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Some great Bloggers I know telling the world what success in Blogging is all About.

It has being a while. Please I do hope I might be pardon for not writing for sometime now. I was engaged in some engagements and that engagement of course is one engagement which ought to be engaged. Hahaha! I know I’ve not made any sense with that statement of mine but I believe this is one post you can’t afford to ignore midway because it’s a post with some of the finest bloggers I know in this blogosphere coming on board.

So instead, the best advice I can offer you is for you to tighten your seat belt or better grab a cup of coffee or grab a pen and paper and be taking notes as the question, what is success in blogging is being answered.

Talking of the finest bloggers I threw the question to; stand well and watch those lovely answers which came on board.
Prof. Mi Muba was the first person I threw the question to and please those who don’t know him, it’s either you are the only stranger in Bethlehem or just arrived . Hahaha!

Look at Prof. Mi and what he had to say! He is the brain behind Be a Money Blogger.

Success is a relative term. A huge success for one may be a starting point for another. That is why it is not so easy to say definitely who is successful and who is not. But there is a general criterion of success which says you are successful if you are moving towards your destination in a speed that you are sure of reaching there within deadline.

In blogging, success has diverse meaning. Just talk to a few successful bloggers and their achievements will be quite different from each other. A few of them will proudly share their income reports with you, a few others analytics of their blog and a few intellectual soul wills simply declare they are so happy to blog regularly and getting huge pleasure from it. Readers’ engagement, fame, authority and huge number of friends are also a few benchmarks of success in blogging according to many bloggers.

But being a serious blogger with the goal to become a damn pro blogger you must develop the habit of measuring your success in quantified term. How many kilograms happiness you have right now. Did you ever hear this question? Or how many liters satisfaction you achieve with blogging? Surely you will burst into laughter after hearing such silly questions.

So get ready to start examining your success in quantified terms from now. You need to keep reviewing it with regular interval of a month, two month or maximum one quarter.

  • How many posts you published?
  • How many average numbers of comments you received on your each post?
  • How many likes, +1, favors and reshares you received at Facebook, Google+ and Twitter.
  • How many friends or followers you got at Facebook, Google+ and Twitter.
  • How many unique visitors increased at your blog?
  • How many unique visitors converted into loyal visitors?
  • How much rise you achieved in your PPC income?
  • How much rise you achieve in your affiliate income?
  • How many your own products and services you sold in a given period?
  • And above all how much rise you received in your total blog income?

You can easily review your level of success in quantified terms if from the day one you make an excel sheet and put each question in its first column and add four more columns to record the numbers of four subsequent weeks if you want to review after every month. So the number of weekly columns depends upon the length of your review period like monthly, bio monthly or quarterly.

I am not adamant to say that qualitative achievements are not part of the success. But you can’t record:

  • How much satisfaction you derived from blogging in a given period of time?
  • How much pleasure you obtained?
  • How much fame you achieved?
  • How much love you got?

You can simply feel these achievements and share them with others with the help of powerfully appropriate words. But you can’t review these achievements as a tabulated data.

So your success in blogging has two components. One is quantitative which you can review exactly and also share it with others to inspire them how successful you are. The other component is qualitative which you can enjoy more and equally tell your followers and friends by skillfully describing the level of your qualitative success.

What does Madam Harleena had to say as well? She is one individual I deem as the Mother of Blogging. She is the brain behind Aha-now.

The basic reason of blogging is to put our personal point of view across to people. It’s still a personal diary as it meant to be, but in the present era, a blog is a personal point of view diary that we want everybody to read.

Blogging is successful if more people visit and read your blog and exchange or share their views – the more your point of view perpetuates and gets recognized, the better. Thus, the basic criteria of successful blogging is more targeted blog traffic, as well as user interaction and engagement.

The engagement can be in the form of visitors spending more time reading your blog post, commenting on them, and sharing your posts with others through social bookmarking and social media sites, or other means. If your blog engagement contains all these aspects of engagement, you’re definitely progressing towards success in blogging.

The advanced criteria of success in blogging is the accomplishment of the desired result. It could differ from blogger to blogger, as it can be anything like – achieving higher rank, being more popular, helping more people, contributing to the society and the world, earning lots of money, selling greater number of products or services etc.

Overall, success in blogging is subjective. It depends on your objective of blogging.

This same question was also thrown to the name Atish Ranjan. He is the main man behind Tech Tricks World and I always love his honesty. This is what he had to say;

Success in blogging can be different for different people. Few believe that earning huge amount of money from blogging is success, few consider success if their alexa rank becomes very good. Different bloggers has different measures to define success in blogging.

If you ask me, I would say success in blogging is when I wouldn’t need to do a day job for paying my bills. This is the biggest success I am still waiting for but there are so many other things which I consider as success such as:

  1. When I get more valuable comments on my blog post from some good bloggers and readers.
  2. When I notice multiple bloggers are sharing my blog posts on their social profiles because they are worth sharing.
  3. When I notice someone mentioned my name on his/her blog.
  4. When my readers appreciate my blog posts.
  5. You have asked me to put my views for this post. Right? It is also a kind of success for me because you might have thought that I would give something valuable to your readers.

