9 Worst Things You Can Do On Your Blog For 2015

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Well as we start this New Year of 2015 , I have come up with a plan to increase traffic to my website.

Over the last few months of the 2014, I was putting some plans in place to not only get more traffic but build up my website to include a few important things that I’ve known about but not really worked on or some not initiated.

I’ve heard over and over again that these are the things we need to make our blogs successful.  So here are the 9 Worst Things You Can Do On Your Blog.

1.  Do Not Have A Free Offer

Only recently did I put up a free offer although I’ve been hearing this for 4 years or so.

It is necessary to provide value to your readers, not only in blogging and giving them great content, but giving them something of value to use to help them in their business endeavors.

Particularly, this is a product, typically an ebook or video that will help them in their business some way.

2.  Do Not Have An Opt-In or Sign Up

Required if you plan to build a list to mail important information to your readers or to keep them updated on the latest going-ons or to offer additional important products that will help them build their business.

I actually had an opt-in, but had not offered a particular product.  Look to see my new upcoming product very soon. 🙂

3.  Do Not Have A Sales Funnel

Your opt-in page is the beginning of your sales funnel.  This is where some people will sign in to receive your free offer.  That’s where it starts.  See here to understand what a sales funnel is.

4.  Do Not Have Social Proof

Believe it or not, people look for ‘who wrote the first comment.’  If your blog/posts do not have comments, I feel (and this is my opinion only), that the website does not have credibility.   Social proof or comments are critical to a blogs success

Comments indicate that people are paying attention to your work, your post, your blogs.  If people see that others are ‘listening’ to you and it’s important enough for them to stop, write and listen to what you have to say, others will pay attention to that.

Comments are showing that many people are looking at your website and that there must be something there of value.  Comments give your website merit!

5.  Do Not have an About Page

Who are you?  Have you ever had to go looking for the author and who they are and what they do when you hit a website?  Very frustrating

6.  Do Not Have A Contact Page

How do I get in touch with you if I have a question or you have offered something that I can use but I have a question.   Have a contact page is critical for ‘first contact’ with a reader.

7.  Haven’t Started A Mailing List

What’s the point of having people read your blog if you can’t get in touch with them to offer your fabulous offers.

I’ve heard for 4-5 years now “the magic is in the list.” You must build a list.  Didn’t have a clue at that time what that meant, and even when I did, I didn’t act on it.

Guess what…working on it now!  It’s how you keep in touch with your readers letting them know what’s happening, what good news is coming up, what you have ‘today’ to offer them to help them in their business endeavors.

8.  Don’t Use a Self-Hosted Website

Now, we’re getting into the more technical aspects of a blog, but it’s also important because I think people don’t take you seriously if you do not have a self-hosted website.

I know I started out with a free WordPress site but for 2 years it wasn’t working and I didn’t know why.

I kept resisting the hosted website for no other reason than I didn’t know any better and what some of the benefits were.

Key for me was flexibility and all the many things you can do with a hosted site using plugins and even various templates that gave additional adaptability and allowed you work easily and without limitation.

9.  Do NOT Have A Business or Blogging Coach.

If you’ve come online to market and earn money online, you have to understand that there is so much to learn.  I was lost and I know for a fact that most people ARE lost when they come online.

Critically important that training and worth the investment for your success.   Three absolutely Great Trainers/Coaches that you can use this year with guaranteed results are Christi Johnson, Wordpress and Copyrighting Guru of Christi Johnson’s Online Marketing Blog,  Donna Merrill’s Blogging Fever, and finally Adrienne Smith’s new product Build A Blog Community.

You can’t go wrong with a consultation with any one of these three ladies!  Awesome!

Final Thoughts.

Many of us have no clue how to do this thing called internet marketing and to tell you the truth, I recently just had a epiphany on online internet success (and/or failures), depending on how you look at it, and why?

So it’s really important to invest that time and money to get someone to help you get started and get started right.  Why?  In the long run, you will waste more time (sometimes years), money and effort if you don’t get the training and experience you need.

