How smart are you as a Blogger?

The post for today I do hope you know  has to do with the fact that how smart are you as a blogger. Are you really smart in this blogosphere? Everyone of late claims to be a top notch blogger.

With the likes of blogspot and wordpress, everyone can be known as a blogger in no time. All that you need is a registration which takes less than 5 minutes and there you have yourself as a blogger but the question I want you to answer is this, are you smart as a blogger?

Just before we move on to the issues on board, let me reiterate the point that with kabenlah.com, we look at the world through the eyes of others but it appears I have being looking at the world of late through my own eyes but today is of an exception as I intend to look at the world through the eyes of one of  my bosses I met when I started as a blogger. And he is nobody other the man named Mr. Suresh Khanal of bivori.com.

I guess some of you might be wondering what might have happened to my friend Little Johnny. The good news is that his father just bought a brand new range rover but just relax and see what happened between him and his elder brother Big Johnny.

Little Johnny’s father just just bought a range rover so Little Johnny’s  elder brother struck a deal with Little Johnny.

He told Little Johnny to call him on phone when nobody is at home so that he’ll come and take the car out to show off to his friends.

When nobody was at home, Little Johnny called him on phone; ‘Hello Big Johnny, nobody is at home. You can come and take Daddy’s car out.’

The elder brother said okay.
And rushed back home from where he was.
He got home and was shocked to see the gate locked.

He called Little Johnny on phone; ‘Hello Little Johnny, I am now at home to take the car out as planned. Why is the gate locked?.

Little Johnny replied; Were you not the one who told me to call you to come and take the car out when nobody is at home. Mummy and Daddy are not at home. I am not at home too.

Hahaha! and as usual, let move back to business as usual and discuss what’s on board with respect to how to be a smart blogger as well.

How smart are you with Images?

Being a smart as a blogger boils down as well with respect to the images you use. One thing is clear, they compensate a lot when posts are short. Or better still haven’t you heard this quote with respect to a picture has thousand words to say?

Many beginning bloggers consider images as decorations – an ornament you can have if you can afford. But in reality, pictures speaks much louder. They always have rapid speech.

Images attract readers and improves readership. When your images complement the text, you can express feelings and more complicated concepts in your posts.

What is social media for you?

Smartness lies in efficient use of right tools. Social media has become so prominent that you can’t ignore it anymore. But, the problem with social networks is that they demand your huge time. They are really sticky and many newbies find themselves wasting much of their time around the glamour encircled.

Facebook, Twitter and Google+ are the ones with largest member base offering you various features. You should be smart enough to pick the right networks and the right services in them.

No matter what networks you choose, what services you apply, you need to make sure that you are getting enough in return. Learning to use those networks for the benefits of your blog truly determines how fast you can establish your brand and gain sufficient exposure.

I notice many bloggers vomiting out the links everywhere, each and every moment. Simply planting links may not offer you expected readership. You should attempt one big leap. Try to connect to the people and services there. Try to solve their problems. Make friends and build relationship. Submitting only links won’t make you authority but rather a cheap spammer.

Use social media network in order to assist your readers in following you. It can strengthen your connections with your readers. Offer them opportunity to get more content  from you. Take social network as a great way to reach more people.

Are comments welcomed?

Comments give life to your blog. It shows your blog is active and proves that your words are not falling in deaf ears.

I wonder to see some blogs disable comment forms and some are using truly irritating comment systems that requires readers to register or enter some none-sense captchas.

In you are in WordPress, use WordPress’ native comment system powered by CommentLuv is a great thing . This will ease your readers to leave comment on your blog and ease you to moderate and fight against spams.

It is always a good idea to notify the commenters when their comments are replied but equally bad when they are flooded with emails for each and every comments dropped in a particular post.

Offer value in comment reply. Don’t just say “Thank you for the comment”. You need to try to open discussion through comments and replies, not closing the discourse. Make your readers to visit your post again and respond your replies. If you are skillful, you can make comment section more interesting and worthy even than the post itself.

