Blogging, It’s Not What You Say But How You Say It

As a seasoned blogger I am no longer amazed at the amount of new bloggers entering the fray thinking there is a quick buck to be made. Most of them enter the blog tips or blog marketing niche thinking to capitalize on that aspect of the market. Where they fail is that all they’re doing is regurgitating what others have already said and I know it tends to rub some the wrong way.

Take my mate Mitch for example, who wrote The Secret Is There Is No Secret, where he’s bitching about all these types of posts that are offering nothing new, except possibly to someone who  may be considering taking up the blogging challenge by starting their own blog on blogging for money or ways of driving traffic to your blog.

The way I see it is that although this market is pretty well saturated, inroads into it can be made as long as you approach it the right way. I’ve been reading the blog of a bloke who hasn’t been blogging that long who has a unique way of explaining things. Jim, that’s his name, runs Blogging Tips, Tricks and Fun and although he is tackling a topic that has almost been beaten to death with a wooden spoon, I think he will go far because he isn’t simply regurgitating old ideas. He has introduced his own personalized writing style, one that I think may open the eyes of those who before may have left a post discussing the same topic none the wiser.

You see the problem with reading the same thing over and over again is if it

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didn’t make sense the first time there’s every chance that reading it over may not make it any clearer. So if all your doing is copying a post and rewriting it in much the same way you’re not adding any value, and if your not adding value your blog is going to be lost in the multitudes of other blogs similar to yours.

The trick is to make the post yours. Write it in such a way that people know you’re an individual with unique ideas and writing skills. Jim does this very well, especially with his Blog Recipe series. The first in the series was his Baked Stuffed Post where he breaks down how to write a post. It’s simple and to the point and may be just what is needed to get the point across. As I said this was one of his early ones and so I can only imagine what Jim may come up with as time goes on. I like to refer to him as The Blogging Chef, and who knows, perhaps one day he will have his own show.

I’ve always said that the one thing that makes a blog what it is and gives it some worth is the people who take the time to comment on them. I want to thank Gordie who’s currently making a big deal over how Passionate Speaking Can Be Deceiving, for reminding me of another blogger who’s bringing a bit of originality to the blogging scene. Naturally he’s referring to Jordon of Not A Pro Blog, a blogger who likes to bring a bit of wit to his blog. Being a professional comic he’s not averse to pasting his mug all over the videos he’s so happy to paste within his posts.

I found his post on Are Your Blog Readers Your Customers rather intriguing. I think he’s trying to tell us that they’re not because they’re not buying anything, and he backs this up by saying that A customer is one that buys something, and while that is true I would like to ask what you call all those people who window shop or walk into a store without buying something, either because they couldn’t find what they want or because their service was so bad that they decided to go elsewhere. They didn’t buy anything so that means they’re not customers right?

Perhaps not, but they are potential customers, ones that could bring not only cash through the registers when they decide to buy but something more important than that. Apart from return business their recommendation can bring new business through the door.

I don’t look at my readers as customer because my blog isn’t all about making money. But for those blogs that are, perhaps it would be a good idea to treat their commentators, or future potential customers, with some respect, a respect that can be seen in the way you interact with them on their blogs as well as the blogs of others. After all your blog posts and more importantly your interaction or lack of can be seen as being a window into who you really are.

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Final Update On Snap Dollars

Why final you ask? Because once this post is complete there will no longer be a need for further updates. For those of you new to this blog, or new to Snap Dollars you may want to read my original posts. Making Money With Snap Dollars was the post that started it all and that was the post that I first reviews SnapDollars. I then followed it up with the Update On Snap Dollars which described how I wasn’t all impressed with it and how this prompted someone from SnapDollars to comment as how I was going about it all wrong.

This led to Updating The Update On Snap Dollars where I changed my approach and actually made some money. Naturally, until I actually have that money in my pocket I wasn’t prepared to give it my final seal of approval. That money arrived yesterday, and whilst it’s not a fortune it does at least show that these guys pay what they owe.

Check from Snap Dollars

So, that’s it, there will be no further updates, I’m off to find another way to make some extra cash so that I can pass it on to you guys. Oh, in case you want to know how Snap Dollars works, you’ll have to read those other posts. :smirk1_ee:

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Viddler And Why Some People Prefer To Use Them

I was just over at Gary Vaynerchuk’s site where he is talking about drawing lines in the sand where I noticed that where most people use YouTube Gary is using different video hosting service called Viddler. OK, so Gary is a pretty with it sort of guy and I have noticed other people using this particular and so I wondered why they used Viddler over YouTube. Could it possibly be that being a business orientated blog he wanted a host that that concentrated on online video for business?

So, I figure I should look into it and the first major difference I discovered was that you had to pay to host your video on Viddler! OK, so why would anyone want to pay for a service that you can get for free? :ponder_tb: Yeah, now that really got me wandering and the obvious thing that came to mind was that it offered something that YouTube didn’t.

One advantage that YouTube would have over Viddler would have to be exposure, as I figure seeing as how I’ve never heard of Viddler a lot of other people probably haven’t heard of it either so you wouldn’t get the same exposure as hosting it on YouTube, so it must have other underlying qualities.

One of the main difference is the size of video you can upload. Google limits your to a 10 min 1 GB video and there may be a lot of people, especially if they are uploading HD quality video, who find this very limiting. With Viddler, who have a monthly fee of $100, you get the capacity to store 50GBs as well as 50GBs of bandwidth. Seems to me that people would be wanting a hell of a lot more features for that sort of outlay.

OK, what other features apart from quality and storage do they offer. Perhaps there is a way you can make money from people watching your videos, and this can be maximized when people embed your video on their site? Yes, people can indeed embed your videos. From what I can gather you can embed your ads into the video as well as having the facility to enable people to click on the video and be directed to your site. Could be some SEO advantages here?

There is actually a lot of other features and I know that some of you may have a lot of questions, and I’m certainly no expert on the matter, so perhaps a link to their FAQ page is in order.

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