25 Things You Should Know About Putting Your Own Content On Your Own Site

Writing Online Is A Job

25 Myths And Realities Of BloggingWriting Online is a job, for me as well as for many others who are serious about writing. I love writing and I have been writing online for many years. Writing is a wonderful way to express oneself and if you can make money from writing online, well, then that is a bonus.

I first started my blog on Google’s Blogger in September 2004. Having written online for 10 years, I feel it is time to write this article. I write this article, not as a big time blogger but as a housewife blogger who has been writing for a very long time. I write this article for the average blogger who is interested to earn a little income from their writing.

The question is where should you write your articles? There are many content sites. However, my experience is mainly as a blogger and as an almost ex-Squidoo lensmaster or Giant Squid as what they call Squidoo article writers who are dedicated lensmasters who are creative, self-motivated and care about publishing original articles. Oh, I do miss being a Giant Squid already. Now, I am on HubPages. I will not be writing about other article writing sites because I do not have direct experience with those sites so this is a general article for writers who are interested or thinking of putting some of their content on their own websites.

Your Own Site in this article refer to your own dynamic blogs rather than a static web page that used to be the thing before blogs came along.

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25 Myths And Realities Of Blogging

Perhaps I should have titled this hub 25 Myths And Realities Of Blogging. Anyway, before you decide where to put your content. Here are a couple of things you should know.

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The online world is not permanent, just like how digital photos are. They can disappear overnight if you do not take the necessary steps to protect that which is yours. Remember that if you put your writing on your own site, any original content that you write is yours but you must take care of it. Blogger blogs can disappear overnight. Even self hosted blogs may have problems. So, protect that which is yours. However, this is easier said then done. How do you back up 10 years of work?



Not true. While you certainly have a lot more control over what you write, you still cannot write whatever you want if you want to earn money from your articles. You can write anything you want if your blog is personal and private. However, when you write online you still have to adhere to your big boss’s rules ie Google especially if you want to make money from writing online.

Everything that you have learned from writing sites, all the rules they have apply to your own sites as well. You also have to make sure you do not write anything sensitive that may hurt others or break the unspoken laws of your land. Many workers have been sacked and some people have even been arrested for their writing.



Not true. It is better to write for yourself and to write for others. It is better to write for your own website as well as to write for revenue sharing sites like HubPages. In fact, it is invaluable to write for content sites because you learn a lot of things that you wouldn’t if you go it alone by writing on your site exclusively. It is also not better to write for content sites only because then you will miss then chance of learning other the other things that you will learn if you write on your own site. You will also enjoy the camaraderie among the writers of such sites.

A mix is much better. It is also better not to put all your eggs into one basket (as many Squidoo lensmasters learned the hard way). Even if you have your own site, it is also not good to put all of them on your site alone. If you have the time, it is better to write for several content sites plus your own site. However, I am not doing that because I can’t spread myself too thin. I have 5 blogs, 180 Squidoo lenses and having just started at HubPages this is my 6th Hub. I won’t be able to manage writing for another content site so I have to select the tried, tested and those that have been around for a long time with proper systems in place like this one.



True. When you write and share your articles online, you are sharing your writing with the whole world, not just the part of the world where you live in. Have a look at my stats below for this week (August at the time of writing). I am from Malaysia but as you can see from the statistics of one of my blogs the Parenting Times, my target audience is largely from the US. Malaysia is second and India is third.

Usually in August, I have a spike of activity and pageviews from India because of one article I wrote about Teacher’s Day gift ideas. I had written this article in May 2012 at the time when Teacher’s Day is celebrated in Malaysia. However, Teacher’s Day is celebrated in September in India and that’s the reason for the spike in August.

I think it is pretty amazing that something you wrote a few years ago may continue to generate page views on your site. If you keep on writing, you will get that search engine audience eventually, so work hard on it.


