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Using Your Personal Blog As A Niche Blog, Big NO NO

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I have come across exceptional bloggers who are not only good at what they write about but also have a regular following. The only problem is that most of these exceptional bloggers come with personal domain names. I never came around to telling them to move to a new domain name but thought it would be more appropriate talking about it here at Blogging Tips.

I personally started blogging about technology on my personal domain but realized within a couple of months that it was not working out as expected. The first thing I did was to buy a domain related to the niche I wrote about. From then till now I have had lots of things done for my new blog. I am even able to put a plan in place where I can expand the blog with new authors contributing.

Taking Blogging Tips as an example it has numerous people writing for it. Would you be able to do that if you owned a personal domain? The biggest problem with having personal blog that targets a niche is that when you tend to expand it never works out.

Talking about things, I would want you to know why personal domain name should not be used as niche blogs. Having a focus on a long term plan is the best way to avoid problems when you are peaking in the blogging world.

Personal Blogs Cannot Expand In The Niche

Well coming to a critical point when you want to expand your personal blog how do you do it? What will you pitch to advertisers? Can you expect advertisers to put up advertisements on blogs that have your personal name in it.

Advertisers are always looking for keywords and they would rather advertise on a blog that has those.

Also would it make sense to have a forum on a personal blog? Can you create sub-domains for them? There are quite a lot of questions that go unanswered. Quite a few bloggers like John Chow and JohnTP have taken personal domain names to a new level, but everyone is not equipped with marketing skills as John Chow has and not all can expand into a new vertical.

When you use personal blogs to write about niches be aware that you can not cross verticals that would have been possible using niche related blogs with non personal domains. To justify what I am saying look at other blogs in your niche and see how they are expanding. Now try to get to use the same solution for your own personal blog. Isn’t it difficult?

Personal Blogs Should Be Personal

When you start a new blog with your own name in it, keep it personal. Never use your personal blog to promote your niche. Remember one thing once you do that you are stuck with it. One fine day you would think "hey I want to do something new for this niche" but how? Can you promote the new idea to users who want to hear about the niche?

I use my personal blog as a place where I write about anything under the hood. Sometimes when I want to write about atrocities I use my own personal blog. To keep it short I use my personal blog to let out my feelings.

I will never use my personal blog to write about a niche and also want to advocate to you that if you are trying to start blogging never use your personal blog for blogging about a niche.

Users Don’t Take Personal Blogs Seriously

When you are writing about a niche and land up in Search top pages many users would be inclined to click on links that have a related keyword in the domain.

For example a personal domain called keithdsouza.com talks about using a particular recipes and another result which has recipes in the domain name. Which result would you click on the personal blog one or the domain related to the recipes?

Making it more simpler users would not want to look at solutions on personal blogs they tend to find it more on niche related blogs. You may have a regular reader base and that may be where it ends.

Social Networking Abuses

If you have ever had your personal blog land up in social networking site check out the comments specifically Digg. The users there tend to abuse when any interesting information comes from a personal blog.

This may not always be true but if your post gets dugg make sure to check the comments.

Summarizing

Talking about personal blogs I am of a strong opinion that you should never build personal blogs as niche blogs. Mind you there may be quite a lot of following and quite a lot of comments but when the time comes to expand it you will never get through. There are quite a few personal blogs that are much more than what you call popular but my opinion about them is that they are stuck and cannot expand.

Having a niche related blog allows you to expand seamlessly without having to worry about things. To state a reality if your personal blog talks about potatoes and there is a domain that only talks about potatoes and is dedicated to only talking about it, which site would be able to easily move to talking about potatoes from various countries?

Think about it, if you are new to blogging you can easily avoid a problem you will eventually face when you have been established. As per me never use a personal blog to write about a niche.

Whatever I have said above is my own opinion and I am not against having personal blogs as niche blogs. I only quoted from my own experience.

If you feel I wrote something wrong there is a comment form just one scroll below use that to shower your abuses on me. I mean don’t use bad words you will be blocked out by the spam filter but do let me know your opinions. I am just another blogger who has his own thoughts, listening to yours makes me happy. So whatever you want to say use the comment form and I will try to respond to each of the comments.

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1 of My Secrets to Being Kinda Prolific

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I have written hundreds of guest posts for this blog.

I have written about 1000 on Blogging From Paradise between posts and travel pages.

