2 Tips for Becoming a Blogging Authority

how to become a great blogger

This is a guest contribution from Ryan Biddulph on blogging tips.

A few minutes ago I was invited to speak on a podcast.

The host is one of the more prominent members of the Warrior Forum.

I am stoked.

He noted how he wanted to interview an established pro blogger like myself.

How do I land these sweet opportunities? I positioned myself as an authority in the blogging tips niche.

How did I become a blogging authority?

I did 2 things: I learned blogging and I helped people.

Blogging authority

I enjoy sounding smart. But in reality, I am a dingbat.

I look at a glowing screen for 8-10 hours on some days.

I tap tiny squares with my fingers.

People call me a blogging expert. Or a blogging authority.

I see myself as being nothing special.

I live a cool life, circling the globe, helping folks and changing time zones like most people change their underwear (At least I hope you change your underwear frequently).

But some folks see me as a pro’s pro. An authority in the blogging niche.

How’d I do it?

Learn blogging

I learned blogging. By being a blogging student.

Picture me in the corner, wearing thick, horn-rimmed glasses, squinting at my Chromebook screen when new posts arrive in my Feedly.

I learned blogging to become an established, full time, pro blogger.

So I studied blogging.

When I practiced what I learned – helping folks – so I could gain the clarity and confidence to speak with conviction.

Before you teach, you must learn.

Meaning that to become an authority in your blogging niche you must read blog posts, buy courses, study the knowledge, absorb the knowledge and

put your newfound knowledge into action.

Learn. Study. Gain clarity. Practice. Then I become a full-time helper.

Help people

You will be helping folks when you practice your new blogging skills but then you need to put things into overdrive.

Most bloggers try to help just enough to get something; a subscriber, a few bucks, a blog comment or a social share.

Trying to squeeze as much sweet blogging nectar out of cyber fruit while doing as little work as possible.

Which is exactly why most bloggers never get featured on Virgin, Forbes, Entrepreneur and Fox News like I have been featured on these world famous sites.

Blogging authorities are generous, spending hours of their day helping people for free and for premium across a wide range of platforms.

Make no mistake about it.

As you begin to help folks generously,

you will usually be working for free, for a while, before the money flows in.

This is how it works. Be generous. Over deliver. Pay your dues.

In time, you will create the perception of being an authority blogger.

I create live videos on:

  • YouTube
  • Facebook
  • Periscope
  • Instagram

Daily.

I write one guest post and publish it to Blogging Tips every day.

I publish my YouTube live video as a guest post on The Huffington Post daily.

Writing 1-2 guest posts in addition to these guest posts daily.

Toss in my free promoting of other bloggers through social shares and effective blog comments and you can easily see I hold an intent to be generous, to help folks, to have fun and to expand my reach.

The easiest way to be seen as a blogging expert is to

spend months to years of your life having fun,

blogging with love,

serving people and keeping at it daily,

even when you don’t appear to be making any money or driving blog traffic.

Your Turn

What tips can you add to this list?

About the Author:

Ryan Biddulph is a blogger, author and world traveler who’s been featured on Richard Branson’s Virgin Blog, Forbes, Fox News, Entrepreneur, Positively Positive, Life Hack, John Chow Dot Com and Neil Patel Dot Com. He has written and self-published 126 bite-sized eBooks on Amazon. Ryan can help you build a successful blog at Blogging From Paradise.

5 Helpful Blogging Tips for Boosting Your Traffic

Blogging tips for boosting your traffic

This is a guest contribution from Ryan Biddulph on blogging tips.

Traffic.

I know you want it.

Every blogger wants it.

I used to write for a ghost town. Tumbleweeds flowed through any time I published a new post.

But now things are different.

I drive a pretty sweet volume of traffic to Blogging From Paradise by following each of the tips I share below.

Are you disgusted with getting little or no blog traffic? Maybe you are fed up with being stuck at some traffic sticking point?

Let’s dive into these tips so traffic flows through your blog like rush hour New Delhi traffic.