This screenshot was taken for the pageviews for one week in August for my Parenting blog


When I first started blogging, I wrote about everything under the sun, anything that mattered to me, all that I saw and thought, I recorded on my blog. I was told that it was not a very good thing to have a site that lacks focus. So I decided to have a health blog, a quotes blog, a parenting blog, a blog just for mothers and a personal blog for me to write anything and everything.

On hindsight, that wasn’t such a fantastic idea. While it got me more writing assignments from advertisers who wanted a more targeted blog, in terms of income from ads, surprise, surprise, my first anything and everything blog continues to do the best.



You earn money the same way as how you earn if you were to put your content on content sites like HubPages. You earn income from Adsense, for affiliate links like Amazon and eBay plus you may also get writing assignments from advertisers. However the latter is on the decline now.

During my early days of blogging, link buying was rampant. Everyone wanted to pay you for writing and linking to their site. However Google put a stop to all that. Many of those who had paid to get you to link to their site eventually had to pay someone to contact all the sites to get their links taken down because they had been penalized by Google. So, that way of earning money is a way of the past.

However, you may still get local advertisers from around your area who are willing to pay you to write more about their product or service. This is very localized.


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Sometimes I carry a little notepad around to jot down ideas of the things I want to write about before they escape me


So you started your own website. You are also writing for several content sites. Will you run out of things to write about? The answer is no. I have found from experience that the more you write, the more things you have to write about. If you stop writing, as I have for several months at a time from time to time, you lose your momentum and you stop having things to write about. However, if you keep on writing, it will lead to more and more ideas and you will have even more to write about.

You should also try to write outside your comfort zone and venture into writing other things that you would not normally write about. You will be encouraged by the fact that you can write about other things too. The more you write the better you become at writing.

In addition, when you write about life and your experiences you will always have something to write about because life goes on and your experience changes. I have moved on from writing about breastfeeding to taking care of babies and making baby food to the challenges of taking care of grade school children and about education and looking after preteens. Life moves on and so does your writing.


If you write well, traffic and advertisers will come to you naturally. You do not have to work very hard in those areas. Just concentrate on improving your writing.

The way to improve is to write often and write well.

Be passionate about writing and write about things that you are passionate about. You can’t go wrong if you do this.

Apart from writing, you should also improve on your layout and the photos you use for your articles.


if you have your own website, pay close attention to your statistics. It can tell you something to help you decide on what you should be writing about that will generate more views and income online.

In fact, you should watch your stats wherever your content is.


When I first started blogging, I had a lot of comments because in those days, there were not many social sharing sites and blogging was one of the ways to share socially.

When Facebook came along in a big way, the commentors left for Facebook and many bloggers stopped blogging altogether.

However, although my comments disappeared, my traffic increased because my blog has been around for a very long time and is recognized by search engines.

I Love Blogging. Do You?

I Love Blogging


When you have your own site, you should take care of it lovingly, like tending to a garden. First you must prepare your grounds by having a good template and layout. Then you plant your flowers by publishing posts and watch your blog grow.

In my early days of blogging, blogs weren’t as user friendly. I had to learn many things from scratch, playing around with my template over and over again till I got it right. It is so much easier now. Many things can be done with just one click or drag.



Yes, that is it. Having your own site is very rewarding and satisfying, even if you don’t generate any income from it. However, you will, if you work hard at it.


The Successful Online Writers I Know Work Hard And Are Patient


Not quite true. When I first started blogging, blogging was THE way to share and express oneself. Then Facebook came along and blogging took a nose dive.

However, after the bad experience many online writers have had with some content sites, blogging has started to go up in popularity again as a way to share well written original articles.

It is no longer THE best way to share personally but it has become more of a way to share professionally. If you want to share personally, you can do so a lot more easily and by saying a lot fewer words as in Twitter or say nothing at all if you use Instagram.


Your blog or own site is not an island. You must integrate it with other social sharing sites like Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Google Plus and more. The good news is, it has become easier to do this, usually you can do it with a click of a button.



