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Are blogs worth it?

  1. LittleFairy profile image83
    LittleFairyposted 5 years ago

    How many of you have blogs and are they affected by google's new algorithm? Is it worth it having a blog and how do you make time for it along with hubpages?

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      Sophia Angeliqueposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Google's new algorithm pushed their own blog up so that it is receiving more traffic than it used to. That said, I seldom read blogs.

      1. LittleFairy profile image83
        LittleFairyposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        Okay, so basically blogs are no longer getting as much traffic as they used to.

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          Sophia Angeliqueposted 5 years ago in reply to this

          No... Google blogs are getting more traffic!

          1. LittleFairy profile image83
            LittleFairyposted 5 years ago in reply to this

            Oh, okay!

          2. Marisa Wright profile image94
            Marisa Wrightposted 5 years ago in reply to this

            Do you have a reference to support that?

            Pre-Panda there was this myth that if you wrote on Blogger, you'd get more traffic than blogging elsewhere because it's owned by Google.  It is just a myth.

            I can't see why Panda would have changed that.  It appears that blogs and websites in general are doing better than article-writing sites, but it really doesn't matter whether you're using Blogger, Wordpress.com or self-hosting.

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              Sophia Angeliqueposted 5 years ago in reply to this

              Yes, I have a reference to support that. If you want to go through all my posts, I give a link to the sites that gained and the sites that lost as a \result of Panda. However, I don't have time to go and find it. It was a post that I started and it was about the topic...

              1. Marisa Wright profile image94
                Marisa Wrightposted 5 years ago in reply to this

                I've seen several reports like that, about the sites that gained and lost.

                I didn't see anything to suggest that .blogspot blogs had gained any advantage?

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                  Sophia Angeliqueposted 5 years ago in reply to this

                  Okay, I cannot account for what you saw and what you didn't see. The fact that you didn't see it doesn't mean that a report wasn't written. And, if by implication, you mean that because you didn't see it, it doesn't exist (otherwise I don't see the point of your comment), well, you need to think that through. The topic came up about a month ago. I'm honestly not going to search my forum posts to prove something to you. If you don't think that's true, I don't care. Somebody asked. I answered them. What they do with the information is up to them. Personally, I will be opening a blospot because according to the figures, they had a twenty six percent gain.

                  1. Marisa Wright profile image94
                    Marisa Wrightposted 5 years ago in reply to this

                    I've just been searching and googling and can't find any mention of this anywhere.  If you happen to stumble across it again, please post a link here as I'd be interested to know more.

    2. Marisa Wright profile image94
      Marisa Wrightposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      I have several blogs. 

      If you have an old-style blog, like an online diary, or a site where you write posts about anything and everything, it's highly unlikely you'll get any readers.

      If there's something you're passionate about and you're able to write really good content about that subject, you might do well.

      1. LittleFairy profile image83
        LittleFairyposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        Thanks, I now understand the whole picture. For now, I am good at various topics not one particular subject so it might be hard to attract traffic. I think I should stick around hubpages and just write here.

        1. Marisa Wright profile image94
          Marisa Wrightposted 5 years ago in reply to this

          HubPages is a good place to try out ideas.  You can get a feel for what you like to write about - and when one of your Hubs suddenly starts getting a lot of traffic or making good income, you'll know you've hit on a good subject for your blog.

          1. LittleFairy profile image83
            LittleFairyposted 5 years ago in reply to this

            Thanks Marissa, I will definately try that smile

    3. kschang profile image89
      kschangposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Blogs are good for small updates that does't belong in a hub.  You can fold in the updates later into the hub, but for small updates I put them in blog firs,t and put the RSS feed in the hub and point the readers at it. Then the blog will point back to more hubs.

      1. wheelinallover profile image80
        wheelinalloverposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        I have used my blog to send anyone who reads to another hubbers hub. I thought with panda it was a really cool idea to help get readership up.
        My blogs do not earn money other than from anyone who goes to my profile and clicks to one of my web pages. I write on only one subject which lead to either (Hub pages) or any of the other sites the corporation owns.
        My blogs take longer to write and are longer than most of my hubs. They are advertising so more time is necessary, and they contain more content to cover the subject well.
        I have found that my niche is overcrowded so really need to find a new one which is less saturated.
        Hub pages however is my "blog" about what my life was like before, for the most part.
        To make money anywhere on the internet you need to come off as an expert in your field, showing this expertise is what gains readership. Choice of keywords is way more important than most people think, if they want readership from beyond the other writers here.

