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A Need For Change

a need for changeOne thing I noticed among bloggers nowadays is their copycat characteristic, just see a blogger do something different and in no time we will have a lot of clone of this particular blogger.

Blogging is not how people take it and there is a need for a lot of test in order to have the best results.

If you take the time to properly look into your blogging strategy, you know what works best for you and eventually, you will choose the right thing and get the perfect results. It is easier said than done and embarking on a blogging reform is not too easy, you have to take some things into consideration.

There is a lot of Risk In it

This is one risky aspect of it. If you are trying to examine your blogging strategy and perfect what works best for you, you will eventually face a lot of challenges and there are somethings that might hamper your growth which you have to do.

One major thing about entrepreneurs is that they are always ready to take risks, whether major or minor, if as a blogger you are not ready to take risks then you are playing with your future because what seems okay now might eventually collapse and leave you into a situation in which you will not be able to do anything.

For example, if you want to succeed as a blogger you will have to first have an erratic posting schedule for sometimes (just as I have been doing:)). I am not saying you should have an erratic posting schedule for the sake of it, but for you to know what works.

I was checking my Google Analytics data recently and I discovered my most popular posts are the ones I have written long ago, in fact, a lot of my recent posts could not make it to that list, after analyzing those popular posts I also noticed they have more comments and retweets but what caps it all is that they are all long posts – super-long posts.

Bloggers are of the impression that short posts get more attention but in my own case I have discovered that longer posts work for me, I simply don’t need to follow the crowd in a case like this but to rather adjust and change things – I might lose some readers (which is why taking risk is important) but the end result will be overall success.

Ask For Help!

One thing I noticed among bloggers (especially me) is that they don’t use to ask for help, and this might be the most important thing you will need.

You are writing for your readers, why not take the time to ask them what they want?

When asking for help, it is very important to be careful and don’t just take all they tell you hook, line and sinker. Many of your readers are simply respecting you because of your position and they will only tell you what you want to hear, they won’t tell you the truth.
Sometimes, your readers might even look at the response of other people and base their reply on this.

In a case where you want solid, unbiased reply, the best thing to do is ask your readers and some close friends and tell them to give you their sincere reviews, after doing this, come up with some other ideas and setup a poll containing the majority of the ideas and let people vote anonymously – they will be more sincere since you will not be able to see them.

I had this problem with one of my ebooks (7 keys to build a better website), the ebook is poorly designed and contained a little typo (I wrote it in 3 hours). It has been downloaded by hundreds of people and not one bothered to tell me about this, it was a very close friend that told me about the errors.

I was wondering why no one told me but I just don’t know why, another similar incident happened recently, I discovered there were no comments on some of my latest posts and I didn’t bother, unknown to me comments were disabled on those posts (I just couldn’t figure out why), it was someone who eventually told me and I fixed the thing immediately.

You’re not Enough!

This is the cold truth, you are not enough to see all the errors on your own, for example, the problem I had with my comments, I couldn’t see it (it happened for about 3 days) – if I had seen it, I would have fixed it. I also didn’t take a critical look at my ebook which is why it was not okay. I need somebody to help me do that, sometimes they wouldn’t come to me, I just have to go to them.

One lesson to learn from this is that you should not wait for people to come and tell you, immediately you embark on any major project or you are facing any major problem, try to ask your readers why, ask for their critique, for example, if i had asked my readers the reason for no comments on my recent posts some of them will have contacted me through email to tell me comments was disabled – they might think it is intentional.

The truth is, people are too busy with their things and they see no reason to help you with yours except you ask them for it.

Refresh!

Finally, take a look at your blog, your business, your life or anything. What is it that used to be but is no longer surfacing? What do you always have in surplus and you no longer have? What major project are you embarking on? You might want to take time to ask your readers and people around you what they think about it, that might be the only solution you need.

