22 Take Action Ways to Be a Remarkable Blogger

Become Remarkable“The key to getting started down the right path of being remarkable in anything is to simply act with the intention of being remarkable.”

This is a quote by Chad Fowler, CTO of InfoEther, in Tim Ferriss’s new book, The 4-Hour Body. Tim highlights Chad because after being obese for over a decade, he lost 70 pounds in less than a year, which is truly remarkable.

Although the parts of the book I’ve read so far are mainly about achieving extraordinary and amazing results with our bodies (like rapid weight loss, superhuman strength, holding our breath for 5 minutes, etc.) there are a lot of wonderful gems, like the quote above, which can be applied to other things in our lives, like our businesses and blogs.

Wishing vs. Action

Wishing for an outcome and actually taking action to achieve it are two totally different things. Below you’ll find a list of 22 ideas and actions that you can take right now as a blogger to help you become extraordinary, unusual, noteworthy – remarkable.

1. Step out of your comfort zone and deliver your content in a different medium than usual. For example, if you always publish written content, try shooting a YouTube video and embedding it into a blog post instead.

2. Create a pillar article that will not only increase your traffic, but the trust and authority you have with your readers as well.

3. Spend 5 minutes to write down 3 things that make you and your blog unique. If you can’t think of 3 unique things, then you’ve got some major re-evaluating and restructuring to do. How in the world will you stand out from the crowd?

4. Content Integration – using your content in other people’s traffic funnels, including blogs, membership sites, products, emails, etc. (See 5 Little Known Ways to Grow Your Blog, a guest post here on SPI by Kim Roach)

5. Do something unheard of. For me, it was the Niche Site Duel – creating a niche site from scratch and revealing everything behind it, including the niche, domain name, backlinking strategy, etc. Those of you who have been on my blog for a while know exactly how successful and popular the Niche Site Duel has become.

6. Personally email 5 to 10 of your commenters, followers or customers and just thank them. No upsells or links or anything – just a thank you. Like I’ve said before, it’s the small things in a relationship that make it special, and you’d be surprised just how much of an impact this small gesture can make.

7. If you’re an affiliate for a product, instead of just linking to it in a post, create a video (or better yet, setup a webinar like this one), to show people exactly how it works and what it can do for them. If you truly show the power of the product and how easy it is to use, then everybody is a winner, and no one is setup for disappointment.

8. Do you offer an eBook or something similar as a freebie for signing up for a newsletter? If so, how about creating a second black and white version that people can download in case they want to print it out? People thank me all of the time for that “little something extra” when they signup to download eBooks the Smart Way. Colored ink is expensive!

9. Write for your readers, not for yourself. This is a gentle reminder (that I need to hear sometimes too) to remember who is reading your blog. It can be really easy to forget sometimes.

10. Have somebody else evaluate your blog. An outside perspective can be an enlightening experience, especially because we get so caught up in our own work we don’t even realize how things really are sometimes. I paid a Search Engine Optimization (SEO) expert to tell me that my site is terribly optimized for the search engines and how to improve it, and I really needed to hear that. (The “why Pat’s SEO sucks” webinar featuring Joost de Valk from Yoast.com will be done in early 2011).

11. Use Website Grader from Hubspot to see how well your blog stands in terms of SEO & social media. You’ll immediately see where there is room for improvement.

12. We all know that responding to the comments on your blog is a great way to build a sense of community and engage with your readers. Take it a step further and actually ask follow-up questions and really be interested in what they say. This illustrates that you’re not a “know-it-all” and it really helps build trust.

13. Share something personal (that you’re comfortable sharing). To go along with #12, this helps show that you’re a real person that people can connect with, and there’s nothing more unique that can help you stand out from everybody else than YOU. People still refer to the surprise wedding dance my wife and I did.

14. Offer to help a fellow blogger. If you go at blogging alone, you’re not going to succeed. We’re all in this together and chances are if you help a fellow blogger, in one way or another they’re going to help you back. Glen Allsop from Viperchill.com, for example, has become one of my best buds online and because we’ve helped each other along our blogging journeys, I would do anything for him and I know he would do the same for me.

15. Finally write that eBook or create that course. I know many of you have been itching to go “beyond blogging” and create some kind of product, and there’s no better time to take action than now. Start with a mindmap and take it from there. Momentum will build upon itself.

16. Join or create a mastermind group. Mastermind groups have played a vital role in my online success, and it’s something that I think all successful entrepreneurs should be a part of. I’m currently in three and I learn new and awesome things each and every week that I apply to my online businesses and my blog.