Not true. While you may have a lot more freedom in what you write and how you present it, you still do not have full control of your site. I have had my self hosted site down on several occasions because of server problems.

Sometime during my 9th year of blogging, I have even had my 9 year old Blogger blog disappear from the radar completely. I could not view my site anywhere online and I could not log into my account for that blog. All I received was an email informing me that my blog has been removed because it was spam.

Imagine the horror of that. All of my blog posts disappeared overnight (9 years of original published material) without the ability of me going in to retrieve anything at all! I wrote to Blogger and my blog was reinstated only to have it happen again a few days later. I had to write in again. Of course my blog was reinstated since it is obviously not spam, anyone can see that but the machines cannot. It led to a few days of anxiety for me.



Be prepared for this. I have had my content being stolen in many ways. Once, there was a person who took my very personal posts and wrote them on her blog pretending that she was me. That was very spooky indeed.

The more common way of plagiarizing is not so personal. You will find your blog posts and sometimes your entire blog being copied. Of course, there will be ways to address this but then it will happen again and over again. People will try to make money from your content. The worse thing is sometimes your stolen content ranks higher in search pages then your own original content.

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This one is true. If you work hard writing and updating your blog, there will come a time when you no longer need to work as hard. You can leave your blog unattended to for months and the income will still come.



If you want that day when you can earn continuous income to arrive, you have to work really hard at first. You have to be serious about it and treat it professionally as you would any other job. Treat your online writing on your own site as a freelance writing job.



No question about this. Your traffic goes up when you promote your site. It comes down if you do nothing. However, you will always get traffic from search engines just from writing (without promoting) original articles and updating your site regularly with articles.



When Google and other search engines started having image search, it became a new way for getting traffic to your site. If you choose your photos carefully and give them targeted titles that match your article, you will rank high in image searches and get traffic from that.

You should also pin your images on pinterest. That is another major potential for traffic that can increase your pageviews significantly.


Your site will not earn you income immediately. You must put in all the work first and expect rewards later.

For example, it took me 6 months before I had enough articles to get my Adsense approved and another 2 months later before I started earning and eventually it was a more than a year before I received my first check from Adsense.

I never earned anything from Amazon affiliates. It was only after I started writing on Squidoo that the Amazon earnings started to pick up. Using that knowledge, I applied it on my own sites and it improved a little bit but it was never as good as it was at Squidoo.

That is why it is sometimes better to write for established content sites. You get to earn your adsense a lot faster. You also cannot beat content sites in terms of updating and traffic because of their sheer volume of content. Not in a million years.


Which is better? Free blogging platforms like Blogger, WordPress, Tumblr etc or your own self hosted site on your own domain?

After I had my Blogger site for a while, I was told that it would be better to have my own self hosted site so I started my own site at mumsgather.com At that time some advertisers prefer it if you had a dotcom.

However, apart from getting the few writing assignments which are not so popular these days, I am really glad I didn’t transfer all of my content from my original mumsgather @ blogspot blog which I now call Parenting Times.

I kept it and continued to update it and it has continued to be my best Adsense earner, not the dotcom one. So in this case, free turned out to be better than paid hosting.


You can help people who are searching for information by becoming a master curator. Think about a topic that someone is searching for, then put all the relevant information for that person all in one page including links to websites, slideshows, newspaper articles, videos, photos and more. In fact, you can do this whether you are writing on your own site or otherwise.


Whatever rules you have to follow on a content site, do it for your own site as well. Write only original content, do not steal or copy, update regularly.


You know what? If you keep blogging diligently, over time you will find that you have enough content for a book! That is what I did, after years of writing about certain subject matters over and over again, I found that I had enough content for not just one but three books. So I turned all of them into self published books which I now sell online as an additional way for making money online.


