10/09/2013

An Open Letter to Newly-Ushered Bloggers



This is a guest post compiled by +kingsley agu   for OgbongeBlog

Dear New Bloggers,

Blogging can really be a good source of income if you know what you’re actually doing in the starting point, but according to a survey, there were 215,675,903 functional blogs online in 2009 alone, and more blogs are constantly joining this crowd of websites, including your own new addition.

This goes to show that there is a fierce competition on the internet and when you as a new blogger don’t know the exact principles and strategies that currently exists in the blogosphere at the moment and which to follow; then you might find it hard ever making money online.


With that said, I came up with this post to show you what you should endeavour to do first before any other thing in the blogosphere. These things will help you get better traffic and possibly make you money if you endeavour to follow them religiously.

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So these are the 4 things you must do first -

  •  Add Profound Value to Your Blog First
 “The Internet makes money for you when you build something that is real and when it matters to people” - Darren Rowse

This is very vital, so don’t neglect to do this option tirelessly.

When you have started doing a lot of guest blogging and blog commenting, people will surely visit your blog, but what will keep them coming back is the value you add to your blog.

This value are in terms of the quality of posts you have on your blog; whether they solve readers problems or not, all these are the factors that determines whether people will stay or never come back to your blog.

Therefore as a newbie, focusing on solving your readers’ problem first will allow you tackle problems and find solutions to them. These solutions are usually what will bring you more knowledge and make you the go-to guy for that area of blogging that you cover.
  •  Read Like Your Life Depends On It
 One of the mistakes I made during the period I newly started blogging was not taking reading as a serious approach in blogging. I hardly read top bloggers’ posts in my niche then, even though what they teach are basically what can improve my blog traffic and conversions if I applied them.

However, it was later I started reading everything I could lay my hands on in my niche, I subscribed to numerous top blog’s email lists, read every posts they posted, practicalize what I read in everyway possible et cetera., and later, I started to notice that I began to have more knowledge pertaining my niche than I used to have before when I was just posting on my blog only.

Likewise, in case you’re not reading everything about your niche now, then you should probably start today.

For example, you can check Problogger.net for beginners guide to blogging; Viperchill.com for SEO and affiliate marketing tips; Smartpassiveincome.com for tips on making money online.

Also join relevant groups ( eg bloggerslab)  and forums that covers topics pertaining to your niche so that you can increase your knowledge on the topic you’re supposed to blog on.
  •  Start Building Links Consistently
 Links are the life of any blog. Google and lots of other search engines use links pointing to a blog or website to gauge how high they should rank it on their Search Rankings. 

The reason why problogger.net is topping nearly all the top keywords associated with the “blogging” topic is simply as a result of the high quality links pointing straight to Darren Roswe’s blog which might have run into hundred of thousands of links and that’s exactly what Google and other search engines loves.

This means, the more links you get pointing to your blog, the better search engines would rank your blog high for competitive keywords that will bring you more traffic and possibly make you money on the long run.

Apart from publishing quality content on your blog, there are basically 2 ways to increase the links pointing to your own blog in other to rank better on different search engines.

==> Blog Commenting

 This effective strategy is basically leaving thoughtful, well written comments on blogs in other to increase the links pointing to your website. Believe me, this method works very well if you don't abuse it.

Remember to leave good comments that resonates with the topic being discussed on the post you’re leaving the comment. If you ignore this advice, your comments might never see the light of day.

So don’t spam, instead add value to the conversation and the webmaster will surely approve your comments which will translate into backlinks to your blog.

==> Guest Blogging

For those of you who haven’t heard of guest blogging before, it’s the submission of blog content (a blog post) to another blog in other to get backlinks and traffic from that blog straight to your own blog.

This is the same strategy that Bamidele Onibalusi, a Nigerian, used to grow his blog to a PR 4 blog that has now turned into an authority website in the “writing tips” niche.

You also can leverage this strategy and get the same result which Bamidele is enjoying now if you’re willing to guest post furiously on many top blogs out there.

You can easily search Google for sites that accept guest posts in your niche.

