I have been blogging for a long time, since 2015 actually, and over the years I have come across all kind of blogging advice. Like most new bloggers, when I started blogging, I wanted too grow my blog and so I turned to Google and read some articles on blogging and how to grow your blog. I also looked at some other articles on using the features effectively and more.
To be fair, a lot of this advice was extremely helpful. Eventually, it helped me learn how to use the features WP offers properly, it taught me about SEO and the algorithm and much more. I’m not trying to discourage anyone from looking at blogging advice on this post because for the most part it is quite helpful.
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However, I also came across some advice that I thought was not the best idea and should probably not be taken into account by bloggers. Some of this advice was either a scam, unethical or just plain stupid. I wanted to share some advice that I have come across frequently that I think bloggers should disregard. Here are the main ones I wanted to mention today:
Quantity Over Quality
I have read a couple of advice posts that have advised bloggers to post content as often as possible. Some even say post as many times a day as you possibly can. This is a somewhat unethical strategy that a number of people use not only when blogging but also on social media.
At first, this strategy makes some sense. Statistically, if you think about it, the more you post the more traffic you’ll get and the higher your chances will be that one of your posts will blow up since you are posting so many. You’ll also get more followers due to spamming the system.
Now, here’s the problem with this strategy. Yes, it may work for a bit and you may see that you get more traffic and followers the more you post. However, overtime you will notice that this number will become stagnant because there is only so far spamming the system will get you.
Once the algorithm realises what you are doing, it will stop pushing out. your posts and eventually may even categorise you as a spammer which means you will see a huge drop in numbers. Furthermore, a lot of the followers you get will be spam followers and not actual followers. You may instead end up losing actual followers because of posting too often.
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Another thing is, you may also end up creating a bunch of great content that no one actually reads because you are just posting too much out there and no one has the time to go through those many posts. You may just end up wasting your content.
What I have found to be the best strategy when it comes to blogging is to create quality content and post when you can. Don’t feel forced to post too many times a day because the quality of your content will probably end up suffering.
If you put out quality content, your blog will automatically grow even if you don’t post very often. Having a schedule does help a lot especially if you don’t post daily. For me, it’s all about quality over quantity. Post content you are satisfied with and your readers will find you.
You Will Succeed Overnight If You…
I have seen this going around and it annoys me to no end. I get a little irritated when things are very clickbait-y as it is. I’m sure we have all seen certain advice posts or articles that claim that they have the “secret” to growing your site overnight. That you can get millions of followers with just this one trick. Or pretty much something clickbait-y like that.
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We have all clicked one of these posts hoping to learn something new about blogging or even social media but it just turns out to be a sponsored post trying to sell you something or a post created by the writer to promote some course or perhaps service/product they are offering.
I have no problem with sponsored posts or using your platform to sell your products or services. You may have noticed that I do that too. It’s a great way to get clients and make an income. That’s not what annoys me about these types of advice posts.
What annoys me is when the post is pretty obviously a scam of some sort or offers no actual information to the reader and just pushes the product or service or course in their face as the only way to grow their blog. When I write my posts,
I would highly recommend not falling for such traps especially if they seem like a scam because they may just be. If they are offering a service or product that may be useful to you, that’s great but don’t feel like you have no other choice when it comes to growing your blog. There are plenty of ways to do if for free. Yes, it may be easier and faster to grow it if you can afford to pay for certain services and products but that’s not possible for everyone and that’s okay too.
It Is An Easy Form Of Passive Income
Don’t get me wrong, blogging is a fantastic way to make some extra income and it’s even something you can eventually pursue full-time if that’s what you are looking for. It’s a great alternative to a traditional nine to five job and gives you a lot more freedom to work at your time.
However, it always irritates me when people say it’s an easy form of passive income or that it’s easy to make some money blogging even while you’re working another job or studying.
The truth is, making money from blogging or on your blog takes a lot of time and effort. In fact, I would say it takes much more time and effort than most people realise. It’s not just passive income you can make while you sleep.
For example, I have heard so much about affiliate marketing and how you can make thousands doing nothing at all. Yeah, that’s not true. For you to make even a hundred dollars from affiliate marketing you need to have thousands of views a day because only a very small percentage of your readers will actually click on the Ad and even fewer will actually use that link to purchase something. To have thousands of daily views you need to work your butt off creating a SEO friendly, high quality site. It takes so much time and energy to be able to do that. Only to be exploited and make a super tiny percentage of the money from each sale.
Blogging is a great way to make some income but don’t get it twisted. It’s not easy or fast.
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I really hope this post was helpful and I would recommend always thinking things through before listening to any advice you read online. Except mine, I am always right and my blogging advice is always on point. Seriously, always.
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