tweeting, Facebooking, posting on Instagram and Pinterest. And if you’re interesting in vblogging – YouTube is a whole different animal.
Pro tip: Stuck on what to write about? Don’t feel locked in. You can write about anything ranging from your specific passion to simple pleasures in life. Click on the highlighted text to see my personal examples.
Good luck, you’ve got this!
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