Why Is My Blog Being Ignored?

Last Update: January 06, 2014

It's that time again folks. Time for some real talk. You may want to stop reading this if you're sensitive. I'll wait...

For everyone else that wants to improve, let's dive into it! I hate to say it but a lot of the blogs I'm reading out here could be sold as a cure for insomnia. If that was your niche, many of you would be rich already. LOL Unfortunately that's not the case. Look, I'm not trying to be mean. But too many of you are blindly following the format provided here at WA and aren't adding your own flavor to the pot. And as a result, the stuff being produced is yawn worthy. It's not surprising that some of you aren't seeing conversions when you dig deep into the content.

The fact of the matter is you're competing against thousands of other affiliates here at WA and even more out in the wild. If everyone is writing the same way and doing the same things, there is little chance of you standing out and making any sales or conversions.

What Makes You So Special?

Let's say you're selling Amazon products on your blog. Why the hell am I going to buy something from your blog if I could just go to Amazon and get it directly? What value did you add to my buying decision? Did you just regurgitate the product specs and reviews I could find at Amazon? Or did you share some personal tips and advice based on your own experience or research? Did you entertain me as you tried to educate me? Did you provide a video showing me how you used the product?

What was the unique value you brought to the table? Oh you didn't? Then we have nothing else to discuss and I'm going to Amazon and buying this product. Bu Bye. That is what is happening with many of your blogs even if you're not selling amazon products.

Mix It Up

Do you know how some of the best recipes have come about? It's because someone decided that they are going to put their own twist and stray away from the original recipe. If someone didn't do that, then we'd have a lot of boring food. And that's what I see happening when folks are promoting WA via their blogs. Many of these blogs are bland and need some spice.

Many of you need to stop following the damn recipe so closely. For God's sake, take some risk and add your own flavor and influences. My wife isn't Italian, she's actually Latina. But that girl loves herself some Italian food. When she makes baked ziti or lasagna she follows the traditional recipe to a certain degree in terms of the cheese and pasta. But then she uses latin spices (GOYA Adoba) to season the meal. Do you know some of our Italian friends and family members love her version of Italian food better than her own. They always say there is something about your Lasagna that just taste better so we want you to make it. That some thing is the fact she adds her own latin spices. All the other ingredients are pretty much the same but because she adds her own spices, that little change makes a world of difference.

So How Do You Stand Out?

Ready for this ground breaking secret? Here it is folks. Be yourself! Yep, I know the simplicity of that is underwhelming. But it's the truth. We all have different personalities, sensibilities, etc that make us unique. There isn't another person on this planet that is exactly like you. Use that to your advantage! Inject your personality in your writing.

  • If you're sarcastic, then sprinkle some of that sarcasm in your writing.
  • If you're compassionate, then add some cyber hugs and tears in your writing.
  • If you're a parent, include some stories about your bad ass kids and tie it into your writing.

You get the point. In addition to adding value add something unique to you that people will be able to relate to. Don't just be a faceless blogger that is writing a product review.

Look, I'll be the first to admit I'm not the most exciting person in the word and definitely not the smartest. But if you've read any of my blog post here on WA or my blog www.WorkAtHomeNoScams.com you know I like to make my writing fun, entertaining and educational.

I write like this by design. I hate reading blogs that are so uptight and professional like the blogger is trying to impress me with their SAT words and professionalism. I'm not saying you need to be like me. Ultimately I'm saying be you. Marinate your blog posts with your own spices and flavors. It's okay to follow some of the basic recipe that Kyle and Carson have laid out, but don't just stop there. Make the recipe unique and complete by adding your own elements.If you do, you'll have people literally eating out your hand.

Tell Me Your Opinion

So what are you thoughts? Are you guilty of following the recipe to closely? Are you planning to go back and change your articles or write differently from now on? Let me know your thoughts down below.

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shazzaWA Premium
Good blog Eddy, I do like to write how I talk. And I really try to implement that in my posts. Good stuff thanks for sharing!
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EddySalomon Premium
Sounds good.
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googs Premium
Great blog, keep it real.
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PJonline Premium
Love this blog! Eddy! Thanks for being yourself!!
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EddySalomon Premium
You're welcome Paula! Glad you liked it!
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shivaramswamy Premium
I got a clear idea about blogging now. I think I will give this a try and make my blogs more conversational!
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EddySalomon Premium
I knew this would help you.
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FamilyAffair Premium
Yep, I'm one who is following very closely and not straying. But honestly I'm just happy to have gotten something finished and posted! Eventually I'll be writing like a pro and posting outside the box and flinging spices everywhere (like the chef on the muppets I imagine) LOL Great reminder to keep it real. Thanks for posting it. --- Daniella
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butterfly700 Premium
"A cure for insomnia.." lmao, great blog post!
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EddySalomon Premium
Glad you liked it Jennifer!
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butterfly700 Premium
I need to read some of these blogs, it would be my medicine :)
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EddySalomon Premium
Lol
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trekrider Premium
Hello Eddy...how enlightening and "some food for thought". Thanks so much for sharing your knowledge. Best of luck in 2015!
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EddySalomon Premium
Glad you enjoyed it Jeffrey! Here's to a great 2015!
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ikeojibe Premium
Hey Eddy, I like your style of writing...good flow. I like to write the way I talk but some times the thoughts don't flow on paper the way it is in my head.

But I'm getting there. You can click on my photo to read my profile and see what I mean...
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EddySalomon Premium
Hey Ike,

Glad you like my style. You'll develop yours with time and practice. If you saw my original articles they were vastly different than what you see now. The more I wrote, the better I got. The same will happen for you.

