Why You Should Be Blogging ! (A response to another Blogger who says You Shouldn’t be Blogging )

Hey guys I wanted to write this Post in response to another very well respected Blogger and Freelance professional. His name is Tom Ewer. And he has a lot of good info. when it comes to writing and blogging.

In his latest Post, his title was aptly named ‘Why you Shouldn’t Blog’ . Tom states he is playing the devil’s advocate and wants to give insight into why blogging is something that people should reconsider doing particularly if they are just starting out.

Reading this I could not help but engage myself in a little cheek and tongue retort πŸ™‚

So conversely, I am going to look at the other side and bring up the point ‘why you should be blogging’. And this is something that I have argued for a number of years now. Not just today.

One of the things that really attracted me to Blogging 6 years ago was the fact that you could start one on a shoestring budget and start making millions overnight lol. No just kidding. I knew you could not earn like that.

But frighteningly there are many people who think you can just start a blog and start making a lot of money from the git go. Hence, the reason there are millions and millions of blogs on the Web today.

And do not think that all them are people talking about how their Aunt Rosie changed their Life or about their Church missionary trip to Africa.

Nope !! They are on the internet making blogs to try to strike it rich. Its almost like blogging is the modern day era of the gold rush in the 1800’s. Many try their hand at it but few see much success.

Tom hits it dead on when he says these blogs that are put up and start making thousands and thousands within a month or two are just exceptions to the rule. They very rarely happen.

A little bit of my Story

So why should you be Blogging ?? I asked my self this from the beginning of my blogging career years ago and my reason was I wanted to make some extra money with banner ads on my plain, new, little blog. I was pretty simple minded back then and did not get the whole picture on what blogging was and where it could take you if done properly.

However, over time I began to look at Blogging as more of a business; nothing really different than a offline business like a printing shop or Computer retail.

I learned over the years Blogging is not a get rich overnight endeavor. But as Tom says it takes years for many people to see even a small profit.

Why You Should be Blogging…Now!

And thus comes my reason that you really should be blogging as soon as possible.

First of all, you need to go learn from the best bloggers on the Web (there are plenty that are accessible), formulate a well thought out strategy, and then put that strategy to action. In other wards go ahead and just do it ; start pounding that keyboard and writing new Posts for your blog that really perk the ears of others around you..

I have found that Blogging with good material and engaging content is much like fine wine. The longer you stick around and the more you age your blog the more it gains in value.

Over time ,we are talking about gaining credibility with Google and getting more Search Traffic that is laser targeted to buy stuff from you and even better than this getting traffic that turns into very trusting subscribers to your list.

From my experience my older blogs get more traffic, have higher PRs, and ultimately higher profitability than the newer ones.

The Business Model of Blogging

Absurd business model ? For me and many other colleagues I would say the opposite is true. Actually, it can really be the perfect business model if done in the right way with the right mind set within the right time frame.

I am just so thankful that I started to build my own ‘virtual real estate’ as soon as I could with blogging !

Is it all passive income as Tom seems to infer in his Post πŸ˜‰ ? No you still have to put the work in and build relationships with your readers and customers if you want to keep growing your business. This doesn’t matter if your blog is one month old or ten years old.

Some times the more money you start making the more stress comes along with it and the more you have to work.

So much like Freelance Writing and other online services, Blogging takes work and you have to treat it as a real Business .

The Sooner you start blogging the better

But the sooner you start blogging and getting down in the trenches for awhile, the sooner you will start seeing the rewards.

Blogging may not be for everyone, but I truly believe that anyone with some guidance can take it far if they are in it for the long haul . The operative phrase being ‘long haul’ .( And Tom also puts it perfectly when he says quote, ” You should be impatient to Leave Work Behind. You should want to do it tomorrow. Blogging won’t get you there tomorrow.” )

So go ahead and invest in a good Domain right now even if you can write only one great post a month. Do it for five years straight and at your own pace and see where it can take you πŸ˜‰

Do not be surprise if takes you to a level you never thought possible !

