I have been blogging more than a decade and have seen a lot in the blogging world. In the niche on blogs about blogging, I am seeing a lot of blind leading the blind. What I mean by this is that there are first time bloggers trying to teach others based on next to nothing in knowledge about the blogging world.
In fact, it is bad enough that there are guest posts galore on many big sites that scream novice blogger who just gathered and slopped together articles from more experienced bloggers to create their own version. For me, it is really a huge show of how lazy people are and why we have so many bloggers asking how to tell if their content has been stolen or scraped.
Come on people!
If you are going to teach people something, you HAVE to have adequate knowledge and not, excuse me for saying… bullshit your way through blogging. In fact, some of the big sites that I read, I only subscribe to those authors who actually have real experience, and ignore the other trash published on the sites.
Yes, it is awesome that people want to make a living from blogging, but really… its a waste to your readers and future readers time if you do not put in your hard work. Blogging takes knowledge and for those serious about it enough to want to make it a career, and even teach others, you have to have experience under your belt.
So, for those who just started blogging in the last six months, you really should be contacting an experienced blogger and learning from them on what to do in order to become the next successful blogger. Once you have that experience, you do not have to worry about duplicate content, or search engine optimization. You will work on developing your blogging voice and engaging with others.
As a better suggestion, as you are building that experience by spending hours reading and blogging on what you read, you can reference articles you read and summarize in your own words what you learned and why others should read that blog post. This builds a reputation between yourself and other bloggers, as well as builds your own authority… saying that you are learning and wanting to share what you learned.
Another thing is when you start your blog, rather than become a guest blogger, become somewhat of an intern for another site. Learn from that authority blogger and strive to produce articles on par with that blogger while developing your own blogger voice.
Blog owners in return should be buckling down on guest post submissions, and carefully choosing bloggers who will add to their site’s voice, rather than detract from it with mediocre articles. While it is great that any blog owner would open their site up for guest blog opportunities, it is a double edged sword that really can hurt, especially if the guest writer is not in it for their own blog, but perhaps a company. Those type of guest bloggers are being paid to publish their re-written and many times spun articles throughout the blogosphere. They care diddly squat other than getting their money.
So, with this advice I have given, I am sure since you know the niche on blogs about blogging is a very competitive one and you probably think my advice deters you from becoming that next big blog informational resource. No… my advice is to make you realize that you MUST practice, read, write, connect, and overall strive to become a better blogger.
You can become popular off of writing and sharing and connecting, but how long will you be able to keep up producing articles if your return on investment is not there? Blogging as a career is NOT glamorous and it DOES take time and dedication like any other startup business. Your readers are not stupid and will see what you are in time.
How long have you been blogging? What is your niche? What have you learned as a blogger?