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10 Blogging Myths You Must Ignore

This guest post is by Onibalusi Bamidele.

I’ve been blogging for almost a year now, and like every other new blogger, I spend a large percentage of my time reading other blogs. While there are some great blogs out there, I have also read blogs that are otherwise. Most of these blogs are misleading and some helped contribute to a delay in my blog’s success. I also discovered that most of these blogs are owned by those who have no experience building a successful blog—they’re either blogging just for the money, or they’re simply copycats.

There are many 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 frustration—the frustration of not getting results from their efforts.

From building a successful 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.

Myth #1: Content is king

How can this be a myth? I knew it’d surprise you, but the majority of 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 the emails I get, I’ve been able to discover lots of awesome content on my readers’ 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 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!

Myth # 2: Marketing is king

I know I’m not the only one who disagrees with the myth that content is king. Yet many who doubt that content is king argue that marketing is king. It’s not. You can’t market nothing, and no matter the type of marketing you use, if you have a mediocre blog, you will end up with little in the way of results.

I once wrote a guest post that sent me over 1000 visitors in a day (before I wrote the guest post, I was averaging 150 visitors a day). But after two days of attracting those 1000+ visitors, my blog returned to the 150 visitors a day average. I was of course disappointed. But I realized that the traffic had fallen because I didn’t have solid content to back up that initial guest post, and sustain those traffic levels.

It doesn’t matter what your marketing budget is: if you don’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 marketing—this is the only path to true success.

Myth #3: SEO is bowing to social media, so neglect SEO and focus on social media

While Stumbleupon or Digg can send you 1 million visitors in one day, have you ever sat down to think about the value of those visitors?

Online success has nothing to do with the quantity of traffic you receive—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 a 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 a nutshell, 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 (more backlinks do this).

Myth #4: Social media is useless

I have heard this myth more than once. Most of the bloggers who promote this myth are bloggers who rely on search traffic.

While I said earlier that SEO does not trump social media, Im 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 others—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 basket—we have to adapt to these kinds of changes and make them work for us.

Myth #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 whos 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.

Myth #6: 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 blogging career was to make sure I only reply to comments that really need a reply—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.

Yet, months later, the average time people spend reading my posts has increased from 2 minutes to more than 7 minutes.

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 you’re always replying to will eventually stop reading your blog.

Myth #7: 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 doesn’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.

A good example of someone who has great success with short posts is Seth Godin. Seth can write successful posts as short as 100 words. Someone who has great success with longer posts is Glen Allsop. Glen rarely writes posts less than 2,000 words, yet all his posts go viral and bring the desired result.

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!

Myth #8: 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 a 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 money—they are not ready to focus on building a true community with which they can later turn their blog to a business. You won’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.

I’m not trying to rule out the possibility of making money from online ads—in fact, there are several successful bloggers (like Darren) who are making thousands of dollars from selling ad space every month. But the reality is, Darren has several hundreds of thousands of monthly visitors to his blog and unless you have visitor levels like that, you shouldn’t expect to make a solid income from selling ad space.

Myth #9: 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 blogging I began to get incredible results.

If you’re a new blogger, try to start with three or four tactics. Observe which one works best for you and stick to it. Drop other tactics: they won’t take you far.

Myth #10: The key to blogging success is getting backlinks from an A-list blogger

It doesn’t matter if you’re expecting a link from an A-list blogger or a major media site: your success shouldn’t rely on any one person other than yourself.

Recently, I was reading a 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.

What blogging myths can you bust? What hasn’t—or has—worked for you?

Onibalusi Bamidele is a 16-year-old entrepreneur and founder of young entrepreneur blog, YoungPrePro, who writes practical tips to help you succeed online. Subscribe to his blog for more from him and get his guest blogging guide for practical tips on getting success from guest blogging.

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Comments

  1. Tilen says:

    Great post! Realy interesting and helpful. And I totaly agree with Myth #7.

    • I felt #7 was a great one as well. Personally, the best one of all time is content is not king. Relationships are king. Everything else should be about building up that relationship.

  2. Ben says:

    Good points all round. The one that stood out for me was replying to comments – it’s hard not to annoy people by not replying to each and every comment, but it simply isn’t necessary to do that. Replying to every comment without fail might seem like the courteous thing to do, but it just clogs up the discussion if all you can do is agree, thank people and re-state what they already said. In other words – I agree with you.

