Good Day Class!

Today I am honored to introduce our substitute teacher (guest writer) Greg Blencoe, from the fabulous blog, “Positive Waves Baby”. Greg will be discussing and analyzing a topic we hear about quite often – blogging tips.

Grab a seat, have a listen, and share your thoughts in the comment section.

Welcome Greg.

The floor is yours.

Hi Class,

I really appreciate the opportunity to guest post at BWAB. It’s great to be here.

Most overrated and underrated blogging tips

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Let’s get started.

Most of us have probably read countless articles on blogging tips. While there is a lot of great advice about blogging on the Internet, some of it is underrated and some of it is overrated.

Today’s Lesson

My most underrated blogging tip is sharing a lot of information about who you are somewhere on your blog.

When I read blogs, I not only want to connect with the writing, but I also want to feel a connection with the writer. However, I often visit blogs where there is little or vague information about who the blogger is. And this puts distance between me and the blog.

Although I have a pretty standard About page, I share a lot more information about myself on my “100 things about me” page. On this page, you can learn a variety of things about me including that a family joke growing up was that I was born at the State College Zoo (#4).

Although most of the information on this page has nothing to do with my blog topic, it allows people to feel a much closer connection to me. For example, while I just started this blog a couple of months ago, I have already gotten several e-mails from readers about various things on the “100 things about me” page.

Therefore, if you aren’t already doing this, I highly recommend thinking about sharing a lot of information about yourself on your blog.

My most overrated blogging tip is focusing too much on SEO (search engine optimization).

While search engine traffic is certainly a wonderful way to get more people to your blog, I think having an obsession with SEO can be very counterproductive. The following saying comes to mind with SEO:

A strength used to excess can become a weakness.

While I also believe that responding to readers who comment on my blog, commenting on other blogs, and guest posting (thanks, Barbara!) are very important in building a blog, my number one priority by far is trying to publish great content. In my opinion, no matter what else I do, I won’t get very far with my blog if it doesn’t have content that people really want to read.

In order to achieve this, I have to put my heart and soul into my writing. And I have found that worrying about SEO totally destroys the creative process for me and results in a watered-down version instead of something that is genuine.

Therefore, even if the lack of attention to SEO results in less search engine traffic, the people who do find the blog through a search engine are much more likely to stay.

Today’s Assignment

What do you think about my most underrated and overrated blogging tip? Agree? Disagree?

What is your most underrated blogging tip?

What is your most overrated blogging tip?

Raise your hand and share your thoughts.

This has been a guest post from Greg Blencoe. He writes about personal development at his blog, Positive Waves Baby.

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  1. Hi Greg,

    I like the idea about the 100 Things About Me page as a secondary About page. As for the SEO points, I used to belong to the Church of Artistry Over SEO. However, I’ve found while writing for clients, that SEO can be very beneficial to a blog/site. To ignore SEO these days is a mistake, in my opinion, if you rely on your blog for business.

    The difference between bad SEO keyword stuffing practices and good content is simply a matter of the talent of a writer and their knowledge of SEO. Bad writers who are just looking to make a quick buck will put out bad, obvious content and won’t keep readers. Good writers, however, can incorporate SEO well enough that it doesn’t stick out like a sore thumb. There’s no reason you can’t write well and use SEO. I might suggest writing your post first without any regard for SEO and then, during the editing stage, going back in and seeing where you can fit SEO in organically.

    I believe Cath Lawson’s post here back in March has some good pointers for those who don’t want to sacrifice art but still want to utilize SEO.

    Of course, I’ve not actually utilized SEO on my personal blogs 🙂 as I’ve not relied on it for business.
    .-= Check out Blogger Dad/ David Wright´s awesome post: Swiper – No Swiping! =-.

    • Greg BlencoeNo Gravatar says:

      Hi David,

      Thanks for the comment.

      I’m glad you like the idea of having a “100 things about me” page as a secondary About page.

      Regarding SEO, I’m not advocating ignoring it. But I do believe that focusing on it too much is a problem. I think what you recommend is a very reasonable way to go for most people.

