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The Ramblings Of A Professional Blogger

Do you ever get those days when your mind just wanders all over the place and you can’t focus on any particular topic? Well, that’s what’s happening to me today and rather than just waste all that rambling I thought I would just jot them down here to see if you guys can make some sense of it all  :tongue_laugh_ee:

Funnily enough, the title of this particular post added to the ramblings as I struggled with whether or not I was a professional blogger. In the long run I decided I was because over the years I’ve learned enough about what makes a good blogger, I do it well and I actually make money from doing it. Not to mention that people actually get in touch with me, and pay me money, to write articles for them. :thumbup_ee:

Why Do I Blog?

Originally I got into blogging purely for SEO reasons because I wanted to increase the rankings of a website I had just started, but now I do it for a lot of reasons.

  • I Love Blogging: Who would have thought that a guy who hated English when he was at school would develop the love of writing blog posts?  :drunk_tb: Truth be told, I can’t think of anything better.
  • Easier Than Setting Up A Website: Man, it took me ages and ages to set up that original website and it still looks far from professional. If I had only known then about how easy it was to get a blog up and running I would have got into it a lot sooner and I would have saved a lot of aggravation.
  • An Online Business: It’s strange how things work out isn’t it? Who would have thought that something you can enjoy could turn out to be so profitable  :laugh_tb:
  • Making Online Friends: Who would have thought that I would have met and become friends with so many people online, and me being a antisocial introvert at best :wink_ee:

My Blogging Mistakes

I know people that are too scared to start things because they’re scared they will fail at worst or at best make mistakes. Not giving it a go is their biggest mistake because now they will never know how well thing will have turned out. Besides, so what if you make a mistake or two, that’s how you learn, I know because I’ve made my fair share and I am a better blogger because of it.

  • Using Free Hosting Service: Fortunately this is one mistake I didn’t
    Hey you! Be a good Ninja blogger and don’t make the same mistakes I did!

    make  :day_dreaming: but it was probably more luck than anything. Remember at the beginning of the post when I said I started my first blog for SEO purposes? Well, for that to happen it had to be on the same domain. :wink_ee: Two posts you may find interesting about why you should host your own blogs are Why Professionals Host Their Own Blogs and Blogging Tips – 5 Reasons For Self Hosting.

  • Not Writing For My Readers: I have to admit that for awhile my blog posts were pretty crappy and that was all because I was writing for the search engines instead of my readers. In those days it was all about quantity instead of quality. These days I know it’s more important to keep my readers entertained and that providing quality articles full of important information is way more important than writing solely for the search engines.
  • Ignoring SEO: Yep, this was a biggie for me, but it wasn’t really my fault. I mean let’s face it, SEO is bloody boring and takes forever. That is until I got a hold of Market Samurai! Now, when I have an important post to write I always use MS, but even when I don’t use MS I still use the basic SEO techniques.
  • Using those free themes: Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with free themes, except that I could never find one that I really liked. they all had something lacking as I wanted one that made me stand away from the crowd. The problem was they were too hard to adapt to make them do what I wanted them to do or to look the way I wanted them to look. I wasted so much time playing around with them, time better spent focusing on my blogging. It wasn’t until I purchased the Flexsqueeze theme that I really started making money online.
  • Not having a product to sell: Sure I was making a little money from my Adsense ads but like I said in the previous point it wasn’t until I started promoting FlexSqueeze that I learned people were more likely to buy something from you if they saw you used it yourself. That was when I started purchasing WordPress plugins that I could see real value in, joining as an affilate and then offering them to my readers. After all, this blog has a lot to say about blogging, WordPress plugins are an important part of blogging and most of my readers are actual bloggers! Seems only natural that I offer products that help bloggers. Luckily for me JVZoo has lots of them available.
Naturally, these ramblings that my mind constantly struggles with isn’t all to do with blogging. A lot has to do with stuff that I can’t share here because Google wouldn’t appreciate it and it could get the site banned. I mean who would have thought that Google was such a prude  :dont_know: I actually removed the Adsense code from my last post because Google wouldn’t display any ads there, probably because of something I said. Last I looked they still weren’t displaying an ad in the sidebar  :tongue_laugh_ee: Can you guess what may have upset them? 
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  1. Its may be because you ramble a lot.But i think the more you ramble more goggle will search about you.Don’t know why Google is not showing your ads. :(

    1. Rambling is only good as long as what you’re rambling about is useful. No point pleasing google if the traffic they send you is disappointed in ramblings.

