Do You Need Tools in Business Blogging?

Yes and no.

I have a big “Yes” to tools like social media, inbound marketing and others in general.

I have a big “No” to specific tools such as twitter clients, to do lists etc.

I personally like and use many tools, but over the years of blogging, I have reduced the tools I depend on drastically.

On a side note: I just noticed that Comment Luv was inactive for the past couple of weeks – All thanks to “crappy” updater – not sure, if it is just an issue with my site. Anyways, I am grateful to all of you: Thank you for being a valuable commentator who care – more about relationships and content than about links.

As of now, the only tools I depend upon are Workflowy, Rescue Time, WP, Google related products (Gmail, Google drive, Google Chrome), Bufferapp and occasionally Crowd booster.

Workflowy is like a awesome mind map tool, much easier to use and is like a free flow chart (Actually like our brain). Thanks to Ryan Hanley for introducing me to the tool.

Rescue Time is a tool that tracks the amount of time we spent on each activity/program/site. A very handy tool to realize where our time goes. Thanks to Lisa for the introduction.

Do I use other tools? Certainly in the form of WordPress plugins (or general tools such as Social media – twitter).

Anyways, here is why I am working on reducing the number of tools that I depend upon:

Tools are like medicinal drugs – they can help us, but they don’t necessarily solve any problems. I know a lot of bloggers who spend their time finding more tools to improve their productivity and achieve their goals. Yes, tools can improve our productivity – but it depends. If we aren’t willing to work, tools aren’t going to make a big difference.

Like I mentioned earlier, tools are like medicinal drugs. You know what happens when we use a drug for a long time, our body begins to heavily rely on it (starts to become an addiction). Take for instance: Coffee. The caffeine in the coffee binds to our neuro-synaptic receptors and increases our attention span (it actually replaces a body chemical that performs the specific task, over time, the body gets addicted to it).

I believe that’s the science behind it (it’s almost close, sorry I learned it 3 years ago, forgot a lot of stuff).

Relying heavily upon tools isn’t a great option (What if the company decides to take out the tool? Sure there might be other competitors, but just think about it).

Moreover, we need to learn to control ourselves and make decision regarding productivity and where our time in spent without the help of any tools (Using them in the short term is the viable option, which is what I do. I have tried many productivity apps, I switch between them every month or so – this not only decreases my reliance upon the tool, but also keeps the effectiveness of the tool at the same level. Note: Remember, tools are like medicinal drugs, over time the effectiveness of the “same dose” decreases.

Anyways, those are just my thoughts regarding tools.

Yes, you need certain tools for business.

But, try to keep it low – rely on tools that you really need (And experiment with others). Learn to control your body and mind. Teach your body to spend time where you actually need to spend it – not where you want to.

Blogging Economically: Do You Do it?

Blogging was a great field to work, especially if you want to make money easily. Notice I said, was. Yes, blogging is still a great field. But, not for people who want to make money easily.

Making money through blogging requires consistent investment of time, money, effort along with a motivational and optimistic can-do attitude.

Blogging is also a business. Just like any business, every economic principle can also be applied to blogging. In this blog post, I will share my thoughts and experience on applying economics into blogging and getting more traffic to your blog.

Note: This is a moderately long post. I would recommend that you read every bit of it, so get a cup of your favorite drink before you start reading 😀

Before we get into the main portion (getting traffic to your blog, being a better blogger) of today’s topic, we need to discuss about economics:

The Condition of Today’s Blog Economy

We all know that Economics work on the basic principles of Supply and Demand. Now, let’s take those principles and apply it to blogging:

Fresh [New] Content

Definition of Fresh New Content – New Ideas that weren’t presented before or Old ideas that were written from a new perspective. For instance: I consider my article on patience as new content because it looks at the pros of being impatient rather than on the pros of being patience.

The supply of fresh new content is decreasing – as bloggers are finding it harder to come up and write from new perspective – someone might have already written on that.

The demand, as you can guess is enormous. People want new content from new perspectives. That’s why they give a huge welcome to newly presented ideas.

Old Content

Definition of Old Content – Ideas that were presented earlier are once again presented, from the same perspective (and it doesn’t contain any new tips that your readers can use).

The supply of old content is enormous as we have a lot of bloggers competing and writing the same thing over and over again (People do get tired of reading those articles. Whereas the demand for old content is low.

