So you’ve taken the plunge and finally started that self hosted blog. Wonderful! You’re already ahead of most of your competition. They are still trying to decide if they should start a blog. There are some things you need to know in order for your blog to be the success you want it to be. Learn these tips now as it will save you headaches later on. The rest of this article will give you tips on how you can be successful at blogging.
Don’t compare yourself to other bloggers
This is a big trap new bloggers get into. They see blogs that have thousands of followers or get hundreds of comments daily and think that they are a failure because they only have a few followers and get no comments. You have to remember that some people have worked for years to get that type of following on their blogs. Many have written books and are regular speakers and industry conferences. They didn’t get that success overnight. Just keep working your plan and you will eventually see the level of success you are looking for.
Pick a central theme and stick to it
Don’t attempt to be everything to everybody. You don’t have to write about the same subjects all of the time. You should have a central theme to your blog. Your blog can literally be about anything under the sun. Don’t start off writing about business and then write a post about fairies. Your readers will be really confused. Everything on your blog should be related to whatever you choose as your central theme.
Concentrate on quality content first, the money will come later
Most people worry about monetizing their blog first. They’ll install a blog and put up a few posts and then wonder why the money isn’t coming in. You have to have quality content on your blog to attract visitors. No one is going to stick around to read a blog that hasn’t been updated in a year (unless you have a seasonal holiday blog). Focus your efforts on having posts that people want to read. Once you build up a loyal following, you’ll have advertisers coming to you wanting you to promote their company to your blog’s audience.
Have a plan in place to drive traffic to your blog
Build it and they will come only works in the movies. You have to have a plan in place to get eyeballs on your blog. Will you post on social media? Give speeches? Do interviews on Internet radio? Whatever you do, do it consistently to get people to your blog. Having a high ranking in the search engines is important, but you don’t want that to be your only source of traffic.
Blogging can be fun and profitable at the same time. You have to stick with it. You can’t stop just because things get hard. There will be days when you feel like you’re talking to yourself because no one is commenting on your blog. Don’t take it personally. Most importantly don’t stop blogging. You will never see success with your blogging if you stop before the success comes. Follow the tips given in this article and you will be well on your way to success in blogging.