  3. Keith says:

    Myth #11: All myths are BS and you should just make your own way doing what works for you. If long posts engage your reader better, then do that. If your readers are on social media, go find them and hang out. Whatever works for you may not work for the next guy.

  4. dee oneal says:

    I am very pleased with this post. Thanks for sharing your myths. Well, I myself was once a victim of those and since I want to follow the footsteps of those success online blogger I tried myself to apply their “rules” but as time went by I did realize that it’s not about their technique but it’s about me. My success depends on me so just learn to follow the rhythm but make your own music for it.

  5. Maybe it’s me, but whenever I see these Content is king / Marketing is king debates, it’s like arguing which component of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich is more important — the bread, peanut butter, or the jelly?

    The point is you take one element away and you’re missing out.

    p.s. Many blogs are monetized to take into consideration low-quality, low-conversion traffic. So, if given the choice, most bloggers would prefer higher traffic, if not simply for its potential.

    Good article, Onibalusi. And a hello to Darren.

    Jeffrey Baril of Source Blogger

  6. Wow!,

    This article is really an eye opener for me. Most of the things i learn from many website has been advocating most of as a tips.

    Could anyone share the really success formula to build a community ?

    Cheers,
    GaneshMuthiah

    • I agree – building community is a strongest pain in my blogging work.

      • Hi Tomasz,

        I’m a new blogger, Just wonder how to build community from ZERO.

        Cheers,
        GaneshMuthiah

        • Andrew Gray says:

          Write. Enjoy writing. Write more. Write what people want, learn to read forums and use the google keyword tool effectively. Develop relationships with other bloggers. Write for them and link to your blog. Keep going for 9 months without stopping.

        • The best way to build a community is to interact with people, help them, share, be genuinely you.

          How would you build a community around you in the offline world? How do you behave in your company if you want to have a group of colleagues acting as a community?

          Building a community online is not different than building one in the “real world”. Be yourself, be kind, be helpful.

          It’s not by putting ad stickers and spamming your colleagues or friends with promotional mails that you will get a community around you, right ? So don’t act so online.

          • Thanks for the simple small action item for me to consider starting Jan till Sep ( 9 months on building Community)

            Its not going to be easy, small step daily will bring me there.

    • HOW TO BUILD A COMMUNITY
      To build a community, people in your topic have to (1) know that you exist, (2) know that you are enthusiastic about your niche and (3) know that you have an interest in what they are doing.

      Here are a few ways to begin doing these things.

      HIGHLIGHT OTHER BLOGS
      Notice other people’s stuff long enough and someone will notice you and maintain a dialogue between blogs.

      Highlight blog posts from other people in your niche, with your comments about why other people should read them. You could spend one post exclusively on another person’s post or a summary of their blog. You could also have a blog roundup where you highlight several different bloggers’ writing that you’ve read this week. Always remember to tell what makes these other blog posts so special [" It's very detailed on XYZ." "It made me laugh." "It brought a new perspective on an old topic." "It's great for newbies."].

      There’s a blog that searches through other similar blogs and gives the ones that meets his criteria his personal stamp of approval, with a little button/graphic announcing that approval which they can paste onto their blog if they choose. Like the Good Housekeeping Seal used to be for businesses.

      Let the other blogger know that you’ve reviewed his/her work and have links to the content on your blog. Do this consistently, and you’ll become a go-to person in your topic for the latest blog news, and for quality in your field. People will begin to read your blog more just to know what’s out there. They’ll also start commenting.

      START A BLOG ASSOCIATION
      I’ve never started an association, but I have benefited from one that someone else started.

      This is the same as highlighting other blogs, but at the next level.

      Someone began a blog about other blogs in my topic.Two or three people form the Board and make final decisions, they set the criteria for joining the blog association, but allow the members to decide on whether other people should be invited. 70% of the members must vote “yes” for a blogger to be invited.

      They include every member on their blogroll, so every time you publish, everyone who goes to their front page knows it, even the ones who haven’t yet subscribed to your feed. They have blog-a-thons, which also introduce new people to your blog who tend to stick around. They also have annual awards given to best [type of post], best blog design, etc.

      After joining the association in my niche, I began to receive about 10 times as many regular visitors every time I post. I also get far more frequent comments from these regular readers. I’m not some big, well-known blogger, but I get regular interaction with people who share my interests – which is community, pure and simple.

