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Sometimes the world of social media can make you feel like the new kid at high school trying to find your place in the cafeteria. It can seem competitive, like a popularity contest, and sometimes it makes you just want to hide in a corner and just try not to get noticed.

But if you can shift that perspective from being overwhelmed to being excited by a new challenge, then here are six surefire ways to build not just any audience, but a solid fanbase that will grow with you and will always want to sit with you at your metaphorical lunch table.

1 Find Your Niche

This first tip may seem fairly obvious, but you’d be surprised with how difficult it is to grow when you haven’t yet clearly defined who “you” are. Now don’t feel like you need to have it all figured out before you start posting because we all know that perfectionism is a surefire way to never get anything done. However, if you want to give people a reason to keep coming back for more of your content, you’ve got to have a vision for that content and be able to answer this question: who are you?

You should be able to answer this in one short, concise sentence or sum it up in three bullet points. For example, take a successful fitness YouTuber who uploads daily videos with quick ten minute workouts you can do on the go. That YouTuber has found her or his niche — easy, time-saving workout tips for an audience that will most likely range from a busy entrepreneur, to a new parent, or maybe even a college student who is more focused on partying than hitting the gym, whomever it is, they know exactly what they’re going to get when they go to that YouTuber’s page. Perhaps that content creator is also passionate about eating organic and wants to share recipes, workout clothing brands, or products. Maybe they also have a family and love sharing parts of their kids’ lives or little glimpses into their lovelife.

Whatever you want to share, outline it based on your top values and what you’re most passionate for providing. Again, combine these into one concise sentence and that will help you when you are deciding which type of content to share. Is that photo of you in Santa Barbara at the beach in line with your brand? Or do you just like the way you look in it? Get focused, get clear, and stick to your messaging so that people can grow with you.

 

2 Know Your Audience

Whether you’re just starting to post or have been for years, once you are clear on who you are, start paying attention to what works and what doesn’t. What gets the most engagement? What about shares, comments, likes, and attention? Most social networking platforms now have analytics tools that can help provide more insight to who your followers are, their sex, age, location, and even other people they follow.

Once you’ve got this information, you’ve got solid gold at your fingertips. You can start formatting your content around what has been proven to work; now for a second, think about how many studies are conducted by huge advertising and consulting firms to measure popular content with consumers — and you’ve got that information right in the palm of your hand, literally, on your smartphone or computer.

 

3 Now Really Get to Know Your Audience

Don’t let this be a one-sided relationship. Take time to get to know who your followers are beyond just looking at their statistical information. Look at their pages, find out who and what they post about, leave comments and like their photos to show them that you care. Take time to respond and like the comments they leave on your page.

Ask questions and when you get responses, make sure to acknowledge those responses in your own way. If your fanbase is already quite large, responding to everyone can feel like a daunting task, but simply take five minutes each day and just go through and interact with several people. If you’re really short for time, give a “like” or a quick smiley face. A little really does go a very long way when it comes to this part of growing your audience.

 

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Collaborate

Once you’ve got these pieces mastered, write out a list of all of your favorite content creators who are in your field. Their numbers should be around or slightly larger than your existing fanbase. Dont’ spend a lot of time trying to reach people who have a much higher follower count than you, you can always work up to that later once you’ve grown, but understand that they are most likely getting approached by so many people on a daily basis that your attempted interaction with them will most likely go unnoticed. Instead, spend your energy building with those who can mutually benefit from collaborating with you. If you’re worried that your follower count is too low, focus instead on the talent that you can bring to the other person.

For example, you may have knowledge around creating allergy-friendly appetizers and you notice another food blogger shares a lot of great recipes, but doesn’t have a lot to offer for people who have strict allergies. You may want to approach them via email and mention how much you respect their work (make sure you are already following their accounts), and then state that you have some recipes that have done really well on your site and you’d like to offer them a chance to feature yours and in exchange you will cross promote a recipe of theirs that they want to share.

Keep in mind that most likely, for every ten emails you send out you will get one response. Don’t get discouraged by the no’s, get excited but the yes’s. Remember, this isn’t an overnight success story, you are building, and the longer you do it the better you’ll get at networking. Once you get a group of other influencers that you can collaborate with, you’ll see all of your fanbases grow consistently and quickly.

