Ten Commandments for Bloggers ~ Make Money Fast - The Million Dollar Experiment Down Under

Monday, January 29, 2007

Ten Commandments for Bloggers

Often it is hard to know what is the right thing to do, or what not to do in the world of blogging. Here at the Million Dollar Experiment Down Under we have attempted to put together 10 Commandments for Bloggers.

1. Don't lie, trick or try and deceive your readers into clicking or signing up for anything - if it is an affiliate link mark it as so, or at least mention it in your post.

2. Announce a sponsored post as a sponsored post. Unless you would have written about it anyway. If the sponsored post requires that you do not say this, don't do it. (Its like selling your soul)

3. Give back to the community. Remember when you started out how bigger and better sites did you the favour of linking to you, do the same within reason of course. (i.e if they only have a couple of posts its a good incentive to promise them a link if they work on their content)

4. Be open - use your name and your picture. Think of the best bloggers out there, everyone knows their name and what they look like - if you want to play with the big boys, you need to follow their example.

5. Post regularly, at least 2 or 3 times a week. Readers will soon give up on a blog that is irregularly updated. We will however give you a week off at Christmas! Otherwise get in a guest blogger!

6. You shall not steal. If you are intent on borrowing someone else's idea or text, make sure you link back to them and preferably ask their permission first of all. Stealing content from other blogs is the lowest form of low, so don't do it OK!

7. Treat your fellow Bloggers with respect. You will find that if you do this, and take the time out to learn and participate in your fellow bloggers sites, it will return to you tenfold.

8. Learn from your mistakes. If you make a post and get flamed for it you are probably upsetting someone. Change your tact. If somethings not working change it. If it is working enhance it and keep it.

9. Honour your family. Blogging is cool however it is also time consuming. Remember at the end of the day your family is more important so make sure that you spend time with them and remind yourself of that everyday - without the support of your family you are nothing.

10. Be true to yourself. If its not working give it away. There is nothing worse than slaving away for less than minimum wage if its not really performing for you. Don't be afraid to say enough is enough. If you don't enjoy it, stop doing it.

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Daryl W.T. Lau said...

Great post Sir Rob... all new bloggers should read this for guidance.

By the way, thanks for linking to my blog but I was wondering can you kindly change the url to my old blogspot cause I am having huge problems with Google Custom Domain feature.

From: http://earn-money-blogging.com
To: http://how2make.blogspot.com

Thanks so much and sorry to trouble you.


Mike Perry said...

Excellent post. If only we all adhered to such rules, especially sponsored posts.
Take care,

Shirlene said...

Yes - you covered it all...

I think it's important that your readers believe in what you are saying, otherwise they will just forget about the blog.


Tom said...

Nice article Rob - especially the bit about prioritising your blogging.

rob stgeorge said...

daryl: Its changed mate, its no trouble at all.

mike: Thanks - I think that sponsored posts becomes quite an issue in the blogging world.

shirlene: Thats correct if you are not upfront with your readers, they will be gone.

tom: thanks mate, glad you liked it!