 In short, for me success in blogging is anything which gives me happiness and whatever I have mentioned above are the things which make me very happy.

And obviously as I said in the beginning that the greatest success for me in blogging will be when I won’t need to do a day job which means earning a lot of money.

One more thing I considered as success which is RESPECT. When someone respects you in blogosphere, this is a kind of great success. I think I am much successful in this area as I have got so many good fellow bloggers and friends like you who respect me a lot and this is one of great success to me.

I hope I am done with what I wanted to say!

“Success is everything which makes you happy”

Another main man who shared his opinion on this was Kulwant Nagi with Blogging Cage. He loves blogging more than any individual I’ve known.

Blogging is a journey, not a destination. So in blogging you cannot define the point of success. You will have to excel yourself everyday to become a better blogger.

Blogging is a combination of your marketing skills, writing style, dedication and commitment, which will become stronger only and only if you are in the learning mode.

So it’s a continuous process.For me success in blogging is, when your students/readers start making money.

There is no need to blog if you are not helping people to change their lives.

Success in blogging is all about seeing the change in society with your efforts.

My Turn

My turn? what I have to say is a big thank you to all these great bloggers who made this post a reality. Thanks once more and I do you wish you all; all the best.

Your Turn

It’s now your turn, what is success to you in this blogging world? What do you make of this post as well? Your thoughts by way of comments are really welcome.

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How to Become a Popular Blogger in this Confused area called Blogosphere?

How to become a popular blogger in this confused area called blogosphere? This is of course the exact question one person asked me on Facebook but I think it will be prudent to address this issue in the form of a post.I do like how the question was framed with particular interest in the confused part.

If you want one area where you’re likely to be confused the more, then please find yourself in an area we refer to as blogosphere. Whiles Blogger A has this to say, Blogger B has a different opinion to share as well but the funny thing is that it’s all happens on the same subject-matter.

As always, posts on kabenlah.com is where I look at the world through the eyes of others aren’t complete without Little Johnny who always finds in one mischievous act or the other and as always, today is of no exception.

Little Johnny got to school late on Monday morning:

Teacher: Little Johnny why did u come to school late?

Little Johnny : One man lost #1,000 note at the bus stop

Teacher: “Ooohh! That’s good of you…seems you were helping the man look for his lost money.

Little Johnny answered “Nooo! Am I mad?  I was standing on the money”

But on that Sunday preceding the Monday, look at what happened to Little Johnny. No wonder he needs money.

Little Johnny’s pastor called him after church and asked him how much he bought his iphone 6 smartphone.

Little Johnny lied that he bought the phone for $100 instead of $1000, because he didn’t want the Pastor to shout and ask how much he (Little Johnny) gave to God that month.

All of a sudden, the Pastor gave Little Johnny  two hundred dollars to buy two of the phones for him and his wife. Now Little Johnny is confused and doesn’t know what to do. What advice will you give to Little Johnny?

Hahaha! Obviously, Little Johnny need some great advice and  is indeed in great dilemma.
Let now move back to business as usual. How does one become a popular blogger in this confused world we call blogosphere?

  1. Don’t Change your Blogging niche just like that

Let people know your blog for one particular thing and don’t be the jark of all trades. Be known for solving one particular problem instead of lambasting your readers with all sorts of posts around the web.

  1. Always answer the important questions of your readers so that they remember you as their guide.

Wanting to becoming a popular blogger is all about answering the needed questions your readers want to know.

  1. While sharing links express the topic clearly so that people become interested in clicking your link.
  2. Thank people for their retweets since they are helping you to become more popular in their side.
  3. Engage with your Readers

Whether you are popular or trying to gain popularity, engaging with your audience is the key. If you can keep your regular readers happy and use good ways to get more and more new readers, then you can easily get popularity and once your blog becomes popular you don’t need to worry about anything. If you were blogging for money, then now you can easily get a decent income as money will flow to you because you have finally build a brand out of your blog.

Always remember that not just the branding of your blog is important but also personal branding of yourself is important. Why? Because you are the one who run your blog and people want to talk with you, their influencer. They want you to help and educate them.

Your Turn

What do you make of this and what do you have to add? How does one become popular as a blogger? Your thought is very well welcomed.

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Some Bloggers I have Grown to Hate

I have being weighing my options as to whether to accelerate or apply the brakes on this. I guess you might be wondering on what? I have decided to have hanged my blogging…

I need to place the full stop before I’m lambasted with lots of questions and whys I can’t find answers to. I will obviously be coming in with the right post for that but as usual; this post ought to be written in a way which obviously has to be understood.

