Last Updated on: January 17th, 2020
This post is kind of a “Part 2” to 8 Action Tips For Guppy-Bloggers In An Ocean Of Sharks.
(This a guest post of mine that was published on Aha!NOW that performed extremely well and has over 130 comments on it).
Here are the actionable takeaway tips for bloggers to start feeling like a blogger-shark instead of a guppy:
- Determine the Type of Blogger You Want to Be
- Make Time For Learning
- Stop Comparing Yourself to Other Bloggers
- Realize that Blogging Growth Takes Time
- Write Well and Own Your Own Voice
- Build a Support System of Your Own
- Position Yourself Properly and Support Others With Gestures of Appreciation
- Focus on the Positive, and Don’t Give Up
NOTE: If you are a new blogger, read 5 Things New Bloggers Need to Know.
The Reason for this Post about Blogger-Sharks
I am considering this post to be an addendum to the aforementioned post because I want to tell you about the bloggers behind the faces, in case you aren’t familiar with them.
Plus, there was some information that I could not include in that post because there simply was no room for it, and so I’m including it here. 🙂
I also wanted to mention a few more people who are considered “sharks” in the blogging world that I have learned from and admire.
Some people might think that I’m only writing this to get the attention from those bloggers, but I’m not. I’m merely passing on what I’ve learned to YOU so that you can learn – and grow – too.
Just remember that growth takes time… and a lot of work!
Blogger-Sharks from the Above Picture
The first four bloggers on the list below have been grouped together in other blog posts before. I’ve even had the pleasure of being grouped with them in 9 Inspirational Bloggers to Give You a Blogging Boost.
I’m pleased to be grouped again with them today, too, even if it is only in one of the specially created images that Mr. Singh made for me! (FYI, becasue I do not know how to use Photoshop, I paid Mr. Singh for his work. You can hire him, too. Just contact him via Google+. Here’s a link to his profile. Just tell him I sent you.)
Now, let me introduce you to some helpful people!
Ana Hoffman (@AnaTrafficCafe) is the brain behind Traffic Generation Café. She gives away an ebook called, “Mommy, Where Does Traffic Come From?” and it’s chock-full of useful information you can use to grow your blog and business.
Ana might seem a bit intimidating because she’s so techie-smart, but she’s actually very helpful. Plus, if she doesn’t know the exact answer to a questions, then she knows someone who does.
Case in point: I was reading a post last week on backing up a website that was a bit complicated and so I shared it on Google+ and asked Ana and another techie-smart lady, Sherryl Perry, if there was an easier way to perform this task. Ana guided me to MaAnna Stephenson, who gave me one of her free reports on how to do just this.
Here’s a quote from Ana: “I’d say a blogger becomes a shark when other sharks start sharing their content.”
Neil Patel (@neilpatel , @CrazyEgg and @) is the epitome of inspiration to anyone with a dream, and living proof that simple will, determination, and passion is what it takes to be successful. Read his about page to see how he went from a vacuum salesman to the co-founder of Crazy Egg, Hello Bar, and KISSmetrics, as well as being recognized in the top 100 entrepreneurs under the age of 30 by President Obama (and one of the top 100 entrepreneurs under the age of 35 by the United Nations).
Hiten Shah (@hnshah) is Neil’s other co-founder.
Thanks to Neil and Hiten, you can get your website analyzed.
More importantly, you can learn a lot from Neil’s Definitive Guide to Copywriting.
There aren’t enough words to describe how great Neil is. Take a look at his about page. He’s “kind of a big deal.”
Ileane Smith (@Ileane and @BasicBlogTips ) is the knowledgeable lady behind Basic Blog Tips. Ileane has been blogging for over 5 years, has made tons of YouTube videos and podcasts that offer blogging advice, and thinks that Rebekah Radice, Mike Allton and Ana Hoffman are “sharks.”
I first met Ileane through Ashley Faulkes (@ a.k.a. mad lemmings) when he wrote a post about inspiring bloggers. Ileane knows a lot about social media and she shares what she knows with everyone else.
Oh, and I don’t think Ileane is related to Adrienne. Smith is a very common name!
Danny Iny (@DannyIny) is the main man behind Firepole Marketing, and was one of the first marketing gurus I followed when I began my online journey. A recent post by Ali Luke (@) appeared on Danny’s blog, The Twelve Rules of Writing Great Content (and When To Break Them), will help you if you are currently struggling with your blog-post writing.
Thanks for all you do for #entrepreneurs and #marketing @DannyIny AKA @FirepoleMRKTNG!Click to tweet
Greg Narayan (@gregnarayan ) is the man behind Dear Blogger, a place that is “all about answering blogging questions quickly, painlessly, and without the fluffy jargon the web is so full of these days.” (quote taken from About page)
Greg is also one of my clients; he was impressed with my skills and my enthusiasm for blogging. He even said that I taught him a thing or two!
