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How many of you still copy or rehash articles from other blogs and publish them? I’m talking here with ‘money-making’ bloggers. How many of you dig deep into advertisement networks and write reviews about them? How many of you interview other bloggers, and try to learn from their mistakes (or success)?

I started to grow tired of so many blogs alike and I try to write from experience. What’s the latest thing I’ve learned?

You cannot deal with multiple web sites at once and be successful with all of them. Not without sacrifice, not without work, not without nights in front of the computer screen.

Your perfectly SEOed and XHTML valid sites mean nothing without heavy promotion. Not only promotion, but heavy promotion. Comment on many blogs, write on forums – did you know that for every article written on your own forum you should write about 20 other smaller articles on niche forums? Just for promotion. So, imagine 10 new articles. And you’re done for the night.

Reciprocal bookmarking voting networks suck. I’ve joined recently such a network and I watched every single person in the mailing list. The articles they submit are mediocre, or uninteresting, or not my type. Why should I vote? Because they vote in exchange. OK, so my vote is a lie, I scratch your back, you scratch mine. No problem, I can scratch my own back. I hate Digg. I hate Stumble Upon. The latter helped me and sent me some traffic a while ago. Nevertheless, I still hate them.

E-mail communication should be strongly backed up by identity. Err, what does that mean? First, you should have a pattern for e-mails, starting with “Hello,” or “Dear Sir/Madam,” or “IN ATTN: CEO”. Second, you should take care of your writing style, mistakes, typos, grammar, paragraph layout and general formatting. Third, you should also end your e-mail with a nice formula. I like to use “Thank you for your anticipated cooperation.” Sign in full name (or short name, depending on the subject), write down your e-mail address (even if it appears in the ‘TO:’ field, your web site or blog address, and maybe your phone number (again, depending on the subject). Do not forget, e-mail is a means of communication so you can write some URL addresses of some of your sites, or some interesting articles. At the end, of course.

I tried to think about a fifth fact, but nothing came out. I could then call my article “5 Things I’ve Learned From Blogging“. Well, it’s just four of them, but I still have to learn.

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6 thoughts on “Blogging From Experience

  1. In my reckoning you are doing alright. You will find more truths and share with us and this blog will also grow.

  2. I recently found myself smack dab in the middle of one of those “you scratch my back I’ll scratch yours” situations…all I had to do was add that person to my technorati faves and then they would add me…I added a few and then realized that I was really adding blogs I didn’t like one little bit! lol!! All of a sudden it seemed a bit idiotic to continue! lol!! I also agree about the heavy promotion…making money with your blog can be done, but it really is work!

  3. Yes, i know it is hard to succeed with all of your websites. I have know 5 websites. Each website has some subdomains, so if I sum them all I come on an number of 15 websites. It is hard to make them all succeed. I agree with that pointview of you.

  4. True..i visited a blog a while ago and its discussed topic regarding blogging many websites…it is not easy for sure, knowing that your attention as the blogger is divided.

    It good to focus one at a time, then once stable, its the time to start a new one again…

    Or if ever you wanted to manage websites simultaneously, make sure you have someone who would help you with that…

  5. I agree with all of you…i tried managing lots of websites but then i am heavily distracted with even small problems that are numerous to handle.

    It really takes too much expertise to handle of of them one at the same time!

  6. Awesome post there Chip. It’s hard work, you have to be on top of it, and you have to research and do what it takes. Social bookmarking can pay off big if done right, but can also be a huge hassle to deal with. And of course you don’t want to network with blogs that aren’t great quality!

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