 

Be Consistent

When you start to gain momentum, or if you’re just getting started, this is KEY to separating yourself from amateur to professional status, or having hundred or thousands of followers, to having millions. Look at King Bach – he is known as one of the most successful Viners, who also happens to be the guy who convinced me to start posting content on Vine several years back, and he got his start by posting anywhere from five to ten vines per day, then later deleted the ones that didn’t get as many likes.

While this is an extreme example, and this was also was the app was new and users were hungry for as much content as possible versus now, when that high level of posting could be considered annoying, you still need to find your days and times and stick to it. This entire paragraph should be in capital letters because consistency is the number one secret to success across any platform, again, as long as the other above elements are in place.

 

Have Fun

You should be enjoying this process. If you’re not, your audience will know and they will start to lose interest. If you start faking the process or show up inauthentically, they will call you out on this.

The online community is smart and your fans will often be the first ones to tell you to step up your game. Passion is contagious in anything, and you want your followers to feel like they’re excited to see what you’re doing and thrilled to be a part of the journey.

 

Conclusion

Remember that in everything you’re doing, you can always go back and start from the top, from tip number one. It’s never too late to switch up your game and go back to the drawing board and start from there.

Why does nearly everyone in the world love watching Beyonce perform? Because she exudes passion and looks like she’s born to be on stage; her aliveness makes us feel alive. Be the Beyonce of whatever you’re posting, every time, no excuses, and the results will blow your mind.

 

Words from Joel Brown the Founder of Addicted2Success.com who has over 2.2 Social Media Followers and a website with over 100 Million Views Worldwide

Joel-brown-on-StageOne of the biggest questions I get asked is, “Joel, how do I start a successful online business with millions of followers like you did?”

Well, I’ve finally put together a program that explains exactly how I did it, called Millions Online.

I’ve bundled it with 3 additional bonus training videos from some of the world’s most successful online entrepreneurs, so it’s an incredible deal for under 100 bucks.

You can learn more about what the course contains below!

 

Here’s what you’re getting in Millions Online:

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Click The Picture Above to Get Millions Online

This course contains 11 Modules On How I Built My Business From The Ground Up… + 4 Bonuses worth hundreds!

 

Julia is rated one of the funniest female viners by “Ask Men,” has millions of YouTube views under her belt, and has built her own music and comedy brand which has attracted Old Navy, The Gap, AT&T, Capitol Records, Wendy’s, and many more top companies to hire her for campaigns across her various social media platforms. She was recently featured in the New York Times as a “booming creative,” most of which she attributes her success to building her various social media platforms of dedicated fans.

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  1. Dennis

    Dec 8, 2016 at 2:44 am

    Hey Julia, I agree. You really have to know your audience.

  2. Tim Denning

    Nov 4, 2016 at 10:53 am

    Julia thanks for this article. It’s really well written and has some genuine tips that I haven’t heard of before.

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6 Ways to Get a Ton of Views on Social Media

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You don’t have to be a long-time player in the social media game to get some serious views on your content. In fact, a lot of the well-known bloggers, vloggers, YouTubers, livestream-ers (yes that’s a thing now), Viners, etc, each got their start by taking calculated risks while following some some very strategic guidelines.

I’ve aggregated the six tips below from my own lessons, lessons I’ve learned from completely striking out for one post and then going viral the next.

1. Be Bold

This is the absolute highest priority when developing viral content. But to be clear, do NOT confuse this for inauthenticity or sensationalism. Think about how many stories you see as you scroll down your Facebook newsfeed every day. What captures your attention? Sometimes it’s just a really cute title about adorable baby pandas that love to be cuddled by humans, but often it’s the raw, unique free expression from someone about a topic that we’ve already heard about millions of times, or a new twist on a classic form of entertainment that we’ve already come to love.

Think about how you feel when you’re sitting at the DMV waiting hours for your number to be called. Now imagine you overhear a woman telling a story about her son in a monotone voice, with little expression, recapping her drive to take him to college earlier that week. You would probably take our your phone, pick up your book, or find another way to occupy your mind. Now imagine that same scenario, but this time the woman is animated, opinionated, laughing and sharing embarrassing intimate details that remind you of your own trip to college; before you know it you’re eavesdropping, sitting on the edge of your seat waiting to hear what happened next, so immersed in the story that you almost miss your number being called.

