How do I go about executing on my blog idea?

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Okay. Good morning people. How are you all this morning? Good I hope.
So the idea I have, although not entirely unique, I think would do good as a blog. I just don't think I posses the savvy to execute it in a dope way. So as it stands now I am UNEMPLOYED.

I sat for a while thinking about why people like watching TV shows like The Walking Dead, or the old Trilogy Star Wars or the Marvel Cinematic Universe and many others. People like to see the protagonist in a story progress or undertake a journey from point A to Point B and overcome what ever adversity there is during the journey.

I also noticed above all else people like a rags to riches story. I want to approach creating a blog from the prospect of a shithead and a failure who is progressing upwards despite the winding roads, obstacles twist and turns that he has to meander. In this blog we're basically dealing with an individual who is at his wits end and won't stay down in the corner he has been backed into but has an endearing and humorous cynicism to him.
Essentially the message he is trying to spread is that just because your unemployed doesn't mean you have to just lie down and die. I think it has the potential to be inspiring although it is not a unique idea within itself.

Problems:
Social Media Execution:
So the problem is is that I think I know to little about social media. I have set up a blog already with another niche that I am semi familiar with but quit because I didn't have enough experience to turn that into a business. I have already written blog post and posted them to twitter and posted videos on my Instagram and Facebook linking them back to my blog post but I still know nothing about how to use platforms like Pinterest, LinkedIn, Google Plus, or Snapchat. I know the general idea behind these mediums: You post stuff on there and people watch. The thing is I have no idea about strategies I can use to garner as much views to my content as possible.

YOUTUBE:
So I plan on creating video content without showing my face. I have a problem with shooting shitty quality video on the phone camera I have now. I can't afford the camera I want to shoot the kind of videos I want. I am currently researching ways that I can release good video content using animation and memes and stuff. A couple videos like DJ Akedemiks, Looper and WatchMojo give me an idea on how to do that but the again I feel like that technique might be kind of played out being that I don't think there is any originality anymore.

I AM INTROVERTED:
So when I was working I used to travel around NY and go outside a lot. When I stopped working I stopped going out because I now have to use that money to eat, pay whatever debts I have and use for transportation to interviews.
I feel like not going outside goes against the vision of what I want my blog to be which in turn makes it difficult to create content. I plan on just creating content on stuff like movies I watch, products I am interested in buying, YouTube videos I like, Technology News, Changes and nuances in current culture and artistic endeavors that I can practice being good at in an enclosed space like drawing or chess or something. I feel however that this too has been done before

ADVANTAGES:
Well currently I think the best resource I have on my side is time and unlimited internet access (Thank God I payed my internet bill for the entire year!!)

DISADVANTAGES:
Not enough experience.
No access to top tier software to edit videos or knowledge on programming and visual design to code my own UNIQUE website.
No money to spend on paid ads. I think this one of all is the one that hurts me the most. It might be good in the sense that it might lead to me coming up with ways to generate free traffic, which I know nothing about.
No top tier microphone to record podcast media
NO UNIQUE IDEA OR PRODUCT AND SERVICE OF MY OWN TO START!!

FINAL QUESTION:
Should I just wait until I have more money to start. I can swallow the bitter herb guys. If I don't have enough resources at my fingertips to carry this through now then the best thing I can do is probably wait. If not I can get started working on it tomorrow. I hear all kind of shit about unemployed bloggers going from zero to hero but I am very cynical when I hear them speak on it as almost everything cost money. I want to execute on realistic strategies that can actually put me ahead that I can apply NOW.
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  • Profile picture of the author cameron242
    Hey!

    If the blog is something you want to do, then just go after it! Even if you don't have money to push paid traffic. Just focus on creating useful content in the beginning.

    I can't really go much into a free method because I mostly use paid traffic when trying to drive traffic to a new site. but don't let that stop you from just getting started.

    At least, this gives you time to figure out your target audience.

    There are a few paid ad methods though that work for people.

    1: Facebook ads to your blog & ask them to join your email list to stay up to date on your blogs.

    2: Adwords & Social media retargeting ads

    3: Email marketing to give value & drive existing subscribes back to your site.

    But just focus on getting started. And most of all, stick with it. Don't start & stop.

