Especially in the blogging niche, when it comes to your followers, the one’s who have just begun in the blogosphere and know very little about it, are your strongest links. In a different sense, it is these followers who in fact make up the grounding for a successful blog. Majority of traffic is driven from these beginners. They may not last very long out in this blogging wilderness, but even worse, their failure is your success.
It doesn’t happen! Why? Because these bloggers already know what they are talking about – They know how to make the cash and they certainly know how to bring in masses of followers.
The same applies in most cases to our own blogs. It is unlikely that we will find top bloggers trawling our own for information, no, they have moved on. They use their own methods and in no case have to rely on yours, which is why your weakest followers are your strongest links.
The beginners are the one’s who will stick by your side because they still have much to learn, the pro’s go their own way, so essentially, everything is dependent on each other – What have we gotten ourselves into?
Without Failure, Drop the “Success” Part
The most intriguing thing about the blogosphere is that without failure their cannot be success. Now let’s put this into the context of readers and followers.
Behind a blog and its community are two major components, the writer(s) and the followers. The writer is generally the blog owner and the followers are the people whom read the content and contribute. Simple enough.
Let’s look at this with blogging. How many bloggers do you know that have lasted out 12 months? There may be many reasons for this but in most cases, only around 1% of bloggers make it through to the next year.
To survive for a whole year means that they have to be fairly skilled; and by this time, they will have discovered a fair bit about blogging. If they have managed to survive, last this long and gain so much knowledge, why are they going to need what you have to say?
By this stage, at the level they are learning, if you narrow yourself down to such a small niche as giving away cheap tricks to make some more traffic, they are not going to need you. There goes all your traffic that you have had beside you for the past year.
This is why without failure, you cannot have success. If after one year you lose your readers because they have gotten to a level where they don’t need your information, what are you going to do? You will end up constantly looking for new traffic sources. Essentially, new, young bloggers to inflict your words into.
See the importance of failure towards your success?
Do You Only Fuel the Blogosphere or Reap the Benefits?
With all this failure and success going around in your head, what does that make you? Do you fuel the blogosphere or do you reap the benefits?
The people who fuel the blogosphere are the ones that read the content, attempting to apply it to their own lives and the people who reap the benefits are often the cream of the crop writers; making money for their words.
Where do you fit in?
Are you just someone who fills themselves up with cheap content to try to boost their own status or the person that is out there and making the dough from what they do?
This is the Cruel Blogosphere we will Fight for
Sorry guys, but if you were looking for an easy online world to escape to and make some money from, you have been greatly deceived. The blogosphere is not all warm and loving. It is filled with people all trying to scramble to the top, bloggers filling their readers with promises of success but just using them to build themselves up and make some more money.
So what do you categorize yourself into: someone who fuels the blogosphere, participates, allowing yourself to be used or the other person who goes about using everyone to your own success, what is this mess we have created?
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