Just a seed of thought to plant in your head !

The Best,
Robert

The ONE Huge Mistake I made that YOU need to avoid if You Want to be Successful in Learning How to Make Money Blogging

This mistake can literally cost you years in time and work and make you sitting their scratching your head like you got run over by a freight track !! lol

I can really remember like it twas just yesterday. That little light bulb went off in my head that I could take one small thing I was doing and turn it into something much bigger.

It was the end of 2007. I was doing pretty good with taking the Surveys online. It was not any major money but good enough to pay a bill or two for my family ( just me and my wife back then)

I happened to stumble upon a guy who was putting banners on his blog for survey sites. When people would click on his banner and join a survey site he would receive a commission.

I thought that was pretty cool. I found out the proper name of this kind of internet marketing was called CPA offers (short for Click per Action offers)

You can join these CPA sites that have products which you can offer your readers at your blog or website. And you make commission when they sign up or buy that product.

My favorite and still is CPA Site called Maxbounty.

Anyway, back to my story. I put up these banners for survey sites and I started blogging ( as I learned from some established bloggers on how to make money blogging) about how you can make money taking surveys.

Well, after a few months I started to see the traffic build up and my income started to drastically increase from these CPA offers and Adsense (Google Ads that are placed on your blog and you get paid for each click,)

Now I went for about 4 years straight doing this ; building up traffic and relying on people just clicking on my Survey Site banners and Adsense. It was truly passive income and a blessing as my work load seemed to get lighter and lighter and the income became more and more ! How to make money blogging seemed to be more and more effortless as the years went by.

I figured with age my Blog would just keep building and building from Google traffic as long as I had good, quality content.

I did build a list which every one said I needed to do but because my Site was centered around free money I actually made less with having this List. ( which rarely, rarely happens)

So I scraped the list building and went about my business making nice income for a number of years ago based on just clicks and banner offers on my Site.

But guess what the hell happen my fourth year ?? Well, good ole Mr.Google started to put the hammer down and implemented ‘Panda’ and ‘Penguin’ which were names given to changes in how Google ranked sites.

Many sites were fairly penalized during this and taken way down in the Search rankings. Sites that were spam and had no original and helpful content on them . These Sites were virtually tuned into over night ghost towns as all their traffic and income dried up.

Unfortunately, there were also many sites like mine that were legitimate ones with helpful content and not spam.

Long story short my traffic pretty dwindled to almost nothing overnight because of Google Search changes. Suddenly how to make money blogging seemed more and more complicated and less and less effortless

Now I could go on and on about how unfair Google was and how they cost many people millions of dollars.

But in hindsight it was pretty much my own fault for the predicament I was in.

I will just tell all you folks starting out (and this may apply to many who are experienced) to build a Site or Blog that has a diverse stream of monetization including above and beyond everything else…………BUILD A FREAKING LIST !
Period !!

You see that box at the upper right side of my blog which I offer the 3 best ways to make money and you just put your name and email there ? Well that is essentially what list building is.

So the number one thing you really need to do when learning how to make money blogging is build a subscriber base.

Relying on Google and Yahoo Search Traffic is a quick way to the poor house. Do not get me wrong. Still work on getting Search traffic as it is the most targeted traffic there is, but engage visitors to join or subscribe to that list or newsletter.

If you have a big list built up over time you can not just survive but you can thrive building relationships with your customers and selling them product that they really need.

You cannot imagine how many nights I have lied their restless in my bed wondering what things could have been now if I had just started building my list 6 years ago instead of just a couple years ago.

It cost me a lot of money and essentially when Google’s hammer came down, 4 years of my work went down the drain too.

I had to start all over again.

So peeps, if you take away anything from my blog do yourself a favor and do not make the HUGE mistake I made of just relying on Google for your traffic and income.

You need more than Clicks to make Blogging a full time income, thats for sure !!

So Build that list !!!

I plead to you πŸ™‚

Robert

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