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The Worlds Best Blogging Advice

June 12, 2014 | By Adrienne Smith

As you all know, I’m slowly approaching my fifth anniversary with this blog.  I’ll be celebrating exactly a week from today as a matter of fact, June 19th.  Yep, five whole years on this particular domain.

This month has consisted of me reflecting on a lot of the things I’ve learned along the way.

Last week I wrote about some of the worst blogging advice I’ve ever received.  From the comments it was obvious that I was not alone.

While chatting with Carolyn on Facebook, she recommended that perhaps I should share some of the best blogging advice I’ve received as well.

I thought that was a pretty good idea because I’m sure as we all reflect on where we’ve been I know for me I just instantly started remembering all the crap I’d been told.  That’s really kind of sad that I wasn’t concentrating on all the good things I’ve learned.

I mean I felt basically alone when I started this particular journey of blogging.  I was heavily into affiliate marketing so my focus was purely on driving traffic to my sales pages and making me some darn money.

It really worked beautifully back in the day because for some unknown reason the search engines loved WordPress.   It literally boggled my mind how Google would rank a WordPress blog over their own platform.  I don’t really care why they did, I was just happy that they were.

Best Blogging Advice Ever

As most of you know, AdrienneSmith.net was a stand alone static website before I moved it over to WordPress.  The thing with websites though is that you can’t fill it with quality content on a regular basis and we know how the search engines love fresh new content.

The best advice I ever received was to get a self-hosted WordPress blog.

Now we all know that if you are hosting your own blog then you own your own content.  If you are blogging on a free platform it doesn’t actually belong to you.  Those companies that are hosting it can take your blog down in a heartbeat without your permission or without any warning.

With a self hosted WordPress blog I was able to write content on a weekly basis and get that in front of the search engines where that’s just not possible on a website.

In those early years I did really well.  I was publishing posts three times a week, writing about the benefits of the products I was promoting and pulling in some good money.  Google loved me.  Yay!!!

More Great Blogging Advice

There really is so much to blogging and of course I think we actually end up receiving just as much bad advice as we do good.  I guess because the bad steered us wrong then maybe it sticks with us more.

Along the way though I’ve met some amazing people who have helped me tremendously and given me some great advice.

More of that would be:

  • Buy a paid theme, you’ll have more leeway with it along with regular support
  • Get a custom header created and be sure to put your picture in it, people need to see who you are the minute they land on your blog and it needs to stand out from the rest
  • Have a tag link that explains what you share on your blog, mine is still too generic though
  • Write two to three blog posts weekly on a consistent basis
  • Be sure to add social sharing buttons so that your readers can share your content
  • Don’t blog for the money, it will come back to bite you (I know, confusing right)
  • Be yourself, everyone else is already taken
  • Give all your good stuff away, people will love you
  • Be patient, you won’t see results overnight
  • Comment on other people’s posts (I was told to do this for traffic)
  • After you comment share their content, it will help you stand out
  • Don’t stop blogging

Great Blogging Advice I Didn’t Receive

As we continue on our journey some of us learn as we go and I did a lot of that.

Many of you know my story and about the course that changed my blogging journey back in late 2010.  Because it was about how to build your own business it was geared toward just getting traffic to your site so you could get those people to opt into your blog and get on your list.

From there your emails would entice them into buying what I had to offer.  So they were just gun ho about traffic traffic traffic.

I think a few of you might also agree with me that some of the things we’re taught we have an uneasiness about it like something doesn’t sit well with this.  That happened to me a lot online so I didn’t do some of what I was taught for that reason alone.

Looking back I’m glad I didn’t but here is some of the things I learned myself as I continued on my journey.

  • Write in your own voice and make your readers feel like you’re talking just to them.
  • Always say thank you when they comment because they took the time to visit your blog, read your post and leave their comment.
  • Help others if at all possible by just reaching out to them and starting a conversation.
  • Enjoy the journey because it will bring you much more joy then you can ever imagine.
  • Connect with other bloggers for the friendship and support.  We all need each other.
  • You cannot do this alone.
  • Always and I mean always back up your blog.

That’s what comes to mind when thinking back on my journey up to this point.

Although I’m sure there are plenty of people teaching this stuff at the time I didn’t run across it myself.

You’re probably also wondering why I didn’t mention the technical part of things like what goes on behind the scenes, how to create posts for the search engines, the plugins that were suggested to me, etc.  Let’s just say I eventually learned it all.

Your Turn

So I know there is a lot of great blogging advice that you’ve probably received as well.  What would you say was your turning point though?  I mean if you had to think of a few things, what’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

You know I’d love to hear your thoughts on this so please do comment below and share this with your friends.  I’d love to hear from them as well because I’m sure there’s much more out there that I still need to learn.

Before I go, Andy Baily is running a sale on CommentLuv Premium starting today.  It will end on June 19th so if you’ve been sitting on the fence about purchasing this plugin because of the cost, now’s your chance to grab it at this very low price.  Trust me on this one.

 

 

 

 


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1 Harleena Singh
Twitter:
June 12, 2014 at 8:12 AM

Hi Adrienne,

Wonderful indeed :)

I agree with Carolyn, and it’s good you came up with the best advice after the worst one for blogging, so that people also know what really is the best one going. I think we all learn by our mistakes, and though I’ve never got advice as such from anyone, as I mentioned in my earlier post, it’s always been a self-learning curve from me, and reading various blogs on Google and visiting fellow bloggers blogs, and that’s what helped me get better. Perhaps I never had any mentor nor blogging friends way back then, so it was all really self taught.

My list would include pretty much of all that you added here – yes, comment for traffic was very initially when I was on Blogger platform, but that habit continued to build strong relationships when I switched to WordPress two years back, and there is no looking back. Of course there is so much we can add to this list like always have your social profiles properly set and up and don’t forget to add that Twitter handle to your Tweet button, etc.!!

Thanks for sharing this with us. Have a nice week :)
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2 Carolyn Nicander Mohr
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June 12, 2014 at 8:43 AM

You are so right, Harleena, it’s amazing how many experience bloggers fail to add their Twitter handle to their Twitter sharing button!

I would also like to suggest that new bloggers reach out to other bloggers. Harleena reached out to me yesterday and was incredibly supportive and helpful, a true friend.

Blogging relationships can develop beyond the blogging world, which is a wonderful benefit of blogging! I even had the honor of meeting Adrienne in person last year!
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3 Harleena Singh
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June 12, 2014 at 9:05 AM

That’s true, Carolyn – and it’s such a simple thing, yet they tend to miss out on it :)

Helping is the biggest thing we can do, after all that’s what friends are for, which I think most bloggers become over time. Please don’t say that – I wanted to reach out last week itself, but thought to wait a while.

Blogging should go beyond the usual blogging world and Blogosphere – after all we are all bloggers, and if we can’t stand up for each other, help, and support in time of need, I wonder why we blog at all. I know you met her – what fun! :)
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4 Adrienne Smith
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June 12, 2014 at 10:15 AM

Yeah, it was fun too Carolyn. I’m SO glad we had that chance to meet! ;-)

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5 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
June 12, 2014 at 8:58 AM

Hi Harleena,

I wasn’t even really thinking about doing a post like this since I did have my anniversary post coming up next week but then when Carolyn suggested it I thought she’s probably right. I’m not one to concentrate on bad things but boy do they ever stand out ya know! We do learn from our mistakes that can of course lead us to helping others so that they don’t make these same mistakes.

Well that is getting advice from others if you’re Googling the information or reading other people’s posts. I didn’t pick up the phone and talk with anyone in particular but I was pretty self taught myself picking up things as I went along. I didn’t have a coach or mentor back then so that’s how I learned as well. I think I must have just gotten more bad advice then you or maybe it’s just that I didn’t understand what I was learning which is why I screwed up so much.

I’m glad that you started commenting for the right reasons when you started off. I might have been taught it was just for the traffic but the more posts I read the more interested I became in the people behind it and that just went right out the door for me.

I didn’t even want to get into the very long list of social sharing buttons and not being set up properly. I’ve written about that until I’m blue in the face. The technical behind the scenes stuff, well that’s an entire book isn’t it? LOL!!! So much to learn but I think this covered most of the good stuff. ;-)

Thank you Harleena for sharing your thoughts, always great to see you as always. You have an enjoyable end to your week and hope you enjoy Father’s Day as well.

~Adrienne

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6 Adam Binder
Twitter:
June 12, 2014 at 8:21 AM

Good Morning Adrienne.

There’s not really much to say except that these are all great points.

One thing that stood out to me though was your comment about putting a photo in the header. This reminded me of an older business man I met once at a networking event. His business cards had his photo and he explained to me that people were more than 10x as likely to remember and do business with him as a result. Many years later, I still remember this man…I guess he was right :)

On a side note, I installed the free version of Comment Luv last week and I like it. (I also tried Disqus, but it was a pain in the butt) I think I’m going to take advantage of the sale and get the paid version of Comment Luv; it looks like it can really help me grow my blog.

Enjoy Your Day!

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7 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
June 12, 2014 at 9:34 AM

Good morning Adam,

Hope you’re having a wonderful morning so far. Great start to yet another amazing day.

We are hit with SO many people as we continue on our journey online. As time as gone by, because I have my picture everywhere people remember me. They see my big old smile and they know my name. When they come to my blog I want them to know who they are speaking with and I want them to feel welcome. I even have my header, as you know, in my newsletter so they’ll know who that email is from. I don’t want them to forget so you are right, it works beautifully.

The paid version will help you cut down on spam and have more control over the links. I love it and it’s a great way to find other bloggers to connect with and if you want to give them some dofollow love you can. But if you chose not to then you have total control over it. I would grab it at this price if I were you. I swear by it Adam. ;-) Plus you won’t get better support then from Andy, he loves his customers.

I’ve never tried another commenting system because my blog is the only thing online that I own and I’m not giving any of that away to some other system. I also want to make it easy for my readers to comment and when some have to log in, they’re history.

Thanks for your comment and hope you jump on the CommentLuv Premium train! I think you’ll love being part of this community too. ;-)

Have a great day Adam and hope Miles is doing well.

