When I first started blogging, I did it for the joy of writing, sharing and connecting with people. Then began all the must-do’s and the have-to’s. I began to sign up for posts from every blogging guru out there. Then I realized that they often contradicted each other. I noticed that Google kept changing its algorithm and it was so difficult to keep up. Some of the gurus were charlatans!
I decided to go back to the blogging basics, while keeping some things that I had learned down the line.
- While I would like to write every day, I can’t always commit to it.
- So I write as often as I like. While I believe in SEO, I don’t write keeping it in mind, I write and then attempt to make my post SEO friendly.
- I continue to share on social media, but I also attempt to connect with several bloggers by following, visiting and commenting on their blogs.
- I do monetize my sites, especially Everyday Gyaan, but I won’t allow a brand to dictate to me exactly what to say. In the recent past, I’ve refused several paid posts for this reason alone.
- I try to keep readers in mind and have recently moved stopped offering RSS updates by email for Everyday Gyaan. Considering the volume of my posts, I didn’t want to spam people’s inboxes. Instead, I’ve moved to a weekly newsletter (sign up now! 😉 ) and have received good feedback on it so far.
These are just some of what works for me. It’s up to you to figure out what works for you. But believe me when I say, just ignore the hype.
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