Eddy
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tajord Premium
Two thumbs up on this advice, a good dose of reality, taken constructively and applied will yield favourably, a rule to lots I do in life and I know I need to kick it up a bit here at WA, I'm glad to see someone be frank about it yet I'm sure respectfully intended, I love this.

Thanks Eddy.
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EddySalomon Premium
Glad you liked it!
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mikehobson Premium
Yes Eddy it's your differences that makes you stand out. Adding your personal touch is important.
Love your style.
The old Masters of art learned their trade by following and copying other artists as they progressed they developed their own recognisable style. That's what we should be aiming for.
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EddySalomon Premium
Thanks Mike! That means a lot!
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Rawb Premium
Love it man! Thanks for the recommendation. And thank you for the help
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EddySalomon Premium
You're welcome Rob!
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mnp2192 Premium
hey Eddy,
Finally found someone that is making it happen here at WA. Way too many people giving advice with a Alexa ranking of 5 million. Your giving great advice. Thanks for the help.
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EddySalomon Premium
Thanks Michael!

LOL, I'm glad you liked it!
That said we can all learn from everyone even people less experienced than us. So always keep that in mind. :)
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mnp2192 Premium
Truth!
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benzburg Premium
Great blog Eddy!
Personalizing and adding spice to our content. . .
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EddySalomon Premium
Thanks Benz!
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dpapa Premium
loved this...agreed. would you do me a favor and check out my website. I'd really like your piece of mind on this one www.d-papa.com thanks in advance...
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EddySalomon Premium
Thanks Demetris,

Feel free to private message me.

Eddy
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dpapa Premium
will do :)
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CarlaIves Premium
We have a similar writing style, Eddy. Conversationalist funky, I call it. LOL I totally agree with you, that the writer's personality has to come through. I can write straight up news and it's boring once you have the facts. But for a blog or web site, you have to be YOU. Great article!
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EddySalomon Premium
Agreed Carla! We're on the same page.
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womanlu Premium
eddy with a y, i love your candidacy (is that a word) your info has truly been inspiring to me. what we all need is some legitimize reflection because i do want to be at least good at what i do, maybe with some practice, great. thanx so much. :))
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EddySalomon Premium
You're welcome.
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Casho86 Premium
Great blog Eddy! Your definitely right.
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EddySalomon Premium
Thanks Dean
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zora2 Premium
Hey Eddy, Thanks for this article and the article: https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/eddysalomon/blog/should-i-pick-this-niche. Very informative and encouraging. I hope others read them both.
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EddySalomon Premium
You're welcome Rosalyn!
Glad it helped!
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Danica Premium
Makes sense. I will write differently from now on. Appreciate your awesome blogs!!
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EddySalomon Premium
You're welcome Dani!
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msburgman Premium
It stands to reason that if I want someone to read my blog, article or post then I must make it worth reading, especially if I want them to come back. Thank you for "tough love"!
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EddySalomon Premium
Exactly Michael!
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CSharp Premium
I just found a new niche!!! (cure for insomnia)-hahaha! Just kidding I get your point. However, there surely must be a niche for insomnia cures,,hmmmm.
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EddySalomon Premium
LOL Carol.
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nikkilsvgs Premium
lol another great one
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EddySalomon Premium
Thanks again Nicole!
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freedomforus Premium
Thanks Eddy - Like your style & content! Larry
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EddySalomon Premium
Thanks again Larry!
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merryman88 Premium
Thnks Eddy I have already sent a message to Kyle and Carson Have had the usual stock answers you Know use a difference Browser - I think I am going to have to write a specific report telling him what I have already done to resolve the problems -, I find if I leave a problem do something else productive then go back to it then sort it out. This is what I am going to do Thanks for your Reply

Ray Bowley
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EddySalomon Premium
Ok I'm glad they got back to you. That said don't view it so much as a stock answer. A lot of times your version or choice of browser can really impact certain web tools and sites. Either way continue to build your valuable and unique content. You're on the right path.
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merryman88 Premium
Eddy , I've read this post (why is my blog being ignored) before in fact twice before, and I cant see how it applies tto my post, I thought it was quite original and to the point I've moved things around a bit added some graphics and broken it up a little and to me it seems a good presentation considering that I have no propper formating menu with a choice of Headers, I am unable to change any fonts or font sizes, on my editing page and whichever browser I use I can only get one third of a page view and thats only in view the text tab will only work occasionaly when I update the page the preview page wont work, well sometimes it does - I am not blaming my tools but at he moment they arent helping me. So considering all the above I think I've done a pretty good job with it - at the moment I feel like I am trying to build a fitted kitchen without any tools.

I cant be the only one with these problems there's obviously a masive Bug in Wordpress express probably due to all the broesers recently being updated belo is list of my post editing problems.
1./ Text and view buttons dont always work
2./ Preview button above the update button very rarely works
3./ can only now view one third of the editing page with all the HTML <> in.
4./ Cannot get the full menu, no Font choices or Sizes no header tabs.
There are a couple of more issue that arent so important and can be left to later .
Thanks for your help mate I will keep battleing away

Ray Bowley
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EddySalomon Premium
Ray, you may want to contact Kyle and Carson about some of the bugs you're facing and the limitations. Some sound like a bug and others sound like they may have limited certain functionality.

