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Go The Extra Mile – Leave Your Comfort Zone

It is very obvious comfort is a major enemy of success and most of the successful men that ever lived had to leave their comfort zones.

I am not talking about wealth or riches or any other thing here, I mean “COMFORT“.

When I say comfort, there might be many definitions or meanings for it, for some, it might be doing the usual, for some it might be sleeping, Yeah! I mean it, anything that you can’t sacrifice to make yourself a success is comfort.comfort zone

You should be able to sacrifice anything to make sure you are successful, name it: your sleep, food, whatever.

The truth is, it is very difficult to sacrifice your comfort zone but you might not be able to go far, you might not be able to achieve success if you don’t sacrifice your comfort.

It might be a little going out of the box. If you do make 10 comments a day before, it is your comfort zone, making 30 comments a day will make you leave your comfort zone and help you achieve things much faster. If you do write 2 guest posts a month, writing 10 is out of the usual, you are stretching yourself to do what you are not used to, you are leaving your comfort zone and it surely has its results.

Many people might not know, but the truth is, taking risks is also part of leaving your comfort zone.

It was this risk Bill gates took when He dropped out of college, and he is what he is today, it was the same risk many other successful people took and they are where they are today.

Comfort Might not Be Good!

I know there would be some naysayers whom no matter what, will never agree with me here.

Tell me, how many hours do you sleep per day? 8, 9 e.t.c. What if sacrificing 2 hours of your sleep will help accelerate your success?

We all love comfort and except you discipline yourself, comfort will not get you so far. You must be able to adjust when need be, and also be willing to sacrifice to get yourself more.

We might need to debunk some old theories and go against the norm, I mean: Science believes we are to sleep for a minimum of 7 or 8 hours each day, what if you could make yours 6 and work towards your passion?

That job is like hell, but it is surely comfort, which is why you don’t want to leave it. You never know what might happen ;), but if I may tell you, that job you are afraid to leave, no matter how you hate it, is your comfort zone – which is why you don’t want to leave it.

I know my definitions might be a little bit odd, i might be saying something different from others but the truth is, anything that can determine your life, your future or anything about you, anything you can’t just leave like that – it is your comfort zone.

Your Comfort Zone is Your Unproductive Zone!

Yeah! Can you ever be productive while sleeping? Or, eating? No! You have to think about this.

You can never be productive in your comfort zone, Never!

You just have to forget about some things, after all, it is for your future. You are doing it now so that you will never do it again. Believe me, you are sacrificing your sleep now so that you will not do so later in the future.

Many successful drop-outs dropped out of school so that they will never rely on any entity in order to have a living, look at them now, are they where they want? You most certainly can answer that yourself.

Your Life Can NEVER be Better in Your comfort Zone!

Believe me, the truth is, most things we like most are the most dangerous things for us.

You love to drink juices, soft drinks and the likes, have you ever wondered for a while how these things were produced? Leaving them for a while might just give you a better life.

You love comfort, you love to be satisfied, you love to have pleasure: good sleep, watching movies e.t.c. If you are given the chance, you can even be sleeping 20 hours in a day. You love to stay idle doing nothing, you love to hang around playing with friends, you love to be praised and are not ready to take them blame for doing what is right (a little going out of the box).

Others are doing it, right! You know if you don’t then you will be the talk, enemies will emerge and people will hate you, we all don’t love that feeling, it is our comfort zone but we sometimes have to leave it.

Procrastination Might be Your Comfort Zone!

This is the silly truth many people fail to realize, you keep postponing what you are supposed to do, today it is tomorrow, tomorrow, it is next tomorrow and like that and that.

It might not be comfortable when starting, but starting will most certainly put you on a new track, starting will help you kick-start a new future, starting will help you take up a new responsibility. It might not be easy to start, but you never know what the future might hold.

We all like to be sleeping, watching movies and hanging around with friends, we all don’t want to take over new responsibilities that will consume a large amount of our time, we want this and that, but don’t fail to realize that what you hate might be what is best for you and what you like most might be what you are supposed to avoid as plague.

Leaving Your Comfort Zone Brings about New Things!

Yes! The journey might be hard, it might be discouraging, there might be no signs of hope, the future might seem deem but let me assure you, there is something waiting for you, something greater than you expect, something worth its value in gold.

The truth is, if truly you are doing the right thing, your hard work will never go unrewarded.

You might seem as if you are wasting your time, but look at it, most of the successful people took a decision and only started to make it years after they took that decision.

You don’t ever need to worry, once you believe in yourself.

The Journey is a Hard One!

Believe me, I don’t preach what I don’t do, I most certainly know most of what I say is very difficult.

