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Is positive thinking all that good?   positive thinking

Yes it is. Wrong!

It's time to use a different approach.

Three weeks ago, while driving home from a friend’s party, ideas dropped in my head.

I scribbled a few ideas on my Tablet. Because I believe they were great ideas for blog posts.

My plan was to craft two blog posts from the ideas.

Publish one on my blog and the other as a guest post.  As I write this post, I’ve not done anything yet.

You know why?

Positive thinking!

I said all of these to myself:

“These ideas will make a good article for my readers.” What if the topics/ideas aren’t relevant for my audience? “No it’s very relevant, they’ll love it.”

“Whether I write the post today or complete it next month, I’ll still get good results.”

“I know that my readers will read the post and choose to share it on social media networks.”

“I will always get new ideas, even if I don’t write on these.”

Did you observe how positive these statements (much like excuses) truly are?

Positive thinking can be good. I’m not saying that you should fill your mind with negative thoughts.

But the truth of the matter is that achieving success in life, particularly in driving visitors to your blog and attracting clients to your services business, you need something more than “positive thinking.”

You need to TAKE ACTION.

Okay, let’s not deviate from the title. Here are the 10 ways positive thinking is stopping you from improving your blog traffic and achieving success in life:

 

1.   Positive thinking is “thinking”

This is the part where most content marketers and bloggers miss it.

Positive thinking is primarily “thinking.” Not acting.

When you read most self-development books and articles, you’ll see how myopic (lacking in foresight) some of the authors are. They encourage you to ‘just’ think the right thoughts and every other thing will fall into place.

Trust me; this has been the major reason why your blog is not growing. Inasmuch as you’re thinking positively, fasten your seatbelt because there is work to be done. You’ve to go out there and do the work.

 

2.   It drains your energy

Your energy is the “forceful effort” to achieve results. When I started blogging actively in 2011, I wasted a lot of time, on trivial activities such as commenting on blogs, tweeting every now and then.

As a result of this, the energy I had that made me launch a WordPress blog disappeared.

I was literally looking for it. I thought I was prepared to fly? When you’re thinking positively and not actually doing what you MUST do, your energy (vigor) will fizzle out.

And when it fizzles, failure is imminent. Fan the flame. Don’t just think of blogging success. Go for it.

 

3.   It gives you false belief

A report by Yale University, written by Paul Bloom and Tim P. German gives two reasons why you need to abandon “false belief,” in your life. “Who told you that simply writing articles will generate visitors to your blog?”

Didn’t you read from someone else that marketing is the ultimate key to increasing website traffic?

Listen up. Thinking that your blog will grow overtime is positive, but I like to call it “positive-negative system.”

You may be excited with that single positive thought, but you’ll not find it exciting after 6 – 12 months of running a blog – with less than 100 visitors/readers daily. Use a belief system that accepts the reality of life, and you’ll always win.

 

4.   Positive thinking makes you lazy


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You can make ideas happen starting today.

Blogging and content marketing is all about productivity. Which means achieving great results with the limited time you have.

Truth be told, positive thinking makes you lazy, because all of the excuse you sometimes give that hinders you from stepping out to build a network, write a guest post, study your audience or launch a product will only result in one outcome – complaints.

I know a lot of people who do nothing. But expect so much result to dawn on them. If you believe in luck, then understand that “Luck is for those who are prepared for opportunities before they come.”

A lazy blogger goes nowhere. The only way to gauge how great your thoughts are is when it prompts you to work and achieve results.

 

5.   It makes you procrastinate

In line with being lazy, positive thinking also gives you a reason to procrastinate. Instead of getting to work right now, and doing the job, you put it off.

I ask a lot of bloggers why they don’t write a lot of guest posts, and their reasons sometimes make me want to puke. “I’ll write one next week.” When I’m ready I’ll start contacting A-list bloggers.”

And they never really get the chance to do it. Before you know it, they’re complaining that blogging doesn’t work.

They procrastinate. And when you procrastinate, you’ll not be able to write blog posts, research the right keywords, study the keywords to understand the intents and build strong networks with social media power users.

 

6.   Lay in your comfort zone 

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Yes, "everything you want is out of your comfort zone!"