That said, you are right to continue to plug away at writing unique content that provides value and doing it regularly. Ultimately that's what will produce results. The other bells and whistles are cool. But they aren't necessary to write great content that engages people and provides value.
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necopam Premium
Great words, great lesson so real and genuine. Love your writing style. I myself love writing and would love to just write about me, my vast life experiences, the people i have been privileged to meet as an hotel manager and the countries I have lived in-- NZ Australia Solomon Islands Canada Am brand new to WA and am frantically learning but it is more and more obvious that I am general topics writer and it is hard to have "Niche" as all tell me i must have. If you have time please have a look at kiwinowcanadian.com a site i tried to set up a while ago with no knowledge and long before i came across WA. You are a wonderful free speaker which I love so please give your constructive criticism on my writings and give me a guide on how to find "Niche" I know as a stranger I am asking a lot and for this I aplologise.
Again many thanks for your writings. I am off to read more
Neil
The site I am attempting to set up here is nzauscan@siterubix.com but as you will see and all tell me NO NICHE too broad
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EddySalomon Premium
Thanks for the kind words. Feel free to private message me Neil and I'll give you some feedback as soon as I can. Thanks.
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bill2409 Premium
Hello Eddy, some great discussion going on here, you are right our personalities are what make us different. Great advice, I have been missing out not reading your stuff I am now an Eddy S convert.
Bill
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EddySalomon Premium
Thanks Bill! Glad to hear that I made you an eddy convert. LOL Most people are happy to be part of my cult. lol
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JohnnyMark1 Premium
Hi'ya Ed,
Great post. Hey, I'm glad I found you, you impress a certain flamboyant personality in your writing. It's refreshing. I get your point.
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EddySalomon Premium
Hey John, I've never been referred to as flamboyant. So I don't know how to take that. LOL But yes I do show a lot of my personality in my writing and I'm happy you can appreciate it!

Thanks for chiming in!
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EddySalomon Premium
No worries Ray, you did spell it correctly half the time. LOL. A blog is a site as a whole. A post is just another name for an article within a blog. People use the words interchangeably.

I don't think you were critiquing Kyle and Carson at all. Most would agree that the value provided at WA is offered at a huge discount. So you're right it's sad when some members don't realize this. But eventually they will after they see the crap out there or they try to go it alone and fail. I've had quite a few people come back to WA and expressed how they have a better appreciation for what's offered here.

But in the mean time we just plug away at our own efforts and focus on people that do see the value.
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merryman88 Premium
Sorry Eddy, (Eddie is the English way of spelling your first name But I did get it right at the beginning it was the end I got it wrong, after all that original writing , I do agree with all your comments that some people don't take action and just aren't meant to be here , I have been very guilty in the past of not taking the necessarily action, but that was usually because the training I was following at the time did not motivate or inspire me. Anyway keep in touch, I do have certain Blind spots can you Define for me the difference between a Blog and a Post.
My remarks weren't meant to be a criticism of Kyle and Carson , But they both put so much effort into Wealthy Affiliates, they deserve a better return for their efforts, and I think if everyone contributes to the solution to this problem we will all be better off for it. !!!!!!!!!
Keep taking the tablets Eddy best regards.
Ray Bowley ( Merryman88 )
This is certainly the case at Wealthy Affiliates
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merryman88 Premium
Eddy your a very smart man, I am following you and in doing so Hope that some of those little gems of wisdom will fall on the Barren ground in my Brain I think my writing is original we will find out as soon as my website is published, I am perhaps trying to rush things I only became premium on 6th January 14. God this plaice is amazing what a platform, what a community my question at the moment is How is it that so many potential Premium members are slipping through the net and not upgrading - Quite frankly the $47 a month is worth double that just for the support of the community alone, not only that but there is nowhere else on the WWW that you can get this sort of support. You and I know that but how do we get it over to these poor misinformed fools that leave us and then start all over looking for a safe home where they can learn, train and get the support they obviously need, instead of all the pain and frustration we know they are going to receive out there on the internet, I read somewhere on the WA website that we get on average a conversion of 12% upgrades from the $0 starters, I believe that with the quality of the WA product we should be getting at least a 25% conversion to Premium. I am so convinced that the Tools, Resources, Training and support from the community are the best on the internet - Bar None But how do we get the message over to them convincing them to stay. I think that every wealthy Affiliates, affiliate should spend more time with their referrals every referral should be shepherded through the system by their affiliate, keep in touch with them each day let them know they are important to us and the community make them feel important every starter that you get to stay is $270 a year residual income build up to say 300 solid members that's $81000 a year as I said in a previous article WA should be the easiest thing in the World to sell - it has no piers there is nothing on the internet that gives so much for so little - What do YOU think Eddie

Copy sent to Kyle & Carson

Ray Bowley (merryman88)
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EddySalomon Premium
Hey Ray, Great comment my friend. Clearly you're going to produce some great content that will keep people interested. In terms of your observation about WA, obviously I agree and why I've been here for so many years. But there always going to be a large number of people that aren't action takers. Otherwise we'd have a lot more business owners in the world. Some folks are just meant to be employees and have an employee mentality. So they don't see the same value of this community as you quickly did.

And that's fine. some people just aren't meant to be here. That said, Kyle and Carson have big plans to help increase conversions. But all we can do is present the information, support those that see the value and things will take care of themselves. But you have some great insight and I totally agree with you.

By the way, it's Eddy not Eddie. ;)
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Freedomseekr Premium
Hi Eddy,
Great job! It's very true that people will connect with you more if you let your personality show through. I've read some blog posts on the internet (can't remember from where) that were just way over my head. I couldn't read a couple of them all the way through since they just couldn't hold my interest as much as I tried. Just too impersonal I think. Either that or I was having one of my duh days, lol.
BTW, I absolutely love your recipe analogy!
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EddySalomon Premium
Thanks Sherry! Afterall our personalities are what make us unique and attract others to us. So not using it in our writing is counter-intuitive.

