Why Anonymous Blogging Is Not for Serious Bloggers

How much of yourself do you put out there on your blog and social network sites? If you are an anonymous bloggers, are you really taking the precautions for keeping your information from wandering eyes?

Unfortunately, for serious bloggers, those who are making a business of blogging and developing an authority amongst the blogging community cannot remain anonymous. Especially in the United States, you are required to file taxes for advertisements and all types of monies earned from endorsements, which in return other people can see your information.

If you want to remain anonymous, the following would be needed to be met:

  • You cannot reveal your real name.
  • You cannot reveal your address.
  • You cannot reveal detailed aspects that will specifically identify you, including work.
  • You cannot even share your photograph.

In social media, being transparent is important. This helps build your trust with others in your niche as well as readers in general. While the attention can be tempting for bloggers, you cannot succeed if you want to influence your followers. They will not be able to relate to an anonymous person.

AND it kind of hinders the process of becoming more of an authority in your niche. Many bloggers seek to attend conferences and even speak at them, gaining more authority over their blogging peers who remain behind the screen. For bloggers who choose to remain anonymous, they may not be able to grow more as a blog and brand versus other bloggers who will try to reach more people with any medium they can get their hands on.

While you might just be an individual, take a lesson from companies. They are required to share information. Why would you trust a large company if they cannot give you detailed information about the main hub or their products? If you cannot share a bit about yourself, why would people trust you. If you are making money online, you are building a business with your blog, thus needing that transparency for bloggers too.

While you can limit what you put out online and still be transparent, if you do not want people to know where you live and have your own domain, pay the extra few dollars to privatize your domain registration. Your visitors WILL get curious and even look up your registration, even if it is to see who you host with (despite the fact they could just email you via your contact form and ask.) This might give a little piece of mind of not being contacted by phone or snail mail or even email just by someone looking up your domain registration information at any registrar.

On the other hand, it is understandable why a person wants to keep as much of their information as private as possible, but also try to build a brand. It could be that they had a bad experience with harassers or perhaps had a problem with identity theft. Or it could be that they are parents and have worries that revealing information that could let a person know where they live is very scary.

However, with millions of bloggers online, there is a big difference between bloggers who are transparent and anonymous bloggers – the obvious trust and ability to assure authenticity. There are very few exceptions to being extremely successful as an anonymous blogger.

What advice do you have for bloggers wanting to become more active as a blogger, but try to retain some privacy in the same breath? For those who are anonymous bloggers, how have you assured your readers of your authenticity?

Comments

  1. says

    You are exactly right, Nile. Anonymous blogging is certainly fading. Time will really come when nobody could just blog anymore and be anonymous. This is also a complete waste of time if you are a business owner and blogging is part of your marketing efforts. Nothing will be accomplished by being anonymous.

    Thanks for the post. Have a good one.

    - Wes -

  2. says

    I don't recommend anonymous blogging as it is difficult to create a relationship with the reader if your identity is blurred. The exception is if you post highly unique and quality content in the niche.

  3. says

    Good Topic but my point of view is that if you seriously want blogging and want to make it for others as well as for you then anonymous blogging can harm you because anonymous term creates non reliable feeling. Thanks for sharing the useful and educating stuff.

  4. says

    It is very difficult to maintain a blog if you are an anonymous blogger. Also it would reflect that you cannot be trusted with the written articles since your not known to your readers.

  5. says

    Hi Nile! It’s another good written article. I appreciate you for helping readers through blogging time to time. The info you shared here is very crucial for people to keep in mind. Thanks

  6. says

    You are right Nile, with anonymous blogging i see as very difficult to create that “special relationship” with the readers.
    And basically, like in any business, knowing who are you talking to means a lot.

  7. says

    I thought that blogging was all about becoming a famous face among the blogging community. At least this explains why i was so confused when i saw the admin of a blog who refused to use a gravatar and their real name.
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  8. says

    Hey Nile,
    You have made a great point here about anonymous blogging. I don’t think it is the greatest idea. For what I have learned about blogging is that it is all about brand recognition and building our own brands. How is the author suppose to build a quality relationship with the reader also. You have highlighted many good points.
    Kyle

  9. says

    Hey Nile,
    You have made a great point here about anonymous blogging. I don’t think it is the greatest idea. For what I have learned about blogging is that it is all about brand recognition and building our own brands. How is the author suppose to build a quality relationship with the reader also. You have highlighted many good points.
    Kyle
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  10. says

    Hi Nile,

    There are so many times I’ve thought of being an anonymous blogger. You know, just let my mind speak the whole truth and nothing but the truth. To really get my feelings out about people and issues without having to worry someone will use it against me or anger friends and family. But I find that it doesn’t work for me for two reason: one, my emotions and opinions may be too strong that I won’t be able to stop myself from giving out clues about my identit; and two, I’m pretty sure someone will find out who I am in three posts.

  11. says

    I used to have a site many years ago where I hid behind a fake name… I didn’t enjoy it! I much prefer to be me…

    Now, I’m able to be me and offer a lot more value because I can appear on camera etc.

