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April 24, 2014

5 Mistakes that are Holding Back Your Blog’s Success

I am sure you’ve come across plenty of articles about the mistakes bloggers shouldn’t make regarding their blogs and how they must avoid certain pitfalls if they want to leverage the immense potential of blogs to generate revenue. You’ll be forgiven for thinking this one is along the same lines, because it is.

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The fact is there are so many mistakes that can trip a blogger, and each one of them is as critical as the other; this means there is always something new to say. In this article, I’ve tried to identify and explain those mistakes that are not very self-evident and which are associated with the bloggers attitude rather than his/her writing skills.

So, let’s take a look:

Your Objective is to Earn Money

The roots of blogging lie in the need to offer information and that too from your personal point of view. If you’re blogging purely to earn money off your blog, you’ll end up making the wrong choices as far as the content is concerned.  What many bloggers fail to understand or give importance to, is the fact that blogging is primarily and will always remain an activity for disbursing information. It’s not a revenue generation activity.

To put this particular point in perspective, think about all those blogs that you’ve accessed wherein, all you see on the blog pages are numerous ads vying for your attention and the actual content is relegated to below the fold. I’m sure this irritated the hell out of you and the credibility of the blog went down a few notches in your eyes.

As a blogger, it’s important to remember that you are targeting an audience that is intelligent enough to understand your objective behind the blog. If they think the sole purpose behind your blog is to earn money, and that this is affecting the quality of your content, they will avoid it like the plague.

Your Content is just a Rehash of Existing Information

What people are looking from your blog are new ideas, opinions and suggestions. They do not want information that is already available elsewhere. If you’re just regurgitating information that you’d read somewhere else on the web, you’re not doing any favors to your blog. Rehashed content won’t get you anywhere.

There are plenty of bloggers whose typical work day involves identifying popular pieces of content on the web and rewriting them for their blogs. This is a big mistake. Nobody appreciates such content. However, if you read some of the popular pieces on the web and come up with your own ideas and opinions with respect to the points made in that content, it will be valued by your target readers.

Irregularity

Are you creating some really useful and actionable content for your blog, and still not getting the desired results? If this is the case, take a look at your regularity in terms of posting. Are you posting on your blog, regularly, at least twice a week (once a day is ideal, but here I am keeping the worst case scenario in mind, wherein you are criminally short of time for some reason or other)? No! If that’s your answer, then you essentially have an answer to your problem. You can’t be having a huge gap between two blog posts, and hope your blog will still deliver value. You need to post regularly and while doing so, make no compromises on quality. As can be imagined, this is a difficult task, but nobody said blogging was easy.

You’re Not Interacting with your Readers

Yes, you’ve got some great content on your blog and you are posting with some regularity on your blog, but why is your blog still not attracting visitor? The problem might lie in your inability to interact with your readers by way of your comments section or through social media. Remember, there are plenty of readers who will want to share their opinions about your post, so why not give them this opportunity through the comments section. You could also answer a query or explain a point they haven’t appreciated or understood.

Another way of interacting with your readers is through Facebook and Twitter. Many of your blog readers will be a part of your fans and followers list on social media. After you share a link to your latest posts, try to get some direct feedback from them. The idea is to make them feel invested in your blog. It’s about letting them know, you care about what their opinion is, are amenable to criticism and taking note of their feedback. This will help improve your credibility vis-à-vis your target readers. This in turn will help you build a loyal readership.

Stagnancy

If you’ve been blogging for quite some time now, there is a risk of stagnancy. The fact that you’re providing more of the same things might be what is putting off readers. You need to continuously evolve your writing skills, the quality of your information and the variety of content that you provide in your blog. So, if you’ve been only focusing on textual posts, why not offer an infographic or two.  The idea is to keep giving your readers something new and to keep stretching the bounds of your creativity, expertise and experience.

Otherwise, your blog will stop growing after a period of time, as far as the readership is concerned.

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So, here they are – the five mistakes that you are probably making and which are hindering the success of your blog. Take a closer look at your blogging efforts and check whether you’re making these mistakes. These are essentially below the radar errors which are not immediately evident. So take some time to analyze your blogging efforts and if you think, you’re making these mistakes, make a conscious effort to set them right.

This post was writting by Jeff Davis, who lives in California and is currently associated with Quick Laptop Cash – A place for selling a laptop online. He has been in this field for the last 6 years and is responsible for troubleshooting issues. Interact to discuss projects, technology solutions.

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September 10, 2013

Three Quick Questions Before Starting Your Next Blogging Adventure

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The blogging realm is constantly buzzing along, and according to Technorati, two new blogs are creating every second. The craziest part is that statistic was published in 2006, a time when blogs were in their infancy, and very few were creating successful businesses from them. I’m not sure about you, but when I had my first idea for a blog, or any ideas for that matter, I get really excited. I start thinking of possibilities, how to structure the site, and so on.

Also, my aspirations can get the best of me, and I feel that it’s going to be a huge success right out of the gate. However, success is not something that just happens, but takes time to manifest based on a bunch of different factors. Before kicking off your next blogging adventure, don’t go too crazy, and jump off the deep end. First, ask yourself these three questions:

Do I want to make money, or do I just want to build something for fun?

Depending on your goals, you may want to monetize, or just start up a new pet project. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with monetizing a blog, but if your main aspiration is to make money, you’re going to have a bad time. Making money blogging has no eight step program, and there sure as heck is no such thing as a “set and forget” system. read more

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August 13, 2013

Four Principles Separating You From Blogging Elite

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Blogging

Although it’s incredibly easy to get up and running, blogging itself is no easy task. No matter what you write about, we all have the desire to be heard. Our ideas or passions mean something to us, and if no one is listening, it can be pretty depressing. In virtually every industry, there are pros and among those pros are what’s called the “elite.” They are at the top of their game, and in the blogging world, there is no shortage. Maybe they have built a six-figure business like David Risley or generate significant ad revenue from a website dedicated to their passion.

