Saturday, January 28, 2012
Debunking Blogging Myths-Which Are You Guilty Of?
Half-truths and myths make for great fiction.
But, if you've set your sights on becoming a successful Blogger, you need to operate from an informed position.
So, listen up.
With all the "expert advice" being disseminated across the Web, it's easy to get caught up and confused.
It's likely that you want to follow all the "words of wisdom" so you can get it right and get ahead. Right?
But, be forewarned: not all advice is accurate or advantageous.
And a "one-size-fits-all" approach can have disastrous results.
If you're ready to work smarter, not harder, and make more money in the process, let's examine some of the most popular Blogging myths that have been sabotaging your success.
1. If you can write, you can Blog.
Not true. Not necessarily. Unless your intended audience is just your family and friends. Though Blogging is not "rocket science," it does require certain skills, traits and techniques.
It takes "ability" to conceive clever Blog posts, to communicate effectively, to build a community, to maintain a following. If everybody could do it well, why do you suppose that there are so few "super stars" among us?
2. To be considered a "serious Blogger" you must operate on a self-hosted domain.
Wrong. Of course ownership is almost always a good thing--whether it's a "virtual" home or a brick and mortar one. But, trust, if your writing is not up to par, or you have crappy content, it doesn't matter what comes after the period in your URL. Period. The proof is in the pudding.
Many successful, accomplished writers and Bloggers Blog with Blogger and Wordpress platforms. Some good examples would be Hope Clark of Funds for Writers, Kelly James-Enger of Dollars and Deadlines, Carolyn Howard-Johnson and several of the winners at the recent Write to Done's Top 10 Writing Blogs do too!
3. Blogging pays peanuts.
It depends. Though you'll find an array of opportunities advertised that pay five bucks for five hundred words, they are not representative of all Blog jobs. Don't be duped. Though my compensation has varied, I typically earn from $50.00 to 100.00 for Blog posts with reputable, established sites. You could too.
4. Blogging can make you rich.
So can the lottery; but it's not very likely. It's okay to dream, but real success comes from being a realist.
5. Comments are not a metric for Blogging success.
Think again. Though they are not the only factor to be factored in, comments show the level of engagement with your readers. If you're not getting many, not many people are "getting" you. Unless you're new to the scene. Revisit and revise. As a matter of fact, at Write to Done's recent contest for Top Blogs, 15% of the total Blog score assigned to winners was based upon the number of comments received at their respective sites.
Keep these five myths in mind as you move forward in your Blogging career, as there is great truth to the adage, "Knowledge is power."
Are you guilty of buying into any of these myths? Any more I might have missed? Do tell.