The Stamp of a True Blogger

A lot of people have this notion that blogging is easy, but yeah, it’s not.

I used to have this notion too. I mean, what’s so hard about it? You get a blog, you write about your personal thoughts and interests, and that’s it– you’re officially a blogger.

People can argue all day about this, but I don’t think having just these qualifications makes you an ‘official blogger’. The fact that you are writing on the internet means you want someone else to read it. So if you’ve been writing for a while now and no one is bothering to see it (unless otherwise kind of obligated to), then you have clearly not achieved what you have set out to do.

You’re just another non-existent blogger, taking up space in the already crowded blogoshere. You know when they say ‘if it’s not written, it did not happen?’ Well, that might as well apply right here.

If no one’s read what is written, then it might as well not have happened.

But you know what, prove me wrong. Prove to me that you can have people bother to read your blog if you really wanted to.

You think you can do that? Are you nodding right now? Awesome.

BLOGGING FOR REAL

Blogging ‘for real’ is a whole different ballgame. Whatever your ulterior motives are for making your site (Fortune, Power, World Domination…), to get there you have to be known first.

For anything that you do (including blogging), I’m sure you want to succeed. There are a lot of things people don’t agree on, but I would think this can stand as a universal fact. And generally, success in blogging would lie on how popular your site is. You can argue all you want, but you know it’s true. We live in a world where in a lot of cases, you’re only deemed good if you are acknowledged by a lot of people.

So how exactly do you get acknowledged?

Well, If you know the basics about SEO like excellent content, keyword optimization, backlink building, and social media promotions, then you are on your way. The rest are just variations of these basic principles.

Keep in mind that SEO and Blogging is not that hard, people just perceive it to be.

Written by Tini Martz
Tini Martz is the author of Inzone Internet, a blog about the Internet, SEO and Blogging. She is an avid enthusiast and reads a lot about these topics to apply in her own blog, which she hopes other people can learn from.
You can connect with me on twitter

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  1. Lainy says:

    I have written quite a few articles regarding this topic and I have in umpteen times said that blogging is not just hitting the publish button and you’re in. It’s actually more than that. Who wouldn’t want people reading our stuffs? The effort we put in writing is useless without people who gets interested to read them.

    Apart from SEO, I strongly believe that content is king. Posting craps won’t attract audience but since quality is subjective, it is also important for a blogger to interact in the blogging community. This would mean building rapport with co-bloggers which in itself will add up traffic to our respective sites.

  2. Sourav @ Tech N Blogging
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    Hi Tini,
    As Lainy has said, I too believe that content is king (even though there’s a lot of debate about which is the real king – content or marketing). Content is the first step and it needs to be done perfectly. Then we have the remaining things like SEO, social media promotion, community involvement and so on. Building the trust of the readers is very vital to get “long-term” acknowledgement.
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  3. Marg says:

    Blogging is a lot of work, there is no doubt about it. But I have found if you become friends with the people that write in the same niche that you are in, you will get lots of followers and readers. My main thing, is that I go around making comments and people appreciate that and most of them will come visit my blog and comment back, even people that aren’t in my niche. I have found that with a little thinking, I can make a comment on most blogs. But the tricky thing to do is to make a decent comment. Anyway, this is a great post and all very true.
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  4. vange says:

    I’m just a monkey on meth, banging away at the keyboard.
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  5. stevebethere
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    Hi Tini,
    All true and also agree with what other commentators have already said, i strongly agree with interaction and commenting on other blogs i think it’s extremely important, it’s no good being a lonely blogger because your blog ends up the same way.

    I still haven’t got my head around SEO properly yet i should really do some more reading up on it and watch a few vids.

    Thanks for sharing with us Tini

  6. This is a great resource for all bloggers to learn and explode their blogs.
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  7. zezebel
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    I just started my blog and will be hoping it will be as great as yours one day. I think we need to make a schedule to our blog work if we really want to be serious about it. Its not hard but you need to be sure to do it everyday. Thank you for sharing your idea.
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  8. The Dick Dujour says:

    Absolutely right. If no one is reading and responding to your blog you might as well be writing in a diary. It’s only the lucky few who write something that goes viral. The rest of us keep working and plugging along.
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    • Tini Martz
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      I usually Google stuff, and come to think of it, most of the first few that come out are the ones that are viral. I haven’t even really thought of the others that are not.

