Lasting success flows progressively.
Lasting blogging success flows easily, like a meandering river, patiently, in its own time.
I saw a few bloggers recently who tried to manipulate success. One blogger asked readers to visit his page and to stick around for 4 minutes. Really? Imagine how bad you need to struggle to ask people who have no interest in your blog, to stick around for 4 minutes? You cannot manipulate success. You will not become a successful, full time blogger by asking for people to do stuff for you, from a zero posturing, limp, doubting, struggling strategy.
Imagine me asking a stranger on a Facebook Group with many uninterested members to please, please, please visit my blog, then, to stay on my blog for 4 minutes? Think about the message this sends out to bloggers and readers. Imagine the message: I am struggling so terribly and have so few skills that nobody reads my blog and I am begging strangers to stick around for 4 minutes as the only way to see an increase in my blogging metrics. Of course, this will not lead to lasting success, or organic traffic, or blogging income, or blogging profits, or clients, or customers. Nope. The only thing I may get is someone who cares less about my blog sticking around for 4 minutes with zero interest.
Manipulating success leads to struggle and failure because blogging success is a combo of working with people and things to succeed. People who manipulate people focus 100% on things to succeed; like the fool who asks people to wait on his site for 4 minutes. Why? To lower your bounce rate? Guess what? Lowering your bounce rate does not make you become a full time blogger. Helping people and learning how to use things to leverage your presence – to reach more people – is the way to increase your blogging success.
I closed my comments for 1 year. Yesterday, I opened my comments for the first time in a year. I already received a good 40 comments in a little bit of time – some spam and some legit – not because I manipulated people, but because I helped people and built my blog organically. Organic blogging growth leads to long term, lasting, ever-increasing, evergreen blogging success.
Focus on helping people. Use things to leverage your presence and to meet more people. This is the ultimate secret to long term blogging success. Only use things to reach more humans. Do not try to manipulate people to get things like money. Ain’t gonna work.
Success Is Progressive
Stop working hard, forcing things and manipulating people to see blogging success. It won’t happen. But if you blog slowly, calmly and with confidence, being relaxed and having fun and taking the easy but uncomfortable, trusting path, you will see greater and greater success online.
Success is progressive. Do you know how people spend 4-10 minutes on your blog? Not by trying to manipulate them, by asking them to stick around for 4 minutes. Nope. But if you practice writing, develop your skills, make friends by being generous, people will flow to your blog organically and stick around for 5 to 10 minutes or longer, organically.
Lasting, ever-increasing, blogging profits expanding exponentially respond to your skills, energy, detachment, trust, relaxation and service rendered. Manipulation only leads to failure and struggle and quitting.
Develop your skills. Practice. Build something meaningful and lasting.
Ryan Biddulph is a blogger, author and world traveler who’s been featured on Richard Branson’s Virgin Blog, Forbes, Fox News, Entrepreneur, 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 retire to a life of island hopping through smart blogging at Blogging From Paradise.