Perception Is Important To Your Blogging Career


I feel this to be a very accurate statement and it’s because of that I try to maintain an online presence where I am known for my honesty and integrity. Everything that you do online is being judged by others and may very well give them a false perception of who you really are. You want to make sure that perception of you is as accurate as possible because if it isn’t it could hurting your online career, whether it’s blogging or affiliate marketing.

The problem is magnified because of all the social sites the majority of us are members of. Let’s just take Twitter as an example. How many times have you chosen to follow someone and their very first tweet was one where they tried to sell you something? I know I get it quite a lot, and there are times when I’ve even stopped following them. They may have been a really down to earth person but that tweet led me to perceive that all they were interested in was trying to sell me something.

Let’s study the following picture for a minute.

These women all have one thing in common. Now I know when I first saw this photo I thought that every one of them was on the verge of having a mind blowing orgasm, and I was starting to get a little excited, when it turns out that the photo was taken just as they were about to sneeze.

The thing is that if I was to write something on this photo about what was turning all these women on, you can just imagine my embarrassment when someone pointed out what actually was going on.

The question is how to improve peoples perception of you.

  1. Don’t bullshit: This one is the most important rule that you should follow. You may get away with it for a little while but once you get caught out your credibility will be shot and it’s almost impossible to get it back, unless your Tiger Woods that is.
  2. Only promote things you believe in: Honestly, if you don’t believe in a product don’t go promoting it. By far the product I’ve had most success with is FlexSqueeze and that’s only because people can see how much I love it because of the emotion I display when I’m talking about it.
  3. Don’t say it’s so when you don’t know it truly is: Some people will read the hype on a particular affiliate and they then do a post telling everybody how fantastic it is, without even trying it! If that affiliate turns out to be shit then their perception of you and everything you say from now on turns to shit with it.
  4. Be COOL!: This applies to everything you do online, from interacting with those commenting on your blog to every other interaction you have with others online. If they’re abusive to you, show them your the better person by not retaliating. State your case in a diplomatic way and if they’re not willing to listen drop it! You win more points by letting it go than by losing your cool.
  5. Be Honest!: Different from #1 in that this is referring to those who have the tendency to steal content from others claiming it as their own. It’s only a matter of time before you get caught and when you do your name will be mud from now own. Better to do your own unique post linking to the one that supplied the idea for the post.
  6. Be Humble!: I have to admit I’m getting a little tired of those posts where bloggers claim to know everything about affiliate marketing and other stuff when it’s obvious they don’t . They may fool the newbies but everyone else can see them for what they really are, jerks!
  7. Accept Criticism!: Learn to listen to others when they criticize something about your post, your blog or about something you said. Don’t get on the defensive, it’s quite possible they know what they are talking about. Better to thank them for their opinion and to voice your reasons as to why you think they may be wrong without going on the attack.
  8. Your Input!:

I know that there are lot’s of other ways that we can give people a false perception of who we really are, but I want to leave that open so that you can voice your opinion.

 

 

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Where Do You Stand On Climate Change


Climate change would have to be one of the most important issues of the times but is it really happening or are the climate skeptics right in saying it’s all bullshit? You kind of have to ask yourself why anyone would push climate change if it wasn’t entirely true. Either it’s true or they’re getting something out of pushing a lie, or the very least distorting the truth.

I know that the Labor Party have been pushing climate change for awhile now, in fact Rudd tried everything he could to put pressure on the Coalition to pass the Government’s emissions trading legislation. Legislation that would have cost Australians millions, possibly more than we could afford. What was farcical was that he was willing to sign off on the whole thing before any other country had committed themselves to it. It became obvious to many that all he was really interested in was getting a feather in his cap, one where he could parade to other world leaders how he was able to convince Australians to sign up before anyone else. Lucky we didn’t because no-one else did. The whole Copenhagen thing was a washout.

So, why would scientists manipulate data to make climate change seem more than it really is? Would it be because they didn’t want to be seen as wrong? Perhaps there was a monetary gain for them. I reckon a lot of them would be working for the government to provide them the data they need to propagate their policies. It’s apparent now that had we signed those papers the Government would be collecting a lot more taxes, taxes that probably wouldn’t have helped the environment one little bit.

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Release The Child In You And Become A Better Blogger

I remember when I was a kid all those years ago and my parents took my sister with them on a holiday to Italy and after a few short months when they returned she spoke perfect Italian. She couldn’t speak English, although she understood it, and whenever we asked something she always replied in Italian. Unfortunately it didn’t take that long before she picked up English again and as she did so her grasp on Italian dropped off.

Those of you who are parents have most likely noticed how children soak things up like a sponge. I think it has a lot to do with the fact that they haven’t acquired all the barriers that adults use that prevent them from moving forward. When we get confronted with a new language, rather than trying to learn it we would rather get them to learn ours; it’s so much easier that way isn’t it? It’s sort of like a wall we put up that prevents us from learning.

The other thing that holds us back is negativity. We don’t attempt things because we’re scared that we will fail. Too bad really considering that it’s those failures that teach us important lessons and by not allowing ourselves to fail we remain ignorant in life. Not so the little ones, they just do it, and if they fall down they get up and try again.

I reckon we should be able to apply this to our blogs. We should become more childlike. Rather than sitting back worrying if what we’ve written is good enough, post it and fix it latter if need be. How many drafts have you got just sitting there waiting for the time when you think it’s good enough for the world to see? They may never see it unless you act now and take the chance.

We must open our minds and allow the world to seep in, only then will we find those topics that have been evading us. If you’re really stuck, don’t just sit there worrying about it. Go out for a walk, admire your surroundings and relax. Let the blog recede into the outer recess of your mind letting the rest of the world filter in, and sooner or later you will notice the glimmer of ideas forming. Kids don’t worry about things nearly so much as adults do.

It’s unfortunate that they lose their innocence and sponge-like qualities as they grow older. Perhaps those who have made it in this world of ours have maintained some of those qualities and are able to see and grasp ideas and work them into something that they can use, where the rest of us see them as stumbling blocks.

Just so you know this post was inspired by the following video. This little girl is truly remarkable.

What do you think? Would there be advantages to having childlike qualities, and if so what can you add to the mix?

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