First, bear in mind that this post is not your regular “Top 10 ways to build a successful blog” or “30 surefire ways to build a popular blog.” Those are a dozen of them on the net and with just a single Google search, you will get them everywhere.
Think “Big” see the “Bigger” picture.
50 Cent’s Musical Career -
50 Cent started out rapping in a friend’s basement. When he was introduced to Jam Master Jay of Run-DMC, Jay taught him to count bars, structure songs and record tracks.
Jay produced his first record, though it was never released. In 1999, though, best-selling producers Trackmasters became interested in 50 Cent and signed him to Columbia Records. They recorded 36 songs in two weeks, half of which became the unofficially released album Power of the Dollar (2000). The controversial song ‘How To Rob’ earned him a support slot on Nas’ tour.
50 Cent was then picked up by US rapper Eminem, who introduced him to Dr Dre, (who went on to produce 50 Cent’s music) and signed him to Interscope Records, after he heard 50 Cent’s debut album, Guess Who’s Back?
Helped by Eminem and Dr. Dre, who produced his next album, 50 Cent became on the best-selling rap artists in the world. A new track, ‘Wanksta’ was included on the soundtrack to Eminem’s film, 8 Mile and he also signed to Chris Lighty’s Violator Management and Sha Money XL’s Money Management Group.
His first commercial album, Get Rich or Die Tryin’ was released in 2003. The album debuted at number one in the Billboard 200 and sold 872,000 in the first four days alone.
50 Cent released his second commercial album in 2005. Entitled The Massacre, it sold 1.4 million copies in the first four days and again reached number one in the Billboard 200.
The third album by 50 Cent, Curtis was released in 2007. The album was said to be inspired by his life before becoming a famous rap artist. It debuted at number two in the Billboard 200 charts and his wealth was recognized by Forbes which placed him second behind Jay-Z in the rap industry.
What lessons can bloggers take from this story of 50cent rise to fame from the gutter and transform it into building a popular profitable blog?
Let’s take it one after the other…..
In the first paragraph, we could learn how he started from nobody, hang on his friends shoulders and learn from someone – Jam master Jay.
Every blogger started from nobody – at least about 95% of bloggers started without a celebrity status. We learn from peer group, by reading other Pro-blogger’s blog, visiting forum, social media places and blogger communities.
This stage is crucial you pass through it, as it’s certain you’ll need most of the experiences, trials and errors you meet at this stage in the future.
In the second paragraph, Jay released 50cents first record but nothing came out of it and he (50 cents) went on to Trackmaster where he recorded an incredible 36 songs just in two weeks. Still no one heard of 50cent and despite his great effort to create something worthy enough to hit limelight, all efforts went down the drain.
But something crucial or significant did happen there. An established rapper in the name of Nas spots him, and gave him a platform to showcase his talents by featuring him on his rap tour.
Somewhere along the line in most blogger’s career, something will happen and when these things happen………it happens for a reason. Never give up; each step you take leads to another greater event.
Let’s see where it leads 50cent to…….
Next, due to his outstanding performance on the Nas tour, he was spotted and picked up by Eminem who later introduce 50cents to Dr Dre.
Something important did also happen there if you look closely.
Eminem spotted the creativity and quality value of 50cent lyrics, and was impressed to take him up to Dr Dre who was no doubt one of the best music producers the music industry ever produced. This happen after Dr Dre had listen to one of 50cent song – his debut album, “Guess who’s back”.
Two important factors to create a popular blog did meet each other there – Quality Services and the right Marketing Channel. 50cent was the quality services and Dr Dre was the right marketing channel. And on from there, 50cent was never the same man he was at beginning of this post……….
Lesson for bloggers.
In everything you do online, either you’re leaving comments on blog, writing post on your blog, forum discussion, engage in bloggers communities, social media engagements etc always give value in whatever you do. You don’t know who is reading.
50cent wouldn’t have seized the opportunity that presented before him if he hadn’t giving quality in his lyric. The opportunity will come to hit the “BIG” break, how ready are you to receive it?
Here is the big take away.
50cent would have ended up just like another US rapper if he hadn’t found the right marketing channel to market his creativity despite all his talent and hardwork.
No matter how good your quality content is; no matter how creative you are in your writing – if you haven’t found the right people, the right connections, marketing channel and better network of good people to help market your quality content, it will be difficult to create a successful blog.
I said this from experience.
So how do you achieve being in the right connections?
It simple and you don’t have to work too hard to achieve that but just be smart and be definite as to what you want.
It starts from those small marketing channel you’ve established either through your audience or by leaving comments on other blog….. in most cases, both.
You start by celebrating those occasional blog readers and see how you can turn them to regular blog reader. This people will help you spread the word out of your small blog and bring in some few readers too.
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This is why it’s so important that you write quality content as always as you can. Without something worthwhile on your blog for readers to engage with, nothing will ever happen throughout your blogging career.
The above story also taught bloggers not to blog alone, network with other bloggers. Showcase your talent outside your blog and who knows some “big shot” might pick up your content and featured you on their blog as guest. As we’ve seeing in the above scenario, where Eminem take note of 50cent during a rap tour with Nas and introduced him to Dr Dre.
Building a popular successful blog takes more than the Holy Grail advice your uncle “B” told you, “Write quality content and you shall build a successful blog.”
No, if you listen to that advice, it might surprise you that you’ll never build that dream blog of yours. Quality content is half the battle, the other half is in effective marketing channel that spread all over different medium.
That’s why you’ll need to be a better marketer as well as a good content writer.
To your blogging success.