5 Helpful Blogging Tips:

1: Develop Your Writing Skills

This is the #1 skill to develop if you want to boost your blog traffic.

Skilled writers lay the foundation for attracting increasing traffic through all of the other techniques I mention below.

If you can write, you will easily boost your traffic through various channels, but if you cannot write….nah, not so much.

Write 1000 words daily in a Word document. Just for practice. Trash the document when you are done to detach from your writing.

Following this tip every single day played a huge part in me appearing on some of the most famous blogs on earth like Virgin, Forbes and Entrepreneur.

I was also able to write 126 eBooks by following this practice diligently.

2: Grow an Email List

Email list traffic is traffic on demand.

Imagine if your latest blog post winds up in 200 or 2000 or 20000 email inboxes in seconds or minutes? How much traffic will you generate in seconds or minutes? 100, 1000, or even 5000 visits or more, in seconds or minutes or hours, will skyrocket your blog traffic.

Build an email list to get your blog traffic humming.

Use a pop up form to capture subscriber emails. Toss in an opt in form on your sidebar for an extra list boost.

Make your forms drip with sugary sweet benefits that goad your readers into signing up for your emails.

Building a list creates an on demand source of traffic. Get serious about list building. Now.

3: Guest Post

Guest posting is my fave way to make friends, to drive traffic, to grow my email list and to boost my blogging profits.

I have added hundreds of list subscribers fast by primarily using a 1-2 punch of guest posting and blog commenting.

Guest post on established blogs in your niche. Write helpful, insightful posts chock full of practical, usable tips.

I love writing colorful, authentic posts to whet the appetites of my fellow blogger’s readers. If they drool, it is cool…..by me, at least.

Guest posting helps you leverage your presence fast by exposing you and your blog to large, targeted audiences, each time you publish a guest post.

4: Comment on Top Blogs

Comment on top blogs in your niche to drive blog traffic.

Write a 3-5 paragraph, in-depth comment. Address folks by name. They like that. Thank them for sharing their wisdom. Sign off with your name.

I treat comments like tiny guest posts versus just being a short, curt comment. Even if you cannot write 3 paragraphs on some topic at least write 3-4 sentences to make your point and to create an impact.

See commenting as a bond building strategy. Make friends through the magic of blog comments.

5: Promote Other Bloggers

Promote other bloggers in your niche as much as you promote yourself. Help bloggers by tweeting their posts, by sharing their posts on Facebook, by featuring them on your blog and by emailing them asking how you can help them.

Helping other bloggers builds your friend network. Friends promote you freely across social media and on their blogs, boosting your blog traffic.

Your Turn

What tips can you add to this list?

How to change blogger template with mobile responsive

If you have created your website with blogger custom domain

If you haven’t read How to create a website with blogger custom domain.

Now it is time to change blogger template.

Changing blogger template is pretty easy and it can be done in few number of clicks.

But before that, you need to have a good template for good outlook of your blog.

There are a lot of blogger templates available on the internet for free of download

And some available for cost which is worth to buy,

because it gives you a configuration support for a year depending on the subscription lifespan.

Alright, now where can I find my free blogger templates.

I heard you!

Hit google in your browser and search for free blogger template.

Google shows you lot of websites like gooyabi, btemplates, sora templates and a lot.

Choose your desired template.

If you are searching blogger template for your business just googling blogger theme won’t help you for your business leverage.

For that, you have to search for SEO optimized blogger template. YES!

If you install SEO optimized blogger template it will help you to rank your website in google SERP(Search engine results page)

Do not worry, the SEO optimized blogger templates are also available on the internet for free.

I assume you have already downloaded the blogger template or SEO optimized blogger template from sources.

Make sure the blogger template has all the qualities like mobile responsive and SEO optimized.

If you have downloaded the template, extract it and keep those extracted files in a folder.

now let us dive into changing blogger template.

Changing blogger template:

The first thing you have to do is sign in to your blogger account.

You will be redirected to your account blogger dashboard.

you will see a lot of menus on your left side of the dashboard.

Beneath you will see a label called theme.