I know I might not be writing in Greek but in English but there seem to be certain words which I myself find it difficult to understand but not something like some bloggers I have grown to hate.
Now what comes in mind is this; what is this post going to be about?

Anyone who teaches they call a teacher and interestingly anyone with a blog is called a blogger. One beautiful thing about blogging is that it requires no certificate and anyone with a blog can obviously go around hitting his chest hard telling the world he or she is a blogger. Thanks for the likes of blogger.com and wordpress, people like me can refer to myself as a blogger as well. Hahaha!

As always, my posts aren’t complete without our good friend Little Johnny. What has happened this time around? For those who don’t know about Little Johnny, embrace yourself for this.

At a Sunday school class, one Sunday morning, after an interesting topic, the teacher asked, “Any question?”

Little Johnny, looking puzzled, raised his hand, and the following conversation ensued:

Little Johnny: “You said the children of Israel escaped from Egypt?”

Teacher: Yes

Little Johnny: “You said the children of Israel crossed the red sea?”

Teacher: Yes

Little Johnny: “You said the children of Israel also brought down the mighty walls of Jericho?

Teacher: “Yes Little Johnny!” “What exactly is your question?”

Little Johnny: “When the children of Israel were doing all these, where were the adults of Israel?”

Hahaha! I guess Little Johnny has raised an interesting question. Let move back to business as usual and I think there is no need for me to repeat myself once again by listing some bloggers I have grown to hate.

  1. Ungrateful Bloggers

If there is one thing which seems to be making wave across in this blogosphere, it has to do with some bloggers who are always ungrateful. How do you make of this? A blogger desperately asks for your help and you do all that you can for him, but at the end, not a simple thank you was returned. How will you feel about it? My stay in this blogging arena has made me come across many bloggers and how they behave.

I have lots of Facebook friends on my list who are bloggers and interestingly, the only time most of them messages you is when they find themselves in a mess and after that you will only hear of them when there is another problem they feel you could be of help. Hahaha!
What annoys me the most is the fact that; a mere thank you is something they find it difficult to say.
Ungrateful bloggers are one bloggers I hate the most.

  1. Hypocrite Bloggers

I think I have talked a lot of these types of bloggers on this blog of mine. These are the types of bloggers who preach the word but do the exact opposite of it. But why should that be the case? The blogging scene is filled with lots of these bloggers and I just laugh anytime I come across such blogs. Blogging is all doing what you preach as well.

  1. Confused Bloggers

These are the types of bloggers I prefer to call them the swinging bloggers as well. They tend to go along with anything they read. Every blogger must be discerning and not just go along with what the masses are doing. But there are bloggers who very much interested in doing exactly what other bloggers are doing and just want their blogs to be like theirs. Blogging is all about being yourself and I think I have said this  more than a million times but I think it is worth repeating once more again in this post.
Your Turn

One beautiful thing about finding yourself as a blogger is the fact it is more or less like a democratic state, everyone has a view to share. Hence, it is now your turn to have say on this. What are some of the bloggers you’ve grown to hate?

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The Difference between a Nigerian Blogger, an Indian Blogger and an American Blogger. Part 2!

The Difference between a Nigerian Blogger, an Indian blogger and an American blogger is of course the issue on board for today. I vividly do remember that I have written such post on my blog before and so I guess this is going to be the part 2. For those who missed the first part, check it out.

When it comes to even movies, I guess there is even a big difference in their trends. Whiles there is the high possibility of a Nigerian movie somehow ending in part two or three like this post, Indian movies have one unique character of always ending in love with the main man having his dream woman always at the end but when it comes to American movies, they have an interesting way of playing with your mind. Hahaha!

Is that how it is when it comes to blogging? Blogging is one beautiful thing many do find themselves in because it is perceived to be that easy thing all of us could find ourselves in and obviously the luxury will start flowing.

What attract many into the blogging scene be it the blogger being a Nigerian, an Indian or an American mainly has to do with the numerous successes few bloggers write about on their blogs.

Now let move back to the big question on board, what is that big difference between a Nigerian blogger, an Indian blogger and an American blogger? The funniest thing is that they all came to the blogosphere with one big mission which is to achieve freedom and at least make some cool bucks from their hard work.

Another interesting similarity between these bloggers is the fact that they all love Adsense if not all of them, about 90% of them do. Hahaha! I do hope it goes beyond the 90% though. What again do they have in common?

They all complain when Adsense earnings are low and slam Google Adsense when they are banned. HAHAHA!

Before we obviously move into business, it is obviously clear that this post wouldn’t be complete without my good friend Little Johnny.  He is involved in one wedding scandal.

This particular wedding event occurred at his own wedding reception. This is what he had to say at the wedding vote of thanks.