    I strongly recommend being yourself as a blogger as it’s much more rewarding.

    Great post,
    Gavin

  12. says

    I found this article to be very useful. My only advice for anonymous bloggers is not to waste their time. If you want your blog to be successful, show people you are real and you are ready to put your money where your mouth is. On the other hand the Net is an ideal place for swindlers who can use private data available there…and this is a serious problem.
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  13. says

    Great advice Niles. I’ve made some conscious decisions about where to draw the line in terms of “revealing” myself online. I never share about immediate family, etc., but my biggest issue is maintaining privacy as far as exactly where I live, phone numbers, etc., and the reason for that is 10 years in direct sales where Reprs in my district felt it was perfectly ok to show up at my door any hour day or night. After a few really creepy experiences I changed all my numbers, etc., and made the decision to keep certain things very private in the future.
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  14. says

    Hi Nile

    Thx for this info .

    I agree with you if you cant see how is the person behind the comment or post how can you really trust that person.

    A photo tel more than you think, That is why i delete every Comment from a person that i can’s see or know how it is.

    Good point’s Thanks
    Theuns
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  15. says

    Thank you very much for the post! I can’t agree with you more Nile. I think many blog allow anonymous blogging to get more traffic or maintain the relationships with guest, but then they have to face many problems like you said.
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  16. says

    Hi Nile,

    I agree with you totally. Building your reputation is everything if you want to prosper on line. If we are transparent, others see they get what they see. This builds trust, and people only part with cash to those they feel they can trust! Transparency is also your best defense against attacks.
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  17. says

    Agreed, blogging puts your privacy at risk; although, I am going to go back into the blogging battle soon to capture my audience. Stickiness is the key when you’re an affiliate marketer, and on aridseas.net I want as much stickiness as possible.

  18. says

    This is an outstanding post Nile. These information will remind people about the anonymous blogging and will keep their quality writing from wandering eyes. Keep posting such gratifying work. Thanks a ton for the helpful information.

  19. says

    A very thought provoking post, Nile. I can see a few other advantages to being an anonymous blogger in addition to the ones you’ve cited. You can say things (and take risks) anonymously that you perhaps won’t do in real person.

    But I agree with you, if you want to build lasting relationships with your readers, it calls for trust. Which calls for your real identity. Sometimes, the best way to protect privacy is to be completely transparent. :)
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  20. says

    This is a great discussion and you are certainly not alone in your dilemma. A blog is a wonderful place to establish an online identity whether public or anonymous.

  21. says

    Blogging sounds fun but thinking of writing all those never ending topics always use to swirl my head. I believe there are times when even bloggers do run out of ideas on new topics and trying to get some inspiration always bring back that intensity. I found the articles very helpful and I’m sure every reader who loves writing will appreciate your tips.
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  22. says

    Hello Nile,
    Great points you’ve raised here. I’ve always really thought transparency to be important from my own side. That said though I do understand that sometime people may be blogging from or about war zones and the like or places under military dictatorships. Here in the West it is easy to forget that whilst we enjoy freedom of speech many people are not in such a safe and fortunate position. These people in order to get their message out to the rest of the world often put themselves in danger by exposing their identity. :)
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  23. says

    I absolutely agree with you and this is the main reason I didn’t go into serious blogging. I enjoy my privacy and I wouldn’t want everyone to know my business so if I can’t do it properly anonymously I rather just not do it.

  24. says

    Putting a face to the blogger certainly helps with feeling that they are genuine and sharing their true experiences with you. when you read a blog by an anonymous blogger, you often wonder if they have some kind of hidden agenda or are not trustworthy – which for me isn’t a great way to build a business.
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  25. says

    Thank You Niles
    This is a great informational post on blogging, I never really thought about the anonymous blogger, I don’t think I would like if I could not no the true person on the blog, but I do see your points. Just not my cup of tea.
    Thank you Again
    Sharon
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  26. says

    Good suggestion, All of you tips are very informative and will be a great help for newer blogger.Thank you for finding the time to create such an interesting and idea inspiring blog – I will back to visit very soon.
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  27. says

    Seems like many people try to be anonymous by not sharing their pictures or videos, and by having a generic sounding blog name instead of a “yourname.com”.

    I think it’s ok, and I will still visit these blogs if they share great information.

