The Ten Commandments of Blogging

Commandments of Blogging

1. This is your blog, you shall treat it with respect.

Run the blog like a business. That means whatever time and energy you decide to dedicate to it, find a way to keep that motivation up in the long haul. It’s a lot of work with minimal results in the beginning, but if you are persistent and are a good learner, it will pay off one day.

2. Do not take your blog’s name in vain.

Have a marketing plan. And if you’re not a trained marketer, then start learning online. There are plenty of articles out there on this stuff. Also, don’t discount the importance of simple things like commenting on other similar sites and getting a logo. Oh, learn what a brand is.

3. Remember your scheduled post dates and stick to them.

Create a realistic schedule of when you’re posting articles and stick to it. Early on, you may want to post every day or at least three times a week to gain some traction. Over time, you may adjust your priorities to suit your schedule and needs. Whatever you commit yourself to, stay with it for at least 90 days to track results.

4. Honour your hosting provider’s terms.

Pretty obvious stuff. Violate your hosting company’s TOS, and you will get shut down. Good luck regaining any momentum you’ve built.

5. You shall not kill other blogs.

Mudslinging, or negative campaigning, is really pointless when it comes trying to outdo your competition. Of course, if you want to post an article about your terrible experience with a supplier, that’s fine by me.

6. You shall enjoy yourself.

OK, don’t commit “adultery” but definitely find a way to have some fun while you’re building your blog business. Take breaks regularly! BTW, does anyone even know what adultery also means today?

7. You shall not steal.

I’ve been blog scraped so many times it’s almost not annoying anymore. It’s not even worth my time to combat these thieves. That said, I would never do it to someone else. Scraping doesn’t pay off in the long run anyway, especially since it’s usually being done by people looking for shortcuts to success.

8. You shall support other blogs.

No one can build a blog empire along. You’ll find that often times, bloggers who have other blogger friends really can catapult themselves ahead. Look for another blogger in a similar niche and work ethic. That way you can motivate each other and grow together.

9. You shall link to other useful content.

Regardless of whether or not you get a link back, providing essential outbound links for your visitors should be seen as helpful. Stop worrying about giving PR juice away or sending your visitors off. A. You probably don’t even have any sauce on most of your article pages and B. if your visitors like you, they’ll come back anyway.

10. You shall aspire to be a successful blogger.

There is no need to covet your neighbour’s possessions because if you work smart (and at times, work hard), you’ll arrive at your destination soon enough. Remember to set goals and objectives and create tactics to reach them.

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