Chapter – 1
Blogging Myths Debunked
You won’t believe me if I told you that I was literally blown by the number of Myths that exists around Blogging.
Staying true to the Mission of creating the most Honest Guide on Blogging, myth busting was a necessary First Chapter.
Here are 10 Myths related to Blogging :-
You don’t need Money to Blog
Wrong!! FREE Blogs are for Losers.
If you’re into Blogging for the long haul, you must invest Money.
It starts with buying a Premium Domain Name and Hosting.
And is followed by Premium Themes, Plugins ( we’re talking only about WordPress Users here ) and much more.
You can’t forget SEO Tools if you consider yourself an SEO Expert.
And, if you’re going to outsource your Content Writing efforts, you will have to pay.
But, that is something you should consider after you’ve a proven step-by-step success Formula.
You have to be a Web-developer
You might argue that I went to IIT Kharagpur.
Being a Techie it is easy for me to say that “You don’t have to be a Web Developer”.
But, trust me for once.
You really don’t need to be a Techie or a Web Designer / Web Developer. Additional Skills surely helps.
But absolutely not mandatory.
CMS ( Content Management System ) platforms like WordPress makes the process of setting up your blog as easy as using Facebook.
Still, if you need some technical help, just reach out to me at email@example.com
I will either solve it myself, or refer you a Techie. 🙂
You have to Post Everyday
Most newbie Bloggers do this Mistake.
If you do this, your initial enthusiasm to blog will slowly fade away with time.
Write Everyday, but Never Post Everyday.
Make a habit of writing 500 – 1000 words per day during your initial days of blogging.
Write towards one particular topic.
When you’re sure that you don’t have anything else to write on it, publish the Post.
This approach ensures Quality over Quantity. And you need it!
You have to be an Expert Writer
Another misconception of Most Newbie Blogger. Actually, there are 2.Type 1 :- Thinks that they need to be a Great Writer to succeed at Blogging.
Type 2 :- Thinks that they are a Great Author, wrote in School and College Magazines. And thus. blogging is a piece of cake for them.
Both are wrong!
You see, Online Content is for the masses.
It is for the majority of the people and not focused only towards the Grammar Nazis ( except if you have an English Grammar Blog ).
So, being an extraordinary writer doesn’t helps as most people can’t understand your actual message behind the piece.
Poor Writers can improve. At least to the level of Internet, just by reading other Blogs. SIMPLE!
Write and Readers will come
Unfortunately, Blogging doesn’t works that way. Sorry 🙁
Writing is the easy part. Or, I should say, writing has the least barrier of entry.
It is marketing of your work that makes your Blog different from the Millions of other Blogs already in existence.
Ever heard of the 80:20 Rule or the 80:20 Principle.
It is the exact policy we follow here at DibakarBala.com
We spend only 20% of our time writing a Blog Post.
Followed by 80% of our Time totally focused on Marketing the shit out of it!
Overnight Success is a Thing
Blogging is not a Lottery.
Nobody gets success Overnight.
Every successful Blog was a barren land – Once.
With consistent efforts and dedication, they made it look like an Overnight Success.
And, obviously, it is not a Lottery.
Successful Blogs have a Plan. Long term plan with long-term vision to succeed.
You need Traffic in Millions
Unless you’re a Magazine Website.
Getting only 10,000 visits per month could be enough.
You sole purpose should be to bring the customer who would increase your revenue.
You should work on calculating your average user worth.
Also, you should write articles for Users who are mostly at the buying stage ( of your services / affiliate products ).
Well, these are advanced topics which you will get to know about in the long run of your blogging journey.
Blog what you want to
Well, technically you can. It is your Blog.
But, you shouldn’t.
Every successful blog, however abstract it might look, have some Content Strategy behind it.
Read the following Chapters to craft your own long-term Content Strategy.