Side Hustle Suggestion 87: 279 Days to Overnight Success (Chris Guillebeau’s Free 2009 Book)

Greetings, side hustlers.

I was overdue to link you to a freebie and there are plenty out there, but I chose to revisit Suggestion #17—

279 Days to Overnight Success, Chris Guillebeau’s second manifesto–this one detailing his nine-month journey to becoming a full-time writer–offers much guidance and advice that still applies today.

I like linking to the Goodreads ‘quotes from the book’ pages, but I couldn’t find one for 279 Days.

Instead, check out this overview and breakdown from businessbackpacker.com. Good stuff.

Suggestion 83: Monetizing Your Blog–tips from ryrob.com.

Moving on to the third section from ryrob’s 40 Blogging Tips and Advice From Top Bloggers in 2020Monetizing Your Blog.

Points to consider:

  1. Treat your blog like a real business.
  2. Work backwards–pinpoint profit opps, then create targeted content.
  3. Your blog should be a jumping off point for your services/products.
  4. You and your team should play the ‘long game’.
  5. Ideal customer, ideal customer, ideal customer.
  6. Leave your comfort zone.

CONTRIBUTORS:

Tim Soulo, Nathan Barry, Preston Lee, Adam Enfroy, Darren Murph, Jon Morrow, Adda Birnir,

Suggestion 82: Growing Your Blog–tips from ryrob.com.

Still curating content from ryrob’s 40 Blogging Tips and Advice From Top Bloggers in 2020.

A few paraphrased nuggets from the second section, Growing Your Blog.

  1. Every time you communicate, you’re selling. Add value each time you post. — Hiten Shah
  2. Create meaningful connections with readers. — Mariah Coz
  3. Get out from behind your screen and meet people. — Tommy Griffith
  4. Early on, build habits that lead to later success. — James Clear
  5. Read your competitor’s content, then one-up it. — Garrett Moon
  6. Find your readers, then reach out. — Poornima Vijayashanker
  7. Produce where your audience already is. [ex. Medium.com] –Austin Belcak
  8. Goal: Consistently great content at rates steered by reader response.
  9. Build your email list from Day 1. — Alexis Grant

Suggestion 81: 40 blogging tips from ryrob.com

Thought you’d like this item from Ryan Robinson’s site, I came across 40 Blogging Tips and Advice From Top Bloggers in 2020.

The four main categories are in the above word cloud.

A few paraphrased nuggets from the first section, Launching Your Blog.

  1. Set realistic expectations. — Ryan Robinson
  2. Embrace a mindset of experimentation. — Ryan Robinson
  3. Prepare to sacrifice plenty of time. — Michelle Schroeder
  4. Your blog is a product that should stand out from others. — Brian Dean
  5. Blog time should be morning time. — Pat Flynn
  6. Dive in feet-first and conviction-first. Then sharpen your voice. — Gaby Dalkin
  7. Early on, learn from the people you know and follow. — Chris Guillebeau
  8. Answer the question: “What value do you bring?” — Rob Palmer
  9. You have to start somewhere and sometime…like now! Improvement will come with time. — Shane Barker; Jeff Haden; John Rampton
  10. Stick to your own convictions, despite conventional knowledge. [Including this list!] — Anna Vital
  11. Learn from other niches/segments and apply to your own. — Grace and Silas Moser
  12. Focus on what sets you and your content apart. — Selena Taylor
  13. Consider guest-posting. — Jeff Goins
  14. “What’s your competitive advantage?” — Chase Dimond
  15. Publish only your best content–think quality over quantity. — Kyle Byers
  16. Start with small, reasonable goals and build from there. — Steli Efti