Thanks for chiming in!
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Sades143605 Premium
Love this! Writing should have personality and be fun for the reader! Like your blogs! Can't wait to read more!
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EddySalomon Premium
Thanks Sades! We're all different people with different personalities and that's what makes us unique. So we definitely show that in our blogs. That's what people want to see. Thanks for chiming in!
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theholygrail Premium
Hey there, I love the recipe analogy. Personally I never follow a recipe and agree that the training is merely a template not to be followed exactly but a guide.
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EddySalomon Premium
Thanks Constance! You've hit it on the head, the training is a template to be modeled but not followed exactly. Well said!
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mc7791 Premium
well I have to get back to it. I am trying to cultivate the proper mindset. I have applied several times for an affiliation but dont have one yet. Need to get back to blogging soon. Have an idea for next article
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EddySalomon Premium
Just keep producing some content consistently then eventually it will be easier to get approved as an affiliate. A lot of times they will look at your content and how long you've been at it. So keep plugging away!
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Jan Bolhuis Premium
I'm (trying to) write on my own way. In my niche (Excel) I try to be simple, step by step but really every step. But to be honest I have a lot to learn how to write a very good blog and a great professional video. Because that is what I need when I want to create an online course.Thanks for your post.
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EddySalomon Premium
Jan, you're welcome. Your niche is a bit different in that folks probably do want quick step by step. But even with that, there is always a way to add more of your personality!
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anitab Premium
You are right on the money! If your personality is not coming through, then it is usually BORING!
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EddySalomon Premium
Thanks Anita! Indeed. Like I said a lot of the blogs I'm reading are putting me to sleep.
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mc7791 Premium
I write my own way. Really dont follow that much in a way of formula. I write what I want to.
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EddySalomon Premium
Well applaud you Mc! How has it been working for you?
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betcha Premium
Nice...this is something that I have to work on. I have been in school all my life as a student and as a teacher. This is hard work for me. Often times, I forget that I can write in different styles and perhaps write for fun. I tend towards the formal writing for research and formal communications. WA is helping me a lot in this matter. Gotta spice up my work. Thanks for sharing, Eddie.
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EddySalomon Premium
Hi Betcha! It's definitely going to be more of a challenge for you because of your formal training as a teacher. But I don't think it's impossible. At the very least you'll have perfect grammar and spelling. LOL Now you just need to add your personality into the writing, the offduty Betcha. The betcha that cracks jokes with her family and friends. Show your true personality and break out the the confines of formal writing.

I don't know what your niche is, but I'm pretty sure your audience will appreciate seeing the real you in your writing. Thanks for chiming in!
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tommydillard Premium
You are right we are all becoming writing robots not human beings with feelings. Thank uou I will be gong back to all my post and try and spice up things a little.
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EddySalomon Premium
You're welcome Tommy! Being robots is a great analogy. We're writing for people and people like other people. So we need to keep that in mind when we write and we'll get better results!
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T-Jay Premium
Great blog,I actually read the whole thing, which is good for me. That was good advice.
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EddySalomon Premium
Thanks T-Jay! Shows I know what I'm talking about if I was able to keep your interest.
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WOW!! that is deffinently what i wanted to read. I just started here and im just now getting to the niche. I was thinking about it before i read this that i didnt want to be doing the same thing as everyone. i want mine to be different. you explained it perfect, just be yourself cause no one is the same as you. great post.
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EddySalomon Premium
Glad to hear it Rebecca! A lot of times we have to go with our gut. And I'm glad I just confirmed your intuition. Thanks for chiming in!
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Rick Jantz Premium
Great post, Eddy (again:) For some reason I haven't been using my voice and your post made me realize that (again). I will have to work on that and work on getting more engagement. Thanks for your tips, I have bookmarked this,
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EddySalomon Premium
Thanks Rick! Using your voice will become more natural when you write. You'll just start being yourself. And when you see more engagement because of it, it will cause you to do more of it. So keep it at it!
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skyhigh4 Premium
Awesome as usual Eddy! I went straight into Boot camp to promote WA when I started and followed the training to the letter back in June.Yes I'm one who followed the recipe too closely. Since then I have read other blog posts here in WA and now yours, that made me realize that I need to put my own spin and spice my website up. I really didn't know! I'ts quite disheartening actually particularly with all the effort that one puts into building a website and creating content! And then being told that hey "your up against thousands of other WA websites promoting WA." Any way, hand on heart, I know that you are right and that this makes total sense! I will adapt what I have done thus far. Thank you for a beautiful post. Love your writing, it is captivating, forthright and to the point :) Cheers Patti
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EddySalomon Premium
Hey Patti, I'm sorry if this article was a bit of a blow. But you know the intention is good. And now because of it, you're going to shine in your writing! I wrote this article for folks like you so they are helped and hearing your words mean it's achieved the effect.

This whole business is a journey. Sometimes you'll run into traffic, potholes, and obstacles. All you need to do is re-route and push forward. And eventually you'll get to your destination. Fortunately you have navigation in the way of the WA community!

