Be Different

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I have gathered an internet philosophy over the years that resulted from growing up with the “web”. As people were trying to figure it out, I pretty much decided it was best to “do your own thing” because there were no guidelines to follow – per say.

 

When I created my very first website in 1998, WordPress was also just spreading its wings and you had to know html code to develop a website (early blogs) on their platform. “User friendly” became ahuge design element and then Social Media came along “web 2.0”.

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SEO and “linking” started to rule the way things were done online so people could find your website. And then as Google blossomed into a mega star and internet dictator changing search algorithms, again, and again, and still again today.

What we have eased into today is the “human” development of the internet, specifically the search engines – which I think is a good thing and yet, I think it’s causing more anxiety than ever when it comes to content creation.

Here’s why I think it’s good:

 

  • people socialize with people – not links
  • people like to get answers to their questions
  • most people like to learn new things
  • people like quality content, not crap
  • people want access to true and meaningful information

 

As the internet has become more “human”, competition has grown immensely in delivering “valuable content”  to internet readers. In fact new job descriptions and careers have been created just to deal with the competition of writing quality content for websites.

 

So, for most of us, who are not working for a company, but for ourselves, deal with “what to write” usually on a daily basis 

 

I certainly did and still do. But I’ve ways to zap those thoughts of what to write and move on. But you may be new to blogging and then “BOOM” you have to write a post. Insecurities, doubts about your ability to write well and inspire others creep in,  and then the worst – “what if people don’t like this”

Who cares!

 

BE DIFERENT

 

Here’s what I want you to remember – there are millions of thousands of people on the internet. Because of this, you will always have an audience based on who YOU are

 

This is why self-branding is so important! You don’t want to create a blog and start writing about the same stuff everyone else is writing about .. SEO, marketing, etc. That’s one direction I took and hated it. My “heart” wasn’t in it. You want to become THE person people will look for ..

 

How does THAT happen?

  • quality content
  • posting often
  • self-branding
  • using Social Media for “self-marketing”
  • posting your content on Social Media platforms
  • learning something then teaching others

 

You want to write about things you’re passionate about – THEN turn it into a kind of “educational” post. Writing about your experiences and what you learned from it … when you write from this point of view you are generating useful information that someone can learn from.

Yes. It’s the classic “What’s in it for me” and when you write answer that question which  relates to your post. 

 

What is “Quality” Content?

 

Here’s a great article on exactly this which goes into more detail. But here are the suggestions for writing quality content (Search Engine Land):

  1. Help The User Complete A Specific Task
  2. Make Sure It’s “Made To Stick”
  3. Write A Strong Title & H1
  4. Organize Thematic Subsections
  5. Make Sure It Inspires, Educates And/Or Entertains
  6. Ask Yourself If You Would Share It
  7. Make Sure It’s Relevant (topic matches your website niche or theme)
  8. Watch Your Word Count (debatable)

 

And Here’s what I’m adding to the list:

 

  1. Build your vocabulary (use a dictionary to get different words that can say the same thing)
  2. Use correct spelling and grammar
  3. Avoid repeating the same words

 

After all this sinks in, now, how can you be different?

 

Be yourself!  You have your own way of explaining things, your own perceptions of life, your own opinions. The way you interpret information is unique to you. There’s NO ONE like you on the planet.

For me, it was creating my self-brand as the “Artistic Affiliate” because that’s what I love and do.

So.

Think about all of the above and start “morphing what you learn, study, read, that builds your knowledge in a particular area, and share it all in your own words”

Like this post? Comment, like, and share… would love to hear what you think …

Lesly Federici

 

 

 

 

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8 thoughts on “Be Different

  1. Oh my Thanks Lesly for the kind words.
    These words of yours make my head go gaga lol.

    Yes, I’ll always be back.

    Thank you so much again for sharing this.

    Have a great day.

    __Precious

    PS. Bookmarked your site too *winks*

  2. Hello Lesly,

    Thanks for sharing this. Omg! I remember how hard it was for me then just walking down the same road other bloggers took and thinking that was the best way to follow. Not so long, I’ve come to realize the importance of being different and personal branding it has made my life a lot more better and easier. Haha.

    This post just gives me the reminder to stay being ME and no one else. Thanks again for sharing!! Will work on social media marketing soon. 😇

    Much love,
    Precious

  3. Hi Merle,
    I think when I started online the self-branding was just starting really, didn’t take on like now .. so new people coming online will learn this right away … the code is just a left over from changing themes.. 🙂 Always great to see you …

  4. Great advice Lesly and I have also learnt so much over the years but nothing better than the “branding you” first. When you are new to this game it is something you don’t know or think about so very helpful information. One thing I wasn’t sure what all the following html codes were meant to be !! [vc_row][vc_column][vc_separator align=”align_center” type=”transparent” position=”center”][vc_column_text]

  5. Hello Lesly, Loved this post my friend! Be Different! HEHE When I first started blogging I was that person.. I did the same thing every other blogger was doing! And where did it get me? HEHE Let;s just say not to far..

    Then I joined PAC and I started to learn more about ME! I actually spent a lot of time visiting other blogs and learning and learning and learning…

    And from the CHERY WAS BORN HEHE Well I was born in 1960 but actually just came alive online not to long ago.

    Everyday is a new learning experience and our blogs will always be a work in progress HUH?

    Thanks for the Awesome Post! It did get my mind a whirling once again,
    Chery :))

  6. Great post and right thoughts ,Lesly
    All is changing and we have to go with the flow .
    It is true ,it is important ti be ourselves and make
    a difference . With words 🙂 I wish I would be better :0
    It takes me longer to write a post .
    But will get better 🙂
    Thank you
    Let’s be different
    Erika

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