No one wants to see or hear something they’ve already been fed over and over. Be the new opinion, the charismatic storyteller that they’ve got to share with all of their friends. In order to do that, you’ve got to be willing to put yourself on the line and be brave with your content, your true feelings about a situation that happened or is currently happening, or to take a risk and show vulnerability around your art in a way that hasn’t been seen yet.

 

2. Be Ahead of the Curve

Know what’s out there, specifically in your field of interest, and know what isn’t out there yet. It’s very important to study the methods of other successful viral content, but in doing that, you also want to take note of how you could make it better or what unique element you could add to the mix that you feel is missing.

For an example of how to stand out in the massive online crowd, check out Epic Rap Battles on YouTube. Each video gets millions and millions of views because the creators had an original idea for something that wasn’t being done yet (since they’ve launched in 2006 there have been many copycats, but no one has been able to master it like these guys). Figure out your special skills and act quickly.

Timing in general can be imperative to getting eyeballs on your work. A lot of online comedians get traction when they immediately upload a skit based on something that happened in yesterday’s news. Musicians’ covers of songs do well when the song they’re covering is either rising to the top of the iTunes chart or they cover a new release before it really hits big, trusting music blogs and their intuition to point them in the right direction.

 

3. Get In With the Bloggers

In addition to your Facebook friends, email list (mailchimp.com is a great email service), and existing social media platforms, you’ll want to do everything you can to make e-friends (or real friends) with big bloggers or sites that get a lot of traffic. In order to gain their attention, you’ve got to provide them with something interesting enough for them to share. It’s really a win-win; they’re looking for something to share and you’ve got that something. You reach out to writers individually, making sure to include at least one sentence about another piece they shared that you truly admire, or hire an intern whose sole job is to cultivate relationships with the online media megastars.

If you can make your way onto a Buzzfeed list, that’s going to generate a ton of traffic your way. So invest the time it takes to getting on their good lists.

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Australian Bloggers Kirsten Morrison and Chloe Cumming – Bonds Commercial

 

4. Tap Into Your Network

When you’ve got something you’re really proud of, reach out to your network and ask them to share it. Now, asking people to do this is an art-form in itself. You want to make sure to frame your request in a way where no one feels forced or guilted into sharing it, rather they are excited to be a part of your work! Tell them how passionate you are about the content and then say something like, “If you can think of anyone who would benefit from this, please pass along or share!”

For your close friends or family, go ahead and ask directly but don’t take it personally if they neglect to do so.

 

5. Be Strategic With Your Featured Guests

Collaborate often, but more important than that, collaborate wisely. Align yourself with other content creators who are already putting out virally viewed media and offer to take care of the costs of production or promotion, or show how it will be beneficial for them to be a part of your project. Once they agree, make it something that they’re also really proud of and will want to share without you asking for their help. Make them the star or highlight their life.

As Dale Carnegie says:

“Talk to someone about themselves and they’ll listen for hours.”

It works the same with featuring other people in your content as well.

 

6. Be Consistent

Post regularly – you never know what will hit. As long as your posts are consistent in both quantity and quality, you are already way ahead of the people who share on an irregular schedule. In fact, one of my biggest posts was me simply sharing a story about something that happened to me while I was out on a run. I hadn’t thought much about it because I was so in the habit of writing my real life events in real time, and I put up the post without thinking much about it, only to find that by the next morning it was at nearly 200,000 likes on Facebook. It continued to grow from there. I was shocked. I had simply shared an event because it was related to an issue that I care deeply about, and it turns out that there were a whole lot of people who needed to hear about that event as much as I needed it to happen to me.

So be you, always, and be consistent with getting your voice out there because you never know who might be listening.

As you process the tips above, remember that at the end of the day, people want to be moved. They want to feel something, whether that’s laughter, sadness, inspiration, or just to feel connected to humanity through a really good story; they want to challenge their minds or else feel comforted and soothed. Combine your viewers’ need to be entertained, your passion, your truth, and these tips above, and you’ll be connected to millions online in no time.

 

Words from Joel Brown the Founder of Addicted2Success.com who has over 2.2 Social Media Followers and a website with over 100 Million Views Worldwide

Joel-brown-on-StageOne of the biggest questions I get asked is, “Joel, how do I start a successful online business with millions of followers like you did?”

Well, I’ve finally put together a program that explains exactly how I did it, called Millions Online.