  1. I want to first of all thank the Lord Almighty for creating my wife and to also thank the pastor and his wife for lending us their wedding rings.
  2. Special appreciation to my landlord who lent us his car.
  3. I am most grateful to my boss for approving the loan I used for the wedding.
  4. Big thanks to the committee of friends for the appeal fund they raised on my behalf.
  5. Also to my brother’s wife, thank you for lending us your wedding gown.
  6. I’m so grateful to the cake designer for the cake. I promised to return it tomorrow morning as agreed without cutting or part of it.
  7. Special thanks to my friends who brought food from their homes to help me feed you all. Please for those who were served food good luck and for Those who didn’t get any, well we will make it up to you during our child dedication (hopefully next year).
  8. Very big thanks to my parents for bringing the village cultural band to supply the music as well as entertain us all here, today.
  9. Not forgetting the church marriage committee, thank you for persuading my wife to marry me.
  10. Appreciation to the married men in the church for rushing me into this marriage.
  11. The women are not left out, thanks a lot for teaching my wife how to dance.
  12. To the youths, thank you for sweeping and decorating this venue with palm fronds.
  13. I am also grateful to my teenage friends for helping with the Sobolo drink
  14. Appreciation to my co-tenants for contributing money for the cameraman
  15. Well, I wish you all safe journey and I pray you don’t experience what I suffered for this wedding. Thank you all.

Hahaha! As to whether this marriage is going to last just as Little Johnny plans, time will obviously be the judge at the end. I think the wedding was dissolved right at the reception.

But that obviously is the palaver of Little Johnny and not something we have to think of. Let move back to business as usual and once again let me repeat myself, what is that difference between a Nigerian blogger, an Indian blogger and an American blogger?

This is where the discussion begins. When it comes to blogging, the nationals of Nigeria and Indians as well as Americans can’t be left out. They seem to be the main stay as far as blogging is concern.

But the most interesting thing is that they all seem to have a peculiar character which distinguishes them from one another.

When it comes to Nigeria, the issue of entertainment is what they love to write about. Nothing entertainment doesn’t go through their lenses without proper scrutiny but the funny thing about most Nigerian bloggers is the fact that most of them are greedy and the downfall of a fellow blogger brings them more joy and I guess the issue of Linda Ikeji portrayed that vividly well. Hahaha!

And when we come to our Indian bloggers, there is one disintinctive trace about them, they have lots of blogging personalities to look up to with so many names who are Indians making it in this industry we call blogging but one funny thing about them as well has to do with the fact most Indian bloggers hardly speak the truth especially when it comes to issues of how much they make online. This breed jealousy among them. Hahaha!

With our American bloggers, they always have this zeal of channeling out those lovely personal development posts but the unfortunate thing is that it will be very difficult for an American to live on his or her blog when the blog even earns him $1000 monthly. Hahaha!

Your Say now

What do you make of this? Your thought by way of comment is very well welcomed. What do you think is the difference between a Nigerian blogger, an Indian blogger and an American blogger? Hahaha!

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5 Blogging Tips which Makes me understand Blogging is not for Fools.

Kabenlah is at it again and as usual when I’m it, it means all that I’m doing is channel a piece like this which I will prefer to call it a masterpiece. Can you think of any better name though? Hahahaha!

5 Blogging Tips which makes me understand Blogging is not for Fools is the issue. The name Emmanuel Kabenlah Cudjoe is a blogger with kabenlah.com and this is something you already know but what has blogging taught me all these while?

This post is being written but as usual you obviously do know Kabenlah’s posts aren’t mostly complete without the introduction of Little Johnny. For those who might not have heard of my good friend Little Johnny, he is that guy who always finds himself in one mischievous act each and everyday and today is of no exception.

1) TEACHER: Little Johnny, what do you call a person who keeps on talking when people are no longer interested?

Little Johnny: A teacher! 

2) TEACHER: How do we keep our school clean?

Little Johnny: By staying at home!

3) TEACHER: Draw a diagram of bacteria.

[Few minutes later]

Little Johnny: Here it is sir.

TEACHER: Where? You haven’t drawn anything

Little Johnny: Sir, can you see bacteria without microscope?

4) TEACHER: Little Johnny, your essay on “My Dog” is exactly the same as your brother’s. Did you copy his essay?

Little Johnny: No Sir, it’s the same dog.

5) Little Johnny was writing something very slowly. A friend asked “why are you writing so slowly?”

Little Johnny: I’m writing to my six year old son, he can’t read very fast.

Hahaha! these are some of the interesting collections of Little Johnny but as usual, let just move back to business as usual and I do hope because of laughter, you haven’t forgotten the fact that the issue on board has to do with 5 Blogging Tips which makes me understand Blogging is not for Fools. I will be interested in knowing yours as well.

So what are they? What are some of the blogging tips blogging has taught me?

  1. Contents aren’t king but instead Readable Contents are.

There seem to be this whole notion spreading across the entire blogosphere with respect to having to make it as a blogger, one need to focus more on writing more contents. That is of course not a bad idea at all but what are the sorts contents are you’re channeling? Readable contents are what matters the most as far as succeeding as a blogger is concern. Who told you content is King? It isn’t!

