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How to Build a Successful Blog the Unconventional Way

written by Guest Blogger on February 17, 2012

I'm Jim Chao, B**ch!

Life is all about choices; so also is blogging. In blogging, you can choose to run with the crowd and be just another blog; or you can stand out from the crowd and be a lone voice. When building a blog, you can also choose to follow the norm; and achieve normal results or act unconventionally and achieve extraordinary results. The choice is yours to make.

“The most important aspect of my personality as far as determining my success goes; has been my questioning conventional wisdom, doubting experts and questioning authority. While that can be painful in your relationships with your parents and teachers, it’s enormously useful in life.” – Larry Ellison

I have been blogging for over three years now and within this period; I have made several mistakes, had some failures and reaped tremendous success. Now you may want to know how successful I am. Well, as a principle, I don’t believe in spitting out income figures except when it is critically needed. But let it be known to you that my blogs serve and help millions of people all over the world. As per income, my blogs generate enough revenue to pay me a decent monthly salary. My blogs also pay my team and employees; pays the office rent and bills and still generate a return on investment quarterly. So I believe I am qualified to tell you what works and what doesn’t.

However, it may surprise you to know that my most successful blogs are those I built against the conventional principle of blogging. Now to better help you understand the process I followed to get to where I am today, I have carved out 12 unconventional rules I adhere to in this business called blogging. So if your learning mode is still activated, then let’s set the ball rolling.

12 Rules of Radical Blogging

Rule 1. Perception is everything

Yes, perception is the first principle of radical blogging. Who are you? What do you do? If you get the right answer to these two questions; then you’ve on spot. My perception is the reason why I don’t do things the normal way; my perception is the reason why I am not a blogger.

“As a man thinks in his heart; so he is.” – The Bible

Yes, read my lips: “I am not a blogger” and I will never be because being a blogger limits my perception. I am an entrepreneur simply minding my business. Blogging is not my business; my business is to provide information in an easy to understand format; in return for a profit. I am not in the blogging industry; I am in the information/education industry. I don’t compete with small blogs, I compete with big businesses such as Forbes, Entrepreneur magazine, Wikipedia and Inc.com. I don’t own a blog; I own a business and this is exactly the thin line between the elite blogs and the average blogs that struggle to survive. The bottom line is this: the way you see yourself and the way you think will greatly determine the heights you will attain. If you accept the conventional rule and call yourself a blogger, then you are. Now take a critical look at some big names in the industry such as Darren Rowse, Arianna Huffington, Jeremy Shoemaker, Timothy Ferriss, etc and you will understand why perception is the first rule of radical blogging.

Rule 2. Redefine your “why”

“I don’t make deals for the money. I’ve got enough much more than I’ll ever need. I do it to do it.” – Donald Trump

I have had people ask me how I found success doing business online and the first question I ask them is why they want to do business online. The reason I ask this is because your motive for doing a task will determine the result you will achieve. Now why did you launch that blog of yours? Are you doing it for the money? Or maybe you are in it for the fame it offers? Or are you blogging to genuinely help people? No matter what your reason is, make sure it provides you with enough fire and drive to pass through the tough times.

“I was worth about over a million dollars when I was twenty-three and over ten million dollars when I was twenty-four, and over a hundred million dollars when I was twenty-five and it wasn’t that important because I never did it for the money.” – Steve Jobs
Now I don’t do publish blogs solely for money; but mind you, I have to factor that in to keep scores. I don’t also build blogs because I want to help people. Well, I am passionate about helping people but when it comes to blogging; it doesn’t provide enough fire for me. My real drive comes from the challenge of building blogs, the processes involved, the joys of success and the pains of failure, the excitement of going head to head with the big wigs and the feeling of self actualization. I just don’t want to help people; rather, I want to sit back and know that I have done a great job helping people while building a great asset and giving the competition a slap in the face. *smiles*. The reason I became an entrepreneur is because building businesses keeps me on my toes; it’s something that keeps me alive and keep my brains active. Now that’s for me, I don’t know about you and I can’t also help you find your “why.” It is something that has to come from inside of you.