How can you face the fear of hate from your loved ones? How can you face being rejected by friends? How can you face loosing a good night sleep? Or maybe sacrificing your food? I know it is not easy which is why it brings about success, if it were easy, everybody would be doing it and success on itself will have no meaning.

But… what if it will bring you lasting joy? What if it will bring to you your dreams? What if it will help you have a brighter future? What if it will make you what you have always aspired to be? What if it will bring far more than what you have loss? It might be very difficult to bear, which is while many people quit on the way.

The truth is… and shouldn’t be denied, it is not for everybody. Success is not for everybody. Not everybody will leave his/her comfort zone, or at least, not everybody are ready to do so. Why? It is not so easy.

Remember my closing word:

“It is not so easy to leave your comfort zone, it is a very difficult thing to do, but it most certainly will change your future and make you a better person than you ever could imagine”

101 Great Success Quotes for Your Success

As many say, “success is not easy to come by“, but the truth is, the people you associate yourself with and the type of words you hear will affect how fast you can succeed.

If you believe or are surrounded with those who are telling you it is impossible, then it definitely will be impossible but if you believe it is possible and that success is inevitable, then definitely you will succeed.

Since you are affected by what you hear or read, below are 101 great success quotes for you to succeed this year.

1. Action is the foundational key to all success.
Pablo Picasso

2. A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him.
David Brinkley

3. Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other.
Abraham Lincoln

4. It’s not enough that I should succeed – others should fail.
David Merrick

5. In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure.
Bill Cosby

6. In order to succeed you must fail, so that you know what not to do the next time.
Anthony J. D’Angelo

7. If you want to achieve things in life, you’ve just got to do them, and if you’re talented and smart, you’ll succeed.
Juliana Hatfield

8. If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Then quit. There’s no point in being a damn fool about it.
W. C. Fields

9. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed.
Michael Jordan

10. I honestly think it is better to be a failure at something you love than to be a success at something you hate.
George Burns

11. I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.
Bill Cosby

12. How can they say my life is not a success? Have I not for more than sixty years got enough to eat and escaped being eaten?
Logan P. Smith

13. Formula for success: rise early, work hard, strike oil.
J. Paul Getty

14. Flaming enthusiasm, backed up by horse sense and persistence, is the quality that most frequently makes for success.
Dale Carnegie

15. Failure is success if we learn from it.
Malcolm Forbes

16. Don’t aim for success if you want it; just do what you love and believe in, and it will come naturally.
David Frost

17. Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success.
Dale Carnegie

18. Defeat is not the worst of failures. Not to have tried is the true failure.
George Edward Woodberry

19. Most people give up just when they’re about to achieve success. They quit on the one yard line. They give up at the last minute of the game one foot from a winning touchdown.
Ross Perot

20. No man succeeds without a good woman behind him. Wife or mother, if it is both, he is twice blessed indeed.
Harold MacMillan

21. Nothing recedes like success.
Walter Winchell

22. One secret of success in life is for a man to be ready for his opportunity when it comes.
Benjamin Disraelisuccess1

23. Pray that success will not come any faster than you are able to endure it.
Elbert Hubbard

24. Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.
Winston Churchill

25. Success has a simple formula: do your best, and people may like it.
Sam Ewing

26. Success in almost any field depends more on energy and drive than it does on intelligence. This explains why we have so many stupid leaders.
Sloan Wilson

27. Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose.
Bill Gates

28. Success is a science; if you have the conditions, you get the result.
Oscar Wilde

29. Success is blocked by concentrating on it and planning for it… Success is shy – it won’t come out while you’re watching.
Tennessee Williams

30. Success is dependent on effort.

31. Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get.
Dale Carnegie

32. Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom.
George S. Patton

33. Success is like death. The more successful you become, the higher the houses in the hills get and the higher the fences get.
Kevin Spacey

33. Success is often the result of taking a misstep in the right direction.
Al Bernstein

34. Success is simple. Do what’s right, the right way, at the right time.
Arnold H. Glasow

35. Success is simply a matter of luck. Ask any failure.
Earl Wilson

36. Success is that old ABC – ability, breaks, and courage.
Charles Luckman

37. Success without honor is an unseasoned dish; it will satisfy your hunger, but it won’t taste good.
Joe Paterno

38. The man who has done his level best… is a success, even though the world may write him down a failure.
B. C. Forbes

39. Success is the one unpardonable sin against our fellows.
Ambrose Bierce

40. Success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go.
William Feather

41. Success isn’t a result of spontaneous combustion. You must set yourself on fire.
Arnold H. Glasow

42. Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome.
Booker T. Washingtonsuccess2

43. The common idea that success spoils people by making them vain, egotistic and self-complacent is erroneous; on the contrary it makes them, for the most part, humble, tolerant and kind.
W. Somerset Maugham