One major way to solve your major problems is by making use of polls, since people even have the opportunity to abuse you without them being known then they will be inclined to give you better reviews which they would not have otherwise made known in the comments section.

Over to You!

Have you ever faced this type of problem? What did you do? I and others would love to hear from you in the comments section.

Category: blogging

9 Comments on "A Need For Change"

  1. Usually, customers do not complain. Instead, they will not come back or won’t avail of your product or services again. They will regard it as a bad experience. But if you give them a survey sheet or something, you will find out what they think of your product or service. So it is indeed important that you ask for help or better yet, for your visitors’ feedback. Communication is the key in any business’s success. 😉

  2. Mani Viswanathan says:

    Yup u need to maintain your own Style of writing and dealing with things. Copying what the greats in this field have done won’t fetch you success!

    My Point : Don’t always go beyond money, Build up yourself so that you deserver that place and success & money will automatically come your way!

    • Onibalusi Bamidele says:

      Exactly Mani,

      You are absolutely right, you have summed everything up!

      Thanks a lot for the nice comment,
      -Onibalusi

  3. William Veasley says:

    Hey Oni,

    This is a great article. I’m surprised it doesn’t have more comments. Maybe people just don’t want to take the time to read the whole article but, there missing out!

    You gave me a lot of insight…

    People really don’t genuinely care to help you they just want to help themselves. If they are leaving comments they leave short half ass comments just to say “hey I got another comment in, that’s another link back to my say yay me”.

    Most people don’t even take the time to really read the whole article they just skip through and leave a 5 word comment. There are very few people who will generously tell you what they really thought about the article, or maybe even point out what they didn’t like about the article.

    I believe it takes a real person to help someone else without getting something in return. I believe it is a time for change. Like you said instead of waiting for someone to critique your business, why not just simply ask? Instead of waiting and waiting for something you need help with to change, why just simply ask someone.

    I keep going back to this but, I waited for a whole month without adding my own gravatar because I didn’t know how. I thought it was a stupid question for me to ask anybody, but in one day I reached out for help finding a solution to my problem. Just like that, where-as I might of never found it on my own… Just like you might of never know about your problem on your own.

    I learn a lot from you and for that,

    I say thanks.

    I have 1 opposition for you, and you might want to consider my reasoning.

    I know you are a VERY busy person, but I think you would get more benefit out of personalizing your replys to comments, rather than a quick auto-response.

    I know it might be hard to give everybody the response they’d like but, in the end I’m sure it would make them much rather want to come back to leave even more comments.

    Just a thought.

    God bless,
    William Veasley

    • Nabeel | Create Your First Website says:

      Hi,

      Actually there were a lot of comments, but they all got vanished after some technical glitch on Onibalusi’s blog.

      Read more about it here:

      http://www.youngprepro.com/entrepreneurs/pls-accept-my-apologies/

      • Onibalusi Bamidele says:

        Wow Nabeel,

        Thanks so much! You have already done my work for me 🙂 Thanks a lot!

        @William Veasley, I had over 25 comments on the post before experiencing a problem which made me lose over 400 comments, over 40 subscribers and a lot more. You can read more from the link Nabeel gave you above.
        Concerning replying to comments personally, I always do that but I am seriously busy nowadays so it do take me sometime to reply.

        Thanks a lot for your concern,
        -Onibalusi

  4. Asking help is not hard. And it would definitely not hurt us.

    Asking someone to look at our work is also a great thing. Sometimes third person is the key for us to know what went wrong. Sometimes we are not aware that what we are doing is wrong. 🙂

    You sure do know know your craft Oni. You did not disappointment. You did post non stop. Thanks for sharing.

    • Exactly Ernest,

      You are absolutely right.

      Asking for help should not be hard and when done properly should nring proper results.

      Thanks a lot for commenting,
      -Onibalusi

  5. Tej Kohli says:

    Yeah changes are essential part of the life its not only make you update but make some refreshment in life .. I like your blogs New Looks

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