Rule 3. Understand the basics

Conventional bloggers love to spit out technical jargons such as Pagerank, SERPS, Linkwheeling, Sandbox, algorithm, Link baiting, and all the rest. The truth is that you don’t need these jargons to succeed. Now I am not a geek, I am not even a programmer and I don’t love computers. I am simply an entrepreneur and all I started with were the basics. All you need to know is the basics such as WordPress installation (which is now made easy with Fantastico), post drafting, publishing and updating, searching for information, creating accounts, copying and pasting scripts and so on. Don’t waste your time mastering all the technical jargon associated with blogging, just learn the basics and get started. As you progress, encounter problems and solve these problems; your knowledge base will unconsciously increase.

Rule 4. Stick with what you know

I have seen people start blogs that they are not interested in; just to earn a profit. Well, it’s not a bad idea and I also do it. But my biggest and most profitable blogs are the ones I have a personal interest in and unfortunately, they are in the world’s toughest industry but I don’t care.

“Experience taught me a few things. One is to listen to your gut no matter how good something sounds on paper. The second is that you are generally better off sticking with what you know and the third is that sometimes, your best investments are the ones you don’t make.” – Donald Trump

Do you want to know why I survived in the world most competitive niches? Well, the reason is because visitors to your blog can smell your passion from your written words; they can tell if you are really interested in helping them or you are just another empty blog. For instance, I can distinguish between business articles written by entrepreneurs and professional writers. When I read an article written by other entrepreneurs, I feel their passion, I feel their pain and I feel whatever they feel because they are like me. But articles written by professional writers have no effect on me; because they lack the passion and drive needed to spur me to action.

Rule 5. Listen to the heartbeat of your readers

Your readers are the reason why you started a blog and they are going to be ones to determine if your blog survives or not; so listen to their heartbeat. Write for your readers; not search engines. Be passionate about helping them, addressing their needs and problems; and they will become not just repeated readers but loyal customers. I don’t just write articles to populate my blog; I write articles strictly to solve a problem or address a recurring issue. Most of my blog content are purely answers to real life questions that my readers asked repeatedly. For instance, a reader might email me with the question:

“I have $1,000; what business do I start?”

All I will simply do is reply this question by making an article out of it and my article header will look like this:

“10 Money Spinning Businesses you can start with $1,000 or less.”

Write for humans, not search engines. Your blog content should be aimed at making your readers fall in love with your blog; your write-ups should make them imagine you as a passionate person all out to help them. I think you have gotten my point.

Rule 6. Run lean and re-invest your profit

“Waste of resources is a mortal sin at IKEA.” – Ingvar Kamprad

In my years of blogging, I have always stuck to the 80/20 principle. It’s a known fact that 20% of your effort and resources will yield 80% of the profits; yet, you will find most bloggers concentrating their limited resources on the 80% systems that only yield 20% results.

When I started blogging, I made sure I only invested my capital on the core system of the blog. But today, you will find most new bloggers investing in blog design, logo creation, paid plugins and themes, expensive computers, software, etc; when their blog is yet to generate a dime in revenue. For me, I never went that route. Everything I purchased or invested in for my blog was done with my eyes on the bottom line; if it’s not going to increase profits/traffic in the short run, then it’s not for me. Back then I used a free theme, free plugins, studied the free resources online and even till now; I still use a free theme on some of my blogs provided that the theme has a smooth design and flow.

“Everything we earn we need as a reserve.” – Ingvar Kamprad

Now I am not against investing for the long term; I am only trying to make you see the need to generate cash flow now, while keeping an eye on your long term plan. Don’t waste your resources on the less important things; invest in things that get things done now, not tomorrow.

Rule 7. Ignore the shortcut

“The height attained by great men is not by sudden flight. For while their companions sleep; they toil.” – Anonymous

There’s no shortcut to success; it’s either you take it or leave it. The reason blackhat forums exist and are waxing strong is because people are looking for shortcuts; they are looking to make $10,000 overnight starting from scratch. Go to the most popular internet marketing forums and you will hear screams from people who have been ban by Google adsense or had their website de-indexed.