Thanks for chiming in!
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skyhigh4 Premium
I know your intention is always good Eddy and that your post's are always to help other members like me. So thanks so much.
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BrandonZ Premium
Wow you know what I think because I didn't go to college, I feel I have to write and sometimes speak in a uppity manner. But the truth is you really have to choose how and when to use technical terms. Most of the people looking at your page or product your promoting want to hear the laymen terms, they want to understand what your saying in your own true words. GO AHEAD people put your own spice in there and not only sell a product but also sell the real you. Stay true to your self, this is a great blog!
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EddySalomon Premium
Thanks Brandon! I think some people do have that same insecurity. College is cool but it's not the be and end all of determining someone's intelligence. It's the same way I feel about the BBB. As long as you can provide value, most people won't care if your college educated or not. They just want you to solve their problem and be yourself. And if you can do that then you're golden in people's eyes. So good point!
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hart48 Premium
Another great post, Eddy. You know how to hit the nail on the head. Thanks so much for taking the time to put it together and sharing.
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EddySalomon Premium
Thanks Betty! If only I was actually that useful with a real hammer. LOL
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AnnieB Premium
Eddy you have given excellent advice here. For myself, I'm shy. Yeah sounds sad! But seriously I know that I am "coming out" a bit in my writing. I strive to not be boring and be me, as I'm a great believer in it.

For people starting out or still relatively new, "finding your feet" with writing can be difficult. It is something that changes with time and practice. Being yourself is super important. If you're not, then your readers may sense it. Besides you can't please everyone with your style of writing or personality, but you owe it to yourself to strive to be your best and give your best. After all, we're in business!
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EddySalomon Premium
Thanks Annie! I totally agree with you. It took me a while to get comfortable with my skin. What I'm trying to do here is help people get there faster. Because when you do, that's when you'll see real success with your content.

But you may a great point!

Thanks for chiming in!
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Kav Premium
Thanks for sharing this, there's always something to learn from your blogs.
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EddySalomon Premium
Thanks Kav! I try to drop a jewel of knowledge here and there. lol
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talimont1 Premium
SWEET EDDY! Thanks so much for sharing this - may it reach ALL here at WA and then some! That's why LIFE IS EXCITING! We're all DIFFERENT! No two snowflakes are alike! This is what keeps life and us interesting!

GREAT BLOG!

Ken
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EddySalomon Premium
Amen Ken! Thanks for the love man! I appreciate it!
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CarlaWms Premium
Excellent and entertaining article. 100% true too. @eddy, would you be so kind to look at my blog? It's my own niche, but I could use some pointers.
http://globalconsciouschange.com
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EddySalomon Premium
Thanks Carla. First I love the design of your blog, it works perfectly for your niche. Two, I'm a big personal development advocate because I'm living proof it works. So with that said, I did find your content informative. But the articles can be pretty long. Not that I'm one to talk because I babble on. But use more subhead lines that increase curiosity by making them funny, questions, controversial, etc. . You did that well in a few articles I read.

You are very personal in the blog so that helps a lot. I feel like I connected to you because of your own experiences. So I think you're doing well! You're not blindly just following formats I've seen in other personal development sites. Great job!
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CarlaWms Premium
Thanks so much Eddy because I was about to rewrite everything (begrudgingly). I will definitely take your advice about subheadings and I may even split some articles into two. I really appreciate you taking the time to do this!
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EddySalomon Premium
Nah, you're pretty good Carla. Breaking up some of the articles in two parts wouldn't be a bad idea at all. And definitely use more contrived sub headings. Other than that your stuff is solid!
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Kav Premium
I also liked the way you embedded WA into your niche.
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Labman Premium
I don't know that I can add anything to this conversation, you have hit the nail on the head. Don't be boring and find your unique selling proposition.

When you spice it up with either some controversy or unwatered down straight talk, people will listen.

Spice of course comes in many flavors, adding a unique twist helps to make the connection with your readers.

Thanks for sharing this one.
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EddySalomon Premium
Exactly Labman! You hit it on the head. Spices do come in different flavors. Some are hot, sweet, etc. You just need to mix them up with whatever fits your taste. Great point!
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WriterLynn Premium
This is a piece of a comment that I made somewhere else here on WA. I was referring to Bootcamp and how people are just copying every single thing and not making anything in their own voice.

"Unfortunately, people seem to miss the point, jump into Bootcamp and start making a carbon copy of the site that Kyle made. I mean seriously......people are copying the EXACT format of Kyle's site and so now there are a zillion WA sites that all look the same."

Of course my comments apply to any niche.

It is true that I have seen people make "Amazon" sites by simply copy/pasting the info right out of Amazon.

No opinions or unique perspective offered, let alone any personality. Yeah.....might as well just go directly to Amazon in that case.
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EddySalomon Premium
Lynn, clearly you and I are on the same page. Maybe we need a section in bootcamp called, now be your own person. LOL Because it's clear that people are missing that part even though Kyle and Carson and the rest of us have said this.

Judging by the response to this article it's clearly needed. Thanks for chiming in!
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Kyle Premium
Instead of blogging about what you think people might want to read, blog from your own perspective. We are much more interesting than the English papers we were told to write in school. Communicate with folks as though you would a friend or a stranger on the street and you are going to be much more successful in getting a high rate of readership.

Excellent and thought provoking post Eddy (as per usual!).
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EddySalomon Premium
Words of wisdom spoken from the master folks! That's what's frustrating Kyle. You do tell people to do this but folks seem to miss that part. Thanks for taking time out your busy schedule to chime in.

I appreciate the kind words. Just trying to grow up and be like you. LOL
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Kyle Premium
That's funny, I was just thinking that I want to be like Eddy when I grow up (if that ever happens). Again, great post...always an enjoyable and inspiring read.
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Hayden Live Premium
Great Post... Keep 'em coming... (GOYA is my #1 Spice... got Dominicans in my family, mang...)
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EddySalomon Premium
Same here my brother. lol Wife is Dominican and Puerto Rican which is an interesting combo if you know the nonsensical tension between the two cultures. lol Thank goodness she doesn't buy into any of that nonsense and understands her history. But I digress.