      Thanks for sharing Cath Lawson’s BWAB post on this.
      .-= Check out Greg Blencoe´s awesome post: My personal 30-day money challenge starts next Monday on May 10th =-.

  2. Mike GoadNo Gravatar says:

    My underrated, I think, or maybe unrated, actually has more to do with comments. I’ve noticed that a lot of people don’t subscribe to followup comments. I do, because I like to be able to see the response or responses to my comments without having to go back to each and every blog post that I’ve commented on. I do a couple of things that others might not not do.

    When I do manage to reply to a comment (one of those blogging things I want to work on is not taking so long to reply that the reply seems to be an afterthought), I cut and paste it to email a copy to the person who left the comment – which only works, of course, when the commenter leaves a working email address. 🙁 If I got a ton of comments like some people do, emailing a comment reply would not be manageable, though.

    Where I’ve subscribed to comments, I’ve started to unsubscribe a day or so after the blog author has responded or when the comment traffic has started to become too much.

    The most overrated tip for me has to do with SEO. Sure, search engine optimization might be important. However, I think it can also be one of those things that some people obsess too much about. Maybe I’m “old school,” but I still think content is king.
    .-= Check out Mike´s awesome post: Tornado Warnings! =-.

    • Greg BlencoeNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Mike,

      Thanks for sharing your underrated and overrated tips!

      It’s quite interesting that you bring up subscribing to comments. Honestly, this is something I’ve struggled with. I really enjoy reading what the blogger has said in response to my comment. However, I have found that it can be very frustrating subscribing to comments, because I will often have 8-10 e-mails in my inbox the morning after subscribing to them. And then I have to take the time to go through all of these e-mails. Therefore, I either go back to the blog to read the comment or don’t go back.

      I’m sure this has probably already been done, but I’ve been thinking that it would be nice if you could subscribe to just the blogger (or anybody else) replying to your comment and no others.

      I really like how you e-mail the person who left the comment with your reply.

      And regarding SEO being overrated, we see things the same way on this. I agree, content is king!
      .-= Check out Greg Blencoe´s awesome post: Relationships as mirrors =-.

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Haha Mike,

      Working email address? For the email address I use for comments I’ve now had to utilize an auto responder which shows a redirect since it’s getting spammed quite heavily. I’ve thought of changing the email address to one I check regularly, but fear the same thing will happen so just leave it with a message that says, “if you want to reach me, please use the contact form which can be found on my blog”. Spam. Arughhh! 👿

  3. Lori HoeckNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Barbara and Greg,

    When I go to a new blog on the recommendation of others or because they want to follow me on Twitter, I often go immediately to their About page to see what they say about themselves and how they say it, so yes, a good About page is key for me.

    When I write for SEO, I have to use more creativity to make it and my information work together. Since I write with the audience in mind, I also surmise what they will be searching for and make sure they can find me. This doesn’t work for every blog, but it does when people need a certain piece of information and you have it to give to them.

    Most over-rated tip: “Follow my rules and you’ll do fine”
    Most under-rated tip: “Write with the audience’s needs in mind”
    .-= Check out Lori Hoeck´s awesome post: Think Like a Black Belt in newsletter form =-.

  4. Greg BlencoeNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Lori,

    Thanks for the comment. And I appreciate your sharing your underrated and overrated tips!

    I agree that writing with the audience’s needs in mind is important. I write about a variety of aspects of personal development on my blog. And I try to think about what issues really matter to people.

    I’ve also found that I can often get ideas for blog topics from the comments people leave where you can tell they want more information in a certain area.
    .-= Check out Greg Blencoe´s awesome post: Relationships as mirrors =-.

  5. Hi Barbara, Hi Greg,

    I’m afraid I don’t agree. Not entirely anyway.