I know I only started with 25 when I started writing this hub but I wanted to add this very important thing. Never ever stop learning. Wherever you write, whether on a revenue sharing site or on your own blog or site, you will learn a lot of new things along the way. This is one of the most exciting things about writing online. If you love this part and never ever stop learning, you will continue to grow as a writer. Also, do not be afraid to share your knowledge. Share generously. By sharing, you continue to learn too as I did when writing this hub.

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I use both a desktop pc and tablet computer for my writing assignments. The tablet is for taking photos and creating graphics while the desktop is for writing.  Photo Source: Amazon

What Google Image Search Does For Your Traffic

What Google Image Search Does For Your Traffic

What Google Image Search Does For Your Traffic

Blogging is not the same with Image Search and Pinterest. When I first started blogging in 2004, there were no such things. When you wanted to get traffic, all you had to do was work on your content. Although the say content is king, these days content alone won’t get you enough traffic. If you work on just the writing aspect of your blogging, you will miss out on some of the best sources of traffic, your photos, pictures, clip arts and graphics. These draw readers to  your blog too.

Let me show you an example of the magic of Google image search. Below is the screenshot of the stats of my Parenting Blog. I have done a search for “Origami Stars” so you will see only posts related to those search terms. Take a look at the numbers. The blog post “Seeing Stars!” has drawn in 60460 visitors at this point of writing and it is all due to google image search. That’s right. I’m really seeing stars with those numbers. The post itself did not draw in those visitors. It was just an ordinary very personal post about my kids. At the time I did not know much about how to get traffic for my blogs. Many of the tricks I learned about blogging were quite accidental like this although I did read up a lot to learn along the way.


What Google Image Search Does To Your Traffic

What Google Image Search Does To Your Traffic

So as you can see, in these days where there is so much information online and so little time for everyone to read. Infographics, instagram, pinterest and anything else to do with little words and lots of pictures are making it big. Even twitter now allows you to post pictures. With so many words competing for readers view, it is no wonder that readers have started to skim through words and look at pictures instead. Pictures with a few words.

So, have I convinced you yet? If you have not started to include pictures or graphics with your blog posts, please do so now and remember to include good descriptions, captions and alt text.

Content may still be King but a picture is the Queen and sometimes the Queen has more say than the King. Happy Blogging!

By the way, when reading this post did you skim over the words and just look at the pictures? Even if you did and despite what I just said, remember that content is still King so you need those too. Don’t go overboard with pictures and forget your writing. Let’s put it this way, you need both the King and Queen to do well in search engines.

Content Is King But A Picture Is The Queen

Content Is King But A Picture Is The Queen


How To Change The Template, Background And Header For Blogger Blog

How To Give Your Blogger Blog A Makeover

How To Give Your Blogger Blog A Makeover

Today I gave my Blogger blog a makeover. I changed the template, background and header for my Blogger blog. This was how I did it. Firstly, this was how my blog looked liked before the makeover. Screenshot of Parenting Times (Purple) I got bored with purple and wanted to give it a more minimalist look. I was using the Blogger “Travel” Template. I switched to the Blogger “Simple” Template. Then I changed the background. I used the background by latex which I found under the “transparent” category for Blogger’s Background Image list. You can find many free background images provided by Blogger. I also played around with the colors of the fonts for links and headings etc. You can read how to change the Background from Google support on Blogger Template Designer.

After changing the background, my blog looked too plain so I headed over here to look for a new free header for my blog. I found my Free Blogger Header from Vintage Made For You. There are many free Blogger backgrounds and headers to choose from there. There are also tutorials to help you. I used the tutorial on How To Adjust The Width Of Your Blogger Blog to help me adjust the header so it sits in the middle.

Then I headed to Pic Monkey (an excellent online photo editor) to add in my blog Title, tagline (which I created) and description so this frees up some space on the top of my blog. This is How To Add A Header Image To Your Blogger Blog. To my horror, I found that my pinterest and Facebook Like button had disappeared after the changes I made because I customized my template previously by changing the html code to add in those buttons. Nevermind, I shall improve on it.

