Few people know how much of an impact being healthy and fit has on your success. In fact, your health and fitness are two critical factors that allow you to indicate how much you are taking care of yourself. Being healthy and fit tells you that you are able to keep your own body in shape. If you can keep your health and fitness in check, you can keep yourself in check in other ways as well. Here are four reasons why health and fitness have everything to do with success.

  1. Good health and fitness encourages you to set goals. In order to maintain good health and fitness, you need to set goals. Setting goals such as eating less sugar, doing more chin-ups, or just running outside every day are set so people can maintain healthy and fit lives. As an individual gets better at implementing goals for health and fitness, it becomes easier to shift that mindset for other goals–like a business plan.
  2. You don’t like to settle. Once people become fit, they have the natural tendency to get more fit. If an individual is able to run the mile in under five minutes, that person will strive to run the mile faster next time. You are happy with what you have accomplished, but you also know that the journey never ends. Never wanting to settle will encourage you to try new things, experiment with old ones, and take risks.
  3. You get more confidence. Not everyone is healthy and fit, but if you are, you have done something incredible. You are consistently maintaining your body and nourishing it properly. That’s a big accomplishment which will definitely boost your confidence. In addition, being healthy and fit gives you the “I Can” mentality. This mentality is your super power that allows you to believe in your ability to do anything.
  4. You will learn that success requires patience. Do you want the rock solid abs? Do you want to have a muscular body? It takes several months of working out the right way for the average person to get to that level. There is no such thing as overnight success, and if you maintain your health and get fit, you will learn that. Then, it will be easier for you to carry that over to your business.

There are many connections that health and fitness have with being successful. Those are just four of the many ways that keeping your body in check can lead to a better life. What are your thoughts on the list? Do you have any additional reasons that health and fitness affect success? Please share your thoughts and advice below.

 

Entrepreneurs are individuals who break out of the status quo to pursue their own dreams. Even if they may not make a lot of money in the beginning, entrepreneurs pursue their dreams instead of looking for survival jobs. All entrepreneurs have several characteristics. In an earlier blog post, I mentioned six characteristics that every successful entrepreneur has. Since then, I have learned more about entrepreneurship, and I will continue learning about it. As a result, I have been able to come up with six completely different characteristics that every entrepreneur should have.

  1. Have an optimistic attitude. Every entrepreneur faces obstacles. An entrepreneur’s success is dependent on how he/she responds to the obstacles. If the entrepreneur remains optimistic about their journey, that entrepreneur will make enough mistakes to get one thing right, and getting one thing right can be the difference between a survival job and a multimillion dollar business.
  2. Risk taking. Entrepreneurs need to be willing to make risks. The safe game is no longer safe because there are too many people playing that game. In order to stand out as an entrepreneur, you need to take risks so people see you as a remarkable entrepreneur.
  3. The desire to experiment. There is no rule book for your niche to break from the norm. There are several ways to break from the norm, but the only way you will know whether your method worked or not is by giving it a try. You may need to conduct numerous experiments before coming up with the one that works.
  4. Entrepreneurs accept that failure happens but don’t get stopped by it. Successful entrepreneurs realize that failure is inevitable, but they also realize that success is inevitable. After failing so many times, entrepreneurs learn enough about their niche that they get it right. Getting it right and having the product or service deliver the way you expected it to is when the magic starts to happen.
  5. Entrepreneurs are willing to work for 80 hours to avoid working for 40 hours. Shark Tank’s Lori Greiner came up with a humorous but true statement about entrepreneurs. We work more to avoid less work. The only difference is that after everything pays off, entrepreneurs are able to live in a way that most people can’t.
  6. Entrepreneurs utilize their leverage. We have more leverage than we realize. Technology has torn away communication limitations, information-obtaining limitations, and even the age limitation. Even in a world with more leverage, not every entrepreneur is utilizing that leverage. The successful entrepreneurs are utilizing the leverage around them to thrive and create superstar products.

Those are the six other characteristics that every entrepreneur has. You can see the other six characteristics here. What are your thoughts on the list? Do you have any other entrepreneurial characteristics you would like to share? Please share your thoughts and advice below.