      But I actually do think there are those that take the time to read and just cannot express themselves.
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  9. Interesting stuff, Impressed 🙂 Your blog is awesome and You share great content dude, keep rocking !
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  10. megaman
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    Thank You for your information…It has shed a new light on the entire internet thing. I was under the impression that SEO meant Seriously Experiencing Oblivion.

    As always I come away more enlightened.
    Have a great Sunday!
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  11. Chinaren says:

    I think you’re slightly off tack with this article. It should read ‘The Stamp of a Good Blogger.’

    A blogger is anyone who writes a blog, and so many are terrible, you’re right, but there’s no such thing as an ‘official blogger’ unless you work for a company and you’re the company blogger!

    And hard? Why is it hard? Perhaps hard to think of good articles sometimes!

  12. Blog Tactic says:

    Getting traffic to your own blog is like a daily challenge.
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  13. sandy says:

    I always laugh when I hit a blog that makes a comment that they don’t care if someone read it, makes comments etc. that they blog only for their own personal enjoyment. Can you see me shaking my head. If you really wanted to blog/write just for yourself you wouldn’;t post it on line at all, you’d keep a private journal. I feel irritated when I see chicken bloggers who blog about controversial topics and have comments closed.
    I love to blog, I love to find other people through blogging; but sometimes disagree when I read content is king. I see lots of blogs with very high page ranks that are rarely updated, that are over run with ads, blogs that it’s hard to find the content. I agree logically that people want to read things that are well written; but see too many successful blogs who do nothing more then post a video that they didn’t even make, or someone’s other photography. The huge number of meme’s out there that provide links and back and forth visits rarely have content.

    Soooooo, I don’t know. Sometimes I just scratch my head.
    I do wish though I understood keywords more. I think I maybe missing the boat there.
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  14. Emm
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    Nice guest post Steve! I agree with so many other people though. Blogging is about quality, original content and respecting your readers. The sad fact is that most blog readers are bloggers so that respect means acknowledging comments and following them to their blogs (all of which you do which is fab!)
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  15. SEO is the next step up the blogging mountain for me…I took that first step and watched a couple of Youtube videos the other night and as soon as my headache goes away I’m getting straight onto it…

  16. Wilmaryad
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    I think good marketing overshadows good content, unless you give your niche what it wants. My blog happens to have “gay” and “Arab” in its title, but my content doesn’t follow what is usually expected of either niches.

    My blog, albeit nascent, has a healthy mix of educational and fun, dark and light content that appeals to nobody in particular; hence, its eclectic audience.

    I used to take a look at notorious fashion sites, and they had a maximum of 2 comments per post. So, I thought to myself “If your post gets few comments, it’s because it’s good.” 😉
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  17. DogsMom says:

    You make good points but (sorry) I think your post did not go far enough. You have identified this problem, even if it is a peeve, (you do not want to be lumped into the same grouping as the hobby bloggers) and you give a quick comment (learn to use SEO) but then you abandon us, floating in rough bloggy waters.
    Will you promise to return, throw a lifeline and explain the first steps of SEO practices (more than saying use these.) Even link us up to previous posts you’ve written about each step, or best posts you’ve read about SEO optimization.
    You have the opportunity here to keep readers on your page longer or anticipating your next post, desiring to grow with help from your knowledge. And you only say “do it!”

    Yup, for now I would be one of those Hobby Bloggers, using it to play games and attend parties.
    I would prefer to use my blog to become a better writer and more interesting person. And I can use a lot of help.
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    • Tini Martz
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      I’m really sorry you feel that way Dogsmom, but I’m actually also new in the blogging world and I’m trying to learn along the way.

      I’m not promising a miracle here but I will try to teach as much as I can.
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  18. stevebethere
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    @ DogsMom
    Hi DogsMom
    Thank you for taking the time to leave a comment

    As it was a long post it was decided best to post in two parts which Tini will be posting soon, I’m afraid it’s my mistake i should have left a message in a first comment

    I am sorry for any confusion caused. 🙂

  19. Gee
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    I beg to disagree to the premise of this post. I lost my passion in blogging for a while because I strived for SEO and similar stuffs. And then I finally came up with my own definition of blogging and had set out my mid-year blogging resolutions (http://georyl.com/2010/07/my-12-mid-year-blogging-resolutions/) based on this.

