Blogging is Dead

Did you hear the news? Blogging is dead! The revelation that blogging is so 2004 and not worth doing any longer was sure news to me.

Did you hear the news?  Blogging is dead!

The revelation that blogging is so 2004 and not worth doing any longer was sure news to me.

Paul Boutin over at Wired.com States “Thinking about launching your own blog? Here’s some friendly advice: Don’t. And if you’ve already got one, pull the plug.”

Paul is right, that the top blogs on Tecnorati are no longer the personal blogs written by the individual, they are now the blogs of corporations and political heavy weights.  The small time blogger like you and I no longer have a chance to reach the top of the blog directories.

So you need to stop blogging today.  Do you hear me?  Everyone stop blogging – please.

According to the above article, some bloggers are moving over to Twitter and Facebook.  Yes, Twitter and Facebook are great services and I think all blog owners should use those services and just stop blogging – blogging is just a waste of time.

There are just too many blogs today, too much competition to make it worth while.

I guess the ease of use of blogging platforms, like WordPress, has doomed all of us in the blogging world.  Now virtually anyone, without technical expertise can blog, and blogging is no longer the darling of the technically skilled.

The blogosphere has created it’s own demise since it is so easy to do, and there are so many people teaching others how to blog.

With the millions of blogs out there, how will your blog ever get noticed?  It won’t – so stop already, pull the plug, go Twitter everyone and let them know you will be using Twitter to communicate with them, because you are pulling the plug on your blog.

Let’s start a “pull the plug on your blog” movement, and spread the word to everyone we know.

Wait a minute….what are you doing here?  How come you are reading this?  Don’t you know blogs are dead?

Seriously, even though it has become tougher to compete in the blogging arena, there are still plenty of benefits to blogging.  The internet is still all about content, and blogs are content.  Plus, the search engines still love blogs and content and always will.

If some find blogging no longer worth doing, and turn off their blogs, great – that just leaves more potential visitors to our blogs.

The real key to blogging today, is to find niches to blog about.

For example, if you try to get traffic to a general political blog today, you will have a hard time competing with the big boys.  But, if you decided to blog about something like politics from a Christian’s prospective, or from a lawyer’s perspective, or an internet marketer’s perspective, you should be able to find an audience.

Blogging is dead – NOT!  It’s just like everything else on the internet, you just need to adapt to the times and competition.

Blog on!

Mike

DoFollow Blog Comment Spam

As this blog becomes more popular I am seeing more comments that, though not obviously spam, add no value to the post or comments of others. Therefore, these comments are seen by me to be spam comments.

As this blog becomes more popular I am seeing more comments that, though not obviously spam, add no value to the post or comments of others. Therefore, these comments are seen by me to be spam comments.

I hate to see people go through the work of adding a comment only to have it deleted by me, but I will not allow comments that do not add to the value of the post.

Comments like “This is great info, I now understand this better. I like your blog and layout and will be returning often”.

Although this is a nice, complimentary comment, it does not pass my “smell test”. Compliments don’t necessarily add to the post discussion and this type of comment makes me think it’s a standard comment probably being used across several dofollow blogs.

If you are not going to read my blog post, and comment on the content, I will remove your comment. I don’t mind taking the time to do that, but hate to see people waste their time.

So, to get the most out of commenting on blogs and avoiding being seen as contributing blog spam, I suggest you read my dofollow blog comment rules.

Dofollow blog comment spam has caused popular dofollow blogs to turn nofollow on again. Please do the right thing and contribute quality comments on dofollow blogs.

Mike

Dofollow Blog Incoming Links

Do dofollow blog incoming links from bad neighborhoods negatively affect page rank? This is a really a follow up to my last post about Dofollow Blogs and Page Rank.

Do dofollow blog incoming links from bad neighborhoods negatively affect page rank?

This is a really a follow up to my last post about Dofollow Blogs and Page Rank.

One thing that was mentioned on the blog I refer to in that post, was that page rank may have been negatively affected because of incoming links from other websites that Google may not like – many times called “links from bad neighborhoods”.

It appears the her dofollow blog ended up on some forums, and on some blogs, in dofollow blog lists. You can do a search on Google and find a number of blogs and forums that contains lists of dofollow blogs. You receive a link back to your blog, which you would think is a good thing.

And it probably is a good thing unless Google sees this a something like a link farm, or a site that sells links – something bad that Google doesn’t like. This could result in a link to your blog that is not desirable.

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Side Note:

Many times there lists are not accurate regarding nofollow vs dofollow. Plus, you did not request to have your blog be put on these lists, and it may be difficult getting of the list if you wanted to.

With my DoFollow Blog Directory you place your blog in the directory, I don’t search for dofollow blogs and add them to the directory. The only way you can get in the directory is to initiate it yourself.

You also get to choose your desired link text, you give your blog a description and you choose a category for you blog. This adds much more value to your blog than just some link on a blog or forum.

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So, could being on these lists negatively affect your Google page rank? Good question, and I don’t know.

I have heard that links from bad neighborhoods to your site will not count against you, and also not count for you. This would make the most sense and I hope that’s how Google handles these situations.

If Google counted these bad neighborhood links against you, that could cause some real problems. For example, let’s say you are a devious low life scoundrel – I know this is not true, but the is a hypothetical “what if”.

YOu have a website related to Golf Clubs and you are number 5 on the first page of Google. Of course you want the number one spot, so you devise a devious plan to get that coveted spot.

So, you find a number of bad neighborhood spots on the internet, and you start placing links to your top 4 competitors sites on those websites. Google starts noticing all these bad incoming links and starts dropping your competitors. Your site rises to the number one spot on Google for golf clubs and you win.

But wait, another devious scoundrel knows the same low life strategy that you do, and starts placing links to you on bad sites and knocks you out of the game.

As you can see, this would create a lot of chaos. So, even though bad incoming links won’t help you, I don’t believe they will hurt you either.

I don’t think you need to be concerned about dofollow blog incoming links from bad neighborhoods. But, why not get incoming links from good neighborhoods like the Dofolow Blog Directory.

Mike