      GO THE EXTRA MILE – LEAVE INFORMATIVE COMMENTS/SEND INFORMATION BY EMAIL
      When in the comment sections of other blogs in your topic, leave informative comments related to the blog post. If someone is looking for information, help them out.

      I write about classic movies. After I asked a question on someone else’s blog, another commenter that I had never heard of before emailed me copies of old articles about a movie star that totally answered my question. I follow his writing now because he knows what he’s talking about and because he’s interested in sharing information with me in our topic of interest.

      Do this consistently and the blog owner and other readers will click on your profile and go read your stuff. They’ll tend to stick around if they are in the same area of interest as you.

      INVITE GUEST BLOGGERS
      Invite the bloggers whose stuff you enjoy to post on your blog, making sure they remain on topic. Again, you are paying attention to other people’s work, but this time they are doing the talking on your blog. This gives them a new audience and gives you fresh content, while fostering a sense of “we’re in this together.”

      TO SUM IT UP
      To build a community, people in your topic have to know that you exist and that you are really interested in your niche and are concerned about their stuff as well.

  7. semmy says:

    I was very impressed with this kid. He has written several articles as a guest writer. once again I say congratulations! and he wrote like a man who had long experience in the field of marketing! two thumbs!!

    Semmy
    Have a nice week end!

  8. This was a really informative post and i agreed with all of the points on it (which is quite rare really!) I think myth 3 about SEO traffic is the best one though. If people find your blog naturally then they are more likely to volunteer to join your community.

  9. Christy says:

    Great article, I really got a lot out of this one. I find myself in a numbers slump- no matter what I do I can’t break past a certain monthly pageview average. This post gave me some ideas on what I’m doing wrong and hopefully I’ll gain the readers that I want.

  10. Billy says:

    I couldn’t agree more with #3 – I had a post about Halloween in japan which received around 30k hits from stumbleupon… but shortly after that my blog’s traffic returned to the usual 2,000 hits a day. It was quite a bummer but boy was it an eye opener.

  11. Sean says:

    Wow 16 years old? Great work! Thanks for the tips!

  12. Nice work!… The traffic subject is always a major point for bloggers but if you have a great site, you may only need 100 unique visitors a day to make a great living!…

    Thanks

    David Edwards

  13. Great post, but doesn’t agree on, that you should rely on only one strategy. If the market suddenly changes, your whole foundation becomes unstable

  14. Aviva says:

    WOW!
    This is a great article. That clears up a lot of things. Neither content, nor marketing, nor social media are kings by themselves, because one without the other is nothing. That makes sense.

    I agree that some people start blogs just for the money, but realistically the chance of making money blogging is almost slim to none for a new, non-established blogger.

    Another myth that I busted: Paying for ads on other blogs, and/or social media sites brings you readers. It really does not, because most of the clicks that I have had were just “lookie-loos” which didn’t convert to subscribers, etc.

    The majority of my traffic comes from my facebook page, as well as another networking site.

    Thanks for the tips,
    Aviva

  15. It’s refreshing to read such a powerful, well thought-out post from someone so “young” (and believe me, I cringe when I say that…I started my online business when I was 16 too! Before there were blogs!) :)

    I love the myths about content and marketing being king. I would say that if the blogger is king, connections are the queen. It doesn’t matter what you know – but who you know, and how you can work together with those people to build a “pack” of bloggers to help each other.

  16. Diffenetly opened my eyes, I am still learning and trying to socialize with other bloggers. I am getting so much different advice, which gets confusing. These tips are nice and straight foward though. Thanks.

  17. Patty says:

    I was incredibly impressed while reading this post, and absolutely blown away when I saw a 16 year old wrote it. I checked out your blog, Onibalusi Bamidele, and I believe you will change the world…I’m cheering for ya! :-)

  18. Insightful post! Excellent examples of successful bloggers with differing styles. Each has carved a unique positioning through their own voice, supported by the ability to create and sustain relationships with their audience (target market).

  19. Techlotips says:

    You are absolutely right some people think that more traffic=more money but mostly it depends on how profitable your niche is

  20. Aaron says:

    This was an excellent read. Some of those myths I’ve been following for a long time. It’s refreshing to hear an alternative point of view for a change. Thanks for the post.

  21. I think you’ve really hit the nail on the head here. You can be great at any one thing but that isn’t really going to get you anywhere. To have a great blog you either need to be great at everything OR you need to learn to outsource the things you are not great at.