Just because your blog generates up to 1,000 daily visitors doesn’t mean it would continue like that. There are phases in every business. There was a time when my blog’s visitors grew to 1,500+ per day.

I began to rest on my laurels (achievements). I stopped updating my blog with new and in-depth posts. I no longer reply comments and engage my readers. I even stopped optimizing the once-in-a-while content that I write with long-tail keywords. How stupid I was!

My traffic slipped from 1,500+ to less than 500. Did you know why this happened?

It was because I was a positive thinker. I had read a lot of self-development books. And by the way, self-development is essential – I encourage you to discover yourself – it’s worth it.

But I rested within my comfort zone. I didn’t continue. If you want blog visitors, you’ve to be consistent. There is no shortcut.

 

7.   Positive thinking gives you a “reason”

…to stay calm and watch things unfold. Most times, they don’t.

“I know that my topic is good, even if I didn’t promote it, they’ll still share it.”

Are you serious?

Positive thinking all by itself is worthless. Because it’ll always give you a reason to step back. You can lock yourself up in a dark room and do some Yoga. But if you don’t act on your thoughts, nothing happens.

Do you want more people to visit your blog? Do you want to avoid problem clients & attract high paying clients who will appreciate your creativity, then clear the stumps off your head (and heart). Any reason that will not make you act right now should be eliminated.

 

8.   Positive thinking is mostly about YOU

positive thinking - different approachIt's not about you ANYMORE. Change your approach.

Have you ever had any positive thoughts about the other person? Hardly!

Positive thinking is too self-centered. That’s why it doesn’t favor bloggers, because everything about blogging is giving. You’ve to give and give until there is so much more left to give.

Until you remove yourself from the picture, and focus on your target audience, you’ll continually revolve around 20 – 100 daily visitors. Super bloggers like Jon Morrow, Darren Rowse, Brian Clark and Neil Patel are reckless givers. I mean, they give everything.

 

9.   It doesn’t embrace challenges

Students at Singapore’s University didn’t build the first 3D-printed car with ease.

The faced some daring challenges. But didn’t give up or pretend.

Positive thinking hates to embrace challenges.

As a blogger and content marketer, you’re bound to experience and encounter tough challenges. It could be the challenge to build an email list or grow it. It’s a challenge to improve conversion rate. And get repeat visitors.

What about the ultimate challenge for bloggers – lack of quantity and quality visitors?

Most of the time, a positive thinker will assume there is no challenge at all. In fact, I’ve been in this particular situation, so I understand exactly what this means.

My mom once asked how my blog was doing in 2012, just a year after I started blogging. I didn’t want to break my mom’s heart, because she warned me against all of these internet marketing stuffs – and just get a job.

Everything is working fine mom. My blog is growing.” I answered.

But it was not. I lied. I was afraid of what mom would do to me, if she finds out that I’m slaving away and working 14 hours every day.

Bottom line: My dear blogger and content marketer, please accept your challenges. Don’t ignore or act sluggishly towards them.

The truth is that once you can overcome the challenge, you’ll be on top. And no matter how it comes back against you, you’ve already learned your lessons. It’s easier now to dominate and ride on the wings of the Eagle.

 

10.   It’s the lazy pattern of blogging

Positive thinking makes you stick to the status quo (the way it has always been done).

There are several pattern used by bloggers. For example, those pro bloggers who started blogging back in 2000s followed a similar pattern. The competition was less. There were lots of topics to talk about, and enough grounds to explore.

Just by writing fresh blog posts daily or few times weekly guarantees you success. There were no facebook pages, Instagram, Pinterest and none of the list building plugins was available.

But today, blogging has totally changed. It’s now about who you connect with, and how in-depth, useful and timely your content is. No longer on the keywords you’ve on the title.

SEO has also changed. Google Hummingbird particularly made it so.

Social media marketing has remained the same. Because it has always been about connection, sharing and communicating. It was never used as a platform for direct response marketing or sales. And it’s the same thing today.

The old pattern of blogging relies heavily on writing and posting new content regularly. The new method of blogging is all about paying closer attention to understanding your target audience, and promoting your blog posts massively.