Now, that we have taken a look at the supply and demand of new and old articles, let’s take a look at driving traffic to your blog using these techniques:

Driving Traffic To Your Blog / Being a Better Blogger

Tip #1: Think Economically: What Does Your Reader Expect From Your Blog?

As I said earlier, most readers want new tips that are related to the niche. So, give them. Spent more time on brainstorming on topics. It will be easier for you to come up with topics if you:

  • Read Other Blogs, Comment on them and Network with Blog Owners and Commentators
  • Read Books – From short stories for kids to novels for adults. Read everything. You can never predict where you will get the inspiration from.
  • Watch Movies – Yes, watch movies – whether you like them or not. After watching the movies, think about them. Make connections. Can you connect the movie’s theme to blogging? What about the events in the movie?
  • Take Action – Experience – Write your experience. I believe that your experience is the best tip that you can give to someone. It is unique and it can teach others (if you use it effectively).
  • Teach your readers so that your readers can teach others.
  • Tell stories – Include stories from your experience. Write about how you got the idea for a blog post.
  • Make Connections – Yes, the most important thing is that you should be able to make connections. Connect everything that you come upon to blogging.

Tip #2: Think Economically: Write Old Ideas From a Different Perspective.

Yes, write old ideas from different perspectives. Examples: How being lazy and unproductive can help you to become a better blogger (guess what, I have also written about that 😀 ) or How a pessimistic attitude can bring you traffic. Ideas can go on. Think about the two sides of a coin. Look back to your old articles. What did you advocate for? Why? Try writing an article in opposition to your old one. Be Creative 😀 Everything has its own pros and cons. Go against the crowd. Stand out!

Tip #3: Think Economically: Form New Marketing Strategies.

Experiment with your marketing strategies. How do you market your content normally? Try doing something different. For instance: If you usually automate everything, then try doing it manually. If you usually spent more time marketing on Twitter, then try doing it with Google Plus, or with Facebook or with LinkedIn. Do things that others told you not to do. Try it. Experiment. Learn. Analyze. Do more.

Tip #4: Think Economically: Network with Bloggers.

Yes, I have seen many articles emphasizing the importance of networking. So, I am bring that up here. What is your networking strategy? Spent lots of time on a particular network? Then try doing that with a lot of sites. If you normally network in multiple sites, then try doing it with a single site. There are no limits to what you can do. Stop worrying about failing and just do it.

Tip #5: Be Unproductive, Lazy, Pessimistic, Impatient and Arrogant.

Yup! You heard me right. Just be.

Being Lazy and Unproductive will help you to understand the importance and value of being productive and active. Don’t believe me? I will give you an example:
You went to a new restaurant and try something delicious. You like it and decide to have it everyday. As time passes on, your enjoyment of eating the same food decreases (that’s why most of us hate to eat the foods that we eat daily).

So, being lazy for some time makes you hate laziness. And that in turn strengthens your motivation to be active (Note: I am writing this based on my experience. So trust me here 😀 ).

Same thing applies to all others. Being Impatient motivates you to take action so that you can achieve your goal faster.

Tip #6: Don’t Worry, Be Happy and Just Relax. Take Breaks From Blogging.

Don’t cry over your statistics. Just be happy with what you have and strive for more. Relaxation is also important. Did you know that sitting can cause you to die 15 years earlier than a person who is not sitting that much – say like 3 hours (we, bloggers usually blog while sitting). So, interrupt your position of sitting whenever you can.

Take breaks from blogging. Breaks will allow you to come up with more blog ideas and get fresh on perspectives. For instance: When I took a long break of 1-2 months from blogging, my entire perspective on blogging related topics changed. It allowed me to write more and better articles.

Tip #7: Do Things Creatively and Differently.

A new product/idea usually gets a good welcome from the business community. That is because the product do things in a better fashion and it helps the customers. So, in your blog, try to do things differently. Make a change. Spice up your theme/layout now and then. Help your readers. Think as a blogger and as a business owner. You are supposed to help your clients – readers, so do. Write better, from new perspectives. Help your readers. And most of all: DON’T FOLLOW THE CROWD!

Following the crowd is something that we all do. That is just a big mistake. Most inventions in this world was achieved by not following the crowd. Think about it. For instance: What would have happened if Mahatma Gandhi, Albert Einstein or MLK decided to do something different? Or what if Darren Rowse or Brian Clark were to follow the crowd?