I also learned how to write my articles faster!
Ramsay Taplin a.k.a. The Blog Tyrant
Ramsay Taplin (@BlogTyrant) offers excellent advice on his blog. (With a handle like Blog Tyrant, he’d better!) Here are some of his DOs and DON’Ts for being a respectful, successful blogger.
For years, no one online knew this guy’s name. It’s kind of interesting how his anonymity helped him to grow. He finally came out of his online closet (so to speak) and revealed his true identity in a special guest post – the first ever on Glen Allsopp’s blog, Viperchill.
Glen (@) is another smart guy to learn from (and follow).
(I like Pat’s guide to writing a newsletter.)
Harleena Singh (@harleenas and @) is both a freelance writer and the founder of Aha!NOW, a website that she refers to as her “SELFhelp blog, where, SELF stands for – Self-development and Enrichment of Life and Family.”
You can find resources about parenting, children, seniors, health, relationships, and others aspects of life there, as it is dedicated to complete personal development, which includes all the aspects of one’s life – personal, family, and professional (blogging included!).
According to Harleena, “I sometimes feel like a guppy, but for some I’m a shark; however, I would not like to be identified with either. I do not see blogging as a competition at all. I feel everybody is unique and all have their own criteria of success. So, it doesn’t matter what others say or think. All bloggers should be happy fishes in the waters of blogging!”
Other Blogger Sharks That Have Influenced or Taught Me Something
Some of these people might not consider themselves as “sharks” (because sharks are often predatory, but, in this instance, as in the instance of the analogy of my guest post, a guppy is a newbie blogger or a blogger with a small following and a shark would equate to a successful blogger – or someone deemed to be successful in the eyes of a guppy.
Ryan Biddulph (@) – from Blogging From Paradise – I first encountered Ryan on Adrienne Smith’s blog. Ryan is a freelance writer and the author of what has rapidly become a series of books on blogging. I bought the first book, and can say that I already knew most of what he had said in it, but I liked it anyway. 🙂 I have to say that the information that took me a long time to learn is condensed quite nicely into his book(s). Ryan is living the dream I hope to live… one day… maybe when my parents pass on. (Yes, I’m devoted to my elderly parents…)
Tim Soulo (@) – Tim Soulo is an internet marketer who runs Bloggerjet. Tim has been writing a lot about Twitter during the past few months. His posts are always long and jam-packed full of information even though they contain a ton of affiliate links (he needs to make money with his blog somehow, right?) but I have to say that I really liked his post 50 Respected Bloggers Gave Me WRONG Advice On Twitter Marketing. Oops! because it gave me a few new ideas.
Some Writer Sharks
More Blogger Sharks You’ll Love:
Kristi Hines – @kikolani from Kikolani
A Blind Blogger Shark: Max Ivey
Maxwell Ivey (@) – from The Blind Blogger – is an inspiration to many. He is going to laugh out loud when he learns that I’ve included him with these other people… but he has learned so many things in such a short time and *ahem* he’s doing everything without having any sight to claim as his own. (Some of you might remember Max from an interview I did with him that answers some of the most sensitive questions we have about “the blind” and how they live…)
Now, I know I am forgetting about a ton of other people… but these are some of the people who have influenced or taught me something during my online journey.
My Online Journey: A Brief Synopsis
When I first started my online journey, I began a blog with the intention of growing an author platform. I had picked up a copy of the Writer’s Market (I had purchased the 2013 edition) and realized that I was going to have to buy a laptop of my own if I was going to “make it” in the writing world.
I can hear your outcries already! A writer with NO computer?
Shh. Stop laughing, folks!
It’s true. My old computer just wasn’t cutting it anymore.
I shopped around and bought a kick-ass, Toshiba laptop. Tons of memory. Tons of storage. My new baby.
I then did a crash-course and started a blog four days after I made my purchase.
When I realized people were actually reading my blog posts, I was floored. I thought a blog was an online journal!
I then decided to grow my blog, learn how to be a better blogger, and grow my blog.
It wasn’t until I got hosting of my own and moved my blog (then called Lorraine Reguly’s Life) to my new site, Wording Well, that I discovered how much I still needed to learn.
I’m A Blogger Shark (according to Ana Hoffman!)
Now, less 20 months later, I have posts that rank on the first page of Google Search (sometimes in the number one slot), I’m a published author, I’ve got a freelancing business of my own, and I’m earning money by simply having a website with Adsense installed on it.
And Ana now calls me a sharkette! 😉
I also had to move up to another hosting plan because I’m getting so much traffic. (Can you believe that?!) I’m also busier than ever, and loving it!
Can you say the same?
Who do you learn from?
Who do you admire?
Who has helped you on YOUR online journey?
Tell me in the comments, and please share this post.
You can thank me, too, if you want. 😉