    I’ve been down the content is king route and it brought me a lot of comments. Which is fabulous if you’re a social blogger looking to make connections and get involved in a close knit community – and granted it can sometimes lead to other opportunities. But if you want slightly more than that, if you want to make some pin money from your blog, or even a significant income you’re going to need some basic SEO, because the honest truth is the vast majority of bloggers don’t have the writing talent or personality to succeed (and I include myself in that).

    I think the fact is, many bloggers are looking to make an income of sorts whether they admit it or not. Some even do it apologetically hoping that no one will notice. I’m talking about the bloggers who have adsense on their sites or some other affiliate links. And just like I did, they wonder why no one clicks on their ads, or buys from their affiliate links.

    The reason is, bloggers aren’t customers, they’re bloggers. They’re social animals who attract and network with other bloggers.

    The customers, the people clicking on the ads, are those who find your site through the search engines. Unfortunately none of the great (or even average) content bloggers write lists anywhere in the SERPs because they don’t know how to apply basic SEO techniques. On the other hand the internet marketers know how this works and exploit it daily often with substandard content on very ‘thin’ sites.

    I agree with you that people can get obsessed with SEO and neglect the message, but surely there’s room for both?

    I actually think that dismissing SEO is condemning countless new bloggers, like I was two years ago, to a short lived and unsuccessful blogging career.

    Thing is no one tells the new comers this. They have to find out the hard way – and sadly, some don’t stick around long enough to do so.

    Just the simple act of getting people to change the way they link to each other, using meaningful descriptive keywords, instead of “click here” would make a difference. But getting bloggers to see this is tough, because their blogging heroes don’t tend to advocate the kind of SEO that would benefit them.

    There is something to be said for the approach you describe, we should all try to be better writers and produce better content. We should seek to build a sense of community and connections, but unless that’s the only reason you’re doing it, you ignore basic SEO at your peril.

    Just my thoughts.

    I’m not trying to position myself as an expert here, I’m certainly not an expert. Instead I’d say that this is my own personal experience.

    And please understand I’m not trying to shout you down. I actually wanted to litter the text with smiley faces but decided to remain serious (which makes a change for me) 🙂

    .-= Check out Dave (MisterGoodGuy)´s awesome post: Mona Lisa =-.

    • Greg BlencoeNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Dave,

      Thanks a bunch for the detailed reply. And while it looks like we will have to agree to disagree on some points (which is fine!), perhaps there is a middle ground where we can meet.

      I actually don’t advocate dismissing SEO or ignoring basic SEO.

      I just think that focusing too much on SEO is a big mistake. Basically, if the primary focus when writing a post is on SEO and not on connecting with a reader by writing from the heart, I think it’s going to come across in the post. Or at least it would if I tried to do this. In order for me to dig really deep, I can’t think about SEO when I write.

      In a similar sense, I’ve seen people who only write list posts. Every single one has, for example, “7 ways to…” in it. While I think list posts are great, it gets really old to read the same type of post over and over again.

      I guess my belief and approach is that I think it’s most important by far to focus on writing content that’s so good that others would want to link to it (which helps SEO), come back for more, and tell others about it.

      But I completely agree that incorporating basic SEO into posts is a good thing to do as long as it doesn’t get in the way of writing great content.
      .-= Check out Greg Blencoe´s awesome post: Relationships as mirrors =-.

      • Greg, thanks for the response. I think we can definitely find some middle ground.

        I’d agree that if the process of writing is inhibited by thoughts of SEO, it’s better to concentrate on the writing.

        The SEO can be left until after, and even then it needn’t be about wedging in loads of keywords and changing the meaning of our work or ruining the flow.

        Consistently producing excellent original content is a great way to go, and if you can do that you’re golden. But there in lies the problem. Most people can’t consistently write outstanding content and all the writing tips in the world won’t help them enough to find success through their words alone. Which is where the ‘average’ blogger could win with better SEO. Unfortunately they keep hearing that “content is king” and eventually come to believe that it’s the only way to do it. It’s a shame because I believe that average bloggers could do much better if they’re not blinkered into chasing the holy grail.

        I don’t think you and I are miles apart here. I think it’s just a question of balance.

