Insights From Philosocom to Online Writers
Updated: Aug 31
My initial experience with Philosocom was uneasy at first. While I made websites as a kid, they were not enough to prepare me for managing and designing a website such as this, especially in a non-native language. It can definitely be said that I had, and am learning, from my own experience, with only minor advices here and there from my family. Here are a few insights from an experienced online writer for those wishing to become successful bloggers, in a world of immense competition from millions of content-creating websites:
What to know before starting:
Make sure you have a niche or subject you're either good at or are willing to have enough time and motivation to improve your knowledge about it, so you will have a better chance at attracting a crowd of readers/followers. Anyone can start a blog at any time, but not everyone has the required knowledge.
Blogging for most will not yield quick and desired results. It requires more than just writing articles, but writing them in a way that will leave a good impression on your audience, so they will be more likely to return for more content. Additionally, you won't always get the same amount of views every day, just like in any other private business. Prepare yourself for disappointment as well as for unexpected, fortunate news.
Where to start a blog: I recommend starting a blog in a website of your own because that would mean you would have more control on the layout of your content and on how it would be monetized. Regardless, secondary, smaller blogs should be made on free websites such as Medium, Quora and so forth, to attract more people to your blog through backlinks. A strong social media presence can save you much money otherwise spent on advertising. Having a lot of followers is not necessarily something shallow to be proud of; as an online writer it can often give you the exposure you need to make money from your content.
Tips on writing a blog:
Make sure you are a good writer; one who can be understood, convey their message, have a wide array of vocabulary to use, and be able to keep your readers interested on the subject you write about. People today usually have a short attention span, so it is your duty to give a reason for your readers to sit and consume your content for at least 2 or 5 minutes on average.
A list of what to avoid as an online writer:
Annoying, exaggerated clickbaits -- They can reflect poorly on your reputation as a content creator.
Fake news -- They can hurt your credibility.
Racism, incitement and sexism -- It can make your blog rejected by some advertisers, including those from Google AdSense.
Articles or posts with only a few sentences.
Condemn/shame ex-followers for unfollowing you -- this is a juvenile and insecure behaviour of a legitimate action. Just carry on without worrying too much.
For specific examples I recommend Rotten Websites Wiki
Here are some ways to monetize your blog, by the way:
Sell advertising space on your blog.
Write sponsored posts.
Create and sell digital products.
Offer consulting services.
Start a membership site.
Thank you all for reading, and I hope I managed to successfully help other ambitious writers in their plans and endeavours.