So for 2015 – get started right!   These are the 9 things that if you don’t have on your blog, you may have difficulty achieving success.  Check them out and if you don’t have them and think about putting these things in place.

Now over to you. Do you have any plans to put these items in place on your blog? If you do, how have they contributed to your success?  Please let us know your experiences.
Thanks and much love,

Motivation and Inspiration For All
Motivation and Inspiration For All


  1. says

    Hi Barbara,

    Sage advice for all bloggers to know. I just love the way you have pointed out these 9 things.

    I think people get so caught up in content and even commenting that they forget there is the most important reason why they are blogging and that is the sales funnel. It does get tricky if one does not know how to use it correctly.

    We all have to learn how to blog the “right way” giving our readers great content and reciprocating. We also have to keep up with the latest trends. Our blog is our home and we do need social proof. I could go on and on about this one but what gets me is that not too many people are educating themselves about the other side of blogging which is Marketing!

    If we take at least an hour a day to study marketing, how it is done. What works and what does not. We can see results quickly. An opt-in is a must but we have to have a plan of how to market our products and/or services.

    This is where many bloggers get stuck and I’m so glad you pointed out the sales funnel. Not so easy to do, especially when it comes to copy writing. But it can be done if one dedicates themselves to keep on top of marketing trends.

    Since I started being an avid student of marketing, things are always changing. This is why I’m so passionate about it.

    Many thanks for the mention. I appreciate it!

    Talk soon,

    donna merrill recently posted…Look Back To Move ForwardMy Profile

    • says

      Hi Donna,

      You can tell I’ve been listening to my mentors and my friends, right? 😉 I think blogging is a continuous learning experience due to technology, due to changes in the industry and how to get on Google, etc.
      It also took me so long to learn (and I am still not clear) on how to do a sales funnel which is critical to success. I’m working on that now.

      And you’re welcome for the mention. You deserve it and hope others see that you are the right one for them if they need help.

      Miss talking to you,
      Hope to talk soon.

  2. says

    Hi Barbara, and happy New Year to you!

    Well, I’m glad that I can check all of your items here.

    Actually not only do I already have one giveaway, but soon I’ll have another cool one in the form of a pop-up which will look great on my brand new design that I love so much 🙂

    I think that for anyone blogging online, we can all say that blogging is a learning curve. We start at the bottom and we go up and up as time goes by.

    If I compare my blog – in ever sense of the term – my content length, my content quality, my design, my post promotions, and so forth it’s like the difference between a country house and the Taj Mahal 🙂

    I’m sure you see what I mean, right?

    As we grow in our business, and in our own personal growth our blog grows as well.

    Great points.

    Sylviane Nuccio recently posted…It’s Not When You Make Goals It’s HowMy Profile

    • says

      Hi Sylviane,

      I agree that blogging online is definitely a learning curve. And I think because internet marketing techniques change consistently, it is also a ever evolving learning process. It is so important for people to know that that’s for sure. Expectations are key in this learning process too.

      I love your new design and I think you will be very successful with it. Best of luck with it. And you make a very, very important point. Personal growth is truly important. I think we can also say that if our blog growth is moving in the right direction, then we too are moving with our own personal growth. Excellent observation.

      Thanks again for visiting.
      God bless,

  3. says

    Good points Barbara. I think I’ve got all the 9 things you list but I do need to get more social proof. I used to get quite a lot of comments on my blog at one time but they stopped when my traffic dropped after Google changed its algorithm.

    I had the same free offer on my blog since I started it quite a few years ago but I recently changed it after some prompting from a coach. I would never have thought of changing it to what I have now without his input. It’s good to get other opinions sometimes.
    Sandy Halliday recently posted…Which Weight Loss Detox Will You Choose This Year?My Profile

    • says

      Hi Sandy,

      Sorry for the delay. I found your comment in my spam folder – not sure why. Anyway, sorry you got hit with the last Google algorithm change. I’ve heard that from many people. Very sad and hard to get back to where you were. Sorry about that. But not to worry. We are now working on our social proof, particularly in the health and wellness field. You’ll get back to that Google rank very soon. 🙂

      Yes, I think coaches are very important. I’ve actually had an opt-in box but I guess my offer could have been better so this year I’ve produced a product that will be upcoming. Like your offer that you’ve had – sometimes we need to have someone take an objective look and coaches are for that as well. That 2nd opinion is always incredibly value as you’ve found.

