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Biggest Blogging Myths


Like any old and ancient culture or business Blogging is also full of facts, fictions, myths or doubts. Where some blogging myths will not make you worry but some others can make your blogging business suffer and see really hard time.

It is important to uncover these biggest blogging myths. So that you know what you should avoid and what you can live with.

Biggest Blogging Myths: eAskme
Biggest Blogging Myths: eAskme
Here is what other bloggers are saying about the biggest blogging myths.

Biggest blogging myths(Donna Merrill)

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""Biggest Blogging Myths that Bloggers believe in""

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Bloggers believe that the more links to their blog posts that they can drop all around the internet… the more traffic they’ll drive to their articles.

The belief is that blogging is a numbers game.

Put your link in front of more people in order to get more blog traffic.

So they go about the business of sharing a link to their latest post on Twitter, Facebook and all the others.

The more people see it, the better.

I call this a “blogging myth” because more exposure does not equate with more traffic.

And it doesn’t even address the issue of the quality of your traffic.

You see, you can drop your social media links all over the place.

But if people don’t know who you are, what you are about, and mostly… how you can improve their lives in some way… then they won’t care about clicking over to read your article.

And even if they do, many people will bounce right away because it doesn’t instantly resonate with them… or with what they expected.

I think it’s far better to use social media platforms to connect with people in a personal way.

Forget about your great blog post.

Concentrate on what people are talking about that is relevant to the value you can give them.

Find the people who are searching for the solutions to their problems that you offer.

Have conversations with them… in groups or even individually.

Ask them what they’re looking for, what their obstacles, distractions and failings have been.

And tell them what yours are.

Let them know you (1) care about them and their struggles, and (2) are able to help them along the way.

In that way you can start to earn the trust of people in your target audience.

Over time, they’ll start finding their way to your blog because you’ve already demonstrated how you can help them in your social media interactions.

Now, this might not get you as much blog traffic as mass link-dropping methods.

But it will result in building a far higher quality audience.

And this, in turn, will mean a much higher likelihood of converting your readers into subscribers, buyers and clients."

Biggest blogging myths(Zac Johnson)

One of the most common myths that bloggers still have is... if they built it, an audience will come and find them.

This is WRONG.

With more than a BILLION active sites on the internet today, you need to market a blog for audiences to find it.

This can be through SEO, social media, guest blogging, or whatever method you like, but you are going to need to gain high-quality backlinks to have your site start ranking in Google. Focus on content promotion as much as possible.

Biggest blogging myths (Ryan Biddulph)

"The biggest myth I have seen is that blog monetizing channels make money in and of themselves.

Have you ever seen Amazon eBooks make money?

Nope. eBooks cannot make money. eBooks are inanimate objects.

Skilled writers, who practice writing for years, and who build their friend networks, make money through writing and self-publishing eBooks.

Bloggers believe a THING can make money and skip all the hard work and practice that makes money. Silly, funny and ultimately it kills many a blogging career."

Biggest blogging myths(Richard Lowe)

The biggest myth I've seen about blogging is if you create a blog people will visit automatically as if by magic.

In fact, I was working with someone last week who is creating an author blog. I explained to him how creating the blog was just one step - he had to promote it as well, and keep creating good quality content.

He wanted to know why people just wound "flock to his blog" just because he had something to say.

A second myth I've run into is the belief that a blogger can throw up a few ads and vast amounts of money will be made. Of course, that doesn't happen.

Biggest blogging myths (Janice Wald)

    Blogging is done in isolation. This is a myth. The most successful bloggers support each other with comments and social shares.
     SEO doesn't matter. Google won't show your blog to people without an optimized article. The post will last longer on social media. Yet, bloggers focus more on social media promotion than strong SEO practices.
    The bounce rate doesn't matter. You want to keep people on your blog by having them scroll through white space, headings and graphics. Add GIPHYs, anything to keep people on your blog longer.

The biggest blogging myth is bloggers don't need to do SEO research. I spend a great deal of time researching rankable keywords.

When I find them, it's worth it! Traffic from search engines like Google can last for years.

I actually wrote about 20 blogging myths several years ago  https://www.mostlyblogging.com/blogging-myths/.

 Of all these myths, what I've learned in two years since the publication is if you want substantial lasting traffic, you need to conduct SEO research and optimize your posts for SEO.

