EXPOSED: 10 MYTHS OF BLOGGING

There are ten things I have observed people who don't know about blogging thinks about the art. These ten things on my list are objects of empirical research, hence, they may not hold in every setting. However, as far as I know, every single one holds in Nigeria.

 10 MYTHS OF BLOGGING

 10 MYTHS OF BLOGGING
 Here are the ten myths I had noticed people has about blogging and the ACTUAL truth against such misconceptions.

#1. Blogging requires High Tech Knowledge

I've met a handful of friends who say they can't go into blogging because it requires high tech knowledge. Many of them who have heard about HTML believe they must learn the language perfectly before thinking of a blog.

The truth is: they are all wrong. Blogging doesn't take that much. Once you can easily use Microsoft Word or any other word processor app for typing, you can blog perfectly. You do all the layout and writing in your word processor, then copy and paste it in your dashboard editor, then click published, you are good - that's how simple blogging is.

For those who assume opening a blog is the hardest, you are wrong. In fact, you can own a blog in five minutes. It's that easy and simple. You can probably Google search how to start a blog, a lot of articles will be displayed to you with images that can guide you along.

#2. It's overtly Expensive.

Another myth is that bloggers are billioniares and millioniares. They start their blogs with thousands of dollars. One thing ground this mythology: bloggers often appear too lofty on their blog. They talk about making millions and six figures.

Nevertheless, you can own a blog on a totally free platform or host/map a cheap one. If you starting a sub-domain blog like authorsincharge.blogspot.com, it's free. But if you want the dot com account like TimmyBrain.com, you can map a domain with a free server as low as $1.17 or host as low as $2.97 a month.

#3. News and Music Blog Pay the Most.

No. You are just wrong this time. News and music blog don't pay the most. It's how hard the blogger can work - how possibly he can market and sell himself - that determines his income. The news and music blog just tend to pull more traffic than other blogs because of the wild consumption of that niche.

#4. All Clicks Equate Money.

Whenever I implore friends to start blogging, I notice that the next likely question is how do you make my money? And when I start explaining the tedious deal, they ask what about the clicks I generate.

 Ain't that amount to something? No. It doesn't.

In fact, ninety-five percent of links you will come across on a blog don't earn the blogger a dime. Most of this links are there to promote another post on the blog or refer you to a resource.

Recently a friend of mine narrated his ordeal to me. He launched an online resource where you can upload lost items for a possible owner to claim, he calls it Found on Campus. The funny thing is: his course mates vowed they won't visit his blog because he'll earn from every data they use on his site and thus become wealthier than them in no time.

Wow! Is that true? Maybe. But I haven't learned how to make money from your data myself even if it's possible.

However, there are links which earn blogger. They are affiliate or referral links and, in most cases, the blogger tells you what he is doing or asking you to. Referrer links are links to online products or sales pages.

I currently referral people for 1&1, that doesn't imply any extra charges. In fact, following a referral link may mean a reduction in the sales price if the blogger was awarded a promo code to pass to customers.

#5. Every Dot Com Blog Is A BiG Blog.

Yet another myth. In fact, this is a wrong assertion you must delete fast.

Don't get scammed by dot com blogs, I got mine for just $1.17 - a scammer can get that and use it to deceive you. If you want to check the authority of any blog visit Alexa to check its ranking.

Whenever a blog is asking for to pay for anything, please go search for its reviews. Most credible online businesses have blogs writing reviews about them.

For instance, Amazon and Amazon products have thousands of reviews about them online - that's a brand you can trust.

#6. You Must Be A Celebrity To Pull Crowd.

Quitting every doubt, celebrity blogs pull crowd easily. Nevertheless, many ordinary people have proved blogging is not for the celebs. Thus it's close to a myth saying only celebrities should blog because they already have a devoted audience.

In case you still doubt me of what you can become as a blogger when nobody knows your name read this blogger's story.

#7. 100 of Accolades and Success Stories.

Unlike the last point, people with this mindset believes that an ordinary person but with extraordinary achievements owns the blog-sphere.

THAT'S JUST ANOTHER WRONG BELIEF, WHO DOESN'T DESERVE TO BE PRAISE?

Don't get intimidated when bloggers lavish around their awarded and accolades on their blog, you too deserve recognition if you work hard on your blog. All people want is valuable and informative contents - give them that and they will appreciate you the more. Bamidele had nothing special when he started his blog, now he is the number tycoon in blogging business in Nigeria

#8. Google Ads is the Essence of Blogging.

What! Who taught you that. In fact, it's the most dangerous way of monetizing your blog.

How?

If you thought of building a devoted audience don't monetize your blog with Google AdSense - it takes your readers away to somewhere you don't know.

Google Ads use an on-time auction system where Google decides which ad to be displayed on your site at any point in time. Google also decide how much a click worth at varying prices.

The worth is: I've been on a religion blog with Google Ads and the ads there is about betting - something most religion preach against. What's my point? Google Ads distract your audience and take them, most likely, to where you won't like. Think twice before you put in for their programs.

#9. A blog is an Official Site!

I did a campaign to promote my other blog on WhatsApp groups. After a while, I received a message from an unknown contact from one of the groups claiming he visited the site to read my post but he's disappointed because I'm using an informal tone for my posts - contractions and friendly words.

What? I think this guy hasn't visited great blogs or his perception is that blogs are official sites.

Don't get it wrong: blogs are owned by common people and it's a mean of interaction. It's more like a Facebook or Twitter handle. In fact, some blogs teach the weirdest things on earth.

Change your stand, blogs are chatty avenue too. Don't get disappointed when a blogger lies about something, although there is a limitation to that. Perhaps a government or NGO blog may be an official one, but not all.

#10. Blogs are for Writers.

The bone of contention is: who are writers? If Seth Godin only posts with an average of 100 words, then you too can blog. Everybody is a writer now.

Take for instance, if you can tweet in 140 characters; tell your mom about yours needs in 200 words messages, and write a Facebook status of 300 words; then you can blog right - you've got all it takes to share your ideas with the world. Just make sure you keep learning the more.

Moreover, you can vlog - start a video blog - or launch a podcast blog - where you share audio messages. You can actually if you want to: you only need to kill the myths in your head.

If this post informs you well, help somebody to get off the hook of ignorance by sharing this post - you might become the stepping stone for a next top blogger who still believe in these myths and yet to start blogging.

2 comments:

  1. I learned a lot from this. Funny how I've had some of these myths in my head for a while. This was quite educative, Timmy. Thanks.

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    1. Hi Temi,

      Happy to see you around. I like that you find this enlightening.

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