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Do you like blogs? Do you prefer social blogging? Do you prefer article writing? Other feelings about writing?

After reading Barbrad's poll on blogging, I thought I'd ask how deep you have explored or using blogging for your own purposes and how you feel about niche blogs for making money. I did some research to see what Yaro, a top blogger is saying is the latest way to make money blogging: He believes in turning the blog of a small readership into a email marketing funnel. Blog specialized content and now and then sell related products. This is based on what internet marketers says is proven: that those who sign up for emails are more likely to buy. Do you believe that? What has been your experience? Do you have a preference for social blogging over independent niche blogging? In social blogging your earnings are based on advertising revenue of the content host, right? So do you need more advertising or do you need more conversion of readers with targeted ads? I've been on some of these other content sides in the reader role and as a blogger and I haven't once hit an advertisement aimed directly at me. What about you? All comments about writing, blogging and your goals are welcome.

I like social blogging because its simpler. Please comment how its simpler?

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I like social blogging because there is already an audience

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Regualr blogging seems harder to set up and attract an audience

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Regular blogging depends on social media and search engine optimization. I dont like that.

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Im not sure of my niche area to set up a blog

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Ive gotten use to a steady writing income and like more consistency

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I dont like blogging at all I prefer to write articles and content and get paid for it.

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I social blog because I can write freely and am not driven by money

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I social blog for other reasons. Please explain.

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I have other reasons for writing. Please explain.

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I just want to make some additional money each month and not think so much about how

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BarbRad wrote on August 12, 2014, 11:37 AM

Social blogging is what we do on Bubblews and here. There's no confinement to a niche and you aren't an independent blogger but need to interact socially with others on the site to make much money.

sandyresearch wrote on August 12, 2014, 11:52 AM

Ahh. So with social blogging, the money is earned by the interaction, comments and likes. I got that. So it's distinctly different from writing an article for the search engines? So a social blogger probably needs to be more active on social media or in lieu of that spend more time interacting on the platform they're on.
Where do you see the article writing fitting in on social sites? Write for the search engines with the idea of converting people from being a reader of an article to interacting with the article writer and interacting with the social bloggers.
Thanks Barb for answering all these questions because it is giving me some clarity about how all these fit. This would make a good post for you to do for PP newbies. You're a good teacher with experience with both genres of writing.

BarbRad wrote on August 12, 2014, 11:54 AM

I picked just one of many options that are true for me. I have a gardening blog on blogger and an education / bookseller blog on I have three other blogs self-hosted - a political one I haven't posted to in ages, and two new ones that I'm trying to keep active, Bookworm Buffet for reviewing books, and Barb's Writing Life, which is where I put all things related to writing. I would not have started either if I could use affiliate links on my blog. All I can use there are direct links to my own sites, and I no longer sell everything I review because I'm working on an exit plan for the business. I forgot one other self-hosted blog. It's about my local area. The big problem with all these blogs is I don't always have something each week I want to say on them. I just paid for a blogging course I haven't had much time to pursue. It's supposed to teach me how to make a business of it.

But I really prefer social blogging like this because there is interaction. The other blogs don't get many comments but spam, and I spend too much time moderating those. JetPack doesn't seem to help that much. It is really hard to start getting traffic to the newer blogs so that real people start commenting. I suspect I'm never going to be one of those bloggers who makes hundreds or thousands of dollars a month from it. My name is not famous enough and I don't have any niche I really stand out in. At least social blogging brings in something for my efforts. But part of me still wants something that's not dependent on others out there, since you never know how long any site will last. So I blog.

sandyresearch wrote on August 12, 2014, 11:55 AM

Thanks for answering. Do you have a preference for one of your blogs over the other? What do you say to those who say to focus on one blog? And by the way, how do you keep up with all these things? That's worthy of a post.

Also, by social blogging I just learned from Barbrad below that to her it is : writing personal stuff and socializing on a platform to earn money by likes and comments. I found it interesting that the idea is to bring others from social blog into the social discussions. This was an aha for me.

sandyresearch wrote on August 12, 2014, 11:59 AM

Interesting AbbyG because, on some level, I think it helps a lot to keep going when you're not writing primarily for money but for passion. Sounds like you're in a unique position. I heard AC/Yahoo went under and did you move your posts to other similar sites or are you going to share your thoughts through social blogging sites like this?

In the discussion below there's some interesting stuff about social blogging vs. article writing( It's giving me clarity on the issue)

sandyresearch wrote on August 12, 2014, 12:02 PM

Barb I'm going to tell you: I've done a lot of reading on this topic; but you have made it so clear the difference between blogging and social blogging. Of course, you didn't ask for my advice. But I think you could be a strong leader, if not the major one, in social blogging. I've seen some ebooks on the topic; but, girlfriend you've got it down. I can see you specializing in social blogging and turning this into courses and ebooks from a blog. (Like you need another) But my hunch is that many people are confused about where this new genre fits in(social blogging and what it means and how to work it with social media and make money)

paigea wrote on August 12, 2014, 1:09 PM

I didn't know what we did was blogging. I know nothing about blogs or blogging.

vserrao1 wrote on August 12, 2014, 3:43 PM

I like building a readership and to get income.

BarbRad wrote on August 12, 2014, 7:05 PM

Thank you for the idea.

sandyresearch wrote on August 12, 2014, 8:04 PM

Oh yes, you're blogging on a social blog at that...LOL

sandyresearch wrote on August 12, 2014, 8:05 PM

Underneath it all it is about building relationships. That's the internet. Thanks for this perspective.

BarbRad wrote on August 12, 2014, 8:22 PM

I think that's because Bubblews lets you choose what you want to do, and you choose to post articles. The majority of people do more journal or web log (blog) posts there. Here they will divide the different activities up to let you specialize. You are right about the sequential blogs when it's your own blog.