The world would have been different. The blogosphere would have been different. We could have not gotten these great role models to teach us to blog better 😀

So, before you do anything else, Don’t follow the crowd! Do things differently.

Tip #8: Follow the Tips Above (and below).

You need to follow the tips above (and below). Yes, you have to follow all of these. Only then will you be able to get the most for your blog – whether it is traffic, subscribers or even being a better blogger. I know a lot of new and experienced bloggers who don’t practice what they preach and what they read.

Follow the tips that are mentioned above. Just try them. Experiment and Learn what you can make out of it.

Tip #9: Share, Care and Comment

Yes, help out others. And they will help you too. An awesome blogger, by my definition is one who cares and helps his readers as well as his blogging buddies. Are you an awesome blogger? So, if you liked this article, help me out by promoting it and telling me your thoughts about it.

Thanks for listening guys! I do certainly appreciate your patience with me 🙂

Why You Need to Be an Impatient Blogger?

A lot of bloggers tell you that you need to be patient, right?

Well, I have done it too. I portrayed impatience as a “bad” thing to have.

Now, I am correcting that mistake.

You don’t need to be patient.

Be patient, if you want.

Read article about Patience that inspires me to write this article 😀

There is another side to patience that most bloggers tend to forget about. And in this blog post, we will take a look on that:

Lot of bloggers will tell you that patience is a virtue. And it is, I agree with that. To an extent, patience does play a very important role in our success. But, there is one thing we forget:

When talking about an issue, shouldn’t we look at both sides?

When was the last time someone wrote a post about the pros of being impatient (I really don’t know, since I haven’t read any posts yet. If you have, feel free to share them in the comments 😀 ).

Well, in this blog post, I have just decided to do that; I will give you a list of Pros – that I think – of being Impatient.

Why You Need to Be Impatient?

Impatience is something that is dissolved in the nature of humans. Yes, we can control patience, by teaching yourself to do so. But, have you considered the advantages of being impatient?

Impatience motivates you to act…

Yup, you heard me right: Impatience motivates you to act and strive for more (Well, that also depends upon the situation). Let me give you a simple example:

Imagine that you are blogger and you started working on a new project. You planned to put a lot of effort and time into the project so that you can get great results out of it. But, you don’t get the results that you expected. What will you do?

If you are a blogger who just started out, you are most likely to quit blogging. But, if you are a blogger who knows that blogging needs consistent efforts, you will keep on trying.

In this example, Impatience strengthens your motivation to keep trying. Why? Because you want to see those results. You want to get the most out of what you are doing.

And after you achieve the goals, the same old impatience will motivate you to do more and get even more results.

I will give you a better example, in case if you don’t agree with what I said. But, before that, let’s take a look at the definition of Impatience:

restlessness: a lack of patience; irritation with anything that causes delay.

Highlight the part that says irritation with anything that causes delay. Let me ask you: What would you do if you were waiting for your taxi cab – that you reserved earlier – at the airport and you came to know that your taxi cab will be an hour or two late due to an accident?

Would you wait for that taxi? Well, a very few of us would.

Others would just take a taxi from the airport and go where they want to go (there is a high chance of this happening if you have an important meeting/function to attend or if you are just tired).

How does that fit into blogging?

Like I said earlier, it motivates you to take action. In blogging, motivation plays a very important role. You need to have motivation to start blogging, stay with blogging and try harder to achieve the same goals that you expected to achieve with minimum efforts (realize this: nothing in this world is easy).

Be Impatient. You don’t necessarily need to be patient. Realize that most folks in this world are like you; they are impatient. Only a few folks were patient enough to achieve great things.

But, you don’t need patience. Impatience is enough. If you have the determination to take action 😀

Impatience will help you to strengthen your motivation to perform the action (and as I said before, it will even motivate you to go beyond what you were expecting to do).

So, Be Impatient.

Be a Blogger.

Just Blog 😉

P.S.S.T: Let me know of your awesome thoughts on my thinking 😀 Thanks a lot!

Do You Hate to Be Patient? I Know I Do!

That was about 2 week(s) of real blogging for me. I haven’t worked this much at any time period with my other blogs.

Do you Hate Patience?