I repeat this rule again; ignore the shortcut. It doesn’t pay in the long run. There is nothing like an effortless push button system; there’s nothing like the lazy man’s guide to overnight success. The earlier you get rid of the overnight success mentality; the better for you. Success in any endeavor requires discipline, commitment, investment and time. Nothing more, nothing less.

Rule 8. Love your work; not the tool

“The tone is in the fingers……..not the instrument.” – Jason Fried

I am a regular visitor on Warrior Forum and I have noticed that the Warrior’s Special Offers section (WSO) is the most popular section on the forum. Why? The reason is because people are always on the lookout for the next push button system, shining toy or super fast software. Another thing I observed is that most of the offers are bought by the same set of people, year in year out; yet, they remain the same. But the simple truth is that you don’t need all the software and tools to become a success online.

I have a friend who has a dream to become a black belter in martial arts (note that I am also a Taekwondo trainee). This friend of mine is so committed to his dream that he has invested heavily in buying several kits, books and video tutorials on sparring techniques. He knows all the fighting styles and terminologies off hand; yet, never will you see this friend of mine sweating out in the Dojan (training ground). He would rather watch videos and read books than train. Is this friend ever going to become a black belter? The answer is no.

The same applies to business or blogging and unfortunately, most bloggers are just like this friend of mine. They live with the illusion that a new technology, business software or tool will make them better bloggers and push their profits to the sky. But improved technology or the latest software/tool will be useless if you are not prepared to put in the required efforts. An expensive golf club did not make Tiger Woods a star; a super computer did not make Bill Gates the richest man in the world, their skills did. The fastest server and plugins did not make Darren Rowse a successful blogger; his focus and commitment to his readers did. So don’t waste your resources pursuing technology if it’s not going to add to the bottom line of your business.

Rule 9. Concentrate on the core

“The most important recipe for success is concentration. Learn to concentrate your time, resources and effort on just one task; your most important task.” – Andrew Carnegie

What is your core? What do you love doing and know how to do best? If you can answer this, then you may have found your core; but make sure that your personal core corresponds to the needs of your blog. The operations of running a blog includes content writing, blog marketing/promotion, SEO, comment moderation, email replies, managing staff, etc. Now you can’t do all this alone, at least you can attempt all when you are starting out but you will burn yourself out in the long run. So what do you do? You simply choose your core, concentrate on it, eliminate the unnecessary and outsource the rest.

“Time is your most important resource. You can do so much in ten minutes. Ten minutes; once gone is gone for good.” – Ingvar Kamprad

Using my entrepreneurship blog as an example, I will explain how I used the principle of concentration to build it into a success. When I started my entrepreneurship blog, I concentrated on it alone. I did not start twenty blogs at once; I started with one and learned the intricacies of blogging through this one blog. In the first year of building this blog, I concentrated on content writing and article marketing; while doing a little of email replies and totally eliminating comment moderation. As years progressed and my blog began to generate revenue; my concentration shifted to managing staff while doing a little of content writing and email replies. My blog marketing, promotion, SEO, content editing and other technical work are now either handled by my in-house staff or outsourced. Comment moderation still remains eliminated because I don’t consider it a core.
So when starting out as a blogger, identify your core and concentrate on it. If writing is your passion; then make content writing, article marketing and guest blogging your core. If you love meeting and interacting with people, then make social media marketing, forum marketing and interactive commenting your core. If you are a geek, or you simply love technical problems and challenges; then you can concentrate on SEO and product development such as software, while outsourcing the rest

Rule 10. Be an authority

Most gurus advise that you build a lot of blogs in several small niches. While this may work for them, I think it’s bullsh**. Sorry for that language but that’s what I think. I would rather have one authority blog than 10 small niche blogs. Simply put, an authority blog makes you the blogger, an authority on the subject that your blog covers. Through your authority blog, you can get JV deals, organize seminars on the subject of your blog, start a membership site, create and sell products, grant interviews, get public speaking deals, offer services, become a coach on your subject matter and even build an offline business around your blog. In fact, the list goes on and on. Owning an authority blogs give you the blogger fortune, fame, power and respect. I don’t think small niche blogs can give you this.

