Not all the blogging strategies are effective for one certain E-Marketing blog. There are many E-Marketing blogging myths that, if followed, will lead to the death of a new blog. Many new bloggers read and follow these rules religiously because they heard it from someone they respected, but the end result is that they quit out of frustrationâ€”the frustration of not getting results from their efforts.
From building a successful E-Marketing blog and observing other successful bloggers, I have realized how dangerous and deceitful these myths can be, so I've decided to bust them in this article. Some of these myths will be shocking, and some will spark debate, but they represent what I've learned from experience.
1: Marketing is king
Surely I'm not the only one who disagrees with the myth that content is king. Yet many doubt that content is king arguing that marketing is king. It's not. You can't market nothing, and no matter the type of E-marketing you use, if you have a mediocre blog, you will end up with little in the way of results. It doesnâ€™t matter what your marketing budget is: if you donâ€™t have solid content, it will end up being wasted. So marketing is not king.
So if content is not king, and marketing is not king, what is king? You might not expect this answer, but I believe the blogger is king. The blogger should be able to strike the right balance between content and E-marketingâ€”this is the only path to true success.
2: Content is king
I knew it'd surprise you, but the majority of E-Marketing bloggers have been made to believe it. Yet highly successful blogger and copywriter, Brian Clark, says himself that a word has no life of its own if it is not read. It doesn't matter how great your content is: you need people to read and share it. The truth is that even if people share your content, or a post on your blog goes viral, you still need a community to give it a lasting boost.
Through I've been able to discover lots of awesome content on others' blogs. That same content might have gone viral if it were published on mine, since I have a stronger audience. But they don't, and no matter how great their content is, it still can't go viral, or bring them success, if they have no audience.
Many new E-Marketing bloggers spend the whole of their time crafting great content, based on the "content is king" myth), yet they can't achieve anything, why? Content is not king!
3: Neglect SEO and focus on social media
Online success has nothing to do with the quantity of traffic you receiveâ€”what matters is its quality. While a social media site can send you several thousands of visitors in one day, the same number of visitors from a search engine may be far more effective. I discovered Problogger from Google, and I discovered Copyblogger from Google, but I can't remember an E-Marketing blog I discovered it from a social media site, and now read loyally.
Also consider that more traffic from search engines can lead to greater social media success. I wrote a post on success quotes weeks ago, but I got little to no social media traffic to it. I spent a few days doing some SEO for it, which generated more search engine traffic, and that lead to thousands of visits from Stumbleupon thereafter.
In brief, social media traffic hardly leads to more search engine traffic, but more search engine traffic leads to more social media traffic. After all, more visitors means there are more people sharing your content (social media), but more visitors won't lead to an increase in your search engine rankings.
4: Not responding to comments means you don't respect your readers
I have always wanted to be a successful blogger, but I never knew it could be a burden. With countless emails unattended to, and comments awaiting my reply, developing quality content starts to become a burden. Replying to comments doesn't generate traffic: quality content does!
One of the best decisions I've made in my E-Marketing blogging career was to make sure I only reply to comments that really need a replyâ€”after all, my content is what my readers want. This decision sparked a lot of debate. Some of my readers stopped commenting and one of them even went to the extent of ranting over my decision.
Don't waste your time doing things that are not necessary because people think it is a must. Rather, spend your time on what matters: developing great content that will keep your readers coming back. If you always strive to give your best, your "true" readers will stick with you, and invite their friends. But if all you can manage is to write sloppy, slap-dash posts, even those commenters youâ€™re always replying to will eventually stop reading your blog.
5: More traffic = more money
This is probably the greatest myth of all. If it takes Darren 100 visitors to make $1000, it will take me far more than that number of visitors to make the same amount.
A lot of factors come into play when it comes to getting the best from your traffic and one of the most important is the authority and reputation of the blogger. If people see you as a mediocre blogger, attracting more traffic won't make much of a difference, but if people see you as an authority blogger, you get a bigger bottom-line impact from every new visitor you capture.
I know some bloggers whose sites have less traffic than mine, but have several times the number of subscribers I have. What matters most is not the sheer number of visitors, but your relationship with them.
6: Social media is useless
I have heard this myth more than once. Most of the E-Marketing bloggers who promote this myth are bloggers who rely on search traffic.
While I said earlier that SEO does not trump social media, I'm not trying to rule out the importance of social media. There are a lot of bloggers who started with nothing, but have been able to take their blogs to celebrity status using social media sites. Things are becoming better with the advent of Twitter and othersâ€”what matters most is not social media traffic, but how it's being used.
You shouldn't just focus on gaining more social media traffic; rather, focus on converting the traffic you do attract into repeat readers who will yield more dividends for you in the long run. Social media is the future of the web. A good blogger will not put all his or her eggs in one basketâ€”we have to adapt to these kinds of changes and make them work for us.
7: Selling ad space is the best way to monetize a blog
Another blogging myth that dominates the blogosphere is the belief that selling ad space is the best way to monetize an E-Marketing blog. In fact, I think selling ad space is one of the poorest ways to monetize a blog.
The problem is that many people are only blogging for the moneyâ€”they are not ready to focus on building a true community with which they can later turn their blog to a business. You wonâ€™t make any real money from your blog until you have a community, so, instead of spending your time on ads that don't work, focus on building a community. Once that community is there, you won't find it difficult to make money blogging.
8: Longer posts bring more traffic
I have been a victim of this myth not once or twice, but several times. I have observed some successful bloggers who write longer posts and this led me to write single posts as long as 5,000 words. Even though I fell for this myth, I was fortunate to learn an invaluable lesson in the process: your best post is what comes freely from your mind, nothing else. It doesnâ€™t matter whether a post is short or long: its success has nothing to do with its length. What matters most is the uniqueness and consistency of the blogger.
From these examples we can see clearly that what matters most is finding your voice. If you do better with short posts then stick to it; if you have more success with longer posts, don't look back!
9: The key to blogging success is getting backlinks from an A-list blogger
Your success shouldn't rely on any one person other than yourself. Recently, I was reading an E-Marketing blog post by Brian Clark in which he said he didn't get links from any A-list bloggers before his blog became a success. Stop waiting for the golden bullet (or link): don't let your success depend on anyone but you! The key to blogging success lies with you, it lies in you giving your best and being consistent with it.
10: The best way to get traffic is by implementing as many tactics as you can
While there is nothing bad in learning and trying many traffic generation tactics, you should also remember that the greatest traffic-generation secret is to master that which you know.
I regularly hear people advise learning various traffic generation tactics. I've tried several tactics, such as blog commenting, guest blogging, forum posting and other methods, but only guest blogging seems to be working for me, and the moment I dropped other methods and started focusing on guest E-Marketing blogging I began to get incredible results.
What blogging myths can you bust? What hasnâ€™tâ€”or hasâ€”worked for you?