 

Blog posts come in many forms. Some are lengthy while others are concise. What does not change is the need for the blogger to know what his/her next blog post is going to be about. Many bloggers go through rough patches of writer’s block and can’t think of new ideas to write about. These bloggers look on the web for inspiration, but thinking of an idea for the next blog post is still a tedious process when writer’s block is in control.

I recently went to a Constant Contact event held at Microsoft Headquarters in NYC. One of the speakers at the event provided numerous ideas for blog posts. After examining the list, I determined that there were four on the list that can always be reused over and over again, and reusing these blog post ideas will make writer’s block harder to come across. Here are the four blog post ideas.

  1. Mistakes people make in your niche. I have found this one to be very helpful. I have written multiple blog posts about the mistakes people make on Twitter, Pinterest, blogging, social media, and other places as well.
  2. Interviews with other people. You can interview other people and then turn those interviews into blog posts. Anyone from the newbie blogger to a Forbes writer publishes the interviews they have with notable people in their niche.
  3. Lessons to learn about your niche. You can use a variety of examples. I explain how we can learn lessons from Jeff Bezos and high school sports. If you know how to make the connection, the possibilities are endless.
  4. Personal articles. Personal articles can include your journey to success, lessons you learned along the way, your hobbies, and other parts of your personal life as well. Writing blog posts about your personal life will allow your visitors to know you more as a person, but don’t get carried away. Chances are you are not at the point where people want to know what you ate for breakfast yesterday.

Writer’s block is one of the biggest problems that bloggers face. The only way to solve the problem is by writing through it. These four blog post ideas will decrease your chances of getting writer’s block and give you the framework you need to have when writer’s block strikes. What are your thoughts on the list? Do you have any additional blog post ideas? Please share your thoughts and ideas below.

 

There are many methods to increase a blog’s SEO. Some of those methods are highlighted here, but most of the SEO increasing methods out there take several months of work before they pay off. However, there are certain methods to boost your SEO that do not take much time. In addition, these methods are super easy to implement. Here are the methods.

  1. Include categories for your blog posts. Categories make it easier for people to navigate through your blog. This will result in more people clicking on links and sticking on your blog. As a result, categories lower your blog’s bounce rate, and as people stay on your blog for a longer period of time, they will be more likely to buy your products or subscribe.
  2. Add tags to your blog posts. A tag is a word or phrase that someone searches into Google (or another search engine) and finds your blog. Tags work like exclamation points which means the more tags you have, the less useful they are. My recommendation is to have 2-5 tags for each of your blog posts.
  3. Include keywords in your blog posts. Keywords strengthen your tags and allow people on search engines to easily find your blog based on search terms. When you include keywords in your blog, you must avoid stuffing keywords in your blog posts. A good rule of thumb is to use a keyword at least five times, but if that keyword appears in every sentence or every other sentence, that keyword needs to be reduced. Just come up with synonyms for your keywords and you’ll be fine.

Those are the three super easy ways to boost your blog’s SEO. What are your thoughts on the list? Do you have any additional super easy methods you would like to share? Please share your thoughts and advice below.

 

Whether you are publishing one YouTube video every week or every month, it is important to have ideas in place for your next video. The quicker you get the idea, the quicker you are able to plan out your video, record the video, and publish it to YouTube. As you publish more YouTube videos, coming up with ideas that you have not used already becomes more difficult. Luckily, there are always ideas available, and here are 10 of them.

  1. Look at your blog posts. If you write one blog post every day and publish one YouTube video every week, you will have seven times as many blog posts as you have YouTube videos. That means you already have the ideas in front of you. Just take one of your blog posts and turn it into a YouTube video!
  2. Look at other people’s blog posts. See how you can combine your knowledge with someone else’s blog posts to create an original YouTube video. Reading other people’s blog posts will also expand on your knowledge.
  3. Talk about a problem in your niche. People want to know the common pitfalls in your niche so they know to avoid them. In addition to talking about the problems in your niche, be sure to provide the solutions for each of those problems.
  4. Talk about success stories. Chances are there is someone inspirational in your niche who has gone through a lot in order to become successful. You can create a success story for that individual and show others that they can be successful too.
  5. Talk about your own experiences. You may have a success story of your own or just want to talk about what happened to you yesterday. Regardless of what you talk about, you need to connect it back to your niche.
  6. Look at other people’s YouTube videos. Looking at other people’s YouTube videos will allow you to identify what kinds of videos people in your niche are uploading and which ones are the most popular uploads. This can help you identify which videos you need to publish on YouTube.
  7. Look at your past YouTube videos. Maybe you shared a tip in one of your YouTube videos that you want to expand on. It’s also possible that you liked the message in one of your first videos but don’t like the way it came out (it takes a while to get experience). You can create a Part 2 or a better version of an older video.
  8. Any new updates relating to your niche. People who want to learn more about your niche do their best to stay up to date. When something big happens in your niche, you can come out with a new YouTube video explaining what just happened.
  9. Tips about anything related to your niche. Many viewers are looking for good nuggets of information. Providing tips about anything related to your niche gets the job done.
  10. Core values. Whether these are the core values to living a happier life or getting more Twitter followers, talking about them and including “Core Values” in your video’s title will attract attention.

