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    27 July 2006

    I’m writing this article in response to Darren Rowse’s Group Writing Project Over At Problogger. He asked the question to all of his readers, “What would you do differently if you had to start your blog over again?”

    I’ll firstly give a list of the “shallower” things that I would have done differently, and then I’ll delve deeper – so to start with:

    • I wouldn’t have been tight, and I would have bought this domain name earlier with hosting so as to add to my reputation earlier and to get that all valuable search engine listing in sooner in the blogging game.
    • I wouldn’t have used Blogger to start my blog. Over at my crappy .blogspot.com domain I had limited options in terms of design and usability, I only had one page to my site which would have sincerely affected my SEO, I had to display the Google/Blogger search bar at the top of the page, and I had to live with the fact that I was unable to get accepted into the blogosphere fully as a result of my domain name. Call it prejudice if you will, but I still find that I get frustrated reading a blog who continues to use Blogger. Google owns their account and get delete it when and where they want. If any of you are still using Blogger I would truly recommend you switch.
    • I would have used WordPress as my CMS (content management system). Its usability is fantastic, you can modify your heart out and its free! What else could you want!?
    • I would have started networking earlier with fellow entrepreneurs. It was only at the end of my .blogspot.com career that I started communicating properly with other bloggers, and fortunately with the start of this new blog, I was able to build powerful relationships and learn a lot from other bloggers who had previously been in my position. Better still their links from their sites continues to help my SEO cause still today!
    • I would have taken advantage more of EzineArticles, Digg, Technorati, Feedburner, Performancing and all the other programs I now use which helps running a blog so much easier. That’s what entrepreneurship is all about – building efficient systems – and I consider my blog as being a system to serve other entrepreneurs like myself.

    However, what I would definitely do the most, is to not focus on the money aspect of blogging. A few months ago, I would check my Adsense account a few times everyday, waiting for that all important, morale boosting click, that most of the time would never come. This in itself showed my reasons for blogging. At the start of this new blog I realised I had to change in order to keep my sanity, and prevent me from experiencing burnout and exhaustion.

    Im so proud of the progress that I’ve made, and all of the information I have learned in half a year, that in retrospect I wouldn’t have changed a thing whilst blogging. I might not even be here today, if I didn’t follow the steps I took in the baby-years of my blogging. I still don’t care if I make $0.00 in a day, I care more importantly about sharing my information, helping others out, providing content, and helping blogging reach new heights.

    12 Responses to Would I Care If I Made $0.00?

    1. Steve A July 28, 2006 at 9:00 pm #

      I concur with all aspects of your post, the early days of using blogspot is the result of a fear of the unknown. I know, I’ve been there.

      The simple task of signing up and not needing to know any code always looks inviting until you become more accustomed to the idea. Then you find that the interface is too prohibitive to do what you want, only then does the penny drop and you then realize that you need your own domain name.

    2. adnan July 29, 2006 at 9:26 am #

      Steve – Yeah you’re definitely right. I htink I was a little afraid that if I bought hosting and a domain I may not get my money back. But, Im sorta glad I built up a little bit of Adsense money so that I knew that blogging could be profitable, but more importantly could be a great way of meeting other with similar interests.

      MamaDuck – I think checking Adsense multiple times could have cost me my blogging future. I wish someone could have given me your type of advice earlier on in my career!! Thanks for the link and great article you’ve written.

      Thanks both you guys for commenting, I really appreciate it!

    3. MamaDuck July 29, 2006 at 3:07 am #

      Awww, you can’t look too closely at Adsense at first, then you have a pleasant surprise when you do check it! I love having my own domain from the beginning. I need to go over to ezine and such and submit more items – thanks for the reminder. We also joined in this project if you want to read – http://lilduckduck.com/archive/187

    4. Maria Palma July 30, 2006 at 7:39 am #

      Thanks for the advice on blog hosting…Most of my blogs are with Blogger and will soon be in the process of switching over to WordPress. Ah! More work…but I’m sure it’ll be worth it.

    5. adnan July 30, 2006 at 11:21 am #

      KS Lim – Im glad my blog has been a help, I started off where you were, on Blogger. It makes more sense to have your own domain and use WordPress – as you can customise to your heart’s content.

      Maria – no problem about the advice. It will be worth it when you see your uniques growing higher, and your adsense or earnings grow along with your traffic! Good luck with your transition! Thanks for your comments.

    6. KS Lim July 30, 2006 at 5:48 am #

      Reading your blog has been refreshing as I am very new to blogging. I am using blogger as a host and will definitely follow your advice to have an independent host.

    7. Sarakastic August 1, 2006 at 2:17 am #

      Thanks for reminding us its not about the $$$ but the journey, great post

    8. adnan August 1, 2006 at 9:59 am #

      No problem, and thanks for commenting.

    9. azhar bakri February 25, 2011 at 6:06 pm #

      your writing gives enlightenment for me to not always focussed on money at blogging, thanks

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