      Anyway, look forward to working with you in building our social proof. Let’s work together in our community to make it work.
      Have a great week.
      God bless,

  4. says

    Great list Barbara!
    Although personally, just between you and me! I’d definitely

    add you to that list of stellar Coaches and mentors as well!

    Because I always receive value when reading your post!

    And I’ve personally used everybody so far except Christi! So I definitely need to invest in her coaching as well, seeing how you just gave her the green light!

    Your nine tips our spot on as usual! Thanks for sharing them and I’ll definitely share your thoughts!
    Mark recently posted…So What MBA Type Business Lessons Can You Possibly Learn Simply By Eating Cheap Pizza?My Profile

    • says

      Hi Mark,

      Thank you. I’ve very flattered that you think I should be on that list. That is truly inspirational to me. I am glad that the little I know has been able to help people. Thank you for letting me know that I’ve been able to provide some value to you as well. 🙂 I truly appreciate it.

      Yes, tell Christi I recommended her. She’s awesome and can help you with just about anything you need.

      Take care and by the way, happy new year! 🙂

  5. says

    Hey Barbara
    Great tips here. A few struck me in particular. I too notice whether a blog has comments or not..while this is not fully indicative of whether the person is succeeding with their business or what have you, instinctively, I think many people might think that this person doesn’t have much going on. I also agree about having a self-hosted website. If someone is blogging purely for hobby, then a free platform will suffice. But, for anyone else, it will probably impede their success. The first thing people will think is that they must not be serious about their blog or business and right there, you lose people.
    kelli recently posted…5 Law of Attraction Lessons from My Landing a Four Month Housesit in BaliMy Profile

    • says

      Hi Kelli,

      Thanks so much for visiting my blog and for your comment. I agree that comments may not be indicative a person’s success in their business, but people are looking for social proof so unfortunately their opinion matters and they may not come back to the blog again. Sad, but true. And I found out myself regarding self-hosted sites that it was difficult to get traffic to when I started about 4-5 years ago. It was recommended that I get a self-hosted site but I just kept my old free site and got nowhere. I feel it definitely kept me locked into a place I couldn’t get out of until I finally broke down and got a self-hosted site which allowed me so much more flexibility and started me on the road to success. I think it takes time for people to truly understand everything that they need for a successful blog.

      Again, thanks for your valuable input.

  6. says

    Hey Barbara,

    Bravo my dear for getting that free opt-in up. I know you’ve been working really hard on it and I also know that anyone eager to get this information will benefit from having learned this from you.

    I couldn’t agree more about the things that people aren’t doing on their blogs. I have so many people approaching me all the time to help them with this or that, comment on their blogs or share their content but they aren’t building anything with it. Don’t get me wrong, people blog for a lot of different reasons but those here to build a business need to be building their list and getting new customers. Our blogs are the marketing tools to accomplish just that.

    I appreciate the mention here, thank you so very much. I’m honored to be among these other amazing ladies. I agree with Mark though, you should be on that list as well because you have so much to offer. You will be this year though! 😉

    Great share and enjoy the rest of your weekend. I’m off to share this post now.

    Adrienne recently posted…Saying Goodbye to 2014 EarlyMy Profile

    • says

      Hi Adrienne,
      Happy New year! Glad to see you back and that you had a little bit of a break.

