His success has lead to the creation of a number copy-cat blogs and spurred a massive wave of new blogs into this corner of the internet. Needless to say few of them can hold a candle to his website.
So how did he do it? What’s his secret?
In The Blog Artist’s Handbook he shows you the skills and mindset needed to build a site like B&D.
But first let’s deal with a harsh reality:
Can Anyone Become a Blog Artist?
Quite simply, no.
Can you make money online? Yes.
Will you make money online? Probably not.
Not everyone on Earth has the brains or the balls to make it online.
It’s easy enough to make a fun little hobby blog and maybe make $10-$15 per month on ads, but to really make it and fully replace your income with online revenue you have to need it.
Not just want it, need it.
I’ve been in the online game for three years now. Blogging is probably the hardest way to make money online (at first). Guys with a ton of enthusiasm will start falling off quickly when they realize money and traffic aren’t flowing in.
And that’s if they even get as far as purchasing a domain name.
Most guys just aren’t cut out for this. It is a ton of work and not to be taken lightly.
It is art—as Victor would say.
If you are one of the few who is willing to stick with your blog and work hard on it for YEARS you will be handsomely rewarded.
What Makes for a Successful Blog
Success is subjective, but I think we can all say what a great blog is and what a crappy blog is. It starts when you get to the website, immediately taking note of the site’s design which is crucial.
You then look for original, unique and insightful content. I can’t count how many articles I’ve read about taking cold showers and eating steaks, all of which came after Victor’s stuff. This stuff is tired and hackneyed and you need to live your own life to become a blog artist instead of trying to be someone else.
The success of a blog also depends on the character of the writer:
Successful guys stand apart:
If you look inside the mind of any successful man, you’ll see very common threads
- They have a deep drive that says they must succeed.
- They don’t give up at the first sign that things aren’t working.
- They follow a plan and have their sights on a destination before they start.
Building a Blog Readers Will Love
If you’re like me, you’re a big fan of Victor’s site. Every time I get an e-mail about his post I stop everything and go right there.
It’s because over the years he’s provided me with a ton of insightful information. I trust his work and know that it will make my life better.
How can you do that to?
It’s certainly not easy.
To get a better idea of how you must develop your site is to listen to what Victor had to say about making your site an ‘addiction’:
… if you want to experience massive success and create raving fans you’re going to need to get them addicted to you.
You want to become the steady stream of content they can’t live without.
And when you go missing, it hurts.
He also mentions the concept of niche sites:
Lots of jokers will tell you to build “niche sites”. Niche blogs are a waste of time. Niche sites don’t bring repeat traffic and they don’t build up a customer base (the lifeblood of a business). Don’t waste your time making niche sites.
Build one business that you can filter many different ideas through.
This is a great point. I have a few niche sites, but they don’t make too much money. Nothing compared to Victor’s.
He was able to get where he is by building an audience that loved his stuff. Naturally, they’d buy his books and help him make good money.
Behind the Scenes of a Blog-Artist
As if blogging weren’t enough work already, there is a lot that goes on behind the scenes. Things like editing, programming, marketing, and planning are hugely important concepts that often take more time than the writing itself.
Fortunately Vic breaks all of this down.
He walks you through step-by-step concepts like domains, hosting, and how you can use his own site BADNET. This is really helpful for first-time bloggers.
Moreover he discusses networking strategies like leaving comments, posting on forums etc. This is something I really fall short on (Shout out to Charles Sledge who always leaves great comments!)
A Must-For Aspiring Blog-Artists
As someone who’s had different blogs over the past 3 years, I still picked up a quite a bit of information from this book like how to create appealing content and market it once it’s posted.
This a short book–a guide, if you will, like his other books are–but this streamlines the process for understanding everything being a great blogger entails.
When you want to learn how to be great at something go directly to the source. Not from some no-name scam-artist, you need a Blog Artist.
Click here to get your copy of The Blog Artist’s Handbook by Victor Pride.