44. The ladder of success is best climbed by stepping on the rungs of opportunity.
Ayn Rand

45. The measure of success is not whether you have a tough problem to deal with, but whether it is the same problem you had last year.
John Foster Dulles

46. The thermometer of success is merely the jealousy of the malcontents.
Salvador Dali

47. Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.
Albert Einstein

48. The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people.
Theodore Roosevelt

49. Those who have succeeded at anything and don’t mention luck are kidding themselves.
Larry King

50. The toughest thing about success is that you’ve got to keep on being a success.
Irving Berlin

51. What is success? I think it is a mixture of having a flair for the thing that you are doing; knowing that it is not enough, that you have got to have hard work and a certain sense of purpose.
Margaret Thatcher

52. Few men have the natural strength to honour a friend’s success without envy.

53. The greatest form of maturity is at harvest time.That is when we must learn how to reap without complaint if the amounts are small and how to to reap without apology if the amounts are big.
Failure seems to be regarded as the one unpardonable crime, success as the all-redeeming virtue, the acquisition of wealth as the single worthy aim of life. The hair-raising revelations of skullduggery and grand-scale thievery merely incite others to surpass by yet bolder outrages and more corrupt combinations.

Charles Francis Adams II

54. It is easy to get to the top after you get through the crowd at the bottom.  Unless you’re willing to have a go, fail miserably, and have another go, success won’t happen.
Phillip Adams

55. We can have more than we’ve got because we can become more than we are.

56. The successful always has a number of projects planned, to which he looks forward. Anyone of them could change the course of his life overnight.
-Mark Caine

57. There are three ingredients in the good life: learning, earning and yearning.
– Christopher Morley

58. When a man feels throbbing within him the power to do what he undertakes as well as it can possibly be done, this is happiness, this is success.
Orison Swett Marden

59. Pity the man who inherits a million and isn’t a millionaire.Here’s what would be pitiful,if your income grew and you didn’t.

60. The great successful men of the world have used their imagination, they think ahead and create their mental picture in all its details, filling in here, adding a little there, altering this a bit and that a bit, but steadily building – steadily building.
Robert Collier

61. Success doesn’t come to you, you go to it.
Marva Collins

62. The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather in a lack of will.
Vincent T. Lombardi

63. Success is a journey, not a destination.
Ben Sweetland

64. If you care at all,you’ll get some results.If you care enough, you’ll get incredible results.

65. The difference between failure and success is doing a thing nearly right and doing a thing exactly right.
Edward Simmons

66. It’s the determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal – a commitment to excellence – that will enable you to attain the success you seek.
Mario Andretti

67. No one ever attains very eminent success by simply doing what is required of him; it is the amount and excellence of what is over and above the required that determines the greatness of ultimate distinction.
Charles Kendall Adams

68. The secret of success in life is for a man to be ready for his opportunity when it comes.
Benjamin Disraeli

69. The most practical, beautiful, workable philosophy in the world won’t work – if you won’t.

70. I believe the greater the handicap, the greater the triumph.
John H. Johnson

71. Unless you change how you are, you will always have what you’ve got.

72. My list of ingredients for success is divided into four basic groups: Inward, Outward, Upward and Onward.
David Thomas

73. A stumble may prevent a fall.
English Proverbmotivation1

74. Success is not so much what we have as it is what we are.

75. God gives every bird a worm, but he does not throw it into the nest.
Swedish Proverb

76. Possession of the ball is the key to winning in football, basketball, and the game of life.
Laing Burns, Jr.

77. Success is not permanent. The same is also true of failure.
Dell Crossword

78. Success often comes to those who have the aptitude to see way down the road.
Laing Burns, Jr.

79. There’s no limit to what a man can achieve, if he doesn’t care who gets the credit.
Laing Burns, Jr.

80. Truth, self control, asceticism, generosity, non-injury, constancy in virtue ? these are the means of success, not caste or family.

81. The person who gets the farthest is generally the one who is willing to do and dare. The sure-thing boat never gets far from shore.
-Dale Carnegie

82. Most successful men have not achieved their distinction by having some new talent or opportunity presented to them. They have developed the opportunity that was at hand.
-Bruce Barton

83. Would you like me to give you a formula for success? It’s quite simple, really. Double your rate of failure. You are thinking of failure as the enemy of success. But it isn’t at all. You can be discouraged by failure or you can learn from it, So go ahead and make mistakes. Make all you can. Because remember that’s where you will find success.
-Thomas J. Watson
84. Health, happiness and success depend upon the fighting spirit of each person. The big thing is not what happens to us in life – but what we do about what happens to us.
-George Allen

85. He who is silent is forgotten; he who does not advance falls back; he who stops is overwhelmed; out distanced, crushed; he who ceases to grow becomes smaller; he who leaves off, gives up; the condition of standing still is the beginning of the end.
-Henri Frederic Amiel

85. A successful man continues to look for work after he has found a job.

86. Act as though it is impossible to fail.

87. An Unfailing Success Plan: At each day’s end write down the six most important things to do tomorrow; number them in order of importance, and then do them.