      Much of what I do I’ve learned from you and all my friends who have taught me what I need to do. I just shared as I evaluated all that needs to be done for the New Year! 🙂 There is just so much to know and I guess people don’t know it all. I’d like to meet one person who knows it all! We have to reach out to people like you and Donna and others. Even after blogging all this time, and hearing how the list is key to own business online, I’m really just ‘getting it.’ The other thing is I think people know what they need to do, but don’t do it for various reasons. I think because it requires a lot of work and time. I know for myself that is the problem so I have to find the time to fix that this year! 🙂

      I thank you for thinking I should be on the list, but I don’t compare to many of you who are my friends and who have taught me so much. You were and still are a Godsend to me. Thank you for being my friend. 🙂 Talk to you soon.


    • says

      Hi Ikechi,

      Thanks for coming to my blog. Thank you for visiting.

      Sometimes we need a ‘check’ to make sure that we have everything we need on our blogs. I watch other bloggers and make sure I am trying to emulate them too. Glad this post helped you to do a double check and verify you had all the right things.

      So great to join this community and also looking forward to many interactions with great bloggers, like yourself. 🙂
      Take care,

  7. says

    Hi Barbara,

    Wishing you a very Happy New Year as it’s my first visit to your blog after the little break I had recently 🙂

    I know I am a little late to the party, but being a part of the ABC now, you can understand why! 😉

    You are SO right in all that you mentioned, and I was nodding my head in agreement as I was reading through your post! I still haven’t started with #1, though I am glad that the people who come over to my blog, do so for the sheer content shared and relationships built perhaps. But I know if there was something free to offer, perhaps the numbers would increase, so a great reminder for me there.

    We’ve been a little slow in building our mailing lists and opt-ins as the need was never there earlier, more so because we don’t have anything to sell as yet. Also, if you aren’t blogging for business or selling and marketing anything, you tend to take these things a little slow. However, this year on, things are changing for sure, and we are getting all geared up to do up the mailing lists, free offers, and other things. Perhaps the sales funnel would follow up thereafter – you never know.

    Presently, it’s just taking one thing at a time and doing it up well, and you know the forum at my blog, and all the loving Ahaian’s is my priority, till we do it up a little better and then move to other things.

    Thanks for sharing this with us. Have a nice week and a lovely year ahead 🙂
    Harleena Singh recently posted…How To Be A Champion Of Your Life In 2015My Profile

    • says

      Hi Harleena,

      Your blog is so great and you do have a phenomenal amount of traffic! As you noted, imagine the amount of traffic you would have if you had a free offer. Incentive for 2015? 🙂

      I think we have to just get to it with our mailing list. I have an opt-in but no free offer other than services so we’re in the same boat. i’m working on my product right now so hopefully that will be up and I’m working on my sales funnel. Working with Donna and David on that now.

      Anyway, your community is thriving so that’s great and I agree with you in that the AhaNow is your top priority.

      Loving the community myself. 🙂
      See you soon,
      Barbara Charles recently posted…Why Does A Blogger Need People Skills?My Profile

  8. says

    Hi Barbara Mam,
    Thank you so much for your awesome piece of information.
    All the points you shared are correct.
    I also heard the fact that “money is in the list”, when I had started blogging.
    But as a newbie I found it is a bit difficult to build a mail list.
    Free offers make our site attractive. It compel the users to sign up for us.
    And About and Contact page are must for any website. Because every one likes to know our back ground and some one will love to be in touch with us.
    But Mam, is it really a worst thing to blog from a free platform like blogger? It offers custom domain integration. MyBloggerTricks is a successful blog hosted on blogger.
    Also Mam, is it essential to have a blog coach. Today’s legends, Adrienne Mam, Harleena Mam, Enstine Sir, Neil Sir, Harsh SIr, and also you were moulded by a coach?
    Anyway thank you so much for the superb post.
    Rahul Krishnan recently posted…ServerOrbits; Cheap and Reliable Hosting on the Earth: ReviewMy Profile

    • says

      Hi Rahul,

      Thanks for stopping by. Yeah, I heard that information too – the money is in the list. Problem is, most newbies, like you, and me at one time had no clue what that meant or how to build one. Sad. But now we do know soooo although it is difficult to build a list, it can be done. As a newbie there are plenty of people can help you build a list. If you need help, reach out to me and I’ll help you or point you in the right direction.