    Hope i've helped!
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  • Profile picture of the author Gabriel
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    I did a "path blog" a while ago taking my agency from zero to 20K per month recurrent income..... in 90 days

    BUT I did it while I had a solid income.
    I personally think in your situation "blogging" about your path is one more task that is not going to bring you revenue.

    You want to focus on revenue.. not on telling the story how you created revenue.
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    • Profile picture of the author StockMan1234
      Sounds like a great blog to read. Is the link still up? I'd love to read 'em.
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  • Profile picture of the author superowid
    Do it with youtube! Use your simple camera-phone! That's fine! Just be creative in simplicity! If the content can make people happy or helped, then just show it off! Good luck!
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  • Profile picture of the author Frank Donovan
    Sorry to rain on your parade, but that idea has been tried a zillion times. To have any chance of success with it, you need an angle; something that separates your story from the rest. That could be your personality, your special circumstances, your success against the odds, or your presentation - but from what you say in your post, I'm not seeing anything about your situation that's particularly marketable.

    It's not about your budget or lack of technical knowledge. If you want others to read about your life, first do something that's worth writing about.
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  • Profile picture of the author Julius Colven
    Loving the replies and the critique guys!! Keep it coming! Something else came to mind while I was up early this morning. I tweeted Gary Vaynerchuk about this this morning. I spent time thinking about all the top websites and online content that has been created in the last 5-10 years. The one thing I noticed that all of them had in common, that spoke volumes to their current popular status, was that they started doing what they are doing now in a time where it didn't exist yet these exceptional individuals where able to spot the gap in the market and take full advantage of it.

    Websites:

    Netflix
    Worldstar
    Spotify
    Youtube

    Youtube Content Creators:

    Gary Vaynerchuk
    DJ Akedemiks
    The Needledrop
    Philip Defranco
    Alex Jones..lol

    Then I though of something. Why not just look at what people are complaining about? Of course I already tried some generic searches like "top complaints of 2017" or "Consumer Complaints of 2017" so far it has yielded no results. We live in a society where technology has cajoled people into being lazier and lazier. People are always unhappy about something so as long as that is a permanent human condition then they will always be a niche to create from that. I'm not a genius. You can tell by the line of questioning I tend to pursue in these post. I'm not even that smart. What way can I access complaints and surveys to help me achieve this goal? Where do I go? How to I go about doing it?
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    • Profile picture of the author DABK
      You have proven that you can jump from one idea to another. Not the way to get started.

      Also, 'great ideas' but you're going to ignore them?

      Originally Posted by Julius Colven View Post

      Loving the replies and the critique guys!! Keep it coming! Something else came to mind while I was up early this morning. I tweeted Gary Vaynerchuk about this this morning. I spent time thinking about all the top websites and online content that has been created in the last 5-10 years. The one thing I noticed that all of them had in common, that spoke volumes to their current popular status, was that they started doing what they are doing now in a time where it didn't exist yet these exceptional individuals where able to spot the gap in the market and take full advantage of it.

      Websites:

      Netflix
      Worldstar
      Spotify
      Youtube

      Youtube Content Creators:

      Gary Vaynerchuk
      DJ Akedemiks
      The Needledrop
      Philip Defranco
      Alex Jones..lol

      Then I though of something. Why not just look at what people are complaining about? Of course I already tried some generic searches like "top complaints of 2017" or "Consumer Complaints of 2017" so far it has yielded no results. We live in a society where technology has cajoled people into being lazier and lazier. People are always unhappy about something so as long as that is a permanent human condition then they will always be a niche to create from that. I'm not a genius. You can tell by the line of questioning I tend to pursue in these post. I'm not even that smart. What way can I access complaints and surveys to help me achieve this goal? Where do I go? How to I go about doing it?
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  • Profile picture of the author Chris Brindamour
    Julius,

    A blog is a great idea, if that is what you want to do, do it. Why not tell your own rags to riches story. Start by talking about your goals and where you are headed, then talk about your journey there, the good times, the bad times, the mistakes, what worked etc. I am sure people will follow your journey. Don't worry about what you know, learn it as you go.

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    • Profile picture of the author DABK
      Why are you sure people will follow?

      Lots of blogs out there that nobody follows.

      Originally Posted by Chris Brindamour View Post

      Julius,

      A blog is a great idea, if that is what you want to do, do it. Why not tell your own rags to riches story. Start by talking about your goals and where you are headed, then talk about your journey there, the good times, the bad times, the mistakes, what worked etc. I am sure people will follow your journey. Don't worry about what you know, learn it as you go.

