It happens to everyone. I mean, the first blog you build. You will never be satisfied with it and after a while, you start to wonder how you came up with such a….plain design.
Beauty may lie in the eyes of the beholder but most people will start to yearn for a perfect design after a while. For me, a while is one month. I just couldn’t resist shiny themes but through it all, I realize what’s the best theme design and I am going to do a blog on that. Stay tuned!
Anyway, here are two screenshots of Pat Flynn’s blog, taken on 23 Oct 2008 and in 2018.
After being let go from his company in 2008, Pat started a blog. I was amazed by how simple his blog was and how much it had transformed throughout the last decade. Comparing them, you can see the difference. Oh, by the way, Pat Flynn is an internet marketer who makes a living through affiliate earnings. He does it so well that his earnings are at least 6 figures every month. Again, his’ is not an overnight success…read on.
Most people see the vast transformation in his blog, marvel at it and wonder how they can do it. In fact, some got depressed and gave up.
Why give up? You should learn from it, it’s good stuff!
TEN Things I Learnt from Pat
- There is no need to be perfect at the start. Just start. For proof, please look at his primitive email subscribe button on his original blog. 🙂
- Your blog will go through many facelifts in the years to follow. It only gets better. Well, there may be a few weird ideas in between. Sometimes it gets worse due to your additional efforts.
- Enjoy writing for your readers. Make it meaningful, but also genuine and entertaining. You never know if your article may just cheer someone on after a rough day.
- Share your worse experiences, and make others feel better. The world is indeed fair. Everyone gets their s**t.
- We need a megawatt smile, a white background and a profile photo like Pat’s.
- Keep writing. Actually, someone is reading but they are just being quiet. One day, they will comment.
- Be genuine in wanting to help. That means you don’t recommend a product you won’t want to use yourself
- Tough situations are catalysts for great breakthroughs. He got fired and Smart Passive Income was born and grew to become an internet success. But hey, if you have a job, don’t “fire” yourself. There is more to that.
- Keep growing and the best way is to learn from other successful people and the second best is to read. Pat read 44 books in 2017, or was it 45? Anyway, it is a lot of books.
- Finally, create simple messages to help people understand what you are offering. If it is shrouded in complex or extensive sales pitch, the value is diluted in the process
Hope you enjoy my Top 10 Learning Points from Pat!
Wishing you all the Success for 2018, and remember to have fun along the way!