Can A New Computer Make Your Blog More Successful?

Mitch once again proves that it doesn’t matter where you are coming from, if you put in the time you can succeed at blogging.

In this article Mitch explains how much knowledge he has of technology (he had me laughing several times as he explained his shortcomings) and what impact his lack of knowledge has had on his blog’s success. After reading this you will feel you have no technological excuses for not succeeding with your blog.

Here is Mitch…

It often surprises most people I meet as to how little I know about technology. It seems a lot of people automatically assume that since I have a website and it is my full time job that I am some kind of expert when it comes to technology. Nothing could be further from the truth. I am living proof that you can have a very successful blog, in fact make a pretty good living off of that alone, yet know very little about computers nor have the “latest and greatest” gadgets or know how to use them.

I have a confession to make, up until three months ago I had never sent a text message. While since then I have sent text messages, they have all been responses to texts sent to me, I don’t know how to initiate them. What makes this even sadder is I had the iphone for years which most think makes this process extremely easy. The only reason I am really giving this example is proof that tech knowledge and equipment doesn’t have a lot of bearing on the success of a blog.

A Learning Process

The tech side of things has been a learning process, not just learning how to use new equipment, but even learning how to outsource, that has been a process as well. While I still enjoy getting a new computer or a new camera or really any of that stuff, which happens a lot more often and on a lot grander scale these days, the truth is I only really know how to use these things for a small fraction of what they are capable of doing. With outsourcing, while I understand a lot of the process and what type of work and time it may entail, I still have to trust a lot of to the people I am giving the work to that they know what they are doing – because I don’t.

I know I am not alone in being technically challenged and that is why I feel it is important to let other people know that technical expertise or lack of it really doesn’t matter much and it shouldn’t deter you from jumping into your blog with both feet. You can’t use lack of tech skills as a crutch as to why your blog isn’t progressing how you want it to either. Just like I said in a previous article here at, enrolling in a course doesn’t guarantee or entitle you to success, neither does a fancy computer or expensive camera.

I use a PC, I don’t use a Mac. I know most bloggers prefer a Mac, and it’s because they say it is easier. I have tried using a Mac, in fact I bought one and later returned it, because it wasn’t for me. The reason it wasn’t for me was because what little I know how to do on a computer, I am used to doing on a PC, I didn’t want to take the time to learn a new system, I wanted to use my time to create content for my blog.

I really don’t know if a Mac is better or in the long run is easier but to be honest, over the past almost three years, my PC’s have made my site successful enough that I still don’t have time to even find out. The bottom line is, it doesn’t really matter. My current main computer has a quad core processor and a three gig video card. I am not sure what exactly this means but I have never seen a computer that does anything including converting video files faster than this one.

The important lesson here is that using a PC or a Mac won’t make your site more or less successful in the long run, it’s the person using the computer that will. I know a lot of Mac users who would trade in their Mac for the traffic I see and I would trade in my PC for the traffic some Mac users get. I think each of us would be doing about the same we are doing now no matter what computer we were using.

How I Use Technology

I use multiple computers on my desk and this is a huge help. I don’t type into all three at once (though I wish I could), but having the extra screens helps things move along faster. I use a lot of stats and references when I produce the content for my site. By having multiple screens, I can leave up certain pages I am referring to without having to page back and forth on just the one computer. So when people wonder how I produce so much content, it isn’t magic, it isn’t through a transcription service, and most importantly, it isn’t unoriginal content that is posted on a bunch of sites all over the internet, it’s the hours I save by not having to page back and forth to find and produce information.

I do a lot of videos. I do at least one a day and for most of the year I do three or four a day. I always do a video for YouTube just because it is something I have always done and it’s always worked for me in relating to my audience. My YouTube user name is cfbplacedotcom, feel free to check it out and sort it in date order.