I (re) started with a new blog, new twitter account and pretty much everything new.

I wrote about 12 posts (for my blog and for others), commented at about 10-12 blogs and networked via Twitter.

Here is what I got for you:

Alexa Rank of 1,570,770

170 Visits

517 Pageviews

Well, I don’t really care about the things listed above. Here is what I really care about:

27 comments (mine included)

A real good bounce rate of 47% (staying consistent!)

Average time: 5 minutes per visit

Average of 3 pages per visit.

About 60 real twitter followers who give a damn about my blog 😀

And I have got 4 subscribers so far (1 is mine 😀 )!

These are the things I am trying to work on 😀 I think these results are really good.

Well, that’s for the first two weeks of real blogging – for this site. What did you achieve for your first two weeks? Do you remembers?

Patience: Do You Hate To Be Patient?

I really do hate to be patient. But, I am trying my best to hold on to it and keep my blogging wagon to go on. I am really happy with what I have achieved so far. Not a lot, I know. But, I don’t regret switching to a new blog. I got these things by working hard and by doing it in the right way (you will know more about this when you read my guest post at Mavis’s Attraction Online Marketing Blog 😀 ).

I am really happy with what I have now. And you should be too. I will also be trying to achieve more. Here is my goal for the next two weeks: Get More Subscribers and Decrease my bounce rate (a lot more!).

I hope that I can do that through guest blogging, networking and commenting.

Let’s all do it. What do you want to achieve in next two weeks? Try hard to achieve it. Once you get started with two week goals, you can easily start a monthly goal set and try to achieve it week by week. And Get More out of Less.

Let me ask you one question: Do you know why I wrote this post?

Well, I wanted to signify the importance of patience. But, when it comes to reality, I have written a lot about goal setting and my own experience and less on the actual topic it self.

I don’t like that. Do you?

Don’t you think that is cheating? Telling your readers that you are going to talk about something and you talk about something else.

You have to be honest, right (Well, now I am talking about honesty! See the irony!).

Let’s get to the real meat:

Patience: Do You Hate to Be Patient?

All of us do, to an extent. But, we should try our best and be patient with our goals. We will reach our goals, if we try harder and keep doing it consistently (I can tell you from my experience from blogging experience, you really need to be consistent!).

Well, that’s that.

I am no longer interested in continuing to write this post. Because, I think I am just going to off topic for you guys (First I started with my experience, then to patience, then to hard work, then to honesty, then back to patience and then to consistency). I am really sorry guys, but these things do really relate back to each other.

And you just need to be Patient with me!

Thanks for reading guys! Let me know of your comments 😀

Motivation: Do You Blog Regularly?

Motivation is one subject that I like to blog about again and again. Why? Because I motivated to write about blogging and motivation.

All human actions have a motivation; whether it is to watch TV, buy food, blog about blogging or even cleaning your room. Motivation is the basis of all actions. As I understand it, you will perform better (in an action), if you have a stronger motivation to do so. This blog article will take a look at steps that you can take to get a stronger motivation to blog regularly.

Blogging regularly plays an important role in determining your success with blogging. You need to post articles, market them and network with fellow bloggers consistently. That’s how all popular bloggers became popular.

Back, when I was blogging with other blogs, consistency was a real pain for me. Especially because I had a lot of work for high school. But, now as I am in college, I am more freed up (in terms of time). I did have a lot of interesting experiences. For instance: I didn’t blog at all for an entire summer. But, guess what. I got the most traffic during that summer (the reason was that I had done a lot of work before the summer; If I had blogged and kept up with it during that summer, I would have gotten a lot more subscribers. But, unfortunately, I didn’t).

Towards the end of times with other blogs, my problem was lack of motivation (it was getting harder and harder to get back with blogging since I hadn’t blogged much for many months). The trend followed when I started this blog. But, I was able to get back on track, during last week. I didn’t a lot of work on reading, commenting, writing and submitting guest posts (I am still waiting for them to be published!). Anyways, let’s get back to the post.

Before we get into the subject matter, let’s take a look at few things that you should do (you should have done) first.

Step 1: Identify Your Primary Motivator

Why do you blog? Money? Fun? Popularity?

Well, you only have a limited number of options for primary motivator. Once you identify the primary motivator, move onto the second step.