      One thing with the free platform is, no matter the free site, flexibility is limited. Plugins are what allows much of the many different activities and looks on different blogs and their appears to be millions of plugins so you can basically make your blog do what you want. Free websites may have some flexibility but only as much as originally designed into blogger and/or your theme. I had free sites originally and every time I built a site, eventually I needed to update to a better theme and then finally a paid theme. Worked out so much better.

      I think as a newbie, yes it is essential to have a coach. Otherwise, we are floundering around trying to figure out what to do, making mistakes, correcting mistakes and wasting time. Blogging is a learning process and we get better at it as we go along. A coach helps eliminate some of the time and wasted effort in the learning process. A teacher will always help us get to our goal faster than learning how to do something by ourselves. (Just my opinion).

      Good luck and you’re welcome. 🙂
      Take care,

  9. says

    Hi Barbara,

    When I read you post I’m missing the very first thing on my blog and that’s a free offer. I have a few things on my mind but definitely something I need to do.

    Oh one question what would be the difference between #2 and #7?

    It’s always useful to come up with post like this so we can check if we are doing the right thing.

    I like your blog layout and if I’m not wrong this is Genesis, right? Anyway wish you happy and successful New Year (sorry for small delay).

    Thanks Barbara for sharing this.

    ~ Dragan
    Dragan Palla recently posted…My new step in web designMy Profile

    • says

      HI Dragain,

      Number 2 or the opt-in is the upfront tool to have people enter their info after offering them a free offer, product or information. As you said, you have no free offer. You can also have an opt-in ( Number 2), but if no one is entering info then you have no mailing list. One leads to the other.

      Number 7 is the mailing list where the information/their name, email address, telephone number, etc is retained. The mailing list is where the info will go is Aweber or some type of mailing tool.

      You can have one without the other, i.e., an opt-in, but no mailing list if the offer is not good enough for people to opt-in to.

      Yes, this is genesis. 🙂

      Barbara Charles recently posted…Why Does A Blogger Need People Skills?My Profile

  10. says

    Hi Barbara,

    Your first point is a strong one. I’ve gone to sites and a pop up would come up asking for name and email to get updates, but when someone is new to your blog they may not know if they care to get such emails. I was shocked there was not an offer.

    You need to incentivize people to willingly provide their email addresses. Updates is not enough, it has to be something they know they’re interested in a the moment.

    #9 is also good. Guidance is key to a lot of things. who couldn’t use good advise, right?

    Lea Bullen recently posted…The Surefire Method to Achieve Your GoalsMy Profile

    • says

      Hi Lea,

      Thanks for visiting my blog. I appreciate that you stopped by. I’m in agreement that we have to encourage people to leave their email address. I’m working on that now. Working on a new theme, a sales funnel and getting all things in place.

      I think people do not look at coaching as so important but I know that I’ve needed coaching and I imagine anyone who comes on line should invest in a coach, even if it’s a friend to just roll things off – otherwise the road to success online could take a lot of time.

      So glad you stopped by.

      Thanks again,
      Take care for now.

  11. says

    Hi Barbara,

    I don’t know where to start. This post is an eye opener for me. First of all I used to use a self-hosting website but switched to a free WordPress because of the reblog option and to broaden my readership. And I more than tripled my followers with the move.

    But what I’m finding out is I can’t do those things you’re suggesting on the free WordPress. Like contact page. They offer no plug-ins. 🙁

    I going to pray and think about this because I may have to go back to a self-hosting website.

    Great post!

    • says

      Hi Vernon,

      Definitely, the option of using plugins to get your blog to look and do what you want is an great reason to go to self-hosting. I’d be curious to see how you tripled your move by going to a free wordpress? That’s something many people would be interested in I think.

      But plugins are why many people use self-hosted. The options and the things you can do with a plugin are limitless.

      Think on it and if you have questions, reach out to me and we can discuss.

      Thanks again for stopping by.

      God bless,

  12. says

    Hey Barbara

    This is a great post. You made a lot of great points especially regarding the list..optin..offering a freebie. I didn’t do any of these things in the early stages of blogging and it cost me.