While I don’t exclusively use YouTube (my ad agency has me use a different system for other videos), I have nearly 1,500 videos on there and when you sort them in date order you can see the first ones I ever made. You can also see my most recent videos. What you can see is that the quality of the video may be a little better and my lips are actually in synch with the audio now, not that much else has changed, including the number of people who watch them. While I do use a much nicer camera and I have a lighting kit, the viewing public never really says much about it, they are and always have been much more concerned with what I have to say as opposed to what I or the video quality look like.

A lot of people put a lot into their videos. I applaud them and I am jealous when I see their product. I know I can put more time and effort into my videos and I know people can tell that I just rolled out of bed when I have done a lot of mine. I don’t really know how to use the editing software I own, I know it’s pretty fancy though and can do just about anything you can think of.

The bottom line here and the point I am at least trying to make is that it isn’t a matter of fancy equipment or editing software, it’s turning on the camera and actually saying something that people are interested in hearing about that is far more important. Believe me, it is those older videos with my lips out of synch that are so poorly lit I look like I am a different color every day which is why I can now afford the better equipment, it isn’t the other way around where having top of the line equipment is what it took to make my blog successful.

Starting a blog can be a daunting task and when you have as little tech knowledge and experience as I had coming in, it can be overwhelming. There are ways that putting money in can help you but that is better spent outsourcing a lot of the heavy duty tech work, which can impact the success or failure of your blog over the long haul. The time spent figuring it all out will certainly take away from the time you can spend producing content, but owning a certain type of computer or camera will more than likely not have much impact at all.

Mitch Wilson

About Mitch Wilson

In 2008 Mitch typed into Google, "How do I start a Blog?". Within three months he was receiving 3,000 unique visitors a day, within a year he was blogging full time with over 400,000 monthly visitors and 1 million monthly page views. Blogging has given him a life beyond his wildest dreams. Today Mitch is a professional blogger who has turned his hobby passion into a dream job: running his own business at the Sports Chat Place. He now wishes to give back to the blogging community by sharing what he has learned.

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  • Nice Post Mitch. You make a great point. I think your advice is really on the mark on this one. A lot of people (myself included) have put things off or wanted the next latest and greatest gadget before taking the next step forward.

    Hopefully everyone will get your point that it’s truly taking action and simply getting your content out there that REALLY matters at the end of the day.

    I know I can take that advice to heart.
    Thanks Mitch (and Yaro)

    • Thanks Matt, it seems every day there is a new product which takes things to the next level and these things are awesome but they can only enhance the product, not create it on their own.


  • Hey Mitch,

    Great article! Content is King!

    Speaking of technology can you tell me a little bit about your web host? Did you start with shared hosting? If so, have you moved on to VPS or a dedicated server? and at what traffic levels did you feel you had to make a change (if you did make a change)?


    • I have the highest plan of the VPS which I believe has more to it than the one that is advertised as the highest at Host Gator as they put it together custom for me since I have been there for a while. I also have certain parts of my site that take up a lot of space like the chat room and back ups that are hosted at different places as well. I am in the middle of a site redesign and I’m looking at longer term solutions right now as well. This is something I ask Yaro about every few months on the coaching calls, he seems to have a pretty good handle on it.

      • Thanks for your response. I’ll probably check in to one of Yaro’s coaching calls when I start feeling the need to move from shared hosting to VPS.

  • Great post Mitch. It was nice to hop on over to your Youtube Channel and ‘meet’ you.

    I recently got a Mac (through work) and I absolutely love it, but I COMPLETELY agree with you about going with whatever gear makes you comfortable.

    I’m a musician, and growing up it was always the same: some guys had all the best gear and all the gizmos, and they were the crappiest players! The guy who put his nose to the grindstone and *really* learned how to play usually didn’t have the best gear. In fact, it was almost a rule. What the good players do have is heart.

    Continued success with your blog!