Thanks for chiming in.
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LadyOdd Premium
Very interesting and helpful post. Btw, my fiance is Puerto Rican and introduced me to Goya and Sazon :) Best steak seasoning I've ever used.
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EddySalomon Premium
I totally agree with you LadyOdd! It makes everything taste better. LOL
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christine2 Premium
Excellent message, perhaps could you review mine and give a few honest thoughts?
I mean I am me and keep telling myself, Kyle is great but I don't have to be like him so I will just be myself. Perhaps I am still lacking some content but I am not yet getting signups, I had one and that person has not completed their profile so there is no credit!
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EddySalomon Premium
Your blog is still pretty new so it's expected that no signs up are happening yet. And you're going to get some "Deadbeat" wa referrals. I litterally have thousands of them. Only a few will really step up to become a starter or premium member. And that's fine, you don't want people that aren't serious.

Your content seems pretty good. You do a good job of using funny images to make points. So I like that. You do sound like yourself in the content and you do add some more elements. So I just think it's a matter of continuing to write and eventually you'll build a nice following.

If you find yourself holding back in terms of expressing yourself in the way you usually would in person, then be sure to force yourself to be yourself in your writing. If that actually makes sense. LOL
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christine2 Premium
Thank you Eddy! I really appreciate your feedback a lot! Now that I am back from the holidays and once school has started on the 15th I will be back at work at 7.30 and be able to do some writing before I have to see patients.
I will try to do something before that but today was the first day at work and I only got there at 10.00 as I have to sort my daughter out before then, else she's at home alone, age almost 12, not good.
I will continue to be myself and have content planned so thank you for your encouragement,I will hang in here and keep going. I have lots of ideas but lack the time to implement everything and I am learning so slowly!
Getting my mind around wordpress is not my strong point or my biggest passion in life!
However, it has to get easier with practice as everything in life.
Thank you once again for taking the time to look at my site!
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Trialynn Premium
Great point. Happy to report I have no problem with this at the moment!
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EddySalomon Premium
Amen to that Terea!
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SpecsShorts Premium
Hey Eddie - I mainly use my WA blog to pass info (personal and otherwise) on to other WA members. Have a few sites and blogs out in the world and haven't looked at the WA blog in the same way, it being another page under WA domain. I'll post on the WA blog new posts, additions to my outside sites/blogs just to notify WA members about the new posts (I do short story postings and take in contributions of other folks stories for example) then review comments/suggestions. So, in that regard, I am spreading the news and notifications to the outside as well.
I can see several advantages to using the WA blog as more of an outside blog. When someone whom is not a WA member comes across a WA blog post, they also see all the other WA training, etc on the post page. That is something to consider as well.
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pesurfmayr Premium
Nice one Eddy, Great wake up call. I knew I was following you for a good reason.
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EddySalomon Premium
Thanks Fernando! Glad you felt that I provided enough value to follow. ;)
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ladyluck2013 Premium
OMG Eddy, It's amazing that you seem to write blogs with just the right stuff I need to hear at the right time. Here I am, thinking about why my blog is hardly getting any traffic at all and you've just nailed it on the head. I know you have told me before to stop being so "professional" in my writing and to let my humor and personality come out. But I find it hard to do. I guess I'm afraid that people will not find what I have to say is funny or won't even understand where I'm coming from. I am currently working on my next product review, and this time I'm just going to "let it rip", speak from the heart, and let's see where it will take me. Thanks for your "tough talk". I really appreciate it!
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EddySalomon Premium
Hey Dee, I'm glad it hit home. Like you said, I've told you this before. I use to have the same fear and one day I tried just being myself and the results were great. I never looked back. There is way of being professional and yourself. A lot of people feel I handle negative comments I get on www.WorkAtHomeNoScams.com professionally. But then when you read my content, my humor is corny and sophomoric. So I try to find a balance. But I always lean towards be myself and anyone that knows me, knows that I'm sarcastic, tough, corny but loving. And that's what comes out in my writing.

So you need to do you and let yourself flow through your content. I've already expressed you write well. But it's just a little tight and stuffy. So be you. If you know what you're talking about and give sound advice that's what will show your professionalism. So keep that in mind. I can't wait to see you let it rip. PM me when you do so I can read it!

Thanks for chiming in!
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AntoniOom Premium
Hi Eddy. Thanks for your so very true and perfect written "to the point" blog. Seen the number of comments soo far you hit the nail on the head and this item is very interesting for a big lot of family-members. I like it when people dont beat around the bush and you are one good exemple. Please don't stop showing us your way! And finally - in my opinion at least - it again all boils down to CONTENT!! This can't be emphasized too much. Your suggestions mentioned are good examples. Thanks again for your work.
Regards Antonius.
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EddySalomon Premium
Thanks so much Antonius! Your comments really mean a lot. The way I write reflects my voice and it's the only way I know how to do it now. Fortunately folks like yourself appreciate it. Ultimately that is my point. We all have unique voices and we need to let our blogs represent that instead of being clones.

So you're right in that it boils down to content and how write it!

Thanks again!
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boomergp08 Premium
Thank you Eddy!!! I actually was going to write a blog on this very subject a few weeks ago but decided to write one on the Useful Tips For Using Google Plus instead. I was thinking that I may ruffle a few, heck several feathers, if I wrote a blog that explained why many people's blog posts especially in Bootcamp were just boring. So I chose the safe and easier path and went with Google Plus. Now thanks to you, I do not have to worry about that anymore. Yes!!!