88. As you climb the ladder of success, check occasionally to make sure it is leaning against the right wall.

89. Be self-reliant and your success is assured.

90. Choice, not circumstances, determines your success.

91. Confidence is the companion of success.

92. My goal is to translate response into results. Some teachers teach for others to learn – That’s not me. Some teachers teach for others to accomplish – That is me.

93. Everybody’s a self-made man; but only the successful ones are ever willing to admit it.

94. The most important question to ask on the job is not “what am I getting?” The most important question to ask is “What am I becoming?”

95. If you would live your life with ease; do what you ought, not what you please.

96. Motivation is the fuel, necessary to keep the human engine running.

97. In order to succeed, you must first be willing to fail.

98. It is wise to keep in mind that no success or failure is necessarily final.

99. Life’s real failure is when you do not realize how close you were to success when you gave up.

100. Persistence gives confidence and continued right mental attitude followed by consistent action will bring success. When you have that knowing inside of you, fear has vanished and the obstruction to a life of all good removed.

101.Success does not come to those who wait . . . and it does not wait for anyone to come to it.

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I Have a Problem – Do you?

If  you have been reading writersincharge for sometimes now, you will notice I always change my theme. I must personally confess, I have changed my theme more than 5 times on this blog only, and it is as a result of one great problem I have, I really love this problem and I will advice you also to do so. Below are my reasons.I have a problem

What is the Problem?

Never settle for less, you are not destined for mediocrity nor failure, you are destined for the top, don’t try to settle for just anything because of this and that.

It has been observed that some readers will stop reading your blog f you start making some changes too often but you know that your blog is not in the perfect condition you want it to be.

After all, beauty is in the eyes of the beholder and if you could not find your site interesting and if it does not look beautiful then why should you expect it to look beautiful in the eyes of your readers.

Care but Don’t Care!

Many of you know me as that boy who doesn’t care and many of you know that I truly, sincerely and genuinely care.

I don’t care because I don’t want “that nonsense” (I mean nonsense). I was reading a particular piece by Sonia Simeone, which was about 5 great things to help you achieve success with your products. Here is an excerpt from the post below.

Rule #2. Don’t get thrown off by complaints

Trust me, you could offer a pill that actually gives eternal life for one dollar, and people will despise you for “just trying to make a buck.”

The same people will get angry no matter how hard or soft your sell. And the people you really care about — the ones who will become your customers — need you to communicate clearly and without a lot of apology.

So sell the benefits, make your case, and tune out the negativity and the whiners. If someone crosses the line and gets nasty, go in and manually unsubscribe them. You don’t need that nonsense.

Here is a link to the post if you like to read it.

Why Should You Care?

I must tell you the truth, the only thing I believe should be able to make you lose a reader should be when you are writing absolutely rubbish on your blog.

If some people are always getting pissed off at anything you do, if you change your theme, they will complain, if you launch a product they will complain, they will complain no matter what you do – Then they are “the nonsense” and you don’t need them.

In a nutshell!

Don’t be satisfied with mediocrity, don’t just stay in one place, one of the greatest element of success in life is change, you should keep on changing and changing until you find the perfect balance in life.

One of the most deadly mistake you will ever commit is trying to please any man, why should you?

Since it is absolutely impossible to please anybody (at least, not on earth), then keep doing what you are doing, keep progressing.

I didn’t say it please!

Please, the main point of this post is not to try to tell you not to be getting feedback from your readers.

Getting feedback is really great and is one of the most important element to your success.

What I am trying to say is that if it is because of loosing a reader or this or that, that you are not trying to make a major change that will change your life forever, then you are deceiving yourself and preparing for utter failure.

PS: Pardon my formatting, The message in this post is so great that I have to nail some points – I am also using the opportunity to test my new theme :).

Brand VS Traffic – The Battle Line is Drawn

It was a Saturday Afternoon, and a gun was placed at my head, with this controversial question asked, “Brand VS Traffic, which do you prefer”. Without thinking twice, I said brand.

Don’t fret, No Gun was placed at my head, or I would rather say, “my thought placed a gun at my head, asking me the above question”.

Lets Start the Real thing!

If I were to ask you which you will prefer, in having a great brand or having tons of traffic, which would you choose?

I know this question is very controversial, so I would first give you the benefits of both, take my pick and give you some bonus tips on “my pick”.

A Great Brand!