    Luckily I figured it out and learned my lesson. One thing you said there that was interesting was the about page. I dedicated myself to work on a suitable about page recently and I’m very pleased at it.

    Overall this is great post Barbara.

    – Andrew

    • says

      Hey Andrew,

      Thanks for visiting my blog and thank you for the compliment. I know I have to get ‘my freebie’ up and running. I’ve got things ready but haven’t put it up yet. I offer a free consultation, but still have more work to do so this one was important for me to remind people about as well. I’m working on updating my theme and my About Page is also a part of that. Thanks for your support.

      Looking forward to seeing you again soon.


  13. says

    You are so right on all the steps. On 8 self hosted blog I think that is open to debate. I have both and I have found that no matter what I do post on blogger rank much quicker than the ones I host. Traffic is about the same but you are right that the plugins on self hosted gives you great flexibility.

    The list one about a mentor is so right. We are not born marketers or bloggers and the more we can learn from someone else the faster the learning curve it.

    Thanks for this great post it made me stop, think, and double check to see what I was doing

    • says

      Hi Bo,

      Welcome to my blog. So glad to see you here and I truly thank you for visiting.

      I’m doubly grateful that my simple words help others to think and check on what we have and to verify that we are doing it right. You are also right in that a mentor helps us ‘keep our heads on straight’ and keeps us on track. I know I have a few people who’s opinions I trust explicitly and they keep me focused and sure.

      Really glad you stopped by and I hope to see you again soon.
      Take care for now.

  14. says

    Hi Barbara,

    Happy new year to you 🙂

    I know I am late to the party. However, it gives me a great pleasure to see the buz on your blog.

    Thank you for pointing out to some of the blind spots that everyone of us can avoid and help ourselves. However, I am not convinced that you have a strong case with your point number one where you say, “It is necessary to provide value to your readers, not only in blogging and giving them great content, but giving them something of value to use to help them in their business endeavors.”

    As a blogger, if somebody is already providing a great value through his or her blog posts, they are not obligated to provide additional value to please anyone anymore at no cost. Why is it a mistake to give something additional for free just because some other people are doing it?

    The idea behind doing something out for free is to lure a visitor to give a her email address so that our email list grows. If I have another way of growing my email list, I don’t have to give away anything for free.

    With that said, it is a good idea to discuss about this topic so that people can at least think it through and decide if they want to do this or not. Great post!

    Kumar Gauraw recently posted…Using Mandrill For Better Control Of WordPress Email DeliveryMy Profile

    • says

      Hi Kumar,

      I understand what you’re saying, but my statement was specifically for those who *do not* know that it is necessary to provide value; pointing mainly to bloggers who are new to blogging and may not even know that we need to provide great content on our blogs. Many bloggers write about just this fact so it is something that needs to be discussed or noted for the new bloggers.

      Anyway, good thing to discuss so that people will know the importance of it. Thanks for stopping by my blog and adding your value. 🙂
      Have a great week-end.

  15. says

    Hi Barbara,

    It’s my first visit to your blog 🙂 I think you have made some brilliant points here. I really need to build the list and reach out to people through email! I think I am doing the other things steadily and with time, I am sure I’ll be able to build a formidable blog 😀

    Thanks for sharing and have a Happy new Year!

    • says

      Happy New Year Nikshep,

      Thank you for visiting my blog. So appreciate your visit and am glad to have you here.
      If you need help building your list, please reach out when you get a minute. We can talk about how to do that for sure.

      Take care and have a great week.
      God bless,

  16. says

    Hi Barbara,
    I was doing some of the above mistakes like I don’t have a contact us page on most of my blog, not building lists and never sold a single product to my readers and I think I’m purely going on a wrong path.

    Your tips helped me alot to understand what should I do from now and I think building relations via blog and social pages is much important then just having visitors on my blog.
    I’m doing these mistakes for past 2 years and I think your excellent advise will help me to change my style in 2015.

