So, you think you’re a blogger?
In the last 5 years, I have seen so many newbie bloggers dolling out advice that they know nothing about in the first place but positioning themselves as if they ‘know all’. This is a really negative practice.
Here I have listed 7 points / questions which any blogger without a minimum of 6 months active blogging experience should not blog about.
For the sake of blogging, do not write about ‘how to blog’ when you barely know it yourself. You are not Zac Johnson or John Chow to claim authority on this. If they were to start another blog and write about this, it is justified but not for you. You have a long way to go before recommending others on how to blog.
If you are not earning anything, you cannot advice others on how to make money with blogging. If you are and visitors know you are a new blogger in the blogosphere, back up your claims with real proof. Add screenshots while claiming how much you are earning as a new blogger. This will help you to build authority and inspire other new blogging along the process.
You will be really lucky to earn any kind of advertising revenue from a new blog. Until you do, don’t advice others on how to do it.
Again, you will be really lucky to get a Page Rank. I know there are bloggers who get PR 2 to PR 4 in the first PR update itself but that doesn’t make you a PR guru! No matter how much wisdom is there in PR increasing advices, every blog is unique and will get PR their own way.
Six months in blogging doesn’t make you a professional blogger. Claim the “professional” blogger title after spending 18-24 months in active blogging. Think before positioning yourself as a professional blogger in guest posts and author bios. You will do yourself and your readers a great disservice.
Just because you have learnt to build links via commenting or got that PR 7 link from an .EDU blog doesn’t make you a link builder. If after 7-8 years, Rand Fishkin, Darren Rowse, Zac Johnson and other ‘real’ professional bloggers are experimenting with linking, your opinion doesn’t count. Harsh, but true!
The same reasoning follows here as the previous one. Six months is not enough to learn the ropes of SEO.
Think before you blog. Am I right or am I right?
Chitraparna Sinha is the founder of Esmee Network, a company that offers digital marketing solutions to business owners through creatively engaging content development and marketing services across multiple verticals to improve branding and business revenue. She has been writing weekly columns on BloggingTips since early 2012.