I shimmied my bum up to the 3rd row to watch a talk hosted by John Chow, Syed Balkhi, John Rampton and Zac Johnson.
3 lessons screamed at me.
#1 - Practice Your Skills
John Chow and John Rampton both noted how they made a goose egg, zilch, zero, during their first 8 months to a year as bloggers.
This period was bout practicing and honing their writing and marketing skills, patiently, every single day.
From my experience, money responds really well to skilled bloggers and entrepreneurs who hone their craft daily. The highest earners tend to practice when most other internet marketers quit.
I personally write 1000s of words daily. When I get guest post or interview or feature offers, or see a steady increase in profits, that persistent practice - ESPECIALLY during the days when I wasn't getting paid - was a difference maker.
#2 - Persistently Help People
While Syed - the 8 figure guy - was building his blog, during the early years, he helped people create successful Wordpress blogs. This ties into lesson #1 of course but it goes deeper than either practicing your skills in private, or doing so solely through your blog.
He helped people through all types of channels. Money seems to love generous marketers who help folks both for free, and for a premium.
I spend a great deal of time daily helping people for free, and premium. On sites like Warrior, Quora, through my email, social, Reddit, heck, everywhere I can.
The more I help folks, the more folks seem to help me by promoting me, endorsing me, featuring me, by becoming customers or clients or business partners.
#3 - Build Friendships With Heavies In Your Niche
The 4 guys on the platform have been friends for years. Each mentioned helping each other out for a while, through various joint guest posting ventures and the like, expanding each other's presence and building each other's profits.
When you befriend big dawgs in your niche by promoting them, endorsing them, by commenting on their blog and by entering into joint partnerships, your presence expands exponentially. The more good friends you make, thru serving other folks generously, the more your presence mushrooms.
After I followed steps #1 and #2, and commented on Blogging Tips for a few weeks, in addition to RTing a few posts, Zac offered me a guest posting gig on BT. Not a bad deal. I post there daily. Establishing bonds leads to many prospering opportunities for all parties involved.
John also noted how he got his posts syndicated on Forbes, Entrepreneur and a few other world famous sites by building friendships with folks working for these companies.
Practice. Help. Build friendships, by assisting successes in your niche. For years. The guys on the dais all had 15 to 20 year's worth of experience in their pocket, doing helpful, business-building things to promote their success.