A few moments ago I checked my DA for a sponsored post opportunity. The business owner wanted to know blog domain authority before deciding to place a sponsored post on the blog.

Blogging From Paradise has a DA of 48 and 22,457 external links in.

Not super shabby.

I am kinda prolific.

If you want to publish helpful content frequently, just run with my most basic of tips.

Do not wait around for folks to read your content, comment on your content and share your content before writing your next blog post or guest post.

Do not wait to create.

Do Not Wait to Create

The old me – and most bloggers – became highly attached to any single piece of content I created because I feared the content would not register enough shares, comments, page views and sales. Fear drove me to share this piece of content in many places to boost my stats. All well and good but because fear drove me, I resisted my prolific nature, allowing worry and lack to goad me to do stuff that led to me being the farthest thing from prolific.

Eventually, I observed how bloggers who seemed to be in 10,000,000 places at once simply prolifically created a high volume of helpful blog posts, guest posts and videos. Success found these folks because they did not wait around for readers to check out their blog posts. Said bloggers moved on to writing and publishing their next blog post.

Acting abundantly – not allowing their fears to eat into their prolific nature – promoted these blogger’s success as they created generously, publishing a high volume of content across multiple platforms.

I finally learned of this secret and used it effectively when I chose NOT to wait to create.

Now I publish 3 posts daily on Blogging From Paradise. I also publish the odd guest post from time to time. My success accelerated and my online presence expanded when I decided not to get attached much at all to any one blog post, because the next blog post called me.

No sense waiting around for folks to read my stuff because they simply will read at their own leisure. My job is to keep creating helpful content to help readers build successful blogs. As I move in this direction, everything keeps expanding for me.

All because I chose not to wait to create.

Being Prolific Impacts Folks

Peep this tweet from my friend Corey Hinde of The Good Oil Marketing:

I am humbled by such kind words from an established, super successful internet marketer. This is pretty much what happens when you are prolific; you impact folks in a positive way, and you also expand your reach and help more folks, all because you refuse to hold back.

Tips to Be Prolific

  • Blog mainly for the fun of blogging
  • Nudge yourself out of your comfort zone daily
  • Surround yourself with prolific bloggers to feast on their creative energy
  • Do not wait to create
  • Beware getting attached to any one piece of content; promote posts freely across a wide range of channels but look toward the next blog post, guest post or video to create, in order to become incredibly prolific.

Guys; this journey gets a little uncomfortable at times but if you love fun and freedom more than you fear doing some uncomfortable things you will become a highly prolific blogger.

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How to Get Your Blogging Mojo Going if You Feel Hopelessly Stuck

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I lose blogging momentum sometimes.

You may be in the same boat, being human and all.

But if you regularly find yourself saying “I need to get serious about building my blog” over the course of years it is time to own this fact: you need to get your blogging mojo going before you become permanently stuck in a blogging rut.

I was rut-stuck here and there for many years, on and off. Maybe I didn’t quit blogging totally but I’d start blogging, then stop, and continue this process for weeks on end. Not good.

You can find your blogging mojo and get unstuck by following these blogging tips.

1: Pick a Dream that Makes You Feel Alive

I am led by my dreams, not pushed by problems, because I picked a big old dream a while back. I wanted to circle the globe. Bingo!

Since I wanted to travel the world more than I feared doing uncomfortable, blogging-building things, I built a rocking blog and kept on moving, keeping my blogging mojo going.

What is your dream? Figure it out. Hold it tight.

If you need inspiration watch my video from New Zealand. I filmed this one at Mount Cook a few months ago.

2: Feel Fears Fueling Your Struggles

Some folks believe they lack motivation to blog. Others feel they are lazy. But at the end of the day, if you are not acting, you are afraid of something or someone.

Laziness is fear manifest. So find your fears, by shutting a door and sitting in a quiet room, and if you feel the deep fears you purge the energies and proceed from an inspired, loving, persistent, energized space.

I kept putting off writing an eBook for many years. Turns out I was not lazy; I just feared nobody would buy the eBook because I saw myself as a loser who knew little. I also feared people would criticize me. But I went forward and wrote my first eBook to get out of my fear-rut and to keep on moving.