  • Start an Email List For Your Blog - NOW!
Like the old saying, “The money is in the list”. This can’t be overemphasized enough. The people who will end up buying your eBooks, share your contents, promote you freely and make you more money than you can ever imagine are those people in your email list.


So strive to begin one today if you haven’t already gotten one for your blog. These below are 3 top auto-responders in the internet which you can use to grow your email list -

Madmimi - free up to 200 subscribers. Supports rss to email.
Aweber -         Sign up with $1
MailChimp -      (free up to the 2,000th subscriber; I personally use them for all my websites)
Getresponse -     Free for 30 days

In case you’re a newbie and don’t really have any money to spend on blogging at the moment, you can go for Mailchimp.

In conclusion, doing all this will help you stay on track and make you money as quickly as possible.

But Remember:

“Laziness is just like a ‘rocking chair’. You’re obviously doing something (rocking back and forth on it). But you’re going nowhere.”

So if you’re a lazy blogger, then say goodbye to the dream of ever making money online.

Every blogger I know that has gone ahead in their respective niche are hardworking individuals.


On my part, I hardly sleep at night all in the name of blogging. So strive to work hard and sooner or later, blogging will definitely work for you - I assure you, it will.

Don’t Give up.


This post was written by +kingsley agu . He is is a ghostwriter and a blogger. He owns  "Writing Tips Blog" where he teaches people how to get better in writing.


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55 comments:

  1. Anonymous10/09/2013

    Nice one but can entertainment blogger also be guest posting. If yes, how?

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    1. Sure. For example, you can write a guest post for my blog on "10 ways of getting content for an entertainment blog". Just think of topics that blend with the blog where you want to guest post, also making sure it doesn't totally deviate from what you publish on your blog.

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  2. I must admitt i also fall in to the category of not reading other top blogger's post, when i started blogging, but as time goes on i started reading them, and i learnt alot from those blogs . Also building links for your blog is very important, and bloggers who are not building should try and start doning it. Thanks bro jide for sharing this informative post.
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    1. Slow down while building links though because it might have adverse effect on your blog...a post for another day

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  3. Nice and thoughtful post. I seriously agree with the part of guest blogging. I run a big blog I just started www.wesaytech.com

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    1. well done bro. You need to redesign your blog though

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  4. Nice One! Very Interesting letter. It came just in time. I guess every new blogger like me would find this useful. Thanks a lot.

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  5. Thanks for sharing d lettter,it wil really help me

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    1. Thx for stopping by to drop a comment too. Gracias!

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  6. I must say God bless you for this enlightenment, i have been a very serious blogger @ Allbloggersblog, when i got to the point you mention sleepless night, i smiled cause i have not been sleeping, telling me that while i'm working here @ night someone else is @ the other end working, though this often happen when NEPA brings light, this post is seriously a motivation for me to work even more harder.
    Thanks Bro! We'll meet at the top.

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    1. Pls, you have to sleep bro. Don't get sick because of blogging oo

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  7. Even As a blogger for 3 years now, this post has opened my eyes to some things I have left undone for these years. Wana start implementing what I have read so far in this post. Most especially the list building stuff. Obregado To you My Boss Jide.

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    1. Implement them asap bro. Good luck!

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  8. Thanks for sharing this tip but is there a maximum no of blog commenting a week?

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  9. hmmm... I really am impressed. Learnt quite alot. Thanks.

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  10. Nice post boss, kingsley sure did explain alot of things. I wasnt writing guest posts and reading blog posts by probloggers before but now i have learnt to do those to make me improve and become better.

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  11. To be serious this post is surely a blessing to me,,,will start following all dis tips,,thanks very much for this...

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  12. Reading this just made me to be feeling like starting blogging just yesterday!
    Anyway, all the points are not new to me but I am still not taking some seriously like email list....
    Thanks Jide

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  13. Thanks for this motivational post. I will surely put my blog work on jar two.

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  14. nice post Bro. jide..

    guess i av to start implementing these tips On ma Blog.

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  15. Thanks for this post it will really help me a lot, i started my blog 3months ago you can check it out at irawoblog.blogspot.com

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  16. Wow! What more can I say that great? Kudos to the author, Kudos to Jide the chief editor.