Click on it and you will see a page like this

Change blogger template
blogger theme page

On the right side of the screen, you will see a button called Backup/Restore.

click on it, and a dialogue box will appear like this

blogger template upload
blogger template upload box

 

Now there is a two option to do with this box.

First, click on download theme.

Do not panic. you are downloading your website current theme.

for preventive meseaures in the case, while upload theme anything error arises, you can reupload your old template.

So it is a good step to download the current theme before uploading the new theme.

After downloading the current theme, now click choose file under the red text.

Now a dialog box will appear to choose the theme file.

Note: you can not upload the theme folder directly.

Once you have extracted the zip file, you will see a file called theme name with extension as .xml

For e.g. storm-template.xml

choose XML file and upload it.

you are done, once it is finished uploading, your website theme preview will change on live website.

Also, you can check it in settings theme page.

Note that you also have to do one more thing.

Mobile responsive option on blogger template
Mobile responsive

Yes, the mobile responsive option for your website.

As it is one of the important factors on SEO.

If the template you have selected has the qualities of mobile responsive

Then you should select No, show desktop theme on mobile devices.

Because that Mobile responsive theme coded to adjust any kind of displays.

If you click yes, your website will show blogger mobile format theme.

Which doesn’t look good in most of the cases?

So now you have uploaded the theme and it successfully live on the website.

If you have any doubts or suggestions feel free to comment.

How to create a custom blogger domain 2017

How to create a blog in google

When there are numerous platforms available to create a blog, what’s the need of creating a blog with google’s blogger?

There are a lot of reasons behind for creating a blog in google’s blogger.

It is free to host.

Little easy for beginners to post alone.

Easy to examine posts status.

And lot more.

This post helps you to setup a custom blogger domain with your Blogspot domain.

so if you don’t know buy a domain check out this article how to buy a domain name.

Now let us look at the steps to

setup a custom blogger domain

Visit google’s blogger (click here)

Sign in with your Gmail account.

If you own a blogspot.com,  you will see a blogger dashboard with lot of menus on left side

or

you will see a dialogue box like the image below, which tells you to create a Blogspot name in your blogger.

create custom blogger domain
blogpost custom domain

And you can create your blog by giving a title with a theme and blog URL like “johndoe.blogspot.com”.

Now you own a Blogspot domain from google.

nowadays google domain suggest you to buy a website from blogspot account itself and google domain also provide a lot of features as domain provider.

now click settings from the left menu.

you will see a lot of sub menus like

  • Basic,
  • post, comments, and sharing
  • Email,
  • Language and formatting.

click on basic and you will see a dialogue box like the image shown below

create custom blogger domain

In the publishing section, you can see blog address label.

Don’t get afraid of warning message above the link its common.

where you can see the link as “Setup a 3rd party URL for your blog”.

click on the “Setup a 3rd party URL for your blog” link.

when you made a click, it will ask you for your custom domain name to enter in the box with www.

let the “Use a missing files host?” be NO, don’t change it.

when you type your domain correctly and save, you will see some google URL like the one in below image

Create custom blogger domain

and now this is the important step

open your notepad and make a copy of

Name, Label or Host field & Destination, Target or points to field.

now its time to connect your domain with these details to blogger for making your website live.

Now login to your domain account which may be GoDaddy or any other domain name provider.

In this example, I will go by GoDaddy.

Don’t worry if you use other domain name provider, all the domain settings are same, User Interface changes.

login to your GoDaddy account.

click on to your profile which is the right side of the top right bottom.

on clicking your profile, you will see a label called manage my domains, click on it.

after clicking manage my domains you will see a page like this.

Create custom domain blogger

click on the settings icon in the top right and you can see domain settings and manage DNS.click

click manage DNS on it.

you will be redirected to below page which shows like this

create custom blogger domain

you will see an add button at the end, scroll to see.

when you click on add button you will get a box like this

create custom domain blogger

click on the type and you will see various options as A, CNAME, Name Servers and goes on .now first add A record with the following IP’s

now first add A record with the following IP’s

216.239.32.21
216.239.34.21
216.239.36.21
216.239.38.21

Host value for the IP is @

points to Each IP.

