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The Worlds Worst Blogging Advice

by Adrienne Smith on June 2, 2014

Who has NOT been given advice about blogging!

We all have so I know you’re saying me me me…

Some of it was probably pretty good but I’m sure a good bit of it wasn’t and we didn’t learn until much later just how bad it really was.

I know that’s the problem I encountered when I started.  The advice I was given was little bits here and there and the purpose of that was so that I would apply what I was told, see that it was helpful and then want more advice.

That’s when they got me…they wanted me to purchase their product so I could learn more.  Unfortunately for me I got more bits and pieces and never the whole enchilada.

You know though, I don’t think I’ve seen any site, any blog or any program tell me everything I needed to know.  Oh I don’t doubt they’re out there now but they sure weren’t when I started.

Worst Blogging Advice Ever

Let’s see if I can cover some of the main ones that I think are just the absolute worst advice I’ve ever received.

  • Blogging is easy, even your Mom can do it
  • Write about anything, it doesn’t matter what it is
  • Don’t worry about the design, it’s the content that’s important
  • You don’t need any plugins, who told you that
  • If you need images just grab them from Google, they’re free
  • Write between 250 to 500 word posts and you’ll be fine
  • You have to blog everyday in order to get traffic
  • Put some ads on your blog and you’ll be making money in no time at all
  • Build the links and you’ll rank great in Google
  • You can get away with using cheap hosting, it’s no big deal

So that’s the worst advice I’ve ever personally received but trust me, there is SO much more.  I’m sure you’ve got plenty of horror stories to share with me too.

What Tops The List

What I might think tops the list you might not so as bloggers it’s really hard to say.  I’ve received so much crappy advice over the years that’s for sure.

I think I have to say though that the worst for me would be that blogging is easy.  Although the art of writing posts is what most people think of when they think of blogging, we all know there is so much more to blogging then just that.

For someone that doesn’t look at themselves as a writer then blogging isn’t really that easy.  It takes time to build up that confidence that people will enjoy what we write but with time I do believe we all can get to that place.

It’s a craft that can be learned, trust me.

Had I known though all the things that it took to keep our blogs running smoothly I probably wouldn’t be here now.  Maybe that’s a good thing though.

Blogging Is NOT Easy

If you’ve been following me for any length of time then you know some of the nightmares I’ve encountered along the way.

Let’s talk about some of the things I wasn’t taught before venturing into blogging:

  • How to set your blog up properly, the things that are needed to make things run smoothly
  • Your images need to be compressed to help with load time
  • Never ever use admin as your username and an easy to remember password
  • When you delete your plugins from your blog they remain on your database so beware
  • Secure your blog to the best of your ability to slow down hackers
  • Code your theme when possible, plugins can cause serious nightmares
  • Never upgrade WordPress instantly, give them time to find the kinks
  • Invest in a paid theme and some paid plugins, the support is SO worth it
  • Do blog maintenance regularly, it will save you headaches down the road
  • If you love your blog then beware of who you link to
  • Cheap hosting is an accident waiting to happen
  • Always, always, always back up your blog

I dove into blogging and had to learn all of this the hard way.  I’ve spent entire weekends resizing my images and cleaning up broken links.  I almost had my hosting account suspended because my database was too large due to all those plugins that were never deleted that I no longer used.

I’ve had plugins that stopped working that I thought were backing up my blog.

Should You Blog

Although I’ve received some of the worst advice I’ve ever heard and I’ve got quite the list of bad things that I’ve encountered, I’m still here.  This month I’ll be celebrating five years.  In all honesty I wouldn’t trade this experience for anything in the world.

Blogging has afforded me the opportunity to meet so many fabulous people, I’ve built some awesome relationships with some of the most amazing people and it’s helped me with building my business so I can work at home.

It’s been hard but it’s been worth it.  If you can believe this, this is actually my 560th post today.  Of course last year I deleted 42 posts when I did my spring cleaning so I’m not counting them anymore.

If you’re new to blogging and some of what I shared here freaks you out, don’t be.  If you believe you’re here for a purpose and you’re using your blog to make those important connections with those that you know want what you have to offer then don’t you dare throw in the towel.  Not just yet because I’m always here to lend a helping hand.

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Your Horror Stories

I don’t dwell on the bad things that have happened to me when it comes to blogging.  We’ve all received some pretty crappy advice over the years.  It’s just going to happen I’m afraid.

What’s the worst blogging advice you’ve ever received?  Care to share?  Love to hear how some people have steered you wrong.

I always appreciate it when you share my posts too.  I’d love to meet someone who hasn’t gotten bad advice.  Oh wait, I bet they don’t exit!  LOL!!!

 

 

 

 


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1 Harleena Singh
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June 2, 2014 at 8:09 AM

Hi Adrienne,

A much needed post indeed :)

Every blogger I think goes through this phase, especially the new ones, something that I also went through when we didn’t know what was actually right from the wrong. One tries to follow others as you are new, or you try out things because someone writes about them, you add several plugins, and don’t know how to re-size your images and SO much more! Gosh! I remember my days!

I was not going to be a blogger any ways, especially being a writer, this was not on my cards at all, but when I got into it, that’s actually when I started picking up the details about how to really blog. No, I didn’t have any mentor, nor did I know anyone who I could follow or who would guide me as I hardly knew anyone in the blogoshere, 3 years back when I started my blog. But it was only with time, patience, determination, and will power that I started visiting blogs, read about blogging, tried out methods, and did all that I do to reach where I am today.

Congratulations on your 560th post – wonderful! It’s half of what I have written as yet, though I am happy with what I have written within these 3 years. Not deleted any as yet, though I need to rework on a few old ones.

You are so right, blogging is so much more if you really take care and time to do it professionally – you cannot possibly list out things here or it would be a post in itself, but I have enjoyed my journey like you. It has been a wonderful learning experience indeed.

Thanks for sharing this with us. Have a nice week ahead, and looking forward to the 5th year celebrations now. :)
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2 Harleena Singh
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June 2, 2014 at 8:15 AM

Sorry for the typo – mine are half of what you have written….lol…just nearly 250, still reaching there. :)
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3 Adrienne Smith
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June 2, 2014 at 8:55 AM

LOL!!! No problem but thanks for that Harleena. :-)

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4 Adrienne Smith
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June 2, 2014 at 8:49 AM

Hi Harleena,

There are so many bloggers online today giving advice and as you and I both know, we don’t always agree with them all. I think that’s the issue a lot of people run into. What might work for me won’t for them. Sure, it’s a WordPress blog but themes can mess things up and then some plugins that don’t play nice together. It’s funny how I may have some things on my blog but they don’t work for someone else. It’s just that combination that we just are never sure about. Although some advice is good, other is just horrible.

I was a lot like you too, I have to wing my way through this. I didn’t know anyone I could trust so I would purchase things here and there from reputable bloggers only to have it go horribly wrong. I would Google everything from that moment on and try things out. I just wish that there was a manual to at least give you all the things you should do up front like setting up your permalinks properly and adding the Google Sitemap. Things people don’t really even know about.

I can’t believe I’m at my 560th post now. Yeah, I deleted a lot of the affiliate posts I had written in the very beginning that were specifically promoting products that weren’t even on the market anymore. No one was reading them so I didn’t want to take the time to rewrite them when that wasn’t my direction any longer. I can’t believe I had 42 of them but I most definitely did. I was one active lady in those days selling the goods.

Could you imagine what kind of post that would be listing everything you need to consider, beware of and do with your blog. The problem is that next year a good bit of that will change which is why I’m sure not too many have done something like that. Heck, everything is always changing so it’s hard to keep up with it all. Still there should be a good starting point for us all with the warning that anything at any time can change. LOL!!!

I so appreciate you sharing your experience with me Harleena. I know that getting into blogging wasn’t on your list but I’m so glad you did and you stuck with it as well. I don’t think the blogging community would be the same without you.

I’ll definitely have a post coming up since my 5th anniversary does land on a day I publish so I’m excited about that. 5 years, can you believe it?

You have a great week and I’ll be stopping by your place this week as well. See you then.

~Adrienne

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5 Karmakar
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June 5, 2014 at 2:54 AM

Hi Adrienne,

As usual great post… I think the beauty of this post is – “we all know about these points, as it is just common sense… BUT somehow most of the time we overlook or forget about them…”

Thanks for the reminder… :)

I believe, Harleena has told us 2 MOST important points about blogging – TIME and PATIENCE

For me the Worst Advice is-

“You just spent 2 hrs per day and earn $1000/day… ”

Frankly speaking this statement really attracts (Motivates) many new people to start blogging and it also kills the newly born baby bloggers at the early stage.

Thanks a lot for the reminder… :)

Regards,

Karmakar
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6 Adrienne Smith
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June 5, 2014 at 8:26 AM

Hi Karmakar,

Welcome back, it’s good to see you again.

Ah, good old common sense right! It’s that something that a lot of us have yet so many that don’t. Still, we are all a work in progress and we need to be told about a good bit so just making sure we hear it from the right people is the issues these days.

You definitely need patience and that’s something I’ve never really had a lot of. But it’s something that I’ve learned to deal with because things don’t come quickly. It is all very time consuming but some of the most rewarding stuff I’ve ever done.

That one really gets a lot of people, “You just spent 2 hrs per day and earn $1000/day… ”. Oh my goodness, I can’t believe people sell that. Anytime I hear any type of advertisement promising this I just want to puke. Although this is very possible they are leaving out what it takes but just trying to entice you into their web to clinch the sale.

I do believe that those only here for the money will be the ones that bail quickly. So maybe that is a good thing. I think those here for the right reasons eventually figure it all out and then find their own way. Agreed?

I appreciate your comment and thank you so much for stopping by. I hope you’re doing well and enjoying your week.

~Adrienne

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7 Kumar Gauraw
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June 2, 2014 at 8:09 AM

Hi Adrienne,

The worst blogging advice I think I received (from people who don’t make any money online) is that you can make a lot of money through AdSense :-)

I don’t think anybody can earn a living through that thing unless you have 1 million visitors a month who are all fired up about clicking on your website all over!

The other things are as bad as well. Thank you for sharing those and creating awareness among aspiring bloggers and entrepreneurs. Bottom line is, nothing worth having in life comes easy. It takes a lot of hard work, blood & sweat. That is why success is sweet as well. If things could come that easy, there wasn’t any need to admire those who succeed :-)

Have a great new week.

Regards,
Kumar
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8 Adrienne Smith
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June 2, 2014 at 8:55 AM

Hi Kumar,

I really do hate that type of advice too. From the people who are NOT doing what they claim can be done.

The only people who can make a good bit of money with AdSense are the people who have more than one blog online and like you said, they are getting a ton of traffic. No one can make a “lot” of money if you aren’t getting much traffic to your site. A few thousand here and there will not cut it.

All the things that come along with setting up your blog and seeing that it runs smoothly are really important. When you’re hit with your blog’s load time being dragged down or issues because it wasn’t set up properly, that’s never fun to have to deal with. Nothing does come easy I agree but at least knowing more of the right things to do in the beginning will save so many people so much heartache. Going back and cleaning things up is never fun, I should know! LOL!!

Thanks Kumar for your comment, I appreciate you sharing your worst advice with me too. Boy, we’ve all gotten it right!

You have a great new week as well, thank you.

~Adrienne

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9 Adam Binder
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June 2, 2014 at 8:22 AM

This list made me let out an audible chuckle, because I too made most of these mistakes in the beginning. One thing I did not do however is think it would be easy, as nothing worthwhile ever is.

Like you, I gave spent countless hours refining my process. The thing I like most blogging and internet marketing is that it is always evolving, and the target is continuously moving. Some people might find this frustrating, but for me this keeps it interesting.

Have a Great Day :)

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10 Adrienne Smith
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June 2, 2014 at 9:04 AM

Hey Adam,

We can definitely laugh about it after the fact right! You have to remember though, over five years ago when I started this journey I was told it was so easy. I was doing free platforms back then and they were pretty easy and they didn’t even have fancy templates you could use so you were kind of stuck with the blah ones. When I did the self-hosting blog I had no idea how much you could do yourself and I certainly wasn’t told how to set things up properly from the beginning. Oh my!

I like keeping up with things as well now because I love to learn and I love to improve things. So I’m with you there about things are always changing and evolving. That can be a good or a bad thing, depends on how you look at it. LOL!!!

Thanks for your comment Adam and good to see you this morning. You have a great day and a very productive week.

~Adrienne

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11 Ashley Faulkes
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June 2, 2014 at 8:30 AM

Hi Adrienne
I am only a beginner compared to your 5 years, but I have also experienced some of this bad advice, or just plain lies. The biggest one to me is the one about making money. And I tried to dispel that when I posted on Tim’s blog earlier in the year. It bit me hard and I am still learning as a result.
Making money on a blog is really very hard, and the myths out there are crazy. Maybe some of them were true 10 years ago – like adsense making you money with no traffic, but things have changed big time.
Thanks for listing them and helping out the newer bloggers
ashley
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12 Adrienne Smith
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June 2, 2014 at 9:12 AM

Hi Ashley,

I will admit to you that making money using your blog was easier years ago. I’ve had several niche sites and it was just easier to rank for your keywords and people bought what you offered more willingly back then. Of course I didn’t promote junk so I made plenty of sales but I never went the Adsense route. I have an account and threw a few up back in my very early days but I seriously hated them so that didn’t last long and I’ve never gotten my money from the few sales I did make either.

Google continues to crack down on things moving forward and I think if there wasn’t so many dishonest people out there this wouldn’t be an issue. Unfortunately it is and we all have to deal with it which is why today it’s more important than ever to build those relationships and listen to people you can trust.

You are rockin it now Ashley and we all learned the hard way didn’t we! I’m just glad you’re still here! ;-)

Have a great week my friend.

~Adrienne

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13 Tom Southern
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June 20, 2014 at 4:37 AM

Ashley, you’re right. Making money blogging only happens after you’ve engaged and nurtured your audience. Most advice about making money ignores this and encourages bloggers to attract and sell.

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14 Enstine Muki
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June 2, 2014 at 8:33 AM

Hey Adrienne,
Before I got into blogging, a friend told me 2 things;
1 – Blogging is hard
2 – Don’t get into it

She was tight with the first point in her advice. Yes, blogging is not easy as you put it. However, I’m thinking asking me to stay away from it was poor advice. I should not keep away from it because it’s hard. Others have made it so why not me?

Blogging is not easy, but it is awesome!

Now, about making money from it, it’s a whole lot of work and rethinking. Do you remember your last post about how to make money blogging? People still keep misfiring. Whatever way we see it, ads won’t work until they are done rightly with the right traffic and the most attractive user behaviors on your blog.

250 to 500 words? lol Go back to 2005 and that may work then. I have noticed now that for a 500 word article to rank well, it must be optimized for a very long tail keyword with almost zero competition. Such are hard to get.

Well, those who want to write about anything should be ready for nothing. You have to write about something to get something. People don’t visit blogs for anything. They do for something ;)

Thanks for a beautiful topic with a lot we can comment about ;)

Hope your week kicked off on a good footing this morning
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15 Adrienne Smith
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June 2, 2014 at 9:19 AM

Hey Enstine,

Wow really? Your friend told you that? Most are telling the opposite but sounds like you just blew her off. You probably wanted to prove her wrong. I don’t think that she should have told you to stay away from it but just explain why it’s hard so you could make that decision for yourself. I think that’s all we want is good advice.

The making money part is a biggie of course because that’s why most people are here. I just wish they understood how all of this works no matter which direction you go. I mean basing a business off of having advertisers on your blog is not a very smart business plan. As I did mention in that other post and you know as well, very few blogs are able to achieve that level. They have so much more behind that though but I’m not dis-guarding that you can’t make money from that.

