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Blogging Predictions for the Next 10 Years

I wrote about the future of blogging earlier this year, and it was well received. I wrote about how much I think the blogging industry would be further diversified, and thrive with increased interdependence and social media. And I decided to write more on how I see the blogging industry in the next 10 years.

 

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I see blogging looking very different in a few years time. Here are the 5 ways I think the blogging industry would change in 10 years time –

Less Blogs

There are a lot of blogs around nowadays, many quality blogs and not so quality blogs. In 10 years time, I think many bloggers would abandon their blogs and ultimately shut them down. I see the blogosphere not being as saturated as it is now, because I think many would give up on their blogs because they were set up for the wrong reasons.

A Better WordPress

I see WordPress still being the king of blogosphere. I see it being better. I see self hosting being as easy as clicking an icon. But I do see the service being more expensive in order to accommodate all these perks.

More Lifestyle Blogs

I see more blogs rebranding and being more flexible by covering more niches. I think people relate with lifestyle bloggers more because they find that they have a lot in common with them, and they are usually more interesting to read and write. So I see more lifestyle blogs popping up.

Clear Regulations 

I see clear regulations in place for the blogging industry. Right now, it is so confusing what you must do, can do and can’t do. But I see the regulations being laid out properly in a few years.

More Social Media Platforms

Blogging and social media are like Bonnie & Clyde, they need each other. I see new platforms coming up in the future. And I see the end of some of the current platforms we have at the moment.

 

I have written this post as part of Innovation Company’s study on what bloggers see as the future of blogging – http://innovationcompany.co.uk

How do you see the blogging industry in 10 years? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below.

Thanks for stopping by.

 

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How to Improve your Domain Authority

As a full-time blogger, my domain authority is very important to me, and I know it is the same for many bloggers. As a Blogger and Blogger Outreach Consultant, I know many brands tend to work with bloggers that have a minimum domain authority of at least 20, so improving and maintaining a good domain authority score is very important if you plan to make money from your blog.

 


 

A blog’s domain authority is set by Moz Open Site Explorer, and it is simply a score that shows how your website is really doing. It works by crawling the web to find sites that link back to your site; it then measures the value of these links and generates a number based on the results.

Before you can have a valid domain authority, you need to have your own domain. So yourblogname.com, co.uk or net, but not .wordpress, or blogspot, if that makes any sense. Many new bloggers tend to think they have a domain authority with a free WordPress/Blogger blog, but they don’t, as their blog is piggybacking on the host platform, which explains the very high domain scores. However, blogs with a vanity domain (that is a blog with a domain name but hosted on WordPress/Blogger) do have a valid domain authority, so you don’t need to be self-hosted to have a domain authority. I see this question come up a lot online, so I thought to clarify this bit before going further.

So how do you improve your domain authority? I have blogged for over 4 years now on Fashion and Style Police, and at the moment, I have a domain authority of 33. I going to mention things that I believe has helped me.

 

Regularly Posting Quality Content

I blog almost every day and I think my blogging regularly has helped improve and maintain my domain authority. But the key is to post regular quality content and not just churn out post after post that have no depth.

Posting regular quality content would get you views, comments, likes, link backs, and shares, which all help your domain authority massively.

 

Using SEO Properly

Using SEO properly means your blog posts would appear on search engines, which makes it more likely to get views, comments, shares, and the likes. What use is a great post or blog if no one can find it? Good use of SEO increases the number of eyeballs on your blog, which will eventually increase your domain authority.

 

 

Build a Social Following

A blog’s social following does have an impact on its domain authority. If you have a decent following on social media with engaged followers, you will see an increase in your blog views, comments, shares, and the likes, which eventually helps the overall domain authority of your blog. I wrote a little more about this in my book – How to Cash in as a Blogger, so go have a read and please leave a review on Amazon once you are done. I need them reviews like I need air!

 

Commenting on Other Blogs

Commenting on other blogs does have a massive impact on the domain authority of your blog because it links back to your blog, if you leave your blog link details in the website box. However, I would advise you don’t leave your blog link under your comment except the blogger is happy with this. I personally don’t like it because I have to deal with broken links every now and again, and these links are usually the main culprits. Leaving your website link in the allocated section should do the work fine, and also make sure your comment is a decent amount of words, I would say at least 10 words if possible.

 

 

 

Writing at Least 300 Words Posts

The minimum word count of a blog post should be at least 300 words. I know sometimes it may be hard to write-up a post up to 300 words especially for Giveaway posts but that should be your ideal target. Research and experience has shown me that longer posts help improve the domain authority of a blog. And these posts also rank high on Google so it is a win-win.

 

Try these tips for 6 months and see if your blog’s domain authority increases.

Do you have any domain authority tips to share?

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Thank you.

Why you need your own domain

There are different grades of bloggers. You’re either a professional blogger or you’re just blogging for fun or as a hobby. One of the ways to differentiate between these 2 types of bloggers is by the type of domain they use. Usually, those who are blogging for the fun of it or as a hobby make do with free blogging options that allow you to create your content and share it with the whole world under the umbrella of a host.  The most popular type of blogging platforms are BlogSpot and WordPress.com.

However, probloggers make use of self-hosted blogging platforms or vanity domains which enable them to have your blog hosted on their server and gives them the opportunity to own their own domain.

 

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What Does a Free Blogging Domain Have to Offer?

To give you a good idea of what you’ll be missing if you stick to a free blogging domain, let me tell you about what blogging platforms like BlogSpot and WordPress have to offer you when it is free.

Having a blog under BlogSpot or WordPress is free and easy to set up. All you have to do is to register and within a couple of minutes you’ll have a fully functional blog ready for you to start creating content.

This all sounds fine, but the major downside is that your domain is actually not your domain. It is under WordPress or BlogSpot. What this means is that you won’t have much control over your blog domain name and how you would like your blog to function.

So instead of having your domain name like “www.stylishblog.com”, it’ll look something like “www.stylishblog.blogspot.com” (if you’re using BlogSpot) or “www.stylishblog.wordpress.com” (if you’re using WordPress.com). As a blogger, this will make you look unprofessional as not many clients trust bloggers with such domain names.

Your options as to customization, advertising or even bandwidth will be greatly limited and this will prevent you from making a decent income from your blog.

 

 

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What Does a Vanity Domain Have to Offer?

This is what all probloggers use. A problogger always makes sure they own their own domain.Some have it on a WordPress or BlogSpot hosted server, while others have it on a self hosted platform.

Clients are more comfortable dealing with bloggers who own their own domain. They see such bloggers as more professional and they get more value from working with such blogs because they can benefit from the blog’s domain authority.

With your own domain you can enhance the capability of your blog by installing useful plugins. Plus, you won’t be restricted on how you advertise on your blog. This means that you will be able to earn a decent living off your blog.

 

Verdict?

Whatever option you choose for your blog is up to you. But if you plan to take your blog seriously then owning your own domain is the way to go. There’s nothing as good as being in control of your own blog.

Do you agree? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

Thanks for reading.

 

 

 

 

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