06 Jul, 2009
Understanding Blogging Like the Pros – An Introduction to the Big Guys, the Moneymakers
Many of you who read Blogging-Fool.com may be familiar with some of the big names in the blogging world. I don’t mean people who write famous blogs like Perez Hilton or Steve Pavlina – they are islands of success in their own right – but instead the power bloggers who blog about power blogging.
I had a conversation with my old friend Jamie the other day – he’s the guy who introduced me to the Internet back in 1990 – and I was telling him about the power players in the blogging world. Jamie studies how networks form and the ways in which they affect and are affected by things as a result of their formation and he told me about a book called Linked: How Everything Is Connected to Everything Else and What It Means by Albert-Laszlo Barabasi who writes “the fittest node will inevitably grow to become the biggest hub.”
So as Timothy Ferris, author of the 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich watched John Chow do a presentation about blogging, he decides to do one of his own and John Chow then promotes this video to his hundred thousand email subscribers, as does Darren Rowse, creator of ProBlogger.net , Louis Gray, David Risley and Yaro Starack who runs Entrepreneurs-journey.com and it goes around and around the circle among five or six uber power bloggers until everyone even remotely interested in upping their blogging game has heard about Tim’s video (or whatever it is this small, focused group is promoting).
Are they some sort of Illuminati of the web? A secret Masonic order trying to keep us all out, or like the Vatican where they hoard treasures untold while taking the peasants? Er, no.
Although I first some of their websites seemed to me like Get Rich Quick products, I quickly realized that they were the real article – with huge subscriber-bases and legitimately generating over six figures a year from their blogs and email lists. I also noticed that they were all somehow cross-promoting one another.
They are people who found other people doing the best they could, with standards and similar mindsets and formed a network, a cluster – one that was probably comprised of far greater numbers at one point, until all the wannabes, untrustworthy types, takers but not givers and weaker or less cunning fell away. This is how power networks operate and what they are for – a circle of trust and mutual support that has a whole lot of shorthand.
I created this post today to share Timothy Ferris 50 minute long video with you titled How to Blog Without Killing Yourself, but I couldn’t present it without you understanding that it was informed by and cross-promoted by all the people I have mentioned above. Listen to all that Mr. Ferris has to say and keep in mind that the combination of good blogging practices do a heck of lot better if you build or integrate into a network of peers to go with it. Find someone nearer your level, but slightly ahead of you – this way you can learn and be lifted up to what they are doing or have learned.
OK, without further ado, I present to you Timothy Ferris – How to Build a High-Traffic Blog Without Killing Yourself.
As a bonus – afterwards watch this video from John Chow about what the Dot-com lifestyle is real all about: