Of the many privileges of being a Premium Member at Wealthy Affiliate, the Personal Blog in the member’s dashboard area is one of my personal favourites.
I really don’t know how the owners of Wealthy Affiliate (WA) came up with this brilliant idea. I think the Personal Blog at Wealthy Affiliate is a pure stroke of genius.
When I signed up for WA’s Premium Membership (the Free Starter Membership is banned in my country, India), I thought the Personal Blog was kept for posting status updates like we do in Facebook or to make announcements of our progress.
I thought that was cool.
We are encouraged to follow other fellow members and to welcome the new members, and thereby expand our network of friends within the community. It’s a great way to connect with like-minded people in the WA community and this makes the learning all the more exciting.
I came to understand later that the Personal Blog was one way to make our presence felt within the WA community and to build up our own brand identity.
What exactly is the Personal Blog at Wealthy Affiliate?
When you sign up for the Premium Membership, you are asked to create a profile of yourself where you fill out your personal details, upload your profile photo, and choose a username that you will be using as your identity.
In the member’s dashboard area are the tabs and links for training (Online Entrepreneur Certification, Affiliate Bootcamp, training videos, and classrooms), the websites’ login area, the WA Live Chat area, the Live Classes area (live Webinars and their recordings), the Jaaxy keyword tool (free for Premium members), and the Help or Support area.
Besides these features, the Premium members have dedicated areas in the dashboard for Personal Blog and Questions.
The Personal Blog is the designated space in WA allotted to Premium members to write posts.
The posts can be anything – an announcement, a random topic on Internet marketing, a success story or a rant. Any member can post them on their Blog for others in the community to read. Every Premium member uses this blogging system to share a variety of information.
When someone we “follow” in WA blogs, we are instantly notified of it through our email. The notification can be turned off but it is one way to be alerted of new posts from members in our network and to be engaged on the posts if they are of interest to us.
The new posts, irrespective of whether the writer is in our network or not, are shown and ranked in order of their freshness and popularity in the WA dashboard area.
We can comment, like or share the blog post just like we do on Facebook and other social media sites. Everyone has their own reasons to like the WA blogging system. It’s hard to conceive that a WA member would hate it.
I love the Personal Blog at Wealthy Affiliate. In many ways, it provides the fodder for my energy, inquisitiveness, blog ideas, inspiration and it is the very reason why I’m still at Wealthy Affiliate.
Let me share with you some of my reasons why I’m so much in love with the blogging system at WA.
#1: Practice the Blogging Craft
When I joined Wealthy Affiliate, I was a complete newbie and I did not know anything about blogging or making money online. In the Online Entrepreneur Certification, I learned that our content creates our success and that we need to create a good body of content in order to attract Internet traffic.
In other words, I needed to write a lot. Or learn to write a lot.
When I started my training at WA and created my business blog, it was not easy to write engaging posts.
I was not confident, and my awkwardness showed in my writings. They were forced, stiff and lifeless.
With too many new things to learn – WordPress, keywords research, SEO, social media marketing, affiliate marketing, blog designing and a bit of coding here and there – I felt slightly overwhelmed.
In such a situation, my Blog at WA came as a blessing to me.
There’s a world of difference when you write for your close circle of friends and family and when you write for a faceless Internet audience.
I’m more at ease when I know the people who’ll be reading what I write.
This is exactly what I feel when I blog in WA.
Here, I’m blogging for my friends in my community.
I don’t get nervous here. I’m more natural and honest and that comes through in my writings.
The comments I get on my WA posts from my friends in the community are heart-warming and encouraging.
In many ways, my Blog at WA is a practice ground for learning my craft.
It allows me to put to test my creative ideas.
I can write freely without having to worry about sales, leads, keywords, SEO, Google rankings, and acceptance by the audience.
#2: Learning to Engage with the Audience
With hundreds of people in WA following me, the posts that I create on my WA Blog get lots of engagements through comments and likes. Ideas are exchanged, opinions are expressed and discussions are generated.
Sometimes a post strikes a chord and generates many ideas through the many comments from the WA members.
There are times when people disagree with what I write in a particular post. Here, views are exchanged from both sides, and there’s always something to learn from them.
In many ways, my Blog at WA is the litmus test for my ability to engage with my audience. I mostly write in the first person in my posts in WA, and it’s a good feeling when I’m able to initiate a healthy discussion on a particular topic.
I sometimes deliberately post a controversial topic on my Blog to goad my followers into expressing their stand on the issue.
I have used my Bog at WA for learning how to engage with my readers.
#3: Writing for WA Blog Sharpens the Writing Skills
I have been blogging regularly in WA. When I create blog posts in WA, it enhances my writing ability.
It sharpens my ability to create valuable content for my business website. Compared to my business blog, like I said before, writing for my WA Blog is easier. But that does not mean I can write anything rubbish there and expect my friends in WA to like them.
In time, when my network within the WA grows, my audience size increases. I’m aware of my audience’s expectations and hence, when I write for my WA friends, I try to impart value in what I write. I always, almost consciously, try to leave a take-home message in all my blog posts.
Blogging in WA is also a great way to inculcate the writing habit. I have been consistently blogging in WA apart from my business blog and I have seen that my writing has improved considerably.