Some of my eBooks do not sell as much as others and people sometimes post negative reviews of my eBooks but since I do not fear these outcomes, neither have any power over me. I just keep expanding my success, helping folks and befriending blogging pros because I move forward, unburdened by many blogging fears I faced, embraced and released.

3: Study Persistently Energized Bloggers

I am no Tony Robbins but blog persistently from an energized space.

Each day I:

  • do 1 hour of deep yin yoga
  • exercise for 1 hour
  • usually take an icy cold shower
  • focus on having fun with my blog versus attaching to money or traffic outcomes

I have written thousands of guest posts, over 10,000 blog posts (old and new blogs combined) and I have also written over 100 eBooks. Toss in the thousands of videos I created over many YouTube channels (since closed) and you see I am a pretty prolific dude. An energized, prolific dude at that.

You’d be wise to see how I go about my energy ritual daily to take a few pointers. Consider deep yin yoga to open up your body, to open your mind and to form the habit of being comfortable with being uncomfortable. Maybe meditating daily opens your awareness. Exercise is definitely a must, every single day.

Circulating your energy freely moves you from being fear-based, lazy and sluggish to being love-based, energized and prolific. I was once pretty dang lazy before I dove deep into energy work.

Wrapping it Up

Keep at it guys. I know this blogging journey feels scary sometimes but if you grab the right blogging resources and follow the above tips you will avoid common blogging ruts that appear to cripple most bloggers.

 

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1 Clever Way to Find Blogs for Reading and Commenting

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Have you missed me?

I dove full bore into promoting my eBook through blog commenting a number of months back. Toss in a prolific blogging campaign over at Blogging From Paradise and some serious video creation and you see I am a busy bee.

A few days ago I uncovered an incredibly neat and pretty clever way to drive traffic to your blog through blog commenting, via a neat method of finding new blogs for your collection.

The Problem

Do you feel stagnant, blog-reading-wise?

I did. For a minute.

Turns out I dug deep into my blogging comfort zone for too many years, reading and commenting on the same blogs week after week, month after month.

If you know anything about successful blogging you likely know that all blogging growth occurs well outside of your comfort zone. So I had to venture out of the familiar by finding new blogs in both the blogging and travel blogging niches because my readers gravitate to both.

Enter a cool method for identifying new blogs for reading and commenting.

Google Image Search

The other day a neat little idea knocked on my mind’s door; why not use a Google image search to find blogs in my niches?

5 minutes later I literally had an unlimited number of blogs for enjoying, commenting and for connecting with fellow bloggers.

The method is simple. Google a competitive keyword in your niche. Example; I Googled “blogging” to start my search.

I then clicked on the “image” link by the top of the page. A series of images popped up related to that keyword.

Some images link to business sites but for the “blogging” keyword, most images linked to well-read, reputable blogs. Perfect.

Blog by blog, I slowly worked through each image, clinking on the blog post URL related to each picture. After reading each post I published a personalized comment and retweeted every blog post, adding the #blogging hashtag for increased targeting on Twitter.

Why this Strategy Is So Powerful

I – like you – have run into stagnant blogging circles on social media and through forums. Even if new bloggers join sites like Facebook and G Plus daily you cannot access and unlimited number of new blogs on a daily basis through either channel once you become an established blogger.

This is not the case with a Google Image search because the sheer volume of new blogs – for competitive keywords – yielded through such a search boggles the mind. Even better? Ranking high for an image search usually indicates a high quality blog for reading, for commenting and for building friendships with top shelf bloggers.

Downsides

Some of these blogs linked to images are low quality offerings. Resist the urge to grab and scarf down rotten blogging low hanging fruit. Stick to quality blogs.

Some images point to business sites. I found this to be especially true when Googling major cities and islands around the world to find new travel bloggers. A high volume of images found during a search linked to tour operator sites. Sifting through tour sites or local chamber of commerce sites to find legit travel blogs requires a significant amount of time and energy.

Spending the time and energy to find new blogs is worth the effort but if you find some keyword image searches seem dominated by business sites – not blogs – feel free to try another keyword that may be linked to predominantly blogs for an image search on Google.

The Verdict

I only dove into this traffic driving strategy a few weeks ago but I noted new bloggers finding me daily through this approach.

If you are stagnating in familiar blogging circles commit 100% to this Google image search method. Reach out to new bloggers, build brand awareness and drive traffic through an easy to follow tactic.

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