Step 2: Form Your Own Motivator – Secondary Motivator

Money, Fun and Popularity are all strong motivators. But, as time passes on, these motivators start to loose their strength. So, you also need to form your own motivator – as the secondary motivator. Perhaps you want to be a better writer? Or a better networker? Figure out a secondary motivator for your blogging career. It will turn out to be useful.

Motivation to Blog Regularly

Try to make your motivators as the same as your long time goals. For example: If you secondary motivator is to be a better writer, then make it as your blog (focus on achieving your goal).

Take Challenges & Do the Unusual

What is your writing style? How do you write? Do you plan? Or do you write like me (no planning)? If you write with planning, then try writing without any planning. If you don’t plan, then try writing with planning.

How many posts do you write per week? 1-2? 3-5? Or more? Well, if you usually write 1-2 articles per week, then try to write more articles for this week (Take a challenge). And try to achieve your goal. It will help you to increase your motivation and confidence with blogging.

Or if you write 3-5 articles, then try writing lesser articles. Do a lot more marketing, networking and commenting (do something that is related to blogging).

Or you could do something bigger. Take your challenges to a new level. Let your readers and friends know about the challenge. Encourage and ask them to join the challenge. At the end of the challenge, you can write a post about your difficulties and your experience taking the challenge (this would greatly help your readers 😀 ).

Write in different styles. Try blogging beyond your usual routine.

Try something different. Because that’s what makes life interesting. Same thing applies to blogging. When you do things differently in different ways (Experimentation), you will be able to keep blogging interesting (and this blog regularly).

The Key

So, do you blog regularly? What things do you do to keep your motivation strong to blog regularly? How does your blogging schedule work? Do you keep n amount of hours everyday for blogging?

Let me know of your valuable comments about blogging regularly! Thanks for listening!

Do You Blog / Teach Through Action?

When I decided to switch to a new blog and start everything from scratch, I also made another decision along with it. You see, most bloggers today argue about the frequency of post publishing. Now, there is no answer to this question. It depends upon the blog, the blog writer and his/her blogging style. The decision I made was that I would just write my posts as I like (but, I will still write at least 4-5 articles per month; so far I have not been able to do so since I was busy with all sorts of stuff; I am just getting back to the usual blogging routine).So, with this blog, I won’t be writing articles just for the sake of articles. I will only publish articles that I think, will be helpful to my readers (And that teaches my readers through action). I realized that, blogging and teaching through action is the best way to help your readers while helping yourself. In this blog post, we will take a look at how we can teach through action (whether in real life or in blogging).

Blogging and Teaching Through Action?

Basically, what you have to do is instead of just giving “awesome” techniques to your readers (to get their blog popular), give evidence/proof along with it. I mean proof that the techniques works now [techniques get old as time passes; their effectiveness decreases]. Let me give you an example. In my last blog post about twitter networking and networking strategies, I included the screen shots of me using those techniques in my twitter account. Well, I can’t really claim that the post clicked since I didn’t have much visitors and comments yet (because this blog is brand new, and I haven’t done much marketing).

Well, I know that it will work, if used appropriately because it has worked (for me) in real life. Now, I will just give you a simpler illustration to think about:

Let’s imagine a class room. Wouldn’t it be easier for the students to understand the material if they were taught through “action”. Imagine yourself as a student in that class room. Would it be easy for you? Would it be easy for you to understand plant anatomy if the teacher allows you to bring plant along and cut it open in class while studying?

The answer is Yes, it would. You know, this is a simple principle, used by a lot of folks everyday. All we need to do is take this technique, tweak it a bit and apply it to our own blog.

Tweaking differs based on your blogging style and blogging niche. If you blog about making money online, you could show them step by step – what you did – and the results – what you achieved. But, beware. Making Money Online is a big field where many scams occur (and many of these scams do provide us with “proof” that they make money). So, when you do explain to your readers, try to be different and provide an evidence that is simple and understandable.

Well, that’s it. That’s all I have to say. This was a much shorter post. But, I really enjoyed writing it (because it was in a rather unusual format for my blog posts; I usually write my posts in a format, but this post doesn’t fit to any of my earlier formats).

Thanks for reading, by the way. If you enjoyed the post, please do leave a comment and encourage me to write more [and better] posts. If you don’t like it, just tell me why you don’t. Don’t forget to share the post with your friends (share only if you find this post useful and informational). 😀