My experience with republishing blog content

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It’s flattering when someone from a website that gets a lot of traffic and has a lot of followers reaches out to you and asks if they can re-post one or more of your blog posts on their site. It tells you that you aren’t labouring in vain; that your work hasn’t gone unnoticed. The thought that a blog post that originally appeared on your blog and received just a few views and comments now has the potential to be seen by many more people is exciting.

I was approached by an online publication and told that five or so of my blog posts had been selected for publishing in their entirety on the website of this brand. This site wasn’t trying to pass off the work as their own: I would be given full credit and links to my website would be added to the post. All I had to do was provide a biography and I’d be off to the races as they say.

In the end I decided not to go along with this for two main reasons:

  1. Duplicate content is not good for site engine optimization (SEO) and even though Continue reading

Unlink social media accounts for your fans’ sake

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After the last post on social media, I needed to go deeper with this “linking social media accounts” thing. This may interest you if you’re a blogger or business owner who uses social media (or plans to). If you don’t fall into either of these categories you should read this post about Yoruba names that make it hard to live abroad or this post about sickle cell disease.

When I talk about linking social media accounts I mean: Continue reading

Thoughts on social media

With all the different social media options—Facebook (pages o, not profiles), Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Google Plus, YouTube (to name the big ones)—it’s overwhelming trying to keep up. I recommend you sign up for all the ones that sound interesting to you, read a little about the types of content that do best on the different platforms (Gary Vaynerchuck’s Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook which I have and love is an excellent resource), then after trying each out for a few months, decide which one(s) you Continue reading

My thoughts on promoting your blog on someone else’s blog

If you’re a blogger or if you read blogs, you may have seen someone promoting their blog, business, or event in the comments of your blog or another blogger’s blog. Let’s go through some of the ways this is done.

The Drive-by

This is the person who is so intent on advertising their blog, business, or event that they don’t try to hide it. Imagine writing a post about the loss of a friendship, then checking the comments only to read “Think Pink party on July 6! Tickets only ₦1,200. RSVP at http://thinkpinkparty.com.” It’s spammy, not exactly the response you were expecting, and in about 99% of the cases the person is a true drive-by: you’ve never received a comment from them before, nor will you again. Continue reading

What is the value of a personal blog?

Food blogs challenge our culinary skills by inspiring us to try new recipes. News blogs keep us up to date with what’s going on in the world. And then you have the personal blog. What does a reader gain from reading someone’s weekly to do list or a recap of their weekend? What is the value of a personal blog? I’ve had some form of personal blog for over 12 years. The oldest post I could find online is from November 18, 2002: This blog was an online diary using Diaryland; I wrote a lot about wanting to lose weight and about my (many) unrequited crushes. I didn’t care if anyone was reading initially—which is good since you needed a paid account to accept comments and I was too thrifty for that. After a while, as I moved from blog platform to blog platform, eventually ending up on WordPress, I … Continue reading

Happy Birthday, goodnaijagirl.com!

Happy New Year, friends! My first post this year is courtesy of the fact that today is goodnaijagirl.com’s seven year anniversary and I realized it about halfway through the day. If anything was going to lure me to write a post today, it’s that. Here’s my first blog post: For a short snippet about me, please start at my About page. I have a 100 things list too, but it’ll take me a while to get up to 100 facts about me. I will be updating it as I go along. You can find some basic information about me on there too. I guess it makes sense to start with why I started a blog about being a Nigerian North American (NNA) who doesn’t quite feel like she fits in. Well, for one, I’m hoping to attract people in the same boat. You don’t have to be a Nigerian North … Continue reading