That’s how Brian Dean, Danny Iny and Gregory Ciotti grew their blogs to the point where they now live the dot com lifestyle (kind of).

 

What do you’ve to say?

I started this post by saying that I don’t frown at positive thinking. I love it. I embrace it. But I don’t let it get in front of TAKING ACTION. If there is only one proven formula for generating blog visitors, it’s getting out and connecting.

Pat Flynn, Derek Halpern, John Lee Demas and others are masters at taking action. Even Seth Godin, who is more or less an Icon in the blogging space, promotes his content more than any other expert that I’ve mentioned in this post.

Do these experts think positively all the time? Hardly.

Even if they do, we don’t see that. Positive thinking is abstract. It cannot be seen. It’s the result of working smart with a clear and written goal that we see.

You want more organic traffic?

Believe you can get it (positive thinking). Then research your market and write in-depth content consistently that will answer specific questions or solve definite problems for your readers.

Then go out there and promote the posts like a maniac. Your blog’s traffic will increase will. You’ll attract high paying clients, too.

What’s your take on this? Can you drive visitors to your blog through positive thinking?


71 Comments

Dheeraj Yadav · July 2, 2015 at 7:29 am

Hi thanks for the postive thinking ideas you have explained here hope they will help me and other newbie bloggers.

Manish · May 28, 2015 at 5:13 am

Its very unique way to boost my self by just thinking positively with your methodology. Thanks for the article sir.

Arun · May 11, 2015 at 6:23 pm

Useful Michael Sir.Informative Message to all Marketers

Girish Chouhan · April 18, 2015 at 8:52 am

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    Arsh · June 17, 2015 at 5:16 am

    very good tips, keep posting

john · April 5, 2015 at 2:19 pm

very informative tips thanks for sharing

Deepak · April 4, 2015 at 12:34 pm

You said absoluetly right and all the written points are very true. We don't give attention and think only positive in blogging but happenes right opposite in blogging. Would implement your tips in my blogging career. Thanks again for such a great post.

Selviana · March 21, 2015 at 7:05 pm

HI,

As I’m new in blogging,  Your tips will really help me to to have positive thinking to create a successful marketing of my blog.

Thanks for the sharing.

mallesham · March 21, 2015 at 6:33 pm

Positive thinking with negative ideas, quiet interesting. Found peculiar and different article which actually came from natural thoughts. These type of healthy articles raise the goose bumps while reading and reminding those experiences. Than you for your article. Like to follow your articles every time. Hope more articles from you.

Honey Singh · March 21, 2015 at 5:16 pm

Something new and even interesting…

shami · March 16, 2015 at 9:37 am

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Shreya · March 15, 2015 at 3:40 am

Your blog post really motivates me to keep doing the thing that i was doing. I am not getting trffic to my blog even after 1 weeks i keep checking my google analytics account daily and made me upset.  Now i am going to analyze my mistake what i am doing wrong.

Pritam Nagrale · March 14, 2015 at 5:49 am

Hi,

You have describe new points here, Yes some times positive thinking can loose your game,

It does give false belief . And it gives reasons not to work hard, not to  accept where are we going wrong.

Thanks for sharing this with us.

 

    content marketing up · March 14, 2015 at 11:45 pm

    I’m glad you enjoyed the post Pritam. Thanks.

      kunal · March 31, 2015 at 2:16 pm

      awesome article thanks for sharing..

      Ria Rana · April 6, 2015 at 6:39 am

      Dear sir, i am ria rana,

      I recently enter in the blogging field, I read your article and found some useful tips and helping for my content.

      Thanks to publish valuable content 

Bharat · March 13, 2015 at 12:52 pm

This Article kills the negative thinking

babita · March 13, 2015 at 10:30 am

thanks for the Awesome post

 

    lokesh · April 1, 2015 at 1:41 pm

    Yes, Positive things can change the dreaming. Thanks for Awesome Article.

      mahi · May 17, 2015 at 4:31 am

      thanxs for sharing good informaation about positive thinking…

sunil · March 11, 2015 at 6:30 am

It for sure help new bloggers, and we can understand why low or no traffic to blog or website. Thanks for sharing quality 

 

thanks

sunil

Erick Brunet · March 10, 2015 at 2:09 pm

it's good to know thank you.