What are your thoughts on publishing 1 YouTube video every week? Do you have any additional ideas for YouTube videos? Please share your thoughts and ideas below.

 

In his book No Excuses, Brian Tracy mentioned something that forever changed the way I view my niche. In the book, he said that you either learn more about your niche or plateau. You can only go so far with the knowledge you already have, but in order to go further, you need to obtain more knowledge.

Learning more about your niche creates more possibilities. If you stop learning about your niche, you are limiting your capabilities. Learning about your niche will allow you to become the go-to expert in your niche. In addition, learning about your niche will give you more knowledge that you can package into books and training courses.

Make the choice today to learn more about your niche so you are able to grow instead of plateau. Never settle for where you are. Always raise the bar higher and strive for better results.

 

There are going to be some instances when your visitors will not feel like reading a blog post. Even if you make your paragraphs bite-sized, there will be some instances when your visitors will prefer to watch a video. Going from reading to watching allows the reader (now a viewer) to absorb more information just by listening.

If you are occasionally sharing your own videos in your blog posts, there are other benefits that occur. The first one is that you get more views for your videos. Getting more views will make your videos look more popular, and if those are YouTube videos, you will also be able to get more subscribers.

Imagine what would happen if your YouTube channel got 100 views every day. Then, imagine if it was more than that. Your YouTube presence would probably grow dramatically. Embedding your YouTube videos on your blog is a powerful way to grow your YouTube presence and get more engagement on your blog at the same time. This is a simple blogging and YouTube tip that few people implement, but implementing this tip will lead to better results for your blog and YouTube channel.

What are your thoughts on including YouTube videos in your blog posts? Please share your thoughts below.

 

If used properly, a blog can allow the people in your tribe to easily connect with you and each other. In an attempt to learn about using a blog properly, bloggers come across multiple blog posts that contain tips and tricks about being successful with a blog. You may have stumbled across this blog post in your epic search to discover more blogging tips. However, there are some methods claimed as effective that do not work as well. These are the tips that bloggers believe to be effective but are really big mistakes. These are the five notorious tips that stood out from the rest.

  1. Focus on SEO. This must be the biggest. lie. ever. Sure, there are bloggers who get thousands of daily visitors from search engines, but these bloggers reached that point by creating a large social media audience. It was easy for me as a new blogger to believe that SEO was the key to success. SEO is still the key to success, but getting social media traffic is what provides the flare for SEO traffic. When I started to bring in over 300 daily visitors from Twitter, I immediately saw a rise in my SEO traffic. It was not one of those rises that is hard to detect. It was one of those rises that allowed me to get 50 extra visitors from SEO overnight (which at the time was a ginormous increase). Do not focus on SEO. Focus on creating a big social media presence.
  2. Never recycle your old content. Not only is it okay to do so, but it is also beneficial. It benefits you because you have one extra blog post scheduled without writing any new content, and your readers get to read valuable content they may have forgotten. It is also important to remember that none of your readers read your blog in the order that the blog posts are published in. Many of your visitors never read the blog post you wrote two years ago, and there will be some visitors who did not read the blog post you wrote two months ago. Here is more information about recycling your blog’s content.
  3. Your blog’s loading time is not important. Few people recognize the significance of a fast blog. If your blog takes a few seconds to load, then that’s too long. Even if the pictures on your blog take a while to load, it is essential that your readers are able to see the content of your blog post. These are some ways to make your blog load faster.
  4. Valuable content is all you need to write a great blog post. There’s so much more than that. Having a bad headline, putting all of your content in one big block of text, and grammatical errors all decrease the value of your blog post. It may contain valuable information, but people must have a desire to read it in order for your blog post to be worth anything.
  5. The longer they are, the better they are. Longer blog posts have better rankings on the search engines, but that’s the only reason you would want to write a long blog post. The truth is that your readers are very busy people. They have other blogs to read, work to do, places to see, and places to be. They are not going to read a blog post that is as long as a novel. For this blog post, I could have bored you with three examples for each of these five bad tips. I’m sure this blog post could have easily been 3,000 words long if I did that, but who would read through that? Getting subscribers and returning visitors is not just about getting them to come by and read your valuable content. It’s also about getting these people to read through your entire blog posts. A 3,000 word valuable blog post that gets skimmed over typically does not provide the same value as a 1,000 word blog post on the same topic with the same methods that gets read from start to finish.

