Why Darren’s Blogging Method Doesn’t Work For Me
Lessons Learned From THE ProBlogger
Almost 2 years ago when I joined the SITS Girls 31 days to a better blog challenge, I learned amazing strategies from Darren’s book. Some of them I implemented, some of them I didn’t. But that’s how it is when you learn from others. You pick and choose what methods works for you. You take their guidance and build your foundation and then continue building as you develop your own methods.
They say a good way to be as successful as the guy with the 6 figure income is to copy exactly what he did. But I can’t go that route. Not that I wouldn’t like a 6 figure income cause I’d be a bloody fool to not, but because I, like many, have the need to do our own damn thing. But again, I’m not stupid, and when a pro gives you good advice, you take it!
One thing that has stuck with me that I learned from Darren, from either his book or his blog, I can’t remember, is the importance of not confusing your audience, or at least that’s how my brain processed what I learned.
And I’m giving y’all this from memory, so if i’m incorrect in my retelling please let me know.
Anyway, just like my blog in it’s early stages, Darren’s blog covered a few of his interests. As the blog grew he realized that some categories were popular with some readers and others were popular with other readers. This lead Darren to create topic specific blogs and he did great with it. I figured I’d give it a go too. Make my blogs niche specific.
So, besides the affiliate blogs, I have this blog and my personal blog and the DIY business blog that I just haven’t had time for. I recently realized the need for a 4th blog. And then I asked myself, when the hell am I ever going to find time for that?
Importance of the Daily Blog Post
Another important lesson I learned from Darren is the importance of blogging everyday.
I mean, for my BLOGS, the ones that i put my name on, I need them to have ME in them. I need whatever I personally want to share, whether it’s personal or business, to have ME in it. And those who read this blog regularly know that when i blog about something that’s actually trending, it purely accidental. I either blog about whatever is on my mind or to fill a need i recently came across. How can I do that for 4 blogs? Shit, do I even have that much in my head on a daily basis?
Because of this and the latest Panda update, this blog has been repeatedly bitch slapped. This one’s my baby, so changes need to be made.
Time to consolidate the blogs.
The affiliate sites are coming down, since the Google update requires them to have more content, I have absolutely no time for it. I’ve got way too much client work to have time to write more content for affiliate sites that I have no passion for.
But this blog, my personal blog, the DIY blog for my local market and the 4th blog I’d like to put up, are ALL ME. Even the DIY blog which should be focused on my local creative clients is ME. Coming from my industry experience.
I need to focus on these.
But four blogs?
The DIY blog barely has one post up. Not even a custom designed theme yet.
So how am I going to do this?
Finding a New Way to be a Pro Blogger
I’ll tell you how I’m going to do it.
I’m bringing the personal blog back to this blog. So, along with my do-shit-this-way posts, you’ll get a good dose of ME.
I’m going to combine the DIY blog and the 4th blog (yes I’m not revealing this one yet, but it’s something my clients keep asking me for).
Hell, maybe I’ll get more than 4 hours of sleep a night.
True I’m not doing it the pro way as Darren has guided us with his fabulous book that’s been proven to work, but I sure as hell am doing it MY way.
It’s going to be challenging in the SEO sense, as I’ll be diluting my blog’s keywords which will hurt me more than the Google slap did in search engine ranking.
I’m hoping y’all will stick around. I’m hoping readers from these combined blogs will get to know each other through the commenting section and be exposed to other bloggers to connect with.
I’m hoping the new design I’m working on will help avoid confusion.
Two insider updates I want to share before I end this post.
1) The ebook is done. Editing stage is next. I was hoping to publish tomorrow, but I decided to step back from everything this week so I can clear my mind about this whole consolidation thing.
2) I recently worked out a great giveaway retailed at $3K. It being $3k is not what makes it great. What makes it great is that so many of my blogging sistahs could benefit from it as I have been. Nope, I’ll say no more. Just be sure to sign up for the RSS Feed so you don’t miss out on the easy entry.
So that’s all for now peeps. Have an awesome week!
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