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17 Lies Expert Bloggers Love To Tell You When You Start Blogging

17 Lies Expert Bloggers Love To Tell You When You Start Blogging
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Are you following bloggers you think are certified experts in their fields? Have you felt like everything they say are true? Did you ever think they really care about you? How about telling you now this isn’t true at all? Frustrating, isn’t it?

This scenario is common to new bloggers like you. You are excited about the whole blogging adventure. You are searching for expert bloggers based from the rankings of Kissmetrics or Blogmetrics. You think the top 10 blogs are worth following. You keep hoarding information what you think is good for you and your blog. You are in the mood of exploring overwhelming tactics provided by your expert bloggers you followed for a short period of time. Perhaps, you are taking notes of every word they said from their tutorials and webinars.

“Hey, want to earn a stable income from your blog?” “Increase your blog traffic using my strategies that worked really well in my blog,” “The number one thing you need to increase traffic for your blog is this,” “Enroll to my course for $$$$ and I’ll teach you how to make your first $1K,” “Want to get 1K subscribers within X months?”

Are these statements familiar to you? These are too good to be true promises from expert bloggers but a fool like you believe them.

That was me last year. When I started serious blogging in 2015, I was in a rush searching for what is possible for me on the web. I was daydreaming all the time of what kind of success could I have through blogging. I searched for expert bloggers, studied their blogs, and followed them by subscribing them.

I read at least 20 emails from them every single day thinking I could learn something from them, thinking everything they say are all true. But in the end, when I finally realized that only 40% of their words are trustworthy, I woke up frustrated.

To avoid that, I’ll tell you the 17 lies expert bloggers love to tell you when you start blogging.

1. When you start blogging, planning will come after buying web domain and web hosting package.

This is the most common statement every expert blogger will say, “After purchasing a web domain and hosting package, it’s time for you to set your blog and plan your target audience.”

However, what usually happen is, most new bloggers choose their domain name like they wanted to without really knowing the consequence of choosing a bad name mismatching their personality and their target audience.

Most of the time, they ended up confused whether or not change their domain name because it doesn’t match their niche. But they have already spend a hundred bucks. It’s better to plan your goal of setting your blog before buying any hosting package. Better know what you’re spending for.

2. Blogging is a simple hobby.

When blogosphere was coined in 1999 by Brad Graham and re-coined by William Quick three years after, the act of blogging dramatically spread throughout the global community and massive production of blogs existed. That was when blogging is a simple journal writing activity.

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But now, blogging is a new form of business. When you opt to earn something from your blog, then, blogging is never a simple hobby. Try to ask the craft bloggers or tech bloggers, they love what they’re doing, it’s their hobby. But for sure, they will tell you that blogging is never simple.

As a new blogger, you don’t have resources yet since you’re still learning. Lessons to learn from WordPress basics, plugins, setting your about page, contact page, and all the other important pages to set up, your first 10 worth-sharing blog posts, image editing or designing for social media sharing, replying to audience’s comments, setting up your social media links, so on. Imagine doing this alone for the whole month. Tell me if blogging is simple.

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    3. You can be a successful blogger if you start blogging alone.

    This can be true. A lot of expert bloggers are doing this. The result? One of them was taken to the hospital due to fatigue and worse, complications brought by negative stress. I am not scaring you. But if you think you can be the jack of all trades and you can be successful like Steve Jobs by being alone, then you’re probably the most insane person I ever met.

    My blogging experience of doing everything alone was a huge mistake. I was thinking I can be successful without the need of everybody. I was too arrogant. At the end, I was a failure and now, started over again twice. Now, I’m with a team. I have my fiance with me handling the online shop and my sister for the videos and photos. We’re three of us working together in our site.

    4. You can simply publish posts every day with almost anything to make the blog run.

    If blogging can run as simple as that, I should’ve been taking vacation in Bahamas or perhaps in the Caribbean. Seriously, if every bloggers who have been writing blog posts five to seven times a week and telling everyone they’re successful, it’s idiotic.

    If a blogger encourages you to write four to five times a week to increase your blog productivity and traffic, it’s unbelievable. At all. To make the blog run, you should not just focus on creation. It’s always 80-20. Your 20% should be spent with creation and the rest will be for promotion.

