Clearly due to the title of this post, I’m going to share with you all the secrets you need to know in order to be a successful blogger.

Things like the perfect posting schedule, the absolute best way to guest post, how to fill your site with content upgrades that will have readers begging you to take their email address.

Well, guess what?

None of that matters.

In fact, there’s only one secret to becoming a successful blogger, and the sooner you embrace it, the better off you’ll be.

Here it is:

There is no one right way to become a successful blogger.

It’s simple, obvious, and probably something you’ve heard quite a few times already.

You know what? Me too.

But if I’m being honest, it’s taken me 8 years to understand it, and more importantly, 8 years to believe it.

And the sooner you do the same, the better off your blog is going to be.

Most new bloggers are always looking for the next tip, trick, tactic, or magic bullet.

But what works for me, might not work for you.

Hell, what works for me, doesn’t necessarily work for me.

When I started Breaking Eighty I spent two years trying to emulate exactly what I did to grow Location Rebel – and I was perplexed when it didn’t work.

Every single blog is different, but more importantly, every single audience is different.

To grow a successful blog (which is harder than ever these days), you have to truly understand your audience and what they want.

My readers here at Location Rebel want step by step help starting a lifestyle business. Trying to provide step by step help didn’t work on Breaking Eighty – all people really wanted were honest reviews and pretty pictures.

But it took a lot of trial and error and experimentation to get there.

The common thread was me. I’m what makes each site unique and unlike any other out there.

When I focus on doing me, things work well.

When I’m constantly searching for the next best thing, they don’t.

It’s that simple.

Don’t get me wrong, all that blogging advice you hear from the “experts?” Try it, because some of the tactics will work for you.

But don’t do so blindly.

Your success lies in your ability to think for yourself, experiment with as many different strategies as possible (and pay attention to what works and doesn’t), and to know your audience better than anyone else.

If you do those things? You’ll be a force.

If you don’t? You’ll be like the majority of other bloggers out there who never quite get it – and give up before they do.

If you’re interested in making 2017 the year you finally start pursuing the life you really want to be living and building a lifestyle business to help you get there, then consider joining us at Location Rebel Academy.

On January 1st, we’ll be doing our biggest promotion of the year and I’m throwing in every resource I could possibly think of to make it as easy as possible for you to be successful starting your new business.

Do I guarantee it will work for you? Nope, this is just what I personally did to make the transition, and what hundreds of other members have had success with. But I’d love for you to check it out and see if it is the right fit for your goals.

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