#4: Seeking Inspiration
There are many successful Internet marketers in Wealthy Affiliate who write highly motivational posts on their blog. So, you see, whenever I feel low and demotivated to carry on, I dig in WA for these inspirational posts to lift me up.
The successful members have some common traits. Their posts highlight how they struggled in the beginning and how they overcame their inadequacies to come to the position they are in. It’s always a pleasure to read their stories.
In telling their success stories, some members share their hacks and techniques for attracting traffic and making sales. Their posts provide nuggets of information that I try applying on my own site. I have learned some of the best SEO techniques from the blog posts of my fellow members here in WA.
#5: Getting Ideas for Blog Posts
Like everybody else, being struck by the writer’s block is very much a part of my blogging journey. And especially, when you’re a beginner, getting ideas for the next blog post is always a challenge. When the dry spells happen, it also becomes easy to get distracted.
There have been many times when I sit down in front of my computer to write a post on my website, the words simply don’t come out and I struggle to write even the first sentence.
For hours, I sit in front of my computer staring the blank screen looking for that one speck of idea for me to latch on and from where I can build up my content. And even if the idea comes, expanding it into a full-length article isn’t always easy. Sounds familiar?
Well, when I get stuck for ideas, what I do is write a short post (say, 600 words) on my WA blog. The idea is to kick-start a debate or to whip up reactions by way of comments from my fellow members at WA.
Most of the time my friends at WA do not disappoint and they chip in with their own views and counter views on the subject. Among the views expressed will be gems that could well form the basis for the post I was intending to write.
See? I have all the resources for my posts here in WA itself.
#6: Helps Networking with Like-Minded People
My Blog at WA has allowed me to exchange ideas and views with other members. My blog posts here provide me with the opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals in the WA community.
I have connected with these members outside of WA too and we follow each other on other social media channels like Facebook and Twitter. Now, I have built up a good network of WA friends on Facebook and some of them have become very good friends too.
When you’re in the online business, it’s always good that you have a good network of like-minded people. These people will most readily like and share your posts in their own social media circles. They are a great way of boosting your website traffic.
They sometimes even refer potential clients to you.
Any new business opportunity or buzz is shared immediately.
I have seen people in WA teaming up for good business projects.
When you’re in a big community like Wealthy Affiliate, it puts you in a good vantage position for network business like MLMs too.
#7: Shareable as Affiliate Links
The best thing about the WA blog posts is that they are shareable as affiliate links.
So, you see, when I share my WA blog posts on my social media channels, they are my potential business too. They are all affiliate links!
Not only my posts, but all the blog posts and training by my fellow WA members are all my affiliate links. Meaning, when I share ANY WA blog post, they are my affiliate links only.
#8: Ranks Well in Search Engines
When we post anything in WA, it gets indexed fast because Wealthy Affiliate is an authority site in the eyes of Google.
That is why most of our posts in WA rank well in Google under various keywords. And the ranking happens quickly within minutes of posting!
I have seen many of my WA blog posts ranking high in search pages of Google and other search engines.
If one inspects the pages thrown up on Google under various search terms related to affiliate marketing and online business, it will be seen that many of the top positions are occupied by WA posts.
And when you consider the fact that all these posts are my own affiliate links, you can imagine the business potential for me. This means whenever a person signs up to WA through this post of mine, I get the affiliate credit for it.
#9: Helps build up a Good Brand Identity
The WA Blog is a great way to build up a personal brand within the community.
If the community members perceive you as a helpful person, it brings a positive image to your persona. It helps in widening your network of followers.
Being able to write good posts that engage a lot of people in WA enhances your personal brand within the community.
Sharing good training posts and useful information makes people trust you. You get a good fan following.
When I write good articles in WA, I’m able to build up my own brand identity that I can leverage better for my business. The people who are in my WA network indirectly help in driving traffic to my business blog when they follow me on my social media channels and share my content in their own social media circles.
#10: With Good SEO, It Can Make Money
Usually, most members are not too concerned with the SEO of their posts in WA.
I have not been too keen either on looking for good keywords for my posts on my WA Blog. I write what I like and the keywords research part is reserved for posts on my business website.
However, some members suggest we do proper keywords research for each post that we write in WA. The reason is our WA posts get ranked high in search engines most of the time and if one does a good keywords research for various common search terms, one can actually leverage the WA Personal Blog for an enhanced and positive personal brand.
When people stumble upon our WA posts in search pages and when they actually liked what we wrote, chances are that they would search for us on the Internet and possibly land up on our website too.
So, when I say with good SEO, one could make money with WA Blog, I not only meant the referral credits we get when people sign up on WA through our WA blog posts but I also meant the consequential positive brand image I’m able to build up.
The WA Personal Blog is an Asset
Personally, my Blog space in Wealthy Affiliate is one of the better reasons for being its Premium Member. I have learned so much from it.
It is an integral part of my learning and my own journey in affiliate marketing.
So, whenever I say good things about the Wealthy Affiliate platform, I always make it a point to elaborate more on its blogging system.
Knowledge is shared and perpetuated through it.
It is my online asset now.
If you want me to elaborate more on any aspect of the blogging system at Wealthy Affiliate that I have said here, please drop in a comment here. I’ll be more than happy to connect with you.