Blogging Tips From Ryan Biddulph At Blogging From Paradise
I’d like to welcome Ryan Biddulph to the blog today. Ryan blogs at Blogging From Paradise, which is his new blogging venture. You could say that Ryan lives the dream, living and traveling around the world whilst using his blogging to fund it.
Ryan can consistently be seen around the online world and that is part of what makes him so successful. He practices what he preaches!
So grab a cup of coffee, sit back and enjoy what Ryan has to share with you today.
1. Tell us about yourself and your new blog at ‘Blogging From Paradise’
My name is Ryan Biddulph. I’m a 39 year old internet lifestyle junkie from New Jersey in the USA. I don’t spend much time there though; I’ve traveled the world for the past 39 months in a row.
I’m a blogger and freelance writer who is the owner of Blogging From Paradise, my new blog. At BFP our community chats about how to retire to a life of island hopping through smart blogging. Right now I’m living in Savusavu, Fiji for 4 months. I’ve lived in spots like Bali, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, India, Cambodia, Peru and Costa Rica too.
2. What made you get started in blogging?
I was fired
Actually I was downsized from my security guard job in NJ. Kelli – my fiancee – told me about the make money online bit, and from there I learned more about blogging. I thought it sounded neat, and I didn’t like the idea of working odd hours as a security guard for another shipping terminal, so I bought my domain and hosting 5 years ago. I dug the idea of being free to set my schedule, salary, and to call the shots.
3. How much time do you dedicate to your blogging?
How do you keep track of what you are doing?
This has changed over the years Catherine. Now I may work 4 to 8 hours a day. Back in the day, I worked 16 or more hours on some days but that was because I wasn’t working an intelligent system of creating content for a targeted audience and connecting with blogging authorities.
I keep a tidy little To Do list on a basic Notepad file. I list out my tasks for the day, and check each one when I’m done.
4. If you could have told yourself ONE thing when you started blogging, what would it be?
Get super clear on why you’re blogging and also, build your blog, from the domain, through the title, through the tagline, through the content, through the images, and ads, and pages, on ONE core, super strict, narrowed idea…..meaning, get uber specific on your ideal reader.
First off, if your blogging “why” is tied to some form of being free you’ll push yourself through tough spots. Nope, your “why” can’t be to make money because you’ll quit quickly when the dough doesn’t flow in.
As for your hyper targeted niche, consider my new blog. First, I wanted to share blogging tips (general niche), then, I wanted to share blogging tips to people who want to retire to become pro bloggers (drilling down a niche), then, I wanted to share blogging tips to folks who want to retire to become pro bloggers, who want to island hop/ aka travel all the time (drilling down to an even smaller niche).
From Day 1, I’d have tied my “why” to being free, and I’d also have drilled down my niche to a really tight market, and that’d have been reflected through my domain name, title, tagline, and all the way through the content of my blog.
5. You have been running an income producing blog for some time now. What would be your biggest tip for someone that wants to make an income from their blog?
Get a job. Or keep your job. Or do stuff other than blogging, to pad your savings, so you can blog like you don’t need the money. Trying to force my blog to make money – during lean times – was one of my chief mistakes online. Make money through other channels, so you can be detached from blogging outcomes.
When detached, you blog intelligently, and network intelligently, with pros, then you don’t even care about making money through blogging, and then you’re blogging with a pure intent, and then, money flows in the back door, when you weren’t looking for it.
6. What would you say is your favourite social media platform and why?
Twitter far and away, and not just because they never put me in the doghouse like Facebook does, and like Google Plus has. Quick and easy engaging, and you can share more than 2 or 3 updates a day without turning people off. I love it. You can engage quickly, share content, and keep abreast of industry trends by using the hashtag feature.
7. What has been the biggest hurdle that you have come across in your blogging career to date?
How did you overcome this?
Learning how to detach from outcomes, blogging-wise. I’m no detached, self-actualized Zen master but I feel more detached these days. I meditated, visualized, affirmed, trusted, expressed gratitude through my successes, and also, made money through different channels, to become a more detached blogger.
Most of these channels were directly related to my blog but I had to accept the fact that my Adsense checks, or other channels through which I wanted to make money, were not going to fund my trip without tens of thousands of targeted visitors each day.
When I promoted my freelance writing business and seized other opportunities this end of my blogging business took off. It was such a nice fit too. I had practiced writing thousands of posts, so the freelance gig became a piece of cake.
8. How do you drive traffic to your blog and grow your readership?
I create and connect. I create targeted content for a specific audience, and publish three, 2500 word posts weekly, then I connect with industry leaders, or experts in the blogging niche, by posting in-depth, thoughtful comments which masquerade as mini guest posts. This creating and connecting bit opens the door for interview requests, guest posts opportunities and other business ventures which are prospering to all involved, and that’s how I drive traffic to my blog and grow my readership.
I also genuinely care about each commentator who takes their precious time to comment on Blogging From Paradise, so I respond to each comment thoughtfully, and I thank as many folks as humanly possible on Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus for their support in sharing my posts or commenting on my posts, on those social sites.
9. What is the most important piece of advice you could give to a new blogger?
Know why you want to blog, and that reason better be overpowering, You must want to be free more than you fear doing uncomfortable things if you want to succeed in this niche. Blogging becomes easier and easier if your motivator is pure, and if you want to help others become free through sharing your blogging insights.
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