~Adrienne

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8 Kumar Gauraw
Twitter:
June 12, 2014 at 8:23 AM

Hi Adrienne,

You haven’t left anything out. But I think I have something that I received. I think I wouldn’t have even got started blogging if it wasn’t for that one advice in a book.

It said, “You’ve got to have your own platform. Start blogging. When people make a Google search on your name, you want to control what they see about you. Never forget that!”

And then one thing connected to another and here I am. It was tough getting started because it was all confusing in the beginning. But you see, anybody can start something;it only takes a winner to finish what they started. I didn’t quit, kept pushing one step at a time. And then I got it.

Now, I am helping other people, hosting other websites and running social media campaigns for other businesses. Wow! What a journey! Thanks to that one advice.

Great topic Adrienne and I am sure your advice will help many people take one more step forward. Have a great Thursday!

Regards,
Kumar
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9 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
June 12, 2014 at 9:57 AM

Hey Kumar,

I’m sure I have and it took me awhile to write this one thinking there has got to be more but these stood out the most. Of course without going into more detail of the behind the scenes things and technical aspects.

I was taught that about having to brand me. That I needed to be everywhere but that I needed to own my site in order to get started. Well I already did since I had a stand alone website but we know that the blogs were what were gaining ground here. I’m glad you heard that advice and acted on it Kumar. If you hadn’t we would have never met!

It was confusing wasn’t it? I mean I’m sure with your background you at least understood the language. Most people, including myself, didn’t even understand what some of this stuff meant that people were telling us to do. It was the internet language which most of us were never really a part of but I do believe that everything can eventually be figured out if you want it bad enough.

Look at you now my friend. Did you ever think you would be doing any of that when you started this journey? I mean I know you have knowledge of course but running a hosting company and now doing social media campaigns on top of your network marketing business and everything else! I applaud you Kumar and I’m honored to know you. ;-)

Thank you and I hope it helps others, that’s why I’m here. You have a great Thursday as well and get ready for the new week coming up. Monday will be a busy one! ;-)

~Adrienne

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10 Sheryl Kurland
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June 12, 2014 at 8:25 AM

Adrienne, when I first “met” you, I was surfing the ‘net. Isn’t that how we all make our best discoveries? The two points you made that stand out to me, and you continually prove to be right are “write in your own voice” and “respond to comments.” As for “voice,” it’s very tempting to look at others who are successful and think, “If I want to be successful, I need to be more like ‘x,’” which is obviously wrong. And as for “comments,” I am one who really appreciates the personal touch….You should do something grand to celebrate your upcoming 5th anniversary. Thanks for being a great role model.
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11 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
June 12, 2014 at 10:04 AM

Hey Sheryl,

Well I’m so glad that as you surfed the web that I stuck out to you for whatever reason and you dropped on by. I will admit that I was rather intimidated by you Sheryl with all the success you have under your belt. But the one thing I’ve come to realize since starting this journey myself is that I KNOW what works and I KNOW what doesn’t. I use to look at all these other very successful people as well and want to be like them. I stressed myself out at times because of it.

The moment I let that all go and just said to hell with it, I let my guard down and just decided to be me. If people liked me then great, if they didn’t well that would have to be okay too. We don’t like everyone anyway so I figured I’d find a few people who would want to hang around. Look how that turned out!

I’m glad you appreciated my advice Sheryl and hope you’re doing well. I’m waiting on that Andi follow up girl! Can’t wait to hear your thoughts on how this are going.

I’ve been thinking a LOT about my upcoming anniversary but still haven’t exactly decided what to do. We’ll see! ;-)

Enjoy your day and thanks for your comment. Later!

~Adrienne

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12 Carolyn Nicander Mohr
Twitter:
June 12, 2014 at 8:40 AM

Hi Adrienne, Thanks for the shoutout! I figure you had this article planned ahead of my suggestion, but I was so happy to hear that I helped to inspire you!

I agree with all of the advice you were given, self-hosting on WordPress was great advice for me too. I just shared that advice with a new blogger this weekend!

The best advice I got starting out was from an app developer, iRewardChart. In the early days of The Wonder of Tech I named their app as The Best App Ever! because of its ability to motivate children to do chores, study, etc. My blog wasn’t even a month old, but that developer took an interest in me and suggested that I grab The Wonder of Tech name around the Internet because they believed in me and that my blog would be very successful some day.

That was so cool to me. iRewardChart has won all sorts of major app awards and they cared about a fledgling blogger like me! I followed their advice and we’re still in touch. They got me off to a great start, advising me to start a Facebook Page, get a YouTube account, grab @wonderoftech on Twitter, etc. I wasn’t thinking that far ahead, but I’m glad now that they were. New bloggers should do that too, it will make their lives much easier later.

I still don’t know the name of my contact at iRewardChart. They’re kind of like Glenda, the Good Witch of the North, in The Wizard of Oz. They appear magically to guide me every so often and offer encouragement. I recommended their app as The Best App Ever! before I had any contact with them but it doesn’t surprise me that the authors of the Best App Ever are the Best Developers Ever!

You were also great guidance for me as I got started, Adrienne. Believe it or not, I didn’t know whether to respond to comments. Remember in your last post I said that I was afraid of enabling comments because of all the trolls on tech blogs? Well, authors of the big tech blogs don’t respond to comments so I didn’t want to look unprofessional by doing so.

Then I found your blog where you warmly respond to all comments here. I thought to myself, “Do I want my blog to be more like Adrienne’s or like the big tech blogs?” I decided to choose to make The Wonder of Tech more like your blog. I’m so glad I did!

Your blog is both warm and professional, a great blend of the best of both worlds. Since I’m trying to make tech approachable, my blog should be approachable too.

So my advice to new bloggers is to find a blog you admire and try to adopt the qualities of that blog that appeal to you.

Thanks for this, Adrienne. I will be coming back to this post to see what others say too!
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13 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
June 12, 2014 at 10:14 AM

Hey Carolyn,

Yeah, I actually didn’t because I was probably going to include some of this in my anniversary post but I can always come up with things to talk about right! ;-) You were my inspiration for this one.

Wow, I didn’t know that story. So what was your blogs name before that? Were you just using your name as your URL and blog title like mine? That’s very interesting and he definitely had a vision didn’t he! Spot on for sure.

What great advice he gave you to because I know the feeling. Starting out we don’t know which platforms we should be on and of course my name was already taken so it’s great to get in on the ground floor as soon as possible so I agree. To have someone of that caliber give you that advice freely is really something special. You were very blessed Carolyn.

I’m glad you made that decision Carolyn that you didn’t want to follow in those other blogs shoes. I can understand why most tech blogs would probably not respond because I’ve seen the comments they allow. But I think that’s each individual blogs responsibility to get control over their own site and that definitely includes the comments. I know it’s hard to respond to tons of comments but at the same time, the reward of getting to know your readers out ways that to me.

Your blog is very welcoming and I so appreciate that you take the time to help each and every one of us with our silly ridiculous questions about tech because as you know, most of us or maybe it’s just me, are pretty ignorant. Tech, like blogging, can be very scary but I wouldn’t have what I do now if it wasn’t for you. Oh and it was so much fun meeting you in person too! ;-)

Thank YOU Carolyn for your inspiration and I appreciate your comment as well. I’m eager to hear what everyone else has to share as well. I’m just getting started.

~Adrienne

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14 Carolyn Nicander Mohr
Twitter:
June 12, 2014 at 8:46 AM

Another piece of advice I would offer is to get your domain name, even if you’re not a blogger. Grab it before someone else does. Get the domain name for your kids too.

Domain names are usually only about $12/year and someday you might need it. At least you’ll prevent someone else from grabbing it first.

Hey, you never know when you might become famous, right?
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15 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
June 12, 2014 at 10:16 AM

I was told that some time back and to grab them all, all the extensions. I just couldn’t see paying all that money for something I’m not using but since I do have the dot net URL to me the dot com isn’t even who I am. When people say my URL they always include the dot net! It is important to grab your name without the hyphens so I do agree.

Love the famous part! ;-)

~Adrienne

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16 Carolyn Nicander Mohr
Twitter:
June 12, 2014 at 10:39 AM

You’re right not to go overboard, there are so many extensions now! I was just offered a .ceo extension for $100/year.

You’ve definitely built up great recognition for your URL, Adrienne!
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17 Sylviane Nuccio June 12, 2014 at 8:48 AM

Hi Adrienne,

This is good advice, indeed, and I think that the most important one is to be patient, because even if we do it all right, it’s not all going to come over night. As a matter of fact, that very fact also has to do with how much time you have to build those relationships and go visit other blogs, and all the works it takes to build, build, build.

This has been so tough for me these past couple of months, for example :) I have had a hard time to keep up with own blogs and comments, so needless to say that’s been hard to get outside. But I know that soon things will calm down. I’m sure of it.

Soon another blog birthday for you, and I think you’ve done great in these 5 years. Keep up the good work :)

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18 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
June 12, 2014 at 10:33 AM

Hi Sylviane,

Patience definitely is a biggie here, something I have had issues with my whole life. I’ve never been a very patient person but I know that as I get older it’s not as bad as it use to be. I guess for me having come online and told that things would come quickly, I was naive enough to believe them and that never really helped me. I finally had to just throw my hands up and realize they were messing with me and I needed to just keep doing the work and the results would eventually come. They sure enough did too! ;-)

Blogging is hard, commenting is time consuming and build relationships is as well. Nothing happens over night as you said. If you don’t have as much time to spend on all of this then that’s even harder. I know you’ve had a LOT on your plate lately and I too agree, things are going to calm down soon as well as start to look up. I’m sure of that too my friend.

Yep, another anniversary is literally around the corner now. I can’t believe this blog will be five, wow. I’m proud of what I’ve accomplished though but we both know it can always be better.

Thanks Sylviane and I hope things are going well with you. You have a great ending to your week.

~Adrienne

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19 Camila
Twitter:
June 12, 2014 at 8:52 AM

Hi Adrienne,

I’m so glad to be reading this post and see that I’m doing so many of these advises yayyy!… My blog has grow and it has survived lots of issues and moving seasons LOL. In some way I am noticing the benefit of being self-hosted…. it took me a little while but now my traffic is more stable and seems to be going higher even though I haven’t posted for a week because of my moving trip. After my transition to WP my bounce rate went to the sky i was terrified but now it has dropped to a point I can’t even believe it. I’m really loving WP. I can also reply more easily the comments. I had a hard time doing that because I had to actually go to the blog to reply and wait for it to reload on each reply, now I can just enjoy reading and replying from my dashboard. =D. The design is definitely a big factor and that’s why I put together my two passions: blogging and graphic design and I started my web design business yayyy. All 100% custom to each client and so far it’s been good.

What I do have to work more on is commenting I’ve stopped a little. I don;t comment as much as I used to. It’s not and excuse but is a grain of sand on my plate. I’ve been dealing with lots of things this last year and I have my ups and downs but I’m working on it again. This has been a great reminder!!!

Thanks so much for every little detail and ideas on how to get better =D. I’ve missed you lots and I never forget about you!
XOXO
Cami
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20 Adrienne Smith
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June 12, 2014 at 10:47 AM

Hey Cami,

Girl, it’s been too long. I’m so happy to see you and although it sounds like life has been hectic you are still alive, well and kicking it. I miss you and you remain in my thoughts as well. I hope you’re doing okay though, sure sounds like you are.

You just can’t beat having a self-hosted WordPress blog. You’ve got total control and with you and your graphics design ability then the sky is the limit. It’s different then the free platforms and does take some getting use to but as you’ve said, you’re loving WordPress so all is good.

I’m so excited for you and your new business. Sounds like you’ve had plenty of great customers who are I’m sure very happy with what you’ve done for them. I have no doubt you’ll be very successful since you are so talented.

Commenting is time consuming, building relationships is as well but you’ve seen the benefit of both so I’m sure when you have the time to schedule this all in it will help with growing your business even more. You know how friends love to recommend their awesome and talented friends to people they know. ;-)

You are so welcome Cami and great to hear from you again. Hang in there girl, the sky is the limit! ;-)

Have a glorious week.

~Adrienne

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21 Sandy Halliday June 12, 2014 at 8:59 AM

Hi Adrienne,

June 19th is significant for me too. That’s the date when I met my husband 28 years ago!

To answer your question about the best blogging advice I remembered I had some advice from John Yeo when I started my detox blog. I took up a very low cost offer of his at the beginning of 2009 where you could ask him anything about blogging you liked for a month.

I’ve just looked back at the questions I sent him and his answers and I must have just started with Wordpress because all my questions were about SEO plugins and how to write the titles and descriptions.

His first piece of advice was to add an image to each post, something I was not doing at the time. Then I see that he also suggested that I add an about page and include my picture. I had completely forgotten about that and we all know how important it is to have a good about page.

It’s hard to believe that I did not even have a list of keywords to use on my blog. Can you imagine that? I was very green then! He actually spent some time researching some for me. That was probably the best advice I got.

Enjoy your weekend and I do hope your allergies don’t get the upperhand. I could suggest a few things! lol

Sandy

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22 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
June 12, 2014 at 10:56 AM

Hi Sandy,

Oh wow, that’s so cool and that date definitely stuck in your head didn’t it! 28 years ago, nice…

Now that’s a pretty cool offer he did and he would answer any questions you had for the entire month? I like that, great idea and to be able to revert back to it all, I keep all my emails in folders too from the people who have helped me the most as well. Trust me, I look at them a lot.

That just proves all the things that we do not have a clue about when we started Sandy. I didn’t know to add images either so I didn’t for the longest time nor did I even have a signature. I knew about the keywords only because of me being associated with affiliate marketing but I didn’t know how to set that up or where they were suppose to go. Yep, I was pretty green too my friend. Thank goodness you had someone to ask, I love that idea.

Thank you Sandy and you enjoy your weekend as well. If you have some suggestions I’m all ears. Send me an email and I’ll definitely listen to what you have to suggest. I know when I get out in the country with all that fresh air and obviously stuff around my sinuses aren’t use to it kicks my rear. I hate to be miserable too, no fun at all. Thank you, I appreciate that offer.

~Adrienne

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23 Les Wallack
Twitter:
June 12, 2014 at 9:04 AM

Hello Adrienne,

It’s always so nice to read your writings and I just want to say thanks for all of the help that you have given me along the way. On a success scale with my fitness blog…I am still ranking myself at a minus 7 as I have not truly applied the the self-determination to stay on top of it. I am constantly “getting in my own way” and this creates that bad habit of procrastination and so on. I’m not making excuses nor am I blaming anyone else. I’m just writing to let you know that I appreciate your e-mails regarding your latest posts and I will continue to learn from them!!! Good luck with your Allergies.

Les
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24 Adrienne Smith
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June 12, 2014 at 10:59 AM

Well hey there Les,

It’s good to hear from you again and you’ve been MIA my friend. What have you been up to since you haven’t been blogging much? Now don’t be too hard on yourself either and if you need some advice we can definitely talk. I’ll be happy to help you if I can you know. You need to get out of your own way because you have a lot to share.

I appreciate that you enjoy my emails and you know I’m here for you right! Just let me know if I can help Les.

You have a great rest of your week and thank you for your comment. I’m keeping my fingers crossed about these darn allergies. ;-)

~Adrienne

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25 Robin Hallett
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June 12, 2014 at 9:24 AM

Hi Adrienne,

Well, I’ve been reading your advice since I began blogging :-) and I thank you so much for all you do for us.

I didn’t fully understand at the beginning (even though you said it a lot) that it takes time to find our real voce and so it takes time to build an audience too. I wish I had sweated the small stuff a lot less but understood better the importance of seo, keywords, title tags.

The #1 advice you gave and i do too is collect email addresses from the start, be human and friendly, and to remember that we’re bulding relationships, and people are not dollars! All great advice, thank you.

Hugs and love,

Robin

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26 donna merrill
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June 12, 2014 at 10:51 AM

Hi Adrienne,

I think its great that you wrote about the best blogging advice, right after your post on the worst blogging advice.

Put those two together and you have yourself an ebook lol! I must say that I’m in total agreement of what you listed above. Being yourself and writing in your own voice has to be the best advice. People know when someone is writing in their own words. It is important to do because that is a true reflection of who we are. When I read your posts, I always hear that Southern accent that I love!

Having a self hosted blog was the biggest turning point for me. That shared hosting just gave me too much trouble. Coming into the blogging world, one must clearly know that it will take some start up money. If they are going the free way, not much can be accomplished.

I’m glad Carolyn nuged you to write this post!

-Donna

P.S. We just have to have a party for your 5 year anniversary :)
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27 Adrienne Smith
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June 12, 2014 at 11:11 AM

Hey Donna,

I hate that the worst advice sticks out more Donna but because of it I’ve learned and am now able to help others. I think had I not gotten so much horrible advice I wouldn’t be here. My mission was to help others and save them some heartache.

You are right about that and I’m seriously thinking about putting something together as a how to get started type manual with all the dos and don’ts about this awesome platform.

I agree about the writing in your own voice and I’ve been complimented so much for that too. I was scared at first thinking people wouldn’t enjoy what I had to say in this way but it’s made me stand out from others so that’s exactly how we all can do that as well.

I’m glad I went the self-hosting route with this domain right from the start. Well a spinoff from my stand alone site but at least it wasn’t something else on a free platform first. The shared hosting was okay for me in the beginning which I think for most it should be IF you’re with a good company. The bigger your blog becomes, the more traffic you get, the more problems you’ll run into. It’s just an accident waiting to happen so as long as people are aware then they shouldn’t have some gripe fest when it happens to them.

Me too, Carolyn did good Donna! ;-) LOL!!!

Thank you my friend and you know, you’re right! I think my blog anniversary is very deserving of a party. Great excuse to get together, all of us. I’ll set that up with you guys. Thanks Donna and have a great rest of your week.

~Adrienne

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28 Angela McCall
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June 12, 2014 at 11:05 AM

Hi Adrienne,

For some reason after I read the intro of this post I thought this was an old one I’m reading again because you’ve mentioned about your 5th year online and thought I read that already. Oh well. Pardon me.

Yes, all of those positive things you mentioned are true. I like the part when you said, “Don’t blog for the money, it will come back to bite you”. Some of the pro bloggers I know did only what they are passionate on the internet and the money follows later. So you’re right it doesn’t happen overnight. But if you’re only here to make money, you will not really last. Coz the moment you don’t see it, you’ll give up in no time.

But you last this long. For five years!! WOW…that’s beautiful. You must be doing something right. Again, congratulations on your 5th year blogging. May you have another 5 more prosperous year!

Have a nice weekend, dear.

Angela
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29 Adrienne Smith
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June 12, 2014 at 11:41 AM

Hi Angela,

That’s okay, I’ve mentioned it a few times since it’s vastly approaching.

I was here for the money and trust me when I say, it didn’t work out the way I had planned. You really do have to build up a following and give people what they want before it will come back to you. I have read plenty of stories from those who have reached massive success and that’s exactly what they’ve shared as well. Everything will work out the way it should, eventually.

Yep, I’m approaching five years very soon. I can’t believe I’ve lasted this long and I’m still here. Thanks Angela for that and here’s to another five. ;-)

You have a great weekend as well and thanks again.

~Adrienne

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30 Neamat Tawadrous June 12, 2014 at 11:21 AM

Hi Adrienne,

Great Advice as always.

I like the list of great advice that you listed in your post and I consider myself lucky to know you at the beginning of my blogging journey and every now and then in your posts you give good advice for bloggers and I used to learn them early on.

The best advice I received and it was also from you: “Connect with other bloggers for the friendship and support. Comment on others’ blogs and answer every comment on your blog, which will make your readers appreciated”. This advice is a great one and it helps with building the relationships with other people and develop relationships and in a very short time, implementing this advice, I have learned a lot from others as well as I have made quite a few good friendships and still growing.

I agree with Sylviane, patience is huge here. Nothing happens overnight, lots of hard work and persistence are needed.

Thanks Adrienne for a great post and for your helpful advice. Have a great rest of the week and happy fifth anniversary for your blog and wish you many more to come with much more success.

Be Blessed,

Neamat

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31 Adrienne Smith
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June 12, 2014 at 1:39 PM

Hi Neamat,

I’m glad you found me early on as well and we could continue learning together although you did take a good break there. I think the really important stuff you learned early on though so that was really helpful.

You know me, I’m all about building relationships and I think when most people do this they end up realizing this too. If you no other reason then the support because we always have questions and it’s nice to know you have some friends who you can ask right! I’m glad you’ve built up some good friendships along the way too.

Yep, patience is huge because we all know that everything takes time.

You are very welcome and thank you for your comment. I appreciate you sharing your thoughts with me and you enjoy the rest of your week as well. Thank you and it will be here before you know it! ;-)

~Adrienne

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32 Balroop Singh
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June 12, 2014 at 11:26 AM

Hi Adrienne,

It is always good to look at both sides of the coin. When we talk about positive and negative aspects, we really learn to balance out. So it was really prudent of you to write about the bad advice first and then highlight the blessings. After all when we count our blessings, do we know the real worth of all that we have!

When I jumped into blogosphere just to share my thoughts with the world, I did some research and found that Wordpress is the best platform…I was quite surprised that Google’s own blog offers were not as good as Wordpress. So I followed the advice and met some wonderful friends like you whose advice was always positive. I think I have been lucky to have stumbled on the right blogs and could make some good friends. Thanks for the good words you have shared. I have always found your posts so informative.

Have a nice day!
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33 Adrienne Smith
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June 12, 2014 at 1:43 PM

Hi Balroop,

I agree, there is good and bad in anything really. I started off with the bad because I was recalling all the things I wish I had known in the beginning which would have really saved me a lot of time. Oh well, that’s just life I suppose but I’m glad Carolyn suggested that I should share the good parts of it too.

I believe WordPress was around when I started but it wasn’t very popular, not yet anyway. It was definitely gaining ground though so when it was suggested to me I didn’t want to ignore their advice. I’m glad I didn’t too. Isn’t it odd that Google would rank WordPress over their own sites though? Maybe because it’s a free platform and that domain was included as well. I’m not sure really but I’m glad. I’m also glad you’ve met some great people along the way and have been enjoying yourself. I think that’s so important.

You are very welcome and thank you for your comment and ongoing support. It means a lot to me. Have a wonderful rest of your week okay!

~Adrienne

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34 Renard Moreau June 12, 2014 at 12:08 PM

[ Smiles ] I absolutely agree with your pointers Adrienne.

Having those buttons that allow others to share your posts via social media always works.

I enjoyed the part where you advised your readers that they shouldn’t blog for money; which makes a lot of sense, because it should be done mainly for the fun of it.

I would also like to wish you and everyone who commented on this article of yours, a pleasant week!

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35 Adrienne Smith
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June 12, 2014 at 2:03 PM

Hi Renard,

Thank you and happy to hear that. Hopefully you received a lot of this same advice.

Social sharing buttons are important and of course they need to be set up correctly too. I find a lot of them aren’t and that just makes your readers have to do that much more work where the majority of them won’t even bother.

I believe that if you come into this only with money on your mind that you’ll have more problems. If you come into this with the mindset that you want to help others first then I believe you’ll do much better. Of course if you’re a hobby blogger then it was all for pleasure anyway. ;-)

Thank you for your comment and your nice message. I appreciate that and I intend to do just that. Hope you will as well.

~Adrienne

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36 Spencer Jones June 12, 2014 at 2:02 PM

Adrienne, Congrats on your fifth anniversary. Other than consistency and treat it like a business. Other great advices that’s in the back of my mind are. Stay true to yourself, treat them like you want to be treated, blog with the focus on helping people…

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37 Adrienne Smith
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June 12, 2014 at 2:09 PM

Hey Spencer,

Thank you and my official date is next Thursday, wow!

Those are all great tips for sure and consistency is what will gain you some ground for sure. Treating this like it is a business instead of just posting here, promoting it there, doing it when you can find the time, well you can’t be upset when it does bring you the results you had hoped. I hear that from a LOT of people. I’ve always gone by the motto to treat people the way I would want to be treated. I think that will really take you far along with being open to just helping people. I just don’t think you can go wrong with that way of thinking.

Thank you for your comment, good to see you again and enjoy what’s left of your week.

~Adrienne

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38 Susan Cooper
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June 12, 2014 at 2:11 PM

It is funny how when we are asking about what blogging advice we’ve been given, it’s the bad advice that comes to mind first! The best advice I’ve been given though is that it’s a brick by brick process. You build a foundation first and continue building from there. :)
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39 Adrienne Smith
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June 12, 2014 at 2:21 PM

I know Susan, shame on us right! But I look back and think about if I’d only been taught this or that. Because I did have to go back and clean my blog up so many times that was a huge time drainer for me. But there was a lot of good stuff too and I’m glad you shared that with me and you followed that advice too.

Enjoy your day young lady.

~Adrienne

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40 Ashley Faulkes
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June 12, 2014 at 3:01 PM

Hi Adrienne
A bit late to this party, but better late than never, right?
Your advice is pretty darn complete, so I am not sure what I can really add.
Except for perhaps visuals. That has become a must on blogs and social media shares (taking it from your blog) so that should be highlighted I think. Canva is the place to go to make this easy for everyone.
And the relationships, which you mentioned, are critical for success. Otherwise you are just sitting in your office trying your best and not getting very far very fast. So that is the key!
Great stuff, and happy 5th anniversary!
Ashley
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41 Adrienne Smith
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June 12, 2014 at 5:09 PM

Hey Ashley,

You’re never late although I am in responding to your comment. LOL!!!

It’s hard when you’re trying to think of everything that you feel is really important right! I mean I can’t cover everything but I thought I covered the most important or so I sure hope it is.

When I started I wasn’t even taught to add images. I don’t remember how long I was blogging before I did start adding them but it was a good while. I do think they are a must now though, you’re right and I’m in love with Canva.

I’m hoping that as time goes by more and more people will understand just how darn important these relationships really are. I wouldn’t be where I am right now without them and that’s a fact.

Thank you and I’ll be celebrating officially next week. I appreciate that though and your comment as well. You have a great rest of your week okay.

~Adrienne

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42 Mark
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June 12, 2014 at 3:45 PM

Nice post Adrienne!

It’s obvious you got (thank goodness) some really good advice along the way and you were wise enough to follow it.

And now you’re kind enough to share what you’ve learned with others such as myself.

Without a doubt, some of the best blogging/Internet marketing advice I have received to date, was being introduced to you and your extremely knowledgeable and caring community!

And now I’m letting others about your blog, products/services and community. Thanks coach!

I’m learning a whole lot!
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43 Adrienne Smith
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June 12, 2014 at 5:14 PM

Thanks Mark!

I have received some really good advice and I’ve received a lot of really bad advice. I guess it’s all who you learn from right! Thank goodness though that some of it I didn’t follow but others I definitely did. Look at me now right!

You are way too kind and I’m so flattered. You’re not doing too bad yourself Mark, you are one marketing genius my friend. But I’m glad I’ve been able to help you with your blog and it’s been a pleasure getting to know you.

Thank you so much for your compliment, your comment and your shares! You’re the best.

~Adrienne

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44 Geri Richmond
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June 12, 2014 at 5:07 PM

Hey friend,
First of all, Congratulations on your 5 year anniversary. That is AWESOME and you deserve a standing ovation, so here it is YAAAAAY!!!

This was a really good idea to do a post on the good advice you’ve received and everything you listed was very good advice. Sure beats all the bad advice you received in the beginning.

It sucks starting a business from scratch and not having anyone to turn to for advice. That was me too. I floundered around for a long time until I realized that this ain’t cutting it! :)
That’s when I thought, I need some direction and got a coach.

I was technically challenged and didn’t know much about the Internet or how to do stuff.
It was a very frustrating time for me but, don’t get me wrong, there are still technical challenges and other challenges like eyesight, etc.

The best advice I got was make a folder for any project you are working on and keep everything that has to do with that project in that folder.

Good post and thanks for sharing the good stuff! :)
Geri
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45 Adrienne Smith
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June 12, 2014 at 5:21 PM

Hey Geri,

Thank you but it’s not official until next week. I’m easing up on it though and I’m getting ready. The big 5 years fast approaching. Wow!!!

You are right about that, the bad was so crappy! Thank goodness though I got some good advice too or I’m not sure where I would be right now. I have to admit that my turning point was getting into Alex Jeffries membership site. Although I did end up not going in the direction he was teaching it was my aha moment and I suddenly realized from taking his course what I really wanted to do. Everything happens for a reason right!

I think it’s smart hiring a coach and I should have done that earlier myself but I will admit to you Geri. I didn’t even know who to listen to. My head was spinning with all these different people I was finding online. I had been ripped off so much that I wasn’t sure who I could trust anymore. I applaud you for finding Carol and I wish I had known about her back then.

I have plenty of folders too. That’s how I know where everything is and can revert back to it. Very smart move young lady. ;-)

Thank you and I appreciate you sharing that with me too. Always enjoy hearing your thoughts on what I share too.

Have a great weekend.

~Adrienne

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46 Arleen
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June 12, 2014 at 5:21 PM

Wow now that is impressive your 5 year anniversary.

I have two blogs. I started out just putting up products on my first site. I didn’t get any interaction. I joined several blogging groups and started to understand the importance of relationships. I changed my mindset and starting writing using analogies of things that happen in everyday life with business. Now I get that interaction. I don’t look at the new blog site as a site to sell but rather enjoy the relationships.
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47 Adrienne Smith
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June 12, 2014 at 5:35 PM

Hey Arleen,

Yep, next Thursday is the official day for this blog. Pretty cool right!

I use to have a few blogs myself and they all became too much for me. To properly promote a blog it’s just too time consuming for me to handle more than one anymore so I’ve slowly been letting the others go. I haven’t taken them down but I’m just not blogging there anymore. I’m glad that you realized that it’s the connection that’s going to help you and I hope that by what you’ve been sharing it’s helped your business as well. I do love your posts.

Thanks for your comment and enjoy the rest of your week.

~Adrienne

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48 Babanature June 12, 2014 at 5:39 PM

Hello Adrienne,
Wow!!! Adrienne Smith dot net will be 5 years old coming this 19th… I checked your website using the wayback machine, boy, you’ve really come this far :)

“Never blog for money, blog because you love to teach and money will roll in automatically” is the advice i am still following.

Happy birthday in advance and hope to see your wonderful works in the next coming months and years…

Thanks for the wonderful post dear friend and do have a wonderful weekend ahead…
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49 Adrienne Smith
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June 12, 2014 at 8:16 PM

Hey Babanature,

Actually I bought the domain in September of 2008 but I’ve been blogging on this domain five years next week. Yeah, I’m going to try and go back and see if I can grab some earlier screenshots of my sites but the last time I looked I was surprised that they didn’t have a lot of me in the earlier years. Not sure why but I’ve been around for seven years and three months now.

Well that saying is true to an extent but you do have to put your love for it first and then the rest will eventually come into play. You have to believe that it will as well ya know.

Thank you for that and it’s been a long trying but wonderful journey so far. I appreciate that and I hope to be around for a very long time.

You have a wonderful weekend as well my friend.

~Adrienne

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50 Gladys
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June 12, 2014 at 8:56 PM

Hello Ms. Adrienne

Very informative and awesome advice.
There is always two sides to a coin, so I am glad this is the “other side of the coin”.
I will repeat myself again, YOU were the first person that made contact with me. Your advice has carried me through this new and great journey.
The first advice you gave me was ” you need a Wordpress PAID site. LOL

I’ll always be grateful.
Thank you so much.

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51 Adrienne Smith
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June 13, 2014 at 8:32 AM

Hi Gladys,

Well thanks for sharing that again and I’m so glad you didn’t have to go through what most of us did or you might have changed your mind. I hope you don’t regret your decision and things are going well for you, your business and your blog.

Thank you for your comment Gladys and I’m so glad we made that connection. Enjoy your weekend now.

~Adrienne

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52 Okto
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June 12, 2014 at 9:56 PM

Yes, responding comment is still one of the best blogging advice so far. It show that we are real human that care to our reader. Thanks for the advice. Wish you have a great weekend
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53 Adrienne Smith
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June 13, 2014 at 8:34 AM

Hi Okto,

Well I’m glad that it’s been beneficial for you in that way. I know for me I appreciate it when someone responds to what I share but of course it helps when I know that they did. I think it really does help with making those initial connections.

You are very welcome and thank you for your comment. You have a wonderful weekend as well.

~Adrienne

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54 Dee Ann Rice
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June 12, 2014 at 10:10 PM

Adrienne,

I think you have pretty well covered most everything that I have been told. At least the advice I was given and worked.

I totally agree with you when you say the absolutely best advice was to get a self hosted blog. I also think having a paid theme is really important. The paid themes are so much more easy to work with and are so much more functional than any free theme.

Thanks for all of the great advice.

Dee Ann
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55 Adrienne Smith
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June 13, 2014 at 8:36 AM

Hi Dee Ann,

Well that’s good and I’m glad you were taught most of this early on as well. I hope you didn’t have to figure a lot out on your own like I did.

I started with a free theme of course but I couldn’t really do with it what I wanted, they weren’t as flexible as they are now. So investing in the paid theme was a great decision for me to and I love mine still to this day. It’s so easy to change or add things so it’s some of the best money I’ve ever spent.

I appreciate your comment and good to see you again. Hope your week has gone well and enjoy your weekend.

~Adrienne

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56 Di June 13, 2014 at 1:53 AM

Hi Adrienne,

Wow! Congratulations on June 19. Tenacious, focus, love for what you do. All these words come to mind when I read your blog today.
Love your tips again especially the one we are not alone and we can’t do this alone….. this is why I love blogging, I feel that Im apart of a like minded community.
I will check out the Plug in.
Are you going to do something special for the big 5 year yaaahoooo Adrienne?
Have a great day
Di

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57 Adrienne Smith
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June 13, 2014 at 8:48 AM

Hi Di,

Why thank you, I so appreciate that and it’s less than a week away now. Thank you for sharing that too, I love your definitions of how you perceived what I shared. ;-)

I did feel very alone in the beginning but then I joined a course and a community and that’s when I spread my wings more. I started connecting with other bloggers along the way and learned that they really care about other bloggers too. What a great feeling to know we have someone we can go to for help or advice. They’ve blossomed into some great friendships too. I’m happy to hear that they have for you as well.

Oh, CommentLuv Premium is the best. I’ve been with Andy before he created it and I can’t say enough great things about it. Do be sure to just check it out and if you have any questions you can ask him or me. Happy to answer those for you.

I’m not real sure yet. I have a lot of thoughts going through my brain about what I’m going to do. I’m having my mastermind session with my group that night and we’re going to be toasting to my anniversary. It will be a fun day.

Thank you Di and you have a wonderful day as well.

~Adrienne

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58 Sue Price
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June 13, 2014 at 4:19 AM

Hi Adrienne

I agree with Carolyn and so glad you did this post on “almost” your fifth anniversary of blogging.
There is some good advice you were given for sure and so it was not all bad. :-)

Now I never new this started as anything but a WordPress site so once again I have learned something else about you.

I also love your additions of advice that you were not given. My failing in blogging is that I have not been consistent. You see I was told blog daily for 60 days then go to once a week. I got burned out about day 45 and never came back for sometime. I think 2 or 3 times a week is good advice. And heck you have one of the most successful blogs on twice a week.

Love the post Adrienne and what magic are you going write next week on the big day. Wow 5 years!

I will say congats next week.

Have a lovely weekend.

Sue
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59 Adrienne Smith
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June 13, 2014 at 9:24 AM

Hi Sue,

Yeah, I’ve been talking about it a lot this month since it’s been heavily on my mind as I think about just how far I’ve come in this journey Sue. I did get a lot of good advice though but unfortunately a lot of that bad really stuck with me.

Yep, I had a stand alone website and I’m hoping that I’ll have some decent pictures of it to share next week. Everyone might get a laugh out of how far I’ve come with my sites. They were pretty elementary back in the day because I did them myself.

I know a lot of that advice is out there but no one shared that with me. I just had to figure some of this out on my own but some of it also was a little common sense on my part. Luckily for me I never listened to them when they told me you “should” blog every single day in order to get traffic to your blog. I was told you must but that it was highly recommended. I knew myself that there was no way I could personally do that since at that time I was writing a LOT of articles. I was writing about ten of them a week so I was writing a lot but just not on my blog. I know me very well and I would have done what you did Sue, get burnt out never to return or at least for awhile that is.

I chose my schedule because it was what I could handle but I actually wrote three times a week until the summer of 2011 where I backed off to twice a week. I had about four or five blogs at that time so I was really not able to keep up with them all. I didn’t write consistently on all of them at that time but I did on two.

Thank you Sue and I guess you’ll just have to wait and see! ;-)

Thank you so much and looking forward to us all finally getting together to celebrate. You have a great weekend.

~Adrienne

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60 June
Twitter:
June 13, 2014 at 4:21 AM

Hi Adrienne,

Congratulations on your 5th blogging anniversary coming up. Well done for hanging in there. :-)

Thanks for another great post. I enjoyed reading it. It took me back to when I first started blogging. I was so confused with all the advice out there. And excited. So excited that I printed off loads of stuff about what to do and what not to do to run a successful blog. I overloaded my brains. In the end I didn’t implement most of what I read.

Anyway, these are some of the best advice that I took on board:
* Get a niche (this is one I’ve only recently started)
* Guest post to get more traffic and grow your email list (I haven’t done much of this)
* Create your ideal reader’s avatar. Your posts will be less generic when you’re writing. You’ll sound like you’re having a conversation with that person.
* Buy your own domain name
* Buy a theme
* Build up relationships with other bloggers
* Comment on other blogs
* Leave lots of white space when writing. And avoid long sentences and paragraphs. It makes it easier for your audience to read your posts.

There’s more. But these are some of the main ones. Blogging is a job in itself. But I enjoy it. It’s been fulfilling and rewarding.

Have a fantastic weekend with your mum. :-)
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61 Adrienne Smith
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June 13, 2014 at 9:32 AM

Hi June,

Thank you so much and I can’t believe I’ve been on this blog for five years already. Wow, time continues to fly by for me.

I know the feeling June, I was confused and overwhelmed. A lot of what they were sharing I didn’t understand either so the learning process was a tedious and long one for me. I love to learn and determined though. You can go into overwhelm quickly though.

That’s great advice you received. Luckily for me I already had a niche when I started this journey so that wasn’t really an issue for me and guest posting at that time wasn’t even presented to me. It came into the picture later on but I was still a nervous wreck to contribute but I was finally convinced. I think it will help you get in front of different audiences so you should definitely consider that.

Thank you for sharing what you’ve learned June, always good to hear about others journeys as well. So glad you’re still here and enjoying blogging. You have a fantastic weekend as well and I most definitely will. She’s looking forward to the reunion.

~Adrienne

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62 Akaahan Terungwa
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June 13, 2014 at 4:24 AM

Hello Adrienne,

We pretty share the same excellent advice that can be adjudged ‘great’. Part of that, I’ve learned was from observing the blogging ‘greats’ and the others, from coming here once in a while and checking out what exactly you have for the week (though I must say that, like you, I disagree with many).

For me (particularly), I’ve learnt to take comment more seriously. And though you also learnt that elsewhere, I think you inspired that habit in me.

Do have a very great day – and happy 5th anniversary!

Always,
Terungwa
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63 Adrienne Smith
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June 13, 2014 at 9:36 AM

Hi Akaahan,

The bad part of my blogging journey was that I didn’t know who the blogging greats were! I mean when you Google stuff the “greats” don’t always show up in the search engines so the people I ended up learning from I didn’t realize weren’t exactly sharing the best information at the time. I think you have to be hanging around long enough in certain circles to finally figure this all out.

That’s great Akaahan and I don’t care who you learned it from I’m glad you did take it more seriously and it’s helped you moving forward. People can say all they want about it but it’s made my blog what it is today. The conversations, the people and the relationships. It’s a community of people helping people and it doesn’t get much better than that.

Thank you so much and you too. I’m excited about my anniversary so you’ll have to be sure and stop by back next Thursday to see what I have to share.

By the way, you are still landing in my spam folder so I just thought I would let you know. I know you had written that post after I had that issue but you still land there every single time darn it.

Have a great weekend.

~Adrienne

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64 Di June 13, 2014 at 8:45 AM

So excited Adrienne, just went and purchased the Plug in…. can’t wait to start using it. Thankyou for the recommendation

Di

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65 Adrienne Smith
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June 13, 2014 at 9:48 AM

Oh congratulations Di, I’m so excited for you too! Just head to the member page and all the videos are there to help you set it all up but if you have any questions or problems, don’t be bashful now. We are both here to help you. Thank you so much, I appreciate that.

~Adrienne

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66 Zach
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June 13, 2014 at 10:36 AM

Hey Adrienne,

I really like when you said, Enjoy the Journey! In the past I’ve been so focused on the end game, or making money, or being seen that I didn’t enjoy just writting and putting out good quality content! I’m getting into the swing of thigns as far as that goes and I FINALLY have a blog I’m proud to author!

Thanks for the great advice,

Zach
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67 Adrienne Smith
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June 13, 2014 at 12:31 PM

Hey Zach,

I know what you mean and I think most of us come into this with a goal in mind so we are definitely focused on those end results. I was focused on making money when I came online but I soon had to learn that it can’t be about the money because that’s a horrible way to approach this. It’s just like a brick and mortar business too. Sure, they start it to make money but if it’s not about giving your customer the best experience, product and service then there will never be any money coming in.

I’m glad you’re enjoying this journey and the blog you are so proud of. I think we all have to find that place, I did too! ;-)

So good to see you and hope you’re doing okay. It’s been awhile and we’ve missed your smiling face.

~Adrienne

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68 Sarah Park June 13, 2014 at 12:09 PM

Great article full of reasonable advice that really works. It is truly a big help for them. It is a great advice for bloggers. Many will excite to be a blogger. I will share this to my friends who make blog and surely they read this and take your advice. I think this is the best advice to learn blogging. Thank you for sharing this post Adrienne.

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69 Adrienne Smith
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June 13, 2014 at 12:37 PM

Hi Sarah,

Thank you and I think we all receive a decent amount of both good and bad advice about blogging. I just hope that most will stick with it and not let the bad overtake the good. I appreciate you sharing this with your friends and hope they’re able to get some good information from it as well.

Appreciate your comment and enjoy your day.

~Adrienne

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70 Mi Muba
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June 13, 2014 at 1:30 PM

Hi Adrienne
You are so lucky because you got the best blogging advice quite higher than the worst ones as you mentioned in your previous post.
Secondly you did not follow the worst advice most of the time and very judiciously followed the best ones as you pointed this in your many posts previously.
So at the end of the day you gained more with words of mouth and lost lesser and even you offset that with patience and perseverance.
It is very great to learn that you completed five years of this blog. I eagerly wait your post on the occasion of 5th anniversary that won’t be a simply post I firmly hope it will be a manifesto for the years to come.
The best ever advice I got during my previous three years of blogging is: Hard work always pays you either you succeed or not because ultimately you become habitual of hard working that you can exploit in another field to succeed sooner or later.
Thanks for sharing this wonderful post. Have a great weekend.

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71 Adrienne Smith
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June 13, 2014 at 2:41 PM

Hi Mi Muba,

Actually you’re wrong! The problem with the other post is that I did get so much horrible advice and I did follow a good bit of it which caused nothing but problems for me. I would spend entire weekends cleaning up my blog because of the lessons I was not taught. But what I wanted to point out here is I can’t say it was all bad because I did learn some good things along the way as well.

I learned a good bit but didn’t always take their advice either. Here is a great example although it’s not about blogging that I was given this advice from a very well known marketer. He actually now makes 8 figures in income so he knows his stuff but he was teaching us to shoot videos, rename them and add every company we could think of and distribute them another 30 or so times. I started to do this but just got this uneasy feeling about it so I went back and deleted all my videos. He and several others got their YouTube channels deleted because of these methods so I’m glad my gut told me differently and my YouTube channel is still in tact to this day.

I’m glad you got some good advice you’re been able to apply and you’re still here. I do believe if we keep at it it will come back to us but great things take time. ;-)

Thank you for your comment my friend and you have a wonderful weekend as well.

~Adrienne

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72 Olamosh June 13, 2014 at 6:23 PM

Hi Adrienne,

No bloggers will want to miss your latest article post or even ignore your blog post after seeing the title alone.

This article post is also another mind blowing and educative one. I keep learning everyday from you blog post.

BUY A PAID THEME: This is one of the greatest advice all newbie must yield to because paid theme gives you more leeway with it regular support from the theme developer.

All your advices are great and worth implementing. Many bloggers are now fond of downloading null or hacked themes online because they don’t know the negative effect of it.

Thanks for this wonderful article post and have a nice weekend

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73 Adrienne Smith
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June 13, 2014 at 10:04 PM

Hi Olamosh,

Well I do hope that my experience will be able to help others. I have learned a lot that’s for sure.

From my experience with free themes, the majority of them you can’t customize yourself and a lot of the developers don’t stay on top of them and keep them updated. So that’s one of the most important reasons to purchase a paid them no matter which one they chose to go with. I think they will be much happier for sure.

I appreciate your kind comment and thank you so much. You have a wonderful weekend as well. I definitely intend to.

~Adrienne

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74 Troy S.
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June 14, 2014 at 12:24 AM

Some of the best advise I was given was ‘Buy CommentLuv Premium.” So I am gonna do that tomorrow. Besides, Andy is having a HUGE SALE so…
One of the thins you wrote Adrienne was “Get a custom header created and be sure to put your picture in it, people need to see who you are the minute they land on your blog and it needs to stand out from the rest” You have been kind enough to visit my site many times and may have noticed my picture is only in the occasional post. Do you really think that is a big issue? The goal of my site is not to establish me as an ‘authority’ but I guess perhaps the old adage of ‘people like to do busy with people they know’ may apply here.
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75 Adrienne Smith
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June 15, 2014 at 1:11 PM

LOL!!! That’s pretty darn good advice with this sale going on. ;-)

This advice was good for me because I’m building my business around my brand so I need to stand out to others. I think if you’re just a hobby blogger then it might not be as important but you definitely have to have it there so that people will know who the heck they’re even talking to. That’s how connections are made to so that if they go someplace else and see your photos they’ll remember your blog. Know what I mean! Some people don’t have their names on their blogs anywhere either which I hate! For me though this was great advice and I eventually did get around to including my photo in my header.

I think you’re doing good for what you share Troy!

Good to see you again and take care.

~Adrienne

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76 Peter June 14, 2014 at 3:38 AM

Something I do is to always reply to every comment people leave on my blogs. I figure if they take the time to leave a comment then the least I can do is to join in on the conversation. Anything less would be rude.

At the beginning I also used to follow every commenter back to their blog and leave a comment there. I no longer do that anymore because it takes a lot of time. I did do it for a couple of years though and it generated a lot of traffic.
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77 Adrienne Smith
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June 15, 2014 at 1:13 PM

Hey Peter,

I agree with you, I think it’s rather rude if you don’t respond to their comments. They took the time is right so let them know you appreciate that.

I use to do that too but I don’t anymore either. Of course I do check out their blogs before approving their comments but if what they share doesn’t peak my interest then I won’t stop by because I am so short on time these days. I agree, it’s a heck of a lot of work.

Thanks for sharing that with me Peter and hope you’re enjoying your weekend.

~Adrienne

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78 Troy S.
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June 15, 2014 at 1:39 PM

I try to ‘reply to every comment people leave on my blogs’ as well Peter. And you are right. it does take time, and as I posted on my Twitter yesterday, Gary Vaynerchuk said time is your biggest asset so use it wisely.
For now it looks like 1KSmiles is a sort of hobby but indeed there are plans to monetize it later with books and t-shirts and coffee mugs. All part of my secret plan to rule the world.
Oh wait, I just gave away part of my secret. Nuts!
So yes, Adrienne I will strongly consider, no I will, put my picture up there, somewhere where the people can see it, perhaps on the About page but will do it for sure. (You can see me in various posts for now. LOL)
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79 Adrienne Smith
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June 15, 2014 at 10:32 PM

I think that would be great actually Troy and people would appreciate knowing who they are visiting because I think that can benefit you as well. ;-)

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80 Peter June 16, 2014 at 3:10 AM

I know you do Troy. It’s one of the reasons I continue to return to your blogs.
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81 Troy S.
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June 16, 2014 at 11:44 AM

Oh it is not for the witty and inspiring / motivational writings or clever life hacks to help you lead a better life? :/ LOL

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82 Peter June 16, 2014 at 6:04 PM

OK, OK, that too :D
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83 Shivkumar June 14, 2014 at 6:54 AM

Hi,

These blogosphere is about making friends and helping and supporting each others when we all need each other.

There are many people who help others without expecting anything in return and I am damm sure that such people will do wonders in the blogosphere.

All the good advice mention above are very important and indeed useful advice and one I like the most inspiring for me is that ‘have patience while doing blogging and keep blogging’.

There are many of us who quit blogging just because they had started blogging journey for the sake of money, but I agree with your point that we must give our all afforts on our blog and sooner or latter it will pay us off.

I got to learn many new thing from your list of advice.

I really thank you from bottom of my heart for such a beneficial article.

Thank you very muh and have a wonder day ahead! :)

-Shivkumar

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84 Adrienne Smith
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June 15, 2014 at 1:18 PM

Hi Shivkumar,

Welcome to my blog and glad you stopped by.

It should be, I agree and for the most part I’ve definitely made some awesome friends I’ve met here while blogging. They have been kind and helpful when I’ve approached them asking for help or assistance. That just goes to show you that there are still people in this world that care about each other.

I think that if you were never here for the right reasons then you’ll easily quit your blog if things aren’t going your way. If you eventually figure it all out and still believe you belong here then it will all work itself out. I hope that’s the road most end up taking.

Thank you for your visit and comment and I appreciate your kind words. Hope you’re enjoying your weekend and hope to see you again.

~Adrienne

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85 Philip Varghese Ariel
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June 14, 2014 at 7:08 PM

Hi Adrienne,

Your previous post The World’s worst blogging advice got a good response as usual and one comment made you to write yet another good one on under the title The World’s Best Blogging Advice/ This is really useful to make note of!
This is a real and great advice to your fellow bloggers!
Hey, Adrienne, there are many here to give much crappy advices to the gullible bloggers and many fall into that trap.
I have experienced few such incidents which was very very sad story to tell. Thanks a lot for the connected links,
under the subtitle BLogging is NOT Easy
I wasn’t taught before venturing into blogging, these stories posts are indeed worth reading, of course some of them I read and few more to read. Thanks again for this links again.

This post is indeed an great alert after the first one on the worst blogging advice,,,,

Yes the Key here is: Blogging is NOT EASY!!! Yes that is not at all easy!! lot of hard work and pain should be added to achieve something in blogging
Thanks for bringing out that truth here.

May you have a wonderful weekend Adrienne,

Best
~ Phil

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86 Adrienne Smith
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June 15, 2014 at 1:21 PM

Hi Phil,

Thank you but it was at Carolyn’s suggestion that I wrote this one too. I hadn’t really planned on it since I thought I would mention some of this in my anniversary post but that’s okay, it probably deserved some attention on it’s own.

We all get some crappy advice here and there but I’m glad that we learned and moved on from it all. Now we can help others right Phil!

Blogging isn’t easy but it’s so worth it. I know I’ve yelled, cried, smiled and laughed so it’s been a mixture of emotions as I’ve continued my journey. Glad you’re still here too Phil and doing well I know.

I appreciate your comment and thank you so much. I’m having a wonderful weekend and hope you are as well.

~Adrienne

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87 Philip Varghese Ariel
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June 17, 2014 at 5:08 PM

Hi Adrienne,
What a pleasant surprise !!!
You are completing the fifth Anniversary shortly Ok on 19th of this month. I am sure that will be a joyous occasion and surely there will be a great post on that D day :-)
Though you posted an equally important one here I am sure you cannot keep quiet with this LOL. Anyways we are expecting the same on that day to :-) Though I am bit late here I could catch up all the scenery here!! The lovey and joyous faces all around.
I can’t even imagine the pain and hard work you put in to shape these pages this way all through these years. Congrats my dear Friend Adrienne
Keep it up
Keep Going
All Good Wishes for more and more blogging
Best
Phil

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88 Adrienne Smith
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June 17, 2014 at 7:32 PM

Hey Philip,

I will definitely be celebrating but I’m not sure how much of a great post there will be. LOL!!! I’ve put something together though and I hope you all like it.

It’s been trial and error, ups and downs but well worth this awesome trip. Look at all the cool people I’ve been able to meet because of it Philip including yourself.

Thank you so much and you have a wonderful rest of your week and here’s to many more years ahead of you as well.

~Adrienne

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89 Carol Amato
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June 14, 2014 at 9:53 PM

Hi Adrienne,

I think it’s a smashing idea to do a post on the good advice. I agree wholeheartedly with you about “don’t blog for the money!” It seems counter-intuitive, but truly goes right along with Zig Ziglar’s famous statement about helping people get what they want, and you’ll receive what you want as a by-product of that, naturally. It’s true. :)

I have always had a paid theme and just this past year got a professional logo done, which I’m really happy about because it’s used on all my branding, everywhere and gives a cohesiveness I was lacking.

I’ve been doing a lot of reflecting too as I will be approaching my 4th year anniversary.

Turning points have been many, but to pick just one, I suppose it would be when someone in a paid forum membership I belong to recommended ‘The 12 Week Year: Get More Done in 12 Weeks than Others Do in 12 Months’ – as a result I have a whole new mindset and outlook and plan. It’s revolutionized the way I work, and I feel a big weight off my shoulders.

I have learned over time not to sweat the small stuff and to focus on high-leverage activities, such as building my list.

Love your blog, Adrienne! :)

- Carol Amato
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90 Adrienne Smith
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June 15, 2014 at 1:28 PM

Hi Carol,

Well I definitely have my friend Carolyn to thank for this one. Glad I shared it although I was really concentrating more on all the crappy advice I’d received without really paying tribute to all the great advice I received too!

I came into this with money on my mind and it was a very rude awakening. I ended up doing a lot of work on myself so I’m actually glad it all happened this way or I wouldn’t be where I am now. Funny how things work isn’t it!

I didn’t have a free theme for long coming into this. Knowing that I couldn’t make it look like I wanted I quickly bought a theme and have had the same one ever since. I know how to change it so I’m hooked. Congrats on the logo, it looks great by the way.

You’ve done really well Carol and am just now coming into your 4th anniversary. Wow, that’s saying a lot.

That’s great advice and I’ve never heard that before. I’d love to have a 12 week year plan but I couldn’t even imagine how that would work since I blog twice a week and I definitely can’t write them ahead of time. Not with the way I do things but the actual work part would be awesome. I’m not surprised that things are working out so well for you. Great advice.

Thank you for sharing this Carol and I appreciate your comment. I hope you’re enjoying your weekend and looking forward to yet another amazing week.

~Adrienne

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91 Andrew M. Warner
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June 15, 2014 at 2:09 PM

Hey Adrienne,

Great blog topic and post.

The best blog advice I received is that you should focus on building relationships first rather than focus on money.

I’m right in line with what you said about the list of advice you received, all of those are true, important and some really valuable advice. And like yourself, I had to gradually learn the things that you’ve learned. Especially the point “you can’t do it alone.”

Really great stuff here Adrienne, thanks for sharing.
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92 Adrienne Smith
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June 15, 2014 at 10:36 PM

Hey Andrew,

That’s some darn good advice I’ll have to say. I finally realized that myself if I’m truthful with you. Oh but wait, I did admit that! LOL!!! Well it’s true in my opinion.

Thank you for sharing that Andrew, I appreciate that and I think we’ve all lived and learned right! I’m just glad we’re all still here.

You have a great week ahead and thanks again.

~Adrienne

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93 Augustus June 15, 2014 at 2:25 PM

Hi, Adrienne.
5th Anniversary? Whao! It’s been a very long journey Adrienne, not only did I envy (for good) your consistence, I also envy your uniqueness when it comes to establishing lasting relationship with others online. kudos.

I was a little bit confused with the article title, I was here late last week when I read the “Worst blogging advice” and I made a comment, so seeing this I was like, I have read this before, hence I don’t have to comment again, however, I read (thinking it would make a better second read) then i realized that it’s a new post entirely…lol.

About the advice, I was on blogger before, and I support your thought about getting a self hosted blog, before blogger on blogger, I used to blog on hubpages years back, they had great community, but the limitation is too much, they keep bringing up rules (especially after the penguin update) on word count, picture quality, videos and other stuffs, I just had to move on, then I moved to blogger, I enjoyed the “mini” freedom for a while, then I began to see a need for total freedom and stying, eventually I graduated to Wordpress, I am loving the experience so far, and I really appreciate the fact that am in total control.

Having a self hosted blog is the best step I have ever taken in my entire blogging career, thanks for sharing, and I hope you would prepare something special for us as an anniversary gift. Enjoy the rest of your day

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94 Adrienne Smith
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June 15, 2014 at 10:42 PM

Hey Augustus,

Yep, this week I’ll be officially celebrating my friend. I’ve learned a heck of a lot since I stared blogging and from what I’ve been sharing it’s been good advice and bad.

Surprise! I had a few friends think it was the same thing but only because I’ve been mentioning my anniversary coming up and they were confused a bit so I’m sorry about that. Glad you stuck around and read it anyway.

You’ve been around yourself. I will admit I didn’t really like Hubpages myself. You’re right, way too many rules and I would write a post and it would be fine and then they would come back with some issue I would have to fix and I kept having to go back and fix things all the time. I get that it’s their platform and we just got to use it but I finally just stopped using them too.

With a self-hosted blog you own it and you make the rules so no one is coming back telling what you can and cannot do. That’s what I love about it and they can’t take anything away from me.

I’m not too sure how special my post will be since I did write about my journey last year but I’m working on it. Thanks for your comment though and I hope you are looking forward to a really great week.

~Adrienne

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95 Ann June 16, 2014 at 4:37 AM

Hi, Adrienne! :)

Wow! You’ve already reached a half decade in blogging. Congratulations! :) That is a long journey, and glad you’ve made it through.

Anyway, yes, I read your last post about the worst blogging advice you’ve received, and I indeed agree with you there. Glad you’ve found the best one. :)

Blogging has been one of the most prominent ways to earn money online, and to know the best tips on how to become successful in this career is such a great thing. I must agree with you again, these best blogging tips that you’ve shared above are true, valuable and effective.

Thanks for the shared knowledge! I’ve indeed learned more again. :)

Best,
Ann

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96 Adrienne Smith
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June 16, 2014 at 7:55 AM

Hey Ann,

Thank you and I’m happy to still be here.

Well I definitely needed to share the good although there was a lot of bad. Had the good not happened though I guess I still wouldn’t be here! ;-)

Using your blog to make money I agree, but blogging to make money I disagree. But I wrote about that already as you know. Anyway, we do have to use our blogs to get to that place so learning what to do along the way can just get us there quicker right!

Thank you for your comment and good to see you again. Glad you’ve picked up a few things here as well. Enjoy your week and thanks again.

~Adrienne

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97 Sourav June 17, 2014 at 12:13 AM

Hi Adreinne ,

Celebrations: D
Firstly, Congratulations for completing 5 successful blogging years with adriennesmith(dot)com :) Consistency is one of the most important things that bloggers tend to forget. The fact is – It’s much easier to lose your traffic than it is to build it up. Is that your plus point? :)

Well, Blogging is not a short time process. It requires lot of hard work, time and determination. Though many bloggers work hard giving their heart and soul to it, they might not see immediate effect. The web is big and noisy and so it’s not an easy task to get your blog recognized in minutes. As you said “Be patient, you won’t see results overnight.”

It’s always better to plan to invest in blogging for a long time before you see a return. As I said, the web is a big, noisy place and unless you’re willing to invest more over a greater period of time than others, you’ll find success nearly impossible.

“Write in your own voice and make your readers feel like you’re talking just to them. “; this is something really great that can turn your blog into a highly engaging community.
Nobody finds it cool to read an article that looks serious from every angle. (unless it’s about something very serious.)
A blog Post that orders you to do so and so things and blah blah :D Just imagine! Uff !
It’s very important to write articles in conversational mode. Just be yourself and spread the knowledge. By being me, I enjoyed writing and the process more. It had me writing more than I usually would too and readers would it interesting too :)

Great one Adrinenne :) Keep writing, I have lot more to learn :)

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98 Adrienne Smith
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June 17, 2014 at 8:31 AM

Hey Sourav,

LOL!!! It’s not dot com but dot net! That’s what makes me different… The dot com was already taken so I went with the dot net. ;-)

I can’t really say if it’s easier to lose my traffic since I really haven’t yet. Besides Google slapping me from time to time and it taking a dip from the search engines my referral and social has stayed pretty consistent.