    Promotion of your blog posts is a must. Be active on social media and make your audience feel you’re a human. These make your blogging highly leveraged. The number of blog posts is not the whole basis of a successful blogging venture, but the engagement of your audience is.

    5. The more you posts you publish, the higher traffic you will have.

    The higher the blog posts published in a week does not assure you for a high traffic. I did the same with my previous blog. I wrote five times a week with at least 900 words to 2,000 words maximum. I observed my traffic was just in the average of 50 page views per day or less. What is worse, I suffered from severe migraine and depression.

    It is not the number of blog posts that measure the successful blog, it is the number of times you promoted your post and the length of time you commented from other blogs answering their questions with an attached link of your site.

    6. When you start blogging, getting a high traffic should be your first goal.

    No. I have heard a lot of expert bloggers saying that all time when I started blogging myself. They always tell me to increase traffic to earn high traction from the audience. Yeah, it is good to have a high traffic. But it is not the assurance of getting income or authority from your niche if you only consider high traffic as your concern.

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    The high traffic is a big help to Google indexing, ranking in Kissmetrics and Blogmetrics, but you cannot assure getting the “right” people to your email list and earn passive income if you only depend on this. I tell you.

    7. You can defeat the power of SEO if you have a killer content.

    Bill Gates’ famous statement “Content is king.” Yes, it’s true. You can create an epic post with 3,000 words. You can be so proud of doing it. You are thinking a lot of people will read it. You are thinking the importance of SEO will not be as highly considered because you just did an epic content.

    A lot of expert bloggers are telling this. Perhaps, you have encountered somebody saying “You can assure great traffic if you have an epic post. I publish only once a week but I always have high traffic.” Did you wonder how they do that?

    It’s the power of Search Engine Optimization (SEO) folks! It’s not just your epic content that contributed to the high ranking of your post but the SEO. If your headline, meta description, your content, your permalink have the focus keywords is a great content.

    8. You can always depend on guest blogging to increase your blog traffic.

    This depends on the site. All expert bloggers out there will tell you to encourage guest blogging as many times as you can to assure high traffic. But no, I did the same for several times now but my traffic is the same. I don’t even see changes in the audience engagement after doing it.

    It is not the number of guest blogging opportunities that can help you with your blog, but it is the number of audience the site has.

    9. Searching for guest blogging opportunities will cost you one friendly conversation with another blogger.

    Oh, with the previous point, I forgot, you can’t just email a blogger “Hey, your blog is really awesome and my niche is related to yours. I’d like to guest post in your site about  “[YOUR TOPIC]” that your audience will love.” once. You can’t just randomly send them an email for such a request from a stranger like you.

    To get in successfully, it’s not that easy. You need to have a conversation with them like real people and try to request. Build business relationship with them. If they find you really trustworthy, they will say yes. It will take you around a week of emailing or several Twitter or Facebook chats to make this possible (based from personal experience).

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      10. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to start blogging.

      If you think you can start blogging for free and expect a huge return of investment (ROI) like huge traffic, high conversion rates, high income, throw that idea because it’s rubbish. Many of the expert bloggers I followed for the past 7 months are reminding me to enroll to their courses to make a fast growth of my blog.

      Each course costs around $300 for one payment and the other are around $700 for the whole year. It’s a lot of money! But they assure you everything inside their courses are valuable. The cheapest course I enrolled was Jon Morrow’s Serious Blogging Only for $1 for the first month and $47 for the next month.

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      Imagine, when I started blogging, I thought I could have a huge ROI if I invested with nothing. I started with a free site from WordPress dot com (not the dot org) with a free theme. What is more ridiculous, I expected high results from my zero investment.

      That’s crazy. But that changed when I started serious blogging, spent almost $100 for the web hosting package, so on. I’ve learned a lot from my incredible and awesome craziness.

      11. Their strategies are always effective regardless what niche you are in.

      This was my thinking when I started blogging. Many of the expert bloggers remind their audience to enroll to their courses because they are highly valuable and results are outstanding. Some of them do. I have tried their strategies on how to increase traffic and make influence to the world through my blog, but only 40% of them are effective. The strategies will matter to what your niche is.