With effective use of comment system, you can establish your readers as members of your community and can be a good place to develop relationship with them. If you regularly reply to reader’s comment, they will feel valued and return to see if their queries are replied.

What is your patience level?

Creating an account in Blogspot, copy and paste some articles from Wikipedia, post some videos from YouTube and then apply for Adsense. What could be more of a rubbish!

Blogging is not a “get-rich-quick” program. It requires dedication, consistency and departing value to readers. Thus, patience is true key to blogging success.

“I’m blogging for 6 months and Google did not approve my Adsense application. What should I do?”

This is most common query I often get. I understand how hard they need money to keep up with blogging and Adsense is one of the attractive method for any blogger to monetize blogs. But, to utmost surprise, they’ve not yet read the Adsense TOS. Funny!

To cut it short, blogging success is achievable – just have some more patience.

When you start blogging on any topic and go on learning different aspects of it; keep sharing your related findings and views, you’ll very soon establish yourself as an authority. Because most of the people blogging on that niche quit after short time, if you are consistent for a couple of years, you’ll remain among very few people talking about the topic you are blogging on. You’ll find it much easier and comfortable as you grow older with your niche.

The question therefore is, how smart are you as a blogger? Share your view on this by commenting below.

45 thoughts on “How smart are you as a Blogger?

    1. Emmanuel Kabenlah Cudjoe Post author

      Hi Anyikwa,
      You’re obviously welcomed!

      Reply
  1. Adesanmi Adedotun

    Hi Emmanuel,

    Little Johnny must have studied the chemistry of psychologist and he tentatively dealt with his smart brother (Lol. Smartness is one aspect of blogging which I have learnt in due time but quality and uniqueness makes it work better.
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    1. Emmanuel Kabenlah Cudjoe Post author

      Hello Adesanmi,

      That is it. I do love your point. Come again! Uniqueness and quality make better works obviously at the end but should I say fortunately or unfortunately, these are stuffs many lack as bloggers.

      Reply
  2. Nosa Ero Nosa

    Hello Kabie,

    Honestly, I don’t think this is a question for one day only. These are questions I try to answer everyday. It’s never ending, the blogosphere has become ever challenging and one has to constantly move with trend and learn new things or get lost with temporal success.

    Smart bloggers like you always come up incredible articles and I always think; how the F– the Kabenlah craft that?

    Again, Copy and Paste is bad, we must discourage it and help upcoming bloggers develop the creative mind-set instead of relapsing to a cocoon of get-rich-blogging-sydrome which is always a futile exercise.

    Best Regards
    Nosa.
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    1. Emmanuel Kabenlah Cudjoe Post author

      In as much as smart bloggers like myself then to bring up stuffs, over-smart bloggers bring out extra-ordinary posts you’ve being channeling out.

      Do have great day bro and please hanks for your add up as well.

      Reply
  3. Ahmed Salifou Amidou
    Twitter:

    I do agree with you, but I will like to mention the case where some people disable the commenting system;

    I once read a programmer explaining why he disabled the commenting system on his website and I agreed with him. The main point is that, most commenting feed are not that useful or do not contribute in the value of the post; it rather stains the post.

    Sometimes when I read the commenting feed on your blog I am disappointed by some comments because I see them as just a wast of time – comments like :
    “Great post” or “Thank you”.

    Such comments are just a wast of time for reader, and they don’t contribute in how to make the idea of the post better or go against it.

    At the end, people just read a post one, “short” comment it once and forget about it. That factor is the reason why some blogs rise like giraffes and later sink like heavy stones.

    Thank for giving us that opportunity to discuss around the matter.

