16 Tips for Blogging Success
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Starting a blog is exciting and confusing, challenging but rewarding all at the same time. I admit when I first started out blogging it was rough. In the back of my mind I knew that I’d be successful, but I kept putting off actually doing anything for my blog because I just didn’t have the time, or the proper know-how.
So here are the tips that saved my blog from deteriorating to the wayside.
1. You need to set a schedule!
This probably my most important tip. You are always going to be busy, that’s just a fact of life. You have to be willing to make the time for your blog, or you’re not going to see any success.
The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.
At minimum set aside at least 1 hour for your blog each day.
2. Get motivated! Get inspired!
Do whatever you need to do to get inspired and motivated to work everyday! Here are some of the things I do to keep both my motivation and my inspiration going everyday:
- Listening to TED Talks
- Reading self help books/business books
- Subscribing to my favorite blogs and getting their emails
- Watching other blogger’s webinars.
Doing these things has changed my mindset of what I can do, and what I can achieve.
3. Treat your blog like it’s a business
This goes along with my first tip about creating a schedule. If you were running a coffee shop the way you run your blog, how would your customers feel? Would they keep coming back for more? Is there a variety of drinks and food for them to try? Would they be able to reach out to you, find your coffee shop on social media? Etc.
If you want to have a successful blog where people can’t get enough of your content you have to treat it like a business. Make the time to create quality content, and provide your readers with a way to follow you on social media.
Reply to comments, and reply to emails. When your audience reaches out to you, reciprocate them.
Make your blog feel like a place where people can kick back and relax.
4. Get serious about your blog
If you want to increase your traffic, I recommend paying for a host for your website. When you pay for a space on the internet there is a lot more you can do compared to using the free WordPress or Blogger to post your content.
Personally I go through Bluehost to host my WordPress blog, because there is so much more you can do and add to make your site look professional. You can customize it, add plugins that do whatever you want!
If you aren’t hosting your own site, it’s time to take the leap of faith, and investment! My post “How to Start a Blog” will walk you through the steps of how you can do this. At the end I have a special offer for a FREE ebook to help you understand how to navigate and customize your WordPress site once you get it all setup.
5. Stop spending all your time doing research
Research is good, in fact it’s vital. But the problem is you can end up being in the research phase for weeks, months, or even years. I promise you will learn leaps and bounds more if you just start trying the things you read. Post at least 1 post every week, and utilize at least 1 social media outlet to start out with.
You should be your own research project, take notes of what works and what doesn’t work. Because what works for some won’t work for everyone.
Set a day or a time where you will read other blogger’s research. But don’t get stuck in the frame of mind that it’s okay that you’re not writing content, or building your site because you’re still in the research phase.
6. Don’t compare yourself to other bloggers
You’re not them, they’re not you.
Be yourself because an original is more than a copy.
Just be you, write the way you talk, be personable. Don’t lose yourself in the process of building your dreams, find yourself. Find what works best for you and you will find success.
7. Don’t get hung up on Income Reports
Other bloggers posting their income reports is inspirational, and yet it can be detrimental. If you’re only focused on the money aspect you’re going to stress yourself out more than necessary. If you really love what you are blogging about the money will come, and you will learn what works for you and for your blog.
Spending a lot of time researching how much other bloggers are making when you’re barely making anything can start out as inspiring. But it can lead you down a path of comparison and discouragement if you focus on it too much.
8. Write great content
Give your readers something new. Give them your perspective on a topic, teach your readers something through your original content. Like I mentioned before, don’t compare yourself to others or copy their style of writing.
Don’t hit publish if you’ve been working on a post all day and you can barely keep your eyes open. Wait until you have a clear head and can clearly read through your post to make sure it makes sense, and doesn’t have dozens of grammar and spelling errors.
9. Keep a blog journal
Keep track of the changes you make, write down the codes for your colors, write what you learn. Write what works what doesn’t work, what you got done today, and what you want to do tomorrow. Doing this has helped me to be more consistent and more conscious of the decisions I make for my blog.
