5 Tips for Getting the Most out of Everything you Learn from other Bloggers

June 19, 2012

I remember watching a video with a well known internet marketer (who will remain nameless). In this video, he was asked an interesting question that went something like this:

“Mr. Bigtime Internet Marketer”, I can see that you are applying some great strategies that are helping you be VERY successful. Why do you teach those strategies so openly to everyone? Isn't that going to increase competition?

“Mr. Big time Internet Marketer” responded – No it isn't. I can teach it so freely because I know that they won't do it.

When I saw the video, I thought to myself “that guy is so cocky”. He just doesn't believe in people.

Then, I started to teach people how to become bloggers, and what I saw was a bit disheartening. Here are a few of the things that disappointed me in looking at many “wannabe bloggers” (and I mean that in the kindest sense of the word, lol):

  • They are looking for a quick fix. They've heard so much
  • They fail to take action. They learn SOO MUCH, but it stops there.
  • They spend lots of money on product after product hoping to stumble on to “the big one”
  • They expect you to do the work for them

Then, there are those that are really working hard at blogging, but having a hard time getting going. Here are some of the difficulties they run into:

  • They are Overwhelmed with the wealth of information that's out there and get stuck in a rut trying to figure it out. The net result – they accomplish nothing.
  • They spend a lot of time Focusing on the wrong thing. The net result – they accomplish nothing.
  • They do the right things over and over, but give up right before reaching the point where they can be successful. The net result – they accomplish nothing.

How not to Fail

Ok, I must admit, this post has been somewhat of a downer so far. But wait . . . There's more!

I started that way because I wanted you to be aware of the realities we face as bloggers, but now it's time to kick that to the curb and talk about what you can do to avoid the kinds of setbacks I mentioned.

My main goal for this blog is to provide others with tips, resources, information and everything they need to be able to start successful blogs – blogs that can change the world, AND that can set them up for financial success.

It's not about sharing because I know people won't act. It's about doing my best to make sure that YOU have what you need to be successful.

With that in mind, lets get to the 5 Tips . . .

Tip #1: Ignore most of what us bloggers say

I know what you're thinking – If you ignore what we say, you won't learn. However, I want to look at this a little differently. We say A LOT, and we say it because we're trying to help (hopefully), but there are so much of us out there with all kinds of differing perspectives that it's hard to keep track of everything.

So, this is what I recommend – As you build your blogging business, focus on what you need to know to get you to do what you need to do at that time. If you are trying to get good at video, focus on that, and not everything else. If you are trying to write better headlines, focus on that, and not everything else. I'm not saying don't listen to anything else, but apply the 80/20 rule to the info you consume. Spend 80% of your time learning about and acting on the 20% of the things that you need to take your blog to the next level.

Tip #2: File all the other stuff away for when you need them

As I mentioned before, us bloggers say A LOT. One of the things I LOVE about the internet is that you can get soooo much information 100% free of charge. However, you don't need all that information at every point in your blogging business.

If your focus is NOT Facebook marketing right now, but you stumble onto a great article on how to get more likes to your Facebook page, file it away for later study and use. Personally, I use Evernote for this. It's great because it allows you to save articles, write content, take notes and do a whole bunch of other stuff in a way that you can access from anywhere (Mac, PC, iPhone, Android, etc). I also use it for jotting down ideas. And it's free. Gotta love it.

Tip #3: Take “Action-point notes”

By this, I mean when you read an article like this (hint, hint), or any other article (or watch a video etc), jot down the important action points – the things that you can act on. By doing this, you don't have to come back and read the entire article. Some of the article might just be a bunch of added fluff to get you to understand those major points. Now that you understand the major points, you don't need all the fluff. Be concise, and it'll make it easier to act on it later. Trust me, this step will save you TONS of time in the future.

Tip #4: Revisit the significant action points on a regular basis

It's so easy to take notes and have them disappear into the “black hole of notes”. If your brain is anything like mine, it tends to forget even the significant things in life. Due to this mental limitation, it's necessary for revisit thoughts and ideas over and over.

