This blogging journey is long, and everyone has their own path to success.
That’s why I asked the bloggers in my Facebook group, Blogging on Your Own Terms, to share their best advice for bloggers.
Over the next 4 weeks, I will be publishing weekly posts gathering all of their words of wisdom.
Some of the most common advice?
- Engage in the community.
- Embrace your unique voice.
- Be consistent.
- Know your audience.
- Write what you are passionate about.
Read on for more (and don’t forget to check back on Friday for the next installment)!
Know your audience!
Create an ideal audience persona and keep that person in mind at all times. Design your blog around their style likes and dislikes, write posts for them (for every post idea, ask will my ideal reader really care!), plan your products for them. And them specifically. You will feel you’re excluding people but you’re actually creating content for the ‘Super fans’ that will want to marry you, not just think you’re ‘quite nice’!
I did this when I started my new blog and I’m already getting subscribers and awesome comments on my branding and it’s only been live two weeks.
Blogging isn’t, “If you build it, they will come.”
My best advice and biggest lesson learned is engagement. Blogging isn’t “if you build it, they will come.” You’ve got to get involved. Go out and network, interact, comment on your followers’ stuff, find people in your audience, offer insight or help, anything you can to engage them and build those relationships and community.Blogging isn't if you build it, they will come. Click To Tweet
Be true to yourself and keep your eyes focused on your vision.
My best advice for bloggers is to be true to yourself and write about what you’re passionate about. Keep your eyes focused on your own vision and not on what everyone else is doing. When you concentrate on making your blog the best it can be with a laser focus, then the engagement comes easy because you’re attracting the right audience.
Ignore that negative and defeating inner voice.
The best decision I’ve made is to ignore that negative and defeating inner voice. You know, the voice who says to do nothing when tired and to be silent when scared.
I may not draft 3 blog posts in a day (kudos to those who can!) but I can do 2-3 small things that make my blog better. I may not always feel confident in the moment, but I push through the fear for myself and ultimately the reader.
You can’t afford to stop learning.
In this day and age of technology, you just can’t afford to stop learning. Read everything you can and implement what rings true with you. Continual learning will bring awareness to all the other things that are important like engagement, being true to yourself, writing in your own voice and creating killer content.
Write about something you believe in and are passionate about.
What is the best advice to other bloggers, write about something you believe in and are passionate about. If you don’t love your subject matter, how can you expect others to?
Don’t be afraid to use your unique voice & story!
Don’t be afraid to use your unique voice & story! Be genuine-true to yourself. When you are real, the words will flow and readers will come. You don’t have to blend in-stick out!Don't be afraid to use your unique voice & story in your blog. Click To Tweet
Stick with it and read a lot.
I would have to say, as a SAHD, it can be difficult sometimes, but know that if you stick with it, and read a lot, you will be successful, it takes passion.
Be active with the blogging community.
Be active with the blogging community, especially other bloggers in your niche! You need those friendships, and you will gain a wealth of knowledge! It will also keep blogging FUN instead of turning into another chore!
If you want people to be reading your blog, you need to be reading yourself.
To move forward with my blogging I have joined blogging groups. This is via Facebook, Google+ and Linkedin. I have also started to see the benefits of Pinterest. If you want people to be reading your blog, you need to be reading yourself. Leave comments, positive ones. There’s no need to be afraid about leaving long comments either. Write from your heart. Write as if you’re having a conversation
Keep your unique voice, as it helps you stand out in the crowd.
I have learned it is important to keep your unique voice, as it helps you stand out in the crowd! And for me this is the best thing I have done for my blog and it is the ONE piece of advice I would give new bloggers.
One of the best thing I have done is conduct a yearly readers survey.
One of the best things I have done is conduct a yearly readers survey. I ask a variety of questions but the most revealing question is “What are you struggling the most with with your faith life?” Really gives me an inside look on who is my reader and ideas of what to post.
Start building relationships.