    BUT, I’m always far more likely to connect with people who expose more personal details about themselves. And I am certainly FAR more likely to purchase things from them because of the trust factor.
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  28. Nicole Schuman says

    Being an anonymous blogger is kinda hard. You cannot share everything about you. Yes, you have your privacy but your blogs are only limited…
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  29. says

    “In social media, being transparent is important. This helps build your trust with others in your niche as well as readers in general”

    I totally agree with this statement

  30. says

    On my personal blog, I am transparent but for my product review blogs I believe it will have a negative effect because many customers need to see a well designed professional looking product review blog rather than seeing my photo and short bio. Cnet blog is an exception where things are rather professionally managed and they reveal the identities of their authors.
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  31. says

    totally agree, thankgoodness that anonymous blogging is fading. personally i think nothing can accomplished by being anonymous, especially if you`re promoting your business

  32. says

    hi Nile, nice post here…i agree with you, and i agree with Michael comment :
    “I thought that blogging was all about becoming a famous face among the blogging community. ”

    therefore I use my gravatar to become famous. other than that I trusted and known to visitors .. :)

  33. says

    Great article and timely for me..I have had a blog for about 6 months..it has grown so much and I’m so happy with it. I had a generic little gravatar for my “branding” I was happy with it up until recently. I could really sense that if I was going to go farther in this blogging business that I needed to AT LEAST let my friends and followers know what I look like..so I took the plunge and put my face out there for the world to see. Now maybe nobody really cares..but I feel more transparent and I feel like I’m more personable :) Great Post!
    Blessings!
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  34. says

    it all comes down to the quality of the content, I don’t think anyone really cares who you are or if you write under a pen name or real name – after all, how can they actually verify that?

    just write good content and you’ll be fine

    • says

      Good content is great, but if you are anonymous… you are limiting yourself later on when say you want to reach on the same level bloggers who are vlogging and even public speaking. You limit yourself to only so many mediums to convey your content.

  35. Jeane says

    Great arguments. Building trust is a must online for me if you want to have a good reputation online that means being transparent enough. Glad to take some serious and well said blogging points in here.

  36. says

    I definitely agree, when blogging you should show your face, this helps make you an authority in your niche, people will remember you and this will build trust with your readers.

    Great Post Nile

    Thanks
    Joe

  37. Dhana28 says

    So true! For me it’s good to be an anonymous blogger.. They will read your blog for the content not because of your picture at all.. Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us! :)
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  38. says

    Such a great article! And I totally agree, staying anonymous is the most common barrier of the success of an online business. Online marketing is always based on trust, and we won’t trust somebody who is in incognito. Thanks for sharing this inspiring article.
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  39. says

    I began a blog just yesterday where I am trying to stay anonymous. It’s a political blog and I would rather not have people see my name identified with it yet. Basically because some people can be so hateful and biased towards people with certain political views, especially in the industry in which I would like to work. Don’t know how things will go with being anonymous, hopefully well, but the odds are against me.
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  40. says

    Be anonymous online is the same way of being anonymous offline. Nobody is ready to do business with someone he/she does not know. Therefore, anonymous blogger will find it difficult in getting more followers unlike known blogger. Thank for the advice.

    Tijani

  41. says

    Nobody is willing to take anybody who is anonymous seriously. Being online or offline. Therefore, if one is thinking of making it BIG online or offline, he/she should try his/her best to reveal some information about him/her

  42. says

    You’ll find lots of occasions I’ve considered just as one anonymous blogger. But nevertheless works sometimes in which the particulars are apparent, unique, and helpful. That I have discovered blogging is always that it is all about brand recognition and building our personal brands. How’s the host suppose to create a great relationship while using visitors also.
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  43. says

    Dont know much about this before reading this post, thanks for sharing this informative post with us. That was really good for me to have some new knowledge coming here.
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  44. pdevlin says

    Niles, interesting article – thanks for posting it. But what about the situation where someone may want to post unpopular (NOT hateful) political views – such as questioning some of the assumptions that are taken for granted today? Due to the group-think mentality that has overtaken the West, these views could potentially bring the blogger into conflict with employment.

    • says

      There are instances where I can see and in many scenarios for any issue, for anonymous blogging… this might be necessary. I remember hearing about a gal who did political blogging over somewhere in the middle east and she was found out and publicly flogged. I can see in this case, that anonymous blogging is necessary. The thing is that “serious” is also an issue with some bloggers… how serious they want to become in their career. Anonymous blogging limits that line between the blogger willing to be in the public limelight and transparent versus limited to mediums because it may reveal their real identity.

  45. says

    Hello Out there,

    Greetings! I just want to extend my gratitude to you ms Nile, by sharing this wonderful article that everybody read it will leave your site with something to bring on there on the information you have shared. your such a genius person in sharing this kind of article. Wish you all the best and success
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  46. Jeffrey T. Sooey says

    I agree with you Nile. If your purpose for blogging is to promote your business and yourself then anonymous blogging is not the way to go. There are certain things that you can keep private, but there are things that you need to reveal about yourself to be credible and for others to trust and have faith in you. Know these things and you’ll be set!

  47. says

    I need to agree on your post ms. nile,

    Revealing you own identity is just fine even your blogger, your article is very interesting and informative. thank you for sharing it!

  48. Ben Molder says

    Google know about as what we like, where we live,who are we and who are our friends. Anonymous online ended a long time ago …

  49. says

    I am new to your blog – first of all your blog is really a blondish. In other words you blog looks speaks your blog name.
    Coming to your post now well doing blogging anonymous has it’s own pros and cons. I know many such people who do anonymous blogging to get our of the competition.

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