I wanted to do something really cool for my birthday, so I decided to get in contact with some of the most influential and up and coming bloggers online.
In one way or another, I’ve gotten to chat with, get to know, and/or learned from these great people.
When I contacted them, I asked one simple question. The answers to this question, I believe, can help a lot of people get on the right track, when it comes to their blog and internet business.
Here it is:
“If you could go back in time, before you started blogging, and give yourself one piece of advice, what would you tell yourself?”
…and here’s what they said:
Corbett Barr From ThinkTraffic.net Says,
“Whatever happens, no matter how much you feel like nobody cares, that you’re a failure, that you’re crazy to think you can build a real, sustainable business around a blog… don’t give up, and don’t waste time constantly second-guessing yourself.
All of the struggle and hard work will be worth it, and the less time you spend playing mind games with yourself, the sooner you’ll earn your freedom.”
Jean Sarauer From VirginBloggerNotes.com Says,
“If I could only give my newbie blogging self once piece of advance it would be this: Always stay true to your blogging goals.
Whenever I’ve gotten overwhelmed, frustrated, or discouraged, it’s because I’ve started following in someone else’s footsteps rather than patiently working towards my own goals.
It’s so easy to listen to those voices that tell us we have to do things a certain way or achieve a certain result to be successful. When we do this, it’s easy to lose track of what really matters to us.
For me, the most important things are writing great content and connecting with others. These two things give me joy today and provide a strong foundation for future plans.
Now, whether or not my newbie blogging self would listen to my advice is another question entirely. :0) ”
Pat Flynn From SmartPassiveIncome.com Says,
“If I could go back into time before I started blogging, I’d tell myself to “stop worrying and get started NOW!”
If you lose all of your money, you can make it back. If your girlfriend or boyfriend breaks up with you, you can always get another one.
But time – once it’s gone, you can’t get it back. Even as you read this, time is wasting away, so the longer you wait to take action, the less time you’ll have to reach your audience and make a difference.
Francisco Rosales From SocialMouths.com Says,
“I gotta admit that when I started blogging it was mostly jamming, I didn’t have a clear objective but I allowed myself to get started to see how it develops.
While I’m happy with the approach I took, I also see some of the mistakes I made. I didn’t have a clear business objective behind the blog and didn’t focus on conversion in the early stages.
Today I’m a strong believer that blogs don’t make money, a business makes money and a blog is only part of a marketing strategy. It can build trust, which is important but it can’t build a sustainable cash flow on its own.
My one piece of advice would be to plan as a business, not as a publisher of content.”
Tamar Weinberg From Techipedia.com says,
“If I could go back in time, I’d probably try to set myself up to blog a lot more regularly! I don’t think I’d ever be able to successfully wing that, though, since that’s a really hard job.
When most of us start blogging, we have no real direction — I wasn’t sure if I was going to cover SEO, social media, business, or just feature a showcase of fun websites.
Getting into a regular blogging habit would have helped me figure out which direction my blog should have gone in. I’m happy where I’m at now, but I know I grappled with this for months when I started.”
Srinivas Rao From TheSkoolOfLife.com Says,
“Don’t sweat the numbers too much. It’s not about how big the audience you have is, but how much you make them love you. Passion for your topic is infectious and people can feel that.
Relationships are the lifeblood of the blogosphere. The more people you have genuine connections with, the more you will grow and learn. Give away your best stuff to blogs more popular than yours.
Anytime somebody asks you to contribute to a project, say yes, especially if doesn’t require much other than replying to an email. Finally, just keep taking action and there will be a result.”
Naomi Dunford From IttyBiz.com Says,
“Know what the hell you’re trying to do. Spend some time figuring out where it is you’re heading.
Do you eventually want to sell products? Services? Advertising?
It’s a lot easier to meet your goals when you actually know what they are.
Seems obvious, but you’ll be tempted to skip it. Don’t skip it.”
Erica Douglas From Erica.biz Says,
“I’d tell myself to start blogging earlier. It’s really useful to go back and look at my early blog posts and read about the struggles (and triumphs!) I was having as I built my business.
However, I didn’t write that often. I wish I would have written more.
Of course, I might also tell myself I have Celiac disease, in order to avoid years of feeling progressively more sick.
