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Why Newbies Should Gain Experience Before Blogging On “Blogging Niche”

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Why Newbies Should Gain Experience Before Blogging On “Blogging Niche”

Selecting a niche is tough for  a newbie, and when you read a blog like ShoutMeLoud, Problogger or other similar blogger which motivates you for blogging, you end up creating a blog in the similar niche. Specially, when a newbie knows how a blogger is making money, he tends to copy the style to make money. I have seen this trend over the time, and have seen many making big out of it and many blogs dying in no-time. As a blogger, I know when a person picks a right niche, and specially when I see some one writing about “Blogging niche”, I could understand how original the article is, or how poorly that’s a re-write of post from another blog.

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I’m not here to discourage you for blogging, but my idea with this article is to clear your head about niche you are picking in, and as a blogger if you are picking a niche like “SEO, Blogging, Internet marketing”, why you are killing your blogging future. And even if you wish to pick the same niche, how you should be picking it.

Why Blogging niche is not for newbie bloggers?

These days it’s common to see another new blog about “make money online” or “make money blogging”, and sad truth is it’s coming from someone who never blogged before or struggling to make his first 100 dollar with blogging. And if you are into this niche after making some money, you could totally understand what I’m trying to say here.

If you are an existing blogger, let me ask your first “What is blogging meant to you” and why do you blog at the first place? Is it money, is it fame or is it passion for something you like? I started ShoutMeLoud as a Technology blog, and later on shifted it to WordPress related articles, after a year I started covering articles related to blogging and SEO. I have never mentioned why I made this shift, and let me share this part of the story. For rest of the story, you could read my blogging journey.

I started blogging with my passion for technology. If you would browse ShoutMeLoud old archive, you will find articles related to torrenting, software’s and various computing tips and tricks. I”m not a teacher but I like to teach and talk about something I know, and things I’m confident about. It actually feels good, knowing how my article helped someone to learn something new, and that’s always been one of my USP (Unique selling point). When I made my first move to WordPress, I was a learner and I started learning new thing. I started learning about installing WordPress, found many new WordPress plugins (Which were actually old but were new to me), and started learning about WordPress SEO.

If I have to draw my timeline of the topics I covered in particular order, it would be:

Technology > WordPress plugin> WordPress in general > Facebook > Blogging > Make money online > SEO > Internet marketing > Business blogging > Social media > Branding and so on and on…..

I knew one thing, one wrong article could easily take away my credibility and trust that I have earned over the time, and more over how could I write about anything until I have now experienced it or used it myself. How could I talk about Dreamhost affiliate program, until I made my first $47 from them and got paid. Knowing something and actually using it are completely different stuff. If you look at the timeline of my niche growth, you would realize I started talking about things after I learned or experienced it. Even today, I don’t talk about things until I’m not completely comfortable with, and at time I disappoint my readers by saying “Sorry I have limited or no knowledge about particular query“. It’s better to say sorry and not passing a wrong information. Is int it?

Now, that was my story, which almost sums it up what I’m going to write here, and let me put everything in nice readable format.

Blogging is all about experience and passion:

Like any field, blogging requires experience. You can’t become an expert in one day after talking about how to blog or how to create a blog, because when you spend time on blogging, you will find many issues like “Writers block” “Blog getting hacked” “Stupid issues like replytocom” “Panda taking your site down”, and it’s actually mistakes and problems, that will make you learn new stuff. You learn all these things, when you actually face it, and not when you read it.

Think of it as : In a business school they teach how to do business, but you actually learn business when you start one of yours. When you make mistakes and when you learn from your mistakes. Now, if you start a blog on niche like blogging or make money online, without actually created one successful blog, you are cheating yourself rather than cheating your readers. If not now, in future your loyal readers will realize it, and will leave you. I’m not saying your blog will die or you will not make money, as this process will be on-going, and you will keep gaining new readers along the way -” A reader with 0 experience”, but imagine what will happen when that reader will actually create a blog after reading to your articles, and later he realizes what ever you told him was not utterly true. With time, you have chance to go back and edit the article, but could you really brain-wash a reader mind?

A good way is to: Start a blog on a niche that you are passionate about. It could be anything like technology, mobile, dog care, parenting, Finance tips etc… etc… Start something you have experience or expertise with, and is int it the same thing you going to write in a blog post call “how to pick a niche for your blog” ??

You get motivated and that’s why you write:

One thing which is very true about blogging is “You get motivated when you see others writing“, and specially when you start learning blogging and read a blog like ShoutMeLoud, Dailyblogtips, you get inspired, you get motivated and you want to motivate others in the similar manner. It happened to me at one point, and I wrote couple of articles after reading articles on big blog, and later got few hate Emails from my readers. Why?