I’ve bundled it with 3 additional bonus training videos from some of the world’s most successful online entrepreneurs, so it’s an incredible deal for under 100 bucks.

You can learn more about what the course contains below!

 

Here’s what you’re getting in Millions Online:

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Click The Picture Above to Get Millions Online

This course contains 11 Modules On How I Built My Business From The Ground Up… + 4 Bonuses worth hundreds!

 

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Warning: These 9 Things Can Kill Your Blog

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We’ve all seen her at some point. The woman in an expensive dress and designer shoes, who doesn’t know she’s stepped in poop and is dragging the brown, smelly streak across the road as she walks. Some folks look disgusted, while others simply look away and laugh quietly.

Your blog could also be in a similar predicament if you don’t notice. Think of your blog as the designer shoe— attractive, full of personality and enlightening views. But if you don’t notice the trail of poop you’re dragging along, your readers will soon look the other way.

Both new and seasoned bloggers make certain embarrassing mistakes that could be detrimental to their online image. Such oversights and blog blunders are the ‘poop’ on your blog. Don’t let it be you.

Here are nine such embarrassing things that can kill your blog:

1. Too Much Information

Irrespective of whether blogging is your hobby or career, it’s good to share small anecdotes from your life to establish a connection with readers. That said, while showing a little of your personal side on your blog is okay, discretion must still be applied.

Do not share things like your bathroom routine, or what your sleep habits are, or how bad your diarrhea was. You wouldn’t want your private life to be circulated all over the Web. Not only is it in bad taste and socially inappropriate, but might also bring along many dangers. You never know who is reading.

“Don’t focus on having a great blog. Focus on producing a blog that’s great for your readers.” – Brian Clark

2. Profanity

Colourful language will never be ‘cool’, particularly when it pertains to your blog. Certain bloggers take pride in the fact that they swear in every sentence. They think it makes them sassy, when actually it’s completely off-putting.

Your vocabulary should be more than just a few four-letter words. Profanity might be an easy way to express certain emotions, but it reflects negatively on the blogger, and conveys the wrong impression to people who can make or break your blog (and career)— readers, clients, employers, and advertisers.

 

3. Poor spelling and grammar

Writers aren’t supposed to make spelling or grammatical mistakes since they are held to high standards when it comes to communication. So if your blog posts are full of misspellings, and grammatical and typographical errors, it can be disastrous.

Imagine reading a blog where the first line goes like this: When your thinking of going for a home makeover….Cringe-worthy, right?

 

4. Seeking sympathy

We all have bad experiences. But it isn’t okay to keep whining and complaining about your bad breaks on your blog in a bid to seek sympathy from readers. No one likes to read about constant complaints. Doing so will only result in an exodus of readers.

There’s nothing like positivity. People are drawn to blogs that are uplifting, encouraging, and happy. Remember that your blog has the power to inspire and motivate many readers, therefore, it’s always better to come across as optimistic, someone who’s faced challenges and survived them too.

 

5. Inappropriate images

Whether it’s your own images or stock photography, anything nude, vulgar, gory, sexually, politically or religiously inappropriate should never find a place on your blog. When clicking your own photos to put on your blog, make sure you aren’t wearing provocative clothing or using a wrong background (messy bed, dirty dishes, wild party, etc).

Since images form a big part of a blog, always exercise conservatism when choosing and posting them. The wrong images can convey all the wrong messages to your readers.

 

6. Inappropriate humor

Bloggers with a funny bone are appreciated but some of them just don’t know where to draw the line. Inappropriate humor is not only a huge turn-off, but could also land you in serious trouble and bring along legal ramifications.

What is funny to you may be offensive to others. All your content is better kept PG rated, and if you must use humor, make sure it’s funny in a light and fluffy sort of way and doesn’t target anyone.

 

7. Repeated requests

Right, bloggers need to eat too. But putting requests for donations, repeated appeals to buy your product, or constantly asking readers to click on certain links simply does nothing for your readers. They come to your blog to read what you share, and not hear constant financial requests.

Having said that, it’s okay to put a donation link on your blog for some noble cause that you’re supporting (cancer research, flood relief, treatment of sick kitty), but be subtle in doing so. It helps to be aware that not everyone will be receptive and some of them may not even be able to afford a donation.

 

8. Controversial references

It’s rightly said that sex, politics, and religion are better not discussed in public. Your blog is a public platform, and unless it’s entirely about one of the above subjects, you rather not discuss them on your blog.