  • Content isn’t king anymore. Content used to be king. Now it’s a servant in the king’s court. The king is the user. Content serves the king (the user) with valuable writings, videos, images, graphics, resources, or whatever else Content should be. The best content wins. Anything else rolls downhill collecting at the base of the Mountain of Mediocrity, which makes the web. The best content wins, because the web is built with mediocrity.
  • Relationships are the king makers. Relationships allow us to connect with important people, companies, and organizations online. They are what the web (and the world) are built on, too. Consistent contribution makes healthy relationships possible. Consistency is key.
  • Identity is a knight. Identity grants “known-ness” to those lucky enough, smart enough, talented enough, or hard working enough to wear that crown. Identities can be powerful allies on the web, in the never-resting tussle for attention.
  1. Images are very Important

One thing is clear when it comes to issues blogging, where words can’t be used, images have a thousand words to say so the use of images is something which can’t of course be taken lightly.

  1. Crafting crafty Headlines

The first call of attention when it comes to blogging has to do with headlines and if there is one thing which blogging has taught me well, it has to do with crafting good headlines. But how many bloggers take into consideration headlines when it comes to crafting a headline?  Headline is the first commitment level from the reader and anything other than that leaves readers wondering and they go and come no more. Hahaha!

  1. Having a Business Plan

What is the plan for your blog? Or just like many you’re just blogging for blogging sake but why the complain in low in revenue? Blogging is more or less like an enterprise on its own and so the earlier that sink in, the better.
Having a plan for your blog is something obviously not for fools.

  1. Traffic

Having a better traffic is all about; Big Network + Better promotion = More traffic. 
The equation is as simple as that!

Your Turn.

What do you make of this. It is now your turn to have your say as well.

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To Tag or not To Tag? That is a Million Dollar Question

Another month is here and I still wonder why they call it October. My plans for October have being put on hold and the best lesson this has taught me is never to trust anyone who wears trousers. Hahaha! On a more serious note, trust me on that.

Let me take this opportunity to acknowledge the name Madam Areesha Noor of New Year Greeting 2014.She is that brilliant well known for her lovely messages for all occasions even messages bound for newly-born babies.

For those lovely messages for your wife, you can check these out

  • Ι don’t Know where Ι would be, if you had not supported me. Α dead end is where my life would come to, if it were not for you. Today, Αs we celebrate οur anniversary, Ι just want tο say thanks fοr everything baby.
  • Εven though we have been married just fοr a few years, yοu can read my mind as if you have known me for Α lifetime. Ηappy anniversary, Ι love yοu.
  • Ι love you mοre than life itself and sο thankful that we met my world’s nοw filled with sun shine, Ηow much better can it get?
  • Sοme husbands dedicate sοngs, sοme dedicate a Facebook page and some dedicate a gift to their wives on a wedding Αnniversary. Ι have kept it simple and dedicated my whole life tο you, sweet Ηeart. Ηappy anniversary.
  • Yοu are the Gοοd in my Good Μorning, Ηappy in my Ηappy Birthday and Lοve in my Ι Love Yοu. Happy anniversary to the woman who Ιs the essence οf my life.

These are the sorts of beautiful messages the name Areesha has to offer and visiting her site wouldn’t of course be a bad thing to do at all. You will be amazed at those messages she has to offer and you will love them as well.

Now let move back to business as usual and as you already know, the issue on board is simple; to tag or not tag? That to me is worth more than a million dollar. Hahahaha! Please before I’m skinned alive here, let me first of all introduce you to Little Johnny and do you know Little Johnny has found himself in a new school but I doubt whether he will be accepted.

Look at what transpired.

TEACHER: There will be an elementary science test next week.

Contrary to his nature, Little Johnny reads his book from cover to cover like no man’s business.

On test day, teacher lines up about 5 birds, covering each with a piece of cloth so only their legs are visible.

QUESTION 1: Looking at the leg of a bird write down its common name, species, family, zoological name, habitat etc.

After about 20 mins of frustration and not writing down anything, Little Johnny storms to the teacher’s desk and slams his blank sheet in front of the teacher.

Little Johnny: Sir, this test makes no sense! I am going home!

TEACHER: What a rude boy! Come back here. What is your name?

Little Johnny raises his trouser and points to his leg “You too, look at my leg and tell me my name, my surname, my house address, what tribe I come from”

Hahaha! I guess the teacher now has his own palaver to solve now but as to whether he will be able to solve that, I have my own question to solve here as well and as usual it has to do with whether to tag or not to tag?

This tagging issue raised an interesting issue on Facebook just recently with some taking offence with respect to why friends need tag them in their posts. It was a back and forth debate

This is my take on it as well. Why do people become angry when they are tagged? Tagging is something many do see as really unethical but is that really the case?
The issue is; as bloggers we all need each other that is why I have bloggers as friends on Facebook so will I be wrong to tag you when I write a blog post on blogging which I deem worthy for every blogger to read?