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    1. Emmanuel Kabenlah Cudjoe Post author

      Hi Ahmed,

      I sometimes do consider and approve one liner comments as in ‘Thank You’.
      I once wrote a post with respect to how to get an Adsense account within 2 days and received a comment somehow like this; ‘Hi Emmanuel, thanks a lot for this’

      Does that means I shouldn’t approve it? So far as one addresses me by my name when commenting, I see no problem at all with it with respect to approving his or comment.

      As always, thanks a lot for your comment as well.

      Reply
      1. Ahmed Salifou Amidou
        Twitter:

        You are right, for that case I believe It is right for someone to comment with just “Thank you”, but I hope you understood my idea which was to make contributing comments.

        Reply
  4. Mi Muba

    Hi Emmanuel
    Entry in the field of blogging is so easy. Even it don’t cost you any money. Yes if you enter it as a bad decision it may cost at least a few important years of the beginning of your career it you fail to make it your full-time source of earning.
    That is why it is wisely advised instead of availing the benefit of free entry into it; do thorough research to confirm will you be successful in it or not.
    As always you elaborated the topic how smart are you as a blogger in a very interesting way. It has become your unique style and people are liking it.
    Thanks a lot for sharing this awesome resource.
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    1. Emmanuel Kabenlah Cudjoe Post author

      Hello Mi Muba,

      I like that with respect to the point you raised with respect to one needing to access his or herself before venturing into the blogging scene.

      In as much as it might be free becoming a blogger, there are of course a lot of things be done.

      Reply
  5. Evgeny

    Every day i understand more about blogging and it doesn’t look so simple as it seems from the very begining. Don’t wait big success from the very begining, it takes time to develop your blog. Also important to have a good contect.

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    1. Emmanuel Kabenlah Cudjoe Post author

      Hi Evgeny,

      That is all blogging is all about. Having good contacts and knowing it wouldn’t be easy from the beginning is something which everyone ought to understand.

      Reply
  6. Lyfé Wisdom

    Well written article, once again! For one of the points, I found that you wrote about how some bloggers simply publish links to get readership. But the fact is, is that even if the blogger gives the link nobody enforces a kind respect upon actually reading the blog itself! I myself have posted The Candid Nation blog URL in many places, and to think of it, nobody wants to read and it is quite disrespectful since I also make the initiative to read what others have posted in their blogs. I have a kind request for you to send out this message as I know you have a good sum of readers. The Candid Nation is awaiting new readers and engaging comments, but now it has become the case to run after things. Not my cup of tea, I only write out of sincerity.
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    1. Emmanuel Kabenlah Cudjoe Post author

      Hi Lyfe,

      As you’re filled with wisdom and called Wisdom yourself, one thing you have to understand is that everything takes time to grow and blogging is of no exception.

      I just saw your latest post with respect to Candid Nation being a year old and that is a great achievement.
      Cloaking one year in blogging isn’t an easy thing to do. Kudos to you bro!

      Reply
  7. Okto

    Hi Emmanuel,

    Great post. I think bloggers need to be smart in the way to reach success with their blog. We need to be smart in implementing all the knowledge we have to transform it into our blog success namely number of traffic, conversion, comments, shares, you name it.

    Thanks for the post. Wish you have a great weekend
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    1. Emmanuel Kabenlah Cudjoe Post author

      Hi Okto,

      Implementing all the knowledge we read smartly is of course what ought to be done.

      Thanks for your comment and do have a great weekend as well.

      Reply
  8. metz

    Poor Big Johnny. Well’ lesson learned!

    Blogging isn’t easy. Newbies often thinks that social media sharing, syndication and using some tools or images will make their blog famous. It’s not that. It all boils down in giving value and making your post relevant to your target market.

    It wasn’t a smart plan for Big Johnny. Thus, the result was a total disaster and blogging is just the same, you can’t defraud, you have to learn, you have to respect, you need to build your reputation, you have to grow and receive what you deserve and all aren’t easy to have.