        Thanks for the discussion! 🙂

        .-= Check out Dave (MisterGoodGuy)´s awesome post: What To Do When Your eBay Item Didn’t Sell =-.

  6. Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Greg,

    It’s great having you here as substitute teacher. I hope you’re enjoying the experience.

    I agree on the about page as well as SEO. I try to use SEO on some of the posts on this blog, but usually throw caution to the wind as it can interfere with my natural writing style.

    Most overrated blogging tip? This isn’t necessary a tip I’ve seen, but is something I used to believe, and that is, “if you build it, they will come.”. With millions of blogs out there, we HAVE to get out and market ourselves, whether it’s via commenting, social media. guest posting, SEO or other. In the beginning months of blogging, I had that philosophy and for months my traffic was slim to none. For me, commenting worked best, but I’m sure others have had success by using different methods.

    Most underrated, or as Mike said, “unrated” blogging tip? The power of a well written comment. Although the short “great post”, “good job”, “I agree” comments show others you’re reading, when we share our opinions and show our personality in comments, I think we’re more apt to be visited not only by the author of the blog, but by bloggers who are reading the comments, as well.

    I see comments as mini blog posts which can hold lots of value, and I feel this blog’s comment section is a perfect example of that.

    • Greg BlencoeNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Barbara,

      I’m having a great time as a substitute teacher. I really appreciate the opportunity.

      I completely agree that marketing is very important with blogs. I’m not sure if this is correct, but I’ve read that the number is over 100 million. Perhaps there was a time years ago when you could just write great content and people would show up. But that certainly isn’t the case now.

      I think leaving high-quality comments on other similar blogs is indeed a good way to promote a blog. It’s funny that you mentioned comments as mini blog posts. I have been telling myself that every comment is a guest post which is basically the same thing. If you have that mentality, I think a lot more people will check out your blog.

      I actually believe that consistently leaving short comments like “great post” is extremely counterproductive. I think it’s better to not leave a comment at all than to do this all the time.
      .-= Check out Greg Blencoe´s awesome post: Relationships as mirrors =-.

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  8. George AngusNo Gravatar says:

    Hey Greg,

    Good stuff here. I think a lot of folks do underrate the idea of including a bit of personal information somewhere on the blog. I think that in addition to a good about page, it’s okay at times to be a bit personal in a post. Tis a fine line however. Too many of those, or negative rants about your current divorce will send folks away in droves.

    Thanks for contributing, teach.

    .-= Check out George Angus´s awesome post: The Gizmodo Case: Are Bloggers Journalists? =-.

    • Greg BlencoeNo Gravatar says:

      Hi George,

      Thanks for the kind words!

      As you suggested, I try to be personal in my posts. But I totally agree that this doesn’t just mean complaining. There should be a point to sharing the information (i.e. it helps the reader).

  9. DavinaNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Barbara & Greg.
    I don’t spend a lot of time on SEO for my blog. I generally write the post and then see how I can sneak in some key words in the first and last paragraphs, and in the H3 headings. It’s my understanding that when they’re in those locations they are picked up easier by the search engines.

    I don’t believe content is king in a lot of cases. Sometimes personality and connection with a blogger will overrule content. I’ve seen some well-written posts on blogs with few comments and then other posts thrown together with 50 or more comments. Doesn’t seem to be a rhyme or reason. However, we see the comments but we don’t see the stats; could be the traffic is higher than the comments indicate.
    .-= Check out Davina´s awesome post: 9 Animal Totem Cards for Your Muse =-.

    • Greg BlencoeNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Davina,

      Thanks for the feedback.

      I actually include personality and connection in what I call content. But perhaps this is a gray area.

      It is indeed interesting how some very well-written posts only get a few comments. I think this has to do with how well the blog is marketed. If the blogger isn’t commenting on other blogs, networking with other bloggers, writing guest posts, etc., then a lot less people are likely to write comments on the blog.
      .-= Check out Greg Blencoe´s awesome post: Relationships as mirrors =-.

