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Sunday, January 13, 2013

7 Heartfelt Lessons I Learned in 7 Years of Blogging for Money

1. Very few people would pay you to blog about what you really want to blog about. 


MCAFEE!
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2. The Web is Mostly Impersonal

My top posts are still those that have no relation whatsoever to my personal thoughts, feelings or opinions. They're the boring stuff that people need or want to know about - like how to use the terminal to chat or play an MP3. I've written some of these 4 years ago and they're still the most read posts.

Mountain hiking
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3. Passion is Overrated. 

Almost all of my top posts took me more than one day to write. Details, research and data that can be corroborated and verified are the true kings of content.


Sailboat

4. Honesty is Just the Second Best Policy

Authenticity, honesty and candor are very important. However, tact, politeness and empathy are equally as important, if not more important.

Cookie, Anyone
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5. Short Term is Short Term

Promotions and gimmicks only tap the short term patronage and attention of people. More often than not, they are only there for the attraction of the prize. People will remember you for something else - how you touched their lives and how you made them feel.
Flower & pot
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6. More Readers Doesn't Always Mean More Income.

duck life

7. The Golden Rule of Blogging

Yes, there are rules to blogging and writing on the web, but you don't always have to follow them. Silly writers like to make up these rules, but for every blogger, there's a different set of circumstances, goals, agendas and reasons. Follow your heart but write with the intention to address somebody's needs or wants - then back it up with data prettified.
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Fruit Shop, Cisarua Bogor


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