Why do you need a great brand? Your brand is what speaks for you, it portrays you, your product, your quality and most importantly, your message.build a brand

Having a rock solid brand for your business is very important in so many ways, here are some benefits of having a great brand below.

1. You are Easily Remembered: Every one of us wants to be remembered, you want to have an online presence, you want people to recommended you to their friends.

The truth is, if people cannot remember you then they will not be able to make recommendations of you to others.

Having a great brand helps eliminate this problem. Take Google for example, everywhere we go, it is Google, why? Because they have built their brand.

2. More Traffic: I would like to give you some analysis of search engine traffic to this blog.

Here are my 5 top keywords for May.

1. young entrepreneur blog – 43 Visits
2. thewritersincharge – 17 Visits
3. dofollow press release sites – 12 Visits
4. top do follow+submit press release sites – 10 Visits
5. writersincharge.com – 10 Visits

You will notice my “writersincharge” appearing twice in the top keywords. It means I am building a proper brand.

PS: This blog is just two months old so I presently get little traffic from search engines (about 800 in may).

Another thing is that I get over thousands of people coming to this blog every month “directly”. It might be as a result of people telling their friends about my blog or so, it is all about branding.

Branding is not all about having the best design or getting yourself the most beautiful logo, it is far more than that

If you have a great brand then it will be very easy for your website to grow, people will easily tell their friends, families and readers about you because your brand has sticked right into their head.

3. Position Yourself as an Expert: Pls, I don’t mind if you could give me the answer to this question in the comments, “Do I talk like a 16-year-old boy?” Nay! I talk boldly and with confidence and authority on this blog so you can would always think I one big man if you don’t know much about me.

With the types of questions and comments I get, I can easily decode Many people place me as an expert in my field. How do you know if the same is applicable to you in your field? You can take the following questions into consideration.

1. How do your readers see you?

2. Do your readers/clients ask you for advice?

3. Which type of advice do they ask you?

4. As a blogger, do they ask you to write about a particular topic?

The question is almost endless and they are asking you because they think you know it. If you get a decent amount of traffic and you are not being asked this type of questions then you can begin to take a look on your posts. Do you talk with authority or subjectiveness?

I personally discovered it is not about the quality of your post but how your post is being laid out.

Truth is, “Your blog posts also have a long way to affect your brand”. If you write rubbish with subjectiveness then it will surely corrupt your brand or even help make sure you don’t have a brand.

If you write great and useful posts with great personality and authority, it will help you grow your brand faster and also increase the respect people have for you, it will also show people a “VERY UNIQUE” side of you which will make them think there is no other person like you thereby taking all you say as the final and also making them buy your products without doubts in their minds.

4. Respect and credibility: We all want respect! We all want credibility! Which do you think is the best product launch? Is it the one in which you have a lot of traffic and sold 1000 products in one day or the one in which you have less traffic and sold 100 the first day, the 100 people who bought told others then you sold thousands and the trend continues? I will better pick the latter.

If you could work towards building a great brand, it will help you gain respect and credibility which will in turn affect how people deal with you.

In case you don’t know, Having respect and credibility helps you grow quickly, because people will tell others about you, it also helps you make sales easily because people will not think twice before they buy from you. Why is it so easy for scammers to make lots of sales using Google’s name? It is because of Google’s great brand.

Your brand will determine what you will be in years to come, it will determine whether you would have gone into extinction or whether you will be a great giant.

5. It Brings in New Opportunities: Having a great brand helps you easily gain new opportunities, you will just be seeing people contacting you for partnership and the likes everyday.

The power of a great brand should not be underestimated, traffic might not make you millions but a great brand can. If Google begins to sell a product for $500,000 now, in no time, they would have made millions from it but if it were to be a matter of traffic, nobody would want to risk his money, or what do you think?

6. It Makes you Unique: This is the great thing about a brand, it is what separates you from the competition, it gives a new definition of you, it tells people more about you.

My Brand, is different from yours and yours is different from Google’s. Our brands can never be the same, which means, what you do will only be attributed to you.

Just take a look at the homepage of Digg and you will begin to see all this big sites on the front-page, Why? because they have taken their time to build a great brand.

If I continue to tell you the benefits of building a great brand, then I am afraid, you might not finish reading this post (that is even if you managed to get to this point).

Now What of Traffic!

The truth is, without traffic, you can never have a brand, and with very little traffic, you can make more sales than someone with far more traffic than you do.free website traffic

Having a Great Brand is not all about getting all the traffic in this world but maximizing, or better said, “making effective use” of the traffic.

I can have a better brand than someone who gets thousands of visitors everyday, take for example, problogger and quickonlinetips. It is evident that many of you might have not even heard of quick online tips while many of us know who Darren is (the owner of Problogger).

Quick online tips post about 5 posts everyday and gets tons of search engine traffic while Darren posts only one post a day and gets enough attention.