    Hammad Rafique

    • says

      Hi Hammad,

      I did the same for about 2 years myself until I ran into a couple of groups of people who actually started me on the right path. If you need information or help in getting things setup to get your contact page ready and building lists, reach out to me and I’ll put you in touch with the right people.


      • says

        You’re absolutely right, because bloggers that want to hide themselves from their readers don’t reveal their personal information and also use privacy on their whois information. I’ve seen most of these kind of bloggers are providing low quality content or something that doesn’t meet Google’s webmaster guidelines.
        I’m working harder on my blog to provide best user experience and I don’t think that I need to hide any of my personal information. I just love to reply to comments and emails of my readers, so from now I’ll make a community of my readers and mine, not just a blog.

        • says

          Hi Hammad,

          Not sure that bloggers are trying to hid themselves from their readers. That goes against the purpose of blogging. Blogging is about developing relationships with people to get them to come to their blog, possibly opt in to the mailing list and/or develop relationships with their readers. I don’t think low quality content has anything to do with just not being educated about what we need on a blog.

          From what I’ve found, most people try to make a better user experience and it might be their own experience that keeps them from having all the right things on their blogs. That’s why we write about these things. 🙂 For others to learn.

          Good luck in your endeavors.

  17. says

    Really like the list, I need to focus a bit more on a couple of these – I haven’t monetized my blog yet for instance.

    Though there are always exceptions who succeed despite best practices. Colin Wright and Leo Baubauta don’t allow comments for example. My blog gets a ton of traffic and returning visitors despite few commentors.

    I think it all depends on your goals and overall marketing approach.
    AJ Walton recently posted…101 Famous Success Quotes To Inspire GreatnessMy Profile

    • says

      Hi AJ,

      Weellll. I’m a little confused by this and suspect that this may be a spam comment although it got through. I’m giving benefit of the doubt here. Why? Your blog goes not get a ton of traffic. When a blogger makes that kind of statement, I check it and I don’t see that as the case. Sorry.

      And sorry I disagree on your idea that it depends on goals and overall marketing approach. What does that mean?

      • says

        Fair enough. First, I’d like to apologize for the complete lack of clarity in my initial comment. I’d like to address that now…

        Colin Wright (exilelifestyle) and Leo (ZenHabits) don’t have comments and they’re successful enough with their blogs to achieve their personal goals. Leo I imagine is successful by almost anyone’s standards.

        Maybe I should have qualified that.

        As for personal goals/marketing approach – I can’t pretend to know why these two bloggers do it the way they do. However, one reason might be they don’t want to spend time monitoring comments. Maybe they have higher ROI activities – based on their own opinions of what that means.

        There is no one size fits all to marketing. How much time do you spend building backlinks? Probably about the same that I spend on social media. That doesn’t make one automatically better than the other. Brian Dean of backlinkocom would be 100% in for SEO while Harleena would probably go for social. Someone else would focus on PPC. And while they’re not mutually exclusive most marketers have a strong suit they lean on. It depends on our personal marketing interests, strategies, strengths, and goals.

        Anyway, thanks for hearing me out. All the best to you in 2015.
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          Hi AJ,

          Thank you for the clarification. I would say that both of those bloggers do not at this point in time need to get comments. If they are successful already and do not need social proof for their blogs because of their previous success, then i can understand why they don’t worry about comments

          True that no one size fits all. However, everyone has their own strategy. For instance, I do not specifically work at building backlinks. I would really rather build quality backlinks than quantity backlinks. That’s what I’ve been taught so I focus on developing relationships with people, bloggers of quality blogs so that I will obtain quality backlinks.

          True there is no perfect way but their are strategic ways that are best learned from the people who have been successful. Those who are successful are already there and we have to learn from them. If these two gentlemen don’t accept comments, I would want to know why, what they did and how they got to that point, not assume why?

          Different strategies true. Different successes true. We should make it our mission for our own success to find out exactly what they are doing and why they are doing it. If they no longer need the social proof then we need to thrive for that.

          Thanks for your additional insight.
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