I have loved my blog journal because it has helped me keep perspective of what I’m trying to achieve. And actually get things done! The things I write down become less of a dream or a mental “I’ll do it later” list. Plus if I forgot how I did something I can just look back and my clean organized notes and have perfect clarity.
I’ve also been able to come up with dozens of new ideas for posts by doing this. If you want my blogging journal template to increase your productivity and keep you organized you can get it here!
10. Create pinnable content
I have tried a couple of different programs for making images for my posts. It started out really rough. But I have finally found a program I love and have had huge success.
To demonstrate this, my most pinned image started out like this:
For months I only got 2 repins. Something had to change. So I learned how to enable rich pins, and decided to invest in Picmonkey a site that helps with making beautiful and professional content.
In about 3 days it got over 1K repins!! My pin was going viral! Just by making a couple small adjustments.
Instead of just uploading a random picture to my post and pinning it hoping that someone would click on it or save it I decided to make a small investment. And it’s had the biggest results on my traffic.
After updating this post’s picture, I increased my traffic by 4,000% in 3 days!
I would still be getting less than 10 views a day if it weren’t for Picmonkey! Their program is easy to use and incredibly affordable, it’s only $4.99 per month to have access to everything you need to unleash your creative self. My favorite thing about it, is you don’t have to figure out the different optimised sizes for each social media site (which also helps out with SEO;).
Related article: Why you need PicMonkey
11. Install Yoast
Speaking of SEO, or Search Engine Optimization. Yoast is a SEO plugin for WordPress. Don’t wait to get started on SEO. Get started on it from day 1. It will help with your tremendously help with your rankings on the web. By using Keywords your website/pages will have better visibility when someone does a search on google or another search engine.
12. Get Social
Focus on 1 or 2 social media outlets. For myself I have focused on Facebook and Pinterest. Most of my traffic comes from Pinterest, and I have some really awesome Facebook groups that I’m apart of you can check some of them out:
I definitely recommend not trying to manage more than 2 social media outlets when you’re first starting out. You don’t have to be on every social platform to be successful. In fact, it’ll probably have the opposite effect because you will be spreading yourself too thin.
Each social platform has a different algorithm, so find the 1 or 2 that works best for you to build your following, then when you get the hang of it try adding another one.
13. Build your email list
While social media changes it algorithm quite frequently emails don’t. They come directly from you to your followers, it a personal way to connect with your readers. As I mentioned before, I love getting emails from my favorite bloggers. Because it makes me feel like I’m apart of the blogging family.
I get to connect with so many people through email, so don’t doubt the power of an email list. Have confidence that people want to hear what you have to say.
14. Be focused and set goals
Don’t just throw yourself into your blog without a vision. Use that blogging journal to keep your focus and manifest your goals.
When you sit down to write, or edit your site put away distractions. Turn off the TV, or leave your phone in a different room. If the only quiet time you have is in the morning before the family wakes up then convince yourself that waking up even 20 minutes earlier is going to improve your productivity. And it will! It has helped me so much!
15. Be consistent
Stick to your schedule, even when you don’t want to! Commit to writing or to at least do 1 significant thing for your blog every day.
It’s easy to get overwhelmed and get down on yourself. In these moments you need to take a break and breathe. Remind yourself that you can and will be successful, you are doing the best that you can right now, and you will get to where you want to be one day.
The thing about meditation is: You become more and more you. ~ David Lynch
There are so many benefits to meditation, I highly recommend starting your day out with a quick meditation session to get you focused and relaxed. Same with before you go to bed. Let go of all the stress you had that day, tell yourself tomorrow will be a good day and breathe.
Success doesn’t come all at once, so don’t get discouraged, and don’t give up. Losing yourself to negative thoughts is a tough path to go down. So as soon as you feel doubt and stress. STOP. And Breathe. Remind yourself who you are and that you can do this!