  22. Brandon Cox says:

    So true! I mean, so false. So true that what you’ve pointed out as false is truly false! I’ve heard them all. I’ve said a few. I pretty much agree with you calling them all bunk. Spot on!

  23. Ashlie says:

    Great article! I think that you are right. People can’t just focus on one thing to build their blog, they have to use different methods meaning SEO and social media. I like that you said that you don’t have to reply to every comment, that does take a lot of time and in some cases just pointless. A great way to close it out, that end the end, it all comes down to you and the quality of your content.

  24. Brad Dalton says:

    I diversify my efforts and work on lots of little things. I like writing qaulity content that is related to keywords used in a search query. Then i spread the post around using social media, rss, subscribers and all the other marketing avenues. But i have learn’t relevancy is very important and proof that what you are recommending really works and solves the problem of what the search query was about in the first place. Social media is more important for backlinks in my opinion. The traffic can be big but non targeted even if its from a linkedin group with like minded members. I like the Google wonder wheel and related links below the search results. Aaron Wall taught me that now i am writing a post about how i use it.

  25. Pope says:

    This is a very useful post. I only started to blog recently, and I hope these guidelines will help me in the future.

  26. what maturity in this 16 year old boy, truly fab.

  27. Deddy Irawan says:

    Is that truth Content is not king?
    I am newbie on blogging, and your article made me confuse man.
    Many people says Google adsense loves content, what do u think about this?

    • No it’s not the truth. It is a generalization. The fact is that content is required, just like the quality of that content is required in order for someone to read it. In order for someone to read it, you must get traffic to it. Content can bring that traffic through organic results. Content stands on top still.

      Don’t believe just one thing. You have to not only create content, but make that content stand out. Assuming it is not king will only tell people to make low quality content and just shoot for traffic which will not work. I have had this argument over and over, and I know the author of this guest article. He is very active, but coming from someone with over a decade of experience in seo, sem, internet marketing, blogging…. the argument that content is not king will only end up slapping you in the face later on which is when you hope that other people will not remember that you said it.

  28. loyd says:

    about myth 6, i think a blogger can put a note on his about page that he cannot reply to every message due to lack of time, most readers will understand and not feel offended.

  29. Thanks, I am impressed. I started blogging 5 months ago and feel encouraged by you. I will definitely follow your blog!

  30. I agree with many of your points. When I started my blog I knew NOTHING about blogging. I’d only read 2 or 3 and hadn’t subscribed to any. I still couldn’t accurately tell you how many subscribers I have or my traffic #’s on any given day. But, the people who do read my blog and either comment there or on facebook, and in some cases when I bump into them in town, are true fans of the blog. When I hear someone say they were touched by a post, or some story I relayed about my life helped them work through a problem in theirs… that’s gold. So I’m going to keep doing what I’m doing and see where it goes from here.
    I agree there’s too much advice, and I know when you dip your toe into the bloggy waters you almost become obsessed with learning more about the ‘inner workings’. But, sometimes too much information is truly too much information.
    Thanks for the post!

  31. Thanks Onibalusi, excellent points.

    It is interesting we are all looking for a KING to lead us to victory: King Content, King Marketing, King SEO, Stephen King’s writing tips….

    Guess like King Arthur, what we need to assemble is a round table mentality of knights united in a common goal–a community.

  32. Great Post! You definitely have the talent! No wonder you are able to get several Guest Posting work in a year even if you are only 16 and a very new blogger! Well done!

  33. dalia says:

    I debated whether or not to comment, due to what i read in myth#6 but i have to say, this is a really helpful post, especially for me. I’m a new blogger and still trying to work out the details. this is a good start, so thanks!

  34. Marketing has its benefits, but I’d still say content is more important than anything else. I’ve seen numerous examples of good content making sites huge (even before social media got real big).

    I go to a website called “anime-planet.com,” this website created content and never focused on marketing until after they got big. Anime reviews, discussions, built a small community (which eventually grew into a large one). People will find you through google if you’re writing great content, and they’ll stick around. You don’t need a huge community on all websites, sometimes a small core community is better. If you write for both people AND search engines, you’ll in time acquire a small target audience base.

    I’d say content is about 70% and marketing like 30%, in terms of importance. Of course that may change depending on how well your site is with search engines or social media.

    I can definitely understand why marketing does matter though. I’m a web developer, and no matter how great a portfolio I might create; if no one sees it, no one cares.

