Blogosphere: 15 Myths, Ideas and Bon Mots For a New Blogger

Continued from Part Forty-Seven

Blogosphere: A series
Part Forty-Eight: 15 Things You Might Not Have Considered When Starting a Blog 

Image: I made this one.

 

Today’s post is perhaps a little late, but as I’ve been kicking around the ideas that I think we should all be aware of, it strikes me that now is as good a time as any to make a few things clear.

While there are a lot of free-hosted Blog services around, I feel the best two choices are WordPress and Blogger.  I’ve used both over the last couple of years, and lean toward WordPress for ease of use and breadth of features. 

That said, here are some distinctions to make: 

WordPress comes in two flavors.  WordPress free hosting, and WordPress as installed on a Paid Host.  The differences between the two include:

  1. The free service does not support advertisements.
  2. The free service, therefore, is best suited for a “personal” blog, or one which is informational only
  3. The paid hosting version does allow advertising, and supports your ability to sell your eBooks or other items on-line
  4. The paid hosting version (while also free) requires considerably more “fiddling”.
  5. It will take a long time for your blog to become noticed by a wide audience unless you are “in” with some very popular sites, and on their blogroll (list of favored blogs)
  6. It will usually take about 1000 posts (yeah, I know, sigh) before you start to get a 100 to 200 visits a day for a personal or informational blog. 
  7. Depending upon your informational theme and your target audience, and how you spread the word you could cut that time down a bit, but it will still be significant.
  8. The quickest way to get readers is to read other people who write in your topic—and to leave comprehensive, and polite comments.
  9. Adding blogs you admire to your blogroll is always a good idea.  A certain percentage will return the favor.
  10. Clever post titles do not impress the web-crawlers of the big three search engines (Google, Yahoo! and Bing), but good tags do.
  11. WordPress allows you to have long titles, so you can make the first part of your title Tag heavy, and the second part more artistic.
  12. Whether you are writing for your art, craft, or special interest, or for advertising income, the secret is traffic.  Say it with me.  TRAFFIC.
  13. Most people won’t just drop by.  You will need to register with the search engines, pay attention to tags, watch your headlines, and schmooze your way through a lot of other blogs to get noticed.  Get used to it.
  14. Blogging is not for the lazy or easily distracted.  This is a job of work.  If you aren’t willing to go the course, your blog will fail.  Trust me on this, my first three died on the vine.
  15. Blogging is an incredible way to meet people who like what you like and do what you do.  Don’t miss the opportunity

There are a lot of other things that could go on this list, and I will probably revise it, or add in new posts as they occur to me.  But the bottom line is this: whatever type of blog you envision, create, and write for, it will take work.  People won’t seek you out, but they will seek out your topics if you’re smart about labeling them.

Have I frightened you off yet?

Your thoughts?

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6 responses to “Blogosphere: 15 Myths, Ideas and Bon Mots For a New Blogger

  1. It’s helpful to know that your weren’t immediately successful, but it’s even better to know that you are doing so well now. I wish you much success and an increased audience over the year(s) ahead. I’m sure your Blog will catch on more and more. It is the best written I’ve seen on writing and your other topics.

  2. Ricky,
    As usual, great post!
    May you please elaborate on 4, 5, 11?

    • Hi, Maria

      4. “Fiddling” means playing with format, finding, installing, adjusting plugins and widgets. There is a good deal more manual labor required with a paid host WordPress setup.
      5. If you are friends with a blogger who has a ton of trafic every day, and this person is willing to feature you as a guest blogger, and to otherwise promote you, you could see increased traffic much sooner. Alas, most of us don’t have such connections. If you do, by all means use them!
      11. The title of each blog entry can be considerably longer than most of us would use. Because of this, you could have a double titled post. For example, using a HOT title like: “10 Ways to Make Money Now!” to start, and continue it with something like ” – So, you wanna get rich blogging? Here’s how”
      The first part of the title uses the key words–tags–that the webcrawlers (robot software that reades every blog several time a day to update search engine databases) can find your posts, understand what you’re talking about, and order you appropriately for search by people.

      Hope this helps.

  3. Yes, Ricky.
    Thank you.

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