“Where does great wealth come from? Years ago, oil and steel were the foundations of many American fortunes. Today, it’s more a matter of how many eyeballs you command.” – Forbes Magazine

To really understand the power of authority blogs; consider Arianna Huffington who raised millions of dollars for her blog Huffingpost.com. Think about John Chow, Jeremy Shoemaker, Darren Rowse, Dan Sullivan, Pat Flynn, Brian Clark, Timothy Ferriss, Matthew Torren, Seth Godin, Evan Carmichael, Steve Pavlina, etc. This list goes on and on and on but the end point is that you should forget about building ten niche blogs; focus instead on building one authority blog and you will find fortune and fame.

Rule 11. Connect with those that matters

“Talk is cheap. Learn to listen with your eyes. Actions do speak louder than words. Watch what a person does more than what he says.” – Robert Kiyosaki

One of the reasons why I succeeded with my blogs is because I followed and learned from the masters. My goal was not just to build an authority blog but to build a business around my subject matter so I had to follow and learned from those that have succeeded in that quest. I don’t bother reading 100 blogs a week; I just pick ten experts that have proven themselves. I understudy them, follow their proven strategies and most of all, stick to them. These are the few authorities I follow:

  • The Business side of blogging = JohnChow.com
  • Content writing = Copyblogger.com
  • Blogging = Problogger.net
  • Search engine analysis = Searchengineland.com
  • Business tips and insights for living = Fourhourworkweek.com
  • Internet Marketing case studies = Viperchill.com and Smartpassiveincome.com

Rule 12. Exit your blog before you begin

“Life is a journey, not a destination and so also is business. Your objectives keep moving.” – Thomas Burrell

This is the final rule of radical blogging; exit your blog before you even begin. Now you may be imagining where I am driving at? Well, you will understand very soon.

Have you observed that Darren Rowse no longer writes frequently on problogger; he doesn’t even do his long posts anymore. Do you want to know why? The simple answer is that Darren Rowse has exited problogger. He’s no longer involved with the day to day running of problogger; he only breezes in once a while to drop a hint or two. Problogger is now driven by his in-house team and outside guest bloggers. Do you think this is a coincidence? My answer is no. It was all part of his plan; it was his exit strategy. Do you think Darren Rowse is alone in this? My answer again is no. Consider Techcrunch that sold out to AOL for millions of dollars; consider the thousands of blogs been sold on Flippa and you will see the point I am trying to stress.

“Always start at the end before you begin. Professional investors always have an exit strategy before they invest. Knowing your exit strategy is an important investment fundamental.” – Rich Dad

Before I proceed, I want to ask you some questions. What if you had an accident today, what will happen to your blog? How long can you maintain the pace on your blog? Will you still be blogging twenty years from now? How can you decide the right time to sell your blog? What is the right time to move on beyond blogging?

The answer to all these questions revolves around your exit plan? The seed of thought I want to drop inside of you is that your blog should not be an end; it should be a means to an end. Don’t wait till you are bored of your blog before you start planning to sell; plan your exit strategy before you even start building.

For me, my exit plan is to work towards making my network of blogs independent of me. My plan is to grow my blog in a systematic way that it would no longer need my presence. My plan is to have my network of blogs been run by technical team in partnership with outside experts on the related subjected matters. This is the sole reason why I don’t build blogs around my personal brand; I separate myself from my blogs. I also do this for my offline businesses because I don’t intend to live and die with my businesses. I want to be free to travel the world and spend time with my family while knowing that my businesses are running at full capacity without me. You should do the same for your blog. Always plan an exit before you even start building your blog; it’s a good rule of thumb in business.

“Get in, get it done; Get it done right and get out.” – Donald Trump

In conclusion, this brings to an end my 12 rules of radical blogging. Now I know I have stepped on some toes, I know I have challenged the views of many; I know I stirred the waters of conventional wisdom. So I am going to level the playing field here. If you feel I have contradicted your views or principles; then feel free to shoot me through your comments. I am prepared to take your bullets and also respond with mine, so let’s begin.

