These are tips for (mom)bloggers, who want to grow their blog, in order to be in position, where they can go pro and start making an income or for those who are happy just by blogging itself and sharing their stories with the rest of the world.
Either way – hope it helps!:)
In one of my previous post I was writing about overcoming my so-called “blogging monsters”. I was relieved that so many of you feel pretty much the same about it. It gives me hope that there is a light at the end of the tunnel…
I am still a “newbie” when it comes to blogging. I read just the other day, that it takes 6 years to really accomplish great things as a blogger. Wow! I am 5 months in… I feel like a little chicken, compared to the rosters that are out there! So, my intention is not to be a “smart ass”, pretending to know all about blogging and how to succeed at it. I can’t. Perhaps I never will. But I just want to share my observations and things I’ve learned (but not yet necessarily did!) with my fellow “newbies” as there are so many of us!
No.1 Make a plan, stick with it, but don’t be afraid of changes!
Write down what you like, love, are passionate about, are good at. Make a general plan of how you’ll present it to your readers. Find your own style, your path, articulate your thoughts. Make a plan of how you want your blog site to look like. Leave a bit of room to upgrade it. As your blogging days go by, you discover new things about yourself, about others, you get new ideas, better ones. Let others know about that, let your readers see you grow.
No.2 Stay true to yourself, be honest, write about the things you love
What more can I say? This goes out to the times, when you decide to review products, solutions, guest post… Write about the things you, yourself (would) love, buy, use, apply…It’s the experience readers are looking for in this kind of posts, so don’t let them down.
No.3 Write relatable posts
If you want to grow your audience, if you want your followers number to go higher, you have to write relatable posts. Absolutely, write about what you are passionate about, but try to see it trough the eyes of your readers. What would they like to know, read, understand? And a bit of humor never hurt anyone, right?
No.4 Be consistent
Consistency in publishing posts is a must. At least two posts per week, if – you are statistics fan and you want to be “in the game”. If you take a break, let your readers know that, nothing wrong with that. Consistency goes out to SM as well.
No.5 Join the world of Linkys! and find your tribe!
Yes! The wonderful world of Linkys! It changed my life! Find them, join them, and you will never be alone again (but make sure you follow No.6 and No.7!!). Finding your blogging friends – your tribe, is one of the best things (at least for me). The support, advises, tips, tricks, acceptance. Hmm, maybe this should be No.1!
No.6 Be Social
You cannot be a blogger without Social Media. So, when making a plan, create SM accounts too. Even before you create your blog site! The must have SM for bloggers: FB-bussiness page!, Twitter, Pinterest. And then choose some more from the ocean of SM as you prefer… And then, be social! Your posts mean nothing without sharing them on SM. Learn about the SM you’re using and take your time. There’s so much to learn about it, so make sure you do it step by step and not all at once! And one more tip: follow, follow, follow and interact, in order to get followed!!
No.7 Don’t be a cheater! Interaction makes reaction!
This is a chain reaction. You share and get shared. You follow and you get followed. You like and they like you back. You share blog love, they share yours. Make small talk within groups, comment, start a discussion, share your experience, ask for help. Don’t just post and run. You’re getting the short cut here.
No.8 Schedule your to-do lists
Absolutely!! Once you enter the world of blogging, you soon realize that there are gazillion things to learn and that everything is changing constantly. About designing your template, your posts, your pictures, about linking up, sharing your links. And don’t even get me started on Social Media platforms! – how, when, why, .. And then when you decide to monetize your blog – say what? So schedule, don’t rush, don’t try to learn everything at once, BECAUSE YOU JUST CAN’T!!
No.9 Get out there and make yourself visible
Don’t wait for companies to come to you for reviews, guest posts,…Introduce yourself, let them know you’re here, what you’re about, let them get to know you! You just might be the one they are looking for!
No.10 Take on Affiliate programs
I am in this position right now, applying affiliate programs. When you have a clear idea of what you want to do with your blog, becoming an affiliate is a step further, if you want to start making money with it. But we come here back to No.2! Choose only a few (2-3) affiliate programs and see how they work out for you.
More about Affiliates in my next blogging post!! Till then – happy blogging time!!:))