Now that you know the five worst blogging tips, you know some of the things that you as a blogger need to avoid. Which mistakes were you making?

 

Reaching this stage of the game means your blog is very popular and that you are a credible in your niche. However, few people are able to reach this milestone. I am writing about this topic because this blog currently gets an average of over 200,000 visitors every year. In other words, that’s 548 daily visitors. I am going to share with you the methods I used to get this far and ultimately make my blog become popular.

The first thing that helped me is valuable content. Valuable content encourages people to share your blog posts and revisit your blog. I recognize when certain blog posts on this blog are valuable while others are not valuable. Anything from 2012 is not nearly as good as the content that I write for this blog now. I was not providing a lot of value in 2012 because I was just focusing on survival and being able to write one blog post every day just for the sake of staying consistent. It is better to provide valuable content at the cost of losing your consistency because the more valuable content you have, the more content you can share on social networks.

Another reason I was able to reach this milestone was because I stuck with it. I won’t go into the details about my blog before it was popular. This picture does a fine job with that. Sticking with it allowed me to get better at writing valuable content and learn new methods of gaining traffic a long the way. Many people give up because they are not getting enough traffic. I almost gave up on this blog similar to how I gave up on others as well. However, I knew the growing your presence on the web niche was a niche that I wanted to be a part of. I decided to stick with it hoping my statistics would one day look like the statistics from that picture (and now, they do).

By far the biggest reason towards my blog’s success that was more powerful than anything else was social media, and Twitter in particular. Twitter has been the driving force for this blog’s growth and success. Twitter alone generates an average of over 100,000 visitors every year. In addition, when Twitter traffic picked up, my search engine traffic also picked up. That taught me a very important lesson: SEO traffic and social media traffic are correlated.

Those are the reasons why my blog now gets over 200,000 visitors every year. However, that has been rising at a phenomenal rate. My goal by the end of the year is to be able to get 500,000 visitors every year and have an Alexa rank under 100,000. Basically, I am trying to more than double the number of visitors I get within a few months, but it would not be the first time something like that happened.

 

In the big, complex world of social media, there are now thousands of social media experts. Some social media experts are very popular while others are finding their way. With thousands of people sharing advice on the same topic, there will be perspectives and methods that contradict each other. As a result, some people hear poor advice and end up implementing the wrong methods, or they implement the right methods in the wrong way.

This results in frustration because people are not getting the results they expected to get. Instead of having to guess whether certain methods are good or bad, I am going to provide for you a list of five of the worst social media tips you will ever hear. By knowing the mistakes now, you won’t make them later.