This helps to form stronger connections in your brain. The stronger those connections, the easier it is for you to access that information. They say that “Practice makes perfect”, and this is also through for internet marketing.

Tip #5: Take decisive, goal-oriented action over and over and over and . . .

You get the point. Yes, you hear so many people say take action, but the fact is that taking action without a goal-oriented plan is the best way to get nowhere fast. Once you know what your goals are, all of the actions you take should be actions that lead you in the direction of your goals. It's a rather simple, but underutilized concept that if we really internalize it, can really change our businesses.

On the other hand, inaction is even worse. If you don't act on the things you are learning, I can GUARANTEE that you won't reach anywhere. There are so many potential bloggers out there with great ideas for blogs. The only thing missing is the blog. Don't be one of those people.

So there you have it – 5 tips that I believe we all can use. I really wanted to cover this right now, because over the next 4 weeks, I will be posting the interviews I did with some AWESOME bloggers at BlogWorld. They are very short interviews where I asked each blogger to give their top 3 tips to help us all take what we do to the next level.

I learned from those tips and can't wait to share them with you. However, as you go through these tips, remember to apply the 5 tips I outlined above, because they will really help you maximize what you learn from the tips.

Today's Question:

Which of these tips is the most significant one to you and why?

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11 Comments

  • HT says:

    Hey Leslie, thanks for the top-notch tips yet again. I use Evernote too, and find it absolutely indispensable to jot down important stuffs including blogging ideas. And yes, I agree that taking action is key to moving forward. It’s easy to procrastinate on content-writing and surf what’s the next WSO out there. Thanks for the reminder, Leslie.

    • Leslie says:

      It’s funny, as I was reading your comment, I was on the phone talking about the very same thing with the WSOs (Warrior forum special offers). It’s funny how that can just get absorbed into all of the stuff they have there.

    • HT says:

      I know, right?! We’re always looking for a quick-fix or magic plugin that will do the work with the press of a button. Or maybe I admire how the warriors develop their sales letters…Hmmm…

  • Holly W says:

    Leslie, Great tips, as always. I like the format of quick tips I can scan real quick.
    I think the most important is #3, to take action point notes when reading information. I have a notebook where I have all my blogging information in. notes, ideas, research, etc. of course I don’t want to write out the whole article as a note, but just enough to not have to go back to the article later. I don’t have time in my busy life to revisit an article more than once, unless it has numerous links I want to review later.

  • Chris Deals says:

    Hey Leslie,

    I like tip #2, and it’s one I use often. I actually categorize the items I file away in Evernote, some of the categories I have are: Content Creation, Social Media, Outsourcing, Must Implement Tips, Podcast ideas etc.

    On of the best features I like about Evernote, is being able to see items I saved in Evennote when I do a Google search for related items. The Evernote results shows up at the top of the search results.

    • Leslie says:

      Great tip Chris. I didn’t mention the categorization features in Evernote, but they sure do come in handy. And yes, the Google search integration feature is Awesomeness!

  • Nicki Goff says:

    Just got off the phone with our mentor in ProU – it was our week to be accountable in the “Make it Happen” call.

    Great tips – and #5 is where we were at – action and accountability. It’s so important to set up a daily method of operation, weekly action steps, and the be accountable (first of all to yourself).

    We’ve set up a small accountability group – just 4 of us – and that’s been another step that keeps us on track.

    • Leslie says:

      Nicki, that’s a GREAT idea. Accountability groups really help you to take action because you have people that will call you on your slacking.

      I have my own unofficial accountability groups and they have done WONDERS!

      Thanks for sharing!

  • Troy Vayanos says:

    Great tips Leslie,

    Without doubt information overload is one of the worst things that can happen to you online. I’ve been there myself and still get caught up in it occasionally. Doing this is a sure fire way to get confused and totally off track.

    I think it would be fair to say that following ‘Become a Blogger’ is the only real resource we need to stay connected to.

    Cheers

    • Leslie says:

      Glad to know that you are finding value in Become A Blogger. I wouldn’t say that it’s the only real resource you need though. There’s always other places where you can get varying opinions that help you to be better at what you do.

      But definitely keep checking us out though 😉

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