My suggestion is to start building relationships. I’m still seeing how this affects my blog, but it’s made such a huge difference in my own attitude and motivation that I know will start to spill over into everything I do. I love the bloggers and artists I’m meeting and the ideas and inspiration is now non-stop. I can’t believe I ever thought it was ok to just hit publish and get off the computer.
Know who you are and what you want to write about.
Know who you are and what you want to write about. Defining your voice and your purpose builds the foundation for your blog. It also saves a lot of time and decision making- you only have to ask two questions- Does this fit with who I am? Does this fit with what I’m trying to do on my blog?
Defining your voice and your purpose builds the foundation for your #blog.Click To Tweet
Move to a self-hosted blog as soon as possible.
If you are SERIOUS about blogging, please, please move to a self-hosted blog as soon as possible. if you wait for when things are going well, (which they will) you will experience a lot of technicalities that you need not go through. Getting on the wordpress. org platform gives you so much flexibility. Put simply, not moving to self-hosted is like having an iPhone 2G with iOS (the first one that didn’t have access to apps) This is boring. Being self-hosted is like having an iPhone 6Plus with access to all those awesome apps. Don’t delay.
Do something for your blog every. Single. Day.
The best thing I’ve done for my blog is joining groups like Blogging on Your Own Terms for information, support, and a feeling of community. My best advice is to do something for your blog every. single. day. If you want your blog to be a business then you have to treat it like a business and work it!Do something for your blog every. Single. Day.Click To Tweet
The best advice I have for bloggers interested in growing their readership is to be consistent. If you want to blog everyday, do it, if you want to blog once a week do that, but be consistent.
Developing a content calendar is a fabulous step towards ensuring you have a plan for your content. Know what you want to post about each month and then stay ahead of the curve so that blogging remains fun.
And don’t forget to share your posts! Share them on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ as well as Pinterest and Instagram! Having a content calendar helps you plan out your ideas, see where you can create Pinterest worthy images around your content and keep you on track spreading the word about what you do best!
Automate social media.
My best advice is to automate social media as much as possible with tools like PostPlanner and Tailwind. These kinds of tools have not only improved my blog traffic, but have freed up my time to interact with my readers.
Know your audience. Learn what they want and work on that.
The best advice I have for bloggers is know your audience. Try to learn what do they want and work on that. I have installed google analytics on my blog, which tells my traffic pattern. It does not matter how many people liked your post on Facebook, end of the day it matters how many people are actually opening up your blog post. So focus on that and work in it. If you’ve a food blog, work on the pictures. These days pictures speak thousands of words. I will never open a blog which has bad pictures, no matter what the recipe is.
Never stop learning.
My best advice would be to never stop learning. No matter how advanced or how many followers and page views you have, you will never stop learning. So don’t put up some magical wall when you think you’ve reached your peak because you haven’t, keep learning. Even if it’s to learn how to teach people how to blog.
Also the minute you stop totally loving your online and blogging time is the time you need to give it up, or at least take a break. If you dread your tasks now and working through them, you will possibly ruin yourself forever. If you need to step away you should. Hire a VA to do some tasks you are up in arms with, free up some of your time by having some guest posts.
Blogging is a conversation, not a monologue.
Blogging is a conversation, not a monologue. Get involved in the community and develop friendships with other bloggers. We grow together as we support each other.Blogging is a conversation, not a monologue.Click To Tweet
Make sure you find something you’re passionate about when you start blogging.
My best advice is to make sure you find something you’re passionate about when you start blogging. For me, I have a full time career that doesn’t allow me much free time to blog, but I love cooking and writing so much that it’s not work for me; it’s incredibly enjoyable and my favorite hobby. So, passion is key when it comes to starting a blog and especially maintaining it even when you can’t always find the time!
Blog about what you’re passionate about.
My advice is to blog about what you’re passionate about. I blog about marriage because I am passionate about it. If you blog about what you’re care about and write to help others out with this topic, it will seem more authentic and the rest will fall into place.
Always think before you do.
My best advice has to be always think before you do. Have a thought out plan about what is your doing and why you’re doing it.
For me I feel like I have so many good ideas but I never take the time out to actually think about the ideas in a step by step manner.