Chetan Gupta · March 9, 2015 at 10:21 am

Hi Michael

 

It's a fact that your blog posts are so unique and interesting and I enjoys a lot while reading your posts because you explained your post very deeply in a very easy and clear language.

 

Thanks for your support and Happy Blogging 😀

 

Peter Mesu · March 6, 2015 at 10:26 pm

I am new in the blogsphere and I must say that this tips aforemontioned are really great! I will definitely be visiting your blog on regular basis. I can see you have a lot offer your readers.

    Angelina · March 26, 2015 at 4:25 am

    I just satred my Blogging carrer, very good post for me.

Carl Hardy · March 5, 2015 at 11:14 am

very excellent post good knowledge after this post thanks

Alize Camp · March 4, 2015 at 1:43 am

Let go to working hard by build more great and useful content and backlink to get more good results. Don't just stop and think 🙂

By the way, I love the picture of you, the Apple with Orange inside 🙂

Anne Juma · March 3, 2015 at 7:53 am

Sure, you have to remain hungry. The biggest impedement of success is success itself. You have to remain humble and hungry. You should watch Steve Jobs speech at Stanford University. You cant continue succeeding unless you remain hungry

Yana Subagja · March 2, 2015 at 3:03 pm

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Fabio · February 28, 2015 at 2:30 pm

Very different and consistent your approach to positive thinking. Often the people stay and sabotage through the illusion of positive thinking "no action" . Blog very useful . I will continue watching your work.

 

 

    content marketing up · February 28, 2015 at 4:18 pm

    Thank you very much Fabio. I’m grateful to you. Ya, keep watching out for my blog posts. I’ll always give value and help you improve your traffic and sales, if that’s what you’re after.

Gautham · February 26, 2015 at 5:20 am

Hi,

  Positive Thinking always goes a big way in anyone's life. Thanks for sharing these tips.

Thanks

    Rahul · March 14, 2015 at 9:15 am

    Quite awesome post man. Positive thinking is base to get successful.

Mandeep Hooda · February 25, 2015 at 7:10 am

Yes, a positive can chnage the mind in a positive way. We are able to get innovative writting ideas by these positive thinksing. Thanks for your sharing. Great and Keep it up.
 

Alize Camp · February 23, 2015 at 4:04 pm

I writing in news category and provide latest news is the best way to telling people to visit the blog and read it daily.

Muawia · February 21, 2015 at 8:36 am

Thanks for sharing good idea! Great post again from your blog!.

 

Dr. Debasish Mukherjee · February 20, 2015 at 7:26 am

Hi,

I regular top blog readers, and your blog is in my one of top blog reading list, I really love and like reading your blogs! And I really liked this post as well.. All the best keep writing.

Regards,
Dr. Debasish Mukherjee

Emma · February 20, 2015 at 6:47 am

Thanks for this great article on positive thinking. My problem is that whenever I wake up thinking of writing something great on my blog I ended up doing nothing. I will implement your positive thinking tips to see how it works out.

Zara Khan · February 19, 2015 at 7:08 am

Nice Tips Really Helpful! It will help to boost our Traffic and find out the ways where we were lacking and not getting traffic. I really like your Blog.

infilead · February 18, 2015 at 11:32 am

I read your blog. Its good. I'm enjoying here . I hope every one feel same.

    Pradip · March 19, 2015 at 12:51 pm

    Absolutely right, Because, If you think positive and you will get success as well you always happy with your family. Thank you so much for sharing valuable information. 

Amit Jain · February 18, 2015 at 10:48 am

hi Michael chibuzor,

I think as you mention Positive thinking is most important think in while doing blogging. You have to be positive all the time even when you are not getting traffic.  

 

    content marketing up · February 18, 2015 at 11:02 pm

    Yes, be positive all the time. But being positive all the time will not get you the traffic. In fact, it’d even give you a false belief that you’ll soon get traffic. I strongly advice that you take action, while being positive.