Most bloggers avoid tagging simply because they hate it but will love you to tag them when you write about but my problem is; why will you not allow me to tag you in my ordinary post but will love it when I tag you in a post I mentioned you? Is that not… Let me pause here before  I say the unsay able. Hahaha!

Your Turn

What is your say on this? I have had mine and yours is very well welcomed.To Tag or not to Tag is the issue on the board today and what you make of it is what I want to hear from you.

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7 interesting Ways To Kill Your Blog

If I I should tell you that I know of 101 interesting ways you can kill your blog, will you believe? I am not an Arsene Winger though who according to Mourinho is a specialist in failure. That to me is indeed a huge word.All that I now hope is that my teams Real Madrid and Man. City will win the champions league and premier league respectively.

Now let’s delve into the main issues on board and forget all those football nonsense. Ha..ha.. So what are we to talk about today?
I want us to look at interesting ways to kill our blogs. Yes, I mean interesting ways to kill your blog.
Registering a domain name and turning it into a profitable blog takes time. It takes patience, hard work and quite a few clever decisions. Some people would even argue that at times it takes a little bit of luck. The one thing that’s for certain is that it’s not easy.

Though most people know how difficult it is to create a profitable blog, many are surprised to learn how easy it is to kill one. Getting noticed as a blogger might take a long time but losing the lion’s share of your readers can be achieved surprisingly quickly.
If you’ve been enjoying a certain amount of blogging success of late, here are seven mistakes that you should avoid making at all costs.

Lose Your Modesty

Different bloggers handle popularity differently. The clever ones remain modest. They continue to write in the same fashion. They continue to work hard. Some bloggers however, they become arrogant.

They begin to write in a somewhat preaching fashion. A certain level of infallibility tends to creep into their posts too. If you want to lose your readers fast, losing your modesty is probably one of the easiest ways of doing so.

Take a Holiday

Bloggers, like anyone else, deserve to take a holiday every now and then. But just like any other profession, you can’t just up and leave whenever you feel like it. If you’re going to take a week or two off, you need to let your readers know. Otherwise you might find that when you return, you’ve lost a significant portion of them. I know of blogs whereby one find the same post all the time therefore making it difficult to tell whether the blogger is on holiday or not since it was never stated in the last post.

Sell Out (too Fast)

If you want to make money with your blog, you’re obviously going to have to monetize it. You cannot, however, go from zero ads to flashing banners everywhere over night.
Multiple pop ups and any form of content locking are also very easy ways to drive your readers away. There’s nothing wrong with experimenting with different monetization techniques but you need to do so with tactics.
I hate pop ups. Yeah, they are really irritating and very annoying.

Get Lazy

A single shoddy post is unlikely to lead to your blogs downfall. Fans of your blog aren’t going to start complaining about a few spelling mistakes here and there either. But when the quality of your writing starts to drop consistently across all of your posts, people are going to notice. Providing top notch quality should be the target. Or?

 Diversify (Poorly)

Most bloggers don’t start to make serious money until they’ve been blogging for quite some time. Unfortunately, this means that it’s pretty common for profitable bloggers to be blogging about something that they’ve grown a little tired of. Diversification can therefore feel mightily attractive.
Diversification is a fickle beast however. Go too far in other directions and you might find that you lose what made your blog popular in the first place. If you want to cover additional topics, choose those topics with care. And don’t use them as an excuse to spend less time writing about your blogs core niche.

Lose Your Spark

Another consequence of getting a little bored with your niche is that it’s very easy to lose your spark. When a lack of enthusiasm begins to creep into your posts, a corresponding lack of entertainment value tends to find its way in also. In particular, watch out for the following signs that you’re losing what made you popular in the first place.

    Becoming less and less opinionated.
    No longer incorporating humor into your posts.
    Spending less time coming up with interesting post ideas.
    Generally doing the bare minimum.

Forget About Your Readers

Finally, there is the small matter of forgetting about your readers. Most bloggers care about their readers quite a bit when they first start out. After all, it’s pretty difficult to make a profit without them. But when those profits have been rolling in month after month, some bloggers start to take their readers for granted.

They stop writing posts with a specific audience in mind. And though they might still respond to comments, they put a lot less thought into the process. Broken promises start to become a lot more common too.
When a blogger stops caring about his readers, it tends to become pretty apparent, pretty fast. And when it does, those readers tend to start disappearing.

Your Turn

What do you make of this. What do you think are the interesting ways of killing a blog? Your thought by way of comment is very well welcomed.