Ajaero Tony Martins is a serial entrepreneur and investor with a passion for teaching people how to start a business. He is well known for his radical article titled “How to Become a Billionaire” and other unconventional write-ups.

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{ 48 comments }

Samuel Ho February 17, 2012 at 7:05 pm

Good sharing John!! Blogging as well as blog marketing is only as complicated as you make it. You are going to see that anyone can market something if they have the mind set to do so. Getting your blog up and going is the first step and most important one make sure that you have chosen a topic niche that will get you good results as well. As that will mean that there is not as much competition for the topics that you choose, but yet there are many searches that are done for it as well. Finding a niche that hardly no one else has touched is kind of hard to do at times, but can be done if you look hard enough. It seems that you have to start by thinking about things that interest you and things that you like to do yourself. If at all possible, find something that you know all about all ready or can learn quickly to become an expert in that field.

Blog marketing is all about results. If you market long enough and hard enough, you are going to get the results that you want and are looking for. The keys to achieving this are patience and determination. Something that you have to have to do most anything. Work Hard!!

Justin Anfinson February 18, 2012 at 12:45 pm

@Samuel Ho Are you using the Unique Blog Designs affiliate theme for your IM Success landing page?

Samuel Ho February 19, 2012 at 5:50 am

@Justin Anfinson Thanks Austin!! I just used the Squeeze Theme by Unique Blog Design. It allows you to customize your squeeze pages in minutes.

xarzy February 17, 2012 at 7:40 pm

Me too. I don’t mind going against the tide. Yes, it’s true the need to follow the footprints of the masters. But only to serve as blueprint guide. And it’s up to you then how you’re going to put your special touch, your tweaks about the business. And at time a need for a 360 degrees turn around is all it takes. related http://www.infotechpeek.com/pointers-on-how-to-blog-the-winners-ways/

Justin Anfinson February 17, 2012 at 9:55 pm

I notice not too many people are commenting on John’s blog these days. Well at least not as much as past years. What’s up with that?

Anyways, you struck a chord on the blackhat topic with me. It’s apparent that you do not understand it 100%. It is true that the ones who use blackhat methods to try and gain fortunes over night get slapped and de-indexed. However, they are the stupid ones.

The right tools in the right hands of skilled blackhat marketers will make a substantial reliable income.

There is also only 2 ways to back link these days as well. Naturally over time and a certain blackhat method that I will not mention as I’m using it to my own advantage.

John Chow February 17, 2012 at 10:27 pm

@Justin Anfinson It’s because I killed off the top commentators list. Most of the people who were commenting where make short “Great Post!” comments just to get on the list. I decided to go for quality over quantity.

Justin Anfinson February 17, 2012 at 11:09 pm

@John Chow @Justin Anfinson I hadn’t noticed since I hadn’t been here for a while. I was working on another business endeavor and didn’t have much time to be online. LOL I can only imagine how bad it got!

When the hell are you coming back to Richmond btw?

John Chow February 17, 2012 at 11:32 pm

@Justin Anfinson I’ll be back in the summer.

Justin Anfinson February 17, 2012 at 11:40 pm

@John Chow Great! I still never made it out to a Pho. I was always too busy with my detailing business to get away from the office.

I’ll try keep my eyes peeled for when you’re back here!

Ajaero Tony Martins February 18, 2012 at 1:20 am

@John Chow @Justin Anfinson I like that phrase “Quality over quantity.” but unfortunately, others prefer the quantity over quality. They think having 200 – 400 comments will make their blog popular but in reality, it doesn’t.

Jonathan February 21, 2012 at 7:19 pm

@Justin Anfinson I think

Ajaero Tony Martins February 17, 2012 at 10:13 pm

Hi Justin Anfinson, you made quite a point there. In actual sense, Blackhat marketing tactics are sometimes unconventional ways of promotion which some people perceive as unethical. But the problem with blackhat marketing approach is that 80% of people using it are in for the quick cash. And as for your perceived secret blackhat method, i want you to know that no one has a monopoly of knowledge and your tactics is not a secret. Cheers

Justin Anfinson February 17, 2012 at 11:11 pm

@Ajaero Tony Martins Black hat can be and is used for authority sites. So it’s not always about the quick buck.