Zaid · February 18, 2015 at 2:57 am

I really Liked The way Stated "Postive thinking" at the begining then somehow made it clear that we should not fill or minds with negitivity but +ve can be killing under few conditions. Thumbs Up !

    content marketing up · February 18, 2015 at 11:44 pm

    Glad you enjoyed the post Zaid. Stay positive always – and take action everytime.

      charan · March 22, 2015 at 11:12 am

      every blogger starts with a dream , and 99% give up above points are really wakeup and kill our negative feelings.. i totally agree when am reading the post i was totally lazy now am active regularly updating my blog thanks for the wonderful motivational post.. am happy

    mallesham · March 9, 2015 at 8:15 am

    Hi I am New blogger. Please give simple and usefull tips to get more traffic.

    pjain · March 13, 2015 at 12:51 pm

    This info is really good for a person who have negative thinking.

Sam · February 17, 2015 at 10:33 am

Yes, procrastination is one of the biggest problem in our society. As one of my friend used to say: "Know the true value of time; snatch, seize, and enjoy every moment of it. No idleness, no laziness, no procrastination: never put off till tomorrow what you can do today." 🙂

    content marketing up · February 17, 2015 at 7:03 pm

    Glad you agreed and benefitted from the post Sam. See you around.

      chandrakala · March 23, 2015 at 3:45 pm

      something is different nice article sharing thank you.

    Rakesh · April 23, 2015 at 7:41 am

    This article is a mind refreshner at the time of writer's block.

    Found helpful personally.

Natasha · February 16, 2015 at 5:01 pm

Thank you for your advice! I suffer from delay, little has been done …

Rachel · February 16, 2015 at 2:29 pm

Excellent Michael, I have fallen prey to the positive thinking outlook!! There isactually a list of great ideas….sat there!!! I have just decided to act unthem, thanks!!

    content marketing up · February 17, 2015 at 7:04 pm

    ACTION is the real ingredient that makes content marketing, SEO and any other marketing activity worthwhile.

      Aliza mesu · March 13, 2015 at 5:16 pm

      Thanks For Sharing.Very useful article..

Rahul Gupta · February 15, 2015 at 12:58 pm

Quiet impressive tips. It will help us to boost our traffic and find out the ways where we were lacking and not getting traffic. Thanks for sharing.

    content marketing up · February 17, 2015 at 7:06 pm

    I’m glad that I could offer a helping hand. Expect more in-depth and actionable posts in the next week Rahul.

Shaheryar Patel · February 14, 2015 at 11:39 am

This is complete in depth article and it really motivates me. keep on doing good work.

    content marketing up · February 17, 2015 at 7:07 pm

    Thank you Patel. I do my best. Although, I know I can always do better. See you around.

Aim Subarjat · February 14, 2015 at 5:47 am

Blogging for visitor sometimes make me try the best. Blog is treasure, not trash.

Varun Arora · February 12, 2015 at 12:19 pm

Hi,

Some of tips are very new for me i hope you tips will improve to get traffic in my website. Thanks of this. 

 

Chalhat · February 12, 2015 at 4:55 am

Procrastination is my weakness. And you have explained it well. I hope to improve myself.

Dylann · February 11, 2015 at 4:21 pm

Great round ups, really enjoyed your article. Thanks for sharing these 10 ways of Positive thinking stops you from getting blog visitors. It’s really useful and helpful for the bloggers.

Arslan · February 10, 2015 at 6:07 pm

Real in depth article and detailed note i think it doesnt about positive and negative thinking it is about balancced thinking and to keep the goals and outcomes in mind it is the way to success well marvel article

Peter · February 10, 2015 at 1:47 am

You bring up some good points, I completely agree with the false belief and laziness part. If you are always thinking positively, you'll think that everything will be okay sometime then you end up doing nothing and just wasting time. 

I like to have a somewhat negative mindset so that I keep trying to do things. Even if everything goes well, I'll still be a little negative just to push myself a little more. 

    content marketing up · February 11, 2015 at 7:36 pm

    That’s the point Peter. There should be a balance. I appreciate your comment. 

Mike · February 9, 2015 at 9:59 am

Thank you for good post. I will try to positive thinking . 

chinni · February 9, 2015 at 9:22 am

thanks for sharing the useful information

 

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