    I found this post shared on Kingged.com, the Internet marketing social bookmarking and networking site, and I “kingged” it and left this comment.
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    1. Emmanuel Kabenlah Cudjoe Post author

      Hello Madam Metz,

      Lessons indeed learnt. Blogging is of course all about learning and it doesn’t cease as well.

      Thanks for your comment and do have a great weekend.

      Reply
  9. Samuel Nwosu

    Hahahaha little johnny funny madt.
    I think blogging is all about dedication, passion.and building a great reputation.

    Thanks for sharing this wonderful post. 😀

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    1. Emmanuel Kabenlah Cudjoe Post author

      Yeah, that is all blogging is all about. Having the passion and being dedicated.

      Reply
  10. Sayantan Mahato

    Hi Emmanuel,

    Awesome post, indeed. Lil’ Johnny is as awesome as he is (always). I get to learn so many things from him day-by-day :p

    The blog-o-sphere is crowded with many blogs and bloggers; one has to stay smart to stay ahead from others. If all the bloggers do the same thing, then no one would prosper at all. There’s a difference between top bloggers like Harsh Agarwal and newbies.

    Thanks for this awesome post.

    Sayantan
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    1. Emmanuel Kabenlah Cudjoe Post author

      Yeah, that is true Mahato. There is of course a vast difference between the pros and the newbie bloggers.

      Thanks for your comment and do have a great weekend as well.

      Reply
    1. Emmanuel Kabenlah Cudjoe Post author

      Hi Emebu,
      It has being a while. Where have you being? I certainly do agree with you.

      Thanks for your comment and do have a great weekend as well.

      Reply
  11. Sunday

    A good question that deserves the right answer. A smart blogger is one that is efficient with the tools, platform, content, and strategies laid for his/her blog.

    With these, he/she is able to offer value and quality to readers/audiences/subscribers. More so, he is able to save cost, time, and energy to get optimal result.

    Suresh Khanal’s take in this post is exciting. He responded to the questions as a blogger that knows his onions!
    A great thought -provoking Interview I must remark!

    I also commented on this post shared on the Internet marketing social networking site, Kingged:

    http://kingged.com/smart-blogger/
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    1. Emmanuel Kabenlah Cudjoe Post author

      Hello Sunday,

      Thanks a lot for your add as well. Please do have a great weekend.

      Reply
    1. Emmanuel Kabenlah Cudjoe Post author

      Hi David,

      You’re obviously welcome on board with your thoughts.

      Reply
  12. Rohan Bhardwaj

    Patience is the must for any success, one can’t expect the things to turn out as they plan and in the time frame. Patience with no expectation can lead to happy blogging experience.

    I need to work on my images and social media activity. There seems to be lot more than what I thought.

    Brilliant post, as always I loved the hilarious beginning.
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    1. Emmanuel Kabenlah Cudjoe Post author

      Hi Rohan,

      You’re of course welcomed on board have a great weekend.

      Reply
  13. Romjan Dhayan

    Yeah, i will agree with you about the comment point of this post. Commenting is really important for blogger to express more and more. Readers also like it if they get their questions answer by using comment. It’s important to remember that give your site easy commenting system like you mentioned above CommentLuv. Thank you.
    Romjan Dhayan recently posted…10 ways to maintain passion for bloggingMy Profile

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    1. Emmanuel Kabenlah Cudjoe Post author

      Hello Romjan,

      Yeah, having an easy commenting system is what ammters a lot. The likes of Disqus drives many away.
      Thanks for your comment bro and do have a great day.

      Reply
    1. Emmanuel Kabenlah Cudjoe Post author

      That is true. Being dedicated to blogging will obviously bring the expected earnings at the end.

      Thanks as well for your comment and do have a great day Sanjay!

      Reply
    1. Emmanuel Kabenlah Cudjoe Post author

      Hi David,

      Patience is what matters the most when it comes to blogging.

      Reply
  14. Ferdous

    Very good post. I think Blog smartness indicates someones creativity on his/her blog and it is the main theme of blogging.

    Reply

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