8 Shocking Tips You Will Come Across In Blogging
So you are looking for blogging tips right?
Of course you are. In order to improve your blog, you will naturally be looking for advice along the way. But how do you know whether you are being given good or bad blogging advice?
Blogging tips pop up on all social media profiles, in forums and communities and lots of blog posts are “how to’s” or “top tips”, just like this one!
So how can you decipher all of this information and be assured that the information you are following is actually good advice?
Well today I am going to help you decipher some of the blogging tips you will come across and what to look out for. Let’s get stuck in!
1. Trick Google To Progress In Blogging
Wow, I’m sure you will have seen something similar to this before, am I right?
I know that you want to find that magic piece of advice that will solve all your Google worries. You will see it all the time “Use this one tool to be placed #1 in Google searches”.
The reality is that the only piece of advice to solve your Google worries is to work WITH Google and not against them!
Bloggers with good reputations will present you with advice for how you can work with Google to achieve the outcome you desire.
They will not be promoting any form of tricks.
If you stumble upon a trickster, it is best to steer well clear.
Google is not exactly stupid, and if there is ever such a ‘trick’ available, you can be guaranteed that they will come down on it like ton of bricks.
What do you think would happen to that wonderful piece of advice then? It’s not likely to be worth much!
2. Get Rich Quick With This System!
I hate to break it to you, but unless you are in receipt of an inheritance or you have won the lottery you are unlikely to get rich quick!
Advice that you come across that tries to convince you to follow their program or use their tool so you can give you up your day job in just one month, is just a scam.
Wouldn’t it be great to buy that magic plugin that suddenly drives thousands of visitors to your site on a daily basis, all converting to sales.
If there was such a magic plugin, it certainly wouldn’t be sold for the $499 it is advertised at!
Programs that are going to provide you useful content are those which are also going to require you to put in some effort.
Sorry about that, but it’s true.
YOU have to be the one that moves your blog to success, and this will be done through your commitment and your hard work. If a program looks to have substantial content, in-depth modules and a team of support available, it will be the type of program you want to sign up to.
The get rich quick programs (which are also usually accompanied by a great big neon flashing arrow)…you know the ones I mean. Well those ones you can completely ignore. The only people to get rick in those programs are the ones taking your hard earned cash!
3. Sell, Sell, Sell To Make Money
Yes you do want to market your product and you do want to have a strong call to action.
But do you think there comes a point of over selling?
If each and every one of your posts is focused towards selling a product, what kind of relationship do you think you will be building with your readers?
You want you readers to know that you care about them and not just the money that they can fill your pockets with.
By all means, have your product available, and ensure your call to action is strong, but don’t go over the top.
Pro Bloggers like Pat Flynn at Smart Passive Income do this incredibly well. Pat is also incredibly open with what you will receive from him and his transparency is something he is well know and respected for.
You won’t get any hard sells from me, long sales pages or fluffed up stuff – just real life case studies and recommendations based on my own experience with online business and blogging.
4. Just Write, The Traffic Will Come!
Have you seen this one before?
Update your site regularly and you will be rewarded for it. Really???
If you can write quality and valuable posts on a daily basis then go for it. If not, this is advice you really should step away from.
What do you think is more beneficial?
Utter rubbish posted on a daily basis (the thoughts and ramblings of your mind), or content that is actually going to be beneficial to someone in some way say once or twice a week?
Absolutely Google loves fresh content, and it loves to see a site being regularly updated.
But, Google does not like to see rubbish!
If your content is not valuable, then please don’t post it. You wont be doing yourself or anyone else any favors.
5. Once You Have Learn’t It…You’re Good To Go!
There is a lot to learn in blogging, but this is an ever changing game. If you fail to keep learning and keep up to date with what is happening, your blogging will fall behind others.
Advice that was given five or even two years ago may have been the top of it’s game, but today it could well and truly be outdated. If you don’t update your knowledge, what do you think will happen?
It is wise to look at when information was written to help you determine whether it is reliable for today.
Of course, I am not saying that old information is not useful, but in some cases it is wise to only be trying tips that are up to date.
6. This Is The Only Advice You Need.
Blogging is not a one size fits all. That is what can be so frustrating when trying to find advice, but is also what makes it so exciting.
Each blog has a different niche, audience, product and social media followers and one way of doing things is not necessarily going to work for you.
Whilst there are certain things that you need to take into consideration, such as formatting your blog posts, conducting appropriate SEO research, engaging with your social media accounts etc, the way YOUR blog operates is going to be different to the next person.
At the end of the day you want your blog to be different. You want it to stand out.
If it was exactly the same as someone else’s then why would readers bother coming to you? If it had the exact same design, colour and content, there would be nothing to make it stand out as being unique….and being you!
7. Get Those Keywords In Your Posts
Are keywords important? Absolutely they are, but they are not the only thing that is important.
In the past there was a lot of talk among bloggers about stuffing keywords into posts to allow you to be found among the search engines.
I said it before – Google is smart!
It is now not simply good enough to fill a post with keywords and expect to suddenly rank #1 with that keyword.
If you stuff your keywords, the result will be that Google will penalize you. I’m sure this is not the desired effect you were hoping for!
Instead you should always keep your readers in mind by presenting them with content that is easy to read and useful. Undertake the keyword research after you have finished your quality post and then optimise it appropriately.
8. Spin Your Articles For More Content And Less Writing!
I’m sure you would have come across this one.
Submit an article and the robots will literally spin out different versions for you to use. You will see a lot of these gigs on Fiverr.
At the end of the day, content is only valuable if it is new. A spun article is not going to cut it.
You have to literally put fingers to keyboard, use your brain and think of an article to write. You could always pay someone to write fresh content for you, but unless either you or someone else is going to start from scratch, write nothing!
Don’t enter the world of article spinning, no matter how great the advice may seem.
The world of blogging is going to lead you down lots of different paths, and you will try lots of things. Some will work, other’s wont.
However it is important to be mindful that not all the advice you are going to read is going to be helpful for you.
Remember that at the end of the day, this is the internet! Anyone can write something and publish it. It is up to you and only you to determine what information you will trust.
A great way of determining whether blogging tips are worth following is to spend some time on that blog and get to know the blogger. Also take note of what other bloggers are engaging with them. For instance you won’t see any credible bloggers engaging on less than credible sites.
It can be difficult to determine what is credible when you are new to blogging, so don’t beat yourself up if you do make mistakes. It is a learning journey and we have all been on it!
Now it’s your turn:
What advice have you come come across in your blogging journey that has sent alarm bells ringing for you?
Please share your thoughts with us below.