I used both of them because the get the same type of traffic (around 600,000 unique visitors monthly – I am sure quick online tips will be getting even more traffic now).

Below are some great benefits of getting tons of traffic to your blog.

1. It Leads to a Great Brand (If properly used): Yeah! I know I am confusing you, but WAIT!!!

One of the advantages of getting lots of traffic to a blog is that it can also be an element of a great brand.

If you don’t have traffic, then it is simple, You can’t have a brand. getting the right type of traffic will help you in so many ways.

2. It brings about Sales: Truth is, you might not have a brand, but If you have a good copy and also could get traffic to your sales page, then you can easily make sales, people want to benefit from what you have to offer and without them knowing you offer something they would not buy from you. Traffic is what brings your message in contact with them. No traffic means no sale.

3. Traffic can also help you build a brand: Yeah! Since you can’t build a brand without traffic, then a brand is not possible if there is no traffic.

Having the right type of traffic will help you build your brand faster.

Let me confide in you…

I am dumbfounded, I don’t know what to say again. I just don’t have any points again (I know traffic is great, but I can hardly come across any great benefit of traffic now).

What is your pick?

My Pick!

After analyzing both, I would tell you that I am personally confused (so confused), I don’t know what to choose, should it be traffic or a brand? A brand is great and traffic is great.

I can’t just end this post like this so I would have to go with one.

Going with my first point on the benefits of getting tons of traffic to a blog, I would go with traffic.

Why? Since getting traffic can lead to  great brand and it is also impossible to have a brand without traffic, then I would rather go with traffic. Even if I don’t have a brand, I can easily make some sales and get my name out there… BUT… I would rather make effective use of my traffic and use it to build a great brand so that I wouldn’t hate myself in the future.


Now that I have chosen traffic, I would like to give you some great tips on how to get traffic to your blog.

1. Give Value: Since your post/blog/website is not worth any read if you don’t give value, why then do you want traffic.

It is very important to give value in anything you do, even if you are a business. I wonder why your business exists if you are not ready to give value, is it to make money? Then you are deceiving yourself. Traffic is meant for only those who are providing value.

I am someone who has had some blogs for sometimes now and I will tell you that getting traffic to a website is not the problem but maintaining it.

I discovered that if I write a really great and useful post then in a little period of time, it will have gotten a lot of retweets, and in not time people will be coming to that post through Facebook and email (I don’t use Facebook and I didn’t send any email about those posts), all these will lead to even more traffic.

You really can get traffic but can you maximize it? Getting real traffic will make sure your traffic is increasing month by month whether you promote your blog/website or not.

It is also very important to give value because it will also have effect on your brand.

2. Network: I have personally discovered that every single traffic generation revolves around networking (even SEO).

You might say you don’t network – that can be possible if you don’t get people to your website at all. If you truly want to get lots of people to visit your blog/website regularly then you have to network a lot.

You might network with big people or “small upcoming” people.

The fact that you tried to network with Darren (or A-lists) and they don’t accept does not mean you can’t succeed. Darren and other A-list bloggers are not fools and the fact that they don’t accept does not make them proud or prove that they don’t want the growth of others. What is the benefit of me helping another person grow if I don’t want to grow? If you want to network successfully with Darren or other A-list bloggers, then you must have something in it for them.

The great secret about networking is that, “It is not all about you, but them” If you are to network, think about others first before you i.e. If you will digg one of your article, then you must have dugg 20 others that does not belong to you.

3. Be Creative: People sometimes call it being controversial, but I tell you, “It’s more than that”. I call it Creativity.

You should always come up with new and great Ideas. If you take a close look at Blogussion, you will discover that He didn’t have that great community before the theme. Alex was very creative and that was what made him come up with the Idea of Blogussion (Which is presently the best thesis skin out there). Immediately after launching His theme, He got traction, He made the buzz, He became respected and He got a swarm of loyal readers (just because of a paid product).

It doesn’t matter whether what you come up with is paid or free, it is all about you being creative.

3. Social Networks: Go out there and see many top bloggers, you will notice twitter is one of the top traffic sources for many of them. Why is it social networking? The future of the web is in the media, it is in social networks like twitter, Facebook and “unknown” (unknown are many other great social networking sites to come up). If you put all eggs in one basket then you are wasting your time, if all you do is rely on search engine traffic, then you are digging your grave, a time will come when search engines will no longer be relevant, so what will you do then?

My Advice: LEVERAGE, I am not talking of Humans now, I am talking of traffic. If Google send you tons of visitors a day, try to get them to your Feed reader, twitter account and Facebook account, try also to get them to your mailing list, you are saving yourself for the future.