TTL is 1 hour.

Note: each IP differs, and you have to add each IP. 

So you have to add 4 A records by clicking type A.

after adding 4 A records, click on the type and you will see CNAME.

click on CNAME and add the CNAME you got from your blogger account.

which in my case

www ghs.google.com
momru3uregbm gv-tue5sjha7fmmiq.dv.googlehosted.com

As same as you did it A record,

type www for host and points to ghs.google.com

and add another CNAME for that

type the code which you got from blogger dashboard in my case, the host is momru3uregbm 

and points to gv-tue5sjha7fmmiq.dv.googlehosted.com

Note: make sure you have made the step correct else your website won’t live.

adding records for your domain is completed.

now go to your blogger dashboard where you will see a blog address under basic settings as I said earlier.

under your blog address, you will see small a check box saying that

Redirect yourdomainame.com to www.yourdomainname.com.

please click the checkbox and click save.

what does this mean?

it means when you type your domain without www it will redirect you to www.yourdomainname.com by automatically appending www in beginning of your domain name.

now your website will be live if it doesn’t wait for two-three hours.

because the records update may take hours.

if you are stuck at any step, comment and let me know and I will guide you.

Share this article, if you find it useful.

How to create a blog for free

Are you willing to create blog for free? there are lots of platforms available for creating a blog.

What is the need of creating your blog?

well! that could be any reason from showing the talents on what you know about.

If you are ready to create a blog, let’s start.

 

There are free blogging platforms available to create blog. They are

1) Blogger

2) WordPress

3) Drupal

4) Joomla

Are you confused on which one to choose, each one has its own pros and cons, Let me explain it one by one

1) Blogger

Google’s blogger is being a free platform from the beginning.

It allows you to create free blog as a subdomain and priced custom domain.

If you can’t afford money for hosting, I prefer you to start with blogger.

The User interface is easy though but when it comes to customizing your blog, you need to edit the actual codes of it for perfect outlook.

Pros:

  1. It is easy to create and setup the blog.
  2. Structured settings for customizing.
  3. one can easily change the layout of your blog with a variety of themes by uploading.
  4. one can easily add widgets in the layout section.
  5. Google Blogger’s forum for community support.
  6. Hosting free, No need to spend money for hosting.

Cons:

  1. Configuration is hard.
  2. Need to take deep care of your blog.
  3. Can’t able to design it in our wish.
  4. SEO handling is tough.

2) WordPress

Automattic’s WordPress blog platform is available for both free and cost.

It allows you to create blog as a subdomain and custom domain for the cost.

If you are new to blogging I prefer you to start with Wordpress.

WordPress is easy to setup and you can customize from thousands of themes and plugins.

Pros:

  1. Large community support.
  2. Easy customization.
  3. Thousands of themes and plugins are available for free and cost.
  4. SEO handling is easy.

Cons:

  1. A bit tough for newbie bloggers.
  2. One needs to understand WordPress terms and settings.

3) Drupal

Drupal allows you to create website and blogs for free.

The official drupal motto is

It’s a digital experience platform that knows your web content must reach more than just websites.

it doesn’t have the option to create a subdomain.

It also used by more number of people to create blogs and websites.

When comparing with WordPress, the User interface looks old.

pros:

  1. Larger community support.
  2. Lots of themes and modules support.

cons:

  1. Installation is tough.
  2. A lot of things to learn for it.

4) Joomla

Joomla blog platform is available for both free and cost.

It also allows you to create blog as a subdomain and custom domain for the cost.

Joomla has its own style for creating website and blogs.

Joomla is easy to setup and you can easily extend on your wish.

Pros:

  1. Large community support.
  2. Lots of extensions support.
  3. Thousands of themes and extensions are available for free and cost.
  4. SEO handling is easy.

Cons:

  1. 200MB is free for who own Joomla subdomain
  2. one needs to understand things. its slightly complex.