  10. HilaryNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Greg and Barbara .. great thoughts and somewhat reassuring for me .. re the about .. I’d be daunted to read 100 points about you – not wanting to be rude!! I like to know who’s who .. and I can get that from a) other commenters, probably why I’ve gone to the new blog in the first place, & b) from a quick visit to the about page – to ensure that what I assumed from the blog and from point (a) is right .. then I know and feel I’m in the right place and want to participate.

    2ndly .. I do hate blogs that don’t have an about page .. I suspect mine hasn’t got much .. but the front page probably tells it all (or enough for the purposes – til we communicate more).

    3rdly I’ve been surprised and very happy that I’ve had personal communication with a lot of bloggers .. so the relationship has to have established itself from the limited detail from me! available. Those relationships will remain .. I believe ..

    4th SEO – has always baffled me .. and I think if you start slow and sure, build up your base, build your business perhaps off-line too – in your locality, with the intention of word of mouth spreading the idea or concept, then your blog will grow by default almost .. and then the marketing can start – and by then you’ll have products etc at the ready & your brand will be ready to confirm itself.

    SEO & my blog really don’t work I think? – but if I break it down then that side of things will no doubt gel ..

    Content is king – I agree, especially if you’re going to use it for value later on …

    I have to see value in the content & not comment for the sake of it ..

    Thanks Barbara and Greg – great thoughts and interesting to see others’ ideas .. have good weeks .. Hilary
    .-= Check out Hilary´s awesome post: The Okavango Delta – the perfect place to Safari or holiday? = Yes for me! Part 2/3: John’s Story…. =-.

    • Greg BlencoeNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Hilary,

      It’s OK to say that reading my “100 things about me” page is too much for you. But I know a lot of people who visit the blog really liked reading it. Basically, it’s there for anybody who wants to check it out.

      Thanks for the rest of the feedback. And have a great week, too! 🙂
      .-= Check out Greg Blencoe´s awesome post: Relationships as mirrors =-.

  11. Hi Barbara! Great info as always. Nice to meet a new blogger, too, Greg.

    Blogging Tips is always a good subject, thanks. 🙂 Who knows why some blogs get so many comments and others get very few. I have to say the longer I have been blogging the more complicated it gets.

    I don’t think there is a simple formula to make your blog successful. However, I think that some of the above comments are absolutely true. I’d say.

    1. Write from the heart.

    2. Be generous with your words.

    3. Be kind.

    4. Offer the reader something, like motivation, like joy, like laughter.

    5. Have fun. My blog is my playground where I play endlessly. I think that’s why people come to play.

    6. See EE Ooh, Shmee EE Oh.

    Have a great one.

    .-= Check out Julie @ jbulie’s blog´s awesome post: 1st Pitch of the Season ~ Root, root, root for the home team. =-.

    • Greg BlencoeNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Julie,

      It’s nice to meet you, too.

      Thanks for offering your six tips. Great advice! It’s clear by your suggestions that you almost certainly have very genuine connections with your readers. I think this is a big part of what makes people come back again.

      Have a wonderful day!

  12. I agree 100% with both of yours actually.

    Whether it’s mine, yours, or someone else’s, I say THE most underrated is the About page argument. This and a contact page should be the first two things input into a new blog, long before you go live.

    Some make 2, which is an awesome idea if you want to keep separate – – About me/About this site.

    SEO indeed. Truth be told, the most needed (dare I say, only needed) basics can be summed up n a paragraph or less…the rest has been handed down by those selling “SEO services”, making it seem much harder then it really is.
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    • Greg BlencoeNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Dennis,

      We definitely have similar views on the importance of the About page! And you make a great point to also have a contact page. Readers should be able to get in touch with you via e-mail.

      And I agree that focusing on the basics with SEO is good.