Here are my top 10:

  1.     You can know with certainty what keywords your site will rank for. You can do the greatest keyword research in the world. However, more depends on an article's success besides search volume and online competition. For example, the longevity of your blog, your DA, and the DA of your online competitors all play a part among other factors.
  2.     The way to overcome writer’s block is to write. It’s a myth. There are many ways to overcome Writer’s Block that have nothing to do with writing.
  3.     Publishing content daily on your blog is difficult. It’s a myth. Getting into a daily writing habit is easy. Writing sporadically makes it hard to return to writing. Then, writing might be seen as a chore.
  4.     Paid promotion is always better than free promotion. Myth: According to an article on Kingged.com, trying to rank higher in search engines organically will be 94% better for your blog growth in the long term than paying for promotion which has more short-term benefits.
  5.     You should write about whatever you want. It may be your blog, but this is a myth. You need to write for a target audience. Unless you are a humor blogger, readers want to be empowered by your posts. Your musings will soon get old, and your readers will move on.
  6.     You should only promote new content. Promoting older content is an effective way to repurpose your blog posts. Many newer readers haven’t read your old content yet. If your page views and comments indicate many people read your post when you published it, there’s no reason your newer readers shouldn’t enjoy it as well.
  7.     There is no way to know the best time to promote your blog posts on social media since your readers are all on the Internet at different times and in different time zones. Myth: Many articles have been written about how to know the right time to publish. There are many free tools that will promote your posts during optimal times for you such as Hootsuite and Buffer.
  8.     Blogging helps your writing. Blogging helps your blog writing since practice perfects your craft. Practicing blogging won't help your essay writing skills, for example.
  9.     Blogging is fast. Myth: it takes hours to produce a blog post from start to finish.
  10.     Blogging is done alone. Many blogger groups exist where people help each other. Facebook has many groups you can find in the search bar. Type your niche + group.

Blogging Myths (Andy Nathan)

You're not qualified to write about this topic. When I started my blog, I got a lot of comments about how I should leave this to the professionals. People didn't understand why someone should listen to me about digital marketing.

However, 10 years later I am an authority in my field. That all started with my blog. The key is to start.

You might not know it all, but as long as your information is truthful, helpful, and legal (do not forget legal), then you are qualified.

Blogging is a great way to share your knowledge and clarify your thinking on the topic.

Every time I wrote a blog post, I had to fact check my information. That made me test things I thought I already knew.

Sometimes I was right, and often I was wrong. However, I got better at what I did one post at a time.

Ten years later and 5,000 blog posts later, I am still learning.

Create and they will come (Raelyn Tan)

The biggest blogging mistake I see is that bloggers are creating blog post after blog post without bothering to having a solid promotional plan to get more people to read their articles.

The myth "build it and they will come" is absolutely not true!

In general, I recommend a 80/20 rule to the bloggers in my community: Spend 80% of your time promoting, and only 20% creating - not the other way round.

Myths about roundup posts (David Leonhardt)

I think one of the biggest blogging myths is that a huge round-up post id of huge value. The theory is that 100 people sharing the post is better than 10 people. And that is true.

But the post itself is not necessarily better with 100 people.

If each person brings something genuinely new to the table, then a 100-person post could be one of those epic "ultimate" guides. In that case 100 people can make the post great.

But I've seen too many roundup posts - and I've been in too many of them - where the same half-dozen ideas are regurgitated in different words by most of the 28, 72 or 100 participants.

Interesting tidbit...when I'm one of 100 participants, I will tweet the post, put it on LinkedIn and add it to a couple Pinterest boards.

But when I am one of a handful of participants, I'll promote it high and wide.

Why?

Because my comment in a smaller post isn't lost in a crowd.

Biggest Blogging Myths(Nikola Roza)

The biggest blogging myth by far is believing that Google is a perfect, demi-god like machine and that all you (the blogger) need to do is give your best and you will be rewarded.But here's the thing:Folks don't understand that there are 3 million blog posts published ever single day and that Google is not an absolute, perfect machine that can sift through the crap to find the gems.It's an algoryhtm. and no- it isn't perfect. It works and ranks on math alone.

So If someone knows a bit about SEO and starts feeding the algorithm the metrics it wants to see... well guess what?

That person is going to rank higher than you, even if your post is objectively thousand times better than theirs.

Note: that is why you often see crap ranking on the first pages of Google, while truliy uniqe and good pages are burried God knows where.

The former people do SEO; the later hope Google will somehow magically figure out their content is the best.It won't.But there's solution to it (things you can do about it)Step #0- accept that this is how the world works.

Don't try to change it, but adapt and thrive.Step #1- 1 Write the best content you're capable of.

Having an awesome piece to promote will make your job a thousand times easier.Step #2- Promote it.
  •     Social media,
  •     blog comments,
  •     email outreach .
It all works. Just get eyeballs in front of your content.Step #3- Build lasting, genuine relationships with the bloggers in your niche.

Do things for them for free first, so later on they have an incentive to help you out with your blog promotion.And that's it really.