So I headed over here to learn How To Create A Floating Vertical Share Button For Blogger. The instructions are really easy to follow. I had to adjust the positioning a little bit. I also added my pinterest button code in there. All I had to do was generate my own Pinterest button, then copy and paste it over a button I didn’t want. The instructions to replace have all been provided.

Head over here to Generate Your Pin It Button. I replaced the button with the pinterest button by copying and pasting two codes in there one after another. One for “any image” and another for “Image Hover”. The “Any Image” one allows a reader to hit the Pin It button and choose to pin any image they like while the “Image Hover” one allows the reader to see a Pin It Button on any image they happen to hover over. That makes it a lot easier for your readers to pin.

You can head over to my Parenting Times blog to test it out for yourself. Finally, this is how my blog looks like after the changes. Parenting Times Screenshot (White) Updated: I didn’t like how serious the blog looked after the changes. My blogger blog is a parenting blog filled with crafts and printables for kids so I wanted it to reflect that so off I went searching again for a nice new blog header. I finally found my new free blog header for Blogger at Blog Designs by Dani. As before I used Pic Monkey to add in my blog title and tagline. I also had to adjust the Blogger header size to 900×470 pixels in order to fit in just right. However you do not have to do that. All you need to do is go to Blogger Template Designer and adjust width by dragging the size to the right fit. Refer to the How To Adjust The Width Of Your Blogger Blog link above.

After some tweaking with the colors of my links, headings, tabs etc to match the new heading in the advanced editing mode in Blogger Customize Template (Go to Template-Customize-Advance to do that) finally, here is my newest look. The best part of doing these things yourself is it is free and you can change at your own whim and fancy whenever you like.

Screenshot Of Blogger Blog After Changing Background And Heading

Screenshot Of Blogger Blog After Changing Background And Heading

However, there was something wrong with my header. It appeared to be slightly different color then the one I wanted. It appears to be greyed out instead of white. Finally, I saved my header image again into a png file instead of jpg and that did it. The colors were right at last and I love my new blog look. Even better, was the feeling of having done it all by myself without a designer. Yay!

Header Image With The Right Colors When Saved As Png File Instead Of Jpg

Header Image With The Right Colors When Saved As Png File Instead Of Jpg

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5 Types Of Blog Posts And How To Write Them

5 Types Of Blog Posts And How To Write Them

5 Types Of Blog Posts And How To Write Them

This post isn’t a technical post about the how tos of blogging including SEO and all those technical jargon. Instead, it is a personal post written from the heart and from the experience of a blogger who has been blogging for 10 years.

I have been blogging since 2004. At the moment I write and maintain 5 blogs regularly. They include this blog which focus on me and the things I like to do including online writing, a parenting blog, a blog just for mothers, a health blog and a quotes blog. After writing for some years, I find that I basically write 5 different kinds of blogs. They are:

1. A Personal Blog Post

This was the first type of blog post I started writing. If you are writing a personal blog post, you can write things which are a little bit more personal. You can limit your readers to only those close to you if you like or just yourself. It depends on the individual. Some like to post lots of photographs which is really a nice thing if you don’t mind sharing. Readers love photos. However, I like my anonymity.

Can you remain anonymous and still write a personal post? Yes, you can. I have been doing it for 10 years. I write posts that are personal yet not too revealing. It is okay to be personal without being too personal on your blog posts. You will still get your readers and followers if you remain true to yourself and keep your writing voice genuine. Instead of using personal photos, you can still include photos to make your posts interesting. Post photos of objects and scenes instead.

2. Instructional Blog Posts Or How Tos

I enjoy making crafts with my children. So I find writing how tos or instructional blog posts a natural progression from my personal yet not too personal blog posts. They are a nice way to record and keep our crafting moments in a digital format for keepsakes.