    – Devin

    • Almost everyone I know that has a Mac absolutely loves it. I know I would as well if I had a few days to play around with it but I just don’t have that luxury. I use a custom made dell xps and I love it as well but I love writing about sports even more and I think people really see that in my videos

  • I personally use PC because I am familiar to the PC family. And I use this type more than 20 years. Regardless computer which you use, you can make money by blogging. Even if your computer is old, you still can make money as long as your computer is connected to the internet… However, the newer model of computer is better to make easier for making money. 🙂

    • I’m not so sure a newer computer has any bearing at all except if you are converting video files from mits to mp4 as that can really vary. My computer I started with, the one I typed the most important words into Google “How Do I start a Blog?” was used when I bought it and I had it for over 4 years. The hard drive was taped together with electrical tape. 🙂

  • Mitch you’re another great example to us all. You show us that smart, consistent, passionate, hard work pays off.

    It is interesting though; many of us think that upgrading our tools, equipment or software will make us better at what we do. Looking back at my experience, it isn’t the case.

    Buying a more expensive tennis racquet didn’t make me a better player and buying better skates didn’t make me a better hockey player. It was practicing and playing that made me better.

    Reading other blogs doesn’t make me a better writer or blogger but it is easier and entertaining. Practice and applying what you learn make you better at what you do!

    • Yeah, that’s pretty much it. Yaro gave me great guidance and the lessons kept me on track. I figured I could always go back and fill in the stuff I missed. I saved a lot of wasted effort but learning what techniques have a better chance of working, I am and always will be grateful for that.

  • What type of technology doesn’t determine how well you will do. I also don’t think that Mac is the end all be all. There customer service is horrible and just try getting your mac to the apple store for fixs, it is always a mad house. If your computer can type and show web pages you need nothing else.

    • The Mac people were always nice enough and helpful, they even have classes if you have time to go..I just use a PC because it’s what I know

  • Wow, Mitch! Three or four videos a day? Now, that’s what I call taking massive action. It must take quite a bit of time though, especially when someone is just starting out. I have a feeling that you you work more than just four hours a week. 🙂

    But I wonder how you pulled it off at the beginning? Did you have a day job or a part time job when you launched your first site? With all the content creation you do it’s hard to imagine that you had time for anything else.

    • video is the easiest thing, much easier than a blog post. I don’t write scripts or rehearse, just point and shoot
      I used to have a job that I worked 10 hours a day but I always had at least 1 written post a day and did 5 comments a night and I would do my videos in the morning. shoot them when I roll out of bed and upload them as I got ready for work.

  • Hi Mitch, another great post.Like you I run 2 computers with 3 screens, no back and forth. Luckily my wife bought a mac book, so now I get to play with that as well. Will stay a PC user though.
    It is nice to have the latest mod cons, but as you rightly point out it is the person behind the gadget that does the talking.

    • I wish I had time to learn and try new stuff or to even really learn how to use what I have. It’s amazing what some people can do.

  • Mitch, thats a fantastic site you have there. A real money maker. I wish you every success. Ray

    • lol..I think the idea was to just have a good site, making money was a real bonus and totally unexpected

  • Hey, whatever works for you. Ya know?

  • Computer is just a tool which would help you to implement your ideas on the web. You don’t need to be a programmer to do everything.

    • i am about as far from a programmer as there is and somehow manageto get it done.

  • Yaro’s Articles have always been helpful for me.

  • I can relate very well to that also, Mitch. Many of my friends and relatives think I know it all when it comes to the latest tech and ask me for advice before purchases. I tell them that I really don’t try to know much more than what I need to get my work done. 🙂

  • Jon

    Content is the most important thing… and of course some a computer is just a tool. tech knowledge can help in the beginning but it is not what will make a difference in the long run…

  • Oh dear. I don’t even know the difference between a mac and a PC!

  • I tend to buy a new laptop every year or so. After doing so I’m much more motivated to work since the purchase is a tax writeoff..

  • Wonderful Post Mitch but it’s not just about a new computer….it’s that you have to use the current technology. For example, you can install some wordpress plugin that will make your blog much faster!

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