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Ambassadors of Blogging Poverty

Ambassadors of poverty are
The corrupt masters of the economy
With their heads abroad
And anus at home
Patriots in reverse order
Determined merchants of loot
Who boost the economy of the colonial order
To impoverish brothers and sisters at home

Ambassadors of poverty are
The ‘saviours’ of the people
Office loafers in the guise of workers
Barons of incompetence
With Kleptomaniac fingers
And suckling filaments
Position occupants and enemies of service
Locked in corrosive war of corruption
With their people’s treasure
And killing their future

The poem continues some other time. This is one poem which was written by Philip Obioma Umeh  somewhere in the mid-sixties and still stands till date. Today’s post is something about ambassadors of blogging poverty.
The question therefore is; who are these ambassadors of blogging poverty? I don’t know them by names but their characters are what I know.

But as usual, let me introduce my good friend Little Johnny in here. He found himself in church today and take a look at happened.

A pastor announced,”If you know your wife is controlling you, move to the left”.

All the men in the church moved to the left except Little Johnny.

The pastor was amused and asked, “How come your wife can’t control you?”

Little Johnny quietly replied, “Pastor, it’s my wife who told me not to move”

Hahaha! that is how powerful Little Johnny’s wife is.But let move back to business as usual and as you already know, today’s post is dedicated to the ambassador’s of blogging poverty. Who are they? I think I have made it clear that I don’t know them by names but instead do know them by their behaviours.

So what are the characteristics of the ambassadors of blogging Poverty?

1. They are mostly filled with hypocrite

Most ambassadors of blogging poverty are hypocrites. They do exactly the opposite of what they preach on their blogs. This is what Philip Umeh will tell you that they have their heads abroad and anus at home.Come to think of this; a blog telling the entire world how bad this or that product is but at the end, you will find them using it.

I for instance have come across several blogs telling their entire readership how bad it is to use pop ups but at the end they end up using that same thing they have being criticising.

2. They are filled of envy

Another interesting character of these types of ambassadors is that they are filled with envy. As to what constitute that, I am yet to find out. Blogging is fun and one interesting thing is the fact that the internet boasts of more than 1 billion users so receiving 100,000 visitors a day is just a small fraction compared to the number of users on savvying the internet on a daily bases but these ambassadors are just envious of any blog who gets more traffic than them.

3. They think everyone is their competitor

As far as you’re a blogger, they see you as their enemy. Hence no wonder they are ambassadors of blogging poverty and not not blogging richness.

4.They have never made a $1 online before but they go about preaching how you could make $10,000

Hahaha! I guess this needs no explanation. You already know what I am talking about.

5. They are ….

You thoughts are welcomed on this.

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There are Only 2 Bloggers in this world; One rules the Other

Hello there, Kabenlah.com is at it again and today is of no exception. I am here to tell you that there are only 2 bloggers in this world of ours and before you slam me with all those figures with respect to the number of blogs which are created on a daily bases, let me slam myself.

According to recent statistics from blog-tracking site Technorati, the blogosphere has doubled every six months for the last three years. That’s 175,000 new blogs per day worldwide. Technorati added its 50 millionth blog on July 31, 2006.

On average, there are 1.6 million posts per day, or 18.6 posts per second, according to Technorati. The blogosphere is also a barometer for the digitally connected world in that specific news events trigger an increase in daily postings. For instance, the start of the Israel-Hezbollah conflict sparked a jump in average activity to 2.5 million posts per day, according to Technorati statistics.

So with all these impressive stats especially with respect to the number posts which are posted on daily bases and I guess this post will be adding up as well, how come do I have the right to tell you there are only two bloggers in this world of ours.

Please hold your piece as at this juncture and let me introduce you to my good friend Little Johnny’s collections.
1)  A teacher lecturing on population said, ‘In the world, after every 10 seconds, a woman Gives birth to a kid.’

 Little Johnny stood up and said, ‘we must find and stop her!’ 

2)    Little Johnny: Why are all these people running?

Man: This is a race; the winner will get the cup.

Little Johnny: if only the winner will get the cup, why are others running?

3)  Little Johnny told his servant: Go and water the plants.

Servant: It’s already raining.

Little Johnny: So what, take an umbrella and go!

4)  Postman: I had to come 5 miles to deliver you this package.

Little Johnny: Why did you have to come so far, instead you could have posted it?

5)      Little Johnny at an Art gallery: I suppose this horrible looking thing is what you call modern art?

Art dealer: I beg your pardon sir that is a mirror!

 6)      Little Johnny was writing something very slowly.

A friend asked, “Why are you writing so slowly?”

Little Johnny: I’m writing to my six year old son, he can’t read very fast.

 7)      Little Johnny’ son:  Mom, when I was on the bus this morning with dad, he told me to give up my seat for a lady.

Mom: Well, you have done the right thing.

Son: But mom, I was sitting on daddy’s lap!

 8) Father to Little Johnny after exam: Let me see your report card.

Little Johnny: My friend just borrowed it; he wants to scare his parents.

 9)  Little Johnny was trying to avoid paying doctor’s fee after an eyes operation, so he says, “doctor, I still can’t see”

The doctor then asks a sexy young and beautiful nurse to Unclothe in front of him. Little Johnny then says “I can’t see!”