Whatever it is, there are several principles that separate them from the average folk. Contrary to popular belief, no magic powers are required, and we all possess this same ability to create something great.

Work Ethic

Knowledge is power, but execution is king (Tweet this). You can have the absolute best tips, tactics and strategies, but if you don’t take serious action, you are never going to build the thing you have hoped for. Consistent action is key to building anything great, and blogging pros know this. read more

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August 1, 2011

How Blogging Helped Me Keep My Sanity

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Life is not a walk in the park. There will always be times when we encounter problems and trials. However, there are times when our problems can seem so large that it feels like we can’t go on anymore. It is during times like this when we need to have an outlet or else we’d just go crazy.

My life isn’t perfect. It never was and it never will be. Like you I have had my share of ups and downs. 5 years ago I discovered something about my family that shook my world. I was still in college then. I was so busy with graduation, school activities and my business of selling indoor fountains and glass vases I thought I had everything going for me. I had good grades, great friends and a bright future. Then over sem-break my mom revealed that my father owed millions to his business partner. This shocking news affected the entire family greatly. I wanted to solve it but I didn’t know how. I wanted to forget it but I knew that wouldn’t help matters. The enormity of it just seemed to consume me. I felt like my world was crashing down on me. I needed to have an outlet. So I turned to the one thing that I did best. I turned to blogging.

Everyday at the crack of dawn while everybody was still asleep I would turn on my laptop, go online and start writing like crazy. I didn’t advertise my blog. I just wanted an outlet for all this emotional turmoil within me. I went on with my life. But I never forgot to blog everyday. read more

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February 22, 2011

When Will Blogging Be Accepted as a Career Choice?

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It really depends on whom you’re asking… your super supportive aunt?  Well, then it’s a great career choice.  If you’re asking your school guidance counselor or your conservative parents, it probably won’t go over too well.  Blogging certainly has the potential to be a viable career choice, but when will it be accepted by the general public as a career choice?

There are really 3 issues

1. Perceived minimal barriers to entry.

2. Most people don’t truly understand blogs and how they can be monetized.

3. The success rate of making a decent living isn’t very good.

Anyone can be a blogger.  While it’s not easy to earn a living as a blogger, it’s easy to become a blogger.  What do you really need?  A free or very inexpensive website and the application of your time.  Any career that has minimal barriers to entry is not going to be accepted by those that are more conservative.  Their belief is that you should have to go to school, receive training, and at least do something to earn the right or the experience/knowledge needed to become a blogger.  Blogging is a relatively new field. School and colleges are usually ten years behind the real world in terms of determining what training is vital to the workforce.  Many colleges only recently began offering degrees in Web Design.  I work at a high school in New York.  I have yet to see any teacher complete or attempt any lesson plans related to blogging.

The truth is, most successful bloggers are far more sophisticated in their blogging activities than those that fail.  read more

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August 31, 2010

Sustainable Blogging: Blog Like a Farmer

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This is a guest post by Kim De, a freelance writer and author of Zen Kitchen, a blog focused on recipes and food issues.

Sustainability is the capacity to endure. For animals to remain strong and healthy under adverse situations. For humans to maintain their well-being. For agriculture to satisfy human needs for generations.

It is a word that has been batted around for awhile and has been prevalent in the media recently as farmers who are using sustainable practices are finally getting the spotlight.

But what if we were to stretch the definition to encompass other areas of our lives? Sustainable relationships. Sustainable employment. Sustainable blogging.

Lets see how easy it is to adopt the techniques used by farmers to bloggers. read more

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August 3, 2010

Making Sushi and Making a Blog Are Surprisingly Similar

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David Fishman is a blogger and food enthusiast who likes to cook and blog about how to make sushi at his website, How to Make Sushi At Home.

You’ll notice that I’ve found a clever way to work this into the first paragraph of my guest blog post. That wasn’t the purpose of relating it to you right now though, so give me a chance and keep reading.

It’s the juxtaposition of blogging and sushi preparation that I’d like to talk about, because indeed, they are listed together in my author section, and indeed, they have a number of interesting parallels inherent in their existence. Let’s talk for a little bit about why making sushi is actually exactly like making a blog. For those of you with blogs out there, I hope you’ll be convinced to start making sushi (hey I have a great place for you to learn *hint hint*). For those of you who make sushi, maybe you’ll be inspired to start blogging. read more

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July 13, 2010

5 Ways That Bloggers Are Like Rappers

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This is a guest post by Gary Kohler from LifeCover.ca.

To get noticed as a blogger you need to stand out.

You need to pick a niche and be the strongest voice of that online community. To get attention you need to stir the pot every once in a while but most of all you need to keep people wanting more.

There are many ways that this is similar to the world of gangster rap and here are five reasons why.

1) “Final” Goodbyes

Bloggers and rappers both love the “final” goodbye. The brackets are there because usually the final goodbyes are not actually final.

Some rappers will retire every second album but they will inevitably come back for another record or three. Bloggers do this too. They might need a vacation or some time to focus on their family but a lot of times they’ll come crawling back to their little soapbox.

Rappers do it to sell more records and to hype their newest effort. Bloggers likely do it for comment love and to send people to their newest blog or website. Once in a while a blogger or rapper will quit for good but most of the time they’ll be back for more. read more

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