    Ever since I realized my purpose for blogging, my life in the blogosphere has became easier. Most bloggers yearn for popularity, some for higher page rank – me, I just wanted to express myself (since I’m just staying at home and it could be boring without an outlet to express yourself) and meet new people through my blog. (I’m also the crazy blogger who’ll be giving away her PR3 blog to focus on her PR0 site, LOL!)

    A blogger’s passion in her craft is, for me, the stamp of a true blogger. You could reach PR10 but if you don’t derive pleasure in what you do, it’s nothing.
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    • Tini Martz
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      Actually the reason why I’m blogging about SEO is because it is my passion. You can talk about other things if you want 🙂

      That is actually the point of this article. Prove to the world you can excel in whatever it is that you like to do. But to succeed in the blogging world, you have to know a thing or two about SEO.

      I’m new, but I am challenging myself everyday. 🙂
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  20. Gee
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    Hi tini, thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a comment there as well. you’re right about the point that to succeed in the blogging world, you have to know a thing or two about SEO. i just believe that passion is the starting point of success. i’ll be waiting for the next part of this article to read more about your insights. see yah!
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  21. I been blogging for few years, blogging need time because it takes time and a lot of work for sure trying to get one blog out there and get exposure. There are a lot of blogs out there, thats why content is king, you need good content to be even noticed.
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  22. Tomas
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    Your post made me think about SEO in a new light. I was used to think that art is the questioning of oneself what’s the sunlight for the possibility of the application of these thoughts to the daily walk. Reading of your post shows the weakness of such attitude. Now I see that what matters indeed is not what I think or not, but how well my thoughts are voiced.
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  23. Tini Martz
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    I think many bloggers have this idea that SEO is a lot more complicated than it should be. But it is true that competition is fierce and you have to really know your stuff to be noticed.

    Thank you for taking the time to comment. I think your paintings are beautiful and inspiring. My favorite painting is Peace and Love. 🙂
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  24. Source Blogger
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    This is Source Blogger.

    I disagree completely. Anyone who manages and ads content to a blog… is a blogger… and receives some magnitude of web traffic.

    Who are we to decide what is and what is not considered a blog?

    Anything written online, regardless of the quality, has the potential to provide some value to someone.

    Of course some of us seasoned bloggers can recognize that “all blogs are not created equal.” It’s obvious.

    But being a “household name” is not the most important criteria to many bloggers seeking to validate themselves in someone else’s eyes as a “real blogger.”

    Is it?

    One more thing… Quality content has nothing to do with SEO unless you can convince me that Googlebot, FreshBot, MediaBot, ImageBot, etc. are now tasked with evaluating and judging content.

    There are many well-written, informative posts that do not fit the “dynamic Google algorithm equation”… thus they do not SERP well. (And subsequently buried on Page 6 of the results… or worse.)

    Interesting article.

    Your friend,

    Source Blogger
    “Determined To Make You A Better Blogger!”
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  25. Tini Martz
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    I do read SEOmoz and what the other big names from the internet world has to say about SERP.

    BUT I think a lot of people focus too much on SEO to listen to common sense. Ultimately you want your site to go viral, so you back that up with excellent content, that’s how Matt Cutts does it.

    I actually do believe that more bloggers will make for a nicer planet. A lot of information is loss just because people don’t put their works into writing… but if you focus too much on “trying too hard” to get traffic, you’ll just continue to become frustrated.
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  26. Sathish @ TechieMania
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    Amazing post. Actually I jumped into blogging three years back having the same thought in my mind”Blogging is easy”. But just after few months I got frustrated, bcoz I didn’t get anyone to comment on my blog. So I visited other blogs which are in my niche and contacted them on how to get people visit your blog.

    Few bloggers helped me and started following their words. Now I know I am on the right track.

  27. FreeMoneyMaker
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    Hi steve thanks for your words,ya I am trying to catch entrecard administrator but it looks that they are uncatchable.

  28. ramaraobobby
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    Content is king and SEO it the Queen when it comes to professional blogging. Its very important to make biggest footprints online using social networks like Facebook, sites likes digg, stumbleupon, micro blogging networks like twitter etc., The more frequently visible you’re on various platforms the more your blog is visited. Bloggers can also use the most popular free 3D virtual world – Second Life to socialize, connect with interested peers.
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