17. Talk about your failures, pains and struggles. Similar to the phrase “real men wear pink”, it takes a remarkable blogger to be truthful and talk about their failures, their pains and their struggles. Read How to Suck at Launching a Product by Adam Baker over at Man vs. Debt and you’ll see just how much of an impact transparency and full disclosure can have when earning the respect and trust of your readers.

18. Make things as easy as possible for your readers. Whatever you want your readers to eventually do, whether it be subscribe to your blog, join your email list, buy a product or even just read your content, make it as easy as possible. As I like to say, “Drive Like They’re Crazy, Blog Like They’re Lazy“.

19. Don’t forget to enjoy yourself. I hate blogging when it feels like something I have to do (i.e. “I have to write a post by tomorrow” or “I have to write 2 chapters for my eBook by next week). When I enjoy myself, I meet all of my deadlines and more things get done naturally, and nothing seems to be forced.

Straw Hat Band - Pat20. Add your own “flair“. When I was in the marching band at Cal, sometimes we’d be asked to play for certain companies or at certain events that required a smaller portion of the band for entertainment. Instead of dressing in our usual woolen uniforms, we wore a very informal uniform that consisted of jeans, a blue vest and a straw hat (hence the name of our pep band, the Straw Hat Band, established in 1950). On our blue vests and on our hats we were allowed to add anything that we wanted – pins, buttons, ribbons, old ticket stubs from games, souvenirs – anything. It was cool because we all got to show a little bit of our personality through our uniforms and they became great conversation starters with some of the alumni and other audience members at our performances. Here, you can see a picture of me and my Straw Hat uniform, full of random things (although my vest is totally naked compared to some other people in the band). Oh, and the goatee…that’s not flair…that was a mistake.

You can do the same thing with your blog and your content! Now, I’m not saying you should add a bunch of random pictures and animated .gifs everywhere (which would make your blog look like those personal blogs on Anglefire and Xanga from back in the day), but you can do things that help your blog stand out from everyone else. It may be as simple as the actual design of your blog and the common themes and motifs throughout, or the addition of pictures and facts about you.

One thing I do for “flair” is during the introduction of my podcast, I have the “movie guy voice” tell a new and random fact about me. Each one is different and even though it doesn’t really have much to do with anything the podcast is about, it’s something unique that people can remember me by and possibly relate to.

21. Find a new audience. I’m not saying you should ditch your existing audience, but after blogging for a while you’ll start to see your traffic plateau and you’re basically writing for the exact same people over and over again. This is fine, and you should love your existing readers to death, but blog growth comes with expanding into new audiences – or in other words getting your face and your blog in front of new people. YouTube videos and Podcasting has given me the best results, but also enabling easy sharing and creating sharable content has been a great way to expand readership too. I’ve met a lot of friends of friends of friends because of this.

22. Think about what catches your attention. Who are you following and why, and see if there’s any way you can do something similar, since you know it works (the method, not the content). For example, I used to follow a YouTube star named Philip DeFranco who creates these fast-paced, funny “what’s going on in the world today” videos. His videos were my inspiration for this YouTube video I created which uses a lot of the same kind of edits, which has gotten a good response from a lot of you. I know there are a lot of people out there who inspire you, but how are they doing so?

23. Always over-deliver. In anything you do, always give away more than expected. This has been the key to my success in all of the businesses and blogs I’ve been a part of.

Here’s to your on-going success. Cheers!

  • http://www.tagaliciousapp.com Bart

    A lot of useful information, Pat! Most of these tips are applicable to any platform (a blog, a software business, …) that deals with people. From my experience, people feel much more appreciated if they know that they matter and this is what blogging is all about, is it not. I recently listened to the audiobook of Delivering Happiness, which is about the success story of Zappos and their story is really, really inspiring. Their number one priority is not selling, but customer service. I truly recommend you listen or read this (audio)book. Thanks for another great post, Pat!

    • Pat

      Thanks Bart – and you’re right. Many of these tips can be applied to other things besides blogging. Thanks for the recommendation. I love Zappos and their story so I’ll be sure to check it out. Best regards!

  • http://www.youngprepro.com Onibalusi Bamidele

    Awesome and noteworthy tips Pat,

    I really love all of your tips and I have to improve on some. The one I have not being doing that I will start doing now is thanking a few of my blog commenters, I’m sure that will go a long way.

    • Pat

      Thanks Onibalusi, I already know you’re putting a lot of these into practice, but if there’s one thing I’ve learned it is that there is always room for improvement. Cheers!