      I was in a writing niche, I have no progress with blogging at all using what they told me. I shifted to another niche, I still don’t have progress. It is because they taught strategies based on their niche “blogging.”

      Folks, before enrolling to a course the expert blogger is offering you, always keep in mind to see their results from other bloggers. Check what niche they are in whether she belongs to your group or not.

      Let’s say you’re a food blogger, most of the students who gave a good review of the course are blogging about blogging, then you have to doubt if it’s really effective to you as a food blogger, too.

      12. You can earn from your blog easily if you create opt-ins.

      Opt-ins are the sign up boxes on the site every blogger asks in exchange of something really incredible for free. If you see boxes containing “Sign up for our updated weekly newsletter” on the sidebar or in the top bar, these are opt-ins.

      Expert bloggers love recommending their audience of installing opt-ins to their blogs to create a huge list. Well, it does good to new bloggers. In fact, I encourage it to assure myself to have the right people to my services and to new bloggers like you as well. But, what is wrong is a lot of the new bloggers expect they could earn immediately from this list they just created for their blog.

      Let me tell you straight, you cannot assure great income from your list after you installed it in your site. You need to prove your expertise and consistent communication with your email subscribers before you could start earning from the people inside your list.

      13. You can earn from your blog if you start creating services as soon as possible.

      This another expert blogger fail. You cannot create services as soon as you start blogging. You are too fresh to create services. You don’t even know what niche is and how it affects your blog. It will take you time before you could think about the services you will offer to your target audience.

      Think about what your field of expertise is before offering anything to them. This was my huge mistake. I don’t know to whom am I serving or to whom am I talking to. Yet, I started a service which I think is cool. But it wasn’t.

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        14. Knowing your blog niche is easy.

        Everyone thinks discovering your blog niche is easy. But it’s not. It took me months of searching my own creative niche before finalizing everything with a clear goal. It will take you a lot of experimentation and research before you can find your awesome target market for your blog.

        Without a clear niche for your blog, you will have a confusing blogging venture and blurry chances of success. Take time to know your unique niche to start with and move forward. I know how it feels like you are doubting your own expertise and it’s shown to your blog as well. I never noticed that but when I scrolled to my previous blogs, I saw my faults. Without a clear niche, I can tell you, you will not be a successful blogger. Seriously.

        15. Your blog can survive for long time niche-less.

        This is the major mistake every new blogger is doing. A lot of expert bloggers are encouraging this, too. Every year, there are around 150 million blogs published, yet they existed for some months and die. Out of the 150 million, only 25 million can survive. The reason? They all boil down with blog niche. If you don’t have a clear niche, you will have low chances of getting noticed and make influence against the other 25 million blogs exist on the web.

        16. If your blog niche is well-established, you are ready for a passive income.

        I always tell this to my posts that the results of blogging will not take effect after a week or even a month of blogging. It will take some time before your expected and desired results will be seen. The same thing with passive income. It does mean that as soon as you start blogging with your well-established niche, you are ready to earn your first passive income. It will take time.

        17. They love you and they care for you and your needs 24/7.

        “We really care about your business and your blogging needs.. so enroll to our awesome course because it contains all valuable modules that will really help your blog to boost online.” This is what they always tell you, right? Well, they say that to me, too, all the time.

        Just a tip, if you really want to know they are really concern about you and your blogging needs, send them a random email, a Facebook message, or a tweet, and see if they will reply. I assure you, out of 10 expert bloggers, only 1 or 2 of them will reply. Try it yourself and you will know what I’m talking about.

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        Published on July 27, 2021

        15 Smart Video Conferencing Etiquette Tips to Follow

        15 Smart Video Conferencing Etiquette Tips to Follow
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        During the pandemic, video conferencing replaced in-person meetings and has now become the standard option for business meetings. Over the past 17 months, most workers have gotten past the video conferencing learning curve with Zoom or Microsoft Teams (or their platform of choice).

