The Suffering Blogger: 10 Blogging Lessons I Learned the Hard Way
Everyone has heard of the “Suffering Artist” but not many people have heard of the “Suffering Blogger” and that my friends is what this article is about.
How I Got Started in Blogging
Let’s go back to the past in my own experience which I’m sure mirrors the average bloke who stumbles into the blogging arena. I say arena because in the world of blogging it is not unlike the forums of old that the gladiators fought to the death in.
I use to flip through websites to find information about things, do a little shopping, catch up on some celebrity gossip and comedy sites. When I found a strange pimple on the back of my neck or had a pain in my chest I would frantically search medical sites for a diagnosis.
Then one day when I was running down my steps I broke my ankle and had to take off work for two months. I was given this enormous amount of free time (as I later discovered) to enter into the realm of webmastering and blogging.
Blogging Mistakes That I’ve Made
As I headed down this road there were many bumps along the way and each stop had a lesson for me to learn. For example, I first got involved using webpage making software. I created my first site and I was so proud of it (selling a diet e-book) .
I advertised (ppc) and lost money but I was glad to see visitors coming. I paid for traffic and lost money again, but I was happy that more visitors came. Finally I got tired of losing money and I was glad for even 1 or 2 visitors (no money lost).
I bought a website (a nice looking game site) and repeated the cycle. I bought another website (auto-updating content) … and yep - repeated the cycle again.
Then I stumbled upon Wordpress. Created a real site (a comedy site) and found a passion for making people laugh. I learned about Search Engines, Page Rank, Alexa, Traffic, HTML, Forums, Social Media, Domains,Hosting, Cpanels, etc. I also learned about the importance of backups after my site got wiped out when my hosting crashed.
After that happened I sat back and realized I was spending all of my time before and after my day job working on my site. I used to think “WOW, I have a website and I’m going to make millions … because after all billions of people search the web”. I didn’t realize that there were also billions of websites, and that means we could all get only 1 visitor.
I read and read, and one thing I read all the time was “Content is King“, and that my friends is true except in a way — “Content is the Prince” because “Original Content Is King”.
I applied this and have watched my sites grow and other bloggers naturally link to them. I still smile when I find visitors referring to my sites in the forums that I visit. I visit many forums and I feel for the “Suffering Bloggers”, and surprisingly not all of them are newbies either.
Well I really didn’t want this to become a book so I will wind this down and tell you the 10 important blogging lessons that I’ve learned along the way.
10 Blogging Lessons That I’ve Learned:
- If you get in this business, realize that it is work.
- Love what you do and the work will be fun!
- Realize there are no short-cuts, easy ways OR sneaky ways to do well over the long term.
- Ask questions, help others and learn, learn, learn.
- Realize there will be bad days as well as good days.
- Realize you will make tons of mistakes, and that’s okay. Just learn the lessons.
- Don’t rely on others to do things for you. Experience is the best teacher.
- When you have passion for your work visitors will feel it and come back. People love passion.
- Treat your sites like babies. Nurture them and they will grow. It takes a family to raise a child and an internet to raise a website.
- Try different things. Let nothing go stale.
If you focus on these things you will achieve what you desire in time. Do you have any lessons you’ve learned that you can share with us?
Learn from someone else’s mistakes. Today guest writer Don Frazier from The Comedy Net.com shares 10 blogging lessons he’s learned that will help you to grow your blog …edited by BLOGBloke