I’m a huge blogging fan, as you can see, I write blogs for a living. I show my face but you don’t have to if you don’t want to.
The beauty about blogging is that anything goes.
But why would anyone want to stay anonymous?
There’s a variety of reasons, but for the most part, most people don’t want their close friends and family knowing what they’re up to.
In saying that, there’s like a 0.001% chance that someone you know will find your blog.
But if you would like to stay on the safe side, you’ll be happy to know that it’s 100% to stay anonymous as a blogger and still become very successful.
And in this article I’m going to show you how to do it.
Can You Stay Anonymous and Still Create a Successful Blog?
The answer to that question is a resounding yes.
You can still build a hugely successful blog and make as much money as someone that shows their face.
You do not need to show your face, your name, or anything about you.
You can stay completely anonymous if you like.
That’s what I really love about blogging, you can be whoever you want.
Whereas if you become a social media influencer, you can still stay anonymous but it’s going to be much harder to gain momentum.
Turn Your Privacy Settings Off
You can turn your privacy settings off in the back office of your hosting account.
Simply go to your domain you want to stay anonymous on and you should find something similar to the screenshot below.
Yours will look different depending on what hosting service you use.
But basically, turn your privacy protection on.
This stops people being able to perform a WHOIS search and discover who the owner of the website is.
Use a Pen Name and Picture
Secondly, you will want to use a pen name and fake picture rather than your real alias and pictures.
Keep in mind that this is 100% legal and many businesses do it.
However, I recommend searching up “portraits” on Unsplash as they have better portraits than most websites.
To get a pen name, simply go to random-name-generator.info and choose a name of your liking.
You can also go one step further and create a fake background story.
This is not deceiving your audience, as long as your message gets across, that’s all that matters.
A LOT of people use pen names, royalty free pictures and even made up background stories, and it has no affect on your SEO (Search Engine Optimization).
Will It Affect Google Rankings?
Google knows that some people might want to stay anonymous for many reasons.
They don’t care about you using a made up alias, as long as you are not using blackhat methods to increase your Google rankings.
That’s all they care about.
As long as you’re writing original content, targeting low-competition keywords, and staying consistent, you will rank in the search engines and make money.
Why Alias Doesn’t Matter Much
I’ve never landed on a website, saw a person in the side bar and thought;
“wow, I like this website because of this persons face and name, I’m going to keep coming back”.
In reality, I go onto a website, love the content and continue coming back for the content.
Content is king first and foremost, no one really cares about the person because the person is just a picture.
You go for the content, stay for the content, and come back for the content.
It’s their personality that shines through their blog posts.
That’s not to say that the person doesn’t matter, but the only way to show who you are is through the way you write.
That’s the real way to get people staying on your blog posts and coming back for more.
Can You Still Make Money?
Yes, your income is NOT determined by the way you look or your name.
Your income is 100% determined by your work ethic and how you can make your personality shine through your blog posts.
Benefits of Using a Pen Name
There are some benefits to gain from using a pen name rather than your real name.
Here’s a few off the top of my head:
- You don’t face ridicule, especially if you’re writing about controversial topics
- You can be more transparent. It’s easier to be you because you’re writing from the heart rather than trying to impress people
- You don’t have to explain yourself if someone finds your blog, especially to your friends and family. I was scared to tell people about my blog when I first started in case they said it was a waste of time and I wasn’t going to get anywhere
- And many more
Do I Use a Fake Name or Stay Anonymous?
No, in fact I use my real name, pictures and real background story.
I don’t have anything to hide, I am who I am and I want people to be inspired by my story.
I did care in the beginning when I first started blogging but still showed my face anyway.
I knew most people I know in real life would not find my blog, so that didn’t really bother me.
Today I am happy with everything I have accomplished and want people to know that I am becoming more and more successful.
So that’s why I use my real alias.
Should You Go Anonymous Or Real Deal?
It really is up to you, but at the end of the day almost everyone you know will not find your blog.
It’s just the reality of the game.
Unless you start becoming so famous that you’re popping up everywhere, your close friends and family won’t even find you.
However, if they punch your first and last name into Google, that’s a different story.
Now they’re actively trying to find things about you. If so then yes, there’s a possibility that they will find your blog.
But even so I wouldn’t worry about it.
Be proud of your blog, your content and the things you are achieving.
Remember that hate always comes from below.
And on that note, thanks a million for reading this article.
Leave all your thoughts and comments in the box below and I’ll be happy to answer them.
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