  1. Only be on one social network. If you are only on one social network, then you are not able to utilize the advantages of the other social networks. 80% of pins on Pinterest are repins which means you can take advantage of how easy it is to spread on Pinterest. You can use Twitter to take advantage of concise conversations that allow you to build stronger connections with your followers every day. Then there’s YouTube which allow you to take the advantage of being able to upload your own videos. Relying on one social network to grow your social media audience is no longer an option. You can have your best social network (for me, that would be Twitter), but do not just rely on one social network.
  2. Be omnipresent on all of the social networks. I plead guilty to using this tip. Omnipresent means being active on every social network including Kik, Yelp, and all of the other ones. Instead, that should be rephrased to be omnipresent on all of the big players. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube, LinkedIn, and GooglePlus are some of the big players.
  3. Don’t post too much. I used to reluctantly tweet every hour because I thought people would not like that I post too much. I thought I was going to get more unfollows and see my follower count spiral downward. However, after trying it out, I ended up gaining followers. On Twitter, I now tweet once every 20 minutes. Not only do I get more followers, but I also get more engagement.
  4. Respond to everyone. No matter how valuable your content is or how remarkable your story is, you will get two kinds of people: the haters and the spammers. Some people will be jealous of your success and be quick to shoot you down. These people will say things like “Your blog post was the worst thing I have ever read!” In addition, spammers are very common on any social network. Here is the typical example of a spammer on Twitter, “CLICK here to learn how I gain 550 FOLLOWERS every day,” and most people who tweet that have well under 1,000 followers. There is no reason to respond to these people because you will not be able to build the type of conversation with these people that evolves into a strong connection and potential sales.
  5. Do not follow many people. People do not know about you unless they hear about you. Clicking the follow button and following other people is a way for them to hear about you. If you want to be one of those people with 1 million followers who is only following a few of your best friends, the chances of that happening are unlikely. I’m not saying it’s impossible (some people have already done this), but you need to be famous in order to get that kind of attention without having to follow a lot of people. There was a point when I was following 12 people and had 1,667 followers. The problem with that was I did not get past 1,700 followers for about three months. Think about that. It took me 3 months to get 33 new followers. That’s horrible, and that primarily happens because I did not follow anyone within that span of time.

Now that you know the five worst social media tips, you know what you need to avoid. I did not make all five of these mistakes simultaneously, but I have made them all throughout my career. Identifying these mistakes allowed me to go on a better path and get better results for the time I put into social media. What are your thoughts on the list? Do you have any additional mistakes that you would like to mention? Please share your thoughts and advice below.

 

Recycling blog posts is a practice with no in between. Some people love it while others never want to recycle or think about recycling their blog posts. Just like numerous other people, I was skeptical about recycling blog posts. I did not want to write the same thing twice because I thought people would be disinterested in reading same blog post twice.

I had this view towards recycling blog posts until I learned that The New York Times recycles its content. Some stories on The New York Times get so much attention that the publisher publishes those same stories in future newspapers. Using the same story twice saves time (The New York Times already has one story written for the week) and allows The New York Times to get the same kind of attention they got when they published the story the first time.

Now, let’s go back to recycling blog posts. The practice looks much better knowing that The New York Times is one of the newspapers that recycles its content. As a blogger with many things to do, recycling content can save you time. As your blog gets older, there will be some blog posts that once got a lot of attention but are now long forgotten. You can bring these blog posts back to life by writing and publishing them again.

No matter how valuable any blog post is, most readers are going to gradually forget the tips and methods from the blog post. A blog post about 10 Twitter tips that was published two years ago will be long forgotten. If you are pressed for time to write a blog post, you can recycle that long forgotten blog post that provided people with value. When the recycled blog post gets published, it still provides value, but this time it gets more attention, and more people remember the value of that blog post (at least, for now).

Recycling blog posts allows you to save time while giving your readers valuable blog posts. It is still important to update your blog with new content, but recycling blog posts is a great method to remind people about valuable information they may have forgotten.

 

Chances are if you are like me, you get the occasional writer’s block bug. There are some days when I wish I could take a day off from blogging, but then there would be an indelible gap in my consistency. Each time I feel writer’s block coming by, I know I have to get out of the trance as soon as possible. I decided to look back at how homework gets done in school for inspiration.

Some of us were (or are) really good at consistently doing their homework the night before. It has received its fair share of criticism, but people continued (or still continue) doing homework the night before anyway. Doing something the night before the due date has been highly criticized. Doing the work the night before is not the right option. Planning the night before is the good (and better) option.

Now, I write all of the ideas for my blog posts when I am too tired to write new ones. For me, that would time would be at midnight when I am just too tired to write a valuable blog post. Getting the ideas at night gives me a head start for tomorrow (unless I stay up past midnight. Then the head start rolls in within a few hours).

Writing a blog post the night before it is due will result in rushed content that does not provide as much value to the reader. These kinds of blog posts get poorly constructed just so the blogger stays consistent and can say that he/she has been consistent for years. Gathering your ideas the night before so you can prepare for tomorrow will help in the quest to eliminate writer’s block.