Rinse and repeat; don't give up and I'll see you at the top:)

Biggest blogging myths(Sathish Arumugam)


"It’s easy to blog

May be setting up a blog and publishing a content is now made simpler with reliable hosting services and open source CMS. But, that doesn’t mean that blogging is easy.

It claims for more dedication, passion, and efforts. It is hard to accept, an hour a day is enough to blog successfully. It is not so. If you are blogging as a hobby, then I admit.

Otherwise, blogging needs enough time to research, analyze, strategize and content preparation and promotions.

I don’t have intention to cut you off from blogging, still I insist you to understand the work and time that is required to be a successful blogger.

Furthermore, there are abundant blogging myths might stop your blogging success.

It includes blogging is only to make money, blogging is all about writing, have to be a expert writer, no one loves to read long form of content, etc. Don’t just believe in all these and limit yourself. "

Biggest blogging myths(Minuca Elena)

There are a few myths that I see all the time. Some are incomplete techniques others are completely wrong.

Myth #1. Write great content and results will come (backlinks, readers, clients, rankings etc). That's not true. Although high-quality content is the first step of a blogging strategy, it's not enough. You have to promote this content, do on-page SEO, and earn links through white hat strategies like blogger outreach.

Myth #2. Blog commenting is a good link building strategy. This is not true. You won't rank if your links come only from blog comments. These links have a very low value. You should use blog comments as a way to connect with influencers. Subscribe to at least five industry leaders and whenever they publish a new blog post, add an insightful comment. This is a good way to get on their radar.

Myth #3. You will rank if you get lots of social shares and likes. I had a friend who was focusing all her time to get hundreds of repins because she thought that if her posts will rank in Pinterest's search results will also rank on Google.

Although different social media bloggers say that shares influence results, there have been different studies with no concrete results.

Shares may be one of the hundreds of ranking factors but their impact is so small that it won't make much of a difference.

Biggest blogging myths(Srish Agrawal)

Bloggers need to understand that just publishing 500-words of content daily no longer works. Blog posts need to be at least 1000-1500+ in length now.

The longer the content, the better. This also makes it easier to continually promote such content as well.

This also works extremely well if the content is evergreen, so it can keep getting referenced to for many months to come.

Biggest blogging myths(Storm McManus)

One of the biggest myths that most bloggers still seem to believe in is that "if you build it, they will come".

Starting a successful and money-making blog is not easy, and it doesn't just happen with the push of the 'publish' button in WordPress.

Blogging is a skill and knowing where to find quality endorsements and backlinks takes time, effort, and expertise knowledge about your target niche.

New bloggers need to know what sets their words and advice apart from the rest and be able to clearly articulate their value-add to stand out in a saturated blogging market.

It can be done! Just spend some time understanding your market and strategy first before diving straight in to the blogging world.

Biggest blogging myths(Jennifer Leach)

One of the biggest blogging myths is that blogging is easy. It's not.

Blogging is hard. In order to be successful with blogging, you really need to treat it like a job.

Perfecting your writing skills, networking, growing your social media presence, and digital marketing skills are things that are all needed to build a successful, thriving blog.

While these skills can be self-taught and developed, it won't be an overnight transformation.

Most successful bloggers have been working hard on their blog for 5+ years, like a job. So this myth should be debunked because blogging, while rewarding and fruitful, is anything but easy.

Biggest blogging myths(Tarek Dinaji)

"Traffic equals money: This is the biggest blogging myth in my opinion.

Only the page-views will not bring you money, if you have nothing to sell you will have zero transactions thus zero income.

The item you will be selling can be your own or you can forward your traffic to a third-party where the purchase will happen.

Either way there has to be some sort of transactions otherwise you will not earn any money.

There are tons of blogs that hardly get any traffic but the owner is living of that blog.

And yet there are countless blogs that gets decent amount of traffic yet they fail to convert that traffic into income. "

Biggest blogging myths(Faiza Inam)

When I started blogging over two and half years ago, my primary focus was to build credibility and get famous so the brands can approach me. For a while, I kept pushing towards content creation and less on monetizing it. Now when I look back, I wish I did it differently and valued my blog more.

The biggest myth I see a lot of influencers facing is hoping to work with big brands without putting an effort to reach out to them.

If you are starting your blog with an intention on monetizing it, value the time you put towards content creation and don't budge for less.

I undervalued myself because I was living on the myth that brands will work with me once I am credible enough. My advice for any new bloggers out there is to value yourself and the brands will instinctively value you.

Final Words:

Myths are the common part of every business or social life.

Don't be afraid of them. just learn about them and learn how you can handle them for the growth of your blogging business.

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