        But just as with in-person meetings, attention can wax and wane. Some say we’re just not used to staring at ourselves so much on the screen. Instead of fixating on that, try employing smart video conferencing etiquette, or you may risk indiscretions that will flag you as a slacker.

        Put the Pro in Professional

        After more than a year of fine-tuning, here are the new rules of video conferencing etiquette.

        1. Mute Your Mobile and Other Devices

        The first video conference etiquette you need to know is muting your other devices. Just as in the pre-COVID days, someone’s obnoxious ring tone blaring Taylor Swift’s newest single in the middle of a meeting is also an annoyance if it happens during a Zoom meeting and so is the inevitable fumbling to turn off the sound. Even the apologies to the group get tiresome.

        Also, when notifications are activated on the computer that you’re using for the meeting, the incoming message takes over the audio and you’ll miss out on snippets of the conversation. Be sure to eliminate this possible faux pas.

        2. Dress the Part

        While working from home, you may have fallen into the habit of slipping on your comfiest T-shirt each day. Hey, no judgments! But before you log on to your video conference, try to make an effort with your appearance.

        Depending on your company culture and the importance of your meeting, consider dressing the part of the professional whom you wish to project. It will help you feel more self-assured, and others will likely take you more seriously.

        For women, wear light make-up, put on earrings, and make sure your blouse is crisply pressed. For men, show up freshly shaved. Wearing a crisp collared shirt in a solid color will usually suffice.

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        Pro Tip: Stay away from wearing white or black, unless those colors look great on you. Consider wearing light blue or brown instead.

        3. Stage Your Workspace

        Have you noticed the backdrops of experts interviewed on news shows? Bookshelves and photographs are carefully curated, and no busy-patterned furniture or artwork is in sight.

        Take note of what appears behind you when you choose the location of your video conferences. Piles of junk mail on the table or stacks of folded laundry on the couch will convey more about your personal life than you care to share. Make sure you remove clutter from the camera’s eye, and present a tidy, orderly workspace to your colleagues, coworkers, and bosses.

        4. Put Some Thought Into Lighting and Perspective

        Be aware that in a video conference, your computer camera can actually make you look up to ten pounds heavier depending on where you sit. But you can easily drop those added pounds by moving back from the screen to diminish the wide-angle distortion.

        Frame your head on the screen by tilting the screen up or down. Also, it’s best to not place yourself in front of a window or bright light, which makes you appear in shadow. Instead, face the light source, moving it (or yourself) until you have a flattering amount of illumination. You can also purchase some small spotlights that allow you to add light as needed.

        Pro Tip: If your lights add too much redness to your skin, consider counter-balancing with a green filter.

        Remember That Half of Life Is Showing Up

        5. Arrive on Time

        In the old days of in-person meetings, it was nearly impossible to slip in late into a meeting unnoticed. In today’s video conferences, logging in late still shows poor form. Instead, strive to arrive five minutes early and get yourself settled.

        Once the meeting is underway, the host may be less attentive about late arrivals waiting to be let in. Diverting the host’s attention away from the meeting with a tardy entry request is the ultimate giveaway that you didn’t honor the schedule. If you don’t want a black mark against you, log in on time.

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        6. Turn on Your Video

        Few people like to see their face on the screen, but buck up and turn on your camera in video conferences. In most cases, it’s better to be a face on a screen than a name in a blank square. Your statements will be more memorable when other meeting attendees can see you.

        If you need to turn off the video, either because of a poor connection, some commotion in the room, or a need for a quick break, give a short explanation via the chat feature. Then, go back on video as soon as you’re able.

        Pro Tip: Keep your explanation for your departure pithy. “Sorry! Doorbell rang. Back in five” says it all. Be sure to honor what you say in chat and really do return in five minutes.

        7. Plan Ahead Before Sharing Your Screen

        Don’t be one of those people who makes everyone else wait as you click through folders in search of a document. That’s just poor video conferencing etiquette. If you know you’ll need to share a document or video on your screen, prepare by pulling it out of its folder and onto your desktop. Also, clean up the files and folders on your desktop to reduce clutter and facilitate easy access. Close other programs like chat, calendar notifications, and email. Disable pop-up notifications to ensure there’ll be no unforeseen distractions.