Religion is touchy, politics is highly debatable, and sex is controversial. You never know who you end up infuriating. I’ve seen many bloggers making controversial references on purpose to bring them attention (and maybe some traffic too). But you’re better off without that, because certain thoughtless comments and references can even get your blog taken down. That’s the last thing you’d want.

“The casual conversational tone of a blog is what makes it particularly dangerous” – Daniel B.Beaulieu

9. Inappropriate remarks

Your blog isn’t a place to wash dirty linen or to launch mean attacks on others. No, it isn’t okay even if you don’t name anyone. Freedom of speech isn’t always appropriate everywhere, so have control on your fingers. There may be people you absolutely detest, but keep it private at all costs.

Bear these tips in mind and put them to use to avoid some embarrassing blog blunders. After all, nobody wants poop on their precious shoe!

What blog blunders have you done yourself or come across on other blogs? Share them in the comments below!
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If you ask any of the top entrepreneurs, or any entrepreneur for that matter, they’ll tell you that the one quality you need to become successful is mental toughness. Becoming mentally tough is probably something you’ve already heard about before in your life. It’s something that seems easy, yet most people take it granted. They’d rather think about it than become it. (more…)

Trevor Oldham is a 19-year-old entrepreneur who’s had eleutheromania ever since he can remember. When he’s not working or studying, you can catch him by the ocean taking photos of the world in which surrounds us. Trevor is the co-founder of Become The Lion and founder of Trevor James Products.

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  1. Dennis

    Dec 8, 2016 at 2:44 am

    Hey Julia, I agree. You really have to know your audience.

  2. Tim Denning

    Nov 4, 2016 at 10:53 am

    Julia thanks for this article. It’s really well written and has some genuine tips that I haven’t heard of before.

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6 Ways to Get a Ton of Views on Social Media

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You don’t have to be a long-time player in the social media game to get some serious views on your content. In fact, a lot of the well-known bloggers, vloggers, YouTubers, livestream-ers (yes that’s a thing now), Viners, etc, each got their start by taking calculated risks while following some some very strategic guidelines.

I’ve aggregated the six tips below from my own lessons, lessons I’ve learned from completely striking out for one post and then going viral the next.

1. Be Bold

This is the absolute highest priority when developing viral content. But to be clear, do NOT confuse this for inauthenticity or sensationalism. Think about how many stories you see as you scroll down your Facebook newsfeed every day. What captures your attention? Sometimes it’s just a really cute title about adorable baby pandas that love to be cuddled by humans, but often it’s the raw, unique free expression from someone about a topic that we’ve already heard about millions of times, or a new twist on a classic form of entertainment that we’ve already come to love.

Think about how you feel when you’re sitting at the DMV waiting hours for your number to be called. Now imagine you overhear a woman telling a story about her son in a monotone voice, with little expression, recapping her drive to take him to college earlier that week. You would probably take our your phone, pick up your book, or find another way to occupy your mind. Now imagine that same scenario, but this time the woman is animated, opinionated, laughing and sharing embarrassing intimate details that remind you of your own trip to college; before you know it you’re eavesdropping, sitting on the edge of your seat waiting to hear what happened next, so immersed in the story that you almost miss your number being called.

No one wants to see or hear something they’ve already been fed over and over. Be the new opinion, the charismatic storyteller that they’ve got to share with all of their friends. In order to do that, you’ve got to be willing to put yourself on the line and be brave with your content, your true feelings about a situation that happened or is currently happening, or to take a risk and show vulnerability around your art in a way that hasn’t been seen yet.

 

2. Be Ahead of the Curve

Know what’s out there, specifically in your field of interest, and know what isn’t out there yet. It’s very important to study the methods of other successful viral content, but in doing that, you also want to take note of how you could make it better or what unique element you could add to the mix that you feel is missing.

For an example of how to stand out in the massive online crowd, check out Epic Rap Battles on YouTube. Each video gets millions and millions of views because the creators had an original idea for something that wasn’t being done yet (since they’ve launched in 2006 there have been many copycats, but no one has been able to master it like these guys). Figure out your special skills and act quickly.

Timing in general can be imperative to getting eyeballs on your work. A lot of online comedians get traction when they immediately upload a skit based on something that happened in yesterday’s news. Musicians’ covers of songs do well when the song they’re covering is either rising to the top of the iTunes chart or they cover a new release before it really hits big, trusting music blogs and their intuition to point them in the right direction.

