The main problem with spending too much time on free websites is this; you own nothing on free sites. Free site users are just that; users.
No user becomes highly successful because the free site owner owns your name, likeness, content, and all you do on the free website. A few moments ago I saw Quora questions and answered. Stopped in to answer 3 of those suckers. But literally, with my laser fast typing speed, it took me 60 seconds to answer 3 questions on Quora. I devote little time and energy to free sites these days because I have little branding and monetizing potential on free sites. What’s the use, if I desire genuine expansion, right? We need to think like entrepreneurs not employees to make things really pop.
Here’s the deal; I own Blogging From Paradise. I make all the rules and brand that puppy however I want to brand the blog. Monetizing? I can open any income stream I want to open on the blog because I own it and set all the rules. I can promote all/any of my income channels whenever I want to. Can you see why you should spend little time on free sites and almost all time on your blog and on blogging buddies’ self-hosted blogs?
I spend oodles of time guest posting because all of my friends own their blogs, too, setting the rules, allowing creating and promoting and all that good stuff. Unless my friends change their values, nothing changes on their blogs. Benefits me. Benefits them. I get to create, connect and promote on owned real estate, just like my blog. Create on owned real estate. Maximize your potential. Stop wasting precious hours on free websites like Quora.
Quora is a general time suck once you get beyond answering a few questions, ESPECIALLY if you make the lame excuse that you do not have any time to write and publish a post to your blog? Really? I saw you dawdle and diddle and piddle on Quora for 4 hours yesterday. You want to tell me you have no time to write and publish a helpful post to YOUR blog, your owned online real estate, when you futzed around for 4 hours on Quora? Spend those 4 hours writing and publishing 2-3 posts for your blog. Or writing, then setting up later publish dates. Create on your own real estate. Maximize your branding and monetizing potential.
Think; if you spend 4 hours on Quora today, you created 4 hour’s worth of content for Quora, today. You created Quora content. You don’t own that crap. Quora owns all the stuff you create. Comments, posts, answers. Quora owns it all. How do you plan on monetizing or branding all this content that Quora owns, with the Quora site theme, Quora branded logo and hell, all things Quora, plastered all over the Quora content you created? Good luck with that.
Take a more intelligent, prospering approach to blogging. Spend 90% of your day – or more – on sites you own and sites your blogging buddies own. Create on real estate owned by you and your buddies to max out monetizing, promoting and branding potential. Virtually all of my buddies allow me to promote my eBooks on their blogs. Said promoting helps me max out my monetizing potential. Or at least I raise the ceiling for profit potential a wee bit more, using said approach.
Create on your own blogging real estate. Create on blogging real estate owned by your buddies. Blog thinking like a pro to become a pro. Limit your time spent on free websites. Sure you can share some value but just remember whose value you are really sharing; the owners of the free site own it all!