You are now a blogger! You spent a good 3 hours over the weekend setting up your new blog. It is so great, the 4 posts are so clever and glorious that anyone who reads them will be instantly cured of anything they have and rainbows will shoot out of their asses. Your theme is so fantastic and colourful you almost go blind just looking at it. So why is the urge to kill rising? Why is this wonderfully new, almost sexually attractive blog driving you crazy?
Here are a few tips to maintain you sanity during the first few weeks of blogging for the first time.
1. Do not expect search engine love
The search engine spiders are busy little guys. They will get to you eventually but don’t expect it to happen right away. It will help the spiders if they have a path to follow, like a link from another site that is already indexed. Also, a nice juicy google sitemap is always good food for the spiders.
2. Stop checking your traffic stats
OK, back away from the stat page. They mean nothing to you yet. You will just drive yourself insane! If you just stated up, then stay away from them.
You will get a few more visitors everyday for a week, then you will put up what you think was a great article and notice a huge drop in traffic. Then you start analyzing why the drop off happened. Maybe it was the day, or the hour it was posted. Maybe it was offensive or did not have the right keywords. Then the next day traffic doubles and you spit out your milk with glee. Then the next day there is none and you start punching you cat.
Just stay away from them for awhile. Develop your blog, get your own voice. When you have some good content and have learned how to understand and use the stats properly, then dive into them and analyze away.
3. Stop worrying about getting dugg
Just because you wrote something and then posted it to digg does not mean anything. If your content is good and original, it may get dugg eventually. Just don’t hold your breath, keeping writing. Don’t worry about it. Seriously. Your thinking about it right now aren’t you?
4. You are NOT in an elite club
“Who the hell is the Darren Rowse guy? Fuck Shoemoney and John Chow. I just e-mailed them 14 minutes ago about this great new blog and they haven’t even mentioned it on their blogs yet! I gave them a plug and even commented on one of their crappy posts! I better go firebomb their servers…”
Get the point yet? Just because you tell someone about your new blog does not mean they will (a) Have time to look at it (b) like it enough to plug it or (c) even see your e-mail. Give them something they would like to read before you ask them to look at it.
5. You are not Scrooge McDuck, you will not be swimming in a pool of money
You have AdWords Ads flowing all over your blog now and soon you will be rich! Other bloggers make a living from their blogs and now you can too. But why have you only made $0.06 in a week! Google must be ripping you off! You should not even have any advertising on your site yet. Unless your site is about on-line advertising and it is part of an article you are writing on implementing AdWords, then it would be best to have a little content and traffic first.
6. Everyone will trade links with you!
Just kidding, they will not trade links with you. Text links are worth cash-ola to bloggers now and giving them away just for the fun of it doesn’t happen as much. Now you could get some smaller blogs to trade links with you, or you can get a link back by doing some work for bigger bloggers.
7. Content is King
Now before you all go off on me here, let me explain. You can’t just throw up any old content and expect people to rip off their clothes with glee over it. You need some original, good, and relevant content. If your blog is about video games, why are their 14 posts about a self draining tea pot? Sure you have a lot of posts, and they may even be good posts, but people are coming to read about games.
8. Imitation is NOT the sincerest form of flattery
Not when it comes to blogging that is. If a post from a blog you like inspires you to write something, that is great. You may even want to link back to that person to show your gratitude for giving you the idea. Copying an entire post is not quite the same, even if you link back to it at the end. If you must, write up what you thought of the post, and then link to it. Don’t just steal content and then sneak in a link at the end. Same thing with the look of your site. Don’t do what Donnie Don’t Does.
9. Running a contest/starting a train/meme will NOT make you famous
If it does catch on then you will get some benefit out of it, but there is no guarantee. Especially if you are just starting out and have absolutely no name at all. This is the baby growth period, there will be plenty of time for that later.
10. Creating a top ten list will NOT get you dugg!
Although, diggers sure like their top ten lists. And all those diggers are fantastic folks, I sure like them. I really enjoy the service they provide and I wish I could do something for them. Digg.com is great. This is in no way an attempt to garner favour with them, they are much to wise and would see right through it with their superior wisdom.