      1. I couldn’t agree with your more Sire…rambling is only good when its useful. I go through those rambling days sometimes, and believe me, sometimes it all makes sense and other times it’s a load of hogwash. As for Google, I got tired of trying to please Google. Great post from the author by the way. Thanks for sharing.

        1. Anytime Vernette, thanks for leaving a comment.

  2. i am very much impressed by this post .the reason is that same thing happens with me when i start blogging i ignored on page SEO i thought it is not important, but now whenever i write the post i take care of the on page SEO . and i learned a lot from my mistakes …

    1. SEO is always important, something I found out the hard way.

  3. Thanks for sharing. I like infographics and you made your post like it, i like it ;).
    About your lessons learned – especially the last one, not having (own) product is very important. Everyone who wants to make real money online must have own product(s), or must promote products which really use. It’s a must;)
    BR, Chris
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    1. Unfortunately most bloggers don’t have their own products and so promote other peoples products. Unfortunately most fail when it comes to sales, as I did. It was only after investing in these products and using them was I able to actually sell them to people. Once people see you’re actually using them they are more likely to trust what you’re saying and your sales increase.

      1. This is why I do my own video reviews and try to get in on beta testing of many products, I contact companies or creators and ask for trial copies or full versions in exchange for a review. I only buy the ones that I think provide so much value I can’t afford not to use it, or else I tend to use free alternatives if available.
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        1. Same here but I’ve usually found that the free alternatives usually aren’t as good as the professional ones. Take CommentLuv as an example, the paid version is so much better and offers so much more than the free one.

          1. True, when I say beta test, I mean beta test paid plugins but before they are released for purchase. I rarely pay for even premium plugins, most times I can negotiate getting a license for a review so I can keep it for myself as payment for doing the review. I don’t like all plugins I get for free, so I pick and choose what I review.

            As far as free plugins, there still are plenty that are excellent, hard to find a paid plugin that can do some of the features of WordPress SEO by Yoast for example which has functionality of several plugins in one and is free.
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  4. You are right about the free hosting sites and free themes. These things are the introduction into the blogging world, but are not legitimate options once things get more serious. Generic themes are a good way of at least looking professional, but those themes lack functionality, and web hosting cannot handle any kind of legitimate traffic. Once you leave the infant stage of your site, you need some kind of server (virtual or otherwise) running your site, and a presentation that is professionally built and functional.

    1. I’e actually used free hosting as a way of promoting my hosted blogs and most of them don’t exist anymore because the sites no longer exist. Those who say that won’t happen with the likes of Blogger and are probably right but that doesn’t mean something won’t happen that will cause them to delete their accounts! I’ve heard of many occasions where this has actually happened.

  5. I agree with you the ones who write because they love to, not with the intention for their readers tend to have more passion in their articles, however I have a different approach because my portal provides entertainment and information to my readers. I write to make sure every article informs, educates or entertains and my audience is always my primary thought when writing any article. My personal blog however I just write whatever I want and who cares what they think.
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    1. informs, educates or entertains and my audience

      That is something that I’ve said many times about this blog Justin. To me the reader is everything and I try my utmost to give them a good experience when they take the time to grace my blogs.

  6. Twitter:
    Good stuff Sire, but we both have to be truthful and say that we each had an account on a vanity blogging site, where we could talk about anything we wanted to anonymously. Well, at least I did because you were Sire there as well. lol

    Meanwhile, we also both know that blogs are just not the place for Adsense because, unless we’re totally niched, they just don’t generate any real money. You’d be better dropping them entirely and adding another product of some kind. Heck, for that matter I just noticed you got rid of the links to the girls; when did you do that and what prompted it?
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    1. Hey Mitch, although I didn’t include it in the post I did mention it in a way when replying to Paul Lee. For me those sites were actually a way to boost my presence and a way to link back to some post on my other blogs every now and again.

      As to the girls, I got rid of them last December. You must have missed that post. In case you’re interested you can read about it here Strangely enough my best performer as far as money goes is my lottery site and that’s not even getting 5% of the traffic this blog does. I can only imagine what the turnover will be once I build the traffic up.