4. SEO: The fellow who told you search engine traffic is not important must be a great liar (maybe because he is not having it ;)). Try as much as possible to optimize your blog for search engines, try to work on both your on page and off page factors and also try your best to get Links to your blog as much as possible. Here are two great posts on seo: mine and that on viperchill

“The truth is, Links Control the web”

5. Backup: You might never have heard this before but I will tell you it is what the wise people (note: “wise people”) use.

What type of traffic is this backup traffic? It is all about you making sure you don’t rely on all the above traffic generation strategies. Build your list.

Feedburner is great but Limited, your list is only what is not limited and there are many great software that can do that out there, many people use aweber but I use what I only have control of, I use Interspire (I will be writing a review later).

Just start now, tomorrow might be too late.

I sent a mail to my list about a particular post and In less than 48 hours, it became the most popular post for that week, will you tell me I don’t have feed subscribers?

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What is Your Online Business Model?

I have been studying several blogs and bloggers for quite some time now, some of them have only one site, some have several sites, some do not even make money from their main blogs while others make thousands of dollars from their main blog. It is very evident that I am yet to take any BOLD step to monetize this blog (which I will be doing very soon).

There are various ways to make money from your blog and online, some of which include:

1. Affiliate Marketing
2. In text Ads
3. Sales of Banner Ads
4. Writing sponsored reviews
5. Creating your own product
6. Selling your blog
7. Contextual Advertisement – Google Adsense and the likes.

There are even much more ways to make money online…

The blogs used in this case study either use one or some of the above methods to monetize their blogs – this post is just used to analyze their online business model so that you can learn some few things from them.

FYI: The example blogs used are the ones owned by the bloggers listed below.

Darren Rowse
Yaro Starak
Glen Alsop
Pat Flynn
Steve Pavlina
Tran Tinh

I want to analyze how these blogs make money online.

1. Problogger – Darren Rowse

Many of us know Darren and we know he his a blogging King (as he is being called: The “blogger’s blogger”). In fact, he is the King of blogging, he has a great name and brand and His blog is full of great posts from his blogging experience.

Here is Darren’s latest update on how He makes money online.

Darren Makes hundreds of thousands of dollars online so he is a good fit for our case study

We will first take a proper look on his blog using the picture below.

If we take a closer look, we will discover he makes money through the following methods:

1. Affiliate Marketing
2. Banner Ads
3. Google Adsense
4. Product Creation

Banner Ads: Due to the nature of His blog – His niche (blogging niche) which has lots of competitors and also as a result of his traffic (tens of thousands of them everyday), we will discover why it is so easy for him to make a lot of money through banner ads.

His blog has lots of ads (About nine or so which he makes money from).
From this, we can discover that you can make a lot of money through banner ads provided that you are able to get enough traffic.

Affiliate Marketing: The more traffic you get, the more money you can make. It is not difficult for him to make money through affiliate marketing due to the high number of traffic he gets and the name he has built for himself – If you are a blogger (in the blogging niche) and you don’t know who Darren is then I doubt if you really are a blogger.

From the above, we will discover it is easy to make money from affiliate marketing if you can build a name and get the type of traffic. The mistake many bloggers make is to just promote any product because of the money, little did they know they are killing their reputation – Only promote what you trust and you can vouch for.

Google Adsense: Don’t think Darren makes money by plastering ad codes on his blog like many bloggers do, No!, he uses Google Adsense to sell his banner Ads.

Product Creation: Darren has created a number of books and some of them are 31 days to build a better blog (aff link) and Problogger The Book. Since he is the king of blogging, you can easily discover that you need a name and traffic to have success with selling affiliate products.
Darren Also has a paid forum which helps him make recurring income.

The above are how Darren Makes Money Online

2. Yaro Starak – Entrepreneur’s Journey

We probably know Yaro and we know he is one of the top bloggers out there. I can’t say if he makes more money than Darren but I really love Him because of His Wisdom – Which type of Wisdom? Continuity Income.

Yaro Has a number of membership sites with which he makes money online, In other words, Yaro makes money while he sleeps. His blog at Entrepreneur’s Journey helps Him make money (over $20,000 a month) through some of the methods Darren uses above. He uses the following methods to make money online.

1. Banner Ads
2. Affiliate Marketing
3. Product Creation

Banner Ads: Yaro has 14 banners on his blog and Selling Banner Ads is one of His highest income source for his blog (Note “for His blog“). As at the time of writing, he sells banner ads on his blog for the following rates:

Text Link Package – $75 per month.
125 x 125 sidebar ads – $200 per month
Standard banner ads (468*60, 250*250 and 728*90) – $200 per month

After making a rough analysis with the prizes above, I discovered Yaro makes over $2800 from banner ads alone every month.

You will notice Yaro also complies with what I said about Darren in regards to how he makes money from banner ads (that is, he has a high traffic blog e.t.c.).