But I do agree with you 100%! People need to spice things up, be yourself and let your personality shine through. One thing I have learned by spending much time working to understand Google better, if that's really possible, is that you have to think of Google as another person looking for exciting and fresh information. If your posts are going to come off sounding like a rehashed text book then Google will look elsewhere. People need to be bold and be daring! So that brings me to my closing recipe...

You said above, "Do you know how some of the best recipes have come about? It's because someone decided that they are going to put their own twist and stray away from the original recipe."

I love broccoli and I only like to steam it because cooking it kills most of the nutritional value. So how did I steam it? With water? Of course not! Water is boring! Then one day I was drinking a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale so I opened another bottle and poured half of it into a medium pot, put the steaming tray into the pot, brushed some Extra Virgin Olive Oil on the tray, placed the broccoli on the tray, covered and steamed.

Yes! I steamed my broccoli with Sierra Nevada Pale Ale instead of water and the taste was great! It had sort of a mildly sweet and nutty flavor mixed in with the flavor of the broccoli. Now everyone I know who have tried it, when they come over for dinner, ask if I can make it. LOL If I wasn't someone who likes to experiment in the kitchen and think outside the box, I could have missed a great recipe. - It's the same thing with content writing, as far as I'm concerned.
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EddySalomon Premium
You're very welcome Robert! But you said something that's interesting. You were afraid of ruffling feathers. Don't be! Many times our readers need real talk. Without it they won't grow. It's like being a parent. I could just sit quietly and let me kids do the wrong thing. Or I can chime in and let them know they're on the wrong path. My approach may be different than my wife who is little "softer" than me. But that's fine. Sometimes my approach works better. And the same goes for your writing. Some articles need to be in your face. You might offend some people and that's fine. I actually wrote about this here: https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/workathomecareerscom/blog/will-this-offend-my-readers so check it out.

In any event, I love what you did with your broccoli recipe because it was definitely unique to you. And you're right more folks need to do that with their content because of their users and because it's what Google likes which usually aligns with focusing on your users.

Thanks for chiming in!
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boomergp08 Premium
It's like good cop bad cop between you and your wife with you kids, huh? Afraid may have been too strong of a word. I try to take a more laid back and constructive approach nowadays because there was a time in my life where I could destroy someone with just my words.

But I agree, sometimes you've got to get up in someone's grill to get them to do what's right.
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AntoniOom Premium
Hi Robert. I agree 110 % with your comment on Eddy s blog. Want to compliment you on your recipe for the broccoli; not that broccoli on itself is already very healthy, but using the Sierra Nevada Pale Ale makes me kind of happy!. Probably it has something to do with being in Spain actually for a 3 months hibernating holiday. Salut amigo y feliz ano nuevo. Regards Antonius
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boomergp08 Premium
Thank you for the recipe compliment, Antonius. - I've never been to Spain but I have spent time in Italy and if it's the same, I can understand why you are happy.
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AntoniOom Premium
Hi Robert. You are very right. Italy is like Spain a mediterranian country where food and not to forget drinks play an all important role in the daily life. People take time to enjoy their meals as well in preparing as consuming. The sparkling typical spanish called "cava" - equivalent for the French champagne - can change a normal day into a party. (but with moderation says grand-pa!)
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acoolmil Premium
I like your recipe analogy Eddy, but you could also use a singing analogy. Some songs are covered by many different artists and they all sound much the same as the last one, then one comes along and changes forever the way you will hear that song. For readers of a certain vintage Joe Cocker really added spice to some fairly tame Beatles songs, and is worth checking out (sorry to all Beatles fans,LOL). There are many other examples of somebody completely changing the way a song is performed and maybe Eddy that is another interpretation of the point you are making.

Con
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EddySalomon Premium
Love it con! That would have been a better analogy! I'll remix this article and use that analogy instead. LOL Great job. Thanks for chiming in!
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Crystal2010 Premium
Eddy, a great post.
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EddySalomon Premium
Thanks Crystal!
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StinaC Premium
Excellent article Eddy! Your blog the work at home no scams has been a life line of mine when I first started finding my feet in this online world and I always enjoy reading your articles. I noticed then that you definitely put your self in your words and It kept me reading and coming back! :)
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EddySalomon Premium
Thanks Christina! That means a lot to me because I put my heart in soul into it. I took a little hiatus but now I'm back. So be sure to check out my recent post. In any event, you are right, I put a lot of my personality in my blog. Otherwise my stuff sounds like everyone else. And even though I cover the same stuff everyone else does. My unique voice is what some people will be attracted to. And that goes for any blogger. So we all have to make greater use of this God given feature.

Thanks for chiming in and the kind words. I really appreciate it!
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posinfo Premium
The best post that I have read in a while. Love the writing style, it captured my attention and retained it to the end ;)
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EddySalomon Premium
Thanks Mark! I guess I walk the walk as well. LOL
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georama Premium
Thanks for reminding that variety is spice of life. Well written
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EddySalomon Premium
Thanks Vimal!
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egonsarv Premium
Thank you Eddy. I can feel your passion and you dear to tell honestly. Sometimes it must be done. As a teacher I also understand those newbies who join WA. Many of them have never had any experience with IM. They join WA and they don't have ANY idea, what to do next. So they just follow (step-by-step) the rules and examples that are provided.

The result? Thousands of very similar websites. True. Then they find out that their blogs are ignored. And they start to think, what's wrong and what could be done differently. They start add their own ideas etc.