When you write these types of blog posts, you  must remember to include lots of photos and step by step instructions to make it easier for your readers. I have written many instructional blog posts like this and this.

3. Curations

After blogging for some time, I started writing curations. Whenever I write a curated blog post, I always put myself in the shoes of the person searching for information. What is this person looking for and how can my blog post make a difference. Then I try to include everything that will help this person who is doing an online search find all the things that they want to know about that subject on a single page. This is the most important factor of all. You have to be an expert curator in order to write such a post so that your post makes a difference to that person instead of being a mere copy of a search engine.

When writing this type of blog post, remember to include relevant links, videos, photos and always seek permission for use of photos.  Here is an example of one of my top posts on my parenting blog. It is a curated post of  Homemade Teacher’s Day Gift Ideas. Some of the ideas are my own while some others are from my FB friends. I sought the permission from all of them to post their ideas on this post.

4. Reviews Or “Selling” Posts

At one time, paid posts were very popular and many companies looked for bloggers to link to their products, services and websites. It is not so popular now but this is just another way of writing. Sometimes, you may write a paid or sponsored posts while at other times, you may write to sell, for example if you are an affiliate marketer.

For example, I am a participant in the Amazon Associates Program. So from time to time, I do write posts to “sell”. This is an example of my review type or marketing oriented post: 10 Cute Dollhouses For Girls. In a way, this is a curation type of post too.

Photos and descriptions are very important. However, do note that the behavior of someone who is searching the internet for information is different from someone who is searching the internet to buy something online. The person searching to buy something may be more interested in photos of the product and will not have time to read lengthy reviews so keep it short while providing the necessary information they need. Photos and videos are helpful. Just put yourself in the shoes of the person searching for information and think of what YOU would like to see and read in the blog post. That is the best SEO advice anyone can get. You don’t need to know what SEO is or how to do it if you just prefer to write. You will get your traffic just by putting yourself in the shoes of the person searching for information.

5. Articles

Finally, you can write articles of any subject you feel you have the confidence tBlogging Tipso share in. I like to write a lot of parenting articles that change over time. I used to write breastfeeding articles, now I write about kids education in grade school. You can write about your gardening projects or your pets, it is up to you or something more technical.

I consider this post an article type of post. Articles MUST be genuine and not copied from somewhere else. Do not copy and paste or spin articles from somewhere else on the web.

Extra Tips On Writing Blog Posts That Get Read

  1. Keep your blog content fresh, relevant and up to date
  2. After writing your post, create a “cover” for your blog post, then pin your image to invite people to come to read it. Writing blog posts isn’t only about writing. Think of it as creating a magazine with a nice layout that calls out to the reader to read.
  3. Share your blog posts on social media, FB, Google Plus, Twitter etc.






Rushed! That’s what I have been feeling for the past few years. Seems like I am always rushing around to do something or other. I’m always running after the kids and the man. I literally run after them whenever we go out to the mall.

At home, I’m always rushing too. I’m so rushed, I clean my bathroom as I shower with one foot scrubbing the bathroom floor.

At the moment I’m rushing to edit my content that has been moved from Squidoo to HubPages. After the transfer, many of my images were misplaced, videos missing, and links were stripped. I have edited 116 pages but I still have another 68 to go. Its killer work and not a lot of fun. I just edited about 12 this morning and got bored, that’s why I decided to update this blog instead. Its been too quiet around here for some time.

I’ve been rushing to learn new things too. Baking. Digital Drawing. I’m so pleased I managed to figure out how to use layers in drawings. Yay! That was worth rushing to read, learn and draw at the same time.

The above rushed cartoon is one of my first few digital drawings done by using layers. I’m really happy about that.

Now, its time to go off to rush to do some housework so I can get back to editing. Its also the end of the year so I have to rush to teach the boy his history and Chinese. Have to rush to learn those Chinese chapters from his book so that I can guide him.

Rush! Rush! Rush! That’s the story of my life. What’s yours?

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