Pretty much no blogger gets to work forever without competition. Blogging is such a crowded space that pretty much everyone has at least one other site out there that could be seen as a competitor or alternative, even if it isn’t always a direct one.
Whether you’re blogging for business, for passion or for fun, this can be a pretty heavy thought. After all, whether it’s dollars or eyeballs, you don’t want another site taking anything away from you, especially after you’ve worked so hard.
But competition online isn’t anything like competition in the bricks and mortar world. In the real world, every dollar you spend at restaurant A is one you don’t spend at restaurants B-Z. You only have so much money and can only eat so many meals. Furthermore, there’s only a certain number of people in a your region, meaning only so many people who CAN visit any of the restaurants in it.
On the Web, there’s no such limitation as there’s no cost in visiting most websites, people can literally come from anywhere and one’s time available for reading sites on a particular topic is limited only by their interest in it.
While competition on the Web is something you have to address, it isn’t something you have to fear. So what should you do when your blog faces some stiff competition? The answer is, most likely, to greet them with a hug rather than a clinched fist. Read More
My good friend Patrick O’Keefe recently sat down for an hour-long interview with Rise to the Top that discussed, among other things, how to build and promote a successful site or community.
One of the points he made was that you don’t have to create the next Facebook or the next Google in order to have a successful site, but instead do something well within your personal niche that enables you to grow.
Because, while the drive to be number one certainly isn’t a bad thing by itself, it often causes bloggers to make two very critical mistakes. The first is to compare their site’s value to others and the second is to blindly imitate those who they see as more successful.
Either mistake can easily kill off an otherwise great blog by creating unneeded discouragement, but, more importantly, the mindset that you have to be number one in every respect can lead you to ruin what makes your blog unique and great. Read More
The BloggingPro team is proud to announce the first BloggingPro End of Year Giveaway.
Next week, from Monday 28th December 2009 to Thursday 31st December, every day we are giving away different prizes. A big thank you to all our sponsors who have made this giveaway possible.
Templatic recently rebranded from PremiumThemes to Templatic and and are offering our readers several free themes to celebrate the end of year, rebranding and the launch of their elusive Store e-commerce theme.
Elegant Themes, maintained by designer Nick Roach, is another popular themes club for WordPress
Nick Roach will be giving away several club memberships during the BloggingPro End of Year Giveaway.
Digging into WordPress
Digging into WordPress author Chris Coyier was recently interviewed here at BloggingPro. Now it’s Jeff Starr’s turn to answer our questions and the crew is giving away several copies of the popular ‘Digging into WP’ book.
Last but not least Thord D.Hedengren will announce his upcoming ‘Smashing WordPress’ book exclusively on BloggingPro and copies will be given away for our readers. After he finished his new design!
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