 

3. Get In With the Bloggers

In addition to your Facebook friends, email list (mailchimp.com is a great email service), and existing social media platforms, you’ll want to do everything you can to make e-friends (or real friends) with big bloggers or sites that get a lot of traffic. In order to gain their attention, you’ve got to provide them with something interesting enough for them to share. It’s really a win-win; they’re looking for something to share and you’ve got that something. You reach out to writers individually, making sure to include at least one sentence about another piece they shared that you truly admire, or hire an intern whose sole job is to cultivate relationships with the online media megastars.

If you can make your way onto a Buzzfeed list, that’s going to generate a ton of traffic your way. So invest the time it takes to getting on their good lists.

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Australian Bloggers Kirsten Morrison and Chloe Cumming – Bonds Commercial

 

4. Tap Into Your Network

When you’ve got something you’re really proud of, reach out to your network and ask them to share it. Now, asking people to do this is an art-form in itself. You want to make sure to frame your request in a way where no one feels forced or guilted into sharing it, rather they are excited to be a part of your work! Tell them how passionate you are about the content and then say something like, “If you can think of anyone who would benefit from this, please pass along or share!”

For your close friends or family, go ahead and ask directly but don’t take it personally if they neglect to do so.

 

5. Be Strategic With Your Featured Guests

Collaborate often, but more important than that, collaborate wisely. Align yourself with other content creators who are already putting out virally viewed media and offer to take care of the costs of production or promotion, or show how it will be beneficial for them to be a part of your project. Once they agree, make it something that they’re also really proud of and will want to share without you asking for their help. Make them the star or highlight their life.

As Dale Carnegie says:

“Talk to someone about themselves and they’ll listen for hours.”

It works the same with featuring other people in your content as well.

 

6. Be Consistent

Post regularly – you never know what will hit. As long as your posts are consistent in both quantity and quality, you are already way ahead of the people who share on an irregular schedule. In fact, one of my biggest posts was me simply sharing a story about something that happened to me while I was out on a run. I hadn’t thought much about it because I was so in the habit of writing my real life events in real time, and I put up the post without thinking much about it, only to find that by the next morning it was at nearly 200,000 likes on Facebook. It continued to grow from there. I was shocked. I had simply shared an event because it was related to an issue that I care deeply about, and it turns out that there were a whole lot of people who needed to hear about that event as much as I needed it to happen to me.

So be you, always, and be consistent with getting your voice out there because you never know who might be listening.

As you process the tips above, remember that at the end of the day, people want to be moved. They want to feel something, whether that’s laughter, sadness, inspiration, or just to feel connected to humanity through a really good story; they want to challenge their minds or else feel comforted and soothed. Combine your viewers’ need to be entertained, your passion, your truth, and these tips above, and you’ll be connected to millions online in no time.

 

Words from Joel Brown the Founder of Addicted2Success.com who has over 2.2 Social Media Followers and a website with over 100 Million Views Worldwide

Joel-brown-on-StageOne of the biggest questions I get asked is, “Joel, how do I start a successful online business with millions of followers like you did?”

Well, I’ve finally put together a program that explains exactly how I did it, called Millions Online.

I’ve bundled it with 3 additional bonus training videos from some of the world’s most successful online entrepreneurs, so it’s an incredible deal for under 100 bucks.

You can learn more about what the course contains below!

 

Here’s what you’re getting in Millions Online:

Joel-Brown-Millions-Online

Click The Picture Above to Get Millions Online

This course contains 11 Modules On How I Built My Business From The Ground Up… + 4 Bonuses worth hundreds!

 

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Warning: These 9 Things Can Kill Your Blog

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We’ve all seen her at some point. The woman in an expensive dress and designer shoes, who doesn’t know she’s stepped in poop and is dragging the brown, smelly streak across the road as she walks. Some folks look disgusted, while others simply look away and laugh quietly.

Your blog could also be in a similar predicament if you don’t notice. Think of your blog as the designer shoe— attractive, full of personality and enlightening views. But if you don’t notice the trail of poop you’re dragging along, your readers will soon look the other way.

Both new and seasoned bloggers make certain embarrassing mistakes that could be detrimental to their online image. Such oversights and blog blunders are the ‘poop’ on your blog. Don’t let it be you.

