You probably have already heard about and possibly are participating in the new Group Writing Project over at ProBlogger. Darren is asking people to contribute by writing a post about What They Would Do Differently if they had to Start Their Blog(ging) Over.
Well, if you have followed my progress for the past couple of weeks, you should have a Good Guess as to what I would do differently. Take the past month’s worth of changes via my Time Machine back to October 2005.
3 Major changes would then occur:
~~ I would have bought my Own Domain. Other than Ego, I think the biggest advantage of picking the right Domain is that it helps quite a bit with SEO.
~~ I would have set up with a Good Hosting Service. There is much more control of what happens with you site(s) ie. my own E-mail addresses, Spam control and real communication with the Host to name a few.
~~ I would have Started using WordPress (not Blogger). Again, I have control of the Presentation, Links, Plug-ins and other Options that other platforms don’t offer.
In hind-sight, using a free service has probably cost me more in terms of visitors, pageviews and revenue by not having Good Search Engine Opitmization. Not to mention the Down Time I have had to endure with the problems Blogger has had in the recent past.
On the opposite end of the spectrum 3 things I would Not have changed:
~~ Joining Forums. I have learned a lot from them and have had visitors stop by because (in spite) of things I contributed.
~~ Comment on other Blogs. I have built some good relationships through commenting and joining in on conversations on many Blogs I visit.
~~ Links to Other Blogs. I have always linked to other Blogs that I thought would be helpful to Work at Home people. I think this has helped build some loyalty in my readers.
It might not sound like much, but with just those 3 changes and keeping the other 3, I think I could have been a lot more successful sooner.
What if anything would you change? Did you join the Project? If so, you can leave a link in comments if you wish.