I started blogging in 2008 and maybe articles ranked well back then with 500 words but not blog posts for some reason. They sure don’t work today and I’ve not read a lot of posts that are short that helped me in some way. They were mostly just fillers with no real meat to bite into.

Thank you for saying that and that’s what I said. Why would someone give you that horrible advice. I mean why are you hear again?

I appreciate your comment Enstine, thank you so much and I hope your week kicked off pretty darn good too. It’s a pretty morning here and I’m praying for sunshine all day long. You have a beautiful week my friend.

~Adrienne

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16 Sylviane Nuccio
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June 2, 2014 at 8:40 AM

Hi Adrienne,

I love this post. Someone had to say it!

So, let me go through some of your list here.

Oh, yes, probably my own most favorite: Blogging is easy! Gosh did I hear that one in the past. So much so that when I was still new at blogging I used to preach that myself to new comers, until I felt like a liar, which I believe that those saying this are. It takes maintenance, knowledge, energy, time, and even to some degree, some type of talent to create and maintain a blog for years on.

Blog/write about anything? Yeah, right! We all know that if you write anything you can call your blog your own personal journal, but don’t expect your blog to improve with the public, or Google with that!

You don’t need plugins. Wow, actually that’s what Hostgator told me once. They were blaming an issue I had saying I shouldn’t have more than 3 plugins, and I had to laugh at their face, telling them that they obviously didn’t know anything about blogs and blogging.

Just put those adds out there and you’ll make money! Again, we know, not a chance. If your blog doesn’t do excellent in ranking and traffic, you won’t make a penny with your little ads.

Thank you for this great reminder and great truth for those who are still confused because of the lies.

Have a fantastic week ahead!
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17 Adrienne Smith
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June 2, 2014 at 9:49 AM

Hi Sylviane,

Ah, thanks… LOL!!!

I know the feeling, I use to say the same thing because back then it was. All I did was post content and I had NO idea about all the behind the scenes stuff that I was ignoring because I didn’t know about it all. As soon as the light bulb started to go off I shut the hell up too, quickly! Urgggg

I won’t name any names but there is a HUGE company that came on the scene and that’s what they told everyone. Blog about anything, just start blogging. When people would come to be so upset because this wasn’t working for them I was appalled that they were given that type of information just so that company could make money off them. One of the reasons I still have a very bad taste in my mouth for them.

Hostgator told you that? Well I’m sure that you can get away with that few but your blog wouldn’t function as well as it does now. I have learned that some people can have a lot of plugins if they are small in size. Most people don’t though which causes problems. I could never get away with just three.

Amen to that sister, that’s what I’m saying. Just like what people use to say, put the blog up and people will come. Yeah, right just like they’ll buy what you promote because you have an ad on your site. If only things worked that way.

I couldn’t help myself Sylviane. I was looking back at my blogging journey and thinking about all the crappy advice I was given and how stupid I felt at times. Man oh man am I glad that’s all behind me now.

I appreciate your comment and you have a great week. ;-)

~Adrienne

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18 Sam Adeyinka
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June 2, 2014 at 8:50 AM

Hey Adrienne,

I hard a good mind of being the first commenter but it’s unfortunate I was late and that’s because the two first and best commenter took that slot. And I had to settle for say 6th or 7th position. No qualms though. :)

So speaking about today’s subject, indeed those are worst advice and I also have gotten some pretty awkward advice in the past…….I still get them but I just make sure I do my filtering well.

Someone once told me that blogging is the best form of making money online and he’s right but he never told me it was not easy.

I got several others but I can’t go into listing them here….trust me that will be just too much except you are in to reading and replying long comment today. And I was considering the fact that this post will in some minutes start getting over a hundred comments and I don’t want to add so much here.

My take from this article though is that blogging is not easy….make sure you relate with some good pros who have well gone through what you are about to start, they know what blogging entails and you can’t go wrong with their advises.

Also, try always to follow your gut instincts. Have done that and it so worked for me.

Thanks so much for sharing this with the community today, it’s pretty helpful trust me. :)

Sam
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19 Adrienne Smith
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June 2, 2014 at 9:55 AM

Hey Sam,

Everyone is a great commenter Sam, no one is better than anyone else. ;-)

I know that everyone has received some horrible advice along the way. I think though had it been explained a little better that at least we would investigate a little more.

The making money using your blog is the one that so many people misunderstand. I mean there are so many different ways to make money and your blog can be a big part of that but when not explained properly that just makes people abandon theirs which leads to broken links which just causes problems for everyone. I wish more people had the right information starting out. I would love for everyone to do well if they’re honest.

I appreciate anything you want to share with me Sam and I don’t care how long it is. That’s what I enjoy, hearing what you have to share on the topics that I write. I think that whatever you do share could help others if they run across this post and want to read what others have issues with too. That’s totally your choice though but never worry about me reading and responding to comments. I welcome them all.

I appreciate your comment Sam, thanks so much for sharing what you did. I say take the advice from those you trust and you should definitely be okay! ;-)

Enjoy your week.

~Adrienne

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20 Peter June 2, 2014 at 9:20 AM

To tell you the truth I don’t believe I’ve ever received any bad advice. I’ve seen a lot of it but no-one has ever given me bad advice. This is probably because I’m a self taught blogger. I decided to start blogging as a SEO tactic for my website. I did some research and decided the WordPress was the best blogging platform.

I downloaded the zip file, read the instructions and went from there. Started off with free sites and then decided it was too hard to customise them so went for a paid theme, etc. etc

Having said that, I have made some mistakes ;)
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21 Adrienne Smith
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June 2, 2014 at 9:58 AM

Hey Peter,

You have never been given any bad advice? I stand corrected then, you are that one person.

I’m self taught for the most part as well Peter but having found the information to help move me forward wasn’t always the best or correct I soon learned. Of course you have to also understand that I didn’t quite get a lot of what some of this stuff even meant so that was over my head to begin with.

I applaud you though for taking these steps, diving into it and coming out on top. We all make mistakes along the way, that’s just part of the process I’m afraid.

Thanks for sharing that and I’m in awe of you!

~Adrienne

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22 Peter June 2, 2014 at 7:11 PM

Well it’s not too hard to believe when you know that I don’t have too much actual contact with other bloggers. Actually, it’s just come to me. I have actually had bad advice. People have told me I was mad to be a blogger and I should give it up. Luckily I didn’t listen to them lol
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23 Adrienne Smith
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June 2, 2014 at 8:13 PM

You have contact with other bloggers Peter. The comment and I’m sure you’ve chatted with several. Maybe advice wasn’t given but someone telling you not to blog, that’s definitely bad advice. I’m sure you’re happy you didn’t listen to them. I sure hope that’s the case! ;-)

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24 Sandy Halliday June 2, 2014 at 9:22 AM

Hi Adrienne,

Blogging probably is probably easy if you are doing it for fun. But for bloggers that want to make money from their blogs one way or another I agree that it is very misleading advice.

I never set out to be a blogger. I started a blog because a coach I had at the time said that was what I should do to help sell my ebook and make money as an affiliate for other products.

Like Kumar the worst advice I ever had was that I could make a lot of money from adsense. A marketer persuaded me to let him set my blog up for adsense and I was doing quite well for a while until Google started saying that they were downgrading blogs in search results that showed ads above the fold which of course mine were.

I agree that it is hard to get all the correct information you need in one place. I too have picked up tips here and there and of course they change as Google has changed their algorithms. I also know now that I have not set up my categories correctly.

I still keep hearing that you can grab Google images for free. Just recently I watched a webinar on Facebook ads and the presenter said you could use any image that came up in an image search on Google. Maybe that’s different than using them on your blog but I doubt it.

Congratulations on your almost five years blogging. ( I expect you are lining up a very special post for the actual date). I’ve just checked when I started mine and I could not believe that it was six years ago! I don’t know where the time has gone. I am learning all the time. I’ve certainly picked up some good tips from you so thanks for that. :)

Sandy

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25 Adrienne Smith
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June 2, 2014 at 10:12 AM

Hi Sandy,

I think if you blog on free platforms then it’s much easier because you don’t have to worry about the behind the scenes stuff so I agree with that if you’re just here for fun.

The making money with your blog is very misleading and even making money online is as well. The “process” isn’t usually explained well so people miss so many steps that of course can cause issues and frustrate the living hell out of them.

The Adsense issue really gets under my skin too. I agree that making money was easier many years ago when things seemed simpler but no one ever made “great” money from Adsense and with Google always changing it’s getting harder and harder to do now.

I know that with things constantly changing that the advice we get today might not be good next year but I don’t think a lot of it changes drastically. I still think it would be great to find it all in one place. Oh wait, you can – it’s called Google! LOL!!! Yeah right!

Really? Someone taught that on a webinar that you could grab images from Google and they were free? Oh wow, that is just so wrong. As we all know, some images are free and if you’re doing a Google search and find some you like you need to follow that back to find the source and only then will you know if it’s really free.

I’ve got an anniversary post coming up and it won’t be long now. You’ve been blogging for six years? Me too, I started around 2008 actually but just not on this domain. Can you believe we’ve been here this long now? We’re still here though so that says a lot. I’m go glad you’ve picked up some good tips from me Sandy, I love hearing that. Thank you for sharing that with me.

Have a great week and hope your weather is good.

~Adrienne

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26 Liz McGee
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June 2, 2014 at 9:28 AM

Hi Adrienne,

Now there’s some good advice about bad advice ;-)

I cringe when people say blogging is easy.

It’s up there with “you can start an online business for free”.

Free and easy just don’t work when it comes to making money legitimately. But who doesn’t want to believe those things? So many people are desperate to quit what they’re already doing to find something better that they listen to their emotions and forget their common sense. And with all the clever, persuasive marketers out there it’s no wonder.

I personally don’t think blogging is terribly hard in the sense that it can’t be grasped. It’s not brain surgery but it does take a lot of work and long hours. But I think that’s true for any income venture you are creating yourself.

All great advice Adrienne. Hope folks are listening :-)

Blessings,
Liz
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27 Adrienne Smith
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June 2, 2014 at 10:19 AM

Hey Liz,

Ah, thanks! I started thinking about my blogging journey as I near my five years mark with this blog and man have I received some really bad advice. Blogging is easy, that one tops the list now. You’re also right about you can start an online business for free. I heard that so much when I first came online.

I wanted to believe it and because everywhere I turned people kept shouting it at me I thought it was true. Those marketers were good now. Granted back then blogging wasn’t big and stand alone websites were the thing. Going the free route posting articles was how we got our traffic so there were a lot of free resources you could use but then people had a hard time of understanding why others weren’t buying their products. I would tell them well if you’re shouting from the rooftops that they can do this for free then why do they need to purchase anything? Duh!!!

I don’t see it as hard now that I’ve been here a long time but I certainly did several years ago when I started learning about things that I had no clue about that could literally take my blog down. It’s the maintenance with it that I wasn’t aware of and the more traffic I got the more problems I ran into and that’s when I should have been really happy.

Thank you Liz for sharing your experience, I enjoyed hearing how others have ventured in their own blogging journeys.

You have a great week and good to see you again. Hope you’re doing well.

~Adrienne

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28 Lisa
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June 2, 2014 at 9:43 AM

Oh Adrienne,
I still have so much to learn. I’m not doing most of what you listed. I do have to say, blogging isn’t as easy as people think it is. And it’s not easy to make money. It’s more than a full time job trying to keep up with everything. I really think I need to take a wordpress class. I know there’s way too many things that I’m doing wrong. I think once I’m done with this cooking class, I may need to look into the wordpress class. Thank you so much for sharing your story. You’re definitely a trooper. Have an awesome day.
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29 Adrienne Smith
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June 2, 2014 at 10:26 AM

Hey Lisa,

There is SO much to blogging that people don’t get. I love to write content and help people but there is so much behind the scenes that goes on that it can really cause havoc if you don’t stay on top of things. You’ve got a new site so you are starting out fresh again.

I hope you’re enjoying your cooking class and you have been busy with everything you’ve got going this year. I’m sure a WordPress class would be very helpful.

Thanks for stopping by and you have a great day as well.

~Adrienne

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30 Kharim Tomlinson June 2, 2014 at 9:44 AM

Hi Adrienne,

Those are some really horrible tips. I have people emailing me or asking questions on my social networking profile saying that they are doing these things and they aren’t getting good results.

Blogging isn’t easy, it is hard or else every blogger would be rich, no matter who that person is.

Thanks for the great tips that your have provided in your article.

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31 Adrienne Smith
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June 2, 2014 at 10:31 AM

Hey Kharim,

It’s been awhile, good to see you again. Hope you’re doing well my friend.

Yeah, I’ve been given some really horrible advice over the years. I get a lot of emails too from people wanting to know what’s my secret. How I’m able to get so many comments on my blog. Comments are great, don’t get me wrong but it’s more than that which will help them go far.

Blogging isn’t easy but it’s so worth it. I think that the misconception that it’s a business is what confuses people too. They need to get the right information coming into this so at least they can make a smart decision if they want to move forward or not. I love it and glad I never gave up but it’s not for everyone.

I appreciate your comment and your visit. You have a great week.

~Adrienne

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32 Reginald June 2, 2014 at 9:51 AM

Hey Adrienne,

Oh wow! Haha. Reminds me of those time when I read people say “blog twice or three times a day, traffic will follow”. Yeah right and so I thought.

Blogging today is much different from those time. I remember back in 2005 where I started my blog at BlogSpot. It was easy to earn $1 per day just by blogging about anything from the weather to my dream job.

Yup, those days huh!

Thanks for sharing dear friend. You made my day!

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33 Adrienne Smith
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June 2, 2014 at 10:34 AM

Hey Reginald,

Besides Peter who has never received any bad advice, that’s a miracle in itself, I think most of us have. I was told to blog several times a day too but there was just no way in hell. I couldn’t even do it once a day but I guess I showed them.

I can imagine how much easier it was back in 2005. I didn’t start until 2008 but I did really well myself. Not even just from blogging either but from article marketing. I made great money back then and it was awesome.

You’re SO right, those were the days. We’ll never see them again! LOL!!!

Thanks Reginald, always good to see you. Hope you’re doing well and have a great week. Appreciate your comment.

~Adrienne

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34 Carolyn Nicander Mohr
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June 2, 2014 at 9:52 AM

Hi Adrienne, you’re right, this advice is very common, getting good advice is less common!

I got the advice about blogging every day. I started out at five days a week and felt guilty about taking the weekends off! Because of that, I’m up to over 660 posts but I haven’t deleted any. I’d love a tutorial from you on how to do that. I’m afraid Google wouldn’t like broken links at my site so I keep old posts but I’d love to do a clean out.

The worst advice I got was from my brother who told me NOT to start a tech blog. He told me that I would get nothing but trolls commenting with relentlessly harsh and unfair criticism. He said if I did start a blog I should not allow anyone to comment!

In fact, the exact opposite has happened. I have made wonderful friends through blog commenting and I hear from my readers how much The Wonder of Tech has helped them. Comments are the lifeblood of a blog and I probably would be much worse off if I didn’t allow comments.

In fairness to my brother, he’s not a blogger and he’s right, trolls do leave nasty comments at many tech blogs. But fortunately that hasn’t happened at The Wonder of Tech!

Congratulations on all of your success in spite of the bad advice you received, Adrienne, and thanks for sharing with us your good advice!
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35 Adrienne Smith
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June 2, 2014 at 10:50 AM

Hi Carolyn,

I agree with that Carolyn, good advice is not very common.

I was told that but I never did that. Well overall then I’m only 58 posts behind you never having written every single day because although I did delete those, I wrote them too and they were up for several years. You have to remember thought that those were posts about affiliate marketing they never received any comments at all. The links to the products I was promoting didn’t exist either so leaving them there without the links was just ridiculous to me. I did delete them but when Google Webmaster Tools showed them as broken links I removed them from being indexed and that was the end of that story. It was really no big deal.

Spam and link building guys are everywhere but we’re all hit with that. I’m sure that a tech blog might see more of that but I’m glad you didn’t listen to him. Everybody has control over who they let comment on their posts so although it’s more work on our parts I think it’s worth it.

I’m so glad you write about tech the way you do because I’ve learned SO much from you Carolyn. You’ve helped me with tech purchased I never would have made because the learning curve was a little too much for me. You’ve really helped me understand that it’s much easier then I was giving myself credit for so thank you. I’m only one of the hundreds I’m sure you’ve helped.

So your brother isn’t a blogger. Yep, I don’t think you should take that kind of advice from someone not doing it themselves. That’s what I don’t like seeing online are those people telling us how to do things that they’re not doing. Really! Of course he’s your brother and only had your best interests at heart so he’s instantly forever. Heck, you didn’t listen to him anyway thank goodness.

Thanks Carolyn and I’m still here! I’m happy about that too, just think if I’d given up as well I would have never met you! :-)

Enjoy your week and hope your weather is wonderful. By the way, I saw that news about the plane crash this past weekend and immediately thought of you. I’m sure you didn’t know Lewis Katz personally but when I read about that I immediately thought of you. How sad! :-(

~Adrienne

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36 Carolyn Nicander Mohr
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June 2, 2014 at 6:19 PM

Hi Adrienne, Okay, so removing links from being indexed by Google is a mystery to me. I know how to redirect a link (okay, I cheat, I have a plugin that does that) but I don’t know how to de-index a link.

I have a few articles about tech that doesn’t exist any more so I would like to clean those up, but I’d rather have them sit there with a note to readers than be penalized by Google for removing the articles!

The nasty commenters on tech blogs don’t tend to be link builders. Hey most of those guys will praise you to the hilt, telling you what a great blogger you are so you’ll approve their posts (but we don’t do that no matter how much praise they squeeze into their comment!).

The nasty spammers on many tech blogs have huge egos and want to get into fights in the comments section criticizing the author and other commenters, saying they don’t know what they’re talking about, without adding any value to the comments. I don’t mind commenters disagreeing with me, I enjoy opposing points of view. But I do require that commenters be respectful. So far that hasn’t been a problem, yea!

My brother isn’t a blogger but he is a techie like me. I learned a lot of tech from him, he introduced me to GPS and DVR’s before they became popular. He showed me how to open up a desktop computer to add more memory. It’s so funny that he comes to me for tech advice now!

Thank you so much for your very kind words, Adrienne. I have learned so much from you too and I think of you as a tech queen! You know a lot more coding than I do, I guess we all just help each other out. What a wonderful community we have!

You’re right, I didn’t know Lewis Katz but I know many people who knew him and are devastated by his death. They had been delighted that he had bought the paper and was going to return it to its former glory. I hope his son follows in his footsteps.
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37 Adrienne Smith
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June 2, 2014 at 8:11 PM

Hey Carolyn,

When Google crawls your site they will find the posts and pages that aren’t coming up. Maybe they are 404 pages or broken links. All you would do is just tell Google to not crawl that link anymore and they won’t. Tada, that’s it. If you need help with that when the time comes let me know and I’ll walk you through what to do. If you haven’t been in Google Webmaster Tools then you might have other things waiting for you.

Well that’s good, that they aren’t link builders at least. You don’t have to worry about them then but we both know you’re cautious about commenters.

I’ve had a couple of those too and I just deleted the comment. Although I appreciate people agreeing with me I also don’t mind when someone doesn’t. But like you, I won’t stand for anyone being disrespectful in order for them to get their point across.

I bet you and your brother have great conversations. He now comes to you for advice? That is a hoot.

Although my tech knowledge is limited I do know some so I will finally admit that. Not nearly enough though and nothing like what you deal with. That is great though that we can help each other out.

I was so shocked to read about Lewis and what a tragedy. Right after he bought the paper back too. I’m sure his partner is not happy with these turn of events for so many reasons. I hope his family does continue on with his legacy as well. Just very sad to read about that.

Thanks Carolyn and I say delete whichever posts you want and it will take a few days to a week before Google will throw those posts in Webmaster Tools and then we can get those all cleaned up. ;-)

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38 Kevin Carlton
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June 2, 2014 at 10:06 AM

Hi Adrienne

The duff piece of advice that sticks out in my mind is that you must blog every day.

This didn’t make any sense to me. So I chose to ignore it.

I mean, who on earth can come up with something insightful and informative every single day?

What’s more, anything of any value takes time to produce. So you’re going to have precious little time for anything else.

Conversely, I reckon the best piece of advice I’ve ever heard is this: You need to spend as much time marketing your posts as do writing them – if not, more.
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39 Adrienne Smith
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June 2, 2014 at 10:53 AM

Hey Kevin,

I agree with that, I was told that too but I knew that it was going to be hard enough coming up with three a week let along five a week consistently for years. In my mind I preferred to stick with a schedule I could work with so you get traffic to your blog because of fresh content but it’s not going to remain consistent unless you can keep up with that schedule. If you really love to write and you have time to do it all then go for it. I don’t know many that do though.

That’s great advice on the marketing part. So that goes back to writing every day. You’ve got to market each post so I don’t think they would get the attention they each deserve.

Thanks for sharing that and you have a great week ahead.

~Adrienne

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40 Balroop Singh
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June 2, 2014 at 10:44 AM

Hi Adrienne,

Congratulations for five years of blogging and being SO successful despite bad advice! We all learn with time and we naturally get attracted to advice, whether good or bad, we realise later. However, that is the only way to learn! I think much of that crap still goes on…people feel good when they advice, may be according to them they are right!! Little knowledge, as they say is a dangerous thing! I am still learning and that is what is life…we learn something new everyday. Thanks for sharing those points which misled you, they are good guidance.

I must congratulate you for this brand new look of your blog…feels good to see it! Have a nice day!
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41 Adrienne Smith
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June 2, 2014 at 10:57 AM

Hi Balroop,

Thank you, I’m glad I stuck with it even though I seriously had my doubts. When my blog was a ghost town for the first few years I wasn’t quite sure why I was doing what I was doing. When the problems started setting in a few years later because of all the advice I hadn’t gotten then that was a total nightmare.

You are right, there is good advice and bad advice. I know we all do things differently though so maybe the advice some people give they thought was good too so we just never know. We all have to live, learn, apply and then move on. Just glad we all stuck it out.

Thank you, you must mean the things in the sidebar? Those have been there awhile now actually but thanks for noticing. I appreciate that…

You have a great day as well and a terrific week.

~Adrienne

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42 Olamosh June 2, 2014 at 11:29 AM

Hi Adrienne,

Thanks for this wonderful article post, I have been following your blog post for long time and i have always believe in your quality articles.

I have also same experience like you when starting blogging, i know nothing about SEO, SERP or proper blog development. As a young boy trying to seek for survival, all i was told is that you can MAKE MONEY BLOGGING by just posting articles :)

I started with blogspot & copy and past articles :) , to be frank, it was really a terrible experience, but am glad i didn’t give up blogging, i gotta learn blogging the hard way after series of failure in getting TRAFFICS, FOLLOWERS & $$$ .

The bitter fact here is that BLOGGING IS NOT EASY & NOT A GET RICH QUICK VENTURE. Thanks for bringing up this article title, i hope this will help alot of newbie.

Have a nice day

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43 Adrienne Smith
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June 2, 2014 at 12:47 PM

Hi Olamosh,

Thank you, I appreciate that and glad you’ve enjoyed what I share.

Sounds like you’ve received some of the same type advice a lot of us have. Very evasive I can imagine.

We all definitely do end up learning along the way so I’m glad you didn’t quit either. Look how far you’ve come too! Good for you for hanging in there and now you’re able to help and teach others what mistakes not to make.

I appreciate your comment and thank you for sharing that. You have a wonderful day as well.

~Adrienne

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44 Balroop Singh
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June 2, 2014 at 11:30 AM

Oh! no Adrienne…I don’t mean things in the side bar! when I clicked on the link you provided today, the page that opened was one big one…all spread out, with no side bar, no info which is there at the top of the page, just the latest post! And it was quite surprising but when I clicked after writing the comment, the old look with the side bar returned!! That was kind of weird! And guess what I tried again, the same way, from the link of your news letter and again I reached same kind of page!!!
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45 Adrienne Smith
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June 2, 2014 at 12:53 PM

Hey Balroop,

Oh, that’s always been there my dear but I guess you’ve never seen it. I use to have that in a tab toward the top of my blog but learned through this last course that I needed to have less of those and change the way they are being clicked on. That’s a page and not a post and with the theme I have I can make it an entire page without the sidebar.

Thanks for clarifying that for me, I was kind of confused! ;-)

~Adrienne

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46 Sherman Smith
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June 2, 2014 at 11:57 AM

Hey Adrienne,

If anyone’s been blogging for over a year now, then definitely they have received a lot of bad advice. I’ve been getting bad advice since I started, and what’s worse is that I have regurgitated that bad advice in the past.

I think the worst advice that I have ever gotten was to blog everyday in order to get traffic. I did this, and quite frankly it didn’t work. This only works if you have a big email list that you can share your blog with. Other than that, there are some there components you must consider like SHARING YOUR POSTS! Besides the relationships you build, this is a big part of getting traffic and building your email list!

This post is something all would be bloggers and those that have been blogging for less than a year should read! Thanks for sharing Adrienne!
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47 Adrienne Smith
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June 2, 2014 at 12:56 PM

Hey Sherman,

I was thinking that same thing but Peter said that he’s never gotten any bad advice so he must be the only one. LOL!!!

I do think that’s pretty bad advice too. First off if you’re a new blogger that can be very overwhelming and then when do you have the time to promote your posts! I always wondered how the heck all that traffic was showing up if all they were taught was to just post every day because we all know that’s not going to happen. That would be exhausting for me.

I appreciate that Sherman and I know there is so much more really bad advice out there which is why I wanted to hear what others have been told. Now if only everyone would read this post then they would be saved! LOL!!!

Thanks for your comment Sherman and you have a great day.

~Adrienne

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48 Tom Southern
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June 2, 2014 at 12:19 PM

Like Harleena says, this is a timely and much needed post. Actually, it’s Timeless!

My mistake was that I gave up my first blog too soon. I was disheartened by the lack of traffic flooding in as all the guru-squad waffle let me believe would happen if I optimised and posting links on social media. I think there will be a lot of people like me who know their stuff and want to spread it through blogging but get caught in guru-squad waffle and hype.

I’d advise anyone to keep going, keep on writing great content, learn from blogging greats like Adrienne as you go and forget keywords and SEO (at least until you’re getting a good amount of traffic through spending time connecting and writing great content.

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49 Adrienne Smith
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June 2, 2014 at 1:13 PM

Hey Tom,

Thank you and glad this one is timely.

I can definitely understand being disheartened after having listened to the so called “experts” and you’ve done what they suggested diligently with no luck at all. That’s what happened to me the first few years I was online. I did what they suggested, stuck my nose down and went to work with no results at all. I was SO frustrated and I eventually learned that they weren’t giving me all the goods. Damn them!

I say to take the suggestions from the post I wrote back at the end of 2011 about what I did and get to work. I did not write for the search engines and I haven’t ever since. All the traffic I get on my blog is referral and social so it can be done and you can do very well.

I appreciate your comment and how are you doing with getting your blog up and running? I’m ready for you Tom! ;-)

~Adrienne

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50 Tom Southern
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June 3, 2014 at 7:18 AM

Thank-you Adrienne. Your encouragement to get blogging again is really appreciated. It’s also a powerful motivator. I’m planning to launch 1st of June, fingers crossed and will let you know and this fabulous community you’ve created know.

I’ll definitely read your post from 2011.

It’s terrific to hear your story of how you just kept on going. Your not writing for the SEO is such refreshing news. It’s something I’ve heard from some other successful bloggers too. People starting out on this journey need to hear more of this. Thanks for talking about it.

I’m so glad so glad to have discovered you and your blog. Dare I say, I wish I’d done so back in 2011 when I first started out with my first blog.

Cheers Adrienne! :)

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51 Adrienne Smith
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June 3, 2014 at 10:14 AM

Oh good Tom, I’m thrilled for you and I hope that a lot of what I’ve shared won’t scare you off. I know that blogging isn’t easy and I’m not going to pretend that it is but it’s SO worth the time and effort that we put in it. The first of June is gone now so have you launched or did you mean July? LOL!!! I’m excited for you.

Glad you read that particular post and you’re right. You do not have to write for SEO to have success. That traffic is always welcomed but you’ll find you have a higher bounce rate because they don’t stick around for long. When you build a community they certainly do. ;-)

You found me now and that’s all that matters. I’m just excited for you Tom and I know you’ll do well. Let me know now!!!

~Adrienne

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52 donna merrill
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June 2, 2014 at 1:10 PM

Bravo Adrienne!

Blogging is NOT Easy! I was told when I started it was…just write about anything…NOT!
When we consider all the stuff we need to do with our blogs, one can see right here on your list that it does take considerable time and learning how to do it well.

I had to laugh out loud when you wrote “cheap hosting is an accident waiting to happen” because I’ve seen so many people crash when doing that. It surely is a matter of time before one can loose just about everything. Hosting is so important.

I think the very worst advice I’ve ever received is “Fake it until you make it” What the heck is that about? That was my immediate response way back in the day when I was told that. I think that was the worst thing one has ever told me about blogging. I laughed then and I laugh now. Good thing I never took that advice!

-Donna
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53 Adrienne Smith
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June 2, 2014 at 1:21 PM

Hey Donna!

Oh no, you too! That blogging is easy crap still gets me today. Sure, if you’re only here as a hobby and have a free platform then I probably can agree with that. Most aren’t though and that’s the issue.

I had cheap hosting for almost five years. It was all I could afford when I started but I didn’t understand everything that’s involved with hosting a blog. I knew I was on a shared server but it really wasn’t explained to me how it all works. With the way some of these hosting services have been doing things lately you can lose everything. The one I had been on before this one now just disappeared. Thank God for backups though which a lot of people DO NOT DO!!!

I was given that advice too Donna but I wasn’t blogging when that was given to me. I had a very hard time with that too so I ignored it. I’m just not very good at faking things I guess. Glad we can laugh about it now though.

Always good to see you and I hope you have a great week. Thanks for your comment.

~Adrienne

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54 Brenda Lee June 2, 2014 at 1:40 PM

Hi Adrienne!

Wonderful post! I wish I knew a lot of these things when I started blogging. Unfortunately, most of us learn through trial and error. :) Gladly passing this one along. I know several that can benefit from it!

B

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55 Adrienne Smith
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June 2, 2014 at 1:48 PM

Hey Brenda,

I wish I’d known these things too girl. It’s not that I’m even asking for this process to be easy but let’s face it, things can just go a lot smoother when you have the right information. Agreed?

I appreciate your comment and for passing it along. At least they’ll know which questions to ask moving forward.

Have a fabulous week Brenda.

~Adrienne

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56 Andrew M. Warner
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June 2, 2014 at 3:02 PM

Adrienne, you’re the best.

You always come up with some of the most interesting topics I’ve ever read … and this one is very much needed.

Some of the worst blogging advice I received goes along the lines of what you said. I’ve been told that blogging is the easiest thing to do that even a baby and my mom could do it lol. I’ve also been told that thing you mentioned about design … “Don’t worry about the design, it’s the content that’s important”

Probably the WORST advice I received was that it’s ok to copy someone’s blog post and put it up on your blog. All you would have to do is write a little intro with their name in it. Not the website and not linking to the site, but just write their name. WORST ADVICE EVER.

Thankfully I never followed that garbage.

You would think that with all the stuff that people know out there they would learn to educate themselves and not give newbies that kind of “advice” but I started out last year and I was told almost all of what you had on the list.

Oh and I just read Donna’s comment .. “Fake it until you make it” I’ve heard that too and honestly I can just shake my head at these people giving out this information. They clearly don’t know anything.

Great topic though.

– Andrew

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57 Adrienne Smith
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June 2, 2014 at 3:31 PM

Hey Andrew,

Ah, thanks and I appreciate that. Coming up on my 5 year anniversary really had me looking back on some things. Some really bad but then the learning experiences. That post will come later. ;-)

My Mom is on the computer Andrew and she just celebrated her 89th birthday last week. She’s a smart lady granted but she can’t do this. She still gets confused when I try to explain things to her so she’s just supportive. I think some people just don’t want to be bothered with it so not everyone’s Mom can do this. The design is one that I shake my head at a lot. Kind of like what were they thinking.

Oh no, really? Now I’ve never received that advice thank goodness but I think it’s because I started doing article marketing and it was known that you could use someone else’s article but you had to give them full credit including their bios. That was something I already knew coming into blogging. Oh wow, that’s really bad advice.

With you just starting last year I’m shocked that you were still given some of this advice. They must have been complete newbies or they didn’t care anything about their reputation. That’s horrible.

Oh, you and Donna. Yeah, I had heard that one early on and I already couldn’t follow that one either. Faking it never did anyone any good at all.

I appreciate you sharing that with me and thank goodness we knew better in a lot of instances right!

Thanks Andrew and you have a great week.

~Adrienne

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58 Sheryl Kurland June 2, 2014 at 3:55 PM

Congrats on your 5th anniversary, Adrienne. It’s a huge accomplishment. I don’t have bad advice to share right now. In fact, I just want to say thanks for the GOOD advice you gave me about a year ago on blogging. I have actually re-directed my deepest marketing in other directions because I reach my key target market through other communication channels. But the information you shared with me helped me and continues to help me mold my brand. Wishing you continued and greater success than you ever dreamed possible with blogging!

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59 Adrienne Smith
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June 2, 2014 at 4:48 PM

Hey Sheryl,

It’s not official yet, that will be on the 19th! It’s coming up though, can you believe it! I can’t believe I’ve been blogging here for five years.

I’m very happy to hear that as well as the direction you’ve been going and the advice I gave that helped. Blogging is awesome but with different niches sometimes it’s not as popular. Hey, that’s okay as long as you’re able to get in front of your target audience and help them with their needs. You go girl, I’m thrilled for you. I still enjoy your posts though! ;-)

Thanks Sheryl and I’ll be by to read the latest scoop!

~Adrienne

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60 Andrew Healey June 2, 2014 at 4:01 PM

Congratulations on five years, Adrienne. I’ve been blogging for about a year and a half, so I’m still pretty new. It is certainly a learning process and I can see a big difference between my first and most recent blog. The key is to read what other people say and keep an open mind. And, most importantly, keep up to date with Google’s latest guidelines.

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61 Adrienne Smith
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June 2, 2014 at 4:54 PM

Thanks Andrew, my official day will be approaching fast the way I constantly complain about time getting away from me. LOL!!!

I’m glad you’ve not gotten any bad advice. This is a learning process I totally agree and boy have I learned a lot. Some areas I never intended on but that’s okay, that’s how I’ve always been. Anything that will further me for things to come is okay by me.

I agree to learn from others but make darn sure they know what they’re talking about. I guess we can never be 100% sure though can we!

Thank you Andrew and you have a really awesome week, I appreciate your comment.

~Adrienne

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62 Jeannette Paladino June 2, 2014 at 4:08 PM

Agree with all your points, Adrienne. A really bad mistake is starting out blogging and then abandoning your blog because it’s too much work or you don’t think it’s “working.” When you’ve got subscribers who look forward to your posts, you are really letting them down. Also, gaining a reputation and following takes time. It doesn’t happen overnight. I never saw blogging as a way to make money directly from my blog. As a writer, it has served as my portfolio and served me well. I’m also thrilled that I’ve met so many great bloggers and made so many friends around the world. We’re a tight-knit community!

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63 Adrienne Smith
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June 2, 2014 at 5:00 PM

Hi Jeannette,

I have to agree with that as well but I can’t fault some people when they’ve just gotten bad advice after the other and their frustration level has gone over the roof. I can actually sympathize with that because that was me in the beginning. Of course as you can tell I didn’t quit but I came close numerous times because I thought I was just spinning my wheels. I didn’t understand why what was being shared wasn’t working when I was doing the work. It was mostly the wrong information or parts were left out. I think you just have to want it bad enough to stick it out so I see those that quit as not wanting it that bad.

I’ve never known anything to work overnight that makes us either instant success or we know it all, etc. Everything takes time, even learning a new job or position. Coming into something like this with no background knowledge for most of us and then doing the work just takes time. Well worth it though I can vouch.

You are using your blog in the right way, as your portfolio so that people can see your work. I think when they put too much emphasis on making money they’re missing the boat. Bloggers rock and they are wonderful people, I agree with you about that.

Thank you for sharing that with me Jeannette and you have an awesome week. Rock on my friend.

~Adrienne

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64 John Garrett
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June 2, 2014 at 4:08 PM

YUP. I’ve seen all of these “tips” bandied around, usually by people who weren’t actually *doing* those tips themselves, but trying to promote their ebook/course/whatever.

The adsense thing is so true, you can really only make good money with a boatload of traffic, or if you’re willing to go black hat. Those type of people aren’t in it to build something anyway, they just throw up a site, do whatever they need to in order to game Google, make a bunch of quick cash, then dump the site once Google burns them in the next update.

That said, I’ve gotten to the point where I usually see around $100 from adsense every quarter. You know…gas money, lol. I could probably do better if I had more ads or positioned them more aggressively, but I don’t want my site cluttered up with ads buried in the content and blinking at people and stuff.

I’ve had the same issues as you when it comes to plugins and such ballooning the database and eating up server resources. It all seems so easy at first, just install plugin and go, but you only find out about the consequences later – about the time your host is sending you nasty messages about either suspending you or kicking you up to the next tier of (expensive) service.

Oh, well, at least I can share in the tales of woe from the old days with you lol.
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65 Adrienne Smith
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June 2, 2014 at 5:07 PM

Hey John,

You are probably right about the kinds of people sharing that advice. I say that because I’ve taken advice from people who are well known in the industry but it was obvious to me that they were more about making money then actually helping. Kind of sad.

I’m always cautious when I hear someone advising people to use Adsense because I know what it takes to make good money with it and the kind of traffic you will need. I don’t mind someone using it for like what you said, gas money or hosting fees, we can’t fault anyone for making a little extra. I just hate it when they’re misleading people that they can make “big” money and that’s all they have to do. I want to strangle those people, seriously. That’s just so wrong.

I’ve been pretty lucky all around with not having issues with plugins but since I did have issues with my database I learned quickly the huge mistake that’s being made by trying every one of them and then deleting them as we go. I try to stick with the basics and just use the ones I really like and want. I’m not a plugin happy person anymore and haven’t been for over two years now. If I can code it I will. No one enjoys getting those nasty emails from their hosting service. I got them more than once! Yikes!

Thanks for sharing your tales John and best of luck moving forward. I think those days are behind us now my friend. You have an awesome week.

~Adrienne

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66 Ashraf Kamal June 2, 2014 at 4:52 PM

Pretty much funny points, but there are tons of things to be learned from here. By the way thank you very much for nice informations.

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67 Adrienne Smith
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June 2, 2014 at 5:10 PM

Hi Ashraf,

Welcome to my blog and I appreciate your comment. I guess these could be funny points now but not if you’re just learning and was hit with some of this really poor advice. It’s not fun struggling and not knowing what to do. I think we can all learn though as we go right!

Enjoy your week and thanks again.

~Adrienne

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68 Lorraine Reguly
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June 2, 2014 at 6:01 PM

Adrienne, I have gotten so much advice that I don’t even know where to begin! Fortunately, I try not to take only one person’s word for it but put more faith in it if multiple people tell me the same thing. I also have done a lot of reading and research about what I need to do, and listen to “experts” who have been proven to be such.

I think I am fortunate, too, in that I started blogging at a later date. Things are much more automated now, which makes it easier on me (as I’m not a techie) and it’s not as difficult as some people seem to think it is. It’s just time-consuming!!!

Good post. :) As usual.

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69 Adrienne Smith
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June 2, 2014 at 6:07 PM

Hey Lorraine,

I think that’s the problem, everyone is eager to give advice and I even followed some of the “experts” and ended up shooting myself in the foot. The problem is that it’s not a one size fits all for the most part. Themes and plugins have a lot to do with it.

I do think that if you started much later and got better advice then you are so much better off than most of us. There are still things behind the scenes that you need to be aware of or trust me, it will come back to bite you. I’m not techie either but with some things I had to get a very quick education. ;-)

Thanks Lorraine and I appreciate your comment. Rock on my friend and have an awesome week.

~Adrienne

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70 Lorraine Reguly
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June 2, 2014 at 8:41 PM

What kinds of things are you referring to? You mentioned the behind-the-scenes stuff. I’d like to know what could possibly bite me in the butt before I get bit.
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71 Adrienne Smith
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June 3, 2014 at 8:39 AM

I mentioned here in my post about your database. Were you aware that every plugin that you uninstall and delete from your blog remains on your database taking up space? Over time it will cause major issues with your hosting service if you handled. That’s what happened to me in 2012.

If you don’t compress your images before loading them this can do the same thing. Take up too much space but drag the load time down on your blog.

You need to be sure to clean up 404 errors as well or Google will eventually penalize you.

That’s naming a few girl! Urggggg

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72 Lorraine Reguly
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June 5, 2014 at 5:19 PM

Oh, I do maintain all of these things. Smush It and Broken Links Detector plugins are what I use. I guess I am lucky because I had a lot of help from others with setting up my site.

I also clean things up about three times a week, if not more. But you know, I didn’t know any of this stuff when I first started blogging, so what you say in this post makes total sense.

I’m so glad I have nice, friendly, and smart blogging friends!!!
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73 Adrienne Smith
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June 5, 2014 at 5:38 PM

You are lucky Lorraine, I didn’t know any of this and I had to go back over three years and clean all of that up. Compress all of my images too and the plugin was a royal pain for doing that which is why I use a program now before loading them up.

Just make sure you have someone helping you with your database too because that will come back to bite you later if you aren’t. There is a plugin you can use that will tell you all the files on it and if you see some that you aren’t using anymore then you can just delete them there. You are very blessed girl! ;-)

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74 Lorraine Reguly
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June 5, 2014 at 6:13 PM

What is the name of the plugin?
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75 Adrienne Smith
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June 5, 2014 at 7:24 PM

It’s called Clean Options and I just install it to check what’s on my database and then uninstall it when I don’t need it. Of course that’s the whole issue with your database, the plugins that you uninstall remain there even though they are deleted from your blog. LOL!!!

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76 Ryan Biddulph
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June 2, 2014 at 7:43 PM

It’s so key to surround yourself with blogging leaders Adrienne, who give good advice….and even these folks may dole out bad advice once in a while lol! All salient points here, thanks!

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77 Adrienne Smith
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June 2, 2014 at 8:14 PM

I know in my time blogging now Ryan I’ve given bad advice too. I was doing what I was taught and then not knowing until later how bad it was. Man, that’s just bad all around my friend.

Thanks for being so cheery all the time. ;-)

~Adrienne

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78 LeslieZ June 2, 2014 at 9:28 PM

Adrienne, it is simply a joy to come to your blog and catchup on what you have to say. You simply tell it like it is and that is refreshing and makes me laugh.

I have heard a lot of the “advice” on your list of crappies. The one that got me the worst was Blogging is Easy. Yeah right! I also loved the advice I got, “Write good content and they will come”. I don’t know who “they” are but somebody forgot to tell them to show up. Blogging takes work and so does getting traffic.

But for some weird reason, here I am. And yes, even in my short blogging career, I have already met some great people (present company included) and built some amazing relationships. :-)

Here’s to kicking crappy advice out the door!

LeslieZ

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79 Adrienne Smith
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June 3, 2014 at 8:52 AM

Hi Leslie,

Ah, thank you so much and I do indeed tell it like it is. Good or bad because it swings both ways! LOL!!!

The blogging is easy I guess could be true if you’re blogging as a hobby on a free platform and you don’t care about the look. Sure, that’s easy but let’s face it. The people giving us that advice are not here doing that either. The writing good content and they will come I’ve heard people say that but luckily it wasn’t advice given to me. Now the “be yourself” was without any explanation about what that really meant.

That’s the way to go girl, not giving up when faced with all this crappy advice. There were times I didn’t think I would have any hair left on my head. I kid you not. My goodness, how do you move through all that crap handed to us day in and day out. I think there are a lot more trusting folks online now who really do want to help others so I’m hoping all the newbies can bypass the worst advice and listen to what works.

Thank you for your wonderful comment and I’m glad you hung in there too. Bloggers are just awesome people and boy do we stick together. I second kicking crappy advice right out the door. ;-)

You have an awesome week Leslie and thanks again.

~Adrienne

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80 Barbara Charles
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June 2, 2014 at 9:39 PM

Hi Adrienne,

Your list covers it all I think. I received so much bad advice and also did not get the right advice too. I think all of us have had this.

I think the worst advice I received was to blog about ‘how to train people in bloggin’ which is more or less what I do now on my blog, but that’s not what I wanted to do. I was steered toward a niche that she felt would make money instead of what I really wanted to do for my business and it’s been a dilemma for me since then. Although I do write about blogging and business, it is difficult because it was not and is not what I really want to do.

Soooo I’m still thinking of switching. World’s worst advice Yes – to convince someone to blog outside the niche they want to be in. You know my issue. :)

Anyway, great read. Perfect and will hopefully help others.

Barbara
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81 Adrienne Smith
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June 3, 2014 at 8:56 AM

Hey Barbara,

I think we all have at some point received some horrible advice.

I know since I met you you’ve been struggling with that. As we’ve discussed several times I think people fall into the blogging category because as bloggers we definitely want to learn from each other. Although I can see why it’s such a popular niche, if that’s not where your heart lies with the direction you want to take your business then I think that’s just so wrong of someone to convince you otherwise. That’s the problem, we are listening to these people who we count on to give us good advice and it ends up being the worst advice ever.

I know you love blogging though and I know you LOVE helping people. But your heart is in the health industry where I know you can help just as many people. You’ll get there girl, just trust yourself.

Thanks for sharing this with me Barbara and hope your week goes well.

~Adrienne

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82 Corina Ramos
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June 2, 2014 at 9:53 PM

Hi There Adrienne,

The first one I heard was that I’d make at least $2,000 a month easy in just one month of blogging…If I had a dime for every time I read that :).

I’ve heard much of what you shared here. As I was reading along I was thinking about a time I received bad advice. The one thing that comes to mind wasn’t so much bad as it was incomplete.

Someone was sharing blogging tips and mentioned the post URL format. Well, they recommended it not include the date so dumb me, I go and change mine. Little did I know I would mess up every single blog post I had published under the old format that had a date in the url. The writer didn’t warn about what could happen if we change a format and how to correct it if we did and it messed up. If it weren’t for a dear friend who quickly emailed me and told me about the errors I was getting…ugh, I’d hate to think how long it would have taken me to figure it out. LOL.

I’m with you Adrienne, in that I wouldn’t change this experience for the world, even those hard times. And there were a lot of things I wasn’t taught either…I learned them along the way by following bloggers like yourself and others. I like the advice you gave to those who are new to blogging. I hope that take it to heart and following you would be the first step in the right direction :).

Great post Adrienne. I hope you had an awesome Monday. Have a great night :).
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83 Adrienne Smith
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June 3, 2014 at 9:51 AM

Hi Cori,

Oh wow, I’ve read some of that stuff online too and that’s what really makes me mad. People are so dishonest when they put stuff like that out there. That’s why I wrote that post a couple weeks ago about you can’t make a living with your blog.

Oh you poor thing, I can understand why that would happen. They were advising people that they should have their permalinks set up and I have that in an earlier post too but I put a warning message there as well letting people know that if they already had that set up that way that they would need to redirect all their older posts. I think that’s just something that should be a given when sharing that type of information. That’s why when you change themes it might change your permalink structure as well. Not all do but a good bit of them do.

I’m glad you didn’t throw in the towel either Cori. I’m glad we toughed it out and are still here. It’s been a long journey but one well worth it even with all the crappy advice we’ve received along the way. At least we know what to share to help others right! I’m so glad we met too and I appreciate you saying that. :-)

Thank you Cori and I hope you have an awesome week.

~Adrienne

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84 Jens-Petter Berget
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June 2, 2014 at 11:36 PM

Hi Adrienne,

Blogging is definitively not easy. Well, I guess it depends. If by blogging, we’re talking about just writing something, and making it visible on the web, then it’s not that hard. But, by doing what we do every single day, building a business, then it’s not easy at all.

I was told that it was easy money when I first started. It was just to add the right keywords without hardly do any writing at all, link to a product and I’ll be earning money. That’s it. The person who told me this, wanted me to join his MLM business, so no wonder why he wanted me to believe that it was easy.

My worst blogging advice is probably the one you mention and that it doesn’t take much time. I am not sure how many hours/days/weeks/months/years I’ve spent blogging now, but it takes a lot of my time. On the other hand it’s given me much and it’s the best thing in the world :)

Have a great weekend Adrienne.

-Jens
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85 Adrienne Smith
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June 3, 2014 at 9:56 AM

Hi Jens,

I agree with that Jens, if you’re just writing content for it to appear on the web then that part is easy. Getting it in front of the right people and getting them to do whatever you want them to, not so much.

I think that’s why MLM’s are given such a bad rap because of all those types of people who lie to you to get you to join their business. It’s SO easy to do and they do make it sound so simple. They’ll even lie about how well they’re doing just to get a sign up bonus. They’ll bail on you after that, most of them do I’m afraid.

Blogging is definitely time consuming and it’s always one thing after the other isn’t it. People will say “well it just took me 30 minutes to write my post” and they make it sound easy. I’ve never written a post in that length of time in my life. They you have to get it set up, find the images, write your newsletter and once it’s published you need to promote it. Man oh man, there are a lot of steps to this.

Thanks for sharing this with me Jens and you have an awesome week as well. Appreciate your comment.

~Adrienne

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86 Sri Varshan
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June 3, 2014 at 12:24 AM

Worst Advice? I guess i didn’t get one ;-) Mistakes Made? Well that i should say that is a lengthy list. People sometimes just look at the front page of a blog or a post and decide that it is quite easy to start one (just like i did) but they fail to look into the behind-the-scenes work that happens.

It isn’t just enough to start one, feeding it and keeping it alive is very difficult especially if you have a day job and that’s where i am struggling a lot. A very good reference for new blogging friends, thanks for sharing this wonderful post. Have a great day Adrienne.
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87 Raj Kumar June 3, 2014 at 4:56 AM

Well its been 4 years since I started by first blog and from that time I’ve learned lot of things from my own. And I usually don’t get any advices as I don’t much friends or I prefer to work alone.

Thanks

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88 Adrienne Smith
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June 3, 2014 at 9:59 AM

Hey Raj,

You’re very rare not having been given any advice. Have you not Googled how to do something and learned that it wasn’t right? I learned a lot of this on my own as well but ran across a lot of really bad advice from reading a post or watching a video on the “how to’s”. I guess that’s a good thing for you though. Sounds like you’ve had a smooth blogging journey.

Thanks for sharing that Raj.

~Adrienne

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89 Angela McCall
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June 3, 2014 at 5:32 AM

Hi Adrienne,

First of all congratulation on your 5th year on the Internet. You are one dedicated soul who deserves all the applause and much appreciation!!!! :)

The worst advice I’ve ever got is: you can make six figures just in no time just by being a Social Media Manager. I think this is merely a LIE.

I remember a cartoon of Charlie Brown. Nancy asked Snoopy, “what made you go into social media?” Then Snoopy answered, “It’s the the wrong expectations they gave me.” Cannot remember word-for-word but it’s very similar to that.

Blogging is not easy, I couldn’t agree with you more. And like you, if I knew how much maintenance it would take me, how much time I need to invest, I wouldn’t be here today blogging my business either.

But thank God for the livejournal experience; despite of everything I am truly passionate about the Internet and I couldn’t be any happier on how many wonderful souls I have met online.

All these time I thought it was wasted…when it is actually giving me dividends and benefits. I’m glad I’m not like my sister who is petrified of the new trend on this “new era” of computer technology. I think those people who took the chance, took the leap of faith on stepping out their comfort zones are fortunate enough they are actually sitting on a gold mine.

I wish I have done this 10-years earlier. But 10-years earlier there was big layoffs and recession/depression and I got discouraged and quit the Internet altogether. But like some people, I’ve learn from my mistake. Yesterday is gone and Tomorrow is yet to come. There is a bright future ahead. Anyway…

It’s 3:30 AM and I’m still awake…LOL. Wishing you a great week dear friend.

Angela
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90 Adrienne Smith
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June 3, 2014 at 10:04 AM

Hi Angela,

Thank you, I can’t believe my anniversary is fast approaching. 5 whole years on this domain, wow!!!

I’ve never heard that one before but being a social media manager is of no interest to me. I think if you work for one of the celebrities then that’s possible but otherwise, good luck with that right!

Are you happy that you are blogging now? I know you started on LiveJournal but I think you really enjoy sharing what you do now. I know this is a scary place at times and had I known all that was involved I probably wouldn’t have done it either to be honest with you. But I’m kind of glad I didn’t or I wouldn’t be here today. I’ve had my bumps and plenty of gripe sessions but I met you and so many other people online so it was worth it Angela.

Wow, 3:30 in the morning is when you left this comment! Girl, you are a night owl. I hope you did get a good night’s sleep finally and enjoy your day. I would be dragging for sure.

Have a good one Angela and thank you for your comment.

~Adrienne

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91 Lisa
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June 3, 2014 at 5:32 AM

Hi Adrienne, I wasn’t aware of the plugins remaining in database, excellent point! I think the worst advice I got is how easy it is and how you can make money easy. No one mentioned how much TIME is needed or that you might get addicted to blogging.
If I had known how much time was involved I may not have started to blog but I got addicted and I am in my 4th years blogging. Time surely flies!
I hope you have a sunny week ahead after all that rain there Adrienne.
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92 Adrienne Smith
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June 3, 2014 at 10:07 AM

Hey Lisa,

I learned the hard way about the plugins remaining on the database. That’s definitely an accident waiting to happen so just be cautious with plugins.

The making money easy part is just wrong. Nothing comes easy that’s for sure. I only wish it did. I’m glad though that you didn’t quit and I think we both are happy we didn’t. I wouldn’t have started either had I known how hard it was but I learned as I went and dealt with it along the way. That’s all we can do right!

4 years is a long time so I’m glad you’re here Lisa.

We just had another rain shower although they were calling for sunshine all week and weekend. What’s up with that darn it! Keeping my fingers crossed though.

Thanks Lisa and you have a great week.

~Adrienne

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93 Sunday
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June 3, 2014 at 7:10 AM

Hi Adrienne,
Congratulations on your fifth year of blogging! I also congratulate you on the 560th post you have shared on your blog! The blogging journey is not readily an easy one for many people and surely you are not alone in this one.

I have received my own share of bad advice – one that keep resonating when I think is that I should just create a blog, put an advert and I am good to go with earning! Now, I know better.

Like you have said, there are many other bad advices that I cannot share in this comment. The truth remains that the anyone who is not willing to learn and adapt to changes would fall victim of so called “blogging gurus” who are out there, and who are only interested in selling their products/service.

Conclusively, like you have noted, logging is not easy but its worth the effort if we do the NEEDED.
Congratulations again on your fifth year in the blogosphere!

Sunday

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94 Adrienne Smith
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June 3, 2014 at 10:10 AM

Hi Sunday,

Thank you and it’s definitely been quite the journey. I wouldn’t trade it for anything though.

Yeah, I’ve heard that one many times over. I bet the people giving that advice weren’t making much money though. I think they were making the money off of the product they were selling giving that advice. That’s so sad.

I fell victim to a lot of those “blogging gurus” and I thought they were legitimate. I think that’s the problem, they come across as really knowing their stuff and give such horrible advice. You just never know who to believe at times.

Thank you for your comment and I appreciate it.

~Adrienne

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95 Sarah Arrow
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June 3, 2014 at 9:59 AM

ooo where do I start with your list? there is so much bad / generic advice out there its hard to distinguish for the newcomer, and when someone offers up the advice they don’t know the reason why / why not something works.
If you need images just grab them from Google, they’re free – erm yeah if you call copyright infringement and fines in excess of $3k each image free, then google is fine for images.

Write between 250 to 500 word posts and you’ll be fine… like any piece of actionable content is that small! Most stuff on the front page of Google is 800+ words.

You have to blog everyday in order to get traffic, absolutely and after a year of blogging every day you will conveniently forget your password and never look at the screen again – you’ll be all blogged out, you’ll hate it and you’ll give up one of the most powerful ways to market your business all because you got a little crazy blogging every day.

Put some ads on your blog and you’ll be making money in no time at all <— still waiting for this to happen ;)

You can get away with using cheap hosting, it’s no big deal, erm, yes, I learnt this one the hard way and now I have my own server. I never saw that coming… I never realised that traffic meant better hosting.

Loved this post Adrienne, everyone new to blogging needs to read it.
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96 Adrienne Smith
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June 3, 2014 at 10:20 AM

LOL!!! I KNOW the feeling girl…

I love what you shared Sarah and boy have we had some bad advice along the way. I had a friend tell me that they were on a webinar recently and the speaker was telling them they could grab images from Google. Just last week, can you believe that? They ought to be shot for giving that kind of advice. OMG!!!

I’ve never read a short post that was worth my time. You can’t learn from something that short or I’ve never been able to, let’s put it that way.

That’s exactly why I’ve never blogged every day. I would have burnt myself out so quickly and not gotten the results I wanted. I hate that people still give that crappy advice. Now if you just love to write then go for it.

The ad advice still gets to me today. I guess people just want that so badly they’ll continue to fall for it. It never happened for me either.

The cheap hosting, boy did I learn some horrible lessons from that too. I had it for a number of years but had I known better I would have switched way before the time came. I’m on a VPS now and it’s been great so far. I’ll have to eventually move up to my own server though. You’re very smart Sarah, very smart! ;-)

Thanks for sharing your crappy advice with me. I do hope enough people read this post and steer clear. At least let the warning sounds go off and ask for better advice.

You have an awesome day now.

~Adrienne

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97 Jack
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June 3, 2014 at 10:19 AM

Hi Adrienne,

The worst advice I ever received was not to spend time commenting because it wouldn’t help build my blog. That stands out as being among the dumbest things I have ever heard. Commenting is probably the most effective tool I have used for building the blog and my favorite because it is how I met so many cool people online.
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98 Adrienne Smith
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June 3, 2014 at 10:22 AM

Hey Jack,

People told you NOT to comment? OMG, that’s why I’m here so those people ought to be shot. It’s how we’ve been able to meet so many awesome people including yourself. I’m glad you never listened to them and I bet their blogs are a ghost town! LOL!!!

Good to see you Jack and enjoy your day. Appreciate your comment.

~Adrienne

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99 Mi Muba
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June 3, 2014 at 10:36 AM

Hi Adrienne Smith
Thanks for writing on an important topic which is actually a never-ending debate. 
Its simple answer is: blogging is easy for those who love it and difficult for those who do it.
But I do admit this is not its perfect answer. Rather I would say it is neither easy nor difficult. It is simply a business and a business brings great result if it is done well and disappoints its owner if it is done half heartedly or without any planning or without whatever its requirement you mention.
I have a long long failure yes failure story of my blogging journey that is full of several crazy, insane and made advices for blogging.
In 2011 I started a blog in my local language Urdu and failed to optimize it because of the fact that Google doesn’t much support non-English blogs. It started it by wrongly following a famous advice THINK GLOBALLY ACT LOCALLY.
I still manage it but it has very limited traffic which I get through social media. It means I have a smallest possible fraction of organic traffic on it. Isn’t it strange despite this drawback I am running it just because I have very good relationship with several influencers of its niche industry because of my regular posting at it?
After that I got an advice from my online friend living in UK that IT IS SO EASY TO EARN MONEY WITH NICHE BLOGGING. He said if someone manages to earn $1 daily from a niche blog and starts 10 blogs so he can earn at least $300 per month. I dived into this insane advice and started six niche blogs alone but could not have made even a few pennies daily from each one and ultimately down almost all of them in 2012.
Then I got another advice that MULTI NICHE BLOGGING HAS MORE POTENTIAL TO BOOST TRAFFIC AND ONE CAN EASILY EARN BIG MONEY WITH IT. I wasted no time to start the one but could not have made it a big success because diverse nature of its audience. I did have 500 daily visitors at it but they were divided into total ten small slots related to various secondary niche. If I had to sell an affiliate product of one of the niche it means I was selling it to just 50 relevant visitors out of total 500. So ultimately I sold this blog to a crazy person who still aiming to earn from it with PPC but yet to make anything big.
Even then I was advised to START A BLOG WITH A NICHE OF HAVING HIGHLY SEARCHED KEYWORDS like insurance claims or something like that. I did start a green blog but here I got globally diverse target audience of green niche. Those from US and UK at my green blog just want to buy a green product that must provide them comfort and save their money as well. While green niche audience from India and other Asian countries doesn’t want to buy any product. They just want to know what violations are being made globally with regard to environmental care. They just want free stuff to go green. So my audience is split and I can’t offer one solution to all of them. I still have 1000 daily visitors at it and earning a handsome amount with it through PPC ads but this has never been my ultimate goal to just earn a few bucks with blogging.
Now I have a blog on money blogging and very cautiously working on it to get very relevant traffic and meanwhile selecting very valuable products to sell them eventually.
After getting so many failures my passion for blogging is same or rather it rose up and up. Either I fail or succeed I do enjoy blogging will be enjoying forever. This is my biggest success which I have always been proud of.
Yes the younger or we can say teen agers make a very quick opinion about anything and so they do for blogging. They not only call it an easy chore but equally make a big success in it. They don’t get philosophical or romantic or emotional while writing a post and just remain stuck to the topic. They don’t go into deep details and that is why they always follow a shallow but equally so smart way of doing things and easily become so successful in this field. No doubt many of them do fail but most of them are shining at blogosphere in every part of the world. They are the people who are making new techie things and making it more interesting.
But a little older or I would say middle-aged people like you with sound background of another field are equally contributing great in blogosphere. The depth of their views and vision of their approach is equally doing great for the guidance and help of others. That is why we can’t say blogging is easy or difficult we can just say it is great and going to be greater in future.
Once again thanks a lot for fueling a heated debate that forced me to write all which happened to me during previous three years of my blogging journey and I beg for pardon if any of my views here hurt you or any of your readers. Stay blessed. :-)
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100 Adrienne Smith
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June 3, 2014 at 10:59 AM

Hey Mi Muba,

Wow, thanks for sharing your story with me and boy have you been through a lot. Yeah, I can sympathize with that myself. I’ve had a history of ups and downs myself trying everything they told me to do diligently with no success at all.

I love blogging but I still say it’s not an easy thing to do. I started it because of the business I was building and I will say that it’s the best thing I’ve ever done still even though it’s been a nightmare a good bit of the time. But I think we’ve all learned along the way and hopefully from our own experiences can help those that need us the most.

I’m glad you stuck with it and I do know that if you stick with consistent action steps that are taking you in the right direction you’ll do well. Nothing is ever guaranteed of course but I think when your heart and desire are in it then that’s a winning combination.

I so appreciate the comment and again thank you for sharing your story. I think everyone else will appreciate this as well.

~Adrienne

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101 Neamat Tawadrous June 3, 2014 at 10:43 AM

Hi Adrienne,

What a post!!! I thought I was the only one who ran into these advices!!

Those kind of advices made me lost so much money and time on stuff that never delivered and one bad advice which almost got me into trouble is “Google Images are free” . Can you Imagine?? I got this advice from a guru and saw her using them herself on a video training until I discovered there could be a copyright infringement. Well, I think I got all the bad advices you got and some more.

Lots of the things you listed that should be known about blogging I still don’t know and I learn as I go. Thanks for mentioning them. I am sure it will help me and many others as well.

Thanks again Adrienne for your help and leadership.

Be Blessed,

Neamat

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102 Adrienne Smith
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June 3, 2014 at 11:48 AM

Hey Neamat,

If only, right! Oh my goodness, I think it’s happened to us all.

People are still telling others they can grab images from Google for free. I can’t believe people don’t know any better but having someone that you look up to that’s an authority figure tell you that then of course you’re going to believe them. Why would they lie to you like that? I don’t understand myself.

There will be much more in front of us still to come I’m sure. It’s never ending Neamat.

Thanks for your comment, I so appreciate it and you’re so very welcome.

~Adrienne

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103 Rohan Bhardwaj
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June 3, 2014 at 2:27 PM

I did got similar advice when I started (I am still learning). Many blogging guru’s are crap and there ain’t any question about that.

I will say, starting a blog is easy, maintaining it is medium difficult and making it grow is the hardest part. One fails in maintaining it frequently.

There goes many things in blogging, and one needs to learn it from the legit persons like you.

Love you, you are awesome, you are smart and you are the inspiration. When I say you, I mean it, you are the only one.

Anyway, thanks.
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104 Adrienne Smith
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June 3, 2014 at 2:46 PM

Hi Rohan,

Sorry to hear that you’ve also received some crappy advice during your time here too. I think everything about blogging is time consuming from the writing, promoting and maintaining part. It all just takes a lot of time but I do believe it’s worth it. I think though that so many people would have been better off had they received the correct information coming into this. We spend a lot of time fixing issues that we shouldn’t have had to fix in the first place.

Thank you Rohan, I’m truly touched and I so appreciate your kind words. Awwwwwww

~Adrienne

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105 Prasad Np June 3, 2014 at 2:35 PM

Well they say Rome was not built in a day and I am sure you can not build a super duper blog in a day. Your inputs are timely and focus on the hard work and structured approach needed to build a successful blog. I wish I have been reading posts like this when I started… but better late than never… thanks

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106 Adrienne Smith
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June 3, 2014 at 2:50 PM

HI Prasad,

Welcome to my blog and thank you for sharing your opinion here as well. Rome was definitely not built in a day nor anything else for that matter.

I wish I would have known all of this too just starting out but unfortunately we fall prey on those that give us nothing but horrible advice. I’m not sure why exactly or maybe they didn’t know any better. Either way I’m glad you’re here and hope that I can help you moving forward.

Enjoy your day and thank you for your comment.

~Adrienne

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107 Susan Cooper
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June 3, 2014 at 4:59 PM

The worst advice I’ve ever received was you can make a ton of money with a few hours a weeks work. What I now know to be true is: Blogging isn’t easy and you can’t get rich if at all without a great deal of work. Adsense is something I’ve removed because it doesn’t work for me. Only made a few cents in two years. Amazon affiliate program is great and I’m finally starting to see results.
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108 Adrienne Smith
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June 3, 2014 at 6:00 PM

Hey Susan,

I still hear that a lot even today and I’m not sure why people are still hawking that line. I feel for those who have fallen for it because blogging definitely takes time for sure. It’s so worth it though.

Adsense usually doesn’t bring a lot and I’ve never had luck with Amazon myself but am considering it more moving forward. A friend gave me an awesome idea.

Thanks for sharing your worst advice with me Susan and hope you’re enjoying your week.

~Adrienne

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109 Nathaniel Kidd
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June 3, 2014 at 8:37 PM

Hi Adrienne,

It is people like you who have gone through so much hardship and yet you continue to pay it forward. This gives the rest of us the motivation to go on. You were the first person that actually picked up the phone and called me with professional advice on what I should do and not do as it relates to my blog. I will never forget that. That conversation was a connection that will be with me forever. So for all of the bad advice we may receive, there are people like you and Harleena who make up for it with your desire to help others like myself. So thank you!
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110 Adrienne Smith
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June 4, 2014 at 8:56 AM

Hi Nate,

I think because I have gone through the hardships Nate is why I’m now on this particular path. I hate that anyone has to go through what I did and stumble and fall so darn much. I hate that people aren’t eager to help others out of the kindness of their hearts. People might think I’m crazy for “wasting my time” as I’ve been told but you just said it yourself. I picked up the phone, gave you a call, made that connection and offered you advice just because. No strings attached and that’s what will make me stand out from the rest. ;-)

Thank you for your comment and I’m happy you stopped by. I appreciate your kind words, they mean a lot. It’s why I do what I do Nate!

~Adrienne

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111 Atish Ranjan
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June 3, 2014 at 10:31 PM

When I started there was no one who can guide me or advise so I didn’t get these worst blogging advice rather I worked hard to make my blog a better place for readers. Blogging is not so easy that anyone can do it. It needs a lot of hard work, determination and passion for learning new things.

But many newbies deviate themselves after getting these kind of advice. Great post Adrienne.
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112 Adrienne Smith
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June 4, 2014 at 9:03 AM

Hey Atish,

I didn’t really have anyone either Atish, I Googled everything and boy did I get some bad advice. From there I started following certain people that I “thought” were suppose to be experts because when you don’t know how to do something you have to learn it from someone right!

I’m glad you never had any of these issues and everything has been smooth sailing for you. You’re definitely in a group by yourself my friend. That’s awesome though.

Thank you for sharing this and you have a great week.

~Adrienne

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113 Sue Price
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June 4, 2014 at 2:25 AM

Hi Adrienne

I was pretty fortunate and learned to blog initially from Jodie Thompson and Kimberly. We had webinars and Kim did the tech stuff and Jodie marketing and topics etc.

There was still a heap I did not learn though like most of your list and many of them I have learned from you.

I was told by some one along the way thought to grab images off Google.

I was also told not to bother answering comments. Not to use comment luv as you do not want other links on your blog. Hmm that is all that comes to mind.

Great post Adrienne and that is some list of bad advice.

Hope your week is going well.

Sue
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114 Adrienne Smith
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June 4, 2014 at 9:09 AM

Hi Sue,

At least you had two ladies that knew their stuff although it sounds like not everything behind the scenes was covered. I think it’s kind of hard to cover everything and once you start telling people about all of that stuff they go into overdrive and freak totally out. I was telling my nephew about all of this and I thought he was about to pass out. LOL!!!

I’m glad you’ve picked up some stuff from me along the way too Sue. Boy have I learned a lot as time has gone by.

The image thing I think has been around for a very long time. If you use your common sense, that would tell you that someone put them online but because they’ve changed hands so many times already we never know who the original owner was so I think most people having been told it was okay to use them just did. I can see where that could definitely get out of hand.

I was never told to not respond to comments but I was told not to use CommentLuv. That you didn’t want to send your readers off to any place else and you wanted to keep them on your site. Granted I agree with that but they’ll read your post first, then comment, then see other people’s links and to me that’s a good thing. That’s how I’ve found the majority of the people I visit myself. It’s been a huge blessing for me.

Thank you Sue and just some horrible advice I’ve received along the way but hoping that I can save others from making these same mistakes if I can catch them soon enough in their blogging journey.

My week is good so far and hope yours is too. Yours is now moving into the home stretch where it’s Hump Day for me. Have a good one Sue and thank you for your comment.

~Adrienne

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115 Bhanu Chander June 4, 2014 at 3:41 AM

Hello Adrienne,

Glad – I came across a good post after a while !

This happened to be an interesting and amusing post. What you explained is true. Bad and worst advice may even lead to destruction of a blog – may be. Like you said, these days there are many helpful resources from around the web; even for a simple, single topic. But I can imagine how it would be like when you people have just started blogs, probably you might not have found any resources and hence needed advisers !

I’m feeling happy that I struggled myself in designing my own blogs by making mistakes and then rectifying the same (on blogspot), without having any particular adviser. Of course that’s my nature, even as a student. Although I never put hands on wordpress, in that case I might have needed some guide !

According to me ‘Blog everyday in order to get traffic’, might be the worst advise that one can get, but hmm …. every other nine points are equally important and yes I agree with you that it’s really hard to find which one top’s the list ! Nice thought :)

You made 560 posts ! great and congrats :) I could achieve only 110 posts in the last 10 months (that’s when I started entered into blogging word). I will try to write more in the coming days based on your post count !

Thank you for the article :)

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116 Adrienne Smith
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June 4, 2014 at 9:20 AM

Hi Bhanu,

Well I’m glad you saw the humor in it too. I mean although going through some of this stuff was not fun at the time and then having to go back and clean my blog up because of the mistakes I had made because I wasn’t told what needed to be done was horrible. But I have to laugh at it all or I would have thrown my hands up and quit.

I can appreciate someone who takes this on head first but for someone like me with no tech background at all I even had a hard time understanding what HTML meant. I need things explained to me easily and that was very hard to find at times. I did do everything myself but I needed to be taught what to do and I wish at times I would have been given better advice.

I think blogging every single day just to get traffic is horrible advice too because they fail to tell them everything else that needs to be done as well like the promotion and then hope they don’t get burnt out. If you’re a beginner then that can be very overwhelming for sure. Of course they always say pick a niche that you’re familiar with but knowing you have to write that much right off the bat is very intimidating.

I’ve been blogging for almost five years on this domain though Bhanu. I started with three posts a week for about two years and then cut back to twice a week. I’ve also deleted 42 posts from my very early days that were filled with broken links to non existent products so I think with time that number is very achievable.

Thank you for your visit and comment, I appreciate it. You have a great week.

~Adrienne

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117 Ann June 4, 2014 at 8:29 AM

I must remark that this is an interesting topic!

You’re absolutely right with the worst advices that you’ve shared in the article above. I have read many articles that give people advices on what are the best thing to do when blogging, and/or how to become successful in this field. Some of the advices are really good, and some are actually not, just like the lines you’ve given above.

I must agree that the worst blogging advice would be ‘blogging is easy’.

Blogging is easy in a way that you would just write, post and earn. But the detail and the entire process is not really that easy.

There are a lot of things to consider before, during and after blogging, and I believe that it would take you much more effort, time, hard work and strategy before you can earn money and become successful.

Thanks for sharing this epic content. Love your brilliant words! :)

Best,
Ann

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118 Adrienne Smith
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June 4, 2014 at 9:25 AM

Hi Ann,

Thank you for your visit again and I appreciate your comment. I think we’ve all gotten advice somewhere even if it was on Google because that’s where I go for a lot of answers to things. I try to seek out the people who are suppose to be more knowledgeable in their field and I don’t just take the advice of anyone. Even some of that though as I mentioned here was not very good advice.

The blogging is easy as we both had said can be if you’re just here for fun. Let’s face it though, most people who are searching out more information about blogging aren’t here for fun. That’s why I think that kind of advice is very deceiving.

I love blogging though and of course glad I stuck around. I do think it’s worth all the hassle but I would love to save some heartache from some newer bloggers so that they don’t have to go through a lot of what we all did. That’s just never fun at all.

Thank you again for your comment and enjoy what’s left of this week.

~Adrienne

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119 Uday Ghulaxe June 4, 2014 at 10:18 AM

Hello,
Ya I trully appreciate waht you have wriiten here.
And it mostly affect newbie bloggers actually it bad effects newbie bloggers.
This type of advices set up a mind of newbie bloggers that making money from blogging is an easy task but as we all know its not that easy.
And the same happens with newbies and after some time of blogging they get disappointed and then quit blogging .

This type of bad advices really bad affect the thinking of our readers . Instead bloggers have to right up the really of blogging not the fake portion such as you write up their.And I don’t understand why some bloggers do that ,What they get from such fake promotions of blogging ?

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120 Adrienne Smith
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June 4, 2014 at 11:10 AM

Hi Uday,

Thank you for saying that, glad you enjoyed what I had to share on this subject.

I would say it mostly affects new bloggers because they just don’t know any better but I also know that even bloggers that have been here awhile and don’t know who to listen to, this could affect them as well. I just really hate anyone to get bad advice.

I wrote a post a few weeks ago about my thoughts about those who promise anyone that they can make money blogging. That’s a whole other topic for me. I do believe that if people are coming into blogging for that sole purpose then they will get very disappointed and quit as they should. I think they are approaching it entirely wrong.

When given bad advice if can really affect our readers. They believe in us and rely on us so giving them horrible advice is just not the way to go. Of course I know some people don’t realize it’s bad advice until it comes back to bite them too.

I appreciate your comment, thanks for stopping by and do enjoy your day.

~Adrienne

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121 Ashvini
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June 4, 2014 at 10:35 AM

Hi Adrienne,

Very well said.
The problem with a lot of bloggers is that they don’t treat their blog like a business would. They feel that they would put 100 articles, share it on twenty different social media sites and then it will be all the way up from there. Us people who have been blogging > 2 years are more than aware that it does not work like this. Blogging involves planning and then working towards an end. People do not like to pay for tools that they employ to make blog better. I have purchased a theme that cost a lot. How is it possible to gain the productivity otherwise. I believe bloggers need to take a hard look at way they do blogging. Without goals and proper investing it is hard to succeed in any business, leave along blogging which is quite tough business.
I also believe that listening to bloggers like you who know their stuff and not out only selling stuff can help a lot.
Great advice and worth following :)
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122 Adrienne Smith
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June 4, 2014 at 11:19 AM

Hey Ashvini,

I agree with that my friend, they aren’t seeing the whole picture and how your blog can play a huge part with your business.

I know that the time I’ve been online I’ve gotten so much different advice from so many different places that and I’m sure that it’s possible that whatever they suggested could have worked for them but if that’s the case then I think there is a lot more to it behind the scenes that we’re not seeing in order for that to happen. Those are also the people I really don’t respect at all, the ones who aren’t at least telling you that’s not all the scoop.

If we all want success from blogging we definitely have to have a plan but that’s something I didn’t have in the beginning either. I was just all over the place but I went through the motion and learned as I went along and finally understood how this all works. That’s the type of advice we all need.

Thank you for saying that, I appreciate it. I do this because I never had anyone in the beginning myself.

I appreciate your comment Ashvini, thank you so much. Hope you’re enjoying your week.

~Adrienne

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123 Gladys
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June 4, 2014 at 3:25 PM

Hello Ms. Adrienne
I trust you are well.

This is a very interesting post because it will cause awareness for those that do not know.

As you know, I really never received negative advise on blogging. I ran into you first, and I am so thankful I did.
But I have read articles on so many of the things you wrote about, especially about making money…. I just click out of it and never go back.
At this point in my blog world, I am learning from the blog comment group and Mr. Kumar.

Wow 560 posts….. From what I have read on your post, it has not been easy, but kudos to you, because you stuck it out and look at you now. Thank you for this eye opener.

Gladys
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124 Adrienne Smith
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June 4, 2014 at 4:15 PM

Hi Gladys,

I am, thank you for asking. How is David? He’s been on my prayer list so I am going with the knowledge that he’s doing just fine or he’s headed that way.

You were one of the lucky ones if I do say so myself. Not that I know everything of course but I’d already been through the ringer and knew quite a bit to not give you bad advice. LOL!!!

I’m the same way now Gladys because by reading what they’re saying it’s obvious to me that they are giving horrible advice and I really don’t want to be a part of that. I think we’ve got a pretty good group to learn from and those are people that we all know we can trust.

I can’t believe it’s really been a little over 600 if I count those I deleted but I’m trying to just look at the ones I have up even though that was a lot of posts. I did hang in there even through all that horrible advice and having to fix a lot of problems. So glad I did too.

Thanks Gladys and you take care. Hope your week is going well.

~Adrienne

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125 Carol Amato June 4, 2014 at 4:29 PM

Hi Adrienne,

If there was a comprehensive article or report on a site that covered all that I needed to know to get started, I think I would have found it by now! ;-)

– Easy, Shmeazy! lol

– Write anything? I feel like deleting the first 6 months of my blog posts because I was clueless, but I’ll leave them to testify how far I’ve come, and I choose to celebrate!

– Design? If I land on a cluttered, ad-splattered site with blinking gifs, I hit the back button so fast, it makes me dizzy…

– agree, agree, agree! :)

Blogging was never easy for me, and writing even worse, but video comes much more easily so that’s a wonderful way for me to express myself and extract many formats of content from the video.

Boy have I learned my lesson about updating WordPress as soon as an update came out. Ugh!

I agree that blogging has enabled wonderful friendships to form, for which I am so thankful.

I really like your writing style, and the info…It flows just as if you were talking to me from across the kitchen table. :)

Thanks much,
Carol Amato
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126 Adrienne Smith
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June 4, 2014 at 5:42 PM

Hi Carol,

What a pleasant surprise to have you stop by my blog. Thank you so much and welcome. It sounds like you went down that same darn road that I did. Urgggg

I’ve searched for so much stuff online that I’m with you, if an all-in-one has been created I would have thought I’d found it by now but so far that’s not happened. Maybe someone got smart and I’d LOVE to read that one.

The easy part is a joke as well as the write anything. I did the same thing and the only reason I deleted some of my earlier posts was because I was promoting products that no longer existed so of course all the links were broken. Why bother rewriting them because no one cares about them now. Boy have I improved though over the years. I do get a good laugh at my earlier ones still.

Some of those blogs give me a headache and I just can’t stick around either.

I’m glad you’re enjoying videos. We all have our own voice and however we can express ourselves I say go for it. There will be plenty of other people who will be able to relate. Boy don’t I know that’s right! ;-)

I’ve been lucky because I’ve had clients come to me crying because they updated WordPress as soon as it was released and had nothing but nightmares. I always wait just because of their stories and I’m so glad I have.

I love blogging now. It’s grown on me over the years and I’ve also met some amazing people. I’m so happy to hear you feel the same way.

Thank you, I appreciate that. It’s really the only way I know how to write or should I say I can do it really stuffy but no one would read it. LOL!!!

I appreciate your visit and your comment. Please do have a great end to your week. We’re starting to ease into the downhill slide now.

~Adrienne

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127 Rea June 4, 2014 at 4:57 PM

First of all, congratulations to 5 years of blogging! Come to think of it, we pretty much started at the same time because this month will also be my 5th year. :)

The worst advice? Probably not the “worst” but something I don’t really subscribe to.. when they say that the type of platform you use defines your blogging career. I’m personally more comfortable with Blogger although I started with the free WP platform. I’ve come to know that no matter what platform we use, it’s our effort to promote our blog that’ll lead us to success — and not just because we’re using WP or Blogger. I’m actually thinking of switching from Blogger to WP again but realized that I’m really fine with Blogger as I see the purpose of my blog now. I mean it doesn’t make me less of a blogger if I don’t use WP right? :) Thanks for this great post!

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128 Adrienne Smith
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June 4, 2014 at 5:48 PM

Hi Rea,

Thank you and you’re going on five years too? Well officially I’ve been blogging for a little over six years but not on this domain. I’ve had other blogs before this one but it’s my main baby for sure.

It really depends on why you’re here. Success means different things to different people but the advantages of going with a self hosted WordPress blog is 1) Google ranks them better for some reason and 2) you own your content.

You would think if Google owned Blogger then why wouldn’t they rank well? I have no idea but the other thing is if you’re here running a business then it’s crucial that you own your own content. I think those are the reasons behind why they would say that but if you’re a hobby blogger and you don’t care if your site goes down tomorrow and you lose everything then I wouldn’t worry about it.

Thanks for sharing that with me and great to see you. Hope you’re doing well my dear and ready to head into summer.

~Adrienne

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129 Debra Yearwood June 4, 2014 at 6:47 PM

Great post, I started giggling as I read because I had received all of that bad advice at some point. I particularly LOVE the advice that indicates its easy. That’s got to be the worse because it sets you up to crash and burn on all of the other aspects.

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130 Adrienne Smith
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June 4, 2014 at 8:31 PM

Thanks Debra and glad you got a good chuckle. I mean some of it might not sound so bad until we’ve done it or not and run into a heck of a mess because of it. Like the advice that it’s easy. That’s just an accident waiting to happen or should I say explode. I hate it when people don’t tell me the whole story. :-(

Thanks so much for your comment and I hope you’re enjoying your week so far.

~Adrienne

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131 Troy S.
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June 4, 2014 at 10:34 PM

“Don’t worry. Your host is backing up your site everyday. Your data is completely secure. Nothing could ever happen to it.”
Yeah, right.
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132 Adrienne Smith
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June 5, 2014 at 7:54 AM

Ouch, that one really hurts Troy! I was never told that but I did ask my hosting service if they were backing up my files and they said I had to pay extra for it. Then I heard from a few people who ran into this problem and the files weren’t there. After many tries at different plugins that continued to fail, I just manually back it up myself. At least I KNOW it’s getting done. Bless your heart, that one is just dangerous.

~Adrienne

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133 Di
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June 5, 2014 at 12:09 AM

Hi Adrienne,

Great topic and your tips are awesome and shows that you really know what you are doing and shows you have made lots of mistakes to get to where you are now.
I have to say, learning blogging with a wordpress blog has been one of the MOST frustrating things I have done and that is mostly due to peoples advice.. like you say.
For me I have had success with people I know and people I have had built repoir with, its all the other things like the plug-ins and advise like just blog and people will read your blog.
At times I have had to have stern talks to myself to put myself back to the drawing board and build my blog like I have built anything… one experience on top of one experience.
I love your comment about resizing your images. I went back and looked at some of my images and they are huge, still to go in and resize them so thank you, thank you, thank you Adrienne for your experience and generosity.
Di
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134 Adrienne Smith
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June 5, 2014 at 7:59 AM

Hi Di,

I only wish I hadn’t made tons of mistakes, it’s been a horrible experience at times for me but dang did I ever learn from it. I can now shout from the rooftops about things people are NOT telling you at all. It’s just scary.

Oh, bless your heart. I’m so sorry to hear that but I understand what you’re saying unfortunately. I will tell you Di that if it hadn’t been for the people I’ve met along the way and built those relationships although it was very obvious that they did NOT need to learn what I was teaching I’m not sure where I would be today. They have been so kind, generous and helpful to me. They have been my encouragement to keep going because people needed to learn from me. The rest of this has just come with time.

I’ve had some of those same talks Di. I’m glad you and I are still here though. We have so much to give! ;-)

If you need to resize like ALL of your images then I recommend you install the SmushIt plugin and although some of them won’t catch you can just keep trying on and off. That will save you a bunch of time. After I did all of that I now compress them before I put them on my blog so that will really help you.

Thank you for your wonderful comment and I wish you all the best in the world. Hey, if you need any advice you know who to turn to! ;-)

~Adrienne

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135 Okto
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June 5, 2014 at 5:49 AM

I have done all the bad advices though … lol. I guess all the newbies will face those kind of advices until they realizes the real thing about blogging. Only those with great passion inside will stay. The rest? They will quit at once.

Really encouraging post!
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136 Adrienne Smith
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June 5, 2014 at 8:28 AM

Hey Okto,

I think most people have although a few bloggers are claiming that they haven’t gotten any bad advice because they’ve figured it all out on their own. I guess they are just a heck of a lot smarter than 99.9% of us then. I find that hard to believe but what do I know right! I was one of those who got the bad advice.

Those that know they belong here will make it through, you are so right about that. To me that’s a really good thing.

Thank you so much for your comment and hope you’re doing well.

~Adrienne

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137 Mark
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June 5, 2014 at 6:22 PM

Great post Adrienne!

Where to begin, in terms of the worst advice I’ve ever received. As I read your list, I thought maybe you’d seen some of my emails over the years!

It’s amazing when I actually stop to do inventory, how much non sense I’ve been told over the years.

Thank goodness there are people and leaders like yourself to share the truth! Thank you so much Adrienne! What your doing is so desperately needed!
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138 Adrienne Smith
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June 5, 2014 at 7:27 PM

Thanks Mark and it sounds like a lot of us unfortunately have heard the same bad advice. Isn’t that horrible that so many people were dishing it out?

I think we live and learn which is why I love what I do. My goodness I hate to see people go through what I did. The learning curve that could be cut in half for them, maybe even more.

I appreciate your kind words and thank you for that.

~Adrienne

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139 Steven Wilson
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June 5, 2014 at 7:28 PM

Hey Adrienne,

Love the post! Personally I dealt with the blogging is easy statement. That is sooo far from the truth. As Harleena said, Time and Patience are essential.

I have nothing but respect for the bloggers that dive in and get tons of sales and visitors within a year or whatever. The thing is that I don’t think it’s far to majority of bloggers out there since that person was able to put in 12+ hours a day in order to create that success. Many bloggers are part time and not saying it’s not possible but getting to that point will generally take longer for part timers.

That is where I think being realistic is key as well. You can’t look at someone who has been blogging for years and does it full time and expect to achieve quick results without the know how. You work hard to get there and if things work out and you get quick success, great but not preparing for the long haul is a mistake.

I hope your doing great! See ya Adrienne!
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140 Adrienne Smith
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June 5, 2014 at 8:17 PM

Hey Steven,

I hear you on that one my friend and glad this one struck a cord. I think that a lot of what’s being shared out there to entice people in is just deceiving.

I’ve learned a lot over the years and I know how a lot of them came online, jumped in head first, did the work and had great success within just their first year. I think that a lot of us have to look at that as they were probably writers already so they had that ahead of us where it’s been a struggle and a confidence issue for more of us. Making the right connections, knowing who the people are to get in front of, etc. that’s all part of it. It’s not easy and especially if you’re just doing it part-time.

I still hear people advertising to join this webinar and find out how you can make $10,000 a month and although that can be done they are making it sound like there’s nothing to it just to get you one. I’m just so uncomfortable with that type of advertising and I guess I always will be.

Thank you for your comment Steven and I hope you’re doing great too. I most definitely am my friend, thanks. Enjoy your weekend.

~Adrienne

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141 Di
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June 5, 2014 at 8:27 PM

Thankyou Adrienne for the advice, will install the smushit plug in

Cant believe some people have been advised NOT to reply to comments,,Isnt that what a blog is for?

Have a great day Adrienne and Thankyou!

Di
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142 Adrienne Smith
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June 6, 2014 at 8:18 AM

You are very welcome and I know that going back through them can be so time consuming which is why we do love plugins.

I think those people who are teaching those things obviously don’t want to be bothered with it and I can only imagine the type of community they have NOT built because of it. Maybe that’s not important to them but I think if you’re blogging and building your business, that’s crucial.

You have a great day too, thank you so much.

~Adrienne

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143 Babanature June 6, 2014 at 4:33 AM

Hello Adrienne,
“Blogging is the most easiest business anybody will think of venturing”, “Make two post per day and you will get traffic without promotion”. Those two were the worse advice i’ve ever received.
Blogging is hard and it’s never a day job. I guest, new bloggers will always get bad advice as long as the system exist.

Thanks for sharing your worst blogging advice ever received with us :)
Have a blessed weekend start.
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144 Adrienne Smith
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June 6, 2014 at 8:43 AM

Hey Babanature,

Yep, that’s pretty crappy advice my friend. Yikes, sorry about that and I can’t believe people keep sharing that stuff. Really? We get smart though and I think the people who give this kind of advice will be hurting in the long run.

My pleasure and we all have a few horror stories. I think we can all look back on them now though and be glad we stuck it out and got smart too. ;-)

Thanks my friend and you have a wonderful weekend as well. Good to see you again and hope you get that hosting issue resolved.

~Adrienne

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145 Babanature June 7, 2014 at 2:41 PM

Yes, my host have resolved the issue and my blog is back. but still, i am planing on moving to a new host by next month or so.
Thanks for asking dear friend… amma sure have the best weekend :)
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146 Adrienne Smith
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June 7, 2014 at 2:51 PM

That’s wonderful to hear Babanature and I know that if you do choose to go with SiteGround that I’m sure you’ll be happy! Good luck my friend.

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147 Geri Richmond
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June 6, 2014 at 8:39 PM

Hey Adrienne,
I will tell you and (I hope you’re sitting down), I never got advice like that because the one thing I will never regret is getting a good coach.

I didn’t want to spend the bucks for a coach but, someone was watching out for me and I met the most amazing person and coach.

It was still hard but, I had someone I could go to with questions about my blog. She also gave me great, personal, one on one training that was recorded.

I could go back anytime I wanted to review the training in video. In case you’re wondering who this amazing person is, her name is Carol Amato. She’s like a sis to me. Always over-delivers and never steers me in the wrong direction.

Hold on to your hat, cause she was the one who said that when you first start a blog you should blog everyday for the first 2-3 months so that the engines are always crawling your site and you get indexed faster.

Granted, things may have changed since then but, I do what she tells me to do because she is a successful Internet Marketer and I trust that she will not give me false information.

Anywhoo, I’m sorry you got started on the Internet with so much bad info. You’ve done a great job with your blog and especially in learning all the pertinent stuff that goes along with having a blog.
KUDOS to you, my friend for a job well done! :)
Geri

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148 Adrienne Smith
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June 6, 2014 at 8:58 PM

Hey Geri,

That’s awesome Geri, I’m really happy to hear that. When I came into this I had already spent a good bit on a life coach so I couldn’t really afford at that time to invest in more training. I needed that life coach though to help me get past some internal issues.

Oh wow it was Carol? She stopped by my blog this week and I was very surprised to see her. I think it was Donald that had first told me about her but I hadn’t heard about her before then. I’m so glad you had someone who taught you well and you trusted. We both know how important that is right!

People will tell you to blog everyday to get your site full of content so that the search engines will know that you have fresh new content. I get that but when you’re a new blogger and you don’t consider yourself a writer, I think that’s a lot to ask of someone because that’s a heck of a lot of content they’re going to have to consistently crank out. I’ve never ever blogged every single day and I can’t tell you how many blogs I’ve had now and I’ve had no problem whatsoever getting traffic to my blogs. I’m just saying.

Thanks Geri and I’m not the only one. I applaud everyone who was ever given bad information but they kept on going, got through it all and are here to tell the stories. Yay!!!

Thanks for your comment and hope you enjoy your weekend.

~Adrienne

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149 Carol Amato June 6, 2014 at 9:45 PM

Thanks for the kind words – much appreciated, Geri. :-) You’re a dear.

Love ya,
Carol

P.S. The daily blogging advice that I was taught, and passed on to you was a looong time ago – we both have been publishing 2-3 posts/week for quite some time and love it!

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150 Micah Medina June 7, 2014 at 3:42 PM

Hi Adrienne,

I guess because of my experience as assistant editor, when I ventured into blogging I had a fairly good grasp of how writing for an audience is supposed to be like. I’ve definitely met a lot of people who go into blogging with the advice that you listed, and then wondering what had gone wrong. Blogging is indeed a craft, and is something that can be mastered as long as weed out bad habits.

One thing I’ve learned is ATTITUDE can do wonders for a blog. You have to define yourself from thousands of other blogs. Be memorable. Be you. Copying and spinning articles (especially using crap software) is a BIG NO-NO. Be original. Be creative. A topic can only be written about in so many ways, but there is always something you can add to make it yours.

All the best!
Micah

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151 Adrienne Smith
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June 8, 2014 at 1:01 PM

Hi Micah,

Well being in the writing field already I can see why you wouldn’t have made some of these mistakes but were you up on blogging in general? Plugins, databases, set up, etc.? That’s pretty cool if we were then of course this wouldn’t have been an issue with you. I mean writing posts is one thing but maintaining your blog is another.

Attitude does have a lot to do with it so I’ll agree with you about that one. I think though, and I can speak for myself as well, that if we are just venturing into this area that we aren’t as confident having never done it before. Unfortunately for me, I did receive a lot of bad advice so when you’re doing what you were taught yet not getting the results you were told would come then you can lose your confidence no matter how positive you are.

The rest has eventually come to me but I think it will come to those who know they belong here and tough it out too. I totally agree with what you’re saying Micah and I appreciate you sharing that with me. Thank you for your comment. Good to see you again.

~Adrienne

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152 Augustus June 9, 2014 at 1:03 PM

I think wrong information contributes to the reason why most blogger quit without even starting. It’s very easy to get carried away by the idea of earning money while you “sleep” (I know it’s laughable). People hear that it’s easy, they buy an hosting account, install a template, install analytics, write three or four 500words article (Most of them will not pass copy-scape test) publish it and install adsense and analytics, waiting for miracle to happen, the naive ones keep checking the adsense account every day (hour/minutes), then it dawn on them that it doesn’t work that way.

Where the f* did you put the importance of SEO? Keyword research? Link Building? Then the picture becomes clearer and they eventually shut the whole thing down and move on with their life. lOl.

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153 Adrienne Smith
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June 9, 2014 at 3:17 PM

Hi Augustus,

While I agree with you that a LOT of people will quit after they haven’t received their desired results mainly because of crappy advice they received, I think that those who really are here for the right reasons will eventually stick around for the long haul. I was definitely frustrated so many times and sat here and cried my eyes out. I was so upset and confused wondering why this all just wasn’t working. Little did I know I was only receiving parts of the truth.

I’m glad I didn’t quit though but those here for the wrong reasons, I’m kinda glad they did quit. We don’t need them hanging around and messing things up right!

Appreciate your visit and welcome to my blog. Always nice to see a new face and hear what they have to say as well. Enjoy your week.

~Adrienne

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154 Mitch Mitchell
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June 9, 2014 at 7:51 PM

Adrienne, I’m going two ways here; always the guy whose got to be different, right? :-)

I will totally agree with you on this point; blogging isn’t easy. That you’ve been able to do it for 5 years, and congratulations on that by the way, doesn’t mean it’s always been easy, just that you’ve had the perseverance to do it and the knowledge of doing it to never run out of anything to say.

I don’t necessarily agree with all the things you listed as being bad advice. Some of it is, but not all of it. For instance, back in the day it was known that Google pretty much ignored posts under 250 words, so that wasn’t bad advice at the time. The thing about not writing more than 500 words worked for people who weren’t practiced with telling stories and, let’s face it, that’s about as long as most people can write anyway. lol

The write about anything recommendation; well, I’ve been living that one for almost 9 years now so obviously I don’t think that’s bad advice, though the added caveat is to write about something you know, even if you’re all over the place, and unless you’re trying to make money in a certain field, which not all of us are, at least not on every blog.

The content versus design thing… I’ve always subscribed to that one also, as long as the blog theme doesn’t overwhelm the senses with funky colors and tons of popups; you know how much I hate those things.

There’s a couple more but I think I’ll have made my point that the “bad” isn’t necessarily bad for everyone. It always depends on what one’s goals are; at least that’s how I see it.
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155 Adrienne Smith
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June 9, 2014 at 8:54 PM

Hey Mitch,

Yep, blogging isn’t easy and it’s not just the writing as we very well know.

I think it has a lot to do with why you’re here too. For instance if this is just a hobby for some people or they don’t care about things like traffic to their sites, social interaction, etc. then it really doesn’t matter about some of this advice. For most of us though trying to build a business that can put a damper on trying to move forward and actually get some good results.

Now when I use to write articles they recommended between 250 and 500, that was accepted back in those days but for some reason not so much with blog posts.

I wish I could write about anything off the top of my head but that wouldn’t fly on this blog. My point here is that I know a particular company still in business today that started by telling people just sign up with us and you can blog about anything you like. You’ll do great but they were selling a service for a particular business and that was a bold face lie.

The crazy themes and stuff can really give you a major headache. It’s hard to read posts when their themes are so bad. LOL!!!

I agree that some of this advice for those not here to build a business may not exactly be all bad. But you know why I am here and why some of this can just be bad stuff. Hey, I’m glad I stuck it out anyway and after five years I’m still here. ;-)

Great to see you Mitch, I know you’ve been so busy lately but nice of you to drop by. You have a great week okay!

~Adrienne

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156 Nanda Rahmanius
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June 10, 2014 at 4:07 AM

Hi Adrienne,

You have an interesting post title!
Indeed, these advices are only valid in the past, since the changing times, blogging ways also changing drastically as well.

I also often receive some of these advice before, but I don’t use it because I realize it can not be applied anymore. We must continue to learn to be better :)

Thanks for sharing this with us, Adrienne.
Do have a wonderful week ahead.

Nanda
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157 Adrienne Smith
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June 10, 2014 at 8:42 AM

Hi Nanda,

I’m not so sure this is just from the past because I heard the same week I wrote this that someone had received some of the same advice. I just shook my head wondering why others were still sharing this. One of them was on a webinar and was told they could grab the photos from Google for free. Can you imagine!

I think we all have to learn as we go along and that’s really all we can do.

Thanks for your visit and hope you’re enjoying your week.

~Adrienne

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158 Glenn Shepherd
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June 12, 2014 at 6:24 AM

Hi Adrienne,

How’s it going? I’m a bit behind with visiting everyone’s blogs due to being unwell for a few days but I’m feeling much better now so trying to catch up.

This is an excellent post and addresses some important issues. There really is some terrible advice given at times, both regards to blogging and also other areas of business. One of the worst I’ve seen is this: it isn’t necessary to engage your audience and build relationships with them. I mean, WHAT!?? No matter how you look at it, all successful business have some kind of relationship with their audience and customers in some way or another. To say that it isn’t necessary is ludicrous.

By the way, you’ll be pleased to know that the sun is finally out here – yay! I woke up this morning and could see nothing but blue sky from my bedroom window when I opened my eyes. It’s been a while! lol!

»Glenn«
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159 Adrienne Smith
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June 12, 2014 at 8:40 AM

Hey Glenn,

Oh I’m so sorry about you being under the weather. I know the feeling my friend. I had a horrible allergy attack this past Friday evening and it had me down all day Saturday. Not that was anything close to that you probably had but I just know how it feels being under the weather and not being able to function fully. I hope you’re better now and I appreciate your visit.

The bad advice is continuously spewing out there isn’t it? Someone told me that they were on a webinar and that person told them you could grab your photos from Google because they were free! I can’t believe someone is saying that’s okay to people who are new and don’t know any better yet. The advice you got is horrible. I can’t believe someone said that too! You’re right though, what business has not built relationships with their audience to keep them coming back for more? Oh my gosh…

Well congratulations and I bet you’re in heaven. I hope the weather is so nice that you’re able to get out and enjoy the day while you can. Bless your heart, I would not be able to live some place where it rains all the time. LOL!!! I’d go nuts Glenn.

Hey thanks for your visit and take good care of yourself okay! We want you in tip top shape. ;-)

~Adrienne

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160 Chery Schmidt
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June 12, 2014 at 10:13 PM

Hello Adrienne, Wow 560 posts in 5 years.. How did you ever keep track of them all? I have no idea how many that I have written.

I am sure we all have had those who have given us bad advice HUH? I have even purchased blogging courses that stunk. The best advice that I have recieved is from visiting and reading others blogs such as yours here. We can learn so much from each other, I to have met some great friends in the past few years.. Keep up the great work and thanks for all you do.. Chery :))
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161 Adrienne Smith
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June 13, 2014 at 8:43 AM

Hi Chery,

Actually it was a little over 600 since I deleted those because I did write them and they were up for years. LOL!!! Oh finding how many you wrote is easy if you have WordPress. Just click on “Posts” and the number will be at the top of the page. There will be four columns which will say All (how many you have), Published (how many you actually published) Scheduled (how many you have scheduled to publish) and then Drafts (what hasn’t been published).

I’ve bought a few of those courses too or they had the same information I’ve already learned although they promised it had more that I didn’t know. Yeah, right! I did learn a lot from other blogs though which is why I decided to take this particular route. I was just in awe of all the people who were freely giving away such great advice and I was learning more from them then any of the courses I had taken up to that point. I’m glad you’ve met some amazing people, made some great friendships and learned a lot along the way. Including from me too! ;-)

Thank you Chery for your comment and I appreciate it. Have a great weekend as well.

~Adrienne

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162 Jeri June 13, 2014 at 9:03 PM

I think any of us who stick with blogging could write a book on the subject and all that we learn. Learning how to effectively run a blog incorporates so many practical skills. If I was still teaching, I would certainly make the case for students to develop blogs that would meet a ton of learning standards in the process.

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163 Adrienne Smith
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June 13, 2014 at 10:07 PM

Hi Jeri,

I think so too since there is just so much to it with the initial set up, maintenance, upkeep and then writing that’s involved. I’m glad that some of my readers didn’t have any bad experiences but for those that did they sure can help others detour from making those same mistakes.

Thanks for your comment Jeri and good to see you again. Have a wonderful weekend.

~Adrienne

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164 Joy Healey
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June 16, 2014 at 9:20 AM

Hi Adrienne

I wish I’d found your post about two years ago, before I fell for most of those misconceptions (although I never imagined I’d make $1,000s without effort).

I think my biggest blunder was my innocent delight at getting my first SPAM comment – telling me how “wonderful” my blog was. I was so pleased someone/anyone had found my blog LOL

I have dragged myself through so many blog crises over the last few years that it makes me shudder to think of them. And there’s so much conflicting advice “out there”.

Although i have so much still to learn, I have found a great and supportive community of bloggers and now know what to aim for!

Thanks for your great example and lessons.

Joy
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165 Adrienne Smith
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June 16, 2014 at 9:50 AM

Hi Joy,

I wish I’d found this type of information as well Joy, it hasn’t been the most fun having to go back and clean things up.

I too was excited about my first comment having no frickin clue that it was spam. I felt so stupid later on when I understood what spam really was. Duh!!!

That’s what I hate the most I guess is that there is still plenty of conflicting advice being shared online still to this day. I don’t understand why really unless they are just scammers trying to get your money is some form or fashion.

I’m so happy to hear that, it’s great being connected with so many amazing people who are here to accomplish the same things and support one another. I love hearing that.

Thank you for your comment Joy and I appreciate you sharing this with me. I wish you the best moving forward.

~Adrienne

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166 Paul Back October 24, 2014 at 8:05 PM

Hey Adrienne

I think we can all relate to terrible blogging advice – there’s so much information out there, and most of it is horribly wrong or misleading.

What is even worse, is most people have an agenda – the SEO guy will harp on about keywords and how they are the most important thing for you and your blog, the social media guru will tell you that all you need for your blog to succeed is their Facebook engagement plan.

Personally for me. the worst advice I ever heard was to create keyword rich articles and post 3-5 times a week – and when I was really new I didn’t know any better. I even paid for this “advice” :P

Now I know a hell of a lot more and it still surprises me to see some downright wrong advice out there – and it makes me sad to think other poor souls are falling for it. This is actually one of the reasons I started my new blog – I want people to have a genuine resource for bloggers, without the B.S.

There is nothing wrong with selling or using marketing as a blogger – in fact I am 100% for it. But I think people should be ethical and moral, blogging is such a fantastic opportunity to do the right thing by people.

You can do that and make a great profit at the same time, its 180 degree turn from the big corporate world that does everything to cram a product down your throat and after the sale you become an annoyance.

Those sort of tactics pale in comparison in the level of care, service and empathy a blogger can bring to the table ( not too mention how much higher the quality of work is)

I have to be honest and say this is the first time I have seen your blog, but your warmth and genuine passion is pretty evident straight away and I feel comfortable here – this is a fantastic blog and a great post – Thanks

Paul Back

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167 Adrienne Smith
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October 25, 2014 at 5:51 PM

Hi Paul,

First off, welcome to my blog and it’s very nice to have you stop by. Sorry for my late response, I was out of town today and just got back. I do hate to be late responding to comments but family duties were on the agenda for today.

You are SO right, everyone has an opinion and it depends on what they are doing online as to whether or not that’s good advice for you or not. We aren’t all doing the same thing darn it. I remember the keyword rich articles but luckily for the posting five times a week, I just refused to do that. I would have burnt myself out big time.

That just breaks my heart and it’s another reason I don’t get terribly upset when I see people doing things so terribly wrong because I KNOW they got some really horrible advice from someone they probably thought was steering them in the right direction. That’s why I’m so passionate about helping others because we’ve all been there right.

I agree, we are all here to make a living but I think when you give and give and give because you care about people then we don’t mind when you sell something to us because we know you would never steer us wrong. To overly do it though it definitely annoying and when you abandon us after the fact, well expect to get a horrible review moving forward. It’s just going to happen when you treat people that way.

Awwwww, I’m truly touched by your kind words. Thank you so very much and I REALLY love helping people. I really do and all I can do is share my experiences and hopefully help others not go down that same path or help them with what I know for a fact does work. I really appreciate your kind comment so thank you for that. You are welcome any old time you’d like to stop by. I definitely have plenty to share. ;-)

Thanks Paul and hope you’re enjoying your weekend.

~Adrienne

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168 Paul Back October 25, 2014 at 8:45 PM

Hey Adrienne

Thanks for the warm welcome, I have now subscribed so you’ll be seeing more of me in the future.

I love your outlook, and I got into blogging for the same reasons. I want people to help people not make the same costly mistakes as I did – and make them aware of the possibilities they have. You don’t have to be stuck working a job you hate, there are options.

Anyway I’m looking forward to checking out more of your blog.

Paul Back

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169 Adrienne Smith
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October 26, 2014 at 11:27 AM

Hey Paul,

I saw that and thank you. I’m thrilled to have you part of the family and please know that I’m here for you okay! If you need anything, just drop me an email okay! As I said, I’m here to help and no strings attached. :-)

I’m SO happy to hear that you think the same way about helping others. I honestly believe that there are so many wonderful people online today that have the same big hearts and are willing to help others. I know that I attract a lot of those people because that’s where my mindset is focused, on meeting other people who are aligned with my own thinking. Then I attract those that have been looking for someone just like me! I just love that.

Thank you for letting me know and I appreciate that. By the way, be sure to check out my commenting rules and the next time you stop by be sure to leave your blog link instead okay! That’s the way we get you connecting with others, sound good! ;-)

Have a fabulous day now.

~Adrienne

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