My method is not a secret, I never said it was. I just don’t want to mention it and have a barrage of people go and saturate it. Especially not mention it on John’s blog with the amount of traffic he gets!

Ajaero Tony Martins February 18, 2012 at 1:16 am

@Justin Anfinson I think i have got your point.

Property Marbella February 18, 2012 at 4:47 am

HiTony,

I see that you have read Ingvar Kamprad books, as the Swedish has he learned me a lot about good business practices. Ingvar business ideas are heavily based on common sense.

Ajaero Tony Martins February 18, 2012 at 5:37 am

@Property Marbella Exactly! And i also understudy other successful entrepreneurs too because i believe success can be replicated. Cheers.

Sharon Fiberesima February 18, 2012 at 5:57 am

@Ajaero Tony Martins Reading your list was quite exciting for me probably because I’ve always been a fan of sticking with the basics. I hear a lot of people obsess about SERPs and Pagerank and all that; I never have. I just write my heart out and try as much as possible to help my readers and almost before I’m through hitting ‘Publish’ my posts get indexed by Google.

Thank you for this post. It’s sound advice for anyone who is serious about being an online entrepreneur.

Ajaero Tony Martins February 18, 2012 at 11:23 pm

@Sharon Fiberesima @Ajaero Tony Martins You are right on spot. More important than SERPS and Pagerank is your passion for helping your readers but most people seem to miss the point. They will prefer to write for search engines rather than humans.

Steven February 18, 2012 at 6:24 am

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Steven February 18, 2012 at 6:24 am

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Stefanie February 18, 2012 at 12:18 pm

I love this post! I will be reading it again and again to digest it and learn from it. It is funny that on this very blog there will guest bloggers that tell you all about the SEO and “jargon” or it and others that say write for the reader. My current project is solely for the reader and to connect moms in an online community so we can share and experience together. Hopefully by helping others I can then help myself.

Jagat February 18, 2012 at 5:06 pm

Glad to be back at your blog after quite a while!!

Jagat February 18, 2012 at 5:06 pm

Glad to be back at your blog after quite a while!!

Ajaero Tony Martins February 18, 2012 at 11:27 pm

That is exactly why i wrote this article. It’s my principle not to write to provide answers only; rather, i also write to help my readers challenge their way of thinking and find their own answers.

fas February 19, 2012 at 12:12 am

I love the block quotes, super cool

carmengreeneonline February 19, 2012 at 3:54 am

Another great read. The readers are the most important part of any reading material. If they are pleased to what they are reading, they will surely come back.

Ajaero Tony Martins February 19, 2012 at 10:09 pm

@carmengreeneonline The readers are your customers. Without them, your blog is dead on arrival.

dazzdazzles February 19, 2012 at 10:23 am

This is so informative. I am thinking about creating a blog and your post has a lot of detailed info that I didn’t know. I find it very interesting about the exit strategy. Your post is the second time I have heard of this in a few weeks of reading post.

Ajaero Tony Martins February 19, 2012 at 9:59 pm

@dazzdazzles You are not going to live forever, neither are you are not going to die with your blog. You must let go someday; whether you like it or not. The question now is how are you going to let go? You can choose to leave it to fate; or you can let go following a well defined plan. An exit strategy is one of the most important, yet often ignored aspect of building not just a blog but any business. When you start a blog with an exit strategy, you will do things differently.

Thad P February 19, 2012 at 11:43 am

Much to ponder here. It is interesting to me that there are bloggers who are not in it to write, but to make money, and there are bloggers who are writers who don’t know how to run a business. They seem to exist in unequal amounts, but they certainly are there.

Is there a formula for success in blogging? Maybe. Maybe not. But there certainly is a formula for making money off of those trying to succeed at blogging. I think there always will be.

Ajaero Tony Martins February 19, 2012 at 10:05 pm

@Thad P Most people think there are only two sides to a coin; but smart entrepreneurs and investors know that there’s always a grey side to everything. You’ve hit a point there: “Making money off those trying to make money blogging.”