      Chris
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    I'd watch that.
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  • Profile picture of the author ryanbiddulph
    Hi Julius,

    As for each of your issues, I do have *the* solution.

    Subscribe to 2-3 top blogging tips bloggers. Read each of their blog posts. Study what you read. Apply what you learned.

    Buy their products. Subscribe to their list of course.

    They will - and already have - answered all of your questions. I have covered this stuff for years.

    If you feel passionate about blogging and the idea you note - and this seems to be the case - dive in bro. Now. Like, literally, right now.

    Pick a few folks in the blogging tips niche who are established pros. Learn from them. Practice. Succeed.

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    • Profile picture of the author StockMan1234
      What are your top 3 favorites? I don't think I've read any better blog on this topic than Ramit Sethi's.
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    • Profile picture of the author rhealy29
      Originally Posted by ryanbiddulph View Post

      Hi Julius,

      As for each of your issues, I do have *the* solution.

      Subscribe to 2-3 top blogging tips bloggers. Read each of their blog posts. Study what you read. Apply what you learned.

      Buy their products. Subscribe to their list of course.

      They will - and already have - answered all of your questions. I have covered this stuff for years.

      If you feel passionate about blogging and the idea you note - and this seems to be the case - dive in bro. Now. Like, literally, right now.

      Pick a few folks in the blogging tips niche who are established pros. Learn from them. Practice. Succeed.

      Ryan
      Is this a joke? How is crap like this allowed?

      "I have THE solution for you! Subcribe to blogging tips blogs (of which I own one), buy their products (i.e. buy my products) and join their lists (i.e. join my list). Then all your problems will be solved! And do it NOW! NOW NOW NOW!"

      Like, there isn't even an attempt at a veil here. The OP literally says he has no original idea, product, or service, and that he potentially doens't have the resources to financially support himself right now, and this is the answer he gets from a seemingly senior member of this forum?

      What?!?!
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      • Profile picture of the author OptedIn
        Originally Posted by rhealy29 View Post

        What?!?!
        It's all OK, as long as he has passion. Can't fail. (sarcasm).
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  • Profile picture of the author theaecassociates
    hello sir

    blog main focus brand and should grabs the user attention which further converts them into customers
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  • Hiya, I totally get the anxiety about wanting to get into the swing of things and make money asap. The thing is with blogging you really just have to get started and have family and friends support by sharing, commenting and so on. Social media of course is important in terms of scaling your blogs and you can learn this as you go along but for goodness sake make a start and build an audience. Another thing is you don't need to spends loads to get publicity as there are a few FREE platforms that will provide a great launch pad but you need to make that first move...
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  • Profile picture of the author Randall Magwood
    Just get started doing *something*. And believe in yourself. There are all kinds of ways to gather money. Donation banks, McDonald's quick job, eBay, etc. Make it happen.
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  • Profile picture of the author copywriterpros
    In order to be able to make money from your blog you really need to work hard and what is very important in the blog word - to be constant! If you are not constant your blog will simply not be visited. Should I mention importance of SEO and Vlogining (Youtube for example)?
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  • Profile picture of the author Brent Stangel
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    Is this a joke? How is crap like this allowed?
    The forum has been taken over by warm and fuzzy Unicorns...who are desperate for every page view they can get.


    Brent
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  • Profile picture of the author quadagon
    One of two things seems to have happened on the warrior forum in the last few months

    Either the rules on self promotion have been eased or you can do what you want if your post count is high enough.
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    • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
      Originally Posted by quadagon View Post

      One of two things seems to have happened on the warrior forum in the last few months

      Either the rules on self promotion have been eased or you can do what you want if your post count is high enough.
      Neither.

      Ryan is very clever in how he promotes himself. He never overtly says "join MY list, buy MY stuff, etc." If you choose to read between the lines and get that message, that's on you. As it stands, it's generic advice.

      I can tell you that when someone does cross the line, and I see it, the post goes bye-bye regardless of post count.

      As for the OP, the advice isn't horrible on its own. But since he seems to want to do one of those hero's journey blogs (until he gets distracted), I would modify that advice.

      Skip the lists, don't buy products when you are struggling to pay bills. Find blogs like Pat Flynn's and dig deep into the archives, back before the blogger was The Blogger. Read about the struggles and the journey. Odds are, you may be going back several years, so don't get hung up or distracted by specific advice because it may not work anymore.