  13. MichelleNo Gravatar says:

    Hi there,

    I just loved your post (and this blog too)! I started blogging about three weeks ago and have been overwhelmed with all the social networking tips and blogging tips I’ve come across. It seems to me that I spend way more time networking than writing. I am definitely in agreement that focusing too much on SEO and page rank can be really distracting. I’ve tried to begin focusing my attention more on content instead of how many blog hits I’ve gotten. Thanks again, and I’m definitely going to try to add more info about myself within my blog – loved the “100” idea. 🙂
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  14. Greg BlencoeNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Michelle,

    Thanks so much for the kind words. I’m glad you enjoyed the post.

    I can understand how all of the social media tips can be overwhelming when you first start blogging. I like to keep things pretty simple. For example, I have a Twitter account, but I seem to spend far less time on it than most other bloggers.

    Therefore, when I started Positive Waves Baby a few months ago which is my second blog, I focused on trying to write great content and initially pretty much limited my marketing to commenting on other similar blogs (which I think is the best way to get people to start commenting on your blog). And then this can lead to guest posting down the line which is a great way to promote your blog.

    Even though you may not be getting a lot of hits right now, the content you are writing now will be seen by many more people in the future. I’ve been focusing a lot on having several core articles on personal development that will be just as relevant years from now as they are today. And then I have put them in a most popular posts list on the right-side of the blog. I will be ready when I get a lot more traffic.

    Furthermore, I’m glad you liked the “100” idea. It took me a whole day to write the list and part of a couple more days to edit it. But it has really been worth the time. It has meant a lot to me. And some blog readers have really enjoyed it.
    .-= Check out Greg Blencoe´s awesome post: Relationships as mirrors =-.

  15. J.D. MeierNo Gravatar says:

    I think you have your priorities right … publishing great content on your blog is a way to flow value, inspire yourself, and share your best with the world.
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  16. I totally agree with the overrated part. Some people go really crazy about SEO that they even keep talking about their own PR upgrades, ranks etc all the time (and many related posts as well).

    As for the first part, don’t you think having just a good About me page along with social tool links would be sufficient?
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    • Greg BlencoeNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Ajith,

      Thanks for the comment.

      The going crazy about SEO is exactly what I think is a problem. I just think that time is much better spent focusing on producing great content.

      I think it’s totally fine to have a good About me page with links to Twitter, Facebook, etc. like you mentioned. I took it another step further, because I really liked Jenny Blake’s “100 things about me” page on her Life After College blog. And several people on my blog have really enjoyed reading this page after I posted it. However, I don’t think it’s something that everybody has to do.
      .-= Check out Greg Blencoe´s awesome post: My personal 30-day money challenge starts next Monday on May 10th =-.

  17. PatriciaNo Gravatar says:

    I am rather an SEO failure and when I did do a great post with key words there was a misspelling and it drew almost no one, even after the correction. I just don’t seem to be able to understand how to find the right key words…

    I just attempt to write the best that I am able to on subjects that are important to folks. I believe a great many folks who would read my material don’t even know about blogs – I still think it is a worthwhile activity for me and a way for me to be heard and listened to, by those who are willing to keep my posts coming in!

    Stumbleupon has been a great resource for me – huge, but I don’t think folks are doing that much any more?

    Good stuff here – thank you
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    • Greg BlencoeNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Patricia,

      Thanks for the kind words. I’m glad you enjoyed the post.

      I really loved this sentence:

      “I just attempt to write the best that I am able to on subjects that are important to folks.”

      When people do this (and combine it with effective marketing), I think good things are most likely to happen.

      I signed up for StumbleUpon a long time ago, but I didn’t use it for long. However, I’ve heard it can sometimes bring lots of traffic.
      .-= Check out Greg Blencoe´s awesome post: My personal 30-day money challenge starts next Monday on May 10th =-.

  18. Keith DavisNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Barbara
    Most underrated – “subscribe to comments plugin”.
    This plugin really gets the discussion going in the comments.
    The comments become interactive rather than just a list.
    I often see a comment arrive in my email, read it and it prompts me to reply.

