How I earned $25,000 with my Steemit blog in only 16 months – Chapter #1

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‘How to make money blogging?’ is one of the most popular questions among today’s content creators.

A positive trend has arised lately. While content was mostly traded as a free consumer good a couple of years back, now its value is recognized more and more. Bloggers start being rewarded for their creative work, and unique content is becoming a valuable and tradeable product.

With the development of blockchains and the tokenization of digital environments the ideological trend has also found its perfect technological basis. Suddenly the activity of content creators and their consumers (curators) is melt to one autonomous and self-reinforcing eco-system.

Tokenized networks where value is given back to those who create value are definitely THE future trend in today’s attention economy.

In one of these networks I’ve successfully monetized my content and earned more than $25,000 USD in only 16 months so far.

I started literally from zero in July 2016. The whole world of blogging was completely new to me, even though I had been a storyteller ever since. A friend of mine introduced me to the network of steemit.com where I quickly discovered my real passion for writing.

In retrospect one of the key drivers to success was to establish a solid brand first and then build the whole commuication on top. – @surfermarly

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I’ve always followed the ‘all or nothing strategy’.

In one of my very first vlogs I published about half a year ago, I revealed that I don’t publish any piece of content before being 100% convinced about its quality.

That’s been my alltime strategy ever since, and today I can prove that it works. The pareto principle – also known as the 80/20 rule – according to which 80% output can be reached by only 20% of input, didn’t apply to me here.

I gave 150% without no exception.

The single most important rule in content creation is that YOU are completely convinced about your product. If you can’t identify with your doings, your audience won’t be able to do it either. – @surfermarly

Followers are merciless for a reason. If you steal their time, they will keep away and spend their attention somewhere else. 

Attention is the most demanded – thus the most valuable – currency of our time.

Those bloggers who want to stand out and get a piece of the attention cake, need to deliver extraordinary content. Content is king! Everybody who’d try to sell you a different story doesn’t know anything about the market.

If your story wasn’t unique, there would be no need to consume it and people would go somewhere else to fulfill their need.

Ask yourself why people should visit your blog. If you can’t answer this question within 30 seconds, you need to adjust your product. 

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Content needs to provide solutions to real problems.

People search information on the internet, because they need a problem to be solved. Problems can be both rationally and emotionally triggered: while some users look for information and knowledge, others aim to be entertained or amused.

The idea is to define a specific target group you want to satisfy with your blog and then start producing the content that matches with the demand of that specific group. You can’t ever be a jack-of-all-trades and serve the whole internet community.

It’s about discovering and penetrating your niche until perfection, which means that you have to develop skills in many areas. Content creation is not only about shooting some fancy pictures with your smartphone and then uploading them to some webspace.

Blogging is art and science at the same time.

Influence marketing is art and science. The art is crafting and creation of content that adds value to people’s lives, personally or for their business. The science is the tactics and tools of building tribes and followes on the big social networks. – Jeff Bullas

In this new series I will reveal some of my blogging secrets and how I professionalized the art and science of influence marketing.

For now I thank you very much for your attention.
If you have any questions or suggestions please leave me a comment or send me a direct message.

Best,
Marly –

Find me on steemit:
steemit.com/@surfermarly

Drops of summer – A video music cooperation with Drew Machak

“Music has the power to bring people together like no other art form.” – Michael Franti

True story, Michael.

The following video proves that.

This piece of content is the result of a cooperation I was able to close with the extraordinarily talented singer and songwriter Drew Machak.

Drew provided the music, and I provided the images. Together it’s called “Drops of Summer”.

Please enjoy!

Drew and I met on steemit.com two months ago. Steemit is a decentralized social media network where you get rewarded (paid) for your social interaction.

I was fallen for Drew’s music right from the start.

He’s incredible!

So please consider to follow and support him and his outstanding music:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCix-fGAiJZZJSdmmPPvoqnA
https://steemit.com/@drewsmusic
https://www.instagram.com/drewmachak
https://www.facebook.com/drewmachak

This surely hasn’t been our last cooperation.

The best is yet to come.

surfermarly –

 

 

 

Salt in the air and sand in my hair

You can shake the sand from your hair, but it will never leave your soul.

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There is this saying that it doesn’t matter where you go in life as long as you go to the beach.

I would sign that right away.

Life has so much quality the closer you get to the Ocean.

When I changed my “city life” for a “surfer life” four years ago, this was exactly what I wanted: health-related quality of life.

I wanted the beach to become my second home.

Since then I haven’t even come down with a cold. My immune system is stronger than ever, I feel extraordinarily powerful and am constantly in a splendid mood.

The fact that I spend most of my time outside in the nature has considerably improved my state of health.

Mother Ocean is an energy booster!

Father Earth, too.

My new home, the Canary Islands, are well-known for providing an especially favorable climate. Many people with chronical diseases, for instance, choose this destination as their home base to improve their healing process.

Yes, I’m living in paradise in every sense.

Moving to this place has definitely been the very best decision of my life, and I can only recommend it to everybody.

We are our choices.

Assure you’re making the right ones. We only live once.

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What would you ask for, if you knew the answer was the Ocean?

There is not one right way to ride a wave. – Jamie O’Brien

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True story, Jamie.

Ultimately there are as many possibilites to surf a wave as you may imagine.

Everybody has their own way of dealing with a situation. Riding a wave starts with perception. Who might know if the shape of a wave and its movement was equal to your eyes and mine?

We’re all unique.

Surfing is holistic. It requires both mental and physical strength as well as a lot of body control.

The fact that you theoretically know how to ride it, is no guarantee for a successful implementation. Surfing requires years of training.

My surf adventure started four years ago. Since then I have this sensation that my life was devided in two chapters: the time before I began to surf and the time after it.

I’ve definitely found my passion.

From that time on I don’t have any more general questions in life. I don’t need to ask why I was born or find an answer to the question what I might do in five years from now.

My overall answer is the Ocean.

Which one is yours?

surfermarly –

 

 

All eyes on you! Riding my local spot [video inside]

I would rather die of passion than of boredom. – Vincent van Gogh

Me, too, Vincent.

Anything that gets our blood racing and our face smiling is probably worth doing.

To me that one thing is surfing.

Every time I drive down the road towards the beach my heart starts beating faster. Nothing else is able to excite me the way surfing does.

I’m blessed having found that one passion in my life. It’s all I may ever ask for.

Which one is yours?

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Rough edges – My first entry!

We always think that they love us because we are good, but we never suspect that good are those who love us. – Leo Tolstoy

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Probably they don’t love us because we are perfect.

Think about it.

Social bonds are not created through perfection, they arise in the middle of imperfection, when rough edges rub against each other.

People call our attention thanks to these million tiny little mistakes they aren’t even aware of.

They make us human.

Sometimes we have no idea how much we appreciate these characteristics until they are gone. Expectations are the natural enemy of chance.

So here is my key to happiness: don’t expect anything!

Live your life, be proud of your rough edges, celebrate the imperfection, be loud, be different, be special, just be you.

Be.

surfermarly –