Hustling My Way to 50,000 Subscribers

By Daniel Scocco

Hustle (verb): to proceed or work rapidly or energetically; to be aggressive, especially in business or other financial dealings.

I consider myself to be a hard worker, but I don’t think I am a hustler. Not yet, at least.

I will be trying to change that this year.

Now the difference between “working hard” and “hustling” might be a subtle one, but it is also an important one. In my opinion working hard is about being able to work long hours, to persist for months on projects that are not going well, to remain focused and so on. Hustling, on the other hand, is about making sure that the hours you’ll spend working will yield something. It is about making things happen, getting results, accomplishing goals, no matter what.

As you can see, you need both. You need to work hard and you need to hustle.

Practically speaking, I want to start hustling because I believe I fell into a comfort zone over the last year. The results I have been getting with my blogs, websites and with my online business as a whole were good, but they could have been better.

As a result I have set several goals for this year, and I will try to achieve no matter what.

One of them I wanted to share with you guys, because I might motivate you to do the same. That is, the goal of reaching 50,000 subscribers within the next six months (so by July 21). That is about 2,000 new subscribers per month, which is twice the historical rate of this blog (Daily Blog Tips is 39 months old and has 39,000 subscribers). It sure will require a lot of hustling to achieve that, but I believe it is possible.

As for the tactics and strategies I will be using to reach that goal, well, I will talk about them on future posts.

The message I wanted to send remains: hustling is essential. If you are not, get on with it!



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39 Responses to “Hustling My Way to 50,000 Subscribers”

  • SATISH

    Daniel, you have reached 50,683 subscribers, congrats.

    Whenever I read this post I get a lot of inspiration and energy. Today by reaching one of your goal, you made this article even more powerful

    #hustling

  • SATISH

    Daniel, you have reached 50683 congrats..

  • Sarah

    @ Daniel:The post title is riveting.The verb HUSTLE definitely raises the tone for the job at hand.Well done with your blog already (500k page views isnt baby talk) and more power to you on your way to achieving 50k subscribers!
    @David;:True indeed that ¨good things come to close who hustle¨!

  • Roy

    Good luck with your efforts!

    What I’d like to know is, though, how you get a new blog out of the starting blocks quickly. I know Google is an important factor here, and you must get noticed on sites like Stumble Upon and Technorati, but people need to notice you first before they recommend you on those social networking sites…

    Thanks, Roy

  • David Walker

    I know you can do this Daniel, because of what you have achieved so far. I’ll be checking the feed burner monthly and look forward to your clocking 50k or more by July.

    I’ve done something similar on my blog by posting my New Year’s resolutions. It keeps me highly motivated, as I’m answerable to my readers as well. Break a leg!

    “Good things come to those who hustle”

  • scheng1

    If I were to think about 50,000 readers reading my blog posts, I guess I will get stage fright. Can’t imagine “public speaking” to such a crowd.
    I better stick to my concept of writing for myself, so that I can write nonsense without added stress.

  • How To Blog Tips

    Well, I’m sure you can achieve that Daniel and maybe more than that.

  • Bill Bolmeier

    Good luck Daniel. Just a reminder to folks about an older DBT post for ways to increase RSS subscribers – http://www.dailyblogtips.com/50-simple-ways-to-gain-rss-subscribers/

  • Lee

    That’s intense hustle. I’ll be watching in hopes that you actually make it happen.

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