Cut the Crap, Write Quality Content

After you have spent a couple of years blogging and after you have visited hundreds of blogs, you probably come to this awakening...  Maybe that you don't have what it takes to be a successful blogger.

So what must you do to measure up at the same level or even better than those bloggers  who are assumed to be doing well as 'successful' bloggers?

But first, what defines a successful blogger?  Is it someone who's making a bundle of moolah online? Or someone who provides compelling content on his or her blog that attracts a beeline of traffic that never seems to stop?

And for sure if your blog rocks, advertisers will be falling over each other to get their ads onto your site.

The hard truth is that not everyone is cut out to be a 'genius' when it comes to blogging. Most of us are just average type of bloggers who think of it as a kind of hobby with interest that may fall into categories such as entertainment, politics, sports, writing, fashion and what have you.

If you have come this far in blogging and realized you have taken the wrong path, you can always backtrack and go home to do something more rewarding than looking at the computer screen days on end.

Or you can re-orientate your mindset, push the envelope and take on a new persona - give your blog a new lease of life.

By now, you'll know that TIMIDITY does not bring you good dividend. Nobody gets to know you as a blogger because you don't rock and roll with the "jet set".

Sometimes you need to fa*t and stick up your middle finger to create waves. Blow your own horn.

You got to exude a magnetic personality, like a flamboyant and charismatic politician who can sway the crowd with a performance of great elan and sophistication.

Some of the advices that came my way is NOT to be afraid to create and state your opinions. Timidity is an easy path to anonymity. Be bold. Be gung-ho but not to the point of being silly, a nuisance and a threat to mankind.

If your idea of blogging is to reach out to the world, you can't be writing for the consumption of your relatives, neighbours...and your dog and cat. The audience is out there in the World Wide Web.

You got to widen your reach as much as possible, especially in social networks and discover new blogs, not those hackneyed types that never learned to stop their BS posts. There's plenty to be learned where you have never ventured before.

Whoa! All this sounds well and good...up to this point. The truth: Promoting your blog takes more than doing all that's mentioned earlier on.

Every blog needs a readership. But there's no quick-fix or magic formula that will transform your blog into a hotbed of readers overnight unless you're Psy of Gangnum Style fame.

However, here's a simple step you can take to build traffic (quality traffic - not the here today, gone tomorrow kind): Write posts that people will want to read. Simple as that.

Just don't write rubbish.

 -  Markk

Why Guest Bloggers Are Butterflies and Grasshoppers

Whither Guest Blogging?  Guest blogging
has being touted by some bloggers as a great way to achieve some kind of recognition and popularity. They say it will open doors for you to reach 'new heights' in your blogging experience. Let me state here that I'm no fan of guess blogging and lately I don't hear much about it unlike past years. I'm sure it's still going on somewhere in the Blogosphere but I guess it has gone lame.

The argument is that guest blogging will help generate links, exposure and traffic to your own blog. Obviously, this is the motivation that got many bloggers posting on other people's blogs to gain that extra mileage. In a sense, guest bloggers are like butterflies or grasshoppers.

If you want to move in the fast lane, once you joined the blogging community, you might think guest blogging would enhance the user experience. But first you've got to gain an 'entry ticket' before you're accepted by any other blogger whose site is your target.

To do that, you have to show that you have got what it takes to write well - with great information, tips and whatever - to cut it though, otherwise don't even think about it...unless your host blogger is such a wooden head to let you post some fluff on his or her site. Well, there are some. You'll be surprised where you can find them!

You can run a high-octane blog if you have that kind of energy and motivation like some bloggers who seem to be able to conjure up 'endless posts' as guest bloggers. Some are doing it for the money because so-called A-list bloggers are more inclined to 'take a break'  from blogging, so guest bloggers are welcome to add their two cents worth of articles..

If you'd notice lately, some of these blogs are sort of running out of steam with boring articles or rehash. How many times have you come across some bloggers who write about how they are stuck with writer's block for want of new ideas to post. And, for them, there's always the fear of losing readers if they don't maintain the pace...and the face. That's where guest bloggers come into the picture to keep the wheels spinning. There are always some eager beavers..

Despite all this 'damage control' effort, the trend is showing that these blogs are slipping down from their high horse.

When guest blogging was hot, may  bloggers are so caught up with the guest blogging craze, you just wonder whether they pay more attention to other people's blogs rather than attending to their own blog backyard. We just don't buy it when some bloggers say "oh, we love guest blogging." Some bloggers are so enamoured of what they are doing, they'd go back to their blogs and glorify guest blogging to high heaven.

Here are a few myths that are being propagated by those favouring guest blogging:
  • It makes you an authority by doing quality writing on other people's blogs. It pushes you to write better.
(If you are a good writer why can't you become an authority on your own blog? Do you mean you can't produce quality stuff on your own site? The adrenalin only flows when you are writing for somebody else?)
  • It builds a good relationship with fellow bloggers.
(Is that the only way to build good relationship? There's more than one way to skin a cat, mate!).
  • And, of course, it gets you deep links and increase your RSS subscribers.
(Sure, it will gain you backlinks and all that RSS jazz, but when they find there's not much to shout about at your own blog, their interest will eventually grow cold. Talk about leaving a cold trail!)
  • And yada, yada, yada.

    Okay, there's no right or wrong about guest blogging. It's just a matter of taste or preference we either want to do or not at all. Having said that, we are the stay-at-home kind of bloggers. We like to tend to our own garden and see the flowers our own way. We are not that desperate to do guest blogging in order to gain those extra links and get recognized in that manner. 'Nuff said.
It's been several years since guest blogging took off. We'll see in another year or two whether these hype-crazed guest bloggers are still running around or grinding to a halt. The very idea looks like fading into the mist of blogging history. Of course, there'll be opinions to the contrary.

Guest blogging can only take you so far - and it's a downhill ride for your blog if you don't start growing your own flowers. Hoping that guest blogging will get you some extra RSS feed subscribers (or pumping up the numbers as some would do) won't help much because, at the end of the day, the majority of these people don't read their feeds or come visiting.
Most people end up with too many things to do and they can't just waste precious time reading feeds everyday or whatever. Some just forget their subscriptions.

In other words, there's not much value in trying to get this kind of traffic to your blog. What you need is to gain organic traffic or search engine traffic. People coming via this traffic route have a purpose and the keywords that got your site on the SERPs in the first place (ideally on the front page) are the baits that drove them to your blog.  Who needs guest blogging for that?

We are already seeing many blogs struggling to stay afloat, especially the 'make money online' bloggers who are the most likely people to fall for guest blogging. So much has been written about the silly syndrome suffered by 'make money online' bloggers, but then, newbies are still wet behind the ears!

So much for guest blogging. One nagging question: But how come those established A-list bloggers don't do guest blogging themselves? A penny for your thought. Oh, never mind, it's such a noobie question! I rest my case. - Markk

Why Twitter's Dying...

Twitter was such a craze when it first came on the social network scene with a bang. It was said to be a real threat to Facebook. And now, Umair Haque writes in his essay....

“Why Twitter’s Dying (And What You Can Learn From It)” @umairh