ARE YOU READY to BLLLOOOOGGGG?
I know I sure am!
Okay, so lately, as more and more people join the Poor little Blogger Tribe, I’ve been trying to tailor our editorial calendar to answer the questions that you guys are sending in via Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Comments.
One of the more popular recurring themes that I’ve been seeing in those comments is ‘What did you do to become a successful full-time blogger?’
Now, let’s put the breaks on here for a second.
Success means different things to different people, but for me, being successful means being able to support yourself financially while doing what you love.
So, to answer that question, I suppose, by my own definition, I started out initially being successful because I along with a small team that I assembled launched our blogs and sites as a business from day one.
What does that mean?
Well, I never gave my passion a chance to fail, because I made it a career, not a hobby.
Does that mean you should run and quit your job today to become a full-time blogger?
Absolutely not, but what it does mean, is that you should look at your blog as a business opportunity that just happens to be about what you love!
Every blog post should be generated with the knowledge that readers 7 or 8 years from now will still be reading it, and it may very well be their first exposure to your brand.
Every photo that is uploaded should be renamed, with the realization that as your blog ages and you become more prominent in your space, those photos will likely be indexed higher in Google’s image search ranking under the name they are given, and no one is really searching for DSX3938 vs Amazing Gooey Chocolate Chip Cookies.
Every word that is written should be a prime example of why a publishing house should ask you to write a book.
Every title that is created should represent your long-term branding goals.
Every Tweet, Pin, and Post should tell your story through photos, snippets, and blurbs about who you are and who your blog is as a brand.
Don’t wait until you have a readership to start being professional, or you may never hit that readership goal you are looking to achieve.
Here are a few suggestions I have to push your blog in the right direction right now, while you work on growing and winning a larger audience share for later.
Let me know if you are already implementing any of these strategies in the comments below and if you like this article please share it on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest.
♥ Emma Rae Thomas + The Poor Little Blogger Team
6 Must Do Habits of the World’s Most Successful Bloggers
Keep A Regular Schedule – One easy way to keep your favorite readers coming back to your blog is to have your content posted at regular times. If you are posting at random, your readers won’t know when to come to the blog to get new articles, and while you promote these articles across social media, there is a good chance that your post will get lost in the shuffle that is most readers’ social media pages. You can use an editorial calendar, alarms, and post scheduling features to make certain that you are always releasing at the same time, ensuring that your fans will know when to check back in for the next update. Additionally, Try using an update banner at the top of your site, like we do! It holds us accountable to our auidence and makes sure that even when things get busy, you never skip a beat.
Build A Community – Just writing a good blog isn’t enough to ensure traffic, you will need to interact with your viewers as well. This can be very time consuming (you may end up spending more time with social media than you do writing content for your blog), but the rewards are definitely worth the time you will spend on it. Interaction between yourself and your fans, as well as between yourself and fellow bloggers, helps to build a sense of community, binding your fans together and making it more likely for new readers to stay long term.
Follow Up With Past Posts – Once you push your blog post out into the world, many bloggers make the mistake of thinking that their work with it is done and moving on to the next post. The truth is that there is still a ton that can be done to make sure you are getting all the mileage out of the post that you possibly can. Check back in on it regularly and respond to comments and social media comments on it. Thank people for reposting it, or for commenting on it. Not only does this help to build the sense of community we talked about before, but it can push the article back to the tops of your viewers’ social feeds, reminding them to read or giving those who missed it the first time around a second chance to catch it.
Focus On SEO – In today’s digital world, millions of blog posts, articles, and social media posts are released every day about every topic imaginable, so it’s important that when potential readers search for terms related to your blog that you show up as high as possible in the search results. Your content could be absolutely amazing, but if you don’t show up until the 14th page of the Google results then, let’s face it, you aren’t going to get any views. Here is where a little research can go a long way. Spend some time reading up on how SEO works, and what you can do to stay at the top. Don’t just stop after you optimize once either, keep reading. Search Engines have constantly changing standards, so bear in mind that what works today may not be so successful tomorrow.
Write With Depth – A huge factor in the success of a blog is the amount of content available on the blog, so as a new blogger it is easy to find yourself pushing to get as much out as quick as possible. While this will boost your number of posts, an important, long-term key is to promote depth in your writing. Don’t simply write pointless articles in order to have another post, write with purpose and include information that your readers need or want. This will take more time, but builds a much strong reader-base in the long term. Be sure to pay attention to feedback and statistics for your individual articles to find out more about what your fans want to see, then tailor your content to them.
Monetize Your Blog – Blogging is a massively time-consuming business, and even a large readership won’t be enough to keep your blog afloat if you don’t have the time required. Monetization is an important goal since it will give you the time that you will need to keep producing new content. There are numerous strategies for monetizing and a considerable amount of time and thought should be spent on figuring out which method makes the most sense for you. At the end of the day, your end goal with your blog is to do what you love as a job, and monetization is the action that will make this goal possible.