Who said life is fair…………*smiles*

Thad P February 20, 2012 at 4:14 am

@Ajaero Tony Martins After I wrote that I wondered if it sounded snarky. I wasn’t trying to be. When you find a market and you meet the demand, you’ll make good money.

Ajaero Tony Martins February 20, 2012 at 7:29 am

@Thad P You were not snarky, you were only being realistic. Now how do you think smart investors make money in the stock market? Well, they make money off the insanity of average investors. The same applies to blogging. When a newbie wants to learn the rudiments of blogging and is patient, humble and committed to the learning process, then achieving success is almost a guarantee for such a person. But a newbie looking for a push button system for getting rich quick overnight will surely fall victim to snake oil marketers. Just as i said earlier: “life is not meant to be fair.”

alexx February 19, 2012 at 1:15 pm

I don’t care if my blog was not commented by readers. I can use insights to see how many new subscribers added it. I’ll rather be fine with 10,000(my job is done) visits and no comments than 100 visits and 20 comments.

Ajaero Tony Martins February 19, 2012 at 10:07 pm

@alexx Comment matters a lot; that is only if it matters to you. For me, i keep comments totally eliminated because it’s a cost centre and doesn’t really add to the bottom line.

Kenny Boger February 19, 2012 at 7:03 pm

Best rules ever!! Thanks for sharing out.

Ajaero Tony Martins February 19, 2012 at 9:53 pm

@Kenny Boger You are welcome.

2successathome February 20, 2012 at 2:39 pm

Wow when I first started reading I scrolled down the entire article and said I’m not going to read all this. But somehow some way the more I read the more it sucked me in, I could not pull myself from the words that were being written.

You have a passion for what you do and those were the best tips I have ever heard of on blogging. I will change my mindset and treat it as my business not my blog because my vision is huge and my why is spectacular. Love this article and everyone I know will see it, keep up the good work were listening! :) http://lawrencewheeler.com/createanebook

Ajaero Tony Martins February 20, 2012 at 11:20 pm

@2successathome Thanks for the compliment. It’s highly fulfilling to know that my written words is having an impact on people. Cheers.

Bangladesh freelance February 21, 2012 at 9:54 am

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Carrie Smith February 21, 2012 at 11:17 am

I normally shy away from longer posts, but this one sucked me in at the beginning and I read every word. What hit me the most was your point about “concentrating on the core”. I’m new to the blogging world, and sometimes get overwhelmed with all the “blogging jargon” as you call it, along with the technical aspects.

My favorite part of blogging is the content; writing, expressing my thoughts and offering tips to help others. Secondly I enjoy interacting with other readers/bloggers on social media and through comments. Beyond that I have no desire for SEO, marketing and etc…

Thanks for bringing core focus to my writing. I know my blog will be much better for it (and my readers will enjoy it too).

Ajaero Tony Martins February 22, 2012 at 1:31 am

@Carrie I am happy this article improved your sense of reason. Sincerely, i never wrote this article to excite the audience. This article is simply a reflection of my principles and believe me; they work.

“My motto is concentration. First honesty; then industry and then concentration.” – Andrew Carnegie

blogengage February 21, 2012 at 9:10 pm

Thanks so much! There is some very crucial content that many bloggers overlook. I would imagine this article will be a great aid for so many, especially blogging on what you love. It is far easier and flows far smoother than trying to blog about things that don’t interest you. Good show.

Ajaero Tony Martins February 22, 2012 at 1:35 am

@blogengage Well said. Passion is one of the most important criteria for succeeding not just in blogging but in business and life in general. Passion is what keeps you going when the going gets tough. That’s why Warren Buffett said “Without passion, you don’t have energy and without energy; you have nothing.”

Sangeetha March 9, 2012 at 2:17 pm

Very informative post.

I truly learnt something and have made some notes on your key points.

will sure come back. thanks,

Sangeetha
http://www.mycreativeedge.com

Randall St Germain March 31, 2012 at 10:41 pm

Excellent post again, John. I don’t know if my blog can be deemed radical, but I’m trying to be very different than the others.

FerBlog March 31, 2012 at 10:41 pm

I would choose to be with the crowd.