      2. LittleFairy profile image83
        LittleFairyposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        @kschang & wheelinallover,

        Thanks guys, your tips are very helpful smile

  2. mdlawyer profile image61
    mdlawyerposted 5 years ago

    New algorithm has affected blogs and sites alike.

    1. LittleFairy profile image83
      LittleFairyposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Yes, i understand that now, thanks smile

  3. LittleFairy profile image83
    LittleFairyposted 5 years ago

    I made an account at tumblr so I am going to start blogging there from time to time. Lets see what comes out of it smile

  4. Peter Hoggan profile image85
    Peter Hogganposted 5 years ago

    It makes no difference whether it’s a site or a blog, what matters is the subject you are writing about, how many people are interested in it  and how well you promote it.

    1. LittleFairy profile image83
      LittleFairyposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Yeah, you are right. Now I just have to find a niche that is both interesting for me and some people out there.

    2. rebekahELLE profile image92
      rebekahELLEposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      yes, very true. I think some of the top sites are blogs.

      OP, probably the best way to learn about them is to 'read/study' the top blogs in different categories. If you google search "top blogs", a nice directory site pops up with a categorized list of blogs.
      One of my favorites is ProBlogger.net. It has a lot of helpful content.

      1. Marisa Wright profile image94
        Marisa Wrightposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        I think the line between a blog and a website is blurring.

        None of the "top blogs" are blogs in the original sense of the word, which is an "online diary".  The posts are all short articles on a particular topic.  You could just as easily arrange those on a website! 

        The main difference between a website and a blog, I think, is that a website has more static content whereas a blog is constantly having new material added.

  5. tamron profile image62
    tamronposted 5 years ago

    I have several blogs!  I use my blogs for back links.  I blog at blogger because blogger is easy to use.  I blog 2 different ways by category and I blog about my interest.  If my hubs or any of my hub friends match any of my categories or interest I blog it or if I am surfing I find something great I blog it.  Blogging is a great way to find you niche.  I have 3 blogs that are performing quite well.

    1. LittleFairy profile image83
      LittleFairyposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Thanks! you gave me quite some helpful ideas, I like what you said about blogging by category and interests, I might be able to do that.

    2. Rosie2010 profile image83
      Rosie2010posted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Thanks tamron, this helps me too.

  6. Karen Banes profile image88
    Karen Banesposted 5 years ago

    My (wordpress) blog is still getting the same amount of traffic BUT it doesn't earn much from adsense. I think the question is too broad. Blogging can be 'worth it' for many hubbers for lots of different reason. Profit, promotion, backlinks, affiliate marketing - my main advice is always pick something you really love to blog about. The hardest part is just producing regular content on the same subject month after month.

    1. LittleFairy profile image83
      LittleFairyposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Okay! Thanks for the advice, it was very helpful smile

  7. Bill Manning profile image71
    Bill Manningposted 5 years ago

    I make all my income from my wordpress blog software. Meaning some sites are full websites plus a blog.

    These days the line between what is a blog and what is a website is very blurry.

    1. LittleFairy profile image83
      LittleFairyposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Thanks!

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    kimberlyslyricsposted 5 years ago

    I've had good response on my blog but you hit it - time, there just isnt enough
    wink

    1. LittleFairy profile image83
      LittleFairyposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Yeah, time is very scarce for us writers, but hopefully  we can move along slowly smile

      1. lyricsingray. profile image60
        lyricsingray.posted 5 years ago in reply to this

        nice to meet you gal
        xo

        big_smile

        welcome, glad your here

  9. lorlie6 profile image85
    lorlie6posted 5 years ago

    "Hyperbole and a Half" is one rare blog.  It is an amazing cartoonish blog with fabulous drawings...I try NEVER to miss it, though Allie, the author doesn't post often.
    She's worth a look-really!! smilesmile

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      Baileybearposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      what a hilarious blog!

    2. LittleFairy profile image83
      LittleFairyposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      ok! I will definitely have a look, I love these types of blogs

  10. lorlie6 profile image85
    lorlie6posted 5 years ago

    Allie is sooooooo talented!   And I think I have
    'Simple Dog'here at home...Though I've never seen 'shapes' in clouds and such confusion.  Poor, Poor Dog.wink
    I wish she'd post more often...

  11. psycheskinner profile image79
    psycheskinnerposted 5 years ago

    My blogs (I have about 20) all saw an increase in traffic after Panda.

 
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