Because those articles lack confidence, those articles lack experience and those articles are just a re-write. Yes, I learned it hard-way, but I learned it in time. Do you want to make the same mistakes again?

Niche like SEO:

One of the most common category in a “Blogging niche” is SEO. Do I really need to tell you how easy and how hard it is to learn and make someone understand search engine optimization? It took me 6 months to understand “difference between using Robots.txt and Noindex tag to stop indexing certain part of a website”, and I learned it after hit and trial, and making mistakes on my own blog.

Yesterday only, I got a call from one of my blogger friend who writes about finance, and he wanted to start a career in Web-developement and SEO. He was pretty confident about his SEO skills, as he was driving enough traffic from Google for his finance blog. So, we were having a friendly discussion about his future plans, and I asked him the same simple question “Robots.txt and Noindex tag”, and he gave me a straight face. He was not wrong with his attitude of starting a business in SEO, but when you are actually doing a SEO for someone, you are taking a big risk. Your goal not only changes to improving the over all SEO of your client website, but also to ensure that nothing goes wrong because of your action. He realized, that he still needs to learn, experiment and learn things.

Similarly, as a newbie blogger how could you give best suggestion for even a SEO plugin until you have tried all existing plugins in the market or at least some of the best once?

How to become a Celebrity of Blogging/SEO/make money online niche:

As I mentioned above, I’m not here to de-motivate you. I’m here to tell you what’s right and what’s not, and by the end choice is always yours. If you really want to get into this niche, give time to yourself. Don’t jump into field like make money online, SEO, Internet marketing without any prior knowledge. Blogging is all about experience, and you could gain it by running a blog. That could be in any niche that you are passionate about.

  • Start 1-2 or 3 different blogs in a niche that you are interested in and passionate about.
  • Try new things like SEO, monetize and see what works and what doesn’t. You will be amazed to find, half of the information you read on internet is written by freelance writers, which is usually a re-write of an original content by some well-known blogger and are outdated. Once you see things working for you, and you are ready to teach others, start a blog in such niche and share your experience.
  • Don’t jump into niche like make money online from day one, as without any experience, you cannot become John Chow and make money by telling people how to make money online. First make some money via different methods, and then jump into such niche..

By the end there is no limit to imagination and making it big. All you need to do is “Be honest to yourself and than be honest to your readers”. What do you feel about newbies who jump into such niches without any prior experience or expertise?

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{ 22 comments… add one }

  • Vishnu Verma

    thanx al0t Harsh !!
    U cleared each n everythng , actually i t0o was g0ing to do same mistake,
    U r absolutely right dat knowing s0methng is c0mpletly diffrs fr0m implementing it !
    Thanxx again

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  • Nicole

    This is so true… a friend of mine jump head over heel into a niche that she new nothing about and got burned out fast because most of her time was spend searching and researching on a subject that she new nothing about. Long story short her blogging career ended before it ever got started.

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  • Karnal Singh

    I feel with time,blogging has become more sophisticated and you need to know lot more to run a blog than just the subject knowledge…One more thing – for niche blogs also you need have a decent target audience numbers ….

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  • Nizam Khan

    Awesome post Harsh! This post will surely create awareness among newbie bloggers about this subject. And agreed! knowing something and actually using it are totally different things. And indeed blogging requires experience and one can’t become an expert in one day, because requires a lot time and patience to be an expert in a particular niche. Thanks for sharing and tweeted :)

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  • Istiak Rayhan

    Hey Harsh,
    This is really a nice post. It’s true that Starting Blogging with “Blogging Niche” is a grave mistake. But it happens with many bloggers. I don’t know how they dare to teach other about ‘how to make make online’ whether they didn’t earn a penny.
    BTW my story is similar with you. My Blogging journey started with Technology blog with a view to share tech tips, news etc. In the mean time I learnt many thing about WordPress, SEO and related stuffs. And started sharing that. Soon I realized that it is Blogging related site rather than Tech and I’ve changed my niche.

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  • Ahmad Raza

    I am really inspired by your this post.. :)
    That is the thing which i also noted in the recent 6 months.. Its really one of the great post Harsh..

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  • koj Tajo

    hey Harsh, yet again a master piece. The post is quite convincing. I too am on same niche though started blogging with different niche without success. But for me starting with this niche has its own advantage i.e.
    They learn and research a lot about ‘How to Blog’ ‘seo’ and ‘Marketing’ which comes in handy when they change their niche of blogging after facing failure in his attempt to start with blogging niche.
    and Yes I second you view that until and unless one have not gone through the path himself, one should not show them the way.
    … But yet I feel if someone wants to be next Harsh Agrawal, one has to forget that SOMEONE Already wrote about blogging tips and seo before.
    I differ a bit Harsh :(
    Saying these with highest Regards
    – Koj

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    • Harsh Agrawal

      @KOj
      Difference in opinion is always welcome, because that give birth to discussions. :)
      My only takeaway from this article is:
      Start a niche that one have experience with. Be it technology, mobile niche or blogging. Niche like blogging, SEO, Internet marketing works best when one have enough experience, and once you have it, it’s always a good idea to start a A-Z of blogging niche. The point is: Advice should be given when one actually tried, worked and succeed with it. I agree that one learn a lot when they actually jump into that niche and research. But what ever one will research about blogging and make money, he can always implement on blog in any niche, and one things started working, help others with your skills.

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      • Koj T. Tajo

        Thumbs Up for the reply Harsh. Keep on blogging, you are educating millions. I desperately want 95% of 1 million people in my part of world who are unaware of this beautiful thing called blogging to know about it.
        .. and they too deserve to know who the HARSH AGRAWAL is!! :)
        Regards.

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        • Harsh Agrawal

          Thanks for your kind words Koj.
          Happy blogging! :)

  • Abhijit Guha

    no fear for me, my niche is completly different from blogging, though I have posted some artcile related to blogger & they stand top on google search :D

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  • Ayoola Ayobami Stephen

    Nice tips here, I am happy i didnt make this mistake because my first blog focused on Latest Internet Information Technology – http://www.stevenbergy.com.ng then i later included Blogging tips, tutorials and tricks i have already tested myself

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  • Varun

    This Article is pretty inspiring for me as i started technology site last year in June and i learned a lot about blogging in this period and started a new blog “Blogiri” but now i’m thinking that i wasn’t right in starting a new Blogging Niche Blog. i must have waited for at least a year. but still i’m trying my best to make blogiri a success.
    Thanks for this inspirational and informing post Harsh.

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  • Sarah Arrow

    Wise words. I had 30 different blogs before I started writing about blogging and what works and what doesn’t. Even though the majority have good traffic I wouldn’t write “deep” posts about SEO because that’s something that I’ve only experience from my own sites in.

    I also coach clients in blogging, and often they are from the internet marketing niche wanting to write about blogging and how to make $500 a day. My first question is always – do you make $500+ a day? I’ve never had one say yes.

    Many great bloggers share from their experience and their expertise comes from actually “doing” rather than consulting other people’s work and then applying it to their client’s sites. blogging is made up from many different skills in many combinations, and when you “get” that, then you’ll be better at posting about blogging.

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  • Edson Hale

    I am nothing in the field of blogging but let me share my experience; two years back I started a blog on investment but desperately failed because I didn’t have practical knowledge of the subject; one year ago I started eight blogs simultanously yes eight blogs; after one year full focus on all of them now I dropped the seven and only kept one http://www.leadership-idn.com about success and personal development. Three years struggle and desperation helped me select the best niche for me; and now I instead of working just enjoy it and not very much worry about earning money through it. I think I just narrated the practical gist of your above article and nothing else. God bless you

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    • pushkaar

      Good one Edson. Actually whenever we think for money we wont be able to write quality content and end up with stolen article, few crack for games and softwares. Enjoy blogging and follow the natural path….means A to Z of blogging.

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  • pushkaar

    Dear Harsh,

    A True Eye opener for all specially for newbie. I am following all guest bloggers blog of SML and its very true lots of blog either not updating or dead. Reason is obvious that is you mentioned above. Blogging is a journey of ones experience and experiment.

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  • Nile

    Thank you for sharing my image, and also covering this topic. I cannot emphasize this enough and it is high time that the message comes across to new bloggers. I am not discouraging anyone either, but I want them to learn instead of push to pull a bunch of sloppy articles together just to try to make $500 per month or more in Adsense or affiliate sales.

    I’ve have spoken with many bloggers over the last decade and it becomes disheartening to visit a site and be disappointed because the lack of knowledge and passion for the topic is not there, but in the dollar signs. I do make money from my site, but I’ve been doing this for years and it makes me feel like I’ve been ripped off.

    Again, thank you and I hope people learn.

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    • Harsh Agrawal

      @Nile
      Thanks for dropping by and for beautiful image you created. Inspiration of this post goes to you, as yesterday only I discovered that image on your Fb profile, and couldn’t stop myself from writing this.
      I could understand how you must have felt seeing such blogs.. Since I use many content discovery app (Zite, news360) and keep coming across such blogs, I tend to ignore them… Though this post was long due, as this message is very important for budding bloggers, who accidentally pick up the niche, without knowing the long-term consequences.

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  • Ammar Ali

    Harsh, it seems the link “Also read: Don’t spend money online to make money online” is broken , it gives 404 pages. Can you please fix it?

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