Doctor tells nurse to open her legs again. Little Johnny says “doctor I can’t see still.”

The doctor answered “You are silly, if you can’t see, HOW COME YOU ARE HAVING an Attention (ERECTION)? Nurse, prepare his bill please!”

It appears my good friend is already in trouble once more again and there is no way he can’t say he isn’t going to pay his bills and I can bet you had a good laugh at those Little Johnny’s collections. Hahaha!

Let move back to business as usual and our business for today is simple, there are only two bloggers in this blogosphere and who are they?

  1. The first blogger rules the second blogger

The first blogger is that blogger who writes what is on his mind without necessary having to seek the approval of the masses. He or she is himself and cares more of delivering helpful contents other than just writing for writing sake. He has a direction for his blog.

  1. The second is that blogger who believes anything he reads and is a jack of all niches.

What is the direction your blog? Or I guess the goat soup thief made your blog, the recent FIFA world cup made your blog as well, there is poetry, there is how to make money online and there is also about Nicky Minaj. So tell me, what type of blogger are you? Hahaha! So one thing is clear, that blogger who believes anything he reads and writes about anything on this planet will be ruled.

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4,000 and 1 Thing which shows you are still a NEW Blogger

I don’t like talking to myself.
I don’t like sharing my voice, if there’s no one to listen. I don’t like the silence I get, when there should be the clapping sound. I don’t like being alone.
I wish I had readers like you, a reader who truly cares. A reader who likes to talk to me, read my thoughts, and shares his thoughts with me.

I used to have few wonderful readers, but I lost them, because I quit my old blog. Now, I’m alone.
I’m lonely.
There’s no one right now, to read my words, to get lost in the ocean of words, to laugh on my stories, to cry on my emotional moments. There’s no one, I’m alone.
I don’t like it. I want to have my readers back. I don’t want to be left alone.
But, I think that’s impossible for the moment. I’ve to be alone.

I’m not saying, ‘I’ve world’s biggest problem, or being the loneliest person on the earth.’ But recently, I started to feel the weight of loneliness on my shoulders. I need to get it off my chest soon or else I’ll get crushed. I need to find readers, people to talk to, and I’m thankful to those who would listen, who would read.

I need a second chance, and I’m giving it to myself.

This above lovely poetry isn’t from my end but from the best writer I have ever known in my entire life and he  goes by the name Romy Singh with Inkliar.com as where he shares his chronicles.

Talking of this great master-writer will mean we aren’t going to talk of our main topic on board today since he has really come a long way and has lots of uniqueness.

What is the topic for discussion on board? And it has to do with 4000 and 1 reason which shows you are still a new blogger. Being a new blogger doesn’t have anything to do with the number of months you have acquired your domain name or web hosting. You might have acquired them more than 5 years ago but if you’re doing any of these, you’re still a new blogger.

1. Changing your Theme like changing your Boxers/Panties

If there is one thing which makes you look more or less like a newbie blogger, it has to do with changing your template every now and then. I sometimes find it difficult to keep up with certain blogs and sometimes feel lost when I get there because there is a constant change themes. Changing your themes often isn’t something worth doing unless you see themes as boxers or panties. Hahaha!

2. Checking your Stats and earnings every minute

The 2000th reason which makes you look like a new blogger has to do with this above point. It is amazing how many bloggers are so much obsessed with their statistics when it comes to traffic and earnings. In as much as it shows how far you’ve come as a blogger  and what you have achieved, what is the use of checking those stats every minute?
Wouldn’t it be prudent to have a specific time to do that?

I think I have forgotten something and for those who have being ardent readers of this blog, you will find out that Little Johnny is nowhere to be found. It is just that he is going through some problems. For those who don’t know Little Johnny, he is that good friend of mine who always finds himself in one mysterious act or the other and as usual today isn’t an exception as well.

The following conversation ensued between Little Johnny and his wife:

Wife: Our maid is pregnant.
Little Johnny: That’s her problem
Wife: Neighbours are talking
Little Johnny: That’s their problem.
Wife: I’m worried
Little Johnny: That’s your problem
Wife: They say it’s yours
Little Johnny: That’s my problem!

Hahaha! Before Little Johnny yells at me; let move back to our problem on and that takes us to our third point which makes the 3000th point. Each point here is valued a thousand. Don’t ask how, that is my problem!

3. Falling in Love with Alexa more than your Wife/Husband

If there is one thing which keep many ending their blogging lives, it has to do with Alexa. Checking alexa for improvements each and every now and now then has become the norm for many but the question is; do you know how alexa rankings work? Hahaha!

4. Feeling you’re not a good writer

Perfection they say is an illusion so why the feel of wanting to be perfect. Having that edge of having to channel all that ‘PERFECT’ post in the right time but at the end, you write nothing makes you just a new blogger with a limiting belief.

+1 Your Turn

Your say on this post makes it complete. What do you make of this post and what do you have have to add as well?