Blogging is like anything else really, you have to keep doing it to keep getting results. Once I got the right formula down it didn’t take me years to see some type of success which to me was visitors, comments, opt-ins and purchases. I actually started seeing results within just four short months but I’m sure to some people that’s like a lifetime. But being consistent in your efforts does pay off but you have to keep it up.

Glad you are doing some of this and seeing success as well Sourav. I love hearing that from my readers.

Thank you for your comment and your visit. Always nice to see some new faces around here. Hope you’re doing well and you have a great week.

~Adrienne

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99 Robin Morgan June 17, 2014 at 11:55 AM

Hello,

Well I must say thats a great journey and you possibly gone through worst and happiest moments. The person who is consistent in work he/she do will results in achieving that.

Anyway congrats!

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100 Adrienne Smith
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June 17, 2014 at 12:34 PM

Hi Robin,

I most definitely have been through my ups and my downs but I’m glad I’m still here. The consistent work will definitely get you to the right place but you have to be doing the right action steps too. There are so many people just spinning their wheels these days.

I appreciate your comment and do have a great week.

~Adrienne

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101 Kevin Duncan
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June 18, 2014 at 10:24 AM

Hi, Adrienne! First time commenting on your wonderful blog.

I second your “Wordpress” tip as the best blogging advice I’ve received. Early on I used “Xanga” (remember them?). Then I used Wordpress.com. Then someone (wish I remember who) suggested I go self-hosted with Wordpress.

In hindsight, I can’t believe I ever blogged any other way!

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102 Adrienne Smith
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June 18, 2014 at 11:26 AM

Well hey there Kevin and welcome.

I so appreciate you stopping by and including one of my quotes on your most recent post. I was SO surprised to see that and so very flattered. But anyway, on to your comment.

I remember them but I used Blogger and Weebly, remember them too? I didn’t know any better though but I always would listen to those who were doing what I wanted to accomplish and I’m glad I did. A self hosted blog is the only way to go I believe. Glad you felt that way too.

Thank you for your visit and again for the post. I’ll be by today to read all the quotes! ;-)

Have a great week.

~Adrienne

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103 Kevin Duncan
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June 18, 2014 at 2:36 PM

Thanks for the welcome, Adrienne!

You’re welcome (again) regarding the quote! Since you had never been quoted before, have you ever been interviewed? Surely yes (although, I thought the same about quoting you!). :-)

Good ol’ Blogger. It’s still around isn’t it?

Like you, I didn’t know any better when I first started out. From 2005 to early 2007 I knew just enough about blogging to be dangerous.

“Free Wordpress.com blog? Sure, I like free!”

“Let anyone register as a user to my Wordpress blog? Sure! It’ll be like we’re one big happy family.”

“White text over a black background? Sure, sounds edgy!”

Thankfully, I know better now.

Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving your comment! Glad you liked.
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104 Adrienne Smith
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June 18, 2014 at 3:29 PM

Hey Kevin,

I do love to welcome new readers and commenters to my blog so it’s totally my pleasure.

Yep, never been quoted that I know of but maybe I have yet just don’t know it! LOL!!! I have been interviewed though numerous times now.

Blogger definitely helped a lot of us in the beginning and back in the day when you could link to all your different content to build backlinks were definitely the good old days. Wow, you did start early didn’t you? I came online in 2007 but it wasn’t until 2008 that I learned about blogging. I never did use WordPress.com though, I went straight for the self-hosted as soon as it was introduced.

Ah, but we do know better now don’t we! It was fun to experiment though and not drive people that crazy, not like it is today.

I appreciate your comment Kevin and again, thank you! Awesome post now!

~Adrienne

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105 Jeannette Paladino June 19, 2014 at 10:26 PM

Adrienne — we share an anniversary because I started blogging five years ago to. I was an “accidental” blogger. A friend had just take a 12-week webinar course with Bea Fields and loved it. I just had created a WordPress.com blog at the suggestion of a friend and written a couple of posts. But I was just playing around and wasn’t serious about. That blogging course changed my life, truly. I became a blogger, and then a professional blogger (meaning getting paid) and I jumped into social media feet first. It’s been a great ride!

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106 Adrienne Smith
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June 20, 2014 at 8:36 AM

Hi Jeannette,

Wow, that’s so cool? Have you been using the same domain for the past 5 years? I’ve actually been blogging for 6 years but 5 on this domain and this self-hosted blog. I think that says a lot that we’ve stuck with it even if it was an accident for you. I think that’s awesome and that’s why I’m not much of a planner. These things just seem to happen but maybe deep down this was the direction we were suppose to go but just didn’t know it yet. Either way I’m delighted for you too and we can celebrate together. Congratulations Jeannette! :-)

~Adrienne

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107 Meghan June 20, 2014 at 6:37 AM

i love reading your articles since i started blogging and your tips are just awesome .
thanks for the post

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108 Adrienne Smith
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June 20, 2014 at 9:11 AM

Thank you Meghan and I’m happy to hear that. If you ever have any questions please feel free to just ask. I’m always here to help.

You enjoy your day okay!

~Adrienne

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109 Jeannette Paladino June 20, 2014 at 8:38 AM

Yes, I have been using the same domain. I don’t know if I would have chosen the name I did if I knew this would become a real business but I’ve got it and people find it interesting so if it ain’t broke don’t fix it!

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110 Adrienne Smith
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June 20, 2014 at 9:18 AM

That’s so cool Jeannette. I feel that way about my tag line although I will be changing it but people have told me if it ain’t broke don’t fix it. Well it is what it is right! I think your domain is just fine and it hasn’t hurt you at all. Yay!!! :-)

Thank you!

~Adrienne

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111 Rohan Bhardwaj
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June 23, 2014 at 3:28 PM

Hi Adrienne,

You are awesome, this post is really helpful. Some of the tips, I have used and some I need to implement soon. For me, blogging advice came from reading blogs like yours.

There were many gurus like I said before, whom I trusted and failed. I am glad, I didn’t bought their e-book.

The best tip is to give away the free stuff as this will help in growing trust and love. I am happy that someone told to you to write this article. Just bookmarking it, I am gonna need it again and again, till I nail it.

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112 Adrienne Smith
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June 23, 2014 at 4:36 PM

Hey Rohan,

Thank you, I appreciate that and I think we’ve all gotten good and bad advice along the way. I think I was just naive coming into this not really knowing who to listen to and it all sounded so good.

That’s a darn good tip, give away stuff for free and they’ll appreciate stopping by your place to keep learning. ;-)

Thank you again and you have an awesome week.

~Adrienne

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113 Rohan Bhardwaj
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June 24, 2014 at 2:01 AM

Hi,

Thanks Adrienne. You too have an awesome week ahead.

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114 Amit Kumar June 23, 2014 at 6:48 PM

The title of this post is itself a amazing attraction – “The Worlds Best Blogging Advice”.
And after reading this valuable article which is written by you, i can say that these are really the Worlds Best Blogging Advice.

All the 12 points mentioned just below the “More of that would be” section are mind-blowing. Specially these two for me – (1) Be yourself, everyone else is already taken, and (2) Give all your good stuff away, people will love you.

Thank you so much mam for sharing this precious article with us.

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115 Adrienne Smith
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June 23, 2014 at 9:34 PM

Hi Amit,

You are too kind but I do believe it’s some of the best advice I’ve received to date. ;-)

Those are very good ones I have to admit. The being you, that’s right. There is only one you so that in itself makes you super unique and most of the big guys will still tell you today to give all the good stuff away to where you blow their minds. Then when you promote something they’ll know it’s awesome because of how much you deliver for free. Bingo!

You are very welcome and I’m glad you stopped by. Always nice to hear what others think as well.

You have an awesome week okay!

~Adrienne

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116 Fredy June 26, 2014 at 9:15 AM

Hi There Adrienne,
This is quite nice for us all. I have enjoyed reading it through and I will definitely improve my blogging. My way of visiting blogs is never in vain if I can get such information. Sure blogging do challenge many people but we learn from people who have succeeded in it how to blog like you.

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117 Adrienne Smith
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June 26, 2014 at 9:45 AM

Hey Fredy,

Thank you and I hope that from my own experience you can take something from it and improve as well. It’s been trial and error for me a good bit of the way so I hope this is helpful for you.

I agree, I learn so much from visiting other blogs so it’s never in vain.

I appreciate you sharing that and hope you’re enjoying your week. Thank you!

~Adrienne

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118 Mitch Mitchell
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July 14, 2014 at 7:54 PM

Hi Adrienne,

You might not believe this but I was never given any blogging advice when I first started. Of course I started a long time ago when most blogging was talking about personal stuff and there were a few people talking about products and making money.

The thing is, though I’d been writing for years already, the idea of blogging came from Chris Pirillo’s Lockergnome back in 2002 or 2003, though I didn’t start for another year or so, and it was in regards to using blogging to promote your business. So when I started my second blog, the one most people know me by, I started writing blogging tips because there didn’t seem to be lots of it out there.

The best tip I think I picked up later on however was adding an image or two to my posts. So every post has at least one image, and if I write something really long (you know how I am lol) then I’ll add more images to help space things out a bit. Does it help? I don’t know, but I think it makes everything look better.
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119 Adrienne Smith
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July 15, 2014 at 10:07 AM

Hey Mitch,

In the beginning I was Googling everything so I take that as a form of advice and I guess so many people were green too in the beginning and giving out the crappy advice they had been finding or being taught as well.

I think it also boils down to what are we learning and from who. Are they giving us good advice or not. I think you were very smart to start blogging about what you had been actually doing so I think that’s the smartest way to go about this. I really don’t like those that give advice about something they don’t know that much about.

I do like the images in posts though I have to agree with you. They just add something to the post itself so you’ve doing great with that.

Thanks for sharing this Mitch and you have an awesome day.

~Adrienne

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