      Just look at what their journey looked like back in the beginning.

      Look how long it took to become The Blogger, and ask yourself if you are willing to take on the journey and open yourself up that way, the good, the bad and the ugly.

      If the answer is yes, go for it. But not at the expense of supporting yourself.
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      • Profile picture of the author rhealy29
        Originally Posted by JohnMcCabe View Post

        Neither.

        Ryan is very clever in how he promotes himself. He never overtly says "join MY list, buy MY stuff, etc." If you choose to read between the lines and get that message, that's on you. As it stands, it's generic advice.
        You think he's being very clever? Really?

        Sorry, but if I tell a car salesman that my car is out of gas and he tells me I should buy a new car, but doesn't specifically use the name of his dealership, he's still self-promoting.

        The post in question was completely transparent. There was nothing clever about it whatsoever. It was bad advice, given without thought, possibly without even reading the OPs post based on the recommendation to buy products, and entirely intended to promote the very products the poster in question sells.

        It's stuff like that that is one of the main reasons this forum has such a lousy reputation in so many places other than here.

        The poster in question claims to be a blogging guru. He had an enormous opportunity to provide some real advice or personal experience to the OP. Instead he told a guy who might not have the money to pay his bills in the long-term to buy blogging products. Oh, and also that it is the solution to his problems and he should do it NOW.

        If that's something the leadership on this forum are going to defend, yikes. And if all it takes to get around the self-promotion rules is that level of "cleverness", then, again, yikes.
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      Originally Posted by quadagon View Post

      One of two things seems to have happened on the warrior forum in the last few months

      Either the rules on self promotion have been eased or you can do what you want if your post count is high enough.
      Every instance of self-promotion that I have reported (and there have been dozens), have been deleted in a timely fashion.
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  • Profile picture of the author rhealy29
    OP,

    Getting a blog from zero to a point where it will sustain you is an enormous task. There are millions upon millions of blogs out there sitting dormant because people who had the same idea gave up. No one is going to follow your "Watch me go from zero to something" story, let alone give you any money for it, until you actually are something. And if your only path to become something is through your "watch me become something" blog, well, you can see how circular that is.

    If you don't currently have the finances to support yourself for at least a few months without worrying, do not, do not, forgo looking for another job in order to try to be a successful blogger.

    No amount of sunshine and rainbow bullshit is going to change the fact that even if your idea was great, your execution was flawless, and your commitment was unwavering, it would take long enough to get to the point where your blog is generating significant income that you'd starve to death in the meantime anyway.

    I'm not saying don't try to be a successful blogger. Absolutely DO do that. But don't risk your well-being to try to chase it without a proper safety net. A job, literally any paying job, will provide you with more money in the short-term than your new blog.

    Go find that job and start putting away your paychecks. Live small. Save money. Work on your blog at night and on your days off. When you have enough money saved up to support yourself for half a year or some other timeframe that you can decide on, then, if you want to give it a go full-time, at least you'll be able to stay focused on your goal without having to worry about your utilities being shut off.

    Or, work on it now. Go all-in if you wish. That's totally up to you. But the decision is entirely dependent on how you're willing to live. Because I'm telling you right now, your blog will NOT replace your old income in the first few months, no matter how good you are. It probably won't even accomplish that in the first year. The new kid at McDonalds will be rolling in cash by comparison. So if you're willing and able to live on near-zero income while you work on your blog, then I wish you the best on your journey. If you're not, shelve the blog plan until you're in a safer place.
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  • Profile picture of the author aizaku
    forget the blog.

    Here is what you do:

    focus on a money niche (something you really know about):
    Real estate
    MMO
    Dog Training

    Get a squeeze page with a bite sized lead mag freebie (something they can apply right away)

    now youtube your way into traffic. target those keywords ppl search for on YT, back space will reveal a bunch of these keywords.

    Have your audience do ONE thing after each video:
    subscribe

    once you have enough views and subs you will unlock the ability to stick YOUR LINK (Squeeze page) into the description box and in the YT card.

    then have your audience do TWO things from now on, Subscribe and grab that free gift you have on the other side of your squeeze page.

    all the best,
    Ike Paz

    PS. this is free and simple. BUT NOT easy
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