Affiliate Marketing: Yaro also does the same as Darren does in affiliate marketing (read about Darren above if you don’t understand what I mean). Another thing about Yaro is that He reviews products and then makes use of His affiliate links in them.

Product Creation: If you are very familiar with Yaro then you will know that he has a number of membership sites with which he makes money online.

3. Glen Alsop – Viperchill

Glen Alsop is the owner of viperchill and he makes 5 figure monthly from his online business. You will see from Glen’s blog that it is not monetized yet it has lots of readers and subscribers.

What the fucking heck! – Then How does this Guy Make Money Online?

It is very simple, Glen makes money online but not from his main blog, he has several popular blogs in other niches and he makes money from them. Below are how he makes money online:

1. Niche Blogging
2. Website Flipping
3. Product Creation

Niche Blogging: What the heck is niche blogging? Niche blogging is a process whereby a blogger creates a blog in another niche solely for the purpose of making money from it. Blogs like this can be monetized using affiliate links or many other form of advertisements.

Glen builds blogs in other popular but less competitive niche and then monetizes it using Google Adsense or other advertisement methods. Here is his post on how he does that.

Website Flipping: Glen also builds other websites which he eventually sells for huge prizes, a good example of this was when he sold plugin id. Here is a great post on how he does that.

Product Creation: Glen also has an ebook called Cloud Living (aff link), the ebook explains step by step how he makes money online – The ebook made him $30,000 in a few weeks.
You will also notice that Glen has thousands of people visiting his blog everyday and also has a name, he also has a unique writing style almost everybody would love which makes him gain more readers to his blog.

4. Pat Flynn – Smart Passive Income

Pat is a great and wise blogger and he makes money online by applying wisdom. He is also unique on his blog due to his transparency. Pat also makes tens of thousands of dollars every month and below are the methods he uses to make money online.

1. Affiliate Marketing
2. Product Creation

Affiliate Marketing: You will notice some banner ads on Pat’s blog, you will also notice His resource page. Pat makes thousands of dollars every month using the methods I just outlined, The banner ads on his blog are not sold but rather affiliate links to products he uses, trusts and recommends.
Pat is also a popular blogger and has a name – which is very important to make lots of money through affiliate marketing.

Product Creation: Nay! Nay! Nay! But we don’t see any product on his blog, you say. Pat has a product but not in the make money online niche, it is in another niche entirely. The product also helps him make thousands of dollars monthly.
You will noticed I said Pat is a wise blogger earlier on (I haven’t swallowed my words lol!). My reason for saying so is because of His wisdom in tapping from another niche – Pat is an architect by degree so he created a product in that niche and that his making him money every month.

Here is one of pat’s latest income report (as at the time of writing this post).

5. Steve Pavlina

Who is this guy? Steve is an hero, even though you might not find some of his latest posts interesting, he has written what we call killer flagship content which will still be relevant in years to come – I also love his writing style and let me tell you a secret – His post Inspired me to start blogging (the right way).

Steve makes hundreds of thousands of dollars every month as a result of his online business
How does Steve make money online.

1. Affiliate Marketing
2. Conferences

Affiliate Marketing: Steve Pavlina makes money online by linking to affiliate products, he only links to very useful and trusted affiliate products he uses. He gets hundred of thousand of visitors and also has a great name which helps him easily make money online.

Conferences: If you have been reading Steve’s blog then you probably know what I am talking about. Steve Pavlina makes money online by organizing paid conferences for people, he posts about the conference on his blog which gives it more traction. Steve charges hundreds of dollars per person and the conference is done offline, he gets hundreds of thousands of visitors every month which makes this process more easy.

6. Tran Tinh – Eblogtip

The truth is, Tran makes thousands of dollars every month and he has several blogs, He is a great blogger I really love because of many things – How his people behave and his kind gesture.

Tran made almost $2000 from one of his blog (eblogtip) last month.

Why I included Tran?

Tran got a little over 5,000 visitors in may and I know that of this month will be a little over that. If he could make this much with less than 10,000 monthly visitors then why can’t you?
How Tran makes money Online.

1. Affiliate Marketing
2. Banner Ads
3. Contextual Ads and in-text ads- Google adsense, Chitika and infolinks

I will not talk about Banner Ads and Contextual Ads since you have read about them over and over in this post.

Affiliate Marketing: Tran made a large percent of his income through affiliate links, how does he do that? – By using banner ads and also making reviews of products he uses. Tinh really reviews good and useful products and he is an hardworking blogger. He tries to write on his blog everyday.

PS: You will notice that all the bloggers listed above are popular, have a name and only review quality products, if you want to make money online through affiliate marketing then don’t do it at the risk of your readers.
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