5 Tips to Differentiate Between Facts & Myths for New Bloggers

By on September 6, 2018

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Why do you think so many people are blogging these days? Are they just passing the time? Is it a new statement?

Nothing can be further from the truth.

Blogging today is considered to be the #1 tool for businesses and individuals to reach out to the global audience.

In my research conducted on Statistia, I found that around 28.3 million users update their blogs once a month. It is also forecast that the numbers will increase to 31.7 million by 2020.

A major portion of the world population has shifted online and it is indeed a smart idea to present a brand right where the audience resides.

World Population Clock tells me that currently the world population is recorded at 7.6 billion people. And this number is growing every second.  51% of this population is online as per Global Internet Usage observations reported in Wikipedia.

This is why it would be smart for brands to have an online presence for increased visibility.

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However, it is important to blog the right way, because, if you don’t you could get zero results.

I come across a lot of people who start a blog, just on a whim, and expect readers will read and share it. Many people have untrue, and misleading ideas about blogging.

In fact, when I started blogging online 5 years ago, I was one of them.

Just as light removes the darkness, knowledge has helped me clear my thoughts about blogging. What I have learned is too valuable not to share with you, dear readers.

5 Blogging Tips Every New Blogger Should Know 

Tip #1 : Blogging and article writing are not the same thing. 

“Blogs and articles – are they any different?”

A recent client of mind asked this question. I’m glad he did, as it is very important to know the difference between blogs and articles. Allow me to clarify:

These are not static rules, and the differences are quite subtle sometimes.

A lot of new bloggers pick up the laptop and begin writing a piece without giving a thought to whether they are bogging or simply writing an article.

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The world around us is changing and understanding the differences between blogging and article writing will help create better content.

  • A blog is mostly a presentation of a personal opinion, whereas articles are clearly not personal opinions. They are rather a systematic presentation of reports, statistics or data for some specific purpose.
  • Generally, articles are made for a publication or an academic purpose. It goes through a lot of research, editing and interviews from genuine sources. On the other hand, a blog is self-published and is up to the blogger whether or not they want to engage in lengthy editing or research.
  • The length of blogs can range anywhere from 300 – 1000 words, while articles are usually longer.
  • A casual tone is used in blogging, while a journalistic tone is an inherent feature of article writing.
  • Keyword planning for search engine optimisation is an important element for writing blog posts. This is not a requirement for reports and articles. 

Tip #2 : Start a blog and you will make money from it.

This is the biggest blogging myth.

Making money online is not easy.

In March, 2018, Forbes, published a list of the highest earning blogs.

  1. Huffington Post– $14,000,000 per month
  2. Endgadget– $5,500,000 per month
  3. Moz– $4,250,000 per month
  4. TechCrunch– $2,500,000 per month
  5. Mashable– $2,000,000 per month
  6. CopyBlogger– $1,000,000 per month
  7. Perez Hilton– $575,000 per month
  8. Gizmodo– $325,000 per month
  9. Smashing Magazine– £250,000 per month
  10. Tuts+– $175,000 

You must master the art of blogging.

Bloggers go through a lot of trial and error. We learn from our mistakes and are better bloggers for it.

If you are patient enough, you will surely see the fruits of your labor. But you will definitely need to learn the subject in order to make money from blogging. 

Tip #3 : You need to have a paid blog, although WordPress Themes are Available.

There is a huge resource of free WordPress themes for new bloggers. These default WordPress themes are a good start.

However, if you’re serious and want to use blogging to make money online, then free Wordpres themes are probably not the right choice.

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Let me tell you the difference between free and paid WordPress themes.

  • A free WordPress theme is subject to very strict quality standards. They are reviewed and examined regularly.
  • Free WordPress themes lack the required support.
  • Features and functionalities of free WordPress themes are limited.
  • The free WordPress themes are not always unique.
  • Last and most importantly, there are no obligations when things are free.

Tip #4 : You do not need to blog daily.

Remember the old phrase – “Quality over Quantity?”

That is a 100% true when it comes to blogging and making an impact on your audience.

It is a myth that you are required to sit down and create a blog post every day.

If you are a huge brand like Huffingtonpost,  you can use all your resources to come up with blog posts every day, which will give you a lot of momentum.

However, not everyone is as huge as these brands.

Hence, it is not necessary to blog every day.

Tip  #5 : Guest posts do not make you lose readers.

It is natural to feel a bit intimated when writing on someone else’s space. Some people do not even share the blogs of their competition, because they feel they will lose their audience.

This is another myth related to blogging.

Sharing does not diminish your talent.

Rather, you leverage the audience that is new to you.

If you don’t believe it, start guest posting on blog sites like SMI.

Share and show the readers that you are here to help.

Okay, so I’ve showcased various tips which you can use for blogging.

I would love to know if you have any more ideas or suggestions to share with me.

Leave a comment below and get in touch with me if you have questions.

About Madhurima Chowdhury

Hey, I’m Madhurima Chowdhury. I have been blogging and helping start-ups and established businesses for over 5 years now. I have discovered the power of blogging and wasted no time in learning as I could to share my knowledge. I run a small blog with the goal of helping people to create powerful content to build their traffic, exposure and leads. Follow me on Twitter, and thanks for stopping by.
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