If I want to cook italian food for example then first few times (at least one-two) I follow the guideline. The third time I probably feel more comfortable and have enough courage to practice with my own ideas.

Yet another aspect here could be this - many join (like I read they join EN) not because they like IM but they want to get money. If you don't really care about IM then you don't bother to learn or being creative. You just follow the minimum program that promises you the income and that's it. It does not work that way as you know but still many follow this route.

But I really liked your blog post here and your passion when you delivered it :)
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EddySalomon Premium
Thanks Egon! There is definitely an element of being a newbie that plays into this. Folks just don't want to get anything wrong and you're right a lot of folks are assuming that just by following the exact steps it's the only way.

But if folks do read what Kyle and Carson state, they do advise making your content it's own. But I think it's just easier to follow the exact format as you've argued. Unfortunately not everyone starts to realize that they need to add their own flavor.

What ends up happening is they get disappointed or think this stuff doesn't work. Or they'll blame WA. But many times, it's about looking in the mirror and seeing what you did wrong. And a lot of it has to do with the content I see out there.

I think anyone coming here is out to make money. So I don't think that's actually the cause. I think it's more about being afraid to make mistakes or to your other point just following an exact format because it's laid out for you. So there is a partial mental laziness there.

Either way, I'm just happy we're having this discussion and hopefully it causes people to re-evaluate their approach. And it seems that is happening.

Thanks for chiming in!
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dossettaaron Premium
Once again, great job Eddy! Something the old and new should consider.
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EddySalomon Premium
Thanks Aaron! I agree.
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bestbenito Premium
Eddie thanks indeed for giving us a wakeup call. Certainly there is need for some innovativeness and creativity in this online business. People are tired of hearing and getting the same stuff online. It's critical for one to break the monotony and standout of the crowd in order to convince customers that they have something valuable, spicy and juicy to offer. Thanks once more for this early bonus. We certainly need to think outside the box.
Cheers.
Ben
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EddySalomon Premium
Thanks Ben! I agree with your sentiments. If people just look at their blogs objectively and put themselves in their audience's shoes, their content would improve dramatically.

Thanks again for chiming in!
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Chris Lee Premium
This is awesome! I see so many people doing the same thing over and over AND OVER.

Blogging is your "voice" online, use it... don't be an echo!
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EddySalomon Premium
Chris, I'm totally stealing that line! You've hit it on the head my friend,

"Don't be an echo!"

Love it!!!
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Chris Lee Premium
hehehe all yours bro :)
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tmamarketing Premium
You made some excellent points here! Your blog must stand out from the other millions of blogs on the web... I call this..."give people a reason to choose you"....
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EddySalomon Premium
Exactly! And folks just aren't getting that. They're just blindly following the steps here without adding their own flavor and that's a recipe for disaster if everyone is doing that!
Thanks for chiming in!
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garthjen Premium
I also find myself just writing because that is what I have been taught in the lessons.
I have felt for a while that I am just regurgitating and it has been worrying me.

I took a break over Christmas, just to get away from it all and recharge my batteries.
I couldn't resist every now and then just reading some of my articles on my website and because I wasn't under pressure, I started reading as though I was a prospect.
Some of my writing isn't too bad but most of it just is not interesting enough and even I got a bit bored.

I really enjoyed your blog and I have decide to make some real changes to my writing in 2014. Thanks for this wake up message Eddy. Garth
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EddySalomon Premium
Garth, I think many people are guilty of this. Because this is all brand new to everyone, they feel the need to follow everything exactly so they don't break anything. But that's not necessarily the case with this business.

You want to take the fundamentals in terms of setting up the site, etc. But with content you need to really write in a personal way. I always keep in mind, if my family or friends was reading this, would it help them, would they think it really reflects my voice. I can say yes now. But it wasn't always the case. If you saw my earlier articles they were very much like what I'm seeing from other people here on WA. But now I just write the way I talk but I still follow some of the formating advice provided by Kyle and Carson and the other stuff under the hood. But when it comes to my "voice" it's my own.

It's great you have realized that you need to use your real voice. Trust me when I say you'll see different results assuming you already have people visiting your blog! I'm glad I could confirm what you already knew!
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garthjen Premium
Hi again Eddy. I wander if you wouldn't mind having a quick look at my website just to confirm what I have just told you. www.theretiredaffiliate.com
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EddySalomon Premium
Garth, just private message me with your url and I'll critique it privately. I'm brutally honest and I don't want your business all out on the web. LOL
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sredgate Premium
Nice take. We always hear "if it's not broken don't fix it," but that doesn't mean don't make it our own. Thanks for the advice.
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EddySalomon Premium
Yeah that saying definitely does apply in terms of the basic set up that Kyle and Carson teach. But definitely not with the content. A blog is a perfect opportunity to allow one's personality to shine through and a lot of people are missing that.

So hopefully this article gives folks a different perspective because I'm tired of seeing everyone do the same thing and not being themselves. Because it's really hindering the growth they deserve! Thanks for chiming in!
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EddySalomon Premium
Thanks Debbie! I think that's what people miss about blogs. They're just online conversations so your writing should reflect this. But people don't do it and it makes for horrible user experience.

If people understood this, they would see results faster. Thanks for chiming in! I'm glad this resonated with you!
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msdj8163 Premium
You are so right. We need to get the basics and then add your own flavor as well.

Dom mentioned in live chat a night ago that he was viewing websites and reading articles that were copied from the training. As Dom mentioned, it will not get any ranking on Google if you copy another person's work.

I try different writing styles. My latest blog was having a conversation with my reader. I enjoyed it as well as others that gave me feedback.

Thanks for sharing. Debbie
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