This is a post I did tonight from the car in a grocery store parking lot dictating into a digital voice recorder. I have highlighted and bolded most of the places I had to edit from the dictation which you can see played in the video below. The text below is not perfectly aligned with the video, because the videos were yanked into Mac iMovie willy-nilly. Kind of a wacko post really, but some of my beliefs on blogging, and search engine success are in this. Please comment whether or not you agree with my theory on “volume blogging”
So this is my post which I guess is a video post as well as a typical text post. I have trained Dragon NaturallySpeaking (detracted) now so that when I make a post in this fashion it knows what I’m saying pretty well. I have to do some edits though and I would say I have to edit between a dozen words to maybe 25-26 words if I’m doing a post that’s about 2000 words. So that’s pretty darn good. I figured out that my typing speed normally when I’m doing it with my fingers is about 35 words a minute if you include thinking about what I’m going to say and everything. If I’m using speech recognition software my speed can be upwards of 110 words a minute. On this post it will be nowhere close to that because I am the doing this and filming with the camera at the same time, which is kind of weird. But usually I speak like this and I am very careful how I use my diction. In the backseat you can see I got the boys again – Houston and Bentley over there and if I flip this around you can see them.
So I’m starting this again because I pushed the button when I was showing the dogs in the backseat. We can see that it’s -25°C here right now so it’s just a perfect day for a walk (edited). This guy just leaves his truck running at the big old Superstore. Okay where was I going with this….
We use nothing but (edited) WordPress for all of our blogs. We use the WordPress blogging platform on our domains which are on different niche products. I know that very often people look at my latest Adsense earnings screenshot (edited) which you can see at the top of my blog on the top right-hand side. And they always wonder how I’m making that kind of money blogging, because they can well understand that Zulit.com isn’t making that kind of money. As a matter of fact….Zulit.com…..well, now it makes about $15 or $20 a day because I have the odd weird article page getting traffic.
I have some person looking at me like I’m a freak and I guess they wouldn’t be exactly wrong. But anyway, back to blogging. All of my blogs are on niche subjects, for instance I just started one on farm equipment. All of these blogs start off the same. I do some keyword research on the least competitive, but high traffic keywords. If you understand Internet marketing and Internet traffic you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about, and if you are completely new to the game it basically means I find out which keywords are being searched for a lot, but at the same time don’t have many people putting up websites and pages on these keywords. It’s so competitive now on the Internet that there really isn’t too many extremely niche subjects that you can talk about. The truth is, that no matter how competitive your subject matter is on your blog, you can succeed by simply writing, writing, writing, and writing until you’re blue in the face, or you can just talk until you’re blue in the face.
Okay so that’s enough of this post I’m going to turn this off now (detracted) I’ll continue this on text for the next five minutes.
Daily Blogging Schedule (title added)
I start blogging about nine o’clock in the morning and then I stop about 3:30, four clock, sometimes as late as five o’clock, but if I do go till 5 PM I am burned right out of my mind. Today I dictated over 20,000 words of fresh unique content which went on different blogs, and different websites. What I do is a turn on my speech recognition software and I have WordPress open in the edit window. So there is no dragging and dropping text from the speech recognition software or a desktop, or a text file, or a word file. All of the words simply dictate into my WordPress backend dashboard in the edit box area and I fix corrections as I go along. With a post like this one where I am doing it inside of a car, there are more edits that have to be made, the more corrections that have to be carried out. Why? Because I can’t see what’s going on to the screen when I’m doing this and when you can’t see what’s going on the screen your accuracy isn’t quite the same.
For instance, if I make a mistake I can see it immediately on the screen and I will usually fix the problem right there and then at the next period. When I’m out here, outside in a car for this example, I can’t see what’s coming on the screen, so of course there are more edits and errors to look after. But I would have to say that my accuracy is now about 90%, or better.
So today was a typical day in that I worked from nine o’clock to three o’clock, then went and had a nap, woke up and had a shower, and got ready to go out with my wife and my dogs. In the evening when we are going out to get some errands run I usually stay in the car with the dogs and do some more dictating and do a post for Zulit. You see, Zulit is nothing more than a hobby blog which has been sort of my diary during these years of learning how to make a living online. It doesn’t really matter how much money this blog makes. It’s just a hobby, and my way of communicating with people who make their living the same way. One thing for sure, it’s a really great way to live, and a great way to make your money, but you no longer socialize with co-workers and people very often. Well, I never socialize with co-workers.
So now, I am near the end of this post and I’ll turn the camera around one more time and we can do the finish – so hello there fellow bloggers. This has been fun and strange all at the same time. There’s not really much to say, because let’s face it, you have got the point. We can blog a lot faster, and get a lot more work done in our daily, weekly, and monthly lives. I do believe that if you want to succeed in blogging you need to be thinking in terms of volume. There are many different theories on how to get high traffic on your blog, but I truly believe the most effective way is to have volume. A great example of a guy who understands this is Steve Pavlina, and you can see his blog @ StevePavlina.com.
He has always been sort of the master, I would say, of blogging with great volume. His blog post about making money blogging is over 7000 words. I know that Steve was involved with dictation equipment such as I’m using right now, but he types very fast so he actually went back to typing. For me it’s not really an option because I can’t type as fast as he can. (detracted)
I have noticed that the blog posts that have over 1500 to approximately 2000, 3000, 5000 words succeed much more than short little throwaway posts. Truthfully, I would have to say that I never saw any serious results on any blog until there was a least one longer post upwards and over 2500 words. The search engines seem to respond to having a good chunk of content that size going up onto your domain. They can see that it’s purely 100% original, which I’ve talked about many times before here, and that there is no other piece of content on the Internet that has this exact signature to it. Basically when we take 5 – 6 words and put quotes around it, you won’t find any results on the Internet on Google, Yahoo, or MSN, just like it. That is something else that experienced bloggers will understand obviously. Newcomers will scratch their heads perhaps.
There are many theories about linking and how important linking is. Yes, linking is important in the long run. Of course it is but it’s nothing that can be rushed. The search engines are very sophisticated now and any time somebody tells you you can use some software to pump up your rankings, is leading you astray. For instance, to clarify myself, I have talked about using link software – linking software, and some black hat tools like Xrumer. These tools do work but they work on a temporary basis. You can get ranked quite high for some competitive keywords fairly quickly using a tool like that, but in the end it won’t last. It’s not even worth if you ask me. I have done some testing with a Xrumer, and I assure you it’s not the way to guarantee any long-term viability with an Internet business.
So that leads us to the people who really do succeed. People like; Darren Rose of Problogger.net, and Shoemaker over @ Shoemoney.com, and of course Steve Pavlina which I mentioned. I do believe that it’s volume that will get you there. I believe that having posts that have some form of originality too, will get you there.
(detracted) Well anyway, I think I’m done here and I’m going to move on to a different post for a different blog. We will see you next time on Zulit.com.