    Most overrated – “grab a free theme and get blogging straight away!”
    Free themes are great until you have a problem or want to make changes. You can’t usually get support for a free theme and if you are like me… even seeing “PHP” written down reduces me to a quivering wreck.
    Get a premium theme that has support – won’t cost you much, will save you hours of your time and could keep you sane.
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  19. Tony SingleNo Gravatar says:

    Great post.

    Kidding! Just kidding! 😛

    Well, it IS a great post, but I’m kidding about leaving a smart alec comment that says “Great post”. Erm. I hear crickets. Well, anyway, moving on…

    One of the most overrated blogging tips I ever came across was “sign up with x number of blogging communities/sites”. They’re a great way of meeting other bloggers to be sure but in terms of bringing sqillions of new readers to your blog… well, not so great. Everyone there is trying to drum up more readers just like you are, so you usually end up with comments like “Great post. You can visit me at my blah blah blah.”

    Good grief. 😛
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  20. Greg BlencoeNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Tony,

    I appreciate the comment. 🙂

    I have actually never seen what you mentioned (“sign up with x number of blogging communities/sites”). But it’s good to know what your experience has been with them.

    Thanks for sharing!
    .-= Check out Greg Blencoe´s awesome post: My personal 30-day money challenge starts next Monday on May 10th =-.

  21. I respectfully disagree on SEO. I think it can become second nature rather than an obsession and can help make sure that people who should be reading your blog are actually finding it…
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  22. IncognitoNo Gravatar says:

    I agree with you that sharing stuff about who’s behind the blog is of key value, but you also reveal yourself to the whole world wide web. Isn’t it?
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    • Greg BlencoeNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Incognito,

      I think by having a blog that we are all opening up ourselves to the whole world wide web. And at least for me, I feel I’m opening myself up to more very positive connections with great people by sharing more of who I am.

      Honestly, it seems a bit odd to me to share so much of oneself through writing blog posts and then only want to share little about who the person is. It’s being open and closed at the same time.

      However, I think everybody should do exactly what they are comfortable with.
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  23. SaraNo Gravatar says:

    Barbara — Thanks for introducing Greg to all of us. He’s been a very good substitute teacher:~)

    Greg — I loved the idea of your “100 Things About Myself.” That’s very clever. I’m not sure I could come with 100, but it would be fun to try.

    I agree with you about the importance of letting people know who you are and doing it in a way that’s both fun and informative. You DO make me want to go back and take another look at my own “ABOUT” section.

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  24. Greg BlencoeNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Sara,

    Thanks for the kind words!

    I actually am very confident that you about come up with 100 things about yourself. If you were to take a look at my page as an example, I think you would immediately come up with tons of ideas of things to write about yourself. It’s almost like writing an autobiography.
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  25. I think the most overrated blog tip has to do with not giving up. Yes, its easy to go though the first six, twelve, eighteen months, then twenty-four months etc, but when is enough enough? Not all blogs are meant to succeed IMO.
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  26. Greg BlencoeNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Carla,

    Thanks for the comment.

    I definitely think if that many months have gone by and good things aren’t happened, then changes need to be made. Sometimes adjustments can help out a lot. It seems like it’s all about finding the niche where the blogger clicks with readers.
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  27. Good post, my under rated tip is the cliche tip to blog everyday. I also think you’ll see the most success if you blog about something that interests you or helps people out.
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  28. VenNo Gravatar says:

    I love the “100 Things about Me” idea and decided to try that on my blog. I scaled it down to only 50 things though. It took me nearly 2 hours just to come up with those. I’ll keep adding to the list offline and if, over time, I reach 100, I’ll update it.

    As for the SEO issue. Focusing too much on it interferes with my creativity and when I try to write with SEO in mind, the post always comes out flat and uninspired. I usually end up deleting it and starting over. What works for me is writing the post first, with no thought about SEO, and then adding keywords and tweaking the article for better SEO during the editing process.

    My SEO might not be as perfect as it could be, but I do what works for me and keep learning a little more each day. Finding great blogs, like this one, inspires me to keep learning and improving.
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