  • http://www.wasimismail.com Wasim Ismail

    Great tips here, worth bookmarking.

    Its the extra care & time you put into your business (blog) to improve it’s, that will really reflect in your work, and your customers and readers will appreciate it.

    • Pat

      Thanks Wasim – I think especially online, that extra care can go a very long way, at least that’s what I’ve found to be the case in most of my online businesses. All the best to you!

  • http://smartaffiliateincome.com/ Chris Green

    I like the idea of personally thanking people that contribute to your site. Great idea Pat.

    • Pat

      Thanks Chris – I’ve done this a number of times and the response has been amazing. I think all of our readers deserve some attention, however there are a few that you can tell, usually, that just absolutely go out of their way to contribute and definitely deserve that extra care. Cheers Chris, and thanks again!

  • http://ninetowhat.com Fernando

    Good stuff Pat, I think that at the end of the day it all comes down to be yourself, being unique and also enjoying and having passion for what you do.
    A great example is this blog for you :)
    Stay on fire Pat!

    • Pat

      Thanks Fernando – I think as cliche as it sounds, passion for what you’re doing (a la Crush It by Gary Vaynerchuk) is massively important. I appreciate the comments, as always, dude!

      • http://ninetowhat.com Fernando

        Appreciate the reply’s as well :)
        Check out your inbox :)
        Thanks in advance Pat!

  • http://www.megabizflakes.com samuel

    Awesome tips Pat! I really love this list. It’s good to write for your readers and not for yourself also try to show your readers some love :) Thanks for sharing. Have fun.

    • Pat

      Hey Samuel! Funny this actually goes along with your latest post about strengthening the relationship between yourself and your customer. Great stuff!

  • http://www.blackbeltsite.com Master Scott

    Thanks for a great post! I just found out about Website Grader last week and I put it to use. That is a great tool, I found out that a few of my images didn’t have an “alt” tag, very helpful. Oh yes, I plugged in a bunch of websites last week, you were the only one to get a 99, NICE job!!

    • http://smartaffiliateincome.com/ Chris Green

      Hi Scott, love your site, do you have a Karate product that you sell online?

      • http://www.blackbeltsite.com Master Scott

        Thanks Chris! I had a membership site for awhile but I decided not to take any more members, it’s way too time intensive. I am currently working on a new project to launch in mid January, I have a lot to do!

        Chris- I just read your Diary of a Niche Site duel 1-7, great info! Are you using Market Samurai, I am debating on the purchase. It doesn’t sound like you are but I was curious?

        • Pat

          I agree – site looks great, and thanks Master Scott. I haven’t plugged in my site in a while but it’s cool to see I’m still at 99!

          Good luck on your new project, and if you need any help with Market Samurai (which honestly has been my best online purchase so far), please let me know. Cheers!

          p.s. I’m a black belt in Tae Kwon Do – although I earned it when I was maybe 14 and I’m sure I forgot most of what I learned since then :(

  • http://www.zaczac-zarabiac.pl/ Robert

    Hi Pat,

    Thank you so much for this post! You gave me some great ideas to improve my “blogging style”.


    • Pat

      Cool Robert, I’m glad I could give you some ideas! Cheers!

  • TrafficColeman

    Its all about following an mentoring, and implementing their steps. Listen to people who have done it..this is what I did years ago, and thank God because my life have changed for the better.

    “Black Seo Guy “Signing Off”

  • http://www.ryanrenfrew.com Ryan Renfrew @LifestyleDesign

    what uuup Pat.

    Thanks for this hugely informative post, hats off to you sir.

    For an up and coming blogger I have a very modest budget for growing my blog. So I really appreciate these action steps. some great ideas, like personally emailling your commentors. Thanks for sharing bro,


    • Pat

      Hey Ryan – yeah for sure, these are tips that really don’t require any sort of money, which I didn’t even think about but shows you that you don’t need large sums of money in order to succeed. All the best to you, and cheers!

  • http://www.devinelder.com Devin Elder

    Great list Pat, thanks!

    I am loving Tim’s new book – solid gold as expected.

    I really like tip #19 on this list. When you get into creating some sort of digital presence, you’re going to be in it for the *long haul* if you’re serious about it – no sense in making another ‘job’ for yourself if fun, connection, and self expression can be the real drivers behind what you do.

    • Pat

      Hey Devin – are you going to implement some of TIm’s strategies? I’m seriously considering trying out the slow-carb diet for a month or two to see what happens. It sounds intriguing.

      Thanks for the comment Devin and I wish you all the best. Cheers!