        Be sure to remind the host before the meeting that you’ll need them to activate the screen-sharing function. Show courtesy once you’re finished by hitting “stop share” to return to the screen with participants.

        Attend to the Pesky Details

        8. Make Sure That Meetings Remain Right-Sized

        With the easy accessibility of video conferencing, it can be tempting to extend the meeting invitation beyond the core group and include everyone peripherally involved in a project. But just as with in-person meetings, the more people involved, the more unwieldy the meeting becomes.

        Use good judgment when asking others to sit through a video conference so that you don’t needlessly take up others’ time and so that participants can be fully engaged.

        9. Remember to “Unmute” Before You Speak

        Most of us are likely able to count on one hand the number of video conferences when someone didn’t have to be reminded, “You’re on mute!” Forgetting to unmute before speaking has become one of the most common missteps in video conferencing.[1]

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        Show everyone your impeccable video-conferencing poise by managing your mute feature with flawless control.

        10. Stay on Point to Keep the Meeting Length in Check

        As with in-person meetings, an agenda with assigned time limits for discussions remains necessary to keep a meeting focused. Data shows, however, that video conferencing can actually reduce meeting time.[2] Reasons include the elimination of commuting time and the ability to screen share and annotate to keep everyone on task.

        Additionally, side conversations are virtually impossible with video conferencing now that you can no longer have back-and-forth exchanges with the person beside you.

        Pro Tip: If you’re running the meeting, let attendees know in advance the protocol for the chat feature. Is it okay for them to “chat among themselves” or not? (See point 11, as well.)

        Talking Has a Time and a Place

        11. Chat Appropriately

        Just like side conversations or texting in an in-person meeting, the use of the chat feature during a video conference can be disrespectful unless it’s directed to all participants. Hence, it’s good video conferencing etiquette to mind your use of the chat.

        At the start of the meeting, you may want to ask the host if it’s alright for participants to use the chat feature. This allows them to disable it if they choose. Used appropriately, it can be a helpful tool to clarify or amplify an earlier point once the conversation has moved on or to let the group know that you need to sign off early (and why).

        12. Use the “Raise Hand” Feature to Avoid Interruptions

        The slight lag in many video conferences can result in speaking over another person if you attempt to jump into a conversation. To avoid this awkward interruption, indicate when you have something to add to the discussion with the raise-your-hand feature that signals the host you would like to speak. This effective meeting management device makes video conferencing run more smoothly, especially with a large group, but it must be activated and monitored by the host.

        Pro Tip: For meetings of six to ten people, sometimes the old-fashioned raising of your physical hand may be the best option. But it’s up to the meeting host. Ask them what they would prefer, and follow that.

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        13. Don’t Record the Session or Take Photos Without Prior Permission

        In this case, not sharing is caring. The “sharing culture” made popular through social media has little place in video conferencing. Before recording a meeting or capturing a screenshot of the participants, always ask for consent in advance from the full roster of attendees. Knowing that a video conference will be photographed or recorded could have a bearing on what others are willing to discuss.

        Manage Yourself

        14. Minimize Distractions

        While de-activating audio and video features can keep distractions from affecting the other participants, you will need to manage noise and disruptions on your end to give your full attention to the meeting.

        Move out of high-traffic zones in your home, keep your door closed, and ask family members to be considerate.

        15. Save Snacking for Later

        Save snacking for later—or earlier. Eating while on video conference is a no-no. Munching in front of the group while close to the camera—as you are when video conferencing—subjects the participants to an up-close and (too) personal view of your food consumption process.

        However, it’s perfectly fine to sip quietly from a glass of water or cup of coffee or tea. If the meeting threatens to last for more than two hours, you may want to ask the host in advance to schedule a five-minute break at the halfway point.

        Final Thoughts

        Even though bosses are now beginning to ask workers to spend some of their workdays on-site, up to 80 percent will permit employees to work remotely at least part of the time, which means more video conferencing in your future.[3] Mastering these video conferencing etiquette tips will help you dial in—as well as dial back—your participation and demonstrate your unwavering level of engagement to the team.

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