This is part-2 post of “My Experience with General Blogging Vs. Niche Blogging”, read first part here.
As expected, I enjoyed writing my experience (previous post), it acted like an energy drink to me which made me to stick to my plans exactly the same way Spartans did in 300 (not literally). Actually I planned to make this post last weekend but was busy enjoying my weekend.
So am here today to share my experience in points. So that it takes little time from you (as many of you’re busy blogging, commenting and etc…).
Stay tuned guys curtains for Part-2 going to be raised.
7 things I learned from blogging
You’re not going to enjoy this post, as I do writing if you don’t know what happened in part-1, so rush and read it, here. (atleast scan it )
#1 You can make money without Google
Yes, I knew before that we can make money without Google (for blog owners), but never tried. When I started niche blog I almost left this blog (Captured blogging tips) behind without updating and replying comments. Why? Because my blog was hit by Penguin 2.
I too don’t know why? Then I stopped working, as I got married at same time (you can understand how things went all at once).
But this blog never gave up, without Google this blog showed me how he can earn me some money. To my surprise I earned more than ever.
This made me to conclude that, Yes! this blog can make money without Google.
Note: It may differ with your blog niche, if you’ve technology site then you might experience more loss than ever if Google hits you.
#2 Daily posting increases ranking
I know this even before starting my niche blog. But let me correct it. You can rank higher in Google with new updated content. Do you remember this? -”Google loves fresh content”. It is 100% true Google loves fresh updated content.
So how does Google know the content is fresh? You need to ask Google to get prefect answer. But mean while I see that Google ranks content which has updated DATE. If you’re following Viperchill.com or good at SEO then you might know this.
When you Google “blue host reviews” you will find sites with no worthy content ranking top. Viperchill did really awesome research here.
#3 Zero link-building works
When I met my cousin who was making $400+ with his health niche blog, I asked him about the backlinks and how he’s getting it. He answered that he’s not doing such thing now. Only content and social sharing that too in few top sites. That’s it.
Then I started same for my new niche blog and I conclude that he was right. Your blog can survive without
backlinks building backlinks.
Because it’s now about gaining links not building links.
Excatly the same way Matthewwoodward of Matthewwoodward.co.uk doing. Read on his experiment here.
#4 Social sharing is more important than I ever thought
What I see is things are moving towards users, it’s gonna be more about users than search bots. Which is good for users. Why social sharing is important? That’s what I asked myself, till I got this answer.
By sharing your content to users directly through social networks like Facebook, Twitter you’re getting few awesome benefits, like…
- You get instant traffic, though not huge, but targeted traffic.
- Chances of going it viral are more, when compared to SERPs results.
- You gain trust! Which is most important in any niche.
- Search engine detect social signals, helps you to rank higher in SERPs.
- And chances of people linking to your post are more when you promote it through social networking.
What else you need my friend, you’re making more business with social sharing.
#5 Stick to what you’ve planned
In blogging world it’s very difficult to focus. Like many of you may have experienced this, you start one blog then suddenly you shift your focus to another niche.
I corrected this mistake, now.
For instance my fellow blogger Dan did, he started a blog this January but lost interest in niche, though to change but to satisfy existing readers he never did and left behind. The site was dead of new updates from the owner till a person bought it for $3000. This happens once a while!
So never shift your plans, stick with it. Just like our super heroes stick to their plan even when they see no way to make it. (IRON MAN – AVENGERS)
#6 C’mon you’re not a puppet
I realized this before starting my niche blog. But niche blog proved that am true.
Never listen to everyone. Some SEO’s say blog roll is bad, but I see few top sites ranking in Google they have blogroll links. Yes I know that blog roll links are bad and Google hate them, but it’s not sin.
So whom should I believe?
Your work. Believe in your work, what you’ve seen or experimented.
#7 Don’t be greedy, money is not everything
Yes you’re right, I started my niche blog to make money. But in course of time what I understood is, don’t be greedy! You might go crazy if you’re greedy.
So love what you do and try first to impress users with your work then money flows.
For this you need to have more patience than Master Shifu of Kungfu Panda, yes you need inner peace like Panda.
Well what I shared here is only 20% of what I learned. Many things which I experience could not be shared in words. Which need interaction. Am ready to share it with you, are you ready to hear? Then connect with me on Facebook (one to one conversation), only for limited people.
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