There are larger priorities than blogging. :0) ”
Nicholas Cardot From SiteSketch101.com Says,
“Don’t worry about the small stuff like checking your stats every day or chasing your Alexa rank.
Spend time developing yourself to become better at writing, communicating, networking and leading.
With that, the blogging will just take care of itself. In other words, it’s not just about developing your blog as much as it is about developing yourself and then all you have to do is jump online and be yourself.”
Scott Young From ScottHYoung.com Says,
“Write stuff you enjoy reading.”
It’s the only consistent motto of success I’ve had.
Josh Garcia From JoshGarcia.com Says,
“Don’t focus on the stats. Learning and trying to figure out the stats will slow you down.
Don’t be afraid to promote a product or service in the beginning stages.
Sell something ASAP! Get really good at email marketing to get good conversions.”
Henri Junttila From WakeUpCloud.com Says,
“If I could go back in time, I’d tell myself that it’s okay to BE myself. When you hold back, you deny people from being able to relate to you.
You, in essence, stop your tribe from finding you. Being yourself for me means being authentic, having a personality, and not being afraid to share that which makes you unique.
Now, I’m not saying you should share the most intimate details of your life, just the ones that you feel comfortable with.”
Mars Dorian From The World Needs You Says,
“Simple. Be bolder. Even though I got attitude, I was still playing it timid and safe in the beginning. Being safe is the most dangerous place to be.
I thought was aiming for a bigger demographic by trying to appeal to everyone. BIG mistake. Not only did it felt wrong toning down one’s style, but it was also highly unsuccessful.
If I had a time machine, I would go back and do 2 things: punch my younger self in the face and then tell him: Be bolder, try more radical stuff, do new things that others only dream of doing.
You will never fail, but always get valuable feedback. The awesome land lies beyond the comfort zone.”
Jonathan Mead From IlluminatedMind.net Says,
“Find your voice. Explore as much as possible and don’t be afraid to try a lot of different styles.
Focus on providing value, but make sure that you enjoy what you’re writing about.”
Marie Forleo From MarieForleo.com Says,
“If I could go back in time and tell myself ONE thing, it would actually be three things.
Don’t be a wuss about using bad words, ask people to share if they dig it, and post more often.” :0)
Laura Roeder From LauraRoeder.com Says,
“I would tell myself “no one analyzes your blog as closely as you do!”
I used to stress out about everything being perfect – was the post perfectly on target and on topic, did everything tie up neatly in a bow, how was this going to fit in with the rest of the content I had planned?
Now I know that people just want interesting, useful content!
They don’t care if it’s about SEO even if your blog says its about social media. They just want good stuff. Stop over-analyzing and just get out there and create!”
Karol Gajda From RidiculouslyExtraordinary.com Says,
“I would connect with other bloggers earlier and more often. For my first 3 months I was mostly going it alone and it’s difficult to gain traction like that.
That said, I was blogging out of love, so I wasn’t very focused on growth in the beginning.
It’s hard to say if I’d actually do anything differently if I started over” :0)
Kelly Kingman From StickyEbooks.com Says,
“My advice to myself would be: relax. I thought that I had to be very together and almost formal in my writing.
It turns out that the more conversational you are and the more honest about what’s going on for you, the greater response is from readers.
It’s taken awhile to find my comfort zone, but if you just trust that being yourself will attract your right people, you’ll waste less time trying to anticipate what your market wants.”
Here’s What I Would Tell Myself…
“I would tell myself that quality is better than quantity, to avoid wearing myself out in the first 2 months of blogging.
I would tell myself that I’m gonna feel like crap sometimes (a lot of times), and I’m gonna want to give up – but I shouldn’t.
I would tell myself that if I stick with it, through all those horrible feelings – it’ll all be worth it in the end. I’ll be stronger, smarter, wiser and ready to take on any obstacle that gets in my way.
I would tell myself that only after struggle does victory presents itself.”
There It Is.. Now Over To You…
19 bloggers who’ve been where you probably are right now just shared some of their best advice – the reason I say “their best” is because they wouldn’t go back and give themselves bad advice, right? :0)
But what about you? What would you say to yourself if you had a chance to speak to yourself when you first got started. Let us know in the comments below, and please help me in thanking these great people for their contribution.
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