The Blog Advice You Should Ditch

angie m jordanAdvice is funny in how, everyone gives it, no one takes it, and yet everyone is always searching for it…

I’m about to call bullshit. (Like I am right now. Consider this the call)

Blog advice comes a dime a dozen. For new bloggers its overwhelming trying to decipher what to do, what not to do, what advice is golden, and what advice they should throw to the shitter.

The blog advice you should ditch

Blogging more often increases your traffic.

You will kill yourself trying to keep up. You don’t have to write everyday to have a successful blog. You do however, have to market everyday.

RSS Feeds are important

Please. Next…

Side note: growing an email list of your readers is where it’s at. Here’s how to grow your list

You should comment other blogs x amount of times a day

There is some myths floating around out there about the importance of commenting on other blogs to get valuable backlinks to your site…

Just stop. Don’t stop commenting on blog posts you enjoy and want to interact with, but stop using it as a strategy to build backlinks. You are technically building them, but they are not very valuable. All links are not created equal <-go read this to learn more. 

Your time is better spent elsewhere and as bloggers the thing we want most is time. So you have to learn to use it wisely and not to waste it on things that don’t bring the best results.

You should focus on traffic

This is not always true. Traffic is great, and you obviously can’t get very much accomplished if no one is seeing your blog, but traffic is not an indicator of success. What should be of more importance to you is conversions. How often are people doing what you want them to do on your site?

Are they signing up to recieve your emails?

Are they buying your products or services?

Are they interacting with you in the comments?

Are they visiting your content landing pages and staying on your site longer?

Focus on what your visitors are doing on your site. It’s not always quantity, it’s quality.

 

The best blog advice you will ever get

Treat your blog like a business. You will never make money blogging if you treat it as a hobby. Lets get real, how many of your hobbies are making you rich?

Didn’t think so.

I read an article the other day about treating your blog like a business and it resonated with me, so I figured I would share with you.

Truth be told (and I always tell the truth), this is the exact reason you are not making money with your blog. You’re still playing “hobby” with your blog instead of making it your… Oh nevermind.

You can never be your own boss if you don’t act like you have a business. Nuff said.

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Comments

  1. says

    Angie, oh BS-Buster you … thanks for the refreshing dose of honesty. Unfortunately, the phrase “having an online business” is deceiving. What they have is a business that uses the internet as its primary marketing tool. But they still need to fulfill all the other requisites of “being in business” … so it’s far more than just writing a blog. Good on you!

  2. says

    : D. This post made me smile. I too believe that a lot of that advice is bs. The most important thing is to market efficiently and effectively and gain people who actually care and will repeat visit your site.

    Write great content and market like a boss : P.

  3. says

    It’s full of people on the net giving advices they don’t follow themselves. Theories change every year.

    Your last advice Angie is correct but I also like legend n°1: who can write consistently every day just for a year without resolving to Fiverr or constantly reinventing the wheel? :)

  4. says

    Great advice, Angie. Every beginning blogger needs this pasted to their forehead. There is no “build it and they will come” in the internet world. We definitely need more honest business advice.

  5. says

    Hey Angie. Your first part, “you don’t have to blog every day but you do have to market” hit home. A lot of the time we don’t understand that our job is not done once we create our blog but what we do after we hit publish.
    Thanks for your honesty!

    • Angie M Jordan says

      It’s a shame to work so hard to create great content and to not share it with as many people as possible! Creating too much content and not marketing it properly is kind of a disservice to all the other people we miss who need the information.

  6. says

    Thank you for a powerful reminder to treat my blog as my business and not as a hobby because you are right, not many hobbies make much money.

    • Angie M Jordan says

      You are so welcome! Hobbies don’t produce the type of cash many of us would like to generate from our blogs. In order to change that, we’ve got to change our thinking about our blogs.

  7. says

    Thanks for these advice. You should treat your blog as your business and there is no business that doesn’t need marketing. Others focus on traffic too much and forget that quality is more important than quantity.

    • Angie M Jordan says

      Yes Lorii! Every business needs marketing. And eventually you have to bite the bullet and really put yourself out there.

  8. says

    Ahhhh, the most refreshing blog I’ve read all day! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE IT :) So dang true. The RSS feed one really gets me, haha, I mean, I know it has it’s place (just like everything else does, like the commenting, etc.) but it’s sooooo NOT where it’s at :) Great blog Angie!

    • Angie M Jordan says

      Thanks Robin! Glad you liked it! Yes, RSS feed has it’s place, but not forefront of what you should be thinking about! Glad you stopped by thank you!

      Cheers,

      Ang

  9. says

    You are absolutely right! If you don’t intend to make money off of your blog then proceed as usual. If you are trying to make money, then you need to treat it like a business. You need to focus on things that will get to your ultimate goal. Great post!

  10. says

    Amen… I think you don’t have to blog every day, but you have to blog consistently. If it’s going to be once a week, do it once a week on the same day, around the same time. Readers like consistency!

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