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Ignore the A-list Bloggers

Posted By Guest Blogger 5th of July 2011 Miscellaneous Blog Tips 129

This guest post is by Buck Inspire.

Okay, you must be thinking, I have a death wish for incurring the wrath of Darren Rowse and other A-list blogs like ProBlogger. But I believe I need to get the message out to all newbie bloggers. I struggled mightily myself when I first started. I almost quit blogging altogether.

If you want your blog to succeed, ignore A-list blogs at all costs!

Why ignore the A-list?

Income

Some A-list blogs do it more than others (show off how much money their blog brings in), but the result is the same. You will lose your focus and start obsessing over money. I guarantee it. I understand it’s all about the money and they need to show their expertise and success through their income statements. But don’t get entranced by the dollars. You will dilute your passion for writing and your own blog.

Metrics

Although their income is the measurement that stands out, don’t get sucked into their other metrics as well. Hundreds of thousands of fans, followers, and subscribers shows that the A-lister knows how to grow a community. But nothing makes you feel more inadequate than when you take a look at your ten followers, fans, and subscribers. Add to that their out of this world PageRank, mozRank, Alexa, monthly page views and visitors, and you’ll be feeling more inadequate than a teenage boy coming out from a cold swim. Compare at your own risk!

Advertising

What’s wrong with looking at their ads and banners? Nothing, but as you get more interested you will naturally find out what they charge for ad space. This ties with income and metrics and will fuel your inadequacy. You can’t even give your ad space away for a dollar while A-list bloggers easily command 500 times that amount.

Ignore if you dare!

Okay, you found me out. Of course you shouldn’t ignore A-list bloggers!

They all have been there and done that. They have many years of experience, a wealth of knowledge, and tons of great advice to help your blog succeed. However, if you obsess with their income, metrics, and advertising, you will get derailed and you can kiss your blog goodbye.

Content really is king

We’ve heard this mantra a million times before, but do you really know why? I came up with a few catchy corollaries, but they were too bland and generic. Luckily, I found Eric of Photography Bay and his guest post The Long Tail of Blogging: Why Content Is King. He presents a fascinating look at the Long Tail theory, how it pertains to your blog, backs it up with clear examples and graphs. After discovering why content really is king, I even learned a little about photography, too.

Community is queen

In my opinion, second behind content is community. After penning award-winning posts, what good is it if you don’t have readers to interact with you? Rather than bore you with my drivel, check out Darren’s 8 Tips For Building Community On Your Blog. I particularly enjoyed tips on accepting reader content, assigning reader jobs, and giving reader homework and plan to incorporate them into my own blog.

Develop your voice

There is only one of you and this fact makes your blog special. I thought I found my voice, but after reading Georgina’s 5 Ways to Build Your Blog’s Voice, I can improve this area as well. I was so focused on my content, I believed my voice was naturally flowing from my post. I neglected picturing my audience and watching my mood when I posted and unknowingly weakened my voice. Don’t let this happen to you.

Are you ignoring the A-list?

It does take time to gain blog success as this is not a get rich quick scheme. If this is what you are looking for, you’ve chosen the wrong path. But if you work hard and stick to your guns, before you know it, your income, metrics, and advertising will grow as well. Rather than envy A-List Blogs and their super-duper stats, heed their advice and apply it to your blog. Don’t forget to thank me when you join the ranks of the A-list bloggers!

Buck Inspire is living a fulfilled life within his means while delving into personal finance sprinkled with dining, entertainment, pop culture, technology, and travel. If you like what you see here, please consider subscribing to his RSS feed or following him on Twitter.

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Comments
  1. Nice Buck. Its true that when creativity dies nothing exists and no success. becoming rich is through creativity and not by techniques.

    Greetings
    V.Manickam

  2. Very well written and nicely explained. Last month i thinking to quit blogging but when i analyse myself and compare what i know and how to get success, restarted again and working on to make huge amount of money.

    • Hi Pawan,

      I’m glad you didn’t quit. Keep it up! Huge amounts of money is nice. But don’t make it your primary focus because you may lose some passion if the money doesn’t immediately roll in. Good luck to you!

  3. Your point reminds of something my 1st coach said to me many years ago – “Comparison is the killer of creativity”. I think it is very true.

    • Hi Ali,

      Great quote! I need to remember it when I lose focus. What sport did he coach or was he more like a mentor? Thanks for the comment and good luck to you!

    • Comparison is not that bad for me… it can be a good reference in some point. The only problem is if we get prostrated and look at it as a competitor.

  4. Great job on the post Buck. I agree that focusing on income, metrics and other stats that a newbie blog couldn’t possibly hope to compare, is dangerous. Once I started focusing on content and building a community I found that growth happens. Also the 6 month, 9 month and 1 year mark are all important points for a blog.

    • Hi FSYA,

      Thanks! It is dangerous. When I started, I was naive to think that I was above it all. It is a real problem. Good checkpoints at 6 months, 9 months, and 1 year. I’m at about 9 months myself. Things are moving pretty well so far. How is it going for you? Keep it up and continued success on your journey!

  5. I’m glad you did not quit. And I agree with you that the big sums of money other bloggers make (or claim to make) can be distracting.

    In the end it’s all about creativity and getting your voice out instead of following (or even worse: trying to copy) the established bloggers. On the other hand I recommend you learn as much as possible from ‘A-list bloggers’ as possible. Knowledge is always useful.

    • Hi Chris,

      Thanks! You are right. Knowledge is power. Here’s hoping all bloggers find their voices. Good luck to you on your journey!

  6. Good post Buck! You got the top 3 most important things. Content and community is really king and queen. I think finding you voice takes a little time and if we keep posting 3 times a week, we’ll get there. ;)

  7. Thanks RB40! I agree. We’ll get there. Thanks for stopping by!

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