What if one of the world's most popular bloggers told you their secrets? Would that be cool? Well we have listed out 25 secrets from some of the most popular writers and business owners in the world. There are many things they have done to become so successful and each one has unique advice. What if you incorporated just one of these tips when starting a business and/or content strategy? Now imagine incorporating all of these wow.
In a solid post from bizzhumm.com they list out some of them here:
Top tip: Start building an audience online in your area of expertise “before” you need them. This could be a blog or a website. This means growing your social media followers on Twitter and other social networks and your email list.
Top tip: It’s OK to fail. Start over. Hopefully before you run out of money. Hopefully before you take in investor money. Or, don’t worry about it. Come up with new ideas. Start over.
Top tip: When I started my first business I kept trying to do too many things and expand the business even before we had a bit of revenue. This caused me to output mediocre work instead of great work. Eventually clients suffered from it and we lost revenue. If I had to do it all over again, I would just focus on one model within my business. As the revenue growth declines, I would then expand, but not until then.
Top tip: Text can only take your content so far. Engaging images, videos and diagrams can reduce bounce rate and increase time on site: two critical user interaction ranking factors.
Top tip: The fact that startups need less money means founders will increasingly have the upper hand over investors. You still need just as much of their energy and imagination, but they don’t need as much of your money. Because founders have the upper hand, they’ll retain an increasingly large share of the stock in, and control of, their companies. Which means investors will get less stock and less control.
Ok so just from these 5 pieces of advice what have you learned? Adding rich visuals to text when writing. It is OK to fail. We don't try to fail but if we do and learn from it, we have found one more thing NOT to do, giving us a better chance of succeeding next time!
Top tip: You must work on yourself continuously, never be satisfied with yourself. Always know that as you invest the time and effort on you that’s the greatest ability that human beings have above animals.
Specialty: Small Business
Top tip: Create good, quality content that people actually want to see and increase engagement with your fans. Re-share old content that is highly beneficial to reach different audiences within a short span of time. Make sure the content is relevant to your audience.
Top tip: Drop the “touching base” and “checking in” mentality from your vocabulary entirely. When making follow up calls, become an asset in their decision process. That’s when they’ll really want to work with you!
She is spot on. Be polite of course but know your value and demonstrate it politely to them.
Top tip: First, develop your Ideal Customer Profile and research their Desired Outcome (Required Outcome + Appropriate Experience); don’t try to be all things to everyone. This’ll allow you to acquire customers that rapidly get value from what you sell, stay with you longer, buy more over time, and tell their friends.
Top tip: Always put finances first. Get a handle on all important financial documents before even starting. Offer a barter with a bookkeeper or an accountant so you make sure you have someone watching your finances from day one. Too often, startups waste money by not tracking spending and thinking wisely about financial investments. Don’t let yourself start a business cash poor because of your inability to make the “not so fun stuff” a priority.
Top tip: Some of your content might have been published a year ago but still gets traffic and ranks in search engines. Revisit your older content, update it, make sure it is still relevant and correct.
Top tip: One of the best tip i can give for growing your business is to listen to your customers, analyse their behavior, see what they like and adapt your business accordingly.
Specialty: Small Business
Top tip: Encourage your customers to share photos or updates about being at your business or using your products, then reshare or repost! Social media users love attention like this! Resharing also bolsters your brand, it’s the best and most authentic kind of social proof there is, and simultaneously encourages more of your customers to share even more images or posts too!
Top tip: My main concern with the way some people “do” Active Listening, is that all too often it is really Selective or Filtered listening. Specifically they are actively listening for those things that fit their solutions, their narrative. And if they don’t hear it they try to steer the conversation in that direction.
This piece of advice is very unique and potentially the most diffucult to do. We often think we are listening but actually searching for what we want to hear. That doesn't mean listening to every bit of advice you get it is more about turning down the noise and being objective.
Top tip: Create a one-sentence description of your business. Sounds simple, but it’s not. Starting a business means telling everyone you know (and many you don’t) what you do. Start a sales conversation by a clear, descriptive, and short sentence about what you do. The purpose of this sentence is simply to pull people in to a sales conversation by creating a very small foundation on which to build.
Top tip: Mental toughness helps us push through those moments we’re not sure we can keep moving forward. That is when we have a breakthrough, and when we do, we grow and learn a lot more about who we truly are and what we are capable of doing.
Top tip: If you want to own a business (and not let the business own you), you need to create a process for everything. Every task you perform, big and small, should be documented. When you have processes in place, you can build a team of people to execute the work….giving you the freedom that entrepreneurship provides.
Having discipline and processes daily are the takeaways from these. A lot of business lack both of these.
Top tip: Interview members of your target audience and ask them what keeps them up at night. Pay attention to what they say–if you can find a way to help them with the problems they mention, you’ll have all the customers you want.
Specialty: Goal Achievement
Top tip: Write Goals Down, Be Specific, Set Deadlines, Create Action Plans, Track the Action Plan Daily, Reward yourself for successes. Do Again!
Top tip: Do something every day to get you closer to your business goal. The one thing you can control is the task at hand, and that will take you one step closer toward your ultimate goal.
What an informative list! We hope you can apply some or all of these to your existing business. Or, take into account this advice while starting and selecting a business idea.