Hey guys, It has been a long time since I have written something for my blog, So I thought I should put up a piece for you guys to read!Let me know your thoughts; whether you agree or disagree with me by making comments below!
So what have I learned from running DxbBlog?
First of all as I stated in my earlier posts it was never a serious project for me, instead I just love to write about stuff and always love to create platforms where I can share my experiences. For example, Dubai blog I created because I needed a platform where I could share my experience openly, and if you have been following my posts you might know that I started this blog after being turned away a forum (in 2011), where I posted a negative post about a CPA Network, and it was deleted. So I decided to create my own platform, so thank you warrior forum for that! Anyway, so to share my experience about Dubai I created this blog as a side project, but then slowly it things started getting bigger and better. Today I want to share what I learnt from it!
I am not a very social person at all, I am the kind of person you will find sitting in the corner alone whenever there is crowd around/ As I am kind of shy/lonely, and I like it that way. Some would say I am an introvert? This blog helped me to improve my social skills, provided a platform to socialize and get to know people. I am still and anti social person, but I feel and improvement in myself, in terms of socializing and the willingness to communicate a bit more!
Quality is better than Quantity
As Lucius Annaeus Seneca a Roman philosopher says “It is quality rather than quantity that matters.” This quote relates to our industry a lot. Many bloggers and affiliates worry about Quantity rather than Quality, We always worry about traffic volume instead of traffic quality, When I started writing DxbBlog I always hesitated to contact companies and businesses just because I didn’t have enough traffic. But slowly I realized, it’s never about traffic volume its more about the quality of your traffic and your approach. You will soon find me working with tourism departments of different countries and yes I still don’t have much of an impressive traffic volume on the blog but because my traffic quality is what I pitch when I approach companies, they are more willing to work with me!
Build relationship with brands
This is something I truly learned when I started meeting with the companies and businesses in conferences, meetups and one on one meetings. I made mistakes at the start by bluntly selling them off in my very first meeting, and later I slowly started learning and built relationships first, before pitching them anything about my blog. I also started using the “first foot in the door” approach, Where I would not sell them anything instead I asked them if they have a PR list for Bloggers / Media and if they could include me in the list so that I can stay updated with their events and from there onwards I built relationships and still learning more and more every coming day!
You don’t need to have thousands of followers…
Again same as traffic volumes, you don’t always need to have thousands and thousands of followers on your social media platforms to become an influencer on the internet. Look around, a few online platforms buzzfeed, entrepreneur.com and many other related website, You will find many of their contributors having a few hundreds of followers. In order to succeed you will have to approach the right people and ask them how you can contribute. Build PR connections, relationships, then act.
This is one of the best pieces of advise I can give you no matter what you are doing, Build your PR write about topics of your interest. Whether you are an employee, or a entrepreneur, your personal PR is a must. Share your knowledge about your topics of interest with others! Be it a newspaper or a blog, this will help you a lot. Or an example relating to myself, DxbBlog.ae isn’t at a stage where it can generate advertising revenues for me, so in a way its unprofitable, But that’s what you think! Actually as an affiliate it has provided me great opportunities to work with a few amazing services which not everyone can promote and even that in the UAE (Lowest competition and huge profit margins). Also lets not forget the awesome 5 star treatment i get when I visit different businesses for blogging 😛
So there you have it, a few things I learned. I hope you enjoyed reading my article, if you disagree please let me know why and if you agree still let me know by making comments below. And yes, start writing today!