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Has Blogging Died?

Author : Phil Knubifnz

An article published in the New York Times a short while ago says that the number of bloggers between the ages of twelve and seventeen has been declining. This is a study that then uses this specific statistic to ask the question of whether blogging, as a kind of communication between people, has started to die. Do you think this is the case? Is blogging, specifically in the world of Online marketing and online sales, dying? What could this mean for marketers if it turns out to be true? We decided that it would be a wise decision to look intently at this problem and find out whether or not it would actually have a large impact on the arena of Internet marketing.

The first thing that we discovered is that blogging, especially as a form of online communication is not actually dying. The statistic of individuals aged 12-17 blogging less often does not necessarily indicate that blogging is going away. The simple truth is that folks in this age group seem to just be switching over to the other kinds of social websites like Twitter and Facebook--Facebook, especially, since it offers its members the ability to create "notes" which can act in the same fashion as blog posts and will let the user have control over who can see what has been composed. Adults are a great deal more likely to begin their own internet sites than children are, especially because things like parental consent are not actually an issue.

You should also stop for a second and consider the fact that blogging is hard work! Blogging seriously isn't a quick onetime issue. If you want to make money online, particularly when you are in Internet Marketing, you have to be willing to actually commit to the activity if you want to find success with the activity. While blogging and site-building arrived at the peak of its popularity in 2004-2006, lots of Internet Marketers jumped onto the bandwagon thinking that they might make a site really fast that, because it looked like a blog, they could slap up some advertising and sit back and collect earnings. Most of the folks who tried this found very quickly that the only way to create real income via blogging was to always be updating their sites with brand new information. This is the reason many Internet marketers have stopped using blogging as a primary income source.

Google is working hard to discipline people who have submitted stolen content to their blogs and sites. Every day Google is de-indexing more and more websites--typically these sites are pseudo blogs that have been made by people who use software programs to rip off other peoples' content and use it for themselves. With numerous blogs falling off the radar, it could be effortless to assume that blogging is dying and these sites are just being shut down.

The real truth is the fact that blogging is still alive. Blogging is just being better regulated so it is a lot more difficult for people to earn money using these mediums. While this will impact some basic data, we predict that blogging isnt going anywhere. Its just coming into its own for what it truly is: a conversation tool. Blogging is often a far better medium for sharing information than it is for earning quick cash.

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