      • http://www.devinelder.com Devin Elder

        Hey Pat,

        Yeah, my wife and I are going to start in January – I want to get through all the Holiday stuff first :-) I’m going to commit to a month of the slow carb diet – right now I’m just soaking up the info, then I’ll re-read and make a plan.

        Happy Holidays!

  • http://www.moneycrush.com Jackie

    That is am awesome quote :)

  • http://cashwithatrueconscience.com/rbblog Ryan Biddulph

    Hi Pat,

    1, 19 and 22 resonate like crazy with me.

    Successful blogging is always pushing out of the comfort zone. It doesn’t mean suffering or being miserable. It’s just feeling like “Oh, I don’t wanna do that, this might happen!”….and going forward with it anyway.

    19 is what it’s all about. Without a passion for blogging and enjoying the process you are doomed. Or at least unhappy πŸ˜‰

    For 22 I keep my mental note pad around. A physical note pad doesn’t hurt either. I note what catches my attention and record it immediately. I put my twist on it and experiment with it quickly.

    Thanks for sharing and have a powerful day!


    • Pat

      Definitely Ryan – I totally agree with you about the comfort thing. I think being successful in life, really, is all about pushing out of the comfort zone. Good tips on the note pad, be it mental or physical. I’ve been using Evernote, which I just recently discovered, which has really been helpful to keep track of my ideas.

      Thanks RB and all the best to you!

  • http://www.endingthegrind.com Steve Roy

    Awesome stuff again. I’ve recently had some experts look at my site to give me ideas for impovement. Actually, I could be doing better with ALL of the things you listed!

  • http://www.mikeforshort.com Mike Moyer

    I think #5 is key. The Internet is so cluttered, you have to do something unheard of to stand out. (Niche Site Duel is how I found your blog)

  • http://www.my4hrworkweek.com Eric | My 4-Hour Workweek

    Great post, Pat – a lot good food for thought here. While being unique as a blogger (in whatever your niche is) is important, I like your tip to “share something personal.” Even if you can’t offer truly unique insight within your niche, you can, at the very least, show people that you’re a unique person. It’s a good starting point.

    By the way, I like the “flair” picture.

  • http://unlockthedoor.net Stuart

    Crazy picture Pat πŸ˜‰

    Seriously, this is a great post full of the kind of information we can all use. I would single out one of the points, but there’s so many of them! Thanks for providing this :-)

  • http://www.contrarianism.net Contrarian

    I particularly liked point #10). Have somebody else evaluate your blog. and point # 14). Offer to help a fellow blogger.

    So, Pat … what do you think of my blog? (point 10) http://www.contrarianism.net, and what expert advice can you offer this fellow blogger? (point 14). πŸ˜‰

    Pat, love your blog and appreciate what you do for all of us!

  • http://financiallyeliteblog.com Dwight

    Really good info. in this post Pat, thanks for the time to get it together and post to your readers.

    Dwight Anthony
    Financially Elite Blog dot Com

  • http://chefgeneman.com Philip geneman

    thanks Pat another great post.

  • http://www.investparttime.com Brett

    Hey Pat,
    Posts like these are really helpful. Usually these are things we already know but forget to put into practice on a regular basis. The biggest takeaway from this and other recent posts is definitely loving your customers/readers to death. At the end of the day, in any business, they are the ones who are helping you out, and it’s never a one way relationship.

    Happy holidays!

  • http://renegadewriter.net AJWalton

    Hi Pat, I’ve finally heard about you from enough people that I had to check out your blog (“who is this Pat Flynn guy I hear about everywhere?”). I’m loving the resources; I’ve listened to about half the podcasts and I’ve checked out the tools.

    I’m really glad you included a link to your “how to find a mastermind group” because this is something I’ve been thinking about for well over a year now, but it’s been frustrating to actually DO. Finding people who dream is one thing, finding people with the intrinsic motivation to crush it is TOUGH. Anyway, I’m digging the blog and I look forward to checking out more of your material

    Oh and: 23. Always over-deliver – well played.

    Andrew (AJWalton on InfoBarrel)

  • http://www.joanvernikos.com Joan Vernikos

    This is the best organized, meatiest blog I have seen you write. I have been following you for a while and admiring your determination. Since I am joining the world of bloggers to expand the audience I can reach I really value your systematic approach and advice.Most of it is over my head but you lay it out beautifully in this one. Many thanks for sharing and may you and your lovely family share wonderful memories over the holidays.

  • http://www.bigredtomatocompany.co.uk Matthew Needham

    Some really actionable tips where Pat. Which really allow people to take action. You’re so right taking action is what sets the achievers from the wishful.

    Have a great Christmas.

  • http://igniteyouressence.com Justin Popovic

    #13 was great! I loved that wedding dance video and I have to say I was impressed with those moves :)

    I have done a few videos on my blog where I talk about my wife and I showed a video of me hiking with my kids. It was not really related to my overall blog theme but I thought it was important to share something special as you have said. Those posts have been huge in terms of connecting me with the people who follow my blog.

    Great article as always

  • http://www.imjustsharing.com Mitch

    That was a nice touch, adding #23 like that; smooth!

    I’ve done most of these, but the one I’ve not come close to is the mastermind group. Not that I haven’t thought about it, but it seems that it’s harder to convince other people that it might be worth their while than I thought it would be. It’s something I believe I could use for sure.

  • http://www.johnmcnally54.com John McNally

    A useful list for promoting action Pat. I agree with Mitch though, out of the 22 points I liked #23, over-delivering. πŸ˜†


  • http://www.fotocomefare.com Alberto

    About Website Grade: how do you find it useful?
    My site already gets a 91 grade, and it’s not even 3 months old (http://websitegrader.com/site/www.fotocomefare.com).
    I also already knew most of the things the grader detected, so how can I use this grade to improve my blogging activity.
    (If you like website grader you probably want to take a look to http://www.woorank.com/)

  • http://www.crunchbase.com/person/tej-kohli Tej Kohli

    Hi Pat,
    Its seems you pour all the secret behind your blog Smart Passive income . Even I am doing some things But Still I am getting less what my expectations

  • http://www.onlinecoachingprofits.com/ Byron

    Awesome post. And timely too! Have a wonderful Christmas Holiday! Here’s to the new year!!!!! Also, great comments. You’ve build a nice community here too. Maybe share your thoughts on fostering and nurturing a community on your blog (podcast maybe…). Would love to hear your thoughts.

    Thanks again Pat.

  • http://www.thirtysomethingmoney.com thirtysomethingmoney

    This is a great article! I recently (uh… yesterday) started my own personal finance blog, and these tips are a great start for me. I’ve always found it hard to start blogging, but tips like this help build that initial framework to get going… We’ll see how well it works in 6 months, but I’ve bookmarked this post for future reference.

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  • http://www.webhostcentury.com Peter Hutyr

    I am a new blogger and this information has proved to be very helpful… I blog on things I love and passionate about and I have received a huge amount of feedback lately, but this information will help me along and get the best of all results. Thanks Pat.

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  • Alan R. Whitt

    Hey Pat,

    Been following you for a few months now,just setting up my PF blog and probably going with Blue host next week. Loved this post,and your Cal picture.

    My youngest son just graduated from UCLA and was a 4 year Band member. Been a band parent for many years. Sorry I can give Cal the rah,rahs they deserve, I,ve got Bruin blood in my vains. Still, I think you truly have it goin on on this site. Keep it up,and I’ll comment again when my URL hits the streets, Thanks,Al.

  • Jp

    Nice, your advice is always amazing. Thanks for your inspiration everyone!

  • http://7Payouts.com Jeremiah Say

    The moment I read “3. Spend 5 minutes to write down 3 things that make you and your blog unique”

    I understand exactly why my previous blog failed. And I was also inspired by 10. Have somebody else evaluate your blog. A lot of people didn’t see the importance of this (of course, myself included).

    Many a times, when I thought my content is “good” in my own eyes; It’s bad for others. Obviously different people have different opinion and taste. Having someone evaluating your blog is essential.

  • http://instrumenttechnician.net/ Bernard

    Pat, Always excelling at your craft. Keep it up man!

  • http://sensualappealblog.com/ Kammie @ Sensual Appeal

    Awesome article, very helpful and thorough! Thanks Pat.

  • http://www.yourhomeappliances.us/ zaverio bachri

    all those points are really useful, now what we have to do “take action and follow your advice”

  • genevieve vanvoorhis

    This post was so helpful. I’ve been blogging since August and things aren’t going very well because I don’t really have a niche… But now I have a much better idea of what I need to do to be more focused, and I even have a clearer picture of what my niche should be. Thank you!

    I heard about your blog from a post on Twitter about transparent income, but it way surpassed my expectations. Love it! You’re even in my bookmarks bar. Thanks again!

  • David John

    Although I am not a language teacher, even I am learning english,
    so do you think it would be pottential to be a profitable blog in the
    future? Every help of you I will appreciate a lot!