  35. Thanks for the ‘Myth Busting’, as a new blogger I too have been influenced by these to some degree. Your post makes a lot more sense than these stupid myths do!

  36. Jill says:

    AWESOME post. I agree with all points made. I, too, struggled in building my blog because all of the advice out there is contrary to what you have here and it can be extremely frustrating to work through. Through trial and error I have found the very same things that you have.

    I think every new (and seasoned) blogger should read this.

  37. Nick says:

    great post…

    i recommend google analytics to find out which traffic source is working the best…

  38. Ana Day says:

    Very interesting! I also hear about choosing a topic for your blog and sticking to it, which I find difficult as I have different interests. I’ll see if ProBlogger has a post on that.

  39. Great post. I am amazed that you did not say content is king. I agree with you 100%, but I didn’t think I would see it on a post.

  40. Alex Brooks says:

    I’ve got to agree with you on every point, in fact I can’t see any sort of flaws in your blog post to be honest, everything is correct and you explained each myth properly. Great blog post and thanks for clearing this up for the blogging community! Definitely going to link to this post on forums where people are asking these questions!!!

  41. gingermandy says:

    I think a lot of bloggers believe they HAVE to post every single day, and it becomes such a turn off. The quality lacks and you can really tell if a blogger thinks that’s the case. I know there are many people who can post several times a day and have incredible quality, but for most people, that’s just not feasible. Quality over quantity!

    Also – great post. This advice appears much more realistic than a lot I’ve read around the net.

  42. Paul says:

    Sorry but this is a pure ramble, writing words for the sake of it with no real direction.Seems like the author came up with a catchy title and idea for a post but couldn’t really add the content (Explains the content is king opinion).The post makes no point but rather contradicts itself throughout.Poorly written and slightly misleading which in fairness is rare on ProBlogger.

  43. Kirk Taylor says:

    Wow, impressive post and just 16 years old. You have a great career ahead of you.

  44. Wow, this was incredibly strong and in many way ‘against the grain’ advice, and I’m grateful for that Onibalusi. Just goes to show there really isn’t a strict, one size fits all approach to this whole thing.

    But it does appear you need to do a follow up of the 10 things that have worked for you. ;-)

  45. Sasha Gitin says:

    Great read, and thank for linking to Seth Godin. and Glen Allsop 2 blogs i didn’t know about and just spent an hour reading… and still came back to this post (with my attention span, that rarely happens) You are a brilliant man at 16… The things I did at the age of 16 are not worth sharing… :)

  46. GoMedia says:

    Fantastic post Darren!

    We’re about to undertake a live blogging event demonstrating just how easy it is to get on the blogging bandwagon and set yourself up with a professional blog in under an hour (For those interested – http://bit.ly/dFYwi4) so your blogging observations are spot on.

    It’s great to see the blogging community continue to grow. Thanks again for the great post.

  47. Good post…

    May be a bit aggressive though, but it makes it fun to read. Content is not king because marketing is? Well, this seems as unbalanced as the other way round. You can’t go for the “marketing only” way. Even the best marketer ever need a product, in our case, content.

    As a part-time blogger (I mean this is not my main job and it’s not paying all the bills now) it’s important for me to find a good balance between all possible activities: http://www.sleeplessblogger.com/the-tao-of-blogging/

    Thanks for your post.

  48. Seo blogger says:

    I am agree with all of your points the best for blogger to be start and end with is content writing the basic idea of making things go and grab attention for the followers is the unique content not spinned but absolutely unique.

  49. Good post and many things already ring very true from what I already know. I hope to keep reading informative posts such as this and grow my blog to even bigger proportions.

    Thanks!

  50. Daniel says:

    Onibalusi,

    Agree with some of what you are saying. Going by what I have seen, many sites were/are bells and whistles( Make Money fast by following these proven techniques)) type ploys, with little real social focus. Others were marketing strategies, dressed up as social networks, though, more social networking orientated. Then there are the social network style blogs dressed up as marketing ploys, with great posts extensive, often quality comments(Better quality, though, including bells and whistles).
    Next up, the more in house style blogs, which, by and large are more concerned with social interaction and sharing their passion and knowledge of their particular interests, topics( less bells and whistles).
    There are many others. So, seeing there are many paths being taken with such wide variables in their results, all the above Myths apply and/ or do not apply, to varying degrees, depending on what are the actual goals(Intent) of the indivdual(s) Blog(Website).
    Daniel.