    I really didn't take email list building as a solid chunk of goodies in blogging. I think it's high time I started a mailing list.
    Thank you once again for the enlightening article.

    Author @ The latest Info blog.

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  17. Thanks for the post Jide,

    I agree that guest blogging is very important when you start out as a newbie...you have to offer something first.

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  18. Oh thanks bro i just learnt many things from you now
    my blog is jayboss.blogspot.com
    pls visit it and tell me how it looks so that i can touch somethings i have not done.
    Thanks for educating we da learners. I opened mine yesterday.
    May God bless you and your work bro

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  19. Thanks Jide,for the good work,
    pls my blog is slimmerlink.blogspot.com ,kindly review and evaluate my blog posts and platform...God bless

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  20. Hi Jide,

    This is another great post coming from you. The power of blogging can not be over emphasized. Once you are able to provide value for your visitors, making money from your blog becomes easy.

    Jide please check your email for my guest post from agina.ikenna@gmail.com

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  21. this is awesome i guess as a new blogger I'll starting implementing these.legitstuffs

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  22. Hi jide,thank for the post. But what do u do wen the technical setup of ur blog is ruined. For someone data is nt IT inclined,how do u put them in place?

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  23. Eye opener...great composition....down to earth....i love...God bless you real good.

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  24. i must confess i really enjoyed this write up- Though this was posted in 2013, i am wondering if the guest blogging still useful by Google at this presents time ? Jide please reply---also, i went to the authors link, to my biggest surprise, the link is not existing anymore, What could have happened? he gave up on blogging?

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  25. I have a guest post on 10 ways women can make money online , just for fempreneurs, Can it be posted on ogbonge blog.www.typearls.org

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  26. your write up is simply incisive, despite the fact that it was published almost two years ago, i ll key into your advice religiously, thanks.

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  27. wow. very informative.tnx

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  28. I really enjoyed the write up.. It's really encouraging tho..
    We learn everyday.. Thanks so much... www.spicyjoevibes.com

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  29. Anonymous7/23/2015

    Nice Blog Post, i hope to become a successful blogger too like Mr Jide i own a tech blog http://www.ayoproxy.com

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  30. Very informative! I love this blog
    mine is upcoming @ www.boyantech.com

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  31. This is just good and the best most expensive advice anybody can get from his own brother concerning running a successful blog. Thanks ''THE BLOGGER" for bringing this here.

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  32. Wow am so grateful for this post, it will really help my blogging life

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  33. Wow. i love this piece. It just gave me a high grade motivation. I just launched my blog http://www.frankapptech.com where I give my audience free browsing tips

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  34. Anonymous11/28/2015

    really nice piece... my blog is http://focusnaijaa.blogspot.com

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  35. Thanks Jide, Am glad to have found your blog. I read it and I got even more motivated. My blog http://dotingstories.blogspot.com. All about lifestyles related issues.

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  36. Hi Mr Jide.
    I have a blog that i like you to view and confirm to me what i still needs to add to make it more professional, also if it can get Adsense approval. Here is it: www.waleajayisblog.com. Thanks Boss

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  37. I must say this.. your blog has been invaluable to me since i made up my mind to be serious with blogging this year. I've been going through every of your post and it has helped improved my blog. I am very grateful for the info you put out here. Thank You.

    Pls kindlt view my blog and tell me how i can improve on it. www.purplesresources.com

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  38. Jerry Cham ·
    Thank Jide, Your a life saver, i started blogging but my content wasn't original, i discovered that on the long run, i got tired, and lost focus, i ran out of blog topics, i almost gave up, but after reading this, i now have a direction, focus to begin afresh

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  39. thanks alot for this tips the part i will really want to get more tips is the guest blogger stuff.i have this blog that i've been working on for some time now,pls i really want to grow this site.www.kilodenaija.com.ng

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  40. The content is cool and educative.

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  41. very informative, i like reading this cus i gained so much from it.

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  42. Thanks alot Mr. Jide for being a major source of inspiration for me and my blog nairaup.com. Am indeed grateful.

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