Do you know the most important factor which adds credibility to a blog? Fitsmallbusiness.com states that it is quality content.
Do you know the secret ingredient to success?
Countless bloggers disappear from my followers list each month. Their accounts are still there; their thoughts are frozen like water in a freezer. More often than not, they vanish with no trace of their whereabouts.
Blogging is hard work and according to many of the high-earners, they considered themselves as new, up to the age of 3. But we expect instantaneous.
I was about to join the vanishing crew. A few months in, I called up my best friend to admit my failure. I don’t even have 100 followers I cried, I rarely reach 10 likes – no mind 5 and my comments are virtually non-existent. To truly increase salt to my wounds, I mentioned all the other bloggers who started at around the same time as me. How everyone runs to their posts and nobody cares about mine.
Oh – and I took it further. I am a terrible writer, I have no interesting topics to discuss and my pictures are awful. How can I do well with a camera phone? How am I supposed to reach 1,000 followers when my stats are on 15 views a day?
It is exceedingly excruciating when you dedicate your time and heart to your site, only to feel that people are not concerned. So when I wanted to give up, I really wanted someone to make my life easier. I wanted to be one of the ‘lucky’ one’s who just starts off with immediate eminence. I wanted to be a person who just figured it out and gained popularity.
I observed the big accounts. I read their articles and glimpsed their images.
Create various lifestyle categories, arrange my items beautifully against a white or black background for photos and either write information which is relatable, interesting or helpful. That was my short knowledge on what it takes.
That one word summary is distinct to my opinions today.
It does not matter how fast another account is growing
This is the internet. I have no doubt that a blog next year will be created and somehow receive thousands upon thousands of views each week – in a matter of months. Your biggest concern should be your stats. Are they increasing? Are people enjoying what you are posting?
Take advantage of the support
WordPress especially, I feel as though the community is incredibly friendly. Everyone kind of learns from one another. There are countless posts on advice and tips – try them out. When I set myself up in January, I loved reading the blogger recognition awards, as the questions allow great insight into what a reader would like.
Do not ask
I am not the greatest fan of comments which read “please check out my blog”. I think if you go down that route, you should ensure that your comment is tailored and personal to the person who you are asking. Nobody likes the idea of a viewer going round to every blog with a copy and paste.
In addition, with these phrases, how do you know whether the blogger has gone onto your page and read a post happily, or felt forced? And do you want a blogger reading your content because they felt that they are required to, or because they generally decided to?
Everyone is in the same boat
A further typical comment of which I encounter – is “I am new”. Whilst I appreciate that and know the struggle, we are all in some ways new. The problem with being a blogger is that we are not satisfied. The minute you reach one goal, along comes another.
What made me continue when I thought about giving up?
I asked myself if I was reaching my potential. I continued my research into how to grow a blog and noticed that marketing appeared frequently. I played around with my visuals, yet never took the time to market. I naively presumed that tagging was enough to bring in readers.
Neither did I track down what bloggers I favoured. I expected everyone to come to me. The fact is however, there is an abundant of people out there striving for equivalent. My number one recommendation is to promote. Promote as much as possible. Utilise social-media and craft attentive responses. My attitude is – if 100 people add me each day, I will still seek another 100.
Until my aims are in clear sight, my dedication will not alter. In fact, it never will.
Do you know what your most viewed posts are? It is helpful to go back and update previous posts – do not assume that people exclusively read your current. Do you know the top Countries that read your blog or what your biggest referrals are? Has your audience changed since when you first started?
If anyone remembers my Marilyn Monroe post, you might be surprised to know that it was a disappointment – in terms of stats. Later on nonetheless, the stats dramatically increased. It was linked onto a well-known website and from then on, it has done measurably well.
Which is why you need to promote; how many people are out there who would appreciate your work but are unaware of your existence?
Out of curiosity, please let me know which topics you most prefer of mine and if there is anything you would want me to write more of, or include.
What are your best blogging tips?