Here are nine such embarrassing things that can kill your blog:

1. Too Much Information

Irrespective of whether blogging is your hobby or career, it’s good to share small anecdotes from your life to establish a connection with readers. That said, while showing a little of your personal side on your blog is okay, discretion must still be applied.

Do not share things like your bathroom routine, or what your sleep habits are, or how bad your diarrhea was. You wouldn’t want your private life to be circulated all over the Web. Not only is it in bad taste and socially inappropriate, but might also bring along many dangers. You never know who is reading.

“Don’t focus on having a great blog. Focus on producing a blog that’s great for your readers.” – Brian Clark

2. Profanity

Colourful language will never be ‘cool’, particularly when it pertains to your blog. Certain bloggers take pride in the fact that they swear in every sentence. They think it makes them sassy, when actually it’s completely off-putting.

Your vocabulary should be more than just a few four-letter words. Profanity might be an easy way to express certain emotions, but it reflects negatively on the blogger, and conveys the wrong impression to people who can make or break your blog (and career)— readers, clients, employers, and advertisers.

 

3. Poor spelling and grammar

Writers aren’t supposed to make spelling or grammatical mistakes since they are held to high standards when it comes to communication. So if your blog posts are full of misspellings, and grammatical and typographical errors, it can be disastrous.

Imagine reading a blog where the first line goes like this: When your thinking of going for a home makeover….Cringe-worthy, right?

 

4. Seeking sympathy

We all have bad experiences. But it isn’t okay to keep whining and complaining about your bad breaks on your blog in a bid to seek sympathy from readers. No one likes to read about constant complaints. Doing so will only result in an exodus of readers.

There’s nothing like positivity. People are drawn to blogs that are uplifting, encouraging, and happy. Remember that your blog has the power to inspire and motivate many readers, therefore, it’s always better to come across as optimistic, someone who’s faced challenges and survived them too.

 

5. Inappropriate images

Whether it’s your own images or stock photography, anything nude, vulgar, gory, sexually, politically or religiously inappropriate should never find a place on your blog. When clicking your own photos to put on your blog, make sure you aren’t wearing provocative clothing or using a wrong background (messy bed, dirty dishes, wild party, etc).

Since images form a big part of a blog, always exercise conservatism when choosing and posting them. The wrong images can convey all the wrong messages to your readers.

 

6. Inappropriate humor

Bloggers with a funny bone are appreciated but some of them just don’t know where to draw the line. Inappropriate humor is not only a huge turn-off, but could also land you in serious trouble and bring along legal ramifications.

What is funny to you may be offensive to others. All your content is better kept PG rated, and if you must use humor, make sure it’s funny in a light and fluffy sort of way and doesn’t target anyone.

 

7. Repeated requests

Right, bloggers need to eat too. But putting requests for donations, repeated appeals to buy your product, or constantly asking readers to click on certain links simply does nothing for your readers. They come to your blog to read what you share, and not hear constant financial requests.

Having said that, it’s okay to put a donation link on your blog for some noble cause that you’re supporting (cancer research, flood relief, treatment of sick kitty), but be subtle in doing so. It helps to be aware that not everyone will be receptive and some of them may not even be able to afford a donation.

 

8. Controversial references

It’s rightly said that sex, politics, and religion are better not discussed in public. Your blog is a public platform, and unless it’s entirely about one of the above subjects, you rather not discuss them on your blog.

Religion is touchy, politics is highly debatable, and sex is controversial. You never know who you end up infuriating. I’ve seen many bloggers making controversial references on purpose to bring them attention (and maybe some traffic too). But you’re better off without that, because certain thoughtless comments and references can even get your blog taken down. That’s the last thing you’d want.

“The casual conversational tone of a blog is what makes it particularly dangerous” – Daniel B.Beaulieu

9. Inappropriate remarks

Your blog isn’t a place to wash dirty linen or to launch mean attacks on others. No, it isn’t okay even if you don’t name anyone. Freedom of speech isn’t always appropriate everywhere, so have control on your fingers. There may be people you absolutely detest, but keep it private at all costs.

Bear these tips in mind and put them to use to avoid some embarrassing blog blunders. After all, nobody wants poop on their precious shoe!

What blog blunders have you done yourself or come across on other blogs? Share them in the comments below!
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