This was previously published on Gals Pushin’ 50.
I have been blogging for over eight years now. I’ve had many blogs and many different niches. When I first started out, it was simply for the hobby. But the need to be bigger and better quickly took the “fun” out of blogging and turned it into a competition and following too many guidelines written by the “so-called” Blogging Gods.
Who’s Creating These “So-Called” Blogging Rules?
There are those who have been blogging for many more years than myself. I’m sure some of these folks set some of the blogging standards we read about. However, why is it necessary for all of us to follow like whimpering little puppy dogs?
Google sets a lot of rules and regulations when it comes to Blogging, Linking, Affiliate Marketing, and so on. Who the hell put Google in charge?
Rules Were Meant to be Broken
Apparently, when we don’t follow the rules set forth by the Google Gods, we get our bums slapped and are told to “fix it.” But what if it’s not broken per our standards? Google has the power to remove our websites from web searching and can strip us of our page rank just like we are plagued with a skin eating virus!
Yes, I know about the slap on the bum because it happened to one of my previous blogs. Because of the “so-called” rules that I broke when it came to product reviews and sponsored content, I was stripped of my ranking.
That made it next to impossible to regain my high-ranking and retain any sponsors I had as well the monetizing through brands!
Crap! But I Thought I Followed the Rules!
Although I still don’t know exactly what I farked up, because Google denied my reinstatement request, I gave it all up! But why? Does Google and its almighty power matter?
I guess so!
Some may say “Screw Google!” Believe it or not, Google can and will destroy your blog if you don’t follow their rules.
But What About the Other Rules?
What about SEO (Search Engine Optimization)? Well, if we don’t use SEO, the interweb has made it that much harder for our blogs to be seen.
But if you don’t like to play with SEO, what else can you do?
- Join Facebook Groups that promote sharing of blog links.
- Join Linky Parties where you can drop your post so others can read it.
- Commenting on other blogs can get your name seen and your blog.
- Show a genuine interest in networking with people on Social Media outlets.
- Share your content everywhere!
The rules tell us not to over self-promote, but who decides what is too much? I say, find a rhythm that works for you and go for it! But don’t just promote your content (that would be pretty egotistical of you, right), be sure to share those blog posts that you comment on. I’m sure the blogger will appreciate it and may even reciprocate!
So, Who Is Making These Rules?
To be honest, I don’t care. I decided shortly after my nightmare with Google that I was going to walk to my own beat.
- Don’t tell me I need to blog on a self-hosted platform because this one isn’t.
- Don’t tell me I need to make costly Pinterest images for my blog because I’ll stick with my cheapies
- Don’t tell me about keywords and SEO because it just makes me wanna bitch slap someone!
Just simply don’t tell me how I should handle my blog, and I won’t tell you!
The only thing I will tell you is:
- Be true to your voice
- Set your own rules for blogging
- Don’t get caught up in the competition
- Blog for hobby and fun
- If you’re going to blog for money, then make sure you follow the rules 😉
As long as we can keep it fun, it doesn’t seem like work, right?
Over to You
Do you follow all the blogging guidelines set forth by the blogging powers above? What about Google? Have you ever been penalized and how did you correct it?
I’d love to hear your thoughts!