      1. Twitter:
        Sire, first, you put the link in wrong (too many f’s). Second, seems I’d forgotten about that post because I commented on it back then; sheesh! Just getting older… wait, what happened to the emoticons? And how come this sucker’s now saying I need to have 9 approved comments, when we know I obviously do have more than 9 comments? Stuff is picking on me again. lol
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        1. Fixed the link Mitch, thanks for that.
          The emoticons are gone for the moment because they’re conflicting with another plugin at the moment. They still work, you just have to know what to enter :lol_ee:
          Don’t know why CommentLuv is doing that. Maybe the settings got changed after the last update. Will have to look into that.

  7. I really love blogging too but isn\\\’t setting up a blog just the same as any other website? I mean, a wordpress plattform can be used for any kind of site.

    1. It’s actually a lot easier to set up a blog.

    1. That is indeed a bad mistake to make, especially when you consider that a reader can turn into a potential customer

  8. I blog about current events and relate them to my practice. I try to focus on auto accidents and celebrity gossip.

    1. You would think gossip would get you into trouble Robert :wink_ee:

  9. I wish I could say that I’ve never made any of those mistakes but not only have i done so but in some cases still am. I guess I am still learning and probably will be for some time.

    When it comes to sales though, I am sure that trust is the key. If people trust the advice you provide in the article you produce, they are also likely to trust in your product selections.

    1. Knowing you’re making the mistake is the first step in resolving the issues Matt. Not knowing results in continuing to make the same mistakes.

  10. I like blogging, because it’s a great way to share our knowledge with others. In addition, blogging is an opportunity to gain a few bucks.
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    1. Sharing knowledge is a great reason to take up blogging Julian. :thumbup_ee:

  11. Really helpful tips, and it is actually what I had been searching for. I just want to get out of stuck, I feel so stressed because of my blog nowadays. I’ve just started my new blog, and I have heard so much about the importance of fresh content etc. But somehow I have lost my motivation, there are too many things to do with a blog. I unfortunately haven’t done anything like this before, so your useful tips could be very helpful for me. Thanks for sharing them!

    1. That usually happens with niche blogs which is one of the reasons I try to stay away from them. If you’re having problems with working out what to write just step back for a bit and wait for something to come to you.

  12. Blogging offers so many things to do. Basically it makes sense when you do it for the love for it and thereby earning some good amount of money. A person with great writing techniques can manage to maintain his blog if he is successful in connecting with his audience.

    1. You don’t really need great writing skills John, you just have to be able connect with your readers.

  13. Hi! Thanks for your post. For me, as a new blogger, it’s very useful. Specially, “mistakes-part”. I’ll try to avoid it.
    It’s great that blogger can admit their own mistakes. It will teach others.

    1. And thank you for taking the time to read it and for leaving a comment.

    1. And which blog was that Roman?

        1. Hey Roman, looks like instead of using a blogging platform you’ve actually incorporated it into your web design. Nothing at all wrong with that and it looks great. The only problem I have with it is that it lacks the interactivity of a true blog? :ponder_tb:

    1. That is so true about newbies but I think that there are bloggers out there who aren’t newbies that may still be making some of those mistakes.

  14. Seo is always important. Thats why i’m here. I’m try to lern some seo skills so that i ern more money for my own blog.

    1. Well, I hope you have learned something then Sander.

    1. Glad you got something out of it.

  15. I really like your blogging tips and the way you write stuff. Great going.SEO is very important. Writing quality content and getting good backlinks is a way to win in terms of search engines. It is important to consider yahoo and bing too so that even if Google comes up with some new algorithm you are still there on SERP of other popular search engines.

    1. I actually don’t think of a particular search engine when doing SEO. I figure if you you write good content and choose the right keywords most search engines should pick it up.

  16. I love blogging, love writing, but have just a few ideas what own product to sell. I was thinking about this for a while. I would like to publish a book one day. And I understand I have to start. Have to take small steps every day. But may be a book isn’t that product people would like to pay for?

    1. People love books Anastasia and today with the advent of eBooks you can reach a whole lot more people.

      As for what other products to sell, that all depends on your blog.

      1. Thank you, Sire :) It’s time to start writing a few pages each day. I’ll write it on my native language, not English.

        1. That’s the way, a little bit a day will get the job done for sure :thumbup_tb: May I ask, out of sheer curiosity, where you’re from?

          1. I’m from Ukraine :) But when I was a child we lived in Kamchatka (Russia), so Russian is my native language.

            1. Well, good on you for mastering the English language so well. My parents are Italian and there is no way I would even attempt writing anything in that language.

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